How to Create a Joyful, Clutter-Free Kitchen

Give yourself room to both cook and relax by assessing how you use your counters, cabinets and corners. From quick weekday breakfasts grabbed on the way out the door to special-occasion dinners planned and prepared with care, the kitchen is nearly always a hub of household activity — which also means it’s a common place…

10 Ideas for Easy Fall Entertaining

It’s a cinch to pull together a quick autumn gathering when you have these simple tips in your back pocket. With crisp weather, school back in session and farm stands brimming with produce, fall is a great time to nurture community with a cozy gathering in your home. But since fall also tends to be…

The 10 Most Popular Kitchens on Houzz Right Now

These spaces show that whites and grays reign supreme for cabinet color — and that the kitchen island is here to stay. Looking to remodel your kitchen? The 10 most-saved kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz in the last three months can give you some winning design ideas. In this countdown, you’ll find the colors, styles…

5 Smashing Black-and-White Kitchens in Different Styles

The classic high-contrast palette works with everything from traditional to contemporary style. The black-and-white color palette suits every kitchen style. From traditional to Scandinavian modern, transitional to chic contemporary, the black-and-white combo provides a versatile base for a variety of textures and finishes. Here’s how five designers used the high-contrast pairing to create beautiful kitchens…

6 Kitchens With Beautiful Blue Cabinets

The color provides a rich and soothing backdrop for a range of wood tones and metal finishes. Blue is a great color for kitchen cabinets. It’s inviting and complements every tone of wood there is. Blue can read like a neutral, and can support warm brass and stainless steel with equal success. Blacks, browns, whites,…

15 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Pantries

See shelf, bin, drawer and lighting setups that can help keep your food and supplies in good order. The pantry is the workhorse of the kitchen. It helps you when you need to get dinner (or breakfast or lunch) on the table and keeps ingredients fresh and cool. But like all hardworking spaces, it can…

5 Black-and-White Bathrooms With Distinctive Style

Designers stamped this classic color palette with their clients’ personalities. It’s hard to imagine a time when a black-and-white bathroom wasn’t classic. Avocado bathtubs and pink toilets may come and go, but this time-tested, high-contrast look suits everything from traditional older homes to modern industrial-style houses. Here’s how five designers created black-and-white bathrooms to complement…

How to Conquer Kitchen Counter Clutter, Maybe for Good

Figuring out exactly what’s taking over your work surfaces is half the battle. That vast expanse of open kitchen counter probably looked appealing when you first moved in or remodeled. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for baking, homework projects and long chats over wine with friends has become a…

When and How to Use Storage Containers to Organize Your Things

A professional organizer shares tips on how to categorize items and which containers are best for storing things. As a professional home organizer, I have a love-hate relationship with storage containers. My mission is to help my clients create spaces that feel relaxing, function efficiently and reflect their personal style. This almost always involves decluttering….