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Forget Sponges—Turns Out, This Kitchen Tool Is Just as Germy

Sponges get all the blame when it comes to germs in the kitchen, but according to findings from Bounty paper towels—with help from Bill Nye (the Science Guy), actor and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, and others—the cleanup tool has a sidekick: the dish towel. Eleven percent of survey respondents admitted that they’ll only replace theirs after a full week of use, despite the fact that in the report, infectious disease expert and microbiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera says “used dishcloths can be a haven for bacteria,” including E.coli. Think of everything that hits your countertops in the course of a week—now imagine spreading that around with the same towel you use to dry plates with. “Because they are multipurpose and often go...

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Yes, You Can Regrow Your Vegetables From Scraps

A small stub of celery, placed in a jar of water, grows like a beanstalk, and a head of lettuce in a pot regenerates in an instant. Regrowing your food from scraps might seem like a fantasy, but it’s entirely possible to do in your own home.  According to Ryan McCallister, personal gardener to Martha Stewart, the process is pretty easy (though not entirely foolproof). It’s a great way to extend the life of your produce, but admittedly it’s not going to result in a never-ending supply of fresh greens. “You can’t buy celery once and keep growing enough to last the whole year,” says McCallister. “But it’s a nice way to get a little more out of what you...

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Leanne Ford Covered a Ceiling in Wallpaper—Then Realized It Didn’t Work

photography by reid rolls While renovating a client’s Pittsburgh home for an episode of last season’s Restored by the Fords, designer and new Leesa mattress spokesperson Leanne Ford had to do what most designers wouldn’t dare: Meddle with the brand-spanking-new wall covering she had just put a lot of work into selecting. Wallpapering the ceiling in the living room was meant to be a quick, cosmetic fix for a bad sponge-paint job. To disguise the blotches (and lend the space the contemporary feel her clients were looking for), Ford chose local artist Savannah Hayes’s Pompeii print, a doodle-like design with black intertwining squiggles. It was just the edge she needed. The moment it was installed, however, she realized the pattern overwhelmed the...

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How to Reorganize Your Closet—Without Using Any Plastic

Fall is the perfect time to reorganize your closet, putting every pair of jeans, every cardigan, and every boot in its rightful place—but don’t run off to buy new plastic bins just yet. While those clear boxes might look nice and streamlined, they’re not so great for the environment. It’s definitely possible to tuck away all your stuff using only sustainable tools instead—just follow professional organizer Shira Gill’s lead. We asked her to explain exactly how she keeps her clients’ closets in tip-top shape without using any plastic at all. Here, she shares her easy-to-adopt secrets. Storage Bins For larger things, I swap over everything in my clients’ homes to pretty baskets or cloth bins—all natural materials. The key is...

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Nurseries Are the Best Places to Experiment With Design

Nurseries are, by definition, transitional spaces with a short shelf life. Within a span of about two years, your newborn becomes a toddler and half the furniture you bought (and methodically researched) no longer works. So why not take a more experimental approach to your baby’s first bedroom?  Much like powder rooms, these tend to be smaller spaces where a bold gambit can pay off big. Here, we’ve rounded up chic examples from some of our favorite creative forces to distill eight design ideas that boldly depart from the formulaic pastels of yesteryear. Try a Total White-Out Photo by JASON FRANK ROTHENBERG Kids’ rooms are all too often high on bright hues and low on restraint; not so for this...

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