In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How To Decorate Your Living Room From DC's Craigslist TODAY

It works like Kitten Wars

Or Thunderdome. Mano a Mano!

First, pick a couch from one of these beauties. I like the white one -- its curved and tufted and ladylike.

Now you need a side chair or two. Obviously the pink should go with the white couch, but otherwise, mix and match! I like the metal chair just to mix things up. Great texture, and probably only a little botulism if you cut yourself on it. (PEOPLE PAY GOOD MONEY FOR BOTULINUM TOXIN!)

You don't get to pick: you must buy all three side tables because lookit: !

There is one pair of lamps that meet my exacting standards (cheap, nice) (not to scale):

Now: a sideboard. Frequent readers will know I favor the credenza over a standard "media center" which are usually HIDEOUS and horrible. Furniture should not be created in deference to electronics. (see also those terrible gamer chairs, which make you look like your mom forgot to strap you in your car seat:

Anyway: pick one of these. Either works!

Now, a rug to ground things. I love the striped one in the middle but it's a little small at 5 X 7. Still, very Bedouiney, so that's automatically good.

Let's choose a mirror, shall we? The star shaped one is definitely coming home with all of us, and one of the other two. They both have wood frames -- one of them is a huge almost square, the other is tall. Both are floor mirrors. Must pick one.

Here are the links. You're welcome!

Sofa ladylike or leather:

side tables:






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