I’ll Never Use a Bath Towel Again

You know that glorious feeling when you emerge from the ocean, trot back to your beach chair, and snuggle up in your towel like it’s a big ol’ blanket? Or after you’ve had a refreshing shower in a hotel bathroom, and you wrap yourself up in a fluffy wh…

You know that glorious feeling when you emerge from the ocean, trot back to your beach chair, and snuggle up in your towel like it’s a big ol’ blanket? Or after you’ve had a refreshing shower in a hotel bathroom, and you wrap yourself up in a fluffy white towel and flop on the bed to watch some TV, only to fall asleep in its cozy comfort? What if I told you that you could channel those experiences in your own home?

Here’s how: bath sheets.

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Proof That Beautiful Soap Dishes *Do* Exist

A few years ago, I was laser-focused on ridding my life of single-use plastics. One of the changes I made was to switch from liquid soaps to bar soap. (If you haven’t come around to bar soap yet, let fellow contributor Chantal Lamers persuade you.) I q…

A few years ago, I was laser-focused on ridding my life of single-use plastics. One of the changes I made was to switch from liquid soaps to bar soap. (If you haven’t come around to bar soap yet, let fellow contributor Chantal Lamers persuade you.) I quickly realized that a soap dish was in order, but when I started shopping, it was challenging to find anything that matched my aesthetics. Instead, many of them were basic, plastic designs—the very material I was trying to avoid—or they were sold as part of a matching set with bathroom accessories like tissue box or toothbrush holders that I didn't need. I finally found a handmade ceramic one through Etsy.

Fast forward to today: It seems like cool soap dishes are everywhere. Etsy is overflowing with modern soap trays (concrete, terrazzo, clay, glass!); major retailers have options beyond the basics (and with no need to purchase a matching suite of accessories), and I kid you not—there are even cool soap dish collabs.

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Our Favorite Pieces From the Gap Home Collection

As a ‘90s kid who loved fashion growing up, there are few brands as iconic as Gap. I remember when its logo still incorporated a navy blue box and way before it collaborated with designers like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and most recently, Ye, or the…

As a ‘90s kid who loved fashion growing up, there are few brands as iconic as Gap. I remember when its logo still incorporated a navy blue box and way before it collaborated with designers like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and most recently, Ye, or the artist formerly known as Kanye. I still have a logoed sweatshirt or two, which would be considered vintage nowadays and likely to sell on Depop for more than what I paid.

Gap has had a shaky couple of years, if not decades, with store closures and controversies, all of which is to be expected from such a storied brand trying to find relevancy and footing among newer, more millennial and Gen Z-forward labels and DTC startups. But the brand kept moving forward, expanding into new categories like baby clothes, workout gear, and even fragrances. Anyone remember those? The Dream scent was my jam.

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The Bathrobe That Reminds Me It’s Okay To Take a Break

As a born and raised New Yorker who talks fast and walks faster, “taking a break” is not in my vocabulary. The hustle only became stronger throughout the pandemic. I was fortunate to work from home, but being physically away from my team made me work h…

As a born and raised New Yorker who talks fast and walks faster, “taking a break” is not in my vocabulary. The hustle only became stronger throughout the pandemic. I was fortunate to work from home, but being physically away from my team made me work harder and longer.

But being “on” all the time eventually led to burnout, and despite how much I liked my job and the team, I found myself dreaming of far-flung vacations with no internet access. I tried taking my own advice to others—stepping away from my laptop for lunch, going on mental health walks around my neighborhood, and setting boundaries between work and life. But each time, I’d feel guilty and find myself picking up my phone every five minutes to check for emails or Slack messages “just in case.”

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8 Things Our Community Couldn’t Stop Buying In April

I learned long ago that shopping is one of my greatest joys. Not just because I genuinely love discovering new products and brands, but because I love showing them off to anyone who will listen. So is it any surprise that I’m a market editor? Nope, non…

I learned long ago that shopping is one of my greatest joys. Not just because I genuinely love discovering new products and brands, but because I love showing them off to anyone who will listen. So is it any surprise that I’m a market editor? Nope, none whatsoever.

Possibly an even greater joy? Seeing what our readers shop for each month. In April, so many of you picked up spring cleaning gear like grout cleaner and dryer vent brushes, as well as entertaining essentials like vintage-inspired lanterns and outdoor furniture on major sale at Wayfair.

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14 Guest Bathroom Essentials That Make It Feel Like Home

I don’t know about you, but my hosting skills are a little rusty after a long hiatus from having houseguests. But with people traveling again, especially this holiday season, many of us will be welcoming guests into our home again (hooray!).

If you’re…

I don’t know about you, but my hosting skills are a little rusty after a long hiatus from having houseguests. But with people traveling again, especially this holiday season, many of us will be welcoming guests into our home again (hooray!).

If you’re lucky enough to have a guest bathroom, it may have been a while since you reviewed how well it is stocked. Take the time now to assess what you’ve got and what you need before your guests descend. In our enthusiasm for full houses ahead, we’ve gathered up 14 of our favorite bath items for your guests, from the most-absorbent, quick-drying towels to a lovely room scent to brighten their stay. Outfit your bathroom with one or more of these finds and your guests will thank you!

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How to Share a Small Bathroom Without Losing Your Mind

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.


When I shared a post on Instagram that mentioned I was writing about small, shared bathrooms, one of my Instagram buddies DM’d me to say I was “so fun.” Ahem. Clearly, she does not share a single 5’x7’ bathroom with her family like I do, because fun is not the adjective I would choose.

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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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