Tips & Techniques

How to Shop Like a Decorator—at IKEA

Want to know what a pro would pick for her own home? Real Simple’s senior style and market editor shares her 7 favorite finds.

How to Create a Homework Nook Your Kids Will Actually Want to Spend Time In

Starting in second grade, when homework often ramps up, a streamlined environment with clear, uncluttered surfaces makes it easier to buckle down and focus. Think quiet, neutral shades and unified storage sets (folders, boxes) for minimal distraction and maximum concentration.

How to Create a Crafty Corner for Little Kids

Kindergartners and first graders work best in a setting that reminds them of their classroom, says Julie Morgenstern, the author of Organizing From the Inside Out. Divide the space into activity zones: reading, crafting, art display. Sprinkle in some punchy colors—or go bolder, with a whimsical two-tone wall—to boost energy and creativity.

6 Spectacular Summer Flower Arrangements

Pull off the prettiest of parties with these fresh floral ideas from top experts.

Hang a Neat, Grid-Like Gallery Wall

This array gets its contained, systematic style from artwork stacked in columns. Here’s the how-to, plus where to buy the art shown.

Build a Clean, Collage-Style Gallery Wall

A semi-freeform approach gives this display a fresh, dynamic look. Here’s the how-to, plus where to buy the art shown.

Create the Easiest-Ever Gallery Wall

This display is easily adaptable, so you can add pieces or shift them around when you want. Here’s the how-to, plus information on the art shown.

6 Fun Ways to Dress Up Your Door This Summer

Freshen your home’s façade with any of these seasonal wreaths (some you can buy; others are DIY).

8 Fresh Picks for a Breezily Beautiful Home

Bring the bliss of the beach to any space with these summery standouts.

10 Simple Rules for Foolproof Decorating

With these tips, successfully decorating your own home is simple.

5 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Space With Flowers

You don't have to spend a bundle on an impressive outsourced Thanksgiving centerpiece. Follow these expert tips to create your own beautiful bouquet.

16 Decorator Tricks for Small Living Rooms

Living in an apartment, or in an older home with tiny rooms, can present a challenge: how to make your limited space seem larger. Try these easy home-decorating ideas.