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24 Ideabooks by Liza Hawkins
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Modernize an outdated kitchen with these accents and accessories until you get the renovation of your dreams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...
Guest Picks: The Right Mug for Every Occasion
Whether it serves a certain function, has an artistic flair or is a holiday accent, the right mug for sipping your tea, coffee or hot cocoa is important to have. From mugs for sipping while wrapped up in a blanket on a snowy Sunday afternoon to travel-friendly...
Guest Picks: Pantone's Color of 2013 in Your Kitchen
Pantone recently announced Emerald as its Color of the Year for 2013. Say bye-bye to 2012's energizing Tangerine Tango, and welcome prosperous...
Guest Picks: 20 Holiday Baking Necessities
Is there ever a time of year that's filled with as much baking as November and December? Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and all the other holidays in between, you could very easily become a bake-aholic. Whether you're a cookie, pie and...
Guest Picks: Kitchen Essentials for a First Thanksgiving
With the right kitchen tools and servewear, hosting the big holiday meal can be (almost) as easy as pie
There comes a time when the important job of hosting Thanksgiving gets passed down from one generation to the next. Until that duty is placed in your lap, it's hard to fully understand the complexity of what it takes to be the host. From having the right...
Guest Picks: Crafting Perfect Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween is right around the corner, and if you're feeling kitchen-crafty, then there's nothing more apropos than baking — no, decorating — the perfect spooky cupcake. Have fun with it! — Liza from (a)Musing...