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The Color Wheel

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)<p>The color wheel is a basic tool for decorating, especially for beginners. It's your guide to choosing color schemes that …

BEFORE & AFTER: Why We Love White Paint

An dark 80s-era kitchen gets a fresh, glamorous new look with some simple changes<p>An dark 80s-era kitchen gets a fresh, glamorous new look with some simple changes. This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com

A Colorful Living Room Decorating Idea: One Room, Three Ways

Want to change the look of your space on a budget? Here's a simple and colorful living room decorating idea -- keep your essential pieces neutral, and customize your lighting and décor for the seasons.<p>These three living rooms began with the same basic elements -- a neutral traditional sofa, an iron …

Living Rooms

Color Obsession of the Week: Marigold

Bed covers, a pot, a carafe, and more finds in marigold.<p><b>This week's finds:</b><p>1. Stitched Ikat Bed Covers, starts at $275. jaysonhome.com.2. Molten Colors 8" Bowl, $125. michaelaram.com.3. Valspar Signature Paint in Golden Moon. valsparpaint.com.4. Staub Saffron Mini Cocotte, $60. surlatable.com.5. …

Designer Quotes: The Power of Black

To add glamour — or gravitas — to any room, a dash of black is all you need. Designers share why they love using the dark hue in home decor.<p>To add glamour — or gravitas — to any room, a dash of black is all you need. Designers share why they love using the dark hue in home decor.<p><b>1. Adds Weight</b><p>"In …

20 Multi-Color Images to Inspire Color at Home

When one color palette just won’t do, sometimes you have to create a whole new category. Last month’s DS Hashtag Challenge was all about COLOR and …

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Christopher's Colorful and Modern Apartment

What initially caught my eye about Christopher's entry from 2013 Small Cool Contest was how fun it was due to the way he incorporated color, texture …

Before & After: A Studio Apartment Is Brought To Life With Color

Like many things in life, a studio apartment can be both awesome and horrible—it really all depends on your perspective. On one hand, studios are a …

A Picturesque Stroll Through Colorful Coimbra

I'm enjoying my visit to Coimbra. Just an hour from Lisbon, Coimbra is sort of the Oxford or Cambridge of Portugal --the home of its most venerable university. Here are a few colorful slices-of-life that I collected during my latest trip.<p>Coimbra Market -- In the EU, but Still Funky<p>Every city in …

Top 10 Yellow Paint Color Ideas

01 of 10<p>The right yellow doesn't always mean bright and sunny. Behr Polished Pearl is a subtle neutral yellow paint color that can brighten up a room …

24 Best New Color Combinations for 2018

Is dusty rose and charcoal grey not the happiest palette for spring?<p>If you mastered the blue-and-white palette long ago and are ready for the next crop of bold, fabulous, and truly inspiring color pairings, get excited: We asked our go-to designers which pairs they love the most, when someone's …

The 10 Best Blue Paint Colors for the Bedroom

01 of 10<p>It's not too light, it's not too dark, it's not too bright, it's not too subdued. Raindrop from Sherwin Williams strikes the perfect balance …

Interior Design

Find Simple and Stylish Color Ideas for Your Home

01 of 11<p>Your kitchen can be the biggest challenge when it comes to adding color and a unique style. Cabinetry and counter surfaces are most often …

Marriage in recovery: Together again

"Well that's good," my mother says when I tell her over the phone that R and I are back together. I ask her to pass the news on to my father because one slightly awkward conversation is enough for a morning.<p>We say goodbye and I feel an immense sense of relief – the type I get when I've let go of …

20 Things to Start Doing in Your Relationships

Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and …

5:2 your life – the relationship fix

I'm surprised when my wife agrees to a marital maintenance programme based on the 5:2 diet. I suspect she thinks it means she'll be married to me for only two days a week. She's already on the actual 5:2 diet, so she understands its seductive appeal: it's not about having to do something onerous on …

Relationship Advice: 3 Things Every Healthy Relationship Needs

If mistakes are our greatest teacher, there's nothing like divorce to show you what a relationship really needs to succeed.<p>Just ask HuffPost Divorce readers. On Tuesday night, our Facebook followers drew from experience and listed the three things they believe are essential to a healthy …

How to Communicate Your Needs in a Relationship | The Art of Manliness

As we’ve discussed before, many men these days have trouble being assertive. One of the things these “Nice Guys” struggle with is communicating their …

7 Secrets for a Better Relationship

The symptoms of social anxiety can be misinterpreted as introversion but they are very different.<p>Social anxiety is self-induced while introversion is …

Top 10

Improving Relationships Through Travel

My partner and I recently traveled to Sweden on a brief but eagerly anticipated trip. I haven’t written about it on LandLopers and I’m not now, but …

Healthy Relationships Are Less About Degree Of Closeness Than About 'Closeness Discrepancy'

A close romantic relationship is generally believed to be better than a distant one. According to a new study, "Closeness Discrepancies in Romantic Relationships," however, the degree of closeness in a relationship does not necessarily translate into how happy a person is, both in the relationship …

10 Ways You Know You Don’t Actually Love Somebody

By Brianna Wiest,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1dn5rNf<p>1. The majority of relationships that fail do so because one or both parties entered wanting …

Life After Long Distance: Is There Happily Ever After?

The majority of people who are in a long-distance relationship want to know the ultimate secrets of how to survive the distance. You come across many blog posts and YouTube videos from long-distance couples giving advice on how to make a long-distance relationship work. We all work toward the same …

Study: The more sex you have, the more money you make

<b>( Olga Danylenko via Shutterstock)</b><p>Apparently, higher wages are what you get for makin’ whoopee<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 19, 2013 9:27pm (UTC)<p>People who have sex more than four times a week make an average of 5 percent more in wages than their less sexually active peers, according to a study published …

12 of the Coolest Kids' Spaces We've Ever Seen

Campfire Dump Cake in Dutch Oven Recipe

Here is a campfire dump cake, that is a spin on a classic recipe but made in the dutch oven!<p>Campfire Dump Cake Recipe<p>Get the recipe on our camping …

11 Gorgeous Porches And Patios We Need To Relax On This Spring (PHOTOS)

Of all the rooms in a house, sometimes the most impressive spaces aren't really rooms at all -- and these outdoor areas are certainly proof of that. From their stunning seating areas to their swoon-worthy fireplaces and bars, our friends at Porch.com rounded up warm weather retreats that bring the …

35 Budget DIY Party Decorations You’ll Love This Summer

What better way to enjoy the summer and the sun than with a party? So get ready. Start working on the decorations and make sure everything is just …