New year, new view with little tweaks to get you hyped about your digs again like adding a luxe-looking seashell pillow, using wood filler to hide scratches and dings, and hiding your modem with fake books.
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Promising review: “I’ve been wanting to upgrade our garage door for a long time and now I have no idea why I waited! The magnets are super strong. Purchased two sets but only used one set of ‘handles,’ I wasn’t a fan of how close I had to place each set next to each other with the narrow spacing on the door itself. Paired with the magnetic ‘windows,’ it looks like a brand-new door!” —MrsPirate
Promising review: “I have a weird skinny window in my house where no normal window covering works. People walking on our community trail can see up into our upstairs bathroom when the light is on and it’s dark outside. Not a good plan at all. So I used this window film and cut different-sized circles and placed then on this window to interrupt the view into the house. Worked perfectly! Very easy to use.” —Marsgard
OK so the color of the metal parts of your outdoor furniture is a small difference that’s more of a medium-size project BUT way to get more bang for your buck with the stuff you already own!
Promising review: “Nice size for a walk hanging. It’s easy to hang, I use small hooks to hold it up. Looks great in my boho guest room.” —Caleb
Promising review: “Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch, instead of using the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth.” —Kristie
Promising review: “Love this rug. These were recommended by a friend for use on my outdoor patio. They are terrific. So easy to clean and no matter what the weather brings, they always look fantastic. And they make my outdoors look like a living room. Great, inexpensive way to spruce up a backyard.” —Miami
Promising review: “Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc… In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!” —Adazzle
Promising review: “So easy to set up! All you do is peel tape and adhere to a CLEAN and DRY door. Also looks great, I don’t even notice it. I had a huge gap under my door. I could smell and hear everything from the hallway. Smells, drafts, and sound all are less of an issue now.” —Brit B.
Promising review: “Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!” —Noname
Also, if you can’t find an exact measurement match for your throw pillows, you can go down a couple of inches: The pillows will just look overstuffed, like you spent a couple hundos on them.
Promising review: “Wow. This pillow is so beautiful. I seriously can’t stop looking at it, the color is so vibrant.” —Jackie
This Kangaroo motion sensor is super sleek and detects when a window is move away from its setting (like your perfect amount of “open”). This sensor comes with a free plan that allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts via the app. But if you upgrade to Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with select providers (check out the Amazon product listing for more info).
Promising review: “I can’t believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! ” —Behold Behold!
Promising review: “I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous home owner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well.” —Shane
Promising review: “I love my new runner! The neutral gray fits perfectly in my neutral fall table decor and will easily transition into my Christmas decor. It’s a lightweight cotton (100%), so I will use my washer’s delicate cycle and then hang it to dry. I anticipate I will have to iron it afterward, which is no big deal. For the style and inexpensive price it’s worth the effort.” —Florida Gal
Promising review: “It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!” —Nelis Perez
Get it from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in a variety of colors and sizes).
Get it from Pottery Barn for $24 or a similar one from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in 22 colors).
Promising review: “My baby niece Sharpied my orange suede couch. Didn’t think it would ever come out. This stuff is amazing.” —levi schofield
We all have that stack of leaning framed art we just haven’t gotten around to hanging just yet. This tool helps you measure your wall art that needs hanging and then measure out the perfect place to install hardware.
Promising review: “This makes picture-hanging a breeze. I would have paid twice what I paid for it. Look at what I was able to hang. The tops, bottoms, and sides align.” —Scott Sheppard
Promising review: “If you’re looking for style look no further. I got this tray to compliment my bedroom and hold things on my bed when I’m laying in it. It is lightweight and the colors are shiny. I just love it and I’m sure you will too! I bought another one for my daughter’s room. She loves it!” —AJ Mendez
Promising review: “This box does the trick. I’m able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can’t fall off. It looks nice and it works well.” —Gigi
Get it from Amazon for $20.99. Check out an option that’ll blend in with wood floors.
Promising review: “This is the second privacy screen I’ve purchased from Amazon. I have an area in my garden visible from the street. The screen hides all my gardening stuff (i.e. wheelbarrow, buckets, etc.). It truly looks like the real deal!!!” —soooz
Promising review: “Sticks well to furniture surfaces. Cost effective solution to avoid the screeching sounds and save your flooring materials.” —Prajwal
Promising review: “I really dislike gooey soap that’s been sitting in water since yesterday’s shower. This tray lets the water drain out and the soap is lovely each time. Works perfectly for me.” —E. J. Buss
This is also a better option than an organizer that hangs over your faucet because the weight of those can mess with your water flow!
Promising review: “This fits our sink perfectly! It’s not too big and holds a sponge and two bottles of soap. We have a standard apartment sink and it fits perfectly, it also holds very well. We have it suctioned on the sink not the counter.” —Erin Johnson
Promising review: “This product did exactly what I needed it to. Before all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but with this metal basket it minimized clutter, keeps things organized and separate, and it also looks nice. It fits two of my blow-dryers, a flat iron, and curling wand. The bars are adjustable, as well (just use the twisties it came with to secure them in place). Worth the buy!” —Alyssa Jewell
Promising review: “Holy cow! Why didn’t I think to make this!? This thing is probably the most helpful thing I own! I despise how liquid detergent is in these huge tubs with a spigot. It has to lay on its side and it ALWAYS drips down on to whatever is underneath. It’s so frustrating! However, this fixes that problem! It easily just slides on the tub and holds firm. I use it on the All tub, but I would imagine it would work with any standard size tub. I keep the cup sitting on the little shelf and it catches any drips. So no waste!” —Rachel L. White
Can withstand temperatures of -40 degrees F up to 446 degrees F/230 degrees C. Includes 24 tools and holder.
Promising review: “I’m very happy with my new kitchen utensils set. I cook food every day and so far it’s been doing what it’s supposed to do. I love the trendy design (bamboo and silicone) and it’s so easy to clean!” —Danee I Sorting Hangers
They also collapse to store flat when not in use. You get four bins: a six-cell (for scarves, hankies, and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).
Promising review: “I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!” —Elizabeth L. Blackwell
Seriously though, the folks who live below you will thank you for the extra cushioning for foot falls!
Get it from Amazon for $19.15+ (available in nine color combos and a variety of sizes).
Promising Review: “We moved into our new home, and the shower had a really yellow grout. Cleaning didn’t do anything, and I saw this grout pen online. What a saver! Otherwise, I would have just hired someone to replace my shower. I used this grout pen, and my husband was so impressed 😀 The tip loses its shape fast, but just pull out the TIP AND FLIPPED IT OVER, and you’ll have a new tip.” —jennifer
Tbh, I need one of these. I make my mom give me all her plastic grocery bags because I use them for trash. My personal goal is to never have to buy garbage bin liners again! But I’m a weirdo like that.
Want a sturdier option? Consider this cabinet door bag holder. Alternatively, you can stuff them in an empty facial tissue box!
Promising review: “Amazing job at updating my wall oven. I searched for months trying to see what would be an alternative replacement to my dated wall oven (25 years old). The thing is, my old oven has always worked very well, so I couldn’t really justify paying $2,000 to replace my working double wall oven only because of cosmetic reasons. Then it dawned on me that maybe if I updated the oven with this metal covering it would look like real stainless steel. So for literally the cost of $10 I updated my oven. The update is virtually unnoticeable unless you tell someone, and what’s the best thing of all, it leaves no fingerprints. Best $10 I ever spent.” —B. Lenj
Psst, as you can see above, this set also comes with a crumb catcher where your stovetop meets your countertop!
Promising review: “Safe and easy. It will go under the fire that will not block your cooking fire. Even some edge touches the fire, it will be burned to white color but not fired up. I also put it inside the dishwasher to wash it. Those are very thin cover but no deformation after running through the regular circle inside my dishwasher. All those are already good enough for me.” —buyer
Promising review: “OMG!!! It works!!! After having this toilet buildup I gave up on everything, but I saw that this product ‘worked’ and decided to give it a try… with a little elbow grease and some music blasting in the background I managed to remove it all!!! I can’t believe it. I’m so happy, I was so embarrassed when company came over and would see that, not no more… yay!!!” —Asdrubal Orantes
Juniperseed Mercantile is a woman-owned small business based in Colorado that specializes in earth-friendly skincare, baby, house, and cleaning products.
Promising review: “Amazing product! My kids’ bathroom has a tub with a textured bottom and what seemed to be ground-in heavy soap scum. I tried everything from Tilex to baking soda and vinegar but the stains just wouldn’t budge. Got my shipment of Bucko in, immediately ran upstairs and sprayed the tub down, let it sit for three minutes, grabbed a washcloth, and the stains/soap scum just wiped right off. I couldn’t believe it!!!” —Ray
Promising review: “My two young cats love it! They are both water addicts, so the fountain and the sensor are the perfect gift. Very nice product, pretty for every room in the house.” —Nicolas Bonci
Promising review: “The house we bought has a small bathroom and no towel racks. We plan on re-doing it anyways, so this has been a great temporary solution. On the back of the door and out of the way. Super easy to assemble, this is coming from someone who dies a little when they have to assemble ANYthing. Only thing I’ll ding it on, is that it’s so lightweight, it bangs on the door when drying your hands on a hanging towel. Other than that, good product, good price. Can’t beat that!” —Rose W.
Promising review: “I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something which seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers.” —Rebecca Morea
Promising review: “So this was a total impulse buy, but I’m sooo glad I bought it! Literally no dislikes. I bought the mustard yellow in the 60×80 and it’s the greatest thing everrrr. So pretty and comfortable. I’m obsessed. I will definitely be purchasing as a gift for family and friends in the future.” —Kasandra Emerson
Promising review: “I actually love this more than I thought I would! It’s soo soft and serves multiple purposes. I bought it to drape over a chair in my study area and to use on the floor for when I take pictures of my outfits in front of my mirrored closet doors. I now drape it over my bed in the morning after I make it as well. My step son is autistic and he loves the soft feel of this rug and loves wrapping it around him. It has shed slightly but not more than expected. Great value also.” —Caity
I’ve seen this beaut IRL and dogs seem to really adore them. Also my former dog roommate really loved a similar faux-fur blanket we had on the couch. As for that machine-washable part, the furry part zips off and you can wash it. AND the liner within is memory-foam and guaranteed not to flatten for 10 years.
Get it from Paw.com for $239. And check out more of the luxe-looking home goods designed for your dog’s lounging.
FYI, it installs like a regular outlet cover. Of course except with the wonderful shelf. Can also be installed so the shelf is below the outlet.
Promising review: “I absolutely love this thing! I have much less clutter on my sink thanks to this. If there’s anyone not sure if it will fit due to an object, all you need is 1.25 inches of space between the edge of your existing outlet plate and the piece of furniture. I have a GFCI with a standard wall plate.” —Amazon Customer
Promising review: “Its been a long time coming but finally had a few extra bucks to get me a decanter. There are a lot fancy ones out there…at fancy prices I may add. But this one was reasonably priced, well crafted, and looks beautiful on my cart.” —Ricardo
Promising Review: “My partner and I recently bought a 140-year-old home with original wood floors and wood work throughout. We had the floors refinished to their original beauty, but the baseboards and stair risers were a challenge. They were pretty banged up over years of use, and, after the floors were redone, all the nicks and scratches just stood out that much more. Our floor guy tried staining them, but it wouldn’t take. The floors themselves took nine coats of stain because they were so old. The painter tried using pens from a well known paint company, but they didn’t work either. My partner found these and showed them to me. To our delight the pens worked incredibly well. It’s like a magic marker for wood. I’m still amazed how well they worked. I ordered two more packages because I didn’t want to run out. The pens last a long time. Our painter came back to do some minor touch ups, and I showed him what I used. He couldn’t believe it. He said he was going to buy them to keep in his arsenal, lol! I Love this product. Thank you so much for making them!” —Kathleen W
Even the minimalists should get on board with this. Just go for one with clean lines like this one! I went a few years without one and then was floored by the difference it made in hiding all the stuff I shove under my bed. And I store A LOT of stuff under my bed!
Promising review: “I could not get it to fit right at first for some reason. Probably because I was having a bad week and wanted something to be angry about. When I was in a better state of mind I got it and laughed at how simple it was. Fits well and covers the mess I am hiding now that I went up to a king.” —Dennis E. Marquardt
Promising review: “OMG I Love it! I have a horrible utility box from my electricity provider, and every morning the first thing I used to see as a view in my back patio was that. Now I can enjoy my coffee!!!” —VOLT EP
Promising review: “I live in an apartment. The sink is about 35 years old and has become badly stained and scratched from neglect and indifferent care. This has made a noticeable difference. This sink will never look brand new again, but your product removed, I would say, about 80% of the stains, without any extraordinary effort, and put a really polished look on the sink. It is gleaming and actually looks very clean for the first time since I have lived here. I am betting that with continued and consistent use of Therapy cleaner, it will continue to improve. Thank you for a most excellent product.” —David Brennan
Promising review: “I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I’d give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom’s as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can’t wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!” —pauly
Promising review: “Repeat customer! I purchased one to organize the garden tools (rake, hoe, cultivator, shovel, etc.) in our garage and by alternating the tops of the tools up/down, was able to fit them neatly in the holder. Liked it so much, going to install another next to it for the other items. The hooks are a nice feature to hold our gloves and a simple plastic bag to hold things when needed.” —Rob C.
Promising review: “This is a really nice and simple walk shelf. We use it for wallets, keys, sunglasses and our check book. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and is very attractive.” —SP
Made with a bamboo handle and powder-coated steel, it uses a simple lever system to made weeding easy.
Promising review: “Oh my god, I friggin’ love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don’t think anyone can say that weeding is fun but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled.” —JG
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