May 2021 Home Item Recommendations From Monique Valeris

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As Good Housekeeping’s senior home editor, I come across tons of home-related products, both good and bad. But there are some special finds that are just too great to keep to myself. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite home items with you—our readers—here on our website every month in the hope that you’ll appreciate them as much as I do.

I’ve always loved the thrill of discovering furniture or decor pieces that look more expensive than they are, and this interest only grew once I began working in the home space. If you’re like me (which you might be if you’re reading this) and get excited whenever you score a too-good-to-believe home deal, you’re in for a treat. I found 10 chic items (that won’t break the bank) to bring a bit of joy to your home as well as a few finds to make your warm-weather outings more special. Enjoy!

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Botanical Salad Servers (Set of 2)

Even the most simple summer salad will feel like a professional chef’s creation with these stunning brass servers featuring leaf handles.


Slim Laundry Hamper



Thanks to these compact hampers, which are complete with wheels, you can finally bring order to your ever-growing laundry piles.


Glass Taper Candle Holder



Illuminate your table — and spruce up any dinner party — with these taper candle holders in spring- and summer-appropriate hues. 


Picnic Blanket

Laguna Beach Textile Company


The warm weather is my cue to embrace playful patterns, even when it comes to picnic blankets. Not only does this waterproof blanket comes with a small pouch — it also has an adjustable backpack strap to make carrying a breeze. 


Catchall Tray

Rifle Paper Co


This porcelain dish with an elegant gold rim is a great way to embrace the beauty of the season.


Ashwood Spice Riser


This wood riser is the perfect solution for organizing spices if you’re running out of cabinet space.  


House of Harlow 1960 Creator Collab – Geode Planter




Jipi Papel Bin



Who said trashbins had to be boring? Give your bathroom or home office more personality with this eye-catching plaid design, showcasing Colombian artisans’ creative use of Jipijapa palm leaves.


Women’s Short Sleeve Stretch-Knit Bamboo Pajama Set

Ever since the weather warmed up in New York City, I haven’t been able to take off these comfy bamboo pajamas whenever I’m lounging at home. They’re breathable, flattering and super-soft—three things you need to set yourself up for blissful sleep. 


June Arched Vase


Stick a few simple branches in this design-forward ceramic vase to elevate any space in an instant. 

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