New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Follow along for the latest news, shelter-in-place guides, and glimpses into the community's new normal.

The Best New E-Bikes Are Smart, Stylish, and a Blast to Ride
The Best New E-Bikes Are Smart, Stylish, and a Blast to Ride
If you think electric bicycles are clunky and ugly, it’s time to take another look.
By Jennifer Pattison Tuohy - 7 days ago
6 Prefab Companies Ready to Build Your New Backyard Office
These prefab ADUs are the perfect solution for those in need of a separate home office.
My House: How a Designer Couple Are Weathering the Pandemic in Their Berkeley Home
After treating their fixer-upper to a four-year remodel, creatives Danielle Moore and Bryan Wang are adapting to a new normal.
Be the Star of Your Next Zoom Meeting With These Showstopping Backgrounds
Be the Star of Your Next Zoom Meeting With These Showstopping Backgrounds
Just like that, your kids’ LEGOs are out of the picture.
- 12 days ago
The Beginner’s Guide to Propagating Houseplants
Want to get back to nature, but can’t leave your apartment? Become a plant parent.
Here Are 4 Places to Rent Stylish Furniture for Your Best Work-From-Home Setup
Eventually, we will return to our offices. Until then, don’t think you have to break the bank to set yourself up for success at home.
15 Things I’ve Learned After Weeks of Working From Home
There’s virtue to be found within four walls. Ho-hum activities are now the highlights of the week, and a fastidious routine helps me find solid ground.
The Shelter Spritz—and Other Cocktail Recipes You Should Definitely Try at Home
Five world-class mixologists share their shelter-in-place drink of choice, and tips that will instantly upgrade your home bar.
Trend Report: Design Brands Cope With COVID-19
With manufacturing paused and major industry events canceled, the design industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus.
How Are Prefab Builders Helping Customers Build Through the Pandemic?
This North Carolina company’s resilient practices and flexible approaches are making it possible to build during the COVID-19 crisis.
Architects and Designers Weigh In on the Future of Work
Architects and Designers Weigh In on the Future of Work
Right now, the logistics of “going back to normal” are a mystery. We asked some prominent voices to predict what we can expect when the worst is over.
- a month ago
The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables
With the current pandemic comes the return of the victory garden. Here’s how to get started growing your own greens.
Yes, You Should Wear a Face Mask. Here’s How to Get or Make One
Crafters and designers are offering DIY instructions and options to “buy one, give...
How Is the Pandemic Changing the Housing Market?
Agents, developers, and industry experts weigh in on the current dynamics of home buying and selling—and what may lie ahead.
Looking for a Social Distancing Distraction? Here’s How to Organize Your Kitchen on a Budget
At a time when kitchens are at the center of our new normal, three designers share their tips on how to keep them organized on a budget.
How to Safely and Efficiently Tackle Laundry During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Whether you use the sink, an at-home washing machine, or venture to the local laundromat, these tips will help you keep your clothes clean during quarantine.
How to Strike a Work/Life Balance in a Tiny Apartment, According to Design Experts
Feeling cooped up and stressed out? Here are some essential tips from designers and builders of small spaces.
How Van-Lifers Are Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic
When home is the open road, it’s tricky to navigate where and how to shelter in place.
We Asked 13 Designers to Share Their Work-From-Home Setups and Tips
Peek inside some of our favorite designers’ home offices, and get their tips for creating a successful WFH setup (or mindset) of your own.
Life After COVID-19: How the Pandemic May Reshape the World as We Know It
The crisis reveals how our homes, offices, and communities need to respond to a rapidly changing reality.
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Instantly Happier, According to Top Designers
Yabu Pushelberg, Kelly Wearstler, and other experts share the small changes you can make right now to boost your mood.
How Design Brands Around the World Are Pivoting to Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
Designers, makers, and companies are harnessing their talents to fight against COVID-19.
Small Business Shout-Out: These Local Storefronts Need Our Love
We share the shops, restaurants, and services that are near and dear to our hearts—and now it’s your turn.
These New Modular Hospital Rooms Can Be Flat-Packed and Shipped to Crisis Zones
Jupe Health has developed a line of rapidly deployable, pop-up recovery units to address the coronavirus pandemic.
17 Architects and Designers on How the Pandemic Will Change Our Homes Forever
Architects around the world sound off on how the COVID-19 pandemic will change our homes—and what “shelter” means in the new normal.
CURA Is Turning Shipping Containers Into Emergency Hospitals for COVID-19
The nonprofit design/build collective is converting shipping containers into modular, pop-up ICUs.
Here’s How to Survive Working From Home With a Partner or Roommates
Keep these tips in mind if your WFH setup involves roommates, a partner, or kids.
The AIA Is Urging Congress to Safeguard the Future of Architecture—and America
As U.S. lawmakers finalize a bill to restart the economy, the 95,000-member-strong American Institute of Architecture proposes a plan for the greater good.
Carnival Proposes Turning Cruise Ships Into Floating Hospitals—But Experts Are Wary
After poorly managed coronavirus outbreaks aboard multiple Princess cruise ships, parent company Carnival wants to be part of the solution.
Elon Musk Offers to Manufacture Ventilators for Coronavirus Patients
“We will make ventilators if there is a shortage,” Musk tweeted last night—and the U.S. faces a severe shortage.