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During our first few days of quarantine, we focused on the basics: carving out a comfortable workspace, arranging for grocery deliveries, and fitting in phone calls with family and friends. Now that days have stretched into weeks, however, we've had ample time to dissect another aspect of home life—our decor.
Since many of us are renters, we can’t exactly throw on a tool belt and demo our entire kitchen, but, we can introduce simple elements that really breathe new life into our space. From rose quartz coasters and jute area rugs to floral dinnerware and velvet accent pillows, here’s everything the editors at MyDomaine and The Spruce picked up this month.
"In an effort to add some variety into my workspace, I've been switching between my collection of these scented candles from day to day. I have a few in different scent profiles, so I can pick what I want depending on my vibe that day—and because it was too hard to settle on just one of the many, many options I had my eye on. While I just took a leap of faith ordering scented candles online, the brand also has a $5 sampler that features five coasters in their most popular scents, so you can see which ones you like before you commit."—Kate Geraghty, commerce editor
"Like many people, I've had to carve out an area of my home to serve as a makeshift office during this difficult time. It's a little frivolous, but outfitting the space with unapologetically glam and femme accessories has been particularly fun for me, as my decorating style typically skews more classic. While I'm not a 'crystal person,' rose quartz is said to promote love and healing, and who couldn't use a little more of that right now?"—Allison Bean, editorial director
"My boyfriend and I are both book-obsessed and we have a hard time parting with old reads. Since we moved into our apartment nearly 8 months ago, our existing bookshelf has overflowed and we’ve had a stack of books that’s just been collecting dust on the floor. During a quarantine-inspired deep clean, we finally ordered a wall-mounted ladder bookshelf and got to organizing everything. We love its clean, space-saving design and that it can accommodate other knickknacks like candles, plants, and even our record player."—Chelsea Stuart, senior commerce editor
"My in-laws gifted us a new dinning set of our choice two years ago for our 5th (wood) anniversary. I haven't been able to prioritize getting a new set because our existing one was fine. Now that I am home and sitting a lot, I finally became motivated. I just found this nice set of chairs at Target and they go well with my Ikea table (that I am not ready to part with) that I have had for 15 years!"—Dwyer Frame, senior editorial director, commerce
"Now that I’m spending more time at home, I finally purchased this super-soft throw blanket that I’ve had my eye on. The woven fabric adds texture and interest to my bedroom, and it’s the perfect weight for spring (it’s warm without being suffocating). I also love that it’s machine washable and comes in five fun colors. The pure white goes best with the color scheme in my room, but I’m thinking about buying a second one in another color!"—Katherine Louie, commerce editor
"We finally invested in new dishware! After combing the entire Internet, and debating the merits of countless sets, we finally agreed upon this one. I love it because it screams 'old lady' to me in a way that is somehow perfect because it is in opposition to our modern, minimalist aesthetic. And my husband loves it because it reminds him of his youth since his parents owned the same classic plates and bowls."—Mélanie Berliet, general manager
"We decided to move the rug in the living room into our bedroom for extra coziness during the quarantine, so we were in the market for a new rug. I wanted something very neutral and simple, so we purchased this one. I absolutely love it, and my husband said it looks like sand—I'll take anything that makes me feel like I'm on a sunny beach right now."—Kim Carvalho, associate social media editor
"While I know these letter boards already had their moment on Pinterest and in home decor blogs, I'm petitioning to make them a thing again during quarantine. I impulse purchased one recently, and changing it every few days has become an unexpected source of entertainment for me. I've also been changing them up with personal messages during Zooms with my family and friends, and it continues to make them smile, which is a big win right now."—Karli Bendlin, email editor
"I've been trying to cozy up my space since staying in and this pillow from Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's Living Spaces collection does just the trick. Not only is it oversized and velvety soft, but the earthy color brings a touch of nature to my city apartment."—Caroline Utz, associate editor