How To Be a Great Host: 13 Tips
Between high school and college I went to school in England and stayed often with a family in London. The parents, Tim and Caroline Gladstone, were the kindest and best hosts I’ve ever encountered. Whenever I rang their doorbell, Caroline would greet me, welcome me right in the door with my dirty backpack from the train station or airport, and ask me whether I wanted to eat first or wash up.
Mar 31, 2014
Natural Oven Cleaners: Baking Soda & Vinegar
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar
Mar 31, 2014
No More Entertaining Excuses! Answers to the Biggest Entertaining Roadblocks
Are you a pro at trotting out a long-winded list of excuses when others ask why you haven’t hosted in your home in awhile? Sorry, but that list is about to be annihilated. We found the best entertaining excuse-busters we’ve ever published, and we’ve put them all right here in one spot. Take a moment to close your eyes, look deep into your soul, and ask yourself which excuse is really keeping you from sharing your home with others more often.
Mar 29, 2014
Healthy Fruits & Vegetable Pet Treats
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → 11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat
Mar 27, 2014
Kitchen Cleaning Tip: Use Your Bathtub to Clean Oven Racks
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → How to Clean Oven Racks in the Bathtub
Mar 26, 2014
Dark Walls May Solve Your Honey Oak Rental Kitchen Blues
(Image credit: Alexis Buryk) From The Kitchn → This Is How to Deal with Honey Oak Cabinets: Paint the Walls Midnight Blue
Mar 24, 2014
The Ultimate Casual Gathering: Slumber Party For Grown-Ups
A party can be equally intimidating to guests (wear the right outfit, provide sparkling conversation, know somebody beyond the host) as it is for the host (play the right music, serve the right food/drinks, invite the right mix of people), but nothing says “come as you are” like an invitation to a sleepover party! Why should you host a slumber party immediately, and why should you accept an invitation to a slumber party immediately? Let’s count the ways.
Mar 21, 2014
What Should I Make for Dinner Tonight?
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → What Should You Have for Dinner Tonight? Take This Old-School Quiz
Mar 21, 2014
8 New Ways to Freshen Up Budget Staple Beans and Rice
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → Budget, But Not Boring: 8 Fresh Ways to Eat Beans and Rice for Dinner
Mar 20, 2014
Basics of a Household Budget that Works
Getting a handle on your finances is extremely satisfying. I’d even say it’s downright freeing. No more anxiety about where the money is going and can I afford this and how much should we be paying for that. Here are a few overarching principles and practical points from my own household budget, considerations that I think apply to any budget. 1. Pay off debt.
Mar 17, 2014
Break the Ice: 8 Tips for Creating a Chattier, Cozier, Comfier Living Room
How do you create a room that encourages conversation when you entertain guests? By spending time crafting a sitting area that maximizes comfort, feels cozy and welcoming and puts guests at ease so they can be their charming and witty selves. We’ve got ideas on how to increase conversation and coziness in your living room and seating areas — even some tips you can easily try this weekend. So what sort of gatherings will these tips prove most beneficial for? Well, not a big party.
Mar 16, 2014
Quick Tip: Easily Peel a Clementine
(Image credit: Jennifer Hunter) From The Kitchn → Video: How to Unroll a Clementine
Mar 13, 2014
Easy & Cheap St. Patrick’s Day Crafts You Can Make Before the Weekend
Whether you’re throwing an impromptu party or just trying to avoid getting pinched, it’s not too late to get a little green. Try out one of these easy crafts that celebrates St. Patrick’s day and decorate your table, mantel, patio, or yourself with some Irish spirit. TOP ROW: 1. Tunnel Fringe Garland | Julep from Minted 2. Clay Pot Planters | The Merrythought 3. Crepe Paper Shamrock Streamers | Studio DIY 4. St. Patrick’s Day Confetti Poppers | Haute Chocolate 5.
Mar 12, 2014
How Many Clocks Should I Have and Where Should I Put Them?
Time management, of course, aims to help us make the most of our time. As the cornerstone of time management, clocks can help us stay in control of our time. Let’s take a closer look at how you can place clocks in your home most strategically. How Many Clocks Should You Have?
Mar 10, 2014
How to Clean Coffee Stains From Your Mugs
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → The Best Way to Remove Old Coffee Stains form Mugs & Carafes
Mar 10, 2014
An Easy Way to Clean a Greasy Stovetop
(Image credit: Lucy Hewett) From The Kitchn → How To Clean a Greasy Stovetop With Just Soap and Water
Mar 7, 2014
What Do Your Egg Choices Say About Your Personality?
(Image credit: Nealey Dozier) From The Kitchn → The Egg Personality Test: What Your Style of Egg Says About You
Mar 6, 2014
What Every Cook Should Know: 10 Breakfast Survival Skills
(Image credit: Sabra Krock) From The Kitchn → 10 Breakfast Survival Skills Every Cook Should Know
Mar 5, 2014
A Kitchen Gets Charming
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Sparse Kitchen Gets a Charming Overhaul
Mar 4, 2014
Kitchen Inspiration: A Gorgeous Kelly Green Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Fetching Kitchen Color: Kelly Green
Mar 3, 2014
We Investigate: Does a Spoon in Champagne Keep it Bubbly?
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → Can a Silver Spoon Keep Champagne Bubbly? I Decided to Find Out
Feb 27, 2014
Dishwasher Maintenance Tips
(Image credit: l i g h t p o e t) shutterstock From The Kitchn → 10 Tips to Help the Dishwasher Run Better
Feb 26, 2014
Get Motivated in the Kitchen: Cooking Cure
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → Get 4 Weeks of Help for Daily Cooking
Feb 25, 2014
IKEA Responds: Expedit Versus Kallax
In response the the uproar about their discontinuation of EXPEDIT, IKEA released photos of the KALLAX yesterday. Like many of you mentioned in the comments, the KALLAX is a slight tweak on the beloved shelving system: a more scratch-resistant surface, slightly rounded corners, and thinner outer boards, but the same internal dimensions (see the full side-by-side image after the jump).
Feb 21, 2014
We Tried It: Using a Water Bottle to Separate Eggs
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → Can You Use an Empty Water Bottle to Easily Separate Eggs?
Feb 21, 2014
Natural Cleaning 101: Get Your Microwave Clean With Just a Lemon
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → How To Clean Your Microwave Naturally With Just a Lemon
Feb 20, 2014
5 Perfect Grey and Cream Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Easy on the Eyes: 5 Gray & Cream Kitchens (And the Perfect Off-White Paint Color)
Feb 13, 2014
Before & After: From Water-Damaged to Light and Bright
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Water-Damaged Kitchen Gets a Brand-New Look
Feb 11, 2014
Practice Positive: 3 Things to Stop Saying to Your Home’s Visitors
I’ve had two guests come to my new apartment since moving in a couple of weeks ago, and before they had the chance to compliment the space on its many positive attributes, I apologized (because it wasn’t fully furnished yet — ridiculous, I know). It’s a bad home habit I’ve cultivated over time, and one I’d finally like to break this year.
Feb 9, 2014
Kitchen Inspiration: 10 Snuggle-Worthy Fireplaces
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Ultimate Cozy: Kitchen Fireplaces
Feb 7, 2014
10 Amazing Cards for Your Foodie Valentine
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Lettuce Grow Old Together: 10 Great Valentine’s Day Cards for Food Lovers
Feb 6, 2014
3 Great Wall-Mounted Tables From IKEA
From The Kitchn → Yes, You Too Can Have an Eat-In Kitchen: IKEA’s Wall-Mounted Drop Leaf Tables
Feb 5, 2014
Easy Party Decor Idea: Make a Photo Wall for Under $25
It doesn’t take a ton of time or money to create this memorable photo wall for your party that can serve both as a decoration and an activity for your guests. We had a small gathering of family members for my daughter’s first birthday, and I put together this photo wall as the visual focal point of the party. I printed out 75 4×6 photos documenting the past year of her life and arranged them on a wall.
Feb 3, 2014
7 Great Cooking Podcasts
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 7 Food Podcast That Make Cleaning Your Kitchen Fun
Jan 30, 2014
Get Warm, Glowy, Unlacquered Brass In Your Kitchen Today
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Look of Unlacquered Brass for Less: Tips to De-Lacquer It Yourself!
Jan 29, 2014
Look! An Awkward Wall Space Solution
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Check Out This Clever Way to Make Use of Your Awkward Wall Space
Jan 27, 2014
Perfect Kitchen Paint Color: Avocado Peel
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → A Gorgeous Green-Black Paint Color for the Kitchen: Avocado Peel by Martha Stewart
Jan 22, 2014
The Kitchn Editors Spill: The Best Daily Habits that Make Kitchen Life Better
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 18 Daily Habits That Make Life in the Kitchen Better
Jan 20, 2014
Weigh In: When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?
I’ve never been exactly clear on when one is supposed to take down a Christmas tree. There’s a fine line between keeping the festivity going as long as possible, and trying to sell the Christmas tree as a Valentine’s Day decoration. Some of my friends take their trees down on December 26 exactly, but that’s way too early for me. Christmas isn’t over until one has finished buying all the other presents one wanted and did not receive.
Jan 16, 2014
Save Cupboard Space and Your Sanity With This Organizational Upgrade
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: A Better Way to Organize Pots and Pans in the Cupboard
Jan 16, 2014
Before & After: A 1926 Kitchen Gets a Modern Update
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: A Gutted 1926 Kitchen Becomes More Stylish & Functional
Jan 14, 2014
Crowded Kitchen? IKEA to the Rescue
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Transforming Power of a Wire Rack and a Few Heavy-Duty IKEA Hooks
Jan 13, 2014
Are You From a Naked Family?
Imagine this scenario: you are hanging out one night with a group of friends, and someone suggests you all hop in the hot tub together — naked. Would you strip down at the drop of a hat? Or would you rather string yourself up by your toenails and be forced to watch Carrie Underwood’s live version of The Sound of Music? Your comfort level —whatever it may be — probably has its roots in your childhood.
Jan 9, 2014
Improve Your Kitchen in 2014
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Small Ways to Improve Your Kitchen in 2014
Jan 9, 2014
A Quick, Clever Solution to All Those Messy Pot Lids
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Genius Solution for Messy Pot Lid Storage: Hang Pot Lids on a Magnetic Knife Rack
Jan 8, 2014
A Bright, Happy Vintage Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Jeanee’s Sunny Vintage Kitchen
Dec 20, 2013
An Italian Family Christmas
(Image credit: Ilva Beretta) From The Kitchn → My Family’s Christmas in Italy
Dec 19, 2013
Have Far Away Loved Ones? Send Cookies
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 4 Tips for Mailing Cookies
Dec 18, 2013
Before & After: These Dated Kitchen Cabinets Get Light and Bright
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: These Dated Kitchen Cabinets Get Light and Bright
Dec 17, 2013
Last Minutes Gifts for Your Favorite Cook
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From The Kitchn → Last Minutes Gifts for Your Favorite Cook
Dec 16, 2013
A Pretty, Petite Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Our New Obsession: A Pretty, Petite Kitchen (Image credits: Colin Price via Brick + Mortar)
Dec 13, 2013
Under $15: Stocking Stuffers for the Cook
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From The Kitchn → Under $15: Stocking Stuffers for the Cook
Dec 12, 2013
How To Start Making Your Own Holiday Traditions Right Now
This year, I’ve been asking myself, “What are you waiting for?”. A lot of people my age get stressed out at the holidays because either we’re not where we thought we would be by now, or we’re not where our parents thought we would be.
Dec 11, 2013
West Elm Comes to London
The news in London this Fall has been all about the launch of J.Crew, but for those who prefer to shop for their home rather than their closet, another exciting shop has come across the pond! West Elm just launched a brand new store on Tottenham Court Road, the main drag for super sized furniture stores. The highly anticipated hip branch of the Williams-Sonoma group opened last Thursday.
Dec 11, 2013
Enjoy the Holidays at Home: 9 Things to Do Around the House Just for Fun
‘Tis the season of good cheer, twinkling lights, family and friends. ‘Tis also the season of packed shopping centres, endless parties, and, strangely but almost invariably, a million professional deadlines. Look, I like December as much as the next person– it’s fun and festive and all that, but no one ever said it was easy.
Dec 10, 2013
Rugs in the Kitchen: Over-Designed or Functional?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Rugs in the Kitchen: Over-Designed or Functional?
Dec 4, 2013
This Groovy ’70s Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → This Groovy 70’s Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover
Dec 3, 2013
A Banana Tree Grows in Brooklyn
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton) From The Kitchn → A Banana Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Dec 2, 2013
Label Your Leftovers with These Pretty Printables
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Label Your Leftovers with These Pretty Printables
Nov 27, 2013
Kitchen Before & After: A Yellow 1970s Kitchen Gets a Crisp, Clean New Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Yellow 1970s Kitchen Gets a Crisp, Clean New Look
Nov 26, 2013
A Pre-Thanksgiving Tip: Don’t Get the Kitchen Dirty
(Image credit: Anne Wolfe Postic) From The Kitchn → A Pre-Thanksgiving Tip: Don’t Get the Kitchen Dirty
Nov 25, 2013
15 Tips and Ideas to Help You Get the Neatest, Most Organized Kitchen Ever
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert) From The Kitchn → 15 Tips and Ideas to Help You Get the Neatest, Most Organized Kitchen Ever
Nov 22, 2013
Before & After: 20 Inspiring Kitchen Renovations
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: 20 Inspiring Kitchen Renovations
Nov 21, 2013
20 Reasons We Love IKEA Kitchens
(Image credit: Lauren Zerbey) From The Kitchn → 20 Reasons We Love IKEA Kitchens
Nov 20, 2013
10 Tips for Being a Great Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
From The Kitchn → 10 Tips for Being a Great Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Nov 19, 2013
6 Tips for Eating on a Very Tight Budget
(Image credit: Steve Lovegrove/Shutterstock) From The Kitchn → 6 Tips for Eating on a Very Tight Budget
Nov 18, 2013
5 Modern Punch Bowls For a Holiday Party
(Image credit: Mikasa) From The Kitchn → 5 Modern Punch Bowls For a Holiday Party
Nov 15, 2013
Nigel Slater’s (Short and Charming) 5 Essentials for the Home Cook
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Nigel Slater’s (Short and Charming) 5 Essentials for the Home Cook
Nov 14, 2013
A Unique Small Space Kitchen Island
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → A Unique Small Space Kitchen Island
Nov 13, 2013
Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
Last week’s much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries – several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Nov 12, 2013
What Do You Serve an Impromptu Guest?
(Image credit: Rebekah Peppler) From The Kitchn → What Do You Serve an Impromptu Guest
Nov 12, 2013
The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You
I’ve been a houseguest before, and there are plenty of things I have wanted to ask of my host that went unspoken in the spirit of gratefulness and generally trying not to be a pain in the chateau. I do want to get invited back, after all. But I’ve also been on the other side of the coin, and I know that any generous host wants their visitors to be happy and comfortable. Here’s the most important thing your guests won’t tell you. Your home is too cold, or maybe too hot.
Nov 11, 2013