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7 Tips for Decorating With Texture

Designer Laura Day says a variety of surfaces and layering is key to making any room more interesting. Get the tips on adding texture into your home design.<p><b>1. Decide on a Look</b><p>If you want a cozy look and feel, choose wood, plush fabrics, woven surfaces, and natural fabrics for the floors and …

A dreamy bathroom

Sweet jeezus this bathroom is an absolute DREAM! Via Minosa. <i>The clients were searching for a fresh contemporary space that better utilised their</i> …

A Bold Bathroom With a Chevron Floor

A luminous bathroom with a dramatic detail.<p>In a New York City bathroom designed by Alla Akimova, the walls and surfaces are made of glass. But in this luminous room, the drama is really on the floor tile. Read the interview with the designer.

Interior Design

17 Organization Tricks to Make Your Bathroom Feel Twice as Big

It's all about using vertical storage solutions, people.<p>If there's one place we could all use unlimited storage, it's the bathroom. Think about it: There's makeup, hair tools <i>and</i> hygienic items. But hopefully these tips will help you make the most of what you already have.

10 Designers Share Their Kitchen Style

Decorating tips and essentials from the pros.<p>Designers from the 2013 Kips Bay Showhouse share top kitchen decorating advice, style, and essentials.

8 Tricks to Expand a Small Space

From hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to using mirrors strategically, find out how to make a small room look bigger by tricking the eye with these design tips. See more ways to make the most of a small space.<p><b>1. Window Treatments</b><p>Hang curtain rods and draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel …

10 Space-Saving Tricks for Small Kitchens

You can do a lot with just a little space.<p>A well-designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, here are the best ideas for small spaces.

Turn Tables

Lucky you, these tables (and all other Blu Dot furniture) are 20% off their regular price until November 10th. Maybe you just need one table beside …

6 Cool Bathroom Gadgets

A faucet that doubles as a hand dryer and more.<p>A faucet that doubles as a hand dryer, a tub that's also a sound system, and more high-tech products deliver way more than hot water.

Home Improvement

Mise en Place: Kitchen Tool Drawer Organizers

Whenever we peruse the sites of high-end European specialist kitchen makers, we find ourselves obsessing over the elaborate built-in drawer storage …

Chuck Wood Storage

What’s this round, iron object for? Wood storage, of course, as the photo above shows. It’s perfectly sized for kindling and other small logs for the …

10 Easy Pieces: Best Budget Kitchen Faucets

Quality counts when it comes to choosing the most in-demand fitting in the kitchen. For durability, look for faucets that are made of brass, and …

A Playful Design Reinterpretation: Chess Stools by Giorgio Bonaguro

This family of stools, designed by Giorgio Bonaguro for Icons Furniture, aim at giving a playful interpretation to this particular type of indoor …

Organizing Your Living Room

Three easy steps to keeping your living room organized.<p>The living room, or family room, has a lot of different uses, which might make it the hardest area to keep organized. We've got three ideas that will help you keep it clutter-free.

Sun erupts with two big solar flares

The sun erupted with two of the strongest solar flares it can unleash Friday, just days after blasting an intense solar storm at Earth.<p>The sun fired off a flare that registered at X1.7 on the space weather scale at 4:01 a.m. ET (0801 GMT) Friday, then followed with an X.2-class event at 11:03 a.m. …

Astronomy

Some Alabama students losing football seating privileges after leaving games early

The Crimson Tide faithful weren't happy when the student section emptied early last weekend.<p>Colleges all around the country are having problems keeping their students at football games until the final whistle is blown. To combat fans leaving early, the University of Alabama has revoked seating …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

It looks like Google has been working on an oversize secret project on San Francisco's Treasure Island. A water-based data center? Could well be.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San …

San Francisco

Easter Island

If They Could Only Talk<p>“The statues walked,” Easter Islanders say. Archaeologists are still trying to figure out how—and whether their story is a cautionary tale of environmental disaster or a celebration of human ingenuity.<p>By Hannah Bloch<p>Video Animation by Hans Weise, Spencer Millsap, Fernando G. …

Fitbit Force review

I’ve come to a sobering conclusion about myself: I’m not a very active person. Despite maintaining a gym membership and only the best intentions, I still prefer to read, watch TV, and play games. This is precisely why I’ve never invested in a fitness-tracking gadget — if I’m not moving that much, …

Modern Eco-Friendly Homes Set Amongst the Trees

<i>Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House)</i> is an architectural design project by architecture student and interior designer Konrad Wjcik that seeks to organically install living spaces in forests without disrupting the innate beauty of nature. Wjcik's detailed presentation lays out the many benefits of …

Architecture

7 Must-have Apps for Audio Lovers

Are you someone who constantly has your ear buds on?<p>Do you love listening to music, audio books, or podcasts while driving or working out?<p>Well, here are seven awesome iPhone apps to fill your ear buds with energizing music, educational audio books, or funny podcasts all day long.<p>1. Umano (free)<p>If …

Apps

10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013

These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our imagination by creating swarms of smart rescue robots, cars that drive themselves, and a rugged rover that could change the way we think about exploring the Red Planet.<p>These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our …

E.coli

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

Austria

Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys

The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. …