Keep root vegetables like onions and potatoes fresh longer by storing them in a cool, dry, dark place. Handy open-weave baskets, like these, provide air circulation to keep the veggies dry while the cabinet's interior protects them from sunlight. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry.
Corks can be difficult to cut; it takes some elbow grease to slice through them with even the sharpest of knives, and they can be brittle and easily breakable. Luckily, you can make this process much simpler by steaming the corks first. Fill a pot with a couple of inches of water and bring to a boil. Put your corks in a vegetable steamer basket and place it in the pot; let them steam covered for about 10 minutes. After they’ve cooled to the touch slightly, you should find them much softer and easier to work with.
A two-tier produce basket boasts colorful fruit and vegetables, while a floating shelf boasts colorful mugs. Light wood cabinetry coordinates with the floating shelf, and gray subway tiles provide a neutral backdrop.
A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old rustic bucket or basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out along with a cute sign.
The two-tiered marble island in this Italian kitchen has baskets for vegetables and spices, a sink and plenty of room for food prep. Bricked archways painted with Italian frescoes create a grand passage from living room to kitchen. Among the frescoes are handpicked yellow and blue tiles that create a unique patchwork backsplash throughout the space.