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Give Your Home Instant Curb Appeal in 3 Easy Steps

Curb appeal is a major thing when owning a home. It's the world's first impression of your most favorite space but probably the last thing you think about when decorating. First comes paint, then furniture and accessories and maybe you get around to throwing a mat outside the front door or a flowers if you're really...

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10 Rules for Curating a Stunning Gallery Wall

I recently designed a gallery wall and coming from someone that went to design school and puts together gorgeous image layouts for a living, I fully admit that creating the perfect gallery can be hard. Whether you prefer a balanced, symmetrical layout or a whimsical, more...

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Look Like “You Woke Up this Way” with Fresh Faced Makeup

I truly wish I woke up like this  but next best thing is faking it till I make it with this easy tutorial for a fresh faced makeup look . It pairs perfectly with an easy breezy ponytail, your favorite Spring Dress or worn in jeans and a packed weekend agenda. Get the how to from Facetime Beauty and ...

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6 Steps to a Flawless Red Lip

Any time I spot a someone with a really great shade of lipstick on, I'm bound and determined to give it a go. It's so chic and can take jeans and a white shirt to a whole new level. But then when it comes time to applying said lipstick, I chicken out. Brittany Messner of Life, Set Sail is coming to the rescue. Follow her six easy steps to a flawless red lip and never be afraid to walk on the...

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How To Make the Best Ever Cup of Coffee with a French Press

Oh, Mondays. It wouldn't be impossible to get through them without that almighty cup of coffee. My hubs and I have always loved our single-serve brewer, but we...

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5 Genius Tricks for the Most Dreaded Spring Cleaning Chore

At the top of my list of chores that make me want to throw a temper tantrum? Cleaning grout. Oh, the grout. And we have a LOT of it in our home. Don't get me wrong, I love our subway tile in the shower and our hexagon Carrara marble floor tile, but I pout a bit when it comes time to shine it up. You with me? Well, it won't clean itself, so arm yourself with one of these methods to make your life a little easier! Bleach Foam Spray Give yourself a head start before you bust out the...

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How To Perfectly Crack an Egg in One Hand

We use a lot of eggs in our household. From omelettes to crepes to Sunday morning muffins, and everything in between. And while this might sound like a silly how-to (doesn't everyone know how to crack an egg?), I bet you still get shells in your bowl, right? I've found this trick to be shell-free, super simple and makes me feel fancy in the kitchen. How to Crack an Egg in One...

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5 Easy Ways To Clean Tile Grout (Really, Really Good)

At the top of my list of chores that make me want to throw a temper tantrum? Cleaning grout. Oh, the grout. And we have a LOT of it in our home. Don't get me wrong, I love our subway tile in the shower and our hexagon Carrara marble floor tile, but I pout a bit when it comes time to shine it up. You with me? Well, it won't clean itself, so arm yourself with one of these methods to make your life a little easier! Bleach Foam Spray Give yourself a head start before you bust out the...

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8 Easy Steps for a Straight Hairstyle with Bangs

If there's anyone who can rock bangs (and rock them well) it's Jenny of Margo & Me. I love seeing her straight locks pop up in my feed, and today, she's letting us in on how she perfects this go-to look with all the products you need to do it. Get more of Jenny's killer style in our Instagram...

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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 Roast Butternut Squash

Whether served as a side dish or stirred into a recipe, sweet roasted butternut squash is one the absolute must-haves for a true autumn cooking arsenal. And our friends at Real Simple are showing us the simplest way to prep and roast this fall treat! Now put that butternut squash to use with these recipes!

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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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