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In the French Kitchen with Mimi Thorisson: A New Collection from Zara Home

If you, like me, have ever wanted to be Mimi Thorisson—the writer and cook who lives in a rambling nineteenth-century farmhouse in the Médoc region of France, picks plums and tomatoes from her lush backyard garden, cooks bountiful feasts with them, and always looks beautiful doing it—you’re in luck. Thanks to a newly launched kitchen collection by Zara Home, you can now order a few of the French-esque kitchen essentials Thorisson herself might use (and does, in the brand’s photo shoot in her country kitchen). And at a reasonable price: The most expensive item, a cast iron pot, rings in…

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La Vie en Rose: Inside a Costumier’s Dreamlike, DIY Maison in France

How would a French costumier style her own stately country house? With quiet, rosy hues, cinematic hints of silver, and linens she sews herself. For months we’ve been following French stylist and costumier Céline Sathal on Instagram as she slowly and with care restores a traditional hôtel particulier in a tiny village outside of Tolouse. Sathal, who works as a costume designer for the French theater, opera, and cinema, found the 1870s house on Le Bon Coin, the French equivalent of Craiglist (“where you can find little spoons and big houses,” she says). The house, formerly inhabited by a notary’s office, is situated…

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40 Years of Kitchen and Bath Remodel Trends

If the kitchen were a menu item, we’d call it comfort food, as familiar as mac ’n’ cheese. Might have something to do with memories of hanging out after school as Mom made dinner, and trying to score some milk and cookies. Today, even as kitchens get bigger and fancier, they remain the No. 1 destination for the whole family, pets included. Where else can you find cold drinks, lively conversation, and maybe even your keys and cell phone?Over time, kitchen design has blurred the line between cooking and living areas, borrowing finishes and furnishings from entertaining spaces in the…

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Inspired by Absence: Art and Old-World Architecture at Hotel Palazzo Daniele in Italy

The most striking interiors I’ve seen this summer? They’re at the very tip of Italy’s heel, in the town of Gagliano del Capo, in a 150-year-old villa-turned-hotel woven through with courtyards and groves of orange trees. The property was built in 1861 by architect Domenico Malinconico and had been in the family of avid art collector Francesco Petrucci for five generations; deciding what to do with it, he partnered with Gabriele Salini, the hotelier behind one of Italy’s most singular hotels, G-Rough in Rome; then the designers Ludovico and Roberto Paloma of Palomba Serafina Associati. “Inspired by the idea of absence,”…

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Kitchen of the Week: Two Young Paris Architects Completely Redo Their Kitchen for Under $4,300

It’s been a heady few years for architect couple Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann. The two, both 27, met as students at the Strasbourg National School of Architecture. After graduation in 2014, they moved to Paris and launched their firm, Heju, an abbreviation of their first names. They hit the ground running, designing apartments, boutiques, events, and a slew of clever DIYs: see, for instance, their Homemade Terrazzo Table, Metal Wall Organizer, and Tiled Plywood Side Table-Plant Stand with colored grout. All the while, they’ve been living and working out of their own small apartment, a 538-square-foot garret near Place…

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Electric Vehicle Charging for Dummies

If you are going to drive an electric vehicle (EV), you’re going to have to learn to speak the language of electricity. Some people think that’s asking too much—that even though you understand units like inches and feet, meters and kilometers, cups and gallons, milliliters and liters, kilobytes and megabytes and gigabytes, you’ll never learn the basic units of electricity. And even though you already have appliances in your house, like hair dryers and microwave ovens, that have the wattage printed right on the front, there are some people who think electricity is just too complicated. So when it comes…

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