The One Spot in Your Home You’re Definitely Forgetting to Clean

Growing up, I absolutely loathed how clean and tidy our house was at all times. OK, I didn’t hate that it was clean, but the fact that my mom always insisted that dishes were cleaned the second they hit the sink, and bedsheets and pillows tucked and fl…

Growing up, I absolutely loathed how clean and tidy our house was at all times. OK, I didn't hate that it was clean, but the fact that my mom always insisted that dishes were cleaned the second they hit the sink, and bedsheets and pillows tucked and fluffed before the day even got going.

I found it endlessly annoying as a kid to live in what one person close to me once described as a "model home"—sparkling kitchen counters and all. But now, as a result, I can't imagine living anywhere even remotely disorganized (have you met my kitchen storage MVP yet?) or messy (my BFF is a purple vacuum).

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The IKEA Product That Sells Every 5 Seconds

By the time you read this sentence, IKEA has probably sold another one of these to someone, somewhere in the world. And by the time you’ve read this one, they’ve probably sold another.

No, it’s not their ingenious lamp with a built-in speaker or their…

By the time you read this sentence, IKEA has probably sold another one of these to someone, somewhere in the world. And by the time you’ve read this one, they’ve probably sold another.

No, it’s not their ingenious lamp with a built-in speaker or their surprisingly amazing meatballs (though probably those, too). It’s the Billy bookcase, an IKEA design classic. With adjustable shelves and the ability to stack (when properly and safely anchored to the wall), the various bookshelves in the Billy collection have become must-have staples, flying off those super high IKEA shelves since the first version launched in 1979.

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5 Expert Tips for Plant-ifying Your Kitchen

In their latest book Plant Tribe, Igor Josifovic-Kemper and Judith de Graaff whisk readers off to 17 attractive, plant-filled homes across the US, Europe and Brazil. What makes this book so valuable is not just their adept styling of the rooms, but how…

In their latest book Plant Tribe, Igor Josifovic-Kemper and Judith de Graaff whisk readers off to 17 attractive, plant-filled homes across the US, Europe and Brazil. What makes this book so valuable is not just their adept styling of the rooms, but how the capable hands of Igor and Judith transform the spaces into teaching tools. In one part of the book, for instance, the pair uses them to illustrate how plants have the power to affect our well-being. In another, the homes are accompanied by the authors’ insights into the business side of plants.

One particular section of note, the book’s “Room-by-Room Guide,” shows readers how they can keep plants thriving throughout their houses, including in the unusually-tricky kitchen. This spot presents a unique challenge because of its daily changes in temperature and moisture levels, sometimes shoddy natural light and its abundance of appliances (which can affect air flow and quality). Lucky for you, Igor and Judith have put together a quick guide to kitchen plant care that takes all of this into account. If you don’t have a green thumb (yet), do not fear. These tips are aimed at beginners, so follow along below, and you, too, can have a kitchen filled with happy plants.

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It’s Time to Clean Your Yoga Mat. Here’s How.

My yoga mat has gone from sitting in the back of my closet collecting dust, to being my quarantine MVP. As someone who’s more a group fitness gal and less solitary yogi, when studios suddenly closed in mid-March, I grew slightly anxious. Knowing that e…

My yoga mat has gone from sitting in the back of my closet collecting dust, to being my quarantine MVP. As someone who’s more a group fitness gal and less solitary yogi, when studios suddenly closed in mid-March, I grew slightly anxious. Knowing that exercise was inextricably linked to my mental health, I decided to pull out my yoga mat from its dusty home and explore remote ways to sweat it out. (Luckily, I quickly found a slew of talented instructors hosting Instagram Live workouts.) Today, I still don’t do much yoga, but I do use the mat for everything from high-intensity interval training to pilates. My mat has turned into my happy place and I’m thankful for that fleeting moment when I was convinced I was zen enough to purchase one.

Of course, now that my yoga mat is my best friend, it gets sweaty on the regular. As a pre-pandemic germaphobe, my instinct was to give it the occasional once-over with a sanitizing wipe. Now that I'm hyper-aware of all the germs, bacteria, and viruses that threaten our well-being, I know it needs more. I decided to dig deeper to find the right way to clean a yoga mat; here's what I learned.

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A Simple French Tradition for Ditching Paper Napkins

Wave hello to the brand-new Five Two Everyday Napkins!

Five Two director Kristina Wasserman was struck by inspiration for these cotton beauties in none other than…you guessed it, France. While in the French town of Cholet—historically, a center for …

Wave hello to the brand-new Five Two Everyday Napkins!

Five Two director Kristina Wasserman was struck by inspiration for these cotton beauties in none other than...you guessed it, France. While in the French town of Cholet—historically, a center for textiles, dish towels, and napkins—she came upon an interesting dining tradition. "Members of a family each had their own cloth napkin assigned to them for meals through the day, or even across a few days," she says. Well, she brought the idea home, and soon began developing, along with our community, the latest in Five Two's line of eco-friendly home goods.

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How I Transformed My Rental Bathroom Without Remodeling a Thing

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Reciting the specs of my Astoria, Queens apartment never fails to elicit gasps from people familiar with the New York City housing market. 1,000+ square feet? Yup. Hardwood floors? Thank god. Natural light? Need it. A dishwasher? I know, it’s a gem. And it doesn’t cost 70 percent of your monthly earnings? No way.

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My Mom’s Trick to Fluffier, Cleaner Pillows

Remember the great (and fiercely fought) top-sheet-or-no-top-sheet debate from a few years ago? It was all-out war for a while, with non-top-sheeters being called everything from disgusting to monsters. In the opposite corner, the single-sheeters were …

Remember the great (and fiercely fought) top-sheet-or-no-top-sheet debate from a few years ago? It was all-out war for a while, with non-top-sheeters being called everything from disgusting to monsters. In the opposite corner, the single-sheeters were also spoiling for a fight, calling the top sheet a scam perpetuated by Big Linen.

Look I get it: People have strong opinions on bed-making. Between the decorative pillows vs. none, light blanket vs. duvet, hospital corners vs. fanfolds vs. untucked, it seems that when it comes to how they sleep, people have all kinds of preferences.

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Yes, There’s a Difference Between Cleaning & Disinfecting

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Our new reality goes something like this: Manically check your temperature one minute, save a recipe on Instagram the next, figure out how to manage your kid’s Google Hangout date (and incessant need for snacks) … and manage the fact that you’re doing this all on a conference call.

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Yes, There’s a Difference Between Cleaning & Disinfecting

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Our new reality goes something like this: Manically check your temperature one minute, save a recipe on Instagram the next, figure out how to manage your kid’s Google Hangout date (and incessant need for snacks) … and manage the fact that you’re doing this all on a conference call.

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How to Remove Pesky Candle Wax From Fabric

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

A s…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


A successful dinner party is at once a rush and a sigh of relief—the food came out on time, your guests got along, and no one talked opposing politics. If you set out your favorite table runner or tablecloth—plus some candles for ambience—it’s probably also true that you’ve experienced the aftermath of such an elegant setup: candle wax melted over onto the fabric.

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