Lifestyle 2021-12-16T12:21:00Z
The author in front of an abandoned zoo enclosure (L) and another abandoned structure in the Crandon Park Zoo's ruins.

I explored the ruins of an abandoned zoo on the coast of Florida, and it was completely overrun by nature

Crandon Park Zoo was abandoned after hurricanes ravaged the beach and drowned animals. Today, wildlife like alligators and peacocks live in the park.
Design 2021-12-12T21:22:00Z
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Garage epoxy coating installation

Repairing a cracked garage floor with epoxy

Titan Garage Floors specializes in epoxy floor coatings. It protects concrete floors from chemicals and oil spills and adds a nonslip texture.
Design 2021-12-12T00:22:00Z
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A taxidermist puts clay around a taxidermy dog's marble eye to hold it in place.

How a taxidermist restores a damaged dog

Kelly from OurDeerlyDeparted shows us how she restores a taxidermy dog. This includes replacing the mismatched eyes and fixing the cracked ears.
Design 2021-12-11T21:22:00Z

A jewelry specialist shows how diamond earrings are professionally deep cleaned

Certified diamontologist Gabbie Davis shows us how she cleans diamond earrings using a microscope, an ultrasonic cleaner, and a high-pressure steamer.
Lifestyle 2021-12-11T12:47:00Z

I was skeptical about spending 2 nights in a 250-square-foot tiny home that's half the size of my NYC apartment, but now I think I could live in one

The author thought tiny homes were just for minimalists. But after staying in one, she realized they can be full of character with some clever design.
Design 2021-12-11T00:22:00Z

What a $1,500 leather jacket restoration looks like

Cory from The Sandalman Leathercare shows us how he restores a 70-year-old horsehide jacket by disassembling it and reconditioning the leather.
Design 2021-12-10T21:22:00Z

How dog-chewed stair corners are repaired

Ronnie Fulton was called in for a repair job after a dog chewed up the corners of two steps on the stairs of his client's home.
Design 2021-12-10T00:22:00Z

How 6 years of mold in a car is deep cleaned

Grass and mold grew inside this Lexus GS 300 after six years outside. Brent Dicesare of WD Detailing tells us how he and his partner cleaned it.
Design 2021-12-09T21:22:00Z

How a landscaper transforms lawns using curbs

Jason Costco specializes in installing curbing around landscaping in areas such as front lawns. This separates the grass, trees, and decorative rock.
Lifestyle 2021-12-09T12:15:00Z

A town in Japan wants to eliminate all of its waste, so it built a stunning recycling center out of trash

The building was constructed out of remnant wood, 700 donated windows, and unwanted objects like plastic containers from a shiitake mushroom factory.
Design 2021-12-09T00:22:00Z

Artist uses a tufting gun to turn pet portraits into rugs

Simji is a textile artist who makes tufted rugs. She shows us how she creates a portrait of a dog by tufting the design and trimming the excess yarn.
Home 2021-12-08T21:45:04Z

29 photos of tiny living spaces show how overcrowded and unaffordable the world has become

From "coffin homes" in Hong Kong to micro apartments in the US and Europe, here are what tiny homes and living spaces look like around the world.
Design 2021-12-08T21:22:00Z

Why this artist transforms iconic characters into queer action figures

Lesley, known as Larbie World, makes custom bootleg action figures that are inspired by queer culture. Watch how he transforms an action figure.
Lifestyle 2021-12-08T16:48:30Z

5 interior-design trends that will start to disappear by 2022, and 6 you'll see everywhere

From open-floor plans to wallpaper, interior designers weighed in on home trends that would stick around in 2022 and ones that would go out of favor.
Design 2021-12-04T13:01:00Z

This hotel in Japan was designed so that every room has a different color combination

Every room at Toggle Hotel has a different color combination so that guests can either be "on or off," the architecture firm Klein Dytham says.
Home 2021-12-04T12:01:00Z

10 things that surprised me about spending 2 nights in a 212-square-foot tiny house

Staying in a tiny house taught me that small spaces get messy fast and that your entire home will smell like the last thing you cooked.
Culture 2021-11-27T13:00:00Z

Resin art has become a huge TikTok trend, but 'anti-resin' backlash is growing over potential environmental impacts and health concerns

Resin-art TikToks have racked up billions of views, but experts say the trend could cause environmental damage, and lead to health concerns.
Home 2021-11-26T17:29:07Z

70 photos of stunning tiny homes that will make you want to downsize

People living in school buses, yurts, and even tents make their homes as comfortable and as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
Home 2021-11-25T11:00:00Z

Inside a $27.75 million apartment on Billionaire's Row in New York City

A real estate broker gives a tour inside a $27,750,000 luxury apartment at 111 W 57th Street in New York City.
Entertainment 2021-11-23T17:01:00Z

The weirdest book in the world just turned 40. We talked to its creator.

Italian artist Luigi Serafini gives us a look inside the 40th anniversary edition of his beautifully bizarre Codex Seraphinianus.
Travel 2021-11-21T11:20:00Z

I slept in a lifeguard tower overlooking the Florida Everglades and was surprised it only cost $100 on Airbnb

Insider's reporter booked a one-of-a-kind lifeguard tower and plans to keep booking unique glamping trips on Airbnb. Here's what it was like.
Lifestyle 2021-11-20T12:00:00Z

A former hoarding technician shares 6 of her favorite cleaning hacks for a spotless home

Fiona Mills, a former hoarding technician with Spaulding Decon, shared her go-to tips for cleaning that largest — and grossest — messes.
Lifestyle 2021-11-19T19:29:19Z

I rent a 70-square-foot bedroom in a Victorian-era apartment. Here are 8 ways I make my small space work.

From a fold-up desk to a tall gallery wall, here's how I transformed my Victorian-era "fainting room" into a functional and homey living space.
Lifestyle 2021-11-19T19:09:13Z

I toured a Miami apartment to see how it compared to my NYC apartment, and I'm still daydreaming about the extra bathroom and outdoor space

Insider's reporter is still haunted by the $1,700 Miami apartment she saw that's twice as big as her NYC rental but the same cost.
Design 2021-11-19T00:22:00Z

How a misshapen 1930s ring is professionally restored

Macy from Maejean Vintage restores a ring from the 1930s by removing the old stone, hammering the ring into shape, and inserting a new stone.
Design 2021-11-18T21:22:00Z

How a $250,000 7-carat diamond ring is made

CRM Jewelers shows us how a $250,000 ring is created. The process involves torching platinum for the band and carving baskets for the diamonds.
Design 2021-11-18T11:58:00Z

A couple converted a 280-square-foot, double-decker bus from London into a tiny home. Take a look inside.

The bus's huge wheel wells and crumbling staircase made this a tough renovation, but $32,000 and five weeks later, it looks totally different inside.
Design 2021-11-18T00:22:00Z

How a professional repairs cracks in a driveway

Orca Asphalt Maintenance specializes in restoring driveways. First, the team cleans the asphalt. Then they repair the cracks and seal the asphalt.
Design 2021-11-17T21:22:00Z

How sports fields are installed and maintained

Kane Brown specializes in artificial sports fields. He shows us the process of laying down sheets of turf, gluing them, and adding penalty lines.
Design 2021-11-17T00:22:00Z

How a moldy leather bag is deep cleaned

Handbag Clinic specializes in cleaning and restoring handbags. CEO Charlotte Staerck explains how a very moldy bag is deep cleaned.
Design 2021-11-16T21:22:00Z

Button-eyed dolls are inspired by Tim Burton films

Souls of Beldam creates button-eyed dolls, or "button souls," inspired by Tim Burton films and Victorian-era antiques.
Travel 2021-11-14T11:47:00Z

I stayed at the $800-a-night Versace Mansion, and I can see why it's the Kardashians' go-to hotel in Miami

Celebs like Kim Kardashian frequent the Villa Casa Casuarina hotel, once Gianni Versace's home, and Insider's reporter felt like an A-lister there.
Lifestyle 2021-11-13T14:20:00Z

A hairstylist turned a vintage camper into her own Barbie dream house. Take a look inside the colorful space.

Ilse Thalia Massey's husband bought the camper trailer on Craiglist and the two renovated it into a functional, rainbow dream that they travel in.
Travel 2021-11-12T11:10:00Z

I paid $500 extra to upgrade my room on a 30-hour Amtrak ride, and I thought the additional 20 square feet was worth every penny

While 20 square feet may not sound like a lot, to Insider's reporter, the extra space on a long Amtrak ride — and the private toilet — was priceless.
Design 2021-11-10T11:00:00Z

I spent 2 nights in a 212-square-foot tiny home. Here are 6 genius storage hacks I'm stealing for my 1,200-square-foot house.

From repurposed shoe cabinets to under-shelf storage, the author took away six clever storage hacks to incorporate in her own small home.
Design 2021-11-08T17:59:19Z

2 sisters bought matching tiny homes for $75,000 each, and now they're neighbors in a tiny-home village in Florida

From the outside, sisters Alexis and Ashley's blue, 325-square-foot tiny homes look nearly identical. But inside of their homes is a different story.
Travel 2021-11-06T10:38:00Z

We stayed in the cheapest rooms on Carnival's mainstream and luxury cruises, and the latter was worth the extra $20 a night

While Cunard's luxury room cost more and was smaller in size, it had amenities like complimentary wine and slippers, which Carnival's room didn't.
Design 2021-11-04T20:22:00Z

How custom surfboards are handmade

Paul J. Schmidt, owner of Paul Surf, makes and sells surfboards. Each one is made completely by hand and takes about 30 hours of skilled labor.
Design 2021-11-03T23:22:00Z

Carving wax reveals monster candles

After carving and pulling back a few layers of wax, these Halloween candles take the form of eyeballs, zombies, skeletons, jack-o'-lanterns, and more.
Design 2021-11-03T20:22:00Z

How thick layers of restaurant kitchen grease are cleaned

Jay Lopez of Cleannex LLC scrapes and power washes thick layers of grease out of a restaurant kitchen exhaust system.
Design 2021-11-02T20:22:00Z

How 28 years of moss is deep cleaned from a roof

The owner of Partridge Exterior Cleaning shows us how he cleans a mossy roof. He scrapes the moss away and applies a long-lasting chemical treatment.
Lifestyle 2021-11-01T13:56:54Z

A landscaper's advice for making your backyard more peaceful — and the science behind it

Water features, sensory gardens, whimsical art pieces, and comfortable seating can all make an outdoor space feel more tranquil and inviting.
Lifestyle 2021-11-01T13:56:20Z

How to create flow in your home office to stimulate cognitive productivity

The spatial flow of your home workspace can affect your productivity. A designer shares how to foster mental clarity through interior arrangements.
Lifestyle 2021-11-01T13:55:53Z

An interior designer walks us through 6 light sources that can showcase your personality

From candelabras and fireplaces to skylights and neons, lighting can bring a lot of personality into your home, according to a design expert.
Lifestyle 2021-11-01T13:55:29Z

An expert in color psychology details how 5 bedroom shades can positively affect your mood

Colors can change the energy in a room. According to a pro, shades of blue, purple, red, and brown all have different effects on how you feel.
Lifestyle 2021-11-01T13:55:08Z

Auditory specialists share ways to create peaceful soundscapes in your space

Creating an ideal soundscape is an important element of interior design. Experts offer advice on personalizing the auditory environment of your space.
Home 2021-10-30T11:10:00Z

A snake-shaped Airbnb has cave-like hallways near a botanical garden and mineral cave in Mexico — take a look inside

El Nido De Quetzalcóatl in Mexico is curved like a snake and apartments are found in the serpent's back.
Home 2021-10-26T19:03:22Z

I persuaded my roommates to spend 2 nights with me in a tiny home. By the end, we couldn't wait to have our own rooms back.

Insider's reporter took her roommates to spend two nights in a 212-square-foot home at Colorado's WeeCasa Tiny House Resort. Here's what it was like.
Design 2021-10-21T23:22:00Z

9 creepily realistic things you can buy

These nine creepily realistic works of art are perfect for spooky season. They include a bloody hand candle, monster puppets, and pies with faces.
Design 2021-10-21T20:22:00Z

Creating rainbow pottery with liquid porcelain

Forest Ceramic Co. creates rainbow pottery through a slip casting process that took eight years to develop.
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