Houzz is the new way to design your home.
23 Ideabooks by Mariko Jackson
Guest Picks: Pretty Packaging for Homemade Holiday Treats
With Christmas coming up, I know I’ll be spending plenty of time in the kitchen preparing gifts for friends and family. Still, I’m not as great with presentation as with taste, so I need some help making my gifts look especially fancy and cute. Depending...
Guest Picks: Be Your Own Artisanal Chef
Working with hands in the kitchen is nearly becoming a lost art. Much of the food you find in the store these days has all been prepared for you, and you hardly need more than a microwave and a plate to make dinner. But food is more than just convenience,...
Guest Picks: Delicious Decoration
The daily attention we pay to preparing and eating food is naturally immersed in our lives. I like to see images of and words about food incorporated into the details of the space around me. They inspire me. We all want the material pieces that surround...
Guest Picks: Cooking for One
Whip up single portions easily — and keep cleanup simple — with these size-conscious kitchen tools, cookware pieces and gadgets
Even though I'm married and have kids, I often find myself making single portions, whether for a lunch for the kid who is home or a dinner for me because of a current diet. I have so many kitchen tools that are only made for family-sized cooking that...
Guest Picks: Back-to-School Products to Ease the End of Summer
It's back-to-school time for tots, teens and teachers. As an English teacher, I'm always excited to meet the new batch of freshmen, even if they're not as happy to meet me. For students, there's a feeling of dread accompanied with excitement about seeing...
Guest Picks: 19 Stands to Dress Up Your Cake
I think everyone needs a cake stand (or three), even if you can't find much other reason for one. The cake is the star of so many parties that it seems like it should have a few cute "outfits"! Although I'm a sucker for vintage, ruffly edges...
Guest Picks: Inspired by Ice Pops
Anyone who knows me knows about my affinity for cold summer desserts. I am looking forward to a long summer of dripping, melting ice pops in all possible flavors and forms. It's such a universal dessert that can encompass pretty much every possible taste...
Guest Picks: An Arsenal of Tools for Healthy Eating
As someone who has been subscribing to the Paleo diet for a while, I find that I'm often asked by people who are trying it out for the first time what they should eat on a day-to-day basis. When I think about it, I realize that it's much harder to find...
Guest Picks: Spring Has Sprung: 20 Ways to Warm Up Your House Again
I just had a peek at my winter wardrobe and realized that it is almost entirely without color. If you're like me, it takes a while to even notice that I've lost a little vibrance during the colder seasons. I'm preparing for summer by living this spring....
Guest Picks: BYO Lunch
Every morning I pack my lunch to take to work. If I don't, I don't eat. There's barely enough time for me to choke down my leftovers, much less have a leisurely meal involving menus and waiters (or even microwaves, most days). I remember that bringing...
Guest Picks: The Heart is in the Kitchen
I'm always excited for Valentine's Day and an excuse to sprinkle a little affection (and maybe some sugar) on my loved ones. I've collected a few sweet hearts that are meant for your kitchen. Valentine's Day is only once a year, but you'll be pulling...
Guest Picks: Ecofriendly Finds for a Greener Kitchen
Going green is easier with these cooking and storage accessories, chic biodegradable dinnerware and more
One of my New Year's resolutions is to step up my commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling. In addition to using less, I've seen many green products over the last year that could help green up my kitchen. Most energy waste comes from kitchens, and...
Guest Picks: Bite-Size Plates for Noshing
Smaller tastes can be so satisfying after a season of holiday feasts — and these mini dishes will sate your appetite for less
The thing I hate the most is committing to one entrée at a meal. I prefer to have a taste of everything (from everyone). Appetizers and small dishes of all kinds (think tapas, izakaya snacks, sushi and dim sum) are my absolute favorite things...
Guest Picks: Cooking Up a Witch's Brew
It's my favorite time of year, and as a foodie, I'm ready to party in the kitchen. I love the foods and festive eating during October even more than Christmas and Thanksgiving. All month long I'll be making Halloween-themed dinners and desserts,...
Guest Picks: Searching for the Perfect Wave
My husband spends a good deal of his time in the waves, and we never tire of watching the water. Usually a five minute jog down the street to check the waves turns into many more minutes of quiet contemplation. Now that it's the end of summer, my husband...