SINGAPORE – More people are complaining of aches and pains after companies in Singapore opted for work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for employees since early February to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Ms Adda Chua, 32, who is self-employed in the digital marketing industry, says she has been losing track of time and working longer hours at home since her appointments to see clients at their offices were cancelled.

As a result, she says she often finds herself in the same seated position for prolonged periods.

“Although my schedule is flexible, I have been working a lot more when I’m at home,” says Ms Chua, who is married with two daughters. “That eventually led to persistent neck and back pains.”

Although she acknowledges that it is her responsibility to ensure she has breaks in between, she says that is easier said than done.

“The different work environment at home, without interruptions

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Forget the build-it-yourself bookshelves and cookie-cutter wall art—when you’re cousins with Next Wave designer Caroline Rafferty, your first solo New York City apartment is bound to be anything but basic.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: See how the Palm Beach designer and owner of The Grand Tour designed an eclectic New York City apartment.


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See how the Palm Beach designer and owner of The Grand Tour designed an eclectic New York City apartment.

“It was her first place in the city without a roommate and she really wanted to decorate it her way,” says Rafferty of the two-bedroom Tribeca apartment that her younger cousin, an art history graduate who had recently moved to the city, had enlisted her to turn into a proper home. “She was ready to do something glam but it still had to be fresh and not too formal—and she wanted to take some risks.”



a bedroom with a desk and chair in a room: caroline rafferty new york apartment


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caroline rafferty new york apartment

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, river views, and high-end finishes, the apartment provided a strong starting

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Staring out of the windows of my family room, which I do a lot these days, I can’t help but feel like my side yard isn’t living up to its potential. It’s basically a green blur with an ivy-covered floor, shaded from (admittedly beautiful) trees. All of this extra time at home has my husband and me ready to do something about it, though. We want to make the most of our outdoor space, even if we’re just looking at it from the couch.

Laura Osteen, a landscape designer in San Francisco, shares my sentiments about side yards. “They’re such unique spaces. They’re kind of an afterthought often, but there are so many neat things you can do with them,” she says. “And (if you can see them from your house) they’re the window to nature,” she says. If you, too, are wondering what the heck you can do with

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a vase of flowers sits in front of a window: Fashion designer Jason Wu has been collaborating with the kitchen and bath brand Brizo for more than a decade. Here, a look at Wu's newest kitchen collection.


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Fashion designer Jason Wu has been collaborating with the kitchen and bath brand Brizo for more than a decade. Here, a look at Wu’s newest kitchen collection.

After more than 10 years of fruitful collaboration with the kitchen-and-bath brand Brizo, the acclaimed New York fashion designer Jason Wu is now bringing his innovative designs and sophisticated finishes to the next frontier—namely, the kitchen sink. “I’ve been honored to work with the Brizo brand for over a decade—merging our complementary approaches to design to bring fashion into the home,” says Wu, who first gained notoriety as the designer of First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown in 2009. “I was eager to collaborate again to push the boundaries of both finish and style.”



a large glass window: A matte white gooseneck faucet from the new Jason Wu for Brizo Kitchen Collection.


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A matte white gooseneck faucet from the new Jason Wu for Brizo Kitchen Collection.

The Jason Wu for Brizo Kitchen

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