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11 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips from Top Bloggers

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Having a Moment: Black Gift Wrap

Festive holiday gift wrapping, noir edition. Here are 7 good ideas from around the world (from Finland to France), with sourcing ideas:<p>Above: Black …

6 Ways to Bring Good Luck to Your House

Common good-fortune beliefs.<p>These good-fortune beliefs and feng shui practices could bring a little luck into your house. For more, see what designs could bring bad luck to your house.

Feng Shui

Trendy Contemporary Kitchen With Sizzling Style And Savvy Storage Space

Bringing together three different design styles, a multitude of textures and an array of dazzling finishes, the <b>Integra Range</b> from Pedini is all about …

If All Disney Princesses Were Replaced With Beyoncé

Because every princess dreams of being a queen.

British singer sentenced to 35 years for child abuse | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The lead singer of British rock group Lostprophets was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years for child sex offences, and police said they were liaising with officers in the United States and Germany to establish whether he committed sex crimes there.<p>Ian Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty …

Things to Worry About in 2014

Matt Miller has a good one…

Architecture Now: Dazzling Buildings of the 21st Century

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Busan Cinema Center, Busan International Film Festival, Busan, South Korea<p>Book publisher Taschen and author Philip Jodidio have just come out with the latest book in their <i>Architecture Now</i> series and it's sure to delight any architecture lover. From magnificent buildings by famous …

Is This What Clothes Will Look Like In 2050?

Opening Ceremony designs a capsule collection, inspired by Spike Jonze’s futuristic new movie, Her.<p>The funny thing about films set in the future is how often the costumes reflect fashion trends of the past. <i>Blade Runner</i>’s Rachel has hair from the 1940s and shoulder pads from the 1980s; <i>The Jetsons</i> …

“Ex-Boyfriend Revenge” Kit Encourages Women To Murder In Style

Why is a designer handbag company selling an all-inclusive domestic violence kit?<p>Psychopathic ladies, go ahead and ditch your boring, unfashionable tools of torture in a dumpster in a remote location immediately. Designer handbag label Her Royal Flyness has your needs covered.<p>The Australian brand …

A Photographic Tour Of Earth’s Most Bizarre And Beautiful Creatures

From the sea angel to the whirligig beetle to the Priapulid (penis worm), a new book features 540 full-color photographs of creatures humans would otherwise never get to see.<p>Did you know that the most familiar categories of animals, like mammals, birds, and amphibians, account for just 4% of the …

The Power Of Empathy, Animated

Dr. Brene Brown’s poignant and popular talk on the “Power of Vulnerability” comes to life in a clever new animation.<p>Dr. Brene Brown’s 2010 TED Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” has gotten nearly 12.5 million views online. And it’s no wonder: Brown delivers insights into human connection, …

People Who Live In Glass Houses…Don’t Look Out The Windows

A new study finds most people pull the shades on their expansive (and expensive) views.<p>In the architecture world, glass is in. The skyscraper of the future is transparent. From the Burj Khalifa to the soon-to-be-completed Freedom Tower to the so-called “Invisible Tower” to the latest and greatest …

A Sweet Bedtime Story For Design-Minded Kids

Animals make for the best storybook protagonists (see Winnie the Pooh, Babar, and Peter Rabbit). A design team in Belfast, Ireland, wants to add a new character to the genre: Chalky, a fun-loving cat.<p><i>Chalky and the New Sports Car</i> chronicles the mischief of Chalky (based on a real cat and its real …

How Drug Cartels Are Like Amazon And Google

After this enlightening TEDTalk, you’ll never look at drug cartels the same way again.<p>Billions of dollars in sales. Quick shipments. Ultra-efficient distribution chains. Carefully orchestrated PR. Drone delivery.<p>It sounds a bit like Amazon! But in reality, this is any one of the three major Mexican …

Is This The Ugliest House In America?

What is even going on here.<p>Designers with delicate sensibilities, look away. This may be the most hideous McMansion in America. Built in 1956, this is “almost-famous pimp-turned-construction mini-magnate” Jerry A. Hostetler’s Indianapolis Hearst Castle. Minus the architectural prowess. Plus more …

Beautiful Floral Patterns Submerged in Typographic Ice Cubes

These playful ice cube letters are a complex typography project developed by graphic designer and illustrator Petra Blahova. <i>My Garden</i> features colorful floral designs set within the letter-shaped ice cubes. From A-Z, the artist designed 26 san-serif capital letters that must have been tricky to …