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Sweet Animated Illustrations Show Happy Moments in Everyday Life

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai takes our everyday moments in life and turns them into sweet animated illustrations. While her gifs sometimes carry a blatant message like “Happiness is by your side,” many times you're left trying to decipher what feelings she wants to convey. Overall, there's …


Greece lobbies creditors for loan payout, cites progress

BRUSSELS (AP) — With Greek ministers dispatched across Europe on a whirlwind goodwill tour on Tuesday, top officials said they were making progress on finding a way to keep the country afloat and in the 19-nation eurozone.<p>A lasting deal to give Greece more cash, however, wasn't expected by May 11, …


15 Recipes That'll Show You How To Bake With Coconut Oil

Photo credit: Averie Cooks<p>There's a lot of buzz about coconut oil. It's touted as an amazing beauty product. It's found to be extremely useful around the house. But where it really does its best work is as an ingredient in the most irresistible baked goods your oven has even produced.<p>We're talking …


19 Things You Didn't Know About Coffee

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p>Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet (sorry, Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator) -- but despite its popularity, most people don't know very much about what they're drinking every morning.<p>To help remedy that, we've compiled 19 sugary lumps of coffee knowledge with …


House Tour: British Country House Style with a Laid-Back Attitude in South Carolina

Designer Cyndie Seely created a space where a family of Anglophiles and animal lovers could relax.<p>Designer Cyndie Seely created a space where a family of Anglophiles and animal lovers could relax.

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You Won't Believe This Home's Modern, Family-Friendly Makeover

A '70s-era home undergoes a minimalist transformation without losing its family appeal.<p>A '70s-era home undergoes a minimalist transformation without losing its family appeal. This piece originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

Boko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps

BAGA SOLA, Chad (AP) — Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.<p>The …


Bali Nine Arrive at Indonesian Execution Island as Jokowi Spurns Clemency Pleas

In the darkness of early morning hours Wednesday, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were woken by the Kerobokan prison guards in Bali. It …


Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls Forgotten Ahead of Election Day

It has been nearly one year since Boko Haram militants kidnapped over 270 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. And while the terrorist group continues its …


20 Dark Walls We’re Loving

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with brights and whites for our interior design inspiration. When it comes to decorating, our motto is: The more color, the better. But lately, we’ve been reconsidering our stance. After all, we have no trouble slipping on our little black dresses, so why not put …

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Beautifully Ornate Mongolian Wedding Costumes Made of Paper

Russia-based artist Asya Kozina crafts paper into all kinds of beautifully elaborate sculptures. Her collection of Mongolian costumes was inspired by the artist's fascination with the idea that ethnic wedding dresses are a dying out tradition, often only found in photographs. She develops these …


Complex Wooden Structure Composed of 9,076 Pieces

<i>Part to Whole</i> is a unique structure composed of 9,076 pieces of wood. The project, developed by HG-Architecture | LIVE COMPONENTS, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea. The large scale installation piece is intended to visually convey the idea …


Fashion Photography by John Michael Fulton

Personal work and commissioned fashion photography by John Michael Fulton.<p>John Michael Fulton is a Los Angeles, California based photographer who …

Gorgeous Stone Wall Mosaics Flow in Beautiful Spirals and Waves

Victoria, British Columbia-based artist duo Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl create gorgeous, decorative wall installations out of stone. The husband and wife, who own their own stonework design, consulting, and sculpting firm called <i>Ancient Art of Stone</i>, specialize in building murals, fireplaces, and …


Enchanting Surreal Photographs by Kylli Sparre

Photographer Kylli Sparre draws upon her background in dance to create elegant narratives that feel like scenes right out of a dream. The artist uses image manipulation to merge graceful figures with surreal backgrounds. The intriguing compositions are filled with a powerful energy that radiates …


57 Kitchen Light Fixtures That Make an Impact

Go beyond track lights and fluorescent fixtures with stylish options that make a statement.<p>If you want to update your cooking space without shelling out serious money, invest in one of these fixtures that will serve as the focal point in your room, enhance your existing design and brighten your …

85+ Stunning Designer Dining Rooms

Create the ultimate entertaining space with these gorgeous ideas.<p>We're putting the spotlight on elegant chandeliers, mahogany tables and more. Want extra inspiration for other areas in your home? Our living room and bathroom galleries are full of ideas.

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15 Ways to Rethink Kitchen Islands

These designer projects combine style and practicality.<p>These designer projects combine style and practicality.

Astonishing Stretchable Paper Sculptures Appear to Be Made of Stone

At first glance the sculptures constructed by artist Li Hongbo appear to be chiseled out of stone, but once manipulated and pulled, they reveal the use of a different medium. Once the viewer uncovers that the sculpture can not only move, but stretch, spread, twist, bend, and contract, the pieces …


Beautifully Sloping Wooden Staircase Creates a Sense of Flow in the Home

We've recently seen some beautifully-designed staircases, and we can now add another one to our list. Arquitectura en Movimento Workshop crafted wooden, sweeping stairs that certainly don't disappoint. They're part of the SDM apartment, a two-storey home located in Mumbai, India.<p>The stunning …


The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story, which he’d …

Areaware x Parsons New School for Design: Small Things Matter

Impulse buys – we’ve all been there. This time around, Parsons The New School For Design and Areaware have partnered up to investigate the mystery …

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Awesome Food Photography by Agnieszka Piątkowska

Agnieszka Piątkowska is a photographer from Poland who decided to mix her love for food with photography and specialized in culinary photography also …


Accessories Made From Repurposed Upholstery Leather

Wet Clay is a relatively new brand creating laser-cut cuff bracelets for both men and women. Born out of a desire to create beautiful objects out of …


30 Patio Ideas to Make Your Backyard Look Incredible

Kick back under the sun with these stylish designer ideas for outdoor spaces.<p>Whether you have a porch, pool, or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside area will help you take full advantage of warm weather. Oh, and don't miss our top swimming pool designs and outdoor kitchens!

Artistic Hand-Crafted Felt Ball Rugs Bring Home Multihued Exclusivity!

Felt ball decor and accessories that are crafted from wool have become all the rage in the past few years, and innovative designers are constantly …

The Ultimate Manhattan Apartment for a 20-Something

Inside a client's first grown-up space.<p>For a woman in her 20s, Lilly Bunn designs a sophisticated New York apartment with glamorous color and details. Get 5 essential tips for your first apartment.

This Simple House Has a Big Surprise Around the Corner

A striking design choice creates a picturesque space with indoor-outdoor appeal.<p>We love knick-knacks, floral wallpaper, and ruffled bedspreads as much as the next American woman (hello, beautiful), but we also appreciate a home designed with a sharp eye for restraint — and an unexpected touch.<p>This …