How to Incorporate 50's Style into a Traditional Kitchen

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2014

Found a great article over on Laurie March's The House Counselor in which answers a reader's question "Is a Retro Kitchen a No-No?" Laurie's short answer is "no," but what grabbed my attention is her advice for adding 50's style to traditional kitchens in a way that calm the fears of those who just can't get past the "I will alienate future potential buyers if I go full-on 50's" worry. Her… Continue Reading

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9 Clever Ways To Make a Prettier, Tastier Thanksgiving Pie

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 14, 2014

pie decorations and recipesCupcakes come and go, but pies last forever. Isn't that how the saying goes? I love pie more than words can say and so I felt we just needed a roundup of some of the best recipes & decor ideas that the web has to offer! Grab a napkin because you'll be drooling over these tasty treats.

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Inspiration: Build a Faux Range Hood?

By: Diy maven Nov 14, 2014

Why would anyone want a faux range hood? If you're Magali you first conduct a survey asking friends, family, and random strangers how often they used their range hood vents. Her results revealed that the majority of people only use them a few times a year whereas they use the light all the time. This settled it,Continue Reading

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How to: Make Halloween Candy Cocoa

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2014

Today is the day. My favorite holiday. I have my Halloween candy (chocolate bars only, thank you very much) in a basket and ready for my first trick-or-treater. We get less of them these days as the kids in the neighborhood are getting older, which means we'll probably have leftovers. AndContinue Reading

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Dead Simple Bloody Halloween Cupcakes

By: Diy maven Oct 24, 2014

Kimbo shows us how to put together cute and creepy Halloween cupcakes that are guaranteed to turn out PERFECT every time. Perfection is possible because she used store bought everything, including the… Continue Reading

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A Non-White, Real Life 50's Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 17, 2014

Stop the presses, people. We have a kitchen makeover that isn't white! As a matter of fact, Wendy didn't even change the color of her gray cabinets. New powder blue walls tone them… Continue Reading

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Southwestern Beer Cheese with Toasted Baguette

By: Lexy.b.ward Oct 10, 2014

southwestern beer cheese dipSometimes I just look at a picture and it makes me hungry. This is the case with this delicious Southwestern Beer Cheese that you should probably make this weekend.      

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Have You Seen IKEA's Real Life Kitchen Makeovers?

By: Diy maven Oct 10, 2014

The Kalamaras, Jansens (before kitchen featured above), Whitakers, and Smiths all had kitchens they wanted to update. Everyone's wish was granted thanks to IKEA who has featured each family in a bio video that introduces us to the family as well as to their old kitchens. We also see a bit of the individual… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Pea, Favabean & Lemon Risotto

By: Matt allison Sep 19, 2014

Pea, Favabean & Lemon Risotto

Risotto can take a little practice to get right, but it's well worth trying your hand at this classic comfort food. The trick is in getting the rice 'al dente', cooked, but with a bit of firmness to it. The ingredients in this dish evoke memories of spring, but provide much needed comfort in this cooler… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Super-Easy Breakfast Cups

By: Diy maven Sep 19, 2014

Forget the egg McMuffins this weekend. Instead, how about making breakfast in a muffin tin? Its creator uses bread, bacon, mushrooms, and eggs, but we can use just about anything. Chorizo, faux bacon, diced veggies...you get the idea. It all starts with a piece of bread,Continue Reading

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Roundup: 22 Free Kitchen Wall Art Printables

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2014

Isn't it fabulous that there are so many talented people out there who are willing to share their gifts to anyoneContinue Reading

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Before & After: Hellish Kitchen Gets Heavenly Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 29, 2014

This kitchen was scary, and not in a good way. The matching floor and cabinets for that 'coffin' feeling. The fake brick backsplash reminiscent of a medieval dungeon. The enormous, dark range hood protruding from the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

By: Matt allison Aug 22, 2014

Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

One of the things I enjoy about eggs is their amazing ability to hold things together. Frittas are a case in point, super easy to make, usually with left overs, set in whisked eggs. The perfect early dinner. To beef it up a bite I cooked it with bacon, hash & onions. A quick meal to have on the table in under 20… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

By: Matt allison Aug 15, 2014


Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

About a year ago while traveling in NYC I experience my first 'shroom' burger at the landmark Shake Shack, I was hooked. I stumbled across my friend Sam Linsell's roast mushroom burger with pesto recipe and had to try it out. Now you can… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard"Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Spicy Beef and Pepper Casserole

By: Matt allison Aug 01, 2014

Spicy Beef & Pepper Casserole

As the nights get cooler I feel a hankering for good old comfort food. This spicy beef & pepper casserole is a perfect 'one pot wonder' and while it's not a quick dish, it is a simple one. Combine the ingredients, pop it on the heat and let the stove do all the work, serve… Continue Reading

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5 Kabob Recipes for a Killer Summer Weekend

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 18, 2014

5 kabob recipesIt's mid-summer and that means your grill (if you have one) is out and seasoned! Have yourself a grilling party this weekend with these five tasty kabob recipes!      

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Husband v. Wife Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 18, 2014

Christy's husband had made over his kitchen when their house was 'his.' When she moved in, she wanted to make it over in her own image. (You know what I mean.) She made a wish list. New solid surface counters, new backsplash, farmhouse sink, and new flooring. Hubby balked. He was attached to his… Continue Reading

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Dramatic Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2014

This kitchen makeover was not a DIY. The folks behind it are Westhaven Builders, and whether you like the final design or not, I'm sure you'll agree that it's a dramatic one. Windows and doors were movedContinue Reading

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Make A Tasty & Traditional Strawberry Pie For Independence Day

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 04, 2014

strawberry pie

What is the 4th of July without pie? Nothing, I tell you. Well, not nothing. But it could be a whole lot more delicious with this strawberry pie!  … Continue Reading

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