Designing a work-from-home space that actually works

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Lauren Edith Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
A beautifully designed work-from-home space can be achieved with a few simple changes that allow for both peace and productivity, interior designer Celeste Randolph says.

When many of us left the office and started working from home in March, we couldn’t have known we would still be working from home in October – and settling in for the long haul.

Ask a Designer: Tips to plan an interior home remodel

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Courtesy of Sherry Scott Design
Breaking a major remodeling project, such as a kitchen renovation, into a series of smaller steps can make it easier to get your arms around.

During the past eight months, as people have been spending more time at home, it’s been easier to notice things that could be improved to better suit the ways we are now using our spaces. I frequently get questions about remodels and aim to answer two common ones below.

Prime planting season: Fall is ideal time to nurture natives

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Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
The winey-scented flowers of western spice bush, above, are pollinated by beetles.

Fall is a good time to reassess your garden and re-examine your gardening goals.

Think pink: This climbing bloom loves time in the sun

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Julia Isaac/Special to the Town Crier
The Spirit of Freedom rose is disease resistant, grows in a variety of forms and shows off repeat blooms.

I have always been fond of pink flowers – as made evident by the many pink roses in my garden. They all vary in size, shape and even number of petal layers. Unfortunately, some are delicate and cannot tolerate full sunlight, so I have to plant them in a shady area.

Finishing school: Tips to complete home organizing projects like a pro

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Photos by Amanda Kuzak/Special to the Town Crier
A consistent folding method and labeling can make all the difference when undertaking a home organization project.

Over the past seven months, our homes have become offices, schools, gyms and restaurants, making it more important than ever to have beautifully organized systems in place that you and everyone in your household can easily maintain.

Hills resident makes home fire prevention his mission

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Courtesy of Dave Stewart
Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart has worked to make his property fire resistant, including pruning the trees above his garage so the branches don’t come too close to the structure.

Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart has long believed in the importance of wildfire protection efforts and continues to practice what he preaches by once again clearing brush and trimming trees on his wooded property, as well as making his home itself more fire resistant.


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