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Better Homes and Gardens March 2021

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design a cleaning routine

“With Everyone at Home All the Time (making Messes), I Need a More Efficient Cleaning Routine.” LESLIE, New Jersey Work basic cleaning tasks into the daily schedule, prioritize the big jobs, and get everyone on board. CONTROL THE MESS Reduce what gets dirty by leaving shoes at the door, limiting food to the kitchen and dining room, and assigning craft projects to one spot. SNEAK IT IN Spruce up as you go, making cleanup an extension of your usual activities. For example, squeegee the shower stall at the end of a shower. Wipe the faucet, sink, and countertop after you brush your teeth, and wash wastebaskets whenever you take out the trash. ENLIST THE TROOPS Everyone in the house can help, even young children. Make household chores as much a part of the daily family…

2 min
i did it!

As with many of her DIY projects, Cathryn Holt adapted a traditional crafting technique in a quirky way. This time she taught herself suminagashi—a Japanese marbling technique involving floating paint on water. But instead of the typical paper, she dipped plates to create unique patterns for a statement wall in her family’s Warner Robins, GA, home. “I had a closet full of spray paint that ended up being perfect for the job,” she says. “It comes out in a mist form, so the paint immediately starts forming that marbled pattern when it hits the water surface.” Using white plates she found at Dollar Tree for—as you might imagine—a dollar each, the project cost $40 (including hanging supplies) and took two days. Turn the page for Cathryn’s technique. WHAT SHE DID Cathryn stuck…

1 min
nik sharma

Nik caught our attention with A Brown Table, his blog chronicling his journey from Mumbai, India, to California through recipes. We became full-on admirers after reading his first award-winning cookbook, Season. The molecular biologist-turned-food writer shares his equation for great flavor and his favorite finds. FAVORITE BOOKSTORE “Now Serving LA ( has an amazing collection of old and new cookbooks, plus special kitchen tools for home chefs.” Latest Project In his second cookbook, The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained, Nik shares the concepts and principles behind flavors, how to use them in everyday cooking, and recipes to demonstrate. “Knowing why a dish works makes you a more confident cook.” $35; Cheers to Spring ”This Lemon & Lime Mintade is an ode to citrus and spring.” Make a citrus-mint simple syrup. (Boil 1…

2 min
apple greens

Decorators often style countertops with a bowl of Granny Smiths because their cheerful color freshens a room while evoking a sense of comfort. When you paint walls saturated green with mustard yellow undertones, they become a warm backdrop to lounging. “It’s cozier than cool green,” says designer Iantha Carley, who suggests pulling in multiple shades as you’d see in nature. DECORATING A VIBRANT GREEN ROOM with neutral pieces and lots of texture makes this intense wall color approachable. Maryland-based designer Iantha Carley says the supporting elements are key. FURNITURE ”Bold color on the walls is a lot of stimulation. The furnishings are the next biggest thing in the room, so using a more neutral palette gives the eye a break,” she says. PATTERN A large print is the great unifier. Here, the…

1 min
sunny side

“This is a great example of how you can use colors that are vibrant but don’t read as jarring.”ANN LOWENGART, DESIGNER 1 FOUNDATION White walls (Benjamin Moore Simply White) and wood floors flow from the kitchen into the breakfast nook. Thanks to the neutral backdrop, bold colors don’t overwhelm. 2 PRIMARY COLOR The pure primary yellow is the exact shade of her client’s favorite teapot. “It made her happy every time she saw it, so I took it as a sign,” Lowengart says. 3 BROAD STROKES Lowengart used solid yellow for the banquette cushions to define the area. Although bright, the upholstery created a stable base for accents. 4 DETAILS Splashes of yellow on the window woodwork, pendant light, and chairs pull the color around the room. Green (yellow’s neighbor on the color wheel) shows up in patterned…

5 min
how to make your kitchen more modern, more open, more organized

1 More Modern Maria Hawilo and Konrad Schlater’s kitchen felt too dark and too traditional. “We wanted something that was much lighter and more playful,” Konrad says. But an overhaul wasn’t in the budget. Instead, they focused on a few impactful moves that didn’t require changing the layout. CHOOSE A FRESH COLOR At interior designer SuzAnn Kletzien’s suggestion, the couple had the cabinets painted Benjamin Moore’s Heaven on Earth. “It’s not something you see every day,” Konrad says. Color Update “Simply painting the cabinets really made a world of difference.”SUZANN KLETZIEN, designer LOSE VISUAL WEIGHT On the cooktop wall, Kletzien replaced wall cabinets with floating wood shelves to open the space and create a spot to display decorative accessories. Other load lifters: switching the stainless-steel hood for a white plaster one and swapping the island’s…