Molly Sims's 9 Minimum-Effort Tips to Make Any Party Super Chic
Molly Sims is here to make your home look chicer. Today, the model and newly-minted lifestyle guru releases her second book, Everyday Chic ($19, amazon.com), a 304-page guide chock-full of tips for entertaining, organizing, and decorating, with minimal effort. “My only thought while writing this book was that I hope it’s chic enough,” Sims recently told InStyle. Written in an approachable, conversational tone, the book reads like you’re getting great advice from a girlfriend, albeit one who use to model in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and host MTV shows alongside Carson Daly. Here, Sims speaks candidly about her modeling days and and shares an exclusive excerpt.
Tell me about the book. How is it different from your first, Everyday Supermodel?
It’s all about making things that take a lot of effort look effortless. As a model, I missed everything: weddings, funerals, birthdays. Once I had children, I really wanted to embrace entertaining and being with family. It sounds cheesy, but I wanted to embrace the happy mess—in a chic way. In the book, I share the tips and tricks I learned, like serving Perrier in a wine glass with a slice of lemon or plating your Postmates order on really good china. When it comes to making things look great for not a lot of money, I’m kind of a guru.
When did you first become interested in home décor?
I knew my modeling career wouldn’t last forever. I didn’t want to be a coat hanger for the rest of my life; I wanted to be the CEO of my own company, like Cindy Crawford. I started saving money and bought a house in the Hamptons. Then I had to decorate it. I quickly learned about base colors—beige, navy—and little design details that make a big impact, like high-gloss doors and brass cabinet handles.
Cindy recently made an epic return to the runway at the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week. Would you ever go back to modeling?
That was such an iconic moment. She has never looked better! I was never Cindy Crawford, but of course—if it was the right opportunity, I would consider it.
What’s different about modeling today versus in the ‘90s?
Now everything is documented. Everything is retouched. There’s still all the pressures that come with weight and looks, but then on top of it you’re judged by your peers and people you don’t even know. But these girls are all doing a great job: Karlie, Kaia, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner. It’s not easy. Those girls, they work.
Would you ever let your daughter Scarlett model?
Oh gosh, I have no idea. She is a spicy two-and-a-half-year-old! She is a cute little poser, so we will see. I just want her to be happy. If that's the path that she wants to take, that’s fine. My only rule is she has to finish school first. That’s non-negotiable.
2017 has been a big year for babies. How does it feel to be in such great company?
It’s never been cooler to have a baby! All of the Kardashians are going to have babies at some point. All nine of them!
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You were a mainstay on TRL in the ‘90s. What’s your take on the revival?
How could it be TRL with no music videos?! It’s a different time. But I do love a comeback.
SUPERMODEL STYLING TOUCHES
A PRINTED MENU
When hosting a dinner party, I like to always have a simple printed menu. You can design a menu on Paperless Post and print it yourself, or there are a variety of artists on Etsy who will create and print custom menus for you. For more casual events, a menu written on a standing chalkboard is a great option too.
No party is complete without flowers. You just have to have them.
FLEA MARKET FINDS
Event stylists love using found items with patina as party decor. Some of my favorites are vintage mirrored trays for displaying liquor or as a table centerpiece for candles and flowers, lived-in linen tablecloths, and old picture frames, in which you can put menus or small signage.
MIX-AND-MATCH GLASS BOTTLES
Save wine bottles and colored-glass water bottles (think emerald-green Perrier bottles) that you’d otherwise recycle, and transform them into gorgeous bud vases or taper candleholders. This is a Mimi Brown favorite. Also, when I was a kid, my mom and I would hunt flea markets for milk-glass bottles which are always pretty with floral arrangements.
STYLE IN ODD NUMBERS
Try a candle, a floral arrangement, and a found object as a centerpiece on your table. Or five candles of various heights, but not four. It just works; don’t ask why!
Especially for an evening event, go to town with candles, market lights, tea lights, and lanterns. I love tea lights in simple paper lunch bags to line a walkway—it’s an old favorite. There are so many subtle ways to use lighting to enhance an event: taper candles at a sit-down dinner, tiki torches for a barbecue, scented candles in the guest bathrooms/powder room. And I go crazy for lanterns lit at dusk. Beautiful on the table, around the edge of a pool, and sprinkled in the garden.
For bigger events, it’s a great idea to have signage that denotes where things are—the bathroom, the bar, and so on. For a birthday party, I love a big, bold birthday sign that makes a statement.
Always balloons! Parties of all kinds require balloons, whether to create a focal point, make a custom sign, or just add happiness, festivity, and whimsy.
Linens can be rented, or alternatively, you can find affordable and unique options for table coverings at fabric stores. Vintage fabrics can also be used as tablecloths, laid on the grass in the backyard for seating, and more.
From EVERYDAY CHIC. Used with permission of Dey Street. Copyright © 2017 by Molly Sims.