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How To Maximize Kitchen Space on Thanksgiving

Are you hosting this Thanksgiving?

Regardless of how many times you’ve welcomed friends and family into your home on Thanksgiving day, it’s a big event that requires significant prep and planning. But it is possible to minimize the stress by maximizing your planning and your kitchen space.  

Here are our favorite tips for kitchen efficiency on turkey day:

Before and After: Restored Beach House in Madison CT

About the Design

This 1920’s beach cottage was definitely not an easy kitchen to design, but owner/designer Gail Bolling was up for the challenge.

Should You Renovate or Update Your Kitchen?

Does your kitchen work for you?

If the answer isn’t a resounding “Yes!” then it’s clear that something needs to change. But what? Do you need to rip it all out and start over, or could some small updates have a big impact on how much you love your kitchen? Here’s how to know.

 

5 Designer Favorites Your New Kitchen Needs

Choosing the tools and equipment that go into your kitchen doesn’t have to involve a lot of guesswork and finger crossing -- if you have some expert insight.

We’ve designed a LOT of kitchens since The Kitchen Company opened back in 1953. Along the way, we’ve learned so much about what works best, what has staying power, and what really makes an impact.

To help you with your kitchen design process, we’ve put together tried-and-true insight into our favorite blenders, toasters, ovens and more.

40 Easy, Fall-Friendly Recipes

The chill in the air reminds us that fall is here-- and makes us want to heat up the kitchen. There’s something about the autumn weather that seems to call out for home cooking, but in the midst of late-day meetings and after-school activities, worrying about dinner can feel like a drag.

That’s why we compiled this list of 40 easy fall-friendly meals that will make it simple to put dinner on the table, even on the craziest of Mondays.

Custom vs. Manufactured Range Hoods: The Pros, Cons & How to Decide

There are so many decisions to make when designing your kitchen. From flooring and countertops to the placement of light switches and outlets, the big and little details are what makes a kitchen perfect for you and your family.

That’s why we like to break down some of the choices you’ll face, explain the pros and cons, and talk through the reasons a particular choice may or may not be right for you. Today, we’re talking about range hoods.

 

Beyond Pumpkin: Make Orange Work in Your Kitchen

Orange is fall’s favorite color -- but usually not for kitchen design. Perhaps when you think of “orange + kitchen,” you conjure up visions of the 1970s. Or maybe orange’s association with pumpkins and hayrides makes you feel like it’s a color for a season, not a permanent statement.

It’s Fall Yall: 4 Easy Ways to Bring Fall Into Your Kitchen

Fall is an especially great time for cozying up in the kitchen. There are apples overflowing, waiting to be made into pies; squash just begging to be baked into a gorgeous casserole, veggies that will soon be simmering on the stove in a delicious soup. With the change in seasons comes a change in flavors, and it all seems to call for a change in decor, doesn’t it?

5 Kid-Friendly Cookbooks That Will Make Dinner a Family Affair

In the first few weeks of school, you’re prepared. You help the kids lay out their clothes, you prep their lunches, you plan a week’s worth of dinners on Sunday night.

But as things settle in, homework piles up and after-school practice starts, and you find yourself flying in the door with no plan for dinner and a bunch of hungry kids at your feet. You just want to spend time with them, to hear about their day and catch up.

So why not do just that—in the kitchen?

How to Use Your Kitchen to Stay Organized This School Year

Now that the kids are back to school, it starts to happen: the paperwork piles up on the kitchen counters. The backpacks are strewn across the floor. The kitchen table gets taken over by homework in a giant, disorganized mess.

It’s the same every year -- but this year will be different, because we have some tried-and-true ideas to keep your family in the kitchen (because it is nice to have everyone together after a day apart) and organized (because homework covered in last night’s pasta sauce probably isn’t what your son’s teacher was hoping for).

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