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  • 10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Retro Kitchen
    Kitchens decorated with an eye to the past bring us back to simpler times, when cheerful colors and playful patterns dominated the domestic scene. Whether your interest in a retro kitchen stems from an affinity for all things vintage, or from, say, fond memories of a grandparent's home, the look can be easily put together today, thanks to myriad modern products that harken back to bygone eras. Here, browse ten elements that introduce the best design of yesterday to your kitchen today.
  • 10 New Kitchen Products to Make Your Life Better
    What if you could get boiling hot water with the flick of a switch or turn on your oven from outside the home? Conveniences that once seemed like science fiction are here-and-now today. We've compiled some of our favorite innovative kitchen products—from easy-glide, pull-out pot storage to an illuminated backsplash—to bring style and convenience to your home and life.
  • 10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods
    Today’s range hood seems to fall into one of two camps: the wallflower or the showpiece. Either it’s so hidden it disappears, or the designer chooses to embrace the opportunity for a star focal point.
  • 11 Clever Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets
    If you're looking to give your kitchen a facelift, look no further than the cabinets. Whether they store food, plates, appliances, or all three, cabinets often take up the majority of the real estate in the kitchen, both physically and visually. This means that your cabinets may be the most important decision you'll make in decorating your kitchen—along with a few other vital, big-ticket items like the refrigerator and oven. So why not look for cabinet options that will help set your kitchen apart from the rest? We found 11 alternatives that will keep feeling fresh and new, whether you’re sitting down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • 11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size
    Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your room lacks square footage does not mean you have to skimp on style. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can turn a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.
  • 11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash
    When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, are crucial, it's the finishing touches like the backsplash that will make your kitchen feel complete. If, like so many homeowners, you are considering a tile backsplash, you have some tough decisions ahead of you! There are so many different types of tile, including ceramic, glass, and even metal, in a huge variety of colors and styles. In addition to traditional tiles that are installed with grout, there are also tiles that use adhesives. There are even peel-and-stick options. Browse this gallery of 11 unique tile products that will put your backsplash front and center.
  • 12 Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen
    Country kitchens are one of the most cherished decorating styles in American homes—exuding a laid-back charm that invites guests to pull up a chair and stay a while. More than any single design element, country kitchens are a sum of many parts. Here, a few of the characteristic details that define the look, from paint colors to fabric patterns to faucet styles. Which ones you choose and how you combine them is what will personalize the space.
  • 12 Outstanding Kitchen Island Options
    The best ideas in storage, stove tops, and seating are bound to serve you a little kitchen island inspiration.
  • 12 Top Names in Engineered Stone
    When deciding between brands with many of the same benefits, the choice comes down to the finer details.
  • 12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
    Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up from pieces that were recycled, reused, or rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination, you too can create your own unique kitchen island.
  • 12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops
    We've narrowed down the options to include some of the very best wood types for a kitchen countertop, whether you're interested in a functional butcher block or a gorgeous accent finish.
  • 16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens
    Though narrow and compact, galley kitchens can appear bigger with the right mix of style and efficiency.
  • 16 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities
    The recipe for a functional, clutter-free kitchen is easier than ever before, thanks to innovative storage solutions designed for every corner of your kitchen.
  • 17 Backsplashes for a Unique Kitchen
    Let these incredible backsplash ideas inspire you to make the kitchen as unique as you are.
  • 2011 Kitchen Trends
    Kitchen TrendsEven as a seemingly endless stream of cooking shows, personalities, and cookbooks inspires you to take ...
  • 5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry
    Don't miss 11 Great Alternatives to Traditional Kitchen CabinetsThere are hundreds of companies who will gladly sell ...
  • 5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles
    There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked under...
  • 5 Great Backsplash Ideas
    Prior to April, I was a "tile virgin. " But then I went to Coverings, the tile and stone industry trade show. With ov...
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation
    Can it be that updating your kitchen changes life for the better? For Sabine Schoenberg, there's no doubt about it. "...
  • 5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Pantry
    In many households, meals start in the pantry. Whether it’s an oversize cabinet, a converted armoire, or a separate s...
  • 7 "Delicious" Renovation Tips from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
    For kitchen design and renovation wisdom, the buck stops with HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins."
  • 7 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Tips
    Kitchen designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray shares her pro tips for creating a budget-friendly makeover.
  • 7 Kitchen Sink Sins to Avoid
    Show of hands: Which one of you has just poured bacon grease right out of the pan down into the sink? Or dumped a pot’s worth of used coffee grounds down the drain? Now, consider this: What you dump today you might be drinking tomorrow. The average American uses about 90 gallons of water each day in the home, amounting to approximately 107,000 gallons per household each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Because of our high water usage, nearly everything flushed down the sink winds up back in the drinking water supply—unless it gets stuck, clogging your pipes and triggering pricey plumbing bills. Even modern municipal water filtration systems aren’t fully capable of removing toxic chemicals. Save yourself the hassle and danger by adhering to this list of things that you should never—and we do mean never—dump down the kitchen sink.
  • 8 Countertops You'd Never Believe Were Handmade
    Don’t live with countertops you hate. Even without the money, time, or motivation for a full-on kitchen renovation, there are several DIY ways to do-over your counters. And while some are easier than others, all would give your kitchen a fresh look for less. Click now to see some of our favorite DIY countertops from around the Web!
  • 8 Tips to Keep You From Hating Your Kitchen Remodel
    Kitchen remodeling sits at the top of many homeowners' wish lists, and for good reason: If properly done, a renovatio...
  • A Game of (Quarter) Inches: The 12-Year Kitchen
    Since the beginning of our kitchen renovation, we’ve had a running joke about a rogue quarter inch—we’re either missi...
  • A Glassy-Smooth Enamel Finish for Old Kitchen Cabinets
    Our 20-year-old cabinets were showing their age. The lacquer finish had gummed up around the handles and pulls, and t...
  • A Year of Planning: The 12-Year Kitchen
    We never had any doubt about what architect we wanted for our kitchen makeover.   Norm Davis had done the p...
  • Are You Smarter Than Your Refrigerator? The 12-Year Kitchen
    We are so close to finished I can almost taste the ice. It’s been more than seven months since this project began, an...
  • Award-Winning Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover
    Besides wanting a budget-friendly, easily maintained kitchen with clean, contemporary lines, the owner of this 1950s-...
  • Backsplash Idea: Faux Stone Re-Finish
    My wife, Mary Ann, hated the backsplash tiles in our kitchen, and I agreed they were slightly dated. Unfortunately, t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Appliance Manuals
    While your important household documents should always be backed up and kept in fireproof storage, some things, like ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Banquettes
    Banquette seating has a nostalgic charm that may remind you of your favorite diner or that cozy spot in your grandmot...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Budget Kitchen Upgrades
    If your kitchen’s begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on some key details. LISTENList...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Butcher Blocks
    The original butcher blockers were literally blocks up to sixteen inches thick: hard rock maple pieces were often dov...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cabinet Knobs
    Replacing cabinet hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a little facelift. But even a quick fi...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
    The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
    Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Countertop Options
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with Finicky Fridge Doors
    If your refrigerator door doesn't open and close as it should—or if it doesn’t seal as tightly as it's supposed to—th...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
    Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Farmhouse Sinks
    Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are a country kitchen staple. These distinctive vessels have an exp...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fixing Chipped Stove Enamel
    There’s something so crisp and clean about a kitchen with a traditional, white porcelain enamel stove. But sometimes ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
    While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Gas Range
    Cooking with gas costs half what it costs to cook on electric ranges. Keeping your range clean will keep it efficient...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
    A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Backsplashes
    If you’re looking for a kitchen upgrade on a budget, take a look at your backsplash. It’s easy to turn this unassumin...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Cabinet Design
    If your kitchen feels a little crowded and cramped, the solution starts with your cabinets. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Faucet Options
    If your kitchen needs a quick pick-me-up, just changing the sink faucet goes a long way. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Islands
    In their quest for more storage, work surfaces, and style, more and more kitchen remodelers are living the island lif...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Lighting
    Considering the amount of time many of us spend in the kitchen over the holiday season, this is a great time to think...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Planning
    If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are two basic principles you’ll want to keep in mind as you work on the d...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink
    If it’s time for a new kitchen sink, first consider your countertops. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON THE KITCHEN SINK, o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink Caulk
    To protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage, the rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with a good ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Tool Drawer
    You can save a lot of time around the house by having just what you need stashed where you need it. Usually, that’s t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning
    The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re i...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Oven Cleaning
    If your oven had a busy holiday season, January is a great time to do some oven cleaning before it makes a smoky mess...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pantry Storage
    A well-stocked pantry is key to planning and preparing meals efficiently. But even if you keep loads of ingredients o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pot Fillers
    If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one feature to consider adding is a pot filler. These handy fixtures are basica...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Range Hoods
    A range hood can blend quietly into your kitchen cabinetry or make a dramatic architectural statement. But whether it...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Reface or Replace?
    Are your kitchen cabinets dated and worn? Or maybe they’re just too dark for your taste. New cabinets can be a costly...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Second Refrigerators
    One out of four American homes has a second refrigerator in it, according to the Department of Energy—that’s 30 milli...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Stacking Cabinets
    No matter how big your kitchen is, you never seem to have enough cabinet space. In a small kitchen where space is at ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: The New Fridge
    After years of Thanksgiving dinners, superbowls and midnight snacks, it’s probably served you well, but that old frid...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Think Before You Install a Kitchen Island
    Installing a kitchen island doesn't just enhance the look of your kitchen. It can also make meal prep a lot more enjo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Under-Cabinet Lighting
    Under-cabinet lighting has come a long way since those old-style humming fluorescents and super hot halogen pucks, wi...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Appliance Care
    Your kitchen contains more appliances than any other room in the house. When the units are in good condition, there's...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Cabinets
    Books have been written about making kitchen cabinets—and one could be written about buying them, too. But there are ...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Countertops
    Kitchen makeovers are among the most popular of home improvements. They can be costly—a mid-range minor kitchen remod...
  • Buy or DIY: 5 Ways to Fit More in Your Fridge & Freezer
    Spice racks, knife holders, and towel bars—there's no shortage of organizational helpers aimed at bettering one's lif...
  • Buyer's Guide: Best Dishwashers
    When you're planning a dinner party, it's not long before you start picturing the pile of plates that will await you ...
  • Buyer's Guide: Engineered Stone Countertops
    Many Americans nowadays care about making eco-friendly choices. And when it comes to countertops, engineered stone is...
  • Buyer's Guide: Granite Countertops
    Granite. It’s the most popular natural countertop surface for kitchens and baths in America. And for good reason—it’s...
  • Buyer's Guide: Laminate Countertops
    When you’re remodeling a kitchen on a budget, laminate is the best affordable option for countertops. Nowadays this t...
  • Buyer's Guide: Wood Countertops
    When it comes to naturally beautiful countertops, it’s hard to beat the warmth and character of wood. Before you opt ...
  • Cabinet Artistry: The 12-Year Kitchen
    Anyone who embarks on a large-scale renovation like our kitchen project worries about it—it’s a huge expense and a ma...
  • Cabinet Door Styles: What's Yours?
    Looking for the perfect cabinet door design for your kitchen or bath remodel? Here are six of the most popular style choices.
  • Cabinet Hardware: 10 Styles to Invigorate Your Kitchen
    No need to rip out the cabinets—inexpensively update the look of your kitchen with new cabinet hardware.
  • Cabinet Refacing: Should I or Shouldn't I?
    Thinking about giving your dated kitchen a new appearance? Fortunately, there is a cost-effective alternative to repl...
  • Case Studies in Kitchen Design: Smart Layouts for Family Kitchens
    Kitchen designs are increasingly important; these days, the kitchen is the busiest room in most houses. Even where co...
  • Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself
    They might have celebrity status, but there's no reason why you can't draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own.
  • Childproofing the Kitchen
    Many child-safety experts believe that children should be kept out of the kitchen and that no amount of childproofing...
  • Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances
    Choosing major kitchen appliances can be fun, but homeowners should think of family and lifestyle first. If hiring a ...
  • Cook's Tour: Home Kitchens of 8 Famous Chefs
    What does a culinary pro want in his own kitchen? To find out, take a peek into these 8 home kitchens of well-known chefs.
  • Counter Attack: The 12-Year Kitchen
    We finally hit the milestone we’ve been waiting for: the countertop is in!This was a big one—the finish line has been...
  • Counter Intelligence: Choosing the Right Countertop
    Countertops pull double duty as a visual design element and a hardworking surface. Cost depends on materials, with pr...
  • Countertop Care 101
    Perhaps never before have there been so many enticing countertop options to fit every budget, décor, and culinary nee...
  • Countertop Types
    When it comes to countertop types, there are both natural and manmade surface options choices available. The principa...
  • DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformation
    At one time or another most of us have considered remodeling the kitchen. It’s the one room in the house that sees th...
  • DIY Kitchen Makeover (Without the Renovation)
    You don't always need to rip your kitchen apart to give it a makeover. When blogger and DIYer Brenda McDevitt decided...
  • Demolition and Excavation: The 12-Year Kitchen
    When you own a house built in 1920, you have lead—it’s in the solder on old pipes, and in the paint on old walls.   W...
  • Designers Tell All: Top 12 Kitchen Trends Revealed
    Get the lowdown on today's most popular kitchen design trends from top designers Steven La Fonte and Kate Singer.
  • Disguise Your Appliances
    Call it the great cover-up. In a trend fueled by manufacturer innovations and designer imagination, appliances are th...
  • Dream It, Do It: DIY Kitchen Makeover
    One home blogger tells us how she pulled off a low-cost, high-impact, total kitchen transformation.
  • Eco-Friendly Cabinets
    Cabinetry is commonplace in kitchens, bathrooms, and often home offices and family rooms. But while durability, style...
  • Even Your Garbage Disposal Needs TLC
    It's not so much that your under-sink workhorse needs strict maintenance, only sensible care. You probably already kn...
  • Fill the Awkward Gap in Your Kitchen with a Pullout Organizer
    In nearly every kitchen remodel that involves cabinets of standard dimensions, you're left with at least one gap betw...
  • Floored, at the 11th Hour: The 12-Year Kitchen
    We were so close. The cabinets were in place, the appliances and lights installed, and we’d moved in—our beautiful ne...
  • Formica Goes Retro Upon Turning 100
    Formica, the colorful laminate used in American homes for generations, turns 100 this year. It was back in 1913 that ...
  • Free Your Pots & Pans from Cupboard Captivity: Install a Pot Rack
    Our kitchen needs more cabinets—and more counter space. Indeed, who has a kitchen with enough of these precious ameni...
  • Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Flooring
    While design, color, and surface appeal are important considerations, you’ll also want kitchen flooring that can live...
  • Galley Kitchens: Unique, Compact, and Efficient
    The term “galley kitchen” originally referred to kitchens aboard ships, trains, and planes—compact spaces with tight ...
  • Get the Look: Country Kitchen
    The country kitchen is an American icon. The warm, welcoming feeling we get when we see homey gingham curtains, beade...
  • Get the Look: Retro Kitchen
    They don't make 'em like they used to. Today, the popular notion of a "dream kitchen" includes an an all-white color ...
  • Getting Started: The 12-Year Kitchen
    Space planning for our kitchen project took more than six months, but we were thrilled with the plans we agreed on. N...
  • Going Bold: 10 Kitchens That Pop with Color
    Sure, white kitchens look clean and stylish, but they can lack personality. Here are ten beautiful reasons to be bold with color in your kitchen.
  • House Tour: Old House, Modern Kitchen
    A rural farmhouse dating back to 1789 gets a contemporary kitchen makeover.
  • How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
    Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet...
  • How To: Clean Granite Countertops
    In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But to clean granite countertops successfully, a homeo...
  • How To: Clean Kitchen Cabinets
    Kitchen cabinets are opened and closed more often than the front door is. Such frequent use—along with leakage, spill...
  • How To: Clean Oven Racks
    Ugh, is there anything worse than a dirty oven? If you use the appliance at all, chances are that baked-on grease, st...
  • How To: Clean Stainless Steel
    Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, ho...
  • How To: Clean a Dishwasher
    The idea of cleaning a dishwasher may seem a bit strange at first, but think of it this way: You regularly maintain y...
  • How To: Clean a Microwave
    You know it's time to clean your microwave when obnoxious smells fill the kitchen every time you open the appliance d...
  • How To: Clean a Stovetop
    On those busy nights when you're lucky to have found just 20 minutes to put toward preparing a one-pot meal, cleanup ...
  • How To: Clean and Maintain Butcher Block
    Butcher block counters are a perennial favorite in the kitchen, though many homeowners worry about the care and maint...
  • How To: Cure a Smelly Garbage Disposal
    There's no denying the convenience of the garbage disposal: It simplifies so many of the activities that take place i...
  • How To: Defrost a Freezer
    Have you got a freezer full of frost? That'll happen. Fortunately, defrosting a freezer isn't as big a deal as people...
  • How To: Fix a Clogged Garbage Disposal
    Garbage disposals are handy household tools, but if you're not careful, they can get jammed or clogged. To keep this ...
  • How To: Install Base Cabinets
    One fundamental rule applies to the installation of just about anything: If you get the first piece right, the others...
  • How To: Install a Dishwasher
    Installing a dishwasher may seem daunting, but with the right instructions and a little care, it can be a rewarding D...
  • How To: Install a New Kitchen Sink
    So many elements in kitchen design have remained common over the decades. Cabinets still have raised panels. Countert...
  • How To: Laminate Kitchen Countertops
    I've got some tips for you on how to laminate countertops in your kitchen. Roll on contact cement and allow it to set...
  • How To: Make Concrete Countertops
    The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as...
  • How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
    Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
  • How To: Restore Cabinet Finishes
    Your kitchen gets a lot of use. So it doesn't take long to begin seeing signs of wear and tear on wood cabinets. Soon...
  • I'm Dreaming of a White... Kitchen: 10 Bright Beauties to Behold
    10 beautiful kitchens employ all-white palettes to create stunning yet serene spaces.
  • Is a Kitchen Banquette Right for You?
    Banquettes have a nostalgic charm about them, whether you sat at one in your grandmother's kitchen or you shared a di...
  • It’s Electrifying: The 12-Year Kitchen
    When we bought our house in 1999 (right), one of the things we did before we even moved in was to upgrade the electri...
  • Jonathan Adler's New Kohler COLORS
    Given Jonathan Adler’s all-consuming love of color (after all, the man did write a book called Happy Chic Colors), it...
  • Kitchen Cabinet Doors
    Don't miss Cabinet Door Styles: What's Yours?Whether you're buying new or upgrading the kitchen cabinet doors you alr...
  • Kitchen Cabinets 101
    New kitchen cabinets will likely be your biggest expenditure and will also determine the tone and functionality of yo...
  • Kitchen Countertops 101
    Consumers have a great deal of choice when it comes to kitchen countertops. There are options available from moderate...
  • Kitchen Countertops: 10 Popular Options Today
    The choices are many, but which kitchen countertop is the best for you? Find out here.
  • Kitchen Cures: The Perfect Solution for Every Unruly Drawer
    No matter the size of your kitchen, there never seems to be enough storage space to fit the everyday wares and specialty gadgets. Soon, you find the collection spilling onto the countertops and invading your cooking space. But before you consider where to add more cabinets, shelves, or baskets to your kitchen, take a peek inside the areas that still have a little more room to give: your existing drawers. If left a mess, they don't store to full potential. Fortunately, these seven tricks can organize every drawer in the kitchen to work harder and fit more—without turning into an overcrowded junk drawer.
  • Kitchen Envy: 10 Rooms We Love
    Your kitchen may not be as grand as these, but in each of them we found design ideas worth emulating.
  • Kitchen Flooring: 8 Popular Choices
    Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don't overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring.
  • Kitchen Layouts: 4 "Space Smart" Plans
    Kitchen remodeling requires careful planning to be truly successful.  Before you start selecting cabinets, countertop...
  • Kitchen Remodel Ideas
    Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven in all they do—even renovating their kitchens. Here are s...
  • Kitchen Renovation Basics
    Thinking about doing a kitchen renovation? You're not alone. The busiest room by far in most houses is the kitchen. E...
  • La Cornue's New Built-In Rotisserie
    What’s more delicious than slow-roasted chicken on a summer day? Fans of fowl (and fish and other meats too) will be ...
  • Laminate Countertop Renewal
    Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauce...
  • Luxuriating on Kitchen Islands
    Cursed with a galley kitchen like most apartment dwellers, I dream of the day I’ll upgrade to a space big enough for ...
  • Make Room for Mud: The 12-Year Kitchen
    I’ve always pined for a mud room—they seem like such remarkably efficient spaces for collecting coats, boots, sneaker...
  • My Favorite Room in the House: The Walk-In Pantry
    When we lived in our tiny Manhattan apartment, we had 48 inches of total counter space and one 18-inch-wide pantry ca...
  • New & Notable: 10 Must-Haves for the Luxury Kitchen
    The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, it's tempting—and gratifying—to spend a bundle. So if you're going to splurge anyway, make sure that you pick amenities that are as functional as they are beautiful. A good place to start is with these 10 posh options that are sure to enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen, impress your guests, and make food preparation even easier—which is, after all, the purpose of this increasingly luxurious room.
  • New Kenmore Refrigerator Packed with Innovative Features
    On the surface the new Kenmore Elite Trio looks a lot like many other French Door models on the market today. But ins...
  • New Knobs Give Cabinets a Lift
    One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen or bath cabinets—and add pizzaz—is to swap out the old hardware for ne...
  • Old Country Farmhouse Gets City-Slick Kitchen
    If undertaking a home improvement project can take a lot of courage, the buyer of this 1789-vintage farmhouse in Chat...
  • One-of-a-Kind Countertops: 6 Ways to Make Yours Unique
    Make sure your kitchen stands out from the crowd with one of these customized countertop treatments.
  • Options for Kitchen Cabinets
    In-Stock and Semi-Stock Kitchen Cabinet OptionsReady-to-assemble open-frame and pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are ea...
  • Painted Cabinets: 14 Reasons to Transform Yours Now
    Cabinet replacement can be expensive. Painted kitchen cabinets are an affordable, fun, and attractive alternative.
  • Personalize Your Kitchen Countertops
    There’s been a change in consumer attitude, marked by people following their own style sense, rather than the trends....
  • Pick the Right Appliances
    When it's time to purchase new appliances, go beyond colors and styles to consider features, capacity, energy efficie...
  • Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
    Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficie...
  • Planning Your Dream Kitchen
    When it comes to turning your dream kitchen design into a reality, you may decide that working with a professional is...
  • Pro Tips: How to Save $ on Kitchen Remodeling
    Anyone with a kitchen that’s older than this century has probably entertained thoughts of a redo, although just menta...
  • Quick Tip: Budget Kitchen Remodeling
    Big Ideas, Small Budget If your kitchen is begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on som...
  • Quick Tip: Butcher Block
    A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles ...
  • Quick Tip: Hanging Kitchen Cabinets
    Here are some things to think about when you want to hang kitchen cabinets. Start by hanging your upper cabinets so t...
  • Recipe for Success: 10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks
    With a few simple and fun DIY projects, you can turn your kitchen into an oasis of order where you can whip up culinary masterpieces with ease.
  • Remodeling a Dutch Colonial: The 12-Year Kitchen
    There are two quotes I’ll never forget from our home-buying days. One was what our real estate agent said to us as sh...
  • Renovate Your Rental: 9 Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make
    Renters don’t always have a say in the design or decor of a kitchen, and unless you have a flexible landlord, cosmetic changes are not easy to accomplish. But there are plenty of ways to conceal your kitchen's most unattractive features—and play up its strengths. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, so it's a good use of time to get the space looking and working its best. That means adding storage and lighting, but also changing out counters or cabinets... without jeopardizing your security deposit. Click through our slideshow to view tips that will get you cookin’ in no time.
  • Renovating a Small Kitchen? 10 Questions to Ask Before You Begin
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