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10 Inspiring Small-Space Pantries
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I recaptured an inefficient coat closet and turned it into a cheery little pantry — one of my all-time most useful kitchen projects! Here are ten more inspiring examples of pantries, each with a takeaway for small spaces. • 10 Inspiring Pantries The Kitchn
Sep 14, 2012
A Guide to Whole Grains
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock your pantry with hearty, healthy whole grains! From amaranth to wild rice, get the skinny on whole grain ingredients and whole grain flours here. • Whole Grains Guide The Kitchn
Sep 14, 2012
Make Ice Packs From a Kitchen Sponge
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Check out this ice pack that absorbs itself as it melts! It’s perfect for those who are worried about a spill or who just want to try out something cheap and simple. • Sponge Ice Packs The Kitchn
Sep 13, 2012
A Word to Fear: Hangry!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Do you get hangry?! This is a very helpful word, a word to signal impending storm clouds and danger, a word to fear. Oh — not familiar with the term? Let me bring you up to speed. This is a word you should know. • Do You Get Hangry? The
Sep 13, 2012
How to Make Homemade Granola Bars
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I am a self-professed granola bar fiend. I nearly always have a granola bar or two close at hand. Making my own from the assortment of oats, nuts, and dried fruits that are always in my cupboard was a natural next step. • Homemade Granola Bars The Kitchn
Sep 12, 2012
10 Kitchens Without Upper Cabinets
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It might seem crazy to forego the storage that upper cabinets offer, but there are some significant advantages in return. See 10 inspiring kitchens without uppers, and read more on why it’s sometimes a good idea. • No Upper Cabinets! The Kitchn
Sep 12, 2012
Kitchen Storage Between the Studs: 5 Examples of Smart Recessed Cabinets
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Did you know there’s a lot of room between the studs of your walls? You can create shallow recessed cabinets and shelving between the studs. Here are five great examples in the kitchen, plus a guide to building your own recessed shelving. • Storage Between the Studs The Kitchn
Sep 11, 2012
5 Ways To Combat Food Waste At Home
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) There’s a staggering amount of food waste happening in America. It may seem easy enough to just buy what you want and eat what you make, but in real life it can be a little tricky. Here are five tips to help. • Combat Food Waste The Kitchn
Sep 11, 2012
Handmade Wood Goods from Workerman
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Adam Brackney of Workerman just sent me a peek at the handmade goods for the kitchen he’s crafting out of wood, and I find them charming! Take a peek at his handiwork — spreaders and minimalist modern cutting boards. • Workerman Boards The Kitchn
Sep 10, 2012
Kitchen Before & After: Debra’s Bibliothèque Paris Kitchen Renovation
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When Kitchn reader Debra bought her apartment in the Marais district of Paris in 2007, the kitchen had not been renovated since the 1950’s. She wanted it to feel integrated with the rest of the house and have a bit of a bibliothèque feel. Here’s what she did: • Kitchen Before
Sep 10, 2012
Guide to Essential Cooking Tools
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) What are the essential tools every cook needs in the kitchen? Our new guide to the most important cooking tools takes you to the next step. • Essential Cooking Tools The Kitchn
Mar 1, 2012
Emily’s Essential Cookbooks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I live in a small apartment and thus have a one in, one out policy for cookbooks. Here are five cookbooks that continue to make the cut… • Emily’s Essential Cookbooks The Kitchn
Feb 28, 2012
Kitchen Footwear: Dansko Clogs
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I spent this past weekend cooking for a large party, which meant 8-hour stretches on my feet on a hard kitchen floor. Yet at the end, I had very little back and leg pain thanks to my trusty Dansko clogs. • Dansko Clogs – TheKitchn
Feb 17, 2012
Christopher Alexander on Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language, has been used for decades by architects, designers, and homeowners to help create a home life that is comfortable, delightful, and functional. While I’ve referred to the book often in my practice as an architect, I’ve never set out specifically in search of how the
Jan 13, 2012
It’s Hot In the Kitchen: Best of Kitchen Tech
In most homes, people tend to gravitate towards the kitchen, as it’s the area where we all eat and catch up on the day’s work. Over the past year, we’ve had some pretty interesting posts about the kitchen and everything held within, and they vary from the technologically simple, to the incredibly complex. Join us
Jan 5, 2012
A Year of Play Kitchens
Thanks to our amazing reader submissions, Ohdeedoh has become the best place on the web for DIY play kitchen inspiration. Here are just ten that we featured this year with varying starting points including an entertainment center, scrap wood and even a chair. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jan 4, 2012
How To Organize Waste in a Small Kitchen
Sorting waste can be a real challenge in a small kitchen. First there’s your basic trash, then there’s recycling (co-mingled if you’re lucky) and compost. Like most people, we didn’t want to give up precious floor space for these bins, so we came up with a semi-custom and affordable solution.
Jan 3, 2012
5 Gift Wrap Ideas From the Kitchen
I positively love wrapping gifts. But I’m not a big fan of wrapping paper, and holiday-themed gift bags? No thank you! In lieu of purchasing what will just be tossed away in an unwrapping frenzy, I like to turn to my favorite room in the house for something I can recycle or upcycle. Here are
Dec 13, 2011
T-Shirt Produce Bags
I love bags, especially reusable bags. I have my reusable grocery bags, I have take-a-long shopping bags, but I hadn’t found a produce bag that I liked enough to remember to bring along until I found this tutorial for t-shirt produce bags. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Dec 6, 2011
Perfect Kitchen Inspiration from House Tours
I’m a firm believer that the more you love your kitchen the more you love to cook. Obviously you don’t need a nice kitchen to whip up delicious meals; but it certainly helps! Take some inspiration from these 10 kitchens culled from our House Tour archives… • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Dec 5, 2011
Seasonal Produce Centerpieces as Sustainable Tablescapes
A colorful bouquet of flowers is like therapy, it instantly puts a smile on my face. But purchasing weekly arrangements is a habit I can’t afford to sustain. Fall produce provides a great alternative to your standard floral centerpiece with the benefit of a longer life. Check out this roundup of tabletop decor that embraces
Nov 22, 2011
The Jewelry of the Table: Napkin Rings
Napkin rings are the jewelry of the holiday table, the finishing touch that can really pull everything together. Whether your setting is rustic or glam, modern or crafty, here are 10 napkin rings for every table… • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Nov 21, 2011
Beautiful Bar Carts
Bar carts are making a huge comeback and we’re 100% on board with that. Entertaining doesn’t always involve booze; but typically when we do break out the bottles, bar carts make it a little easier. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Nov 14, 2011
Creating a Modern Dining Atmosphere
A great meal is made up of far more than delicious food. It’s an experience that is built by the environment, the company, and the cuisine. With the holidays on the horizon, it’s time to dust off your table and take a second look at your dining space. • Read the full post at Apartment
Nov 8, 2011
Fall Tabletop Inspiration from Weddings
Even if you’re not planning a wedding, other people’s big days can provide plenty of inspiration for entertaining at home. Consider a few of these ideas for your dinner or holiday parties. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Nov 7, 2011
On Keeping Food Scraps Out Of The Trash
I love when an easy solution to a household problem is a green one. Recently a friend decided to start collecting kitchen scraps because they were growing mold in her trash can and attracting fruit flies. Not fun. She found herself having to take the trash out more often or she’d come home to a
Nov 2, 2011
Rental Renovation: 10 Ideas for the Kitchen
Just because you don’t own doesn’t mean you can’t renovate your rental. When it comes to the kitchen, it’s likely you’re working with a cramped, dark and outdated space, but it doesn’t have to be permanently that way. Click below the jump for 10 temporary ways to organize, brighten and personalize your kitchen! • Read
Oct 31, 2011
Recycled Material Countertops
If you are looking into a kitchen remodel, there are many companies that specialize in or have recycled content options. Gaining in popularity in recent years, you can now find countertops that suit any taste. Here we take a look at ten U.S. companies making a difference in the world of eco friendly recycled content
Oct 20, 2011
Make Swirly Autumn Leaf Cookies
Fall is here and there’s nothing more memorable about the season than the changing of the leaves. If you’re looking for an indoor project that will bring a bit of nature inside, check out this tasty project. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Oct 18, 2011
Play Kitchen with a View of the Mountains
I’ve always thought it was a bit unfair to have to stare at my apartment wall while engaging in drudgery like peeling potatoes or the like; having a view to appreciate would make any chore a million times more delightful. Well, Callum’s mom, Suzanne, thought of that detail when she made his play kitchen. Being
Oct 5, 2011
The Trend of Backyard Beekeeping
Someone recently told me that honeybees are the new chickens for urban farmers. I think it would be awesome if urban bees became more popular, because they help pollinate our vegetable gardens and fruit trees and produce amazing honey. If you are considering getting bees next spring, now is a great time to think about
Oct 4, 2011
Advice on Drying and Storing Summer Herbs
Watching the days draw in and saying goodbye to the gorgeous gardens of summer can be bittersweet. While you can’t keep bountiful outdoor herb gardens going all winter, you can use some basic DIY herb drying and storing techniques to savor the flavors of summer during the chilly months ahead. • Read the full post
Sep 29, 2011
Kitchens With Handmade Touches
The kitchen is so often the very heart of the home. We know it’s where most people gather, friends reach for drinks, family sits around while dinner is prepared, significant others talk over coffee. And we think there’s one detail that makes a kitchen feel just right: the handmade touch. • Read the full post
Sep 26, 2011
Candles That Are Paraffin-Free
Not only are paraffin candles a petroleum industry by-product but they are loaded with dioxin and can release benzene and toluene (major carcinogens). We’ve rounded up everything from grapeseed oil to citronella beeswax to give you plenty of options for your next candle purchase. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Sep 22, 2011
A 30-Second Organic Air Freshener: Made From Trash
We’ve all heard of the old real-estate trick of sticking a cookie dough log in the oven and waiting for it to magically sell your house (or burn it down). But this process seems wasteful of food, or at its very best–when you stuff down your over-baked cookie deodorizer–disrespectful to the privilege and pleasure of
Sep 21, 2011
Make Glassware Shine With Vinegar
It doesn’t matter if you have a dishwasher or do things by hand; there are some pieces of glassware that lose their luster after awhile. It might be water spots, they might be slightly dingy. Either way, they could use some freshening up. Want to know a little trick? • Read the full post at
Sep 20, 2011
Two Islands in the Kitchen?
Granted, this is not a luxury that most apartment dwellers can afford spatially, but we’re seeing more and more double islands in the kitchens of larger homes. We remember the days when doing an island at all was a trendy new idea. Is this a way to increase the efficiency of a kitchen plan, or
Sep 19, 2011
Spill-Proof, High Performance Table Linens by Evolution
There’s no substitute for a high performance tablecloth during a party. No matter if it’s an elegant dinner party or a raging dance party, someone’s bound to spill some red wine or tomato sauce. Spill-proof and made of recycled plastic bottles, this hearty tablecloth by Evolution will keep your table unblemished. • Read the full
Sep 15, 2011
Great Kids’ Party: Vintage Trains
Get your ticket ready to board Jack’s train celebration! Michelle shares all the creative details: We love vintage. We love throwing birthday parties. Our little boy loves trains. So, this year, we decided on a train theme. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Sep 7, 2011
Cool Lunch Bags for Older Kids
Yesterday we looked at lunch bags for young kids, but dripping-with-cuteness probably won’t fly with tweens and teens. So, your choice, pay for turtle lunchbox-induced future therapy or pay for a non-embarrassing, mature lunch bag now? Here are ten inconspicuous lunch bags that fly under the radar (suitable for parents, too): • Read the full
Aug 23, 2011
Cool Lunch Bags for Toddlers and Young Kids
If your child is just starting daycare or school this year or if last year’s lunch bag is worse for wear, you may be in the market for a kid-sized, kid-friendly lunch bag. We recommend letting your child pick it out – it’s fun and maybe they’ll have a stronger attachment to it and not
Aug 22, 2011
Retro, Chic Pitcher and Cup Sets
Lemonade on the deck, iced tea over a weekend lunch, martinis as the sun sets. Why not class up your summer drinking with a vintage pitcher and glass set? • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Aug 16, 2011
Unusual Wooden Backsplashes
We’re used to seeing the standard tile or a continuation of a natural stone material climbing the walls behind a countertop, but a wooden backsplash can have great functionality, and unusual one can add an interesting design element to a modern kitchen. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Aug 10, 2011
Garden Inspiration: Espaliered Fruit Trees
Espalier refers to the practice of tying the branches of trees to some sort of flat support (a wall or trellis, for example), creating formal, geometric patterns. The use of espaliered trees isn’t reserved for formal gardens, but are a great way to get a high fruit yield in a very limited space. • Read
Jul 22, 2011
A Sweet Cupcake Party for a Sweet Girl
My friend, Erin, just had the sweetest cupcake-themed party for her daughter, Sara’s, 3rd birthday. Were there fun games? Yes. Were there adorable little girls in party dresses everywhere you looked? Yes. Was there gorgeous, sugary food? Oh, mama, yes. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jul 21, 2011
How To Make Coffee Bag Planter Pots
If like me you love gardening but aren’t a huge fan of all the plastic pots that seem to multiply in corners and pop up wherever plants need transporting, then chances are you’ll love these DIY coffee bag planter pots as much as I do. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Jul 20, 2011
Best Sources for Food Eye Candy on Tablets
The iPad is a nifty tool for the kitchen. We love a bunch of recipe apps for the iPad like the Photo Cookbook or 20 minute meals by Jamie Oliver. However, there are food blogs out there chock full of delicious recipes and incredible photographs that are free and just look better on the iPad
Jul 19, 2011
From Wooden Crates to Lemonade Stand
If our recent post on the adorable Sunshine Lemonade Stand wasn’t enough to get you and the kids outside squeezing lemons for the neighborhood, then maybe this simple and elegant version will be that extra push you need. Among other things, we really love the strategically zip-tied wooden crates making display areas as well as
Jul 15, 2011