DESIGN YOUR HOME
29 Ideabooks by Liza Hawkins
Colorful Pots in Every Size and Shape!
Pantone's Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid - in your Kitchen!
Every year Pantone® announces its color of the year - last year it was a shade of green, and this year it’s “Radiant Orchid.” I think this color, either as wall paint or as accent pieces, would look serene and modern in a kitchen. Here’s how...
Guest Picks: Practical Ways to Use a Blank Kitchen Wall
My family and I have lived in our townhouse for nearly 10 years now. The kitchen is at the back of the main floor, and it runs the width of the whole house. And the wall on the far right side is blank. Starkly blank. I’ve been trying to fill...
Guest Picks: Serve Up Dinner in Style
It seems to me that all the design flair goes to serving bowls, dishes and platters. People always talk about what patterns to get and how to match the settings with the dining room theme, but no one ever talks about the serving utensils! I prefer...
Guest Picks: 20 Foodie Gifts Under $40
Everyone knows a foodie (or three), and because it’s the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about what to get these lovers of cooking and cuisine. And maybe you’re not a foodie yourself, or perhaps you have a vast palate and enjoy eating...
Guest Picks: 'Downton Abbey'–Inspired Dining
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit obsessed with the PBS Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey. All the pomp and circumstance, the outfits, the glamour, the old-fashioned formalities — I totally fell in love with it all. When I finally discovered...
Guest Picks: Dining Room Essentials for a First Thanksgiving
So you've already got the kitchen tools necessary to cook the perfect Thanksgiving, from roasting pans and thermometers to basting utensils and cheesecloth. But how do you set the dining room table? What types of platters are there to choose from? How...
Guest Picks: 21 Creative and Kitschy Kitchen Chairs
I love the look of an antique table, but I also like when a table and chair set takes on a life of its own. Painting and resurfacing your own pieces is definitely an option; however, another great way to transform a dining room or an eat-in kitchen into...
Guest Picks: Message Boards to Organize Your Kitchen for Back to School
School started on August 19 for my kids this year, which is a week or two earlier than normal and only a week after we returned from a two-week vacation at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. I needed to get in school mode quick! And that meant getting the...
Guest Picks: 20 Simple Ways to Create a Tuscan Kitchen
I first read Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes about 10 years ago (before the movie came out). I was enamored by her memoir about buying and renovating an old historic villa in the Tuscan countryside, but even more so by the recipes she peppered...
Guest Picks: 20 Ideas for a '50s Diner Kitchen
My sister and her boyfriend recently moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. They totally lucked out and found a cute, affordable two-bedroom apartment near Park Slope, in a little neighborhood complete with shops and a pub, and right around the corner from some amazing...
Guest Picks: 19 Kitchen Upgrades for When You Can't Afford an Overhaul
Modernize an outdated kitchen with these accents and accessories until you get the renovation of your dreams
My husband and I have owned two houses together. The first one was built in 1953 and had all of the age and none of the charm of the era in the kitchen: old wooden cabinets, cheap linoleum over the old original flooring, a rusting metal sink — you get...
Guest Picks: April Showers Bring May Flowers to Your Kitchen
April showers bring May flowers — or so they say. Liven up your kitchen with fabulous bold floral prints, the brighter the better. Don't be afraid to go bold with floral accessories in the kitchen. I promise they'll bring a smile to your face! —...
Guest Picks: Adorn Your Kitchen With Rustic Wooden Charm
There's something classically delightful about wooden kitchen accessories. With simple lines, an earthy feel and quiet practicality (I love practicality in the kitchen), it's easy to fill your cooking space with everything bamboo and beyond. Spoons, salad...
Guest Picks: Herb Gardens for Small Kitchens and Gardens
Up the wall, easily portable or beautifully decorative, these solutions help even the smallest kitchens and balconies get growing
I'm not much of a gardener, and granted, I don't have much space in my tiny backyard to garden anyway. But I do enjoy having fresh herbs at my beck and call. Thankfully, there are clever ways to easily accommodate a fresh herb garden in or near your small...