more about: decorating

How to Dress Up an Unused Fireplace

It’s safe to say, at this point in the year, most of us are utilizing our air conditioners rather than our fireplaces. Once you’ve cleaned your fireplace, here’s a simple way to give this area of your home a little love during the warmer months.

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When to Use Paint Primer

If you’ve ever attempted to paint a room in your house, you’ve likely wondered: Do I need to prime before I paint? The answer: Probably not. In fact, primer is only necessary in three circumstances—1) when you’re painting a light color over a dark one, 2) when your walls are badly stained, and 3) when the walls are marked up […]

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Decorating Tips for Your Living Room, Bedroom, and Office

Do you love Ballard Designs? So do we, and we were excited to partner with them to share some of our favorite decorating tips in the creation of three different rooms: a family-friendly living room, an office-guest room combo, and bedroom with lots (and we mean lots) of storage. Our senior home market editor Kelley Carter designed the rooms and […]

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Make a Hula Hoop Hideout via Apartment Therapy

I had no idea that my son’s hula hoop could double as a frame for the perfect hideout. Check out this article from our friends at Apartment Therapy. I love the idea of using it over a bed with netting (as seen here,) or for making a tent in the playroom. How clever! More on RealSimple.com: 11 Fun Things to […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Candles

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to attend the fall preview for Anthropologie. And as I was looking at the new products that will be in stores in a few months, I got to talking with the PR girls about all the fancy new candles. When they shared this tip with me, I had a total why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment. Once your […]

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Smart Product: Umbra T-Shirt Frame

What is it about T-shirts and sports uniforms that hold such sentimental value? So many people have collections of tees that no longer fit, and up until now it seemed like the only option for preserving them was to turn them into a T-shirt quilt. (No, thank you!) But Umbra now has this smart product, the t-frame t-shirt display. Take […]

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Need Decorating Help? Go on a Virtual Date with a Designer

Stuck in a decorating rut? It’s not surprising. It’s too easy to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of 1) sticking with a style 2) knowing how furniture and accessories will fit together 3) picking out a paint color 4) finding someone to help you and 5) paying for it all. Tastemaker.com launches today—and with it, the promise of affordable, personalized […]

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What to Look For When Buying Plants

I’ve been thinking a lot about adding plants to my home lately, and I’m planning a trip to the garden center this weekend to find a few new ones. I’m going to be taking this list of tips with me for what to look for (and avoid)—the key is in the leaves: Never buy plants with: Brown, crispy leaf edges: May […]

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Without Food Coloring

If you’ve yet to dye eggs for Sunday’s hunt, you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store in search of that last bottle of food-coloring. Instead, use these simple (and all natural!) recipes (which use ingredients you may already have in your refrigerator and pantry). To make blue, bring one pound of frozen blueberries and 2 cups of […]

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Reupholstering Your Furniture? Bookmark This!

If you’re looking for a way to revamp your living room, reupholstering a piece of furniture is a great way to do so. If you’re thinking of changing up the fabric on one of your beloved pieces, bookmark this site: DIY Upholstery Supply Yardage Estimator. It lists the approximate amount of fabric in yards (assuming the fabric you are looking […]

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