The subtitle for the new book from Domino Magazine, DOMINO: The Book of Decorating, is that it is a “room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy.” I absolutely love this magazine because it gives the reader millions of little ideas (and sometimes large and slightly daunting) to help transform the place you live into a HOME.

Over the weekend I went out with my sister and my brother-in-law to look at houses. They already own a very beautiful home, but with prices being so low, they couldn’t help but be a little curious as to what was out there. We found the cutest house, very much under-priced, and filled with all the nooks and crannies you want in a home. The house had a warm and inviting little office right off the kitchen, a back staircase, a guest room that had it’s own bathroom and direct access to the kitchen. Needless to say, it was perfect! Unfortunately, in the financial market we are currently in, and with their house not even in the first stages of being prepped for sale, they had to walk away. Both of them seemed disheartened that this adorable house with unlimited possibilities was probably going to belong to someone else very, very soon.

However, what it did make them realize is that there house should always be in “For Sale Condition.” They were inspired by our outing to go home, clean up their wonderful house, ready it for the holidays and start decorating. This book would be the perfect item for them! (Or a subscription to the magazine…maybe I’ll keep that in mind for Christmas). As Holly Becker states on her blog for Real Simple, Simply Stated (which I just discovered and am already obsessed with!!)

Clean it, toss it, file it, decorate it, love it