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20 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener

All of these beauties are easy to keep alive.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn't mean you can't flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a <i>must</i> when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for …

6 Lovely Herbs for Aromatic Floral Arrangements

With flavorful leaves and gorgeous flowers, these plants provide a feast for the eyes.<p>With flavorful leaves and gorgeous flowers, these plants provide a feast for the eyes.

Gardening

The Most Luxurious Vacation Homes Around the Globe

Live like a rock star (if only for a long weekend) in these impressive rentals.<p>Live like a rock star (if only for a long weekend) in these impressive rentals.

DIY: Pergola Kit, Canopy Included

Turn a patio into a pavilion with a freestanding German-made pergola you assemble yourself (retractable canopy included):<p>Above: Fully assembled, a …

Tag: Indoor Gardens

Gardening 101: Prayer Plants<p>by Kier Holmes<p>Everything You Need to Know About Houseplants<p>by Michelle Slatalla<p>Object of Desire: Stylish Stoneware …

Ask the Expert: Tips for Starting a Houseplant Collection

When I asked Alea Joy Bessey, co-owner of Solabee Flowers and Botanicals in Oregon, how she first became interested in houseplants, I knew straight …

High Achievers: Trellises and Pots for Indoor Vines and Climbers

From Danish design house Ferm Living: a collection of frost-proof concrete planters and pots to pair with the company’s mini trellises. Suddenly it …

DIY Dining Room Open Shelving

Over year ago I wrote a post about how I wanted to add a big wall of shelving to our dining room. And for over a year, I’ve been patiently waiting …

How Sweden Is Eliminating Road Deaths

The life-saving power of street design<p>Sweden is on its way to reaching zero road deaths per year. It’s an incredible feat, coming from a peak in road deaths in the 1970s. In 1997, Sweden implemented a "Vision Zero" plan in hopes of eradicating all road deaths and injuries, and it has already cut …

European Union

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Creativity

20 New Yorker Design Stories To Read Now

Curl up with your iPad while the archives are free<p>So far, the best thing about the <i>New Yorker</i>’s digital revamp is not the new site design, but rather the opening of the magazine’s storied archives. For the next three months, articles dating back to 2007 (plus select additional features) are free to …

Google Glass

Yes, You Can Pickle That

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Pickling is so hot right now. And when done at home, it's</i> …

Paris Review - Aldous Huxley, The Art of Fiction No. 24

Interviewed by Raymond Fraser, George Wickes<p>Issue 23, Spring 1960<p>Drawing by Paul Darrow.<p>Among serious novelists, Aldous Huxley is surely the wittiest and most irreverent. Ever since the early twenties, his name has been a byword for a particular kind of social satire; in fact, he has immortalized …

Literature

Paris Review - Paul Muldoon, The Art of Poetry No. 87

Interviewed by James S. F. Wilson<p>Issue 169, Spring 2004<p>Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh, in Northern Ireland, in 1951. He is the eldest of three children. His mother was a primary schoolteacher and his father held many jobs, including mushroom cultivator. Muldoon attended Queen’s University …

Literature

The Morning News Roundup for July 7, 2014

• On Thursday, just as the Dow Jones closed at an all-time high, a first edition of Marx’s <i>Das Kapital</i> sold for $40,000.<br>• Searching for Orwell in Scotland: “I had come to Jura, a remote island on Scotland’s west coast, to find the solitude George Orwell had sought sixty-five years earlier to finish his …

Tchaikovsky on the “Immeasurable Bliss” of Creativity, the Mystical Machinery of Inspiration, and the Evils of Interruptions

<i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> legendary composer <b>Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky</b> wrote in 1878 in a letter to his benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck, attesting to what psychologists have since demonstrated empirically — that “grit” is more …

Paris Review - Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

Interviewed by John Wray<p>Issue 170, Summer 2004<p>The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.<p>Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels …

Literature

DIY: Pressed Seaweed Prints

As a native Cape Codder, I’ve always been fond of seaweed. So when I ran across designer Karen Robertson’s pressed seaweed DIY on Garden Design, I …

Steal This Look: The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

I’m a skeptic when it comes to outdoor kitchens (who needs anything more than a grill and a set of tongs?). I’m revising my thinking, however, after …

10 Easy Pieces: Etsy’s Best Canvas Carry-Alls

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Rugged and timeless, just like Dad, waxed canvas carry-alls are the perfect way to honor the hardworking …

Outbuilding of the Week: Garden Workshop by Rodic Davidson Architecture

After coming into possession of his grandfather’s workbench and tools, London-based architect Ben Davidson of Rodic Davidson Architects designed a …

Architecture

A Family Recipe for Elderflower Cordial via Dublin

Our friends at Makers & Brothers, the dashing purveyors of Irish design Jonathan and Mark Legge, like to keep things in the family. But they’ve …

Re-reading: The ultimate guilty pleasure?

With so many books and so little time, re-reading seems an indulgence. So why is it so popular? Hephzibah Anderson reveals why we do it – and why it’s such a joy.<p>How many times have you read your favourite book?<p>As parents learn with frustration, as small children we love immersing ourselves in the …

Books

Philip Roth: A writer’s life

The week’s best art and culture reads – including an interview with a great American novellist, Raymond Chandler at the Oscars and the secret life of WH Auden.<p>Imaginary Jews<br>Michael Walzer | New York Review of Books | 3 March 2014<br>David Nirenberg’s “brilliant, fascinating, and deeply depressing” new …

Literature

Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner on the art of screenwriting

The week’s best art and culture reads – including the history of the self-portrait, Bollywood’s favourite author and some home truths about the music industry.<p>Man in the mirror: self-portraits<br>Andrew Marr | New Statesman | 30 April 2014<br>Review of The Self Portrait: a Cultural History, by James Hall, …

Art

Life lessons from Maya Angelou

The American poet, author and activist has died at the age of 86. BBC Culture rounds up the words that gave her strength.<p>Maya Angelou is best known for her 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of seven volumes of autobiography telling the story of her life in the Deep South. She …

Motivation

Maleficent: What do fairy tales really mean?

Maleficent is the latest in a long line of fantasy adaptations. Hephzibah Anderson looks at their dark, sexual messages – and why we’re fascinated by them.<p>Once upon a time, an animation studio known as the Walt Disney Company cast a magical spell, allowing it to seize control of the fairy tale …

Literature