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15 Life-Changing Fiction Books to Read When You Need an Escape

The only thing I enjoy as much as reading is coming up with a reading list in preparation for an epic (recreational) readathon. Seriously. So as any …

Time Travel

13 Must-Read Books Recommended by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Brilliant Leaders

Oprah Winfrey has referred to reading as her 'personal path to freedom.'<p>Many of the brightest minds in technology, entertainment, business, and philanthropy have said they owe their success to reading.<p>Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Oprah Winfrey has called reading …

Cheap, Durable Alternative to Hardwood Floors (That Looks Like Wood)

(Image credit: Briitany Makes)<p>Hardwoods are the ideal flooring solution for beautiful homes. Unless, of course, you have kids. Or dogs. Good thing, …

House Tour: An Artist's Creative Australian Home

<b>Name:</b> Robyn Rich, husband Jonathan, and daughter Abbey <b><br>Location:</b> Frankston, Australia <b><br>Size:</b> 145 square meters, (1,560 sqft) <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 11 Years<p>I …

Five Happy Colors to Boost Your Mood

There’s no question about it: adding a little color is one of the easiest ways to bring some happy into your home. But what are the happiest hues out …

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about the windows that inspire.

DIY Ways to Improve Your Bookshelves

(Image credit: Livet Hemma)<p>If you love books, and you love living with books, then those books need somewhere to go. The problem is that most …

Best books for summer 2015: what to read

We asked novelists and historians to tell us which new book and which classic they’re packing this year. From Ishiguro to Napoleon, here are their selections:<p><b>Alan Johnson</b> <br>A new Kazuo Ishiguro novel is always worth waiting for, which is just as well because The Buried Giant (Faber) is his first in a …

Home Hacks: 19 Tips to Organize Your Bedroom - thegoodstuff

Home Hacks: Part Two<p>Your day begins and ends in the bedroom, so keeping it organized will also keep you sane, which is why it’s the second room we’re …

Rebecca & Michael's Cozy-Modern San Francisco Home

<b>Apartment Therapy & Airbnb Survey:</b><p><b>My Style:</b> I tend to like more masculine, classic lines, but am attracted to the newness and low-maintenance aspects …

Beautiful Small Towns in Europe More Americans Should Visit

So you’ve gone and booked a big ol’ flight across the pond. The siren call of wildly cheap airfares to Europe proved too strong to resist -- you may …

Top 10: the best Amalfi Coast hotels

The fabulous coastline between Positano and Ravello, with its switchback road that hugs the cliff and curls around the deep bays that protect the towns and villages along the way remains as glamourous, compelling and historic as any summertime destination in Europe, with breathtaking views, …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

How to F*ck a Woman Author Gives Her Best Sex Advice

TV writer Ali Adler (<i>The New Normal</i> and the upcoming <i>SuperGirl</i>) was sitting in a writers’ room listening to her fellow comedy writers talk about …

Alexis' "Love at First Sight" Apartment in a Big Old Historic Home

<b>Name:</b> Alexis <b><br>Location:</b> Victoria, British Columbia<p>About a year ago, I found a space advertised on Craigslist- I made an appointment to see it with …

25 Secret European Villages

The charm of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, is the not-quite-here, not-quite-there, lost-in-time feel of the place. To …

How to Find Affordable Art: The Ultimate Online Source List

(Image credit: Jill Slater)<p>Buying art is easier than ever these days, as the online art scene flourishes and websites offer multiple ways to learn …

8 Fragrances That Will Make Your Home Smell Sexy

These smoky-smelling scents strike a sexier tone in your home.<p><b>1. CATCHING FIRE.</b> Think of this amber scented candle like a Sia track. Its sensual aroma and ambient lighting get you both in the mood, stat. <i>Voluspa Ambre Lumiere Candle, $29, voluspa.com.</i><p><b>2. HAVE A BALL.</b> Carved from terracotta, this …

Real Love is a Marathon

Shares 20K<p><i>From new love to lasting love, relationships go through five phases.</i><p>—<p>—<br>RSVP to join weekly calls on Love, Sex & Relationships<br>—<br>My …

Relationships

Increpare: the genius developer who gives his games away for free

Stephen Lavelle’s website offers over 200 strange and thrilling games – yet one of the artform’s most unusual talents asks for little in return<p>Stephen Lavelle develops short games, little games, but they make me more aware that I am alive than just about anything else. He just gives these games …

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Books

The year-long open marriage experiment: What this woman learned could save your sex life

<b>Robin Rinaldi (Macmillan/Rhonnel Adalin)</b><p>Robin Rinaldi wanted more passion in her life, so she got an apartment apart from her husband and began exploring<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>March 16, 2015 11:01pm (UTC)<p>Robin Rinaldi's marriage was not a sexless one. "When I polled my married friends," she writes, "I …

This was one of the moments Steve Jobs realized he could change the world

One of those old interviews was shared by venture capitalist Chris Dixon on his blog Friday, under the title, "It all blossomed out of this tiny little seed."<p>The video is part of a documentary filmed in 1985, the year Jobs was ousted from Apple to found a new computer company called NeXT.<p>In the …

Scholar Claims Van Gogh Hid Secret Homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ In His ‘Café Terrace at Night’

Art World<p>Did you know about his "Sacred Realism"?<p>,<p>The latest Dan Brown-style conspiracy theory to hit the art world suggests that Vincent van Gogh …

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."<p>This is the opening to the description of an Italian variant of the <i>Cinderella</i> folk tale — or, really, a relative of one of its relatives — taken from a book called <i>Cinderella; three hundred and forty-five variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap o'Rushes, abstracted</i> …

Spotlight: Pocket Marketing Manager Simran Thadani

MagMaker / February 17, 2015<p>(Photo credit: Christopher Stark)<p><b>My name is</b> Simran Thadani, and I’m part of the team at Pocket. My work in Marketing …