A Peek Into Mollie Katzen’s Fairytale Home

With zucchini feta pancakes, mushroom strudel, and handwritten instructions on how to carve a fruit salad—complete with doodles and line drawings—Mollie Katzen taught generations of vegetarians not just how to feed themselves, but how to do it in varied, global, and fascinating fashion. The first edition of the Moosewood Cookbook came out in 1974, and has since been considered one of the best (and best-selling) cookbooks ever. Now, as she sells her longtime Bay Area home, the public gets a glimpse of the stunning kitchen, studio, and garden from which she produced, wrote, tested, and illustrated a dozen best-selling cookbooks.

Katzen’s sprawling house and garden served as both office and inspiration for almost 40 years as she wrote, tested, and illustrated her cookbooks

Photo by Open Homes Photography

Though the book came out of the New York-based Moosewood Collective, Katzen herself used the money she earned on it to move to California, buying a house just outside of Berkley in 1983. For almost 40 years, Katzen grew her own Enchanted Broccoli Forest, an herb and vegetable garden just outside her kitchen, with a farm table at the center. Paths wander among the charming plants and mature fruit trees, leading into the kitchen where she found inspiration for so many recipes.

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With zucchini feta pancakes, mushroom strudel, and handwritten instructions on how to carve a fruit salad—complete with doodles and line drawings—Mollie Katzen taught generations of vegetarians not just how to feed themselves, but how to do it in varied, global, and fascinating fashion. The first edition of the Moosewood Cookbook came out in 1974, and has since been considered one of the best (and best-selling) cookbooks ever. Now, as she sells her longtime Bay Area home, the public gets a glimpse of the stunning kitchen, studio, and garden from which she produced, wrote, tested, and illustrated a dozen best-selling cookbooks.

Katzen's sprawling house and garden served as both office and inspiration for almost 40 years as she wrote, tested, and illustrated her cookbooks Photo by Open Homes Photography

Though the book came out of the New York-based Moosewood Collective, Katzen herself used the money she earned on it to move to California, buying a house just outside of Berkley in 1983. For almost 40 years, Katzen grew her own Enchanted Broccoli Forest, an herb and vegetable garden just outside her kitchen, with a farm table at the center. Paths wander among the charming plants and mature fruit trees, leading into the kitchen where she found inspiration for so many recipes.

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An 1890s Farmhouse Gets a Purposefully Slow Rebuild

Welcome to Real-Life Renos, where we’re pulling back the curtains to the home renos we just can’t get enough of. Tag along as our favorite designers, chefs, and cookbook authors welcome us inside their spaces and share the behind-the-scenes stories beh…

Welcome to Real-Life Renos, where we’re pulling back the curtains to the home renos we just can’t get enough of. Tag along as our favorite designers, chefs, and cookbook authors welcome us inside their spaces and share the behind-the-scenes stories behind their transformations. We’ll explore their takes on sustainable living, how they express their identities through design, how they create beautiful spaces that center around accessibility—and so much more.


At the height of the pandemic last year, my partner Casey and I bought a second home. We had always dreamt of owning a place we could escape to on the weekends, as so many in the city long to do. We began our search just prior to the outbreak of COVID.

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Inside Our Design Resident’s Inviting New Upholstery Studio

For years I’ve had very clear ideas around what my dream studio should look like: bright with lots of sunlight, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-beam ceilings, and plenty of storage space for all the chairs that I find in secondhand and antique shops—and…

For years I’ve had very clear ideas around what my dream studio should look like: bright with lots of sunlight, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-beam ceilings, and plenty of storage space for all the chairs that I find in secondhand and antique shops—and to showcase my work, of course.

Moving back to my hometown Minneapolis (from DC) last year offered me the opportunity to find exactly that kind of space. But once I found it, the question was: How does one furnish a studio space without breaking the bank, and while also maximizing space and design? Having worked out of three separate (upholstery) studios throughout my career, I have learned a few tricks on what to do—and what not to. Maybe you could use some of these ideas in your own workspace?

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A Soulful 1940s Cottage Gets Dressed for the Season

Home for the Holidays is a special series featuring our favorite food and home experts and their diverse homes—and holidays—from around the world. From Los Angeles to Mumbai and Hong Kong, we get a peek at how each family approaches the most special o…

Home for the Holidays is a special series featuring our favorite food and home experts and their diverse homes—and holidays—from around the world. From Los Angeles to Mumbai and Hong Kong, we get a peek at how each family approaches the most special of seasons—in a way that’s uniquely theirs.


“Slowly but surely, we are transitioning our home back to a more soulful cottage,” says Kennesha Poe-Buycks. “We want it to be high on cozy vibes, and eventually, low on builder and flipper-grade finishes.”

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A California-Cool Hanukkah, Celebrated Outdoors

Artist Julia Sherman writes cookbooks that are unlike others. For her first book, Salad for President, Sherman visited artists in their homes, interviewing and photographing them as they make her a salad. In her latest, Arty Parties: An Entertaining Co…

Artist Julia Sherman writes cookbooks that are unlike others. For her first book, Salad for President, Sherman visited artists in their homes, interviewing and photographing them as they make her a salad. In her latest, Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook, Sherman talks to artists about their favorite gatherings and pairs them with her own recipes for food that are “easy to scale, affordable, and designed to be prepped ahead and then served in the moment.” So it should come as no surprise that the artist’s touch is visible at her own low-key yet gorgeous Hanukkah gathering.

Setting the Scene

Sherman and her husband Adam Katz live in a mid-century home designed by architect Boyd Georgi in Pasadena, California. Two years ago, the couple finished a full renovation of the house with architect Emily Farnham and a major landscape overhaul by Terremoto that includes a vegetable garden in the front yard, a fruit orchard in the back, a babbling brook, and an A-frame studio perched above the orchard. The house’s expansive deck connects to the back garden via a bridge. It’s basically a California daydream.

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How One Couple Effortlessly Hosts Gatherings In Their 700-Square-Foot Home

When hosting in small spaces, challenges abound. How does one cook a meal for 10-12 guests in a barely-there kitchen? Who among small-space dwellers has room to store all the holiday decor and boughs of holly? And where should the welcome refreshments …

When hosting in small spaces, challenges abound. How does one cook a meal for 10-12 guests in a barely-there kitchen? Who among small-space dwellers has room to store all the holiday decor and boughs of holly? And where should the welcome refreshments go when you have ambitiously planned a snack-fueled mingling and a subsequent sit-down dinner?

None of those quandaries have stopped Oakland residents Joe and Celia Catalino, restaurant veterans and co-founders of the sustainable wine club and online bottle shop, What To Drink, from being regular (and consummate) hosts. Over time, they have learned to cleverly work around their 700-square-foot, tight-squeeze of a home. Here, the couple—also parents to 10-year-old daughter, Lucia—allows us a peek into their full-house holiday festivities, and share expert tips that include how to combine the snacks and drinks table for efficiency, where to hide the clutter so guests don’t see it, and their picks for low-maintenance pre-batched cocktails.

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Peek Into a Mumbai-Meets-Oakland Diwali Celebration

Home for the Holidays is a special series featuring our favorite food and home experts and their diverse homes—and holidays—from around the world. From Los Angeles to Mumbai and Hong Kong, we get a peek at how each family approaches the most special o…

Home for the Holidays is a special series featuring our favorite food and home experts and their diverse homes—and holidays—from around the world. From Los Angeles to Mumbai and Hong Kong, we get a peek at how each family approaches the most special of seasons—in a way that’s uniquely theirs.


Sana Javeri Kadri has a striking childhood Diwali memory. “I knew Diwali was around the corner when I’d come home from school one day to find the ceilings being washed,” recalls the founder of direct-trade spice company, Diaspora Co.. “We would have moved out all the furniture in the room and people would be throwing buckets of water at the ceiling.” It was one of several pre-Diwali cleaning routines that got the entire household in the mood for what was to come: days of feasting and gathering.

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A Peek at This Creative Director’s Airy, Relaxed Kitchen

When Dara Caponigro, creative director of Schumacher, and her husband, David, purchased their 1920s-era Georgian home in The Bronx 11 years ago, the landmarked property had been abandoned mid-renovation by the previous owner. “It was a total wreck,” Ca…

When Dara Caponigro, creative director of Schumacher, and her husband, David, purchased their 1920s-era Georgian home in The Bronx 11 years ago, the landmarked property had been abandoned mid-renovation by the previous owner. “It was a total wreck,” Caponigro says, recalling its lack of electricity, plumbing and heating. “We couldn't get a traditional mortgage; we had to get a construction loan.”

Cut to now and the kitchen, specifically, bears little resemblance to its former self thanks to a thoughtful year-long gut rehab. Out went the room’s rusty fridge, irreparable parquet floor and half-demoed staircase, and in came featherlight blonde floors and open shelving punctuated by a few (or 20) sentimental embellishments. Of her choices, Caponigro says, “I tried to respect the Georgian architecture by referencing traditional English design, but then I took those references and made them more modern.”

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A One-Bedroom Brooklyn Rental Gets a Space-Saving Transformation

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life re…

Rent Like You Mean It is a series all about giving our rental spaces a new lease. We’ve rounded up a whole host of refreshing spruce-ups (and cover-ups), impactful DIYs (plus how to get them back to square one when you leave), and peeks at real-life rental transformations. Because a lease should never stop you from having a space that feels like yours—even if it’s only for a year.


Annie was my friend before she was my client.

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5 Colors You’re Probably Not Using in Your Home—But Should

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her tips for transforming a balcony.


Whether you prefer a neutral color palette or want to throw a rainbow over your home, the colors you pick for your space have a big impact on decor—but also mood and energy. The good news? There are absolutely no rules when it comes to which colors you pick (we’re team helpful guidance over here, not team prescriptive direction).

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