15 Top-Rated Vacuum Cleaners That Can Handle the Dirtiest Floors

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s…

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work!”

If your vacuum needs a dozen passes to leave your floors looking even remotely clean, short of changing out the filter, it’s safe to say that you need a new one. Luckily, there’s no shortage of top-rated vacuums, especially on Amazon Prime where you can take advantage of its free two-day shipping and easy returns.

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Please Don’t Wear Your Outdoor Shoes Inside My Home

From a very young age, I was taught to always take my shoes off once I got inside the house. No matter whose home it was, you just didn’t wear your outside shoes inside. Three decades later and I still do this in my own home and ask guests to do the sa…

From a very young age, I was taught to always take my shoes off once I got inside the house. No matter whose home it was, you just didn’t wear your outside shoes inside. Three decades later and I still do this in my own home and ask guests to do the same. IYKYK.

People ask me if it’s an Asian thing (I’m Chinese). Sometimes I’ll say yes, but most of the time, I’ll just say it’s a cleanliness thing—because it really is.

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Where Designers Score Quality Artwork—Without Breaking the Bank

By the time a room starts to come together, a lot of decisions have already been made. There’s the back-and-forth of what paint color to choose, whether or not the floors need some attention, and how you’re handling window treatments. A discussion that…

By the time a room starts to come together, a lot of decisions have already been made. There’s the back-and-forth of what paint color to choose, whether or not the floors need some attention, and how you’re handling window treatments. A discussion that decides whether a sectional is best is a given, as well as what texture the rug should be. And when all of the big-ticket items are finally in place, there’s the rearranging of furniture here and there (and back again), to ensure that the room has an ideal flow. So it’s no wonder that when artwork is considered as the exclamation points of a design, blank walls are usually met with question marks.

Art has a reputation for being expensive and subjective, which makes the idea of finding the right pieces overwhelming. But the truth is, it’s possible to find quality artwork without spending a ton of money, and no one else has to like it but you (unless your home is also a museum). “My goal is to find artwork that speaks to my clients,” designer Gina Gutierrez says. “When it comes to fitting in the space, I like to make sure that the piece harmonizes with our color story and meets the energy of the room: vibrant, moody, soft, or even natural.”

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30 Inexpensive Gifts That Say ‘I’m Thinking of You’

We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 inexpensive gift ideas f…

We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 inexpensive gift ideas for... well, everyone in your life that barely hit $50.

From Otherland’s beautifully packaged candles to Anthro’s bistro-inspired monogram mug you’ve seen all over Instagram, these 30 gifts prove that it’s really the thought that matters most.

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11 Absurdly Large Halloween Decorations (Including the 12-Foot Skeleton)

When it comes to Halloween decor, you either go big or go home—literally. And while it might sound strange to think about pumpkins and skeletons in the middle of summer, given how the pandemic has seemingly slowed time and there’s a general feeling of …

When it comes to Halloween decor, you either go big or go home—literally. And while it might sound strange to think about pumpkins and skeletons in the middle of summer, given how the pandemic has seemingly slowed time and there’s a general feeling of restlessness in the air, thinking about over-the-top Halloween decor is keeping us going at the moment—especially when that viral 12-foot skeleton is back.

Why would you ever want a regular human-sized skeleton instead of a towering 12-foot skeleton complete with a burning pumpkin head? Or tiny critters when you can drape a 16-foot wide web with house-sized spiders around your space?

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Everything They *Don’t* Tell You About Jute Rugs

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in th…

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in the bathroom, and a gray, woven jute rug in the dining room.

If you'd asked me which of these rugs I thought might be the highest maintenance before I bought them, I probably would have guessed the vintage Turkish one. But nope, that rug is sturdy, which makes sense, as it’s in fabulous condition despite its 50+ year age. The most challenging of them all is actually... the jute rug.

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Every Kind of Reusable Straw, Ranked

If you’re still drinking out of a plastic straw, you might as well be throwing garbage right into the ocean. Or at least that’s the opinion of many who have made the personal pledge to cut their plastic consumption in small, sustainable ways. Thankfull…

If you’re still drinking out of a plastic straw, you might as well be throwing garbage right into the ocean. Or at least that’s the opinion of many who have made the personal pledge to cut their plastic consumption in small, sustainable ways. Thankfully, the move away from plastic straws is not a ban on all straws, which is great news for those who don’t enjoy getting hit in the teeth with ice cubes every time they take a sip.

Eco-friendly alternatives ranging from metal and glass to silicone and paper have swooped in to save the day. And no, they’re not all the same. Some are reusable and even dishwasher-safe, while others are more of a one-and-done option.

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I Owe My Apartment’s Tidiness to These $25 Organizer Drawers

Living in a small space will teach you how to take one great idea and utilize it in as many ways —and in as many rooms—as possible. This is especially true for renters who have limited options for what we can do to our homes since, technically, they belong to someone else. Would I love to blow out the wall between my kitchen and living room to make one big, cohesive space? Of course I do. But how can I justify spending major cash on making a space more beautiful and functional if I’m going to move out in a few years? That’s why I rely on $25 SimpleHuman cabinet organizers in my 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment—five, to be exact.

After moving into my current apartment five years ago and combining all of our things, my now-fiancé and I quickly filled all five upper kitchen cabinets with glasses, dishes, frequently used pots and pans, and all of our pantry items. We had one cabinet underneath the sink that could house our bakeware and cleaning products, but it was so deep that it felt like a cavernous crawl space from which our possessions could be stored but never retrieved.

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Living in a small space will teach you how to take one great idea and utilize it in as many ways —and in as many rooms—as possible. This is especially true for renters who have limited options for what we can do to our homes since, technically, they belong to someone else. Would I love to blow out the wall between my kitchen and living room to make one big, cohesive space? Of course I do. But how can I justify spending major cash on making a space more beautiful and functional if I’m going to move out in a few years? That’s why I rely on $25 SimpleHuman cabinet organizers in my 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment—five, to be exact.

After moving into my current apartment five years ago and combining all of our things, my now-fiancé and I quickly filled all five upper kitchen cabinets with glasses, dishes, frequently used pots and pans, and all of our pantry items. We had one cabinet underneath the sink that could house our bakeware and cleaning products, but it was so deep that it felt like a cavernous crawl space from which our possessions could be stored but never retrieved.

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How I Manage to Fit 10 Different Outfits Into One Carry-On

In May, I traveled by plane for the first time in more than a year. Some parts were like riding a bike: keeping pace with the security line shuffle, timing my arrival to the airport so I had just enough time to grab a coffee, and chewing on gum as we…

In May, I traveled by plane for the first time in more than a year. Some parts were like riding a bike: keeping pace with the security line shuffle, timing my arrival to the airport so I had just enough time to grab a coffee, and chewing on gum as we ascended to keep my ears from popping.

Other parts… not so smooth. I forgot to take the portable charger out of my suitcase before boarding (and held up the line trying to pull it out), I developed a cold on the way back likely because my body wasn’t used to all the germs, and most notably, I lost the ability to consolidate a week’s worth of clothes into one carry-on.

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The Best Bedsheets for Every Type of Sleeper

Bedsheets are the most important part of any bed—yes, even more important than your mattress.

Sure, the right mattress is important because you spend about a third of your life sleeping (which doesn’t include all the time scrolling through TikTok in b…

Bedsheets are the most important part of any bed—yes, even more important than your mattress.

Sure, the right mattress is important because you spend about a third of your life sleeping (which doesn’t include all the time scrolling through TikTok in bed), but the right set of sheets can either send you into perfect slumber or suffocate you like a sauna.

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