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Current Obsessions: Rustic Charm

Here’s a look at what we loved this week.<p>Next week we’re headed to Berlin. First stop: Typography legend Erik Spiekermann’s apartment.<br>• DIY leather …

A Cramped Office Gets an Airy Makeover

This multiuse space was in serious need of a style and function transformation.<p>"This space has to wear so many hats. It's a place for me to blog but also has to function as a small photography studio," says Simple Stylings blogger, Summer. "We needed space for little man to do his homework as well …

Tour a Historic New Orleans House Full of Striking Colors

Grand gestures, fearless color, and playful patterns make a major statement.<p>As the kids grow up — and out — Jane Scott Hodges and her husband celebrate newfound freedom with grand gestures, fearless color, and playful patterns in their 1869 Greek Revival house decorated by Gwen Driscoll.

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Baby Daughter

The royal baby (part two) is here.<p>Kate Middleton has given birth to her second child — a daughter, who is now fourth in line to the British throne. (And, somewhere, Prince Harry mutters to himself, "Fifth, fifth?! I remember when I was third in line.") She was admitted to hospital in labor at 6 …

Kate Middleton Gives Birth to a Baby Girl, the New Royal Princess

Kate Middleton delivered a princess, and then went home.<p>In an enviably short labor, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy, 8 pound, 3 ounce baby girl at 8:34am UK time Saturday, 2 1/2 hours after going into labor the same morning, Kensington Palace announced.<p>Earlier in the afternoon, at …

Paternity Leave

6 Historic Fixer-Uppers For Sale Across America

Tie on your tool belt! We found six historic fixer-uppers at can't-be-beat prices.<p><b>PARSONS, KS</b><p>Recently updated from a multi-unit apartment to a single-family home, this four-bedroom, 2,152-square-foot Victorian awaits finishing touches like new paint and appliances.<p><b>Asking Price:</b> $49,900<p><b>Listing …

Real Estate

Those Kitchen Hack Articles Are Useless to Me; Here's What Worked in My Kitchen

Despite the occasional cold snap (by which I mean the kind of weather the rest of you would probably laugh at me for finding cold), it’s pretty much hitting on springtime in Orlando. And with the impending return of the sunshine and wonderfully blazing hot weather, there is the desire to get my …

Kitchens

10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

Little details go a long way.<p>1. Update hardware.<p>Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.<p>2. Use lighter colors.<p>A light color on the walls …

Stainless Steel

Now Is The Best Time To Visit Europe. Here's Where To Go.

If continents were dogs, Europe would win Best in Show. The landmass is a seemingly perfect combination of pristine beaches, charming villages, historic cities and stunning nature. There's so much to see that planning a trip can be overwhelming... mostly because it's overwhelmingly expensive.<p>But …

Flying

The One Where 'Friends' Central Perk Is Brought To Life

A behind the scenes look at designing Eight O'Clock Coffee's Central Perk Pop-up shop.<p><i>Friends-</i>fanatics get your oversized coffee mugs ready. Eight O'Clock Coffee and WarnerBros are partnering together to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the series premiere —and what better place to do it in than a …

Apartment Therapy

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DIY Project: Pallet Wood Floor

Even if you don’t have a design idea in mind involving wooden pallets, saving them from the dump and stockpiling a lot of them will prove useful …

How To Wear Grey On Grey And Not Look Drab

For those of you who had doubts, wearing grey on grey is <i>totally</i> doable.<p>In fact, variations of the monochromatic look have been popping up on fashion blogs and Instagram accounts all winter season. Now, matching our blacks is something we don't care to mess around with, but head-to-toe grey is a …

Shades of Grey

An Entire House Gets a Makeover in Just Two Weeks

A house decorated with coastal style on a quick turnaround.<p>For a client's Emerald Bay, California, house, Laurie Alter, owner of Tuvalu Home, was given free rein because there was limited time frame of just two weeks for the renovation. "I called my client to say that in order to complete this on …

5 Madly Delicious Ways to Make Meatballs

<b>1. Swedish Meatballs</b><p>Delicate, bite-sized and covered in a light cream gravy -- what's not to love about Swedish meatballs? Spear them with toothpicks for a party or spoon them over lightly buttered egg noodles for dinner. Either way, make extra -- they disappear quickly! <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Chicken</b> …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

13 One-Hour DIYs To Upgrade Your Home Office

If you've got an hour and a dull home office, these 13 projects will make a huge improvement.<p><b>1. Cork Trivet Pencil Holder</b><p><i>Design for Mankind</i><p>Keep losing your pens? This cork trivet DIY from Design for Mankind will keep your favorite pens and pencils front-and-center. You'll need a drill, but beyond …

4 Wholesome and Hearty Bean Soups to Get You Through Winter

<b>1. Pasta e Fagioli</b><p>Pasta e fagioli -- literally "pasta and beans" -- is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a chilly night. There are countless recipes but this one, adapted from Chef Joe Cicala's recipe in the <i>The Washington Post</i>, is the best I've tried. The base of the soup is made …

Before and After: A Messy Closet Becomes a Crafting Nook

This formerly untidy space is completely unrecognizable now. This story originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.<p>"We wanted to turn a small 12'x12' bedroom into my craft/office room in our home," says Hometalk and Beneath My Heart blogger, Traci. "We started the process by turning the reach-in …

80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

Interior Design

11 One-Hour DIYs For Your Bedroom

Bedroom looking a little bland? These 11 snazzy projects take less than an hour<p><b>1. Wooden Tray</b><p><i>Learning Creative Living</i><p>A wooden tray is a must-have for in-bed snackers. Load it up with snacks, coffee, and books, and it's a handy way to bring your morning essentials into the bedroom with you. All you …

15 Genius Storage Solutions To Make Your Whole Life Easier

Is your home overwhelmed with clutter? Here are 15 projects to help you wrangle the mess.<p>Is your home overwhelmed with clutter? Here are 15 projects to help you wrangle the mess.

Crafting

13 Things You Should Have in Your Closet by 30

All of the touches you need to add warmth, style and creativity the most-used space in your home.<p><i>Courtesy of LA Closet Design</i><p>1. Something Cozy Underfoot<p>You know how you feel when you step into your favorite slippers?It's like that, but EVERY time you walk into your closet."I think that by the time …

9 Things to Check For in a New House

These quick fixes will save you loads of future headaches. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>A new house can be so exciting: The decorating possibilities! The organizational ideas! But before you start moving in your stuff and arranging your furniture, check off these must-do …

The 10 Best Cities To Visit This Year

Lonely Planet has revealed its top towns to visit in 2015. Some of them might surprise you<p>Lonely Planet has revealed its top towns to visit in 2015. Some of them might surprise you… <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

European Travel

The 14 Best Movie Meet-Cutes

"This was some meet-cute," retired screenwriter Arthur tells his new neighbor, Iris, as she offers him a ride in "The Holiday." Inspired by one of our favorite Christmas movies, we're chronicling the best of this classic film trope, described by Roger Ebert as, "a comic situation contrived entirely …

12 Quirky Houses Built Purely Out of Spite

See which people took their neighbor tiffs to a whole other level.<p>See which people took their neighbor tiffs to a whole other level. This article originally appeared on CountryLiving.com

21 Christmas Songs To Listen To This Instant

<i>Last year, we gave you a list of great Christmas songs. This year, we're re-gifting the concept. Enjoy 21 more songs that will surely brighten your holiday season.</i><p><b>Bing Crosby, "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"</b><p><b>Johnny Mathis, "Winter Wonderland"</b><p><b>Kelly Clarkson, "White Christmas"</b><p><b>Eartha</b> …