Decorating

5 Smart Ways to Use Your Kitchen Window for Extra Storage — Organizing

It's no secret that it pays to max out every square inch of storage space in a kitchen. No matter how big or small your home is, between dry goods, pots and pans, and cooking accessories, there's always something extra that's looking for a home somewhere.

What to do when your counter space is maxed out, your cabinets are full, and your drawers are jammed? Look to your window! Here are some super-smart ideas for turning windows into bonus storage space.

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Recipe: Salted Caramel and Cream Cheese Banana Layer Cake — Video from Kitchn

There's no question that this is one of the most decadent banana cakes we've laid eyes on. And hey! Maybe it is about time the humble banana cake get its four-layer debut. To help further the cause, this cake is also layered and drizzled with a thick salted caramel. Half the fun of this cake is getting to slather that caramel with wild abandon. The other half, of course, is getting to eat it. With its four layers, caramel, and barely there skim of cream cheese frosting, this cake has a place at your next spring party — be it a birthday, DIY wedding, or graduation celebration.

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Your 5-Step Plan for Decorating a Tiny Apartment for a Cocktail Party — Birthday Cocktail Party

A cocktail party is one of those parties you can throw in the tiniest of spaces. (We're talking a studio apartment with a murphy bed!) You don't need to fit a dozen people around a table for a seated meal. Heck, you don't even really need to have seats for everyone in attendance (although a few would be nice). And you certainly don't need to go all out with decorations.

Follow this super-easy five-step plan and your apartment will be party-ready faster than you can even ask someone to bring the ice.

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11 Kitchen Accessory Shops You Should Be Shopping at but Aren’t — Shopping

Once you shop your way through the massive list of sheer logical stuff you need for a functioning kitchen (blenders, pots, pans, coffee machines … the list goes on), you're finally left with the fun part: decor. For me, that means more handmade ceramic mugs than a person could possibly drink out of in a lifetime and a display of vintage cutting boards, but for you that could be something completely different.

Whether your style is cool Brooklyn grandma, chic and modern, or a little bit all over the place, these off-the-beaten-URL online shops are going to have something sweet to suit your tastes.

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The Message I Wish Every Cook Would Hang in Her Kitchen — Kitchen Hang-Ups

What do you look at in your kitchen every day? Are you lucky enough to have a window to the outdoors? Do you paper your refrigerator with cheerful photographic reminders of parties and good times? Do you have a favorite piece of art?

If you're looking for something to fix your focus upon in the kitchen, artistically speaking, here's one message I wish you would consider.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Picking Kitchen Window Treatments

Choosing window treatments or drapery for any room in your home can be challenging, but the kitchen can be especially tough. Not only are there already a lot of design elements to contend with (like tiles, cabinetry, countertops, and more), but there are also safety and practicality factors to think of as well.

That's why we've come up with a five-question checklist you should run through when deciding on window treatments for your kitchen. Here goes.

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