Parchment paper + foil
Thank Martha Stewart … for Martha Wrap. It marries parchment paper and foil — “aluminum insulates, parchment protects” — which gives you the nonstick properties of the parchment and the crimp qualities of foil, and the easy clean of both, which is a plus during this busy baking-cooking season. It’s oven- and freezer-safe, and we liked how it worked roasting fish en papillote and lining cupcake pans for fruit-rich (read: sticky) muffins. It’s $6 for a 40-foot roll. At shop.marthastewart.com, among other places. (See reviews at Amazon.com for how not to use it.)
Book makes houses accessible
Architect Deborah Pierce doesn’t design houses for disabled people. She designs them for people who like to entertain, who love the outdoors, who enjoy hobbies and pets and grandkids — and who have disabilities.
She shares her approach in “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities” (Taunton Press, $28).
The book covers the many considerations in creating a home for an occupant or visitor with a disability, from how wide to make the doorways to where to put the food processor. The book features 25 homes, including some that were newly built and some that were renovated. All share Pierce’s belief that a home should be sunny, comfortable, intimate and yet generous enough to accommodate others — as she puts it, “a great place to live.”
Mid-century stays strong
If you haven’t bought your 1960s-style walnut sideboard yet because you’re worried about the longevity of this trend, fret not. Mid-century Modern isn’t going anywhere for a while.
Retailers show a deep commitment to the style, in both furniture and accessories. You can find original and faux versions of many iconic designs, such as the Noguchi amoeba-shaped glass and wood table and Eames’ walnut and leather chairs (Allmodern.com and roomandboard.com, for example).
The hues of the era – olive, almond, chocolate, orange – show up in soft furnishings, including throw pillows and curtains. They’re particularly striking in outsize art glass and ceramics, which you’ll see lots of this season.