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Home Design Trends Emerge from the Pandemic's Influence

Are you wondering what's trending in home design? Well, the Pandemic is influencing new design trends, according to Realtor.com. 

The stress of 2020 is causing an overhaul in home design. For example, open floor plans are now being considered too open as households seek privacy for work and school while everyone is at home. As a result, home offices are growing in demand as buyers search for a new home.


Open floor plans are getting divided up. Homeowners are looking to create nooks or pockets for Zoom calls, lounging, exercising, and e-learning, design experts say. "New buyers are asking for homes with more separation, as sometimes multigenerational families share a home and need space and privacy amongst themselves,: Yorgos Tsibiridis, a broker at Douglas Elliman in the Hamptons, told realtor.com. 


Homeowners are craving nature in the pandemic and are bringing in more houseplants and indoor gardens. "During the pandemic when it was difficult for some to get their daily dose of nature, people started bringing the outdoors in with natural materials in their home," Julie Busby, founder of the Busby Group at Compass in Chicago, told realtor.com.


Wood-grain kitchen cabinets and counters are trending, offering a touch of organic and natural materials. Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, told realtor.com this may be another sign of tying home design elements to nature. Instead of all-white kitchens or painted cabinets, more homeowners are adding in wood-grain cabinets and wood countertops on to their kitchen islands, designers say.


Fireplaces fire pits, patios and decks, screened-in porches, and outdoor kitchens have all gained popularity during the pandemic. The outdoor kitchen is particularly trending, as homeowners add outdoor refrigerators and dining areas in their backyards or create a more elaborate space that includes a fully equipped kitchen outside with a stovetop and appliances.


Smart home innovations are increasingly entering the bathroom. "Touchless appliances including motion sensors for lighting, and smart temperature control for bathroom floors will be more popular in the next year, Darcy predicted.

Visit www.realtor.com for it's full list of 2021 home design predictions.Home Design Trends


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    The winter sky will shine brighter than it has in more than 800 years!

    December 21st may be the darkest day of the year, but look for the confluence of Jupiter and Saturn to make it brighter than ever! As in it's not been this bright in more than 800 years. WOW! Light brings us hope in the darkest of times. In a year like no other in our collective experience, we need hope and the promise of better things to come. We can shine together and take care of each other during these very dark days of winter. Where will you be when Jupiter and Saturn bring such bright light to all of us?https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/vermont/christmas-star-vt/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=vermont&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=nlbuttonB1

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    Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, Dr. Crhistine Grady, Give Thanks during this COVID Holiday.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading epidemiologist shared what he's grateful for with Story Corp. His recording with wife, Dr Christine Grady, aired on NPR last week.

    While families across the country are faced with being separated this Thanksgiving due to COVID-19, one family is continuing to lead by example: the Faucis. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the public face of the federal government’s effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, sat down to record this conversation with his wife, Dr. Christine Grady.

    They met in 1983, while working together at the National Institutes of Health. And now, 37 years later, they are both leaders in their respective fields. Still, they made time to look back at family life and the sacrifices they, too, are choosing to make this holiday season.

    Originally aired November 20, 2020, on NPR’s Morning Edition.




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        COVID has changed our lives and how we want to live

        COVID continues to affect our world and lives in many ways, leaving us separated from many of the people, places and things that we love and value. What it's led us to see more clearly is that we may want to live differently, in a space that better fits our needs. Well, the good news is that the market remains active and home prices remain strong, while interest rates remain low. A win/win for sellers and buyers.


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