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How to Really Really Find Your Life Purpose (and Do the Work You Love)

Break the rules. We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules. Not the law, but break the rules / Arnold Schwarzenegger<p>Can …

Motivation

Ask a Designer: How Often Should I Paint and Make Over My House?

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is how often you should refresh your house. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future …

“A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it’s already there

<i>“A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it’s already there. And if you look with a little bit more intention, you see it.” Vik Muniz</i><p>San Francisco-based artist Caren Alpert cares about the food we eat. A commercial food photographer by trade, Alpert’s series “terra cibus” aspires to <i>“transform our food obsession into a newfound closeness with what nourishes us.”</i> Using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Alpert is able to take incredibly sharp and detailed images of common food items …

What Are Your Home Priorities? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)<p>What's important to you in a home? In a future home? For those who have put a lot of thought into those two things, it …

Minimalism

Brad Goreski's Top 5 Tips for Styling a Desk

The celebrity stylist shares his best advice for creating a desk with personality. For more, see how he made over a House Beautiful editor's desk.<p><i>Brad Goreski sitting at the desk he made over for a</i> House Beautiful <i>editor. Photo by Kelly Stuart</i><p><b>1. Personal Touches</b>When styling my celebrity clients, I'm …

11 Statement-Making Front Doors

Set the tone for your home with a welcoming front door. Here, we take paint color cues from some of our favorite tastemakers on Instagram.<p><b>Idea #1:</b> Choose a color that compliments your brick and matches your shutters.<p><b>Idea #2:</b> Bring personality to solid brown stucco (and shock your neighbors) with an …

Borrowing From The Rich Personality of Its Surroundings: Pobble House in England

<b>Pobble House</b> is an original looking timber frame residence paying tribute to the qualities and architectural history of its special location in …

Tag: Garden Visits

Letter from California: Lotusland Survives Fire and Fury in Montecito<p>by Kendra Wilson<p>Before & After: An Airy Gravel Garden for a Midcentury British …

How to Choose Paint Colors

Designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, answers a question from a reader about choosing paint colors and finishes.<p><b>Q: What are your best tips and methods for choosing paint colors? How do you decide on a finish? —Susan T.</b><p><b>A:</b> Paint color can be …

150+ Designer Kitchens for Every Style

Allow these culinary hot spots to stir up major inspiration for your own home.<p>We've gathered all our best cooking hubs in one place – from country casual to sleek and modern. Which one inspires you most?

The 2015 Color Trends You NEED to Know Now

Design color trends<p>We asked 11 top designers to predict the design color trends of the upcoming year. From olive greens and bright patterns, to "Monet meets Molly Ringwald," these chic combinations may be the next big thing.

Articles about modern kitchen renovation mid century roots on Dwell.com - Dwell

Architect Janet Bloomberg infused a mid-century kitchen with her 21st-century taste to create a whimsical yet thoughtful new...<p>When Andy Linsky, a realtor specializing in mid-century homes, and his partner Michael Thomas, set out to build a home of their...<p>A Bucks County, Pennsylvania, overhaul by …

Made in America

National Geographic Travel

Invest & Indulge: More Advice On Creating a Home True to You

(Image credit: Claire Bock)<p>Where do you invest your money and time when designing a home? What items should you allow yourself to indulge in? They're …

Rental Housing

This Simple House Has a Big Surprise Around the Corner

A striking design choice creates a picturesque space with indoor-outdoor appeal.<p>We love knick-knacks, floral wallpaper, and ruffled bedspreads as much as the next American woman (hello, beautiful), but we also appreciate a home designed with a sharp eye for restraint — and an unexpected touch.<p>This …

The Way to Happiness: Remember the 4 P’s

There’s an overwhelming amount of happiness research.<p>Forget incorporating it all into your life — merely <i>remembering</i> it is daunting enough.<p>I like to …

Happiness

Rewiring Your Emotions

Google changes the brain. Playing computer games changes the brain. Conversing in a compassionate way changes the brain.<p>If you half expect this …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

The 10 Best Design Books Of 2013

No matter how convenient Kindles are, they will never do justice to beautifully printed, full-color art and design books. (And reading them often doubles as a workout–the big ones require serious biceps to even lift.)<p>See more of the year’s best design: <br>Branding <br>Houses <br>Interfaces <br>Apps <br>Photo Essays …

Books

Gorgeous Palette Knife Paintings of Flowers by Carmelo Blandino

Most of the time, fine artist Carmelo Blandino uses oil on canvas to create beautifully detailed paintings of flowers. His <i>Single Flower Series</i> explored the delicate beauty of individual flowers while his more recent flower series takes on a more messy approach. How and why did he completely switch …

Painting

Social Sector

Article - McKinsey Quarterly Shaking up the leadership model in higher education<p>February 2018 – Economic pressures, digital disruption, and rising …

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

Burnout is the consequence of a broken way of work

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It’s the time of the year where we can start to feel overly stressed by the demands of work, family, and community. But for …

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 …

12 Heartbreaking Movies That Make Grown Men Cry

As <i>Parks & Rec</i> paragon of manliness Ron Swanson once said, "Crying is only okay in two places: funerals and the Grand Canyon." Normally, we’d have a …

Best in Bridal: Fall 2014

See the top looks from each collection<p>From short and white to flowing and pink, brides have more options than ever. See the top 5 gowns from each of the most in-demand bridal designers this season.

Weddings

Essentials to Getting Started with Low-Light and Night Photography

Low-light and night photography follow the same basic fundamentals of photography but there are some techniques that are more prevalent and worth …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

10 Surprising Ways to Add Color to Your Home