Regina Yunghans

Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
The 10 Best Stools for Little Kitchen Helpers
The ol' kitchen-chair-turned-backward setup worked just fine in the '70s, but today's helpful platforms are definitely safer!
Jan 19, 2024
How to Clean a Wood Table So It Maintains Its Finish
Dust it at least once a week!
Oct 6, 2023
Mind the Gap: Fresh Ideas For Decorating the Kitchen Soffit
You know that awkward gap of wall surface left between the tops of most kitchen cabinets and the ceiling? It’s generally about twelve inches in depth and has long puzzled renters and homeowners alike when it comes to decorating, leading to such ideas as hanging rows of plates waaaaaay up high or squeezing in a few silk philodendrons (in the case of the ledge instead of the soffit).
Jan 25, 2023
Galactagogue Foods That Have Helped Me Breastfeed Better
“Galacta-what?” you may have thought when you read the title above. Or maybe you didn’t. In which case, this post’s for you! Galactagogues are substances that naturally promote breast milk production. I’m currently breastfeeding, and I’ve been eating a few foods that have seemed to help. Here they are, in case you’re breastfeeding too or know someone who is.
Aug 26, 2022
Recipe: Wild Chamomile Ice Cream Float
Diving headlong into the heat of summer and dreaming of a cold, not-too-sweet treat? That’s where I was when I decided I had to make an herbal ice cream float with homemade chamomile soda. Wild chamomile grows rampantly in my weedy front yard. We’re having the patchy grass removed, which led me to pick all of the chamomile before the landscaper’s trucks came along. In the midst of that hot, sweaty chore, a vision of chamomile ice cream floats drifted into my head.
May 17, 2022
The 10 Best Sweet and Savory Recipes to Make with Plums
Put your stone-fruit haul to good use.
Jul 2, 2021
10 Recipes That Use Dandelion Greens
Like a heartier version of arugula, they are not only edible but actually delicious.
Mar 16, 2021
My Travel Snack: Avocados
When I’m traveling, it seems the easiest snacks to come by are sweet ones. What with baked-on-board cookies, go-to trail mix, and sweet fruits galore, it’s easy to start feeling a little dizzy with all of that sugar and so little substance. I’ve found that the snack I want to keep at hand when I’m traveling is easy, filling, and savory. It’s an avocado!
Mar 19, 2021
The Right Height for Your Counters — And 5 Other Key Kitchen Measurements
Tips from The Kitchn
Get out the tape measure, stand up straight, and bend your elbows!
Sep 9, 2020
Here Is Probably the Easiest Table Centerpiece Ever: Air Plants, 4 Ways
It’s always nice to have a little bit of green around the house. At the center of the dining table, though, a live plant needs watering and limits your centerpiece to a pot with a tray to catch extra moisture. Break away from the pot with a green centerpiece made up of air plants: they need a soak from time to time, but they don’t need to be potted in soil. This leaves the door wide open for getting creative.
Jul 17, 2020
10 Ways to Disguise a Kitchen Soffit
Soffits can be tricky things to deal with in a kitchen. You often can’t remove them, so the question becomes how do you best cover them up or help them blend into the rest of the kitchen? Here, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to disguise a soffit. A kitchen soffit is usually a boxy structure built to hide wiring, pipes, or other mechanicals, or to fill the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling.
Jul 15, 2020
10 Kitchen-Living Room Combos That Actually Work
I loved the tiny studio apartment I had with a separate kitchen. After moving to a one-bedroom that exchanged a separate kitchen for a bedroom (this kitchen was a galley along one side of the living room), I came to realize exactly just how much I appreciated a kitchen separate from the living room. But these examples of kitchens in living rooms make it look quite doable, even in less than 200 square feet.
Mar 11, 2020
Easy Recipe: Tomatillo Salsa
My sister and I are so very different. We started with the same tomatillo salsa recipe several years ago and we’ve both evolved it in somewhat opposite directions. I’ve stripped it down to the very essential, and she’s added her signature with a few additional ingredients. My most basic of basic recipes follows, along with her additions. This salsa is a simplest of salsa verdes, with that fresh, tangy zing of tomatillos.
Jan 29, 2020
Have Kitchen, Will Travel: A Portable Kitchen Roundup
Summer travel for many of us means hitting the open road. Can you imagine doing so with a fully functional kitchen in tow? These folks can:Here, we’ve rounded up five wonderful and portable kitchens that have been featured over at Apartment Therapy. From a fully renovated Airstream to a humble teardrop camper, these homes on wheels let you bring the creature comfort of the kitchen along for the ride.Have you traveled with a kitchen in tow before? How’d it go?
Dec 19, 2019
Storing the Step Ladder
Yesterday’s high kitchen storage post led us to the inevitable: shopping around for step stools. But once you have a step stool for reaching those high cabinets, you probably aren’t going to have it out all the time. So, where do you store it in between uses?These are four ways to store a kitchen step stool that are convenient and keep the stool out of the way when not in use. Plus, a few are so hidden that the owner is probably the only one privy to their whereabouts!
Jun 5, 2019
Vegetables Even a Toddler Will Love
“Eat your vegetables” is an age-old phrase we hear from moms struggling to get their little ones to give veggies a chance. But it doesn’t have to be a struggle! Here, we share some ideas for sharing vegetables with your toddler at every meal of the day (and snack time!): I remember resisting vegetables when I was little. Looking back, though, I realize that it’s because the vegetables I was offered were often boiled, mushy, colorless facsimiles of the good stuff.
Jun 5, 2019
5 Ways to Find More Counter Space
Last week, I revisited some of our Kitchen Tours to look at extra counter space added by way of islands, carts, and tables. But, some of you asked, what about adding counter space to super small kitchens without room for the smallest of stands or carts? So let’s take a look at ways to make additional counter space in really small kitchens: 1. Cutting Boards: Get a large cutting board that fits over your sink or cook top. IKEA makes one that’s inexpensive and roomy.
Jun 5, 2019
Corian Plus Six Alternatives
We’ve all heard of Corian, and we might even be guilty of using the brand name for all solid surface countertop materials, much like “Kleenex” is often used for all facial tissues. So, what exactly is Corian, and what are some comparable, alternative countertop materials that are out there? The best generic name we’ve heard for Corian and its competitors is “solid surface” countertops. Of course, concrete, natural stone, and wood are solid surfaces too.
Jun 4, 2019
5 Colorblocked Kitchens That Take Their Inspiration from Fashion
We know that interior styles can follow the more nimble fashion world. So, following the return of colorblocking being cool for clothing, it’s no wonder we’re also seeing the trend in kitchens! Kitchens actually lend themselves quite well to the look. Cabinets are modular by nature, providing a natural grid on which to colorblock. We like the look best with a clean, white backdrop and a few touches of color here and there.
May 30, 2019
How a Long Window Can Make a Good Kitchen View Even Better
If you should find yourself in the fortunate position of adding on a kitchen or building a new house, I want to put an idea out there: horizontal windows. Out of all the spaces in your home, a long, low strip of horizontal windows is perfect for the kitchen. Here’s why. When you’re in the kitchen, you’re often bustling about. From refrigerator to counter to stove and back, the kitchen is the one room that’s mainly about moving instead of remaining in one place.
May 30, 2019
No Window Over the Kitchen Sink? Hang a Mirror!
I’ve always loved a window over the kitchen sink. My grandparents’ house had one; my parents’ house does, too. It’s a wonderful detail that provides a pastime while doing the dishes. So, what to do when you find yourself (somehow!) in a home without a window above the sink? Try a mirror!
May 30, 2019
10 Flush-Mount Fixtures for Your Low-Ceilinged Kitchen
I’m a fool for a kitchen with marble countertops, glass tile, and oversized pendant lighting. But when I look at my own typical, eight-foot-ceilinged kitchen, I sigh. There will never be room for oversized pendants in a kitchen with eight-foot ceilings, but that doesn’t mean resorting to ugly, domed surface-mounts (sometimes referred to as “boob lights“). Here are 10 fixtures that will have you asking, “Pendants? What pendants?” in no time.
May 30, 2019
Learn to Love: Blue Cheese on Gingersnaps
File this under foods to try next winter. During my one-year stint in Scandinavia, this is an absolute favorite food combination I picked up. Never had I tasted these two rich but seemingly-opposed flavors together. But one fateful evening in Sweden, I was offered thin, crisp gingersnaps smeared with blue cheese alongside a glass of glogg. It seemed weird to me only for that split second between the offer and the first bite.
May 24, 2019
DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings
This is one way to bring a little turkey decor to the Thanksgiving tabletop. Start saving up on wishbones!These classy-looking napkin rings are actually made from real wishbones. They’re cleaned then painted with a silver spraypaint, giving a jewelry-like touch to each place setting.One problem: It may not be easy to collect a wishbone for every single guest you’re expecting at Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone have suggestions for collecting several wishbones before the big day?
May 24, 2019
The Kitchen Work Triangle: As Seen In Real Kitchens!
The kitchen work triangle is a design concept that can help create efficient use of kitchen work spaces. The idea is that a line drawn to the refrigerator, sink, and range should create a relatively even-sided triangle within which the major kitchen activities take place. The triangle layout can reduce unnecessary movement in the kitchen, making your use of the space more efficient. The first image in the gallery above gives you the idea in a diagrammatic way.
May 2, 2019
Kitchen Design: A Look at Countertop Edge Profiles
The shape of your countertop’s edge can have a huge effect on function, impacting everything from cleaning to safety. It’s the surface you’ll come into contact with most as you move through and use your kitchen, so its shape matters. Here are a couple of examples of some drastically different countertop edge profiles. It’s a common complaint that a bull-nosed edge profile like the one above can make it difficult to wipe crumbs from the countertop.
May 2, 2019
Storage Alternatives for Drawer-less Kitchens
In our previous apartment, our tiny kitchen had no drawers. Drawers seem essential for items like flatware, cooking utensils, and kitchen linens. But there are ways to get along without drawers, too. Here are a few storage solutions for those with drawer-less (or too-few-drawered) kitchens. Get decorative. Shelves can hold pretty urns that in turn contain kitchen utensils and dish cloths. Under-shelf brackets like these from The Container Store let you store more than your shelves can hold.
May 2, 2019
Freestanding vs. Built-In Appliances
When selecting appliances for the kitchen, one is presented with a variety of choices (almost too much variety for those of use prone to indecision!). One place to start in narrowing down the selection is figuring out whether they they will be freestanding or built-in: Figure that out as a first step, then narrow your choices from there. For a start, here are advantages and disadvantages to both: Freestanding: Pros Generally less expensive than built-ins.
May 2, 2019
Island-Only Kitchens
We visited an island-only kitchen over the weekend. And let’s just say, it blew that whole kitchen work triangle thing out of the water:We had never really considered an island-only kitchen before. That is, until we briefly experienced one this weekend. It wasn’t something we thought we’d like, but we warmed up to it. We didn’t get a pic, but it’s large (say 12′ x 5′) and floats in an open living/kitchen/dining space.
May 2, 2019
10 Examples of IKEA Shelving in the Kitchen
Kitchen shelves are a way to get organized, save counter space, and create a stylish look.
May 2, 2019
Eight Narrow, Counter-Depth Refrigerators
You know how some refrigerators are so deep that they stick out past the counter? Well, there is a whole genre of the appliance out there that is made to fit flush with the depth of the counter, eliminating those awkward ins-and-outs in the kitchen. Problem is, most of them are at least 36″ wide: A counter-depth fridge is shallower than normal, but generally makes up for storage capacity in its width. Most counter-depth models are 36″ wide and up.
May 2, 2019
Attic Kitchens: Pros and Cons of Cooking in the Rafters
When we spy a kitchen way up in the rafters of a building, we’re carried away with romantic notions of the view, the old building it’s probably located in, and dinners on the roof. It’s no wonder given these beautiful examples:But what are some practical concerns that might bring an attic kitchen back down out of the clouds? It seems they could be hotter than a typical kitchen given that they’re located high in buildings.
May 2, 2019
Beadboard on Kitchen Cabinets, Walls, and Ceilings
Beadboard is a traditional material that was once installed as separate boards. Today, the availability of beadboard-look sheeting products makes this look easier (and more inexpensive!) than ever to achieve for a cottage-y look in the kitchen.
May 2, 2019
Lacanche to La Cornue: 4 Gorgeous French Ranges
These French ranges are sooo beautiful, they can make a kitchen. The design, the performance, the colors! What’s not to love? In the gallery above, see a few models in real kitchens, then take a look at some of our picks after the jump: The second is from our very own Greg’s Gorgeous Renovated Kitchen. We’ve always admired this kitchen, with breathtaking architecture that’s complimented perfectly by a Lacanche range.
May 2, 2019
10 Heavy Timber Kitchens That Make Us Drool
The long line of beautiful, heavy-timber-bestowed kitchens that have us salivating could go on and on. Here, we’ve narrowed it down to ten to share with you:The materiality and solidity of heavy timber construction make a kitchen feel so warm. It adds age to an industrial modern aesthetic and a rough edge to the strictly traditional. Some of these kitchens are simply accented with exposed beams.
May 2, 2019
Gift Recipe: Homemade Dog Treats
While we’re coming up with special treats for one another during the holidays, let’s not forget our four-legged companions. The canines in our lives aren’t necessarily looking for the sweets that we indulge in this time of year, but their tastebuds will thank you for this little bit of bacon-y goodness. Whether the lucky pup belongs to you or a friend, these treats will make them your loyal lover for life.
May 2, 2019