Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Our 10 most popular posts of 2015

On the last day of the year, we thought it only fitting that we look on all of the topics we’ve covered here on How to Decorate during 2015! We love that we have customers and readers who are interested in decorating their homes and tackling projects on their own. Your thirst for knowledge is why we keeping writing, so thanks for your constant enthusiasm. Now, let’s count down all of your favorite posts:

2015 Southern Living Idea House designed by Bunny Williams in Charlottesville, Virginia

1. Tour of Bunny Williams’ Southern Living Idea House

This one if a no brainer. Bunny Williams’ Southern Living Idea House was gorgeous in every way, and we loved getting to sit down with the designer herself to talk through her inspiration. Seeing as Bunny is from Charlottesville, this was a space that felt homey and inviting in a way that we couldn’t help but love.

Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee

2. Paint Colors from 2015

Paint colors from the pages of our catalog are a perennial favorite, and we get it! You want to know how to create these beautiful spaces for yourself! We hear you loud and clear and will keep bringing you the paint colors into 2016.

Editing your spaces with Suzanne Kasler

3. How to Edit Your Space with Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne is our constant muse. Her gorgeous edited spaces are light, fresh, modern, and traditional all at the same time. Her taste is impeccable, and any chance we get to pick her brain about decorating and style, we’re going to go for it! This post was a real treat because she really walked us through her process for keeping a space clean but interesting.

Robin's egg blue, gold, and silver place setting

4. 15 Holiday Place Settings

Setting the table can be a confusing process, especially when there are so many combinations and creative avenues to take. We shared 15 of our favorite ways to set a holiday table, but the great thing about this post? These same place settings could be used almost any time of year — just subtract a Christmas ornament here and there.

Benjamin Moore's Quiet Moments paint color

5. How to Pick Paint Colors for your Room

This is the most difficult decorating step for most people. There are just so many options! We talked with a paint expert and shared some great tips for choosing not just a paint color but the right paint color.

A guide to mixing patterns together

6. How to Mix Patterns like a Pro

This is another confusing topic that we wanted to help you master. Patterns — how many is too many? Which ones work together? Should they all be the same color? Help! We think we covered a lot of ground in this post, so we hope it answered all of your burning questions about picking patterns that coordinate and don’t compete.

Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil

7. Recipe: Penne with Cherry Tomatoes

This past Spring we collaborated with Cooks’ Illustrated to bring you six menus, one of which included this simple, delicious penne recipe.

Live Magnolia Greenery from Bunny Williams

8. Celebrating the Holidays with Bunny Williams

Interior Designer Bunny Williams shared with us her Christmas traditions and introduced some gorgeous new products for her Ballard Designs collection.

A Fall mantel decorated for Thanksgiving using natural elements and warm colors

9. 1 Mantel, Decorated from October to December

Decorating spaces seasonally, like your living room mantel, should come easily. And what’s easy about having three different sets of decor pieces that you have to haul out of storage and put up back to back? Instead of all that work, we choose one set of decor pieces and slowly added to them to create a look that evolves over the season, rather than starting all over!

Spicy orange throw pillows on a sofa

10. Guide to Choosing Throw Pillows

All of the decorating magazines talk about updating your pillows every season and easily changing out the look. Is it just us or does that seem both excessive and way more difficult that it sounds? First you’ve got to find different patterns that coordinate, then you’ve got to incorporate different size pillows, and to top it all off, it needs to work with the other decor in your room. That’s a lot of pressure! So we tried to tackle this topic and make it as simple as possible. Here are our tips.


Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.