| Sep 24, 2010
Write an essay about how you would use $100,000 to help others and you could win a chance to do just that with the IKEA Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest.
If you ever dreamed of changing your life and someone else's, this is one big opportunity.
| Nov 16, 2008
| 10:23 PM
Say you're a hotelier in downtown Los Angeles. And in the spring of 2010, a fancy new Marriott and Ritz-Carlton land in your front yard. What's your move?
For the owners of the former Holiday Inn City Center Hotel, the answer was simple: Redo your rooms,...
| Feb 7, 2010
Boasting posh restaurants, luxury boutiques and a flock of millionaires who indulge in them, Moscow is considered one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Just take a walk through the rows of tinted Range Rovers and Bentleys parked behind the...
| Feb 19, 2008
Is plastic OK? More and more, the answer is "no." Across Central Florida, consumers are taking small steps to wean themselves from disposable plastic bags. And many companies are trying to encourage it. Grocery and big-box stores now sell durable shopping...
| Feb 21, 2010
An hour outside Manaus, the Amazon's biggest city, the blackened remains of a virgin forest smolder. Chain saws whine. And Jonas Mendes tosses logs, one after another, into his kiln.
"I know it's wrong to cut down the trees," said Mendes, 48, sweat...
| Mar 6, 2010
It can be a bit delicate to ask a furniture shopper: "Oh, sir, um, maybe, ah, you'd like to see something a bit, hmmm, sturdier?"
We are, as a people, as a sitting-in-chairs public, big. Bigger than we ought to be, health authorities frequently tell us....
| Mar 5, 2010
| 2:18 PM
Finding a whimsical vintage lamp at a flea market can be great, but what if it doesn't have a shade? You might top off your find with something off-the-rack. (Yawn.) You could have one made. (But how much does that cost?) Or you could go the DIY route and...
| May 26, 2008
I don't know that Baudelaire meant music in his poem "Invitation to the Voyage," when he thought of a world far away -- exotic, unobtainable, a land lost in love's gaze. "All is order there, and elegance," he wrote, "pleasure, peace and opulence." But I...
| Jul 27, 2009
Already, a nimbus of legend surrounds the story: In late 2004, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson delivered to his publisher three finished manuscripts -- the opening salvos in a rumored 10-part suspense narrative. Like a latter-day Sj÷wall-Wahl÷÷, the...
| Jan 24, 2010
John Fogarty is the youngest and -- at 6 feet tall -- the shortest of three brothers. He is also my husband. The first night we met, some 4 1/2 years ago, he was wearing a gorgeous wool houndstooth sport coat. Except the coat was two sizes too big, a...
| Jun 7, 2007
THERE is a breed of stealth catalog that slips into the house camouflaged against Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn. Close examination reveals that the slick, full-color pages do not feature $1,299 beds and $1,599 dining tables, but something decidedly...