have you used the fur fighter?

If I have one true love in this world, it’s Pomeranians — black, white, orange, yappy, quiet, skinny, or a tad overstuffed, I coo at all of them. Best of luck trying to walk your pet Pomeranian down the same sidewalk as me! I’ve been reluctant to commit to adopting my very own for a number of reasons, one of which is the fur issue — their long, lush coats shed and shed often. That’s why I’m so interested in the Fur Fighter Hair Remover. According to manufacturer Scotch, the Fur Fighter removes embedded pet fur that sneaks past the vacuum. There’s a version for upholstery and one for car interiors, both with money-back guarantees. Scotch is so sure they’ve created a miracle product, they’re offering a starter kit (worth $5.99) for the cost of shipping and handling alone.

So, how about it: Have you shaken paws with the Fur Fighter? Is it heaven-sent for humans or just another pet-related gimmick? –Katie D.

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kinda genius: elizabowl

Sarah K. O’Brien designed an amazing bowl that not only looks nifty, it helps keep fruit fresh. We’ll let the New York Times tell the story:

“Her Elizabowl is more honeycomb than basin, its shape-shifting white plastic folds resembling an Elizabethan ruff. The bowl’s petals expand to yield more than a dozen flexible, fist-sized compartments. Each holds one round fruit, keeping it visible and away from the other fruits’ discharge of ethylene gas, which speeds spoilage. When folded, the collar design can cradle one or two grapefruits.”

O’Brien has a patent for the Elizabowl, which won the 2008 International Home Housewares Student Design Competition. Now she’s competing for a James Dyson Award, and you can vote in the competition here. Here’s to seeing the Elizabowl in stores sooner rather than later!

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want it now: slipper genie cleaning slippers

I’m a huge fan of the magical powers of microfiber cloths when it comes to cleaning: I use them as dish scrubbies, floor cleaners, stainless steel polishers, etc. So when I recently spotted these sweet microfiber slippers designed for cleaning floors, I just about lost it. Cleaning my hardwood floors while I scuff about the house in slippers? Imagine how easy it would be to tackle the pet hair tumbleweeds if you had these — immediately swished away with a flick of the toe! The chenille microfiber soles are removable and machine washable so you can get rid of the nasty stuff that you just picked up (thank goodness). Find them at Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99. –Megan B.

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charming summer diy: hanging jar chandeliers

My mission this summer has been to transform my tiny breadth of a patio into a backyard retreat by any means possible. The most successful element that I’ve added to my urban terrace has been these hanging jar chandeliers. It was an easy project that only took a little bit of time and less than $30.

I collected a handful of jars (some purchased for a dollar or two at thrift stores and some from chips-and-salsa marathons) and wrapped 20 gauge wires snugly around the lip of each jar with needle nose pliers. Then I attached a U-shaped hanging wire around the top of the jar. I straightened out a few paper clips to use to hang the jars. I bought a length of chain from a hardware store and attached it between two posts to hang the jars from. Drop a votive candle inside each jar and, as the sun sets in your backyard, enjoy the romantic glow. –Katie D.

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update: fab results from a color-helper winner

Remember the Color-Helper contest? We just heard back from one of our winners. You may recall that Carrie J. submitted her jumble of bad bathroom and guest room wallpaper, saying, “We need to repaint, lest our friends quit visiting us.” Well, Carrie put the Color-Helper to work, and her results are great! Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Carrie.

Bathroom, before:

Bathroom, after:

Guest room, before:

Guest room, after:

Carrie writes:

Both rooms still have a little room for improvement — we need to hang a shelf above the toilet in the bathroom, and we need some artwork and a bookcase and a chair in the guest room — but they are leaps and bounds better than they used to be! You can see we also had a new vanity made for the bathroom (had to have it made because it is a much narrower space than pre-made cabinetry accommodates) — that alone was a huge improvement.

I used the Color-Helper to help me select a shade of white that matched the existing white trim we had in most of our upstairs (except for the bathroom). Not only did we use it to touch up trim in the guest room, we also used that color to paint out the wooden trim in the bathroom. The Color-Helper made it much, much easier to choose one of the thousands of shades of white!

I also used the Color-Helper to help me analyze all the shades of gray I considered. I used the feature where you can compare two shades, and the Color-Helper tells you that the second one is more yellow (or blue or red or purple or whatever) than the first. I wanted a very clean, true gray without beige or purple or yellow undertones, and the Color-Helper really helped me narrow my choices down.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Color-Helper here.

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