These Are The Throw Blankets We’ll Be Cozying Up In All WinterDesign Ideas
These throws are guaranteed to add warmth and style to any space.
Dec 16, 2020
The Best Luggage for EveryoneDesign Ideas
When it comes to finding the luggage that’s right for you (and your next trip), there are a few questions you should ask: How will you be traveling? How long will you be traveling? How much stuff will you actually bring with you? The answers to those questions can help determine what kind of bag is right for you, whether that be a weekender, a carry-on, or a more substantial check bag. Of course, no matter which style of luggage you land on, not all bags are created equal.
Jul 17, 2020
Have Your Couch’s Back: Sofa & Console Tables Under $250Design Ideas
Don't leave your floating sofa in a lurch.
Jul 17, 2020
Just in Time for Fall: Our Top 10 Best Slow CookersDesign Ideas
If you’re looking for a way to make your hectic life just a little easier, look no further than the mighty slow cooker. There are a ton of options on the market, some bad, some good, some outrageously good, with a myriad of features. Here are 10 of our favorites for every budget. The site of this no-frills slow cooker instantaneously takes me back to my childhood.
Jul 16, 2020
But First, Coffee: The Top 13 Best Espresso Machines Under $1,000Design Ideas
Let’s set something straight before we begin: espresso machines—good espresso machines—are expensive. Like, really expensive (think comparable in price to an entire living room’s worth of furniture.) So when we were rounding up our list of top-notch espresso makers, we had to cut ourselves off at $1,000 before things got astronomical. With that budget in mind, here are the best 13 machines on the market.
Jul 16, 2020
Top Ten: Best Cordless Power Drills (for Your Dad…or You!)Design Ideas
Whether you’re looking for a cordless drill for Dad, for your summer projects, or for a recent grad’s first grown-up home, June—when hardware and department stores have Father’s Day sales—is a great time to buy this household necessity. To snag the best deals, watch the circulars for price drops right before and after Father’s Day (June 19th this year).
Jul 15, 2020
A Stylish Kitchen for Less: 10 Great Looking Kitchen Faucets Under $200Design Ideas
Not only does the faucet you choose for your kitchen affect the overall look of the room, but if you cook a lot (or if you don’t own a dishwasher), the convenience of its design will affect you every day. For our 2016 faucet guide, we’ve taken both form and function into consideration—and to raise the stakes even higher, set a price cap at $200. These options meet the trifecta—they’re pretty, practical, and very well-priced.
Jul 15, 2020
Best Bedside Water Carafes: Esque, Crate & Barrel, Canvas Home & 11 MoreDesign Ideas
I’ve been rounding up these little luxuries for a number of years and have even been corrected (happily) that a “bedside carafe” MUST (in order to earn its name) have a glass attached to it. Agreed. So this is my biggest selection yet of the best options out there right now, from traditional to modern, from high to low. The one up top is my top pick this year, because the shape is unexpected but still elegant, and it’s totally affordable.
Jul 15, 2020
11 Space-Saving Indoor Bike Storage SolutionsDesign Ideas
From super sturdy ceiling hooks to surprisingly chic floor stands, here are 11 bicycle storage solutions that will work in any size of home—no U-lock necessary.
Jul 5, 2020
The Best Kitchen Trash CansDesign Ideas
They hide your garbage, but that doesn't mean they have to be as unsightly as what's in them.
Jun 16, 2020
8 Plant Stands & Standing Planters You Can Shop NowPlants & Yard
Take your plant babies to new heights with these stylish plant stands.
Jun 4, 2020
The Prettiest Outdoor Rugs You’ll Actually Want to Use IndoorsDesign Ideas
These rugs take versatility to a whole new level.
May 12, 2020
The Best Air PurifiersCleaning
Get that summer air as fresh and clean as possible.
Apr 16, 2020
The Best Wine RacksDesign Ideas
A dozen wine racks that are both stylish and practical.
Apr 9, 2020
11 Stylish Sofas Sure to Fit in the Tiniest of ApartmentsDesign Ideas
No matter how tiny your apartment is, you still need some place to sit. But you might have a little difficulty fitting a full-sized sofa in your 250-square-foot space (not to mention the trouble you’ll have getting it up the stairs). That’s why we’ve created this roundup of smaller sofas—each less than five feet wide—that are still big on style. A sweet little sofa (59″ wide) at an almost shockingly good price.
Apr 3, 2020
The Best Office ChairsDesign Ideas
We rounded up our favorite office chairs across prices and styles so you can get to work but feel good about it.
Mar 28, 2020
The Best BathrobesDesign Ideas
Lounging is serious business.
Mar 11, 2020
Budget Basics: 10 Beautiful Champagne Flutes Under $10Life
If you are the sort of person who aspires to own a large number of champagne flutes, you are probably also the sort of person who enjoys entertaining at home. In that case, you’ll understand that the best glassware is the kind you don’t need to worry about: The kind where, if a friend who has enjoyed a little too much bubbly knocks one off the table, you can just clean it up and good-naturedly assure them it’s not a big deal.
Mar 11, 2020
The Best BlendersDesign Ideas
These kitchen staples have come a long way over the past fifty years, and they are now not only useful but beautiful enough to keep out on your counter.
Jan 17, 2020
Top Ten: Best Outdoor Patio Dining SetsDesign Ideas
It’s finally spring and I’m so ready for al fresco dining, either in the shade on a beautiful warm day, or at night with lanterns to light the table. You can eat every meal outside with one of these ten outdoor patio dining sets— our top favorite picks for the year. For comparison purposes, all prices include the cost of one table and either four chairs or two benches, unless otherwise noted: 1.
Oct 24, 2019
The Best Portable GrillsPlants & Yard
Find the grill of your dreams and start entertaining this summer—no backyard necessary.
Jun 26, 2019
Best Charcoal Grills: Perfectly Portable to HugeProjects & Improvements
Grilling is one of the great joys of summer. If you live in an apartment with an especially small outdoor space — or none at all — you may be worried that this particular joy is denied to you, but never fear. Below you will find our absolutely biggest roundup – 17! – of grills big and small, portable and iconic, but ALL charcoal (or wood). Enjoy and tell us your faves. This is our reader favorite.
Jun 3, 2019
The Best Bookcases and Shelves for Every Budget, Space, and StyleOrganizing
The books we hold onto say something about us. Sometimes it’s because the characters, places, or plots are still a part of us, even after we turn the last page—and we’re not quite ready to donate, or pass along to a friend. Other times, they’re like to do lists: the titles we’ve been meaning to get to. Or maybe they’re just something you’re proud to display: Those books that telegraph something about your personality, interests, or convictions.
May 23, 2019
The Best Sound MachinesDesign Ideas
Don't let your rowdy roommate keep you from restful Zzzz.
May 23, 2019
The Best Mouse TrapsDesign Ideas
It might not be fun to talk about, but with winter approaching you know it's necessary
May 23, 2019
The Best Soda MakersDesign Ideas
Soda makers, otherwise known as carbonators, may be the kitchen appliance you probably don’t realize you need. Bubbly drinks like seltzer and Prosecco are typically associated with special occasions, but the rise in popularity of flavored drinks like La Croix are making carbonated beverages more accessible, not to mention more fun. Getting that bubbly taste at home hasn’t always been easy.
May 23, 2019
The Best Wine Openers & CorkscrewsLife
When you’re ready to unwind at the end of the day, the only thing coming between you and a glass of wine is…your corkscrew. These little contraptions are typically an afterthought — we don’t expect them to be exciting or attractive, as long as they work. Yet a solid, high-quality wine opener is key to keeping you and your wine happy.
May 23, 2019
The Best ToastersDesign Ideas
Toasters that hit the sweet spot of good design and functionality.
May 23, 2019
The Best Water Filter PitchersDesign Ideas
We found the best (and best looking) water filter pitchers that will keep you and your family hydrated and healthy.
May 23, 2019
The Best Portable Bluetooth SpeakerHome Projects
Our favorite portable bluetooth speakers will have you jamming out all summer long.
May 23, 2019
The Best CoolersPlants & Yard
The sun is out, the party’s on, and you have all the makings of a great day with your speakers, your grill and your string lights. All that’s missing is a good reliable cooler to keep your food and drinks cold (particularly if you’re feeling this heat wave). There are a variety of options on the market, so we rounded up our favorites at all price points and styles.
May 23, 2019
The Best BackpacksDesign Ideas
Backpacks are one of those special products that people of all ages will always have use for and can get excited about. Whether you’re preparing for your first day of Kindergarten, a rugged hiking trip or just a day out and about, there’s a backpack for everyone—and every personality type. For something so practical, backpacks are a great form of self-expression; scrolling through the Internet yields seemingly endless options in every style, color, and function.
May 23, 2019
The Best Lunch BoxesDesign Ideas
Did you know that you can easily spend over $2,000 a year buying lunch out each day? Making your own lunch and packing it in a reusable box is therefore not only better for you, it’s more sustainable for the earth AND might help you save up for that vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Nowadays there’s a lunch box or bag for every type of person, whether you’re a super organized meal prepper or a last-minute, throw-it-in-a-bag type.
May 23, 2019
The Best Toaster OvensDesign Ideas
The debate between toasters and toaster ovens has divided households for years, with no clear winner in sight. While both appliances have their pros and cons, it’s undeniable that toaster ovens stand out for their versatility. A true kitchen workhorse, toaster ovens not only make toast and heat up bagels, but can also function like a regular oven, baking or roasting small batches of food and heating up last night’s leftovers with ease.
May 23, 2019
The Best Board GamesDesign Ideas
Our favorite board games, so you can have another excuse to stay home this winter.
May 23, 2019
The Best Living Room & Accent Chairs Under $200Design Ideas
You may not be willing to shell out as much money for accent chairs as you would for say, a couch, but you still want them to be comfortable enough to sit on when your friends come over, and beautiful enough for you to look at the rest of the time. The good news for decorators on a tight budget is that there are plenty of designs out there that meet both requirements—and will set you back less than $200.
May 22, 2019
Top Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Rick Steves & MoreDesign Ideas
We’ve spent a good part of April bringing you travel tips and tricks, and I hope you’ve been inspired to plan a little get-away! With the internet, planning a trip seems almost too easy, no travel agents needed, apps that send you flight deals, you don’t even need a map when you get there anymore. But I still think you can get a lot of value out of guidebooks, especially for big trips.
May 3, 2019
The Best Water Filters at Every Price PointLife
When investing in a healthy home, one of the most important purchases you can make is a water filter.
May 3, 2019
Top 10 Hair Dryers for a Fast, Frizz-Free BlowoutLife
People who blow dry their hair tend to fall into two camps: Those who dry their hair every now and then and want something fast and cheap, and those who dry their hair every single day and rank their dryer among their top five possessions. Our roundup of best hair dryers has both camps covered. Choose a $400 Dyson, or a $22 Revlon, either way you’re going to get a great blowout. For less than 25 bucks, this sleek Revlon model comes with all the best features of a $200 version.
May 3, 2019
12 Gray Sofas We Love Right Now Under $1,000Design Ideas
So maybe you’re thinking about buying a sofa. Color matters. You want something that’s going to match with everything else in the room, that will look good with the things you have now and also, hopefully, weather the test of time. With this in mind, gray is an excellent neutral—quite versatile, with none of the high maintenance of white or the in-your-faceness of black.
May 3, 2019
The Sofa Color That Works With (Just About) Any DecorDesign Ideas
The sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture in your home (based solely on the amount of time you spend on it). It’s where you binge watch episodes of Broad City and Game of Thrones; where you collapse after a long day of work; and where you curl up with a good book on an obligation-free weekend.
May 3, 2019
The Best Day PlannersOrganizing
A new year means new goals and a renewed desire to get organized. To help you get there, we’ve rounded up our favorite day planners, from the professional to the quirky to the feminine. Even though it’s tempting to just stick with your phone’s calendar app, why not make 2018 the year you move away from the digital and rediscover how much fun and practical having a good old paper planner can be.
May 3, 2019
Make An Entrance: 10 Doormats with Personality to Welcome You HomeDesign Ideas
The mat outside your front door is one of the first things guests see when they visit your home, so why not choose one that reflects your personal style? This practical accessory is more than just a spot to wipe your shoes, but it also helps set the tone for your home. Our top 10 picks for 2016 are durable enough to withstand the elements, pretty enough to receive compliments, and guaranteed to make a great first impression.
Apr 30, 2019
Affordable Quality: 9 Top-Rated Blenders Under $200Design Ideas
A good rule of thumb for home purchases is the following: if you use something regularly (at least weekly, especially if it’s daily!), you should always buy quality. A dirt-cheap blender (or even one that you might have “borrowed” from your parent’s garage) is almost guaranteed to leave you frustrated with leaky pitchers and clumpy drinks. Say “No more!
Apr 30, 2019
Tray Chic: 11 Beautiful Trays for Every Space and Every PurposeDesign Ideas
Trays are a great thing to have around—perfect for serving food or drinks, or just for corralling your stuff on a counter or tabletop so you look more organized than you actually are. Whatever it is that you want your tray to do for you, you’ll find the perfect choice among these 11 stylish options. These Kaleido trays by Hay can be arranged in all kinds of combinations to hold all kinds of things. A simple, easy-to-clean tray at a friendly price point.
Apr 30, 2019
Warming Trend: 15 of the Best Electric BlanketsDesign Ideas
It takes far less than a polar vortex to make you shiver beneath layers and layers of blankets (heck, sometimes, an office A/C blowing at full force is enough to turn your hands numb and blue.) Take your personal space’s temperature into your own hands and crank up the heat with an electric blanket. Whether you want to stay toasty at home or at work, wrap yourself in one of these 15 pretty options. Electric Blankets: Pros and ConsDo Design-Friendly Electric Blankets Exist?
Apr 30, 2019
The Best Touchscreen Gloves to Keep Your Digits Warm This WinterDesign Ideas
The plights of the winter warrior are plenty, but one in particular is figuring out how to keep your hands from turning blue and numb in freezing temps while still staying connected. These 11 touchscreen-compatible gloves are here to solve that problem for you. Fleece is a great option for gloves as its warm and low-maintenance. This fun pair, which also comes in three other colors/prints are on sale and running out fast, so snatch them up if they’re calling your name!
Apr 30, 2019
The Best VasesDesign Ideas
It may not feel like it on the East Coast yet, but spring is definitely on its way. And that means spring cleaning won’t be far behind. One little shortcut that doesn’t actually involve a bit of scrubbing or organizing: adding in a plant or two can make any space feel a tiny bit better and brighter. Plus, having fresh colorful flowers around always makes me feel like the weather is friendlier than it actually is.
Mar 17, 2018
The Best Closet Systems
A great solution to making the most out of any closet space is investing in a closet system that will carve out a spot for all your clothes and accessories.
Jan 3, 2011
Maxwell's Favorite Portable Grill
Maxwell's Favorite Portable Grill
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Maxwell's Favorite Boxed Mattress
Maxwell's Favorite Boxed Mattress
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The Best Water Purifiers
The Best Water Purifiers
Jun 6, 2024
The Best Bike Rack
The Best Bike Rack
Jun 6, 2024
The Best Toaster
The Best Toaster
Jun 6, 2024
The Guide: Scented Candles
The Guide: Scented Candles
Jun 6, 2024
The Guide: Corkscrews
The Guide: Corkscrews
Jun 6, 2024
The Guide: Sound Machines
The Guide: Sound Machines
Jun 6, 2024
The Guide: Sleeper Sofas
The Guide: Sleeper Sofas
Jun 6, 2024
The Guide: Wool Blankets
The Guide: Wool Blankets
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell Top Picks: Bathrobes
Maxwell Top Picks: Bathrobes
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The Guide: Day Planners
The Guide: Day Planners
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell's Top Picks: Christmas String Lights
Maxwell's Top Picks: Christmas String Lights
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell's Top Picks: Shower Organizers
Maxwell's Top Picks: Shower Organizers
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell's Top Picks: Air Mattresses
Maxwell's Top Picks: Air Mattresses
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell's Top Picks: Wine Racks
Maxwell's Top Picks: Wine Racks
Jun 6, 2024
Maxwell's Fantastic Find: Online Art Framing Roundup
Maxwell's Fantastic Find: Online Art Framing Roundup
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Maxwell's Fantastic Find: Clothing Rack Roundup
Maxwell's Fantastic Find: Clothing Rack Roundup
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7 Entertaining Party Games
7 Entertaining Party Games
Mar 6, 2017
The Guide: Carry-On Luggage
The Guide: Carry-On Luggage
Mar 1, 2018
Maxwell's Favorite Electric Fans
Maxwell's Favorite Electric Fans
May 9, 2018
Maxwell's Favorite Hanging Planter
Maxwell's Favorite Hanging Planter
May 9, 2018
The Best Portable Speakers
The Best Portable Speakers
Jun 27, 2018