Not sure why your room doesn’t look quite right? You may have committed one of these 10 decorating offenses. If you’re pairing your standard seven-foot sofa with a teeny three-by-five-foot rug, the small rug could be throwing off the balance in your living room. Or, if you’re lining furniture along the walls in an attempt to maximize space, it could be making the room look more cramped than it is. So what to do if you find out you’ve been inadvertently breaking every last design rule? Not to worry: We asked top design pros to bail you out with easy-to-follow fixes. If you learn you’ve been using too-bright lighting, the solution is as simple as screwing in a new light bulb. Realize you’ve been hanging your curtains too low? A five-minute hardware adjustment could make your ceiling appear a few feet taller. With trustworthy pros guiding the design intervention, getting your home back on track is easier than you might think.
Latticework Grey Daybed
This piece may feel like a splurge for a kid’s room, but the ageless design and the versatility of a daybed made it a worthwhile investment. Little ones will love using it as their personal sleeping nook, while teens will use it as a hangout spot, and it can even follow them to their first apartments, where it will become a TV-watching lounge.
Star Throw Pillow
Grey and Gold Nightstand
Gold details add a bit of glitz to this streamlined nightstand. Another piece that will work for years to come, this nightstand has a sleek silhouette that will never go out of style. The top drawer offers some bedside storage, while the open area below is the perfect spot to tuck a basket or small garbage pail.
Lion Furniture Knob
If you aren’t in the market to buy a brand-new dresser for your child’s bedroom, update the current one with a set of lion drawer pulls. From afar, this hardware will add a touch of metallic to the room, while up close, it infuses an older piece with personality. Equal parts regal and whimsical, these pulls will make you smile every time you open a drawer.
Coiled rope baskets are showing up everywhere right now—and for good reason. The durable design is ideal for stuffing with toys, blankets, or shoes. This one is adorned with sections of colorful fringe that turn this serious organizer into a not-so-serious accent fit for a kid’s bedroom or play space.
You can’t go wrong with a pillow sham that combines two favorite things: flowers and stars. Adorned with illustrated blooms and constellations, this bedding will give your child the impression they’re sleeping under the stars, in a field of flowers. Order the complete set, or purchase just the pillow to perk up the current bedding.
1. Modular Mix
Acrylic bins let you Tetris a drawer to max out the space. Add some fun with a few creative “containers,” like a doughnut eraser to hold pushpins.
To buy: Linus organizers, from $3 each; containerstore.com. Desk doughnut eraser, $10; papersource.com.
2. Receipt Wrangler
Use a small pouch to keep all those little papers (plus coupons) from taking over. It holds about a week’s worth; when it’s full, it’s time to toss the ones you no longer need.
To buy: Snap pouch, $1; containerstore.com.
3. Birthday Kit
Corral candles, matches, and spare balloons in one spot and—voilà—you’re that pulled-together person who’s always party-ready.
4. Pop of Pattern
A decorative background (like adhesive wallpaper) makes this spot instantly look better. The pretty print is your keep-it-neat prompt every time you open the drawer.
To buy: Misty Marble removable wallpaper, $40 per panel; chasingpaper.com.
5. Grab-and-Go Row
The front section is prime real estate, so save it for the items you reach for most often: hand lotion, bandages, paper clips, lip balm. If you designate that part of the drawer as your essentials area, you’ll be less likely to jam it up with random stuff.
6. Drop Zone
Leave a little open space for storing odd-shaped items (scissors, rubber-band ball) and miscellaneous ones (twine for newspaper bundling, ribbon for rushed wrapping jobs).
Green Decore Outdoor Reversible Plastic Rug
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If you’d like to make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home, cozy it up with a weather-resistant rug. This plastic option can be left out in the rain and easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. Seven different color options let you choose the one that matches your style, and each one is UV-protected and fade-resistant, so you can’t go wrong.
Pillow Perfect Full Bloom Throw Pillows
Any backyard could use a few extra flowers, and this pair of blooming pillows is a low-maintenance alternative to buying another potted plant. UV-resistant and washable, these pillows are suited for both indoor and outdoor use so you can display them on your patio set in the summer and on your living room sofa in the winter.
Landmann 28345 Fire Pit
A fire pit is more than just a pretty accessory for your patio—it will also light up the yard during outdoor gatherings and warm up guests on chilly summer nights. For less than $100, this small investment will transform your outdoor space for many seasons to come, but will arrive in just two days.
Brightown Outdoor Patio String Lights
One of the easiest ways to boost the ambience of your patio is to rethink the lighting. Take a tip from outdoor bistros and hang gently glowing string lights overhead. This 10-foot strand will light up a small seating area, or multiple strands can be connected to cover a larger space.
Vivere Double Hammock
A comfortable cotton hammock that comes with its own metal stand will lend your backyard laid-back vibes. This hammock’s 2,444 five-star reviews prove it’s as relaxing as it looks. One reviewer even claimed she slept on this hammock for several months, preferring it to her real mattress. Get ready for the ultimate outdoor catnap.
Yescom Outdoor Patio Umbrella
By day, this umbrella will shield you and your guests from the sun, and by night, its 40 solar-powered lights will illuminate the backyard. One button lets you tilt the umbrella to the right or left to follow the sun’s path, while another lets you control the lights at night.
Best Choice Products Outdoor Wicker Sofa
If your goal is to make your patio feel more like an outdoor living room, then this luxurious three-seater with removable, fade-resistant cushions deserves a spot on your wish list. Order it today, and your family will be able to lounge on it during the annual Father’s Day backyard barbecue.
Scrolling through the Instagram account of Nashville-based home organizing company The Home Edit has us dreaming of neatly organized kitchen drawers and color-coded toy bins. So when we wanted expert advice on tackling the messiest areas around the house, we knew The Home Edit founders, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, would have some stylish solutions up their sleeves.
The first clutter zone to conquer: the entryway. As the entrance to your home, it’s a drop zone for mail and shoes, but since this area is also the first spot visitors see, it should make a good impression. To corral the chaos, The Home Edit team reaches for baskets. “If you have the space, give each family member their own basket. Alternatively, a divided basket helps store everyone’s items while separating them at the same time,” Shearer says. Tucked beneath a bench or console, they contain the mess while keeping up appearances.
Pro Supplies: The Best Baskets
Seagrass Extra Large Storage Basket
The Home Edit team loves this large seagrass basket for stashing everything from toys to throw blankets. Buy a few and task each one with storing a different entryway essential.
Savannah Recycling Bin
The divided sections in this rolling seagrass bin were designed to sort glass, paper, and plastic, but they work just as well separating shoes, scarves, and umbrellas in the foyer.
Aubrey Woven Lidded Basket
If you’d prefer to store your clutter out of sight, these lidded baskets will keep it concealed.
The Craft Room
Creative spaces are notoriously messy, so it’s no wonder craft rooms seem impossible to keep tidy. The Home Edit’s trick for organizing this space? Divide and conquer. “Keeping the categories divided and contained is the only way to prevent craft chaos,” Shearer says. “We like to use clear storage such as shoe boxes and turntables so that you can easily spot the items you’re looking to use,” she explains. With everything in view, colorful supplies, like paints and markers, double as decor. Use paint markers to label each bin, and you’ll never waste time searching for a pair of scissors again.
Pro Supplies: See-Through Storage
Our Shoe Box
When looking for transparent bins, nothing beats The Container Store’s stackable clear plastic shoe boxes and accessories boxes. When they’re not busy corralling crayons, these bins can get in on the fun by holding dye baths or the latest slime recipe (here’s our favorite!).
To buy: $2 each; containerstore.com.
Clear Linus Divided Lazy Susan
Don’t let the name fool you—this lazy Susan is incredibly hard-working. An expert multitasker, this revolving catchall is ideal for storing markers, glue sticks, and small paint tubes.
To buy: From $17; containerstore.com.
At nearly two feet tall, this lidded laundry hamper would add just the right amount of metallic shimmer to a bathroom or bedroom.
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Geo Marble Box
Stash jewelry or cotton swabs within this solid marble box. The addition of a brass handle makes it extra glam for your bathroom’s countertop.
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Brass Toilet Paper Storage Tower
Functional and fashionable, this sleek brass tower will keep backup rolls of toilet paper at the ready.
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Classic Bath Towels
Super soft and absorbent, these Turkish cotton bath towels will become the ones you reach for after every shower. Choose from four neutral shades.
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Quip Electric Toothbrush
Yep, even a toothbrush can add to your décor. Sign up to receive replacement heads for this electric option every three months for ultimate freshness.
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Aila Earring Organizer
Corral up to 43 pairs of studs and chandelier earrings on this hinged organizer. Choose from a gold or copper finish.
Recycled Glass Jug
The touch of twine on the neck gives this recycled glass jug a pretty, earthy flair. Use it as a doorstop in an entryway or as décor on a screened-in porch.
Woven Chindi Metal Bench
Made in India with repurposed fabric scraps, this one-of-a-kind bench offers a great way to add some eclectic flair into your space.
Recycled Rope Doormat
Leave dirt and debris at the door with this durable mat at the ready. The recycled polyester is resistant to mildew, so it can withstand the springtime mudroom mess.
Common Good Dish Soap
A concentrated, plant-based formula enhanced with natural extracts is stored within a sleek glass bottle to tackle a multitude of kitchen messes.
Reclaimed Teak Garden Stool
Whether adorning your indoor workspace or your exterior potting shed, this reclaimed teak stool will be a—ahem—natural fit wherever it’s placed.
Farmstead Stoneware Striped Serving Bowl
Crafted in Portugal with lead-free glazes and scrap materials, this handmade bowl may have had minor environmental impact, but its bright colors are sure to offer major wow-factor.