Khristian A. Howell

Playing With Pattern: Unexpected Pop

A space is just not complete in my eyes without a touch of pattern.  You can add a little pop of pattern with accessories like throw pillows and artwork or go bold with wallcoverings and area rugs.  Pattern is showing up in some innovative places lately.  Here are some ways to play with pattern by adding an unexpected pop to your space.


Stencil it!  I love the look of these stenciled floors.  This is such a fun and bold way to add a little pattern to your space. Find out how to DIY it here.



How fun is this?!  Add a little pattern to any door with this nailhead detail.  This could even be done with a little metallic contact paper or decals.  This is just brilliant and a great weekend project with high impact!


Never forget the fifth wall! Try adding pattern to your ceiling with a wallpaper or again a stencil for a surprising lift to a room.  I love this look as you can go classic and architectural as pictured or bold and adventurous for a big statement.


We’ve seen bold stairs executed with bright saturated color.  Why not a little pattern??

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.23

It’s that time of year again when all of the fashion aficionados declare the season’s newest styles. Some are gorgeously flattering. Others are a little…out there. This week I’m going to share with you some of the more doable fashion trends for spring 2015! Follow these flawless styles and the streets will turn into your very own winding catwalk.


The biggest new trend I spotted was white lace. YUM. I could fill this whole post up with nothing but lace, but I’ll spare you. Nothing says sophistication, elegance and class like this perfect lace dress on Fashionista. I, for one, hope this trend sticks around.



On the opposite side of the spectrum, dark denim is in again, and whoever said you can’t put denim on denim was dead wrong. I love the casual, comfy look of this light and dark wash ensemble on Little Blonde Book. Paired with gladiator shoes (which are resurfacing this season again as well) you’ve got the perfect look for a day out on the town.



If you’re a regular reader, you know that I love the outdoors, recycling and sustainable living. All that said, it should be no surprise that I’m absolutely stoked for the return of the bohemian look. And if Vogue says that Boho is back, it has to be true. Now I’ll finally fit in again, right?



I personally have never jumped on the Gingham train, but with an outfit like this one that I found on Style, I could be tempted. It’s one of those styles you have to grab by the horns though–not for the faint of heart. But it’s doable! Checkered patterns don’t always have to remind you of your grandma. Or a picnic table.



I’m not really sure if yellow ever went out of style, but if it did, it’s back with a vengeance. Spring fashion this year mandates yellow in all its vibrant, glossy hues–and Elle Apparel proves that a fabulous yellow skirt is all you need to take an outfit from gorgeous to glamorous!




We couldn’t have said it any better, Margherita.

See you next week!


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.


Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.

With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.

Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.

Make and attach a spice  rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.

A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.

Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.

Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.

Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.

Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Bedroom Ideas

Making our master bedroom feel like a restful retreat is something we all desire. We also want it to be functional, comfortable, affordable & stylish all at the same time because a lot of life moments happen here. In my last article for Style Spotters I shared my Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Reveal, which is also being featured in the Feb issue of BHG and it got me thinking about the style I am consistently drawn to & take much inspiration from when beginning a room-Flea Market Chic. I like to mix old with new and reinvent ways of using vintage, found or salvaged items. There is such freedom in finding your own interpretation within this style and that is one of the many things I love about it. Shopping flea markets, yard, tag and estate sales are great ways to stretch your budget, give you an opportunity to incorporate unique, one of a kind elements that no one else has and use them in unexpected ways. Here are some of my favorite bedroom ideas, inspired by Flea Market Chic Style…

Flea Market Chic Bedroom IdeasUsing free & found items is a great way to create a focal point. This is my master bedroom & the mirror is my favorite décor detail in the room. These pieces of driftwood were found with my boys at the beach after a storm. Most of them were pickets from the dune fences they put up to protect the coastline from erosion. I love the idea of incorporating something found{ & free} and reinventing it into a rustic & glamorous focal point.

City Farmhouse DIY Headboard & Herringbone WallMixing a few statement pieces into the design is sometimes all you need to make the space feel complete. The simple aesthetic of this room is perfectly complimented by the lighting choice and framed vintage canvas over the bed. BHG Cottage Retreat {add unexpected art & vintage DIY lighting}Layering lighting & patterns gives an eclectic feel to this traditional space. A great way to incorporate patterns and give that Flea Market Chic look is by finding & using vintage fabrics, throws, saris and embroidery throughout the room.

BHG Cottage Style Bedroom-vintage lightingPops of color in your side tables not only makes a huge statement but gives it an enormous amount of personal style. Gen Sohr gives this space a restful, fun & cohesive look by layering color, tones and subtle patterns. You can see more of her BHG feature HERE.

BHG Jen Sohr Master Bedroom-make a staement with colorful side tables}A ladder can be multipurpose. I love this idea of taking something worn & used and reinventing its purpose. This vintage ladder makes the room feel complete. And the best part, when you need to change a light bulb or the fire alarm batteries it comes in real handy, especially in the middle of the night:).

BHG love the use of eth ladder for the side tableCreating a small office space next to your bed, genius. This vintage desk is purposeful and is a huge space saver. The layering of rustic and traditional elements makes this room feel balanced and super stylish.

BHG why not use a desk as a side table-multipurposefulThis salvaged mantle has been completely reinvented as a rustic chic headboard and the gold letters finish this one of a kind focal point. By mixing pattern, textures and lots of worn details this bedroom design has hit a home run.

BHG-Using a mantle for a headboardHow many times have you overlooked that wicker headboard while thrifting? Well, I bet you wont any longer, talk about giving something a new life, wow, I absolutely love how the dark navy draws your eye in and makes the room feel unified. You can see more of Mandi Gubler’s space HERE.

BHG-Vintage Revivals what a statement piece the headboard makes.Using salvaged pieces in unexpected ways is a great way to give your space an authenticity all its own. The soft touches in this bedroom are complimented by the rustic nature of the weathered doors above the bed. The white color palette makes vintage details stand out & feel cohesive.

Dreamy Whites {use salvaged door as a headboard} Layering new with old has been perfectly mastered in this stunning master bedroom retreat. Vintage details are mingled in through the room and feel balanced through the color palette. The chandelier works in perfect harmony with the tufted headboard and is highlighted by the graphite wall color.

Life in Grace BedroomI hope these rooms have inspired you to see the endless possibilities in Flea Market Chic.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: Colorful Playroom Rugs

Finding the perfect rug for a space is hard work, folks. It has to be the right size, the right price, the right color, and the right texture, not to mention easy to track down and buy. We went with fairly neutral walls and flooring for our playroom, which meant that we could bring in lots of fun color using a bright area rug. Need a little inspiration? Check out the colorful rugs in these rooms…

playroom rug inspiration colorful circles


colorful playroom rug inspiration purple and pink


colorful playroom rug inspiration orange pink


colorful playroom rug inspiration abc rug


 colorful playroom rug inspiration floral


 colorful playroom rug inspiration ikea


 colorful playroom rug inspiration floral


Scouring the internet for a place to buy that darling rug you spotted on someone’s blog post can take lots of time. So I’ve done some of the hard work for you! Here are a few of my favorite colorful playroom rugs and the links to where you can buy them.

colorful playroom rug inspiration

the affordable workhorse: Off-Set Chevron Multi Rug by Mohawk from, $135.99 for 5×8′
This is the rug we ended up buying for our playroom because it is colorful (the colors are much prettier in person than they look in the pictures), soft, cleans up easily, and is ridiculously inexpensive. We paid less than $190 for the 8×10′!

the classy floral: Threshold Floral Wool Area Rug from, $179.99 for 5×7′
Target has lots of pretty, colorful rugs in their stores. If you need something larger than 5×7′, you can find options online as well.

the pretty polka dots: Candy Dot Rug from Land of Nod, $399 for 5×8′
This one is a bit of a splurge, but it is beautiful, well-made, and a nice mix of colorful and understated.

the grown-up stripes: Momeni Delhi Red from, $349 for 5×8′
I love this rug! It’s bright and colorful, but would look great in a grown-up space too.

the rainbow chevron: Momeni Delhi Multi Rug from, $349.99 for 5×8′
In love with chevron? This is the colorful playroom rug for you! The rich, beautiful colors make it classy and fun at the same time.

the cool hopscotch: CB2 Hopscotch Rug, $199 for 4×6′
The only decidedly un-colorful rug on the list, it is just too cute to pass up! Slightly smaller than the other rugs on the list, but less expensive than most of them as well.

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.16

Hello again! I hope the week has treated you all well–I know I’m ready for a nice, long relaxing weekend. Whether you’re going to spend it inside curled up on the couch or out and about, enjoy it! This week I came across a few amazing home photos that I wanted to share. Get ready for some major home envy.


Take a look at this living room makeover from Jones Design Company. I love the neutral color palette with the small splashes of color!




I love being outside, and this lovely fireplace I found on Cocoon Home brings together the best of both worlds. This house brings the outdoors in with these amazing paneled windows.



I am absolutely in love with this red leather couch. This living room from The Inspired Room is everything I’ve ever wanted in my home–dog included.



If you’re more interested in dark and mysterious, check out this boys’ room decor from The Hunted Interior. The window brings in enough natural light to brighten up the room, but the dark paint keeps it closed and cozy.



And I saved my favorite for last. I adore this nursery room on Live The Fancy Life. I think I might need to go find myself one of those whales.



Take care, friends! See you next week.