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10 Unique and Creative Kitchens

You've never seen a design like this before.<p>From a kitchen in a barn to one designed completely in steel, you've never seen a kitchen like this before.

Kitchens

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A Small, But Elegant and Stylish Kitchen in New York City

Metallic wallpaper adds glamour.<p>Her kitchen may be on the small side, but designer Sheila Bridges didn't let that cramp her style. An elegant silvery-blue wallpaper adds some unexpected excitement to a tiny space. Read the interview with Bridges here.

7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

30 Small Kitchen Ideas That Maximize Both Style and Efficiency

Sky-high cabinets and mirrored backsplashes are your friends here.<p>When your prep space is no larger than a closet, even one person can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen. Make the most of your counter space and cabinetry using the tricks within these petite rooms as a guide. And if you're …

The finest free things to do in Paris

Expert guide to Paris<p>Paris is not known as a budget travel destination and yet the city is replete with sights, activities and experiences that don't cost a <i>sou</i> (former French coin). From riverside beaches and picnics by Canal Saint-Martin, to watching footballers performing 'keepy-uppies' as you …

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Asia Travel

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Asia Travel

60 Great Bar Stool Ideas – How To Pick The Perfect Design

Having a bar or an island in the kitchen is pretty much a must. It’s a very functional thing to have, plus it gives you the opportunity to …

Top 10 Kitchens of 2013

From bright colors to relaxed looks.<p>This year in kitchen design, we saw everything from bright colors and a lot of shine to relaxed looks with wood and warm hues. Designers proved that no matter how small or large the space, the kitchen is still a place to make a statement by using stunning details …

Hallway Decorating Ideas That Sparkle With Modern Style

Why is the hallway always the last place we think of decorating? OK, sometimes the laundry room ranks below it, but overall, we often view the …

National Geographic Travel

Work on a farm - and see the world for free

Travellers prepared to put in a few hours' graft a day can stay in beautiful settings for next to nothing through a farm volunteer scheme<p>How does it work?<p>Lots of farms, especially those involved with alternative and eco-friendly projects, invite people to volunteer in exchange for free food and …

Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

Fly Fishing

The perfect trip: Italy

A new take on the Grand Tour proves that the country’s treasures remain as rewarding as ever.<p>The Grand Tour was a European cultural jaunt focused on Italy that became part of the education of 18th-century high society. We offer a new take on the trip, proving that the country’s treasures remain as …

Italy

Ocean borne killers: rips cause more deaths than other natural hazards

Study claims Australians are more likely to die at the beach than from bushfires, cyclones, floods or shark attacks<p>Rip currents kill more people on average than bushfires, cyclones, floods, and shark attacks, according to a new study.<p>A short investigation led by Rob Brander, of the University of …

Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014

When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come.<p>Greek Islands<p>View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty …

Travel

How to go off the grid when you travel

Ever yearn to travel old-school style, without the screens, gadgets and multitasking stress? Do away with worrying about chargers, adapters, cables, cases, insuring all your devices, and organising foreign wi-fi plans and roaming. Instead, enjoy the moment, get out of your comfort zone, generate …

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Telegraph Travel Awards 2013: Favourite website

<b>Winner:</b><p><b>i-escape</b><p><b>Runners up: Tripadvisor, Seat61</b><p>i-escape (i-escape.com) is one of the first websites I turn to when I’m planning a trip - after telegraph.co.uk/travel of course. This innovative accommodation guide and booking service, now in its 13th year, has built up a 1,400 strong collection of …

Best family travel destinations for 2014

The warmth of locals and children’s sheer joy in things make travel with kids a blast, especially if you choose child-friendly destinations such as these.<p>Tivoli Gardens fair ride in Copenhagen, Denmark. Image by Frank Fell / Robert Harding World Imagery / Getty Images.<p>Denmark<p>Don’t overlook Denmark …

Northern Lights

Turn a Closet or Cupboard into a Workstation

If you have some space in your closet or cupboard that you don’t need, don’t let it go to waste. You could turn it into a small home office! Here are …

Learning to Love Rainy Day Photography

Rain too often gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s been known to ruin a few picnics and weddings; maybe it messed up your freshly washed car; baseball games …

Landscape Photography

Brothers Surprise Mom by Recreating Her Favorite Photos 20 Years Later

Romanian bothers Toma and Paul Alexandru were trying to think of a creative surprise for their mother Simona’s 55th birthday when it dawned on them …

10 Huge Factors That Affect Image Sharpness

It’s not stretching the truth much – if at all – to say that creative people are die-hard perfectionists when it comes to their work. It doesn’t …

Shutter Speed

How to Choose the Right Dining Room Chairs

Dining room chairs can be trendy and traditional, so open your imagination. Here are some tips on choosing the right dining room chair design and not …

An Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Kitchen

Simplicity is key in this space.<p>Simple blue-green cabinets and an old pine farm table recapture the spirit of a childhood kitchen. For kitchen design tips, read the interview with designer Young Huh.

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?

Interior Design

Iran: one woman's solo motorbike tour

The Foreign Office hardly encourages prospective visitors to Iran. Advising against all but essential travel, it also warns of “suspicion about the UK.” More starkly, it says: “British nationals could be detained in Iran despite their complete innocence”.<p>Those who go often seek the security of a …

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Weekend in Valencia: a complete itinerary

There's plenty to sate all appetites in Valencia – it's brimming with culture, has great bars and restaurants and beautiful stretches of beach to soak up the almost year-round rays<p>Valencia might just be the perfect weekend destination: historic centre; a unique arts and science complex; sandy …