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Code: Posh Kitchen Blends Trendy Aesthetics with Practicality

As we head into 2015, one kitchen design trend that is quickly turning into a must have is the presence of adaptable, modular wall units that bring …

Why It's Okay to Keep Your Design Simple

Striking details used with restraint.<p>Comfort and practicality characterize a 1920s Shingle Style cottage in East Hampton, New York, designed by Robert Stilin. Striking details used with restraint give this house its warmth and character. Read the interview with the designer here.

BEFORE & AFTER: An Empty Loft Becomes Warm and Inviting

A peek at one of our favorite makeovers from this week's American Dream Builders.<p>On Sunday night's episode of Nate Berkus's new show, <i>American Dream Builders</i>, we were introduced to a pair of post-industrial lofts in Downtown Los Angeles. The spaces were completely blank canvases and it was up to the …

A Summer Weekend Dinner Party

<i>Today: Turn off the grill (just for a night) and host a summer dinner party to balance out your Fourth of July weekend.</i><p>You came to the rooftop. You saw the fireworks. You conquered the flag cake. Fourth of July is a whirlwind of red, white, blue, and American beer, and it can leave you tuckered out …

Tom Colicchio

9 Pimm’s Cup Recipes to Toast Wimbledon

Much like the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon is the perfect excuse to trade your PBRs in for some fancy cocktails. So put on your Lacoste, dig out your cocktail shaker and try out these classic summer Pimm’s cup recipes. We rounded up nine of the best ways to enjoy the U.K.’s liquor of choice. Cheers, …

Loving Dad Creates Adorable Lunchbox Meals For His Two Children

<b>Loving parents</b> creating amazing lunchbox art get the thumbs-up around these quarters–just check out New York City-based lawyer Gamene and graphic …

Sideboard Designs Served with Modern Flair

Sideboards aren’t just supposed to save space or store the things for which we have no space. They’re supposed to make the space, to finish off an …

Chevron Pattern Ideas For Living Rooms: Rugs, Drapes and Accent Pillows

The word around design circles is that <b>chevron patterns</b> have come back with a bang in the last few years. While it is true that the start of the …

How Your Attitude Can Determine Your Life

We all hear about amazing people who have overcome great obstacles in their lives. No one ever said life was going to be easy, yet how challenging it …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Northwestern University

Drinking diet soda linked to heart disease

Diet soda’s sweet, nonexistent calories may be better for your waistline than your lifespan, a new study finds.<p>Older women who consume two or more …

Weight Loss

10 Things Rob Lowe Knows for Sure

<b>1.</b> When you're writing personal stories, <b>you have to be totally uncompromising—to the extent that you can be—about yourself.</b> I know that if I am …

That Snooze Button Habit Is Putting Your Productivity To Sleep, So Quit Hitting It

You need to respect the alarm. But don’t just take it from us–consider recent research. Here are five ways to get out of bed the right way.<p>Every morning, millions of people fight a battle–with themselves.<p>The battlefield is the bedroom, and the weapon is the snooze button. When the alarm goes off, …

Time Management

Don't Be a 'One-Trick Pony' in Life

As we begin to grow older and we're no longer exposed to new ideas, people, experiences or lessons through things like attending school, we start to get a little stale.<p>Maybe it's that we've settled into a regular form of exercise... <i>you've been running for years.</i><p>We resort to the same tried and true …

5 Natural Teeth Brighteners

Get a gorgeous smile with these easy tricks.<p>You may not be on the red carpet, but with the amount of flashes happening on your holiday party circuit, you might as well be. And while you often know the main smile saboteurs (red wine, coffee, etc.), what about all the foods that can actually do your …

Red Carpet

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …

3 Powerful Reminders For When You Feel Stuck In Life

By Chrissy Stockton,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/NOcngC<p>1. You don’t need to know where you are going to get somewhere great.<p>A car’s headlights …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do

Want to be successful? You have to communicate effectively. Here are 7 practices to master.<p>It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services--either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem …

Public Speaking

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier

<b>What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?</b><p>Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use.<p>First, yeah, a good …

Happiness

10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation

Who Do You Think You Are? Why You're in Control of Your Destiny

Sometimes when I'm about to take a big risk, go for something important or step out in a bold way in my life, a judgmental question will pop up in my …

A Kitchen Gets Renovated With a Classic Kid's Toy

If you thought your days of playing with Legos were over, think again.<p>You can build miniature castles, spaceships, and robots with Legos, but what about an actual working kitchen? Well thanks to , this idea is now a reality. The pair designed the Munchausen LEGO kitchen, which features an IKEA …

Secluded VR House Conversing with the Outdoors in Mexico

Each and every one of us needs time to disconnect from routine and try every now and then to embark on a trip away from the ordinary. Naturally, …

How to Make Alcoholic Ginger Beer From Scratch

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week on Food52, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Community Manager Catherine Lamb shows you how to make alcoholic ginger beer with everyday kitchen staples. Cheers to …

Photographer Gets Adorably Crushed by Seals

The mission was a daring one: to travel to Antarctica and follow the footsteps of Tom Crean’s hundred-year-old icy expedition. While the full …