How To Make and Gift Cranberry Mostarda
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) A cranberry mostarda is an Italian condiment that is exactly what it sounds like — pureed cranberries with mustard and ‘ahhh.’ And the best thing is making it is easier than you might think. • Make Cranberry Mostarda The Kitchn
Nov 30, 2012
6 Recipes For Homemade Energy Bars
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Whether they are students, new parents, or friends with demanding jobs, you probably have a few loved ones who would appreciate the gift of healthy, homemade, energy-dense snacks that are easy to eat on the go. • Homemade Energy Bars The Kitchn
Nov 30, 2012
An Elegant Organic Cocktail Table
If you prefer a Manhattan to a margarita, then this is the table for you: stylish but restrained, classic shapes and plenty of organic elements to create the sultry vibe every cocktail party needs. • Organic Cocktail Table Apartment Therapy
Nov 30, 2012
A Bedroom Turned Kitchen For $6,000!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) What do you do if you have an “awful” old kitchen with a low popcorn ceiling and no surface space? If you’re Kitchn reader Faith, you knock out a wall between the bedroom and dining room and build a new kitchen! • Kitchen Before & After The Kitchn
Nov 29, 2012
5 Gift Subscriptions for Foodies
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) What is so great about subscription gifts is that they’re curated to include unusual blends and rare inclusions that the average customer often won’t have access to. Our favorites this year span the range from music to salumi… • Foodie Gift Subscriptions The Kitchn
Nov 29, 2012
One Minute Video: Give a Jam Cocktail Kit for the Holidays
Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Maggie Battista, with her favorite idea for a holiday hostess gift: The Sparkling Jam Cocktail. • Jam Cocktail Kit Apartment Therapy
Nov 29, 2012
How To Make Herb-Infused Honey
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Making herb-infused honey has become a favorite way to use leftover sprigs of thyme, a handful of wild mint found while foraging, or the buds of an edible flower bouquet. And if you start now, there’s plenty of time to make them for holiday gifts, too. • DIY Herb-Infused Honey
Nov 28, 2012
On Trend: Geometric Cloth Napkins
With the flurry of people going in and out of your home this holiday season, attractive cloth napkins keep mouths clean and the mood festive. This array of geometric patterned napkins will be useful all year long providing years of use and enjoyment. • Geometric Cloth Napkins Apartment Therapy
Nov 28, 2012
A Visit To Portland’s Pacific Pie Co.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) While I’ve always considered myself a chocolate cake over fruit pie person (I’m a diehard chocoholic, what can I say!), a slice of Sarah’s apple sour cream streusel just about converted me… • Portland’s Pacific Pie Co. The Kitchn
Nov 28, 2012
How To Make Soft Caramel Candies
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Let’s talk caramels. The candy kind. The chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, deeply sweet, and insanely addictive kind. These make some of the best gifts ever, so grab a bag of sugar and your candy thermometer, folks! We’re making caramels today. • How To Make Caramels The Kitchn
Nov 28, 2012
Elegantly Wrapped: 5 Ways to Wrap Wine
A bottle of wine is a good go-to gift for the holidays, but wrapping it can be a challenge. In hopes of upping my wrapping game this year I sought out some clever tutorials. • 5 Ways to Wrap Wine Apartment Therapy
Nov 28, 2012
Recipe: Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) The coziness of this drink begins as soon as you set the ingredients to simmer on the stove and the scent of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves wafts through the kitchen. • Cranberry Apple Cider The Kitchn
Nov 28, 2012
Tips for Entertaining in a Small Home
One of the biggest challenges of small space living is entertaining. After a few years of failed attempts, this year I’ve discovered a happy style recipe for low-stress, large gathering entertaining. • Entertaining in a Small Home Apartment Therapy
Nov 27, 2012
15 Delicious Gifts From Your Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) If you’re looking for some inspiration for edible gifts, then we’ve got you covered. Here are 15 of our all-time most popular homemade gifts, from the best chai mix, to homemade doggie treats, to granola, to beer and pretzel marshmallows. (Yes!) • 15 Delicious Gift Ideas The Kitchn
Nov 27, 2012
Quick Tip: Finding the Ideal Height For Your Task Chair
That lever on the bottom of your adjustable task chair at your desk? Despite what your childish intuitions will tell you, it’s not just for pranks. Take a moment to step away from your chair and make this one easy adjustment to improve your workspace ergonomics.According to the American Chiropractic Association, giving your chair the proper height adjustment can spare you from a load of problems.
Nov 27, 2012
Tips for Hiring a Bartender for Your Party
Having a big party at home? Here are some good reasons to hire a bartender to serve drinks as well as tips for hiring one. Then you can really relax and enjoy visiting with your guests. • Tips for Hiring a Bartender Apartment Therapy
Nov 27, 2012
DIY Gifting: Homemade Tea Blends
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Holiday gifting is in the air. This year, we’re making more gifts than buying and starting early to avoid the accompanying stress. First up: customized tea blends for family and friends! • Homemade Tea Blends The Kitchn
Nov 27, 2012
Win A Holiday Cocktail Party from Patrón
This season, Patrón is finding out what makes us happiest with the Holiday Happiness Experiment. Answer a few questions and you could win a holiday cocktail party for you and your friends, sponsored by Patrón! • Win a Patrón Cocktail Party Apartment Therapy
Nov 26, 2012
Strategies for (Very) Big Holiday Gatherings In a Small (ish) Home
One of the biggest challenges of small space living is entertaining. For a family of five, our 1700 sq ft house is more than enough on a daily basis, but add in twenty dinner guests, and we’re bursting at the seams. After a few years of failed attempts, this year I’ve discovered a happy style recipe for low-stress, large gathering entertaining.
Nov 26, 2012
Ideas for Getting a Sleeper Sofa into Apartment with Small Doorway Clearance?
Q: I have a problem that is proving rather difficult to solve. We just moved into a great apartment with a large living room and we need a sleeper sofa! The problem is that the hallway/landing/door are all VERY narrow — the door is standard height, but 28″ wide, and the landing is only about 2.5′ square……Aside from the struggle of winding an assembled (and heavy!) sleeper sofa around the 4 flights of stairs, it has proven impossible to get one through the door.
Nov 26, 2012
Five DIY Tabletop Ideas Using Burlap
Burlap is a humble material that when treated right can add natural, textural detail to your tabletop. Here are five burlap-based projects that won’t take up much of your time or money. • DIY Burlap Tabletop Apartment Therapy
Nov 26, 2012
Jennifer’s High-Low Mix in Boston
Name: Jennifer, Paul and SheaLocation: Boston, MassachusettsSize: 840 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; Rented When I met Jennifer Allen of Market Home she was selling her housewares at the South End Open Market. A set of pristine Kartel ghost chairs, a cast iron antler candleholder and a curvy vintage settee were among the goods that made me stop and take notice.
Nov 22, 2012
Before & After: A Revamped Guest Room
It was a hot pink curtain that started the ball rolling on Jae’s guest room makeover. She kept the furniture, painted the walls and tackled a DIY headboard to give this room a fresh, mature update.Jae tells us: I really wanted to add fuchsia curtains somewhere in our home. I decided on the guest room and that sparked a domino effect of other changes. I like the idea of letting the fabrics and accessories shine with color so I painted the walls white.
Nov 22, 2012
Exceptional & Interesting Flatware
Setting the table for holiday get togethers is easier and more fun when you have flatware that catches the eye and is a pleasure to dine with. Here are some examples of styles that suit table decor both colorful and modern or classic and elegant. • Exceptional Flatware Apartment Therapy
Nov 21, 2012
How To Make a Party Master Prep List
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We really like the idea of big dinner parties, be it hosting Thanksgiving or inviting friends for Saturday dinner. But we’ve found that the only way to both save our sanity and have a good time is to make a Big Bad Master Prep List. • How To Party Prep List
Nov 21, 2012
5 Things To Do 30 Minutes Before A Party
Nothing throws the mojo of a party off faster than a crazy, stressed-out hostess. So wherever you find yourself at the 30 minute mark, drop everything else and do these five things. • 5 Things 30 Min. Before Party Apartment Therapy
Nov 21, 2012
Silver & Gold: Online Vintage Tabletop
One way to set a stunning holiday table is with accents of silver and gold. Look no further than these glittering picks from one of our favorite sources for all things vintage, Etsy. • Silver & Gold Vintage Tabletop Apartment Therapy
Nov 20, 2012
7 Fresh Recipes For Cranberry Sauce
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest and most forgiving Thanksgiving dishes to make from scratch. Here are a few recipes to get you started, from a traditional spiced sauce to Canal House’s port-infused take on the usual canned jelly. • 7 Cranberry Sauce Recipes The Kitchn
Nov 20, 2012
5 Things to Do in the Last 30 Minutes Before Your Guests Arrive
You’ve decorated. You’ve cleaned the whole house. You’ve cooked up delicious gourmet foods and compiled a well-stocked bar. You’ve got a killer theme, and you’ve invited the most interesting people you know. You’ve spent weeks preparing for this party — but what you do in the last 30 minutes before it starts could be just as important as everything that has come before. Here are five things you don’t want to forget.
Nov 20, 2012
Christi’s Creative & Crafty Austin Apartment
Name: Christi Finley and her pup Lilly and a roommate (not pictured) Location: Bouldin Creek, Austin, TexasSize: 675 square feetYears lived in: Rented, 1.5 years Living in a small space doesn’t mean it has to be boring, as evidenced by the home of creative and crafty apartment dweller Christi. The South Austin home she shares with her roommate and her incredibly photogenic pup Lilly is packed with color, pattern, texture and style.
Nov 20, 2012
15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It has become something of a tradition for us to talk about salad right now, days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, Thanksgiving is a literal feast of heavy, delicious foods, but we think that a good salad is also essential. • 15 Fresh Thanksgiving Salads The Kitchn
Nov 20, 2012
Inspirational Thanksgiving Table Settings
While the turkey is important, table setting is equally important in telling the story of Thanksgiving. I thought I’d troll around and collect some really awesome tabletop inspiration to share with you. • Table Setting Inspiration Apartment Therapy
Nov 20, 2012
How Much Turkey Per Person?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Having too little turkey can be a total disaster. Do you know how to choose the right amount of turkey to feed your Thanksgiving Day guests? Here’s the rule of thumb: • How Much Turkey Per Person? The Kitchn
Nov 19, 2012
20 Tabletop Shopping Guides
With Thanksgiving this week, the start of the holiday dinner party season is officially upon us. To help,’ve rounded up 20 of our best tabletop shopping guides – from budget dinnerware to modern table linens. • Tabletop Shopping Guides Apartment Therapy
Nov 19, 2012
New Recipes from The Kitchn
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) This week we have a Thanksgiving feast for you, as well as desserts to round out the sweets table at your next celebration. • New Recipes from The Kitchn The Kitchn
Nov 19, 2012
Effortless Hostessing, the French Way
The French treat every meal as if it’s an occasion. So, how does one hostess the French way? Mimi Thorisson, mom, cook, blogger (and owner of 14 dogs!) shares her secrets. • Effortless Hostessing Apartment Therapy
Nov 19, 2012
15 Quick Breads for the Thanksgiving Table
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Here are 15 recipes to fulfill your holiday bread basket needs, including classic potato dough dinner rolls, light-as-air cheese gougères, buttery angel biscuits, and a basic buttermilk quick bread with ten different flavor variations. • Thanksgiving Breads The Kitchn
Nov 16, 2012
Deb Perelman’s Tiny Smitten Kitchen Rental
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) If you follow Deb Perelman on her enormously popular blog, Smitten Kitchen, you are already familiar with one part of her East Village, NYC home kitchen very well… • Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen The Kitchn
Nov 16, 2012
Tips for Hosting Guests with Food Allergies
We’re all familiar with the rise of food allergies, so how do you go about keeping your guests safe? Here are some tips for hosting guests with food allergies. • Hosting Guests with Allergies Apartment Therapy
Nov 16, 2012
Readers’ Favorite Cocktails
One of the most important elements of a party is the cocktails. Whether it’s a themed drink, a seasonal beverage, or you like to mix it up, we’re asking readers about their favorite. • Readers’ Favorite Cocktails Apartment Therapy
Nov 16, 2012
The Secrets of Bake Sale Best Sellers
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Do you have a bake sale coming up this season? Maybe you have a favorite recipe that always flies off the table? We put together our first bake sale last year and were a little surprised by some of the best sellers. • Bake Sale Best Sellers The Kitchn
Nov 15, 2012
Sources for Handcrafted Tabletop Items
Earlier I took a look at budget dishware sets but if you’re ready to upgrade to something more special, the shops on this list specialize in handcrafted tabletop. • Handcrafted Tabletop Apartment Therapy
Nov 15, 2012
Before & After: “Old & Ugly” High Chair
Would you click on this Craigslist ad: “very old & ugly high chair w/potty chair both for $15”? Yeah, me neither. But Jennifer did (and with enthusiasm I might add) and she set to work cleaning it up and giving it new look.The silver paint makes a huge difference and the vinyl cover will surely be easier to clean than the previous fabric. Jennifer shares the steps she took: I had been looking everywhere for a high chair and when I found it I jumped on it.
Nov 15, 2012
Be-foyer and After: An Entryway Makeover
Ever since my husband and I moved into our 1997 split level, we’ve been slowly working at removing the builder grade finishes to really make it reflect our taste. A couple of weeks ago I finally finished making over the entryway.I smashed the old green ceramic tiles, pulled the stained carpet off the stairs, and painted what felt like miles and miles of honey oak trim. The front door got a coat of yellow paint and the walls got a pale gray.
Nov 15, 2012
How To Make a Classic Tarte Tatin
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Here’s what makes a tarte tatin so fabulous: even if your crust isn’t perfect, even if it crumbles a bit when you flip it, and even if the tarte is not perfectly centered on your serving platter, it will still taste like something that came directly from heaven. • A Classic
Nov 15, 2012
Use Chalkboard Cloth to Label Party Food
This DIY table runner makes it easy for guests to identify wine and cheese pairings, but it’s not limited solely to swigs. I think this would work equally well to label platters at a buffet table or list suggestions for fun little things like DIY sundae bars! • Chalkboard Cloth for Parties Apartment Therapy
Nov 15, 2012
7 Tools To Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We’ve pinpointed a few cooking tools that make prepping for the Thanksgiving meal a whole lot easier— in particular tools that you might not keep on hand. Here are 7 things we think are worth having if you’re making a Thanksgiving dinner this year. • 7 Thanksgiving Tools The Kitchn
Nov 14, 2012
Studded Suede Trivet Tutorial
Every year, as I’m putting a big Thanksgiving dinner on the table I realize I don’t own enough trivets. This year I’m heading that moment off at the pass, and adding some more to my paltry collection, including this one I made. Here’s the tutorial… • Studded Trivet Tutorial Apartment Therapy
Nov 14, 2012