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15 Gift Subscriptions for the Holidays

Nothing will ever beat a handmade gift or experience, in my book, but gifts that continue throughout the year are a close second for me. I love the …

6 Classic, Mad Men-Inspired Cocktails to Serve at Your Next Party

Try these fun new takes.<p>Classic cocktails made with whiskey, bourbon, rye, and gin are more popular than ever. Get to know them again, then try these fun new takes.

New York City

4 Crowdfunded Inventions That Would Make Travel Easier

<i>by Christine Dayao for ShermansTravel</i><p>We're always impressed by the brilliant ideas that we find on crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo -- particularly the ones that solve the biggest problems and frustrations in travel. Here are four smart inventions that we think do it …

Crowd Funding

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

Home Decorating

What Are the Top Neutral Colors to Choose Now

There is a new trend making an appearance on the interior design horizon—stylish new shades of neutral. It’s akin to the fall fashion runways, where …

Owl Dish Scrubbie

Here is the window dressing promised in the Scrubbie Teaser Post from a couple weeks ago! How freaking adorable are these little owls???? I was so …

Before & After: This Victorian Home from 1885 Gets an Unbelievable Transformation

A married couple tackled this challenging project, and the results will blow your mind.<p>When house renovators Jeff Born and Victoria Born-Doody first laid eyes on a historic little house on Watson Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, they knew that they had found their next big project. The house, which …

This is the Harry Potter-Themed Hotel of Every Muggle's Dreams

A new hotel in London lets you live the wizard lifestyle.<p><i>Photo: Courtesy of Georgian House Hotel</i><p>If you swear your Hogwarts admissions letter was lost in the mail, this is the hotel for you. Common Muggles (or non-wizards) can now live like Harry Potter and his friends at the Georgian House Hotel. …

Walking Tours

Floorplan to Maximize Space & Minimize Awkwardness in My Apartment?

(Image credit: Nikki)<p><b>Q:</b> My husband and I are remodeling a 700 square-foot apartment in Oakland and are stuck. The problem with the current layout is …

Home Improvement

Pillow Talk: 7 Secrets to Making a Perfect Bed

If you count all the hours we allot to plumping pillows, smoothing sheets, straightening shams, and fussing over how the whole thing looks, we spend …

Ilse Crawford

Take the Quiz: IKEA Spotting for Experts

When I created the original 'Spot the IKEA' quiz, I shouldn't have been surprised. You guys are good at this game. Like really, really good. So I've …

IKEA

Object Lessons: Belgian Linen for Every Room

Linen is perhaps the most virtuous of all fabrics. It’s produced from the flax plant, every part of which has a use: The seeds are ground to make oil …

The Laundry Care Tech That Will Change Your Routine

A less-than-thrilling chore just got easier.<p>Thanks to the latest laundry-care equipment and technology, a less-than-thrilling chore just got easier.

Housekeeping

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …

10-Second Studio Tour: Bread Hive

At the end of each summer, the gang here at Design*Sponge takes a weeklong break to rest up, rejuvenate and get re-inspired before autumn approaches. …

Tool The Bookworm

I know, you rarely have time for books, and even then it’s safe to say you’re likely to pick up a Kindle or iPad instead of a paperback or hardcover. …

Archives

20+ Toys & Crafts You Can Make from Recyclables

Save money, save the Earth and entertain your kids simultaneously — sounds like winners all around to me! If there's one thing I hear frequently from …

Roads

11 Different Ways to Bring the Scent of Autumn Into Your Home

Breezes are cooling. Leaves are coloring. Apples are ripe for the picking. There is just a feeling in the air that makes you want to put pumpkin into …

Decorations

SnapRays Guidelight

There aren’t many night lights to write home about (except for the Night Light Galaxy), and even less that are considered particularly safe for those …

Home Automation

Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness

Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet …

Erupting Baking Soda Paint Recipe

Two Ingredient Homemade Baking Soda Paint<p>As I was writing up our collection of two ingredient paint recipes it occurred to me that I have never …

DIY: A $15 Waxed Canvas Tote

Practical and stylish, waxed canvas totes have long been popular with both outdoor types and urban sophisticates. Making one yourself is easier (and …

Behind WWAKE’s Opal Earrings

Growing up, I was always a little disappointed that my birthstone was an opal. I wished it was something fancier like April’s diamond or something a …

Apartment Therapy

Before & After: 15 Kitchen Makeover Projects from Our Readers<br>--> http://on.apttherapy.com/YqgPfC<p>It's a Before & After bonanza of great Kitchen …

Things You Have To Explain To People Who've Never Worked In A Theme Park

<i>By Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr user Bruce Tuten</i><p>When you're a kid, the thought of spending the whole day in a magical world populated by superheroes and princesses seems like an impossible dream. Then one day you see a flier at the local community college saying Disney is hiring "summer interns" and …

Walt Disney Company

Shopper’s Diary: Bleuet Coquelicot in Paris

It’s hard to miss Bleuet Coquelicot: Plants and flowers of all colors spill onto the sidewalk from a tiny storefront on a busy street in Paris’s …

A Day In The Life of Taylor Kitto

Like several thousand other people, I’m a huge fan of stylist/photographer/shopkeeper Taylor Kitto‘s Instagram feed. I’ve been happily following her …

Eat at Home: Tips, Projects and No-Fail Strategies to Save Money and Avoid Eating Out

(Image credit: Handmade Mood)<p>My household is in total budget mode right now. With a wedding and (hopefully) buying a home on the horizon, we're …

Personal Finance

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …