From kitchen gadgets to kids toys, Jill Martin’s picks for staying home

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We’ve all been spending more time at home than we’re used to over the past few months, and it can be hard to miss out on those special nights out of the house, whether it be a dinner date or a girls’ night out.

To take a look at the brighter side of things, TODAY lifestyle contributor Jill Martin is sharing a few ways to make your home feel brighter and more organized on “At Home TODAY with Jill Martin” — and of course she’s also featuring discounts!

Martin has been quarantining with her parents, brother and sister-in-law and they are all highlighting the products they’ve been using during these past few months while at home.

“For us as a family, the thread that we’ve used to navigate whatever this new normal is strength, being grateful, laughter and having fun,” Martin said.

Read on for the full list of great deals from kitchen items to kids toys.

Around the Table

1. Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker — 60% off

Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker

Kalorik 3-in-1 Treat Maker $28.00 at Shop now

This multi-use appliance has everything you need for a fun night in, and you can get it for 60% off. Create your own gummy candies using the silicon molds, toast marshmallows over the heating element, or make your own fondue in the melting pot. There are four storage elements to help hold all the treats you’ll be enjoying.

2. Tim Clarke Coasters — over 65% off

Tim Clarke Coasters

Tim Clarke Coasters $16.00 at Tim Clarke

Get over 65% off these chic wool coasters, available in round or square styles. The coasters are designed to be ultra absorbent, protecting your surfaces while providing a pop of color to your room. Designed by a celebrity decorator, these coasters are the perfect addition to any home.

3. Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks — 50% off

Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks

Picnic Time Artisan Serving Planks $30.00 at Picnic Time

You can get these serving boards for 50% off right now! Whether you use them as cheese or charcuterie boards or for cutting vegetables, these reversible boards are as gorgeous as they are useful. Hang them by the rustic rope on the handle or use them as a centerpiece for your table – you can’t go wrong.

4. Mad Hungry Spurtle Set — 60% off

Mad Hungry Spurtle Set

Mad Hungry Spurtle Set $16.00 at Kalorik

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Rachael Ray Gives a Tour of the Guest House Where She’s Been Staying Since Her House Fire

Rachael Ray is giving fans an inside look at her current living situation after losing her home.

The celebrity chef, 52, who lost her New York home in a devastating house fire in August, has been living in her guest house with her husband John Cusimano ever since. On the latest episode of The Rachael Ray Show, airing Thursday, she gives world-renowned French chef Jacques Pepin a tour of the space.

After the fire, Jacques and Gloria Pepin, were “the only friends” who offered up their guest house to Ray and Cusimano to stay, she says on the episode. Ray wanted to assure Pepin that she is doing okay by giving him a tour of the space, which is decorated with Pepin’s artwork.

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Rachael Ray/ Youtube

Ray describes the guest house as a miniature replica of her now-destroyed home. “Although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house,” Ray says in a clip from her talk show.

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Throughout the tour, Ray points out specific design features to Pepin, like the gorgeous dual-sided stone fireplace in the middle of the house, and the open-floor layout. “Basically, I designed the house so you can see everything that’s going on in the house from the kitchen,” Ray explains.

Due to restrictions on the property, the square-footage on the guest house is rather small, but to make it appear bigger it was built upward with extremely high ceilings.

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Ray rounds out the tour with the pantry space, which is massive compared to typical pantries despite the square-foot restrictions — and she managed to build a sleeping loft above it to utilize more space.

In September, Ray opened up about the catastrophic fire on The Rachael Ray Show.

“On August 9th, my house burned,” she said. “15 years of memories; 40 years of notebooks, drawings, thoughts, my life’s work. In the years that I lived here, I learned an awful lot. In the few weeks since it burned, I think I’ve learned even more. Today, we’re going to share what’s left of our home with you.”

Rachael Ray Show Instagram; Taylor Hill/WireImage Rachael Ray’s home

Following news of the blaze in August, Ray thanked her fans on Twitter for their well wishes, and showed gratitude to the firefighters who helped extinguish the flames.

“Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home,” she wrote at the time. “Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog… we’re all okay.”

She added: “These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost.”

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Make staying home fun with these ideas from Montreal interior designers

After all the months in lockdown staring at the same four walls — and with the prospect of a long winter doing even more of the same — it’s no wonder Montrealers have got the itch to spruce up their space.

When everyone is at home all the time, priorities change. Montrealers are eager to spend their vacation budgets to create “staycation” spaces, local designers say, and desperate to find room for everyone to work and learn from home without driving each other mad.

“We’ve had a crazy amount of requests for renovations and decor projects, including a larger-than-normal request for home offices. There’s a major demand just to make their houses cozy,” said interior designer Sun Ah Brock of Lux Decor.

Basements and bonus rooms are being converted to offices, homeschool rooms, and playful spaces, Brock said. Existing rooms are being given new purpose: dining rooms become playrooms, dinner tables become workstations, and pool sheds become “she-sheds” where Mom can get away from the chaos for a while.

If basement conversions and other major renovations are out of your budget, there are many simple ways you can transform your space, Brock noted. Little touches can spark joy in your home. Paint an old coffee table or end table a fun, bright colour. Add some boldly patterned throw pillows and blankets. Wallpaper the back of a bookshelf. Move your furniture around.

Sometimes it’s not a big investment in furniture that enlivens a space: it’s just adding something fun. Brock is seeing more clients do things like add a candy bar or popcorn machine in the family room to make it feel more like a movie theatre, or making room for a ping-pong or pool table in the basement.

“In times of crisis, people get more playful,” she said.

Tina Mitchell, another local designer, said many clients aren’t just looking to pretty up their place. Families with both spouses working from home, especially if they also have children who are homeschooling or distance learning, are looking for help to get organized and combat clutter. In one recent project, she redesigned a family room to include more storage for children’s toys, and converted a built-in shelving unit into an office nook.


This living room was redesigned to provide an office workstation for the parents.

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Montreal Gazette

In the spring and summer, contractors were kept busy building decks and putting in pools, but the cooler weather hasn’t yet put a freeze on backyard projects. Clients want to do all they can to extend their home patio season, Brock and Mitchell said.

Those with pools are investing in heaters and solar covers to keep swimming into the fall, adding outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and heaters, and adding backyard games like washer toss, badminton, or bocce.

Little touches, like candles or lanterns for mood lighting and faux-fur or chunky knit blankets for warmth, go a long way toward making a patio inviting on cool evenings, Mitchell said.

Some, expecting that

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