Michelle Slatalla Michelle Slatalla writes the column "A Matter of Life and Décor" for The Wall Street Journal. She has four decades of experience writing for print and digital magazines. Highlights: * Reporter at Newsday * Columnist at Time magazine (parenting) * Columnist at New York Times (shopping, dining, and parenting) * Columnist at Real Simple (etiquette) * Editor in chief at Gardenista (gardening, outdoor design) * Columnist at Wall Street Journal (lifestyle and decor) About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.