CLEVELAND — Many Ohioans have been working from home for the better part of the past year, so it's high time we started thinking about how we can upgrade our work-from spaces.
On this week's 3 Things to Know with Stephanie Haney podcast, I talk with celebrity home decorator Shani Moran about how to find the best working spot in your home, color choices that affect productivity, how to organize and clear up clutter, and how to repurpose items you already have for a productive and chic space.
Shani, who has worked with celebrities such as Usher, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton to help them decorate and furnish their spaces, also shares why having any more than seven random items within easy reach is a recipe for disaster.
Plus, 3News investigative reporter Rachel Polansky explains what you Need to Know in NEO about her initiative, Keep the Lights on CLE, and helping people stay safe and comfortable in their homes. To close things out, I share why Mary Clark's Tiny Cloud Ceramics is such A Good Follow on Instagram, whether you're working in an office or at home, with a special shoutout to Shannon Okey's Cleveland Bazaar (Northeast Ohio's longest-running independent craft market).
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When it comes to choosing the right spot to set up your home work space, Shani says to pay attention to under-utilized areas.
"Everybody has a certain corner or area at home that nobody likes to sit at. Nobody likes to go there," she tells me. "We call them dead areas, or black holes, within the house. And I think these are the ones to first of all kind of assess, [and ask yourself,] 'Can we make something out of it?'"
If your work space is a little on the small side, or maybe doesn’t have the best lighting, Shani has tips for those scenarios, too.
"I think mirrors are a wonderful thing. I myself use them in many of my spaces because I just think that it just opens things up and you can breathe," she says.
"And of course you want to bring certain lamps and lights into the room, but also, bright colors! Bring in inexpensive decorative items," the Pillow Pops creator tells me. "It can be a vase, it could be a bowl of lemons, anything that will spice it up a little bit for you."
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