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Run a Bath That Feels Like a Spa Treatment
Bathing is among our oldest self-care rituals; today, as stress mounts and uncertainty looms, it can feel especially comforting. For a muscle-calming bath with magnesium and medicinal herbs, you’ll need one to two cups of Vertly’s Botanical Bath Salts ($29) or Bathing Culture’s Big Dipper Mineral Bath ($30), two to four drops of GingerChi’s Penetrating Relief Oil ($12) and Lanshin’s Massager by Acera ($45). Run the water and add your preferred salts: The blends by Vertly and Bathing Culture both pair a variety of magnesium-rich crystals (including Epsom and pink Himalayan salt) with antibacterial botanicals (clary sage, lemon) to soothe tender skin, boost circulation and speed healing. While the tub is filling and the air is steamy, do some gentle stretches to loosen up tight muscles, or try the Lanshin massager for targeted kneading on your legs, back and shoulders. Post-bath, spread a few drops of the GingerChi oil — infused with warming ginger — between your palms and massage any achy spots to bring heat to the area and break up any remaining stiffness. For more ideas, visit tmagazine.com.
A British Interior Designer’s Tricks for Staying Organized
“Keeping things tidy makes me very happy,” the interior designer Beata Heuman told T last year. Her homey, open-plan office in West London, which has served as the studio and showroom for her six-person team since 2018 — is a testament to the Swedish decorator’s desire to both beautify and meticulously organize her world. Heavy antique trays neatly set with swatches of fabric, wallpaper samples and trims are lined up for clients; deep cabinet drawers are filled with files pertaining to each of the rooms under her watch at a given time. “People tend to think that interior design is just choosing the right cushions,” Heuman said. “But it’s as much about logistics as it is about creativity.” One tip she shared for keeping interiors fresh and stemming the constant tide of clutter: Maximize every inch. “People often forget about using the full height of a room,” she said. She stashes suitcases and other items that aren’t needed regularly on top of high cupboards. In her office, stock from her burgeoning line of products is stowed on elevated alcove shelving, which she reaches using her antique step ladder, and which has the added advantage of making the ceiling look even higher. For more from Heuman, visit tmagazine.com.
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From an Old Gas Station to a Beachside Restaurant in Southwest Florida
Located on a secluded stretch of beachside road in Longboat Key, Fla. — a 12-mile-long barrier island between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico — the newly opened Whitney’s is the first casual restaurant contributing to the stable of Modernist architecture for which the area is becoming especially known. Reimagined by the Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack, the former 1950s service station houses an order-at-the-counter diner and an open-air bodega overseen by the chef and Wolfgang Puck alum David Benstock. The building’s original drive-in canopy and oversize garage-style windows are now accented with booths and banquettes with shrub-patterned upholstery, a tropical mural by the mixed-media artist Ty Williams and outdoor vegetation like lush bougainvillea and towering gumbo limbo trees. On the menu are seafood dishes — from grilled fish tacos with cabbage slaw to blackened fish sandwiches topped in aioli, pickled onion and tartar sauce — and Gulf Coast-inspired snacks. The bodega is stocked with to-go provisions as well as beach-going items like umbrellas and fold-up chairs. Although the Whitney’s team hardly expected to close during their first month of being in operation, they’re offering takeout dining for now and are gearing up to celebrate their opening properly once it’s safe to gather. whitneylbk.com.
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A Postcard From an Elusive Desert Landscape
Jason Fulford, a photographer and the co-publisher of J&L Books, thinks of his process as a feedback loop, one that neither began nor ended several years ago in a Los Angeles suburb, where he chanced upon a photography equipment store stocked with dusty boxes of new gear. Fulford purchased a prism filter for his faithful Hasselblad and ultimately borrowed a phrase from an old advertisement on the shop’s wall — “Picture Summer on Kodak Film” — for the title of his latest book. Its pages portray an imagined desert town (the images were taken in California, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Japan and Italy) full of easy yet slightly uncanny scenes: a kitchen corner stacked with clean dishes next to a bottle of Sunlight detergent, all striped by rays of actual sunlight coming through the venetian blinds; sets of stairs repeated and blurred, thanks to that prism filter; a closer-up image of a metal watch curiously worn over a wristband. The pictures are interspersed with lines from a poem co-written by the sisters Gillian and Heather Frise, its refrain “Still here / Hellooooooooo.” $45, mackbooks.co.uk. Fulford will discuss the book for the first of the Mack Live series on March 26 at 7 p.m. GMT for United Kingdom- and Europe-based readers; March 27 at 7 p.m. EST for United States-based readers; and March 28 at 7 p.m. JST for Asia-based readers. For more info, mackbooks.co.uk/live.
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