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Best TVs for Super Bowl LIII

Best TVs for Super Bowl LIII 1 × LG Electronics OLED55B8PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV LG Electronics OLED55B8PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV PHOTO: AMAZON Named the best TV (overall) by RTINGS.com and Amazon, this LG model measures 8.7 x 48.3 x 29.6 inches. With AI (Artificial Intelligence) ThinQ, this TV has the Google Assistant built in, so you can control compatible smart home devices using just your voice through the LG Magic Remote. Create a center for your smart home and beyond. Plus it works with Amazon Alexa devices (sold separately). About $1496.99; Amazon 3 × Toshiba…


“Kids Making It” Builds Their Own Workshop

Kids can do just about anything if they set their minds to it, and Kids Making It (KMI) in Wilmington, North Carolina helps them along. Kids Making It is a non-profit that aims to teach local youth and young adults the vocational and entrepreneurial skills to spark an early interest in the trades. Started in 1994, the organization currently serves 500 students through five different programs. Through these programs, students can learn building skills, make and sell things at KMI’s store, and earn income while they’re still in school. KMI is currently working on expanding their facilities with a dedicated building for their Skilled Trades program. Students…


Kitchen of the Week: A Noir Canteen in a Repurposed WWII Control Tower

“Five thousand square feet of brutalism,” is how Justin Hooper and Charlotte Seddon lovingly describe their new home. The couple—he’s a creative director at an ad agency, she’s a floral designer, and they have two children—had previously lived in a West London semi-attached Victorian. But they’re both midcentury modernists and they shared an extreme rehabbers’ dream of finding an industrial fixer-upper, “the more dilapidated, the better.” They set their sights on the Scottish Highlands, where they have family, and drew a circle on the map around the Inverness Airport, which would enable them to be long-distance commuters. Spotted by Charlotte…


10 Easy Pieces: European Ceramic Bakeware

If you’ve been hacking it with cheap bakeware or aluminum foil-covered baking sheets, it’s time to upgrade to something more effective, healthful, and beautiful. Why not do so by way of time-honored European ceramic companies who have been producing porcelain and stoneware baking dishes for decades if not centuries? Bonus: they perform as well on the table as they do in the oven. Here are our 10 favorites. Above: One of our staff favorites is the Revol Black Rectangular Roasting Dish, made in France from lightweight porcelain and available in four sizes; $40 to $100 per dish depending on size…


Steal This Look: Moody Monochrome in the Scottish Highlands

The Killiehuntly Farmhouse is an estate in the Scottish Highlands restored by and designed by owner Anne Storm Pedersen as luxury vacation lodging. One of the Killiehuntly guest rooms, the Birch room, features a dozen design details to steal including a coal-colored jute rug and a monochromatic Shaker peg rail. Here are the key elements to re-create the look. Above: The Birch room is designed in layers of cool color. Photograph by Martin Kaufmann from In Scotland, A Luxe Nature Retreat from a Danish Billionaire. Above: A Shaker peg rail painted in the same Farrow & Ball color as the walls. Photograph by Martin…


Edinburgh Bolthole: A Stylish One-Room Vacation Apartment Converted from a Garage

Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the rustic stone building originally served as a blacksmith’s shop with a holding pen for horses and carriages on the ground floor. Three centuries later, a young creative couple happened upon the real estate listing for the lower story. Eilidh Izat, 29, is an architect and her boyfriend Jack Arundell, 28, a chef; they were looking for a property to develop outside the city but jumped at the oddball garage. Thanks to modern glazing, slatted wood dividers, and custom furnishings all made from a single oak tree, they transformed the 387-square-foot interior into one of the…

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