These days, it's not too difficult to make your home look fabulous, even on a budget - it just takes a little know-how. So this week I'm dedicating the issue to showing you some ways you can reinvent your living space in style.

To kick things off, I'm inviting you into my Manhattan apartment to illustrate a handful of clever decorating ideas. One of my favorites? Framing prints from vintage art books to create instant art – get the details in my Creative Tips. And if you don't always trust your own eye when it comes to home style, I'll let you borrow mine: see the mix-and-match tabletop collection I curated exclusively for online gift source NewlyWish using pieces from Waterford Wedgwood. (Getting married? Register for my line and let your guests do the gifting!)

Of course, I've asked some full-time home decorating pros to help us out as well. My talented sister Christie Hoffman May, an interior designer based in San Diego, is showing us an amazing mix of luxe - and luxe-for-less - furniture options. In-the-know art adviser Merrill Mahan is shining the spotlight on a group of under-the-radar artists whose work you'll be craving next. Plus, Jon Sherman, the wallpaper wonder at Flavor Paper, is revealing his company's latest eye-catching designs. But first I wanted to share these photographs taken by my friend and talented photographer Corbin Gurkin. I love the adorable moments she captured with me and my son, Mason. Home sweet home, indeed!


Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - HOME IMPROVEMENT: Ceci opens the door to the New York apartment she shares with her husband and baby son, Mason, to reveal a few easy decorating tricks. Shot by Corbin Gurkin Photography.

Photography by Corbin Gurkin Photography.

The Creative Team