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Tight squeeze: Japan's coolest micro homes - CNN Style

A tiny scrap of land might not catch your eye. But to Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Tekuto, there's nothing more beautiful.<p>A veteran designer of <i>kyosho jutaku</i> -- or micro homes -- Yamashita has built more than 300 houses, each uniquely shaped and packed full of personality.<p>All …

You Need To Visit These 20 Websites If You Want To Learn New Skills

It’s Monday again.<p>The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the …

Employment

37 Wise Quotes That Will Inspire Your Happiness and Success

When you feel uninspired, take a few minutes to read the words of some very inspiring people.<p>We all want to be happy and successful, but no matter how positive we try to be, sometimes events can overtake us--bringing us down. When you feel uninspired, take a few minutes to read the words of some …

Motivation

18 renovation apps to know for your next project

Everybody needs a little help sometimes<p>Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today's advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process.<p>Below, we rounded up 15 standouts across three …

How to Radically Change Your Goals and Success

People are afraid of commitment. We'd rather keep our options open. We'd rather diversify our investments to mitigate risk.<p>Before writing the first chapter of <i>Harry Potter</i>, J. K. Rowling planned for seven years at Hogwarts. As a result, Harry Potter is one of the most read books of all-time.<p>Before …

personaldevelopment

The 10 Best Stationery Stores in Tokyo

Japan is a paper-lover’s paradise—here's where to find the best selection.<p>For anyone who appreciates feather-light stationery, beautiful notebooks and cards, and pens you'd hate to lose, Japan is as good as its gets. The only real issue is choosing where to go to stock up—which is why we've …

The 24 Best Websites For Discount Furniture And Decor

Clear eyes, full carts, can't lose.<p>When decorating a new space, it’s important to know which pieces are worth the investment, and which are worth finding for cheap. But let’s be honest ― we’ll take a good deal any day.<p>Thankfully, you don’t have to expend tons of time or energy searching for the …

Only David Attenborough could take the piss out of the Queen and get away with it

'A sundial... Neatly planted in the shade'<p>Latest stories<p>Much like when Batman and Superman teamed up in <i>Justice League</i>, but swap the superheroes for a …

Buckingham Palace

How This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Creativity

Learning to channel your thinking--both conscious and subconscious--creates the conditions that make achieving your goals inevitable.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep."--Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it …

Creativity

How to Turn Off Your Weight Gain Hormones

Flip this switch for weight loss that lasts.<p><i>This article was orginally posted by our partners at</i> Prevention <i>and republished with permission.</i><p><i>From the book</i> The Hormone Reset Diet: Balance your Hormones and Lose up to 15 pounds in just 3 weeks! <i>by Sara Gottfried. Copyright © 2015 by Sara Gottfried.</i> …

The Post-Cubicle Office and Its Discontents

<b>‘I have known</b> the inexorable sadness of pencils,’’ begins Theodore Roethke’s ‘‘Dolor,’’ the best poem in English about the grayness of the office. ‘‘All the misery of manila folders and mucilage,/Desolation in immaculate public places,/Lonely reception room, lavatory, switchboard.’’ For a century …

Two Brothers Recreate Their Childhood Photos For Parents' Wedding Anniversary

To celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary, brothers Matthew and James decided to take a trip down memory lane by choosing a handful of childhood photos and reenacting them as adults. The hilarious results, which they printed, framed, and presented to their parents, made for a heartfelt and …

Fine Art Photography by Kylli Sparre

Fine art photography and experimental photo manipulations by Kylli Sparre.<p>Kylli Sparre is a fine art photographer based in Tallinn, Estonia. After …

Photography

Suspended Staircase Floats Above Oslo Apartment

When the owners of a top-floor apartment in Olso, Norway purchased the loft above it, they wanted to unify the two floors. Known as <i>Idunsgate</i>, it was revamped by the London-based architecture firm Haptic, who spent part of their time updating areas like the bedroom and bathroom. They also added a …

Architecture

Kagome Stool

Designed by <b>Shinn Asano</b>, the stunning <i>Kagome</i> stool is part of the minimalist <b>Sen</b> series, which incorporates traditional Japanese crafts, patterns, and …

Isolated Building Facades by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy | Colossal

<p><i>Facades</i> is an ongoing series of work by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy that imagines a world where facades have been completely …

10 Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter