27
Mar 19

These Desktop Water Fountains Are ASMR Moments of Zen


LA-based ceramicist Lily Clark designed the calming terracotta objects.
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24
Feb 19

6 Things You Should Never Do with Essential Oils at Home

Essential oils, which are essentially (see what we did there?) concentrated plant parts used for aromatherapy, are ultra-trendy for a reason. Not only do they smell good; essential oils can be used around the house to clean, soothe, and set the mood. Having a hard time sleeping at night? Studies show lavender might help. Tummy problems? Grab your peppermint oil. Looking for a non-toxic way to de-germ your countertops? Try cinnamon bark oil, which has been extensively studied for its antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.

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07
Feb 19

Is It Ever OK to Sleep with a Space Heater On?

For as awesome as having an electric space heater can be during the cold weather season, they often come with a lot of safety risks.

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25
Jan 19

The Best Light Therapy Lamps for Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder — The Best List

A lot of us start to feel the blues this time of year as daylight becomes shorter and ends earlier in the day. The decrease in sunlight impacts people in different ways and some develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a type of depression that’s largely a result of lack of sunlight. According to the American Psychological Association, SAD comes with many of the same symptoms as depression: fatigue, lack of interest, sleep difficulty (or, on the other hand, excessive sleeping), and feelings of hopelessness and despair.

There are several ways you can manage SAD, but one popular method is light therapy — and the good news is, if you want to see if light therapy is the right option for you, there are plenty of high quality and affordable options out there.

How Light Therapy Lamps Work

Since SAD is largely related to lack of sunlight, light therapy is a method of getting your body—and your mental health—back to normal. Light therapy lamps, or light boxes, which typically provide 10,000 lux (a measure of light intensity), can help restore your body to a normal circadian rhythm to keep SAD symptoms at bay, according to Harvard Medical School’s health blog. Generally, you would use your light therapy lamp by sitting close to it with your eyes open but not looking directly at it for 30 minutes a day—it’s best if you do so early in the day, when you first wake up.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your light therapy lamp, HuffPost has a roundup of helpful tips.

Note: Light therapy may not work the same for everyone and can have side effects, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before you try light therapy.

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13
Nov 18

There's A Psychological Reason You Want to 'Nest'

My house has never looked better than it did in the third trimester of my pregnancy. My kitchen cabinets and bedroom closet were organized, my carpets and counters were clean, and my living spaces were decked out with the latest mid-century pieces from Target and CB2. As I deep-cleaned and primped my home prior to the baby’s arrival, I knew exactly what was happening: I was nesting.

(And then the baby came, and all bets for a clean or well-designed home were off. But that’s a story for another article.)

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04
Nov 18

How To Stop Your Bedroom From Making You Sick

We sleep, on average, about seven hours a night—which means that we spend way more time in our bedroom than we do in any other space. It follows, then, that the bedroom is a linchpin for your overall health: If your sleeping space is dusty, stuffy, or generally unclean, how can you expect to stay well?

When I started waking up every morning with a stuffy nose and a sinus headache, I sensed something might have been wrong with my space. Here are a few practices I put in place in my bedroom to tackle the problem and make my bedroom a healthier space…

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03
Oct 18

If Your Place Doesn't Feel Like Home, You're Not Alone, IKEA Says

It turns out that “Home Sweet Home” goes far beyond just where you live. IKEA just released their Life at Home Report 2018 and the findings show that the traditional concept of “home” has evolved significantly in recent years.

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03
Jul 18

6 Feng Shui Tips Every Novice Should Know

Feng shui is all about creating harmony between your inner self and the world around you, but if we’re being totally honest, incorporating it into your home is hard stuff.

Similar to the latest trends in tech, fashion, or design, the definition of good feng shui is constantly evolving, which means your home should follow suit. Ugh.

“It can be intimidating—even for us consultants,” says Laura Cerrano, founder and CEO of consulting firm Feng Shui Manhattan. “Becoming a master takes years of experience—it’s a very humbling practice.”

If you want to fully integrate feng shui into your home, Cerrano recommends attending a class or enlisting a consultant. However, if you just want to add a little good juju into your space, here are some basic—we’re talking very basic—tips for getting your feng shui on:

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03
Jul 18

Sir James Dyson Thinks This Common Feature Is Going to Disappear from Homes

Sir James Dyson, the ingenious inventor who gave us both the indispensable Dyson vacuums (I have two!) and those intense Dyson hand dryers, is gracing us with some new wisdom. The forward-thinker spoke to Recode about his ideas on design, devices, and which uber-common home feature will soon be a thing of the past.

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May 18

8 Innocent Mistakes That Could Make Your Allergies Worse

Springtime relief from winter weather is often, sadly, overshadowed by the suffering that comes from seasonal allergies. But you may not be as helpless against them as you think. Here are some sneaky little mistakes you might be making that, once remedied, could help give you some much-needed relief so you can actually enjoy the flowers and warm air and bird songs.

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