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Whitney Port’s Apartment Looks Like Home

It never fails to amuse us how celebrities think they can use Craigslist like everyone else, as if they’re normal people. Dream on. Sooner or later someone’s going to pick up on them. That’s what happened with Whitney Port after her three-bedroom West Village apartment went up in the Manhattan rentals section, with tons of photos matching up to the scenes in her MTV reality series “The City.” To be fair, it doesn’t look like Whitney herself put the listing online, but it’s still pretty hilarious. A look inside shows off sweet, country-inspired decor that admittedly makes us completely jealous because it a) looks so homey, and b) looks way homier than our homes. Check out a few more pics after the jump! [Racked.com] Keep reading »

How To Clutter Your Digs And Stay Classy, Too

Stylist Masha Orlov is, for lack of a better word, cool. She tells the fashion folk at magazines like Purple and L’Officiel what’s up and her wardrobe makes us crazy with jealousy. Recently, she invited Refinery29 into her house/closet and gave the web a look at how to be eclectic without looking sloppy. If you’re the collecting sort with a tendency towards messiness, Orlov’s place is a good example of restrained kitsch. How to pull it off after the jump. [Refinery29] Keep reading »

A Chandelier From Your Recycling Bin

Lonny, our favorite online home magazine, just put up its April/May issue, and it’s chock-full of fun stuff, from editor-in-chief Michelle Adams’s apartment (she has ostrich wallpaper!) to a chic soup recipe from Katie Lee. We’re especially keen to try the instructions Erica Domesek of P.S. – I Made This … shared for creating a modern chandelier out of discarded water bottles (she created a few other eco-friendly DIY projects to promote Dasani‘s new PlantBottle, too). We think we’ll make one to glam up our bathroom. Keep reading »

5 Ways To (Almost) Instantly Decorate Your Home

Even though I’m going on three years in my apartment, I wouldn’t say the place is “decorated,” so to speak. I have furniture (mostly hand-me-downs from my parents or pieces I picked up on trash day) and I have art (largely hanging from nails left by the last tenant), but my studio hasn’t quite come together.

To get me on track, I picked up Speed Decorating: A Pro Stager’s Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less by Jill Vegas, an interior decorator and “stager,” which means she makes people’s homes more salable. Here’s what I learned … Keep reading »

The “Full House” Home Is Way Nicer Now That The Tanners Don’t Live There

Not to ruin the small screen for you, but characters on TV don’t actually live in the houses shown on shows. No, those exteriors shots are of homes where real people live. And actually, the homes inside can be even more magical than the sets used for filming, as we learned in the January/February issue of Elle Decor. The home where the Tanners supposedly lived on “Full House” is featured in the issue, and we’d find a way to put up with Stephanie’s incessant “How rude!” exclamations if we could move in. Check out the rest of the Tanners’ former San Francisco three-bedroom Victorian, then compare the current owners’ decor to that of the ’80s show after the jump. [Elle Decor] Keep reading »

Create Art Out Of Annoying Cords And Cables

For the most part, we’re all about hiding the cords that keep our panoply of gadgets energized. But then we came across this photo showing a lamp with a fancifully manipulated cable, and it made us realize that sometimes, like when you have a ginormous zit on your forehead, it’s better to embrace the problem than to attempt to cover it up (everyone can see what you’re trying to hide anyway, right?). Lifehacker recommends using wall clips like these ($21.34 for 100) to create your design. Plus, spending an hour or so creating a modern art installation out of cords you already have is probably cheaper than buying a piece of artwork. [Maisie Maud Broadhead via Lifehacker] Keep reading »

Do You Decorate Your Home Like You Dress?

I’m a less-is-more kind of gal, usually. I barely wear makeup, I’m almost always without any sort of jewelry on and, when I’m shopping, I look for more basic pieces and try to focus on their “cut” (though Forever 21 isn’t really a place to look for well-cut clothing, but anyway.). So, when I looked at the above room, I thought, Holy moly! It looks like a giant kitsch bomb just exploded in there! See, my decorating sense is a lot like my fashion sense: pretty pared down and always clutter-free. And it seems this rule applies to the mass majority of people—you decorate like you dress. (Though, certainly not for Rachel Zoe: her house is an all-white clutter-free sanctuary and, well, we all know her more-is-more philosophy on layering and jewelry!) Do you buy into the fashion-home same style notion? And are you a less-is-more person? Or is less just a bore? [Desire to Inspire] Keep reading »

How To Create A Visual Vignette To Bedazzle Your Home Decor

Sooo Christina Aguilera‘s home was featured recently in InStyle. (Check out her massive shoe closet here.) What really struck me, though, was her love of vignettes, which she used to display some of her treasured possessions like shoes and past performance costumes. I kind of like to think of vignettes as the adult version of dioramas, and who didn’t like creating those when they were in school? They’re perfect for occupying a little space in a room, on a table, or in a bookcase. After the jump I have some tips for adding a vignette to your decor. Keep reading »

10 Easy Ways To Inject Color Into Your Home

Now that I know you’re with me on the prettiness—but lack of livability—of white interiors, I figured it was high time for a post on just how to surround yourself with more color. Today, Apartment Therapy kicks off our list of little ways to inject color with their post on gorgeous, jewel-toned doorknobs. Who says the only doorknobs in your house have to be solid and brass (or, if you’re like me, solid and stainless steel and ugly)? I love the way the above knobs reflect the sunlight and are such an easy (and relatively cheap) change we can all make. (For a little bit of info on what to look for when you’re shopping for a vintage doorknob, click here.) And, after the jump, nine more easy ideas.
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Love Nest: The Coolest Wallpaper We’ve Ever Seen

Attention decorating aficionados! If you’ve never used some really cool-looking wallpaper to add some life to any and all rooms in your house, you have to get with the program. (Never will I forget the pink and green peacock-printed dining room I once had, or the trees-in-a-forest walled living room that made everything seem so cozy.) I just had the privilege of meeting super-cool artist Este Lewis who has taken the concept of kitsch wall accents to the next level by capturing everyday objects, like Saltines, candy dots, pencils, colorful fuses and so much more, on digitally printed wallpaper that’s made for you and your guests to drool over. An entire room might be a bit much, but to make a kitchen panel pop or for slapping your favorite objects on a bedroom wall, the look is divine. Plus, all of her creations are made to order. Check her website for details. [Soy Este] Keep reading »

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