home decorating

Find Decorating Inspiration Online

November 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm , by

Whenever I feel like my apartment needs a change—which, I’ll admit, happens pretty often—I always turn to home décor websites for inspiration. The beautiful photos and products always give me great ideas that I can reinvent to fit my space and style. There are dozens of sites to choose from, and sifting through all the options can be overwhelming. To get you started, here are several of my tried-and-true favorites:

Apartment Therapy

ApartmentTherapy.com provides a mix of house tours, product guides, and decorating and entertaining tips (the House Tours are my favorite: there’s something so cool about getting a peek into people’s homes, especially because they’re usually incredibly stylish). Apartment Therapy readers are a passionate crowd, so the Comments section on almost every post provides a second level of content that’s great for finding new ideas. And posts are added continually throughout the day, meaning there’s something new to read every time you visit. Read more

Beautify Your Home This Fall

October 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm , by

Inspiration Board

Most of us think spring when it comes to major home clean-ups, but for me, fall is the perfect time to organize and nest. Even as a home editor, my apartment is far from perfect—I’ve got a major closet and paperwork purge on my to-do list, and shelves I’ve been meaning to install for, oh, forever. If you’ve also got a lot of work to do to get your place in shape, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we just need a reminder that you can break down these seemingly huge tasks into easy, 20-minute chunks. That’s why I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Home Cure. (It started Monday, so I’m a couple days late, but I’ll catch up—you can, too.) Here’s the genius: Maxwell, the founder of popular design blog Apartment Therapy, will email you every day for the next 20 days with a 20-minute task to tackle. Today’s to-do: Find inspirational photos for your home. (Day 1′s task—surface cleaning one room—wasn’t quite as fun.) It’s definitely a commitment, but at the end you’ll have a much cleaner, and more beautiful, house to show for it. And with the holidays coming up, who doesn’t want that?

Tell me, what home projects are on your list this fall?

Photo via Heliotrop.

Fun Ways to Decorate with Fabric

October 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm , by

Out of the corner of your eye, you see it: perfection. Maybe it’s just the right shade of purple to match that new duvet cover. Or a bold pattern with a jumble of colors that magically ties your whole living room together. Whatever the style, there’s nothing quite like the perfect piece of fabric. I can relate—I stumbled across the swatch at right a few months ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how great it would look with my sofa.

But now that I’ve made enough throw pillows to last a lifetime, I’m on the hunt for new ways to incorporate fabric into my decor. Here are my three favorite ideas (so far): Read more

Martha Stewart Takes Home Depot

April 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm , by

Martha dons the orange apron

Martha, Martha, Martha! I’m so jealous of the Shelterpop editors, who went to a painting workshop at a NYC Home Depot last night, and had a surprise expert guest: Martha Stewart herself. To promote her new paint line, Martha Stewart Living Paint, she gave color palette advice, joked around, and even picked up a roller (all while wearing heels). Read about it here.

If you ran into Martha at your local Home Depot, would you ask her for painting advice? What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to paint?

Photo credit: Steven Freeman via Shelterpop

New Home Design Book: Designers Here and There

March 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm , by

I am helping a friend redecorate his living room in Brooklyn, so I have been scouring magaziFinal Front Covernes, websites, catalogs and blogs for inspiration. It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t picked up a single design book—how crazy is that? Information is so readily available these days that we often skip over “good old-fashioned” books. I personally forgot how wonderful it was to flip through the pages of a big, heavy design book filled with gorgeous photography. Want to know about my most recent find? Michele Keith’s Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators. I like it because it gives you a glimpse into the tastes and likes of  the decorators themselves—their own personal style. It’s also a fabulous resource because it covers a range of different design styles—every time I pick up the book I notice something new, like the giant photograph of a Pee-Wee Herman puppet on page 16, or the amazing chandelier in Pam Duncan’s Santa Fe home. Speaking of Pee-Wee Herman, my word of the day is “BOOKS” (everyone scream!). Set down your Kindles, iPads, cell phones, and computers and motor on in to an actual book store. Don’t let the technology of today rob you of the tangible and wonderful experince of print. You won’t regret it!

Flipping Out for Jeff Lewis’ QVC Line

February 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm , by

JL_JeffLewis_Feb22_lo_resNow this is something to flip over.  Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo’s cult reality hit, Flipping Out, is launching his own home design collection on QVC this February. On the popular series, we’ve watched Jeff rehab and sell high-end Los Angeles digs, come to grips with the bursting of the housing bubble  (he now does home design) and berate and belittle his staff. Still, it’s hard not to love Jeff for his wicked sense of humor and keen design sense. The chic, affordable line (which ranges in price from $40 to $190) includes bedding, lamps, rugs and accent pieces. “Every one of those products is in my house,” Lewis told Susan Pocharski, our entertainment editor. “I can’t sell something if I don’t believe in it.”

What’s the best deal in your collection?
“A set of three glass hurricane lamps for $55. If you walked into William Sonoma Home, a similar lamp would cost $55 each. I’ve always been conscious of the buck.”

Do you have a favorite piece from the line?
“The geometric accent bench with criss-crossed chrome legs ($129.63). I have three in my house and it’s the first thing I’m going to sell on QVC. I hope they allow alcohol on the set. I won’t be going on QVC until 10 pm and if you know me at all, I start drinking at 5.”

So what’s an easy and affordable way for someone to change the look of a room?
“Rugs, artwork, and bed linens. I just bought a rug and a black and white photograph for my office and it looks like a new room.”

Any hints about the next season of Flipping Out?
“The staff is the same as last year. And we’re going to have a couple new people come on board. I still haven’t spoken to Ryan Brown [his ex business partner whom he had a falling out with last season]. He’s moving to Santa Barbara and I’m really happy. Right now he lives so close to me I get nervous I’ll bump into him every time I walk my dog.”

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to be nicer to your employees like Zoila the housekeeper?
“No, no, no.  My resolutions were to lose 10 pounds and go to the gym more. I chose totally narcissistic things. Isn’t that what you’d expect from me?”