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10 Sofa Styles for Every Space

From the chaise lounge to the Chesterfield.<p>Chances are, if you're reading this, you can appreciate great design.<p>That being said, you can craft an elegant space and still get confused when you have to define the difference between a chaise lounge and a chesterfield.<p>Enter <i>Home Decor Cheat Sheets:</i> …

How to Write a Novel, Explained by a Booker Prize-Winning Novelist

No one taught DBC Pierre how to write, but that didn't stop him from winning the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel. In his new book—and here—he explains how you could do the same.<p>Before he became a novelist, DBC Pierre had already led a picaresque life. Born in Australia in 1961 to a Nobel Prize …

How to Build a Table from a Single Sheet of Plywood

Ah....the 4x8' sheet of birch plywood. A timeless DIY material, strong, dimensionally stable, and full of crisp lines and repeated grain patterns. …

Woodworking

4 Smart Ways to Plan Your Living Room Design

Consider this the ultimate how-to for arranging living room furniture based on the space and your personal style.<p>You've finally overcome the major design challenge of finding a cohesive group of living room furnishings you love. But now you're faced with an equally tricky task: finding the perfect …

The Non-Runner's Guide To Running: 5 Tips For Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to become a runner! There is no cheaper, no purer, and no more accessible form of exercise than this. Plus, it's free. So let's get you started.<p>Despite seeming very simple, running can incorporate an amazing amount of variables - shoe firmness; heel strike patterns; …

Marathons

3 Reasons You Can't Motivate Yourself At Work Anymore -- And How To Overcome Each One

We’ve all faced days at the office where we’re just not feeling motivated. Off days happen to everyone and it’s tough—if not unrealistic—to constantly do your best work. There are bound to be times when you procrastinate too much, lack focus or struggle to start important projects.<p>You may react by …

How To Pack A Cooler For Camping Like A Pro

<i>The editors of</i> Sunset Magazine <i>are no strangers to the great outdoors — the western U.S. has some of the best camping in the country, and</i> Camp Sunset</i> …

Ice Cream

Square Patchwork & Tufted Couch Cushion: Dritz Home Decor

<b></b><b></b>Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is …

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Wisdom from a ‘vegetable butcher’ can get you through farmers market season

By Joe Yonan<p>, Food and dining editor<p>I’m sure this has happened to you: You spy some piece of produce that looks great and interesting at the market (farmers, super or otherwise), and then you get home and think, “What the heck do I do <i>now</i>?”<p><i>[Make the recipe: Eggplant Steaks With Salsa Verde]</i><p>Cara …

The Rock ate candy, unbelievably for the first time since 1989

How does someone go more than two decades without sweets?<p>If at this point you’re surprised that The Rock has a very strict diet, then you’re obviously not paying attention. He eats so much cod that the mere thought of it sounds nauseating, even if you really love eating fish.<p>But this Dwayne Johnson …