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Tallulah + Bellamy Novogratz’s 7 Steps to Revamping Your Closet

Quentin & Co's closet left our heads spinning with dreams of pretty dressing rooms and accessories lined up in color coordinated rows. And now Tallulah and Bellamy Novogratz, whose parents Cortney and Robert are the talent behind the...

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The Ultimate Winter Cheese Plate

As I much as I adore entertaining in the summer, there is something so comfy about having people over in the winter months. A warm fire, a good red wine, a dinner menu filled with our favorite comfort foods - it's all recipe for a perfect evening. But, for us, it simply must start with a dynamite winter cheese plate to get the senses going before the main attraction. So I've laid out our...

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How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet

I pride myself on my smart and efficient laundry folding skills. It's part genes (thanks mom!) and part navy husband who learned how to fold t-shirts into the tiniest, most glorious little squares. But the arch nemesis of my happy folded stacks is the dreaded fitted sheet a.k.a that ball of whack hidden away in my linen closet. That is, until now. Watch this video and you'll be well on your way to the...

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How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Have you ever spotted a perfectly placed gallery wall on pinterest and a given a major eye roll because honestly how does one get each frame in just the right spot without a team of stylists moving and tweaking each picture into its rightful home? Well I'm here to tell you it's totally possible and no stylists needed. Just a collection of your...

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Entertaining with Abby: Cake Party

Here's the thing with entertaining—it's often WAY easier to pull together a successful gathering if you have a bit of a "theme." Whether it's as simple as "black and white" to help make decor buying a cinch OR something like this cake decorating party where the activity takes center stage, a...

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Easy Tricks for Pulling off the Prettiest Fall Tablescape

I recently hosted a luncheon with the fab HomeGoods team set against the beauty of Claudette in NYC – a restaurant at the tippy top of my design favorites list. At the lunch, I shared ideas on how to add the coziness of Fall to a dinner party with friends and family using an unexpected color palette and tablescape. We were inspired by gorgeous Fall colors and details minus the...

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How to Style the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Creating the perfect guest bedroom is an art, and Mara, the genius behind M Loves M, is a master artist. Working with Lulu & Georgia and Parachute Home, Mara created a space that feels thoughtful, warm and so very welcoming—I would never want to leave! Check out the space and read all her tips below to design...

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How To: Lemon Twist Garnish

A few years ago, I set out on a journey to really up the ante on my cocktails. And to me, a garnish takes any 'ol boring cocktail to the next level. So one night out, I asked our friendly bartender to teach me how to twist, and to my surprise, it's easy as pie. Our cocktails have been prettier ever since, and now yours can be too. xo, Abby Capalbo Step One Cut the ends off each side of your lemon (or orange or anything you're...

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Tips for Photographing Kids

When it comes to taking beautiful photographs, we like to leave it to the pros, or, even better, pick their brains for tips and tricks. Today that pro is our girl Ruth Eileen. She is not only a crazy talented wedding and lifestyle photographer but she knows how to capture the littles like nobody's business. Dive into her 5 easy tips that will up your mini human photographing game starring SMP's littlest mascot, Thea. Use...

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Entertaining 101: How to Set A Table

Learning to set a proper place setting for any occasion is the foundation of successful entertaining. If you've ever wondered which fork goes where, what that extra spoon is for, or where to place that additional wine glass, wonder no more! SMP's own Abby Larson shows you how it's done in the video below, so you'll be a table setting...

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Tips for Decorating Your TV Wall

T.V.'s are a necessary evil. We get it, but why oh why must they be so unsightly? That's where Jess comes in to play. With these tips you'll be styling your way to a television wall that is far less ug and, dare we say, pretty? Symmetry, hiding plugs and upping your horizontal book stacking game are all a part of the fast lane to T.V. wall goodness. Read on to see how you can craft a beautiful backdrop for couch surfing.

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Three Steps to a Pretty Porch

You may not have the opportunity to purchase or build the home of your dreams, but you can get a little closer to it by embracing the home you have rather than fighting it’s style. At first it may be difficult to see, but it can be achieved by blending your style with typical features of the architectural style of your home. xoxo Julie Blanner Last year, we purchased a Tudor Revival and it wasn’t love at...

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How to Throw a Summer Party in 5 Easy Steps

As much as I love to entertain (and I really love it), it can sometimes be a bit intimidating. The menu, the decor, making sure everyone has a great time - it's a lot to think about. Luckily for all of us, Awake Photography and Glam + Rust have five simple steps for a successful summer party, and trust me, you'll want to take notes.

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How-To: Make a Garden Fabulous Centerpiece

A genius way to effortless entertaining is to find quick shortcuts; simple ways to make prep and decorating that much easier. Using store bought blooms and greenery from the garden, Myrtie Blue will have you well on your way to a gorgeous, party-ready centerpiece in no time. So go grab your favorite flowers and follow these easy steps to centerpiece perfection captured by ...

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Summer’s 10 Commandments of Undone Hair

From messy buns and tousled waves to loose braids and even bedhead, the lived-in look is our favorite for summer hair. To nail this trend, we'll be following these 10 commandments for undone hair featured over at Sarah Sarna (an SMP favorite!). A born and raised California girl, Jennifer of HOMETOWN HEROINE reveals her secrets below! The 10 Commandments of Undone Hair 1. Do not strive...

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How to Pack for a Picnic

As soon as the forecast calls for sunny and warm weather, we've got picnic on the brain. Lazing on grassy lawns, alfresco dining (Aren't picnic foods are the best?), tossing the ol' frisbee—it's seriously the best way to spend an afternoon. No stranger to picnics herself, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha has the art of picnicking down pat, and we're sharing her best tips below! From...

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How To: A Simple Summer Floral Arrangement

A quick cheat, as we like to call them can take details from ho hum to crazy beautiful in a matter of minutes. We use these shortcuts for everything from decorating to last minute party preparation and now we can add florals to that mix thanks to AvaFlora. With store bought blooms and a sprinkling of foraged greenery from your own backyard, your summer flowers will be downright enviable. Spring and summer...

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The Perfectly Classic Martini

When it comes to the serious business of cocktails, sometimes you just can't beat a classic. And there isn't a classic we love more than the Martini. This sinfully simple, yet tasty drink will forever top our lists. Now all we have to do is master how to make one at home! Thanks to the experts at Bon Appetit, we are ready to sit back...

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A Statement Powder Room + 17 Wallpapers that Wow

A small space like a powder room is so easy to overlook but with it being the room that most guests will end up visiting, why not make it wow? An easy go-to is wallpaper. It completely transforms a space, including the smallest of rooms.  James Wheeler is showing you how to take a bathroom from boring to mega fab and spilling his tips for picking wallpaper. See even more from...

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How to Become a Morning Person

Waking up early to fit in a workout or sit down to a real breakfast sounds like dream, but it can be a struggle not to hit the snooze button. If productivity isn't reason enough, studies have shown early risers to be happier and healthier, too! Turns out Blair of The Fox & She, who admits she is definitely not a...

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