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The 15 best air-purifying plants for your home

By Diane Pham, Tue, July 14, 2020

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Toxins from carpet, paint, upholstery, and cleaning products are just a handful of modern-day, airborne pollutants that can degrade indoor air quality, and studies have shown too much exposure to these manmade elements can cause lung and respiratory issues over the long run. Luckily, there are a number of houseplants that moonlight as efficient purifiers. Ahead you’ll find 15 of the best air-purifying plants suited for apartment living, according to Dr. B.C. Wolverton, a scientist who worked with NASA to develop a breathable environment for long-term lunar habitation.

15 plants to help keep indoor air its purest

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The Black Lives Matter movement has strong roots in New York City, and with this in mind, 6sqft has put together a list of books about or related to New York City, all by Black authors. Including fiction and nonfiction, our list includes classics like Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time to contemporary works like Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age and Elaine Welteroth’s More Than Enough.

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25 great ways to turn your apartment into a calming home

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, April 28, 2020

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Call it zen or hygge or just plain cozy, we look to our homes to be a welcoming refuge, especially during the current times. From creating a reading nook to setting up a bathroom “spa,” we’ve rounded up the best projects to help you carve out a tranquil space in a stressful world, no matter what size your apartment or home.

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Everyone’s experience during this current crisis is a little bit different, but the one thing that’s emerged as the great unifier is cooking. From sourdough starters and banana bread to chefs cooking at home on Instagram, we can’t get enough of both trying new recipes ourselves and seeing how the pros do it in their own kitchens. Family Meal, a new e-cookbook from Penguin Random House, combines the best of these comforts, featuring 50 recipes from famous chefs and home cooks. But the best part is that 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

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12 flowering houseplants to brighten up your home

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, March 31, 2020

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With New Yorkers stuck indoors with kids, work from home, and a barrage of ever-changing news, it can seem like even spring is on hold. But adding some flowering houseplants to your space is a great way to enliven it with the colors and energy of spring. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a collection of potted blooms that will make your home, and your mood, just a little brighter.

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30 home office ideas to work in style

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, March 20, 2020

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If you’re starting to get a little stir crazy working from home, why not take this as an opportunity to spruce up your home office setup. Ahead, we’ve put together some suggestions for setting up the perfect work-from-home scenario, even if you’re stuck in a tiny apartment. From practical solutions like wall-mounted desks and storage drawers to fun furniture ideas like an ergonomic stool and even something for your furry friend.

What’s your home office style?

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Stay fit while staying home: The best home gym equipment

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, March 18, 2020

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The gym is closed. It’s still too cold to hit the park, beach, or local outdoor track (or you’d just rather stay at home). There are only so many times you can walk the dog. But your health and fitness–and sanity–depend on being able to get some exercise. This could be the best time to put that at-home workout plan into action–especially since exercise is one of the best ways to boost your immune system. Whether it’s a yoga practice, cardio, training for a race or building strength, let the list below inspire you to get moving, even if you’re in a small NYC apartment.

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The 10 best plants for apartment dwellers

By Rebecca Paul, Tue, February 25, 2020

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From purifying the air to making your apartment feel more welcoming and alive, there are a multitude of reasons to incorporate plants into your home decor. However, for many of us, keeping these precious specimens alive can be a small but legitimate challenge—especially when space and natural sunlight is limited (like many apartments in New York City). To make the commitment to caring for and sustaining the life of greenery a bit easier, we’ve put together this list of special and very sturdy plants perfect for apartment dwellers like yourself.

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The best Valentine’s Day gifts for modern design lovers

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, January 30, 2020

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Long after the day of chocolate boxes and candy hearts is over, these gifts will still be as cool as the person who gave them. Because if you’re going to wear your heart on your sleeve, it had better look good! Ahead, we’ve rounded up 15 great gift ideas, from chic pottery and lamps to heart-shaped succulents to a hot sauce kit to spice things up.

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Pantone Color of the Year, Pantone Classic Blue

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Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute graphics company has chosen a Color of the Year, and the 2020 hue is PANTONE 19-4052 TCX, otherwise known as “Classic Blue.” The blue hue is indeed a classic–a primary color that’s simple, bright, and doesn’t pull any punches. It calls to mind blueberries, nautical motifs, and, yes, Facebook. Below are some ideas for putting a pop of this cheery color in your space and your life, from apartment-friendly sofas and chairs to necessary accessories like a self-cleaning water bottle.

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