For small spaces: Make your tiny apartment feel bigger with a unified color palette or aesthetic – that way rooms flow together and create the illusion of a larger environment.

For leftover vino: Freeze any remaining wine in an ice cube tray. Next time you make a sauce, glaze, or stew, pop in a cube for an extra hit of flavor.

For a no-cost craft project: Inject a bit of nature into your home with a DIY doorstop. Grab a sizable stone and cover it with your choice of paint (think a matte black or neon hue).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 10, 2014

Pop art sculpture. The desirable Hermès Birkin bag. What happens when these two icons unite? One hot-ticket auction item comes up for grabs.

Jeff Koons Birkin Sculpture

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Artist Jeff Koons customized Birkins and worked them into one-of-a-kind sculptures, which will sell to the highest bidders over the weekend in New York City. But these aren’t your average Birkins (as if such a thing even exists). Notable personalities donated the bags for this project, including Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg.

The winners of these covetable pieces won’t just have new décor for their living rooms – they’ll also be benefiting Project Perpetual, an art philanthropy that supports the United Nations Foundation.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 6, 2014

Holiday season is gearing up. Luckily, our buyers have chosen a host of just-right gifts for everyone on your list – from your fashion-obsessed niece to the guy in your life. All you have to do? Sit back and watch the thank-yous roll in.

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November 3, 2014

Established in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, the iconic Beaulieu Vineyard has a storied past. Its prime Napa Valley location and influence from wine maestro André Tchelistcheff make these some of the most sought after bottles in the business. Read on to learn more about this historic winemaker.

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October 29, 2014

Perhaps you didn’t know when you woke up, but today is National Chocolate Day. Meaning yes, you can give in to your love for everything cocoa – guilt-free. But before unwrapping those chocolate bars, let’s explore some of the creative endeavors this sweet treat has inspired.

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October 28, 2014

Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

You know how luxury hotel beds always seem to be the comfiest? It’s because they are – especially when it comes to the mattresses designed just for W Hotels. But it’s not only these mattresses that make W Hotels stand out in the sleep space. It’s the entire atmosphere the hotel creates in each of its properties. And you can experience it every day in your own home. Here’s how.

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1. Mattress: Sleep (every night) on exclusive-to-W-Hotels pillow-top or plush styles.

2. Toppers: Add a cushy mattress pad and featherbed for an extra dose of comfort.

3. Pillows: Pick down, a feather-and-down combo, or down alternative.

4. Bedding: Layer on silky-smooth, wrinkle-resistant sheets and duvets.

5. Robes: Baby terry lining is supersoft – and absorbent post-shower, too.

6. Scented Candles: A crisp citrus blend makes for an aromatic finishing touch.

Start building your own W Hotels bed. Shop The W Hotels Bed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, October 8, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2014

Looking for a luxurious vacation? How about a vacation packed with adventure? Whatever you’re seeking – it’s all right here. That’s the beauty of Freestyle Cruising® from Norwegian Cruise Line. Every ship in its modern fleet is thoughtfully designed from the anchor up, offering you the ability to do what you want, when you want. Check out the cruising styles below, pack a bag, and get ready for your best vacation ever.

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The Luxe Traveler
Sail to: The turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship™, Norwegian Getaway.
Check out: The Haven by Norwegian®. With elegant villas and 24-hour butlers, it’s pure paradise.

The Cultured Traveler
Sail to: Bermuda, the Caribbean, or the Bahamas and Florida from New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
Check out: Up to 29 dining experiences on board, including celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s renowned cuisine at Ocean Blue.

The Adventurous Traveler
Sail to: Four Hawaiian islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kauai aboard Norwegian’s Pride of America.
Check out: Kilauea – the most active volcano in the world – and the breathtaking Nā Pali coast from your balcony stateroom.

Can’t decide from all these amazing choices? No need to worry. The great thing about Freestyle Cruising® is that you can truly have it all. Visit ncl.com to learn more.

Our High-Seas Style Presented by Norwegian Cruise Line Boutique opens Monday, October 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 6, 2014

Looking for a place in the Big Apple to rest your head? For a cool $22 million you can buy Sarah Jessica Parker’s 6,800-square-foot Greenwich Village townhouse (last seen in a Vogue.com video tour, spurring apartment envy worldwide). As a refresher, this brownstone is home to seven fireplaces and an oval-shaped, hand-carved stone tub. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to that?

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Rumor has it she bought the property solely for remodeling purposes without ever living there. Even if she didn’t actually call it home, the townhouse still has that unmistakable SJP flair – modern with an eclectic touch. Neutral-hued, art-adorned walls complement the double-paned mahogany windows and, naturally, the space boasts an enviable Carrie Bradshaw-worthy walk-in closet.

Too bad I don’t have a few extra million lying around – or a Mr. Big to buy it for me.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 10, 2014

Confirmed: Prince George is a soon-to-be big brother. Yesterday, The Clarence House announced via Twitter that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their second child. Amid worldwide squeals of excitement, however, there’s a bit of sad news. The full press release states that, as with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (a condition that causes extreme nausea).

Here’s hoping you feel better soon, Kate. We can’t wait to meet Chubby Cheeks Round Two.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014