From House Beautiful
Home Town stars Erin and Ben Napier never planned to be famous. Even though they front one of HGTV’s most popular shows, they remain grounded. Erin, for one, announced last month that she was going to spend less time on social media.
“The more I learn about social media, the more it frightens me,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “So I’m going to make an effort to spend less time here. People weren’t built to know the opinions of thousands or even hundreds of their ‘friends.’ The real world is a much nicer place, honestly.”
In a recent interview, the Napiers revealed the worst part about fame: protecting their young daughter from it.
“The worst part of fame is finding ways to keep Helen protected from it,” Ben told Atlanta magazine. “When we go out as a family, making sure people don’t try to take
ALL-WHITE kitchens that look like operating theaters aren’t all that inspiring or even practical. But the overcooked alternatives—kitchens featuring grease-accumulating ceramic roosters or cabinetry festooned with grape-leaf swags—can seem depressingly cluttered. “It’s a place for creating meals, not Versailles,” said New York architect Kevin Lichten.
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Homeowners should view their kitchens first as machines for preparing food, he advised. “Then slowly add luxury to make it sensually appealing”—and ideally inject personality of the right kind. We asked design pros like Mr. Lichten to share their biggest kitchen-decorating pet peeves, from oversize islands to mixed-material counters, and to recommend chic, functional fixes.