Who doesn't wish for more counter space in a kitchen? This little nook with an extra cabinet is a place to stash often-used oils and vinegars, fruit, veggies and just about anything. A hanging pot holder above makes the space extra functional, stashing cookware within reach but not taking up room in cabinets or shelves.
To update a wreath for the winter, use white paint and fake snowflakes, like New York City interior designer Eduardo Rodriguez of The Designer Pad did for this wintery tablescape. He upcycled pinecones, which are dipped in white paint for a shimmery effect, and arranged them in terracotta pots that he painted white and gray. The rest of the pots hold colorful candies and cookies for a casual Scandinavian-inspired winter get-together.
A trio of cobalt blue barstools offer a place for guests to sit while the cook preps the food. The kitchen island features three storage cabinets to hold pots, pans and anything else you may need to stow away.
Kate Richards of Drinking With Chickens holds her plants in a natural canvas shoe organizer. Fill the pockets directly with soil or place small plastic pots in each pocket. It’s a cheap solution and stores a large number of herbs.
This cheery backyard features a stainless steel grilling area complete with ample countertop space for food preparation and serving. Brightly painted screens holding garden tools are attached to the wood fence, while clay pots are organized on multiple shelves.
Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when cabinets are towering overhead. Many cooks can't reach what's in them and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. Get organized and trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Your kitchen will look more spacious and serve up display space for your favorite dishes, shiny pots and pans, or artwork.
Store cookbooks, dishes, and coffee pots in this amazing built-in kitchen cabinet from HGTV Smart Home 2014 — and that's only the beginning! The paper-towel drawer holds three rolls, one on display and two tucked away, making changing out the empty roll easy and convenient.
A pair of round coffee tables with durable concrete tops over an open metal frame are a play on the round shape of the globe chandelier above. The tables allow good traffic flow in and out of the seating area and offer a place to rest a drink, display books and hold a ceramic white pot with fern.
Pinecones and dried pomegranates can help decor last well beyond the holidays. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs used glass cylinders to hold small succulents, by using a filler and then inserting a smaller pot with the succulent so it would peek over the top. She covered the cylinders with pieces of sweaters.
The Colorado Blue Spruce is one of the most iconic evergreens associated with holiday decorating. Commonly raised for sale as a Christmas tree, the Colorado Blue Spruce must have full sunlight to thrive, and also requires a great deal of watering. For use as a small potted accent, be sure to add a hole along the bottom of a pot for proper drainage. It’s also recommended to lay a sponge directly over the drainage hole to help hold moisture.
The Culinary Getaway: South Africa
The brainchild of International Hall of Fame golfer and award-winning vintner, Ernie Els, Big Easy Winebar & Grills serve sophisticated South African comfort food, with locations in Durban, Stellenbosch and Dubai. And now, Mike McLaurin is taking the reins as Executive Chef of their first U.S. property in the vibrant Brickell neighborhood of Miami. Throughout his gastronomic career, he’s cultivated extensive knowledge of international cuisines as well as wood-fired techniques and flavors, holding positions at Del Frisco’s Grille, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and Bravo Cucina Italiana. He’s excited to bring his diverse background to Big Easy Miami to give guests an authentic taste of South African cuisine. The curries and steaks are must-haves, along with the Big Easy Signature Burger, Cape Malay Seafood Pot and the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly lollipop smothered in a sweet and spicy braai “bbq sauce”—that wowed guests at the SOBEWFF BACARDÍ Rum & Bass Beach Party featuring Walshy Fire. When he’s not cooking, McLaurin loves baking and spending time with his two daughters.