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This funky condo in the Original Highlands is slathered with bright hues. Slap on your sunglasses and view the colorful space for yourself!
Robert Shipman IV/ The Courier Journal/ USA TODAY Network/Wochit

Ron Hopper’s condo, tucked behind Baxter Avenue in the Original Highlands, is “a happy space. I’ve always had a good eye for color,” he said. 

Drawing from mid-century modern and art deco styles, Ron has combined colors – like a fire engine red seen throughout the house – to create a fun, funky spot for both relaxing and entertaining. 

But he’s done it with attention to detail – such as choosing the right size furniture for his 996 square foot hideaway – and has finished several renovations along the way. He’s also added thrifty finds from around Kentuckiana each with a story of the hunt. 

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AN EYE FOR COLOR 

A painting titled “Windswept” by Linzi Lynn – depicting a woman with wavy, rainbow hair – served as Ron’s inspiration for decorating his home. Its fiery orange and red tones can be found in a tufted leather chair – opposite the painting hanging above his mantle – and in the rainbow rug that covers the living room. Its earthy colors are seen in a green tufted ottoman and couch topped with rainbow polka dot and sequin pillows.

Curved yellow and red lounge chairs and lime green, red and yellow bar stools in the kitchen accentuate the mid-century modern look. Art deco vibes come into play in paintings with stark shapes above the living room’s couch and in a Gatsby-like flapper statue on the mantle. 


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LOOKBOOK: Stunning dinnerware that will have you asking for seconds

Laying the table for mealtimes is an art, one that most of us aren’t experts at. That’s why, AD Stylist Samir Wadekar has handpicked 10 unique dinnerware collections that will inspire you to whip out your table runner and placemats and invite guests over for a lovely meal.

Setting the course of a meal is all about the occasion. Elaborate dinner rituals require everything from soup bowls to dessert plates or bowls, where as a lazy Sunday breakfast can be turned into an elegant brunch with the right combination of butter plates, handcrafted cutlery in unique shapes, finely patterned plates, and brightly-hued napkins.

Go ahead and indulge!

ANTHROPOLOGIE, SERVING BOWLS

Anthropologie, Serving Bowls

 

BROSTE, COPENHAGEN, AUTUMN WINTER COLLECTION

broste-copenhagen-autumn_winter-collection

 

EAST FORK, POTTERY, BREAD AND BUTTER PLATES

east-fork-pottery-bread-and-butter-plates

 

ELEPHANT, CERAMICS

elephant-ceramics

 

HEMINGWAY, DESIGN PACIFIC

hemingway-design-pacific

 

STUDIO, ARHOJ OMBRIA

 

TROPICAL FOLIAGE TERRAIN

 

ZAKKIA, TERRAZZO SERIES

zakkia-terrazzo-series

 

SUITE ONE STUDIO, BURLAP TRAY IN WHITE WITH GOLD SPLATTER AND ROSE RING DISH AND OVAL PLATTER IN ROSE AND VINTAGE GERMAN DESSERT PLATES

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FREEDOM TREE, FREEDOM FOUR CERAMIC COLLECTION

FREEDOM TREE

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Baby’s Back and Better Than Ever

At the end of my spacious, galley-like kitchen, there is a bay window under which is a window seat that holds all my counter-type appliances. These include two Cuisinarts (one big, one little), a Ninja Pro that purees faster than a blink of an eye, a big Crock-Pot, two grinders, a machine that turns water into carbonated drinks, and a blender. In the back is an industrial-grade Bernzomatic blowtorch to make the caramelized tops of my crème brûlée just perfect.

What?

You don’t have one?

Really?

What has been missing, for several weeks now, is the biggest of the crown jewels in my tiara of gadgets: my KitchenAid mixer. It is about 10 years old and a new one costs around $600.

At some point, the arm that holds the bowl got stuck. I diagnosed it, and went to YouTube to find a fix. It would have involved taking the head off, removing the engine, taking off the arm, and buying a plastic part that was broken. About 16 screws were involved somehow. I am sure I would have lost many of them.

I called KitchenAid. They were of little help. Finally, HomeAdvisor gave me the name of a man in Rhode Island. He sounded lovely on the phone, so I drove the monster to his house in Central Falls. A few days later, he called and told me what was wrong. I gave him the go-ahead. A week and $166 later, my baby is back. By the way, my diagnosis was wrong.

I am now a happy camper. I am hoping this will last for another 10 to 20 years. My aunt had one when she got married, in 1934. When she died, in 1995, I gave it to my friend Marilyn Whiney. She still uses it.

What did I make first? I doubled the recipe for a cookie that, to mix the dough, called for the muscles of a weight lifter or, in my case, my KitchenAid.

 

Lee White has been a food editor and restaurant reviewer for more than 25 years. You can email her at leeawhite@aol.com.

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Martha Stewart Living, September 2017

 

Yield: 12 cookies

 

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 whole bag)

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

24 caramels, such as Kraft, halved

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees with racks on top and middle. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter; beat on medium speed until combined but some pea-size butter chunks remain. Add chocolate chips and beat until combined, then beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.

Line two baking sheets with parchment (I use Silpat instead.) Scoop dough into 4-ounce balls (each about ⅓ cup), make a deep, wide hollow in each center. Enclose three halved pieces of caramel in each; roll back into a ball. Place six balls on each sheet. Freeze 15 minutes.

Bake, with one sheet on each rack, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, swap sheet positions, and bake until centers are almost but not completely set (press gently on tops with your fingers to check), 7 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven. Bang sheets on a counter a few times to create cracks on tops of cookies. Place sheets on a wire rack; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature up to three days.

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5 of the best-designed kitchen accessories of the year

Bennett Raglin / Stringer / Getty Images

Off-the-shelf blenders and toasters can be useful, but as products they aren’t often all that inspired.

For people who want to take their kitchens into a more stylized realm, the International Design Excellence Awards, put on by IDSA, are a good place to start.

The awards showcase dozens of products that have achieved feats of design, including consumer gadgets, industrial tools, children’s toys, and more. Only a fraction of those won top honors for their ingenuity and beauty at this year’s show in August.

Here are a handful of the kitchen accessories IDSA considered worthy.

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5 of the best-designed kitchen accessories of the year

Bennett Raglin / Stringer / Getty Images

Off-the-shelf blenders and toasters can be useful, but as products they aren’t often all that inspired.

For people who want to take their kitchens into a more stylized realm, the International Design Excellence Awards, put on by IDSA, are a good place to start.

The awards showcase dozens of products that have achieved feats of design, including consumer gadgets, industrial tools, children’s toys, and more. Only a fraction of those won top honors for their ingenuity and beauty at this year’s show in August.

Here are a handful of the kitchen accessories IDSA considered worthy.

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Marketplace: Happy Harvest!

It’s time to trade in those googly-eyed gourds and handprint-turkeys for some stylish harvest decor. Neutral tones and natural materials mingle in harmony while lush reds, oranges and golds add glamour to create a festive home. Here are some chic centrepieces, colourful dinnerware and rustic wreaths to make your autumn a glamorous one.

Orange Glow



Set the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table with this Ivy Orange 16-piece dinnerware set. Available from Stokes at Bayshore for $69.99.

Stokes

 

Thanksgiving is well known for its saturated colours and earthy undertones — the natural colours of fall greatly influence home decor. And, with bold hues at the forefront, it’s a great time to invest in a piece that serves a function all year round. This bright orange stoneware set features a lovely ivy pattern and textured details that will complement any table setting. From family dinners during the harvest to everyday meals all year ’round, it’s a great option.

Pumpkin Patch



With a gorgeous green glow, this large malachite pumpkin from Bombay Company at Bayshore adds a touch of class to any table arrangement. Available for $34.30.

Bombay Company

As one of the most iconic symbols of the harvest, pumpkins are great for decorating your front lawn and porch for the season. However, indoors, they’re not the a great choice unless you’re baking a pumpkin pie. Fortunately, this green glass pumpkin incorporates the magic of the harvest while still maintaining sophistication. It’ll add a malachite glow to any table.

 

 

 

Rustic Wreath



This 24-inch metallic Harvest Wreath is part of the Harvest Home Collection available at the Real Canadian Superstore and select Loblaws locations for $39.

Real Canadian Superstore

 

Whether it’s filled with cinnamon sticks and gourds or candy canes and holly, there are few things more welcoming than a well-crafted holiday wreath. This harvest, consider embracing the glamorous side with a metallic harvest wreath. Complete with mini white pumpkins, cranberries and a variety of twigs and leaves, this piece will be sure to invite all of your guests in.

 

Light the Way



Create an intimate Thanksgiving setting with this five-light candle holder by Whistlewood. Available online for $95.

Whistlewood

 

Arrays of veggies stuffed into a cornucopia, plastic spray-painted pumpkins and cranberry branches often find their way into elaborate centrepieces on the dining room table. However, not all harvests are a grand affair. For those looking for something more intimate, consider using this lovely candleholder to light up your Thanksgiving dinner. It provides the perfect balance between coziness and style for the holidays.

 

Autumnal Art



This Faded Moments wall art from Bombay Company at Bayshore brings an element of nature with its collection of colourful tiles. Available for $79.

Bombay Company

 

Thanksgiving decor balances the beauty of the outdoors with practical style, resulting in a multitude of pieces that can be used all year long. Artwork drawn from these concepts, such as this collage, combine cranberry reds, pumpkin oranges and roasted-turkey browns that we cherish during the holiday season. It adds an element of nature while also blending in with other harvest decor.

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Marketplace: Happy Harvest!

It’s time to trade in those googly-eyed gourds and handprint-turkeys for some stylish harvest decor. Neutral tones and natural materials mingle in harmony while lush reds, oranges and golds add glamour to create a festive home. Here are some chic centrepieces, colourful dinnerware and rustic wreaths to make your autumn a glamorous one.

Orange Glow



Set the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table with this Ivy Orange 16-piece dinnerware set. Available from Stokes at Bayshore for $69.99.

Stokes

 

Thanksgiving is well known for its saturated colours and earthy undertones — the natural colours of fall greatly influence home decor. And, with bold hues at the forefront, it’s a great time to invest in a piece that serves a function all year round. This bright orange stoneware set features a lovely ivy pattern and textured details that will complement any table setting. From family dinners during the harvest to everyday meals all year ’round, it’s a great option.

Pumpkin Patch



With a gorgeous green glow, this large malachite pumpkin from Bombay Company at Bayshore adds a touch of class to any table arrangement. Available for $34.30.

Bombay Company

As one of the most iconic symbols of the harvest, pumpkins are great for decorating your front lawn and porch for the season. However, indoors, they’re not the a great choice unless you’re baking a pumpkin pie. Fortunately, this green glass pumpkin incorporates the magic of the harvest while still maintaining sophistication. It’ll add a malachite glow to any table.

 

 

 

Rustic Wreath



This 24-inch metallic Harvest Wreath is part of the Harvest Home Collection available at the Real Canadian Superstore and select Loblaws locations for $39.

Real Canadian Superstore

 

Whether it’s filled with cinnamon sticks and gourds or candy canes and holly, there are few things more welcoming than a well-crafted holiday wreath. This harvest, consider embracing the glamorous side with a metallic harvest wreath. Complete with mini white pumpkins, cranberries and a variety of twigs and leaves, this piece will be sure to invite all of your guests in.

 

Light the Way



Create an intimate Thanksgiving setting with this five-light candle holder by Whistlewood. Available online for $95.

Whistlewood

 

Arrays of veggies stuffed into a cornucopia, plastic spray-painted pumpkins and cranberry branches often find their way into elaborate centrepieces on the dining room table. However, not all harvests are a grand affair. For those looking for something more intimate, consider using this lovely candleholder to light up your Thanksgiving dinner. It provides the perfect balance between coziness and style for the holidays.

 

Autumnal Art



This Faded Moments wall art from Bombay Company at Bayshore brings an element of nature with its collection of colourful tiles. Available for $79.

Bombay Company

 

Thanksgiving decor balances the beauty of the outdoors with practical style, resulting in a multitude of pieces that can be used all year long. Artwork drawn from these concepts, such as this collage, combine cranberry reds, pumpkin oranges and roasted-turkey browns that we cherish during the holiday season. It adds an element of nature while also blending in with other harvest decor.

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