Noelani Hartsell

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My Favorite Things: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Catalog of Unusual Objects, Memories, and Delight

Four decades after Barthes listed his favorite things, which prompted Susan Sontag to list hers, <b>Maira Kalman</b> — one of the most enchanting, influential, and unusual creative voices today, and a woman of piercing insight — does something very similar and very different in her magnificent book <b>My</b> …

A chair that spills its guts

Cao Hui, “Visual Temperature — Sofa,” 2008.<p>Mixed Materials: Resin, Fiber, etc. 98x106x108 cm.<p>[via]

EL Wire

EL Wire<p>Electroluminescent wire and tape are flexible enough to wrap around your finger and emit a safe, heatless glow. These kits are ready to go …

5 Ways to Know if Your Idea Could Become a Business

This story appears in the November 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Gregg Brockway has launched major brands that address chronic problems in the travel sector. But it was the pain of moving house that led the co-founder of Hotwire and TripIt to tackle his latest venture. “We moved several …


Create A Smoking Pumpkin With An E-Cigarette

How to hack your jack-o'-lantern<p>Want to put your neighbors to shame this Halloween? Pimp your pumpkin with a miniature smoke machine. A modified e-cigarette can create a surprising amount of fog, giving your carving an extra eerie touch.<p>Start with a type of e-cig called a clearomizer, available …

Public Health

30 Most Colorful Ways to Paint Your Dining Room

We're seeing red ... and blue and yellow and white.<p>The entertaining hub of your home deserves an equally lively paint job. Get these designer-approved paint colors and palettes, and don't miss even more decorating ideas from over 85 favorite dining rooms.

The 7 Biggest Decor Mistakes That Drive Designers Crazy

Pros reveal what they always want to change when walking into a room.<p>Pros reveal what they always want to change when walking into a room.

DIY Project: Pumpkin Carving Tips from Amelie Mancini

Growing up in France, we didn’t have Halloween. We all dressed up for Mardi Gras, of course, but we didn’t carve pumpkins, eat candy corn or go …

A Tiny Swedish Apartment Mixes Old and New

(Image credit: Karin Matz)<p>When this Stockholm apartment went on the market in 2012, it had been uninhabited for 30 years. There was no electricity, …

Interior Design

7 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Clean

When I worked on the doorknobs and light switch plates, I realized that even those of us who consider ourselves pretty clean have things in our homes …


13 Super Scary Staircases

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.<p>The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on