Optimizing where we work, rest and play.
The kitchen has long been considered the heart of the home, and the pandemic has only strengthened that belief. This has resulted in a few notable design trends, including the growing popularity of larger kitchen island/peninsula hubs. Along with increased functionality and storage, there is the opportunity to add additional seating and a work surface — for cooking prep, homework or a laptop station.
Spending so much time at home makes a good argument for adding luxury amenities. The Effegibi Sky Sauna comes in three models, allowing it to fit into almost any space. With its wide glass panels that reach to the ceiling and construction from Canadian hemlock, it’s designed to nurture ultimate relaxation. Optional features include mood lighting and a sound system that delivers music from your own device.
The surge in interest in growing food at home is another movement to come out of the pandemic. The modular self-watering Heirloom Garden from Vancouver-based LifeSpace Gardens works as well on condo decks as it does in backyards. Each planter contains a patented SIPtech self-watering system that allows for the watering of veggies (or any other plants) from the bottom up. Built to order, the cedar planters come in a range of sizes and finishes.
The home gym
Miss going to the gym? The at-home exercise machine options are getting better every year, meaning they’re less likely to become a glorified clothes rack. The new Peloton Tread has a 32-inch touchscreen tablet for streaming from the Peloton app, which has access to 10,000-plus classes. Optional add-ons include a mat, weights and a heart monitor.