Product Of The Week: A Cool Head Shaped Planter

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This could be a fun addition to your desk or window sill.




Each plant could give it a different personality.


Get it on Amazon.

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Weekend Reading 8.1.2020

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I have to get on a plane today. My niece is getting married in Salt Lake City tomorrow so I’m off to the airport this afternoon. From the few friends I’ve spoken with, it’s not that bad, the airports are mostly empty. I’ll just bring my masks and hand sanitizer and off I go!

I’m excited to see my two brothers and my sister. We haven’t been in the same room together in over a decade so it will be so great to reconnect with them. We have some “then and now” pictures planned and I can’t wait to hear my  brothers’ jokes. No one makes me laugh more than my brothers! I predict a lot of belly laughs and happy tears. 🙂 I won’t be back until Wednesday and I’ll return to the blog then.

Meanwhile, the favorite links from the week are…

Great tips on blending two rugs in the same open space.

A remodeled home in Mill Valley, California with a cottage feel.

So good: this DIY fluted dresser project.

Clever IKEA! Vacations in a box. 🙂

Timeless and lovely: this interview with Audrey Hepburn.

What it means to be a traveler of color.

One question to ask if you want to find more time in your day.

Living until 120+ ?  The latest research on longevity and aging.

Beautiful and inspiring: living in solitude on an island in Scotland.

P.S. I added three new prints to the Restless Art Shop. I’m sending out an email next week with a 50% off code, so subscribe to the monthly newsletter via email at the bottom of the website to get access to the August discount!  Or follow on Instagram, I will announce it there too! Also coming soon –> a new service where you can order a printed copy of any of the artwork on the site and have it shipped directly to you! All updates are sent out via email or announced on Instagram!

Scene Stealing Velvet Chairs

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I was browsing Pinterest in search of something and you know how the feed suggests things you might like? How did the algorithm know I’m a huge fan of the scene stealing velvet accent chair? To me, they’re like spying a celebrity at the party, you just can stop glancing over from time to time to check them out.

I have a pair of teal blue velvet chairs in my living room and I love them. With autumn around the corner, I pulled together a group of images showing off inviting velvet chairs. I love the blush pinks paired with dark colored walls, and the jewel tone velvets always snag the spotlight. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to add one to your living space to curl up in as the weather turns cooler. Enjoy!


country living

elle decor


lulu and georgia

james geer photography


templeton architecture


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sweet salvage designs

urban outfitters


linen & ivory

 my paper house shop

ave styles

the glitter guide



christopher burns interiors


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sofas & stuff

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Creating Well Rounded Interiors With Circle Themes & Orange Accents

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If orange is your colour, then we certainly have a juicy treat for you. These four bright home designs feature tangerine, pumpkin and apricot accents in no small measures. Bold murals, textured feature walls and hero furniture pieces combine to make orange decor schemes that are characterful and energised. To go alongside the eye-catching colour scheme, a stylish circle theme runs on through too. Rounded motifs are painted onto walls and modern artwork, and feature within furniture silhouettes, lighting designs and decorative mirrors. The colour and shape themes build interiors that strike a light of inspiration that will burn on in memory and imagination for a long while to come.

Designer: Ira Lysiuk  
Visualizer: Anastasia Shut  

An orange accent chair balances out the impact of an orange feature wall inside this living room. Charcoal paint and drapes darken down the rest of the lounge, as well as a graphite sectional sofa. Some dried pampas grass explodes a fluffy white accent into the arrangement, resting lightly in a tangerine pot.

The orange feature wall wraps around into the kitchen diner of the open plan layout, making one solid column of colour.

The flames of the modern fireplace flicker as orange as the modern accent chair, burning brightly against black gypsum panelling.

A black pedestal dining table and coordinated chairs contrast starkly against a light terrazzo floor set with orange chips.

Over in the kitchen window, orange bar stools vibe with the bright feature wall. A wall mounted black console unit works as a small coffee/tea serve area. A shelf of green plants above the window create a fresh homey feel.

Pale grey cabinets create the impression of a small one wall kitchen, but tall black units complete an L-shaped run. Smoked glass doors obscure cupboards for crockery and appliances at worktop level.

The glass dining room pendant light is suspended on a thick black strap that stylishly links it with other dark notes in the scheme.

The bed lays out the largest orange note in the bedroom, but that comes coupled with some other very unique accent pieces.

An orange frame brightens a round decorative wall mirror on the black headboard feature wall. A round bedside table, a curvy vase, and orb bedroom pendant lights play on the circular motif.

Black and bone decor provide a crisp and calming base for the bold accent colour.

A round stool couples up with a unique circular desk design that brings another pop of pumpkin orange.

Orange tiles and orange flecked terrazzo colour the bathroom. Black fixtures, shower, and elliptical mirror coordinate darkly with a black pedestal sink stand and an elegant bathroom vanity light.

Misty grey tiles calm the colour scheme.

Visualizer: Elemental Design  

Orange circle motifs and rounded rectangles fill the walls of our second home tour, and a circular accent chair pulls the accent into the centre of the lounge.

The wall mounted TV is framed by a painted arc. A set of round coffee tables share the centre spot in the modern room.

Curved back dining chairs face a banquette bench on the other side of the table, to save space in the open plan.

The dining pendant light drops low to draw attention to circle motif wall art. Elliptical panels form a room divider between the eating area and the home entryway. A green plant makes a naturally fresh addition to the tangerine scheme.

A modern wooden console table compliments the tone of high shine beige floor tiles.

Aside from the indoor plants, a touch of green comes into the decor scheme via the kitchen design. The kitchen is a layer cake of green base cabinets, wood grain wall units, and a top row of pale grey cupboards to make full use of the vertical space.

A whisper of grey tints the wardrobes in the master bedroom. A wooden platform bed melds with a muted apricot backdrop.

A geometric shape mural cuts across a feature wall in the kid’s room, accentuating the angular cut of a house shaped headboard.

Citrus yellow accents give the orange elements a sharp twist.

Visualizer: Elemental Design  

Circle motifs dot our third living room design through wall art, a unique sideboard design, and a nifty storage coffee table. We see yellow accents drop in again, this time as bright scatter cushions.

The coffee table with storage is used to hide a clutter of magazines and to display a modern fruit bowl.

An arc has been painted onto the TV wall in a subtle shade that causes the illusion of an architectural niche. On the opposite wall, rounded sections colour the wall with shades of orange and brown. A decorative wall clock and a half circle mirror exaggerate the shape theme.

A tasteful gold sputnik chandelier makes a graceful accessory to the dining area. The round dining table is a striking two-tone design, which is emphasised by black and white decorative vases placed on top. Orange seat pads draw attention to the black dining chairs.

A round pouf teams up with the half circle wall mirror to create an entryway vanity area.

Visualizer: Between The Walls  

The last home interior is an airy white, black and orange setup where linear pieces meet rounded motifs. A series of linear suspension lights mirror the outline of the dining table.

A unique hanging chair places a ring of orange into the monochrome lounge.

An orange tapestry colours the dining zone.

Wood grain walls lighten the black kitchen.

The same bold colour scheme energises the home’s music studio.

The artwork in the double workspace is Dreamer by Eiko Ojala.

A Clockwork Orange poster makes a quirky addition.

Two modern outdoor chairs bring the orange element onto the terrace.

Modern side tables round out the terrace furniture arrangement.

A black and white rug lays the path into the bedroom.

A round notice board serves the home workspace.

The cylindrical bedside table attaches a black note to an unusual orange kids’ bed.

In the master suite, a muted orange bed set perfectly matches the orange bedroom decor.

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This London Mom Used Leftover Cardboard to Build the Ultimate Play Set

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Sydney Piercey started building objects out of cardboard during quarantine to bring her neighbors joy. “I would make little things for their two young boys and leave them on the doorstep,” she says. “They thought I was really cool.” Eventually, Piercey’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Lily, caught on and requested some toys for herself. The London-based mom of two quickly realized that building a pretend washing machine or ironing board was a great way to teach her little ones how to use the real versions of those household items safely. Not to mention, it kept her busy. “It’s become addictive,” says Piercey.

Piercey goes above and beyond with her creations, decking them out with rotating knobs, tiny storage compartments, and sliding shelves—and for good reason. “I want Lily to be entertained for at least half an hour,” she says. She designs the objects to have the same exact features as the actual products in her house, that way Lily can mimic her parents when they’re doing chores. “We kind of copy each other,” she says. The designs are impressive but totally doable: She has yet to try something that didn’t work. Ahead, Piercey walks us through one of her latest projects and shares four more ideas to add to the playroom. 

The Toaster

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Photography by Sydney Piercey

Total time: 2 hours

Step 1: Find Your Base

For this craft, Piercey started with a large Amazon Prime box that was roughly the same size as her actual toaster. She decided to make a four-slice tool so it looked like the one in her kitchen, but you could easily tweak it to make a two-slice version. 

Step 2: Build the Inner Mechanism

Time to tap your inner engineer. To make the part that actually “pops” the toast, Piercey cut four paper towel tubes in half longways and then rolled them back up so they were slightly tighter. Then she secured the four rolls to a flat piece of cardboard using eco-friendly, reusable masking tape. (Note: There’s no gluing involved.)

Step 3: Add the Lever

Piercey cut a slot in the side of the box for the lever (which is really just a toilet paper roll). To ensure that the thing functions like an actual toaster, she added bits of cardboard scraps to the other ends of the paper towel tubes so they would be a bit heavier. Then she deconstructed the box and put everything neatly inside. Before taping the container back together, she used an X-Acto knife to cut slits for the slices of bread. “I find it’s easier to cut it when it’s flat,” she says. 

Step 4: Finesse the Details

Piercey doesn’t forget even the smallest features. Just below the lever, there’s a small tray to catch the hypothetical crumbs. She cut out little circles to create the knobs and made them spin by attaching them to the box with two-pronged split pins. All that’s missing now is a faux butter dish. 

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A Camera

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To prevent her little ones from playing around with her brand-new SLR camera (Piercey also has a curious 7-month-old at home), she made a cardboard version that has a removable lens caps and cover, a rotating aperture dial, and a detachable neck strap. She laid out all the parts on the coffee table, including Bubble Wrap (the fake photos for Lily to process) and twine and clothespins, so she can hang up her snapshots.

A Washing Machine

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This exact replica of Piercey’s machine comes with a little detergent drawer and tons of buttons for the settings. All that’s left to add are some labels to mark the spin cycles. Lily will be a laundry pro when she’s a little more grown up. 

A Record Player

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Piercey sliced up paper towel tubes to make the needle for her little one’s record player, adding a counterweight to the end (just more cardboard) so that it swivels like the real thing. 

A Dishwasher

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Photography by Sydney Piercey

Every play kitchen set needs a dishwasher. Piercey’s version features sliding racks, a cutlery container, and sturdy slots that can hold melamine bowls. “This doubles as a gift for my husband, Stuart,” says Piercey. “He’s given up trying to get me not to stack my plates up in the sink, but he may have more luck with the little one.”

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Keep Your Bathroom Tidy With Shower Organizers

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Not everyone can afford a custom-built shower, with a built-in soap dish and shelving. In fact, some showers are barely big enough to fit in, with little room for the hygiene supplies you need to get clean every day. To install a single shelf, you have to cut into tile, and you have to find a stud in order to assure the security of the installation. That’s where shower organizers come into play. With multiple options and sizes available, you can find an easy to install shower organizer that works for you. Where can you find the best shower organizers?

What to Look for in a Shower Organizer

You can find shower organizers almost anywhere but shopping online is a great way to find all the dimensions, specifications, and mounting requirements so that you know it’s going to work for your space. When looking at the best shower organizers for your location, you need to start by thinking about where in your shower you have room for the item.

Will you need to hang it over the shower head, or do you have a corner space available? How many items do you need to store on it? At the least, you likely have shampoo, conditioner, and some sort of soap or body wash. Do you have a child that can’t reach high? These are all considerations to keep in mind as you check out the list below of some of the best shower organizers available online.

1. Norris Shower Caddy

The Rebrilliant Norris shower caddy is a great choice for organizing the cluttered disarray of items in the shower that are necessary but can be overwhelming without storage space. One of the best aspects of this particular shower organizer is that it is water resistant, with a thermo-bond coating of bronze plated metal.

This also keeps it very lightweight while remaining sturdy, so you aren’t tasked with replacing the unit frequently. It’s compatible for installation with both tile and fiberglass showers, so you don’t have to worry that you can’t mount it due to the type of shower you have. It is a tension pole, with four adjustable shelves so you can create the right amount of space for smaller soaps and plenty of room for tall shampoo containers.

The tension pole is adjustable from 60 inches to 108 inches long, so it fits most showers without question. It only weighs 9 pounds, so it’s easy to maneuver into place without assistance. Each of the four baskets is 26 inches wide, 13 inches long, and 8 inches deep, so they can hold just about anything you put in them. Some assembly is required, but the necessary tools are minimal, and installation is easy.

2. Kenney Rust-Resistant Heavy Duty 3-Tier Large Hanging Shower Caddy

The Kenney Rust Resistant Heavy Duty 3-Tier Large Hanging shower caddy offers ease of organization of all your shower and hygiene items as well as a stylish and out of the way unit that maximizes space and design. The 3-tier unit has multiple uses, with the entire organization factor thought through carefully. Start with two shelves, each of which have two openings so that you can insert shampoo and conditioner bottles in a way that they will stay standing.

This also works for face wash and body wash. Below this is a soap dish holder, which also has 2 hooks for loofahs or rags, as well as 4 spaces for hanging razors. You could even hang a Bluetooth speaker from one of the hooks. It’s easy to install, hanging over your shower head, and has a collar that keeps it from scratching up the hardware. It’s also equipped with suction cups to hold it in place.

Made of heavy gauge metal, it’s rust resistant for long term use. It measures 24 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep, and the collar fits a shower head neck of up to 0.75 inches in diameter. There is no assembly required.

3. Bambusi Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

The Bambusi Bamboo bathtub caddy offers an alternative solution to a shower organizer, allowing you to relax in the tub with everything you need for a comfortable soak. This elegant tray is designed for long stays in a warm bath, with or without bubbles, so that you can ease your muscles and enjoy reading a book or watching something on your tablet in peace. With a raised lip outlining the entire tray, you don’t have to worry about your phone, tablet, or other electronic and entertainment devices slipping into the tub and being ruined, giving you extra piece of mind.

At the same time, you can have all your hygiene supplies within arm’s reach. The tray is made of bamboo with a wood finish, and it’s freestanding, made to reach across you while in the tub. It’s water resistant, with adjustable dimensions to fit your needs. No assembly is required, as it comes in one piece, so there’s no need to fret over installation. The tray extends from a minimum of 31 inches to a maximum of 43 inches, and it’s 10.25 inches wide. It’s 3 inches deep and only weighs 3 pounds, due to being made of the lightweight bamboo.

4. Everett 3-Tier Shower Shelf

The Everett 3-Tier shower shelf organizer presents a simple solution that doesn’t require any installation as a freestanding unit. This means you can locate it anywhere inside your shower or have it standing right outside the tub or shower for easy access and more space inside. The stainless-steel finish makes it stylish and allows it to match any space, regardless of décor, and the rust resistant coating makes it safe for use in wet environments with direct water contact.

It has 3 tiers with shelves to contain all your washing and hygiene supplies so you never have to worry about organization or lack of space for a particular product you need in your cleansing routine. The open wire design means water will never pool inside the basket shelves, making sure it keeps its integrity for years to come.

This shower organizer is just over 32 inches tall, 12.36 inches wide, and 6.88 inches deep, small enough to fit in a less than ample shower space but large enough to contain all your necessities. It only weighs a little over 6 pounds, making it easy to move as needed, and a second one could sit in the bathroom for additional storage space for washrags and toilet paper.

5. Flex Plastic Suction Shower Caddy

The Umbra Flex Plastic Suction shower caddy organizer is a perfect solution for a shower with very limited space without any difficult mounting requirements. A corner mounted caddy, this particular organizer comes with a patented Gel-Lock technology, which has a twist to grip feature securing it in place without concern of slipping, dropping, or getting compromised.

It has an integrated soap dish as well as space for about 3 bottles so you can have your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash easily within reach. It also incorporates space to hold your razor, as well as 2 hooks on which you can hang washcloths, loofahs, or even a Bluetooth speaker. The band at the front of the caddy allows you to have larger bottles in the shelf space while still maintaining their security with flexibility.

The organizer is made of durable, strength tested plastic, so it’s easy to clean and rust resistant, as well as long lasting. It weighs less than a pound and measures 3.25 inches high, 11.88 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep. It mounts easily to smooth tile surfaces, as well as glass for versatility. There is no assembly or installation requirement.

6. Cobb Shower Caddy

The Cobb shower caddy organizer is both stylish and useful, with easy installation that takes the guesswork and frustration out of mounting a shower organizer in your space. Rather than installing in the tile or mounting to the wall, this caddy is ready to use and hangs simply on the neck of your existing shower head. This makes use of the unused space beneath the shower head to get your hygiene and cleaning supplies organized and off the floor.

The sleek design is formed from metal with a silver finish, so it brings style to the space, while also providing tons of storage. The rust resistant design includes 6 shelves (some of which are adjustable to fit your particular needs), 2 compartments, and 2 hooks where you can hang your loofah, sponge, back washer, or washrag. It also has a removable mirror so you can see to shave in the shower. The entire caddy weighs about 6.6 pounds but can hold up to 31 pounds.

It measures 27 inches high, 19.4 inches wide (or 12.5 inches without the side extensions), and 5 inches deep. Make more room in your shower by condensing the amount of space used by all your supplies into this small but adequate shower organizer.

7. Two Tier Corner Shower Caddy

The Rebrilliant 2-Tier Corner shower caddy is a simple, inexpensive option for organizing your shower items in a very limited space, utilizing the corner to keep all your hygiene needs stocked and easily accessible. This uncomplicated solution doesn’t rely on a tension pole, mounting brackets, or suction cups to stay in place.

Rather, the unit comes with 2 adhesive strips that can be put in place while the shower is dry to lock the caddy in for easy installation and immediate use. The plastic unit contains 2 shelves for all your bottles and soaps, with additional options for hanging some items, such as a loofah. The shelves are self-draining, so you don’t have to worry about water buildup or mold. This particular storage option is made for very tight spaces, measuring only 11.5 inches high, 8 inches wide, and 8 inches deep.

The white finish makes it blend into the space so it’s not an eyesore, and the simplicity of the design keeps it from being a major focal point. It’s a simple solution to what can easily become an overwhelming problem in the bathroom, especially if you have limited shower space.

8. Espana Shower Caddy

The Rebrilliant Espana shower caddy organizer is unique in its design and simple in its installation and use, creating a nice aesthetic while also solving the problem of being overwhelmed by items in your shower space. It hangs over your existing shower head neck for easy installation and out of the way placement, meaning you don’t need any hardware to mount it.

This particular organizer can be arranged differently to support different sorts of items. For example, the top tier is made of 2 shelves that can swing outward, allowing you to place taller shampoo and conditioner bottles in them without being hindered in using them. The bottom shelf is perfect as a soap dish, and below that, you’ll find 4 hooks, so the entire family can hang their loofahs, washcloths, and more in the space to drip dry.

These can also hold razors or toothbrushes as needed to accommodate your needs. Made of metal with a sleek bronze finish for stylization, the shower organizer is rust, water, and mildew resistant for long term cleanliness and sturdiness. It weighs only 3.24 pounds, measuring 24.38 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 5.3 inches deep.

9. 4-Tier Aluminum Tension Pole with Bamboo

The Rebrilliant 4-Tier Aluminum and Bamboo shower organizer is both classic in style and utilization, designed to do a simple job with little effort on your part. Shaped and created to mount in the corner of the shower, the design includes an aluminum tension pole for mounting, complete with a shiny chrome finish for aesthetic appeal, as well as multiple storage shelves made of bamboo for a sturdy design with lightweight elements.

You have 3 large basket shelves for all your bottles, such as shampoo and body wash, with a small shelf at the bottom that makes a perfect soap dish. Due to the construction materials, the organizer is also water and mildew resistant, and it’s easy to clean by wiping it down with a damp cloth. The corner design keeps it out of the way, utilizing unused space for storage in even a small shower space. The adjustable tension pole extends up to 108 inches to fit any shower height, with baskets measuring 10.4 inches by 9.6 inches. It only weighs a little over 6 pounds, so you won’t need assistance installing it.

10. Hanging Shower Caddy

The Rebrilliant Hanging shower caddy organizer provides an excellent solution for a number of applications where you have a glassed-in shower and nowhere to store your shower supplies. With a hanging design set up with hooks that drape over the glass wall, it is at once easy to access and out of the way, so you maximize your ability to move around within the shower. Made of brass with a durable and aesthetically pleasing stainless steel finish, the caddy consists of 2 sleekly designed baskets with ample space to store all the necessary items for cleaning and grooming while in the shower.

No assembly is required, though you may need a screwdriver in order to mount the shower organizer properly. The entire caddy measures 27.31 inches high, 10.94 inches wide, and 4.38 inches deep. Keep your bottles off the floor and have room to hang items such as washrags and loofahs and reduce concern about pooling water and mildew with the open caddy design of the organizer.

11. Hieu Shower Caddy

The Hieu shower caddy organizer is a stylish and eye-catching addition to your shower space that also assists with assuring you can utilize more area and get your necessary hygiene items organized. This freestanding unit is self-sufficient, with no mounting or installation required, so you save a great deal of work and effort you may otherwise need to use. In addition, you can feel good about contributing to environmental safety, since all the grade A teak wood used in the construction of the organizer is responsibly harvested.

It’s then properly dried and carefully finished with attention to detail and put together with solid brass and stainless steel so that it’s not only ideal for wet locations but also reliable and sturdy. Designed for corner use, it maximizes storage room in small spaces with 3 shelves for bottles and soaps. Because teak is lightweight, the entire organizer only weighs 10 pounds, while measuring 35.5 inches high, 14.5 inches wide, and 7.75 inches deep. There is no assembly required, as the unit comes pre-assembled in a single piece, so you can simply put it in place and start using it for storage.

12. Choreograph Shower Caddy

The Kohler Choreograph shower caddy organizer is one of the sturdiest options for storing your shower items available, based on installation and materials involved. Kohler is known for its sleek, modern design, and this organizer is no exception to the reputation. Consisting of a single shelf, the shower caddy is mounted to the wall with a drill and screws, so you don’t have to worry about a hanging caddy slipping, suction cups releasing, or a tension pole loosening. It’s made of aluminum with a stainless-steel finish, all rated highly for water resistance to be rust resistant and mildew free.

The shelf includes a space in which you can drape a washrag or small towel for ease of access when washing or rinsing. The shelf is small and inconspicuous while also being ideal in design for a modern bathroom, weighing less than 3 pounds and measuring only 2 inches high, 21 inches wide, and 3.38 inches deep. This is perfect for storing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. If more space is required, you can easily install 2 shelves for maximizing your space.

The Bottom Line

Having a shower caddy is crucial if you lack the proper storage space to store all your bathroom toiletries. Also, a shower caddy can keep everything neat and organized in one area, rather than all over the unit. There’s something for everyone on this list so find the one that works best for you!

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The 11 Paint Colors Featured in Our Favorite Green Kitchens

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Ever since PPG declared Night Watch, a deep, luxurious aqua that reminds us of malachite, 2019’s color of the year, we’ve been seeing soothing shades of green everywhere. It’s easy to understand why. A symbol of growth, energy, harmony, and nature, green is chock-full of calming properties. It’s especially impactful in a room as busy as, say, the kitchen, where a warm sage or restful moss can help incite a zen-like state amid the cooking chaos. 

There’s a whole world of cleverly named green paints out there (November Rain, Snip of Parsley, and Mown Grass are just a few). But which ones are the absolute best for kitchen cabinets? We worked our way backward, pinpointing our favorite green kitchens and figuring out the essential swatches from there. After a deep dive, these 11 options stood out as the clear winners.

The Calming Olive

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Try: Rosemary by Sherwin-Williams

Portland, Oregon–based designer Stephanie Dyer loves this subdued shade of green so much, nearly everyone in her family has a room painted the color. She’s also keen on incorporating it into her clients’ projects, like in this Craftsman space, where she paired it with pops of red, orange, and teal for a modern twist. 

The Sought-After Sage

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Try: Cooking Apple Green by Farrow & Ball 

Teri Lyn Fisher of Spoon Fork Bacon mixed not two or three but 17 samples to find the right balance of mint and sage for her breezy space. She had a big-box paint supplier color-match her experiment, but you could cut corners by going with a similar hue, like Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green, which looks even brighter when it’s contrasted with white walls and countertops. 

The ’60s Green

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Try: Fig Tree by Behr 

Nostalgia is the theme for this Lancaster, Pennsylvania, kitchen, designed by the Chris and Claude Co. Old wallpaper leftover from the 1960s can still be spotted peeking out behind the painted walls in one part of the room. To keep the groovy vibes going with the cabinets, the designers opted for a muddy green color with hints of brown undertones. 

The Chameleon Green

Try: Forest Green by Benjamin Moore 

A dark forest green can sway contemporary or traditional depending on the sheen. In an old renovated row home designed by Chris and Claude Beiler, Benjamin Moore’s tried-and-true color reads as green-blue with its matte finish and clean black pulls. But in a classic Denver Tudor kitchen by Shea McGee, the hue takes a brighter turn, revealing notes of emerald. 

The Gray-Green 

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Try: Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams

Emily Henderson went with a smoky shade for this kitchen. The silvery green pairs perfectly with the cool gray veining of the marble countertops. While the designer contemplated painting either the lower or upper cabinets white, she decided to make a more dramatic statement by using the same color everywhere (including the island). 

The Bright Green

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Try: Hunter Dunn by Paint and Paper Library 

On hardware-less cabinetry, a classic hunter green can feel surprisingly fresh. The buttery yellow barstools, plywood cutout pulls, and fluted glass cabinets in this modern space by Naked Kitchens take the shade into unconventional territory. 

The Seaside Green

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Try: Caldwell Green by Benjamin Moore 

For this modern cabin on a lake, Shea McGee pulled from Benjamin Moore’s historic color collection. The sage-y olive green serves as a cool counterpoint to matte black hardware, sandy-colored hardwood floors, and  the white shiplap in the adjacent room. 

The Herbaceous Green 

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Try: Chimichurri by Benjamin Moore 

Katie Hackworth chose a green hue in a satin finish—charmingly named after the tangy sauce—for this small office kitchen. To ensure full coverage, the designer applied it by back-brushing (a technique in which you spray the paint and then smooth out the wet stain with a regular brush).

The Moss Green 

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Try: Great Barrington Green by Benjamin Moore 

Babba C. Rivera’s Brooklyn kitchen exudes warmth. When the sunlight is streaming in, the earthy shade that covers her Shaker-style fronts takes on an almost lime-like glow. 

The Countryside Green 

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Try: Racing Green and Emerald Green by DeVol Kitchens

This bespoke space by English brand DeVol is painted with a custom mix of the company’s Racing and Emerald greens. Its rich profile elevates the rustic wood details in the space, plus it makes the vintage oil paintings that lean against the wall pop.

The Mint Green

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Try: Moth’s Wing by Behr 

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Totally tropical tastes! New reversible palm print Matalan bedding has shoppers swooning

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What better way to inject summer style into bedrooms than with a tropical print duvet! The new Matalan bedding collection has several hot new tropical designs to do the job. Both with palm prints they’re sure to welcome holiday destination vibes to any boudoir this summer.

More on feeling the summer heat: Too hot to sleep? Here’s how to stay cool in bed

Fans are particularly feeling the feels for the reversible metallic palm and pineapple print design. Shared on the brands Instagram feed the on-trend new bedding has been met with a lot of love…

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‘Keep palm.. and go to sleep! 🌴’ say the team at Matalan (rather brilliantly, we might add). And it seems to be hitting a sweet spot for shoppers and fans of the affordable retailer. The post has generated 4660 likes and 80 comments, all with a running theme of appreciate.

‘Love this bedding 😍 ‘ says one follower sweetly.  ‘Cutest bed linen 🌴’ declares another. ‘I need this bedding 😍😍😍 ‘.

‘oh the palm 🌴 tree cover…. 😍’ comments one, ‘This is gorgeous! 😍 ‘ says another.

‘How cute is this bedding tho! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 ‘ writes one friend to another.

‘I have this and I love it!’ cries one satisfied customer.

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The quirk design comes in a set, complete with one pillowcase accompanying the single cover and a pair with the double and king duvet. White on one side with a palm tree print and pink on the other with the metallic pineapples this bedding really is like having two duvets in one.

Buy now: Reversible Metallic Palm Print Duvet Set, from £15 to £22, Matalan

And that’s just one of the cool new designs, the following is also new…

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This design appears to have sold out online, just this morning! It’s best to look out for it in stores now if it’s your summer bedding of choice. The vibrant pink and green palm leaf print duvet is perfect for those who are looking for a more exuberant summery bedding.

Above you can see more clearly the pineapple illustration on the reverse of the Palm print duvet. The summer Matalan bedding collection is super strong, with its tropical prints and on-trend palette of green and pink hues.

In stores only: Palm Leaf Print Duvet Set, from £15 to £22, Matalan

Related: Scientist reveals how to sleep better in the heat – and it’s nothing to do with a fan!

Both designs are in stores now, while stocks last.

Do you have a dedicated summer duvet?

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This is how much it actually costs to keep your electric fan running all night

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Yesterday was hotter than Ibiza and the Caribbean with highs of 35c. The rest of the weekend is due to be a little cooler, but the temperature is still on track to stay above 20c. It’s safe to say a fan is about to become your new best friend.

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However, whether you are running your fan for 10-minute bursts or blasting it all night, do you know how much it costs to run a fan?

While an electrical fan might be offering you some relief  at the moment, and helping you sleep in the heat. The last thing you want is to be hit with a nasty surprise when your electricity bill comes through.

How much does it cost to run a fan?

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The good news is that fans are surprisingly energy-efficient, especially when compared to an electric air-conditioning unit. Research by energy-saving assistant Loop revealed that a 40W fan running for 8 hours cost just 6p. While a 1003W Air conditioning unit running for the same time cost £1.44.

If you want to work out exactly how much your fan of choice costs to run you’ll first need to work out how much electricity it is using. You can do this by checking the wattage. This should be shown on the fan or the instructions leaflet.

Once you know the wattage of your fan, convert this into kilowatt-hours. It might sound complicated, but all you need to do is divide the wattage by 1,000.

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Then you just multiply the number by the number of hours you are using the fan for. This will give you the amount of electricity you are using per day.

For example, if you have a 50-watt fan, you would divide 50 by 1,000 to get 0.05. If you are using it for ten hours a day, you’ll then multiply 0.05 by 10 giving you 0.5kW. This is how much energy the fan uses in a day.

To work out the cost, you will need to know how much you pay for one unit of energy (1kw). This should be listed on your energy bill.

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Multiply the cost of a unit of energy by the kW output of your fan and that will be how much it is costing to run your fan each day.

So if you’re paying 16p for energy, multiply this by 0.5kW and you’ll get 8p as the cost for running a 50watt fan for 10 hours.

If all that multiplying has left you a bit baffled. The experts at ThisisMoney worked out that if a normal household fan (between 25 and 75 watts) was left on every night for a week, it would add no more than £1 to your electricity bill.

Related: Update homes for summer heat with a little help from affordable Aldi fans

So you can sleep a bit easier with your fan on this week.

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Weekend Reading 7.12.20

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Well with the number of coronavirus cases rising in our area here in the last few weeks, I’m committed to more days spent at home. I’m bracing myself mentally for a few more months of this but no complaints, the weather is nice and there is plenty to do around my county. Like everyone else, I’m spending a lot of time at home. Lightweight kimono cardigans are now part of my lounging attire. I have two of the ones I linked to, they also make great swim cover-ups.

The only place out of town that I get to visit this month is an overnight at Bass Lake just outside of Yosemite. I’m hoping the National Park stays open since I have a day pass, but who knows these days. The situation changes every week so we just have to make the best of it. How are you all hanging in there? Are you getting out of the house much? Planning any road trips or staying put? How are you keeping busy this summer?

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These floral trucker hats are so cute for summer. (I have two!)

Five ways to be better about making decisions if you’re indecisive.

Made me laugh: how to sound like a designer when choosing color.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!