Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this goodContinue Reading
I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertopContinue Reading
I've always said that if I were ever lucky enough to open my home to a celebrity designer for a free makeover, I'd welcome Jeff Lewis with open arms. In second place just might be Nate Berkus.* Last month he did a kitchen for a young family in Kansas City in partnershipContinue Reading
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 examplesContinue Reading
Cupcakes 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.
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, she wouldContinue Reading
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. And evenContinue Reading
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 constructionsContinue Reading
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 weather.
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, cutContinue Reading
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 ceiling readyContinue Reading
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 minutes.
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 to.
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" countertopsContinue Reading
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 with rice.