- 8 hours ago | CommentsOne of my favorite decorating trends for summer is the sunburst mirror. There is no better way to add brightness, texture, and a unique flair to any room of your house. Not only do they look great, but they can really serve as the focal point of your decor, like a reflective piece of artwork. The best part? You can totally make one yourself! All you need is a hot glue gun and some clever materials, and you're good to go. Check out these 7 eye-catching sunburst mirror projects to get you started. -By Jennifer Hadfield
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- 9 hours ago | CommentsFrom Hollywood A-listers to top models, celebs have been rocking this fun-but-polished look from day to night. Get on board with the trendy combo to make a fresh, bold statement. By Paige Carlotti, REDBOOK.
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- 23 hours ago | Commentsby Claire Knebl
The all-things-home expert just launched a colorful lifestyle collection for JCPenney, aptly named Happy Chic.
For recent high school grads, the summer before college can seem super slow. (Just get me to campus already!) You've got a few more months of relaxation before the milestone move-in day, but now's the time to start thinking about your dorm decorating plans. At the launch party for his JCPenney line, we asked designer Jonathan Adler (known for his signature ceramics and colorful embroidery) all about the art of furnishing your first bedroom away from home.
At the event, Adler was stationed near an immaculately decorated mock room filled with patterned pieces and bold accessories from his new Happy Chic home collection. But first: a confession. He may be an expert now, but Adler admits that his first dorm room was a far cry from this cheerful aesthetic. "My room at Brown was absolutely atrocious! I don't know if dorms are still like this, but it was wooden, beat-up, and depressing, he explained. And I didn't do anything to improve it... I was a guy!"
Adler's flair for fun decoration has certainly flourished since his freshman year, and he recommends that you do things differently than his college student-self this fall.
"Everybody likes a chic space, and the great thing about the era we live in is that people can handle lots of bold, bright colors," he told us. "I think a dorm room is a great place to have happy hues." And shopping this lower-priced line is a great way to kick off your dorm decorating plans. But while serious shopping can get you set for the school year, Adler admits that sometimes it's all about being creative.
"You don't always have to spend tons of money! One thing I love to do at home is pin things, like photos, to the wall with pushpins. If you do it in a very clean grid, it looks really intentional and it's basically free," he says. "Just a plain grid of photos looks really groovy!"
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When it comes to pairing modern style with bohemian details, Victoria Smith is the master. As the editor of the popular West Coast design and lifestyle blog sfgirlbybay, Victoria is known for representing her unique take on independent design. And ever since she got her first apartment, Victoria has been turning to Martha Stewart for inspiration.
"My early memories of Martha are of tearing out the 'Good Things' DIY instructions (before DIY was even a thing) from Martha Stewart Living magazine and keeping them in my own scrapbooks for future use. I also remember buying her Good Things and How to Decorate series of books the moment they would hit the shelves - and I'm still referring to these books to this day," Victoria says. "Martha is immensely talented and her taste is completely timeless -- that's why she's one of the women I admire most. She's not simply a trend, she's iconic."
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- Tue, Jun 18, 2013 4:38 PM EDT | CommentsIt's wedding season. This means a flurry of love, matrimony and eternal bliss, right? Kinda. It also means that as a wedding guest, you're forking over an alarming slice of your salary, burning through your vacation days and spending more time in the airport than in your bedroom. Here are 10 quick rules for survival.
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- Tue, Jun 18, 2013 6:22 PM EDT | CommentsKeep up the age-old tradition of home canning and pickling to preserve the season's harvest. Our pickling and canning techniques make saving this summer's bounty fun, safe, and rewarding.
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- Tue, Jun 18, 2013 6:16 PM EDT | CommentsOn Monday, Michelle Obama, Sasha, and Malia accompanied the president as he stopped in Belfast, Northern Ireland on his way to the G8 Summit. FLOTUS and the girls visited the library at Ireland's oldest University, Trinity College to explore their Irish heritage in the archives — the president still has relatives in the village of Moneygall — and look at the ancient Book of Kells, a gorgeous, illustrated manuscript that dates back to about 800 A.D. As every kid knows, sometimes mom makes you do cultural stuff that's not so exciting on holiday, and the First Lady is no exception. The girls appeared to be a little bored by their library trip (or maybe they were just jet-lagged) but lit up and clowned around at a performance of Riverdance that night. Over the years, Sasha and Malia have been around the world accompanying their mega-powerful parents and they can always count on annual trips to Hawaii to visit their family and friends and a summer beach vacation in beautiful Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Growing up in the limelight, the girls might not be impressed, but we are.
- Tue, Jun 18, 2013 5:44 PM EDT | CommentsWhat child doesn't love Cheerios? I just bought some for my toddler for the first time a few weeks ago, and she is madly in love. But then, while I was browsing Pinterest, I noticed a Cheerio cake, and I suddenly wondered if this classic breakfast cereal could be used for more than just part of breakfast. Turns out it can! Check out these 10 amazing recipes. I might need to buy a few more boxes. - By Janssen Bradshaw
- Tue, Jun 18, 2013 5:05 PM EDT | CommentsStars: they're just like us! They eat, breathe, feel emotions--they even love a good bargain. In a sea of celebrities rocking high-priced designer duds, it's hard to remember that these gals are all only human. No one is immune to the lure of a $30 Topshop find. We found some of our favorite stylish stars in the business in wallet-friendly brand names.
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