Kristin Hofwander

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Jefford on Monday: Valpolicella Revealed

Andrew Jefford gets to know a fractious Italian champion....<p>Jefford on Valpolicella wine<p>Which is Italy’s biggest wine-producing region? My ignorant …

Wine & Spirits

There’s another side to Sangiovese wines.

Sangiovese is touted as the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. It is most frequently associated with Tuscany; being the catalyst for …

Wine & Spirits

The hidden Italian region with the wine and hilltop villages to rival Tuscany

Verona’s unique and historic centre is a lovely, lived-in palimpsest of Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and later overlays. Just beyond the city gates, …

Italy

Unpacking the Story Behind the Chianti Fiasco

For millions of Italian immigrants, the straw-covered fiasco of Chianti on the dinner table was a piece of home. Bill Nesto remembers that his …

Wine

Modular Drop Box is a prefab portable suite for stays in nature

"Glamorous camping", also known as camping out of doors in style, or at least a step above the tent -- is gaining popularity worldwide as more people …

You Can Make Your Home Look Expensive Without Spending Big—Here's How

Unless you're a seasoned interior designer, making décor decisions can be a daunting process: <i>How high should these curtains be hung? How big should</i> …

6 Designer-Approved Tips to Give Your Home a Spring Refresh

The season of fresh flowers, warm weather, and pearl-accented fashion pieces is almost here. While we’re all anxiously awaiting the temperatures to rise and spring to make its official debut, most of us are staying warm indoors by watching giant donut cakes take over Instagram and browsing …

Home Decorating

The 5 Paint Colors That Will Make You Happiest

Just in time for spring!<p>The colors in your home can have a <i>huge</i> impact on your mood — particularly paint colors. The shade of your walls has been shown to affect emotions: There are certain shades that will bring you down, ones that will help you relax, ones that will suppress your appetite and a …

Happiness

The Verdict Is In: This Is the #1 Thing Guests Notice in Your Home

What is the first thing you do when getting your house ready for guests? Think of it as a hypothetical scenario—your co-worker has decided to drop by …

Zaha Hadid's Most Iconic Buildings

As the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Zaha Hadid arguably did as much as any of her forebears to pave the way for women in architecture. But even this will not be her most enduring legacy: With her sudden death Thursday morning, she leaves behind a host of landmark structures …

Architecture

Make Plump, Juicy Homemade Raisins by Baking Whole Grapes in Your Oven

These oven-made raisins aren’t the same as the shriveled up (but still tasty) kind you buy from the store. No, these are more flavorful, juicier, and …

WATCH: Kristen Bell Surprises Her Sister with a Basement Makeover — 'She’s Honestly Superwoman'

Kristen Bell may be having a bit of trouble with the decorating decisions at her own home (see her Instagram feud over husband Dax Shepard’s …

E20 House

This beautiful rough concrete house located in the small town of Pliezhausen in the Baden-Württemberg region, Germany, has been designed by Steimle …

Architecture

This prefab tiny house is simplicity at its most chic

It comes fully furnished, down to the cooking utensils<p>There are many traditional architectural elements that tiny homes can skimp on, but natural light isn’t one of them. Thankfully, the gorgeous Ark Shelter offers an abundance of windows cut into its inky black facades. Floor-to-ceiling glass on …

Norrtälje Mortuary / LINK arkitektur

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The new mortuary at Norrtälje hospital was completed in February 2015 and is an extension of the …

DublDom, a Beautiful and Modern Modular House

Modular houses, or prefabricated houses, are picking up momentum lately. We have been seen amazing modular houses designs. From small and minimal …

Architecture

IKEA reveals Tom Dixon's Delaktig modular bed and sofa

IKEA and Tom Dixon have revealed the results of their collaboration: a modular bed that "explores notions of adaptability and future-proofing".<p>Set to …

The difference a few years can make in the life of a wine

After my recent column describing how vintage charts guide us in deciding when to pull those treasured collectible bottles from our cellars, a reader emailed with a straightforward request: Please explain why a two-year-old wine tastes different from the same wine that’s seven years old.<p>As with …

Wineries

The Best No-Damage Renter-Friendly Trick for Displaying Art

(Image credit: Chris Patey for My Domaine)<p>As a renter who loves art, it can be hard for me to commit to hanging anything. What if I put something up, …

Home Decorating

Zara’s New Home Collection Will Have You Feeling Like You’re on Vacay

For flawless, European-inspired decor, you know you can depend on Zara for everything from mermaid vibes to gypsy-chic accessories. This spring, the home decor retailer branched away from its usual colorful and stylish pieces toward a more sleek look that’s totally in sync with the whole minimal …

Decorations

10 Fantastic Uniquely Shaped Doors to Draw Inspiration From

The front door of a house makes the first impression and it starts telling a story. This story continues throughout the interior decor while building …

Artist Uses Engineering to Fold Mesmerizing Geometric Paper Sculptures

Paper engineering artist Matt Shlian produces incredible forms from the ubiquitous, everyday material. Making strategic and precise folds, he creates stunning geometric designs built with tessellations. The three-dimensional pieces are often crafted in bone-white or black-colored paper, which …

The surprising health benefits of caffeine

The great British pub is the stuff of legend – but it seems that as a nation we're increasingly choosing coffee over stout when it comes to relaxing with drink of the black stuff.<p>Local Data Company figures, analysed by the BBC, show that the number of town centre bars, pubs and nightclubs fell by …

World’s northernmost plus-energy office could spark an energy revolution

Creating a building that produces more energy than it consumes is already a hefty goal – but real estate developer Emil Eriksrød wants to take it …

Profit

Netflix launches new documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design with a stellar lineup

Netflix will premier a new original documentary series, <i>Abstract: The Art of Design</i>, that introduces the work and creative process of eight leading …

Library Cabin

Tucked away in the woods of Upstate New York, the Library Cabin gives book lovers a whole house to enjoy their latest find. Serving as both a …

New York State

Wine Collecting Tips & Mistakes to Avoid

Think you don’t have the space or the budget to start a wine cellar? Think again. With a few tips, a stellar collection can be within everyone's …

6 Tips to Making a Good Cup of Coffee

It’s almost routine to start your day off with a cup of coffee. And with out fast-paced lives, we often grab what’s available and just stick with …

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Three Lessons About Saving One Husband Learned in a Year

<i>[Editor's Note: This is another episode in Max Wong's journey to find an extra $31,000 this year. Read the whole series</i> <i>here</i><i>.]</i><p>Oh. My. <i>God</i>. Mr. …

Personal Finance