Elegant downloadable labels
If you're like us, you not only own a label maker but you also use any excuse to bust it out. It's time to expand your organizational horizons with these fun label templates that will make keeping your home in order super stylish and clutter-free chic!
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A home office gets a sleek and orderly makeover
Get the look of interior designer Jenifer Glover's clutter-free workspace.
Tasked with creating her personal home office, interior designer Jenifer Glover lets one thing be known: Style is strategic. Here's how to mimic her masterful ways.
1 Make a giant bulletin board on the cheap with corkboard, burlap and grosgrain ribbon to maintain order and lend warmth and texture to a room.
2 Instead of searching high and low for a stylish t-shaped desk, construct one yourself by placing three tables together. Keep the expansive workspace clutter-free by storing everyday items in pretty baskets and pots.
3 Ditch flimsy file folders in favour of sturdy clipboards hung on a wall in a simple grid arrangement. Think of it as a practical take on the gallery wall. ideal for keeping track of important papers or showcasing inspiring photos and phrases.
4 Organizing shelves well is something of an art form. A reliable rule of thumb? Choose items in varied shapes and sizes, such as textured baskets and decorative objets, to add dimension and character.
Get the look: Simple Modern
Get the inside scoop on pattern tiles from design editor Stacy Begg.
Design editor Stacy Begg explains why patterned tile is worth your while.
Patterned tiles are all the rage. We’ve seen them at historic sites and commercial establishments for quite some time (check out @ihavethisthingwithfloors on Instagram for proof), but they’re making their way into residential spaces at lightning speed. You can attain either an old- or new-world look at home with two types of tile available in the marketplace: cement and porcelain.
Cement tiles are handmade by pouring pigmented mixtures and cement layers into a mould and compressing them, while mass-produced porcelain tiles are made by glazing and firing clay at high temperatures for long periods of time.
Pros: Durable and long lasting; stain and scratch resistant; easy to clean; generally less expensive; ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens and entryways.
Cons: Can lack character from being machine made; more difficult to cut during installation.
Pros: Eco-friendly; handmade for lots of character and charm; perfect for bathroom floors and backsplashes in kitchens.
Cons: Need to be sealed periodically; slight imperfections from being made by hand; weight means shipping can be expensive.
Tip: Keep the rest of the elements in the room “quiet”, like your kitchen accessories, so the focus stays on the patterned tile, as shown in this kitchen featuring Walker Zanger ceramic tile.
I prefer patterned tiles that are monochromatic, like these graphic black and white ones from the Cement Tile Shop. The more colours there are in the tile, the more difficult it’s going to be to work other elements into the room.
Try this geometric option in shades of blue with a touch of yellow. It makes a statement but is subtle enough to share space with other bold elements. Cement Tangier tile in Black, Atmosphere, Velvet Sky, Malibu Blue & Maple Sugar, 8" x 8", Creekside Tile, $34 per sq. ft.
A hint of citrus yellow offers colour in a subdued way. Promenade cement flag tiles in Citrus, Salt & Light Cool Grey, 8" x 8", Waterworks, $47 per sq. ft.
Let these tiles do the talking. With a circular pattern and grey tones you won't need many more statements in this space. Eastern Promise cement Mamounia tiles in Palazzo, 8" x 8", Ann Sacks, $32 per sq. ft.
Rotate these tiles to create several different patterns. Pacific Collection cement diagonal tiles in grey & white, 8" x 8", Cement Tile Shop, $16 US per sq. ft.
A monochromatic pattern means you can easily add pops of colour with other decor elements. Porcelain Provence tiles, 8" x 8", Saltillo Imports, $9 per sq. ft.
Subtle yet striking these tiles will amp up any space. Stick to a monochromatic palette throughout the room to keep these tiles the focus of any space. Pacific Collection cement Star tiles in Black, White & Light Grey, 8" x 8", Cement Tile Shop, $16 US per sq. ft.
Black, white and grey is bold and dramatic, perfect for a contemporary space. 1900 porcelain Llagostera tiles, 8" x 8", Mettro Source, $12 per sq. ft.
The intricate detail of these tiles pairs perfectly with white accessories. Cement Gypsy tiles in Putty & Pebble, 8" x 8", Creekside Tile, $27 per sq. ft.
Make a bold statement with black and white. Porcelain Faenza tile in Gris, scored with 9 assorted pat- terns, 13" x 13", Mettro Source, $12 per sq. ft.
Make this twist on traditional lasagne with this recipe from Elana Karp and Suzanne Dumaine's new cookbook Plated.
1 Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2 On a baking sheet, toss the mushrooms and squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and salt and pepper.
3 Arrange in a single layer and roast until tender, about 18 minutes.
4 While the vegetables roast, strip the stems from the kale leaves, then cut the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the garlic. In a large pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the kale and garlic and cook until the kale is wilted and bright green, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
5 Remove the roasted mushrooms and squash from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. Using a fork or spoon, mash the squash.
6 To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is foamy, sprinkle in the flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth and golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking continuously, until no lumps remain. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, stirring to combine; remove the pot from the heat.
7 Spread a thin layer of the béchamel sauce over the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish. Add a layer of the lasagna noodles, followed by a layer of squash and mushrooms, the kale, more sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Repeat to make 2 more layers: noodles, vegetables, sauce and Parmesan. Top with a final layer of noodles and the remaining béchamel sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and the Gruyère.
8 Loosely cover the dish with foil, transfer to the oven and bake until the lasagna is bubbling, about 30 minutes.
9 Increase the oven temperature to 450°F.
10 Uncover the lasagna and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into pieces. Wrap with foil and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. To reheat, microwave the lasagna or warm it, covered, in the oven at 350°F.
Excerpted from Plated by Elana Karp & Suzanne Dumaine. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Elana Karp & Suzanne Dumaine, Photography copyright © 2016 Robert Bredvad. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter/Publishers. All rights reserved.