Online shopping set a Black Friday record as consumers stayed home.

This year’s Black Friday looked nothing like a usual one. Crowds at suburban malls and city shopping districts were comparatively sparse. With the coronavirus touching virtually every corner of the United States, social distancing, restrictions on business activity and health concerns kept many people home.

They shopped online, however.

According to Adobe Analytics, which scans 80 percent of online transactions across the top 100 U.S. web retailers, consumers spent $9 billion on Friday. That’s a 21.6 percent increase over Black Friday in 2019 and the second-biggest number for online retailers Adobe has ever tracked. In the four days from Thanksgiving through Sunday, consumers spent $23.5 billion online, a 23 percent increase over last year, according to Adobe.

Another research firm, Facteus, which monitors millions of debit and credit card payments made in the United States, found that department stores’ in-person sales fell significantly on Friday, but that their online sales

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Collective Design’s Founder Wants to Bring Makers and Interior Designers Together

Collective Design, the annual design fair founded in 2013 by architect Steven Learner, announced today the launch of its new platform, Source. The site is positioned to meet the sourcing needs of members of the trade by bringing vetted studios, artists, and makers together with interior designers and other industry professionals. What is more, Source’s invite-only model is poised to harness Learner’s substantial Rolodex to help foster propitious connections and deepen relationships—while helping to diversify countless projects in the process.

“There’s nothing else like this out there,” Learner says to AD PRO. “It’s about bespoke objects and helping design firms understand the capacity of someone to create 36 chairs in a different finish, or putting them in touch with a designer who has his own factory of impeccable quality.”

Inside the studio of Cody Hoyt, who is selling his wares through the platform. 

Photo: Courtesy of Cody Hoyt

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What remodeling projects add the most value to a home?

A: I will use the term “remodeling” broadly, because some of the least expensive improvements a seller can make are very impactful, including new paint, landscaping, new light fixtures and refinishing hardwood floors. In terms of investing in significant remodeling, things that people can see, like kitchens and baths, add more value than things they can’t, like roofs and other infrastructure projects.

Today’s buyers almost universally want an open kitchen/great room so if walls need to be moved to achieve that, it’s worth it. The second priority is the primary suite, which ideally has a spacious bathroom and generous closet space.

Welcoming outdoor space, including lighting, a heating element and beautiful landscaping are more in demand than ever right now. Of course, any projects that add square footage to a home will add tremendous value, too.

Annie Williams, Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-819-2663, [email protected]

A: A thoughtfully designed and updated space

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Craig Robinson Buys Lavish Home Office

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It’s a blessedly long way from Dunder Mifflin and the mean streets of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but prolific actor/comedian Craig Robinson (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Darryl Philbin in “The Office“) has splashed out $2.6 million for an all-new, Michael Scott-free home in L.A.’s suburban neighborhood of Tarzana. The single-level contemporary sports six bedrooms and a total of six full baths in just north of 4,600 square feet of living space, all of it with an open flow and wrapped in cool neutral tones.

Built this year by a local developer, the nonagonal structure is fronted by an attached three-car garage set below an unusual bank of clerestory windows. Inside, the front door opens to a brief foyer before spilling into a living room visually dominated by a linear fireplace set into a black marble surround.

Just beyond the living room lies a vast hallway with space

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