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Kitchen Makeover: From Dreary and Dated to Big, Bright, and Beautiful

<b>Name:</b> Cassie Hsu<p><b>Location:</b> Las Vegas, NV<p>"I travel a lot for work, so our home is my sanctuary. I wanted to feel comfortable and relaxed at home. So I knew we had to do the remodel -- and fast," says Cassie of her outdated kitchen (left).

Rei Kawakubo’s radical chic

The Japanese designer’s Comme des Garçons collection was dismissed as ‘post atomic’ and her devotees nicknamed ‘crows’, but her singular vision has shaped the way we dress today. Jacques Hyzagi is granted a rare interview with the designer and retail genius<p>Four times a year, the Japanese designer …

Clothing
Aleppo

How to make the summer’s coolest iced coffee alternative: cold-brewed cacao

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In 1753 the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, considered by many to be the father of biological taxonomy, officially identified a tree as the food of the gods: <i>theobroma cacao.</i> The tree’s fruit<i>,</i> which grows in the shade of tropical rainforests, is known simply as cacao: a …

Coffee

Don't Book a Return Flight: 6 Destinations That Are Pricey to Reach, But Cheap to Stay

Airfare has been killing us recently. Fuel prices may be plummeting, but that simply means more cash for airlines, rather than more savings for passengers. So, unless consumer demand drops (which we don't expect anytime soon), flying just about anywhere in the world will remain a costly affair. But …

Dominican Republic

An Oral History Of ‘Mad Men’

In 2007, a minor television network called AMC debuted an off-kilter and meandering period drama starring a group of unknown actors. The series was …

The Best Outdoor String Lights To Light Up the Backyard, Patio, or Balcony

Here's a useful list for your summer outdoor parties. With LED bulb, battery-operated and solar-powered lights becoming more accessible and online …

Online

Articles about 7 tasteful kitchens built budget on Dwell.com - Dwell

Smart details in recent KitchenAid products point to how appliances are becoming increasingly efficient and intelligent.<p>Although the concept looks effortless and versatile, is open kitchen shelving really as easy as it...<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way …

Kitchens

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

DIY Milk Carton Citrus Soaps

Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer

I recently started using Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer to mix peanut butter quickly and without a mess.<p>The kind of peanut butter …

Dessert

Two Majestic Huskies Walk on Water Across the Surface of a Frozen Lake

Russian photographer and all-terrain vehicle driver Fox Grom was taking a stroll with his dogs when he came across a stunning sight–a frozen lake covered with rainwater, making it appear like his two huskies were walking on water. “I always take pictures of my dogs whilst walking them, but on this …

Pets

Life of Cats at Japan Society Gallery

If you thought the cat craze was only as young as YouTube, the latest exhibition opening at Japan Society Gallery will demonstrate that long before they became memes and viral sensations, the four-legged feline had already been a muse for centuries. Centered on Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints …

Japan
Miniature

Heartwarming Photos of the Amazing Friendship Between a Dog and an Owl

Dogs may be man's best friend, but Ingo the shepherd dog's special buddy is Poldi, a little owl who loves to pose for pictures and cozy up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the …

Pets

Turmeric Tonic

Makes 2 Servings<p>Find turmeric at specialty, Asian, and health food grocers.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 2” piece peeled turmeric<p>1 2” piece peeled ginger<p>½ lemon<p>3 tablespoons agave syrup (nectar)<p>Sparkling water (for serving)<p>Cayenne pepper (for serving)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Pass turmeric, ginger, and lemon …

Turmeric

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream in a 500-degree oven? As long as it's bundled up in a thick layer of meringue, the outside caramelizes, and the inside (chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream) remains brr-illiantly chilly.

James Beard's Braised Onion Pasta

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: A humble pasta you'll be skeptical of --</i> <i>and yet another recipe from James Beard that teaches us to have faith.</i><p>It took us 47 emails to figure out what we’d serve. We …

Inside New York's Cult of the Bialy

Forget about the bagel. Crusty yet pliant and fragrant with a pocket of sweet but pungent sautéed onions, the bialy should be world famous. Just ask Mimi Sheraton, the former <i>New York Times</i> restaurant critic who saw fit to <i>write a book on the subject</i>, or any of the roll's devotees you'll find waiting …

Bread

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.<p>Reading digital …

Apps

The Best Round Up Ever: 12 of Our Favorite Recipes from 2014

The only sad thing about how many great recipes we have on our site (humble brag! humble brag!) is that some get lost in the crowd. Just when we think we'll never eat anything but celery salad for the rest of our lives, we taste pan-fried giant beans that make that celery number seem like a spring …

Hello! Exploring the Superweird world of Hello Kitty

An exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum showcases the beloved 40-year-old British girl known as Hello Kitty<p>Last weekend I went with my …

Fascinating Photos of Yakutsk and Oymyakon, the Coldest Village in the World

Deep in the Siberian tundra, the village of Oymyakon is widely considered to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth with an average winter temperature of -50 C (-58 F). New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple embarked on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city in the world, to …

Loneliness

Jenna’s Bedroom Makeover

I will never fail to be amazed by the power of molding and decorative woodwork. I’ve always had a soft spot for painted wood paneling and …

Most Popular Android Downloads and Posts of 2014

Lollipop. Material Design. Android Wear. 2014 has been a huge year for Google's favorite OS. That gives us plenty of new stuff to tinker with. Here …

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

Know Thyself: Setting Realistic Decorating Expectations

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)<p>One of the biggest mistakes I see in home decorating and decluttering is that people often make purchasing and design …

Minimalism

Savory Oatmeal Is The New Breakfast Of Champions. Here Are 13 Ways To Make It.

Oatmeal is a smart way to start the day. It’s full of fiber, has a decent amount of protein and is dirt cheap. Plus, it’s really easy to make.<p>People general top oatmeal with sweet things ― like raisins, sugar and cinnamon ― but we think oatmeal makes a more complete and heartier breakfast when …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

Lovely Lassis

Traveling in India as spring was lapsing into torpid summer, I was grateful to find creamy chilled lassis everywhere to sip in the heat. On city …