August 2020 Home Item Recommendations From Monique Valeris

As Good HousekeepingSenior Home Writer, I come across tons of home related products, good and bad. But there are some special finds that are just too good to stick around for me. That’s why I share my favorite home articles with you – our readers – here on our website every month in the hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Summer decor calls for being daring with color, having fun with prints, experimenting with light fabrics and discovering those unique accents that make a home a home. And now that we are all spending more time indoors, creating a comfortable interior is even more important. You can take a risk with a boho-chic aesthetic, which continues to be a favorite with many design enthusiasts, or go for a more traditional approach with refined pieces that can stand the test of time. Wherever you are, this product roundup is sure to inspire you.


Fringed basket

Keep your entryway, living room or child’s bedroom in pristine condition with this pretty woven straw basket with a fringed edge.


Pure silk pillowcase


$ 85.00

Slip pillowcases are popular for good reason. They are believed to not only have anti-aging benefits, but they are also smooth and soft to the touch. Even a test from the Good Housekeeping Institute found it to have the highest sweetness rating compared to its competition.


African wax print drum shade


$ 79.00

Bring your space to life with one of the African-inspired lampshades from Etsy seller Bespoke Binny. The colorful prints, including the geometry, are inspired by the Ghanaian descent of founder Natalie Manima.


Lemieux et Cie Lamartine Wallpaper

Lemieux et Cie Anthropologie

$ 298.00

If you’ve always been afraid to install wallpaper in your home, opting for a sober and elegant floral, like this design from Christiane Lemieux’s new Anthropologie collection, will suit you perfectly.


Brewster Scallop Sorbet Cover

Don’t enjoy another cuddle session on a chilly summer night without this soft blanket. Available in a range of trendy prints, this machine washable design is guaranteed to be your new staple.


Bamboo lacquer tray

$ 149.00

If you need a solution for keeping decorative items on your coffee table or making a guest room more comfortable, you can’t go wrong with this bamboo tray.


PlanToys kitchen set


$ 80.00

Improve your child’s cooking skills with this durable toy kitchen set, complete with a frying pan, saucepan and spatula.


Shibori dyed leather vase


$ 58.00

Bring more visual appeal to your flowers with these leather vases, showcasing the uniqueness of shibori, the Japanese dyeing technique.


European stonewashed linen pillow shams

Citizenry Euro Linen Pillow Shams come in a plethora of versatile colors and they’re so soft you won’t even miss your cotton bedding.


Assortment of 4 composition books

Mr Boddington’s studio

$ 38.00

Any child (or adult) would opt for this set of vibrant composition books.


Handmade Leather Bookmark


$ 8.20

Whether you need a gift for the avid reader in your life or are just tired of hanging on to your ragged paper bookmark, this handmade leather design is for you.


Mercer 8 “low bowl

crate and barrel

$ 5.95

Take your meals a little more sophisticated with this versatile bowl from the popular Mercer collection by Crate & Barrel. Use it for pasta, soup, salad, you name it.



Every home chef deserves high quality cookware. Caraway’s ceramic coated non-stick set includes a Dutch oven, sauté pan, saucepan and frying pan. Plus, you can choose from five attractive colors: Perracotta (pictured here), Cream, Gray, Sage, and Navy.

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