6 beautiful homes in the woods

Bainbridge Island, Washington. This five-bedroom contemporary-style 2008 house sits on 2.4 forested acres. The ground level has hardwood floors, double-height ceilings, a wall of windows, and a kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters, and a breakfast area; steel-and-wood stairs lead to a master suite with a soaking tub.

Outside, the living room’s two-sided fireplace is shared by a 1,100-square-foot wraparound wood deck looking out on mature trees. $1,499,000. Kevin Still, Keller Williams Realty Tacoma, (253) 223-2518.

Westford, Vermont. Set amid 3.3 acres of woods and pasture, this four-bedroom home melds a classic exterior with a contemporary interior. The open main living space has floor-to-ceiling windows, polished concrete and hardwood floors, and a chef’s kitchen; above are a master suite with shiplap ceiling and step-in soaking tub and a cupola with windows on all sides offering views of Mount Mansfield.

The property, fenced for animals, includes landscaped lawns, a rustic barn, and a yoga shed. $990,000. Eileen Warner, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, (802) 233-3385.

Kirbyville, Texas. The six-bedroom 1983 French Country home anchors 33 acres of piney woods. La Maison Demille Bienvenues has hand-painted murals, French wallpaper, pecan floors, exposed beams, and an antique marble fireplace.

Outside are year-round flower gardens, a lake, an orangery, a sunken garden, a guest pied-à-terre, a barn, and a six-car garage. $5,000,000. Nicole Brende, Martha Turner/Sotheby’s International Realty/Briar Hollow Brokerage, (713) 302-9828.

Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Perched atop a forest-lined drive, this 2007 six-bedroom Berkshires home is minutes from Tanglewood and Great Barrington. The open-plan house has a wall of windows with mountain views; vaulted ceilings and reclaimed-wood floors; a terrazzo entry; a central stone fireplace; a kitchen equipped with a Wolf stove and Sub Zero refrigerator; and a sauna, game room, bar, media room, and an exercise area.

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

This phone case is too fragile for this world

Let’s get this said right off: Dadybones Puff Ball Phone Case ($35) “isn’t designed for this world.” Sure, it’s easy to fall for. Created by artist Lola Abbey, whose pom-pom placement skills are “exceptional,” it’s a portable rainbow that you’ll love looking at and that other people will love looking at, too. But the pom-poms are glued to a cheap plastic case, they make an iPhone so fat that you can no longer fit it in a pocket, and after a few weeks of shedding confetti, the case also starts shedding pom-poms. Is it worth all that trouble? Not really, but it “does seem like a piece of art.”

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

Swedish public votes to name new train ‘Trainy McTrainface,’ surprising no one

Having learned absolutely nothing from the U.K.’s Boaty McBoatface scandal/major disappointment of last year, Swedish transportation company MTR Express engaged democracy to choose a name for its new express train connecting Stockholm and Gothenburg. To the surprise of almost no one, the public voted to dub the new line “Trainy McTrainface.”

MTR Express is submitting to the will of the people and accepting the name, which some see as fitting retribution after the British Natural Research Council opted to name its new research vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough instead of the public favorite and frontrunner, the RSS Boaty McBoatface. “I can guarantee with my life that the train will be called Trainy McTrainface,” marketing chief Per Nasfi told local press, assuring us that democracy has won in Sweden.

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

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