This California Kitchen Is Made for Holiday Entertaining. Kitchen designer Alison Pickart hails from a long line of engineers — her great-grandfather founded the model-railroad company Walthers — so it’s no surprise that every millimeter of her renovated double-height kitchen, in a 1932 cottage in Ross, California, is as charming and carefully plotted as a train set. “Every area around our farmhouse table has a purpose,” Pickart says. As a parent and frequent party giver, she created “stations” so that nearly every family member can partake in the prep work. In this house, there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. “It gets beat up and keeps on ticking,” she says.
Living Room vs. Family Room: Is There a Difference? It can be downright baffling to pin down the difference between two seemingly identical concepts. In the epic clash of living room vs. family room, is there really a clear distinction? As a matter of fact, yes. Just as we discovered when exploring the nuances between modern and contemporary design, there's a lot in a label. While plenty of people use the terms "living room" and "family room" more or less interchangeably, they actually aren't the same thing — larger homes sometimes even have both — and it all comes down to how you use the space.
DIY Flower Chandeliers Are Taking Over Dining Rooms. Floral chandeliers are nothing new in the world of weddings — though they are getting more and more extravagant as the years go on. Incorporating them into homes, however, well, that's an entirely different story, but the idea is catching on. Fresh flowers have long been the star of your dinner table, but with this concept, they reach new heights and really transform a room for a special event. Admittedly, these DIY arrangements take some work to create, but once you see the end results and hear the compliments, it will be worth it. To help you get started, we gathered a few of our favorite ideas.
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