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Could You “Slow Decorate” Your Living Space?

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You know those people who move into a new house or apartment, and seem perfectly happy to live out of boxes for, like, ever? Yeah, I’m not one of those people. As soon as I moved into my new apartment, I began unpacking, organizing and putting things away. I really hate having to live in transition, and the sooner I can get my art on the walls, and my forks in the silverware drawer, the better. I’m a control freak, and I’m also one of those people whose internal anxiety is deeply affected by her external circumstances. Which means I have a hard time concentrating or feeling happy in unfinished, cluttered spaces. I’m fine if the closets or cabinets are disorganized, I just don’t want to have to see it.

But Alysha Findley over at Apartment Therapy takes a vastly different approach…

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Home Inspiration: Tangerine Dreams

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Looking for a simple way to brighten up your living space? Try a pop of orange. This sunny color looks fabulous in any room of the house. Check out some of our favorite pieces in shades of pumpkin, coral, and tangerine. Shopping details after the jump!

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These Pillow Shams Are Just Dandy

It’s a bit of a girly cliche to have a ton of throw pillows everywhere, but let’s face it, they make your couch or bed look more cozily catalog-like. Plus, if you don’t have the bones to drop on a total makeover, switching up the linens and pillow covers is a great way to a give a room a subtle new look without spending a lot of dough. And maybe if you blow on one of these dandelion pillow shams and wish really hard, your fairy godmother will grant you a raise?

[$24.99 West Elm]

Nesting: Bed Shopping Makes Me Want To Cry

Truth: I love me some shopping. But I’m the kinda girl who has always been on a Forever 21 budget. Thirty to fifty bucks here or there is typical; a few years ago I bought a $250 pair of high heels from J.Crew and I still feel guilty about it. When you decorate a new bedroom, though, there’s really no way around it. Unless you want to sleep on the $99 mattress they sell at IKEA — which I was totally prepared to do until I actually laid on it and was convinced it’s stuffed with straw — you’re going to have to plunk down some cash money. Keep reading »

Don’t You Dare Decorate Alone

Home decorating is overwhelming, even for folks who aren’t colorblind. But housewares designer Jonathan Adler breaks it down for those of us with Kelly Wearstler dreams on an Ikea budget. In his book Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing, he tells you how to arrange everything from pillowcases to coffee tables, and shares his favorite paint chips and fabric swatches. Naturally, there are tons of photos of rooms decorated in his quirky, colorful style and his dog, Liberace, is the pup on the cover! Follow Adler’s motto, “95% chic + 5% happy,” and I bet you’ll love your home so much you’ll never want to leave.

[$14.99 HSN]

Meet My New Roommates, Simon Doonan And Jonathan Adler!

Don’t be jealous or anything, but I’m totally moving in with style writer/creative director for Barney’s Simon Doonan and designer Jonathan Adler, into their New York City apartment. They don’t know it yet, but we need to be roommates. The Hermés orange wallpaper! The ping-pong table! The life-sized poodle sculpture! I’ll sleep on top of that giant ceramic rhino if I have to, dammit.

Check out the full house tour for more rooms to envy design ideas. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

Have Your Cake, But Don’t Make A Mess

We don’t normally entertain with doilies, because the parties we throw are usually the kind where the cops show up. But we can get behind these Have Your Cake Coasters that look like lace doilies, but are made of rubber, to protect that fab Ikea furniture we spent so much money on from pernicious water stains. And, hey, maybe a few classy doilies thrown around will make your friends act like proper ladies and gentlemen? Just kidding. That will never happen.

[$12.99 ModCloth]

Extreme Makeover: Gaudy Homes Edition

Check out this home in Mexicali called the “casa de Louis Vuitton.” Anyone who stencils the bling-y logo on the outside of their home is either a genuine LV super-fan or someone so crazy-pants they’ve taken knockoffs to the next level. But, hey, it certainly distracts from those sketchy bars on the door and windows. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

A Victorian Cottage Creates A Retreat From Married Life

We’ve talked a little before about the idea of married couples maintaining a happy marriage by living separately — either part-time or full-time — but until I read this article in The New York Times, I hadn’t really seen an example of it done in a way I envy. Sandra Foster and her husband Todd live in the Catskills in upstate New York. Together, they share a 1971 trailer known as the “Groove Tube,” and 14 acres of land. On that land, each has a personal retreat — Todd, a “man cave,” which is “a truck-size shed covered by an enormous tarp, [...] furnished with a big-screen TV, lots of videotapes, cooking equipment and two lamp-warmed cages for the chicks and pheasants [he raises],” and Sandra, a former hunting cabin that she painstakingly renovated into a charming shabby chic Victorian cottage (check out ALL the gorgeous pictures here). Keep reading »

Your Favorite Fashion Designers Show How They Decorate Their Homes

If you weren’t already jealous of designers’ aesthetic abilities when it comes to creating clothes, you’re certainly going to be envious of their interior design skills and massive pads. The Council of Fashion Designers of America is working with Assouline to publish American Fashion Designers at Home, which will show off the inside of over 115 homes, including Donna Karan‘s sweet retreat, Ralph Lauren‘s ranch, and Diane von Furstenberg‘s abode. Now, I’m sure the majority of these designers had help with their decision-making process about the style of their living quarters, but it’s still inspiring to see their choices, not to mention the fact that there’s nothing more entertaining then taking a peek inside other people’s homes. The book will retail for $65, but proceeds will benefit the CFDA Foundation, and we’re sure it will provide countless ideas to help you make your home just as pretty as a fashion designer’s — without the interior designer fee. Click through for a sneak peek at some of the pages. [WWD] Keep reading »

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