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101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

Home Decorating

12 Most Surreal Light Installations at Lyon's Festival of Lights

<b>Swarm of Red Lanterns in a Forest</b><p>The Festival of Lights in Lyon, France (or Fte des Lumires) kicked off on December 6th bringing with it dazzling light displays by artists from around the world. “Every year we ask the artists to propose their concepts based on locations,” explained Jean-Franois …

Lyon

Guest Book Ideas That Go Beyond Paper and Pen

The guest book is one of those wedding details that with a bit of creativity (even if you've waited until last minute) can be an easy way to add in …

Tips for Soothing Décor

Every home needs a room that enables relaxation at the end of a hard day. However, this doesn’t mean that it has to lack style. Here is how to create …

Interior Design

Design Ideas for the Modern Townhouse

There’s something glamorous about a townhouse–that special dwelling (often in an urban area) consisting of two or three floors and shared walls …

Strikingly Luxurious and Diverse Laurel Way Residence in Beverly Hills

Cascading down a hill in Beverly Hills, California, Laurel Way Residence can easily be mistaken for an exotic holiday resort. Whipple Russell …

10 Creative Ways to Use Columns as Design Features in your Home

Throughout architectural history architects and designers alike have had to find creative ways to address the issue of structure versus aesthetics in …

5 Of The World's Most Remote Destinations Require Crazy Travel But Are Totally Worth It

Planes, trains, automobiles and… a cargo ship? That’s what it might take to get to Madagascar’s most remote national park. For other spots like it, the haul is even longer.<p>Hoard your frequent flier miles and buy a <i>lot</i> of reading material if you plan to visit one of these hard-to-reach</b> …

The Top 10 Marvels of the Modern World

When we think about the wonders of the world, evocative images of ancient structures in Rome, Giza, Peru, or Southeast Asia typically come to mind. And while the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to …

European Travel

Nine Jaw-Dropping Hotel-Room Views Around the World (Photos)

The sightseeing doesn’t have to stop when you get back to your hotel room. Check out these fabulous hotels that are even better looking out than in.

30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You're 30

Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life.<p>If you were to visit each of these …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand

7 Smart New Window Technologies

With the latest technologies, the windows in your house can offer more than a pretty view. Unfortunately, you'll still have to clean them yourself.<p><b>1. Save the Birds</b><br>Every year, millions of birds fly into glass windows. This patterned coating — visible to birds but not humans — prevents that. All …

11 Things Every Kitchen Should Have

Updating your kitchen? We asked designer Mick De Giulio — who designed his first kitchen when he was 19 and has 3,000 projects under his belt — to give us a list of what he thinks are the essentials.<p><b>1. Natural Light</b><p>Look for ways to maximize light, from eliminating cabinets next to windows to using …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Trails

Modern Pyramid House by Juan Carlos Ramos

We've seen our fair share of unique modern home designs like the box-shaped metallic house or the abstract fortress made of concrete, but Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos has taken on a form less-visited for his aptly titled project <i>Pyramid House</i>–a conceptual pyramid-shaped home created and …

Architecture

Bridal Shower Idea: Instead of Getting Gifts, Why Not Give Them (Like This Bride Did!)

When it came time for her bridal shower, Gail Picillo—who's getting married to boyfriend Ben in October—knew she didn't want to go the traditional games-and-presents route. Instead, she rounded up her friends and family and came up with a celebration that was more <i>her:</i> She gave gifts to strangers …

Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

Creative Commons Attribution

40 Kids Playroom Design Ideas That Usher In Colorful Joy!

Designing the right <b>children’s playroom</b> can be a tricky affair at times. There are several different ingredients that you need to get right to create …

40 Ultimate Garden Lighting Ideas

All of us at Decoist love our gardens. It is just natural to provide a bit (or a lot) of unnatural lighting to enjoy our vegetative exploits at night …

Armani Hotel Dubai – A Genuinely Unique Luxury Retreat

Armani Hotel Dubai is located in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates. The skyscraper is the world’s tallest building and …

Modern Beds For Modern Luxury Bedrooms

Modern bedrooms are as much about beautiful aesthetics as they are about flowing ergonomics. A balance between form and function is an absolute must …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Motivational Quotes for Your Workout

10 Quotes for Instant Fitspiration<p>Pin them, post them, print them—then get up and get going!<p><b>"Exercise is like an addiction. Once you're in it, you feel like your body needs it."</b> –Elsa Pataky, in the June 2013 issue of <i>Women's Health</i><p>Want a butt like Elsa's? (Um, yes!) Score one with the backside …

Travel While You're Young

This is the time for small paychecks and big memories. This is the time for travel. We are about as attached to one location as we are to our favorite Chinese take-out place. We know what we like about it, and we take comfort in the familiarity, but that's about it.- Jessy Tapper<p><b>Last June, Jeff</b> …

Travel

12 Wedding Signs You (And Your Guests) Will Love

We love wedding signs because they're multifaceted: Not only will they serve as chic décor at your reception, but you can take them home with you …

The Family that Cooks Together, Stays Together

Everyone remembers the first time Mom & Dad let them give a hand in the kitchen! The Make: Family Cooking concept aims brings the whole family …

Mab : An Automated Cleaning System with Hundreds of Micro Robots

<b>Mab Automated Cleaning System</b> is perfect for busy people who never have the time to clean their house. It features hundreds of micro robots (908 …

Robotics