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BRUT architectes builds low energy PEN.DU house in france

<b>in northwestern france, BRUT architectes has designed a low energy dwelling conceived as a large greenhouse.</b> built for a young family, ‘PEN.DU’ is …

The pick of Portuguese wines | David Williams

There is a lot more to the wines of Portugal than the Douro. Here is a trio of easy drinking reds to help you appreciate the range on offer<p><b>Extra Special Douro, Portugal 2014 (£5.48,</b> <b>Asda</b><b>)</b> The Douro Valley, traditional home of port, has been transformed in the past couple of decades, becoming the …

The Art of Taste: What It Takes to Become a Sommelier

Perched on a stool at Terroir, a wine bar in Tribeca, Bianca Bosker cups her glass around her nose and inhales pensively before taking a sip. “It’s super weighty, with notes of pineapple,” she declares of the amber liquid, a 2008 Kuhling-Gillot Riesling. “There are also notes of rubber duck, in a …

Wine

How to Find Affordable Bottles From the World’s Best Winemakers

Last week I was sipping the latest vintage of cult Italian red Ornellaia in a light-filled downtown loft with bearded winemaker Axel Heinz. He gives …

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The 15 Most Affordable European Destinations to Visit

You might expect a vacation to Europe to be expensive—and it could be—but there are plenty of ways to visit the continent on a budget. For starters, …

The healthy 100: how many of these habits are part of your routine?

We now know that our health is a multi-faceted attribute, and that virtually every aspect of our lives impacts on our wellbeing.<p>So how do you score when it comes to eating habits, mindfulness, your relationship with alcohol and how you sit at your desk?<p>Here, ten of the UK’s top wellness experts …

The Best No-Damage Renter-Friendly Trick for Displaying Art

(Image credit: Chris Patey for My Domaine)<p>As a renter who loves art, it can be hard for me to commit to hanging anything. What if I put something up, …

5 Money-Saving Lessons I Learned in a Month of Budgeting

How to save some dough without going loco.<p>In January, I went cold turkey—literally. After calculating the alarming amount I spent on groceries and dining out in 2016, I embarked on a food lovers' budget plan to pinch pennies while still eating well. A month in, I've nixed mediocre cafeteria lunches …

Personal Finance

What is heart rate variability testing and how can you use it to get healthier?

In the age of of Apple watches and Fitbits, we're more aware of our health stats than ever. We know how many steps we take each day, hour many hours of quality sleep we get, and exactly how many calories we eat and burn. It's useful stuff to know because, to quote author Tim Ferris, "what gets …

20 Gmail Hacks Only Savvy Users Know

These tricks and tips will make you a Gmail power user.<p>There’s an endless amount of tricks, tips and extensions that can boost your Gmail game. From undoing a sent email to pre-writing messages to sending money -- Gmail has taken email to the next level.<p>To keep up with all of these tips and tools …

Apple design director perfects a prefab home into an ultra-minimal, modern dwelling

It should come as no surprise that when Apple’s Director of Store Design was in the market for a new house, he wanted a home that would be as modern …

Furniture designer builds himself a curvy, wooden dream home

Bring on the loop-de-loops<p>British furniture designer Tom Raffield is known for his curvy furniture and lighting made from steam-bent wood. And now, he’s put his craft on full display in a new two-story extension to a gamekeeper’s lodge in the English countryside.<p>Belonging to Raffield and his wife, …

Curvy

12 Great Places to Go In 2017 - and How to Do Them on a Budget

A year of great destinations.<p>Where should you go in 2017? For frequent travelers that need a little bit of inspiration, MONEY has mapped out the best …

Fiskavaig Studio Shelter

Nestled within the rolling hills of Scotland's Isle of Skye, the Fiskavaig Studio Shelter is a modest, low impact getaway overlooking the Loch …

These are the 15 best European cities for affordable accommodation in 2017

Notes from the Norwegian food revolution

MOVING FROM GERMANY TO NORWAY almost 20 years ago, my first impression of Norwegian food was that it was actually quite similar to much of what my …

Festival lights up Geneva

The city of Geneva is being shown off in a new contemporary light thanks to original art installations and projections alongside the traditional …

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

The 11 Most Mesmerizing GIFs of 2016

Our favorite loops of the year are so hypnotic you might fall in.<p>Nothing calms the nerves like a perfectly looping GIF, except maybe a shot of good whiskey. You shouldn't drink 11 shots of whiskey in five minutes, but you can definitely get lost in these 11 GIFs. Hell, take 10 minutes. We read the …

Alpine Architecture: 8 Magical Modern Lodgings in the Alps

For many, the Alps belong to the imagination, the stuff of storybook legend — a magical land defined by natural beauty and quaint living. At the center of this fantasy is the region’s folk architecture, its bucolic cottages, rugged mountain huts and timeless alpine villages. There is truth to these …

17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed

Most of us have heard of Google's well-known and much-loved tools — Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps, and many more. Those products and services are used by millions of people around the world every day.<p>What many people don't know, however, is that Google actually has a bunch of other features and …

Google Scholar

Zen Houses

Meant to offer a literal balance between work and personal life, the Zen Houses split the two pursuits between two connected, identically-sized …

Flexitarianism predicted as key food trend for 2017

We all know that eating less meat is good for the planet and good for our health, and it seems more and more of us are consciously making an effort …

Clean Eating

How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

Sarah Lohman has made everything from colonial-era cocktails to cakes with black pepper to stewed moose face. She is a historical gastronomist, which means she re-creates historical recipes to connect with the past.<p>That moose-face recipe dates back to the 19th century, and it wasn't easy. She …

10 of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland

Cobbled streets and fairytale castles, decorated fountains and frescoed houses. It's not hard to find such delights in many Exploring cuisine in …

Discover why this village has been deemed the most beautiful in Switzerland

With snow-sprinkled mountains, acres and acres of wildflower meadows and ice-glistening alpine lakes, Switzerland knows a thing or two about beauty. So when the nation voted to honour Morcote as its most beautiful village, the winner was always going to be a stunner.<p>Located in a bend on Lago di …

Tour 7 of the Coolest Homes in Marfa, Texas

When Donald Judd began his Marfa project in the early 1970s, he would never have predicted the near mythic status it would end up achieving. The small town of 2,000 residents is 20 miles from the next town and nearly three hours from the nearest major airport, yet it features a contemporary art …