more about: decorating

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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Why Dimmer Switches are Your Best Friends

If you’re struggling to find the perfect lighting options for a room in your home, consider the difference installing a dimmer switch might make. For rooms that need overhead light, say the kitchen, it can be incredibly helpful to have the lights on full blast while you’re preparing a meal, but lower them when you’re eating dinner at the kitchen […]

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Use Scrap Wallpaper to Create Book Covers

If you’ve recently redecorated and have leftover wallpaper (get great wallpaper inspiration here), here’s an easy project for using those scraps. Use them to cover a handful of books on your shelves. It will give your bookcase a cleaner, more organized look. Personally, I’d cover a lot of my reference books which don’t necessarily have the best design, and which […]

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The Most Inspiring Kitchens of the Year via Casa Sugar

I love collecting ideas for my dream kitchen (really emphasizing the word dream here!) In fact, I regularly dig through images on blogs, design sites, and Pinterest, pinning pictures that I find and/or committing them to memory. While I was cruising around different sites, I stumbled across a list that our friends over at Casa Sugar have pulled together of […]

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DIY Holiday Decor: Pomanders

Does anyone else remember making pomanders as a kid? I know we made them at least a couple of years while I was in elementary school. They are such a simple and fragrant decoration for the holidays, and the last forever—well almost forever. Kelly, over at Design Crush has the step-by-step (basically just sticking cloves into an orange), but she gives […]

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