Naptime Lifestyle: Everyday Favorites for Everyday Life

I Love Your Kitchen Style : Jessie's Custom Ikea

I Love Your Kitchen Style: Jessie’s Custom Ikea

My friend Jessie moved into a historical New England home two years ago. When she and her husband bought the house the kitchen was basically non-functioning so they were forced to renovate before they moved in with their two young children and dog. Given the time crunch and unique space they were working with I think they did an amazing job. Since they plan to renovate further in the future they used Ikea to design and install their kitchen. It was a cost effective way to build a space they can use for the next few years while they save up for more extensive work.

10 Faves: Fall Baking Gear | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Fall Baking Gear

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for baking. I love it when my kitchen is filled with the aroma of warm spices and sweet nibbles. In fact, it won’t be too long before I start making and freezing cookie dough for our Christmas cookie platters this year. It is one of my favorite ways to get a jump start on the season and it always puts me in the holiday mood. (More tips about that in my book!) Here is some of my favorite fall baking gear:

I Love Your Kitchen Style | The Naptime Chef

I Love Your Kitchen Style: Lauren’s Modern Makeover

My friend Lauren and her husband recently gave their old house a modern makeover. I particularly love their kitchen because it both perfectly reflects their minimal modern style and is completely functional. Sometimes I find that the prettiest kitchens are not the easiest for cooking in, but this is not the case here! They have three young children and an active dog so making a space that could handles spills, dings, and noise was of paramount importance. I think they did a wonderful job. Come take a look:

10 Faves Fall Hostess Gifts | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Fall Hostess Gifts

Fall parties are in the air and the holidays feel like they are just around the corner. Here are a few of my favorite gifts to give to hosts and hostesses this season. Come take a look!

I Love Your Kitchen Style | The Naptime Chef

I Love Your Kitchen Style: The Bachelor Kitchen

As you probably noticed last week, I’m starting to changing things up around here and am introducing a few new columns. Today will be my first installment of: I Love Your Kitchen Style. It is dedicated to showcasing some of my favorite interesting kitchens from around the globe.

Starting this column makes sense because I am the worst kind of kitchen snoop. Whenever I visit a new kitchen I open drawers, walk into pantries, and take mental notes of every interesting feature I find. Kitchens are so often the heart of a home and I never cease to be amazed by the variety of kitchen designs out there! Never a visit goes by when I don’t note a little feature I want to add to our kitchen when we re-do it once and for all. I hope you find these spaces as fun and interesting as I do!

Must Have Wine Accessories | The Naptime Chef

5 Must Have Wine Accessories

Must have wine accessories for your home.

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The French Pharmacy: My Picks

Today I am deviating a little bit from all things food and travel to give you my French pharmacy picks. For many years I’d heard that French pharmacies are the best place ever to buy beauty products. They carry entire lines of French-made skin care that can’t be found stateside. These jars of lotions and potions are touted to be as terrifically effective as Le Mer (which I’ve only sampled because I can’t afford a whole jar), but can be purchased at drugstore prices. Before we went to Paris I researched favorite products on Goop, Design Mom, and the The New York Times. so I could build a good shopping list. Then the three of us I hit Citypharma Du Four to pick up some of our own. Here are my top product picks:

Father's Day Gift Guide | The Naptime Chef

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

A gift guide for Father’s Day 2015.

Naptime Chef Spring Favorites

Spring Favorites 2015

I am going to be taking a little break for the rest of the month and will be back in June. It has been a whirlwind few weeks and I need to stop and catch my breath. I can’t thank you enough for all of the wonderful support regarding the new book and the book […]

Mother's Day Gift Guide | The Naptime Chef

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

This summery tote for carrying knitting projects and toys for the grandkids. (via JMcLaughlin,$150) Chocolate mice for a sweet bite. (via Burdick, $32) A sweet love token to collect and wear, always. (via India Hicks, $39 and up) Charlotte Moss’s gorgeous new book to inspire her tablescapes. (via Amazon, $32.72) Lilypad silicone lids to replace […]

The Naptime Chef | Kitchen Idea File #6

Kitchen Idea File #6: Sinks

Our kitchen renovation is still in the works. All winter we’ve been checking out design books and kitchens we like around town. I also found this great article about 15 small and clever kitchen designs and I want all of them to be included in ours! One thing I’d never paid much attention to before was the sink. Every kitchen has one, but I never gave much thought to how they fit into the overall design scheme. Equally as important: functionality. What do I use my sink for and what kind do I need?

Bunny Williams Garden Inspiration | The Naptime Chef

Garden Idea File #3: Inspiration from Bunny Williams

Just a couple of weeks ago there was still so much snow in our yard I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see the grass again; let alone a blooming rose or single lilac. But! We are slowly but surely turning the corner weather-wise. The snow has melted and I am excited to say that we […]