Everything to Know About Induction Cooktops

Get cooks talking about stoves, and they are bound to have an opinion. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when a small mention of my desire to swap from gas to an induction stove in my last No Space Too Small column sparked a flurry of comments. It se…

Get cooks talking about stoves, and they are bound to have an opinion. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when a small mention of my desire to swap from gas to an induction stove in my last No Space Too Small column sparked a flurry of comments. It seems some people are wary of induction cooking and have lots of questions while others are passionately in love with the technology.

Induction cooking was first introduced at the World's Fair in Chicago in...1933! It has been widespread in Europe for decades, as those countries have moved more quickly to electrification, but in the United States, it makes up a really small market. According to a Morning Consult survey of around 2,200 adults, induction accounted for only three percent of the ranges or cooktops uses, while 39 percent use gas, 59 percent use electric; the same study found that only a third of respondents were likely to consider induction.

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What to Do With That Empty Space Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

I did a lot of apartment hopping in my 20s, and while my temporary homes often varied significantly in terms of location and style, most had a few things in common: tiny bathrooms, limited storage space, and a big ol’ gap over the kitchen cabinets. I u…

I did a lot of apartment hopping in my 20s, and while my temporary homes often varied significantly in terms of location and style, most had a few things in common: tiny bathrooms, limited storage space, and a big ol’ gap over the kitchen cabinets. I understand why the latter is often necessary, especially in apartments—if you installed standard-size cabinets flush with the ceiling, there’s no way you’d ever be able to reach inside them—but that didn’t make the gaping space any less awkward.

Most of the time, I just let the space above my cabinets go to waste, but there are ways you can make better use of it—as a display for decorations, extra storage space, or a combination of both. The internet has plenty of ideas for decorating above kitchen cabinets, and these are a few of my favorites.

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How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Cabinets

My current rental’s kitchen has builder’s grade maple veneer cabinets. When I first saw them, I knew I wanted to cover them up with black contact paper (I am a renter, after all). But once my partner and I moved in, I realized they weren’t so bad at al…

My current rental's kitchen has builder’s grade maple veneer cabinets. When I first saw them, I knew I wanted to cover them up with black contact paper (I am a renter, after all). But once my partner and I moved in, I realized they weren’t so bad at all and surprisingly, were in decent condition compared to other apartments I’ve rented. I no longer had grand plans to change how the cabinets looked, but I still wanted to change up everything around them: swapping out hardware, painting the walls, adding a rug, changing lighting. Even the ugliest kitchens (and yes, that is in the eye of the beholder) can be saved with a little thoughtful accessorizing.

With that in mind, I went ahead and swapped out the nickel hardware for brass, painted the walls a complementary color, and what do you know? I actually like the cabinets now. So, the best advice I have is to lean into the material and don’t try to force-fit a design style that simply won’t work. For instance, if you have traditional-style cabinets, adding lots of modern accents can make them feel even more dated, and vice versa. Plus, if your cabinets aren’t all that bad, why not spend your time and money elsewhere in your home?

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Lessons I Learned From Renovating My Small Kitchen

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


I have no complaints about having a small kitchen. I'm an avid home cook, and find it just as easy to create a great meal in my tiny galley as a large chef’s kitchen. In a confined space, everything you need is right at hand, and several years working as a cook for a catering company taught me that you can truly cook anywhere (including the deck of a boat and behind a dumpster in two rare instances).

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The Tabletop Brand That Turns Scraps Into Your Favorite Napkins

For Atelier Saucier founders Nikki Reed and Staci Inspektor, their meet-cute more than a decade ago was basically the business version of love at first sight. From the first moment they met at a mutual friend’s party in Los Angeles, Reed says something…

For Atelier Saucier founders Nikki Reed and Staci Inspektor, their meet-cute more than a decade ago was basically the business version of love at first sight. From the first moment they met at a mutual friend's party in Los Angeles, Reed says something just felt different. Inspektor adds, “We just knew from the start that we wanted to build a brand together. We're both super hardworking, creative, and just see eye-to-eye on almost everything, so it was a great partnership from the beginning.”

The duo come from two different, yet complementary backgrounds. Inspektor brings with her a formal fashion education from UC Davis and a specific interest in bespoke, small-batch design. “Ever since I was a little kid, I just loved making things and sewing,” she says. For her part, Reed married her hospitality management degree from Cornell and a seven-year stint at the Hillstone Restaurant Group. By the time she and Inspektor met, she had moved on to a restaurant consulting firm where she was tasked with helping up-and-coming hospitality brands develop their perspective and mission.

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Proof That Beautiful Soap Dishes *Do* Exist

A few years ago, I was laser-focused on ridding my life of single-use plastics. One of the changes I made was to switch from liquid soaps to bar soap. (If you haven’t come around to bar soap yet, let fellow contributor Chantal Lamers persuade you.) I q…

A few years ago, I was laser-focused on ridding my life of single-use plastics. One of the changes I made was to switch from liquid soaps to bar soap. (If you haven’t come around to bar soap yet, let fellow contributor Chantal Lamers persuade you.) I quickly realized that a soap dish was in order, but when I started shopping, it was challenging to find anything that matched my aesthetics. Instead, many of them were basic, plastic designs—the very material I was trying to avoid—or they were sold as part of a matching set with bathroom accessories like tissue box or toothbrush holders that I didn't need. I finally found a handmade ceramic one through Etsy.

Fast forward to today: It seems like cool soap dishes are everywhere. Etsy is overflowing with modern soap trays (concrete, terrazzo, clay, glass!); major retailers have options beyond the basics (and with no need to purchase a matching suite of accessories), and I kid you not—there are even cool soap dish collabs.

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How to Make Your All-White Kitchen a Total Showstopper

Over the years, white kitchens have earned the (undeserved) reputation of being boring. Although they remain a classic choice for many designers and homeowners, the impression that they’re a “safe” or even personality-less choice still remains pervasiv…

Over the years, white kitchens have earned the (undeserved) reputation of being boring. Although they remain a classic choice for many designers and homeowners, the impression that they’re a “safe” or even personality-less choice still remains pervasive.

Here’s the thing though: Like any design scheme or element, white kitchens have to be done right in order to succeed. Slap a white finish on every surface of your kitchen and it will look new, sure—but it may also end up feeling uninspired, bland, or even sterile. Any color palette can fall flat if not executed properly, but white kitchens are even more susceptible than the average hue.

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How to Bring the French Countryside to Your Kitchen

Skirted sinks, patinated pots, chippy cabinetry—classic French kitchens are somehow both effortlessly beautiful and perfectly practical at the same time. But getting the right mix of high and low, new and old, and traditional patterns and colors takes …

Skirted sinks, patinated pots, chippy cabinetry—classic French kitchens are somehow both effortlessly beautiful and perfectly practical at the same time. But getting the right mix of high and low, new and old, and traditional patterns and colors takes more effort than meets the eye.

Laurie Furber, the co-founder of the Bay Area French antique shop Elsie Green says, “When I think of a traditional French kitchen, I think of function. My French friends have their Le Creuset, copper, and cast iron passed down through generations, and [they] keep wood, enamel and silver spoons within easy reach for cooking and tasting.”

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The 10 Best Cookware Sets From Nonstick to Stainless Steel

Whether you’ve finally decided to upgrade your inefficient, mismatched pots and pans or are picking out your first-ever set for a place of your own (and a say in what’s for dinner), a collection of cookware is a big investment that shouldn’t be taken l…

Whether you’ve finally decided to upgrade your inefficient, mismatched pots and pans or are picking out your first-ever set for a place of your own (and a say in what’s for dinner), a collection of cookware is a big investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It should, however, be fun.

You are, after all, picking out the pieces that will be an integral part of your daily life for years to come. And no matter what level home chef you are, everyone deserves a quality set to help them prep their very best meals. With dozens of options out there (not to mention stainless steel, copper, enameled cast iron, non-stick), it can feel daunting to narrow it down to the one cookware set that’s best for you.

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6 Kitchen Cabinet DIYs—For Beginners, Experts & Everyone Else

Unless you live life on the edge and go for all open shelving, you’re probably working with some cabinets in your kitchen. They’re sometimes sleek and gorgeous, sometimes clunky and oddly placed, but they’re altogether an incredibly functional part of …

Unless you live life on the edge and go for all open shelving, you’re probably working with some cabinets in your kitchen. They’re sometimes sleek and gorgeous, sometimes clunky and oddly placed, but they’re altogether an incredibly functional part of a home—which is probably why they’ve been around for so long.

Kitchen renos are notoriously expensive and time-consuming, and they require a lot of decision-making, so it’s helpful to take the DIY route wherever possible. You might not think that cabinets are something you can compromise on, but you’d be surprised what a little hardware and a couple coats of paint can do.

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