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5 Dream Escapes That You Can Rent

Summer may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late to book one last amazing getaway. These five vacation rentals offer plenty of inspiration.
August 19, 2015
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Tiny Two-Story Structures

Second levels lend these small buildings distinct space, without adding unnecessary square footage.
July 30, 2015

5 Crazy Cantilevers

These mind-bending cantilevers leave us speechless.
July 29, 2015
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Brewing Coffee From Bed, and Other Reasons Americans Want Smart Homes

Smart tech has leapt off the pages of science fiction, wowed early adopters, and, according to a recent study, is on the verge of cracking the mainstream. Porch and Lowe's
June 11, 2015
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5 Tiny Backyard Additions

These minuscule outbuildings may not contribute much in terms of square footage, but they do create valuable oases outside the home for work, play, and meditation.
June 10, 2015
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From Chinatown to Terminator, A (Very) Abbreviated Look at the L.A. River in Film

As the center of the global film industry, Los Angeles and its landmarks occupy a special place in the cultural imagination. What else could explain why a mostly dry, concrete waterway elicits such strong emotions? Though the Los Angles River of the silver screen frequently hosts vehicular and/or violent showdowns, the real-life locale is mostly uneventful day-to-day. Many Angelenos
June 5, 2015
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Graphic Prints Muse on Nature in the Modern World

An artist's prints are inspired by urban gardens.
May 28, 2015
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Designer Harry Bertoia's Unusual Sound-Making Sculptures

Renowned designer Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) dedicated the latter part of his career to creating metal sound sculptures called Sonambients. Made from naval brass and beryllium, they emit unique tones when activated—some like breathy chimes, others akin to a throaty roar. Bertoia created recordings of the sculptures in the 1970s, and they’re now reissued in honor of his centenary in March 2015. The 11-piece set of LPs or CDs also feature the original cover art; take a look in the slideshow.
May 10, 2015