7 expert kitchen design tips to make cooking a delight

“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”

For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations. 

We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice. 

1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances

The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want

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Wellness Home Design Tips For Weight Management During The Pandemic

Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

Weighing In

First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean

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Local designers’ tips for creating a cozy, comforting home, indoors and out

Robert Cipollone made a bouquet of autumn leaves for his desk. He gathered branches with a bit of moss on them. He added some pebbles to a clay bowl. 

“It just looks really sophisticated and uniquely different — and I would never have done it any other time except COVID,” says Cipollone, principal at Cipollone Creative, an interior architecture firm in Seattle.

He finds these small mementos of nature on walks, and brings them home so that the day feels more special. After a week or so, the objects go back outside to be composted or reused.

“You’re gathering things you wouldn’t normally bring in,” says Cipollone, who is working from home. “It reminds you, this year’s different. ‘Oh, these are unique to today’s experience.’ I want this day to feel different from yesterday.”

With so much happening in the world, having control over your space — even just to

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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner

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Tips to pest proof your home for winter | Community

We are not the only creatures that retreat indoors when the temperatures begin to drop.

During this time of the year, many rodents and insects will start entering homes looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Below are some tips to keep them outdoors. Most hardware and home improvement stores will carry the tools and materials you need to get started.

Install door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior doors. Lie on the floor and check for light leaks under doors.

Gaps of 1/16th of an inch or smaller will allow insects and spiders inside, and spaces as small as the diameter of the pencil (about 1/4th of an inch), are large enough for mice. Pay attention to the door’s bottom corners, as this is often where rodents and insects enter. Fit garage doors with a rubber bottom seal. Close gaps under sliding glass doors

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11 tips for juggling kids and working from home as COVID-19 continues

  • With no end in sight for the pandemic, parents won’t be able to rely on short-term survival tactics to balance work and childcare. 
  • Splitting up your day into short segments and designating specific time slots for parenting or work can help you manage various duties without getting overwhelmed. 
  • Remember, you’re not alone — every parent is struggling right now, so focus on what you can accomplish and ask for extra help when you need it. 
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For many families, the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic were all about stopgap measures and short-term fixes. One day, it was business as usual, and the next, going to work and attending school or daycare in person were no longer safe. Back in the early days, simply surviving from March to the end of the school year was a feat all its own — so parents

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5 Tips To Combat Work From Home Burnout

A pandemic, an election year, hurricanes, wildfires, social unrest—what more can we pile on to our 2020 experience? Most of us find ourselves working from home full-time while juggling homeschooling, pets, extended family and more. These are challenging times, especially for working parents. If you don’t foster healthy habits, it will be challenging to support the people around you, whether it’s family, friends, employees, clients or co-workers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to employ strategies to combat work from home burnout. Recently I connected with Denise Broady, HR expert and COO at Workforce Software, who shared her top tips to remain productive while still maintaining work-life balance.

Create a routine

Even though you might not be going to a physical office space, it’s crucial to develop a routine. Ensure you’re getting dressed every day (at least

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3 Tips to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

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Over time, you may get tired of the same, old look of your kitchen. You should know that decorating your kitchen doesn’t need a lot of spending. With a modest budget, these 3 simple ideas will freshen up your kitchen space in a heartbeat.

Why Should You Decorate Your Kitchen?

There are several advantages to decorating your kitchen, namely:

  • Kitchen decoration projects take less time and effort than renovation projects.
  • A newly decorated kitchen is a cheaper way to give your home a fresh look.
  • Decorated kitchens inspire and invigorate the home cook, which means more delicious meals.

3 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

If you want to keep expenses at a minimum, consider these 3

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Erika Ward’s Brilliant Kitchen Organization Tips

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Maintaining an organized home just makes life easier. When everything is in its place, you can move through your day with ease. Who wouldn’t want that? That’s why we’re taking you inside some of the most organized — and stylish — spaces crafted by some of our favorite design influencers and tastemakers. Get ready to take inspiration from the Organization Chronicles.


The kitchen is the heart of the home, and when you’re a mom of five, this is even more true. Consider the case of Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward, who admits it was imperative for her recent kitchen renovation to be conducive to her active lifestyle, especially now that she and her husband are working more from home.

Ward craved a comfortable yet stylish cooking space that would make it easy to prepare meals but also encourage her kids to assist with the clean-up afterwards (a.k.a. every parent’s dream).

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These 3 Google Home tips will save you from voice match anguish

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Google Home uses Voice Match to figure out who’s talking and deliver personalized results.


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My Google Home knows me like a friend — maybe even better. It knows my favorite music, my grocery list and what my schedule looks like from now until eternity. But the one thing tying all these tidbits together is perhaps the most personal thing Google Home knows about me: the sound of my voice. Google Home uses what’s called Voice Match to recognize who’s speaking to it and to deliver personalized results, and if you’re not using it yet, you should — especially if you live with others.

Voice Match is a great way to access your personal information while still allowing other people in your household and guests to use Google Home, but the system isn’t perfect. That said, even though there are a couple of pitfalls you’ll want to avoid with

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