Landis Carey

Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.
Tips for the Slow Home: Creating Functional Spaces
Making your home, or even one room, function for the purpose you’ve identified isn’t about spending tons of money to overhaul your space; it’s more about being thoughtful about how you envision your space to function. Yes, you might need to purchase a sleeper sofa if you want your office to double as a guest room, but generally you can work with what you have.
Mar 11, 2020
Wallpaper Designer Kimberly Lewis’ Brooklyn Alcove
Name: Kimberly Lewis of Kimberly Lewis HomeLocation: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NYYears lived in: 1 Kimberly’s line of wallpapers are absolutely stunning—their colors, repeats and scale are so fresh and inspiring—so when she agreed to a green tour, I was thrilled!
Dec 19, 2019
Alison & Jeff’s Eclectic Williamsburg Railroad
Name: Alison Feldmann of TeenAngster and Jeff Bergstrom, as well as cats Bug and DagmarLocation: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New YorkYears lived in: 1 year Perched on the top floor of a Williamsburg walkup, Alison and Jeff’s eclectic railroad was filled with warm afternoon light the day I visited. Streaming in with unobstructed access, it lit surfaces and highlighted textures, softening the space this couple has made their own.
Dec 19, 2019
Placing Your Christmas Tree: 5 Things to Consider
Christmas trees are such a fun tradition—they bring families together, bring out the child in everyone, and give you pride in your home. If you find yourself in the market for a tree, you’ll also find yourself wondering where to place it in your space. If you live in a single family dwelling, you probably have more choices than those living in apartments. Either way, there’s a perfect place for a tree in your home. Read on for five things to consider.
Nov 26, 2019
Quick Tip #14: How to Keep Pets Off Furniture
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Pets, in general, aren’t comfortable walking on strange surfaces that make noises. Try placing a piece of ALUMINUM FOIL (or bubble wrap) on the area in question and leave it for two or three days.
May 7, 2019
Before & After: Wood Embellished Dresser
Hello, beautiful, dresser! I have a similar piece on my DIY To Do for the summer, so I was super inspired by the creative addition of herringbone and the piece’s simple white finish: “The dark and light woods, leather and crisp white paint work wonderfully together, and the herringbone pattern is just amazing and apparently quite simple to make,” writes Design*Sponge. Read on for full the project’s full description and instruction.
May 6, 2019
Painting a Room? How To Avoid Paint Bubbles
If you have a hard time living in a space sans color and tend to paint every place you live, you’ve likely encountered the damaging effects of bubbling paint. I have and as they appeared on Monday, I thought to myself, I should have known better! Luckily I was only painting test swatches on the wall, but there they were: those irritating little air bubbles behind the paint. What they are and how to avoid them? Read on.What are paint bubbles?
Mar 12, 2019
Quick Tip #15: How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan The Easy Way
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Simply slide each blade, one at a time, into a PILLOWCASE and wipe off the blade with the inside of the pillowcase. All the dust, dirt and debris will stay inside.
Aug 5, 2011
Get Organized! 5 Tips for a Room-Centered Desk
Having the luxury to position your desk in a room where it doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall is quite a treat! I was recently inspired to do so when re-arranging our home office so both my husband and I could work there without overlapping too much. Read on for the lessons of our home improvement project……Our space was mostly blank and not well used, so I moved his work area across the room and flipped the couch to a space that was previously unused.
Jul 6, 2011
ReadyMade 100 Project Manual
Many of our hearts were broken on Friday when we learned ReadyMade Magazine was being shutdown by Meredith as a part of cost-cutting measures at the publishing company. ReadyMade Magazine was a perpetual source of DIY inspiration and project how to; it was a constant go-to and source of delight. As you can tell, I was a giant fan, so the news left me a little sad.
Jun 20, 2011
The Best Lighting DIY Ever! Bubble Chandeliers
I’m sure a few of you are thinking…haven’t I seen this here on Re-Nest before? Yes, in fact, you have. A post by Trent Johnson ran in early 2010 that highlighted the project, but because this Bubble Chandelier is oh-so-beautiful and seems relatively easy-to-assemble—and not to mention it’s at the top of my DIY To-Do—I wanted to share the updated DIY and link from ReadyMade.
Jun 16, 2011
10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water
None of these suggestions are groundbreaking or unheard of; rather, the tips we read in Natural Home’s article Lower Your Flow: 10 Ways to Save Water at Home are just good reminders that the small, seemingly unimportant actions we can make can add up to great, positive benefits.Our favorite tips from Natural Home’s article Lower Your Flow: 10 Ways to Save Water at Home: Wash only full loads of laundry, or use the appropriate water-level or load-size selection. Wash in cold water.
Jan 31, 2011
Ideal and Healthy Humidity Levels for Sleeping
We all put great thought into our home’s design and décor, especially in our bedrooms. We want to dwell in an environment that supports healthy living. And so, it’s during the winter that we’re once again challenged: “Generally, humidity levels are higher in the summer and lower during winter months…Humidity that’s too low or too high can cause problems,” reports The Mayo Clinic.
Jan 13, 2011
8 Stylish Eco Friendly Placemats
Stylish and eco-friendly placemats can be difficult to find, which is why I typically sew my own from organic cotton or linen. But with more options and materials available—from wool felt to silicone to block-printed organic cotton—the following shops offer a variety of price points and represent different shades of “green.”Etsy seller FilzFelt makes their wares from the sustainable fiber, wool felt.
Nov 2, 2010
Film Review: Documentary Objectified
“When you see an object you make so many assumptions about that object, in seconds. What is does. How well it’s going to do it. How heavy it is. How much you think it should cost. Every object, intentional or not, speaks to who put it there.” And so begins the documentary film Objectified by Gary Hustwit.
Aug 27, 2010