Tours
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Margaret Roach’s Vibrant Garden Kitchen
When I first met Margaret Roach, it was during her days as Editorial Director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She was always dressed to the nines and perfectly manicured. Little did I know we’d become friends under different circumstances: trading cooking and gardening tips and sharing an affinity toward dirty hands across the blogosphere, plus an occasional lunch. A few weeks ago, as summer began to wind down, I had the pleasure of visiting her at home in the Berkshires.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: At Home in Paris with David Lebovitz
Food blogger and cookbook author David Lebovitz is an American renter in Paris who inherited a narrow kitchen with a motley assortment of appliances stuffed under the slanted roof of his 650-square-foot top-floor apartment near the Bastille. “In America, if you don’t like your kitchen, you bulldoze it,” he says in his kitchen on a recent afternoon. “But renters don’t really spend a lot of money to do that in France.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Scott and Ray’s Colorful 10-Year Renovation
It’s taken homeowners Scott McDougall and Ray Goodenough almost 10 years to renovate the kitchen of their 1923 house in San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood. They approached the project in steps and stages, resulting in a kitchen that feels warm, authentic and evolved, not at all contrived or designed. Read on for tales of their renovation adventures, some amazing ‘Before and After’ shots, and a look at what’s cooking now in their kitchen.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Adelle and Justin’s British Retro Modern
We’re smitten with this kitchen! Adelle and Justin own H Is For Home, a small and marvelous online boutique based in northwest England. They specialize in the unusual, the quirky, and the one off. Well, their home kitchen follows right along, with a rich, warm mix of antique, modern, and vintage furniture and kitchen tools. Read on for more of their retro modern kitchen.Adelle and Justin, proprietors of H Is for Home, live in northwest England in an old cottage.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Rachel’s Busy Single Girl’s Kitchen
When I first asked Rachel Cole about her kitchen, her whole face lit up. “I love my kitchen!” she said with a big smile. Rachel has one of the best jobs in San Francisco for anyone interested in food: she’s the Program Director for 18 Reasons, a new style of community center created by Bi-Rite Market where people connect around good food and art.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Ashley’s Bright and Efficient Kitchen
Ashley and Stephen of the blog (Never Home)Maker aren’t home much, but when they are, they love spending time in their little kitchen. They moved into their house about a year and a half ago, and when they moved in the kitchen had orange sunflower wallpaper on the walls and carpet on the floors. They have been slowly working on the kitchen, moving it towards bright functionality, but on their own budget. Here’s how it looks now, and how Ashley likes to cook there.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Courtney and Andy’s Cottage Galley
Andy and Courtney just renovated their 9×9-foot galley kitchen in Richmond, Virginia, and the result is a bright, smart space that is coolly sophisticated yet warm and welcoming. Come peek into this little cottage kitchen and see a before photo (it was a great transformation!), and read all sorts of tips and good ideas for getting the most out of a smaller kitchen renovation — on a budget too!
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Organization Tour: A Visit With Bento Expert Biggie of Lunch In a Box
Apparently we were a little late to the party last month when we predicted that Bento was a coming trend. We get it now: Bento is already a popular way to pack your lunch (or any meal), get your kids to eat, have some fun and express yourself, and help save the planet with a little less waste. One of the most popular and comprehensive bento websites is Lunch in a Box, where you’ll find photos, top-tips and recipes, an online store for bento gear and an amazing list of bento links.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Kitchen
After fourteen years in a Manhattan kitchen untouched by renovation, Sara Moulton recently took an axe to it all and started from scratch. It might shock you to learn she still cooks on an electric stove (no gas in the building) and didn’t enlarge the footprint one inch. Better yet, she cooks five nights a week for her family of four and develops all of her recipes there.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Paule Caillat’s Splendid Paris Kitchen
Paule Caillat is a French cook extraordinaire, very skillful and talented, and generous with her cooking experience. She teaches cooking classes and leads market tours in Paris, and I was lucky enough to join one last week. The food was fabulous, the markets a treat. But her kitchen was what truly took my breath away. Here’s a peek inside Paule’s Marais district kitchen, and a taste or two of what we cooked that afternoon.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Lupine and Dan’s Joyful, Organized Kitchen
As busy working parents of two adorable girls, Dot and Bina, Lupine and Dan needed a game plan when they remodeled the kitchen in their early 20th-century Portland, Oregon home. Their biggest goals were to create more open space and be more efficient with a few organizational tools, leaving more time for cooking, eating and playing with the girls. They did just that, and more!
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Scott’s Masterpiece of Organization
There isn’t a cabinet in Scott’s brand new kitchen that isn’t a pleasure to explore. While the kitchen is part of a new construction condo, Scott amped up the bells and whistles on his own dime to make it all the more spectacular.Scott’s last home was a house, with ample basement storage and a relatively spacious kitchen. It was a bit too quaint for Scott. His main impetus for selling that house and seeking new shelter was a better kitchen.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Cissy and Richard’s Relaxed Green Kitchen
It’s not often I walk into a kitchen and immediately feel so inspired by the colors, tools, art and materials around me. From the 6-burner gas range to the repurposed tool-cart island to the small sculptural objects that pepper the room, the personality of the owners shines brightly throughout this kitchen. Cissy and Richard live in Santa Barbara, California, and they remodeled their 50’s style tiny kitchen about four years ago.
May 24, 2019
At Home on Vashon Island: Gluten-Free Girl’s Warm & Well-Organized Kitchen
When you meet Shauna James Ahern, or Gluten-Free Girl as she’s known to her adoring followers, it is not the burden of having celiac that comes through — quite the opposite. It is her relentless upbeat attitude that seems to guide her through her days. She writes and cooks beautifully, informed of course by her need to avoid gluten, but without it feeling burdensome.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Rachel Saunders of Blue Chair Fruit
Rachel Saunders is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for her innovative and delicious jam and preserve company called Blue Chair Fruit. The release last year of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook has received rave reviews, giving her national recognition. Recently, we had a chance to visit her home kitchen in Oakland, California where we talked about the savory as well as the sweet, explored childhood influences and took a peek inside a very full pantry.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Sasha and Michael’s Charming Aqua Kitchen
Sasha and Michael renovated their kitchen a few years ago, with groovy aqua countertops acting as the guide for all other style and color decisions. The results of their hard work? A cheerful, vintage-inspired space, where friends, family and doggies want to hang out all day long! Sasha and Michael love to entertain casually, making big dinners for friends on impromptu weekday evenings. They are relaxed in their space and cooking style.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Country Kitchen
I recently spent a morning with Chef Laurent Tourondel, creator of the popular BLT Restaurants, in his country house kitchen on Long Island. A gaggle of French relatives plus Laurent’s girlfriend and her family had descended for a holiday weekend so the house was full of energy. Pancakes, from Laurent’s book, Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel (Wiley) were on the menu.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Food Writer Ivy Manning’s Portland Kitchen
You’ve met Ivy Manning, here at The Kitchn — we reviewed her wonderful book, The Adaptable Feast, which is full of satisfying meals for vegetarians, omnivores, and everyone else at the table. We love Ivy’s cooking and writing, so we were cheering her on this past year while she and her husband remodeled their 1940s bungalow kitchen. Here’s a peek at their kitchen, and some thoughts on remodeling a kitchen for a professional. Ivy lives in a bungalow in Portland, Oregon.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Caroline Nation’s Healthy Kitchen
Our interview began by Caroline letting me know that when she cooks, she prefers to have “nothing on but the radio.” For our kitchen tour, however, she donned a festive apron, with the caveat that “an apron is best without anything else on.”Caroline finds cooking, clearly, a very sensual experience. But, as a nutritionist and founder of the meal planner website, My Food My Health, she is also very dedicated to improving people’s well-being through the food they eat.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Penelope & Andy’s Heirloom-Filled Kitchen
This kitchen, set atop a hill in a lovely Santa Barbara, California home, is chock-full of treasure. Heirloom pieces made by Penelope’s mother and grandmother, a puppeteer and ceramics artist, intertwine history and a handmade touch into this beautiful, contemporary space. Penelope and Andy are avid cooks and world travelers. Their adventures inspire their fresh, healthy and global menus.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Leela and Dave’s Tiny Bright Kitchen
This is my petite kitchen. After stepping into one dream kitchen after another in my work for this site, coming home to my tiny space can induce long sighs. What I’ve learned over time though is no matter how glam or un-glam your kitchen is, it’s the magic and creativity that goes on inside the kitchen that counts. And one day, I will thank my lucky stars for not having to use my floor as a work surface due to lack of counter space. Until then, join me for a tour!
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Ginnie and Janie’s Warm, Colorful Kitchen
When Ginnie and Janie invited me over for an afternoon visit, I knew I would be in for a treat. These two women are artists turned sustainable-house paint creators, so their color palette and remodel vision was sure to dazzle. And dazzled I was, by their laughter and warm kitchen! Ginne and Janie, partners in life and in their eco-friendly paint business, Yolo Colorhouse, moved to Portland many years ago after sharing cramped apartments in New York.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Piper’s Dream-to-Reality Kitchen
Piper Davis, a celebrated baker, business owner and cookbook author, recently had the opportunity to build the open, rustic kitchen she always dreamed of. In it she cooks everyday meals of local greens, grains and sustainably-raised meats as well as the most astounding biscuits, “jammers.” I was lucky enough to spend time with Piper in this unique kitchen and sample those unbelievable biscuits.
May 24, 2019
Shan’s World–Traveler Kitchen
Shan is an amazing traveler and cook. Her recipes and wares are eclectic as the locales she’s visited — Niger, Mexico, India, Turkey, France, Indonesia — the list is long and fabulous! Every place she visits informs her cooking and culinary perspective. Nestled into the hills of Santa Barbara, California, Shan is perched in a spectacular, open hacienda-style home with an unbelievable view and stunning kitchen.
May 24, 2019
A Visit to Vegan Chef Ann Gentry’s Los Angeles Kitchen
Welcome to the lovely family kitchen of Ann Gentry! Ann is a chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author who has pioneered vegan cooking through the success of Real Food Daily, her popular vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. She has authored two successful cookbooks, including the brand new Vegan Family Meals: Real Food for Everyone, and she has many encouraging, helpful ideas for creating healthy meals for families.
May 24, 2019
Laura’s Cool Green City Kitchen
Laura fully renovated her studio apartment and its bathroom a couple of years ago, but she wanted to think about the kitchen for a while — not to mention save up for something good! And she has it now: A cool green kitchen for her small city studio, with just enough space and efficiency to cook well.A long-time food blogger and serious mixologist, Laura loves to experiment in her kitchen.
May 24, 2019
Food Writer Carla Snyder’s Warm Red & Green Kitchen
As a food writer currently making do with a less than optimal rental kitchen, I find it especially satisfying when I get to visit others in my profession who, after years of cooking and recipe testing, have pulled their preferences and experience together to create, at last, their dream kitchen. This is how it was when I visited Carla Snyder, a cookbook author and food writer who lives near Cleveland, Ohio.
May 24, 2019
Amanda’s Smart, Renovated Kitchen
Amanda’s eye for preserving period elements from her charming 1930s bungalow and updating with a graphic sensibility has resulted in one classy renovation. The space is full of light, handmade details and the smell of chocolate chip cookies Amanda had just pulled out of the oven as I arrived. The cookies (her Grandma’s recipe, documented in the gallery) and the kitchen were both inspired.
May 24, 2019
Lilian’s Sunlit Family Kitchen
After years of moving around both coasts, Lilian and her four young children settled down close to her husband’s family in the rolling country hills of Ohio. Lilian and her husband finally had the opportunity to build the home they had dreamed of for years, and when they did, they put the kitchen literally in the heart of the home. This is Lilian’s “forever kitchen”, as she puts it. It was built to age. It has the space to feed four young kids, now and as they grow.
May 24, 2019
Whitney’s Fabulous $50 Budget Kitchen Makeover
Cooking is in Whitney McGregor’s genes. She grew up cooking and eating and drinking wine with her mother and her many brothers and sisters. In every home she has ever lived, the kitchen is where people gather and where memories are made. So it’s no surprise that when she moved into her first home, fixing up the kitchen was first on her list. Her budget was tight, so tight in fact that it was virtually nonexistent.But she didn’t let that stop her!
May 24, 2019
Sabrina Soto’s Clean Slate
Sabrina Soto is an HGTV celebrity, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to cook and eat meals at home. In fact, as a recent tranplant from DC, maybe someone will give her the memo that such behavior is rare in New York. By New York standards, Sabrina has a healthy sized cooking space. Compared to her experience in her former house-sized kitchen, however, Sabrina is struggling to adapt to the size and storage constraints of her luxury rental.
May 24, 2019
Clara’s Sweet & Stylish Rental Kitchen
Black and white checkered floors? Check. Funky old stove? Check. Soft light streaming through an open window? Double check.Clara’s sweet apartment kitchen in Portland, Oregon, shows us we can doll up any space (even a rental!) with a few family heirlooms and great style. Being in Clara’s kitchen is like stepping into a world equal parts Hogwart’s Wizard School, Grannie’s cozy den, fabulous coquettish boudoir, modern art gallery, and professional test kitchen.
May 24, 2019
Dixie’s Sleek White Kitchen (with Closeted, Colorful Charm!)
When I asked Dixie whether she used her kitchen, she said, “It depends what you mean by use.” That ominous answer immediately tells you that this is not going to be a typical tour for The Kitchn. But what Dixie lacks in cooking acumen, she makes up for in irreverent whimsy and an approach to color in her kitchen that can inspire any cook to make the kitchen a little more playful. Dixie has been collecting 40s, 50s, and some 60s era Americana for most of her adult life.
May 24, 2019
Alison’s Beautiful Modern Kitchen
Alison’s awesome family kitchen is perfect for entertaining and keeping family meals running smoothly. I love the bright colors, the spacious countertops, the tiles and wood—all of which help create a warm yet modern, fully functional yet sophisticated family-style kitchen. 10 Questions for Alison (and Her Kitchen)1. What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
Italy will always be my main source of food inspiration.
May 24, 2019
Dakota’s Green, Shaker-Inspired Kitchen
I met Dakota Witzenburg a few years ago at a friend’s store. He is a wonderful cabinet and furniture maker (co-owner of todosomething, based in Los Angeles) with an incredible eye for design! And I just found out that he loves to bake, especially his grandmother’s secret pie recipes. He has my dream kitchen, a kitchen which he built himself. It’s a beautiful blend of modern and traditional — with unexpected green cabinets!
May 24, 2019
Scott’s DIY Kitchen Renovation on a Budget
Scott renovated his kitchen entirely on his own, figuring it out as he went along. You’d never guess it from spending time in this delightfully bright space, a classic with a modern twist. He’s certainly made the most of this funky layout with the use of strategically placed pantries and a keen sense of organization. Scott is also one of the most inventive cake makers I’ve ever met.
May 24, 2019
Lina Germi’s Parma Kitchen
When I went to Parma, Italy a few months ago, I asked everywhere I went if someone, anyone, would let me into their home kitchen for a tour. It wasn’t until the final day that a taxi-driver’s dispatcher offered her mother’s place right in central Parma.Lina Germi and her husband, an electrician, live in a house originally used as wine shop and trattoria in the early 1800s.
May 24, 2019
Kathy Delgado’s Authentic French Kitchen
I’ve driven by Kathy Delgado’s store, Vintageweave Interiors, a dozen of times. She specializes in amazing French farmhouse style antiques and home decor. I am not sure how I got so lucky to get an invite to have lunch with her and tour her own kitchen, but I did! When I walked through Kathy’s front door I went right to the kitchen, where I promptly ooh’ed and ahh’ed. There are lots and lots of linens, and everything in the kitchen is very tactile.
May 24, 2019
Krista’s Sweet Florentine Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Krista and Lorenzo Ricchi Where: Florence, Italy Rent or Own? Rent Krista, an American lifestyle-travel-blogger-expat, lives with her Italian husband in a cozy yet elegant apartment in the Santa Croce neighborhood of Florence. Their kitchen is typical of European rentals; it sits flush against one wall of the living/dining room. However, there is a lot more style and functionality going on here than in most of the apartments I’ve rented in in the US!
May 24, 2019
Wendy’s Muskoka Cottage Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Wendy Cracknell and friends Where: Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada Rent or Own? Own I’ve known Wendy my whole life. My earliest memories of her include her curly red hair, glasses, truly gigantic pet cat Dudley, and her pink and orange tie-dye Prince t-shirt. She’s my next-door neighbor in my favorite place in the world, the Lake of Bays in Ontario, Canada. Our cottage on the Lake of Bays is a sacred spot for my family.
May 24, 2019
Where I Cook: Mallika in London, England
Who cooks and eats here: Mallika Basu, her husband, and two young children Where: London, England Rent or Own? Own Entering Mallika Basu’s southwest London home involves a moment of transition, and then surprise. From the entrance, her home looks quite the same as its neighbors in a long row of Clapham townhouses. The front hallway and staircase signal the Victorian heritage of the home, down to the carefully restored tile in the entryway.
May 24, 2019
Why I Went Gluten-Free: Meg of Beard and Bonnet Shares Her Story
Yesterday we got to take a peek into the kitchen of Meg van der Kruik, the writer of the gluten-free and vegetarian food blog Beard & Bonnet. We peeked into her cupboards, ogled her art and became totally jealous of her collection of vintage dishes. It was fun. But beyond just getting to look at all of her interesting collectables, she and I got to talking about how and why she adopted a gluten-free diet. Here’s her story.
May 24, 2019
Ivka’s Streamlined Italian Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Ivka, her husband Angelo, and Totti the dog Where: Florence, Italy Rent or Own? Rent Ivka’s Florence kitchen reflects her cooking philosophy: simple, clean, and no superfluous clutter or junk. Despite being a humble rental space, Ivka frequently and enthusiastically cooks up Italian classics for a crowd! When I visited her we shared a cup of her grandmother’s herbal tea (grown in her very own garden in Croatia!
May 24, 2019
A Chef at Home: Michelle Marek of Foodlab in Montreal
Who cooks and eats here: Michelle Marek, chef at Foodlab, and Anthony Kinik, film professor and food writer Where: Montreal, Quebec Rent or Own? Rent When I was in Montreal a few months ago I looked around, as I always do, for a cook to visit, someone willing to open up their own home kitchen to all of us. On this trip, I got a double pleasure: a visit with chef Michelle Marek both at home and at the restaurant, Foodlab, she runs with her partner Seth Gabrielse.
May 24, 2019
Why I Garden: Aimée of Simple Bites Talks About Children, Chickens, & Her Homestead in Quebec
Who gardens here: Aimée Wimbush-Bourque of the blog Simple Bites. Danny, her husband, their children: Noah (8), Mateo (6), and Clara (2) Where: Outside Montreal, Quebec I have long admired Aimée, the blogger and voice behind Simple Bites. I love her writing and her warm photography, and the way that she talks about life in the kitchen with her family.
May 24, 2019
French Artist Sandrine Follère at Home in the Kitchen & the Studio
Who cooks and eats here: Sandrine Follère, painter and sculptor Where: Toulouse, France Last week I had the great pleasure to visit with Sandrine Follère, an artist who lives and works in Toulouse, France. She welcomed me into her home; gave me a tour of the studio where she teaches, sculpts, and paints; and cooked lunch for both of us to share. Sandrine is a gifted improvisational cook and I learned quite a lot from watching her.
May 24, 2019
Teja’s Family Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Teja Ream & Neil Collier, daughter Elsa, baby Owen and two dogs Where: Los Angeles, CA Rent or Own? Own Teja used to store her fabulous collection of heels in her oven, and she rarely cooked if at all. Now she’s a busy working mother of two, serving as creative director at a major record label, while husband Neil is a full-time software engineer —and together they manage quite a lot of home cooking.
May 24, 2019
What’s Cooking This Weekend, Samantha Wennerstrom?
This week we met Samantha Wennerstrom, founder and editor of Could I Have That?, a beautiful lifestyle blog. We toured her airy, bright, newly remodeled kitchen; gleaned her easy entertaining secret; and even got a healthy, quick recipe that’s perfect for a summer gathering. There’s only one question left: What’s cooking this weekend, Samantha? Pulled pork sliders. A severe craving!
May 24, 2019
Joanna Goddard’s Streamlined Brooklyn Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, Alex Williams, and their two kids, Anton and Toby Where: Brooklyn, New York Rent or Own? Rent We at The Kitchn have been long-time fans of Joanna Goddard and her lovely, always-on-point lifestyle blog, A Cup of Jo, for so many years! We are delighted to share a peek into the kitchen she shares with her two small children and her writer husband, Alex Williams. (Alex does most of the cooking and all of the dishes! Can I marry him?
May 24, 2019
What’s Cooking This Weekend, Joanna Goddard?
We’ve spent the past week with Joanna Goddard in her lovely Brooklyn kitchen, getting to know her family and their philosophy on cooking at home. There’s only one question left: What’s cooking this weekend, Joanna? We are making shrimp rolls. On a hot summer evening, you sometimes crave a lobster roll, but they’re so expensive, and shrimp rolls give you 95% of the pleasure of a lobster roll. We use this recipe.
May 24, 2019
At Home in Oakland with Nutritionist Cassandra Gates
Who: Cassandra Gates, owner of bone-broth company Broth Baby Where: Oakland, California Cassandra Gates is the owner of Broth Baby, an Oakland-based bone broth company that serves the greater Bay Area. Inspired by her studies in holistic nutrition at Bauman College, she decided to create a bone broth that is full of good-for-you ingredients, but also really tasty.
May 24, 2019
We Wanna Cook Here: Funky New York-Style Loft in Washington, D.C.
Vacation Rental: Funky New York-Style Loft Apartment in Washington, D.C. Sleeps: 2 Price: $125 per night; 3 night minimum Why We Wanna Cook Here: The entire apartment is basically just one professional kitchen! Yes, we realize there’s something a little weird about calling out a Washington, D.C. apartment that’s touted for it’s New York-y-ness.
May 24, 2019
We Wanna Cook Here: Clum House in Catskill, New York
Vacation Rental: Clum House in Catskill, New York Sleeps: Up to 5 guests Price: $275 per night; 2 night minimum Why We Wanna Cook Here: Glossy magazine style — and shiplap! Believe it or not, these photos don’t even do this house justice. It looks like a house you’d see in a magazine. And the kitchen doesn’t disappoint. It’s got brand-new Viking appliances, gorgeous butcher block countertops, and everything you’ll need to make a fancy weekend dinner.
May 24, 2019
We Wanna Cook Here: A Modern Farmhouse in Saugerties
Vacation Rental: Modern Farmhouse in the Woods in Saugerties, New York Sleeps: Up to 6 guests Price: Starting at $299 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: Can you say dinner party? When we travel we believe in staying in real homes as much as we can; to really taste a place means cooking local food in a local’s kitchen. And if you’re traveling to the Catskills (check out our Bite-Sized Guide to the Catskills) here’s a vacation rental to love.
May 24, 2019
We Wanna Cook Here: A Modern Zen Cottage in Oakland
Vacation Rental: Modern Zen Studio Cottage in Temescal, Oakland, California Sleeps: Up to 2 guests Price: From $95 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: Cozy morning vibes. Okay, so you can’t really cook much in this tiny kitchen, but it has a mini fridge and a microwave, which means you can make bacon and eggs. And it’s a five-minute walk from shops, cafes, and restaurants in the Temescal neighborhood, making takeout a totally feasible option.
May 24, 2019
Vacation Rentals We Love: Waterfront Dining in Miami Beach
Vacation Rental: Waterfront Villa in Miami Beach, Miami, Florida Sleeps: Up to 8 people Price: $3,000 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: Who doesn’t love dinner with a view? This Miami villa is all about the views. Luckily, its floor-to-ceiling windows mean you can enjoy the those insanely picturesque vistas, even when you’re inside. Plus, the interiors aren’t too shabby, either. Okay, who are we kidding, they’re totally dreamy!
May 24, 2019
Soft and Serene Belgian Kitchens
The soft tones, natural patina, and simple designs of Belgian interiors are appealing for all rooms of the house. But we find that Belgian influence particularly attractive for the kitchen, where the hustle and bustle is what’s busy, not the kitchen’s design:The first image above, from a converted factory featured in Marie Claire Maison, has become one of our favorites and we see it all over the place.
May 24, 2019
Taming the Wild Thyme: A Visit to a Za’atar Farm in Lebanon
At the end of a bumpy, red dirt driveway in a small town in southern Lebanon, you’ll find the home of farmer Abu Kassem and his family. For about 13 years, they have been growing za’atar, the once-wild herb that plays a starring role in the increasingly popular spice blend of the same name. The path from field to flatbread is simple on this organic farm, but one fueled by dedication and hard work.
May 24, 2019
A Glimpse Inside (and Outside) My Kitchen
Three years ago when Gregory told me that Alysia’s apartment was for rent and we should check it out, I was skeptical. We weren’t actively looking to move and as we toured the apartment, I thought I was simply humoring him — until I stepped into the kitchen. Sunlight poured through the open windows, from which I caught a view of the sparkling Silver Lake reservoir. The kitchen was surrounded by trees and songbirds flitted through the branches. “Yes,” I said.
May 24, 2019
What It’s Like to Run a Food Tour Business in Columbus, Ohio
Who: Bethia Woolf & Andy Dehus of Columbus Food Adventures Where: Columbus, Ohio Have you ever taken a food tour? They are a way to walk (and taste) through a city to learn its signature foods and flavors, not to mention some of its history and culture. I’ve enjoyed food tours in London, Paris, and other delicious cities that required a plane ticket to visit.
May 24, 2019
How a Georgia Peach Gets Picked
Who: Lane Southern Orchards What: Georgia Peaches Where: Fort Valley, GA It’s currently peach season in Georgia — the state that produces such an abundance of the iconic Southern treat, it has adopted the fuzzy fruit as it most recognizable symbol. In Fort Valley, Lane Southern Orchards has been planting, harvesting, packing, and selling 30 different varieties of peaches for more than 100 years. Here’s how they do it.
May 24, 2019
How Rice Is Grown in Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam
Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt What: Rice Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam Rice is enormously important in Vietnam. Each day, Vietnam’s population receives three-quarters of its calories from rice. At least lunch and dinner are cooked with rice as the foundation, and breakfast may be rice-based too. It’s made into noodles, boiled for hours to celebrate the lunar new year, and even made into pancakes.
May 24, 2019
These Homeowners Figured Out How to Make their Kitchen Feel Lighter and Airier than It Really Is
Follow this designer's kitchen brightening tips.
May 24, 2019
Kitchens of the Month at House Beautiful
We love looking at beautiful, envy-inducing kitchens, and we know you do, too (hence the popularity of our kitchen tours). Which is why we’ve already spent much more than our allotted procrastination time today looking at some doozies over at House Beautiful’s website.See more photos below…These are not our kitchens. These are not our friends’ kitchens — even our friends who have more money and space that we do.
May 3, 2019
Five Small Kitchens from This Old House
This Old House is not usually the first resource we turn to for small-space tips and ideas. We usually associate it with big rambling houses and expensive renovations. But this may be a mistake; many of the older homes they feature have small kitchens, and there are some treasures in their archives for those of us in older, smaller spaces. Here are five small(er) kitchens from their archives. Not every kitchen is tiny, but they are all modestly-sized and very inspiring.
May 3, 2019
Warm Arts and Crafts Kitchen (With Some Unusual Details)
We love the look of rich, gleaming wood in the kitchen. When it’s done well, as it is in this renovated Arts and Crafts kitchen, it feels so warm and inviting. There are a few other things about this kitchen, too, that caught us. The owner, architect John Clagett, made some unusual design choices that really seem to work.This article at PointClickHome is really worth a read.
May 2, 2019
Kitchen Gallery: Bright White + Warm Wood
We are preparing to move to a new apartment, and although we have been known for having a colorful kitchen, our plans for the new space are quite different. Perhaps it’s symbolic of the fresh start, or maybe we’re inspired by the sunny windows in our new kitchen, but we keep imagining bright white walls with warm wood countertops, shelves, or other details. Here are some of the lovely examples we’ve bookmarked for inspiration. What do you think?
May 2, 2019
A Communal Kitchen
This wonderful video from Etsy features an unusual living situation: a variation on a commune in which four families share a beautiful piece land on the California coast. Each family has their own house, but the bathing and kitchen areas are shared. What do you think? Could you share a kitchen with three other families? The house featured in the video belongs to Nikki Silva, one half of the well-known and respected radio series duo called the Kitchen Sisters.
May 2, 2019
A Happy, Modern Aqua Blue Kitchen
This shade of blue is always what comes to mind when we think of April. Maybe it’s the April showers (which we’re having in New York today) or the fact that spring is here but it’s still cool outside. And yet it is a really lovely color for a kitchen—soothing but still upbeat, bold without being in-your-face. It’s gentle. Take a look at the full space, below.The homeowners turned a galley kitchen into this open room by incorporating a storage and laundry area.
May 2, 2019
Kitchens Under the Stairs
Small kitchens that work well sometimes take some design ingenuity. These kitchens under stairs are no exception:Fitting a kitchen in under the stairs introduces a whole new layer of complexity when laying out its functions. What goes under the lowest part of the stair? What needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom?Fitting it all in as if an intricate puzzle makes it oh so fun to study the examples above. We particularly admire the first image.
May 2, 2019
In from the Outside: Kitchens with Exterior Entry Doors
My favorite apartment kitchen ever (I didn’t actually live there — I just looked at it while apartment hunting years ago) had an entry door that brought you straight into the kitchen. If I had lived there, I might have come to find drawbacks with it, but I loved how it brought you straight into the more enclosed kitchen instead of into the living room.In that same manner, I love it when a house has an exterior door into the kitchen.
May 2, 2019
Laurent Tourondel & More: February 2011 Kitchen Tours
We showed you eight kitchens in February, each special and charming in its own way. We peeked into Chef Laurent Tourondel’s country kitchen, whitewashed and light. We saw the home kitchen of Rachel Saunders of Blue Chair Fruit, complete with its imposing copper jam kettle. Read on to see these and more from February 2011.
May 2, 2019