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meet fred: the cutest humidifier we’ve ever seen


Winter is really starting to kick in. After seven or so days of below freezing temperatures, my body starts to notice it. My shoulders are tense from the way I hurriedly rush outside, my hands need constant moisturizing, and of course our house feels dryer than a used a chalkboard. Last year we invested in a hefty humidifier from Stradler Form, and I love it. It purrs along through the night and helps keep us breathing clear — not to mention prevents our skin from scaling off. But after spotting this cute little number, I’m attempted to trade in dull Oskar. Meet Fred, the cutest, Jetson-esque humidifier I’ve ever seen. It’d be dreamy in a kid’s bedroom but is chic enough to hold its own in your main living spaces. More than a humidifier, Fred is a vaporizer. Add a scent and it will lift your spirits as well as your moisture levels. Fred at Stradler Form, $150.

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want it now: gizmine wooden humidifier


What are we going to do? The damn groundhog saw his shadow last weekend and it most definitely feels like winter has not yet finished. In addition to leaving our fleece-lined boots out, we’re also slathering on moisturizers and leaving our humidifiers running in an effort to combat the season’s chronic dryness. All humidifiers have their faults — we have yet to find one that doesn’t get gunky and need a vinegar bath every few weeks. This wooden one from Gizmine has most definitely peaked our curiosity. With no plugs or batteries, it simply houses water in its base. Made entirely of cypress wood, it gathers moisture in its sail-like curved top and diffuses it into the room. Supposedly, it smells nice too. For something so simple, it is pricey ($150 at but since it doubles as a zen sculpture, perhaps worth it?

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gaga for japanese design: mood humidifier & egg mold



We took a field trip to a mega Japanese supermarket, Mitsuwa in Edgewater, NJ the other day. It’s an enormous store complete with a food court, gift shops and a Wegmans-sized grocery store. It’s so big that it’s a little overwhelming, especially with busloads of crowds milling around. Luckily, after some Miso Ramen nourishment, we were ready to hit the aisles.

Two things made it home with us and they have already changed our lives. The first is a perfectly compact humidifier called Mood, $44. You attach a bottle of water on the top and turn up the dial — out pours a delightful mist. I’m never good with humidifiers. I hate cleaning them and never remember to change the filter. This little number should do the trick through the rest of the winter. Did I mention it glows? So cute.

My other new obsession is an egg mold. Our little girl already enjoys a hard boiled now and then, but having them shaped like bunnies and bears makes them even more appealing! To create, you peel the eggs while they’re still warm and then pop in the mold, close them, and let them cool down. My guess is it will make Isadora the star of her preschool lunch bunch. Love them! You can get your own on Amazon, for about $5.

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stay moist! humidifier tips from arianne

What to Look for When You Buy a Humidifier

Here at Shelterrific HQ, it’s drafty and we’re slathering on lotion around the clock. Our resident fix-it expert Arianne Cohen gives us the lowdown on humidifiers.


Humidifiers literally launch moisture into your air, which prevents your wood floors and furniture from drying out–as well as your skin, nose and throat. We’re now in the heart of humidifier season, and marketers know that this week is EXACTLY when everyone decides they really need one. The trouble is that a slightly dirty humidifier spews molds and bacteria into your air. This is really bad. So follow the cleaning instructions religiously, and try these purchasing tips:

Pick a dishwasher safe model. Ideally, much like your coffee maker, you can take the pieces apart and dump it in the dishwasher, particularly the opening where the steam is released from.

Buy a low-change filter. Though the price tag might be friendly, many humidifiers require pricey filter changes–and you really have to do it. Try a once-a-year filter model. The one shown here is from Dynamism. It is cute and looks like it would do a great job, too. $260.

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ready for take off: mod new air enhancers

Here at Shelterrific, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful design solutions to traditionally ugly things, like humidifiers or water filters. When we spotted this futuristic air purifier at Designer Pages, we immediately fell in love. Made by AirMineral, this ingenious little device is called The Island, and it distributes a “a natural marine bio spray.” No, that’s not a fishy smell that gets squirted into your home, but rather a “mineral serum” that contains micro particles that help your body retain moisture and fight off toxins, reinforcing your whole immune system. We haven’t tested it so we can say whether that’s true or not, but anything looks this good and helps you breath smarter, cleaner air can’t be a bad thing, right? So new it’s not yet for sale online, but you can read more information about it at

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