January 2021 Home Product Recommendations from GH’s Senior Home Editor

As Good Housekeeping’s senior home editor, I come across tons of home-related products, both good and bad. But there are some special finds that are just too great to keep to myself. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite home items with you—our readers—here on our website every month in the hope that you’ll appreciate them as much as I do.

Last year presented challenges for many of us, myself included. So rather than deal with the pressure of committing to a never-ending list of resolutions, I’ve decided to keep it simple with a few manageable goals. At the top of the list are celebrating good design (it’s my job as Good Housekeeping‘s senior home editor) and valuing self-care. With these two thoughts in mind, I rounded up 11 product recommendations that will hopefully also bring you a bit of joy in the new year.


Solid Bathroom Wastebasket



Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it has to be unsightly. Ditch the drab bathroom wastebasket for this eye-catching metal design with a floral pattern.


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How to Get Blood Out of Clothes

We’ve all been there: While attempting to balance bags, boxes, and bundles of toys in your arms, you miss a step and take a tumble. Even after you dust yourself off and carry on, there may be telltale signs of your spill, like blood stains on your sleeve or pant leg. Cleaning up your wound — even if it’s minor — should always be your first concern, but then it’s best to get rid of the blood on your clothing, especially if it’s still fresh.

All different types of clothing — white blouses, blue jeans, dark-colored dresses, and so on — call for the same cleaning approach. Before you try your hand at removing blood stains, check the care tags on your clothing to make sure that bleach (the stain-busting MVP) won’t discolor or ruin the fabric. Always use the care instructions as your guide, but in most instances, bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-colorfast colors is not recommended.

If you’re dealing with a kind of fabric that bleaches well, follow this guide on how to get blood out of clothes by Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. While you might be curious

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11 Stunning Home Library Ideas

Luke White

If you’ve longed for a cozy spot to curl up with a good book and put your impressive collection on full display, it’s time to consider designing a home library. Pull it together with brilliant shelving, standout furniture, well-curated accessories, and the right lighting to make your reading experience as enjoyable as possible. For inspiration, browse 11 of our favorite home library ideas to bring charm to your space.

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Corner Style

Looking for a way to turn an unused corner into a conversation starter? Go for compact bookshelves, perfect for putting unique decorative accents to good use.

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Wood Shelving

In this library setup, plaid seating lends contrast to wood shelving and flooring.

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Architectural Beauty

To embrace your home’s unique architecture, opt for simple black shelves with just enough space for your best reads.

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Color Coordinated

While there are a variety of visually appealing ways to organize bookshelves, a color-coordinated look never fails to make you want to read to your heart’s content.

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Rustic Details

From a custom wooden bench, featuring a bottom shelf to store a small book

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New owners of Barton Springs Nursery plan to add learning, community spaces and inspire local gardeners

January 21, 2021

Barton Springs Nursery’s new owners, Amy Hovis and Willy Glenn. Photo courtesy of Amy Hovis.

After 35 years, ownership of beloved Austin nursery Barton Springs Nursery changed hands on January 1, 2021. I’ve been buying plants and pots from BSN for 20 years (and blogging about it since 2007), and it feels in many ways like a second gardening home to me. So when I heard about the sale, I was momentarily stunned that founding owners Bernardine and Conrad Bering had retired from the nursery biz, and then relieved and thrilled to hear who bought the place. Not, heaven forbid, condo developers, but two plant lovers who adore the nursery and have been closely connected with it for years: horticulturist Willy Glen, manager at BSN for the past 6 years, and designer Amy Hovis, owner of Eden Garden Design, which occupies one of the commercial spaces on the property.

Pots for sale under a canopy of live oaks

Curious to know more about Amy and Willy’s vision for the nursery, I talked with them via phone last week. They have big plans to add community and learning spaces, bring in more exciting plants, and spruce

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How To Clean Jewelry – Best Jewelry Cleaning Tips

Jewelry should sparkle, but exposure to dust and dirt, lotions and soaps, even air and moisture can dull your favorite pieces over time and rob them of their gleam.

Luckily, it’s possible to clean most items in your jewelry box without heading to a professional jeweler. Restore tarnished silver and dingy gold back to their former selves, get gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires glinting again, and make those pearls look lustrous once more.

When your bling has lost its, well, bling, consult these tried-and-true DIY cleaning methods from the experts at the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab. Just grab the right supplies (and a little elbow grease) to get started.

How to Clean Silver

The best way to clean tarnished silver pieces and keep them from re-tarnishing as quickly is with a good silver polish, like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Silver Polish, which contains ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish while leaving behind a protective coating to prevent new tarnish from forming.

Liquid polishes can be a bit messy to use, especially if you’re in a hurry, so wipes (like the ones below) can be a more convenient alternative. Specially treated multi-layer cloths, which have

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10 Best Purple Bedrooms – Ideas for Purple Bedroom Decor

James Baigrie

When done right, purple can be just as versatile as common paint colors like gray and blue. Light shades like lavender and mauve offer a feeling of serenity, bright magentas and lilacs enliven any room, and deep plums and eggplants bring on the romance. In fact, purple is often associated with creativity and luxury — both of which are positive qualities to have in your home.

If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these purple bedrooms to get ideas about how you can incorporate this gorgeous color into your space. You’ll find decorating styles that fit your wants and needs, whether you’re looking for subtle ways to spruce up your small bedroom (peel-and-stick wallpaper or patterned rugs, for example), or you’re in the market for a complete bedroom makeover with a fresh coat of paint, curtains, and decorative accents. Ranging from gothic and moody to bohemian-inspired, all of the bedrooms on this list will set you up for a serene night’s rest and a cheery morning wake-up-call.

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Light and Bright

Floral wallpaper sets the foundation for this shabby-chic space, accented with a studded chest used as

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