Have heap of mismatched plates gathering dust in the basement? Dig 'em out! Antiques and vintage collectibles are meant to be seen and enjoyed, so here are 5 ways to live comfortably with loads of vintage finds.
There never seems to be cabinet space deep enough to hold platters, so make an artful asset of hard-to-store goods. Here, we used a custom plate rack to displays the oversize dishes.
Plus: 12 smart kitchen organization ideas »
Bring baubles into the light. Instead of stashing jewelry in a drawer or box -- where it tends to get tangled and forgotten -- corral bangles in vessels, like these McCoy planters. To devise the perfect spot for beaded bracelets, cover particle board in gift wrap, then pop it into an antique frame. Hang each sparkler from a pretty bridal-bouquet pushpin to complete the look.
Put treasures to work. Stacked up, vintage suitcases read as a single unit of furniture, like a cabinet. And this gorgeous grouping doesn't just
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Have heap of mismatched plates gathering dust in the basement? Dig 'em out! Antiques and vintage collectibles are meant to be seen and enjoyed, so here are 5 ways to live comfortably with loads of vintage finds.Read More »from 5 Ways to Declutter Your Collections
Try these smart organization tips to make your kitchen pantry as beautiful -- and useful -- as any other room in your house.Read More »from 5 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry
Plus: 40+ before-and-after home makeovers! »
1. Add Instant Messaging
If your household schedules need as much organizing as your dry goods, consider turning the pantry into a full-scale message center. We painted this pantry door's top panel with chalkboard paint to keep notes easily visible.
2. Make a Great Entrance
Show off a kitchen pantry by fitting it with an eye-catching exterior door, perhaps painted in a bright color, like the screen door above. But remember: If the interior will be on view, you'll want to keep the contents looking picture perfect.
Plus: 70+ amazing kitchen design ideas »
3. Create Sliding Drawers
No room for a dedicated pantry? Cabinet manufacturers offer slide-out units that fit into standard base-cabinet openings, or gaps between cabinets. This pantry, from Kraftmaid, is just nine inches wide.
4. Try a Floor-to-Ceiling Pantry
Treat your sweetheart to an intimate dinner with rich, decadent dishes and sweet, tasty desserts, the perfect combination for an unforgettable Valentine's Day!Read More »from Romantic Valentine's Day Menu
Plus: Set the mood with our 10 favorite romantic movies »
1. Elisa's Champagne Cocktail
Start off with this delicious cocktail, made with great champagne, budget brut, and garnished with an orange or lemon peel.
Get the recipe: Elisa's Champagne Cocktail »
2. Shrimp Bisque with Bourbon
This flavorful cream soup, garnished with shrimp, makes a fancy introduction to your romantic meal. Because of its richness, you could even make this your main course.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Bisque with Bourbon »
3. Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
You only need five ingredients (plus salt and pepper) for this Italian meal for two -- lamb chops, olive oil, mint, garlic, and lemon -- making it a perfectly easy and impressive dish.
Get the recipe: Lamp Chops with Mint Gremolata »
4. Deep Chocolate Pudding
It wouldn't be a romantic dinner without an
These classic game-day recipes are sure to score high points at your Super Bowl party, no matter who you're rooting for!Read More »from 7 Classic Super Bowl Party Recipes
1. Pigs In a Blanket
Nothing will get the crowd going louder than this all-star appetizer. Use frozen pastry dough and all-beef hot dogs for these mouth-watering bites.
Get the recipe: Pigs in a Blanket »
2. Mini Portobello Burgers
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3. Crunchy Rosemary Potato Chips
Don't get stuck with the last bag of crumpled chips from the grocery store. Just one teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary lends explosive flavor to these quick-frying potato chips.
Get the recipe: Crunchy Rosemary Potato Chips »
4. Chicken Fingers
These pretty projects are perfect for Valentine's Day. Make them for your sweetie, your friends, your kids, or yourself!Read More »from 5 DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Plus: 7 more craft ideas for the romantic holiday »
Wear your heart on your sleeve. Transform any sweater into a romantic fashion statement by tweaking store-bought elbow patches. See our easy 3-step instructions »
2. Homespun Pincushions
This nifty project pairs up fabric scraps and heart-shaped cookie cutters to make custom pincushions any seamstress will love. To make, see our step-by-step directions »
3. Snappy Bow Bracelet
It's a cinch to craft this arm candy from a strip of leather. Download, print, and cut out our bracelet templates, and start crafting!
4. Custom Jewelry Box
Follow our three easy steps to bring personality and purpose to a plain craft-store box. Give the personalized jewelry box to your mom, best friend, or daughter--and maybe stash something sparkly inside!
5. Paper Airplane Love Notes
Give your love notes a lift, and take
These fun and simple projects will not only give you something fun to work on, they'll also help declutter your life!Read More »from 10 Craft Projects to Help You Stay Organized
Plus: 10 practically free craft ideas »
1. Profile Bulletin Boards
profile bulletin board
2. Almost-Instant Message Board
Repurpose a Sewing Kit
4. Sink Skirt
5. Storage Shelf
We'll show you 12 ways to avoid a fumble and score major points with football fans at your Super Bowl party.
Plus: 38 tasty Super Bowl party food ideas »
DO: Vary Your Drink Options
Beer may be synonymous with football (we blame the beer ads that play during every commercial break), but it isn't everyone's first choice. Make Orange-Ginger Margaritas or Passion Fruit Mojitos by the pitcher and be sure to have a few bottles of red wine on hand.
DON'T: Forget to Prepare for Spills
Cheering can get rowdy, so booze and food are bound to fumble onto the couch or carpet at some point. Create a preemptive strike against stains by removing rugs to expose hardwood floors, which are easier to clean. In case of a stain, try one of these cleaning solutions.
DO: Stock Up on Classic Sports Snacks
Peanuts, pretzels, and chips are practically mandatory on game day. Upgrade the basics with these Spiced Nuts and Crispy Rosemary Potato Chip recipes.
DON'T: Skimp on Hearty Foodsfood
Sports fans need Read More »from 12 Super Bowl Party Do's and Don'ts
From walls to towels to grout, here's how to keep the whites in your home looking their best.Read More »from 7 Tips for Cleaning White
More: See our 6 white decorating lessons »
Only wash white sheets with other white (or very lightly colored) items. Launder with detergent in warm water, but skip the chlorine bleach. "The last thing you should use is chlorine bleach because it breaks down the fiber," says bedding stylist Steven Whitehead. Instead, he recommends using an oxygen-based stain fighter like OxiClean to keep whites light and bright.
To remove wall smudges, first try the gentlest method, which is plain water and a soft cloth. If that doesn't work, move on to a solution of water and liquid dish soap, says Carl Minchew, director of product development at Benjamin Moore. If the spot remains, use more aggressive cleaners, like Fantastik or Formula 409, and gently rub the surface.
If it's safe to use chlorine bleach on your towels, do so with care. Read the bleach label and use the correct
From the best straighten-up strategies to the right way to vacuum your sofa, here's how to keep your house in tip-top shape in the New Year.Read More »from 10 Cleaning Tips to Jumpstart the New Year
1. Sweep Steps
Most household dirt-75 to 80 percent-is tracked in from outside. Keep the mess outside by regularly sweeping driveways, porches, sidewalks, and garage doors. Then, add a doormat to both the inside and the outside of every door.
More: Declutter your life with these 15 craft projects
2. Clean Door Mats
clean door mats
Vacuum or shake entryway rugs and mats when you clean the rest of the house, and give them a good wash once a month.
3. Remove Your Shoes
Keep grit and scuff marks at bay by asking family members and guests to remove their shoes when coming into the house. Keep a basket of slippers by the door for guests to borrow.
More: Get organized with these 12 weekend makeover projects
4. Vacuum Upholstery
Vacuum your couch and upholstered chairs regularly, even if they don't look like they need it. When invisible dirt and dust are left on
Cocktail experts Greg and Shelley Lindgren, co-owners of San Francisco's A16 and Rye, share the best spirits you need to always be ready for a celebration. Cheers!Read More »from How to Stock Your Home Bar
Greg Lindgren recommends having a quality mix of liquor on-hand. The good news? You don't always have to spring for top-shelf.
Spring for a good-sipping single malt. Lindgren's pick: Bruichladdich 12-year Second Edition.
Opt for the budget-friendly choice to save a few dollars since you can barely taste the difference. Greg suggests the affordable Four Roses.
This is the most popular alcohols, but the least likely to be consumed straight. Translation: You'll want lots of it at a not-too-fancy grade. Greg recommends the budget-friendly, but reliable Polish brand, Sobieski.
Margaritas benefit from pricier tequila so this alcohol is worth the splurge. Try one made from 100-percent blue agave, like Tequila Ocho Añejo.
Though cheap gin can be awful, top-shelf isn't exquisite. The