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Meet the 86-year-old widow who's spent 10 years living on a cruise ship

86-year-old Lee Wachtstatter isn’t your ordinary cruise passenger.<p>More than a decade ago, not long after the death of her husband, she decided to sell her five-bedroom <b>Florida</b> home. But instead of downsizing, she opted for something far bigger - relocating to a cruise ship, where she’s remained ever …

Cruise Ships

Every Entrepreneur’s Biggest Mistake (And How To Avoid It!)

According to one study, 66% of new products fail within two years. And 96% of all innovations fail to deliver any return on a company’s investment. Here’s how not to be just another ugly stat.<p>In 2006, Salemi Industries thought they had a surefire moneymaking product. It was something totally new …

8 Tips for Successful Business Development

<i>This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and</i> …

Startup Advice

In honor of the new YC batch starting tomorrow, here is some of the best startup advice I’ve heard or given (mostly heard):<p>1. Make something people …

40 Swimming Pools We'd Love to Take a Dip in Right Now

Now this is where we want to spend our summer.<p>From a Tuscan-style retreat to an all-natural swimming pond, these designer pools make a splash. Steal our favorite patio and landscaping ideas too for the ultimate backyard getaway.


6 Supercharged Kitchen Innovations

Not your average appliances.<p>From a refrigerator that dispenses seltzer to a dishwasher that connects to Wi-Fi, these new appliances and kitchen trends deliver more than hot water in 2013.


100+ Best Room Decorating Ideas - Home Design Pictures

Is dusty rose and charcoal grey not the happiest palette for spring?<p>We're traveling back in time, and our favorite spaces have never looked so good.<p>These designer picks go well beyond white and beige.<p>It's the easiest way to add instant curb appeal.<p>It's the heart of a room — and a savior on chilly …

Dining Rooms

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms 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 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

Interior Design

Designers' Favorite Movie Interiors

Designers share memorable film sets.<p>Designers share the movie interiors and sets they love. While some are real locations, others are pure imagination. Either way, sometimes we wish we could stay.

Marie Antoinette

A Warm, Natural, and Modern Beach House

Tour an architect's summer getaway.<p>Creating a home on Shelter Island, New York for his family, architect Cary Tamarkin paired back design ideas to the essentials. He simplified the house by using concrete floors, built-in furniture, and lots of wood. The interior decorating is by their neighbor, …

Interior Design

11 Ways to Maximize a Small Space

Mirrors and double-duty furniture are your best friends.<p>Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or tiny nook in your house, use these small space design ideas to help you decorate.

Interior Design

5 Most Popular Pins on Pinterest This Week: A Quick Decorating Idea, A Bedroom Nook,and More

A quick decor idea, a bedroom nook, and more.<p>What's popular on Pinterest right now? This week it's a quick decorating idea for your kitchen, a bedroom nook, and a classic neutral paint color. For more design inspiration, follow House Beautiful's Pinterest boards.

Interior Design

10 Big Solutions for Small Spaces

Designer tricks for tiny rooms.<p>From striped floors in the living room to open shelves in the kitchen, designers share their best tricks for tiny rooms.

Interior Design

6 Cool Bathroom Gadgets

A faucet that doubles as a hand dryer and more.<p>A faucet that doubles as a hand dryer, a tub that's also a sound system, and more high-tech products deliver way more than hot water.

Gear & Gadgets

5 Most Popular Pins on Pinterest This Week: A Striped Bathroom, A Dramatic Entry,and More

A striped bathroom, a dramatic entryway, and more.<p>What's popular on Pinterest right now? This week it's a striped bathroom, a dramatic entryway, and a rugged Texas guesthouse. For more design inspiration, follow House Beautiful's Pinterest boards.

Interior Design

150+ Designer Kitchens for Every Style

Allow these culinary hot spots to stir up major inspiration for your own home.<p>We've gathered all our best cooking hubs in one place – from country casual to sleek and modern. Which one inspires you most?

Interior Design

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.

Interior Design

Before & After Makeover: A Dark, Dated Kitchen Goes Light and Bright

Click for the after photos.<p>By painting the existing cabinetry, replacing the countertop, and swapping the ceiling fan for pendant lights, designer T. Keller Donovan transformed his Florida kitchen on a tight budget. Here, he shares his time and money-saving tips for getting a dream kitchen — …


BMW’s Z4 GTE Picks Up Where the M3 GT Left Off—Winning

It’s going to break the hearts of many M-sters, but the last of the current-generation M3s are spoken for. And we’re not likely to see the F30-generation-sedan M variant until near the end of this year. On top of that, the coupe version, the M4, won’t make its first public appearance until some …

2015 BMW M4 Spy Photos

<b>What It Is:</b>This sleek two-door coupe is nothing less than the M4, which will replace the M3 coupe. BMW is renaming the coupe version of the 3-series to 4-series, and a similar fate is in store for the 1-series coupe, which will be known as 2-series in the future—thus implicitly acknowledging that …

Automotive Design

2012 BMW 328i Sport Line Manual Long-Term Test Wrap-Up – Review

TESTED<p>BMW’s 3-series sports sedan is hardly an enigma at this point. Its mission is driving pleasure; its soul, savvy engineering. BMW aims to improve each successive model’s performance, but every new generation carries the risk that the 3-series will deviate from the formula that earned it 22 …

2014 BMW 2-series M Sport Spy Photos – Future Cars

<b>What It Is:</b> New spy shots of the BMW 2-series, which will replace the 1-series coupe and convertible, caught completely uncovered. The 2-series lineup eventually will include both body styles, and they will look less like the current rear-drive 1-series hatchback than ever before, with a unique …

Dial M for Motorsport: BMW Adds M Sport Edition for 6-series, Starts at $80,625

Walking into a BMW dealership is no different than entering a five-star steakhouse–everything’s a la carte and you will pay through the nose to get the best trimmings. But sometimes BMW throws us a bone (possibly a T-bone, in this instance), and suddenly, an $80,625 640i coupe is somewhat easier to …

2014 BMW 5-series Photos and Info

The BMW 5-series has brought the Bavarian factory quite a lot of joy. Stylistically a decisive step forward from its controversial predecessor, the E60, and building upon a cost-efficient if slightly portly architecture, the F10 has fared well against competitors as formidable as the Audi A6 and …

Habemus Papem! 2013 BMW 335i M Sport vs. 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6, 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport – Comparison Test

TESTED<p>Spiritually, we feel a little adrift. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February, it was the second deeply confounding blow in a short period. A few months prior, we’d pitted the new F30-generation BMW 328i against a Cadillac ATS and concluded that the Caddy was the more entertaining car. …

Cadillac ATS

The Continental: An Awesome BMW, Benz Interiors Will be Great, and Some Van Talk

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>Amidst rumors of an upcoming Audi A9—and coinciding with the launch of …

BMW Gran Lusso Coupé Concept Photos and Info

BMW is adding another chapter to the brand's rich design heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza on the posh grounds of Villa d’Este in Lake Como. This is where the Bavarian automaker launched the Gran Lusso Coupé, which seems rather fitting considering the concept was conceived in close conjunction …

Automotive Design

2014 BMW M5 Photos and Info

Just as it did to the 5-series, BMW is making subtle yet significant changes to the M5 for 2014. But while those upgrades border on inconsequential, the brand will offer an optional Competition package that reinforces the M5's position as the purest among high-performance sedans. It’s the …

A Glimpse Inside BMW’s i Electric Project

Next to Tesla, and, perhaps Renault-Nissan, there isn’t an automaker in the world that’s putting as much faith and money into electric mobility as BMW. The brand’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, has invested massively in his new sub-brand, called “i,” plus R&D and production sites around the globe. Tied …