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5 Gourmet Ice Cream Toppings by Salt and Straw’s Tyler Malek

  Make these easy gourmet toppings by Salt & Straw’s head ice cream maker Tyler Malek, and your summer scoops will be all the tastier.   Olive Oil Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sauce MAKES 3 CUPS | 10 MINUTES Though it may seem like an unusual ingredient, olive oil gives this dark chocolate sauce incredible depth of flavor. And the sauce takes only...

How to tackle the infamous kitchen counter clutter once and for all

  Gr8 Interiors, original photo on Houzz By Laura Gaskill, Houzz That vast expanse of open kitchen counter probably looked appealing when you first moved in or remodeled. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for baking, homework projects and long chats over wine with friends has become a magnet for clutter, with layers as complex...

How to get rid of hard-to-donate items

Houzz Photo, original photo on Houzz By Shana Levy McCracken, Houzz Spring is here, and with it comes the start of cleaning and decluttering projects. Most items you plan to get rid of can be sold or donated, but what about those things you’re not sure what to do with? Here are eight common household items that often get discarded and suggestions...

How to get the most out of the space below the stairs

Whitten Architects, original photo on Houzz by Nicole Jacobs, Houzz The area at the bottom of the entryway staircase can be tricky to decorate — or even to put to any practical use. If you have plenty of square footage and money on hand, building a powder room, closet or office might make sense, as long as an adjoining basement staircase doesn’t block...

5 ways to get a clutter-free kitchen

Studio McGee, original photo on Houzz by Laura Gaskill, Houzz From quick weekday breakfasts grabbed on the way out the door to special-occasion dinners planned and prepared with care, the kitchen is nearly always a hub of household activity — which also means it’s a common place for clutter to accumulate. In this series, we’re approaching each room...

5 clever ways to put a ledge to good use

Whitney Lyons, original photo on Houzz by Nicole Jacobs, Houzz One of my favorite unsung heroes of home design is the ledge. Its function is similar to a shelf, since you can put stuff on both. But shelves and ledges differ in terms of form. While a shelf is a horizontal piece affixed to a wall, a ledge may be built out of the wall like a ridge (framed...

Q&A with designer Hooper Patterson

Photography courtesy of Hooper Patterson Interior Design Our Designer Network is a group of trailblazers and icons that Sunset and sister publications Coastal Living and Southern Living work with to curate the best home designs for the magazines. This week, we feature interior designer Hooper Patterson of Hooper Patterson Interior Design. How would...

Which type of storage is best for your kitchen?

Anthropologie Europe, original photo on Houzz by Amanda Pollard, Houzz Cabinets aren’t the only solution for your kitchen walls. You could add character with open shelving or just leave the space blank for an airy feel. Here’s a rundown of the pros for each choice, plus a few tips for overcoming the cons. Related: More stunning examples of kitchen...

Q&A with designer Sandra Ericksen

Photography courtesy of Sandra Ericksen Our Designer Network is a group of trailblazers and icons that Sunset and sister publications Coastal Living and Southern Living work with to curate the best home designs for the magazines. This week, we feature interior designer Sandra Ericksen of Sandra Ericksen Design. How would you describe your style?...

The 18 best happy hours in Sonoma County

by Heather Irwin for Sonoma Magazine Happy hour has gone legit — even upscale — in Sonoma County, with craft cocktails, gourmet small bites and crowds looking to mingle and mix rather than simply get loaded on PBR and mozzarella sticks. Mixologist Paul Ammerman at County Bench in Santa Rosa. (John Burgess) Top shelf restaurants are now drawing...

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