Why I Love These Shelf Risers from Open Spaces

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With space at a premium in tiny New York City apartments, mastering your storage can seem like a Sisyphean task. Just as you’ve found a place for that giant pack of toilet paper that was “too good of a deal to pass up on,” you realize that it’s cool enough to use your oven again, so you’ll also need to find a place for the pans you’ve been storing in there (or even clothes, for some).

Like many others, I’ve spent the last six months living, cooking, and working from home more than ever, which also means I’ve spent half my time constantly rearranging my apartment and organizing all aspects of my space. While I still haven’t figured out a way to magically turn my 900 square feet into 1000, I found a way to stack my storage, which has helped more than I thought possible. 

These shelf risers from Open Spaces instantly multiplied the amount of space I have in my kitchen. They provide a stable and beautiful storage surface that fits in cabinets and on counters or open shelving. With powder-coated steel rungs and wood surfaces, the risers are sleek in design but ensure that they can easily hold everything from dishes and glassware. Now the dozen or so bottles of cooking oils and vinegars that previously occupied an extremely messy, “disaster cabinet” in my home are neatly stored away. 

Besides helping me restore order in my kitchen, the shelf risers are also versatile. Meant to be used all over the house, I’ve used the risers to organize my dresser and refresh my bathroom storage. I’ve even been using one lately to prop up my laptop for a more ergonomic work from home setup—a perfectly minimalist solution for creating a home office on the fly. 

After a welcomed and very therapeutic overhaul, I now have a spot for everything in my kitchen, whether hidden away in a cabinet or thoughtfully stored within reach on my limited countertop. Paired with a coordinating set of small covered bins that fit perfectly underneath the risers, I can now hide all those tiny snack-packs my toddler demands, leaving my kitchen calm and clutter-free. 

Launched earlier this year, Open Spaces has a curated collection of home organization products. The collection is organized by both product type and room, making it easy to find simple solutions for that mess you can’t ignore during quarantine. Whether you’re the type of person who’s been binge-watching Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix, or the keeper of a couple “disaster cabinets” of your own, everyone deserves to find a little relief from a cluttered world. 

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A love letter to Radici Kitchen

With the restaurant shutdown in March, my first critic’s notebook began: “A little over two weeks ago, I was dining at a restaurant that would have been today’s review. … (E)very plate seemed to confirm that this was shiny and exciting. I’d be telling you to rush a reservation before getting one was a fight.”

That restaurant was Radici Kitchen in Glens Falls, a restaurant opened in February by chef Brian Bowden and his life partner, Carly Mankouski, after Bowden’s lengthy career at 15 Church, 30 Lake, R&R Kitchen + Bar, Sperry’s and Javier’s Nuevo Latino, all in in Saratoga Springs, The Ginger Man in Albany and Creo in Guilderland. Having found an ideal turnkey location in the former Bistro Tallulah building on Ridge Street in Glens Falls, Mankouski and Bowden had tweaked the slim, exposed brick space, put finishing touches on a menu rich with modern, flavor-driven small plates inspired by Italian cuisine and opened to a quiet chorus of rave reviews from those who scored a table. By March 16, they were closed.

In April, while writing about fine-dining restaurants offering dinner to go, I drove back for what I later wrote were “cloudlike ricotta gnocchi with ragu, charred beets, a tomato and avocado salad with buttermilk and basil puree.” I didn’t mention the buttery lobster bisque I tasted and loved before dropping it on the floor. And I didn’t get to try the six-person meal kits later rolled out in a creative expansion of chef-assembled dinners to grill and plate at home. But, straight from takeout cardboard, Bowden’s ebullient combinations hit the spot.

Now, 24 weeks, or 168 days, after my first dinner at Radici, I was back. Arriving masked, as we’re now conditioned to do, I was seated at a sidewalk table with an Italian friend visiting from Saudi Arabia, and once again I was ordering a scattering of vibrant sharing plates with a Radici Smash cocktail in hand. As we pulled wraps tighter against the evening chill, it felt restorative, as if confirming that the pleasure of fine dining — albeit in more casual mode — had survived.

So here I go, in a love letter of sorts. Bowden’s Italian chops are on show in demis, agrodolces and hand-cut pappardelle, but I’m more starstruck by the union of fresh, sometimes surprisingly united flavors. It’s in the citric bleed of ruby red grapefruit in hamachi crudo, where finely slivered Fresno chile stings against cool torn mint and radishes sliced glass-thin. It’s in tempura squash blossoms battered as delicately as brittle spun sugar — a carapace to cradle warm goat cheese. As a moat, puddling tomato agrodolce adds umami and a connection to Italian roots.

Bowden pays homage to his career in recognizable dishes. His octopus a la plancha from R&R days is perfection: Tender, white grilled flesh paired with the tang of bright oranges, the fatty salt from crisp chorizo and smooshable gigante beans for contrast on the tongue. You might know the roasted heirloom baby

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Love Island’s Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling reveal they’ve built a PUB in their back garden

They kept fans entertained over the summer, when they shared snaps of videos of their fun-filled times at home together during the COVID-19 lockdown.

And Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they’ve made their home all the more entertaining, as they’ve built a pub in their back garden.

Love Island host Laura, 35, took to Instagram on Saturday to share a snapshot of herself enjoying drinks with Iain, 32, and a small group of friends.

Home comforts: Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they've made their home all the more entertaining, as they've built a pub in their back garden

Home comforts: Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they’ve made their home all the more entertaining, as they’ve built a pub in their back garden

Wearing a striped sweater, the blonde beauty was seen cuddling her beloved pet pooch as the group enjoyed drinks and snacks.

Love Island narrator Iain took the snap, which showed their pals giving the thumbs up as they sat by the bar, which included a Guinness tap, glasses and bottle of liquor.

Captioning the image, Laura partially quoted classic sitcom Cheers, as she wrote: ‘Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came… The Snug EST 2020.’

Snug: The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar's location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance

Snug: The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar’s location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance

The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar’s location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance to the construction, which included bar stools.   

Laura has much to celebrate, as she’s set to begin filming Celebrity Juice alongside Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. 

The stars joined show host Keith Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, for a celebratory night out on Thursday after they their new roles were publicly announced. 

The trio were also joined by Laura’s fiancé Iain, who was pictured arriving at the venue with footballer Robbie Keane after working together on Soccer Aid. 

Show: Laura has much to celebrate, as she's set to begin filming Celebrity Juice with Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. Pictured with Keith Lemon

Show: Laura has much to celebrate, as she’s set to begin filming Celebrity Juice with Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. Pictured with Keith Lemon 

Celebrate: Keith, real name Leigh Francis, documented their celebratory drinks on Instagram

Celebrate: Keith, real name Leigh Francis, documented their celebratory drinks on Instagram 

The trio appeared in great spirits after it was announced that they would be making up the new team of Celebrity Juice.

Taking to Instagram, Laura, Emily and Keith documented their night out where they enjoyed celebratory Champagne and margarita cocktails.

Although Emily joked on Friday morning that she was feeling hungover as she shared a video of herself sipping water with a GIF of a cocktail with a red X next to it. 

It was recently announced that Emily and Laura would be Holly Willouhgby’s replacements on Celebrity Juice, four months after she left her 12-year stint. 

Giddy: Presenter Laura and actress Emily appeared giddy in one fun video shared by Keith

Giddy: Presenter Laura and actress Emily appeared giddy in one fun video shared by Keith 

Cheers! Laura toasted her flute of Champagne

Fun: She took a swig as she celebrated the news

Cheers! Laura toasted her flute of Champagne and took

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Deals We Love: Bedding and Bath Decor

This week on Deals We Love we’re trying something a little different. The Home Depot is offering some extraordinary deals as part of its “Days of Decor” promotion and we wanted to make sure our readers knew how to take advantage of the deep discounts being offered. We’re highlighting bedding and bath products this week because after a long, hard day of fall maintenance projects, pouring end-of-season concrete slabs or simply weekend woodworking, there’s nothing quite like the comfort of a hot shower and crawling into your own bed.





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Why We Love It: Below we’re highlighting a memory foam mattress topper, a duvet cover set, a bath towel set and cotton sheets, but these represent only a small fraction of what’s available during the sale. All bedding and bath decor are discounted up to 35 percent through Sept. 23.

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Samples From the ‘Days of Decor’ Sale





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Charcoal 2.5-inch Hybrid Sensorwell Foam Mattress Topper

Enjoy three layers of foam that are designed to envelop your body and support all sleep styles. The top layer is the company’s proprietary Sensorwell foam designed with individual support peaks. The second layer is a charcoal-infused memory foam that naturally helps absorb odors and promotes freshness. The base layer is a firmer foam designed to provide support and pressure relief.

Why We Love It: If you’re not getting the support you need from your current mattress, it’s far more cost-effective to try out a mattress topper before buying a whole new mattress. This one originally retails for around $99 but has been reduced to $74 (25% off) for the Days of Decor promotion.

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Patterned 3-Piece Duvet Cover Set

This line of duvet covers and pillowcases is made from imported microfiber yarns, which means it is designed to be super soft. The Days of Decor sale appears to include around 25 different styles and patterns to match even the most discerning aesthetic preferences. According to The Home Depot: “This luxury duvet cover set is expertly stitched for durability to last a lifetime and raises the bar for coziness and elegance.”  The set includes the duvet cover and two matching pillowcases.

Why We Love It: Duvets have almost completely replaced traditional comforters and quilts and, given the fact that they have a replaceable cover, they’re a heck of a lot easier to keep fresh and clean. This line usually retails for around $33 but has been reduced to $23 (30% off) for the Days of Decor promotion.

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Bath Towels

These textured towels are 100 percent cotton and woven using a “pique weave” which brings a contemporary look and feel to your bathroom. They are specially combed to remove all but the finest and longest fibers, which The Home Depot says, make them softer than the average towel. They are machine-friendly but should washed in cold water and

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5 Reasons Doctors Love Dr House

Most doctors I know get a kick out of the television show, "House." Though we're all aghast at his bedside manner and cavalier attitude, still there is a certain attraction. Those not in the medical field may wonder how physicians can enjoy watching such a callous fellow.

Here are the five top reasons doctors love Dr. House.

1. Dr. Gregory House says things doctors would like to say themselves, but don't have the nerve. Most doctors filter what comes out of their mouths. They may think curse words, but seldom say them. We rarely accuse our patients of lying, even when we suspect it. We may think our patients have behaved foolishly, but we keep our thoughts to ourselves. It comes as a catharsis to finally hear a doctor (albeit an imaginary one) say things that cross every doctor's mind.

2. Dr. House does do any paperwork. Doctors hate paperwork. It's not only beyond boring, but sometimes perceived as interfering with patient care. The benefits are usually invisible, uncompensated, and extend the workday (needlessly, he would add).

3. Dr. House walks away from boring cases. Few doctors have this privilege. Physicians take patients as they come, without guarantee of intellectual stimulation. For family physicians, this means seeing high blood pressure patients, day after day after. For dermatologists, it's acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and for cardiologists it's heart attack, heart attack, heart attack. Even poor Dr. Wilson sees cancer, cancer, cancer.

4. Dr. House does not worry about getting paid. He's apparently on a salary, and gets paid the same no matter how few patients he sees or clinic hours he skips. Other doctors get paid by the patient or by the hour and are expected to produce. Most of us would be happy to have an afternoon to spend watching TV or surfing the web, while others are busy doing our work for us.

5. Dr. House does not worry about what anything costs. For a doctor it's a burden to not only worry that the right tests are ordered, but that they'll be paid for, either by insurance, the patient, or the government. House simply does care. He orders every test in the book. In real life it's not the hospital administrators who are looking over our shoulders to see what tests we've ordered – it's the insurance companies that require pre-authorization and proof that less expensive therapies have already been tried. Being an advocate for our patients, and taking the extra time to make sure appropriate testing is obtained, generally amounts to more uncompensated paperwork. Bullying your way through simply does not work for real doctors.

Aside from his diagnostic skills, Dr. House is the antithesis of a good physician. But still he's funny, and now and then I learn a thing or two. Once or twice a season I solve the case before the esteemed Dr. House – which keeps me coming back for more. The cases are true, by the way, all oddballs that the average …

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