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12 Important Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

Designers reveal what you must consider before making this major purchase.<p>When it comes to furniture, a sofa is likely to be one of the biggest investments you'll make. Yet, with so many options, it's so easy to go wrong. We spoke with our favorite designers to find out the secrets to making a …

Home Decorating

Week in pictures: 4-10 May 2013


A Coastal Kitchen With a View of Long Island Sound

In colors inspired by driftwood and sand.<p>With its waterfront location, designer Susan Drake chose colors of driftwood and sand for a Stamford, Connecticut, kitchen. Read the interview with the designer.

How To Choose a Sofa: 50 Designer Tips

Everything you need to know.<p>Everything you need to know about sofas in one place. Experts such as Windsor Smith, Barbara Barry, and Steven Gambrel share how deep a sofa should be, which style goes with which, how to select pattern, and more.


Make A Boho-Inspired Statement In A Head Scarf

Here's a trend that's easy to wrap your head around--head scarves. Chalk it up to music festival season or a ripple effect from the spring runways, …

Music Festivals

How to Make Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls

<b>Combine the ingredients for the dough:</b> In the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), stir the yeast into the warm water and …

WRS speaks with Filmmaker Rel Dowdell about "42"


15-Minute Workout: Core Exercises

Hit your muscles from all angles with this routine to sculpt a tight, sexy midsection.<p>Hitting your muscles from all angles is the absolute best way to sculpt a tight, sexy midsection.<p>If your abs routine consists of crunches, crunches, and more crunches, you may still have some jiggle around the …


Brennan: There's a perfect name for this mess, Masterisk

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It's a given in sports that golfers, professional and amateur alike, will always tell you that their sport is much better than any other, that it's so honorable and classy and timeless.<p>They'll say that golfers are the last athletes to have the decency to still call penalties on …

Defense lawyer wants details of Trayvon Martin lawsuit

The terms of a lawsuit could impact the murder case against the man who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida, the suspect's attorneys say.<p>The attorney for the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin wants details about a wrongful-death settlement — which could have paid $1 million or more — given to …

Power Pairs Dumbbell Workout

Multitask your way to a better bod with these two-in-one strength-training exercises<p>In successful relationships, partners bring out the best in each other. The same can be said of fitness moves. Certain exercises are more effective when paired up than when done alone. "Doing two moves at the same …


Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe reflected on how he will like to be remembered

The acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has died at the age of eighty-two. Ten years ago Achebe discussed how he wanted to be remembered.


Postscript: Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013

Chinua Achebe, who died in Boston today at the age of eighty-two, was a few weeks shy of thirty years old when Nigeria was granted independence from the British Empire, on October 1, 1960, and he was already acclaimed, worldwide, as the preëminent novelist of “black Africa.” The British publisher …

Travelers of the Year | Nat Geo Live

China closes poultry sale in third city after bird flu outbreak

Nanjing became the third city in China to suspend live poultry trading in the wake of an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported Saturday<p>Jiangsu's provincial capital of Nanjing joined Shanghai and Zhejiang's provincial …