Closets by Design helping families with ideas on creating the best environment for remote education

(WXYZ) — With virtually every school moving to virtual learning and a shortage of desks for purchase, local panicked parents are quickly realizing the kitchen table just won’t cut it for class time.
But finding a student size desk or chair is impossible! The majority of retailers are either out of stock or will not ship for months.

The organizational experts at the Closets by Design in Detroit are helping families desperate for ideas on creating the best environment for remote education and boosting their kid’s chances of home school success. For parents in a pinch, Closets by Design has put together a lesson plan they can use to set up a Home School Work Station:

Desk Doubles – Use what you have around the house. A sofa/console table can be repurposed as a desk. A smooth piece of splinter-free wood and some brackets mounted to a wall can create

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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Tailored: Custom home design fits to perfection

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“In the past 30 years, there hasn’t been an idea that we weren’t able to execute. From wine rooms to pools, the intellectual value we’ve gathered over our time in business helps us to bring pretty well any idea to life.”

The ideas really start coming to life on the plot of land, with some customers buying the land in a chosen location and others choosing a lot where the builder has land holdings.

“It’s about a 70/30 split between them buying a lot somewhere, or rebuilding on a lot they already own or
choosing land we own,” says Kwasnicki. “Whether a customer has come to us with their own lot on an acreage or in the city or is building on one of our inventory lots, we always come out to walk and survey the property to ensure what we’re designing will work with the land.

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Design the Home Office of Your Dreams With Chatbooks

For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo-book company, to scour the U.S. and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. What we found, done by both apartment dwellers and homeowners, just may inspire you to take your own work-from-home space to the next level.

Add a Cozy Sofa

Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and global-inspired pottery. The sofa works for her lifestyle too: She is mom to eight kids, ages 4 to 20, and uses her office space to read and to organize her many family photos. “My overall home office decorating approach is to showcase an eclectic mix of the things I love and make

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Take a look at a contemporary seven-bedroom Dallas home with a unique curved design

This 14,795-square-foot contemporary home was custom built for owners Darren and Amy Kozelsky. Darren’s name might resonate with country music fans. The home was designed by architect Lionel Morrison.

The home, built in 2007 on nearly two acres in the Hillcrest Estates neighborhood, has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four half-bathrooms. The home was updated recently, including adjustments to the kitchen and living room to create an open floor plan and a fireplace was added.

The unique, curved design of the home envelopes an infinity pool that sits off of a wrap-around back patio. The pool is visible from multiple points in the home, through the large floor-to-ceiling windows on the first and second floors.

Listing agent Amy Detwiler said that, during initial planning meetings with the architect, the owners chose this curved layout over another option because they liked how it worked with the corner lot.

“It’s modern, and

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Home design inspiration: Creating a chic yet cozy escape

The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.
The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.Sarah Winchester

After adding a family room to the 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley that she shares with her husband and their 10-year-old daughter, Jennifer Brady reassessed the function of her home’s formal living room. Knowing they would use the addition to entertain, the principal of KidderKokx Interior Architecture and Design decided to take advantage of the living room’s small size, cozy fireplace, and tucked-away location by turning it into a lounge. The intimate setting is conducive to reading, catching up over cocktails, and family time. “The concept is based on boutique hotel lounges, where you can retreat alone or meet with friends,” Brady says. “It’s a luxurious little getaway in our house.”

1. The wool carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets is grounding and plush. “I love the textural pattern,” Brady

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How To Create a Kitchen With a Soul, According to Home Design Experts


Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen may evoke the warmest emotions. After all, it’s here that people gather with family and friends, to share food and good company. It’s no wonder the kitchen is often called the heart of the home—and that it’s a key selling point, promising a great lifestyle.

But kitchens also run the risk of being cold and soulless. What’s the point in having top-notch appliances if no one actually wants to hang out and use them? Like food, a kitchen needs to have a certain depth—let’s call it soul.


“A kitchen with a soul is a unique space that provides comfort, warmth, and a sense of peace,” says Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House

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