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11 Kitchen Storage Spots You Completely Forgot About


Hardscaping 101: Hog Wire Fence

What I’ve noticed more and more lately (and admired) are hog wire panels: used for fences, gates, and trellises. A mainstay on ranches for decades, …


How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Perhaps it takes a hacker to lure a hacker.<p>And Alan Adler, 76, is the ultimate hacker. A serial inventor based in Silicon Valley, Adler has 40 patents to his name. But among coffee aficionados, it's an incredibly simple device that's earned him accolades: the AeroPress.<p>The AeroPress is essentially …


Interview: How Instagram Photographer Lauren Bath Has Made a Job Out of Traveling the World

If traveling the world and photographing incredible destinations sounds too good to be true, then you haven't met Lauren Bath. We introduced you to her a few days ago when we showed you her spectacular photos of camel trains on Australia's Cable Beach. In the short three and a half years since …

Social Media

9 Cheap Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Luxurious

Create your own spa-like oasis without spending a fortune.<p><b>1. Think fluffy</b><p>If you're going to splurge <i>anywhere</i> in your bathroom, update your towels and bath rug first. A soft, fluffy, neutral-colored towel goes a long way if you're trying to turn your basic bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Not sure …

Interior Design

A Set of Extraordinary Lights

• 1 |<br>• Designer: Coelux<p>The lights from CoeLux manage to reproduce natural light indoors, using nanotechnology. The photos here, according to the …

10 Stylish Open Closet Ideas for an Organized, Trendy Bedroom

Organizing the closet in the bedroom is arguably one of the toughest tasks for many of us as we grapple with both space and its proper usage. Part of …

DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Made With Branched Out Socket Splitters

While electrical projects might seem intimidating to the beginning DIYer, this ceiling light fixture project is one that, really, anyone can do. If …

8 Quick Ways to Organize Your Kitchen This Spring

Simple and easy ideas to get your space in order.<p><b>1. Hang Your Cooking Utensils</b><p>Keep your kitchen counters clutter-free by hanging up the kitchen utensils and tools you use the most, like in this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen designed by Susan Serra in New York.<p><b>2. Label Baskets and Other Storage Boxes</b><p>…

Des Moines

Designing a Closet That Works for You

Make your closets work for, not against, you with these easy organization solutions.<p>Whether it's a lack of closet space or how the current closets are used, everyone wants to know how to maximize storage space. Here, ideas on how to configure your closets so they work for, not against, you.

Storage Ideas

11 Genius Storage Tricks for a Tiny Kitchen

When you don't have much space, make every inch work extra hard.<p>When you don't have much space, make every inch work extra hard.

Real Estate

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on

Food Preservation

A Boring Laundry Room Gets Glam With 7 Key Moves

Do you have a plain laundry room like this one? See how one clever blogger turned it into an entirely chic, charming space with a few smart updates<p><i>We're big fans of hometalk, the social network for home and garden lovers, so we're excited to share one of our favorite posts today. Check out the</i> …

Laundry Rooms

The Only Carrot Recipe You'll Ever Need

Guys. Forget everything you know about cooked carrots. Forget cutting them into little pieces. Forget boiling them. Because from now on, this is the only carrot recipe you'll ever need.<p>We keep the carrots whole, season them with a dash of red-wine vinegar and a sprinkle of cumin, and then roast …

Clam Chowder Recipes For Every Kind Of Chowder Fan There Is

Soup isn't the most controversial of foods. People may like soup. They may even love it. But it's not a food that causes strong emotional attachments or defensive feelings, unless you're talking about one particular soup that has deep, regional roots. We're referring of course, to clam …

This Vietnamese Vegetable Peeler Is One Of The Coolest And Cheapest Cooking Gadgets Of All Time

What if you could julienne, grate, shred, peel and make decorative cuts with only one vegetable peeler? What if that peeler was ridiculously cheap, lighter than your phone and small enough to fit in your pocket? It may sound like a fantasy kitchen gadget, but this peeler exists -- and it can be …

How to Clean Your Coffeemaker

It's dirtier than you think. And just washing the carafe doesn't cut it.<p>When you think about the germiest spots in your kitchen, you probably don't think your coffee pot is one of the worst. But, a 2011 NSF study found just that: People don't consider their coffeemaker a hot bed for bacteria and …


How to Make the Juiciest Pan-Roasted Pork Chops

After you master our method for brined and pan-roasted chops, prepare to say goodbye to those dry, flavorless things you used to call pork chops.<p>A juicy, pan-roasted chop basted in aromatic brown butter? This is the kind of weeknight-friendly comfort food recipe you’ll want to have on hand." Start …


How to Make Your Own Speculoos Cookie Butter

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: It's time to put down that store-bought jar. Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First shows us how to make a spread that's delectable every step of</i> …

3 Essential Tips for Cooking Pasta

After spending a week in Rome last December, star chef Andrew Zimmern got reattached to classic Roman dishes. Here, his tips for perfect pasta.<p><i>After</i> …

Italian Food

Instantly Improving Lighting in Dark Rooms: Espaciel Light Reflector

Looking for an easy solution to bring more natural lighting inside a room? We stumbled across this stylish reflective unit that we believe can do the …

Interior Design

Fully loaded: 5 Super Bowl-worthy potato skin recipes you need in your life

There's a reason why potato skins have been a go-to party snack for decades: They're inexpensive, simple to make and, once you add meat and cheese, become a satisfying mini-meal for your guests.<p>Although the traditional cheddar-chive mash-up is certainly delicious, the mild-tasting, versatile potato …


10 DIY Ways to Amp Up Builder-Grade Basics

Ditch the cookie-cutter look in your kitchen and bathroom.<p>Ditch the cookie-cutter look in your kitchen and bathroom. This article originally appeared on

Interior Design

Oregon Ducks are giant killers against Florida State in Rose Bowl

Everyone duck.<p>Dancing through stereotypes on shiny green shoes, plowing through perceptions with boxy yellow numbers, a funky West Coast football team has stuck a fist in the Southern jowls of the college football elite.<p>Those daffy Ducks from Oregon are racing into the inaugural College Football …

Lela Rose's Madeleines

The fashion designer and seasoned hostess shares her recipe.<p>Lela Rose at her Manhattan home. <i>Photography by Kelly Stuart for Hearst Digital.</i><p>4 eggs<p>1 cup sugar<p>1 1/2 cup flour<p>2 tsp baking powder<p>2 sticks butter<p>1 tablespoon grated lemon peel<p>Splash of Almond extract<p>Splash of Vanilla extract<p>2 pkg sliced …


Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

5 Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter

While looking into the best way to insulate our drafty windows this winter (apart from replacing them), I put together this mini-guide of solutions …

7 Genius Ways to Use Wallpaper

Interior Design

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