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The Color That Makes Everything in Your Home Look More Expensive

There is a multitude of design elements to consider when you're decorating your home, but few are as important as color. The right shade doesn't just …

Home Decorating

The secret side to France's most elegant city

My challenge was to go to Bordeaux and not think about wine. I don’t mean “not drink wine”. That would be like going to Melton Mowbray and not eating pies. I mean “not think about it”. In 30 years of visiting the city, I’d not yet managed that. Wine had always been the thing: tasting, analysing, …

The Essential Road Trip Itinerary for California’s Highway 1

When Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge collapsed earlier this year, Big Sur came to a bit of a halt. California’s crown jewel was now divided into what the locals referred to as the north and south, indicating which side of the overpass you were on. In order to get from one end to the other, residents had to …

Look Inside the Most Expensive House on Earth

The South of France has been home to a revolving door of the superrich for the past century. As their fates rose, industrialists, princes, and …

Real Estate

10 of the best no-fly holidays from the UK

Put off air travel in these days of cancellations and bankruptcies? Why not take the train? From quick hops across the channel to journeys that become part of the holiday, we pick trips that cut out the airlines completely<p>• 10 of the best no-fly holidays from the UK<p>Dublin<p>Virgin Trains’ Rail & Sail …

European Travel

Road Trip Diaries: 6 spectacular things to do between San Francisco and Big Sur

“Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago,” wrote novelist and one-time local resident Henry Miller in his 1957 memoir. “This is the …

The ultimate UK bucket list: 29 things to do before you die

In San Francisco, you simply don't need a car on Market Street and the waterfront. In fact, you'll be happier without one

Don’t drive to San Francisco and pay $35 or more per day to park. Don’t fly and then spend steadily on a ride-sharing service or taxicabs. Don’t imagine those storied but slow cable cars will get you everywhere you want to be.<p>Instead, after that flight to San Francisco or Oakland, followed by the …

7 ‘apartment-in-a-box’ designs for tiny spaces

Small living, made easy<p>As micro apartments become ever more prevalent in cities around the world, architects and designers seem to have grasped firmly onto one idea: the “all-in-one” furniture solution that combines multiple functions into one module. The premise is simple. By tucking in everything …

Living Rooms

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

Prefab Homes

I Love Modern Architecture - Dwell

I love modern architecture. I live, breathe, and dream about it! These projects are some of my very favorite examples of architecture at its best.

Architecture

London's 10 best afternoon teas

The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Routinely …

5 Seriously Romantic Road Trips in Europe

North America has every ingredient for the perfect road trip, from expansive highways to epic mountain ranges to endless coastlines. But once the …

European Travel

Mapped: the spread of coffee shops across the UK

This gif shows what the spread of coffee shop culture over the last five years looks like as the number of major chain cafes spills over 5,000<p>Over the last five years, coffee shops have spread across the UK like warm frothy milk rippling across a latte.<p>Counting all the locations of Caffe Nero, …

Coffee