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In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Architecture

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Genealogy

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Oxford

After you have admired its dreaming spires, where can you eat well for under £10? Tony Naylor updates his 2010 budget eats guide to Oxford, including the city’s new street food scene<p>Oli’s Thai<p>You cannot eat well and cheaply in Oxford without heading out of town down the studenty Cowley Road. …

25 Genius DIY Storage Solutions Your Home Needs Now

Say goodbye to entryway chaos forever.<p>If your house is overwhelmed with clutter, it's time to bust out your tool set to wrangle the situation once and for all. These projects are designed to organize and streamline the messiest trouble spots in your home.

11 Easy Tips For Creating A Calm and Peaceful Home

Simple solutions to transform your home into a relaxing retreat.<p>How do you feel when you walk into your home? Happy? Calm? Overwhelmed by your 'to do' list? In today's hectic world, stress is always present, but your home shouldn't contribute to it. "Your home either nurtures and supports you or it …

How to create a half-crown braid in two minutes

Australian stylist Hair Romance takes you through easy steps to achieving a half-crown braid, for hair that has a mind of its own<p>Here’s a video tutorial for one of my favourite hairstyles, the half-crown braid.<p>I wear this style a lot because it’s both pretty and practical. You can wear your hair …

8 Quick Ways To Create A Comfortable Guest Room

Is your guest room still in shambles with visitors on the way? Here are 8 fast and easy ways to make it feel like home.<p><i>House Beautiful</i><p><b>1. Put out a welcome basket</b><p>Nothing makes guests feel more at home than a selection of treats and goodies. Fill up a basket with everything from travel-sized soaps to …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …

15 Foods You Won't Believe You Can Make in the Microwave

Forget waiting by the stove for an amazing meal.<p>If you are just using the microwave to reheat leftovers, then you are not tapping into the awesomeness that is your microwave. Did you know you can make brownies, cook potato chips, and even bake a lasagna in the microwave? No, really. These 15 quick …