Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Kid’s Room with Antique and Vintage Touches

Written on April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm , by

TREND: A collected over time look for the home, even in kids’ rooms.

We continue to see a trend away from mass-produced and obviously new items when decorating, and that translates to all spaces in the home. Yes, even for kids’ rooms! There’s something wonderfully warm and homey about living among storied pieces with a sense of history, isn’t there? The dresser in the kid’s room above is most likely an antique, and several other elements in the room may be true vintage or antique finds as well, but you can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Zebra Print Pillow, Pillows by Dezign
  2. Welcome to the Jungle Quilt, The Land of Nod
  3. Framed World Map, National Geographic Store
  4. Framed U.S. Map, National Geographic Store
  5. Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW) , Design Within Reach
  6. Ashby Dresser, Pottery Barn

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


BHG Guest Blogger

3 Tips for Pairing Cabinetry + Countertops

Written on April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am , by

 

 

 

The BHG Innovation Kitchen, created for the May 2014 issue, is filled with fresh ideas and cool products. Here, senior editor Kit Selzer highlights a few of our favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

Salt and pepper. Vinegar and oil. Bread and butter. Compiling a list of kitchen pairings can make a fun party game, but what’s the most important combo when designing a kitchen? We say it’s cabinetry and countertops. Together, they set the overall style of the space and have the biggest impact.

 

Whether you’re updating your existing cabinetry with paint or creating a kitchen from scratch, as we did, a few rules of thumb will help you get a polished look.

 

1. Don’t be afraid to use more than one color of cabinetry. In our Innovation Kitchen project, we used four: light gray in the main part of the kitchen, dark gray in the adjoining multipurpose pantry, white for a few select pieces, and a fresh green for a tall built-in the dining area. This combination of cabinets from Decora helps define zones, creates more interest than a single hue would, and sets the basic palette. Variation in cabinet color makes a kitchen feel more personal, less like it’s straight off the showroom floor.

2. Show restraint with countertops. When you use different cabinet colors, you’ll likely be happiest using the same countertop choice throughout. We love this quartz-surfacing countertop from Cambria, which, with its gray veining, resembles marble but is more durable and easier to care for. It looks great with all of our cabinet colors and gives the entire space continuity. Bringing in a second pattern would have created a busy look.

3. Cabinetry and countertops in similar tones gives the effect of furniture. Generally, it’s best to choose countertops that coordinate with but don’t match cabinetry for greater contrast. However, you can use near-matches for effect. Take this hutch, for example. It’s made from a glass-front cabinet placed on top of two slightly deeper sets of drawers with a slab of the kitchen’s quartz-surfacing countertop placed in between. Together they look like a single unit. Another idea: Match a countertop to a low, wide cabinet to create the look of a freestanding buffet.

 

Now you’re ready to create your own perfect pairings.

 

See more of the BHG Innovation Kitchen we created in collaboration with designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of Fiddlehead Design Group


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home To Yours: Poufs!

Written on April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

Can we talk about poufs for a minute? I’m not sure if you have boarded the pouf-trend train yet, but I’m taking on the role of conductor and inviting you to hop on board. As I’ve mentioned here on Style Spotters, over the last year I’ve been creating an office / living room for myself. While the space is pretty large, it’s divided into two separate areas: the office and the living room.Because of the layout, the living room got the short end of the stick in terms of space. However, I’m making that area work as hard as possible.

 

First, I incorporated a small sectional for maximum seating and total television watching comfort. Given the size of the sectional, I don’t have a lot of space for side chairs without making things feel cramped. The solution? Poufs!

 

Adding two patterned poufs on the opposite side of my coffee table not only offers me extra seats, but also provides an element of fun. It’s like having a couple mini- bean bag chairs. Adults have an opportunity to be kids again, but in a super stylish and trendy way. You have to love that!

 

With more and more people on the hunt for the perfect pouf for their space, the varieties, styles, colors, and shapes available these days are endless. Today I want to share some of my favorite poufs in hopes that one or two will fit your space.

 

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Climb aboard the train and use the comments below to let us know which poufs are your favorites.
 
Happy Decorating!

Michael A. Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Drawing Table for Kids

Written on April 11, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

 

Hi, Everyone. My name is Danielle Driscoll and I blog over at Finding Silver Pennies. I live in a coastal New England town with my English husband, two little boys and our rescue dog. The blog is dedicated to our life by the sea, redoing our historic home, treasure hunting at the beach & yard sales and fun family ideas. When I’m not running after my little guys then you can be sure I’m down in the basement painting furniture. It was a dream come true to be featured in Better Homes & Gardens. All the more special that my sons, John & Conor, could take part in the fun.

From a very early age I got hooked on Yard Sale-ing and antiquing. Since before I could walk my mom had me by her side looking for treasures. Most weekends you can find us out sale-ing before we hit the beach.

 

We discovered the drawing table I created for my boys at a friend’s yard sale. The table is quite big and super sturdy. I absolutely love the turned legs, and oak paints so nicely because of the grain of the wood. BUT I almost passed on it thinking it was just too big!

 

How could I resist the bargain of a $5 table?!?

 

My sons LOVE to draw and I thought what better way to repurpose an old and unwanted table for years (and I mean years) of enjoyment?!? We completed this table back in September 2012 and it is still going strong and has provided many, many hours of fun for our whole family.

 

I shared the tutorial on my blog here. My oldest son had just started kindergarten and both Conor and I missed him so much. We decided to paint the table together to pass the time.  Here is the before:

I first sanded down the surface because there were scratches, and then I painted the top in Valspar chalkboard paint I had left from another project. I applied three coats with a Purdy XL Glide brush. You can also use a paint roller. The vibrant green is Antibes Green Chalk Paint®, decorative paint by Annie Sloan. I applied two coats of the green and did two coats of clear wax to seal it (no wax on the chalkboard top).

 

As you can see, Conor started young with Chalk Paint®. Here he is painting at the age of 3!

He was so proud of himself, carefully brushing the paint on. He kept saying, “Mommy, John is going to be so proud of me. He’s going to be really surprised.” I guess it goes to show that you’re never too young or too old to breath new life into an old piece.

 

The boys haven’t tired of this table or the other ones I’ve painted for them in Chalk Paint® including a subway sign chest, a decoupaged sailor dresser, a grain sack dresser and a union flag bureau.

I hope you can pop by my blog to say hello and see some of the other painted pieces.

 

I’ve also shared a behind the scenes post of BHG visiting my home. This photo was taken while the crew was setting up and the kids were drawing:

The crew came through a blizzard! The snow was falling and the kids were drawing but you’d never know from the image in the magazine that the weather was so bad. Thank you to BHG for including our fun project in the magazine and on this blog!

 


Jen Jones

Organize This: Spring Cleaning Supplies!

Written on April 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm , by

It is that time of the year again!  Spring has finally sprung and that means that most are giving their homes a little extra attention.  Something about the fresh air, chirping birds and light breeze coming in through the windows, inspires us to take our homes to the next level.

Whether that means cleaning out your garage, organizing a closet or giving the exterior of your home some love; how you organize your cleaning supplies will make all of the difference in the ease of maintaining your roost.  In fact, a few good tips and systems will help you year round, and make some of those household chores a little breezier.

 

Crete a Cleaning Closet

My first tip is to try and dedicate a single area to serve as a cleaning closet.  This can be a stand-in wardrobe, the corner of a coat closet or a dedicated cabinet in your laundry or utility room.  This dedicated closet becomes a one-stop location for all things cleaning.  Everything from your vacuum and mop to sponges and polishers, this space instantly becomes the cleaning hub of the home for the entire family to reference.  Maximize the closet by adding paper towel holders, baskets and clips to the back of the door.  Also consider lining the interior of the closet with additional hooks for taller items.

 

Create a Cleaning Caddy:

Inside of your cleaning cabinet, add a portable basket to keep the “essential” supplies you find yourself reaching for most frequently.  All purpose spray, wood polisher, glass cleaner along with a few scrubbers and rags.  This caddy can now go with you from room to room during your weekly cleaning routine.

 

Under the Sink:

The cleaning cabinet and caddy work really well for managing your weekly tasks and especially those deep cleaning sessions.  But there are two areas of the home which should be given attention on a daily basis due to the germs that tend to live in those spaces; the bathroom and the kitchen.  Designate a small area under each sink to hold your disinfecting cleaner and sponges.  The goal is to make things as quick and simple as possible, and heading to a different area of the home to grab essential supplies each and everyday is just one extra step.  If storage is limited, consider a simple slim basket or over the door caddy.

 

In the Laundry Room:

Laundry care typically comes with a different set of cleaning supplies, therefore, those supplies should be stored directly next to the washer and dryer.  A slim carts can tuck between the washer and dryer if spaces permits, while adding shelves above the machines is a great option for maximizing vertical storage in a small space.

Let’s face it, life can be messy!  Above and beyond daily clothing care, be prepared to handle stains as well.  Print out a stain removal guide and keep it in the laundry room near a basket of supplies and scrubbers for on the spot garment care!

 

Don’t Forget the Garage:

We tend to spend a lot of time in our cars, so don’t forget to add a special caddy of cleaners to your garage as well.  Fill a portable carrier with supplies for keeping the interior and exterior of your automobile sparkling clean.

 

 

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BHG Guest Blogger

American Dream Builders: Small Homes, Big Style

Written on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am , by

 

 

This season on #DreamBuilders we’ve seen our competitors reach for their highest creative limits, and the headline of that is that the best is yet to come, and YOU arrived to the party just in time to catch it!  We’ve watched them brave the elements, and then each other, all while pulling off the BIGGEST home transformations I’ve ever seen on Prime Time TV…and you know what, I’m loving every minute of it — not because I’m the host, but because it’s design at its inspired best returned to TV!

 

 


This week our contestants face what most of you contend with everyday…SPACE or lack thereof. Divided into four teams of two, they were each issued a modular home and given one direction: get as much style into this small space as you can. And guess what? They delivered BIG time. Along the way they found real small space innovations and inspired ideas that we can all takeaway at home. One being that real-sized furniture works best even in a small space. Small scale makes the room even smaller.

On top of that, for this episode we up’ed the ante by welcoming the BH&G editors on set to give their input and pick a space to feature in the pages of the magazine. Make no mistake, four editors staring you down made the stress even more palpable. To say the least, our contestants were definitely feeling the pressure!

 

So, you’ll have to tune on Sunday night at 8/7c and tell me what you think! Make sure to include me (@nateberkus) and @BHG in your tweet so we can talk all about it!