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Easy Decorating Ideas


Easy Decorating Ideas

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Wait until you see this bathroom after its makeover.

Radical Reno: How One Couple Transformed a Dark and Dingy House Into Their Light and Airy Dream Home

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All it takes is a cushy seat and a considered wall display to make a foyer both striking and welcoming. The Gordons created this grid by hanging $25 sketches commissioned from a local artist in identical frames, spaced three inches apart. “Each image depicts something meaningful to us, including our two Labs, Maddie [seen here] and Doc,” says Abby.

Radical Reno: How One Couple Transformed a Dark and Dingy House Into Their Light and Airy Dream Home

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Design choices that are equal parts elegant and durable make for a gleaming space hardy enough for life with a little one. “We chose standard subway tile for the backsplash but had it laid in a herringbone pattern for a ritzier look,” says Abby, an educator for a girls’ athletic-wear brand. Similarly, the countertop, made of quartz, has marble’s glam gloss minus the tricky upkeep. Not only is the house full of wallet-friendly finds—the stools at right are from World Market ($120 each), and the pendants are from Shades of Light ($139 each)—but it’s also packed with secret strengths, like heavy-duty drawers and built-in cabinet dividers.

Radical Reno: How One Couple Transformed a Dark and Dingy House Into Their Light and Airy Dream Home

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Before the reno: Bulky upper cabinets and heavy Roman shades obstructed the natural light, and the covered cabinetry created obstacles for the family. “Abby told me, ‘I want my everyday dishware to be really accessible,’” says designer Karrie Seaton, originally of Beth Haley Design. “I knew that if we swapped in pretty, open shelves, she could keep her essentials out and let more sunlight in.”

Radical Reno: How One Couple Transformed a Dark and Dingy House Into Their Light and Airy Dream Home

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Sometimes simplicity is best. Check out these easy decorating ideas for the best bedroom ever.

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The pineapple, a symbol of hospitality, will make guests feel immediately welcome on your doorstep. Made of coconut husk fibers, this durable mat can be shaken or swept clean to keep the fruit looking fresh.

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A simple palette makes pattern mixing foolproof. With soft, roomy seating, a generous rug, and flea-market touches (stools, side tables), the space is crisp enough for guests but casual enough for the boys.

11 Seriously Smart Home-Design Ideas

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Decorating tip: The artwork's subject can inspire your choice of frame. Pair a beach scene with a whitewashed wood frame, for example, or a woodsy landscape with a dark, knotted wood one. A white frame against a white wall gives the image a high-end, lofty feel—it can even make a poster with lettering look more luxe.

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Earrings as Pushpins: Face it: That long-lost earring is probably gallivanting with a wayward sock in Ye Olde Land of Misplaced Items. (What a stud!) Let its lonely, abandoned mate rebound as a pretty thumbtack on a bulletin board.

Most-Pinned New Uses

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Vase as Toilet Paper Storage: The perfect arrangement for helping toilet paper hide in plain sight. Guests don't have to root around for a new roll in your not absolutely, positively tidy vanity, and you always know when you're running low.

Most-Pinned New Uses

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Barcelona Vase: Create a beachy vibe by placing hydrangeas in this sea glass-inspired vase. The wavy shape and aqua tint evoke the serenity of the seashore.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Taylor Large Hurricane: This handmade molten glass candleholder makes a gorgeous footed vase too. Fill it with a big bunch of multicolored blooms to brighten the table at a dinner party or make your entryway console cheerier and more welcoming.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Prism Vase: Go chic without breaking the bank. With glitzy gold angles, this geometric vase reflects light in a sunny room and adds a touch of glamour.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Easy DIY decorating tips

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Ptero Salmon Vase: Bring new life to supermarket flowers with this chic and sculptural budvase. A few white tulips or tropical leaves transform into a piece of art when displayed in this earthenware container.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Vita V Home Mato 3-Part Vase: Create an instant centerpiece with this trio of hand-painted, high-gloss ceramic vases. Fill each with one large bloom or small bunches of wildflowers.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Frosted Citrus Vase Collection: These small, curvy vessels look gorgeous on their own or grouped together with flowers in just one color.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Tuscan Small Double Handled Urn: Filled with a handful of fresh blooms and set out on an outdoor table or on top of a bookshelf, this hand-glazed terracotta vase gives a room a warm, rustic vibe.

7 Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

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Add a modern flair to your bedroom with the timeless Real Simple Bennett Quilt. Adorned with an oversized lattice pattern on a tonal ivory and taupe ground, the beautiful bedding brings a refined look to any room's décor.

Real Simple® Bennett Quilt in Taupe/Ivory

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If you want your feet to land on a cozy spot when you swing them off the bed, stay away from sisal and seagrass rugs, which are rough to the touch; your best bet is a plush wool or cotton option. In terms of sizing, the ideal floor covering gives you at least 20 inches of rug on all three sides of the bed—any less looks cramped and awkward.

8 Ways to Create a Sleep Sanctuary

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Blank walls are boring and stale and we know you have piles of photos that are just waiting to be organized and framed. Pick your favorites and arrange a gallery wall over your couch, mantle, entertainment center— or wherever there’s an expanse of plain white paint. Don’t limit yourself to just pictures—you can frame travel mementos, postcards, or inspirational posters, too.

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Toss a cozy throw over your duvet during the winter. (A twin-size bed blanket works just as well as one that’s labeled a “throw.”) In the warmer months, keep the throw on a chair in the room instead, just like you would toss one over the back of a sofa.

8 Ways to Create a Sleep Sanctuary

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Lamps To unify two very different bedside tables, top them with a pair of matching lamps. A drum-style shade is always a safe bet—the clean shape will never feel dated. Lighting Like reading in bed? The bottom of the nightstand lamp's shade should be 13 to 15 inches above the surface of the mattress to give you the best light.

8 Ways to Create a Sleep Sanctuary

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