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Catch Some Light: 7 Decorative Mirrors for Your Walls and Dressers

You can brighten up your home with the help of sunlight and good lighting fixtures. But the key to getting the right amount of light and depth in a room is to have decorative mirrors to reflect and bounce the light. Now that we’re getting more sunshine than rain this past week, we picked out […]

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Spotted at Kendall Jenner’s New Mansion: Kenneth Cobonpue Furniture

Kenneth Cobonpue spied his creations in Kendall Jenner’s new mansion. The $6.5-million estate used to belong to sweetheart couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The sofas and chairs come from Kenneth’s Balou line which feature “an amiable roundness that assures a pleasant seating experience. The airy weave balances the full forms with a light and breezy […]

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Driven to distraction: the Norway road trip where cool design meets dramatic scenery

Norway’s roadside architecture project, part of its National Tourist Routes, has led to the creation of bridges and viewing platforms that make every journey a tour de force – and more new designs are on the horizon

Vertigo-inducing viewing platforms, island-hopping bridges, and some of the funkiest toilet facilities in the northern hemisphere: these are just a sample of the design flourishes that Norway’s National Tourist Routes programme (NTR) has introduced across the country over the past 15 years. Add to this the fact that the roads programme has been a great incubator for Norway’s young, vibrant architectural scene – which is respected for its daring and imagination across Europe – and for anyone heading north this summer, with design leanings or simply curious, a road trip beckons.

This is a far cry from the NTR’s beginnings. The first pilot project by the then young – and today highly respected – firm of Jensen & Skodvin Architects (JSA) was completed in western Norway in 1997. Aimed at drawing tourists into the stunning, if rarely visited, landscape through appealing roadside architecture, a full programme was subsequently launched, with 18 routes across Norway’s south, its coastal regions and the far north eventually chosen in 2004. The pieces were primarily architectural, though in places, art installations and sculptures were also introduced, and by the end of the decade a host of impressive works were adding roadside lustre to the grandeur of Norway’s geography. A programme of rest stops, viewing platforms, bridges, walkways and restaurants was rolled out, with some jaw-dropping moments such as Tommie Wilhelmsen and Todd Saunders’ Aurland lookout.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great Any Time of Day

Who doesn’t want every corner of their house smelling like a haven? Especially these days when staying indoors seem like the best option, scented candles and room diffusers are a must. It’s also important to know when and where in your house is best to use these scent dispensers. From your cabinets to your big entertainment […]

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There’s Nothing Fancy About Bruce Ricketts’ Specialty Japanese Kitchen

  Is a person’s workspace truly reflective of their state of mind? Does an artist’s creative process necessitate a chaotic environment in the same way that an executive should maintain a pristine corner office? We don’t have the answers, but we can step into the offices, baby, of people who do. Welcome to Preen’s Desk […]

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Anderson Cooper’s Brazilian Rest House Is a Vintage and Rustic Dream Space

  If there’s one thing we like here at Preen, it’s an idyllic rest house. 14 hours away from Anderson’s home state of New York is his Brazilian rest house that’s nothing short of vintage and rustic goodness. Designed by William Das, the compound is made of four structures that house various antique furniture, Brazilian […]

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The Colosseum in Rome Is About to Get a Face Lift

After centuries of wear and tear, one of Rome’s iconic landmarks will finally get some work done. The Colosseum is going through phase 2 of 3 of the restoration sponsored by the Italian leather brand Tod’s. The iconic landmark is following the restorations of other tourist destinations in Rome, Italy like the Spanish Steps which […]

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Look: Betsey Johnson’s Posh NYC Apartment Is Up for Sale

Unlike the expected, quirky designer Betsey Johnson’s apartment is a posh, understated haven in the middle of bustling New York City. Put up for sale recently, the Upper East Side apartment boasts of contemporary furniture with pops of pink and pastel accents all around. Just a block or two away from Central Square, it provides […]

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