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.