Better Homes and Gardens March 2020

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editor’s letter

Ch-ch-ch-changes What’s your appetite for change? How open are you to what’s new? Don’t worry, this is a judgment-free zone, and there’s no right or wrong answer. But I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic as we prepare this, our second annual trends issue. As editors, our job is to sort through the great, wide universe of stuff and select what we consider to be the best people, ideas, and products to share with you every month. It’s an imprecise process of looking over research and data, going to trade shows, and keeping a sharp eye on social media to see what’s trending. It was a challenge to distill all those choices down to a short list of the most useful and inspiring ideas we think you, our 32 million readers,…

1 min what’s trending online

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1 min

CHINGFORD Turned knobs accent the antique black-finish frame for a twin-size mattress (not included). $644; CRASHPAD This modern bench looks sleek but sleeps comfy with tufting and a bolster pillow. $695; HOPPER An overstuffed Rohini Cushion ($159) softens a classic bench silhouette ($298). WHITBY A spindle-and-bobbin rubberwood frame accommodates a twin-size mattress (not included). $530; LUBI This daybed unfolds to create two single beds or one extra-large sleeper. $899; SOL Airy looks belie the toughness of nubby rattan that suits your porch or family room. $699;…

1 min
what’s new in home design

1 ARCHITECTURAL HEADBOARDS Bedrooms are more than a place to sleep; they’re safe havens. Enhance that sense of security by choosing a headboard with wing-back sides or placing the head of the bed in an alcove. 2 MIX AND MATCH PENDANTS Kitchen lighting finally got the “no matchy-matchy” memo. Try a trio in different shapes and hues over an island. 3 DOG MATTRESSES The memory foam trend has gone to the dogs’ bed. Brands like Casper sell pooch-friendly versions of their human-grade mattresses. 4 TVS IN GALLERY WALLS Thin, frame-style TVs now have a home alongside photos and artwork. What will we hang over the fireplace? 5 INDOOR CITRUS TREES Move over, fiddle-leaf figs. We have our eye on lemons and limes. Citrus trees in pots can be a bit tricky, so check out garden expert Marie Viljoen’s blog…

1 min
baking benefits

READY TO ROLL Bake yourself happy with one of these sweet new cookbooks. PROCRASTI-BAKING Erin Gardner shares 100 ways to satisfy the craving for distraction. The laundry can wait.($25; WEEKNIGHT BAKING Michelle Lopez teaches time-crunched cooks how to get their baking fix in minutes a day. ($35; THE JOYS OF BAKING Samantha Seneviratne’s uplifting essays and recipes are divided into five themes, including bliss, courage, and wisdom. ($30; PHOTOS: (DOUGH) CARSON DOWNING, (BOOKS) BLAINE MOATS…

1 min
hold the packaging

1 SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER HiBar is raising the bar in the zero-plastic movement with bars of shampoo and conditioner packaged in recyclable or compostable paper. Available in three formulas; $27 for a set; 2 HAND SOAP One tablet turns water into a foaming soap. $12; 3 TOOTHPASTE A glass jar of Bite bits means you skip the impossible-to-recycle tube. Chew a bit, then brush using a wet toothbrush. $12 for 62 bits; 4 DEODORANT Refills for this reusable tube come wrapped in paper pods. $12; 5 ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Squeeze the tube of concentrated cleaner into the glass spray bottle, then add water. Grove Collaborative Cleaning Concentrate Kit, $27; 6 MOUTHWASH Drop one tablet into water then gargle away. Georganics Mouthwash Tablets, $14 (180 tablets);…