Monica Zimmer Ivankovic

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How to Clean Your House in 5 Minutes

Pull your place together in no time.<p>Last-minute guests arriving any minute? Here are quick and easy tricks to conquer chaos and pull your home together in no time.

6 Mistakes You're Making When Hanging a Gallery Wall

Everyone loves a good gallery wall. But how do you get it right? Here are some common mistakes people make when hanging a gallery wall.<p><i>Photo and Interior design by Amy Neunsinger</i><p><b>1. Not Using Various Artwork Sizes</b>Use a couple of larger pieces to focus the eye. "I usually vary the sizes of the …

The One-Second Trick That Could Lower Your Heating Bill

Your ceiling fan isn't just for sticky summer days. This article originally appeared on<p>Typically, when you flip on your ceiling fan, you're hoping to beat sweltering temps in the summer. But there's a good reason to run a fan in the wintertime, too. It just requires one extra …

10 Cleaning Tasks You Can Totally Tackle in 5 Minutes

Because that's really all the extra time you have anyway, right?<p><b>1. Fill your dishwasher with everything but dishes.</b> <br>Plastic toys, soap dishes, plastic hairbrushes, and more can get clean in dishwasher — zero effort required. Take a lap around your house and gather the stuff you rarely (err, never?) …


Ask a Designer: How Do I Create a Gallery Wall?

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment.<p><b>Q: "I love a good gallery wall. What are your top</b> …

Ralph Lauren

10 Ways To Give Your Home A Subtle Luxurious Feel

As the old saying goes, every man’s home should feel like his castle. However, these days it seems like castles are only seen in storybooks and on …

Sexy Paint Colors

Black satin, bittersweet chocolate, and more.<p>What's your idea of sexy? Forbidden and dangerous, smoky and sophisticated, warm and earthy? Here's how to get the look with color in shades of black satin, bittersweet chocolate, and more.

Farrow & Ball

47 Porches and Patios We'd Love to Relax On

Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these decorating ideas.<p>Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these design ideas.


7 Rug Mistakes to Never Make

They anchor a room — so you need to choose wisely.<p>1. Choosing a rug that's too small.<p>Skimp on size, and your room will look smaller. "You need your rug to set boundaries, and ground your furniture," says interior designer Danielle Oakey. "In a living room, your rug defines the conversation area, …

Living Rooms

10 Unique Ways to Use Pegboards In Your Home

Organizing, decorating, and so much more: Here are 10 ways to renovate your home with pegboards.<p>Organizing, decorating, and so much more: Here are 10 ways to renovate your home with pegboards.

5 Spring Blooms You Don't Have to Water

Outside it may still be chilly and damp, but everywhere we look these days, we find ravishing faux blossoms to brighten up our rooms. Whimsical and delicate, they capture the ethereal beauty of real blooms. They're botanical works of art — and we're thoroughly smitten.<p><i>Potted Geranium by Livia</i> …

Puzzling Polio-like Paralysis Baffles Doctors

Have Astronomers Finally Found Dark Matter?

It’s been a mystery for 80 years—but gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy could finally tell scientists what dark matter is really made of.<p>It’s too early to say for certain, but astronomers may have picked up a new clue to the nature of dark matter—invisible cosmic stuff with at least five times the mass …

Pluto Probe Sets a Distance Record for Course Correction

Space<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has performed a record-setting maneuver to adjust its approach to Pluto ahead of this summer's historic flyby.<p>The New Horizons probe, which will zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, fired its engines for 93 seconds on Tuesday when it was about 3 billion …

Solar System

Happy Birthday, Einstein: Relativity Faces New Frontier

Science News<p>A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist who had already revolutionized physics developed a radical new understanding of gravity.<p>In 1915, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described gravity as a fundamental property of space-time. He came up with …

Albert Einstein

Cop Finds Rare Pearl Worth 10,000 Clams—in His Clam Stew

Formed by a grain of sand? Hardly ever in natural pearls; it's usually to enclose a parasite.<p><i>Updated April 20: Although the pearl didn’t sell in the March 15 auction, it was ultimately sold by a pearl broker to a Japanese collector for $16,500.</i><p>Call it pearl à la carte. A rare purple gem from a …