Tries, Buys, and DIYs: 5 Things Apartment Therapy Editors Are Loving This Week

published Sep 15, 2023
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A blue-walled dining room with a decorated circular dining table.
Credit: Erin Derby

As a shopping editor, I always have an ear to the ground for the coolest, smartest, most need-to-know home products — it’s kind of my thing. Now, I’m letting you in on the fun, bringing top picks from our editors’ radars straight to your very own space.

Not sure where to shop, or just need some quick inspo? Start here with a weekly rundown of AT editors’ favorite finds, from things we’ve tested and exciting brand launches, to home project kickstarters. Read on to see what’s got our team buzzing this week.

1 / 5
Porte + Hall

“Doormats are such a small detail of the home, but if you pick the wrong one, it can have a big impact on how clean your floors are on any given day. Usually, when I fall in love with a doormat’s style, I ultimately wind up being disappointed in its overall performance. Dirt and debris still track into the house and after a few months of sitting outside in the elements, they never hold up well.

That’s why I was so attracted to the promise of Porte + Hall’s Outlier doormat — a nontoxic, recyclable indoor/outdoor doormat with a geometric pattern that’s designed to trap dirt and release water. I didn’t think I could be this into a doormat, but here we are. It’s gorgeous; it catches dirt and debris well, and it holds up perfectly in the elements. You can buy it in one of three neutral colors (slate, pebble or chestnut) designed to blend in beautifully with your walls, floors, and door frames. I think I just discovered the perfect all-weather doormat. You’re welcome!” —Charli Penn, Executive Lifestyle Director

2 / 5

“I’ve always loved the photo I snapped on my iPhone of my elderly beagle resting her head on the seat of my grandfather’s pontoon boat, with him in the background. It reminds me of summers on the lake with my family, and it’s also just a really cute picture. My grandfather passed away earlier this year, and I’ve been returning to that photo a lot. Eventually, I decided I wanted to frame it to hang in my living room.

Instead of taking the DIY route and getting the photo printed at the drugstore, I decided to try my first framing service ever: Frameology. I sprang for a 16' by 20' print in a silver frame with matting, wondering if the iPhone photo would look crisp and clear in a larger size. When it arrived, I was delighted at how professional the print looked. The piece now sits above my fireplace, watching over the room. It’s so special that I’m actually planning on ordering a few more phone prints from Frameology.” —Maddie Bilis, Deputy Lifestyle Director

3 / 5
The Container Store

“Since I don’t have an entryway or room for a freestanding coat rack, I’d been looking for a simple (major emphasis) wall-mounted shelf with pegs. Enter this $14.99, 4-peg find from the Container Store, which fits perfectly on my small sliver of unused kitchen wall space. It unfortunately doesn’t come with hardware, but I sourced two screws from a local store for less than $1. I can’t wait to finally have functional coat and purse storage — but what color do we think I should paint it!?” —Blair Donovan, Shopping Editor

4 / 5
Pottery Barn

“If you can’t convince yourself to add a Halloween-themed plush to your setup — though, you shouldn’t knock it until you check out Pottery Barn’s adorable selection — these woven pumpkins are a great way to get into the spirit without sacrificing an elevated design style. In fact, this piece will do the elevating, with its boho vibe and interesting texture. Whether it’s part of a centerpiece on your dining table (it would look amazing at Thanksgiving) or on your porch, these pumpkins add an understated yet statement-making seasonal element to your space.” —Morgan Pryor, Commerce Editorial Assistant

5 / 5

“I tested ‘the world’s smallest desk treadmill,’ the Egofit Walker Pro M1 Under Desk Treadmill, and it’s a dream for small-space living. Needless to say, I love this treadmill. When I first got it, I was truly surprised at just how quick and easy it was to use. I really loved that there was truly nothing I had to do assembly-wise. I simply lifted my standing desk, connected the power cord, and pushed the power button, that’s it. And with the handy wireless remote, I was able to adjust the speed as I built up momentum without needing to step off. To top it off, I should also mention it’s incredibly quiet, a must for apartment dwellers.” —Sarah Vazquez, Commerce SEO Editor