How This Beach Home Houses Two Young Families

Designer MA Allen is often tasked with marrying the design needs and wants of couples. But when it came to her clients’ Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach home, the Raleigh-based designer was tasked with pulling together an interior aesthetic that checked the boxes for two sisters. Built in 1999, the classic southern beach cottage was a family home for Allen’s clients and she and her associate, Margaret Richards, had designed both of their primary residences in Raleigh. “They’re both very fashion forward and have impeccable taste,” says Allen. “Margaret and I know both of them and their personal styles so well, and while they’re similar, they’re also different. So this project was really about coupling their individual personalities under one roof.”



a dining room table in front of a window: MA Allen gave it a modern refresh after it was destroyed by a hurricane.


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MA Allen gave it a modern refresh after it was destroyed by a hurricane.

The home had been damaged after Hurricane Florence blew through the

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When you know things have to change but have no idea how to do it

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OPINION: Yeah OK, that’s a bold title.

Losing control of your life is terrifying.

It’s something that happens to all of us at least one point or another during our time on Earth, with the only certain things being death, taxes and the complete inability to control fate.

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But just because it’s inevitable, it doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Over a bottle of a low to mid-range rosé my girlfriends and I nabbed on special ($12.99 is our new happy place) I realised that it had happened

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37 most shocking movie twists of all time, explained



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Being caught off guard by a well-deployed twist is an unrivalled cinematic joy.

Over the years, writers and directors have imagined up fresh ways of keeping film audiences on their toes. Some remain astonishingly bold by today’s standards, while others have had the gleam worn off by the film’s they’ve gone onto inspire.

There are those filmmakers who have attempted to make the twist their trademark, then there are others who have impressively shaped a film around its rug-pulling denouement (Christopher Nolan’s magician drama The Prestige was essentially one giant magic trick). Either way, they make for memorable viewing.

Intriguingly, twists are mostly prevalent in horror films, which is what makes it so breathtaking when they show up mid-way through a drama – or, even rarer, a comedy.

We’ve compiled what we believe to be 37 of the greatest twists in cinema history.

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Apollo 11’s launch, as seen by the only woman in the control room

JoAnn Morgan was just 17 years old when she worked on her first rocket launch. 



This story is part of CNET's new podcast series Making Space: The Female Frontier, looking at the inspirational women who have shaped the history of space exploration. 


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This story is part of CNET’s new podcast series Making Space: The Female Frontier, looking at the inspirational women who have shaped the history of space exploration. 


It was the spring of 1958, and Morgan had just graduated high school in Florida, just a few miles from the Space Coast. Keen to find a summer internship, Morgan saw an advertisement from the Army Ballistic Missile Agency looking for students to work in the missile firing lab.

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NASA wouldn’t officially open its doors until October that year (in accordance with a presidential order signed by Dwight Eisenhower), but the Soviet Union had just launched Sputnik 1 and the United States was playing catch-up. The Army was testing rocket systems to launch its first satellite, and it was short on labor. Morgan

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This Foster Kitten’s Story of Finding a Forever Home Will Warm Your Heart

When a stray kitten wandered into Jan Rottenberg’s cat hospital, she never expected the loving bond they would share … or the miraculous outcome.

“My small cat hospital was busy enough, but rescues kept it really hopping. So when the door chimed just before closing on a Friday night and a man walked in carrying a shoebox, I wasn’t really surprised. ‘I have a cat,’ he said with a Spanish accent, ‘a little cat.’

“’Oh,’ I said, ‘have you tried taking it to the shelter?’ After a brief conversation in broken English and broken Spanish, I learned that he had tried, but the shelter would not take the cat because it was too sick. He had tried another animal hospital but they did not accept strays.

“I peered into the box and found a scrawny kitten whose nose and eyes were plastered shut with mucus, and of course there were

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His View: President Trump promotes a caste system | Opinion

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of working with a young veterinary student who harkened from the Midwest. He was in my lab for a training program for vet students where my job was to provide exposure to science training outside of the normal curriculum. At the time, we were trying to determine if genetic markers could be used to differentiate fecal contaminants in streams (e.g., people, cattle, horses, dogs, etc.). This student collected water samples in Stevens County and brought them back to the lab where he concentrated samples, extracted DNA, and ran assays to detect the markers.

A couple of unusual incidents happened that summer that have stuck with me. In one case, the student was walking on the sidewalk in a small town north of Spokane when a police officer went out of his way to ask if he needed any help? I have walked that

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President Trump promotes a caste system | Local

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of working with a young veterinary student who harkened from the Midwest. He was in my lab for a training program for vet students where my job was to provide exposure to science training outside of the normal curriculum. At the time, we were trying to determine if genetic markers could be used to differentiate fecal contaminants in streams (e.g., people, cattle, horses, dogs, etc.). This student collected water samples in Stevens County and brought them back to the lab where he concentrated samples, extracted DNA, and ran assays to detect the markers.

A couple of unusual incidents happened that summer that have stuck with me. In one case, the student was walking on the sidewalk in a small town north of Spokane when a police officer went out of his way to ask if he needed any help? I have walked that

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The 2020 Census and the daughters of Zelophehad

Donald Trump’s obsession with numbers became evident immediately following his inauguration. He and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, insisted repeatedly that the event drew the largest numbers ever, despite contrary evidence. Even in moments when one might expect the presidential focus to be elsewhere, such as while visiting Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Trump’s eyes were aglisten with the inflated numbers: “What a crowd, what a turnout!”

Honestly, this is one area where I identify with Trump. Pastors are conditioned to be obsessed with numbers too. We have to turn in annual reports filled with numbers. How many baptisms? How many confirmations? How many people in the pews each Sunday? How many people under 30? Over 60? Children? Then we move to the financial figures: How many dollars pledged this year? Given? Spent?

For the church—and for Trump—numbers determine survival, tempting us to massage them a bit. If nobody

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Bestselling author publishes free e-book to normalise COVID-safe business travel protocol

From handbags and in-flight socks to remote controls and clothes hangers, New York Times bestselling author and behavioural psychologist Martin Lindstrom shines a light on the pitfalls to avoid when travelling this new COVID-19 World.

Lindstrom’s new COVID-safe business travel tips e-book is titled “Travel Truth and Lies Unmasked”, and features startling statistics on hygiene to normalise cautious travel.

The book provides those travelling in this COVID-19 era with handy tips on how to navigate the hidden pitfalls of international travel with confidence. Lindstrom shuns scaremongering in favour of a practical guide on how to navigate the patchwork quilt of contradictory international regulations, as well as the physical spaces through which we pass on our travels

As the global appetite for travel resumes, there is a huge demand for a trusted, independent source of information and advice relating to COVID-19 safety. As a regular globe-trotter, Lindstrom set out on a

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This beaut bathroom makeover went from drab to fab with cheap tile paint



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Okay, we admit it: the ‘before’ on the left hand side of this bathroom makeover isn’t at all bad. In fact, many of us would be happy with that as our ‘after’. But it didn’t suit Carla Elliman when she moved into her new home – and she was determined to give it a brand new look on a very low budget. 

‘The bathroom had been recently done when I moved in so I couldn’t justify ripping it all out because there was nothing wrong with it, just the BEIGE!’ says Carla. ‘[The beige] isn’t me at all! So I set to work planning out a bright and breezy monochrome room that was way more to my liking.’

Scroll down to see how Carla tackled the bathroom makeover – taking on the task of painting tiles, both on the floors and the walls. And

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