Emily Shwake

I Can’t Stop Making Ina Garten’s Rule-Breaking Eggplant Parm
We're all a little obsessed.
Mar 13, 2024
I Cooked Only Ina Garten Recipes for a Whole Week. Here Are 5 Things I Discovered.
When I found myself in a total cooking rut, I knew just the woman who could help get me out of it.
Mar 9, 2024
These 6 Hacks Make Laundry Day Much Less of a Chore
Hello, better efficiency!
Jan 16, 2020
Try This Pro Organizer’s 6-Step Plan for Decluttering Your Kitchen
You don't need to hire an expert or spend a bunch of cash on fancy containers to get your kitchen in working order.
Dec 10, 2019
Don’t Waste Your Money on Fresh Flowers—Buy Dried Flowers Instead
Fresh flowers or a new plant can transform a home as easily as the weather. But personally, I find both of them to be a giant pain in the neck.
Jun 7, 2019
My Secret Laundry Weapon is a Common, Easy to Use $15 Kitchen Tool
There's nothing I dread more than seeing a hand-wash tag on my new favorite shirt. Until now.
Jun 5, 2019
5 Simple, Affordable Things That Helped Me Get Over My Hatred of Laundry
Laundry can be the most exhausting and tedious chore, or it can be your favorite excuse to unwind.
May 21, 2019
Before and After: This Gutted Kitchen Is Now Both Hard-Working and Serene
The Philadelphia row house hadn’t been upgraded much in sixty years, so Kristy knew it would be a fixer upper when she bought it. Kristy loves to cook and wanted to create the perfect workspace, so she put a lot of attention into the kitchen. Because of the nature of the renovation loan Kristy took out, she had to hire approved contractors to do most of the work. But that doesn’t mean it was easy.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: This Kitchen’s $7,500 Facelift Was a Smart Use of Money
When Heather Knight moved into her new home, she had to focus on more urgent repairs and wasn’t able to put as much money into the kitchen as she would’ve liked. While the space was in good shape, it was dark and a little too dated for her tastes. With some pretty clever spending, she pulled off a pretty impactful renovation project.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Dresser Hack Involves Peel-and-Stick Products
Although her two classic cherry wood dressers looked great for their age, Lindsey of Repurpose and Recycle wanted to style them to fit in with the rest of her modern farmhouse bedroom. They’ve been in the family since the ’80s, so it’s no wonder they needed a bit of an update. The Restoration Hardware Printmaker’s collection gave her the inspiration, but the result was two totally original, unique pieces of furniture.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Was By No Means Cheap
When Colette purchased this 1930s Spanish-style home, her goal was to do a full remodel that included this dated kitchen. The goal: Put to use all that she has learned over the years while writing her design blog, COCOCOZY. The kitchen was originally broken up into three small rooms that didn’t quite flow together. While the furnishings were relatively inoffensive, they weren’t Colette’s style.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Random Catchall Room Gets a Storage-Packed IKEA Upgrade
When Kristina moved into her new home, the lackluster office was of little use to the owners—besides being a place to toss mail, or hang art that didn’t fit with the rest of the home. Kristina decided that, if she was going to use a room as a dumping ground, it was going to look as fabulous as the rest of her home. Instead of a hodgepodge of furniture and decor, it’s now a highly functional mudroom, ready to organize all Kristina’s incoming and outgoing things.
Mar 16, 2019
Before & After: This $400 Bathroom Redo Has a Genius Way to Cover Textured Walls
Before Ashley put her guest house up on Airbnb, she wanted to give the bathroom a fun update. It was simple and sparse in comparison to the rest of the home, so, even though she was working on a tight budget, she was determined to use her DIY tricks and unique style to make it an exciting space for guests. Ashley carved as much time out of her schedule as she could—during nap times, evenings, and weekends—to work on the bathroom.
Mar 14, 2019
Before & After: A Mini $250 Makeover for That Awkward Space Under the Stairs
The little nook at the bottom of these stairs wasn’t really serving a purpose. The steamer trunk is undeniably cool, but it couldn’t do the heavy lifting of filling out the otherwise blank question mark of a space. Suzanne was transitioning into her new life as founder of a design company and really needed a place to work until she could move into an office. She thought about using the basement, but it was dark and sparse.
Mar 13, 2019
Before and After: This Rental Kitchen DIY Is the Best Thing on the Internet
There are only so many changes you can make to a kitchen you do not own. Jess Bunge, Senior Market Editor for Emily Henderson, faced many of the classic challenges of a rental—dated floors, lackluster countertops, an oddly shaped floor plan—but brilliantly worked around them to make the space one to sigh over. The real star of this new kitchen is the countertop cover. With help from her dad, Jess cleverly cut plywood to fit over the gray granite, and built a matching backsplash.
Mar 3, 2019
Before and After: A Super Low ($150!) Budget Kitchen Spruce-Up
And it only took four hours.
Mar 1, 2019