Sarah Coffey

5 Things Airbnb Guests Should Always Do (and 3 They Can Skip)
Because it's likely been a while since most of you did some traveling.
Jun 7, 2021
Best International Grocery Stores: From Coast to Coast
>> Grocers on Marketplace Everyone has a favorite local specialty shop—the Italian butcher who sells the best prosciutto or the Mexican grocer with the amazing dried chili peppers. Making a list of the best in any city (let alone country!) is impossible, but we’re trying nonetheless. Add your local favorites in the comments. Buon Italia in Chelsea Market (New York City): The store offers several types of imported olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Jun 17, 2019
The 15 Best Online Sources for Cheap Frames
It's time to finally frame (and hang!) that art that's been sitting on your dining room floor.
Jun 3, 2019
Basic Kitchen Cleaning Supplies
>> Kitchen Tools on MarketplaceThose who have signed on for the Kitchen Cure are decluttering their cabinets and drawers this week, getting ready to wipe down all those crowded surfaces that go untouched for most of the year. In case you’re re-stocking your kitchen cleaning kit or looking for a way to streamline it, we’ve compiled a brief guide to basic supplies and where to find them.
Jun 5, 2019
Bon Ami in the Test Lab
Product: Bon Ami Cleaners Price: $3 – $4 Rating: Recommend* After we wrote a post on how to shop for green cleaners, Bon Ami sent some test products to our office to see how they stacked up against other non-toxic green cleaning brands. Recently rebranded with a lighter, more streamlined look (that still preserves the classic chick logo), the kit included the classic powder cleanser, dish soap, all-purpose cleanser, and liquid cleanser.
Jun 4, 2019
Kerf: Custom & DIY Kitchen Design
Based in Seattle, Kerf creates modern plywood kitchens that can be custom built or premade, flat-packed, and shipped to anyone willing to take on a DIY installation job.Although the plywood look might not be for everyone, it’s great for lovers of contemporary design and materials. Kerf creates modern cabinets in 16 different colors of laminate that they apply in gridded, Modrian-esque patterns.
May 2, 2019
Studiopatró: Kitchen Textiles & Holiday Gifts
Looking for a creative way to wrap your homemade gifts? San Francisco-based Studiopatró makes hand-printed tea towels, market bags, and aprons that are pretty enough to give on their own or tied around a box of cookies.Christina Weber runs the design collective, and she describes the “people behind the cloth” as “friends and collaborators who cut, print, sew, photograph, and generally lend a hand.
May 2, 2019
10 Ways to Fill Your Kitchen with Positive Energy
Good vibes only, please.
Jun 9, 2016
Best Outdoor Fire Pits & Fireplaces: 10 Sources
(Image credit: The Kitchn) If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, an outdoor fireplace is a great investment for entertaining. Think s’mores, hot dog roasts, or even just cool nights spent gathered around the fire. Fire pits generally come in three main types: wood burning (the most popular and usually the least expensive), gas/propane
Jun 6, 2011
10 Planters & Container Gardens for Beginners
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) If you’re a novice gardener and you’re not yet sure of your cultivation skills, a kit can be a good way to get started. Look for all-in-one container gardens that come with planters, soil, and instructions, or shop around and ask your local garden supply store for recommendations. Here are 10
May 16, 2011
High & Low: Popsicle Molds, Ice Cream Makers & More
(Image credit: The Kitchn) Looking forward to a season of ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes, and more? Check out our guide to the best high and low options for specialty tools. It covers popsicle molds, ice cream machines, blenders, juicers, and cream whippers — everything you need for a sweet, cool summer. • Read the full
May 9, 2011
How to Shop for an Outdoor Grill
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We’re a month away from Memorial Day, the official start of BBQ season, and some of us might be thinking about buying a new grill. Beyond the well-worn charcoal versus gas debate, there are other considerations to take into account when shopping for an outdoor cooker — here’s a brief guide
Apr 25, 2011
Top Ten Barstools: High & Low
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) A good barstool is hard to find — often made for commercial use, barstools can lack the smaller scale and warm materials of home furniture. Here are 10 that range from inexpensive industrial metal models to painted wood to upholstered seating, at price points between $100 and $1,000. • Read the
Apr 11, 2011
Modern Micro Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Having lived in city apartments for years, we’re used to small kitchens, but Jack’s ultra-tiny space might be the smallest one we’ve ever come across. With an apartment in Times Square that measures just 10×14 feet, he’s a master of small space organization, buying less but buying better. • Read the
Apr 4, 2011
Best Kitchen Tools for Coffee Lovers
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It’s always tricky compiling a “best of” list for coffee equipment, since tastes vary so much from person to person. There are lots of ways to make a cup of coffee in your kitchen, and the method you prefer depends on how much time you want to spend on prep and
Mar 28, 2011
Renovated & Restored Classic Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. The result is a comfortable and functional space that can be updated and personalized with colorful accessories. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Mar 14, 2011
Dutch Ovens: High and Low
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When you’re shopping for a Dutch oven, price is generally a good gauge of quality — look for a heavy pot with even thickness throughout the walls and base. Le Creuset and Staub are pricey, but they’re very durable and will last many, many years if properly cared for. Still, there
Mar 7, 2011
Best Pantry Organizers: Space Savers & Food Storage
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) As we head into spring cleaning and organizing season, a pantry organization project might be on your to-do list. If you number among those planning to clean out the pantry and get it into working order, here are some of our favorite sources for simple, streamlined food storage. • Read the
Feb 28, 2011
How to Shop for Kitchen Cabinets on the Cheap
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Cabinetry usually adds up to about half of kitchen renovation expenses, so if you have a small budget, you’ve got to find ways to cut costs. Shop sales, check second-hand and salvage stores, try a demolition auction, or find ways to get a custom look from big box sources. • Read
Feb 14, 2011
Best Budget Kitchen Renovation Resources
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) According to a recent Harvard study, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase significantly in 2011 and into the next decade. Research suggests that “homeowners who deferred maintenance and improvements during the recession may soon start to spend more freely.” • Read the full post on Marketplace
Feb 7, 2011
Guide to Clay Cookware: Best Sources
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Clay cookware might seem delicate, but like cast iron, it can go from stovetop to oven to table. Unglazed clay can also be seasoned to retain flavors, and since clay is more porous than iron, it’s better at retaining moisture. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Jan 31, 2011
Modern Greenhouse Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) This rooftop kitchen has greenhouse-style windows that flood the space with light, but it’s the stripped-down, natural aesthetic that we’re interested in. While some of the elements of this kitchen are definitely on the higher end, others are obtainable for less than you’d think. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Jan 24, 2011
Retro Kitchenware: Vintage & Newstalgic Finds
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) In cold, dreary January, a little bit of retro-style color can be a welcoming sight in the kitchen. Pull out that flame-colored Dutch oven that’s been hiding in the cupboard, or go on the hunt for some vintage or newstalgic canisters and cookware to brighten your home. • Read the full
Jan 10, 2011
Black & White Cottage Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Architects Steve Schappacher and Rhea White (of SchappacherWhite) painstakingly renovated a 1904 fisherman’s cottage on Shelter Island. While their black and white kitchen benefits from custom designs and the keen eyes of two talented architects, other renovators can achieve a similar style if they know where to look. Here’s our brief
Nov 29, 2010
Best Online Sources for Coffee Connoisseurs
(Image credit: The Kitchn) The web has made it a lot easier for small businesses to reach bigger potential audiences — just look at the world of small-batch artisan coffee. While Starbucks might seem like they have a store on every block, people who want something different definitely have options. • Read the full post
Nov 15, 2010
Cheese Guide! Favorite Fromageries, Coast to Coast
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Here we go…covering 20 cities, this is our biggest guide yet to cheesemongers across the United States. Informed by the cheese experts at The Kitchn, tips from commenters, and a little bit of super-fun research, here are our favorite sources for all types of artisan cheeses. • Read the full post
Nov 8, 2010
How to Shop for an Induction Cooktop
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Recently, Consumer Reports started reviewing induction cooktops alongside electric and gas ranges, while IKEA released their first US model. Welcome to America, induction cooking. Historically, the biggest barriers to buying an induction cooktop were price and accessibility, but as this style of cooking gains momentum, more affordable cooktops are appearing. •
Oct 25, 2010
Open & Uncluttered Kitchen Shelving: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) John is a talented architect and his wife, Jenny, is an excellent cook — it’s not surprising that they have an enviable kitchen. John’s design for open, ceiling-mounted shelving is one of the key contributors to the kitchen’s airy aesthetic. Whether or not you have the ability to work with an
Oct 18, 2010
Paule Caillat’s Paris Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) If you haven’t yet seen Paule Caillat’s kitchen, make sure to check out the inspiring tour. High bookshelves, a marble-topped counter, and a bright red Lacanche stove are a few of its defining features. Wish you could have your own Parisian-style kitchen? Here are some similar resources, most of them available
Oct 4, 2010
Best Celebrity Chef Cookware
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Celebrity chef cookware is semi-taboo territory for food writers (the cheese factor can be hard to ignore), but celebs can make good products. Bad HSN lines aside (I love Jamie Oliver, but his HSN collection is some of the junkiest stuff I’ve seen in a long time), some celebrity-endorsed products are
Sep 27, 2010
Compact Kitchen Appliances: 12 Smart Sources
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) While the average American home size may be shrinking, the trend towards big family-style kitchens seems to stay strong. It’s not always easy to find compact appliances, so in case you find yourself renovating a small kitchen and starved for helpful resources, here’s a good starter list. • Read the full
Sep 20, 2010
Customized IKEA Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) IKEA is a common source for kitchen renovations, in part because it can be easily adapted and customized. Roy and Jen’s New York home offers good ideas for personalizing an off-the-shelf kitchen. Their cabinets come from IKEA, but their custom shelving and semi-custom kitchen table tailor the space to their needs.
Aug 16, 2010
In Search of the Perfect Market Bag: 12 Sources
(Image credit: The Kitchn) When you make a lot of trips to the farmers market, it helps to have a good market bag — one that holds the right amount of produce, lasts, and is comfortable to carry. Depending on your needs, here are 12 sources for classic styles, compact models, and bags designed with
Aug 9, 2010
Crisp & Classic Kitchen: Get the Look
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Gitesh and Thomas live in a pre-war apartment that was in need of a major kitchen renovation. Staying true to the apartment’s character, they chose classic colors, timeless subway tile, basic white cabinets, and indulged in some new high-performance appliances. • Read the full post on Marketplace.
Aug 2, 2010
U.S. Urban Farm Guide: Coast to Coast
The urban farming movement is proving that food can be grown in abandoned lots, on former highway ramps, or in the backyards of city dwellers. Moreover, food grown in the city can be used as a resource for low-income families, public schools, local farmers markets, and even high-end restaurants. Here’s our intro to urban farms
Jul 26, 2010