Lessons From Renovating Our Homes During a Pandemic

March 2020 in Paris was disturbingly warm, a detail I know not from memory but from the pictures on my phone. There we are on our wedge of a balcony, splayed out on green metal chairs, my husband, Guillaume, squinting into the late-day sunlight with my…

March 2020 in Paris was disturbingly warm, a detail I know not from memory but from the pictures on my phone. There we are on our wedge of a balcony, splayed out on green metal chairs, my husband, Guillaume, squinting into the late-day sunlight with my daughter, Mimi, rosy-cheeked and just shy of her first birthday. A few photos later, there’s Mimi in front of our tall living room windows, her hands as plump as balloon animals and pressed against the glass, gazing outside. There are just a few pictures from quick walks around our tumbleweed-quiet neighborhood, the sky cobalt blue over the buildings with their charcoal mansard roofs.

23 Best Bar & Alcohol Gifts (Even if They Don’t Drink)

As I think about all the gifts I’ve given to family and friends over the years, I’ve realized that some of my favorite ones somehow always revolve around the bar. And that’s not to say I’ve been doling out bottles of wine like that aunt or that everyon…

As I think about all the gifts I’ve given to family and friends over the years, I’ve realized that some of my favorite ones somehow always revolve around the bar. And that’s not to say I’ve been doling out bottles of wine like that aunt or that everyone even has an at-home bar, but I consider bar gifts to be as versatile and gift-able as anything else.

Whether it’s a bottle of wine (okay, fine) or a non-alcoholic spirit, matching coupes or coasters, or even a box of punny, booze-inspired gummies, bar gifts are thoughtful and practical. Best of all, they’re usually what gets used (or sipped, or eaten) as soon as they’re unwrapped. Instant joy and gratification, amirite?

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7 Best Carving Knives You’ll Use Well After Thanksgiving

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up …

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up crusty boules of bread. A classic chef’s knife can do a lot, but it can’t do everything. Likewise, a carving knife can’t do everything, but it can do more than meats the eye.

Here are the seven best carving knives you can buy online, according to chefs and butchers who use them on and off the job. If you’re on the hunt for a practical pick or budget-friendly buy, we’ve got you covered. And if fancier options that scream “restaurant-quality” are more your style, we’ve got those, too.

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Expert Tips for a Laundry Room That’s Efficient (& Beautiful!)

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And d…

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And don’t forget their Styler steam closet—it’s the perfect laundry room plus-one for refreshing your favorite garments, pillows, plush toys, and more.


Any home renovation can seem like a daunting task, and a laundry room reno is no exception. Even though it’s a small space, the design—plus all those extra touches, from the wall color to built-in hanging racks— can go a long way toward making laundry day less of a chore. To find out how to get it right, we talked to a few of our favorite design and DIY experts about how to create a hardworking laundry setup that's good-looking, too.

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The Best Small Space Trick Isn’t What You Do—It’s What You Don’t

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


In last month’s installment of No Space Too Small I wrote about small-space hacks that had failed me, including entryway hooks and rolling storage carts. Now I want to tell you about the space-saving hack that works like a charm no matter what your space looks like, where you live, or how you use your home: Stop acquiring so much stuff.

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10 Cozy Throw Blankets That Have Us Dreaming of Cold Nights

There’s nothing sadder than a bare couch with zero throw blankets or pillows. It’s the equivalent of toast without butter. Or pasta without salt. Or—yea, you get it.

These little touches can make any couch infinitely more warm and inviting— not that w…

There’s nothing sadder than a bare couch with zero throw blankets or pillows. It’s the equivalent of toast without butter. Or pasta without salt. Or—yea, you get it.

These little touches can make any couch infinitely more warm and inviting— not that we needed an excuse to lounge around for another two hours, but hey, it doesn’t hurt. And as the days get shorter and the temps get cooler, there’s nothing we like to do more than work on our couch dent with a cup of warm apple cider and a good podcast. The only thing that’d make it better? A chunky throw blanket.

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I Never Buy Wrapping Paper—I Do This Instead

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re wrapping the last few items in your stack of holiday gifts when you reach the end of the wrapping paper roll. Dang. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably doing this late at night and aren’t in the mood to g…

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re wrapping the last few items in your stack of holiday gifts when you reach the end of the wrapping paper roll. Dang. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably doing this late at night and aren’t in the mood to go to the store, so it’s time to get crafty. On the other hand, you may not have purchased any wrapping paper on purpose—a noble commitment to keeping things low-waste.

There are lots of ways you can create a lovely wrapped gift using random items you have lying around the house, with zero need to rush back out to the store in the 11th hour. Here are 10 of our favorite new ways to do just that.

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Is This Grandma-Approved Dishwasher Hack Too Good to Be True?

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday…

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday living easier. From advice on teething babies (the youngest of her eight grandchildren is less than one year old) to a hilarious hack that keeps the man in your life clean during a messy outdoor barbecue (hint: place a piece of Press’N seal wrap on his polo shirt for an invisible bib), Babs is always sharing savvy ideas on the engrossing social media platform.

Babs’ loyal followers are always quick to say how much she reminds them of their own Nonnas too. “Thanks for this. I miss my grandma and you remind me of her. Thank you,” wrote user bentellectstan. Here, we’re rounding up five of Babs’ most beloved viral home hacks ever.

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15 Things to Do With Your Fam This Thanksgiving (Besides Eating)

If you’re not in the kitchen preparing the meal for the rest of your family, it’s likely you’re kicked back on the couch with a pumpkin ale, snacking on the cheeseboard your host curated. And while Thanksgiving relaxation certainly has its place, there…

If you’re not in the kitchen preparing the meal for the rest of your family, it’s likely you’re kicked back on the couch with a pumpkin ale, snacking on the cheeseboard your host curated. And while Thanksgiving relaxation certainly has its place, there are plenty of activities the whole family can participate in (and we mean besides a turkey trot).

Below, we’ve gathered some of our staff’s favorite traditions, as well as some new ones you can try out with your family this year.

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13 of the Most Bewitching Halloween Candles

As soon as the leaves start to change colors and coffee shops introduce seasonal spiced lattes to their menus, that means one terrifying thing—Halloween is around the corner. To get in the spirit of the season, these 13 bewitching Halloween candles wil…

As soon as the leaves start to change colors and coffee shops introduce seasonal spiced lattes to their menus, that means one terrifying thing—Halloween is around the corner. To get in the spirit of the season, these 13 bewitching Halloween candles will fill your home with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, bloody strawberry, and spine-tingling citrus.

The spookiest of all—Target’s Bleeding Skull Candle—is wicked cool. However, not all of these candles will send a shiver up your spine. Anthropologie, Voluspa, and Nest all sell uber-sophisticated scents that are ripe for burning all throughout fall. If the flame is suddenly extinguished, well you may just want to check for ghosts hiding in your closets.

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