Pegboard Inspiration

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I'm thinking about a future kitchen project (more about that to come), which has had me saving images of pegboard wall organizers. Yes, pegboards have been trending for the last couple of years, but I think they're more than just a passing trend. Case in point: Julia Child's famed pegboard pot rack in her Cambridge kitchen. Plus, the original architectural plans for the kitchen I'm scheming about indicate that a pegboard was to be included in the kitchen (though no signs of one remain today).

Here are a few DIY pegboard ideas that have caught my eye:
Inspired by both Julia Child and the Eames Hang-It-All, Food52's tutorial for this pegboard uses off-the-shelf pegboard and peg hooks that have been dressed up with wood balls to give it the Eames look.

Featured in Est Magazine, an Australian publication, this entryway designed by the architectural firm Heartly is paneled in floor-to-ceiling pegboard that has been painted black.

In this kitchen, a panel of pegboard covers the side of a refrigerator, making clever use of the vertical space. Remodelista notes that the "pegboard hides the gap behind the fridge, which wasn’t deep enough to meet the wall."

Remodelista is also using a shot of a desk organizer pegboard to promote its new site The Organized Home and their new book of the same title.

Read on for even more do-it-yourself pegboard projects:

Eat Beans for Climate Change

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A while back I read this article on TheAtlantic.com about how swapping our beef consumption for bean consumption would make a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions. According to the article, "If every American made one dietary change: substituting beans for beef. They found that if everyone were willing and able to do that—hypothetically—the U.S. could still come close to meeting its 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals... That is, even if nothing about our energy infrastructure or transportation system changed—and even if people kept eating chicken and pork and eggs and cheese—this one dietary change could achieve somewhere between 46 and 74 percent of the reductions needed to meet the target."

This statistic has stuck in my head, and I've been striving to eat more vegetarian meals at home (even though we rarely cook beef, I figure replacing beans for other animal protein also helps the cause!). I know it's hard for people to make the switch from the standard meat + starch + vegetable = dinner equation, so I thought I would share a few favorite bean and lentil recipes that make great main dishes for weeknight meals.

Deborah Madison's Lentil Salad (above) from the original Greens Cookbook is a classic. Find the recipe on Food52.com (photo by Mark Weinberg).

I've been making Heidi Swanson's White Beans and Cabbage for years—it's a great one-dish meal. (Also a great way to use all the cabbage I got in this year's CSA!)

Pair this chickpea and cauliflower dish with a big green salad and you've got a hearty dinner.

Another long-time favorite is Melissa Clark's Red Lentil Soup with Lemon. Read her commentary, if you need convincing.

Melissa has a ton of bean and lentil dishes in her new book Dinner: Changing The Game that I am dying to try, including this Black Bean Skillet Dinner.

A recipe inspired by the late great Chickpea Sandwich that used to grace the menu at 'wichcraft, and a excerpt of the original recipe from Tom Colicchio's book.

Digest 9.20.17

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Here's the latest round-up of things that have inspired me in the world of living small and homemaking, in general. Above is the a tiny beach house that has me dreaming of next summer's vacation (first link below). I hope you enjoy!

The cutest little beach house.

#fridgegoals

Mason jars—improved!

A nice way to hang prints.

The New Yorker's Konmari cartoon and decluttering humor.

Just a touch of millenial pink.

A down payment with an interesting catch.

Worth a try?

My friend Sophie's book Style Secrets is out now.


Our 8' x 10' Closet-less, Bedroom

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


When we first moved into our apartment we were expecting a baby and planned to use the dining alcove as our son's nursery. That worked well for the first nine months, but as we got close to his first birthday, we realized that we were waking him up after his bedtime.

Because sleep is the holy grail for parents of young children, we didn't hesitate to swap rooms with our baby, taking the smaller room for ourselves. However, figuring out how to make the space work, took a little figuring out. Here's how we've made our teeny-tiny bedroom with no closet or dresser work:

We already owned a captain's bed when we moved into our home, but as luck would have it, my sister was getting rid of her larger queen-sized Gothic Cabinet Craft captain's bed. A bigger mattress was a welcome upgrade, and her bed had drawers on two sides, while ours had only one. The six drawers are quite large and my husband and I have managed to fit all our folded clothes in our drawers plus the extra linens for the bed. I cannot recommend this style of bed enough to city- and small-space-dwellers! For the time being, we continue to hang clothes in the bedroom closet, but we may need to rethink that as our son gets older.

When we first made the switch we had two small side tables that just fit in the room with the bed. However, any time we wanted to retrieve something from the third drawer, we had to move the furniture, which put me on the hunt for a wall-mounted bedside table that would fit in our space.

After considering many options, I decided to invest in a pair of custom-made bedside tables with drawers and a small shelf from Etsy seller Tim O'Brien Woodworks. They were expensive, but they fit our space perfectly and they are beautifully made. Tim also does a great job of including the hardware and instructions for wall-mounting.

Finally, wall-mounted lights free up the surface of the bedside tables. We had a cheap pair in our old apartment, which had stopped dimming probably, and were thrilled when we found these ones second-hand. They are Visual Comforts Studio Classic model, and while I did not pay full price for them, I would highly recommend them. For a less-expensive model, try lampsplus.com and search for plug-in, swing-arm lamps.

The baskets below the bedside table are our laundry hampers. Our main hamper is in our son's bedroom, but we need a place to toss stuff when he's asleep and these baskets are from World Market work great.

For the curious, the linens are a mix of old and new: white Euro shams from Pottery Barn, a set of Painterly Stripe sheets from Schoolhouse Electric, a pair of long-ago DwellStudio pillowcases, and a lovingly patched and somewhat-threadbare quilt from my childhood bedroom.

And you can read about our barn doors here. 
 

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