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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That: A Celebration of Art and Design at The Residence in Copenhagen

Copenhagen gallery owner Tina Seidenfaden Busck is a master at the unexpected mix: in her world, stripes collide with florals, Noguchi lanterns mix with grandmotherly table lamps, Aalto stools are paired with Victorian fainting couches—and it all manages to look extraordinary. Back in 2011, Tina opened The Apartment, her influential design showcase set in a restored early 18th century apartment styled as living quarters, all of it for sale. The setup changes frequently—in 2014, we featured Ilse Crawford’s Residency at The Apartment. What remains a constant is Tina’s penchant for pairing pattern with pattern and the rarefied with the homey.…


The 9 Best Hand Soaps To Fight Germs

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the globe, hand washing has become an essential part of combatting the highly infectious disease. To effectively get rid of the germs associated with the virus, the CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Washing your hands is one of the best ways of protecting and preparing your home for coronavirus, prompting the question — what goes into an effective hand soap? The main ingredients of soap are base oils, lye, and water. However, for companies that wish to better preserve their hand…


9 Simple, Timeless Light Fixtures from Claxy

For quality, well-designed light fixtures, there’s Claxy, a lighting outfit with a wide array of fixtures available online. Each fixture has Claxy’s small team of four designers and eight engineers behind it, plus the company’s ethos of quality at an approachable price point. (It’s no coincidence, they say, that “Claxy” sounds like “classy.”) We particularly like the offerings in the company’s new lighting collection, launched just a few months ago, with fixtures in brass finishes. While a well-chosen light fixture always adds intriguing detail to a room, a pendant or flush-mount in shimmery brass adds a certain extra glimmer. Want…


Learning to Love the Vermicular Musui-Kamado

Maybe lead off the post with something about how you never took to the Instapot? You could tell the anecdote about how you left it on a Brooklyn Heights stoop swap shop. And then something about how I raved about the Vermicular, an induction-powered, cast-iron multicooker, to you; how perfect it is for a small kitchen since we can stow it away in a small, deep drawer. And how good looking it is (which is all true!). And how it can go from stove to table…the ease of single pot cooking. … Julie, below is what I wrote, feel free…


Using HVAC Filters in Coronavirus Masks

Back in 2018 I wrote a series of articles on indoor air quality and filtration. One of those articles, The Unintended Consequences of High-MERV Filters, has seen a flurry of activity in the comments over the past three weeks. It all started when a reader named Pat wrote: I have a question about merv 13 filters. People are using them in between fabric on face masks. I saw some are made with fiberglass in them. Is this safe? That was the first of 33 comments (so far) on the topic of homemade coronavirus masks and HVAC filters. So let’s take…


Download Ask This Old House Set Backgrounds for Zoom Meetings!

Express yourself during this time of social distancing by adding some This Old House fun to your Zoom meeting background. Wouldn’t you rather be working from the Ask This Old House workshop, anyway? Choose from our six background options below. To download: Click on the image to expand the view Right click to save the image as a .jpeg to your computer desktop Now get to work! OPTION 1: The Ask This Old House Trailer OPTION 2: Ask This Old House Gardening OPTION 3: Ask This Old House General OPTION 4: Ask This Old House Plumbing OPTION 5: Ask This…

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