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Friday
Jan192018

11 Candles to Make Your Home Hygge

Around the holidays, freezing cold temperatures and massive snowfall is tolerable, maybe even something you hope for (“White Christmas” is a popular song for a reason).  But as soon as January hits, all of those “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” feelings dissipate, and you’re forced to face the fact that you have at least two months of bitterly cold weather without a smidgen of holiday cheer.

So, you do what all of us in the Northeast do in these dead months between the holiday season and Spring—you post up at home, binging shows in your sweats and probably eating and drinking too much, all in an effort to avoid going outside where the wind feels like tiny ice picks stabbing you in the face.  All of this—whether you know it or not—is a serious quest to achieve hygge, the Danish concept of feeling cozy, a busy term you’ve probably heard your hipster cousin throw around recently.

How do you make your home hella hygge? Start with a bunch of blankets, and then move immediately to candles, which never fail to add ambience and a sense of coziness and warmth to any room they’re in.  We’ve rounded up 11 of our favorites to help you on your way—read it on Parade.

Monday
Aug282017

SNOOZ White Noise Machine

If you need noise to fall asleep, you basically have three options: 

  1. Sleep with the TV on, which has the potential to annoy partners unless the like the dulcet sounds of The Simpsons' theme song going off every 20 or so minutes as you cycle through the "play all" setting of your favorite DVD.
  2. Sleep with an AC or fan on, which is fine in the summer, but not exactly great for cold winter months (and not really great for your electric bill either).
  3. Fall asleep to white noise apps on your phone, with your headphones digging into your ears and making it virtually impossible to get comfortable. 

 Listen up, though... we've found a fourth option, and that's the SNOOZ White Noise Machine ($79, Amazon). Using the sound of a real fan (without making your room cold), the machine will help drown out other noise and lull you to sleep. It's compact, lightweight, and is nicely-designed enough for you to want to keep it on your nightstand.  

Friday
Aug112017

Cinema Light Box 

When you were in college, you coveted the light up signs that were at the shitty bars you used to frequent. And even after you grew up and realized that a self-respecting 30-year-old can't have a Bud Light Lime sign hanging in her apartment, your magpie self never quite grew out of liking bright lights.  Enter the Cinema Light Box ($50, Huckberry), a mature way to inject a little light-up action in your home. It comes with 100 letters, numbers, and characters so you can switch out the messaging to your heart's content, and—unlike similar lightboxes and signs—it runs on batteries, so you don't have to hide an unsightly cord when you mount it on the wall. 
Monday
Aug072017

Collapsible Laundry Basket 

When you were growing up, presumably not in a big city, having a washer and dryer in your home wasn't considered a badge of honor or a sign that you "MADE IT," it was just a normal thing that literally everyone had. But then you moved to the city, and after having to lug 30 pounds of laundry to the laundromat, you realized that having a washer and dryer IN-UNIT was a sign that you made it.

Truth: if you live in New York City and have a washer and dryer in your actual apartment (I'm not talking about the creepy shared washer and dryers that populate a decent amount of New York's apartment buildings), it means that what you're paying in rent is an amount that would make the folks back home keel over and die, ergo, YOU'VE MADEEEEEEEE ITTTTTTT, even if it's the world's smallest washer and dryer set that can only handle a pillow case, a t-shirt, and one sock at a time.

That said, just because you have this precious amenity that people across all five boroughs would kill for doesn't mean you live in a palace. New York City apartments—even when tricked out with basic amenities—are small. That's why this Collapsible Laundry Basket ($40) is perfect for small spaces like your fancy ass (still miniscule) apartment.  It folds out to full size, but collapses flat so you can shove it wherever you have room for it (virually nowhere, but that's YOUR PROBLEM).   

Friday
Jul212017

WeMo Mini SmartPlug 

If you dream of having a smart home but don't have the cash (or the patience) to completely wire everything in your house to operate with the touch of a button or the sound of your voice, we feel you.

But just because you're not completely "plugged in" doesn't mean you have to live life unplugged. This WeMo Mini Smart Plug connects to your home WiFi and allows you to control any appliance you plug into it with a free companion app. Read more on The Kitchn