The 5 Best Bath Towels We’ve Ever Used

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even g…

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even get me started on the price—some were so expensive that I could only afford to buy one for myself, leaving my poor husband to deal with his old rag. For something so simple, the search for the perfect bath towel is shockingly difficult.

Well, there was no way I was the only one with bath towel woes, so I went straight to our team to find their faves—if they even had any. To my surprise (or rather, no one’s surprise), we all had the same issues and we’d all spent too many hours researching and testing every towel we’d come across before finding these five tried-and-true favorites.

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Builder-Grade to Zen Retreat: A DIY Bathroom Makeover

In the spring of 2020, avid DIYer Jenny Flynn and her husband, Bryson, moved into a 1970s fixer-upper in American Fork, UT and have since made swift work of bringing it up to date. Think: monochrome paintings, seating that swerves, and a crisp neutral …

In the spring of 2020, avid DIYer Jenny Flynn and her husband, Bryson, moved into a 1970s fixer-upper in American Fork, UT and have since made swift work of bringing it up to date. Think: monochrome paintings, seating that swerves, and a crisp neutral color palette. There isn’t a room that hasn’t been altered: “My main goal was to create a space that I felt myself in,” says Flynn. Her latest undertaking? The main bathroom which, prior to a two-month long renovation, was chockablock with dated and poorly made fixtures, including an impractically tiny sink and toilet. “[They] felt like they belonged in a dollhouse,” Flynn jokes.

By doing the work herself and keeping the plumbing in place, Flynn was able to recast the uninviting room as a luxurious and calming retreat for just $1,600, the bulk of which she spent on fixtures–a brushed brass faucet joins a sinuous Gio Ponti inspired mirror, non-slip tile, and, of course, a human-sized sink and commode. Even more impressive than the savings is how Earth-first some of the fresh additions are, notably the vanity and paint. “Being environmentally friendly is important to me because little changes I make to be more sustainable can reduce my carbon footprint,” Flynn explains.

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The Definitive Guide to Owning a Clawfoot Bathtub

Everyone has an idea of what their dream house will look like. Maybe it includes a terraced garden or acres of untamed forest; perhaps it comes with charming wooden shutters or a sleek, modern metal staircase; or that it’s just a cozy 700-square-foot c…

Everyone has an idea of what their dream house will look like. Maybe it includes a terraced garden or acres of untamed forest; perhaps it comes with charming wooden shutters or a sleek, modern metal staircase; or that it's just a cozy 700-square-foot city-center apartment. For me, every version of my dream home—from my days playing MASH on the playground, to using the Sims 2 design layouts I found on the internet, to house-hunting as an adult—all included one thing: a clawfoot tub.

To me, a clawfoot bathtub epitomized the peak of decadence—a romanticized fever dream where adulthood and self-care and luxury (not to mention copious amounts of free time) collided in an aspirational-yet-attainable ideal—all represented in one little cast iron fixture. The idea of owning a home that boasted a clawfoot tub came with promises of fluffy bubble baths accompanied by wine, and lazy afternoons reading a book. It represented all that I thought homeownership would be: satisfying, comfortable, and uncomplicated.

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15 Clever Ideas for Maximizing Your Bathroom Storage

I can’t wait to live in a home that’s big enough for me to take a bath without having to look at a toilet. If I ever go on House Hunters, the only thing on my wish list will be a luxurious, spacious bathroom with a separate commode. But until that day …

I can’t wait to live in a home that’s big enough for me to take a bath without having to look at a toilet. If I ever go on House Hunters, the only thing on my wish list will be a luxurious, spacious bathroom with a separate commode. But until that day comes, I’ll be doing everything I can to maximize the storage space I do have in my small apartment bathroom.

If you think about it, in almost every bathroom, the toilet backs up to a blank wall. It’s the perfect canvas for creative storage solutions, and it’s a great space to fuse form and function.

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Under-$30 Bathroom Upgrades That Are Sleek, Stylish & Functional

We’ve teamed up with Philips Sonicare to share functional (yet beautiful!) products that’ll make your bathroom feel like a brand-new space—without spending a fortune. We’re starting by upgrading our toothbrush to the new Philips One by Sonicare. It not…

We've teamed up with Philips Sonicare to share functional (yet beautiful!) products that'll make your bathroom feel like a brand-new space—without spending a fortune. We're starting by upgrading our toothbrush to the new Philips One by Sonicare. It not only comes in four very cute colors, but it's battery-operated and super portable, thanks to a sleek carrying case you can take just about anywhere.


For a space that gets used multiple times a day, my bathroom isn't a place I think about much, in terms of style and design. On the other hand, I dream about redecorating my living room on a weekly (if not hourly) basis.

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Open Shelves Are the Storage Solution Your Bathroom Needs

Given that most bathrooms have a single vanity and maybe, if you’re lucky, a medicine cabinet to offer for storage, cramming in all the items you need becomes a bit of a challenge. What do you do, for instance, with the extra toothpaste, back-up hand t…

Given that most bathrooms have a single vanity and maybe, if you're lucky, a medicine cabinet to offer for storage, cramming in all the items you need becomes a bit of a challenge. What do you do, for instance, with the extra toothpaste, back-up hand towels, and your (constantly growing) collection of hand lotions?

Enter: open shelves.

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This Is How Many Towels You Really Need to Own

A towel isn’t exactly something that invokes deep contemplation. A linen closet or drawer is usually a necessity and not a luxury, and the towels stacked inside them are out of mind unless they’re needed for a few seconds each day. The only time towels…

A towel isn’t exactly something that invokes deep contemplation. A linen closet or drawer is usually a necessity and not a luxury, and the towels stacked inside them are out of mind unless they’re needed for a few seconds each day. The only time towels really grab your attention is when they’re stained, stiff, or smelly. But they could probably use more thought.

At a time when self-care can be defined by long and involved routines, simply having a good quality towel is one easy way to treat yourself—after all, you do need to bathe. But how many do you actually need? An informal poll among friends yielded a wide range of numbers. If you’re anything like me, you probably have too many, leading to overstuffing, stress, and dwindling storage. On the other hand, if you're constantly rushing out to launder your towels, you probably have too few.

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5 Spots in Your Bathroom You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean

I have a love-hate relationship with cleaning my bathroom.

When it’s that day of the week, you’ll find me running out the door on a day-long chore-arathon that will likely include the pet store (we have no pets) and the dentist (I hate dentists). But …

I have a love-hate relationship with cleaning my bathroom.

When it’s that day of the week, you’ll find me running out the door on a day-long chore-arathon that will likely include the pet store (we have no pets) and the dentist (I hate dentists). But mention a deep clean, and I’m all ears and legs—dashing to the kitchen to grab my bucket of arsenal from under the sink. For me, there’s just something about the 'deep' that puts the fun back into 'clean'— it’s the regular cleaning that I’m not best friends with.

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This New Bathroom Color Trend Might Just Be The Easiest Upgrade

If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that even the best-loved home decor trends come and go—the days of open shelving and all-white kitchens may be waning, and even the classic subway tile is growing tired. When it comes to bathroom trends, Pinteres…

If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that even the best-loved home decor trends come and go—the days of open shelving and all-white kitchens may be waning, and even the classic subway tile is growing tired. When it comes to bathroom trends, Pinterest seems to dictate that a wash of neutral tile is the new way to go. However, bathroom renovations aren’t cheap, and we’d rather not rip everything out every time a trend shifts. So what options are we left with, to stock the bathroom with something a bit, well, longer-lasting?

Black accessories! It’s the answer that’s almost too simple. Hardware and accessories are the easiest way to upgrade the bathroom without renovating it—and while brass isn’t for everyone, and chrome quickly skews sterile, black works with pretty much every style. It also doesn’t compete with other colors and has a modern yet timeless quality about it. Bottom line: whether you’ve got a gut-renovated all-white bathroom (aka, a match made in heaven), or a garishly tiled rental, black accessories will last you from trend to ephemeral trend.

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4 Ways to Put Your Towels on Display (Even in a Small Bathroom)

How do you typically store your bath towels? Personally, mine get folded up and shoved into our freestanding bathroom tower because my tiny bathroom doesn’t have a linen closet.

Despite my less-than-glamorous treatment of them, I actually love my bath…

How do you typically store your bath towels? Personally, mine get folded up and shoved into our freestanding bathroom tower because my tiny bathroom doesn’t have a linen closet.

Despite my less-than-glamorous treatment of them, I actually love my bath towels (they’re these amazing ones from Parachute Home, and I wish there was a way to incorporate the delicate blue linens into the decor of the bathroom. Space restrictions definitely pose a challenge, but it got me thinking—besides folding and stacking, what other ways are there to store towels, especially in a smaller bathroom?

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