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Do You Shop Online Sample Sales for Home Decor?

Fashion companies kicked off the craze of online sample sale shopping (hello, Gilt Groupe!), but the brands that make decor weren’t far behind. And now it seems like there are a million sites out there that promise the best home goods without the designer prices.

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Low-Tech iPhone Speaker

Many of you probably saw this new use for a regular old cereal bowl in our April issue.

I found a speaker “system” via Design Milk today that is very similar to this low-tech idea. Keep reading to take a look.


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Amy Butler: New For Spring 2011

I just returned home from a week in London where I had a gorgeous launch party for my book, Decorate, on Wednesday night followed by two customer talks on Thursday that were very intimate and lovely. In the process, I met Amy Butler who happened to also be at Liberty on Thursday to sign some of her lovely books. One thing leads to another as the expression goes, and so we ended up hanging out for a bit in-store and then we went shopping together on Saturday in Notting Hill — it was lovely!

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Can’t Decide? Bring A Mood Board To The Store!

I mentioned this idea recently on my blog and the comments section came alive — so many people loved the idea of a mobile mood board and few had given it much thought before… This surprised me honestly, I assumed that most people carry things like this when they are out and about but perhaps not. I do it because I have a hard time remembering tints and tones of color and so for me this is easy, saves me time (no return purchases!) and I always match the colors correctly this way. Here is an example of a mood board to go…

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Reader Question: Easy Ideas for Decorating Your Office Space

Last week we got a question from a reader via Twitter. (Did you know you can follow us on Twitter? Check us out: @Real_Simple.) Jeanne (aka @jahastings) wanted ideas for decorating her office on a budget. So, I pulled together some ideas (including a few from my office here at Real Simple).




Keep reading to see the ideas and to share your own.


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Pom Pom Factory

Karen Hsu is a freelance window designer from Hong Kong who lives in London and is the founder/designer behind Pom Pom Factory. Have you heard of it? My mother always made these pom poms from fabric or tissue paper and she made tons for my bridal shower so I’ve always had a soft spot for pom poms as decor. Karen makes beautiful ones in all shapes, sizes and materials and I love how…

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What I Like: Home Tours On Blogs

I love a good home tour. I remember as a little girl asking my mom if we could take a night walk so we could see inside of people’s homes as we went along. I know, funny to admit that publicly but I swear I wasn’t a little stalker or peeping Tom, I just loved seeing how people decorated their homes and I was only 8! It’s funny how…

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Well Hello Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel has a great selection of things for the home currently, including these gorgeous chairs — have you noticed? I’m drooling over the mid century inspired white leather chair with that sleek chrome base because it would look great in my living room. I equally love the cobalt blue trimmed chair shown below, it’s traditional yet very modern with that amazing lacquered frame. Whoever designed that honey of a chair was clearly very clever, it’s such a hottie.

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Pretty Spring Pillows

Get inspired for spring with these pretty Erin Flett pillows.

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Amy Butler Inspiration

I’ve loved designer Amy Butler ever since I first discovered her work over five years ago – I’m a very loyal fan! Her midwest modern aesthetic is so fresh and feminine and so are her lovely prints and patterns along with their playful colorways. Look at her latest collections…

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