As promised, here are some of our favorite smart but easy decorating tips that Woman’s Day included as a handy pull-out in their 75th anniversary issue (see last week’s post on timesaving tips for more!) We love that the first tip appeared in the January issue in 1938 and it’s as valid today as it was then: Place a decorative mirror so it reflects a window to provide the illusion of space as well as a pleasing picture. Others include…
Books Upon Books
#23 – Books are great for filling up empty spots. Stand or stack them on shelves, tables and the mantel.
#37 – Neutral doesn’t have to mean “beige.” Try pale shades or blue, green or pink for a hint of color that won’t fight with your furnishings.
Buds and Blossoms
#61 – If you like fresh flowers but bouquets are too costly, buy (or pick!) just three or four flowers and arrange them in small-necked vases.
#31 – If you’re shy about using bold colors, use them as a lively accent in pillows.
Color, Scale and Design
#42 – Mixed patterns should share at least one of the elements: color, scale or design.
What are some of your favorite decorating tips? We’d love to hear! Happy fall to all.
Photos via Pinterest
The Road Not Taken
It’s still a mystery around here why Woman’s Day magazine shows up every month (we think it has something to do with the demise of Domino and Hearst having to fill subscriptions) but when it does, we always seem to glean a tidbit or two of useful information. October marks the magazine’s 75th anniversary and included in the issue were two bonus pullouts – one on decorating (which we’ll cover next week) and one on “timesaving tricks and little indulgences.” Along with #18 (Take a different route during your walk. You’re bound to see something you have never noticed before), here are some of our favorite smart tips from the past 75 years…
A Fashion Plan
#3 – Plan out more than your clothes the night before. Decide on shoes and jewelry, too.
#16 – Instead of brewing your tea in a mug, use a teapot so the drink will properly steep and stay warm.
Peppermint Adds Pep!
#46 – Take a deep whiff of peppermint. Research shows that the scent can stimulate your brain and help beat an afternoon energy slump (we prefer ours in candy form!)
Easy Breezy Salad
#50 – Mix the salad dressing in the same bowl you’ll use for the salad for quick cleanup and fewer dishes.
The Biggest Word You’ve Ever Heard
#72 – If you can’t turn off your thoughts when you go to bed (and our minds are constantly ON), spell long words backwards…
We know we’ll be applying some of these to our own busy lives and may come up with tips of our own now that early mornings and late nights are part of our daily schedule. Do you have any favorite timesaving tricks or little indulgences you’d like to share?
Photos via Pinterest, The Coveteur, Petit Elefant, Epicurean Mom and Zoe Ingram