The Spruce Editors' Picks: October Edition

GE Cafe Collection

GE Appliances

In our meetings, on set, and around the office, we're always sharing our favorite products with one another. As soon as this product leaps into our lives, our team members are usually the first to hear about it. So we figured we'd put them all in one place for you to peruse and check them out for yourself.

We're all about making life easier and more enjoyable. With fall officially here, we're focused on feeling comfortable and finding efficient ways to get things done. This leaves us with much more time for more important matters—like carving pumpkins and reading a new book. Therefore, this month we're loving on warming scents, comfortable textiles, and useful items for around the home. See our October picks below.

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    The Best of December: The Dutchess

    The Dutchess

    Great Jones Goods

    Straight from newcomers to the home décor scene, Great Jones, this pot dubbed “The Dutchess” is great for New Yorkers like me who opt for delivery more than cooking at home. The pot inspires me to get into the kitchen more times a week, and for those nights that I can’t be bothered, it looks terrific just sitting on the burners.

    Timothy Latterner, Home and Gardens Editor 

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    Casual Canine Cat Washroom-Nightstand Pet House

    casual canine cat washroom-nightstand pet house

    Merry Pet

    I thought cats were supposed to be super clean animals, but my quirky calico is a complete mess when it comes to her litter box! A simple litter mat under the box just wasn’t doing it. We decided to upgrade to this nightstand-pethouse for more function and to hide the unsightly litter box. It works great in the bathroom, but we actually keep it in our living room as a side table. The secondary shelf is the ideal spot to keep all of her toys, and while she still makes a mess, the nightstand helps to keep in much of the litter so I only have to pull out the vacuum once a week instead of daily. Plus, I think she likes the extra privacy. Editor’s Note: grab a friend when putting this together; it’s a little tricky and an extra set of hands (and an extra brain!) helps.

    Emily Manchester, Crafts and Pets Editor

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    The Best of December: DIY Terrarium Kit

    DIY Terrarium Kit

    Green Earth Terrarium

    This DIY terrarium kit is a super cute gift for almost anyone. Delivered with moss, glass, wood, a live plant, and dirt, it's a great option for a natural gift that won't be wasted!

    Laura Pitcher, Editorial Assistant

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    The Best of November: Terrazzo Globe Vase by Jonathan Adler

    Terrazzo Globe Vase / Amazon

    Jonathan Adler’s new Now House collection for Amazon just came out and they have these cool terrazzo pieces. Typically, his work is really rich design that can be tough to fit into an existing décor style, but this collection really blends with anything. Terrazzo’s also having a big moment right now, and a few key pieces under $100 help keep apartments on trend without breaking the bank.

    Timothy Latterner, Home and Gardens Editor 

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    The Best of November: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

    Canon Gate

    Food-world friends have been telling me to catch this new Netflix show from Samin Nosrat and I recently settled in to watch the first episode, which follows the Iranian-American chef through Italy as she explores how “fat”—specifically olive oil, Parmesan, and lardo—flavors the food we eat. The series is part travelogue and part cooking show and the sheer joy Nosrat gets from exploring the origins of these culinary fundamentals radiates straight through the screen. It’s inspired me to pick up a copy of her James Beard award-winning book by the same name and I’m excited to dive into her tips and recipes.

    Patty Lee, Food Editor

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    The Best of November: OXO Vegetable Chopper

    It’s soup season! Which means lots of bowls of warming chicken noodle and creamy tomato, but also lots and lots of chopping. My knife skills aren’t quite up to par and it takes me forever to get through all the vegetables I need to make my favorite soups and stews. This vegetable chopper saves my life in the kitchen (and my bank account at the grocery store since I’m less inclined to buy pre-chopped veggies). It’s so easy and the cleanup is minimal. Use a knife to cut your tomato, onion, carrots, or whatever veggie you have on hand in half or quarters and place each piece in the OXO chopper one at a time. Pour out your perfectly uniform cubes into your Dutch oven or crockpot and that’s it! I promise you this chopper will make someone very happy Christmas morning.

    Emily Manchester, Crafts and Pets Editor

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    The Best of November: Mini USB Cactus Humidifier

    When temperatures drop, so does the humidity in the air. This means chapped lips, dry skin, and sickness for many (myself included). This cute cactus-shaped humidifier is the perfect solution. It's small enough for beside your bed or in your office and doubles as a light, which is an added bonus. Plus, unlike real plants, I doubt I can kill it.

    Laura Pitcher, Editorial Assistant

  • 08 of 13

    The Best of October: Bathage Shower Curtains

    Checked shower curtains

    Bathage

    Shower curtain buying can be an awful experience. Everything is either gaudy and expensive and doesn’t go on the inside of the tub anyway, or is a thin plastic-y sheet that, if they don't get moldy in a month, make you feel like an extra in an episode of Dexter. These curtains from Bathage changed all of that. They’re water-wicking, so they go on the inside of the tub. They’re machine-washable, so you don’t need to get a new one over and over. They’re pretty affordable at $30. Best of all though, they’re perfectly simple and modern-looking and easily match other bathroom décor.

    Grid: Orange and Grey, $29.90, Bathage

    Timothy Latterner, Home and Gardens Editor 

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  • 09 of 13

    The Best of October: CEVA Animal Health FELISCRATCH

    CEVA Animal Health FELISCRATCH

    FELIWAY for Cats

    ​I’ve been looking for effective ways to curb my cat from scratching up all the furniture and when I took her to the vet to get claw caps put on, my vet recommended this product to me. I’m normally skeptical of unsolicited product recommendations, in case someone’s just trying to upsell me, but I gave this a shot after finding it at a much cheaper price on Amazon ($15 vs. $50 at the vet!). The bag comes with 9 capsules. You squeeze the capsule onto a surface that you want to redirect your cat to scratch on (scratching posts work great), let it dry, and watch as your cat instantly goes crazy rubbing and scratching at the product.

    Pro tip: place the scratching post next to the surface you’re trying to deter your cat from (in my case, the couch). I found that even after effects of the product wear off (usually after a few days), my cat actually prefers the scratching post over the couch. Every time I catch my cat scratching (or even eyeing) the couch, I’ll add another capsule. I’ve had to do this less and less!

    Note: Be careful, the purple liquid in the capsule does stain, so I usually apply it over the sink.

    Emily Manchester, Crafts and Pets Editor

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    The Best of October: Café Collection

    GE Cafe Collection

    GE Appliances 

    For those of us who are tired of boring stainless steel appliances, there’s finally an affordable (and stylish!) alternative. GE recently introduced its new Café Collection, a suite of sleek matte white and matte black fridges, stoves, and dishwashers with interchangeable accents—including an oh-so-trendy brushed bronze. It’s a Pinterest-worthy look with GE reliability.

    Patty Lee, Food Editor

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    The Best of October: OXO Good Grips Sweep Set

    OXO Good Grips Sweep Set

    OXO

    After meals in my house, it’s like a tornado blew through. I used to have one of those tiny dustpans and I would crawl on the floor like an animal after every meal. This little guy really helps and I like how it has the little teeth on the dustpan to clean off all the crumbs. I’d rather have a dog, but my wife won’t let me until all kids are out of diapers.

    Eric Handelsman, VP & General Manager

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    The Best of October: Corkcicle Canteens and Wine Cups

    RIFLE PAPER CO. CANTEEN

    Corkcicle

    I’m loving Corkcicle’s colorful canteens and wine cups right now. They’re perfect for bringing to weekend events like tailgates and picnics because they keep your drink cold (or hot!) for hours… plus, they’re super cute!

    Lauren Watzich, Social Media Editor

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    The Best of October: MYZOO Spaceship Gamma Cat Bed

    Spaceship Gamma cat bed

    MYZOO

    Just when I thought sleepy cats couldn't get any cuter, MYZOO released spaceship-themed cat beds. The Taiwanese studio focus on creative furniture for pets, so your cat will love this one as much as you do. Aside from looking futuristic, the design allows your cat to perch with a high view and the air holes reduce any echo. Newly released, I can't wait to see my climbing kitty do a space walk. 

    Laura Pitcher, Editorial Assistant