more about: decorating

Ice Cream Cone Garland from Oh Happy Day

If you’re a long-time Simply Stated reader, you might remember how much I love ice cream. In fact, I celebrated Ice Cream Month a couple of summers ago with a daily ice cream blog. So, as I’m starting to think about planning a spring ice cream social, I couldn’t resist sharing this ice cream garland idea from Oh Happy Day. […]

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5-Minute DIY: Hanging Lamp Upgrade

There are a lot of beautiful and very expensive pendant lights out there. Which is why I love this easy DIY project from Design and Form. With just a toilet paper tube, a hanging lantern kit, and some decorative metallic paper you can replicate those pricey pendants without putting a dent in your wallet. Head over to Design and Form […]

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5-Minute DIY: A Chalk Holder for Your Chalkboard Wall

Have you jumped on the decorating bandwagon of painting a wall in your home with chalkboard paint? If you have, you’re going to absolutely love this tip from the blog Simple Details. One of the main challenges when you have a chalkboard wall (instead of a chalkboard with a rail) is where to put the chalk! I love this smart […]

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How to Fix Peeling Wallpaper

Even if your wallpaper was installed by a professional, at some point you’re likely to have corners or seams that come unstuck. The easiest way to reaffix those flyaway corners is to use wallpaper paste and a piece of typing paper. Because it can be difficult to get the right amount of paste on the wallpaper itself, start by spreading […]

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Adding Design Interest to a Neutral Room via Apartment Therapy

Patterned wallpaper and/or fabric used to line the inside of bookshelves is something that I am seeing a lot of these days. Is this design feature on the up and up or am I just late to the game? Either way, I really like it. According to a recent post from our friends at apartmenttherapy.com, DC designer Marika Meyer uses soft details to jazz […]

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2 Rules for Organizing Your Living Room Furniture

If you’re thinking about rearranging your furniture in the near future, or you’re moving in to a new space, keep these two rules in mind when deciding where to place everything. 1. Create two entries: Each seating area (if your space is big enough to have more than one) should be accessible via two different pathways.  This way when you […]

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All-Time Favorite Nurseries from PopSugar

Nurseries and kids rooms grab my attention, especially rooms that incorporate interesting DIY features and bargain finds. I am a sucker for yard/estate sales and seeing what can be done with an old hand-me-down. Our friends over at PopSugar have pulled together a list of their 8 all-time favorite nurseries. To see the full list, click here. I love these […]

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Repainting Your Kitchen? Opt for Semigloss Paint

If you’re thinking about freshening up your kitchen with a new paint job, here is tip number one to keep in mind. Stay away from flat or matte paint and choose semigloss (or high gloss, if that’s you’re style) instead. Why? Semigloss paint is the easiest of all the finishes to clean. So if you end up with grease splatters […]

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Simple Ways to Start Creating Your Own Happiness at Home via Apartment Therapy

I recently read a post by our friends over at Apartment Therapy that I wanted to share. They’ve outlined five key steps—ranging from organization to adding a plant or two—that will help you create a happy home no matter where you live. To read the full article, click here. This article resonates with me because I often find myself (shamefully) comparing […]

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Use a Fitted Sheet to Cover Box Springs

When I moved into my first real apartment in college I spent a ton of time figuring out exactly how I wanted my bedroom to look. It should have been a tip off right there that I would end up at Real Simple—well, that and the stack of back issues of RS I kept on the table at the end of my […]

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