Claire Aiken

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Regal Interiors

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>4 |<p>This grand entryway features all the trappings of a palace. With plenty of seating for the occasional gala and massive flower …

iPhone-Controlled Paper Airplane: The Coolest Toy Ever?

Is nothing sacred? I had thought that paper airplanes might be the last holdout for fully-analog toys. After all, all you need is a sheet of paper, a pair of functioning hands and a place to throw stuff. Even in jail these things can be found, and while your first attempts might not fly so well, …

Brewbot, The iPhone-Controlled Micro-Brewery

Oh, man, this is an invention likely to make it impossible for me to ever leave the house. It’s called the Brewbot, and it’s an iPhone controlled machine which brews “high quality craft beers” without leaving your armchair.<p>The Brewbot is a £2,500 Kickstarter project, and is essentially a handsome …

Water

How-To: Sew Buttonholes by Hand

When it comes to making your own clothing, the smallest details can turn an ordinary garment into something truly special. Already hand-finishing your hems? Take your stitching skills to the next level with this tutorial for hand-sewing buttonholes from Tasha at By Gum, By Golly!<p>Ready to give it a …

3-D Paper Apples

Shares 0<p>Create beautiful 3-D apples from paper, adhesive, and twigs. Use the same technique in different colors to make pumpkins, oranges, or other …

Crafting

50 Shades of Grey: Design Edition

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The plush living room sofa contrasts with the otherwise clean lines of most of the apartment while still staying true to the monochromatic …

A Beatifully Smart and Simple Sweeper and Dustpan by Jan Kochanski - The Fox Is Black

I love this dustpan and brush by Polish product designer Jan Kochanski. Perfectly simple, it presents a fantastic solution to the dustpan’s function; …

The 10 Essential Home Measurements You Should Know

These numbers will guide you in virtually any buying decision, from paint to furniture.<p>How much paint do you need? How high do you hang that chandelier? Get your measurements right with this indispensable guide that has all the numbers you'll need.<p><b>1. Dining Room Table</b><p>A 36-inch-wide rectangular …

Dining Rooms

5 Modern Bedrooms

• 1 |<p>Serene white walls decorated sparsely with poetic quotes make this modern white bedroom a tribute to writers and readers alike. The small writing …

Inspiration: Hot Air Balloon Mobile

I absolutely love this hot air balloon mobile from Alexix at Persia Lou!<p>Head over to her site to see more photos, plus a link to the pattern that she used to create the balloons.

Shipwreck Yields Most Silver Ever

The 61 tons of silver salvaged from a 1941 cargo ship are worth millions.<p><b>An oceanic exploration company has recovered 122,000 pounds of silver from a shipwreck 300 miles off the coast of Galway, Ireland—the heaviest amount of precious metal ever retrieved from a shipwreck.</b><p>In February 1941, the S.S.</i> …

Buying a holiday home – negotiating a mortgage and moral maze

Buying a home to let out as a holiday rental just got easier. This week, Leeds building society launched a range of holiday let mortgages with interest rates starting at just 3.4%, joining other lenders offering similar low-priced deals. But with parts of the Lake District now 80% taken over by …

The best summer holidays ever

Ah, childhood summer holidays. Few things evoke more powerful sensory memories: the sticky gloop of a melting strawberry Mivvi. The rasp of Ambre Solaire factor 6 rubbed briskly into sandy shoulders. The distinctive neopolitan ice-cream banding of Celts left out in the sun.<p>Let me tell you about my …

The best unusual cruises

If you enjoy being at sea but loathe the idea of sharing a ship with hundreds, or thousands, of other holidaymakers, there are alternatives. The time-rich could opt for a container ship – a great way of seeing the world without the organised conformity of the traditional cruise liner.<p>But there are …

North Pole