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Have Your Couch's Back: Sofa & Console Tables Under $250

(Image credit: The Design Co. via Houzz)<p>I tell anyone who's trying to figure out where to put their sofa that if they can help it and have the room …

Home Decorating

Romantic Bedroom Decorating Ideas

If you've been watching closely, this isn't the first time I've written about romantic bedrooms. But this time, the focus isn't so much on spaces …

Interior Design
Oil

Why U.S. Oil Production Trumps Any Russian-OPEC Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin said several weeks ago at an energy conference in Istanbul that Russia is willing to join OPEC in an oil production cut. He said that “[Russia] stands ready to join common efforts to limit production” and believes that freezing or reducing production is “the only …

Oil

Revealed: the best pub in Britain, according to the Michelin Guide

A London pub has been named Michelin Pub of the Year – the first time the accolade has gone to the capital.<p>The Marksman in Bethnal Green won the prestigious title ahead of more than 500 establishments featured in Michelin's latest Eating Out In Pubs Guide.<p>Chef-owners Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, …

The 20 greatest destinations in Italy - and the best time to visit each one

From the splendour of Rome, the colour of Venice’s Carnevale, the art of Florence and the quaint trulli homes of Puglia, Italy is a country of year-long delights.<p>Need more advice and inspiration for trips to Italy? Our Expert Italy planning tool will help you find your perfect …

A gentleman’s guide to wardrobe maintenance

Though somewhat less exciting than indulging in a new, crisp purchase that requires no sprucing up, proper care and maintenance of your existing …

6 Key Ways Design Thinkers Approach Problems

How design thinkers think.<p>Design thinking is a popular strategy for solving thorny problems, both inside and outside the business world. Countless articles detail how to do it. This is not one of those posts. This is a look at how veterans of the process <i>think</i>: what goes on in their minds when they …

Design

5 Flat-Pack Furniture Companies That Are Cooler Than IKEA

Sick of disposable furniture but can’t afford high-end stuff? A new genre of companies fit somewhere in between–and they ship to your door.<p>While companies like ABC Home and Design Within Reach tout the idea of bringing high design to the masses, their items are still out of reach for most of us. …

Furniture

The whole restaurant's a stage in the world of immersive dining

Fancy hunting for your dinner in a forest, or eating at Twin Peaks’ Double R Diner? Immersive dining’s mix of theatre and innovative cooking could be for you<p>In east London, a sniffy butler is welcoming 12 diners into the 16th century. “Ah, Lord Norrington! Greetings!”, he proclaims to a giggling …

Food & Dining

10 of the best hostels and lodges … that you have to hike to

These out of the way retreats can only be reached on foot – but the reward for your efforts is a warm welcome and a chance to rest weary legs in spectacular surroundings<p>The Dolomites, Italy<p><b>Rifugio Lagazuoi</b><br>Rifugio Lagazuoi is like a sentinel 2,750m above the spires and green valleys of northern …

Hiking

Peek Behind The Curtain At The Smallest Michelin Star Restaurant In The World

465 square feet is small for any restaurant, but for a Michelin-starred eatery, it’s downright microscopic. New York City’s Semilla, the world’s …

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend | Inc.com

Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few continuing education courses. However, for a busy entrepreneur, being away from the office for a …

Self-improvement

130 awesome things to do in London this October

Woah. October's things to do list is a right whopper! Get ready for heaps of Halloween parties and ghoulish goings on, dozens of ovens roaring into …

These charts show that London is in a housing bubble and it's going to pop any second

Bill O'Neill, head of the UK investment office at UBS Wealth Management, said in the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index that London property prices have surged so quickly that they're now more or less completely detached from earnings.<p>This may not sound like anything new but for the first time in …

Housing

Just Be Cool: 11 Iced Coffee Recipes to Make All Season Long

When it starts to warm up outside, these iced coffee recipes are all we want to drink.<p><b>It's finally time:</b> Picnics, outdoor movies, and beach trips are all within reach, and so should a tall glass of iced coffee. Hang onto your sunglasses: These recipes (some boozy!) will keep you buzzing straight …

Coffee

Meet the Rosemary Iced Latte, Your New Favorite Way to Drink Coffee

How do you make iced coffee even better? Add rosemary simple syrup, cream, and shake it up, baby.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the right</i> …

Coffee

Dwell

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Home Tours

Is this Spanish farm home to the world's best steak?

In the tiny village of Jimenez de Jamuz, farmer José Gordon has dedicated his life in pursuit of perfect beef<p>It is a sizzlingly hot summer day in Spain, but unlike most Brits here at this time of year, I am not sunning myself on a beach in Alicante, or posing for selfies outside Gaudi’s mad …

YO! Home Is a Convertible Apartment Concept

Simon Woodroffe, the man behind the Yotel hotel and the YO! Sushi chain, has come up with another clever concept to add to his resume – the YO! Home. …

Whimsical Faucets Incorporate an Unexpected Sense of Humor

Japanese company Kakudai has shown that whimsicality can come in an unexpectedly small package. The business carries an array of fanciful faucets that are sure to make you smile, laugh, and feel a tad bit nostalgic for a time when your imagination was wild and free. Some are shaped like teapots, …

Osaka

8 Things We Learned in Couples Therapy That Saved Our Marriage

We needed someone's help to learn how to live together.<p>Marriage is hard, and it requires hard work sometimes. People aren't taught how to be good at marriage or even how to be a good life-long partner, and so we often screw it up. But in failing and learning how to solve problems, you can make a …

Marriage

U.S. Eases 40-Year Crude Export Ban by Allowing Mexico Swap

The U.S. agreed to allow some crude to flow to Mexico in the latest step toward easing a 40-year ban on most domestic oil exports.<p>Up to 100,000 …

Oil

Flexible Home for an Active Small Family: ML Apartment in Vietnam

Located in Hanoi, Vietnam, <b>ML Apartment</b> by <b>Le Studio</b> is a crib especially designed for a small active family. Upon consulting with the client, the …

Living Rooms

12 Sneaky Storage Tricks for a Tiny Bathroom

There's more room in those slim spaces and tight corners than you think.<p>Keep everything you need right at your fingertips — but off your countertops.

Loneliness

Architizer

Masculine Bedroom 101 - Interior Design Tips

The average person spends about one third of their lives sleeping (or less depending on your demanding job!). Rest is important for every mans …

Architizer

The Best Thing You're Not Doing to Your Morning Eggs

Your eggs are about to get a major upgrade.<p>We've fried, scrambled, poached, baked, and boiled our way through dozens of eggs. ("Put an egg on it" is our unofficial motto around here.) But never before had we brûléed our eggs—until now. And it's kind of blowing our minds.<p><b>Alvin Cailan</b> of Eggslut in …

Breakfast

Counterpoise Chair by Kaptura de Aer

Kaptura de Aer designed Counterpoise, a sculptural plywood chair made up of two curvy components that come together to provide balance. Individually, …

Furniture