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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 …

The Hostess Hacks You Need For Your Next Party

Elegant and easy tricks.<p>Take your entertaining game to the next level with these elegant and easy tricks.

Skip the Crowds: Romantic Getaways You've Never Heard Of

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Why Your Next Kitchen Might Have A 4-Square-Foot Footprint

It cooks, it cleans, it refrigerates...it even has an herb garden. Who could resist this adorable and genius kitchen?<p>Tiny versions of things are generally cuter than the original. See: Puppies, babies, mini-desserts, even replicas of designer chairs feel more special than their life-sized …

The Paint Makeover That Can Make You Look Younger

This House Was Purchased for $1

Is this the biggest real estate steal ever?<p>Here's a makeover you won't believe: A historic house in Memphis was sold for a buck and turned into a bed and breakfast within a year. Jose and Jennifer Velázquez had dreams of opening their own B&B, and after 24 years they found the perfect place — The …

The 10 Tiniest Rooms We've Ever Seen

Stylish and efficient spaces.<p>From a 48-square-foot kitchen to a tiny and cozy reading nook, we've rounded up beautiful small spaces that don't spare style or efficiency. Take a look a these amazing designs.

The Ferris Bueller House Was Sold for $1.06 Million

Cameron's house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off—you know, the one they launched a Ferrari replica out the back of—has finally sold after 5 years on the market, for a lot less than the $2.35 million asking price. This article originally appeared on RoadandTrack.com.<p><i>Photo: Serk1</i><p>We told you about the …

How To Transform A Boring Space In 6 Steps

A dark, bare room is redesigned into a sleek and modern living room that mixes old and new. Plus, get the look with our "how to" guide.<p>The living room area BEFORE.<p>Betsy Burnham, interior designer and owner of the LA-based firm Burnham Design transformed this dark, bare room into a sleek living area …

11 Things You Need to Get Out of Your House NOW

Or otherwise known as, "How to not be a hoarder."<p><b>1. A Household Hazard</b><p>We're not talking poisonous products (although you should get rid of those, too). But more like that rug by the door you keep tripping on or that end table with the sharp edge you keep running into.<p><b>2. Decor That Reminds You of</b> …

Things You Should Never, Ever Clean With

And the items you could be destroying if you do<p><b>1.Vinegar:</b> Using vinegar on hardwood floors, natural tiles, and granite countertops can damage the finish causing them to appear dull.<p><b>2.Soap/detergent:</b> Using soaps and detergents can be harsh and damage rugs and leather—it can also leave behind residue.<p>…

The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan

Jaime’s roundup of Best of Dwell On Design LA 2014 covered a wide range of offerings that were on display this past week at the Los Angeles …

The Propeller Island City Lodge Might Be The Weirdest Hotel In The World

We've seen strange hotel themes before, but Propeller Island City Lodge takes wild to a whole new level.<p>This 31-room lodge in Berlin allows guests to sleep in padded rooms or jail cells. It showcases sinks made from beer kegs, a bathroom hidden in a closet and a sign with a very specific ask: "No …

Articles about 6 tiny texas spaces on Dwell.com - Dwell

Although she probably hasn’t told you, we’re pretty sure she has plenty of scarves already.<p>Matt Randall, founder and CEO of Twyla, has launched an online space where consumers are freed from the often "disappointing and...<p>In the face of often pessimistic news screens about leaking oil pipelines, …

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5 Tips to Immediately Improve Your Retouching

Retouching is a labor of love. It takes time, focus, and the right mindset to turn good images into great ones. All of that time in front of the …

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

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What to Bake for New Neighbors

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Love your neighbor as yourself -- with boxes and bags of baked goods.</i><p>As kids, we …

How The iPad Air Compares To Samsung's Best Tablet Yet, The Galaxy Tab S

But now, four years later, Apple faces tougher competition than ever in the tablet space — particularly from Samsung.<p>Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its newest tablet, the Tab S. It's one of the few 10-inch tablets out there that feels lightweight enough to carry everywhere while maintaining a …

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Shoot Less, Think More: 4 Ways to Take Fewer But Better Images

While digital photography has revolutionized the way we take photos by leveling the field for everyone to get decent images, that very revolution has …

Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier: Tears, joy at vote

A teary-eyed Dana Barks was almost speechless after officials for the San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding package for a suicide barrier that could prevent people from jumping to their deaths.<p>The bridge district's board of directors voted unanimously in favor …

The Sexiest High-Waisted Bikinis For Your Next Beach Getaway

Flattering retro-inspired swimsuits to take beach or poolside.<p>Whether you're team bikini or team one-piece, a high-waisted suit is the perfect in-between for a bombshell beach look. Keeping the focus on your curves and drawing attention to your waist, the retro swim cut is an always flattering …

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10 Wildcard-Winning Recipes

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved. Every other Saturday, we'll roundup the most recent winners.</i><p>Thanks to our community, we've got ten more recipes to add to our …

Texas man pleads guilty to attempting to join ISIS' jihad in Syria

Police nabbed him just as he was boarding a plane to travel from Texas to Europe, but Michael Todd Wolfe's final destination was Syria, where he planned to join violent jihad in the ranks of ISIS, prosecutors said.<p>On Friday, Wolfe, also known as "Faruq," pleaded guilty to "attempting to provide …

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Passengers Likely Suffocated, Australia Says

By Lincoln Feast<p>SYDNEY, June 26 (Reuters) - The passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on autopilot, a new report released by Australian officials on Thursday said.<p>In a 55-page report, the Australian …

7 Proven Ways to Come Home with Better Travel Photos

Your next vacation or around-the-world escapade is the perfect time to brush up on your photography skills. After all, taking a great photograph is …

ISIS committing mass executions in Iraq: HRW

Satellite imagery strongly suggests the extremist Sunni group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conducted mass executions in Iraq, lobby …

The Demise of Aperture and iPhoto: What Does it Mean?

The shoe has finally dropped. Apple confirmed today that it’s ditching Aperture, its photo management tool, and iPhoto, its consumer photo editing app, in favor of Photos, a brand new desktop and iOS duo slated for debut in 2015.<p>It all makes sense. While Aperture has undergone some fairly high …

What To Wear At These 6 Unconventional Weddings

If you've even glanced at Pinterest in the last couple of years you'll know about the rise of the unconventional wedding. As we scroll through photo galleries of barn ceremonies occurring amidst burlap and straw, or mountain-top nuptials with breathtakingly green views, we can't help but wonder -- …