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For night owls who need a lot of help getting out of bed, this clock does its best to make sure you never miss a morning meeting again. At the designated time, it’ll roll right off of your nightstand until you get out of bed to find and silence it.

Get the best of both worlds—a little solitude and unfiltered natural light—by covering only the bottom half of a window with decorative film. | Shown: Damask Fan Window Film from Overstock.com

Bring back old-fashioned clotheslines, says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

How do you improve sandpaper? By taking away the paper and bonding the abrasive to a plastic film. These sheets resist clogging, last up to 15 times longer than regular sandpaper, and conform to profiles better than a sanding sponge. Perfect for final and between-coats sanding, wet or dry. Try it: SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets, by 3M 3MDIY

Call it traditional with a twist: Most outdoor mats are made from 100 percent coir, but the chunky weave of this one allows for excellent shoe-scraping ability—perfect for muddy fall days. About $19; Ballard Designs.

The list of celebrities and notables who have had close encounters with the 20,000-square-foot-plus Beverly Hills mansion featured in The Godfather is extraordinary. Read their tales here.

Nothing says, "Come on over and sit a spell" quite like an inviting bench on a front porch. With an elegant Windsor-inspired design and an all-weather driftwood finish, this one looks just as good indoors as it does outside. About $349; West Elm

The staff of This Old House reveal the once-popular house features they'd like to see become trendy again including transoms, cozy staircase landings, vestibules, and wall niches

Don't have the room or cash to build a built-in bench in your shower? Consider a suction-grip foot rest that costs less than $10. Safe-er-GripTM Foot Rest; Amazon.com

Mason Jar Measuring Cups, just $12.99 from World Market.

Catch the real story behind the glass-walled garaged featured in the 1986 John Hughes' flick Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

This Los Angeles house looks dreamy today. That wasn't the case in 2006, when the deteriorating home was the most neglected house on the block and star of the film Nightmare on Elm Street. But after a year of renovations, it was no longer the scream home it had been. A flipper turned the house over to new owners in 2013 for $2.1 million.

composite of four examples of furniture, artwork, and miscellaneous items from different hidden gem flea markets

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...and eventually a line of Vintage British Transit Route Sign Clothing!

Keep This Old House and your other monthly favorites within reach. This rack’s modern design lets you read the spines for easy issue selection and gives pages room to air out after steamy soaks and showers. J-Me Float Magazine Rack, about $85; Amazon

Sit and soak for a spell with everything you could possibly need nestled into this chic little bath caddy. It will comfortably hold all of your relaxing essentials, including your favorite vintage wine, guilty read, and artisanal aromatherapy soap. The handsome materials will also fit in with your well-designed bath. Find it on Amazon.com

Want to kick the coffee-shop habit and save on summer's "It" drink? Learn how easy it is to make your own cold brew coffee at home

Here's a gift that will both repay the baker in your life and ensure many more delicious treats to come: Wooden rolling pins engraved with fun silhouettes of animals, flowers, robots, and more that imprint on the dough. Via Zuzia Kozerska's Etsy shop, Valek.

Summer invites us to slow down, if only for an hour or an afternoon. Here are five chairs that enhance outdoor relaxation and fun, just about anywhere you may find yourself.

Lightweight and compact, the GCI Outdoor Wilderness Recliner Chair is easy to transport on short and long treks alike. Unlimited reclining positions make it a ready camping companion for campfire conversation or enjoying a drink tentside. About $60; REI

This new crowd-funded alarm will gently coax you up with the aroma of your choice. If after two minutes you're still not awake, an audible alarm will sound. Wake up to the smell of money, if that suits you, or choose a more reasonable scent, like peppermint, bacon, orange juice, or croissant. SensorWake