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Blog in harmony with nature

Antioxidants<p>Green tea - contains a lot of substances which positively influence the brain, blood vessels and maintaining proper body mass. Green tea …

Report: New docs reveal Clintons

Some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s most private conversations, on issues from her husband’s affair to health care policy, are part of newly published documents revealed in the archives of one of her best friends.<p>The trove of documents include correspondence, journal entries, memos …

6 Small-Space Tips to Steal From Studio Apartments

Because even a shoebox deserves eye-popping style.<p><b>1. Try swingarm lamps to free up space on side tables.</b>Tour the Brooklyn studio apartment by designer Nick Olsen<p><b>2. Think double duty: When entertaining, this desk is used as a dining table.</b><p>Tour the feminine, bold apartment designed by Ashley …

Interior Design

10 Ways to Sleep Better

We asked an aromatherapist, a chiropractor, an insomnia specialist, and more experts to share their best, natural tips for getting a good night's rest.<p><b>1. Clear Your Thoughts</b><p>"I like to keep a little yellow pad and pen next to the bed so that before turning the lights out, I can empty my head onto a …


12 Office Organization Ideas for Your Most Productive Self

Banishing clutter will make deskwork that much easier.<p>Considering all of the time you spend at the <i>actual</i> office, your home office should serve as a respite. Employ a few tips and tricks to keep it organized, and you'll wish you could WFH all day, every day.


24 Best New Color Combinations for 2018

Is dusty rose and charcoal grey not the happiest palette for spring?<p>If you mastered the blue-and-white palette long ago and are ready for the next crop of bold, fabulous, and truly inspiring color pairings, get excited: We asked our go-to designers which pairs they love the most, when someone's …

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13 Gray Bedrooms You'll Want to Steal for Your Own Home

Meet the it-neutral of the season.<p>From silvery shades to cooler blue tones, this hue is a go-to color for designers. And since it also has a calming effect, it's the ideal hue for a serene sleeping space. Take a look at these gorgeous bedrooms and feel free to copy.

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Small Space Decorating Dos and Don'ts

Fix your decorating mistakes.<p>What's the biggest mistake people make with a small space? Six designers share their decorating tips and design ideas.

7 Clever Gadgets That Will Change Your Life

Clever devices to make your life easier.<p>These smart tech devices do things you might never have thought possible — or even imagined — until now.

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5 Tips for Hallway Storage

Get your space organized.<p>Make most of a limited space with these simple but effective ways to banish clutter forever.<p><b>Slim Down</b>In a corridor-like entrance, stash shoes or outerwear in a closet, or chest of drawers, that's wide and tall, but not very deep. It will keep the maximum amount of …

45 Classic Library Design Ideas

See the most stylish ways to stack treasured reads.<p>Whether your home is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, we've got the ultimate book-curation inspiration.

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9 Timeless Design Rules

The women who invented interior decorating were full of big advice. Here are their time-tested rules, featured in a fabulous new book by Adam Lewis for Rizzoli called The Great Lady Decorators.<p>1. "Every room has a mood or personality…and it is this that one desires to develop." —Eleanor Brown<p>2. …

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7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

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3 Takeaways From the Hillary Papers

After Diane Blair died in 2000, the prominent University of Arkansas political-science professor’s papers were archived at the school she had called …

Obama and Hollande start French state visit with trip to Jefferson's Monticello

• Senior official: ‘Alliance has grown by leaps and bounds’ • French attitude to Iran creates distrust on Capitol Hill<p>François Hollande and Barack Obama were seeking to put images of cheese-eating surrender monkeys and awkward marital situations behind them, as they began an unusually warm …

Attorney General Formalizes "Broad" Federal Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples' Marriages

Government default will be to recognize a same-sex couple's marriage if it was valid in the place the marriage was celebrated.<p>WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder Monday released the Justice Department's formal policy guidance on "ensuring equal treatment for same-sex couples" — a policy first …

No. 2 House Democrat Hoyer predicts party will retake chamber

WASHINGTON-- A top Democrat predicted his party will retake the House majority in midterm elections this fall, starting with a special election next month in Florida's 13th District.<p>Rep.<p>Steny H. Hoyerof Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said he expects Democratic candidateAlex Sinkto overpower …

Poll: Catholic Beliefs at Odds With Vatican Doctrine

As Pope Francis reaches out to Catholics around the world in an effort to reinvigorate the church, the Vatican faces a wide ideological gap with …

Hillary or Bust: How Clinton Buzz Hurts Other Dem Contenders

For Democrats, 2016 is the year they hope to shatter the nation's highest and toughest glass ceiling. But so far, the party's self-declared glass ceiling cracker has the party's other women waiting on her.<p>While Hillary Clinton makes up her mind about whether to make another White House bid, other …

Uganda awaits president's decision on whether anti-gay bill will become law

Frank Mugisha does not know whether he will be arrested on return to Kampala. If Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill becomes law, the chief executive of the country's main gay rights group could face life imprisonment. The outcome is likely to depend on medical advice.<p>The Ugandan president, Yoweri …

GOP confident of Senate takeover

At, an annual gathering of Republican bigwigs in Florida a year ago, a top GOP strategist was chided after he gave a presentation about how his party would win the Senate in 2014, including a handout that blared “MAJORITY” in red.<p>“Stop saying majority,” donors, consultants and even some senators …

Rand Paul warns Texas could turn blue

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned the the Republican party must be a more 'welcoming' party at a dinner held by the Harris County GOP in Texas.<p>02/10/2014 10:55 AM EST

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