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7 Living Room Storage Ideas for a Clutter-Free Space (of Any Size)

Storage space is never easy to come by, but this is especially true in the living room, where you want to maintain a level of formality and comfort. …

5 hacks an interior decorator says will make your small apartment seem a lot bigger

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Pictured: tip #2, use larger nightstands.Lauren Pressey Photography<p>Many of us are working with less space in our homes and apartments than …

Interior Design

5 Sneaky Ways To Make A Tiny Bedroom Look MUCH Bigger

Inconvenient as it may be, there's a certain charm about having a small bedroom: It's easier to make a tiny space feel cozy, and the limited square …

Brazil

25 Things To Get Rid Of In 2016

The real cleansing starts now.<p>Less stuff means more happiness, according to LifeEdited founder Graham Hill. And apparently, interior designers agree.<p>We reached out to a handful of home experts, including Sara Story, Robert Couturier, Jeremiah Goodman, Nick Olsen, and David Rockwell, among others, …

Minimalism

Christmas Brunch

From glazed cinnamon rolls to a cheesy bacon and onion quiche, here are fantastic Christmas brunch recipes.

What to Wear to the Airport When Traveling Home for the Holidays

Today is the busiest travel day of the year, and whether you have a two or 10-hour flight, comfort shouldn't totally eclipse style. From distressed …

What to Wear to the Airport When Traveling Home for the Holidays

<i>This piece originally appeared on InStyle.com.</i><p>Today is the busiest travel day of the year, and whether you have a two or 10-hour flight, comfort …

Parisians Defy Terrorism By Dining and Drinking at Local Bistros and Bars

It all began with a uniquely French rallying cry: "Tous au bistrot" ("Everyone to the bar!")<p>After local restaurant and bar owners proclaimed a call to action "Tous au bistrot!" ("Everyone to the bar!") on Tuesday, Parisians flocked to pubs and cafés to oppose the acts of terrorism that wreaked …

Sephora's New Concept Store Brings Online Makeup Tutorials to the Real World

If you would rather blend on a smoky eye while watching a YouTube video of the look than cook along to the latest episode of <i>The Rachael Ray Show</i>, …

Cate Blanchett is Already Getting Lifetime Achievement Awards

“Holy guacamole,” said Cate Blanchett as she took the stage at the Museum of Modern Art. “I feel like I’m dead.”<p>Blanchett is only 46 but she’s already reached the stage of her career where she’s eligible for lifetime achievement awards. On Tuesday, she got a doozy: the museum’s tribute at its …

New Report Says Gender Equality Is Actually Getting Worse

The U.S. ranks 28th compared to the rest of the world—a sharp decline from last year.<p>Sometimes it feels like the buzz about gender equality is more of a deafening roar—phrases like "pay gap" barely even raise an eyebrow in a culture saturated with headlines about women's empowerment. But (you knew …

Kate Middleton Wows in Royal Blue as She Honors Foster Children

Royal blue is definitely Kate Middleton's color. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Fostering Excellence Awards at BMA House in London tonight, …

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton's Blue Dress Is Almost As Cute As Her Accepting This Quilt

Kate Middleton continued her streak of wearing a certain semantically appropriate shade of blue today. At an event for foster caretakers and social workers in London, Kate Middleton presented three young adults who have been raised in foster care with the Fostering Achievement Award while wearing a …

Royal Family

She Speaks! Kate Middleton Gives a Rare Public Speech

Hearing Kate Middleton’s voice is like a total eclipse of the sun, a rare gift that comes along only about once a year. That majestic event happened today at a conference of “headteachers,” or school principals, in London (and was also captured on video by <i>The Telegraph</i>), as the Duchess of Cambridge …

Prince William

11 Kitchen Storage Spots You Completely Forgot About

This Apple Trick Will Wow Your Whole Family

Hasselback apples are a real (delicious!) thing.<p>We start getting giddy about fall by mid-August — when we first spot new pumpkin-spiced foods hitting shelves. A month later, we're suffering from full-on fever (don't send help; we're <i>all</i> good), and now we're knee-deep in apple mania.<p>We're baking them …

9 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Day

There's a reason they never lose their keys.<p>We're not sure if organizing pros are born or made, but good news: Tova Weinstock (aka "Tidy Tova") bets on the latter. The professional organizer says that anyone can make a few tiny changes to their everyday routine to get (and keep) their house in …

37 Buttermilk Recipes for Every Meal From Breakfast to Dessert

Cooking

It's Time to Kill Off the 'Healthy Food' Stigma

Chef Jenn Louis of Portland, Oregon, makes the case for the new generation of "healthy" food restaurants.<p>Let's be real: we don't go out to restaurants to eat healthily, and most chefs don't want to be placed in the category of specializing in "healthy" food. The reputation of a "healthy chef" is …

Healthy Eating

7 Ways To Wait At A Restaurant, Instead Of Looking At Your Darn Phone

Smartphone dependency is real. And in a restaurant, the typical scene is grim: You arrive early, but your friend hasn't shown up yet, so you pull out your phone. Within seconds, you're knee-deep in Snapchats, texts and Insta-likes. Or worse, <i>you're</i> the person watching everyone slowly turn into …

The Food Lab: Four Secrets to Improving Any Fried Chicken Recipe

Really great Southern fried chicken needs two things: juicy, flavorful meat and an ultra-crisp and crunchy crust. Here are four quick and easy ways to achieve both. The best part? These tricks will work for <i>any</i> Southern fried chicken recipe you've got, whether it's the old family standard, a fried …

11 Easy Tips For Creating A Calm and Peaceful Home

Simple solutions to transform your home into a relaxing retreat.<p>How do you feel when you walk into your home? Happy? Calm? Overwhelmed by your 'to do' list? In today's hectic world, stress is always present, but your home shouldn't contribute to it. "Your home either nurtures and supports you or it …

Dessert Doesn't Have to Kill You: 10 Ways to Living a Healthier Life (Without Giving up the Occasional Sweet Treat)

It is true: eating healthy means saying no to fatty and high sugar foods more times than saying yes. As a pastry chef I am surrounded by 5-pound bags of good chocolate and the enticing smell of cakes, cookies and pastries coming from the oven. And, like all of us, I'm bombarded by images of sweet, …

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …