Make the most of your small outdoor space with clever £60 balcony bistro set at Argos

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City dwellers and flat residents rejoice! The new Argos garden furniture range offers a fabulous space-saving, quite frankly ingenious fold away balcony bistro set! And it’s just £60.

During lockdown we’re all happy to seek any opportunity to be outside, safely. If you are limited on space this new range is designed with you in mind.

Whether enjoying a little al-fresco dining or setting up a home office outside, there’s a space-saving furniture set for the job.

More space space solutions: Small garden ideas to make the most of a tiny outdoor space

Better still, Argos are offering a safe way to do Click & Collect and of course home delivery.

Argos space saving balcony bistro set

Balcony bistro set at Argos

A fine example of the ingenious new designs is this slick balcony bistro set. The metal framed set hooks easily onto any railings, to create a welcoming outside nook for you and other household members to enjoy.

This clever design allows you to enjoy the dining set when required, but optimise the space on your balcony for other purposes at all other times.

Balcony bistro set folded away

Both the table and the chairs fold away with ease, to be stowed flush against the wall – without taking up hardly any space at all.

You can also use the chairs individually, without the table. So versatile and so affordable!

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Buy now: Space Saving 2 Seater Balcony Bistro Set, £60, Argos Home

Now if this isn’t the smartest piece of outdoor garden furniture for balcony spaces, we don’t know what is! The sleek metal set makes the perfect addition to city dwellers to allow them to work, rest and play in the sunshine.

Making the most of any little slice of outdoor space right now is so important, especially as the weather starts to improve. This clever sets allow you to create your own private retreat in the safety of your own space.

Related: Where can I buy plants online during lockdown? These stores are selling everything from peonies to cucumber plants

Check your local store for full delivery and collection options.

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Now Your At-Home Happy Hour Can Support Your Favorite Restaurants

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Home should be your happy place—now more than ever. Head to the #MakeYourselfAtHome hub to find tiny projects, feel-good recipes, and clever decorating ideas to make each day a little bit brighter.

With Zoom brunches and FaceTime happy hours on the rise, so too is what we’re dubbing “couch cocktail culture.” Grub Street reports liquor deliveries skyrocketed in New York City these past few weeks, and Haus is no exception. The all-natural aperitif brand has seen a 450 percent increase (!) in sales since sheltering in place began—and now it’s paying it forward.

The Restaurant Project is Haus’s newest launch, a collection of signature spirits cocreated with some of our favorite chefs from across the country, including Andrew Tarlow of NYC’s Marlow & Sons and Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Los Angeles’s Kismet. One hundred percent of profits will go to these chefs’ restaurants, helping them support their staff, pay bills, and stay in business, all while you enjoy a grapefruit spritz–inspired blend or sweet-but-tangy concoction of beets, hibiscus, and rose shipped straight to your door.

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Drink your natural, low-ABV aperitif (read: no sugar or alcohol-induced hangovers!) solo over ice or mix it with sparkling water or tonic for an easy two-step cocktail. Dial in your best pals, and you’ve got yourself an evening.

“One of the unanticipated consequences of COVID-19 is that we might actually be talking to our friends and family more than before—even if through a speaker or screen,” says Haus cofounder Helena Price Hambrecht. “We’re happy to see Haus bringing a sense of comfort and ritual even in these strange times.”

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A two-bottle pack retails for $80 and is available for preorder now to receive in May. The best part: Haus is paying out restaurants right away, so your purchase has an immediate impact. We’ll cheers to that.

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A Farm Island (And Anne with an E!)

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“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables ______________________________________ It’s raining, it’s pouring, and I just feel like watching TV. 🙂 I’m on episode 9 of season 2 of Anne with…

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20 Gorgeous Rugs, Because We All Deserve to Be Floored Once in a While

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Home should be your happy place—now more than ever. Head to the #MakeYourselfAtHome hub to find tiny projects, feel-good recipes, and clever decorating ideas to make each day a little bit brighter.

Most problems in the home can be solved with a good rug. Craving cozy? Lay down a rug. Can’t figure out the right furniture layout? Start with a rug. Want to infuse a room with pattern and color? Rug! Let’s just say it, it’s the oldest decorating trick in the book. 

Once you’ve settled on a rug, figuring out what to do with it is fairly intuitive. Buying one, on the other hand, is the scary part. A rug is a huge investment (and not just for your wallet). Plus, the process of narrowing down your winning pick by size, shape, and material can take days if not months. To help make your shopping journey a smooth one, we rounded up 20 of our favorite rugs by style to inspire your next revamp.

New Neutrals 

Let’s face it: Light grays and beiges often get a bad rap. But what some think of as boring or uninspired can turn out to be the boldest possible choice. Think of opting for a low-key rug as a sign of confidence. It allows you to build a room from the ground up and play with mixed prints and smaller accessories to add embellishment. When it comes to neutral hues, an unexpected touch of texture, like detailed stitching or tufting, will go a long way. 

Soft Graphics 

The happy medium between no-fuss neutrals and a full-blown wow moment, lightly graphic rugs offer pattern and pizzazz to your space without going overboard. Stripes, checkers, or tassels set the scene without distracting from other bold decor choices. Consider these rugs as one piece of a larger decor puzzle—they play a part but don’t steal the show. Pair them with a vivid wall color and funky furniture, and you’ve got yourself a unique space that’s still easy on the eyes.  

Artsy Abstracts 

Calling all maximalists: This category is definitely yours. Funky, bold, and bright, these options act as modern art for your floor. As the centerpiece of the room, they’re great for layering over larger solid-area rugs, but can also hold their own. Abstract rugs that feature bigger shapes look great in airy, open rooms with tall ceilings (scale is their strong suit), while detailed prints with overlapping shapes and colors add interest to a small space. 

Nature Play 

Sometimes you want to bring the outdoors in, and what better way to do that than with nature-inspired rugs? Pave the way for paradise with woven scenes reminiscent of beaches, like LRNCE’s simple wave motif, or jungles such as Anthropologie’s fierce jaguar pattern. Not only will they act as eye candy, but they’ll provide an indoor oasis. 

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Different Ways to Display Black + White Art

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Hello friends. How are you all adapting to life at home? No doubt you’re looking around your house for things to do! I love watching all the projects people are doing, from painting walls to rearranging furniture. That’s one good thing that’s coming out of this, we’re all tackling our home to-do lists. 🙂

Do you have an empty wall you’d like to fill? Now is the time to round up your favorite photographs and convert them to black and whites! Or an alternative is to purchase black and white photographs or illustrations from various artists and assemble them in a gallery. Adding artwork to a corner of your home is a simple project to take on, one that takes only a few hours and one you’ll appreciate for years to come!

Like so many of you, I love black and white art displays, both random and grid formats. If you are attracted to clean lines and order, then a consistent size and frame style is one way to display art or photographs. If you like loose or asymmetrical displays, a random format is a stylish alternative.

Pencil thin metallic frames in silver or gold are classic, but you can’t go wrong with basic black or wood frames. There are three different ways to assemble black and white art on the wall 1) with the same finish and size frames in a grid format, 2) same finish frames but in different sizes arranged in an asymmetrical display, or 3) a creative mix of frames in different sizes and finishes.

 

Same Finish, Mixed Sizes

 

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Same Frame Size, Grid Format

 

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Random Frame Arrangement

 

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Etsy has an endless supply of original art, many of them instant digital downloads. And there are a few beautiful black and white images in my shop’s collection. My favorite source for same-day printing for photographs and artwork in sizes ranging from 8×10″ to 24×36″ is Walgreens (details here) and they are still open.

What home projects are you doing this week? Are you creating something new or tackling a to-do list? I’d love to know how you all are keeping busy!

Rearranging Your Home Won’t Solve Everything, But It Can Make You Smile

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You’ve already rearranged your furniture—it’s time to think small. Maybe it’s the messy bookshelf you’ve been meaning to sort through or the empty mantel you’ve been staring at for months. Whatever it is, accomplishing a mini project is a great non–screen-related distraction, and that’s exactly the thought process behind Colin King’s newest Instagram posts

“For a social creature like myself, being alone at home has been challenging and put me face-to-face with how I was living my life at an unsustainable pace in terms of the amount of time I was trying to fit into one day,” the stylist explains. His solution? Dedicating a few moments to arranging little still lifes around his home. He’s sharing his favorites (“Foraging encouraged!” he writes), and now his followers are doing the same: The hashtag #StayHomeStillLife has 268 posts and counting. 

Think of it as an opportunity to play with what existing decor you do have and see how you can give it new life. Choose an unloved surface—whether it’s a coffee table, a shelf, or even a nightstand—and spruce it up using found items from your personal treasure trove. 

 

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Pull together an assortment of vases, candlesticks, and branches for a mixed-medium corner (or just a freshly styled end table). 

 

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Alternatively, focus your creativity on a larger space. Be it an office newly adorned with sentimental books and imagery or a kitchen counter full of your favorite ceramics. If it’s the little things that truly spark joy, why not put them front and center? 

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Pattern Making Basics: Sources for Artwork

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Hello friends! Today is Part Two of the four part series I’m writing about making patterns for use for fabric, wallpaper, home decor, etc. Last week was the introduction with a post about tools to know in Photoshop.

Today the topic is sourcing artwork for creating patterns. I’ll show you a few techniques I’ve used to create my own artwork, and some tools you can use in Photoshop to create your own. Also I’ll point you in the direction of a few places where you can purchase artwork with personal or extended licenses.

 

But before I get to creating and sourcing artwork, let’s look at sources of inspiration for pattern! I have hundreds of images I’ve saved in my pattern inspiration files. I see pattern everywhere I look. When I travel near and far, when I take a walk in nature, when I pop into a shop or bistro, in hotels and art galleries, in product design, in catalogs or fashion magazines. Pattern is everywhere if you look for it. I’m always snapping pictures of patterns I find inspiring.

For any beginning pattern maker, my best advice is to start gathering inspiration from sources that inspire you. Take pictures on outings, whatever pops out at you as interesting. Create a file or Pinterest board of those images and envision a pattern of your own creation using those sources as your inspiration!

Gathering inspiration and creating mood boards of patterns that speak to you is a great starting point, and essential to the creative process, but remember direct copying of another artist’s work is plagiarism. Challenge yourself to be original by creating your own artwork, this guarantees your art is yours alone and something to be proud of. Reinterpret a subject with your own personal flair, but make sure the final pattern you create is unique to you.

 

Creating Artwork

If you have decent to advanced sketching or drawing capabilities (I don’t), then any doodles or illustrations you make can always be scanned and turned into a file for use in a repeating pattern.

One of my favorite ways to create new art is simply using photographs as a jumping off point. I used this technique with pictures of peonies and different size brushes to create my Sketched Peony pattern.

Let’s say you spy some beautiful flowers in bloom. Snap a few pictures, import them into Photoshop and use the Brush Tool to sketch the petals or leaves with a mouse or a tablet and pen to create your own artwork. Here’s an example of tracing petals using brushes. Whenever you sketch over a photograph, make sure you’re drawing on a separate layer so that you can make the background image disappear and then isolate just the drawing.

 

 

I have used photographs of botanicals to create patterns as well. Remember the Lasso Tool and Eraser tool I mentioned last week? I used the Polygonal Lasso to trace the outline of the palm leaf, then the Eraser tool to remove the background. I colorized the palm in different shades of blue using Magic Wand and Paint Bucket then created a seamless repeat (I’ll show you that technique next week!). That’s how I created this Balmy Print.

 

Importing & Using Brushes

There are various shape and form brushes you can use to create patterns in Photoshop. There are a lot of sources for brushes, both free and for purchase. Whenever using them, pay attention to the licensing requirements. Often you can use them without attribution if it’s for personal use, but if you plan to sell things commercially, you need to purchase the extended license, or sometimes the creator simply asks for attribution or credit.

An online search led to the Brusheezy website that offers hundreds of brushes to choose from, but there are many other sources for Photoshop brushes, on Etsy, at Creative Market, Envato, and other similar sources.

 

Download a few free versions and play with them! To access new brushes, simply click on the Settings option in the upper right corner of the Brush Tool and select Import Brushes. The brush settings allow you to change the size, color, opacity, and direction of the stamped brush image to create all kinds of patterns.

 

 

Clip Art & Illustrations

You can find free clip art online to play with, but again pay attention to licensing requirements as mentioned above. Often a personal use license is included in free downloads but an extended license (for purchase) is required if your intent is to use the artwork commercially or for resale (websites, product design, etc.)

Browse Etsy or Creative Market for illustrations or clip art by other artists that you can purchase to use to create patterns of your own.

 

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These six patterns came from the three sources for artwork I’ve listed above! The two painterly prints I created with Imported Brushes, the two on the right I created with photographs as my jumping off point, and the bottom two prints were sketches I created with the Brush Tool.

 

I encourage you to gather up some artwork to practice with! Sketch a floral or a few leaves using the Brush Tool and a photograph from your garden. Play with free imported brushes! I’ll use both next week to show you the technique for creating a seamless repeat in Part Three of this series. 🙂

Kensington Palace offers a rare glimpse of Kate Middleton's elegant home office

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The Cambridges offered us a rare glimpse inside their royal family home this week, including a shot of Kate Middleton’s home office.

Related:The Duchess of Cambridge visits her Chelsea Flower Show Garden as it’s finally unveiled

Not even Royals are exempt from the lockdown. Kensington Palace shared images of William and Kate working from home on the Duke and Duchess’ Instagram account.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s home office

When it comes to creating an elegant home office the Duchess of Cambridge does not disappoint. The elegant wooden desk that Kate is shown working from overlooks a sitting room.

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Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.

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A small wall of cloth bound penguin classics adds a splash of sophisticated colour to the desk. It also helps create a break between the working space and the rest of the room.

If you’re not a fan of a desk facing the wall, this break is a clever way of getting into a work-mindset when working from home. It is also a smart tactic for keeping an eye on the kids if you’re a busy working mum like Kate.

William’s home office features a DIY corner desk made out of a leather-topped table and wooden filing cabinet. The antique desk lamp adds a flourish to the practical set up.

The image of the pair working from home was part of an Instagram post highlighted how challenging self-isolation and social distancing will be on many people’s mental health.

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‘Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health,’ read the post. ‘In recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time.’

Unable to carry out the usual formal visits, the Duke and Duchess continued to show their support by speaking to Mind Charity and Place 2 Be over the phone last week.

To help those struggling at home during the pandemic, Public Health England has published new guidance to support people and updated it’s Every Mind Matters platform.

Related: We think you’ll love the new Waitrose bath and body range with royal connections…

The Cambridges wrote: ‘By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead.’

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The Best Air Purifiers For Pets Let You Breathe Easier Around Furry Friends

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While our furry family members are important and pet owners would never want to give them up, they do present some challenges with regard to indoor air quality. Pet fur and dander can aggravate breathing problems, especially for people who have allergies or are prone to asthma, Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate the symptoms brought on by having animals in the house and one of the main things you can do is use an air purifier for pets.

The Best Air Purifiers Make Life Healthier for Animal Lovers

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Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

The True HEPA filter captures 99. 97% of particles up to . 3 microns leaving behind clean air while trapping airborne irritants that cause seasonal allergies & asthma.

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Amazon Choice

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets

Filters need to be replaced every 6 to 8 months while the permanent prefilter should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks.

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Carbon Filter

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA

Separate filter indicators alert you when it’s time to change the filter.

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LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter

LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter

This LEVOIT unit is also ENERGY STAR, CARB and FCC certified and ETL Listed.

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Amazon’s Choice

Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier

Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier

The next generation of the wildly popular Winix 9500 Ultimate Pet Air Purifier

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RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets

RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets

The purifier uses no ozone and is CARB compliant and California PROP 65 certified.

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Pet allergies

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually the microscopic bits of skin that pets shed – called dander – that are more likely to cause an allergy than the actual fur, says the American Lung Association (ALA). Allergies can also be caused by pet saliva or urine. Pet allergies are actually a big problem with Medicinenet citing that up to 20 percent of the North American population is affected by pets.

The ALA says that 27 percent of US households have cats and 32 percent have dogs, but that “roughly twice as many people report allergies to cats when compared to dogs.”  Cat lovers might want to make note that research has shown that male cats produce less allergen than female cats, although they don’t know why. The ALA notes that because dander is the main allergy trigger, short-haired or hairless animals are just as allergenic as all the rest. “There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog or cat.” Research has also found dog and cat allergens in homes where pets are not even present. And, lest you think it’s just cats and dogs at fault, people can develop allergies to almost any kind of animal from horses and birds to rabbits, hamsters and other rodents.

Keeping Your Environment Clean

While using an air purifier for pets in the house is one step you can take to improve indoor air quality, there are other things you should do as well. Physically removing dander and fur on a regular basis is key, and this means sweeping and vacuuming frequently. Dander easily sticks to carpets, upholstery, bedding and clothing so wood floors are generally a better option if you have pets. Regardless, you will want to have a vacuum cleaner that includes a True HEPA filter to minimize the volume of allergens that are re-released into the air from the vacuuming process.

Controlling where pets go is another way to keep the environment cleaner. Keeping them out of the bedroom and off of upholstered furniture can lessen the amount of fur and dander that is in the environment.  Lastly, allergy experts recommend bathing you pet, however, if you have cats, we say good luck with that!

What features should an air purifier for pets have?

For the best results, any air purifier you select should have a True HEPA filter. These filters are certified that remove 99.97% of allergens down to 0.3 microns. This will filter out the most common allergens especially pet dander,  no matter the specific animal(s) that you have.

If you don’t have allergies and just have a pet hair problem, some sources suggest that you can get away with using a “HEPA type” filter that removes particles from two to four microns in size. While this can save you money in the short-term, it might not in the long term if you develop allergies and need a purifier to address them.  People can develop allergies at any age, even having had pets in the home for years without issue. WebMD says that adult-onset allergies are quite common. “’You’re fine, you’re fine, you’re fine … until you’re not.’ Nobody knows why.”

What about pet odors?

If pet odors are a concern, a True HEPA filter alone won’t help with that aspect of indoor air. For removing the smells associated with pets a purifier must include an Activated Carbon filter, which will absorb them. Some purifiers offer these as part of a multi-step filtration system, which also frequently includes a pre-filter, which pulls out the largest particles before they reach the HEPA filter. This makes the HEP filter more efficient and longer-lasting.

Choosing the Best Air Purifier for Pets

Where will you place the purifier?  Assuming that the model has a true HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter if you want to control odors, you need to consider the room where you want to use the purifier. It’s important to choose one that is designed for the specific size of the room – large or small.  Many models have a certified CADR — clean air delivery rate  — for general or specific indoor air pollutants, says Healthline. The CADR indicates how many particles and square feet the purifier can handle. According to Good Housekeeping, you want a general CADR of at least 300, and anything above 350 is excellent.

Look for certification. Specifically, you want the AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) Verified mark. This voluntary certification covers the safety and performance of many small home appliances, such as air purifiers. The AHAM certification usually means the product provides a CADR rating and size guidelines.

Prices vary widely on purifiers, so consider your budget, especially if you will want to have multiple units in your home. The cost to run them is typically not major, however depending on the model, replacement filters – which are absolutely necessary – can be costly.

1. Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

If you have a large room or an open-concept space, the Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier is a good choice because it can handle spaces up to 1100 square feet. The multi-step filtration system cleans the air every 30 minutes, removing the pet dander, odors and other allergens like pollen and dust. The True HEPA-Odorcell filter has a proprietary odor-reducing technology that captures and eliminates strong household odors at the molecular level. The BreatheSmart’s True HEPA filter captures 99. 97% of particles up to .3 microns in size. The system features four “unique HEPA type filters” from which you can choose. The HEPA PURE is the base filter and is included on most of the other filter choices. The HEPA SILVER is for those who are highly sensitive to dust, mold, mildew, bacteria, or light odors while the HEPA FRESH PLUS is designers for removing fumes from VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) such household cleaning products, smoke or cooking odors?  The HEPA ODORCELL is specifically for strong odors from pets, a baby’s nursery, or other perpetually smelly spaces. It features a prefilter for the largest particles, the HEPA PURE filter which traps dust, pollen and other allergens, and finally the last layer that contains Alen’s Molecular Conversion Powder, which traps and destroys odors.

This air purifier for pets also has handy features like an air quality sensor light, Advanced WhisperMax technology for quiet operation and a nighttime pink noise along with four fan speed settings and a timer.

HEPA Filter

Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

The True HEPA filter captures 99. 97% of particles up to . 3 microns leaving behind clean air while trapping airborne irritants that cause seasonal allergies & asthma.

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Pros

  • Reviewers love how effective this unit is at improving indoor air quality.
  • Buyers say this cleans the air very quickly.
  • The purifier can be returned within 30 days under Amazon’s return policy and comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Cons:

  • There is some discrepancy as to whether the Alen BreatheSmart includes a True HEPA filter or not. The description says yes, while a company response to a customer questions says the are “HEPA type.”
  • Poor technical support and customer service were cited in a number of reviews.

2. LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets

With 93 percent of reviews giving it four and five stars, the LEVOIT Air Purifier for home allergies and pets it’s not surprising that it is Amazon’s Choice for “air purifier.” It features Vortexair Technology that creates stronger airflow and has a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 230, which means it can handle a room of up to 215 square feet. The True HEPA filter works in conjunction with an ultra-fine pre-filter and activated carbon filter, which takes care of common allergens as well as dust and smoke. In addition, separate filters are available for specific concerns, such as pet allergies and strong odors, which are remedied by the Pet Allergy Filter and its high-efficiency activated carbon filter. Other special filters available include the Toxin Absorber Filter and the Mold Bacteria Filter.

This purifier is AHAM Certified, Energy Star verified, California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant for indoor cleaning devices, FCC certified, ETL listed, and CA PROP 65 certified. The LEVOIT Air Purifier is also ozone-free because it does not use a UV/ion light, which has shown been shown to produce harmful ozone and secondary pollution.  Other convenient features of this LEVOIT are its nearly voiceless at sleep mode, a display light that can be turned off, a timer for 2/4/6/8 hours as well as a filter life indicator.

Amazon Choice

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets

Filters need to be replaced every 6 to 8 months while the permanent prefilter should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks.

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Pros:

  • Reviewers have high praise for the small but super effective air purifier.
  • Pet owners said air quality was much better and the unit took care of strong odors very well.
  • The LEVOIT comes with a one-year warranty and an additional year is available by registering on the company’s website.

Cons:

  • A strong odor of plastic was reported by some buyers.
  • Other reviewers noted that the unit was not filtering the air properly

3. Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Carbon Filter

Another popular unit is the Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA filter, PlasmaWave and odor-reducing carbon filter. It has more than 90 percent four- and five-star reviews on Amazon. This purifier features three-stage air cleaning and a True-HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens including pet dander and fur. PlasmaWave technology is like a permanent filter that safely breaks down odors and indoor air pollutants with no harmful ozone, says Winix. Cleaning the air at 236 cubic feet per minute, it is CADR rated for 360 square feet and is ideal for medium and larger rooms. An advanced odor control carbon filter reduces VOCs and household odors and also helps eliminate pet odors. This purifier has all the major certifications, including being AHAM Verifide, UL listed, California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified and Energy Star certified.
Four fan speeds can be set manually or automatically through the smart sensors that constantly monitor the air in the room and adjust the fan speed. An LED indicator shows the air quality at good/blue, fair/amber and poor/red.  Sleep mode automatically detects the level of ambient light in the room and adjusts the fan speed as well as dims the indicator lights for a result night’s sleep.

Carbon Filter

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA

Separate filter indicators alert you when it’s time to change the filter.

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Pros

  • Happy buyers say this purifier is worth the money and does a fabulous job of cleaning the air quickly, leading them to buy multiple units for the home.
  • The Plasmawave technology, which is type of ionization, can be switched off by those who would prefer not to use it.

Cons

  • While the unit us returnable within 30 days under Amazon’s policy, some reviewers found the manufacturer’s customer service to be unresponsive.
  • This purifier does not have a remote control.

4. LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter

Tech savvy buyers will like the functionality included in the LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter. This highly rated purifier has nearly 90 percent four- and five-star reviews for its features. The air cleaning system includes a true HEPA filter plus a second stage carbon filter. Overall, the purifier filters the air 4. 5 times per hour for in a 360 square foot room size, which means it works for large rooms like bedrooms, family rooms and kitchens.

On the technology side, the LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier comes with a  smartphone app so that you can control it from anywhere, including to set a schedule or timer, monitor the air quality, and change the mode. It’s also compatible with voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT. With this purifier’s app, it’s possible to set a custom schedule and the smart algorithm system can calculate the amount of life left in the filter, meaning you can save money by changing it only when it truly needs to be changed.

Works with Alexa

LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter

LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home Large Room with True HEPA Filter

This LEVOIT unit is also ENERGY STAR, CARB and FCC certified and ETL Listed.

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Pros:

  • Happy buyers say this Levoit cleans the air very well and that its smaller size does not mean it is not powerful.
  • Customer service was noted as being helpful and courteous.

Cons:

  • Some customers noted issues with durability.
  • Using the App and connecting to the system did not work for some reviewers.

5. Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier

With 82 percent of reviews at five stars, the pet-specific Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier is Amazon’s Choice for “pet air purifier.” The unit is actually an updated version of the company’s previous wildly popular air purifier for pets. It features a True HEPA filter that is combined with a washable advanced odor control carbon filter that works to combat odors and prolong the life of the HEPA filter. The unit also has Plasma wave technology that is essentially an ionizer, which safely destroys allergens, vapors, and other pollutants. It’s AHAM Verified for rooms up to 300 square feet.

Other handy features include four fan speeds and a nighttime sleep mode. The purifier also has a timer that can be set for one, four or eight hours. It also has a smart sensor that detects the air quality and lets you know if it’s good, fair or poor. Many people who have pets also have children and this purifier also has a helpful child lock to keep curious fingers from messing with the settings.

Amazon’s Choice

Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier

Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier

The next generation of the wildly popular Winix 9500 Ultimate Pet Air Purifier

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Pros:

  • The manufacturer offers a two-year warranty with this newer version of the purifier.
  • Pleased reviewers say this unit is quiet, efficient and effective at cleaning the air of dander and fur, even for multiple pets.

Cons:

  • Some buyers cite a high cost for replacing filters annually
  • A few unhappy reviewers said their units did not work properly.

6. RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets

Another popular and highly rated aid purifier for pets is the RENPHO Air Purifier with a True HEPA Filter. This one uses a five-stage system to filter the air and includes a washable pre-filter, a charcoal filter, an activated carbon filter and last but certainly not least, the True HEPA Filter. In concert, these filters clear the air of all the common pet and other indoor air allergens but also the odors that often come along with pets. The RENPHO has a CADR rate of 135 CFM, which means it can filter the air three times per hour in a room as large as 301 square feet. Each of the filters has a separate indicator for when it needs to be replaced, saving you money by not having to replace them all at once.

Another great feature of this air purifier is the Smart Air Quality Monitor. When it is on automatic mode, the unit can detect the air quality in the room and continually adjust the fan speed based on that quality measurement. If it’s being used in a bedroom, the Whisper-Quiet Operation Sleep Mode keeps the noise level at 35 decibels and the timer can be used to shut it off while you sleep for energy savings. Finally, it has a child lock mode to protect against curious kids or pets.

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RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets

RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets

The purifier uses no ozone and is CARB compliant and California PROP 65 certified.

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Pros

  • Buyers say they definitely notice a difference in air quality when using this purifier.
  • This purifier has the option of turning off the display lights while it’s running.

Cons

  • Reviewers who rated it poorly often noted that the unit started to make noise.
  • A few buyers noted that they wished it that it came with a remote control.

Conclusion

If you have pets — and whether or not you have problems with allergies — a good air purifier will help you and everyone in the household breathe easier. Just make sure that your chosen brand and model includes a true HEPA filter, which is the element you need to remove pet dander and other common microscopic allergens from indoor air.

Purifier for Pets FAQ

What is a HEPA Filter?

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air and it uses a fine glass mesh to trap harmful particles. True HEPA filters remove at least 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 micron in diameter in a lab setting and this is what you want from one of the best air purifiers for allergies. This covers most common indoor air allergens such as dust, dander, pollen and mold, says WebMD. Beware of the terms “HEPA-like” or “HEPA-type,” when describing a filter because these do not have any specific standards backing up their effectiveness.

What certifications s should a purifier have?

Specifically, you want the AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) Verified mark. This voluntary certification covers the safety and performance of many small home appliances, such as air purifiers. The AHAM certification usually means the product provides a CADR rating and size guidelines.

What is a CADR rating?

CADR, is the acronym that stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. This is how the function of home air purifiers is measured. The CADR rating identifies the volume of air that is cleaned and is expressed in cubic feet per minute (CFM). The rating is used to measure effectiveness with three different kinds of air pollutant particles: smoke, pollen and dust, each of which gets its own score.

What does CARB Compliant mean?

CARB stands for the California Air Resource Board, which aims to achieve and maintain healthy air quality. protect the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants and provide innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations. In 2008, CARB enacted regulations on indoor air-cleaning devices to limit ozone emissions.  The means that to be sold in or shipped to California, an air purifier has to comply with CARB regulations.

What other technologies do air purifiers use?

Various air purifiers offer other technologies, such as a UV light, which inactivates microbes but does not remove them from the air. Ionizers are another option, and these create negative ions that help draw particles from the and into the filter. The caution with ionizers is that many of them create ozone, which creates harmful effects of its own. Vice magazine notes that “Most purifiers will mention in their product description if they don’t make ozone, but not if they do.”

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Walk-in wardrobe ideas

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A walk-in wardrobe might sound like a luxury but whatever your set up or space constraints at home, it may still be possible to have one.

Rather than having a spare room crammed with stuff they rarely use, many people are turning a box room into a space they can benefit from and enjoy everyday, such as a walk-in wardrobe or dressing room.

Even if you don’t have a spare room you can create a walk-in style with fitted wardrobes and an inventive use of space.

Remember to prioritise hanging – you can always put an extra set of drawers in the bedroom but it’s harder to hang your clothes there. Separate short and long garments and measure how many metres of hanging space you need for each, then add 20% more.

An average 2.2m ceiling height will allow for two rows of short hanging, one above the other, or one row or long hanging with shelves or drawers above or underneath.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of ideas that would suit different sizes and styles of home.

1.Do away with doors

Image credit: Mel Yates

A spare box room is the ideal place for a walk-in wardrobe, particularly if it’s next to or close to your own bedroom. It’s also an inexpensive way to achieve a luxurious lifestyle, as it’s a relatively straight-forward project.

Open shelves and rails will let you see at a glance what’s clean and ready to wear. In addition, a beautiful blanket box or ottoman not only provides somewhere to sit and put your shoes on, it’s a great place to store winter or summer clothes when the time comes to put them away.

2.Improvise

Image credit: James French

Is there a narrow corridor or part of an L-shaped room you could use? Here the walk-in effect has been achieved with a stand alone wardrobe, chair and full length mirror.

The coat rack is a great spot for hats, scarves and bags, so they’re ready to grab, as well as for hanging dressing gowns and robes, when you’re getting dressed in the morning.

See also: Our guide to choosing the right wardrobe.

3, Make the existing structure work for you

Image credit: Anna Stathaki

If removing an existing chimney breast is not possible, use the structure to your advantage and build out and around it on either side for wardrobe storage and use the extra depth created cleverly, for a dressing table area and shelves, like in this example.

When you’re ready, just close the doors and order is restored.

4. use off-the-shelf storage

Image credit: IKEA

A walk-in wardrobe doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking, especially if part of your bedroom – or a spare room or home office – can be sectioned off. (If a partion wall is a step too far, think about a screen or curtain suspended from the ceiling).

In this instance IKEA Pax storage systems slot neatly into the gaps, creating that much desired walk-in effect at the fraction of the cost of a bespoke solution.

5. The galley effect

In a tight space go for the galley effect, with floor-to-ceiling storage on either side of the room. Sliding doors are a fantastic space-saving solution when depth is limited and by covering them in a favourite wallpaper you’ll bring some personality to the space.

By using mirrored doors on the opposite side you’ll not only make the room appear more spacious and prevent it from feeling claustrophobic, you’ll be able to check your outfits too.

6. Go bespoke

Image credit: Neville Johnson

If budget allows a bespoke option from a company such as Neville Johnson will deliver all your storage needs.

They can configure any combination of cupboards to fit your space and are adept at maximising every spare centimetre, filling the internal space with rails, racks, drawers and shelves so you can see your clothes and shoes. There’s a wide choice of styles and over 60 colours and finishes.

7. Try fitted flexibility

Image credit: Crown Imperial

Companies such as Crown Imperial have a multitude of storage options that can be tailored to your requirements to create a walk-in wardrobe, from pull-out trouser rails and double shoe racks to soft-close drawers and custom shelves and panels.

Drawers are more expensive than shelves, so folding and stacking garments such as jumpers can help to maximise your budget.

See also: The eight things cluttering up your bedroom and how to deal with them.

 

 

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