To say that designer Robin Standefer (of Roman and Williams and RW Guild) is an enchanting person is an understatement. She’s basically our design and life guru, and from her Montauk house, she’s enchanted us into drying our sheets on a clothesline, cooking curry in a donabe, and making bouquets out of the odd stalk of parsley or spare fennel frond. Read on for fourteen imaginative, inspiring tips for making the most of staying home.
Cookbooks are wonderful for much more than just recipes: They give inspiration, guidance, insight, and a welcome respite. Right now, we’re very grateful for some new favorites that are expanding our repertoires and introducing us to fresh voices and ideas, and of course, more gorgeous photography to pore over.
If ever there were a moment to do some low-lift home improvements, this is it. We’re stuck inside, and it’s also spring—remember spring cleaning? One of our favorite designers, Leanne Ford (star of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords) has some brilliant, big-impact moves that also happen to be incredibly easy.
We’re spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen these days. Which has made us more grateful than ever for the family traditions, sacred lunchtime rituals, tips and tricks from our food director, and new kitchen tools that make our meals feel less like chores and more like an exercise in self-care. We asked goop staffers what’s bringing them joy in the kitchen during social distancing.
Certain produce-storage hacks can buy you some time between shopping trips and help reduce food waste. We’ve gathered some tips for making the most of your produce haul, along with some ideas for what to do with those ingredients that have seen better days.
We’re obsessed with the way designer Leanne Ford mixes airy minimalism with unexpected, often hand-hewn textures in the spaces she creates for clients and for subjects on HGTV’s Restored by the Fords. Here, the LA- and Pittsburgh-based mom (currently in LA during social distancing) shows us how to use what we have to make any work space a little more comfortable, efficient, happy, and even chic.
GP is staying at home (like everyone), which means she’s doing a lot of cooking between meetings, too. And while she’s certainly leaned on old standbys (her chopped salad lunch game is unmatched), she’s also trying some new things in the kitchen.
Cooking together is a wonderful (screen-free) way to connect with your kids, and it can also open them up to some enlightening conversations: The food we eat and how we prepare it connects us to cultural traditions, nutrition, math, science, and one another.
Being able to make use of your leftovers is great, but being able to make them exciting is something else entirely. We asked our staffers what leftover ingredients had them stumped and picked our favorite recipes to give them a little inspiration.
Getting a few plants going—whether that’s inside the house, in a window box perched on the fire escape, or out on the patio—is much more fulfilling than watching other things grow (to-do lists, general anxiety), and in most cases, the payoff is fast, pretty, and inspiring. To get you started, we pulled together a quick-and-dirty list of basic tools and ideas.