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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 »

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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