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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 »

The Seven Deadly Decorating Sins

Metropolitan Home has come up with a list of the top design don’ts to keep in mind when tricking out your place. Basically, decorating your home is a little bit like putting together an outfit each morning—there aren’t so much rules, per say, as pitfalls to avoid, claims Metropolitan Home‘s creative director Linda O’Keeffe. Example, rule one: edit, edit, edit. Don’t clutter your house up with loads of tchotchkes. Or, like the fashion equivalent, before walking out the door, take one piece of jewelry off.

Rule two: listen to a room. In other words, don’t force entire showrooms worth of modern furniture into a farmhouse with wide planked wood floors, i.e. when it comes to clothes style, dress for your body. See? So, if you are well versed in what makes for tragic fashion, apply those guidelines to your living room. Easy, huh? [Metropolitan Home] Keep reading »

I’m One Big Home Design Mistake

Nick Olsen, former Domino blogger and an assistant designer to the amazingness that is Miles Redd, came up with a list of first-timer decorating mistakes forThe Washington Post. Now, since I’ve painted and re-done my bedroom no less than four times over the past year, I considered myself to be over that beginner mistake hump. Ha, think again. As I went down his totally-helpful list, I realized that at one point in my life or another (and even right now, as I look up at a mirror hung horizontally over my couch) I’ve made every single one of the mistakes! Live and learn, I guess—but check his list out, it’s totally solid design advice! [The Washington Post] Keep reading »

DIY: Instant Art

Looking to make your cell of an apartment a little less depressing without pissing off your crotchety landlord? Painting your blues away will also mean kissing your deposit good bye and those N’Sync posters are kind of unacceptable at this point. So what’s a budget-conscious girl to do?

Though the options outside of boy bands and large scale art are admittedly slim, check out Kate’s Paperie or Papyrus for vintage-looking wrapping paper sheets worthy of framing. Blown up maps and post cards, old school anatomy textbook images and embarrassing ’70s yearbook pictures are looking for a home at less than $4.50 a pop.

Slide the poster-sized sheets into cheap as hell frames from A.I. Friedman and just wait for your friends to jealously ask where you got your new art. Be sure to tell them it’s from a gallery in SoHo or Paris. Feeling just a tad superior is half the fun. Keep reading »

How To Buy Affordable Art

So you can finally afford an “It” bag (though you loathe the term), a vacation to another continent, and a couch that doesn’t require assembly. So why pray tell do you still have that sappy Klimt poster hanging over your bed? It’s time to outfit your pad with some REAL art. I’m not suggesting you hit Christie’s just yet. But somewhere between Damien Hirst and DIY-nude’s is a bounty of gorgeous pieces perfect for poshifying your home. Read on to find works at every price point.. Keep reading »

The Frisky’s Top Five Favorite Home Decor Blogs

I moved into my apartment six months ago. I have yet to hang a picture on the wall. I’m afraid of messing up! To get inspired and motivated, I’ve been reading home style blogs galore. If you’re experiencing home decorating anxiety like me, these fabulous five blogs will make you want to buy throw pillows, paint your bathroom, and — gulp — maybe even hang a picture on the wall.

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Crave: Super Homey Wall Stickers

I love wallpaper, but I also like the idea of having a non-uniform image stuck to my wall rather than all one pattern assaulting my eyes. That’s why these stickers from Harmonie Interieure are so cool — with messages, patterns, and adorable quotes, your walls will get a much needed dose of oomph and you won’t get dizzy admiring it. [Prices Vary, via Charles And Marie] Keep reading »

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