Tear Sheet Monday- the most organized kitchen plan ever

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In this month’s KITCHEN + BATH IDEAS “The Storage Issue” (January 2014), there’s a kitchen I styled that I think all of you need to see. Since organizing is on tap this month I will try to post ideas that you can relate to, emulate and be inspired by.

I got the shot list from this publication like I always do to start off the production process and my first impression was that it was a beautiful remodel. Little did I know it would be the most organized kitchen plan I have styled to date. In other words… “Heaven!”

We had a great time working on this photo shoot. There were so many things to feature that I think we took over 35 photos in a 2 day time span (that’s a ton BTW). Good thing I was working with the amazing Emily Followill, she knocked it out of the park.

Just to illustrate the extreme propping for this organizing story below are some of the props we brought to style up this feature. Normally we bring lots of props but this shoot was over the top! My assistant and I (sweet Emily) had a great time tricking out this super functional kitchen!


Pick up a copy of the January issue of KITCHEN + BATH IDEAS on newsstands now and get the full scoop. Here are a few of the highlights. Keep in mind this was a small kitchen in a quaint bungalow, a “Compact Classic” if you will. This proves that if you have a well thought out plan, lack of space is no excuse for an unorganized kitchen. I call this kitchen project “a place for everything and everything in it’s place.”


Let me know what you think! Did any of these ideas speak to you? I personally LOVE a banquette, these drawers for napkins and linen storage spoke to me.


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Weekend Project: Spruce up your Guest Bath!

bhg One of the things that is most important as a host is making your guests feel at home. There’s still time to spruce up your guest bath this weekend before the arrival of all your holiday guests. In January’s Better Homes and Gardens special organizing issue I show you how.  While you’re at it check out the entire issue for more organizing ideas and projects! bhg_0002 bhg_0003 Here are some simple solutions to cut down on clutter.

Let me know how it goes. I would love to hear about any last minute projects you tackle before your loved ones show up on your doorstep!

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Better Homes and Gardens September Issue

Big News on my cookbook front! The September Better Homes and Gardens has my Stylemaker feature on the cover. They selected me as a Stylemaker (it’s true!) and I am so thrilled. The fabulous and talented photographer, Jennifer Davick shot this story at my home. I styled up one of the parties from my new cookbook “Picture Perfect Parties” from Rizzoli NY. Can’t wait to share the complete story with you, but for now make sure you pick up a copy on a newsstand near you.

Also… look for my new improved website to launch this week. I think you’re going to love the new look. Exciting times! xx

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Tear Sheets: Better Homes and Gardens June 2013

In last month’s Better Homes and Gardens I styled the “I did it!” feature starring blogger Kelly Marszka’s thrifty laundry room makeover. It’s such a fun part of my job to see how people live and what inspires them. As a mom I’ve done my fair share of laundry so I totally get the benefit of having a bright, fun space to sort socks and fold underwear. Kelly and her husband did the entire transformation for $157. Impressive. The photo was shot by my friend Lauren Rubinstein (remember her from the “for your style” post?). Lauren also snapped this candid of me. Had to share. Hope you all have a great week! Fun cooking adventures from Italy coming soon…

photos by lauren rubinstein

check out kelly’s blog here.

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Tear Sheets: Better Homes and Gardens May 2013

I love a white kitchen and this beauty is one of my favorites. I love that island! Gorgeous, right?! The couple took a really green approach to designing their kitchen. They used wood from storm-damaged trees, local granite, and formaldehyde-free cabinets. They also wanted to keep the kitchen looking old and full of character even though it was new. I think they did a really incredible job of marrying the two.

The homeowner is the President of FLOR, I thought it very interesting that they live in such a traditional home. Very traditional, I always find it super interesting to see how interior manufacturers live. I expected a very modern filled with FLOR home, but only the upstairs had custom FLOR tiles in the bedrooms. These custom tiles eventually made it into the current line. Don’t you just love these insider secrets? It’s part of the reason I really love my job!


photos by rob brinson

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