Can You Hear the Difference Between a Cheap and Expensive Violin?

Why are some violins so expensive? Rob Landes went to Peter Prier and Sons in Salt Lake City, where he put to the test a violin he purchased on Amazon for $62, and an antique Italian violin for $285,000.

The first song he plays is Hallelujah, and the second is AC/DC “Thunderstruck”.

How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer)

For most of us, gone are the days of family living on the same block or the entire neighborhood gathering in one person’s yard, day in and day out.

Instead, we plug ourselves into devices and vent online about how lonely we are.

Architect Grace Kim explains how she tackled the problem of modern isolation with cohousing, private dwellings with shared public spaces.

Bold Dining Room Doubles as Workspace and Play Space

A multipurpose dining room serves up style and function for a creative family

Two things were immediately clear to designer Tracy Martin Taylor when she walked into the dining room of this modern home in Dallas’ family-friendly Lake Highlands neighborhood: First, this would be no ordinary dining room, and second, this was no ordinary client. The homeowner — an occupational therapist by day, roller derby player by night, and mom always — wasn’t afraid to take over the formal dining room for use as a bold, colorful work-and-play space in which to dream and create with her kids.

10 Tips to Prevent Damage During a Move

Find out how to protect your floors, furniture, fragile objects and more

From nicks in that fresh paint job to broken chair legs and sofas stuck in stairwells, there are lots of things that can go awry during a move. Thankfully, with some thoughtful preventive measures (and lots of padding), it is possible to get from old house to new with all your belongings in one piece — and hopefully with no dings in those freshly painted walls either.

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

thyssenkrupp MULTI is now reality – world’s first rope-free elevator

Imagine what could happen with architecture as we implement this new way of looking at the elevator!

thyssenkrupp unveils MULTI, one of the industry’s most forward-thinking innovations created since the 19th century: the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, the MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in loop, like a metro system inside a building.

Cool Kitchen Island: Wrapped in Wood and Movable Too

Durable new materials and custom cabinets make for a functional and lasting design


7 Common Home Repairs You Can Do By Yourself

7 do it yourself

The Making of $300,000 Speakers

Oswalds Mill Audio makes $300,000 speakers from wood like ash, cherry, and walnut—plus slate and special cast iron. The sound quality is as good as the materials.

Made is a series of simple, gorgeous short films that demonstrate how everyday luxury objects are made, and honor the process and artisans behind them.

How to Make Your Garage a Storage Powerhouse

garage powerhouseNew project for a new year: Add shelving and containers to get your stuff off the garage floor — and still have room for the car

Garages often turn into repositories for everything from sports equipment to holiday decorations. But with planning you can turn your garage into a harmonious space with room to actually — wait for it — park the car.