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COVID-19 (more commonly called the “coronavirus”) has disrupted many of our daily lives. Even if we aren’t in hotspots like Seattle or New York City, the effects of the coronavirus have caused us to spend more time indoors and participate in social distancing.

Simply put, for at least the next few weeks, we are going to be spending substantially more time in our homes.

Because of this, it is absolutely worth your time to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable. This is where biophilic design is relevant. It can make your home a sanctuary—no matter its size or where it is located. 

Some Basics About Biophilic Design

If you haven’t yet heard of biophilic design, it is essentially a way that building occupants can connect with their natural environment. This occurs through things like direct and indirect nature, space conditions, and place conditions. At its core, biophilic design is trying to relate to our primitive past. While we may not need to live in the jungle or savannah, biophilic design is trying to extract that genetic connection to the natural world.

Getting connected in the kitchen has never been easier or smarter. Smart kitchen gadgets combine tech with traditional appliances and guide you through the cooking process to help make cooking easier. They also free up your schedule so you're not spending unnecessary time watching your meal cook — many of the appliances below pair with apps that let you monitor and adjust temperatures, cooking times, and power switches remotely. Whether you're a novice who is typically afraid of stepping foot into the kitchen, or a seasoned cook who wants to multitask, the following smart kitchen appliances can help you create the perfect meal. Here are 5 kitchen appliances we are loving for 2020:

We've spent the last few months renovating a lovely 1928 Spanish colonial in Long Beach. Kathy, a beauty executive who has lived there for seven years, liked the existing kitchen layout but wanted to reconfigure some of the appliances and update the cabinets.

I recently had the honor of being invited to the Napa Valley region to experience the luxury brand appliance, Signature Kitchen Suites. Along with about 25 other east coast NKBA designers, we worked with on-site executive Chef Nick to acquaint ourselves firsthand with the capabilities of these incredible appliances. SKS boasts the tagline "True to Food" and demonstrates respect for food at every level by delivering performance, design and precision.