Patricia Heaton Talks Carol’s Second Act, What We’ll See in Her Fall Home Decor Line and How She Stays Creative

In Carol’s Second Act (September 26 on CBS), Patricia Heaton, 61, the Emmy-winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, plays Carol, who pursues her dream of becoming a doctor after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching. I want to die on a soundstage, let me put it that way. I love working. I got a very late start in my career. I didn’t actually start making my living as an actor until my early 30s. I love making people laugh. We want to talk about the value of life experience. So it’s not really about someone being old, it’s about having wisdom and experience. There’s a calming that happens as you get older and you see how life is playing out. You realize that a lot of things you worried about are not as big of a deal as you used to think. As an executive producer of Carol’s Second Act, as well as the star, what were your contributions to Carol’s story? It’s an ongoing discussion. The first season is probably the most difficult, as you are finding ways to establish all your characters, and so we talk about that a lot. But it was perfect timing. When they came to me with this idea, of course, I had thought a lot about what I might do next i...

When you have a tiny kitchen, every inch of counter space is valuable. That’s why a

When you have a tiny kitchen, every inch of counter space is valuable. That’s why a bulky dish rack that takes up the majority of your tabletop just won’t cut it. Instead, the best dish drying racks for small spaces are narrow, lightweight, and can often either sit in your sink to save room, or fold up when you’re not using it for easy storage. As with any purchases that are influenced by space restraints, first measure the kitchen you’re working with. The tiniest of dish racks will measure just over 1 foot in length, so if you have less than a square foot of countertop, you’ll likely want to buy a dish rack that sits inside of your sink. For an even more compact version, invest in a flat mat that rolls out over your sink to hold dishes, and back up when your dishes are dry. Keep in mind, an in-sink dish rack won’t allow you to fully utilize your faucet and sink while your plates and glasses are drying. If that’s a deal breaker, look for an X-shaped dish rack that takes up more vertical space, but less horizontal space in your kitchen. These X-shaped dish racks can most often be folded up or collapsed so you can free up your countertop w...