Kuzak's Closet: How to organize your space while sheltering in place

Amanda Kuzak/ Special to the Town Crier
Organizing the pantry can help limit the number of trips to the market and take better advantage of food already on hand.

It’s day 4,125 of staying home, or at least it feels like it. At the start of the coronavirus outbreak, I happened upon a blog post written by a young woman in Wuhan sharing her tips for surviving in the new world of isolation. The tip that stood out to me was to create a daily schedule and stick to it.

By Design: Modernism allows design form to flow from functionality

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Courtesy of Celeste Randolph
Palm Springs homeowners Les and Betsy Roy found their 1958 home benefited from airy updates including white walls, slide-to-open windows accessing the backyard and limestone flooring.

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry

Every February, some of the world’s most renowned designers and architects gather at Palm Springs’ Modernism Week to admire the desert city’s mid-century homes – many of which were once owned by Old Hollywood stars.

Los Altos couple transforms a home deserving of preserving

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Matt Levine and Diane Duerr-Levine’s English cottage-inspired home in Woodland Acres in Los Altos is the fifth home they have transformed.

Diane Duerr-Levine and Matt Levine of Los Altos could be called serial home renovators.

By Design: Making small decor updates can usher in sense of winter renewal

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Research shows that a tidy space has psychological benefits, so taking just a few moments to declutter a desk can make a world of difference.

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

Native plants: Botanical fireworks light up the garden

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Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Light bounces dramatically off the finely textured flowering stems of purple three-awn.

For the most part, ornamental grasses are the introverts of the gardening world. It’s easy to overlook their quiet presence, but at certain times, in certain lights, they command attention.

By Design: Interior designer highlights decorating trends for 2020

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Lauren Edith Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
According to interior designer Celeste Randolph, blue was especially hot in all forms, in fashion, home design and elsewhere last year, and it is here to stay in 2020. But the trend is toward a moodier, muddier, darker blue.

As we start a new year, I like to explore and study current decorating and design trends. We like a timeless home, but we also want it to feel fresh. Adopting some of these trends can be a fun way to make your home feel renewed and bring fresh energy for 2020.

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