Tips & Techniques

7 First Apartment Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

Sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsSure, you know you need a couch and a bed, but there are a few other things to consider when furnishing your first apartment. Here, design experts share what you shouldn’t leave off your shopping list.

7 Small Decorating Tricks to Get Your House Ready for Spring

Welcome warmer weather with one (or more) of these easy styling tips from the pros.

How to Live Like a Style Blogger

It’s the easiest way to decorate:
 Paint your walls white, and bring in
 big, happy hues. This cheerful
 Charleston house shows how to pull
 it off with flying colors.

5 Genius Tips From the Latest Home Design Books

Got a New Year’s resolution to spruce up—or tidy up—your home? These tricks from the latest decorating and organizing books will help you pull that off.

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.