Designer Space: Complementary in the City

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DESIGNER, MARISA LUPO, OF LUMAR INTERIORS, TOOK THE COLOR WHEEL INTO EFFECT WHEN REDESIGNING A THREE-STORY TOWNHOME IN THE SUMMERHILL AREA OF TORONTO. The 3,100 square foot home features vibrant pops of orange and blue, against a backdrop of pragmatic neutrals. It includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an elevator access to the uppermost floors. The homeowners, Tracey and Kathleen were drawn to this property for a number of reasons, including its likeness to a New York City brownstone. According to the designer, the recent empty-nesters were ready to embark on their next phase of life in the big city.

When Tracey and Kathleen first approached Marisa, they requested a contemporary look with a fresh color palette. “We wanted that wow factor,” explains Tracey. “Décor that flowed from one room to the next, leading guests to want to explore and enjoy the house with us.”

As such, the color palette was freshened up via new paint, and much of the pre-owned furnishings were reupholstered. “It was the homeowners’ idea to go minimalistic on the walls. This was on-trend and a great idea for smaller quarters,” says Marisa. “The pops of color came from their personal art collection, pillows, ottomans, and accents. Also, they had accumulated gorgeous artwork full of color over the years so this allowed the art to really pop.”

In the first family room, colorful throw pillows catch the eye, and eventually draw the gaze upwards to the stunning artwork, which encompasses similar hues. In the second family room, a gold-plated nesting table steals the spotlight. “The nesting tables fit together like a puzzle and are moveable – great for a small space,” says the designer. “I also love to mix metals, so the house is a combination of gold and antique silver metals. This makes things more dimensional.”

The theme of mixed metals carries on into the bedroom, where an antique silver chandelier with gold accents is suspended overhead. Besides the sporadic metallic elements, the rest of the room is subdued, featuring shades of white, cream, and light green to create a calming palette. Says Tracey, “Katheen wanted a master-bedroom oasis, where she could decompress at the end of the day after teaching a classroom full of Grade 6 kids.” He also notes that the master bedroom is Kathleen’s favorite room, while he’s partial to the kitchen and family rooms.

When asked where they saved and splurged in the space, Tracey cites the family room cabinetry, rebuilt mudroom, and garage as necessary splurges, given the property’s lack of basement and built-in storage. The couple saved by incorporating demo pieces from Lumar’s showroom, and by restoring many preowned furniture pieces.

Marisa goes on to note that, though Tracey and Katheen designed with their empty-nester status in mind, it was important for the home to remain family friendly. Nevertheless, the finished product is chic, urban, and perfect for the new chapter in their life.

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How this café owner is creating space for Black women in the coffee business

How this café owner is creating space for Black women in the coffee business


How this café owner is creating space for Black women in the coffee business

In “Doing The Work,” a four-part series from HG contributor Tiffany Lashai Curtis, four Black women who work in different industries tell us their stories. During Black Women’s History Month, we hope this series uplifts and amplifies the work of Black women in spaces where they are underrepresented or rendered invisible.

Coffee has solidified its role in many of our lives. In fact, a 2018 study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that Americans are enjoying more coffee on a daily basis now than in previous years. An entire culture exists around coffee, whether you’re quietly preparing and drinking coffee at home as a small act of self-care, meeting up with a friend at a local coffee joint, or showing your face at Starbucks so much that the baristas know your daily order by heart.

And while a steaming cup of instant Folgers at home is fine (and cost-effective), sometimes the lure of a $ 5 oat milk latte is enough to make us head over to a café. While national coffee chains are convenient, independently owned coffee businesses can offer a more unique experience.


I had one such experience at Bushwick Grind, a Black-owned, full-service café located in Brooklyn, New York. I was looking for somewhere to try my first iced dirty chai on my last day in East Williamsburg. Not only did I end up having a bomb French Toast Benedict and latte, I ended up chatting with the cafe’s co-owner, Kymme Williams-Davis, who owns the establishment with her husband, Raymond Davis.

We ended up talking briefly about her experiences as a Black woman in the coffee industry, and by the time our conversation ended, I felt like I had just spoken with a long-time friend. I began considering how we never really see or even think of Black people when we envision coffee culture. I knew Kymme’s story needed to be told.

For the second profile in this series, I spoke with Kymme about the highs and lows of co-owning a cafe, and the work she is doing to transform the relationship between Black people and coffee. Get into our conversation below.

Photograph of Kymme Williams-Davis and Raymond Davis in front of Bushwick Grind
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HelloGiggles (HG): You’re a coffee brewer who is trained in “third-wave coffee.” How long have you been a coffee brewer, and can you explain what “third-wave” means for folks who may be coffee novices?

Kymme Williams-Davis (KWD):  So, first-wave coffee references a time when people (in the U.S.) mostly got their coffee from grocery stores, flea markets…the big box names were Folgers, etc. Second-wave is what really made coffee popular in the U.S. with stores like Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks making coffee a social activity. Third-wave refers to smaller independent cafes like mine who purchase coffee from sustainable sources—usually directly from farmers (direct trade) or a coalition/collective of farmers (fair trade), which ensures that the people who grow, harvest, and process green coffee get a fair wage.

HG: You’re also a café owner. How long have you been running your own business, and what do you feel Bushwick Grind offers that mainstream coffee shops don’t?

KWD: Yes, my husband Raymond Davis and I are the proud owners.  We started three years ago as a coffee shop but we have evolved into a full café in that we have a full kitchen offering healthy breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Nowadays, great food and beverage is “table stakes”—anyone can offer that. Our market differentiator is our service delivery; it is of utmost importance that we get to know our guests. We say that we don’t have customers, we have guests—guests who just happen to have to pay before leaving.  

When guests pay, they are not just paying for their food, they are paying for our time. Even if that is just a warm smile or full ‘counter therapy.’ Also, we are one of the few shops in the area offering healthier food options with organic, farm-to-table ingredients. Our vendors (we like to consider them partners) are mostly farmers or distributors of farmers.  So our produce purchases are actually helping the New York farmers in a small way. Last, we are very community-oriented. We try our best and do our part to donate time and resources locally when we can. As we grow, we hope to do more and/or start a nonprofit arm of the business to help support our community children.

HG: Coffee culture has rarely been associated with Black people. Between the cost of specialty coffee and the overwhelming whiteness of many coffee establishments, sipping and learning about coffee can be inaccessible to us. How do you think your work as a coffee professional has helped to shift the way Black people relate to coffee?

KWD: That is a very true statement. I had two sisters of color tell me, inside our shop, “This place isn’t for ‘us.’” They didn’t realize my husband and I were the owners. We are in Bushwick, which is historically a Brooklyn community of Black and brown people, but 80% of our guests are not people of color. Now that we have a full kitchen, we are seeing an increase in people of color clientele, but still not so much for the coffee. In terms of cost, coffee is a very manual process, whereby a farmer is picking a fruit from a tree to get to the seed, then process it—which is a “process” in itself. This is done in most countries with people of color, and speciality coffee shops help ensure those people are given a fair wage for the work they do.

I think if more people of color truly understood the supply chain of coffee, they would feel more attached to it and would feel more aligned with the culture—even the “Americanized” version of it.

HG: Why does it matter that we have Black women in the coffee brewing industry and Black women-owned cafés?

KWD:  I think, like in every industry, diversity is important. Exclusion is absence and creates a void. Black women’s talents and experiences in coffee can help fill voids, as well as lend to the advancement of the industry. Black Girl Magic is impactful.

HG: What highs and lows have you experienced as a Black woman working with coffee? 

KWD: Opening this shop with my husband has been the joy of my life. The highs, hands down, include the community we have built. Our guests truly give us life.  We have met and engaged with people from all over the world, people  local to Brooklyn, and people traveling or working in the area. Their stories, conversations, and vibes fuel each of us. Everyone on the team, except our newest team member, has been with us since the day we opened three years ago, so they are family.

The lows, without a doubt, are the costs to run this business. With workers’ comp insurance, licensing fees, professional services fees, N.Y.C. rate utilities, private sanitation, etc. and the rising lease cost, it is so expensive to operate a retail store. Revenue does not equal profit if you cannot decrease expenses. We have to hustle seriously hard and find creative ways to generate multiple revenue streams for the business to be profitable, like catering services, hosting events, pop-up concessions, etc.

HG: How would you like to see more Black women flourish in the coffee industry?

KWD: When we started our research about five years ago, we listed about 15 coffee roasters who we wanted to interview as a potential source to buy our coffee from. So many said we were the first people to do that. Anyway, in visiting the big popular roasters to the smaller ones, we discovered there were little to no people of color in the back of the house.  Black women should know that there is an extensive career path in the profession and science of coffee. There are positions as coffee trainers, equipment repair persons, salespersons, Q-Graders, buyers, etc. But I almost NEVER see Black women [in this industry], and if there are one or two, they are typically not American Black women—they are from a coffee-producing country and likely grew up with coffee their entire lives.

There are two very well known sistas in the U.S. with national notoriety and respect in the coffee industry; they are at every Coffee Fest and SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) and BGA (Barista Guild of America) event and other noteworthy coffee event. They are always making a case for more women of color to join this industry.  

HG: Why is it important that Black people have spaces that feel like home—even when we’re doing something as mundane as drinking coffee?

KWD: Our core values are written on an easel right near the door when you walk in the shop. It has been there since the day we opened, so our team as well as our guests are reminded of our purpose for the day. In short, it says that we strive to make our guests leave a little better than how they came. That is what is important about us having spaces. When we walk into a room, we add to the energy and vibe of that space. When we leave, we take some of that energy and vibe with us. If you are sitting in a space for five minutes or two hours, you must feel welcomed, at home, and comfortable to be yourself.

HG: What’s next for you and coffee?

KWD: We have invested in advanced paid training for one of our baristas who is a woman of color. She is a few course hours away from earning a highly recognized coffee industry certification. She will be one of the very few baristas on the east coast who is certified. This will ‘socially legitimize’ our shop as one that is serious about speciality coffee practices. The vision is to have the Bushwick Grind team out at latte art competitions and coffee festivals and cuppings.  My husband and I will focus on running the business, and our team will grow in their skill, talents, and knowledge, which will help elevate our brand. In short, we are contributing to more Black women working and being respected in the industry.

Kymme Williams-Davis at Bushwick Grind
Courtesy of Kymme Williams-Davis

HG: Who is another Black woman in this industry that we should know about?

KWD: The two women I referred to earlier, one is Michelle Jonson, known as the Chocolate Barista. I have been following her for a few years now. Her work focuses on the promotion of racial diversity and inclusion in the specialty coffee industry. In fact, there is a huge, if not the biggest, coffee event this week in Boston hosted by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) that I will be attending. She partnered with big-name sponsors to host a mixer for the limited people of color at this event so they will not feel isolated and excluded. She does a ton for the advancement in coffee industry; she is def Google worthy.  

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Designer Space: Master’s Paradise

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HOMEOWNERS?

CHRISTINE ELLIOTT The homeowners are a young professional couple with two small boys. They lead very busy lives filled with family, their childrens’ activities and commuting to work everyday. They really were dream clients. They were able to articulate exactly what they needed in order to make their busy days less hectic –
making that part easy for me. As long as my design vision for their home met these needs, they really trusted me and were pretty open to my design vision for their home.

Photography by Stephani Buchman.

CHT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE’S DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

CE This custom bungalow was built in the early 2000s. The master suite has a fairly large size footprint of 437 square feet, which includes the ensuite.

One request by the homeowner was to expand the closet. But we couldn’t make the existing closet larger without losing the only window in the room. However, because of the size of the room, we were able fit a king size bed and two nightstands with lots of room left on either side of them. This gave us the opportunity to create a second closet off to one side of the room without making the space feel crowded.

The original ensuite was dated and felt crowded with the enclosed tiled shower, small vanity and sunk-in tub under the window. By removing the tub, we were able to install a custom-made double vanity with plenty of storage, as well as a beautiful glass walk-in shower. Th is really opened up the entire space.

CHT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

CE Because the rest of the house has a contemporary feel, the homeowners wanted this room to feel a bit more elegant and luxurious. The ensuite renovation was actually done a year before we tackled the master bedroom. When designing this space, I knew I needed to create fl ow and consistency between both the master bedroom and ensuite. The master ensuite’s white color palette is repeated in the bedroom and we added blue accents. The fabric we used for the window treatments in the ensuite actually has touches of blue throughout and became another element that tied the two spaces together by repeating the fabric on one of the pillows for the bed.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

CE My favorite design element in this space is the photo above the bed. When I presented the design plan to the homeowners, they told me that the photo of Piazza del Campo in Siena was the location where the couple celebrated with friends after the husband proposed! I had no idea! My second favorite design element is the wall treatment. It is such a simple treatment but really makes the room feel grand.

CHT WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN DESIGNING A MASTER SUITE?

CE Sacrificing beauty for function instead of incorporating both. People often believe that because the master suite doesn’t often get seen by guests, it doesn’t need to be decorated. A master suite should have a feeling of calm and relaxation, and nothing does that better than a beautiful, well put together room.

Before you consider buying another dresser or designing a closet, do an inventory of what you own. When designing a closet, I ask homeowners to fill out a checklist indicating the number of specific pieces they own. For example, how many suits, pants, or dresses do they own? How many pieces are hung and how many things are folded in drawers? After they complete this exercise, they usually tell me that they ended up sorting and purging many of their existing items thereby leaving us with more room to work with! The same exercise can be done in your bathroom. When designing a custom vanity, decide what the function of each drawer and cupboard will be. Organize it in a way that you will have storage and easy access to all of the items you need regularly. This will keep your countertops clear and tidy.

CHT WHERE DID YOU SAVE AND WHERE DID YOU SPLURGE?

CE We were able to save and create the additional closet space needed using the IKEA PAX Wardrobe Planner. By building the cabinets in, it appears like they have always been there. We splurged on the fabrics. They are such an important element of the design. They bring the space to life with texture and pattern!

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Designer Space: Luxurious Custom Build

THIS BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS 5,330 SQUARE FOOT CUSTOM-BUILT HOME IS PERFECT FOR A GROWING FAMILY.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF THIS HOME?

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CHT I HEAR THIS HOME HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD?

ND Yes, we are very honored to have this home on the finalist list for a 2019 Georgie Award. Winners won’t be announced until this Spring but they had record breaking submissions this year so it’s an honor to have made the finalist list!

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THIS HOME?

ND If I had to pick just one, it would be the kitchen. We designed the kitchen to include a large island for entertaining and integrated high end appliances for an improved cooking experience. We included floor to ceiling cabinetry and a stunning custom range hood along with a separate Spice Kitchen!

CHT WHAT OTHER FAMILY-FRIENDLY FEATURES DOES THIS HOME OFFER?

ND The basement has been completely finished with entertaining and family time in mind. This space features a media area, a bar, a home gym and walk out access to the back yard.

The master suite is also spectacular with vaulted ceilings, a large walk in closet and an amazing ensuite. It’s the perfect getaway for mom and dad at the end of the day.

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The Dappered Space: From Style Scenario to Styled Dining

The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. (photo credit)

In this Dappered Space we’re concentrating on the dining area, and taking our cues from a Style Scenario published in January. Based on a rugged look, the tones in this outfit translate perfectly to a dining area.

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Even if you typically eat on the couch, having a styled dining space can come in handy for dinner parties, dates, or even just making yourself feel a bit better when dining alone. While the style scenario was based on a rugged look, this Styled Space is anything but. We’re mixing mid-century modern with contemporary pieces and timeless classics. All come together to create a well curated space you can treat friends and family to a great meal in.
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The Dining Table: 5-Piece Katherine Mid Century Fabric and Wood Finish Dining Set – $ 398.04. Under $ 400 for a dining set is a pretty solid deal. Especially when the dining set is well reviewed. Has a mid-century modern look to it, but is simple enough to be incorporated into a few different styles.

The Rug: Threshold 5′ x 7′ Blue/Gray Weaved and Fringed Tufted Area Rug – $ 116.99 w/HOME ($ 129.99). A pop of blue with some texture to boot. Adding a rug to a dining area delineates space and is eye-catching.

The Centerpiece: Round Marble Serving Tray (set of two) – $ 67.98, and Faux Snake Plant in Gray Pot – $ 39.99. Of course, this is just a suggestion. If you enjoy live houseplants, use a real one. Or a wood tray with a cluster of decorative pots would work too, or a vase with an arrangement of branches.

The Placemats: Project 62 Woven Stripe Placemat – $ 4.99. Get 6 of these so you have one for each place setting. Or, if you like mixing things up a bit, get 4, and do something different for your 2 additional. Life doesn’t have to be boring.

The Plates: Black Organic Rimmed Dinner Plates (set of 6) – $ 53.94. You’ve probably noticed we’re mixing some traditional with modern elements here. Black definitely leans modern, but the organic element in these plates keeps them from looking like dishes from the 90’s, plus they nicely mirror the centerpiece.

The Cutlery: DANIALLI 40-Piece Flatware Set For 8 – $ 66.99. Yes, you could spend a lot less on cutlery. But you can literally feel the difference when holding nicer cutlery versus not. Treat yo’ self and your guests, and have some nice cutlery around for dinner parties.

The Glasses: Blue Ombre Set of 4 Highball Glasses – $ 50. You’ll need two sets of these if you have a party of 6 and everyone is drinking out of the same glass. If not, mix it up with a couple different glasses. These are different, but not so different that they’re kitschy. For a more affordable yet good looking set of glasses, check out this option from Libbey.

The Salt & Pepper Dispensers: Antique Brass Hammered Salt & Pepper Shakers – $ 29.95. You don’t have to settle for cheap glass shakers that would look right at home in a greasy spoon diner. These brass shakers are just as decorative as they are functional.

The Wall Art: Wieco Art Moon Modern Giclee Canvas Prints (set of 4) – $ 24.90 to $ 39.90. Art is very much subjective. But who doesn’t love the moon? If you’re not quite sure what to hang on your walls, black and white photography always looks clean and timeless.

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NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co.


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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Die Hard’ Meets ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Office Space’ Trivia and More

Today in Movie Culture: 'Die Hard' Meets 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Office Space' Trivia and More

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Mashup of the Day:

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Movie Trivia of the Day:

This month is the 20th anniversary of the release of Office Space, so CineFix shares a bunch of trivia you might not know:

 

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NASA offers best look yet at surface of space rock Bennu

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has already had quite an eventful year. After initially arriving at the space rock known as Bennu in early December, the spacecraft ended 2018 by successfully entering orbit around the object, making Bennu the smallest body ever orbited by a man made spacecraft.

Now, as NASA prepares for what will be a months-long investigation of the asteroid, the OSIRIS-REx team has revealed the most stunning images of the rock so far. Captured from orbit by the probe’s NavCam imaging tools, the photos give us an even better look at the debris-littered surface of Bennu.

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Tavares Strachan Brings Space Bombers to Paris With CIFF

SPACE MAN: Tavares Strachan is getting into fashion. The Bahamian artist has created a capsule collection and installation of six bomber jackets showing in Paris.
“I never thought I’d be producing something that people would wear,” said Strachan at a preview of the installation at the Crillon. “I don’t see this as fashion to me, this is sculpture.”
Branded under the name B.A.S.E.C., for the Bahamian Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center Strachan created after undertaking cosmonaut training a few years ago, the project is staged by edgy trade fair CIFF under the tagline “The Northwind Trilogy.”
Curated by Neville Wakefield, the three-part project was unveiled at Art Basel Miami in December before hitting Paris and will head to CIFF in Copenhagen at the end of the month.
The jackets were created in collaboration with the artist’s mother, and have a social as well as commercial ambition. Crafted by local women, money raised from their sale will be used to fund training initiatives for women in the island nation and inject resources into boosting local production.
Fewer than 600 jackets will be produced in total, and they will be offered to select retailers worldwide that can support the installation concept. They will sell for around $ 2,000

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Designing a Monochromatic Space

In monochromatic design, one color is chosen and applied in varying shades throughout a room to create an effect that is refined, liveable and surprisingly stylish.

TRUE COLORS The first step in implementing this style is to carefully select the one color that you plan to use. Create a cohesive look by choosing three tones from the same color family. Starting with a base shade to define the space, then select one tone lighter and one tone darker than the base shade to create a color scheme. Pay a visit to a capable paint provider for their experience and intimate knowledge of the color wheel. Remember, white or other neutrals can also be added to complement your primary hue.

SIMPLICITY REIGNS Though decluttering your objects is ideal, inspire yourself in the right direction by minimizing your color palette in order to bring calm to your space and streamline your design aesthetic. Limiting the colors that you use will give you the clarity of mind to remove unnecessary items that don’t belong in your color scheme.

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TEXTURAL EFFECT Some fear that loyalty to only one color may result in a boring look but texture always saves the day. Interest is added by complicating the surfaces of various elements in the room. As light hits surfaces in different ways, the singularity of the sole color is broken up and prevented from falling flat. Despite existing in the same color, textures can appear light or dark. Look for throw pillows, window treatments and area rugs in the same tone that add layers and texture to spice up the space.

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SPACE ILLUSION If your abode is feeling a little snug, turning to a monochromatic color scheme can be a valuable trick to make your place feel larger. Choosing a variety of shades, tones and tints of the same color tricks the eye into experiencing the space as roomy and airy through cohesive design principles and a serene ambiance.

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NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  

A NASA explorer is believed to have reached the solar system’s outermost region early Tuesday morning, flying close to a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth on a mission to gather clues about the creation of the solar system.


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Designer Space: Modern Holiday Chic

The goal for this holiday décor scheme was to incorporate a holiday tree without compromising space – namely, seating space and traffic flow, and to include some kitchen décor.

We focused on using space around the windows. The design of the rooms is traditional with modern lines, and the palette pairs sophisticated black and white tones with gold metals, so we chose a heavily flocked pencil tree to blend well with the white interior.

We also used some blackened manzanita and artificial branches with snow in traditional planters/vases to add a natural but dramatic display.

We chose Chanel for our inspiration with black, white and gold ornaments, black shopping bags and wrapped boxes, and white faux fur under the tree. We used the homeowner’s Chanel black boxes and white satin ribbon, along with any other black boxes we could find.

We loved repeating the black and white theme with fur, feathers, flocking black boxes, ribbon and ornaments in black and white. Adding snow with natural elements of greenery and branches brings the outside in and really made everything look fresh!

Homeowners tend to be too heavy-handed with holiday décor, and pieces are often disconnected. When things flow, the look is much more spectacular! Incorporating natural elements is always a good idea. Fresh greenery, pinecones, real branches and snow that looks real always works.

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NASA space probe ‘phones home’ in landmark mission to solar system’s edge

NASA’s New Horizons explorer successfully “phoned home” on Tuesday after a journey to the most distant world ever explored by humankind, a frozen rock at the edge of the solar system that scientists hope will uncover secrets to its creation.


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NASA probe nears distant space rock for landmark flyby  

A NASA explorer is on track to reach the solar system’s outermost region by early Tuesday morning, when scientists expect it to fly by a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth, the most distant close encounter of its kind.


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11 home products on sale that’ll give your space a glow-up 2019

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Getting in shape? Eating healthier? Psh. As 2019 rounds the bend, make a New Year’s resolution you can actually stick to — like giving your home a much-needed makeover. 

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Designer Space: Vintage Modern Renovation

An outdated home gets a modern update with a nod to its original character.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN FOR THIS RENOVATION?

FRANCESCA COSTA We wanted to keep the character of the home and play off of the solid wood oak doors throughout. We went with a vintage feel with black fixtures and white cabinets. Then, we added a punch of modern with the navy blue island and gold hardware.

CHT DID THIS RENOVATION OFFER ANY UNIQUE CHALLENGES?

FC The biggest challenge with this home was the layout. Sidesplits have interesting layouts. Most people either love them or hate them because there are so many closed off rooms. We decided on an open concept layout to maximize the space and make it feel more open. Doing this means removing some walls, putting up others and the challenge of figuring out which ones to do.

CHT IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE THE FINISHED SPACE IN A FEW WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

FC Modern, classy, elegant and bold.

CHT WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN REMODELING A HOME FOR RESALE?

FC The most common mistake is that they don’t touch everything. If you are going to remodel, you have to make sure the look is cohesive. If you create a modern space but don’t remove the outdated popcorn ceiling because it’s time consuming, you end up with an unfinished look. The same goes for staircases and handrails which are another common thing that homeowners will leave because it’s too much work but the result is an outdated or unfinished feel!

CHT WHERE DID YOU SAVE AND WHERE DID YOU SPLURGE?

FC When choosing pieces for a renovation, we prefer to splurge on items that will make the house unique and fabulous, like the wine/coffee station in this house. To save, we focus on shopping around and we scope out deals like clearance sales, tax free events, etc. – Francesca Costa

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10 Tips For Decluttering Your Personal Space Before 2019

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The coming of a new year is a great time to reprogram your personal space. But if you’re known to be a bit of a hoarder and have a hard time letting go of things you no longer need, it might be time to declutter before we head into 2019. Here’s some tips on how to do just that before the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve:

1. Adopt the 1 Year Rule

If you haven’t used it in the last year, chances are you probably won’t use it again. Round up the gadgets in your home that haven’t been touched since last January and donate those unused items instead. If you find it hard to part with anything, put the “hard to part with” items in a separate bin and see if you find use for them over the next six months. If not, it’s time to let it go.

2. Use the “3 Bin” Method

The 3-bin method will help you find a place for every knick-knack item in your home. Label the bins; keep, toss and donate and then decide what item goes where. Stick to your gut and make quick decisions to easily scale your items down.

3. Declutter Your Mind

Decluttering doesn’t necessarily have to just mean purging physical items. It can also mean making small changes to rid your mind from negative thoughts and emotions that may have been holding you back all year long. Re-evaluate your mental space, friendships, relationships and even your daily activity and decide what might need a change, an upgrade or an elimination. Peace and positivity is the goal for all 2019!

4. Turn Clutter into Cash

Turn your old fashions into a profit by selling items on Ebay, Etsy or Craigslist. It’s a great way to get rid of things you no longer wear and bring in extra cash as you go into the new year.

5. Get Rid of Worn Out Bedding and Towels

Are you still holding on to sheets and towels from your teenage years? If so, it’s time to part ways no matter how many memories they might hold. Give them an “afterlife” by donating these items to an animal shelter or a vet’s office. Animals need towels and sheets to bathe in and sleep on and I’m sure they’ll find comfort in your donated items.

6. Toss the Unwanted Hangers

I’ll admit, I can be a bit of a hanger hoarder myself. But those unwanted hangers take up a TON of space in closets. If your closet is overflowing, consider giving those unused hangers to the dry cleaners as they might need them more than you do.

7. Take The 12-12 Challenge

Walk through your home every few months and locate 12 items to throw away and 12 items to donate. While this may seem brutal, it can actually be a fun and exciting way to quickly organize items in your home.

8. Fill Up One Trash Bag Every Few Months

If you’re having trouble purging a ton of household items before midnight, you can use this tactic throughout all of 2019 and slowly get rid of items you no longer need. Grab a large trash bag and see how quickly you can fill it with things you no longer use. Once you’ve filled your trash bag, decide which items are worth donating and which items need to be tossed altogether. Do this every few months and at the end of 2019, you’ll find yourself feeling a lot less cluttered.

9. Take One Room at A Time

Your entire house didn’t become cluttered overnight, so you don’t have to declutter in one full sweep. Take it one space at a time and get rid of unwanted items in one room before moving over to the next.

10. Remember, The Less Clutter, The Less Cleaning

This is a no brainer but it goes without saying that the more stuff you have, the more time you’ll spend cleaning. If you have a ton of clothes, that means the more time you’ll spend finding a place to keep everything, making less space available for those outfits you really care about. Paring down what you don’t need is a sure way to keep your space a lot cleaner.

No matter what decluttering method you choose, remember; there’s something freeing about getting rid of items that no longer serve you. Make it a mission to declutter your house (and mind) this holiday season and start fresh in 2019!

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Designer Space: Simple Drama

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE KITCHEN’S DESIGN?

ANNIE KANG We wanted to create a multi-purpose space with an island designed to be used as a food prep area, dining table, work table, breakfast nook, bar and entertaining area with a great backyard view. We also included an open shelf cabinet unit to house cookbooks and decorative elements! The use of two simple, contrasting colors, in a polished high-gloss finish, results in a space that is both dramatic and exquisite. Using the same black for the surround moulding brings the kitchen together.

CHT HOW DO YOU DESIGN AN ON-TREND YET TIMELESS KITCHEN?

AK Slab doors are a timeless trend we have seen at Lucvaa since the company started in 2007. With all the advancements in technology, there are thousands of melamine products to choose from. The price range is wide so it can work with nearly any budget. You can choose from a range of colors, sheens and textures. Your choice of flat, high gloss to concrete, wood or metal textures will customize the look to suit your personal style.

CHT WHERE DID YOU SAVE AND WHERE DID YOU SPLURGE?

AK We saved on decorative hardware by choosing a Slab MDF Door with touch-to-open functionality. This gives the space a clean, modern look. We spent more of the budget for the cabinets’ aesthetic finishes and accessories to optimize the organization of the cabinetry. We used drawer organizers, pull-out pantry units, and pull-out spice racks. The homeowner chose to splurge on the countertops and the finishing touches for the space.

CHT CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HOMEOWNERS?

AK The homeowner is a big pet lover so we included a pull-out feeding station for her pets. When she is entertaining, the feeding station disappears into the island.

Design by Annie Kang for Lucvaa; Cabinetry, Lucvaa, www.lucvaa.com; Hardware, BLUM, www.blum.com

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A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the United States.


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Storms halt SpaceX’s first U.S. national security space mission

Thunderstorms forced Elon Musk’s SpaceX to postpone Thursday’s launch of a navigation satellite for the U.S. military, which was poised to be the rocket company’s first national security space mission for the United States.


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Designer Space: Family Class

HOMEOWNERS, JANET AND VICTOR, AND THEIR TWO TEENAGED SONS, LIVED IN THEIR HOME FOR 15 YEARS BEFORE DECIDING IT WAS TIME FOR AN UPDATE. Their property contains four floors with three bedrooms and a basement. At 2,640 square feet, the homeowners knew a design overhaul was no small job, so they procured the expertise of award-winning designer Yvonne Whelan to head the project.

Save for a few special requests, Janet, an IT professional, and Victor, a finance executive, put their trust in their designer. Says Yvonne, “I sent them a mood board and we went from there. The goal was to bring in some fun and not to be too serious, but always classy.”

Though the home was well overdue for an interior update, the project was born from a desire to renovate the kitchen. “We wanted a fresher look and to brighten things up a bit,” says Janet. “One special request was to maintain an eat-in kitchen. It was important for us to have a proper table around which our family could easily gather every day for meals.”

From the outset, the kitchen had good bones. As such, Yvonne chose to keep the layout and cabinetry intact. After redesign, the kitchen boasts custom millwork, a modernized fireplace, and custom banquet – ideal for convening as a family. Yvonne also opted to paint the cabinetry, and change the backsplash, hardware, sink, and faucet. She divulges the sphere-shaped pendant lights in the kitchen were a splurge made possible by saving on replacing cabinets.

The furniture interspersed throughout the home is a mix of old and new. “They had some beautiful pieces that were investment pieces, but the homeowners were open to upholstery upgrades and painting,” explains Yvonne. “They were also open to suggestions to add new pieces, especially built-in options, to maximize their space.”

As for the color scheme, the homeowners credit Yvonne. “The great thing about working with Yvonne was that she really took the time to get to know our style and understand our family’s day-to-day living preferences. Using these insights, she narrowed down all of the numerous design choices and presented them to us in a way that was less overwhelming than trying to source everything ourselves and make decisions on our own.”

On the main floor, the designer opted for a trend-forward greige for the walls. Vibrant accent pillows and polychromatic artwork serve to permeate any monotony. Says Yvonne, “The homeowners love color so I brought it in wherever possible.”

“As for the bedrooms, we wanted calming and timeless colors to stand the test of time,” says Yvonne. She cites the circular motif wallpaper as the jumping off point for the rest of the master bedroom design. “We kept
the homeowners’ beautiful bed and dressers but updated the hardware. We also brought in stunning drapery, art, lamps, a chandelier, and a new custom bench and chaise.”

Post-renovation, the family has nothing but positive things to say about their like-new home. “My favorite thing is that the design aesthetic flows everywhere throughout the house and feels consistent,” says Janet. “Every room reflects our personal style and we all feel comfortable in the space. I look around and feel both a sense of calm, and excitement about the home we’ve created for our family at the same time.”

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A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth’s atmosphere since America’s shuttle program ended in 2011.


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Virgin launches tourism rocket into space for first time

Virgin Galactic has successfully launched a tourism rocket ship into space for the first time – with Sir Richard Branson hoping a commercial flight will take place by March 2019.
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NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

NASA’s deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. 


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Liftoff! Russia Launches 1st Crewed Soyuz Rocket to Space Station Since Dramatic Abort

With a roar that pierced the air of the subfreezing desert in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 58 crew made a flawless sunset launch today (Dec. 3) to the International Space Station at 5:31 p.m. local time (6:31 a.m. EST, 1131 GMT).
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Ampersand Collective Brings Online Men’s Brands Into Retail Space

Some digitally native men’s brands have come together in a brick-and-mortar play for the holiday season.
Called Ampersand Collective, the 10-day pop-up on New York’s Lower East Side will feature gifts for guys from Stuart & Lau​​, a luggage and accessories brand; men’s outerwear from North & Mark​​; dress shoes from ​Wolf & Shepherd​​; ​hats and other haberdashery items from BM Franklin​​; grooming products from ​Fulton & Roark; timepieces from ​The 5th​​; socks and underwear from ​Nice Laundry​, and bikes from Tokyobike.
The idea for the shop was hatched by Stuart & Lau and North & Mark as a way to bring their brands to a different audience.

“I am proud to have brought together some of the best emerging men’s and gear brands together for this short-term residency,” said Matt Stuart, founder of Stuart & Lau. “As mostly digital native brands, this pop-up brings us off-line ​and offers the opportunity to showcase the brands in a physical location.”
Steve Cho, founder of North & Mark, added: “It’s very exciting to have a physical place where people can come to and try products they normally could only get online. Even in the digital age, people still need to touch and feel products before they purchase. The brands

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The International Space Station is infested with mysterious space bugs that may be leaving astronauts at risk of “serious harm,” according to a new study. Scientists discovered a thriving ecosystem of “infectious organisms” aboard the station which are similar to bugs found in hospitals on Earth. A NASA team found five different varieties of Enterobacter,…
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A U.S. astronaut said on Thursday she had full confidence in the safety of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket that will blast a three-person crew into space next month in the first such launch since a rocket failure.


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Feminism, Aging and Discovering Senior Space

I am a 70’s feminist. I retired at 63 from my time as a professor of english and women’s studies from the University of Colorado, and I’m now 76. The years between then and now were a period that I have come to call “senior space”—the time between middle and old age. Within them, my feminism evolved even further.

I went to graduate school at Berkeley in the sixties as a married woman with one, then two, children. Later, in the eighties, I became a full professor at a university that did not like, hire or promote women—especially married women, and especially mothers. My feminism, flowering in the early seventies, gave me a politics, a philosophy and a community. It supported my attempt to have a profession in the first place, for in the sixties it was against the rules for middle-class mothers to work professionally. It helped me not to give up after five years of rejection when, after obtaining my prestigious PhD, I sought work unsuccessfully as an assistant professor. It helped me to survive in, and challenge, the university where I finally did work.

This is a long story, and I will not tell it in detail here, although I do so in the book that I have just published: Discovering Senior SpaceBut a few examples will suffice.

In the sixties, for me, there was no feminism. There was no support—except from my generous husband—for me to go to graduate school as a young mother with a child. At Berkeley, professors told women graduate students outright that they should stop at their Masters and teach high school. We were not encouraged to seek out doctorate programs, where we would “only get married and drop out anyway.”

Only later, in 1971, did Ms. magazine’s famous “aha” moment come to me and save my self-esteem during that long period—after I achieved the PhD anyway, and no one would hire me for a tenure track position.

When the University of Colorado gave me a position as an assistant professor in 1974, I discovered, to my surprise and delight, that women were just beginning to try to form a women’s studies program and to think about courses about women. My own research and writing focused on women writers. I considered myself an “academic feminist.” I served on the first board of the new program, and created and taught the first courses on women writers in my department. (In the English department, only one or two women writers were ever included in the curriculum.) Later, I served on newly created committees for salary equity and affirmative action. I fought for women on the Dean’s Committee, and later on the Chancellor’ Committee for Promotion and Tenure, and in less formal ways as well. 

All of this was neither easy nor simple, but there was a small but growing community of women to support such work on campus. Earlier, when I was an Instructor at Bucknell, I had I joined a consciousness-raising group where women met to share our lives and difficulties. Most of our members were also instructors with PhDs. These groups were the backbone of the women’s movement throughout the country, and my group’s great achievement was to write a document on the status of women at Bucknell that we sent to every administrator and published in the school newspaper. I myself addressed the English department’s deplorable treatment of instructors—an issue still very relevant today.

Did it help? I think so. 

This is a condensed version of over 40 years, but it brings me the present—to retirement, and to aging. I had looked forward to this time. In the eighties, my life at CU had grown more and more difficult and unpleasant. My students did not “like” feminists, and my rank as full professor—and the only woman in my department and one of few in my university or indeed in the profession at large to reach it—did not bring the change in status that I had anticipated. I was still a woman. Even at the highest rank, I still did not belong.

I kept calling my early retirement “graduation.” I wanted to use the other gifts that I possess, including what I referred to as writing for the “real world.” As a creative writing major in college, I had been writing poetry, personal essays, even a novel, throughout my academic years—but I never included this work in my vitae, for it didn’t count at the university. I certainly had no idea of the great changes that had occurred in the world of trade publishing, but I did think that I would learn how to do it. I had retired early and ended my academic career for this new start.

Media, books and the world at-large told me in my mid-sixties that I hadn’t really changed at all, that “sixty was the new forty.” I believed them, and I was shocked by my growing sense of confusion and disorientation. Changes in my body and a diagnosis of severe arthritis in my back, hip, neck, knee and ankle didn’t help. More and more, I felt myself on shaky ground, and grew uncertain of my identity.

I needed to understand this new place where I now was living, and I found little out there in the form of guidance. Seniors in the pages of Arthritis Today were all depicted walking briskly, with their sweater thrown over their shoulders and happy smiles on their faces. What was the matter with me? I wasn’t always happy, and I couldn’t always manage that walk. So I wrote about it.

I wrote short pieces about my daily life and about my past. Slowly this writing coalesced into a manuscript, now my recently published book, that explores aging. Looking at the present took me to the past. Writing from my present perspective, I tell of my life as daughter, mother, grandmother, lover, teacher, writer, feminist. Through stories and reflection, I explore the threads of my earlier identity to see how they are woven together and how they might help to define who I am today: an aging woman.

This writing itself was an act of discovery. It showed me my selfhood, rolling along through time, adding on more experience so that things got more complex, and sometimes more perplexing, but staying at heart much the same. I continue to imagine a place for myself where I feel more settled, and thus stronger, more effective. Today, since I’ve been here for a while, and I haven’t fallen off the edge, I can see how the challenges that I experience are as much a part of this time as the vertigo.

Why is this book a feminist act? It is certainly not what I did in academia on committees or in classes or even what I wrote before, when as a feminist literary critic I brought a feminist perspective and feminist theory to my subject, and my scholarship was a part of my political activity.

But the book, using my life as example, attempts to understand a time, a condition, a situation, a state of being barely understood or even truly contemplated in our culture—no matter that more and more people are joining its ranks. Younger people don’t need and don’t want to know about it, and society at large pays lip service only to it. Let’s find some housing for those seniors. Let’s make some disabled parking places. Let’s provide lectures from their “superiors” and maybe offer outings in buses to keep them busy.

Many seniors are still very independent, working as they did before. (Hooray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg!) But whether they continue to hold jobs or, on the other extreme, become “burdens” to their families, what do they feel about who they have become?  What is it like to be older? Who really cares? Most seniors don’t tell—except maybe to their therapists, if they’ve got one. It’s more socially acceptable to dissemble. It’s easier for the world to believe that you haven’t changed.

Discovering Senior Space is an attempt (and there are others, for I’m not alone) to provide some answer these questions. To raise the issue that there are questions. My book is a drop in society’s bucket, just as my full professorship was, and still is, a drop in the university’s bucket.

I’m not “out there” anymore. I choose to be in here. But I am still working as a feminist, believing in my right as a woman to have a full life and not to be discriminated against, and not to feel guilt that my “issues” are embarrassing or my fault.

Working as a feminist, I wrote this book—hoping to help shed some light on today’s deeply ingrained ageism, and to offer information that is missing.

Suzanne Juhasz is the author of many books and essays, most recently Discovering Senior Space: A Memoir. She is a retired professor and the founding editor of The Emily Dickinson Journal, and in 1998, she received the Distinguished Senior Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women. Suzanne lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

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Sarah Brightman is making an astronomical landing with her fifteenth studio album Hymn.

After spending months in Russia training for a trip to outer space that she postponed in 2015, Brightman, 58, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the creation of her newest album and the planning stages of her tour.

“I needed to earth myself,” says the soprano singer. “I said I would like to do an album of songs which are full of light, full of hope. Songs that remind me of when I felt safe and familiar with things in my childhood when I sang in my church.”

“If I don’t use and I don’t convey my feelings through it, I feel depleted,” she added. “I don’t function very well and that’s the beauty of having a gift like a voice. You sort of know what to do. You know what direction to take, you know that you want to communicate through it.”

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“ is about looking into the good in things because I do believe that good prevails always,” she said, adding that the word “positivity” would describe her album.

“I did experience huge amounts when I was in the space program that actually how precious everything really is on this beautiful planet and how precious that is,” she added.

Now, the “Time to Say Goodbye” vocalist is ready to take Hymn on the road later this fall for a tour that’s “going to be quite beautiful.”

“I have a lot of energy. I tend to before I go on these tours, I become more energetic,” she says. “You create a power for yourself which will protect you because when you go on tour you’re dealing with the hardship of jet lag and moving around continually.”

The “Angel of Music” singer says her set on tour will be divided into two halves. The first will feature a more retrospective aspect to Brightman’s music, which will look like “somebody who is going to the ballet or the opera.” The second will be a bit more modern and feature most of the songs off Hymn.

“I’m wearing all these amazing runway gowns, which I’ve made a little more theatrical by adding things to them. Stones, crystals, all sorts of stuff,” she says. “I’ve got a big choir behind me. Up really high. I’ve got an orchestra on one side, a band on the other side and myself in the middle.”

Brightman’s album is filled with collaborations with artists like French tenor Vincent Niclo on single “Sogni” and Japanese composer Yoshiki on the emotional “Miracle.”

“ is a really interesting guy and we got along very well,” she said. “It was a very interesting collaboration with Japan’s most famous rockstar writing a beautiful contemporary classical piece.”

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MOSCOW – Just 119 seconds after the Soyuz rocket and capsule lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, there was a serious malfunction. It aborted the flight at the near-weightless edge of space, endangering the American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut aboard. And coincidentally, perhaps, it stalled an investigation into alleged sabotage at their destination, the International Space Station.

The Soyuz vehicles are equipped for emergencies like this. The capsule immediately started dropping to earth in what NASA officials called a “ballistic reentry,” spinning like a bullet, the heat shield hitting temperatures of about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, subjecting the men inside to about 7Gs, or seven times the pull of gravity.

Within minutes they were located and rescued. The American, Nick Hague, and the Russian, Alexey Ovchinin, survived in good shape. But the event was a huge embarrassment to Moscow on top of a lot of other bad news for President Vladmir Putin.

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