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5 Houseplants You Couldn't Kill Even If You Tried

Are you one of those people who just can't keep a plant alive, no matter how hard you try? Despite your less-than-green thumb, you can still turn …


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4040-1_0.jpg<p>Cardamom Coffee<p>Coffee purists beware: This post explores coffee add-ins beyond a splash of cream or milk such as sugar, spice and …

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Those doyens of dark, wizards of white, masters of all things French chic, Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin of Maison Hand have held us in …


How to start a ... coffee shop

Focus on the quality of your product, face up to the big chains and don’t assume that high margins mean easy money, say our experts<p>Almost two billion cups of coffee are sold in the UK every year – and the market shows no sign of slowing down, with 85% of us visiting a coffee shop at least once a …


10 Houseplants That Can Survive in Even the Darkest Corner

These low-light varieties won't want anything to do with your already crowded windowsill.<p>These low-light varieties won't want anything to do with your already crowded windowsill.


12 Color Meanings — And How To Use Them In Your Home

Whether you want to add energy to a dull room or calm a hectic one, these are the colors for you.<p>Whether you want to add energy to a dull room or calm a hectic one, this guide will help you pick the color that suits you best.

9 Rules Worth Breaking In A Small Space

No, your walls don't have to be white.<p>Most small space advice tends to operate under the assumption that you're willing to sacrifice personality in favor of the illusion of a few more square inches of room. But we think this project by Los Angeles-based Taylor Jacobson proves that you can live …

10 Genius Garden Hacks with Poured Concrete

An encore to the usefulness of concrete in the garden! (Our previous post on the subject focused on genius ideas for Hardscaping 101: Poured-in-Place …


HOUSE TOUR: An Airy Manhattan Loft As Fashionable As Its Owner

Designer Jenny Wolf warms up a former warehouse space with subtle patterns and loads of charm.<p>If anyone knows how intrinsic fashion is to home decor, it's a former Ralph Lauren employee turned interior designer.<p>Meet Jenny Wolf.<p>Though she's been running her own interior design firm for a few years — …

Interior Design

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

Douglas Mackie

London based interior designer Douglas Mackie does not follow rules. In fact, it seems he likes to break them. His mostly traditional spaces are …

Rustic Yet Refined, Healdsburg Edition

Alison Davin of Jute is making a name for herself in the Bay Area with her “urban earthy” interiors, ranging from a small kitchen makeover in San …

nanamica Spring/Summer 2015 Collection | Styled by End.

Author:<p>Freshness<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>0<p>0<p>SHARES<p>UK-based menswear giant End Clothing has released another great pictorial for your viewing pleasure …

Inside a Bright and Airy Bahamas House

The ideal island house.<p>In the Bahamas, all you need is white furniture, pretty prints, plenty of sea grass and rattan — and a good bar. Amanda Lindroth's Bahamas home is the ultimate island house.

A Happy California House With Colors Inspired by Nature

A palette of sunny yellow, juicy orange, and sky blue.<p>Inside and out, sunny yellow, juicy orange, and sky blue evoke the perfect California day. Designer Matthew Leverone uses color to reflect the perpetually perfect weather in Menlo Park.

Interior Design

Why Matching Doesn't Matter

Rooms that prove confidence overrides all decorating rules.<p>Interior design by Rodman Primack. Photography by Manu Foto, courtesy of Rizzoli.<p>Developing your home's personality can be intimidating and overwhelming: <i>Does this go with this? Can I commit to this wall color? Will this be a forever piece</i> …

How to Keep Your Crystal Glassware Gleaming

Quickly remove smudges, film and waxy residue on your special occasion stemware.<p>Nothing makes a holiday dinner table more inviting than your special crystal serveware — as long as it looks its very best. Here's how to make spotty glasses, filmy decanters, and waxy candleholders sparkle.<p><b>Glasses:</b>To …


Open-faced Avocado Hummus Sandwich With Pickled Shallots and Baby Spinach

Here's a sandwich that's easy to assemble, healthy and quite spunky! Indeed, the pickled shallots bring a marvelous contrast to the creamy avocado hummus and the hefty whole-wheat pitas (which I love to use for this sandwich). Drizzled with avocado oil and dotted with baby spinach leaves, this …


20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …

Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony

Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food. Few things are more frustrating than being a garden lover trapped in a teeny-tiny …


Before & After: From Blah to Beautiful

The homeowner wanted the look of grand sophistication but several missteps along the way left her discouraged and her budget in rapid decline. Here's …

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6 Daring, Real-Life Wall Paint Colors to Try From This Week's Top Tours

(Image credit: Marcia Prentice)<p>We had some house tours from folks not afraid of color this week. Rich, soothing and energizing, these colors would …

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A Layered California House Designed by Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn's Monica Bhargava

Monica Bhargava of Williams-Sonoma gives us a tour.<p>The Executive Vice President of Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma brands, Monica Bhargava, takes us inside her globally-inspired California home and shows us how to layer personality into a room.

8 Cleaning Tricks for Keeping Your Kitchen Spotless

Tackle this much-used room's toughest spots with surprising everyday items (like salt and ketchup).<p>Tackle the tough spots on your countertops, floors, and pots with surprising everyday items (like salt and ketchup).


A Grand and Colorful Chicago Townhouse

Style and substance meet inside a townhouse.<p>Drawing on Chicago's rich architectural history, designer Steven Gambrel infuses a new house with style and substance. Brilliant colors, lush fabrics, and custom and vintage furnishings merge for a grand effect.

Interior Design

Creative Balcony Designs We Love

You might not know what to do with your balcony, but there are ways to make it a unique and creative area in the home. Here are some interesting …

Caramel Apple Mousse Cake

Spread caramel dip over the top layer of mousse and allow it to drip down the sides. Melt the caramel in the microwave beforehand, if needed.