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Gift for the Geek Who Likes to Cook?
Q: As someone who lives with a bona fide geek boyfriend (computer programmer) who also happens to be as geeky gifted in the kitchen and cooks for us daily, I was wondering if you’d offer me any cooking/kitchen related gifts that might bridge the two worlds for the sake of his birthday present. • Read
Aug 26, 2010
10 Oven Tips that Cut Costs and Keep You Cool
It’s hot. Really hot down here in the south. But as we’re still recovering from the blow of last month’s power bill, we know better than to turn that AC down even just a notch. Instead, we’re keeping cool by using our oven more efficiently when we cook, saving money and bringing down the temp in our home at the same time. Check out what you can do to cut costs and keep cool.
Aug 23, 2010
Luxury Range Hoods That Will Set Your Kitchen Apart
In our experience, we’ve found that most kitchens will set themselves apart with one or two luxury appliances, whether they’re espresso machines or swanky range hoods. A hood is a good luxury appliance to get, as it is quite prominent in most kitchens, and will set the tone for the rest of the appliances and
Aug 20, 2010
DIY Training Chopsticks
Last night we had a special dinner with all four grandparents. Everyone was using chopsticks and of course the kids wanted to use them as well so we quickly made two pairs of training chopsticks.
Aug 19, 2010
Great Open Kitchen Shelving That Will Inspire You
Sara Kate and I have been talking about redoing the kitchen at my family’s country place the low budget way — by ourselves. Mainly, our plans consist of ripping all the old IKEA cabinets out and replacing them with a really nice stove and restaurant quality open shelving. We’re both ready for open shelving, partially
Aug 18, 2010
How To DIY a Penny Covered Kitchen Countertop
Michael sent us an email over the weekend. He told us that he was inspired by the article about Standard Hotel’s floor of pennies and decided to do his apartment countertop in the same unusual “material”. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Aug 17, 2010
Feeding Your Family On Vacation
Now that I have kids, food while we’re on vacation is my biggest anxiety. On longer trips that we drive to, I’d rather not have the kids eat every single meal out. So to make sure they eat healthy, at least some of the time, I do some meal prep in advance. • Read the
Aug 12, 2010
Top 5 Water Filtration Solutions
Seeing as bottled water isn’t doing much to help the environment these days, we set out to find the best water filter solutions to help curb our carbon footprint. Here’s our list of the top 5 water filtration products on the market today. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Jul 29, 2010
5 Stylish Espresso Machines & Coffee Makers
While getting a coffee syphon or using that old French press that you’ve got somewhere in your kitchen is probably the best way of infusing coffee, there is something quite sexy and appealing about having a nice, good-looking coffee maker or espresso machine in your kitchen. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Jul 28, 2010
Introducing Ikea Duktig Play Food
Oh no they didn’t! Oh yes, they did! While we fear for the livelihoods of Etsy felt food makers (and the morale of felt food amateurs such as ourselves), Ikea’s new Duktig play food – cute and super affordable – will be very welcome in the kitchens and pantries of toddlers and preschoolers around the
Jul 26, 2010
Fancying Up Your Dishwasher With Cabinet Fronts
Some of the expensive dishwashers have these great fronts that seem to blend into the rest of the cabinetry. While if you have the money, you can get yourself one of these, we found found that hacking your own dishwasher a lot cheaper, since the only things you need to buy are some cabinet fronts.
Jul 22, 2010
Beautiful Kitchen from Reclaimed Materials
George Ramos creates beautiful kitchens and built-ins from reclaimed wood (whenever possible). So when it came time for this cabinet maker to make his own kitchen, it’s only natural that it would be a standout project: cabinets from reclaimed Douglas fir and socially conscious sourced mahogany counters. The results are stunning. • Read the full
Jul 20, 2010
Popsicles – Etsy Roundup
Decorating with popsicles seems apropos in the heat of the summer. Etsy is full of mouthwatering inspiration for your homes, your parties or even for decorating yourself. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jul 15, 2010
Eating Outdoors: Everything You Need For An Eco Picnic!
Picnics and barbecues are the food highlights of the summer, whether on your deck, in your back yard, at the park or on the beach. They’re a great way to enjoy some of the freshest moments of the season. Having all the right tools make going on a picnic super easy, so we’ve made a
Jul 12, 2010
14 Home Hacks for Your Dishwasher
By now you know that your hair dryer and your microwave can do way more around the house than frizz your locks and zap your coffee. But did you know your dishwasher has some multi-tasking skills of its own? Check out our list of 14 home hacks for your dishwasher.
Jul 9, 2010
Agritourism: Vacation on a Working Farm or Vineyard
Agritourism, a style of vacation that typically takes place on a farm, ranch or vineyard, is a chance for guests to get local, communal experience. Fresh, seasonal food is usually the main draw at a tourist farm, where guests are looking for an authentic country life experience without the traditional tourist trappings. • Read the
Jul 8, 2010
5 Around-the-Campfire Desserts
Just because you don’t have access to a traditional stove or a stocked pantry on a camping trip is no reason to to skip dessert! Here are five ideas for a sweet treat that will have your kids singing your praises around the campfire. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jul 7, 2010
A Plastic Cup We Approve Of
Over the past month, my husband and I have been road testing these insulated plastic cups. They come with a screw on lid and a solid straw that can be used time and time again. They’re BPA-free and now blogger approved as we’ve used them for everything from iced tea to frozen frappuccino (even when
Jul 2, 2010
Gorgeous Recycled Copper Sinks from Native Trails
When we think about our dream home someplace and sometime way out in the future, we think we’re going to have to go with one of the basins from Native Trails. These beautiful hand-hammered sinks are made by skilled artisans and crafted out of recycled copper and reclaimed wood. Each sink takes several days and
Jun 30, 2010
Sneak Peek: Heath Ceramics’s “Dwell Patterns” Tiles
Nipping on the heels of the upcoming Dwell on Design show next week here in Los Angeles (where you might see a few Apartment Therapy contributors roaming the floor, so please say “hello” if you’re there between the 25th-27th) is a collaboration announcement from two personal favorites, Heath Ceramics and Dwell. • Read the full
Jun 28, 2010
How To Grow a Crate o’ Arugula
Whenever I’m out and about in the city, I’ve always got one eye on the sidewalk and the other scanning the curb for attractive junk that I can recycle into planters for my roof garden. Even old fruit crates are just deep enough to accommodate leafy greens or herbs with shallow root systems. I decided
Jun 25, 2010
Make Your Own USB Mini Fridge For $5
Mini fridges are pretty neat. Although having a mini fridge near one’s desk can take one back to their former dorm days in a not so aesthetically pleasing flashback fashion, we think if the fridge is small enough and able to be easily stowed like this DIY from Instructables, we can see how it would
Jun 16, 2010
Before & After: Painting Kitchen Backsplash Tile
We love a good before and after…and we love a totally do-able before and after sent in to us by a reader even more! Elizabeth took on the challenge of changing the color of the tiles in her kitchen with paint and got great looking results for a really amazing price. Here’s the scoop on
Jun 15, 2010
Homegrown LA on Starting An Edible Garden
A few months back a reader tipped us off to the great work that Marta Teegan has been doing in the edible garden world. She started Homegrown LA 5 years ago and has made it her mission (and passion) to bring edible gardens to everyone. Jump below for an inspiring interview along with tips for
Jun 10, 2010
Teasmade Alarm Clock Wakes You Up to Tea
Mornings are not our favorite time of the day. Often when the alarm clock rings there is nothing that we are less interesting in than getting out of bed. A great alarm clock can help with not only waking us up, but also in helping to get the day off to a great start.We have
Jun 9, 2010
5 Collapsible Picnic Bags
Earlier this week Apartment Therapy DC showed us 10 great picnic baskets that certainly put us in the mood for outdoor dining. But for those of us who are apartment dwellers with limited storage space, a big basket may not be a good fit. These five picnic bags are space saving basket alternatives. • Read
Jun 7, 2010
Unexpected Container Gardening: Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a nutrient-rich ancient whole grain. It has been a staple of South American diets for centuries and has gained popularity around the world in recent years due to its health benefits. The simple nutty flavour and light and slightly crunchy texture make quinoa a great substitute to white rice. But did
Jun 3, 2010
Foraging for Fabulous Fiddleheads
Spring in North America is high season for fiddleheads, the sprouts of a new fern stalk that has not yet unfurled it’s fan of leaves. Fiddleheads are a wild, lush, crisp vegetable very high in antioxidants, they are incredibly plentiful and easy to find all over the world. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Jun 2, 2010
How To Plant a Super Easy Tomato Container Garden
There’s nothing better than a fresh, home grown tomato in the summer. If you’re not growing your own by now, you should really start — tomatoes can be grown only in the ground, but also in a container or even a hanging basket. Once you’ve gotten all of your ingredients planting your own tomato garden
Jun 1, 2010
Kitchen Spice Storage Framed In Chalk
Although the Spring Cure came to a close last week we came across one made over space that just couldn’t wait until the Fall to share. Kitchen spices have never looked so good with this fun chalkboard frame treatment! • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
May 28, 2010
The Easy Way to Clean Blenders
We still can’t get over the “duh!” moment when Gwyneth Paltrow, of all people, showed us how to protect our bathroom counters from hot hair styling tools with silicone pot holders. Click through for yet another I-feel-so-dumb-for-not-thinking-of-this-myself tip for washing out your blender after a smoothie binge. • Read the full post at Unplggd
May 27, 2010
Today’s Small Kitchens: Andrea, Catherine, Julia, Helen
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Andrea’s Fresh and Modern New York Kitchen• Catherine’s Modern Entertaining Kitchen in Seattle• Julia’s Efficient Brooklyn Studio Kitchen• Helen’s Eclectic Yet Calming Philadelphia Kitchen
May 25, 2010
6 Ways to Clean with Olive Oil
There’s almost nothing we like more than fresh bread dipped in olive oil, and it’s definitely a staple in most of our cooking. But this lovely oil has household uses that reach beyond the kitchen.
May 24, 2010
Today’s Cool Kitchens: Carin, Brittany, Shannon, Kevin
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Carin’s Light, Bright Vermont Kitchen• Brittany’s New Bright White Portland Kitchen• Shannon’s Labour of Love Kitchen in Ottawa• Kevin and Kelly’s Overhauled Victorian Kitchen in Virginia
May 21, 2010
Gorgeous Built-In Appliances From Miele
Miele has just unveiled two beautiful series of appliances, which are set to match the interior decor of your kitchen. One series is called Fire and one is called Ice, and it’s safe to say that they look gorgeous. • Read the full post at Unplggd
May 19, 2010
Plant Pest Remedies Straight from the Kitchen
You would be surprised how many household items can come to your aid when plants find themselves under attack from pests and disease. You’ll find a list of ten items after the jump, just to give you an idea of what can be used before one resorts to a store-bought chemical or pesticide. Have you
May 18, 2010
Today’s Small Cool Kitchens: Robert, Inés, & Matt
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Robert’s Delightfully Designed New York Kitchen• Inés’ Opened-Up Barcelona Kitchen• Matt’s New Beginning Kitchen in Boston
May 17, 2010
Remy’s Uber Elegant Play Kitchen
We’ve featured some amazing play kitchens and we love them all. But a gasp may have escaped our throat when we saw Pilar’s exquisite diy kitchen that looks like it belongs within the pages of House Beautiful (or on The Kitchn, of course!). • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
May 11, 2010
Reclaimed Wood In Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) The kitchen is one of those rooms in the home that can easily lose its personality in favor of “cleaner” selections with slick surfaces. But it turns out that finishes with some age and character to them tend to make a space feel more personal. • Read the full post at
May 7, 2010
Baby Diner Banishes Flying Meal Plates Forever
Back in January we featured the Lil’ Diner Plate Holder, but the clamp was more than a little off-putting. The same idea has been a little more refined and now we have the Baby Diner — a suction cup mechanism that sticks the plate to the table and is 100% childproof. Don’t believe us —
May 3, 2010
SMEG Fridges for Small Kitchens
SMEG (which stands for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastall − obviously) is an Italian manufacturer who have been making household appliances since 1948. And where as they make a number of quality products, they’re best known for their retro style fridges available in a range of flashy colors, including a special Union Jack edition. • Read
Apr 28, 2010
From the Closet to the Kitchen: A T-Shirt Transformation
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) In our younger years, we spent almost every night of the week at the local concert hall photographing bands as they came through town. It was a fantastic job and we built a killer t-shirt collection along the way, but one can only own so many t-shirts before they consume your
Apr 26, 2010
Setting the Spring Table: Leafy, Flowery Dishes
The onset of spring weather always makes me want to pack up my plain white dishes and break out plates adorned with petals. A botanical print plate can set the tone for a dinner party or picnic all on its own, with very little other decoration needed. We’ve gathered up some favorites and compiled a
Apr 20, 2010
The Frankfurt Kitchen: Small, Cool 1926
In honor of this year’s Small, Cool Contest, let’s take a look at the celebrated Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926, where reduced space meant increased efficiency, and was key to the kitchen’s transformation into a rationalized modern domestic laboratory. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Apr 12, 2010
Entryway Kitchen
This small studio apartment in Chicago looks like it hasn’t been moved into yet. It’s got some great potential, though, and we’re really digging this great use of the entrance hallway: It’s also the kitchen! • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Apr 9, 2010
Gorenje for iPod Refrigerator
Gorenje’s new refrigerator, designed for the iPod Touch, combines a top notch refrigerator (with A+ energy excellence and high quality accessories) with a built-in speaker dock for the iPod touch (Complete with additional speaker outputs). • Read the full post at Unplggd
Apr 8, 2010
Our 10 Favorite Small Kitchens
Yesterday being Easter, many people spent hours cooking in their large or small kitchens. We have a galley kitchen, which at times we find very unpractical. However, when we see just how little square footage some kitchens have to work with and how beautiful the kitchens look, we are awestruck. • Read the full post
Apr 6, 2010
Backyard Farmers: 25 Websites You Should Be Reading
While browsing Urban Farm’s website today, we came across their list of online resources for all things local and sustainable, including their recommended beekeeping, gardening, and backyard farming blogs. We’ll share a sampling of their list, and then YOU can tell us what blogs/websites you read!
Apr 5, 2010