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Canary Home Security Device

Keeping your home secure used to require an assortment of sensors, wires, and a nonsensical box with an unintuitive interface. Now all you need is a …


Breuer Cabin

Made up of castaway materials from several other projects, the Breuer Cabin by Lundberg Design is nothing short of a masterpiece in forest-getaway …


Artek reintroduces glass lampshades by Tapio Wirkkala

Artek is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala's birth by re-releasing a set of glass lampshades he created in the …


Great Dane: Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen

Whenever I travel, I relentlessly research the perfect hotel: I like to try to pass as a local, but I want to be close to the action, whether touristy or not. Nestled on a street lined with design shops and cafes, and a stone’s throw from both a public garden and the heart of Copenhagen, SP34 seems …


9 Ideas to Steal from the Scandi Summer House

Some of my fondest memories of growing up in southern Sweden include visits to my best friend's summer cottage in Skummeslövsstrand, on the coastline of southern Sweden. The red cottage has an open living area with a stand-alone fireplace, two sheepskin-covered lounge chairs, a small but high …

Interior Design

High/Low: 6 Essentials for Stocking the Rental House

My knowledge of guest room niceties is a family legacy. For several years, my mom owned a bed-and-breakfast in the Napa Valley. When she opened the inn, she told me that it had been her lifelong dream to run her own business. But it was clear that the dream was really all about stocking the best …

Northern California

Steal This Look: Guest Cottage Kitchenette by Ikea

Why does the word "kitchenette" sound so retro? When we featured a tiny 186-square-foot summer cottage as our Outbuilding of the Week on Gardenista, we admired the way it relies heavily on Ikea to make modern use of every inch of space (giving houseguests an excuse to stay out of sight till after …


The Oyster Inn: Three Guest Rooms on a Remote Island in New Zealand

Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherfurd Best are two Brits who, fed up with their careers in marketing and event management, escaped to Waiheke Island in New Zealand to open a boutique hotel.

Glenn and Best enlisted the help of stylist and designer Katie Lockhart for the interiors and Special Group for …

Travel (New Zealand)

The Turntable

Monumental. The aesthetics speak for themselves.

In terms of audio engineering, our design is defined by a high-mass and balanced platter concept …

Floating Record Vertical Turntable

If you're into vinyl, odds are you're proud of your collection. The Floating Record Vertical Turntable gives you the chance to show it off like never …

Vinyl Records

Giant Street Portraits Reveal the Elderly Faces of Istanbul

French artist JR has just completed the latest installment of his Wrinkles of the City series in Istanbul. After taking to the streets of cities as distant as Havana, Shanghai, and LA for his ongoing project, JR left his mark on the ancient Turkish metropolis by installing large-scale portraits of …


Abandoned Fishing Village in China Reclaimed by Nature

In the mouth of the Yangtze River off the eastern coast of China, a small island holds a secret haven lost to the forces of time and nature—an abandoned fishing village swallowed by dense layers of ivy slowly creeping over every brick and path. Houtou Wan Village is located on Gouqi Island, which …


Floating Hotel and Catamaran Apartments Offer a Luxurious Private Getaway

For those wanting a water-centric vacation, this floating hotel and catamaran apartment seem like the ideal getaway. Serbia-based design studio Salt & Water created this luxury accommodations concept that’s aimed at promoting tourism on inland waters. It allows guests to explore without disturbing …


How to Set Up a Bed and Breakfast, How to run a B & B

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Bed and Breakfast

How to run your own bed and breakfast business

Sizzling breakfasts, grateful guests, and lots of tax advantages - anyone who has stayed at a bed and breakfast has surely wondered idly what it would be like to run their own.

But just how easy is it, and what rules are there - other than no muddy boots in the bedrooms?

Cathy and Ian Miles live in …

Bed and Breakfast

10 Favorites: Serene Guest Bedrooms

Of course there's always the worry that idyllic guest quarters will turn you into an unpaid hotelier. But kindhearted souls with room to spare, take note: Not all guest rooms are equal. Here are 10 filled with simple, serene comforts worth replicating.

Above: Quilts made from Vintage Marimekko on …


Top 3: Summer Trends Women Love

Wearing less clothes isn't equal to making less effort, so don’t let the sight of the sun send you on the wrong path. Although outfits tend to become …

Summer Fashion

Reader recommendation: Istanbul tour guide Arzu Tuna

We just returned from Istanbul and had Arzu Tuna as our guide. She was great and spoke perfect English. There were six of us, and she had us taking the local trams and ferries, visiting mosques, palaces, spice markets and the Grand Bazaar. We also went to the Asian side and saw things most local …

Tour Guide

Turkey’s best beaches: readers' travel tips

Winning tip: Çıralı, Antalya

Nestled in a valley, overlooked by the ruins of Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı), lies one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Çıralı is so special due to its two-mile sweeping beach which remains undeveloped thanks to the loggerhead turtles that nest on the sands …

Albergo Bernini Hotel in Siena Toscana vicino a piazza del campo

L'Albergo Bernini
risiede al primo piano di un antico palazzo nel cuore di Siena. Sappiamo per certo che tale struttura, …

Locanda Casanuova | Hotel in Tuscany | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Generous simplicity and organic farm cooking in this rustic Tuscan farm with library, yoga, family apartments and natural lily-dotted pool

"The beauty …

10 of the best country hotels in Italy with great food


Poggio di Luna, Peschici, Gargano
Set amid 200-year-old olive and fruit trees, and with views over the Foresta Umbra, this handsome whitewashed building – all staircases, arches and terraces – feels anciently rooted in its spot, but is only 10 years old. Using the farm’s abundant organic …

Food (UK)

Hôtel de Nell, Paris: Elegant design, five-star service and Japanese-style soaking tubs make this minimalist hotel a quiet oasis within the clamor

When traveling through a destination city full to the brim with expectations, stumbling upon a hidden gem is extra special—and extra rewarding. That's exactly the feeling after a stay in Hôtel de Nell, located in the residential-feeling 9th arrondissement of Paris—across the street from the 19th …

Istanbul’s new creative hub retains Ottoman flavour – for now

Just two miles north along the Golden Horn from Eminönü – the quarter known for Topkapi Palace, tour groups and Hagia Sophia – lies another Istanbul altogether. In the side-by-side quarters of Fener and Balat, lines of drying laundry stretch across steep, winding streets. Century-old Ottoman houses …


In our B&B attention to details and our guests’desires are our

In our B&B attention to details and our guests’ desires are our main point. In our B&B you’ll find a soft and welcoming location with all comforts to …

Keith Moon, Drummer of The Who, Passes Out at 1973 Concert; 19-Year-Old Fan Takes Over

In November 1973, Scot Halpin, a 19-year-old kid, scalped tickets to The Who concert in San Francisco, California. Little did he know that he’d wind …

The best places to retire around the world

Best places to retire

Sunshine and the dream of a more fulfilling lifestyle where income goes much further have driven more and more retirees to far-flung destinations for their twilight years.

Those retirees in search of a slower pace, warmer weather, a lower cost of living and favourable tax rates …

News (Europe)

Istanbul Must-Dos

Topkapı Sarayı

Palace of sultans from 15th- to 19th-century; housed thousands of imperial servants. Center of the historic district, overlooking city across Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn, and Bosporus. Magnificent treasury of jewels (86-carat Spoonmaker Diamond), elaborately tiled harem chambers and …

12 Strategies to Help You Feel Happier

Mike Genevie was the kind of guy who always came ready with a joke. But when his relationship with his girlfriend went sour, his sunny outlook on life turned overcast. "She stopped returning my calls," says the 27-year-old auditor from Levittown, Pennsylvania. "I found out that she was with someone …

Personal Development: 10 Ways to Improve Your Personality

Be a better listener. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was considered one of the most charming women in the world because she cultivated the skill of being …