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    'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Kathy Hilton Gives Us a Tour of Her Gorgeous Backyard

    Kathy Hilton loves to entertain, and considering that she lives in a spacious home in tony Bel Air, it’s no surprise that it often happens in her backyard. That’s why the entrepreneur and actress, who has four children, including Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, recently worked with Amazon and interior designer Mike Moser to revamp her outdoor oasis — in just under three weeks. Admitting that previously her backyard was beautiful but “one note” with wicker furniture, Hilton desired a more dynamic design scheme. Thanks to Amazon, she was able to source a range of chic furniture and accessories from several different collections to boost her outdoor space’s visual appeal. “I wanted to bring the indoors outdoors, because we really love to entertain, barbecue, play games outside, swim and play tennis,” Hilton told Good Housekeeping.

    “I’m really loving how the teak wood pops with the light stone flooring,” Hilton says of her backyard transformation.
    Kort Havens

    Leaning into her transitional design style, Hilton incorporated multiple seating arrangements to accommodate her large family and friends (her teak wood pieces as well as lounge chairs featuring a dark metal frame are among her favorites), along with elegant touches like pagoda umbrellas and lemon trees set in tall wicker baskets. “I’m still adding and layering,” she says.

    “It looks like it’s been collected and curated,” Hilton says. 
    Kort Havens

    Hilton relied on an assortment of tall planters to add texture and visual interest to her backyard. 
    Kort Havens

    One of Hilton’s favorite outdoor decorating tips? “I bring in color with pillows,” she says, noting that she changes them according to the season. “I’ll have a bohemian night with very colorful pillows with bright oranges and turquoise, or I could do a preppy look with stripes. It’s nice to just have really solid, simple and clean furniture, and then bring in color with your accessories.”

    The backyard, which Hilton crafted with the help of designer Mike Moser, has a cozy indoor feel.
    Kort Havens

    If you’re ready to upgrade your own outdoor area, browse Kathy Hilton’s Amazon storefront or see below for some of her favorites from the retailer.

    Shop Kathy Hilton’s Backyard Essentials on Amazon

    Acacia Wood Dining Chair Set

    Christopher Knight Home


    Cabana Stripe Beach Towels

    Amazon Basics


    Indoor Outdoor Sunbrella Lumbar Pillows



    Wicker Storage Basket

    Household Essentials


    Archer Outdoor Steel Coffee Table

    Ravenna Home


    Faux Wood Stump Stool Accent Table

    Ball & Cast


    Sunbrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella



    Montclair Grey and Beige 5-Piece Outdoor Dining Set



    Monique Valeris
    Senior Home Editor, Good Housekeeping
    Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers decorating ideas, home tours, gift guides and more.

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    How to Find Your Style + Favorite Design Books (Video)

    While I love finding style inspiration in the online community, one of my FAVORITE ways to expand and grow more confident in my own style is to study the images of beautiful homes in design books. Holding a book in hand, turning the pages at a leisurely pace is the best! It’s a return to the past, something I learned to enjoy back in the days before we had so much (too much?) inspiration at our fingertips. I love the slower pace of savoring books. I find I appreciate the details so much more than quickly scrolling past thousands of teeny squares.
    My daughter Courtney and I recently did a LIVE video going through some of my favorite design books and talking about why we love them (you can watch the replay HERE).
    I even like to look at books that I don’t think are necessarily “exactly my style” because they inspire me to think outside of the box! It’s easy to get in a rut or stuck looking only at what is current and trendy online. I find books are wonderful for expanding my point of view, learning about classic design elements and getting inspired by other color palettes, furnishings and architecture around the country and world, too.

    Each time I move to a new home I get excited all over again to bring out my books (and add to my book collection) for inspiration! While my general style and sensibilities and things I love tend to go with me, each home offers new opportunities to mix things up and have fun with style. I love to blend my preferences with the home’s unique features and atmosphere to create a new look, one that feels fresh and yet makes me feel at home wherever I am. Beautiful design books are definitely helpful to me in the process!
    If you’d like to watch the replay of our LIVE video on “finding your design style” and see some of our favorite coffee table books, you can watch it here.

    Here are some questions you could use as a guide to help you learn as you’re studying and getting inspired by design books!

    How would you describe this style?
    What is the mood of the room? Why does the mood inspire you?
    Describe the personality of people who might live in a room like this. Would their lifestyle resonate with you and your family?
    What are the main things you see when you first look at the room?
    What are some subtle features that you notice when you look more closely? Be sure to notice things like the shapes, the textures, the colors, the proportions, patterns…
    What role does the architecture play in this room? Do you have similar architecture or would you be able to add something similar in your home?
    Do you like the color palette? What if this same room had a different palette, would you like it better?
    Look at the art and accessories. Also notice their placement. What do you like or not like about them?
    What are some simple ideas you could take away from this inspiration room?

    Click HERE to watch the replay of our live video (how to find your style and favorite design books)!
    Scroll and click the arrows below for some of my favorite coffee table books:

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    Click here for books by The Inspired Room, including my New York Times bestseller Love the Home You Have.

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    More Beautiful
    Coastal Blues
    A Place to Call Home
    One Man’s Folly
    Nora Murphy’s Country House Style
    Visions of Home
    The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have
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    The Rise of the Cleanfluencer

    Meet the Cleanfluencers

    Brandon Pleshek

    Melissa Maker

    Jessica Tull

    In March 2020, Brandon Pleshek’s family’s cleaning business, Pioneer Professional Carpet Care, was forced to temporarily close its doors — the first time in 40 years — due to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order. The carpet care and corporate cleaning business was at a standstill for nearly three months, so naturally, Brandon, who describes himself as a “third generation janitor and clean freak,” turned to TikTok for entertainment — and a potential business opportunity. He set up his own profile, aptly named “CleanThatUp,” and started posting older videos that had been used in the past to promote his family’s business. It didn’t take long to work through his entire catalogue, so he started filming new TikToks on his iPhone — sometimes a time-lapse as he cleaned a rug riddled with pet stains, other times a short and simple tip on how to clean a dishwasher filter. The number of views and comments multiplied by the day and to date, he’s racked up 1.1 million followers and 22 million likes.

    Melissa Maker, founder of Clean My Space, started her YouTube channel in 2011, years before TikTok even existed. Shortly after starting her Toronto-based housekeeping service, her husband Chad convinced her to post how-to cleaning videos online as a way to introduce their business to a wider audience. “I remember him saying, ‘It would help get our name out there and who knows, maybe it’ll become something.’ I was incredulous, thinking, who would ever go and watch us clean,” she tells Good Housekeeping. Chad was onto something — and within a few years, their videos were reaching thousands of people around the world and turning a sizable profit.And while Melissa relies on the basics of cleaning rather than the shock and awe of gross-to-gorgeous transformations, she’s found that her 1.79 million subscribers return to her channel because they trust that she’s “not ever going to tell them to do something that isn’t necessary.” Her videos, while longer than Brandon’s 30 or 60-second TikToks, are relatively short, sweet and to the point, often ending right around the 10-minute mark. There are standard how-tos (“How to Clean a Mattress” has just over 14 million views), product-focused guides (“7 Cool Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide”) and more than 500 other videos that aim “to help you clean, declutter, organize and simplify your life.”

    Meanwhile, Jessica Tull has paved her own path — one that many other people (parents, especially) can relate to. She initially started her YouTube channel four years ago as a way to supplement her income as a single mom of three; now, she pulls in six figures annually by posting a mix of cleaning videos, cooking hacks and follow-me-around vlogs. Her “Clean With Me” videos took off and to this day, remain her most-viewed videos on her channel, which currently has 524,000 subscribers. She doesn’t claim to be an expert (“I’m just a mom who has to clean her house like everybody else,” she says), but her everyday approach to cleaning is what draws viewers in. She’s not concerned with educating her subscribers, but instead allows them to follow her around as she tackles the mess in her own space.

    Brandon, Melissa and Jessica are three of today’s biggest “cleanfleuncers” (a.k.a cleaning influencers). Once reserved for a tiny corner of the Internet, cleanfluencers have earned a bigger spotlight in recent years — and as a result, millions can’t get enough of the soul-soothing effect that their videos have on them. Netflix shows like Get Organized with The Home Edit and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo may set the foundation for a rise in cleaning content, but cleanfluencers are the ones tapping into the nitty gritty of the mundane, something far more achievable than what’s shown on TV. The concept isn’t new by any means — Carolyn Forte, our own director of the Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute has been influencing millions of readers for decades, for example — but TikTok, YouTube and Instagram have collectively given these experts (some trained, others self-proclaimed) a way to take to their talents beyond their own four walls. This became especially evident during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confined to their homes, many people turned to social media to cure their quarantine boredom and subsequently, search for answers to their top cleaning questions — or at the very least, relish in the joy of watching someone else do the dirty work. Searches for common keywords like “cleaning,” “laundry” and “how to clean” skyrocketed in mid-2020, according to Google Trends — and the numbers on social media reflected this newfound interest in cleaning. The #CleanTok hashtag on TikTok, which covers everything from ASMR-friendly fridge restocks to top-to-bottom room organization makeovers, has surpassed 23 billion views in the last year. On YouTube, “Clean With Me” videos dominate the Trending page each week, earning creators, like Alexandra Beuter, 60,000 views in just five days. In between the tips, tricks and time-lapses, viewers find a sense of comfort. For some, the before-and-after transformations, often set to serene music, put their mind at ease; for others, the idea that strangers — experts, no less — are also subject to dirt and grime provides relief. “It’s a relief to know that even cleaning experts like Melissa Maker sometimes encounter UDOs (unidentified disgusting objects) at home,” someone commented on Melissa’s video titled, “Cleaning the Dirtiest Areas in My House.”

    Jessica knows that people come to her channel to feel seen, not just to see how someone else lives.“People like to see a messy house. They can count on me to show exactly what my home looks like with no shame,” she explains. To ensure that she keeps things as real as possible, she never plans her filming days ahead of time; when she needs a video, she sets up her camera, presses record and cleans for five to eight hours straight. She’ll keep all the highlights in — the t-shirt stains, unmade beds, crumb-filled countertops and guest appearances from her kids — but later, edit the video down until it’s at a more digestible length, somewhere around 30 to 40 minutes.The same goes for Melissa. At some point, she noticed that other creators were showing their spaces polished to perfection, leading her to forge ahead with her what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach. “So much content that’s available online is aspirational. We don’t want people to feel like they aspire to me — because also on my best day, my house is still a mess. We just want to put the tools out there to help them when they need it.”

    Of course, social media is constantly changing — and so are the wants and needs of cleanfluencers. Videos will always be the heart of what they do, but now, many are looking for other ways to grow their business. Jessica, who recently locked in her longest-running brand partnership to date with Affresh, hopes that one day you’ll see her on your TV screen, hosting her own talk show. As for Melissa, she’s working on expanding her microfiber-focused product line, Maker’s Clean. (FYI, the Maker’s Mop won a Good Housekeeping Cleaning Award earlier this year.)Brandon, who first started making TikToks as “a fun distraction,” says his TikTok account is on track to become even bigger than his family’s business — at least, financially. While he does earn some money through TikTok’s Creator Fund, it’s become too unpredictable to rely on for a steady income. (“It’s kind of like surfing. You paddle out there, wait for the wave, hit the wave, watch it crash and turn around to do it all again. But sometimes, you don’t even hit a wave in the first place.”) Instead, he takes a more proactive approach by reaching out to brands he already uses, including Scrub Daddy and Hoover, for sponsorship opportunities. “Cleaning is very product-based, so it’s natural to include them in videos, especially if they are the same brands that my family has been using for decades,” he explains. While Brandon wouldn’t disclose exactly how much he’s earned from brand partnerships, he coyly suggested that it’s “more money” than he ever “thought possible.”

    Looking ahead, he plans to produce long-form videos on YouTube in tandem with TikToks. But even as he inches his way closer to being a full-time content creator (“That’s the goal right now”), he’ll continue to use his platform and years of expertise to help his local community keep clean (or even travel to his virtual viewers’ homes once it’s safer to do so). “It’s really opened up a door for myself and my family to understand that our cleaning techniques can really make an impact with people beyond our local community,” he tells Good Housekeeping.And for the skeptics who think that the trend of watching other people clean their homes will soon pass, Brandon offers an important reminder: “Dust doesn’t sleep, and dirt and grime is here to stay, so I don’t think we’ll ever run out of content.”

    Amanda Garrity
    Associate Lifestyle Editor
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    How to Clean an Instant Pot to Make It Look Brand New

    You already know how useful an Instant Pot is – this multi-use cooker works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and more, to help you make delicious meals quickly. While pressure-cooking, it speeds up the cooking process, letting you have meals ready in a fraction of the time it usually takes, and as a slow cooker, well, just think of a great stew or sauce, gently cooking for hours and melding the mouth-watering flavors together (perhaps you’ve used Good Housekeeping’s Instant Pot Cookbook to create some of your family’s favorite meals).After every use, your Instant Pot and its lid must be cleaned to keep it at its best and functioning properly. In spite of the number of little parts the lid has, cleaning this cooker is a lot easier and quicker than you think (almost all the parts are dishwasher safe!), and the pros in the Cleaning Lab and Kitchen Appliances Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute have put together some handy tips to help you clean your multi-use cooker, whether it’s an Instant Pot or another brand. Before you start: Turn off and unplug the Instant Pot, and pull out the inner cooking pot. Always allow it to fully cool before cleaning and never immerse the base and heating element in water or place it in the dishwasher.What you’ll need:Degreasing dish soap, like Good Housekeeping Seal star DawnSoft-bristled bottle brush, like Casabella’sSoft cloth, like Skura’s Reusable Microfiber Wipes, or paper towel, like BountyWhite vinegar

    How to Clean Your Instant Pot 1. Clean the inner cooking potThe inner cooking pot is usually dishwasher safe, whether it’s stainless steel or has a nonstick finish. Place it upside down in the dishwasher on the bottom rack to clean. If using a dishwasher is not an option, wash it in hot soapy water, using a good degreasing dish detergent and a soft-bristled bottle brush to protect the finish, then rinse well and dry.To remove burned-on food residue in the stainless steel pot, soak it in hot soapy water, and give it an extra scrub with a delicate non-scratch scrub pad. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, or steel wool, which can scratch and damage the finish.If the inside of the pot has discolored from minerals or salt in the food, to remove the blueish tinge, cover the bottom of the pot with white vinegar and leave it for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly and dry.2. Remove and wash the parts from your lid Remove the parts from the exterior of the lid – depending on the model of your Instant Pot, these can include the steam release cover (lift it straight up) and the steam release valve (it also lifts straight up). Some models also have a Quick Cool cover, which easily unclips.Next, remove the small parts from the interior of the lid – these can include the anti-block shield (a metal cap which covers the steam release pipe) and the silicone cap covering the float valve. Gently push the anti-block shield towards the outer edge of the lid and lift it straight up, pop off the little silicone cap, and slide out the float valve. All the small parts are dishwasher safe but we like to use an old soft toothbrush to clean them in warm soapy water. Rinse well and air dry.

    3. Wash the lidWhile the parts are still removed, scrub down the lid. If the lid is dishwasher-safe according to the manufacturer, place it right side up on the top rack. But you might prefer to hand wash it (we do!) using a soft bristled brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Rinse it well to remove the soap and any food particles. To fully drain the lid, hold it vertically over the sink and turn it like a steering wheel, all the way around. After cleaning, store the lid upside down on the cooker base, to air it thoroughly and prevent any odor build-up. When all the parts are dry, reinstall them (don’t forget the float valve’s tiny silicone cap!).4. Clean the sealing ringRemove the silicone sealing ring from inside the lid by following the manufacturer’s instructions; hand wash it in hot soapy water or place it on the top rack of the dishwasher to clean. Replace the sealing ring and be sure it is properly situated in the sealing ring rack, flat against the lid.To eliminate odors from the sealing ring, we like the solution Instant Pot suggests in its user manual: after cleaning the Instant Pot (and with all the parts correctly reinstalled on the lid, including the sealing ring), add one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar to the removable inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Close and seal the lid, and run the Pressure Cook cycle for about five minutes. Release the pressure and, when safe, open the lid. Remove the silicone sealing ring gasket from the lid, empty the vinegar mix from the cooking pot, and rinse the lid, sealing ring, and inner cooking pot in warm water, then dry. Replace the sealing ring in the lid. GH Lab Tip: The sealing ring is a critical part in your Instant Pot, so inspect it carefully while you dry it and replace it if it shows cracks or any other damage. Our pros like to keep two on hand.5. Clean the Instant Pot condensation collector and accessoriesIf your Instant Pot has a condensation collector accessory at the rear of the cooker base, empty and rinse it after every use. To clean it, it is dishwasher safe (on the top rack), or wash it by hand in warm soapy water, rinse well and air dry. Wash the steam rack and any other additional tools that came with your Instant Pot either in the dishwasher or hand wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse them well.6. Clean the Instant Pot base and heating element Wipe out the inside of the cooker base with a soft damp cloth. Don’t let the base get wet – it is not dishwasher safe! Use an old soft toothbrush to clean any residue from the rim and the groove the lid sits in; wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to air dry. Clean the exterior and control panel with a soft barely-damp cloth. Wipe down the power cord too.

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    6 Things to Consider When Designing Your First Kitchen

    A customized kitchen reno is a big deal. It’s an opportunity to create a flow that fits your work style, add a personal stamp, and install state-of-the-art appliances that make cooking and cleanup a cinch. But where to start? There are so many options, and it can require know-how and a designer’s eye to bring the space you’ve only dreamed of to life. Here are six tips from the pros to help you realize your kitchen potential.How to maximize the layoutThe way you configure the space is key to workflow—and it’s not a one-size-fits-all. “Make sure you have a layout that makes sense for how you use your kitchen,” says Kirsten Blazek of A 1000x Better design. Think about opportunities to knock down walls or open up the space so it flows to your best advantage, and be thoughtful about where you place appliances and other functional items. “Start with the stove, refrigerator, and sink, and place these within close proximity to one another,” says Rob Diaz of Rob Diaz Design. “It’s the best way to maximize functionality, space, and design while reducing clutter and eliminating a bottleneck in the kitchen,” he says. And, if there is an island, it can be a great place to hide a trash pullout or a microwave, so they aren’t taking up space elsewhere.Which appliances are worth the extra investment A dishwasher is undoubtedly one of the appliances you’ll use most. Just think how long it would take to scrub all those pots, pans, and plates if yours didn’t do its job properly or, heck, if you didn’t have one at all (we’ve been there). A good model not only saves you precious time, but it can cut down on the amount of energy you use, reducing your monthly electric bill. And since you can expect a unit to last about 10 years—although Miele dishwashers can last up to 20—the investment is worth it.Case in point: the Miele G 5000 Dishwasher Series. It cleans and dries in under an hour—thanks to the QuickIntenseWash setting—features a flexible cutlery tray with adjustable racks, and has a Pots & Pans setting for the toughest grease. Plus, it’s fueled by special EcoPower Technology that not only reduces the amount of water it uses but also the energy needed to heat that water.[image id=’5fb0bcc3-58ea-4503-8c33-d3996af50b66′ mediaId=’7e4c24c3-1008-4a5c-80d1-2df7d2936abf’ align=’right’ size=’small’ share=’false’ caption=” expand=” crop=’original’][/image]Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping’s Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Director, says that the G 5000, “provides the key attributes consumers want—speedy but thorough cleaning, easy loading, and energy efficiency. But it doesn’t stop there. Other details that helped it earn our Good Housekeeping Seal include its simple controls, sleek design, and smudge-resistant finish.” How to meld with the rest of your home’s styleYour kitchen is going to be brand-new, but if you’re not building from scratch or renovating the rest of the space, you’ll want to consider how everything works together. “Look at the adjacent spaces and what is happening with color in those rooms,” Blazek says. If you’re drawn to bold brights and your house is rendered in subtle neutrals, the kitchen may stand out in a way you weren’t expecting.Also, beware of anything ultra-trendy that can’t be easily changed. Diaz prefers a neutral palette in kitchens paired with a dramatic paint color like a deep green. “For a smaller kitchen, subtle soft whites also work well and highlight the kitchen’s natural materials and gorgeous appliances,” he says.[image id=’97616047-5eb2-42b5-a5fa-be877f36e78a’ mediaId=’38326722-c896-4330-a84a-3406ba5c51a1′ align=’center’ size=’medium’ share=’false’ caption=” expand=” crop=’original’][/image] Where to find extra storage opportunitiesYou can never have enough cabinets because, hello, cluttered countertops. Even if you think you’ve run out of space, there are some unexpected places for stashing things you might not have considered. Floating shelves are great for storing glassware, dishes, and curio, Blazek says. She also loves an island that is large enough to have cabinets on the front and back sides. “It is such an easy way to increase storage space and avoids having too many upper cabinets, which can feel heavy and dated.” How to make the space your ownAdding a personal touch can take the space from standard to standout. “Playing with color on the cabinets, selecting unique hardware, and incorporating an interesting backsplash tile can make the kitchen unique,” Blazek says. Lighting also creates a statement in the space—sconces on either side of a window or above, or pendants over your island. “Just make sure the heights and shapes all work together. If one light is a real statement piece, then play down the other lighting so they complement but don’t clash with each other,” Blazek says. [image id=’91b90686-142b-47a9-a5c0-4fcbbeb51b60′ mediaId=’aab34723-45d7-40ae-9293-81a276c925ac’ align=’center’ size=’medium’ share=’false’ caption=” expand=” crop=’original’][/image] How the countertop material will hold upSince countertops double as a workspace and focal point, choose a material that looks good and stands the test of time.“We love using quartzite for our clients who have busy lives and need something that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance,” Blazek says. “It is both durable and beautiful, and there are so many different options to select from.”Granite is another durable material worth considering. “If our clients are looking for something more unique and don’t mind more maintenance, we’ll visit a local stone yard in search of a natural slab that is a one-off,” Blazek says.

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    How to Make a Simply Knit Boatneck Top

    Stitch Club Simply Knit Boatneck Top Supplies + Tutorial


    Autumn weather is the best! It means finally breaking out the super soft fall sweaters we shoved into storage last year now that chillier temps are coming. Rock a cozy look and create your own sweater this year with our Simply Knit Boatneck Top tutorial, which gives you step-by-step instructions to create this classic look for yourself. Working from the bottom up with Patons Canadiana Yarn, easily knit two identical panels, then bring together with ribbing, soon switching to a stocking stitch. Incorporate a bright yarn within the panels to make the thick stripes (it’ll truly make those short sleeves pop!). You can order all of the supplies you need for this project, including yarn and tools, by shopping the full kit available on Yarnspirations. For all the details and instructions, download our boatneck top knitting pattern.DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN NOWStill learning the basics or simply need a refresher? Never fear! Visit our GH Stitch Club home page to get tips and tricks — you’ll master the basics of knitting, crocheting, macramé and beyond.

    Mariana Tuma
    Mariana is the Design Director of Good Housekeeping.

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