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t’s easier than ever to have connected technology in every room of the house, indoors and out, that we can monitor remotely from our phones. Security systems such as Rings also have a social component with neighborhood forums online, can help local police solve crimes, and let you know when a package is delivered.
The ease of working remotely and having food and merchandise delivered during the pandemic made people notice that living close to a city wasn’t as important as access to outdoor recreation. As a result, many moved to places or spent extended “workcations” further away from urban centers.
High-end, well-crafted and durable furniture, area rugs, upholstery, and bedding can make our environment better looking and more relaxing without being as disruptive as remodeling projects. High-performance and indoor/ outdoor fabrics have never looked better. We’re seeing them as a go-to for indoor upholstery. It makes living just a little bit easier. Spills clean up so much effortlessly. Natural woods in organic shapes look great in almost any environment.
Improved outdoor living areas will continue to grow as our desire for fresh air, nature, and living space increases. Outdoor spaces are now as much a part of a home as living rooms and kitchens, with hardly any separation between the two. In addition to outdoor dining and relaxing in sumptuous furniture arrangements similar to indoor living and dining rooms, ceilings planes, and flooring extend inside and out with continuous decks through generous openings that can disappear from view.
Trends for in-home exercise and wellness are increasingly both high-tech and no tech, often at the same time. We enjoy our digital mirrors for Zoom classes and Peloton bikes in spaces that are earthy and natural, perhaps even outside or with a wide door opening to a lovely view into the yard.
Ironically, as the desire for more places to work throughout our homes increased, including outdoors, so did the desire for at least one (if not two, for some households) completely separate and private home offices for all those teleconference calls! Not to mention spaces for kids to study or even small pods of neighborhood kids to be homeschooled.
Because we spent much more time at home, the pandemic created demand for a more luxurious home environment and lifestyle that spurred new trends, such as multiple Zoom-friendly home offices and study areas for kids. It also accelerated existing trends such as outdoor living spaces that function just as well as interior spaces, which effectively increased the square footage family members could roam around in.
Spikes of easy-care Russian sage, sedum and ornamental grasses among other perennials and shrubs add texture and color without making the front yard seem too crazy or overwhelming. A stretch of lawn between the home’s foundation plantings and the sidewalk allows easy viewing of both flower gardens. Welcoming Front-Yard Flower Garden Ideas - bhgrelife.com