The perfect indoor plant for your home and you.

If like us, you have been spending most of your time at home over the past year, you may be looking to change things around a bit, or you may be searching for inspiration around your house to help you feel different and revitalized. Have you ever thought of sprucing up your interior space with an unconventional element or adding pops of color? The easiest way you can refresh your space is by introducing (or replacing) indoor plants! Yes, plants can be quite unconventional! Having indoor plants in your home would give you the feeling of having an indoor garden and a green space, within the limits of your own home. Especially in dense cities, it might be difficult to find outdoor spaces just for yourself where you can relax, so having indoor plants will help you feel like you have a bit of the outside, indoors.

Now, you might also be thinking that you do not have enough space or even enough time to take care of plants, or you feel inexperienced taking care of them. However, there are all kinds of indoor plants, some suited to little spaces, and some that require very little watering and maintenance. There is a plant for every home. There are many different types of indoor plant possibilities for your space, whether you live in a tight apartment or a larger house with lots of space. You can opt for hanging plants from the ceiling, cacti, planters, terrariums, vases, or one from the many other options out there.

Indoor plants are known to have multifield advantages in our day to day life. They enrich our lives in multiple ways, environmental, functional and health-related. We all know some benefits of adding indoor plants to our homes, but there are quite a lot more benefits we may not know of. Besides the fresh and homely feel, they lend to your home, some indoor plants are known to remedy humidity! Some plants can also be used to reduce the noise indoors and moderate room temperatures. They make the interior climate of your space much better by releasing oxygen and getting rid of indoor pollutants and toxins. Plants are also known to improve your mental and physical well-being and can help make your apartment more cheerful, by adding colour and vibrance to your space. They also reduce tension, elevate concentration, improve the ambience, and enhance creativity. Hence they could act as perfect additions to your space, improving the overall quality of your home. Since the benefits far outweigh the negatives or apprehensions some of us may have, this could be the right time to reconsider adding plants or changing the plants you have in your home.

Plants are known to improve your mental and physical well-being and can help make your apartment more cheerful, by adding colour and vibrance to your space.

In this article, we explore a few indoor plants that you can opt for to create your ideal green space within your home.

1. Monstera Deliciosa or ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’

This plant gets its name from the typical nature of its large leaves with holes and spits in them, that lend an exotic yet cozy feel to your space. They bring a very playful feel to space because of their sprawling nature.

They are known to grow big in size, therefore you can opt for this if you have large open spaces. It requires lots of indirect sunlight, thriving in an environment that is not too hot. They are easy to manage without much fuss but require watering often since they need humidity to thrive.

2. Chlorophytum Comosum or ‘Spider Plant’

These form the perfect indoor hanging plants as they have long leaves or ‘spiderettes’ that dangle downwards from them. They add a vibrant and dynamic nature to your space because of their leaves.

This plant is known to purify air rapidly, so they are ideal if you live in a busy area with a lot of pollutants in the air. They require indirect sunlight, therefore you can hang them in corners towards the balcony or exterior spaces. They do not need much care or water, so would be the ideal plant for you in case you do not have much time to devote to them or are inexperienced.

Indoor plants do not only make your space look good, but they also help you feel better.

3. Sansevieria Trifasciata or ‘Snake Plant’

The name of this plant is due to the shape of its leaves. The snake plant cleans air very well as it is known to absorb more carbon dioxide than other indoor plants. If you have limited space available, this could also be a good option as this plant grows vertically upwards.

If you are looking for a plant which is no to minimal fuss and need one for a room that is not too well lit, this could be your go to plant. These are also ideal and survive with low maintenance as they require less water. These are perfect if you are not sure or familiar with plant care and are looking for your first indoor plant.

4. Coleus

If you are looking to add colour to your space through plants, and/or want something different from the typical green plants, you could opt for coleus. They usually have stunning bright coloured foliage – pinks, greens, yellow, red or maroon, and add a tropical vibrant nature to your space. They also have a a variety of leaf shapes and sizes. They work well both in gardens and indoors, and grow quite quickly.

You can choose them if you are looking for something to add colour and an interesting feel to an otherwise minimal space with not too much sunlight. Coleus requires quite a bit of watering, aiming to keep the soil moist but not wet, avoid watering too heavily.

5. Pilea Peperomioides or ‘Chinese Money Plant’

The Chinese money plant adds a fun and cheerful atmosphere to your space, thanks to their large disc shaped leaves and are very easy to grow. These are often used in Scandinavian style interiors, as the green leaves pop out great against white walls. They do not grow more than 20-30 cms so are perfect to be grown as potted plants.

The plant needs lots of sunlight so keep them next to windows. This plant is one that is very easy to take care of, and is very easy to propagate, as you can just cut off a portion and replant it.  This requires more watering in the summer, and needs to dry out in between watering.

Having indoor plants in your home, though highly beneficial, come with a few words of caution. Make sure of course that the plants you choose are non-poisonous, non-toxic, and in case you are allergic to pollen, opt for non-flowering plants. Different plants need different levels of care and maintenance, so choose the plants that match your ability to take care of them. For example, some may gather dust especially in the case of plants with large leaves. The frequency of watering different plants might differ, so be careful to stick to the correct requirements of water for each of your plants, because both underwatering and overwatering will cause the plant to wilt. Once in a while, you might need to take them outdoors to receive natural sunlight to replenish themselves.

Indoor plants do not only make your space look good, but they also help you feel better. Every plant has its own level of purification that it can provide depending on the size of its leaves, its age, and other properties. However, all plants end up creating a healthier environment in their own specific ways. They relieve stress, elevate moods, improve the environment and add vibrancy to your space. Choose your ideal houseplants based on what vibe you want them to lend to your space, the amount of time and care you can provide to them, and depending on how much space you have available. Though they need a bit of love and care, the benefits plants can provide are many, and they ultimately make your space more liveable, creating a happier and healthier space for you.

If you are considering adding indoor plants to your space or renovating your space altogether and would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

Tips to consider when choosing the right architect for your project.

Whether you are considering a renovation or an extension to your present home or the construction of a completely new house, choosing a professional to help you is one of the most important considerations that go into this project. This can literally make or break your project, (pun intended!). The professionals in an architecture project are many, and they start with the architect. Therefore, the relationship between you and your architect is extremely critical, and a click is essential. The architect should be one who understands, supports and nurtures your vision while elevating it additionally with their own ideas of what could be ideal for your space. Here, what mainly matters is that the overall ideology of you and your architect match, without them imposing their own ideas on you. Instead, they need to bring an added value to your idea by improving it and working with you harmoniously to achieve the best possible outcome from your initial ideas and vision. Thus here, it matters if the overall vision of you and your architect are aligned, because otherwise, everything that follows such as planning procedures and sorting out building regulations, etc., would get complicated. This is of utmost importance as the architect would be the one you would be working with closely, and who would be able to ensure your project runs smoothly till the very end.

The process of selecting your ideal architect might take some time and could require a bit of effort on your side, but it is less complicated than you might think! And spending a little effort on this would pay off well in the end and ensure a smoother project for you, therefore saving you a lot of time and effort once the project starts! Here, we have noted down a few tips for you to help you with choosing your ‘perfect-fit’ architect. We hope they will help you decide what qualities you would want in the perfect-fit architect for your project.

The architect should be one who understands, supports and nurtures your vision while elevating it additionally with their own ideas of what could be ideal for your space.

1. A personal click between you and your architect

Make sure you and your architect have a click. Check your gut feeling and ask yourself if you trust this person in your best interest. You do not have to have all the same ideas and vision for your space. In fact, a good architect will implement your vision and a great architect will challenge, enrich and elevate your vision, to make it even better. But never putting their vision ahead of yours. A click with your architect is essential since this would set the tone for the entire nature of your work relationship through the whole duration of your project. You could meet a couple of them, have a conversation and discuss what you have in mind for your project. See what questions they ask you, and how constructive their feedback is and how willing they are to not only create what you want but add value to what you want to do.

2. Flexibility with ideas // not stylistically stubborn

It always helps to have an architect who understands your culture and shares your same ideas for your future space. An architect who is willing to work with you harmoniously, and approach projects with the willingness to incorporate your ideas and needs would be a better fit than one who thinks only of the ideal designs for space, independently of who you are and your specific needs and preferences. Style is another big question when choosing an architect. Try to find an architect that is not ‘style-stubborn’. Many architects have their own styles and will work with that regardless of your own style. However, you may want an architect that understands you and can create the perfect style to express your personality, rather than make your house into a generic interior, like one out of a magazine.  

You could also ask some of the architect’s previous clients for their recommendation on what they experienced with the architects you are considering. Some architecture firms might also have these testimonials featured on their websites, these will give you a better idea of how the relationship between the client and the architect might have been. Here’s one of our very own:

“AKKA helped us create our dream home. I and my wife were looking for an architect to support the renovation of our newly built apartment, and AKKA was a perfect choice. Stephanie and her team worked with us to shape the vision of our future home and understood what we wanted down to every single detail. They also guided us through the process and made sure we were comfortable with all the choices we made. From the first day, we moved in, the new home gives us an incredible feeling: it fits our lifestyle and reflects our personalities. This result would not have been possible without AKKA”

– Vladimir Golubyatnikov
(Private client of AKKA)

A click with your architect is essential since this would set the tone for the entire nature of your work relationship.

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3. The architect’s fee

While it is pretty common for architects to calculate their fees as a percentage of the project cost, you should not go for such a model. When the fees of the architect are tied to the project’s costs, the fees increase with a more expensive project. That is not at all aligned with your own interest of keeping your budget on track and may create the wrong incentive for some architects. Another model may be architects who charge per hour, and while that is completely fine for specific tasks, an hour-based fee for the entire project is tricky. On one hand you cannot know how fast or slow the architect’s team is going to be. On the other hand, working on an hourly basis may not give you a good idea of the total to expect, upfront. Instead of a percentage model or an hourly model, look for an architect whose fees are estimated based on the scope of work and responsibilities they take on the project. Find an architect who can agree on a lump sum at the beginning of the project, in relation to a specific scope. The fee would only change if the scope changes. This would make sure that your architect has your best interests in mind and that their interests are aligned to yours.

4. Qualifications and experience of the architect

When trying to select your architect, do your research regarding the different qualifications they have. This will help you understand the scope of services they can provide for your project. This is especially important if your vision incorporates a special focus such as energy conservation, heavy construction creating a roof terrace, or structural changes. Make sure you choose architects (and contractors for that matter) who have experience in carrying out similar projects. This would ensure they are aware of the requirements (such as permits for example) and risks associated with the task. Relevant experience and qualifications are a solid foundation to ensure the project is carried out correctly and no surprises are encountered later on.

5. A well-connected architect

Having an architect who is well connected to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and the suppliers’ market, would pay off well towards your project. First of all, this would allow the architect to quickly find the right experts needed to support your project. Furthermore, it allows them to be able to get more than one professional to bid for your project. This will allow you to compare different offers and get the best quality/price solution. Another hidden benefit to a well-connected architect is discounts. A well-connected architect would be able to negotiate substantial discounts on your behalf for materials, finishes, and furniture for example. While not every supplier offers discounts, some do either because the architect is a repeat client to them, or because they are hoping the architect will become a repeat client. Discounts are a normal part of the industry and if your architect can get you one or a few for you, every bit will help keep your budget on track!

We’ll give you an example of that from our own experience. At AKKA, for a recent client, we were able to get a 63% discount on one single order of high-quality Italian furniture for them, saving them more than €7750,- off the original price, and another 58% on another order, saving them another €7000, for a total of €14,750 saved! And this was only 2 of the discounts we arranged for them. You see, a good architect can practically pay for themselves and more!

Choosing your perfect-fit architect is one of the most important steps of the project. Keep in mind that the 5 items above are some of the basic things to consider when choosing your architect. Ultimately, a lot of factors go into deciding for your architect. Experience, qualifications, location, process, design style, and costs are a few important factors, but what is of utmost importance is the connection you and your architect share. Before starting your project, make sure to research well and consider all these points. Though there isn’t one way to determine the right architect for you, we help these points above will offer you some perspective and help.

If you are considering a new project and are looking for your perfect fit architect, you can check out our website of course, but as we said a website isn’t enough, so get in touch with us, we would be happy to schedule a conversation with you and help you with any questions you may have.

The world of the workplace is increasingly fascinating and complex as we continue to learn more about how people perform at their best. Through our many years designing and building workplaces for organisations globally, we have gained a tremendous amount of insights, all thanks to our clients.

Whether we work closely with the head of Human Resources (HR), the head of Facilities Management (FM), or the head of Corporate Real Estate (CRE), one thing is clear: these roles are becoming increasingly intertwined. In recent years we’ve started to see the emergence of an entirely new, dedicated role that blurs the boundaries between HR, FM, CRE, and even IT and Corporate Communication. We call this role the ‘Workplace Professional’.

Over the last few months, we have been interviewing leading Workplace Professionals in the best companies from around the world. In this series, we engage in conversations with those at the forefront of the world of the workplace, to understand and communicate their specialist insights, best practices, and most successful case studies. Welcome to the Workplace Experts’ Interviews series!

This week, we share the extremely insightful conversation our CEO Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes had with Bertie van Wyk, Workplace Specialist at Herman Miller.

Herman Miller is a worldwide known design company that designs and produces office furniture, equipment, and home furnishings with their innovative and problem-solving designs. Herman Miller is a globally recognised provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, they have focused on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal.

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes: Bertie van Wyk, welcome. Welcome to this conversation. It’s a pleasure to have you here.

Bertie van Wyk: Thank you. I’m excited to be here.

Stephanie: Thank you for joining this series of the Workplace Experts’ Interviews. Let’s dive right in. Would you be able to describe your role in one or two sentences?

Bertie: Absolutely. I’m a workplace specialist for Herman Miller. As an organization, we are very much a research-based company that looks at what things work and don’t work in the workplace ‐ whether that’s in the office or at home ‐ and how we can improve that through innovative design. My main role is communicating that research with the aim to make organisations and their employees more productive, healthier, and connected.

Stephanie: I love the emphasis that Herman Miller is putting on well‐being. Going from a piece of furniture to the impact of furniture, which is well‐being, is so much more elevated than talking about the physicalities of furniture only. So that’s fantastic. So obviously COVID has happened and is still happening. What can you tell us about the impact that COVID‐19 has and might continue to have on our ways of working and the workplace, which is now any place we work in!

Bertie: That’s, that’s the first thing, isn’t it? It’s the fact that we now have hybrid working. And if your company didn’t have it beforehand, it does now. Because a lot of us are forced to work from home almost on a permanent basis, this kind of working is here to stay.
The hybrid work strategy is going to be right at the forefront of most organisations going forward. For instance, we predict that two to three days a week you will work from somewhere outside of the office, whether at home, a co‐working space, or a cafe. At the same time, we have to evolve office design, because the big change we are facing is the decreased utilisation of those spaces. Even though open offices are increasing, utilisation is decreasing. This is a really big issue for us because you don’t want a big, open, empty office. So redesigning workplaces for this new normal should be the top priority.
I think the other thing that we have to understand is the fact that we’ve now proven that home workers are just as effective and productive as when in the office. We have discovered that we can trust people. There is no need for managers to look over shoulders or employees to be constantly checked on. People have been given trust and it would be counterproductive to remove that. Why should employees have to be in the office if they can work just as effectively elsewhere?

Stephanie: That’s true, and we’ve all now seen the pros and cons of each extreme – the working from the office full time to working from home full time. We all have found different reasons why something works or doesn’t work for us. What I wonder is, if everybody’s making their own individual choices about what suits them, how can we ensure there is still a coherent, and cohesive team dynamic?

Bertie: I think this starts right at the senior level of any organization. Your hybrid work strategy needs to be clear and concise. If you build a workplace and tell everyone they can work from home whenever they want, you could potentially end up with a dead office on some or most days. You need a concise strategy that gives you effective use of the space and reinforces team dynamics ‐ and communicates this well and often. This will give you a good understanding of how teams are working together and within the office.

Stephanie: If you look at the big picture, and draw from all the research I know you have access to, what would you say is the main challenge or threat that this pandemic is creating for the workplace?

Bertie: That’s a very good question. I think the biggest one is people saying that “the office is dead. We don’t need an office”. That’s probably the biggest threat, the biggest risk. I’ve even seen some organisations get rid of the office completely. The challenge here is, how do you build a community while everyone is working from home? How do you build a culture? What makes your organization, your organization? If you never meet, how do you connect with others? What about that five minutes before the meeting and that ten minutes after the meeting? You miss out on all that potential connection with others.
I think we’re currently seeing a lot of people having knee‐jerk reactions to what they think is going to happen in the future, without looking at the data. And one of the main threads coming from that is people talking now about creating offices for collaboration only. For instance, questioning whether there are going to be any desks. And that’s one of the biggest mistakes organisations can make. The Leesman Index states, with over 800,000 reviews of different spaces around the world, that spaces designed solely for collaboration significantly underperform. This makes sense when you think about it ‐ work isn’t only collaborative, we need time and space to be able to do individual, focused work.

Stephanie: Absolutely! An easy conclusion of this entire pandemic is that we don’t need an office anymore. Since we seem to have survived a year without it, the office now finds itself in a position to prove itself. So what would be your argument for the office?

Bertie: Well, I think the office can and should prove itself. One significant data point from the Leesman Index showed that the majority of people who enjoy working from home were previously working from low-performing offices. So if employees had a really bad office, the majority of them won’t ever want to go back. But if they had a high-performing office, the majority can’t wait to go back. So your office has a direct effect on whether people actually want to go back in. That is how important the office is. You need great amenities, a wonderful experience, and a space that works better for people.

Stephanie: Absolutely. The flip side of the challenge is always an opportunity. So what do you see as an opportunity for the workplace these days?

Bertie: For me, the main thing is to understand that the quality of your office directly impacts the productivity and output of your staff. It directly impacts whether people want to go back or whether they are going to want to work from home full time. So you have an opportunity to create a better, more inviting space, a wonderful connecting, productive space that becomes a destination. One of the biggest things that people might have been missing at this point is the connection, just connecting with someone else, just having a simple conversation.
The other thing to remember is there’s also a major opportunity in creating much better individual-focused spaces. There are a lot of offices where noise level distraction is a massive issue. So the quick conclusion has been that working from home is good for focused work. But think about it. A lot of people working from home have additional distractions. Whereas if you create a great office environment that allows people to focus without interruption, that’s where you’re going to gain some real advantage.

Stephanie: Absolutely. There are many things we can learn from the working from the home period we have been having. What would you say is the most important thing to focus on right now to ensure a successful recovery?

Bertie: In the healthcare world, they talk about a safety bundle. That’s a bundle of different activities that you combine to improve patient outcomes. Well, we want to create the same thing. We want to create a bundle of activities to make people feel happy to come back into the office and deliver a greater space and environment. We see this falling under the umbrella of three key areas: your organisational culture, your rules and regulations, and your actual physical environment. And these three have to work together.

Stephanie: When everything settles, what do you think the new normal will look like? Or what would you hope it will look like?

Bertie: I hope it will look like the way it does for a lot of companies that trust their employees. The future will be two to three days working from the office and 2 to 3 days working elsewhere. The main thing is I expect that people are going to want to have a choice.

Stephanie: Yes, I would tend to agree! Bertie, maybe one last question for you. What do you see that that could be a promising trend? What are you excited about in this space?

Bertie: Well, if you look at physical space, I think we are now all realising that we need a work culture and a community that cohabits a shared space together. We see that it is important that you can sit and do your work on your own and just hear people with a buzz in the background. I think the main point that we will also understand more and more now, is that we need to shift from privacy as a luxury to privacy on demand. And that makes me particularly excited about creating great spaces in the future. And so anyone who goes back into the office now should find a space to be able to do their uninterrupted focused work whenever they want. These are the things that I can get quite excited and positive about.

Stephanie: Brilliant Bertie. Any last thoughts you would like to share with us?

Bertie: I think there’s one more thing that people do have to take into account, and that is travel. Some people have got big reservations about getting onto public transport. So as an organization we have to be able to take that into account and understand that for some people this is going to be a big issue. So it is important that we remember to stay human ‐ understand that people are dealing with different environments and experiences. We need to remember to be more empathetic and allow people to make choices that will work for their own individual situations.

Stephanie: Empathy and choice are indeed going to become more and more important in organisations and relationships. Bertie, this has been an amazing conversation. Thank you very much!

Bertie: Thank you for having me Stephanie.

To find out how optimising your workplace can help you retain your employees by fostering better social interactions, download here AKKA’s Innovative Workplace Expert guide, which contains the full version of one of our case studies and more practical examples of other projects that show you how AKKA has increased team engagement and boost productivity over and over again for small, medium and large organisations, in a variety of industries and countries from around the world.

Use your workplace as a strategic tool to attract and retain the best talent.

Challenges of remote work.

We have all been through a rollercoaster year. While working from home hasn’t always been easy, we are now more experienced in remote working. Many of us still struggle with the challenges of remote working and are looking for possible ideas that can help. As we do not know how long this remote working state will continue, it is worthwhile discussing the challenges and proposing some ideas which can be helpful.

1. Space

As we have transitioned from working at the office to working at home virtually overnight, it might have been a big challenge to find the right spot to work from at home in order to be productive. If you do not have a separate room at home, you might have settled in the kitchen, the bedroom, or even the balcony (yes! desperate times lead to desperate measures!) in order to work where you are not easily distracted. The issue with space might be due to the limited amount of space available at home, or not having enough boundaries when you are sharing a house with your partner, children, or roommates. In any case, it is a challenge for most people and it forces them to rethink their interior design and make certain changes in order to create a space for remote working. A potential solution might lie in making smart choices when it comes to limited space. By investing in flexible furniture, for example, you can save space and enjoy better functionality. For instance, desks that can be folded up can save enormous amounts of space when not in use!

A potential solution might lie in making smart choices when it comes to limited space.

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2. Work and social life balance

Remote work made it difficult for employees to balance their work and personal life. As work moved into our homes, our personal and work lives have become intertwined. Add to that the fact that our social lives have been tremendously hindered by lockdown, social distancing, and other pandemic-related measures. Before the pandemic, home was a place of relaxation, play, and personal dynamics. Nowadays, home has to provide for work, personal and social lives. Hence, it might be challenging to balance all these different dynamics. A possible solution would be creating boundaries at home. For instance, the living room could be for relaxing and not for working in. Or if you work in the living room, then the bedroom can stay a work-free zone. Segregating spaces can help you relax more easily and spend quality time after work reading a book, watching a movie or cooking, as we would normally used to do.

3. Overworking

Another crucial point to discuss is the working hours which have become somewhat more fluid when working remotely and can easily lead to overworking. For instance, when working from an office, working hours are better defined and easier to stick to. Now with remote work, hours can shift back and forth, leading to over or under-working which are both equally dissatisfying in the long run. In order to balance our work and personal lives, it is a potential solution to create your own working from home hours and stick to them. Those hours do not have to be the usual 9 to 5. In fact, recent research has shown that night owl – i.e. people who are more productive later in the day and into the night – have been striving during the last year, since they are able to accommodate their own preference and work into the late hours.1 Whatever your hours are, stick to them. By implementing a routine – whether the same or different than the one you would normally have at work -, you can avoid fatigue and burn-outs. If you want more on the topic of routine and wellbeing you can check out one of our previous articles about taking care of your mental health while working from home. In that article, we shared our learnings about how to support your mental health in these tough times.

If you find yourself distracted due to various chores, or activities, or even your choice of furnishing or perhaps interior design, it might be a good idea to rethink what is causing your distractions and choose to make some changes.

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4. Distractions

Until about a year ago, for many of us home was associated with everything but work. Therefore it might embody a number of distractions, due to the fact that by nature our homes have not been designed for working. If you find yourself distracted due to various chores, or activities or even your choice of furnishing or perhaps interior design, it might be a good idea to rethink what is causing your distractions and choose to make some changes. This is not only to avoid distractions but even better it is to empower your concentration. If you are working from home and have a roommate or a partner who also works from home, it might be a good idea to have an open conversation in order to discuss mutual distractions and maybe come up with some ground rules and boundaries to limit the potential distractions that can arise. Living with people is fun but if you need space or quiet time, it is important to communicate this as soon as possible and avoid misunderstandings and frustrations. For further information on how to reduce sound while working from home, check out this other article for some useful tips!

For more ideas on how to deal with homeworking and homeschooling in Covid-19, we have come across a great article on the topic, here.

Whether you have challenges due to limited space, distractions, or hard-to-stick to work hours, you might be finding it difficult to balance work and personal life. However, there is always a way to implement useful changes around your house, and/or your routine, to have a happier work/personal life. After all, working from home is challenging for all of us and the only way to make it better is by keeping an open mind and asking for help, and making changes when necessary. Either with your employer or your roommates, an open conversation might be needed to overcome these challenges. Feel free to take a look at our working from home series, Part I, for optimizing your workspace, Part II for enhancing your well-being, and Part III, for mental health preservation. You can find more ideas and get inspired for a positive change!

During the pandemic, you might have realized that you needed to make changes to the interior design of your home or you may have decided you need a makeover altogether. If you are considering renovating your home and would like help in deciding which options are best suited for you, or you simply need a second opinion, get in touch! We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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