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10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …

JK Rowling Is Building Her Very Own Hagrid Hut

Hogwarts IRL!? The Harry Potter author isn't over it, either: She plans to build an almost-replica of Hagrid's famous hut on her Scottish estate.<p><i>Hagrid's Hut, from the movie series / Warner Bros.</i><p>The similarities to the Hogwarts' groundskeepers secluded cottage are striking: The plans indicate it …

9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

The key ingredients you need just might be hiding in your pantry.<p>These mix-it-yourself cleaners use environmentally friendly ingredients — like baking soda and vinegar — and are quite inexpensive. If you've run out of your favorite cleaning solution, don't run to the store; try one of these …

16 Paint Colors That Give a Room a Relaxing Vibe

Nothing says "namaste" quite like purple.<p>Rich hues and soft pastels lend a calming feeling to these spaces.

9 Household Items You Need To Replace Sooner Than You Think

Nothing lasts forever — and we bet you haven't thought about tossing these items in a while. This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p><b>1. Toothbrushes</b><p>The bristles become frayed and worn over time, so they won't clean your teeth as well. Get a new one every three months.<p><b>2. Walking …

45 Cozy Breakfast Nooks for the Dreamiest Saturday Morning

All you need is a fresh pot of coffee.<p>Cheery paint and plush pillows can make for the sweetest morning moments, whether you're looking to seat a family of six or just the two of you.

5 Commandments for Kid-Friendly Decorating

Designers share their best advice for decorating when you have young children in the house.<p><i>Designer Brooke Davenport and daughters Charlotte, 6, and Chloe, 13. Tour her bright white Los Angeles house. Photo by Victoria Pearson</i><p><b>Choose Upholstery You Can Easily Clean</b><p>"You can have soft upholstered …

21 Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Seriously, store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's a pro at making chewy chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

The 10 Soothing Paint Colors That Will Change Your Life

We're feeling more relaxed already.<p>Color has the power to heal your spirit: It can be soothing, healing and make you feel reborn. So we asked 10 interior designers to share their favorite feel-good colors. Will one make it to your home?

Why Blue and White Will Never Go Out of Style

A fresh take on a classic color combo.<p>With a rich range of hues, this classic combination looks fresher than ever. In this Greenwich, Connecticut, house, Lee Ann Thornton created a coastal and classic look with blue and white.

Get the Look: A Bathroom Inspired By the Gilded Age

The 10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes

...That you'll make on the way to great style<p><i>Getty Images</i><p><b>1. The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture</b><p>The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if you can't sit/walk/relax on …

12 Daring Paint Colors You Need to Try Right Now

Designers' favorite unexpected colors.<p>Sometimes the most soulful, satisfying hues are the ones that are completely unexpected. Here, designers share their favorite bold paint colors.

175+ Beautiful Designer Bedrooms to Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>It can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With over 175 different styles, there's an idea for everyone …

140 Ideas to Make Any Bathroom Feel Like an At-Home Spa

Our motto: Never let square footage limit your decor choices.<p>Get lost in these gorgeous photos of claw-foot tubs and luxe tiles. Need other ideas for your home? Our bedroom and living room galleries are full of inspiration.

The Unexpected Tool That Will Solve Life's Tiny Messes

Besides on your clothes, of course.<p>Ah, the humble lint roller. It's lightweight. It's sticky. You always have one handy in your sock drawer. And it makes quick work of picking up life's tiny messes when you don't feel like getting the vacuum out. Seriously, you'd be surprised by how many cleaning …

11 Bathroom DIYs That Take One Hour or Less

Have a spare hour and a boring bathroom? These 11 quick DIYs will fill the time—and your space.<p>Want to spruce up your bathroom, but don't have the time for elaborate projects (or budget for the renovation you've always dreamed of?) Don't worry. Tackling a DIY project may seem like a huge endeavor, …