Ever since Domino, which I miss dearly, began featuring its then-contributor Rita Konig's apartment, I've been a fan of the design expert. Konig currently writes for the design section of The Moment, a blog on NYTimes.com, and her posts are always jam-packed with useful tips on home decor or just simple insights into the items she loves or what she's doing with her own place.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I had no idea Konig is an author and was so delighted to come across her 2002 book, Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life. My favorite chapters are "The Details" and "Domestic Chores." If you can get down how to pay attention to the small elements in your home that can make it more inviting, and then figure out a not-so-painful routine for keeping the place tidy, you're in really good shape. Domestic Bliss is a must-read, but these two chapters in particular really hit home for me.
Konig in her adorable apartment. Photo: dominomag.com