How to Use a Clothes Steamer Properly, According to the Pros

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smoo…

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smooth out fabric and release wrinkles, and many people find them easier to use than irons, as there’s less risk of scorching your favorite clothes.

However, the best clothes steamers are only effective if you use them properly. If you don’t, you may end up with water splatter everywhere and just as many wrinkles as you started with. To ensure you get professional-grade results with your new garment steamer, we asked laundry experts Jonathon Reckles of CD One Price Cleaners and Alicia Sokolowski, president and co-CEO of AspenClean, for their best clothes steaming tips—here’s what they had to say.

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The Best Types of Paint for Your Furniture (& Your Style)

Everyone from DIYers to A-list interior designers agrees that painting furniture is one of the most transformative DIY makeovers out there. And while plain wooden furniture will always be a classic choice, there’s something intrinsically palette-pleasi…

Everyone from DIYers to A-list interior designers agrees that painting furniture is one of the most transformative DIY makeovers out there. And while plain wooden furniture will always be a classic choice, there’s something intrinsically palette-pleasing about a classic silhouette in a soft neutral or a hand-me-down that’s seen better days and has been revitalized with a burst of bright color.

The only issue? Picking the right paint isn’t as straightforward as it seems (on the other hand, getting stuck with the wrong one is easier than you think). And then there’s all the sanding, multiple paint coats and finishing coats... But let’s start with selecting the right paints for the job. We reached out to a few experts to get their top picks for different styles whether that's farmhouse, classic, or bohemian. Which would you go for?

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Level Up Your Windowsill With This Homemade Herb Planter

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to dream up your next afternoon project: an easy-as-can-be herb planter. Head outdoors and take the Sonos Roam with you—this portable, waterproof speaker will be your sidekick as you DIY, plant, and pr…

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to dream up your next afternoon project: an easy-as-can-be herb planter. Head outdoors and take the Sonos Roam with you—this portable, waterproof speaker will be your sidekick as you DIY, plant, and prune your way through the summer.


When you’re looking to add a little home-grown flavor to your cooking, herbs are the easiest way to spice things up. This summer, bring the outdoors inside with an easy-to-make planter box that will freshen up your space (and your meals). Planter boxes are ideal for folks who don’t have room for an expansive garden because they allow you to grow a lot of herbs in just a little space. In fact, even though I have several raised beds in my own garden, I always grow herbs just outside my kitchen window for ease of picking while I cook.

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How to Make Compost (Because It’s Not Hard)

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

I have a love affair wi…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


I have a love affair with compost—no, seriously, I do. It’s not just the magic of witnessing the breakdown process (how did my soup scraps turn into this?), but also how the resulting compost then becomes the hardest worker in my garden. Enriching poor soil? Check! Retaining moisture? Check! Helping suppress plant diseases and pests? Check, check! Healthy plants need healthy soil and the best way to get there is by adding compost and its beneficial microbes to your garden.

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3 Ways to Build a Garden Trellis

Can You Dig It is a new monthly series by Kristin Guy in which a real-life garden DIY is tackled with style. Whether you’ve got an expansive outdoor plot or just a few houseplants, Kristin will inspire you to grow even more with easy-to-accomplish proj…

Can You Dig It is a new monthly series by Kristin Guy in which a real-life garden DIY is tackled with style. Whether you’ve got an expansive outdoor plot or just a few houseplants, Kristin will inspire you to grow even more with easy-to-accomplish projects and horticultural know-how.


Let’s talk about some gardening SOS I wish I’d learned back in my early growing days: trellising. It’s one of those things that can make or break your harvest yield—especially when it comes to those towering types of vegetables. If you’ve ever had a plant shift into hyperdrive overnight (I’m looking at you, indeterminate tomatoes and just about any runner bean), then you know that a quick top-heavy growth spurt—especially when loaded with veg—can cause your plant to flop over and even snap in half if unsupported. Not exactly something you want to experience after waiting months for those juicy beauties to ripen for your weekend Caprese. So I’m here to help you skip those missteps and get that plant prop in place on time.

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The Beautiful, Functional Garden Shed of My Dreams

Like most people during the pandemic, I desperately wanted to carve out a quiet space for myself. After a long day of slinging snacks and sandwiches between my children’s virtual school lessons, I needed, even if briefly, somewhere to go. The rub was t…

Like most people during the pandemic, I desperately wanted to carve out a quiet space for myself. After a long day of slinging snacks and sandwiches between my children’s virtual school lessons, I needed, even if briefly, somewhere to go. The rub was that our two-bedroom bungalow was already maxed out with my husband working from a small office off our primary bedroom and two children taking Zoom calls from desks spread between the dining room and kitchen.

Then, a dilapidated metal shed jammed in the corner of our backyard suddenly inspired hope.

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Is Painter’s Tape Really Necessary?

I repaint the walls in my apartment so frequently that people often make the mistake of thinking I like to paint. Let me clarify: I do not like to paint. I find it to be among the more tedious home improvement tasks because it requires tons of prep, s…

I repaint the walls in my apartment so frequently that people often make the mistake of thinking I like to paint. Let me clarify: I do not like to paint. I find it to be among the more tedious home improvement tasks because it requires tons of prep, specific tools, and for the furniture to be in a state of disarray until it's done. What I truly like is easily changing up the vibe in my home, and painting, while annoying, is still one of the easiest (and cost-efficient!) ways to do that.

Everyone has their painting preferences, though, and lots of people will swear up and down that you need to tape off every last bit of your home while others say that tape is a complete waste of time.

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You Don’t Need to Be an Artist to Paint a Mural in Your Home

Picture this: you’ve just moved into a new home and there are nothing but white walls as far as the eye can see. While all-white interiors are still having a moment, if you’re someone whose aesthetic leans towards color and texture, you’ll likely be it…

Picture this: you’ve just moved into a new home and there are nothing but white walls as far as the eye can see. While all-white interiors are still having a moment, if you’re someone whose aesthetic leans towards color and texture, you’ll likely be itching to layer some of that in—and quick. Enter: the DIY mural.

Whether it’s a living room that could use some personality, a nursery in need of warmth, or a run-down backyard fence that’s calling for an update, murals do the trick every time. You can certainly hire a professional muralist to come in and beautify your space, like Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges—or, as she recommends, you could easily take it on yourself.

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12 Experts on Their Biggest First-Home Mistakes

Let’s face it: Even those who we’ve now come to consider as design pros have made their share of home-related mistakes in the past—we’re all only human, after all! Nobody gets everything right when it comes to home ownership, and especially the first t…

Let’s face it: Even those who we’ve now come to consider as design pros have made their share of home-related mistakes in the past—we’re all only human, after all! Nobody gets everything right when it comes to home ownership, and especially the first time around.

Here, 12 successful home influencers reveal the biggest mistakes they made in their first houses, chiming in on everything from hasty furniture orders to poor paint color judgment and much more.

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Those Handmade Whisk Brooms You Love? You Can DIY Them.

Can You Dig It is a new monthly series by Kristin Guy in which a real-life garden DIY is tackled with real style. Whether you’ve got an expansive outdoor plot or just a few houseplants, Kristin will inspire you to grow even more with easy-to-tackle pro…

Can You Dig It is a new monthly series by Kristin Guy in which a real-life garden DIY is tackled with real style. Whether you’ve got an expansive outdoor plot or just a few houseplants, Kristin will inspire you to grow even more with easy-to-tackle projects and horticultural know-how.


Confession time: I love brooms. Specifically, tiny handmade brooms. In fact, if you peeped into my greenhouse, you’d find not one, but four handcrafted brooms hanging on my workbench. There's something special about the care and detail spent on an object most find utilitarian. I like to think of it as an extension of my horticultural work—a beautiful object that plays an important part of my routine, and turns an ordinary act (in this case, cleaning) into an extraordinary celebration of completion.

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