Here at Clever, we’re all about finding the good stuff – unexpected decorating ideas, day-brightening accents and furnishings, solutions for living a little bit more like an adult even if you don’t feel like it – and then delivering that info directly to you. So here’s a roundup of five things that made us really happy this week that we wanted to be sure you don’t miss.
Four ways to build your credit score by next summer. You might not be planning on buying a new home (or getting a new credit card) right this minute, but what about next year? If your credit is less than perfect now, first take heart – it can get better! – and then immediately read every word in this straightforward guide to improving it in a year’s time. girlboss.com
A candle that smells like summer incarnate. Featuring light, addictive scents like “Matchpoint,” which blends freshly cut grass with cucumber and a distinctive hit just-popped tennis ball can, the Summer Collection of candles from Otherland is a perfectly-designed gift from the candle heavens. And you get three for $89, practically a steal in the overpriced candle world we live in. otherland.com
Tour a rug designer’s colorful Williamsburg loft. We’ve long been obsessed with artist and textile designer Aelfie Oudghiri – and, yes, her amazing rugs – so we were pumped to see this video tour of her colorful Brooklyn home on the Cut. Spoiler: The variety of throw pillows alone are worth the watch! thecut.com
Really looking forward to small IKEAs. Don’t get me wrong, we actually like losing a full day of our lives in an IKEA – it’s like going to the design version of a theme park? – but that just can’t happen everyday. So we online shop. And soon, it seems, we’ll be able to shop smaller IKEA stores in cities. Yes please! fastcompany.com
Why we don’t need formal entertaining rooms. This long read by McMansionHell blogger (and sometimes Clever contributor) Kate Wagner digs into a new study that confirms what she’s always believed: People don’t use their formal dining rooms. They’re just there to impress people. So let’s stop building them already! curbed.com