The cluttered epicenter of an on-the-go American family
The kitchen in Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house is not meant to be relaxing or peaceful. “This set reflects true family life, where it feels lived-in and highlights the busyness that every day brings,” says production designer Claire Bennett, who took over for the original designer, Richard Berg, before Season 5. The photo below was snapped at a rare moment of organization.
A masculine kitchen for a single guy– and his daughter… and his mom
The entire kitchen was built around the $1,300 Kohler faucet because production designer Alfred Sole fell in love with its innovative look. From there, Sole worked with the actors who play mystery writer Richard Castle and his live-in mom, Martha, to create a space they felt comfortable in.
If March Madness means your television is turned to college hoops all month long, show your school pride by giving your couch a spirited makeover: Temporarily transform your favorite team tees into game-day decor. Don’t worry– your shirts are still wearable when the season’s over. What a slam-dunk DIY project!
1. Gather your supplies
Clear off a workspace and have your supplies handy. Slide the pillow form into the T-shirt, making sure the logo is centered. Lay the pillow flat on your work surface with the front of the shirt face down.
Square pillow form
Team logo T-shirt
Peel-and-stick Velcro tape
2. Pin it down
Fold the next of the shirt over and down the back of the pillow and secure with safety pins. Fold both sleeves in, making sure the design on the front of the shirt remains centered and smooth. Finally, fold up the bottom of the shirt and secure with more safety pins.
3. Make your backing
trim the felt so that it is 1 inch smaller than your pillow on all sides. Remove the backing from one side of the Velcro tape and secure it to the felt, placing it 1/4 inch from each edge. Remove the remaining tape backing and turn up the 1/4-inch runover of felt so it wraps around part of the Velcro.
4. Put it together
Flip the felt back over and center it on the back of your pillow, making sure to cover up all the safety pins. Press down on the adhesive Velcro to secure the edges.
When the season’s over, remove the Velcro and pins and your tee is as good as new!
Did you know today is National Chili Day? If you’re not on total soup overload, let us give you some great dinner ideas for tonight. These aren’t your average chili recipes, either: They’re smoky, spicy, hearty and tangy in all the right places. So go ahead, celebrate this food holiday that’s perfectly placed during the coldest time of the year.
If you’re struggling to keep warm while not overturning your entire kitchen, we feel you. Many a night do we run inside from the cold and scramble to get a warm, hearty meal on the table. Luckily, that task has been made easier by way of four delicious soups that only require 6 ingredients. Yep, you’re not hallucinating: S-I-X.
Happy National Tortilla Chip Day! Although we love a good homemade chip, no tortilla is complete without a delicious bowl of dip to sink it into. While you could just open a jar of salsa or mash up an avocado, why not do this day justice with a cheesy, gooey homemade dip? These four dips will become your tortilla chip’s new BFF.
No passport necessary! Go around the world this week with five delicious meals from Korea, Spain and more. These dinners are super quick and comforting, plus, they taste way better than airplane food!
Monday, February 23
With the 87th Oscars coming up this Sunday, you should start thinking about what to serve for your party. The best way to entertain for any TV-watching party is with small bites, so your guests can keep their eyes on the screen and not on their fork and knife. So let them dip, much and snack their way through, from the red carpet pre-show to the closing credits. With food this good, they won’t even wish they were there!
Beauty editing can be all kind of things: an eye feast, a funfest—a crazy education (true story: when a friend was studying for his medical boards, I did better on the dermatology practice tests than he did). But one thing the gig is not, typically: a big soul stirrer.
Last week, however, I lucked into an exception: a Look Good Feel Better workshop. This free program—which I’d been invited to observe by the underwriting foundation—exists solely to help cancer patients handle the side effects they see in the mirror.
The point, of course, is not to feel runway-ready (forgive me: I’m getting a thousand New York Fashion Week press releases per minute as I write). The point is simply to feel like oneself—an often elusive state for anyone who doesn’t think she looks like herself.
And while the women at the session I sat in on were remarkably beautiful, they’d all seen their share of change: Most had lost their hair; some had lost their brows—everyone had newfound skin care concerns. Speaking of, I should note that each participant gets a cosmetics kit, and the contents are always screened for toxicity.
The workshop was led by a volunteer veteran of the beauty industry who’s versed in everything from blush blending to wig washing—and wise-cracking, when a group clearly needs a good laugh.
She kept the intros intentionally brief—a detail that might have been lost on me had I not been struck by something a friend said several months ago, mid-chemo: Feeling obliged to talk about your cancer, even among people who can relate, gets old fast.
Then again, there’s perhaps no better ice breaker than group grooming. It feels like such a throwback—seriously, when did you last primp en masse? at a slumber party? bunk night?—the sheer girliness seems to take women out of themselves. Yes, even if they’re learning how to keep scarves from slipping off their newly exposed scalps.
As I followed the participants through their two-hour session, I kept trying to figure out what accounted for the amazing transformation I was witnessing: That escapist element? The makeup itself (which, for the record, was fabulous by any standards)? The expert tutelage? Or simply being pampered?
In the end, I suspected the answer was all of the above, with a heavy emphasis on options A and D. And according to one graduate of the program, I wasn’t too far off: “It was the beautiful women, both inside and out, who gave me an opportunity to think about something other than cancer. I instantly felt brighter. It was just such a nice contrast—and that in itself was inspiring.”
Indeed, however face-brightening the blush—or natural-looking the penciled-on brows—there’s no cosmetic that can hold a candle to the gorgeous glow of kindness.
To find a workshop near you, click here. And many thanks again to the workshop participants—as well as to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center—for allowing me to observe.
Happy Presidents’ Day! Whether you’re enjoying a long weekend or not, there’s always time to honor our past Commanders in Chief, and what easier a way than by cooking up some of their favorite meals? From sea to shining sea, check out some of our previous presidents’ favorite foods.
Given his New England background, John F. Kennedy loved a bowl of Clam Chowder