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9 Easy Home Decor Tweaks That Will Make You Happier

The things that surround as have a great deal in making us feel a certain way. Some things make us happy, others not so much. When it comes to …

Home Decorating

Apple gets three extra days to decide if it will hack the iPhone for the FBI

Apple has a little more time to respond to the historic order to break security protections on a phone belonging to one of the alleged perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack. When the order was initially handed down Tuesday night, the company was given five days to respond as to whether the …

20 Best Ceiling Ideas And Decorations For A Beautiful Room

With the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can make a striking statement.<p>Too often, the "fifth" wall is forgotten, but even a little attention overhead can characterize the entire space. Read on to see how.

The Most Popular Rooms Of The Week

See what's trending on Pinterest this weekSeptember 8, 2014. Follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration<p>See what's trending on Pinterest this week—September 8, 2014. Follow us on Pinterest for even more inspiration

Interior Design

Rooms That Prove One Piece Of Art Is Enough

Yes, we love a good salon-style wall. But these 8 spaces show us that one great piece of artwork can speak volumes on its own<p>Yes, we love a good salon-style wall. But these 8 spaces show us that one great piece of artwork can speak volumes on its own

Interior Design

If You're Worried About The Housing Recovery, Here's What You Need To Watch

The housing recovery is a huge part of the overall economic story, so if it fades, it presents a serious risk.<p>In light of that, it's important to remember what's actually meant by the housing recovery.<p>Bill McBride at Calculated Risk offers a good reminder:<p>The problem is many people don't understand …

How To Decorate Around an Air Conditioner

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is all about decorating with an air conditioner in the way. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured …

5 Reasons The Highest Offer Won't Always Get You Your New House

When it comes to buying a house, the highest priced offer gets the house…right? Not always! Conventional wisdom suggests that during negotiations, especially in a multiple offer situation, whomever throws the most money at the seller will snag the house. That’s not always true! Sure, a hefty sum on …

More Evidence That Not Everyone Needs The Same Amount Of Sleep Each Night

While most adults are recommended to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, the fact of the matter is that there are some of us who need more sleep than that, and some who are perfectly capable of functioning on less. Members of the latter group -- so-called “short sleepers” -- usually sleep …

6 Ways to Have A Better, Happier Morning

Even if you're not a morning person, you can still make your a.m. something to smile about.

10 Super Cool Backyard Retreats And Playhouses

<i>Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor</i><p>Summer is around the corner, and the outdoor world is beckoning. What better way to enhance outdoor living than with a cool new structure in the backyard? Whether you dream of lounging in a hammock in your own bugproof pavilion, hosting friends for the weekend in a …

11 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

Whether you're buying your first home or you're a seasoned owner, answer these questions for the knowledge and confidence to find home sweet home.<p><b>1. What elements are must-haves in your home and what can you forgo?</b> When house hunting, decide on a few elements you can't live without and let the rest …

Richard Gere Really Wants You to Move Into His House

The actor lowered the price on his Hamptons home.<p>Richard Gere is looking for someone to live in his house. Unfortunately, <i>he</i> won't be living in it if you move in. According to the <i>New York Daily News</i>, the <i>Pretty Woman</i> actor has again reduced the asking price of his 6.3-acre North Haven, New York, …

Real Estate

13 Spectacular Swimming Pools

The poshest spots for cooling off snapped by some of our favorite tastemakers to follow on Instagram.<p>Aerin Lauder kicks back at her family's home in Palm Beach.<p>Interior designer Alessandra Branca does island life well.<p>Interior designer James Andrew contemplates taking a dip in Lyford Cay.<p>Erica …

Oscar de la Renta

The Paint Colors You'll Never Need to Update

They'll grow with your kid.<p>These are the paint colors that will grow with your kid. For your child's room, pick a color that won't get tossed out with the Elmo doll. This article originally appeared on

Home Decorating

15 Outdoor Fireplaces That Will Make You Rethink Your Entire Backyard

Is your summer party missing this alfresco essential?<p>Give your guests something warm and cozy to gather around this outdoor entertaining season with a fireplace that looks as good as its heat feels. Here are a few of our favorite ways to style outdoor fireplaces.

Interior Design

The Backyard Trends You're Missing Out On This Summer

During the summer your most coveted space is outdoors. Here, we round up the most popular trends on Instagram to help you make the most of it.<p><b>1. Teepees:</b> Who didn't want a teepee when they were a kid? Now, a chic teepee is the perfect place to escape the hot sun. As seen here.<p><b>2. Vertical Herb</b> …


The One Foolproof Combo That Gives You Perfect Beach House Style

Bright white and natural wood details create an inviting summer space. Here's how.<p>Bright white and natural wood details create an inviting summer space. Here's how.

Interior Design