Global health crisis pits economic against health concerns

Freda A. Nix

The global health crisis is taking a nasty political turn with tensions worsening between governments locked down to keep the coronavirus at bay and people yearning to restart stalled economies and forestall fears of a depression.

Protesters worrying about their livelihoods and bucking what the called infringements on their freedom took to the streets in some places. A few countries were acting act to ease restrictions, but most of the world remains unified in insisting it’s much too early to take more aggressive steps.

In the United States, there was clear evidence of the mounting pressure. The Trump administration says parts of the country are ready to begin a gradual return to normalcy. Yet some state leaders say their response to the pandemic is hindered by a woefully inadequate federal response.

Washington state’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, even accused President Donald Trump of encouraging insubordination and “illegal activity”

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DIY decorating tricks to try over Easter weekend

Freda A. Nix
  • Are you looking for tips and advice on how to brighten your home this Easter weekend? Join Jessica Doyle in the comments section of this article at 12pm (BST) to chat about DIY decorating tricks.

Enforced time at home has led to a DIY explosion around the country. Home-improvement stores were crammed the weekend before lockdown restrictions started, and paint brands are reporting a huge increase in demand as, while self-isolating, we feel compelled to deal with the tatty paintwork and grubby grout we can no longer ignore.

If you’re poised to start tackling some jobs in your own home, it’s worth choosing your task wisely, and being aware of your own limitations. New research from Victorian Plumbing looked into the most stressful DIY tasks, and topping the list was plastering the ceiling, followed by hanging wallpaper and unblocking drains – all probably best avoided while you can’t call on

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36 Design Shows to Watch Now

Freda A. Nix

With the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic impacting people’s daily lives and routines across the world, folks are increasingly turning inward and hunkering down for what may be several more weeks of social distancing. What better time, then, to start watching a design-focused TV series that is informative, heartwarming, and/or aesthetically pleasing? Happily, there is no shortage of design shows to choose from during this period, whether you’re more into stories about life-changing renovations or elaborate, gravity-defying feats of architecture. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most bingeable design-centric series on streaming services and cable now, with hopes that they will offer up a small respite from an exhausting news cycle. Beautiful imagery aside, these series will remind you of the importance of these places we call home.


<h1 class="title">Home</h1> <div class="caption"> This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show <em>Home.</em> </div> <cite class="credit">Courtesy of Apple</cite>

This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show Home.

Courtesy of Apple

Home, AppleTV+’s new documentary

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Keeping Happy at Home – Ben Pundole James Bond Bulldog

Freda A. Nix


Elle Decor

For our new series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)

Ben Pundole is about as experienced a hospitality and travel resource as you will find. He began his career at the Groucho Club in London, then spent 11 years working for Ian Schrager at the Morgans Hotel Group. In 2010, he opened Ruschmeyers in Montauk, New York. Pundole is now the vice president of brand experience at Ian Schrager/Marriott’s Edition hotels group and the founder of the editorial travel site These days, he has been hosting live conversations on AHotelLife’s social-media channels with

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