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Real Simple June 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor's note

THAT RELAXING BEDROOM you see on the cover of this month’s issue? Well, it’s not my bedroom. Boy, do I wish it were. I love the contrast of white and blue, the vintage look of the nightstand, the simple striped rug, the classic bed frame, and those three slim volumes balanced on the windowsill. (My bedroom window ledge is crammed with a row of 11 books to read—overwhelming both visually and emotionally.) This bedroom is actually in a Portland, Oregon, home renovated by the wonderful designer Emily Henderson, and it seemed the perfect topper for an issue that includes a guide to making your rooms just the way you’ve always wanted them (“Get Ready to Renovate,” page 108). What I like about Emily is that she openly shares her design strategies so…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET RACHEL SYLVESTER LIFESTYLE EDITOR AT REALSIMPLE.COM Favorite item in my apartment: My bookshelves instantly make me feel at home. Currently listening to: Alie Ward’s comedic science podcast, Ologies, gets me through my morning commute. Most recent purchase: A yearlong membership to the meditation app Headspace. I’m hooked. @RACHELSYLVESTER ON INSTAGRAM Hit or Myth Our food editors debunk common cooking myths in our new IGTV video series. Watch on our Instagram feed (@real_simple). Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Adore Not quite sure how to choose the best gift for Dad? Our editor-approved presents will suit even the toughest pops to shop for. Shop every thoughtful gift at realsimple.com/fathersdaygifts. Open and tap for DIY projects. WE’RE CALLING IT: ORANGE WINE IS THE NEW ROSÉ As much as we love a perfectly chilled glass of rosé, this season calls for a crisp new option. Orange wine is about to become…

3 min.
your words

Be kind. This world is so harsh. Smile. It can make a big difference in a person’s day. @VEITCH.SHEILA #RSLOVE “ CHARLESTON IS STARTING TO SHOW OFF A BIT!” @HOMESWEETRUBY Never return a dish empty. Including something as simple as a few pieces of candy along with a thank-you card is a nice way to say thanks for whatever was in the dish when you received it. MICHELLE JAMES, BOISE, IDAHO Don’t put your phone on the table during a meal. Your phone is not a guest, nor should it be a participant. LISA STILES LOFLAND Never pass the salt without the pepper. VICKI ROSENBURGH, PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA No texting people before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m. That’s family time! @DA_NOU Respond quickly to an invitation. There’s nothing more frustrating to a conscientious host than not knowing how many…

2 min.
the short list

Epic Love Story In 1953, Roya finds solace from school, family, and Tehran’s political upheaval in a stationery shop, where she meets Bahman, a striking, opinionated young man. Despite his family’s objections, they plan to marry in secret. But Bahman doesn’t show, and Roya leaves Iran. Decades later, she gets a chance to ask him what happened that day. Marjan Kamali’s The Stationery Shop is an affecting novel about first love. Portrait of Friendship A lot has changed since Geraldine, Sunny, and Rachel were working at a magazine together. In Toronto, Geraldine’s career has stalled. In New York City, Rachel is trying to write a young-adult novel while raising a baby, and everything is coming up roses as usual for Sunny. When Geraldine moves to New York, old slights and tensions bubble up.…

1 min.
outdoor entertaining accessories

EVERYTHING OUR EDITORS ARE BUZZING ABOUT THIS MONTH 1 SWEET SETTING These BPA-free melamine plates are lightweight and durable—perfect for a picnic. TO BUY: Citrus Twist Stripe Dinner Plate, $14, and Citrus Twist Accent Plate, $12; katespade.com. 2 PLAY TIME Game night gets vibrant with these oversize wood dominos. TO BUY: Giant Dominos, $50; sunnylife.com. 3 RETRO CHARM This vintage-looking—but actually quite modern—battery-powered LED lantern is the best of both worlds. TO BUY: LED Camp Lantern, $26; shopterrain.com. 4 CHIC REPELLENT Keep bugs at bay with these long-lasting scented candles set in graphic ceramic vessels. TO BUY: Geometric Citronella Candles, $39 for 3; worldmarket.com. 5 COLORFUL CARRYALL This hand-printed wood tray is made in Los Angeles using sustainably sourced Baltic birch. TO BUY: Preppy Stripe Serving Tray, $68; wolfum.com. 6 PILLOW TALK Bring indoor comforts outside with this weather-proof pillow cover. TO…

9 min.
get it done, today

HOME Sand and Refinish a Piece of Furniture Looking to give that credenza a face-lift or update an old set of chairs? Follow these refinishing tips from Sherry Petersik, author and DIY blogger at younghouselove.com. You’ll need a drop cloth, risers, 80- and 150-grit sandpaper, foam rollers, primer, paint, and a two-inch angled brush. SET UP YOUR STATION. Spread out a drop cloth in a covered, well-ventilated space. Place the furniture on top. If you’re painting legs, elevate the piece with plastic risers (like HDX Painter’s Tripods, $5 for 10; homedepot.com), which will let you access the legs from all angles. Remove doors and drawers and set them atop risers as well. PREP THE MATERIAL. Roughing up the previous finish with sandpaper is key. “Paint is only as strong as the connection to whatever…