9 Easy Home Improvement Projects To Keep You Busy While Quarantined

Louetta R. Clark

We’re spending way more time at home these days, which means it’s more important than ever for our living spaces to bring us joy and comfort. But if you’re like me, you’ve begun to notice ― maybe even fixate on ― imperfections like run down furniture and outdated wallpaper. 

Since you’re stuck at home anyway, now might be a good opportunity to work on a project or two that will spruce up your home and take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic. Most major hardware stores are offering online ordering with curbside pickup, so getting supplies should be a breeze. And as long as you’re handy with a few basic tools and paintbrush, you can tackle these easy home improvement projects.

1. Add an accent wall

(Photo: asbe via Getty Images)
(Photo: asbe via Getty Images)

A fresh coat of paint can transform a space. But if you don’t have the patience or energy to

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Samantha Bee Advocates for Saving the Postal Service on ‘Full Frontal’

Louetta R. Clark

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As Samantha Bee and other late-night hosts have pointed out, President Trump’s New York jet flyover demonstration in celebration of essential workers this week may not have been the best way to support them.

On her at-home edition of Full Frontal filmed in front of a greenscreened forest background and hilariously titled Little Show in the Big Woods — Bee addressed Trump’s undermining of one especially essential service during this time: the U.S. Postal Service.

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“Look, I know it’s hard to get excited about the Postal Service, because it’s just always there, quietly doing its job,” she said. “But the Postal Service is hot as hell! How hot? I mean, the workers wear knee shorts. They give it to us in the rain, sleet and snow. And it’s the only federal agency built entirely on the principle

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Are You a ‘Wallpaper Girl’? The Story Behind Today’s Coolest Aesthetic

Louetta R. Clark

Between all the mirror selfies set against the backdrop of those same-looking minimalist spaces (you know what we’re talking about; there’s always a lone Wassily chair in the corner and maybe some pampas grass bending in the breeze of an AC unit), there’s another aesthetic brewing dominating your Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards, especially now that lockdown has driven many of us to our parents’ houses. Instead of a modern mirror leaning on the floor against a white wall, there’s a Baroque gilt one above an antique dresser secured to the chintz or toile-covered walls. The room is decidedly sweet. The outfit featured? A little funkier. The aesthetic in question marries identities we typically associate as opposites, and it’s been dubbed “the Wallpaper Girls” by Tik Toker Charlotte Samuels.

“Usually these Wallpaper Girls live in either L.A. or New York” Samuels says. “Growing up they probably had a bathroom

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An Ethereal New York City Loft With West Coast Light

Louetta R. Clark

It was the consummate New Yorker Walt Whitman who once wrote, “Keep your face to the sun—and shadows will fall behind you,” but anyone who’s lived in the dark, often view-deprived confines of a Manhattan apartment knows that’s easier said than done. So when one family discovered a pristine loft apartment with soaring ceilings and monumental windows in a historic 19th-century building in Tribeca, there was no question where the focus would land.

“When you walk off the elevator, you’re immediately hit with this diffused northern light, which is just spectacular,” says Los Angeles designer Kelly Bergin of the wall of expansive windows in a sitting area adjacent to the entrance. “The space feels very natural and soothing—and completely removed from the city. We knew right away that we wanted to maintain that sense of the ethereal.”

<div class="caption"> “We began with a blank slate and worked with what was there, adding millwork to visually and functionally define spaces within the main living area,” says Bergin. In the dining room, a custom table by <a href="http://patrickkeesey.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patrick Keesey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patrick Keesey</a> is paired with chairs by Guillerme et Chambron and plaster pendants by <a href="https://www.roseuniacke.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rose Uniacke" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rose Uniacke</a>. The shelf ledges highlight art by Beverly Buchanan, Emily Sundblad, and Patricia Iglesias. </div>
“We began with a blank slate and worked with what was there, adding
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