Home Design Trends: Functional Spaces – Jewish Exponent

The pandemic’s been a busy time for interior designers, as clients restricted to their living rooms, kitchens and desks are finding that the new normal might call for a new couch.

Interior designers Amy Cuker (Down2Earth Interior Design), Candice Adler (Candice Adler Design) and Michelle Erdosi (Aeternum Design Studio) spoke to the Exponent about the choices they and their clients have made in the past year.

Amy Cuker,
Down2Earth Interior Design

A kitchen designed by Amy Cuker of Down2Earth Interior Design | Photo by Rebecca McAlpin

Since the pandemic began, Cuker and her team at Elkins Park-based Down2Earth Interior Design have worked exclusively on residential projects. With lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, Cuker anticipated that clients would come to see the home office as newly essential. They’d not only need a comfortable, productive space to work in, Cuker theorized, but one that served as a cocoon in a home with children.

But it didn’t turn out that way. Instead of home offices, Cuker said, it’s been mostly about basements, whether unfinished or in need of an update. When one party needs