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International Buyers Investing In New York Real Estate Market

Like every industry in the world currently, the New York real estate market has had to make major adjustments to the way it runs during the Covid-19 pandemic. The biggest adjustment has been for smaller companies coping with a slowing of sales and an oversupply of luxury listings. However, in an unexpected turn of events Italian real estate buyers are seeking to invest their money in New York real estate. 

Italy has obviously taken a major economic toll throughout this pandemic, as they were one of the countries hit the hardest back in March/April. Now, investors from the country are seeing the potential for better deals in New York when compared to the current real estate climate in Italy. 

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Andrea Pedicini is an Italian native who works for the major New York real estate firm, Corcoran. Pedicini recently spoke with the media about how he’s always worked with investors from his home country even before the pandemic, however, as Italy began easing its lockdown restrictions, he noticed a major influx in inquiries from new and repeat clients from the country. 

In times like this, Italians look at New York as literally a safe haven. I’m currently working with more than 30 new leads, all eager to invest in New York-area real estate in the next six to nine months.”

Pedicini also recounted how he, and many other agents, have begun advertising more heavily on social media as a way of attracting more international investors. Sergio Iorio is one of Pedicini’s long-time clients that Pedicini advertises on his accounts. Iorio owned properties in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood, and the Upper West Side, both of which have doubled in value thanks to the market and Pedicini. 

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While timing the market is always difficult, with the current state of the world clients have more wiggle room when it comes to negotiating, and more sellers are growing desperate. Iorio himself, who is the CEO of Italmatch Chemicals  one of the largest chemical companies in Europe, has been encouraging his investor friends to take full advantage of the situation in New York currently. 

“I would like to continue to invest a percentage of my assets into New York because I believe in the long term.”

Most international investors are mainly interested in townhouses and well-managed smaller boutique buildings, as previously stated, these types of listings are saturating New York’s market right now. Having sellers and agents essentially lose three months of the traditionally very busy spring real estate season has been damaging, but international investments during the summer could help the industry slowly regain momentum as the rest of the economy also recovers. 

However, while there’s been an extreme increase in international buyer interest in New York real estate, most are still waiting to pull the trigger until a new sense of normalcy is brought on by the slowing of this pandemic. Many agents do believe that this interest will help fuel the economy as the months progress, especially considering this is not the first time the industry has endured a lull in sales due to international/national tragedies.

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Creative Home Projects to Personalize Your Space In Lockdown

With all of us enduring the coronavirus pandemic and remaining under lockdown until further notice, many of us are running out of things to do in our spare time to keep us entertained. Doing home improvement projects or switching up the interior design of some of the spaces in your home can be a great way to not only distract yourself from the world, but also revamp up the space you’ve been forced to stay in for the past few months. 

When we think of home improvement or interior design, we often imagine that growing list of things that needs fixing throughout our houses, however, what about projects that are more fun and don’t really have a beneficial purpose beyond just making you happy? Your home is yours, so it should reflect that! Here are home project ideas to make your space really feel like home:

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Create An Accent Wall: An accent wall is typically one specific wall in a room, often the bedroom or living room, that differs in color, pattern, texture, etc. from the other three walls in the space. Normally, people like to put a pattern on their accent wall to highlight either an entertainment center, art piece, or furniture item propped against said wall. However, there is no limit to the possibilities of things you can do for an accent wall. Use chalkboard paint so that you and your loved ones can keep changing the designs and sign each other’s names. Order various sized prints of either personal photos, pictures of people you admire, places you want to go, or whatever else you want to look at. Frame the prints and cover the wall! The possibilities are truly endless. 

Rearrange Your Bedroom or Living Room: This is one of the more basic “home improvement” options, however, if you aren’t looking to spend any money but still want a change, moving around the set up of these spaces can accomplish exactly that. I say the living room and bedroom specifically because in normal circumstances those are the spaces one spends the most time in, however, switch up all the rooms in your house if you want! Remember, there really are no rules when it comes to making your space yours (as long as you’re following your cities specific coding requirements for larger renovation projects). Keeping these areas of the home fresh and personal can help ease any anxieties you have relating to the state of the world, because at least you know you’re safe in your own personalized bubble. 

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Make a Gallery Wall: Similar to an accent wall, a gallery wall allows you to focus the attention of a space on unique art or photography pieces that either you’ve taken, or admire. This really is one of the most personal ways you can liven up your home because even if you choose art/pictures that don’t have you or your family in it, you’re still choosing pieces that resonate with you for a special reason. 

Repair and Refine Your Furniture: Things like large chairs and ottomans can be reupholstered so that you’re not losing the functionality of your pieces, but are still basically getting a whole new furniture item. Any wooden furniture that’s been scuffed, scratched, broken off, etc. can easily be sanded, re-polished, and repainted as well. 

Create a Meditative/Relaxation Space: Even if you’re not into meditation specifically as a means of unwinding, you should have a designated space in your home separated from your bedroom or living room that’s main purpose is just for you to sit back and relax. This could even be a simple garden chair and table in your side yard, the point of this place is to make you feel completely comfortable every time you enter it. Especially with the way the world looks now, it’s important that we all unplug and find time everyday to check in with ourselves, and what better way to do that then in your own meditation room? Decorate the space with stereotypical items that induce relaxation – candles, twinkly lights, blankets, soft lighting, etc. – and also with personal pieces that make you feel safe. 

Regardless of how you personalize your home, remember what it’s felt like to be stuck in that space for months at a time. The future in terms of the coronavirus pandemic is still unpredictable, so you might as well pass the time by creating spaces in your home that truly feel like yours and yours only.

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Real Estate Executives Are Showing Their Support For The Black Lives Matter Protests

Real estate executives all across the country are speaking out publicly and using their businesses platform to show their support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Following George Floyd’s murder last week, the country has entered into a state of civil unrest, and a wave of support from a multitude of businesses and industries have begun entering into the conversation. Regular citizens have been calling on celebrities and prominent public figures to use their massive following to spread awareness and help raise money for various causes benefiting black people, and real estate agents are answering the call as well. 

The Miami Agent Magazine recently interviewed some of the more prominent real estate industry leaders in Florida about their thoughts on the current state of our nation and the two pandemics were currently fighting; Covid-19 and racism.

“Racism is wrong and Keller Williams stands with the Black community and wholeheartedly supports equality. Right now, communities across America are experiencing tremendous pain. This pain builds and grows exponentially with each name: George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown, and too many more. Each person had a story, a family, a home, and a life that mattered that was taken away from them. This company stands behind Black employees and clients, your lives matter. You are in our hearts and in our prayers,” said Keller Williams CEO Gary Keller in a letter to employees.

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Keller also explained in the letter that his company would be creating a task force made up of members from the agencies International Associate leadership Council to provide extensive information and recommendations on how the industry, and Keller’s company specifically, can ensure they’re creating a space of love and equal opportunity for all. 

For this task force Keller said he would be asking for nominations from each district to join in the effort. “I believe we can also set an example within the industry by committing more of ourselves to a better, and equitable future.” 

“Redfin [another FL agency], like most other companies, is run mostly by white people.That needs to change. What’s behind the protests’ rage and despair is the sense that talk is cheap, and change is painfully slow. We love to denounce someone else’s racism, but it would matter more if businesses looked at our own contribution to a divided America and decided what to do about it,” Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said in a statement to his employees as well. 

Kelman later emphasized in the statement that all industry leaders in America right now have a moral obligation to create a safe space for their employees and open up a conversation about creating more room for black voices. He then encouraged all of his white employees to take a long look in the mirror and acknowledge their own racial biases. This month, Kelman also claims that Redfin will be publishing their annual employee diversity report, and it will include a new set of initiatives to further diversify the industry. 

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“Racism has no home here. This week I was invited to listen to our black employees share their pain and fear and confusion. For themselves. For their children. Every time they leave their homes. Enough. I am an ally. Racism has no home here,” Zillow CEO Rich Barton tweeted. 

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin also issued a statement via Twitter: “Like so many Americans, I am absolutely heartbroken right now. I am heartbroken for George Floyd’s family. I am heartbroken for Ahmaud Arbery’s family. I am heartbroken for Breonna Taylor’s family. I am heartbroken that one tragedy that targets Black and brown Americans is following so closely on the heels of another tragedy that disproportionately hurts Black and brown Americans.”

The energy behind all of these CEO’s statements are exactly what America needs right now. Individuals with power, privilege, and the ability to make a true change in the field they work in coming forward and calling out the racism that has plagued this country since its creation. It’s important to feel safe in your workplace, and if you have a discrepancy over something that feels racially charged, you should feel even more comfortable discussing it with your boss, as that’s what all these protests are really about at their core; justice for those who have lost their lives to a corrupt system, and correction for a brighter future for black individuals in this country.

If you want to know more about the Black Lives Matter movement and how you can directly help from home, click here for access to dozens of petitions, donation pages, and fundraising efforts specifically for those fighting for racial equality right now.

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Airbnb Hosts Continue To Struggle Supporting Themselves Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Worldwide travel has come to an obvious halt, and one of the largest markets that’s felt the direct effects of that is the tourism industry. More specifically, many Airbnb hosts are planning to sell their properties as a means of making up for the money they would normally be earning from the beginning of the summer vacation season.

The real estate market in general is really unbalanced at the moment. Depending on what part of the country you’re living in, how badly the pandemic has impacted your region, and how many individuals are even still willing to proceed with their real estate transactions while the economy is so low, many aren’t able to bring their real estate realities into fruition. 

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Airbnb hosts are gearing up to lose thousands of dollars in lost bookings, cancelled trips, and an overall lack of business. The struggle comes when it’s time for hosts to pay for things such as housing bills, maintenance costs, mortgage payments, and any other payments that are normally covered by the money they earn from hosting. This is hitting homeowners who own multiple properties especially hard as well. 

“We have been working to support our community through multiple efforts, including committing $250 million to help support hosts who were affected by COVID-19-related guest cancellations and $17 million to our Super Host Relief Fund. Our internal data points to guests’ desire to travel and we are preparing to help hosts welcome them as soon as possible, which includes new cleaning measures as well,” an Airbnb spokesperson said in a statement

Airbnb has had to lay off about 25% of their workforce amid the pandemic, but also began making these major job cuts before coronavirus even entered into the States. In March, Airbnb hosts were already protesting the company they worked for, claiming that executives rely too heavily on its hosts to make money for the company.

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The protests came specifically after Airbnb announced that it would be paying its hosts only about 25% of what they would normally make back from the company after a client cancellation. Normally, if a client cancels they still have to pay a decent fraction of the renting price (a policy that each host must specifically outline), so that the host has some revenue to make from the transaction and lost time.

“[I] shut down two listings during the coronavirus crisis, one of which was pre-planned. Some of the owners [I] work with are considering winding down more properties, or are looking for long-term tenants, further throwing her business into uncertainty. I’m scrambling trying to figure out what I’m going to do, and what’s going to happen in the future. I’m not making money. With the Airbnb business, I am just trying to minimize my losses. Only one of the houses is meeting its expenses, meaning my rent and utilities,” Christina Zima, an Airbnb host in the San Francisco Bay Area, said to CNN.

Some hosts, like Zima, are turning to Facebook Marketplace to either further rent out their untouched properties, or sell their furniture and other goods to make ends meet. However, selling your valuables online doesn’t compare to making a steady income through a business you previously ran rather independently. 

Other hosts are remaining optimistic that as new safety precautions are dealt out for hosts that their renters will begin to book their properties again. For now, like for every other industry in the country, it’s a waiting game to see how much worse the country and its economy gets amid the pandemic.

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How The Real Estate Industry Is Coping With The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted countless lives, jobs, and businesses throughout the world, one of the biggest being the real estate industry. Recently, a company known as OJO Labs performed a study to specifically measure how intense the impact has been on the housing market as a means of gaining more insight into how buyers are reacting to this pandemic. 

One of the biggest things the study found was that nearly 80% of all potential buyers have either delayed their search for a new home or have just stopped it all together. This is one of the larger percentages in the study, and also one of the least surprising results, as it’s hard for potential buyers to want to invest in a property that they can’t even go see; depending on the place and situation. 

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60% of those surveyed said their main concerns had to do with the uncertainty of their own employment, and 54% said their issue had more to do with the not being able to see it aspect. 

“Those who did pause typically did either because they had an unforeseen circumstance, like job loss or furlough, or are halting their search due to a general fear of the unknown. Once consumers’ situations change, and we return to a semblance of normal, they’ll be ready to move forward again,” sai Chris Heller, Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs.

However, despite the results and these valid concerns, the study did show that buyers were still very much interested in investing in a new property, it’s just more of a matter of being able to now. Those who said they delayed their searches claim to still be looking at listings, just with a more casual attitude at the moment. 

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Specifically, 28% of buyers say they’re still looking at listing photos and 25% reported that they were taking virtual tours of the properties, a trend that’s been keeping many real estate businesses alive. Surprisingly, 30% of those surveyed reported that they were looking at listings even more so now that there’s a pandemic going on, because they assume homeowners would be more motivated to sell. 

Out of that 30%, however, only 20% said that they were actually making moves to accelerate their home-buying process in light of the virus. Heller’s main piece of advice for those trying to expedite their purchase is to make sure you’re with an experienced agent who knows how to navigate negotiating a contract through special circumstances; while no real estate agent has specific pandemic experience, real professionals will know how to make the process as smooth as possible given all the circumstances. 

In terms of what buyers are specifically looking for in potential homes, Heller claims that the “criteria that they once considered wants – like a home office – may turn into needs as a result of COVID-19. As the remote work trend continues beyond COVID-19, home location, and commute times, which are a driving force for buyers, will play a less important role in the home search for some buyers. Instead, they’ll prioritize different preferences like neighborhoods, communities, and lifestyle.”

It’s no surprise that like every other industry in the world right now, Covid-19 has shaken up the way things have run. However, it still seems as though those who are motivated and determined to move can still do so safely as long as they have the proper resources and individuals around to guide them. So while it’s easy to get discouraged during a worldwide pandemic, it’s also important to remember the aspects of normal life that are still working.

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Simple Ways To Makeover Your Living Room

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we all have an indefinite amount of time to be spent in our homes. Many of us are taking advantage of this quarantine by completing a bunch of home projects/interior design dreams that have been waiting to be completed for years now. 

One of the most commonly used rooms in your home is the living space. The living room acts as sort of the centerpiece for the home, and while you want the space to be personal and fit in with your own personal aesthetics, there are some general tips you can follow to make the space appealing for anyone who walks in. 

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First, get inspired and go online to find some fun ideas to do with your space. Online design magazines, blogs, and other social media platforms like Pinterest or Tumblr, are all great examples of online resources with a myriad of inspirational interior design ideas for your living room. Start by searching for general terms like “cool sofa” or “wooden coffee table” and from there you can start to gage what pictures are most appealing to you. Once you have a better idea of what you want your space to look like, you can get more specific with your searches and maybe even find some specific elements to buy online for your home. 

Once you have the general idea of what you want your space to look like it’s important to plan before making any online purchases or rearrangements to the space. Entering into a redesign blind can be fun depending on how intense of a remodel you’re doing. If you’re simply rearranging your furniture and maybe buying some new accent pieces for the space, you can likely take things on as they come with the way you lay out the space, however, more times than not it’s easier to just write out what you’d ideally like to see come out of the space. 

Plan out where you want furniture to be, what things in the room need to be relocated/thrown away, and what new pieces you want to invest in to really brighten up the space. When it comes to a room makeover, the first thing people normally do is repaint. If you’re looking to repaint, choose a neutral or natural color to brighten up the space and make it seem a lot larger than it is; the lighter the better. 

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Normally living rooms have the most natural lighting in the house, so a neutral paint color will keep that space feeling bright and open to the rest of the house, regardless of if it’s an open concept or not. 

Playing around with texture and color through accent pieces is an amazing way to liven up any space. One of the main ways people combine both of these elements is through rug placement. Even if your living room is carpeted, many individuals like adding smaller accent rugs to their living rooms to visually break up the space. If you are living in an open concept home, area rugs are a great way to separate rooms and distinguish those common spaces. 

Color and texture can also be brought in through decorations, and plants/foliage. If you don’t trust yourself enough to keep multiple plants alive, consider ordering some fake ones from Amazon or Home Goods. Even fake plants can “breathe life” into any space through random pops of greens and other natural colors. The natural elements of indoor plants also contributes to the lightness/openness that the neutral paint colors bring out. 

Finally, the art and other pieces you decide to hang on your living room walls is what makes the space truly personal. Choose pieces that speak to you personally but also flow with the space. Don’t settle on a basic painting of a beach because you think the blues bring out the beige in your walls, if you don’t want to look at a picture of a random beach hanging in your home everyday, don’t get it. Follow your gut, and again, look to your online resources for further inspiration.

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What To Do Before Buying A Home

With the current state of the world, buying a home is likely the last thing on your mind. However, with an ample amount of spare time on all of our hands, now is also the perfect time to start listing out your life goals and really break down what you need to do to accomplish them. Buying a home can be extremely stressful if you go into the process blind, so it’s important to do your research and know the basics of the industry before beginning your journey as a homeowner. 

The most important thing that you can do as a buyer is hiring the right real estate agent for you. You not only want someone you can trust, but who has experience with the housing market in the specific area that you’re moving too. Ask your friends and family for their recommendations and be sure to check as many online reviews from past clients as well, as those will offer the greatest insight. 

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The same way you want to ensure that you have a reputable and trustworthy real estate agent, you want to make sure you have the same for any builders, inspectors, and any other professional you’ll want to hire during this process. Builders especially can be hit or miss if they don’t have a lot of experience in the specific area you’re moving into. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been in the industry for ten years, every town has its own specific set of rules/regulations regarding home projects and renovations, so it’s important to hire someone who is equipped to abide by those guidelines while staying on budget; this is where customer reviews are yet again going to be your best friend. 

You also want a qualified inspector for the same exact reasoning. Especially if you’re buying a brand new home that’s never been lived in before, you want to ensure that all the inner workings of your future home is running smoothly and up to code. 

Once you have your agent, and you find a home that you’re interested in, do a walk through with your agent and make a list together of home improvements and projects that you’d like to see completed before you move in. If the current owner doesn’t want to budge on certain projects, this is where you and your agent can negotiate pricing.

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This list will also be beneficial for your home inspector, as they can enforce the current owners to complete certain projects if they’re going against any legal housing codes for the specific area. The inspector can also recommend you to reliable construction/renovation companies for whatever home improvements you may have to complete after the move. 

You can never visit a property too much, the only thing you have to worry about is someone else coming along and snatching it from under you before you even had the chance to make a decision. However, it’s important to visit a home a few times before making any final decisions. Try to do your walk throughs on days where the weather is different from your last visit. This way you can see how the landscaping fairs in different climate conditions, and also see how well things like heating/cooling in the house work. 

Finally, before you make any decisions, make sure you have a nice long talk with your agent and loved ones so that you can really break down every specific and clear up any confusion you may have. Remember, you hired your agent to be knowledgeable on all things real estate, so no question is too small or stupid when it comes to your future home.

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What Will The Real Estate Industry Look Like After The Covid-19 Pandemic

One of the largest concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic has to do with how the many industries, businesses, and economic systems in the world will recover once it’s all over. The real estate industry in America is one of the largest and most lucrative industries in general, so the fact that it’s barely functioning right now is concerning. Real estate agents and experts everywhere have been offering their opinions and advice regarding their predictions for what the housing market will look like in a post-Covid-19 world. 

One prediction claims that buyers will likely up-size from their current property once this pandemic is over and the economy begins to recover. Things like “tiny homes” and “micro apartments” may have been a fun trend for millennial buyers moving to suburbia from the city before all of this, however, after being trapped in small studio apartments for several weeks, those who are in a financial position to upgrade and up-size their space, likely will. 

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Relocation in general will likely be a major real estate trend in the fall of 2020/beginning of 2021, and while some agents believe that many will want to up-size their properties, as mentioned above, others aren’t as convinced. Some predict that after this entire ordeal, the real estate market in larger metropolitan areas will actually increase exponentially. 

“While suburbs are less dense than cities thereby reducing contact, they have fewer hospitals and resources for treatment. Singapore and Hong Kong are denser than New York, yet they were able to contain the pandemic more effectively. Nevertheless, the pandemic may result in those previously planning to relocate making the change sooner. In addition, the related job losses are expected to decrease rents, along with stricter home buying standards from lenders, as city housing stock tends more toward rental than ownership,” says David Stern, president of real estate due diligence firm Townhouse Partners.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many have been utilizing their outdoor spaces a lot more, especially considering many of us aren’t able to leave our homes unless it’s absolutely necessary. This is also causing many prospective buyers to realize that they don’t like their outdoor spaces at all. Things like balconies, terraces, private roof decks, backyards, and porches will be in high demand from buyers post-pandemic. 

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Just like outdoor living spaces, many buyers are also realizing through working remotely that a home office has become a necessity in the 21st century. It’s likely that developers will begin designing properties with edited layouts that accommodate remote working conditions.

Unfortunately, before this pandemic even began, the US was experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. When builders/construction workers are given the clear to begin working on larger projects again, it’s expected that there will be delays in acquiring permits from the city, and supplies will also likely increase in pricing to help the economy recover. More than 30% of the construction materials used in the US are shipped here from overseas, so it’ll also be interesting to see how the trading industry recovers post-pandemic and how long it takes. 

“Will construction workers remain distancing? Will there have to be someone on site to take people’s temperatures if someone gets sick? Even when the moratorium on construction ends and there’s a desire to go back to work, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen with a degree of promptness. Many of those suppliers are going to build it up in the U.S., but it’s going to take years,” Barry LePatner, the Founder of New York City-based construction law firm LePatner & Associates.

What the world will look like post-coronavirus is unknown, and while we can’t predict how the hundreds of industries on Earth will recover, we do know that we have to get their first to find out. So it’s imperative to continue listening to your country’s healthcare workers so we have the best chance at seeing what comes next.

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Eco-Friendly Fabrics To Help You Stay Green In Quarantine

Many individuals are utilizing this indefinite time in quarantine to tackle some major home-improvement projects or spring clean ups. It makes sense, if we’re going to be staying home all day every day until the end of this pandemic, we might as well make the space feel warm and inviting for ourselves. However, many of us never take the time to think about how sustainable the things in our homes actually are. For example, did you know that the fabric in your home can determine how green (environmentally green not the color) of a space you’re living in? 

In 2017, the US produced nearly 17 million tons of fabric textiles. 66% of that ended up in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a 2020 home trend report, it was found that because of this reason, more home-shoppers were looking for “organic bedding” for their homes. Overall, organic fabrics for the home have increased in stock by 13% within the last year for the country’s top fabric distributors. But what makes a fabric “organic” or “eco-friendly”? 

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Any fabric that’s made from natural materials and produced using sustainable practices – not in an industrial factory – can be considered eco-friendly or organic. This also means the fabric is not treated with any potentially harmful or irritating chemicals, and is typically made from plant materials. Plant materials also ensure that whenever the bedding, fabric, or furniture is eventually thrown away, it will biodegrade and go back into the Earth. These fabrics tend to also be hypoallergenic and naturally anti-bacterial, making them safer and healthier in general. 

To shop for organic textiles in your home that also benefit the environment, make sure you’re paying attention to how the fabric is produced, which you can easily do by checking the label. Here are a few examples of eco-friendly fabrics you can try in your home today:

Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is made by spinning the “pulp,” or stringy insides, of bamboo plants. This fabric is typically used as a replacement for cotton, which is a material often treated with pesticides and derived from plants that require a substantial amount of water to grow. Bamboo is a type of grass, so technically it doesn’t require any fertilizer or replanting to grow and repopulate. The fabric derived from it has been described as stretchable and perfect for things like throw blankets or fitted sheets. 

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Hemp: Hemp products are derived from the stalks of cannabis plants and have been around for quite some time. Hemp is typically used in beauty products like lotions or shampoos, but hemp fabric is a fairly new trend for the interior design community. The fabric has a similar feel to canvas, and greatly resists shrinkage or pilling, which you normally see with canvas textiles. Hemp fabric is also highly resistant to things like mold and mildew, which makes it perfect for things like throw pillows or rugs. 

Lyocell: A more unknown textile, Lyocell is typically known by its branded name, Tencel. Tencel is made from wood pulp cellulose found in eucalyptus, birch, and oak trees. The fabric has been described as being extremely flexible and durable, but soft and lightweight as well. Normally Lyocell is used for clothing, but it’s also known to be used to make sheets or bath towels. 

Linen: The last organic option on this list is perhaps the most commonly used. Linen is a soft, strong, and breathable fabric that many of us are familiar with. It’s woven with fibers from the flax plant and is able to absorb moisture while also drying quickly. This textile is naturally antibacterial, and its absorbent qualities make it perfect for things like kitchen towels. 

Beyond these, other organic textiles can be derived from plants like cacti, pineapple, and aloe. So the next time you’re looking to buy a new set of bed sheets or household linens, try the more eco-friendly option. The planet and your consciousness will thank you for it.

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Tips For Redecorating Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is the most personal and intimate space in your house, so it’s important that you feel completely at ease every time you’re in it. This is where you go to recharge, unwind after a long day, and are meant to feel the most yourself, and now that all of our bedrooms are seeing a lot more of us due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a better time to revamp your space to ensure that it’s exactly how you want it, especially since we’re all going to remain indoors for an indefinite amount of time. 

One thing that personally makes my room feel like a relaxing oasis completely separated from the daily stresses of living during a pandemic, is having an obscene amount of pillows on my bed. Having multiple pillows of different sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns will not only give you more options for back support when you’re just vegging out in bed, but also will add a much more cozy feeling to your space. 

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Decorating your walls with artwork and posters that are specific to your personality is what makes your room truly yours. Instead of going online and buying a painting from your favorite vacation spot, try to make your own first! Creating your own art for your room, or home in general, will not only make your space more custom, but also will give you something to do everyday while stuck indoors. 

Don’t be afraid of patterns when it comes to your bedding or any other smaller pieces of furniture in your room (ex: a reading chair or accent rug). Patterns give the eye a focal point when you’re in a certain space, so if your bedding has really intricately designed roses all over it, your eyes are likely going to be drawn to that, which also means you don’t have to do a lot more in terms of interior design. You never want a space to become too busy with different patterns and colors, as that can make one feel overwhelmed in their own room. 

If you’re more of a simple bedding type of person, however, then another area where you can incorporate prints and different patterns in your room would be on the accent pieces. Things like lamp-shades, flower vases, curtains, etc. all have the potential to brighten up dull parts of your space with colorful patterns. 

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If you really want to make your space comfortable, you need comfortable elements within it. This means plenty of blankets to snuggle up with, and maybe a down comforter for ultimate fluffiness while you dream. 

As I previously mentioned, the personal elements in your room are what make it really feel like it’s your space, and also help you relax more! So reveal a personal side in the way you design your room, whether it be as simple as hanging a few family photographs, or painting an entire piece of furniture, really make the elements yours. 

Another way that you can make your room feel personal is by ignoring traditional rules for design and what you think other people would like. I always fall into the trap of trying to rearrange my space to adhere to HGTV design show standards, however, I’m not a professional interior designer, so why act like it when it comes to changing up my space? If you want to arrange your furniture in a way that’s “off-centered” or crowded up together in a corner, then that’s your prerogative! Again, your space is meant to be a place of peace and relaxation for you and you only. So do whatever you need to do to make it feel like that.