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15 Welcoming Front Porch Decorating Ideas That Are Just Lovely

Go beyond a few plants to wow your neighbors.

<p>Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper and Stitch</p>

Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper and Stitch

With spring officially about to bloom onto the scene, outdoor projects are top-of-mind for all of us. One task high on the list? Resurrecting your home’s curb appeal, which probably fell to the wayside (and/or died) during the winter months. Contrary to popular opinion, this requires more than just potting up a few plants and calling it a day.

To help you master that effortlessly charming appeal, we’re rounding up 15 designer-approved front porch decorating ideas that work for any season—and any budget. Whether

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These Are The Top Interior Design Trends For 2024

2024 is finally here. If you’ve been looking to refresh your home, now couldn’t be a better time. It seems the world is finally open to new designs and ideas. Overall, it’s about making homes cozier, more colorful, and incorporating more playful decor.

Whether you’re refreshing your home, planning a major renovation, or aiming to redecorate a room at some point this year, here are 12 of the top interior design trends for 2024, according to interior designers and experts.

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10 Bathroom Wall Decor Ideas to Deck Out Your Space

Bring a dash of design to your home’s most function-first room.

<p>Photo and Design by Drew Michael Scott</p>

Photo and Design by Drew Michael Scott

When it comes to designing a bathroom, wall decor probably isn’t first on your mind. You’re probably more concerned with nailing the perfect layout, one which allows for the soaking tub of your dreams nestled right by an oversized steam shower, and supplying the space with amble cabinetry to store your skincare supplies.

Point being, we get that decor isn’t necessarily top of mind in a function-forward space like a bathroom—but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. At the end of the

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13 Inspiring Home Gym Ideas That Will Motivate You to Get Moving

Set up your workout gear in a well-designed gym or basement and you’ll set yourself up for fitness success.

<p>Erin Wheeler of Sunny Circle Studio</p>

Erin Wheeler of Sunny Circle Studio

Newsflash: Home gyms don’t need to be bleak. Workout equipment that’s been relegated to your basement or tucked into a garage corner can still look really good—with the help of a little paint, wallpaper, good lighting, and a few plants, you can totally transform the space you break a sweat in. In fact, we managed to find proof that nice, well-designed home gyms do exist! Below, we rounded up some of

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REAL SIMPLE Unveils Sixth Annual REAL SIMPLE HOME at Quay Tower in Brooklyn, New York

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NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — REAL SIMPLE today debuted the sixth annual REAL SIMPLE HOME, a city penthouse apartment full of color and charm that offers actionable decorating and design ideas and inspiration. Seven top designers teamed up with REAL SIMPLE editors to turn a blank-canvas at Quay Tower in Brooklyn, New York into a playful oasis featuring maximalist design, mixed patterns, and layered textures. Visit now

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12 Mirror Decor Ideas to Enhance Your Space

Because mirrors aren’t just for bathrooms and vanities.

Things like paint, hardware, and lighting may be integral parts of a room’s decor scheme, but it’s the decorative elements that really help bring your design to life. While there are many ways to accessorize a room, there are certain pieces pros turn to time and time again to bring both function and beauty to a space. One such item? Mirrors.

<p>Photo by Julie Soefer for Chandos Collective</p>

Photo by Julie Soefer for Chandos Collective

Available in nearly endless shapes and styles, mirrors have the ability to lighten and brighten any space, as well as increase a

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Meet the Designers of the 2023 REAL SIMPLE Home

These six designers are helping us create the waterfront penthouse of your dreams.

&lt;p&gt;Courtesy of Michelle Gage Interior Design&lt;/p&gt;

Courtesy of Michelle Gage Interior Design

We’re already hard at work on our sixth annual REAL SIMPLE Home, a waterfront penthouse, in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., just minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge. We’ve recruited six brilliant designers to help bring to life all the genius design and organizing ideas we’re known for. While the full reveal won’t happen until September (in the October issue and right here on, we’ll be sharing updates and sneak peeks along the way throughout the next four months. First up, meet

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9 Summer Decor Ideas to Cool Down and Freshen Up Your Home

A few small swaps and upgrades can make your home feel ready for warmer weather.

&lt;p&gt;Liudmila Chernetska/Getty Images&lt;/p&gt;

Liudmila Chernetska/Getty Images

Sprucing up your space for the summer doesn’t have to involve a hefty budget or a ton of your time. Sometimes the tiniest tweaks—such as swapping in lightweight throw pillows or incorporating breezy, organic textures—can make your home instantly feel more fresh and “of the season.” Plus, when you subtly reinvent your space it helps you fall in love with it all over again.

“When the birds start chirping and the bulbs start emerging, I know it’s time to think about updating

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Editor of Ideas of Order says organizing home is not the secret to a beautiful life

“Home is a box you keep your life in — people and pets and plants and history and dreams. A biosphere, a sanctuary, your place, your space. … Your private address in a crowded universe. The place you belong.”

So opens the latest issue of Ideas of Order, a magazine I just discovered, that California Closets publishes once a year. Reading it, I felt my knees get wobbly, and not just because I’m still actively mending a broken kneecap. (Do not step over your lazy dog while walking barefoot on a slippery wet floor.) I crushed on this magazine because

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6 Items From the Get It Done Home That Will Elevate Your Interior Design

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Find the thing that will give your home the “oomph” it needs.

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When decorating a home, there are items that can add to a space, and then there are items that can transform it. For example, a unique ceramic vase can add some necessary shape and texture to a bookshelf display, while the bookshelf itself, depending on its style, can dictate the design story of the entire room. It’s good to have a balance of both complementary and statement pieces in every home—too

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