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GAL APPROVED Find, Clean and Decorate Your Home!

By   |   April 17, 2015   |   Gal Approved

CLEAN. It’s springtime, time to get out your Swiffer and scrub away the winter grime! Swiffer recently launched Swiffers Wet Jet equipped with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, a version for hardwood floors. Cleaning isn’t just a woman’s job, it’s something that about 90 percent of dads are into as well. Black’ish‘s Anthony Anderson introduced us to a team of Swiffer dads who aren’t ashamed to pick up a mop in a new #SwifferDad┬ádocu-style video. Now that’s GAL APPROVED! For more info on Swiffer dads visit us on our Facebook page.


DECORATE. After your floors are squeaky clean how about an accent rug? During the Architectural Digest Show we came across a collection of beautiful rugs by Nourison. According to company description, “Each design is truly timeless, based on superb originals dating back as far as the 15th century. Originally created to grace the palaces of ancient aristocracy and royalty, these remarkable artifacts now reside in outstanding private and museum collections.” NourisonΓÇÖs talented designers and master craftsmen have reinterpreted and reproduced original styles to create looks that bring the ancient and modern together. The company also creates rugs for Calvin Klein.

photograph taken by Brian Buckley

LIVE. Now you need a home to put those fancy rugs in. We got an intimate tour of Instrata at Mercedes House, located over the top 11 floors of the 32-story zigzag-shaped glass tower in New York City’s Hell Kitchen. With its inviting green spaces below and penthouses that offer sky high private terraces, it’s the ultimate in luxury living with some major breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Hudson River. A 2bdrm/2bath residency we peeped offered the finest in furnishings, including kitchens with CaesaerStone and stainless steel countertops and appliances from Viking, Sub-zero and Bosch. The master bath has wood cabinets and a CaesarStone tub. And who wouldn’t ooh and awe over the┬áBosch washer and dryer neatly stacked in their own cabinet? Being at the top has its perks: Instrata offers concierge services for its residents. Under the leadership of Zayna Abdul-Wahhab, everything from the time you move in (including the move in!), is handled by her team. And then there’s┬áMercedes Club. Inside of 80,000 square feet you’ll find a world class gym offering state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch classes (we tried Barre Boot Camp, and it kicked our butt!), a spa, indoor party spaces and an outdoor theater space for movie nights. Residents at Instrata receive a complimentary membership, as well as to Club Corp, which gives them access to the world’s most talked about golf and country clubs, restaurants and events. The only downside of Instrata at Mercedes House? It’s currently 100 percent occupied! You can still get your taste with a membership at Mercedes Club and enjoy all it has to offer, including fun events like Fireside Yoga and Poker Night. See more pics on our Facebook page!

photo credit: Diane Bondareff/Invision for Swiffer/AP Image

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