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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier Every Day

Would a boost in positivity help your career and relationships? These studies show how to get an improved outlook.<p>Regardless of who you are, what you do, or how much money you have, life in this world will never be perfect. People die, accidents happen, and things break. Even so, it's possible to …

The 15 Most Glamorous Couples to Grace the Cannes Film Festival

As far as film festivals go, you can’t get more <i>romantique</i> than Cannes. Over the festival’s 68-year run, the Côte d’Azur has served as a backdrop for coupled-up cineastes in oversize sunglasses and Hermès head scarves. To celebrate its 69th year, here are the most glamorous couples to appear at …

3 Key Elements of a Well-Designed Guest Room

Designer Libby Langdon reveals three expert tips for a fabulous new look.<p>"Because it's not used all the time, the guest room is often the smallest bedroom in the house. Implementing a few design tricks makes the space look and feel larger, so it's stylish and comfortable for your guests, not matter …

Articles about how-do-benches-dining-room on Dwell.com - Dwell

It's the one place in the house where we celebrate the art of feasting, family, and friendship.<p>Passive Houses are built according to a rigorous series of design principles that promote efficiency.<p>For their weekend home in Sharon, Connecticut, architect Lynn Gaffney and her husband, Bill Backus, …

Dining Rooms

Why Is This Picasso Worth $179 Million?

This week, Picasso’s <i>Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)</i> got paddled up for $179 million at Christie’s, breaking the record for the highest amount paid for a work of art sold at auction. But what makes this midcentury masterpiece worth more than a penthouse in One57? And more important, why is it …

How To Win Like PayPal Cofounder Peter Thiel: Six Of His Rules For Business Success

Peter Thiel cofounded internet payments pioneer PayPal and big data consultancy Palantir Technologies and was an early investor in Facebook, in which he once held a 10% stake.<p>Still a Facebook director, he is also president of hedge fund Clarium Capital, while his venture capital firms include …

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While I recuperate from my 10 days in Mexico 🙁 I leave you with some beautifully designed spaces from the ecelctic portfolio of Amory Brown – a …

In 1982, Steve Jobs presented an amazingly accurate theory about where creativity comes from

It was a chance for Jobs to talk to high-achieving youngsters about how to make their lives and the world better.<p>"<b>If you're gonna make connections which are innovative ... you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does</b>," he said, echoing research on creativity, "or else …

Creativity

Little Bishop Ceiling Hook

Here’s a worthy pursuit: design a better option for placing light fixtures. Yes, you could call an electrician and spend hundreds of dollars. You …

Home Ec: Cures for the Common Smell (All-Natural Odor Fixers)

For this week’s Home Ec lesson I want to talk about the less glamorous aspects of having a home or apartment to care for: odors. Yep, we’ve all dealt …

Cleaning

How Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and friends lost their cool

Affordable luxury is looking particularly affordable these days.<p>Well-known brands like Michael Kors (KORS), Ralph Lauren (RL), Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are struggling. When the Great Recession hit, they lowered their prices to try to keep sales strong. Now those discounts are a drag on the …

Ralph Lauren

30 Great Kitchen Design Ideas

Fabulous ideas for any kitchen.<p>If you're ready to design a kitchen but don't know where to start, we've got just the thing to help. From the simple to the sublime, our collection of 30 fabulous kitchen ideas — gathered from some of the nation's best designers — is sure to inspire. Plus: 60 …

Kitchens

Dandelight by Studio Drift

This is another wonderful sort of object we featured years ago (2008) and now deserves an update. Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift first started …

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10 Common Rental Kitchen Frustrations, and How to Fix Them

Rental kitchen challenges range from minor annoyances to serious, hair-pulling frustrations. But before you go and break your lease, consider this: …

Kitchens

Before & After: A Genius Air Conditioner Coverup

Air conditioning is not something I spend a lot of time thinking about in the <i>winter</i>, but I do spend a lot of time wondering how to cover air …

Christian sex activists warn against the “dangers of mommy porn” and “50 Shades of Grey”

<b>Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Universal Pictures)</b><p>Writers urge women to “put down Cosmo and pick up the Bible” — or trade “50 Shades” for their Bible-based manual<p>Rachel Kramer Bussel<p>February 5, 2015 9:15pm (UTC)<p>“Fifty Shades of Grey” is not a book that inspires …

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18 Valentine's Day Grooming and Fashion Gift Ideas to Get Your Stylish Man

This Valentine's Day, guys will be giving their special someone chocolates, flowers, diamonds or pearls, and wine and dine her at an expensive restaurant. Unfortunately, getting the perfect Valentine's day gift for him can be a little trickier -- it's tough to know what he wants.<p>That said, it's …

Men's Fashion

10 DIY Instagram Accounts to Follow

In the world of online inspiration, there are endless new platforms and accounts to discover on a daily basis. But none seem to be as overflowing …

how to layer rugs

I had a gal write me recently when she spied this triple rug action on our blog from the La-Z-Boy event. Danielle asked:<p><i>I love your spaces. The</i> …

30 Unique Kitchen Countertops Of Different Materials

If you’ve been following us lately, you’ve already seen concrete and wooden countertops ideas but what if you are looking for something more unusual? …

14 Florists to Follow on Instagram

I am a shameless lover of flower photos. I have to stop myself from constantly uploading and re-gramming photos of giant peonies, fresh bouquets of …

We Want Your Job: Set Designer

Being a set designer for TV shows on MTV, Bravo!, HGTV, amongst many others, means that in addition to honing fantastic shopping skills, Jen Chu also …

Beautiful Table Linens For Spring Entertaining

Is it starting to warm up where you live? Every time I think I’ve covered my plants for the last time this winter, another round of freezing weather …

Study: Good Design Is Good For Business

Here at Co.Design, we’re constantly singing the praises of design-driven businesses. But “good design” can seem subjective and nebulous. Worse, it can be difficult to quantify how much design really impacts a company’s bottom line.<p>A new analysis by the Design Management Institute, a Boston-based …