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US spy Roland Trujillo missing after reportedly being freed in Cuba deal

Former US intelligence official says convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo was freed from Cuban prison in trade for three Cuban intelligence agents Sarraff’s current whereabouts are unknown Behind the scenes of the US-Cuba deal<p>When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from …

Hardscaping 101: Clay Roof Tiles

I still remember the first time I saw roofs made of red clay tiles. I was visiting my grandmother in Santa Monica one hot summer, and I was enchanted …

DIY: Whitewashed Greek Walls

Some summer afternoons the sun beats down so relentlessly that white is the only acceptable color–to wear, to eat (hint: gelato), and to cool off the …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Greece

What Greek gardeners know: a Mediterranean climate requires you to embrace extremes. Dry summers. Wet winters. Hot sun. Oh, and little surprises from …

Hardscaping 101: Front Paths

Nothing creates curb appeal faster than a well-designed front path. It’s the first impression your house makes to visitors–and to you every time you …

10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Exterior Paint Picks

At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s hard to find the best paint color for your house’s exterior. White is a classic, but choose the wrong shade …

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Tisanes: Easy Teas You Can Grow, with 7 Tips from Emily Erb<p>by Ella Quittner<p>Urban Gardening: Shade-Tolerant Herbs to Grow in Your Apartment<p>by Erin …

Outbuilding of the Week: A Shipping Container Transformed Into the Ultimate Holiday House

Sometimes when I’m awake in the middle of the night, I obsess about the zillions of shipping containers in the world. (That is, when I am not …

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 …

A charming fisherman's cottage on Sweden's South coast

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend?! We had a bank holiday here, so my family and I took off for my brother-in-laws summer cottage where we played …

The idyllic Danish summer cottage

The evenings are so lovely and long now in Southern Sweden, it never really gets dark. This Friday we'll celebrate midsummer and then it's time for …

Outbuilding of the Week: The 186-Square-Foot Guest Cottage

Raise your hand if you have space to sleep all your houseguests. Thought not.<p>Basically, no one has enough guest rooms. But as I learned from living …

Composting: Are You Obsessed?

Is an obsession with composting a peculiarly male trait? I can’t imagine a woman thinking, “I must go out and cover the compost” when it starts to …

DIY: The Magical Powers of White Cherry Blossoms

Every March growing up, I watched my mom wield a large pair of hedge clippers and go at the forsythia that edged our front yard. She’d fill a tall …

Gardening 101: How to Draw a Garden Plan

Have you already forgotten where you planted those tulip bulbs last autumn? And how exactly are you planning to locate that clump of wilted foxglove …

Finding the Right Living Room Mix

For most of us, the days of the formal living room are long gone; today’s contemporary living rooms are places to lounge and linger. But the living …

Charmean Neithart Interiors

Who can resist a cute California cottage?! Interior designer Charmean Neithart out of Pasadena gave the homeowners of this 1700 sq foot home …

Lilac and dusty pale pink for a calm home

Tjeeeena! Hope you had a lovely weekend? My little three year old and I visited Hem & Villa, a house and home exhibition in Malmö. We had a great …

Tag: DIY

Rethinking Acacia: Summery Branches to Brighten a Winter Table<p>by Chelsea Fuss<p>Kalanchoe: Rethinking a Kitschy Houseplant<p>by Chelsea Fuss<p>7 Secrets: How …

Ask the Expert: How to Create a Beautiful Edible Garden

The steps to creating a kitchen garden sound deceptively easy: build some raised beds, plant vegetables, harvest. Recently when we featured LA garden …

How To: Make Your Own DIY Concrete Countertops -- The Easy Way

I've always loved the look of concrete countertops but am, admittedly, a bit intimidated by the intense mold making/concrete …

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