Rachel Shaw

The 10 Very Best Places to Shop for Affordable Dining Room Furniture (Including the Under-the-Radar Brand You Need to Know)
Get grown-up furniture without spending a fortune.
Feb 22, 2024
I Bought the $6 Knife Sharpener That Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed with, and … Whoa
Here's what's so great about it.
Oct 9, 2019
The Prettiest Patios We’ve Seen on Instagram This Month
Outdoor Spaces
Or maybe even ever!
Jun 27, 2019
10 Kitchen Trends That Will Only Intensify in 2019
While we seem to be nearing the apex of all-white kitchens, certain trends and design ideas don't seem to be going anywhere.
Jun 5, 2019
The 10 Most Brilliant Kitchen Ideas Chip and Joanna Ever Had on “Fixer Upper”
Chip and Jo’s designs are nothing if not, well, a little expected. At least, that’s what I had convinced myself of. Having been an avid watcher of the beloved Texan renovating duo for the first few seasons, I admit that seeing the same white kitchen with the same white subway tile and the same distressed decor got pretty tired pretty fast. So, I tuned out and assumed their style stayed back in 2015 — along with my interest.
May 24, 2019
9 Brilliant (Decorating and Storage!) Lessons to Learn from These Tiny House Kitchens
Few homes are as impressive as tiny houses in terms of use of space. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. Even if you aren’t living in super tight quarters, there are plenty of notes you can take from the creative storage solutions often found in these compact spaces, particularly in the kitchen. Here, we scoured the littlest abodes and found nine really good, smart lessons, which you can steal for your own dwelling to maximize your square footage and style.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Prettiest Blue Kitchen We’ve Ever Seen
You know how in every ’90s and early aughts teen movie there was a makeover scene in which a “nerdy” girl becomes “pretty,” but all that really happens is she loses her oh-so-undesirable glasses and replaces her generally tragic hair and wardrobe situation with a cool coif and a twin set from Contempo Casual and, ta-da!, she’s the most popular girl in school? Yeah, well, that’s not this kitchen (big lead-up, huh?).
Apr 30, 2019
An IKEA Hack for Creating a Breakfast Nook, Even in the Smallest of Spaces
If you’re a renter, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that you get what you get and you don’t get upset — meaning, there’s not much you can do to customize or amend the design of your unit. Well, if you’re Heather Knight-Willcock, you get creative and hack your way to a “built-in” dining nook.
Apr 30, 2019
If You Love Plants, You Have to See This Kitchen
Here’s the best example of “never judge a book by its cover” if I’ve ever seen one. Before Erin Tole, Ryan Phillips, and their family moved into this ridiculously charming 5,000-square-foot Vancouver, Washington, home, it wasn’t exactly, well, as charming as you see it here. Nope.
Apr 30, 2019
This Is the Best Tiny Kitchen We’ve Seen in Years
Illustrator, designer, and creative director Sara Blake is all about the custom touch. “If you are going to be in a space long enough, even if you are a renter, I’ve gotten a lot of value out of custom-built furniture to fit and function the way I need,” Sara says in her House Tour from Apartment Therapy.
Apr 30, 2019
The Best Kitchens We Saw on Instagram This Month — And What You Can Learn from Each of Them
Perfectly styled open shelving? Check. Pristine marble countertops? Double check. Alright, all those thumb-stopping kitchens you’ve bookmarked on Instagram might not be exactly attainable for mere mortals, except … are they? Maybe not the whole kit and caboodle (sorry), but look a little closer and I promise there are some valuable, usable lessons for real-life spaces once you look past the dollar signs floating across your eyeballs.
Apr 30, 2019
This Spanish Kitchen Has the Most Epic Sink
There’s something about centuries-old European homes that makes you want to purge everything you own and give up the only life you’ve ever known to move to a small village in the French countryside. You’d be able to rent that adorable abode with the plentiful profits of the jam-making trade you recently took up, and while it’s lacking comfortable modern amenities, it doesn’t matter, because #character and #architecturaldetails.
Apr 30, 2019