Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
Photo: Scott Clark

It’s not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen… the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let’s not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don’t give up – there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.       Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

In this post, you'll learn how to make dog treats that are healthy and all-natural. 

how to make dog treats

I'm known around these parts as “the crazy Schnauzer lady”, but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs… and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch) with this easy dog treat recipe!   

 

I love my homemade dog treat!

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it. Continue Reading

25 Best Store-Bought Party Appetizers

When you're hosting an impromptu gathering or last minute holiday party, store bought appetizers and pre-made frozen party snacks can be a life saver. Here's a list of some of our favorites:

Best store bought appetizers

Appetizers are BIG in Sweetie-pie's family. Christmas eve is oftentimes a collection of cheeses, rollups, tiny meatballs, chicken wings and other delectables that you can eat with your fingers or toothpicks. Which is why I LOVE finding and making interesting recipes for appetizers. (BONUS list of party snacks to buy at the bottom of this post!)

However, if you aren't as enthused about apps as I am, or if time is tight, check out these 15 frozen, affordable, store bought appetizers:

15 Frozen Store Bought Appetizers

 

 

 

 

  1. Trader Joe's Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions
  2. The Fillo Factory Brie and Raspberry Fillo Rolls
    BRIE & RASPBERRY IN FILLO ROLL UPS
  3. SeaPack Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
  4. Whole Foods Tandoori Chicken Samosas
    tandoori chicken samosa frozen appetizer
     
  5. Allen Brothers Buffalo Chicken Wings
  6. Archer Farms Lobster and Cheese Bites
    lobster cheese bites
  7. Trader Joe's Parmesan Pastry Pups
  8. Crazy Cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken
  9. Archer Farms Spanakopita

     
  10. SeaPak Shrimp Spring Rolls

     
  11. Tyson Any'tizers Bonless Chicken Wyngz
  12. Whole Foods Pork and Vegetable Potstickers
  13. Archer Farms Crab Rangoon

     
  14. Golden Spinach and Broccoli Blintzes

     
  15. Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites

For a little more 'gourmet' then this list of the 10 best store-bought party appetizers. Continue Reading

Lux IKEA Stockholm Sideboard Makeover

West Elm Roar + Rabbit Brass Geo Inlay
Photo: West Elm

Kristi admits that this particular makeover isn’t the thriftiest, but compared to the $1,300 West Elm Inspiration pictured above, it is. To get the look, Kristi started with an IKEA Stockholm walnut veneer sideboard like  this one:

IKEA Stockholm sideboard
Photo: IKEA

 

Then she added to some brass strips and swapped out the chunky legs with those of the hairpin variety. This is what the Stockholm sideboard looks like now:

DIY brass geometric inlay IKEA sideboard makeover
Photo: Kristi Murphy

 

How do you think her version compares to the original? Continue Reading

Before and After: Console Table Turned Kitchen Island

console table before
Photo: HGTV

We’ve seen filing cabinets, and dressers turned into kitchen islands, but this is the first time I’ve seen a console table turned into one. And the outcome?? Gorgeous! And PERFECT for small spaces. The idea comes from  HGTV and the details of its transformation are pretty much what you see. New top, paint, hardware, and casters.

console table turned kitchen island after
Photo: HGTV

According to the accompanying notes, the makeover cost $265. I don’t know about you, but that seem crazy expensive to me. Continue Reading

An Unnecesarily Necessary Kitchen Makeover

Condo kitchen before
Photo: Love & Olive Oil

When a larger unit became available in their condo complex, Lindsay and Taylor couldn’t pass it up. But there was only one problem: The kitchen in the new space looked very much like the kitchen in their old space. Now, many people might find the “before” in this makeover perfectly acceptable, but the couple wanted to start afresh. Plus, they were very familiar with the shortcomings of this particular kitchen design, namely small cabinets that were dwarfed by lofty ceilings, weighty black countertops and an enormous kitchen island that “was far too large for its own good.” Since moving in mid-April, the kitchen has gone under a considerable transformation. Continue Reading

Before & After: 1990’s Kitchen Gets Much Needed Makeover

 

1990's kitchen before
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Faux wood laminate countertops, dark cabinets with raised panel “cathedral” doors, boring beige flooring and that peculiar 1990’s green that was ever so popular at the time made this kitchen dark, dated and in dire need of a makeover. The homeowner chose to go the pro route and employed DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ann Arbor, MI.   

1990's kitchen after
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

 

With a fresh white and warm gray color palette, new cabinetry, granite countertop and red oak flooring, the old look is a distant memory. Continue Reading

Rental Kitchen Gets MUCH Needed Makeover

Rental Kitchen Disaster
Photo: Creative Living

Usually around the Curbly neighborhood, we talk about renters who are itching to make improvements to their space. Well, in this case, we’re talking about a landlord who was itching to make improvements to her rental property. Katie, the property’s owner, was faced with a–let’s face it–disaster in the kitchen  when her most recent tenants moved out. (Evidence pictured above.) A shame, really, considering what the kitchen looked like originally when Katie did her first quick kitchen re-do three years ago when she bought the property. Continue Reading

How To: Make Cactus Cupcakes

Cactus Cupcakes feature image
Photo: Alana Jones-Mann

For the final installment of “unauthorized succulent week” here on Curbly, I give you Cactus Cupcakes. Yes, that’s a lot of fondant and frosting, but come on, how cute are they??? Alana, their maker, definitely has some serious cake decorating skills, but with the help of  her delightful tutorial, I think we can easily replicate them. You can check it out over on Alana’s website, Alana Jones-Mann.

Cactus Cupcakes process
Photo: Alana Jones-Mann

To view other projects included in “unauthorized succulent week” here at Curbly check out these posts:

DIY House Plant Cupcakes [Alana Jones-Mann]