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How To Decorate With Black-and-White

10 classic and sophisticated spaces.<p>The classic color combination makes any room — from bathrooms to bedrooms — sophisticated, chic, and timeless. From horizontal stripes to graphic floor tile, designers share their favorite black-and-white decorating ideas.

11 Quick Ways to Instantly Make Over Any Room

European holidays: Guardian writers share their tips – and you can too

Our writers share their European holiday highlights, from a great French campsite to an Ibizan fish shack – now tell us about your holiday on GuardianWitness <br>See here for Guardian writers' UK holiday tips<p><b>FRANCE</b><p><b>Le Comptoir Général, Paris</b><p>A 10-minute walk from the metro stop République, past the …

How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

Holidays in New York and Cape Cod

<b>Sara Brennan writes</b><p>Next summer, we are hoping to take our three teenage children on a holiday to the United States. Our current thinking is to spend around five days in New York and then about 10 days near a beach. I have looked at Rockport on Cape Ann, Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard, but would …

Barcelona homeless tours to launch

The Hidden City Tours walk is described as a “mainly historic tour” that aims to give “insights into the social reality of the areas visited.”<p>The company’s founder Lisa Grace has lived in Barcelona for more than a decade.<p>She said the project was inspired by similar projects in Britain (a new tour …

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Brisbane

With Brisbane Festival in full swing, we round up the best places cheap cafes and restaurants in the city – whether you fancy a big bowl of ramen, delicate French pastries or beer and burgers<p>This is not your traditional-style Vietnamese restaurant. The family who own Mrs Luu's used to run one of …

The Most Extreme Staircases In The World Could Finally Squash Your Fear Of Heights

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>When you want to sightsee and exercise at the same time, there's only one thing to do: climb a really, really big staircase. And if any are beautiful enough to tame your fear of heights, there are some pretty spectacular ones to check out.<p>We're counting down some of our …

Working hard at being lazy in Turkey: readers' travel writing competition 2012

On first glimpse, the Mediterranean coastal town of Kalkan was exactly as a somewhat cynical traveller like me might expect: a world of chartered planes, private pools and exclusive cruises. But among the steady stream of upscale tourists, the undemanding ambience of this old Ottoman Greek fishing …

The island-hopper's guide to Korea

Mention Korea and several things probably spring to mind: the division of North and South, the sparkling city of Seoul (headquarters to Samsung, Hyundai and other Korean powerhouses) and Psy’s manic and flashy ‘Gangnam Style’. What’s not commonly known is that the Korean peninsula is studded with …

Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge

The state border between Oregon and Washington is notable for one thing: a river runs through it. But not just any river – the mighty Columbia, the fourth-largest river in the US, flowing through a massive gorge that’s up to 1219m (4000ft) deep and over 128km (80mi) long. In this gorge, myriad …

Florida black bear facts

Changing Planet<p>An anesthetized Florida black bear waits to receive a GPS collar that will inform researchers about its landscape movements and habitat conservation needs. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.<p>• The Florida black bear (<i>Ursus americanus floridanus</i>) is one of 16 recognized subspecies of the …

Exploring Washington’s Yakima Valley one beverage at a time

Smack between the Columbia Basin and the Coastal Range in Washington, the Yakima Valley was in 1983 designated the first wine-growing appellation north of California. The sun-soaked wine region includes more than 100 award-winning wineries that produce delicious whites and smooth and complex …

Washington State

The McWay Bay

Secret Places right under your nose<p>Have you ever found a place that is very close to you, or very close to a place you know well — and you were …

Why You Must Absolutely Paint your Walls Gray

<b>Gray</b> is the hot new “in” color. It’s recently taken front and center, upstaging it’s neutral cousins, taupe, beige and ivory. Gray is the little …

10 Easy Pieces: Modular Closet Systems, High to Low

Why does storage sometimes seem like the answer to all life’s woes? Maybe it’s the promise that if we could just get our acts together we’d have time …

15 Clever Storage Solutions

I spent last week in a flurry of organizing. We took the week off from the office so I really wanted to come “back-to-school” organized and ready to …

Minimalist Bean Lamps Add a Bit of Quirk to Your Abode

Designer Katerina Kopytina brought fun and whimsy to home lighting with her Light Bean project. The minimalist light fixtures do indeed look like …

Lively Modern Apartment Interior Design 'Wrapped' In Wood

This cool modern apartment is located in a fabulous location for a cultured lifestyle offering 24-hour restaurants, bars and supermarkets nearby, in …

Interior Design

Cool Bathroom Storage Ideas

Does your bathroom look like the one below, complete with ample storage surrounding the double vanity? If so, it’s possible you still feel like you …

8 Ideas for Dorm Room Walls That Aren't Clichéd Posters

Dress up those drab walls.<p>Dress up those drab walls with 3D flowers, a salon-style photo arrangement, temporary wallpaper, or more. Tip: If your college doesn't allow nails, damage-free wall hooks such as Command strips are a great hanging solution.

Top 10 Destinations You Must Visit In Canada

Canada shares the longest land border with its neighbor, the United States and it’s an amazing place for a number of reasons. Canada is home to some …

Canada

Room Color Ideas - Decorate with Color

Interior designers are feeling blue, and it's a wonderful thing.<p>If you love a color, use it <i>everywhere</i>.<p>It may be time to rethink your curb appeal ...<p>We promise this DIY approach isn’t as messy as you’d think.<p>These paints may be from the same color family, but they're oh-so-different.<p>Make a powerful, …

Stylish Apartment In Poland Charms With Cool Industrial Overtones

Located in the Pole Mokotoskie Park neighborhood in Warsaw, Poland, this lovely apartment designed by Soma Architekci showcases hip industrial charm. …

Unique Ways of Displaying Photographs in Your Home

Photographs turn a house into a home. They add a personalised element to your decor and create the cosy and warm attributes everyone hopes to achieve …

Neat

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

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Crisp contemporary lines are warmed by wood and an earthy colour palette. Shots of colour are used sparingly to punctuate the calm spaces. Changes in …

10 Unique and Creative Kitchens

You've never seen a design like this before.<p>From a kitchen in a barn to one designed completely in steel, you've never seen a kitchen like this before.

Kitchens