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The Ingenious Technique That Makes Vanilla Extract in 1 Hour

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)<p>Here's something that's going to change your home cooking life: You can make better vanilla extract at home in about an …

Instant Pot

This Roast Chicken Recipe Is Literally Impossible to Mess Up

By Emily Eisen<p>It's lemony, garlicky, and you'll never have to wonder whether or not it's done.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the roast chicken recipe that associate photo editor Emily Eisen just couldn't</i> …

10 Paint Colors With Cult Followings

Choosing a paint color can be overwhelming. Yet, for all of the thousands of colors out there, a handful have become revered go-tos that we see used …

7 Tips For Getting the Anthropologie Look at Home

(Image credit: Anthropologie)<p>As a design lover, Anthropologie is hands down one of the the best places to window shop, browse and discover. There's …

Remodeling 101: The Ins and Outs of Smart Window Shades

It sounds like something we’d see in the Jetsons’ house: window shades that glide up and down at the mere touch of a button. In fact, remote-control …

9 Easy Home Improvements Under $100

Give your living space a facelift without breaking the bank.<p>Even if we’re not committing every weekend to home renovations, most of us likely have a …

8 Foolproof Paint Colors for Your Living Room

Whether the living room in your house functions as your family’s main hangout hub—anchored by a roomy sectional, a plush rug, and a mounted …

The Best Sites For Affordable Mid-Century Modern Furniture And Decor, In One Exhaustive List

Hint: There are SO many sites to find postwar furniture styles other than West Elm.<p>We’re all familiar with West Elm and its upscale take on mid-century modern furniture, but what if you’re looking for affordable postwar styles that you <i>won’t</i> find in every apartment in Brooklyn?<p>It’s a tall order, but …

Furniture

How to Make Focaccia Like Chris Bianco

Bakers, serious bakers, are a special breed drawn to the mysterious alchemy of yeasted dough. Their practice borders on obsession. Flour coats their eyelashes (and, after decades of baking, clouds their vision), dried dough crusts over their cuticles, and breadcrumbs hide in the folds of their …

20 Ceiling Fans That Actually Look Good

These designs will serve as a striking accent while keeping you cool<p>Why do ceiling fans get such a bad rap? Maybe the first thing that comes to mind is the faux-wood unit with slow-moving blades and a hanging pull chain typically found in low-ceiling office buildings or schoolrooms. But they …

How to Hide TV Wires (Honestly, They Ruin the View)

If you've figured out how to mount a TV on the wall, you're probably high-fiving yourself for accomplishing such a feat (particularly since hiring a …

DIY

How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils Before Temperatures Spike

If you want to keep your cool this summer, give your AC a little TLC. Whether you have central air or a wall unit, the secret to keeping your …

Home Improvement

11 Big Mistakes You Make When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Only fools rush into this major DIY undertaking.<p>Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days, since intrepid DIYers love the idea of updating their kitchens with only a few coats of a new color. It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls. Avoid …

How to Keep Bread Fresh and Fabulous

It's just a fact: the best breads die young. For this reason, we've all wondered how to keep bread fresh at one time or another.<p>And while there are …

How to Make Ladyfingers the Fast, Easy Way

Ladyfingers are one of the simplest recipes in a pastry chef's toolkit. The piped sponge cakes are used as the scaffolding for creamy, layered desserts—most famously tiramisu and charlotte russe, but ladyfingers are killer in summer trifles and banana pudding, too.<p>Ostensibly these slender biscuits …

Clearly Chic: Try "Invisible" Curtain Rods to Up Your Style

(Image credit: Suburban B's)<p>A curtain rod is one of those purchases that you try to get through as quickly as possible. Mainly, it's because the …

Living Rooms

The Noodle Salads We're Bringing to Every Summer Party

These pasta salad recipes are so good, you'll forget to miss the mayo.<p>Whenever I see a pasta salad at a summer potluck or barbecue, I want it to be <i>so good,</i> but it never is. Often, those fusilli-or-cavatappi numbers are mayonnaise-y and heavy with with weird bits of carrot and bell pepper. For our …

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying My First Home In My 20s

Growing up, it seemed like home ownership was the step to “official adulthood.” As soon as I had a steady corporate job and a little bit in savings, I embarked on the pathway of home ownership at 23. Now over 20 years later, when I talk to young people looking to buy their first home, I tell them …

Home Ownership

Mudrooms that Work Hard & Welcome You Home in Style

If you're lucky enough to have one, the mudroom is a pretty crucial spot in your house. It's your first point of contact with the place you call …

Laundry Rooms

I Tried 8 "Miracle" Pinterest Recipes And Here's How They Actually Turned Out

Some were definitely too good to be true.

The Sophisticated New Tile Trend We Can't Get Enough Of

I'm very into tile. I have favorite kinds of tile. I watch tile trends. I have joked about starting a blog called 'Tile Therapy', but it is not …

Interior Design

Totally Genius Ways to Customize Your Kitchen Cabinets

Especially if you cook a lot, there's nothing quite so satisfying as a well organized kitchen. Having everything you need easy to find and easy to …

Home Depot

This Indoor Smart Garden Snaps Together Like LEGO Blocks

When it comes to all the excuses you might be using to put off gardening, having limited or non-existent outdoor space is no longer going to cut it. …

Lego

These Blackout Shades Will Make You Feel Like You Live in a Penthouse

In New York City or London, no less.<p>Sensitive sleepers know blackout shades are a must. But they're not exactly known for being the prettiest accessory — until now. Ukrainian designers at HoleRoll found a way to combine functionality with fun. Seriously, tell us it wouldn't be totally delightful …

12 Refrigerator Pickle Recipes to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetables

I've never gotten into canning—I don't grow my own produce, I'm worried about botulism, and, most of all, I'm lazy and bad with delayed gratification. Quick pickles don't have the long lifespans of canned foods, but they can be just as tasty. As the name implies, they're also fast—some can be ready …

So, "Cloud Bread" Is A Thing And It’s Actually Delicious

All you need are three ingredients.

12 tips to styling your bookcases like a pro

Ready to open a new chapter in home decor? Here's a novel idea: bookshelves.<p>Creating bookshelf displays that are both functional and decorative is a simple, inexpensive way to refresh a room's interior and flash some personal style. We've gathered inspiring images of shelving design from our …

Communicate

Midcentury beauty gets sleek refresh and update

Located in the Hoggs Hollow neighborhood of Toronto<p>A midcentury modern house in Toronto has received a sleek refreshment thanks to local firm Superkül. Renovated and extended, the family residence now includes a second floor and a slightly larger ground floor, which respects the original home’s …

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …