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May 18

A Brief But Fascinating History of the Refrigerator

Once my friend Chad came to see me. Upon entering the house, the first thing he did was go to the refrigerator, open the door, and stick his head inside to check out the contents. “I want to see how you live,” he said. This may not be the accepted protocol for visiting a friend in their home, but I think Chad was on to something. What’s in our refrigerators says a lot about us. If we are what we eat, then the refrigerator has become a huge part of who we are. It’s become so common that we may not give it a great deal of thought, but this one appliance has had a tremendous influence on the way we live at home. And yet, less than 100 years ago, people didn’t have refrigerators at all.

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May 18

The Dos & Don'ts of Growing Mint

It’s fragrant, fast-growing, green, and complements fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s also its own ice cream flavor. So what’s not to love about mint? If you’ve ever grown the herb, you know where I’m going with this, but if you haven’t and are interested: read on for the dos and don’ts of successfully growing mint in your home garden or in a container.

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May 18

The Best Linen Sheets — The Guide 2018

Despite being devoted to my bed and coziness in general, I must admit that I’ve never really paid attention to bedding beyond aesthetics. My naïveté led me to believe that sheets were sheets; why did it matter what material they were? I was (obviously) very sorely mistaken, but I didn’t realize it until I purchased a microfiber sheet set from Amazon solely based on price. Not only did they start pilling after two washes, but they made me, a not especially hot person, sweat like crazy no matter how cold my room was. After months of uncomfortable nights, I finally called it quits and started doing bedding research.

That’s when I finally discovered the wonders of linen sheets. Surely you’ve seen the look on Instagram or Pinterest: Perfectly rumpled linens that make you want to dive right into bed. They’re easy—softly wrinkled is the goal! They’re also breathable and seriously good at temperature regulating, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. No more kicking off the covers! They also get softer with time, won’t pill and are environmentally-friendly. They’re practically perfect in every way, although they aren’t exactly budget-friendly. Fair warning: 100% linen bedding is costly, but oh so worth it. Read on—we’ve rounded up our favorite sources for linen sheets so you can see for yourself. (Note on pricing: all prices listed are for Queen sets. If a set is not available for purchase, then the pricing reflects the cost for a top sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases.)

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May 18

8 Bedrooms That Master the Open Closet Storage Trend

While house hunting, you sometimes fall in love with a place so quickly you don’t notice what’s not there. When I realized my first apartment had no closet, I made do with a cheap, pop-up wardrobe that looked liked I never really, truly settled in. I wish I had seen some better ideas first (searches for open closets are up 126% on Pinterest) because so many clever people have fully embraced the open storage trend. We’re sharing their tips for making a similar setup work for you.

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May 18

7 Simple Closet Tricks That Let You Do Less Laundry (and Keep Your Bedroom Clean)

Not all laundry is created equal. Those leggings you wore to a super-sweaty hot yoga sesh? Toss those in the washer post haste. But things like a sweater you threw on for the late half of a chilly night? A dry-clean only blouse you wore to work on a half-day summer Friday? Literally any pair of jeans that’s not ripping at the seams (and even then…)? You can totally wear that again before you wash.

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May 18

These 6 Perfect Hanging Plants Are Also Pretty Easy to Care For

When you live in an apartment, space is valuable and window real estate is often limited. In my place, there’s one small sunny window, and I do my best to crowd as many plants as possible in front of it, but I can still only fit four, and that’s just not nearly enough for a #crazyplantlady. The solution? Hang ’em up. There’s always plenty of ceiling space you’re not using. But not every plant will look good when you’re viewing it from below—you want something that drapes elegantly over the sides of the pot and isn’t too high-maintenance (because, let’s be honest, you’re not going to feel like dragging out your step stool to water it every day). Not only are these six foliage options beautiful for indoor hanging baskets, they are also a breeze to care for.

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May 18

The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the Test — Apartment Therapy Cleaning How To

The table’s set with fresh cut flowers, punchy cloth napkins and a place for every person — you wouldn’t want some tarnished silverware ruining that gorgeous tablescape, would you? Because if you’re busting out the silver, it must be a special occasion.

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May 18

The Best Hanging Planters — The Guide 2018

When you live in a city in a small apartment that offers little in the way of “nature,” house plants become more of a necessity than a want. Hanging plants are especially attractive when you lack floor and counter space but still want to create an in-home garden, as they hang from the ceiling and easily add style to any room. There are about a million different ways to use hanging planters, from vertical wall gardens to simple DIYs, so we rounded up our current in-store favorites to get you started on your hanging plant journey.

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May 18

How to Arrange One Cheap Costco Bouquet, 3 Different Ways

Supermarket bouquets are notorious for being a hodgepodge of flowers that don’t necessarily look great together. But, even if you’re not a pro, it’s actually super easy to turn one inexpensive bunch into a series of beautiful arrangements. So skip the extra trip to the florist shop, and instead grab some cheap blooms while you do the rest of your grocery shopping.

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May 18

4 Tidy Things You Should Do Every Day (Besides Make the Bed)

Who wants to be tidier? It’s not as hard as you think. Those people with effortlessly clean homes aren’t superheroes — they just know a few rules that you don’t. But we’re here to spill.

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