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40+ essentials to help make the most of your college dorm room

By Terri Williams, Tue, September 20, 2022

Photo by Andrew Neel on Pexels

A college dorm room doesn’t provide a lot of space, and even for New Yorkers – who tend to be adept at navigating tight living quarters – it can be a challenge to transform this area into a home. According to data from Univstats, 211 colleges in New York provide on-campus housing. If you’re one of the lucky students living on-campus (which provides a more immersive and traditional college experience) congrats! And while your dorm room may be small, we found some cool yet functional items that can’t make your space bigger, but can at least make it more fun to live in.

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20+ travel essentials for the perfect summer getaway

By Terri Williams, Wed, August 10, 2022

Photo by S’well on Unsplash

Taking a summer vacation is a perfect opportunity to rest and recharge, or explore new adventures. And according to a survey by The Vacationer, 81 percent of Americans plan to travel this summer – 51 percent by plane, while 80 percent plan to take a road trip. Whether you’re taking a voyage to another city or another country, we’ve put together a list of essential items to make any type of summer getaway a breeze.

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50+ great Father’s Day gifts for every type of dad

By Terri Williams, Mon, June 6, 2022

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Dads are so unassuming – they do so much for others and expect so little in return. Whether they are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers, godfathers, or other father figures, Father’s Day is the one day of the year when we can show our gratitude and celebrate them. So why not choose a Father’s Day gift they might actually like and decide to use? We’ve rounded up – and categorized – an assortment of gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated and bring a smile this Father’s Day.

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Your mom is unique and that’s why we’re presenting a variety of Mother’s Day gifts to choose from, whether she loves cooking, hates cleaning, or wants to trick out her home office or home entertainment center. We also included some options to help your mom relax – something she probably doesn’t do enough – and gifts that will just make her life easier. And these gifts are also ideal for grandmothers, stepmothers, aunts – as well as wives, daughters, nieces, and friends.

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12 affordable side tables for small spaces

By Terri Williams, Tue, April 12, 2022

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

A side table adds functionality and convenience, providing a great place to set drinks and food, eyeglasses, the remote, and other items. Some people use them for lamps, floral arrangements, photos, and other decor items. Others use a stylish side table as a design element, either as a cohesive piece that brings the other furniture in the room together or for a unique pop of color. If you have a small space, you may be limited in size. However, these 12 side tables ensure that you won’t be limited in style and function, while also not breaking the bank, with selected pieces ranging in price from $100 to $450.

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The top 25 things you need to sleep better

By Terri Williams, Tue, March 29, 2022

Photo of Nest Bedding’s Organic Cotton Luxury Bed Sheet, courtesy of Nest Bedding

While it can be exciting to live in The City That Never Sleeps, you are not the city, and you do, indeed, need to sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least seven hours of sleep per night. A good night’s sleep helps the body to rest and recuperate, and it even positively affects your mental health. However, work and family stress, unhealthy habits – and yes, living in The City That Never Sleeps – can all wreak havoc on your ability to sleep soundly. These are the best items you need to sleep well at night and awake refreshed the next day.

Time to snooze

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29 essential items that make working from home easier

By Terri Williams, Mon, March 7, 2022

Photo by Grovemade on Unsplash

Whether you’re working from home a couple of days a week or spending the entirety of each workweek at home, you need to create the right environment to work efficiently. And since you’re at home, there’s no reason why you can’t also be comfortable – and choose items that you’d actually like to use. Ahead, find some of the WFH essentials you’ll need to create the perfect workspace.

Here’s what you need

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The 15 best poufs and ottomans you can buy online

By Terri Williams, Wed, February 23, 2022

The Harper Burrow Nomad Leather Ottoman from Burrow; Photo courtesy of Burrow

I love poufs and ottomans because they’re so versatile that they can be used for seating, serve as a footrest, and some can even provide storage. Poufs and ottomans are available in a variety of sizes and materials, making them ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, and nurseries–as well as on the patio. Below, find some of our favorite poufs and ottomans you can buy online.

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50 practical items that make perfect housewarming gifts

By Terri Williams, Tue, February 8, 2022

Space is always at a premium in New York City – even for people moving into a larger place. When thinking about housewarming gifts, quality always takes precedent over quantity. And since new homeowners and tenants need to maximize their space, our list of best housewarming gifts includes practical, well-made, durable, and long-lasting choices that are also fashionable enough to work in any design style. We also went beyond the typical housewarming gifts to include some new, cool, and fun items that you may not have thought of.

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17 things to keep you warm in your apartment this winter

By Terri Williams, Wed, January 12, 2022

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Winters in New York City can be brutal, with even our notoriously hot, steam-heated apartments feeling uncomfortable during a cold snap. Thankfully, there are several ways to stay warm in your home, and we’ve researched the best products to keep you toasty during this frigid season. From thick throw blankets and cozy rugs to a towel warmer, these are the best items to keep you warm all winter long.

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