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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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you struggle with making your bouquets look picture perfect, this smart little product, the Easy Arranger, might be just right for you. It creates a guide in your vase (that’s hidden by the blooms) so you’ll know exactly where to place each stem.
Keep reading to see how it works.
Ah, that dreaded white space over a bed or sofa. There are two great ideas that I spotted online today for art over the sofa or bed that I think you’ll love. The first is over on my blog, decor8, where I shared an amazing new Dutch product that I think you will really find cool and they’ll ship to the states for a reasonable price. Click here to check that out. And the next great idea is this one…
If you love art and have an iPad or iPhone you’re going to love me in about 5 seconds! Maybe this should be over in the Technology blog on Simply Stated but I cannot resist talking about the Granimator here because I figure creatives read decorating blogs and naturally are interested in anything that even remotely has to do with artistic things, am I right? But yes, the Granimator. The huh? No, this isn’t something that you expect…
Have you noticed an emerging wire lampshade trend? I’ve been living in Europe for nearly two years now and definitely see it as a trend over here but what about there in the states? You’ll have to comment and let me know… but I’ve spotted lots of wire frame lampshades being used in home decorating more and more – even in the Australian magazines that I read. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about… After you’ve checked out my selections below, please let me know if you love or hate them (or somewhere in between!).