Decorating

10 Steps to an Organized Closet

Remove everything. It’s the best way to get a clear view of what you have. Divide items into piles: keep, donate, toss. If you haven’t worn it in a year, pass it on. Visit locator.goodwill.org for nearby drop-off locations. Polish and shine. Take the time to give your closet a deep cleaning: Dust the shelves, wipe surfaces, and vacuum or […]

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Tips for Hanging Wallpaper

Get recommendations from friends, family, or other respected sources for a trusted contractor. The National Guild of Professional Paperhangers, Inc. at ngpp.org is a great place to start your research. Scope out the competition. Make sure you’re paying a fair price by getting a few written estimates from a few wallpaper hangers. An estimate is best done on site so […]

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10 Tips for Refinishing Furniture

1. Determine whether the piece needs to be stripped before sanding. Older furniture that has been covered in several coats of paint may need the work of a chemical-based stripper to loosen paint, which can be scraped away with a putty knife. 2. Sand all varnished and sealed wood pieces with 120-grit sand paper. For larger items, consider an orbital […]

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Friday Find of the Week: Greek-Inspired Tableware

The November issue's Mykonos story has got us yearning for a Grecian getaway. If like us, you don’t foresee yourself traveling to the land of white domes and blue water anytime soon, you can surround yourself with Greece’s iconic designs. We found fun tabletop pieces inspired by the country’s classical style that are sure to add exotic flair and lots […]

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Inside another Coastal Living editor’s house…

This month the Daily Catch is taking a peek into some of our editors' houses. I thought I'd share mine for a little inspiration– just to show that you can bring the beach home whether you're by the sand or in the city.  "When it comes to my wardrobe, I know my personal style like my best friend. But when […]

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Inside a Coastal Living editor’s house…

Read below to find out how one of our graphic designer extraordinaires, Claire Cormany, infuses beachy style into her land-locked Birmingham, AL home. "I have saltwater in my blood. I come by it from a mother who embodies the spirit of the South Carolina coast and passed on her love of painting seascapes to me. Even though I can’t live […]

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Friday Find of the Week: Holiday Tabletop Ideas

Even if Aunt Myrna over-cooked the turkey, keep things lively with these great gilt-inspired tabletop goodies! Michael Wainwright Gold Coil Dinnerware, horchow.com        The wave-like imprint along the rim is so soothing, yet so hip.  Dransfield and Ross Cloisonne Crab Napkin Ring in Bronze; dransfieldandross.com     Who can resist a little glittery crab napkin-ring holder?  Kim Seybert Paillette Glassware in Gold, […]

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Friday Find of the Week: High Points of High Point

Style Director Heather Chadduck and I just got back from a fabulous–not to mention, tiring– week at the furniture market in High Point, North Carolina. We scoured hundreds of showrooms for the hottest furniture trends. Our favorite: customization. Now you can be the designer: from paint finishes to fabric choices, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of our favorite […]

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Find of the Week: Outdoor Lighting

Now that the April showers—and most of the pollen—are behind us, it’s time to head outside, curl up in a hammock or rocking chair, and enjoy the sunshine from our beachfront porches. (Yes, I am taking a virtual vacay from my desk as I write this!) No outdoor room is complete, however, without great lighting…so check out our top picks […]

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Free Coastal Desktop Wallpaper

In honor of their 5th anniversary, Design*Sponge is giving away free desktop wallpapers as a special gift to readers. We love this ocean-themed one by Amy Ruppel. Check it out.

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