Small Space Home Office Essentials 2020

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Building a home office is no easy task, and that’s especially true if you’re working in a small space. When you don’t have a spare room, you have to get creative with your set-up. That means enhancing what you’ve already got and investing in smart, compact products you can put away at the end of the day. We rounded up a few items that help you do just that. From a super-cozy seat cushion that makes your kitchen chair comfortable, to a folding desk you can stash in the closet when the clock strikes 5 p.m., here are nine essentials for a small (impromptu) home office. 

Ebern Designs Naved Floating Desk

Take up minimal space with this wall-mounted mini table. It saves you floor space, and when you’re not using it, you

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How To Start A Productive Garden TODAY!

What to plant if you want food quickly

Those leafy vegetables and herbs Paul West mentioned above? Not only can they be grown in pots to suit a small space, but if you put them in the ground right now, they’ll be ready to begin harvesting in four to six weeks! ‘When you do start harvesting, be sure to harvest the outermost leaves first, and never take more than one-third of the plant mass,’ he says. 

Of course, you don’t need to be a literal expert to grow your own produce at home, as shown by TDF’s very own gardening enthusiast (aka our partnerships manager) Alice Ziebell! Alice spends every weekend tending to her crop of plants alongside her landscape architect husband, Marlon Ziebell. (Once your vegetable garden is underway, be sure to try out some of this pair’s delightful recipes!)

Alice says right now is the perfect time

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‘I Been Born There’ By Maggie Green At TDF Collect – A Virtual Walkthrough! – The Design Files

A few weeks ago (which, right now, feels more like a few years!) we launched the debut solo exhibition of Pilbara-based artist Maggie Green, ‘I Been Born There’. We worked on bringing this show to life for over a year with Maggie’s art centre, the amazing team at Spinifex Hill Studio in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

Not only was this Maggie’s first solo show, it was the first TDF Collect exhibition of 2020, and also our first exhibition of an Indigenous artist. We were so excited to have Maggie and Maddie Sharrock from Spinifex Hill Studio fly all the way from Western Australia (what would have been Maggie’s first time in Melbourne!) for the opening. Due to the rapid outbreak of Covid-19,  unfortunately, we weren’t able to officially open this truly excellent exhibition. However, we still felt it was important to hang and document ‘I Been Born There’, to be

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Dawn Tan On Her Scary Start To Motherhood + Keeping Calm In The Time Of Corona

Dawn Tan is sunshine in human form. One only needs to glance at her watercolours of Care Bears, croissants and Iced VoVos to figure that out. She makes things that make people happy. And very, very hungry.

Anything’s possible in Dawn’s world. Take for example, her yurt out the back of her Yarraville home, where she teaches art classes. It had been a dream of hers to build one, so that’s exactly what she did. She’s a dreamer and pragmatist, which, objectively speaking, is an unstoppable combination of things. When self-isolation became a reality only a few days ago, Dawn pivoted straight away to offering art resources and classes online to help cooped up kids and parents.

We spoke on the phone on a rainy weekday. Dawn was in her car outside a cafe, inside of which Darren and baby Louie were kindly buying us time. I was struck by

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20 Home Decor Small Business to Shop 2020

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To say there’s a good amount of uncertainty in the world right now would be a vast understatement, but for small businesses this new reality is especially difficult. With stores closed across the country and most people either working from home or left to wait it out, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. That’s why it’s important to shop small and local right now, if you have the means to. We rounded up 20 of our favorite small businesses to shop from right now—and let us know your picks in the comments below.

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3D printed hands-free door opener

Since COVID-19 can survive on hard surfaces for up to several days, the importance of hand washing ranks high when it comes to combatting the spread of the virus. But what if we could prevent COVID-19 from ending up on certain hard surfaces altogether? Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise came up with a hands-free alternative to opening a door, thus removing the threat of picking up the virus from handles.

The opener attaches to lever-style door handles with four screws and allows users to place their forearm between the paddle and door and open it without hand-to-handle contact.

“The 3D printed door opener can be attached to existing door handles and features a paddle-shaped extension that allows people to open and close doors with their arm instead of their hands,” the March 16 press release from Materialise reads. “For safety reasons, not all doors can remain open and by removing

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