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Would You Decorate Your Home with a Custom Neon Sign?

I came across this piece of art by John Kalymnios while browsing Kate Spade’s color of the month (blue!!) for August, and it reminded me of the custom neon sign that one of my parents’ friends had in her home when I was growing up. I hadn’t thought much else about neon signs until reading this feature on Urban Omnibus […]

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August is for Decorating

August is our first decorating themed issue!  It is filled with juicy decorating tips, ideas, and images. There is an excellent furniture story (Affordable Classics p. 115), a great styling story (The Art of Arranging p. 125) and a brilliant color story (One Word: Color).  I know it is weird when people speak so highly of their own work but […]

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Julee’s Wedding Countdown: DIY Stamp Wedding Invitations

I really wanted our invitations to set the tone of the wedding (fun and laid back) while also reflecting Rahsaan and I as a couple (again, fun and laid back)! I’ve had a love affair with paper since I can remember, which I’m sure is one of the many reasons I became a writer. Stationary, notebooks, handwritten letters and even […]

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Julee’s Wedding Countdown: Our “Novel” Wedding Theme

One of the first questions I got after getting engaged (next to “have you set a date?”) was “do you have a theme?” My first reaction was to keep it simple and go with a beach theme since we would be on Martha’s Vineyard. But I quickly nixed it since we chose MV because my fiance’s family owns a house […]

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Pinterest May Help Your Decorating ADD

With the huge amounts of blog posts, lush magazine spreads, cleverly decorated design stores and inspiring interiors books tempting our eyes, it’s easy to develop decorating ADD which can then lead to a decorating rut. Thing is, you have to keep your inspirations well organized in order to set any of your big plans into motion. The more you see, […]

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Save 20% on Creative Memo Board

Need a stylish organizer for the home office or your daughter’s bedroom that won’t cost a bundle? Skip the cork (so high-school) and try this elastic–and–fabric version, which holds photos, concert tickets, and more. Go to organize.com and enter the code RS20 at checkout to receive 20% off this product through August 31, 2011, or while supplies last.    

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Trina Turk Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics For Schumacher

I just love fashion designer Trina Turk’s second collection of indoor/outdoor fabrics for Schumacher. Her love of color, vintage clothing, mid century modern style and poolside chic is so evident in this gorgeous collection. Her outdoor collection is of woven fabrics dyed with a special solution for acrylic yarns to keep them from fading and are highly durable. I love […]

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Create Your Own Amazing Outdoor Dining Chair

In my last post, I forgot to mention that I am the self-appointed design consigliere to everyone I know. If I overhear someone talking about design, I politely offer my expert opinion and then bully them into taking my advice. Lately, I’ve been helping our senior home editor find outdoor dining chairs. I did my usual market research and found […]

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My Name is Kelley Carter and I am Obsessed with Decorating

As the senior home market editor at Real Simple, I am the resident shopper, trend predictor, and ultimate gut reactor.  I spend the majority of my time (weekends, vacations, and holidays included) searching for the coolest accoutrements, deciding if yellow is the new red, and having extreme emotional reactions to life enhancing nuggets like hand-blocked table runners.  I am willing […]

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King, Queen, or Full: What Size Bed Do You Have?

Yesterday, in a meeting with our home department about an upcoming story, I learned an interesting fact. Did you know that many photographers who shoot interiors only photograph full size beds? Apparently, both king beds and even queen beds look too large in a photograph. King beds being too large I completely understand, but I never really thought there was […]

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