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Get the look: Outdoor Living Rooms

With all the time spent outdoors in the months from spring to fall, I’m intrigued by the idea of outdoor living rooms. In the past, we’ve had a few diferent patio dining sets, but can I be honest? They rarely get used. There’s something about all the bugs in Oklahoma hanging around all that food that makes for a less-than-enjoyable outdoor dining experience. I find that if I were to do it all over again, I’d much rather have a comfy outdoor living room setup with chairs, a coffee table, and maybe a big beautiful umbrella for shade.

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At our lake house, our gigantic front porch has provided ample opportunity for long evenings with friends and surveying the kiddos playing on the boardwalk. We designed the railing to double as a bench to allow for more seating, which is one of my favorite elements of the porch. We’re slowly accumulating some outdoor furniture; a pair of rocking chairs and some lanterns have made their way there, but there’s still room for more seating. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics from BHG that I’ve pinned as I’m designing the space.

Get the look: outdoor living rooms

This screened-in porch above is very reminiscent of many of the homes in our lakehouse community. I love the enormous low sectional. This scene could easily be changed up with different pillows and accessories for any time of year. It feels summery and fresh with the pops of color brought in by the boho pillows, but come fall it would feel extra cozy with the addition of blankets and cableknit-covered pillows. The wood coffee table is big enough that you could add a couple of benches or floor cushions to accommodate other guests. (S’mores on the porch, anyone?)

Get the look: outdoor living rooms

The patio above is maybe the best of both worlds. It’s got a comfy built-in sectional to lounge on, but room for a dining table too. I’d probably want to pull that table up to the corner of the sectional for long, lounge-y brunches. But you could easily do a big round coffee table in lieu of the dining table or possibly a pair of stools like the ones below. And I love the texture that an outdoor rug provides underfoot.

Get the look: outdoor living roomsGet the look: outdoor living rooms

Speaking of lounging, how dreamy is this rustic outdoor living space below? That big comfy daybed just begs you to bring out a stack of books and wile away the hours.

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Instead of a coffee table, why not try an upholstered ottoman? Outdoor fabrics from companies like Sunbrella are perfect for the elements, not to mention kids and pets.

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This stunning outdoor fireplace scene below would be so dreamy and relaxing once the weather turns cooler in the evenings. And how gorgeous are those stone pavers set in the grass? That’s a gorgeous solution in lieu of a rug.

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This patio below feels party-ready with tons of outdoor cushions, a handy bar cart to keep snacks and drinks at the ready for guests, and a welcoming vibe with lanterns to welcome visitors.

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Oh, and one last tip: as the summer months march on, now’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for sales on outdoor furniture and accessories. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as most stores are already prepping for their fall collections to launch, which means huge savings on all spring and summer items!


12 Entry DIY Ideas

12 Entry DIY Ideas

Trend: 12 Entry DIY Ideas

The entryway in our home tends to turn into a catchall, so I’m constantly searching for ideas to organize the small space. Where should my keys go? Can I fit a shoe holder? Should I hang coats in the entry, or keep them in the closet? If you’re asking yourself these same questions, you should check out the tutorials I found below. They’re all great ideas, enjoy!

1. Do you have a small entryway? This entry table was cut from a larger table and I love it, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

Do you have a small entryway? This entry table was cut from a larger table and I love it, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

2. Wall organizer with mail holder straps and coat hooks, from Apartment Therapy.

Wall organizer with mail holder straps and coat hooks, from Apartment Therapy.

3. Create a shoe storage bench to sit under the coat hooks, from Remodelaholic.

Create a shoe storage bench to sit under the coat hooks, from Remodelaholic.

4. You could create a storage bench and coat hook combo, from Lowes.

You could create a storage bench and coat hook combo, from Lowes.

5. Give that boring entryway closet a makeover, from Woven Home.

Give that boring entryway closet a makeover, from Woven Home.

6. This simple shoe rack DIY is perfect for any small space entry, from Not Martha.

This simple shoe rack DIY is perfect for any small space entry, from Not Martha.

7. Does your entryway open right into the living room? Create this nifty room divider to separate the rooms and add storage, from Better Homes and Gardens.

Does your entryway open right into the living room? Create this nifty room divider to separate the rooms and add storage, from Better Homes and Gardens.

8. If you don’t need a lot of storage in the entryway, create this mini organizer for keys and other small things, from Almost Makes Perfect.

If you don't need a lot of storage in the entryway, create this mini organizer for keys and other small things, from Almost Makes Perfect.

9. Print out this free reminder print and hang it by the front door. Now you won’t forget the important things when you leave the home, from The Paper Mama.

Print out this free reminder print and hang it by the front door. Now you won't forget the important things when you leave the home, from The Paper Mama.

10. If you need a little more help to remember the important things on the way out the door, you can make this Door Organizer, from Design Sponge.

If you need a little more help to remember the important things on the way out the door, you can make this Door Organizer, from Design Sponge.

11. I love this simple and colorful key organizer, from A Beautiful Mess.

I love this simple and colorful key organizer, from A Beautiful Mess.

12. Do you feel like you need more organization in your life? This family command center sitting in the entry will really help (plus, it’s better than a bunch of clutter), from The Homes I Have Made.

Do you feel like you need more organization in your life? This family command center sitting in the entry will really help (plus, it's better than a bunch of clutter), from The Homes I Have Made.

Happy organizing!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos in the first image are from Apartment Therapy, The Homes I Have Made, Almost Makes Perfect, A Beautiful Mess, and Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.


Playing with Pattern: Marble

 

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Marble, marble everywhere. Marble is having a major resurgeance in home decor (did it ever really go away?) and we couldn’t be happier. The thing about marble is it’s timeless, but also grounding and adds a natural element to the home without having to go all out rustic. So how do you add it in without going over board? The key is to use it purposefully. Of course using this wonderful stone in the kitchen and bathroom will always elevate the look of your room. There are also such an amazing range of products out there using marble as a printed pattern. There is just something so nice about adding organic feeling patterns to your space. Luckily there are so many amazing choices out there to add a small or bold touch of this pattern to your space.

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Throw pillow – always the go to way to experiment with a new color, pattern, or trend you are intrigued by. These three all have such a unique take on the trend and will work in a variety of spaces.

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How gorgeous is this island?! I am such a sucker for this look!

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These vases are so much fun. The shapes are amazing and this is a great way to add just a touch of marble to your entry way or bookshelf vignette.

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I don’t think we can say enough about this wallpaper from Calico. Such a gorgeous way to make a bold statment in a space. This would be amazing on a ceiling as well!

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I love going high impact under foot. This rug is such a great way to add pattern, color, and a sense of movement to your space.

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Love this beautiful low risk way to add a touch of pretty marble to your life!

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Flea Market Chic: Layering Rugs

Flea Market Chic-Layering Rugs BHG Style Spotters

If you are like me, then your style is constantly evolving. My idea of a fun usually involves moving furniture and accessories around my home for a few hours, yup, I am a house geek. I know what you are thinking, that has to take more than a few hours but not always. I am constantly finding simple & fun ways to refresh my spaces that satisfies my design cravings & prevents a FULL on makeover. My favorite way to give my space a whole new look is by changing up the color palette. One easy way to do this is by layering rugs. If you browse your favorite magazine {BHG} or Pinterest lately, you are bound to find this trend front and center. I will be honest, with any trend it takes me a bit of time to figure out if it’s right for me & this one I like for few reasons. By simply adding another layer of pattern, texture and/or color you can connect it to other accessories and pillows you are bringing into the room. You can find smaller throw rugs easily, for a fraction of the cost, try hitting some local flea markets for a vintage feel or buy one new at a home store to tie it in with your eclectic style. And the last reason I am digging on this trend, there is little risk and commitment, if you decide you don’t like it so much in a few months, you can still use that throw rug in another area of your home. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired by this trend….

Use a colorful palette & pattern over an existing sisal to give you a new color direction and a bold new look for summer. The art and pillows bring out the soft indigo tones in the rug and make the space feel connected.

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With this trend you can go big or small, size doesn’t determine style. Having a base rug to anchor the space allows you to play with different sizes.

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Better Homes and Gardens translates this inspiration into a palette for 2014 that's pretty, comfortable, and truly livable

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How about layering a hide over a sisal or wool to give an organic, rustic feel? While I may not be there myself, I love this look in other people’s homes. By layering these natural textures it make the space feel grounded, warm & cozy.

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The Nester-Layering a hide over a sisal

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Adding a vintage rug, such as an oriental or kilim can bring in that worn detail every space needs. It can connect the color palette and bring flow to the room.

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There is a good amount of creative freedom with this trend, take a look at these stripes on stripes, what a bold yet soft statement. Paired with the whimsical beach print, it is another perfect look for summer.

Design Love Fest-Layering Rugs In Dining Room

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I am typically considered a symmetrical person but lately I am loving things off-centered, you only love once right?! Take a look at my favorite designer gal’s {Emily Henderson} living room and how the rug off-centered, under the 2 chairs looks & feels organically placed.

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I know what I will be doing the next time I have a few spare hours :).

Have a fantastic week,

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Every good gardener struggles with it: how to keep the deer from eating their garden before it even gets established! We planted an orchard with 30 young fruit trees at the beginning of the year, and they were totally fine. Until one night, just after they started sprouting leaves, when some deer found them and stripped the sour cherries almost clean of foliage. They’ve bounced back now, thank goodness, because we got a deer fence put up right away. Right now, the fence is a mix of temporary and permanent. We hired professionals to sink pressure-treated 4×6 posts into concrete. Someday, we’ll use those posts as the starting point for a beautiful deer fence. In the meantime, we strung a few rolls of 8′ heavy-duty black plastic field fence from post to post and attached it using a staple gun. It’s by no means beautiful, but it actually looks really good, is barely visible, and best of all, it will keep the deer out of our garden until we can build something lovely and permanent.

We don’t usually think of deer fences as beautiful. But just because they aren’t often nice-looking doesn’t mean they can’t be! I’ve scoured the internet looking for deer fence inspiration, and here are just a few examples of beautiful, functional fences that keep those pesky deer out of the garden while managing to look good!

beautiful deer fence garden inspiration

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Deer fences need to be around 8 feet tall (or shorter and wide) to be effective at keeping deer out of the garden These first two fences use the two layer method: the bottom half of the fence uses metal paneling, while the top half uses tension cables. I love this look because it is pretty without being really dense. It blends in to the landscape decently well and doesn’t obstruct views.

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These next two fences also employ the two-layer method, but instead of tension cables on the top half of the fence, they have a narrow pergola. This look is really pretty and structural (especially in that first photo!), but maybe not practical for a large garden.

deer fence inspiration

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This fence uses two layers of wood-framed metal paneling on top of each other. Not super artistic, but attractive enough, and probably really effective at keeping deer out.

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I can’t tell if this fence is tall enough to keep deer out, but I love those tall wooden pillars in the center of the garden. It looks like they have some trellises between them and spots for garden tools to hang up. Genius! And the fence, if a little too short, is really pretty. I love the wood!
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This deer fence is super smart! Deer can jump high, but they can’t jump high AND wide. This fence is a little shorter than a typical deer fence, but the boulders and landscaping in front add width, so it’s still effective. And the curved iron pieces on top are beautiful, interesting, and unique.

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Our last beautiful deer fence is truly one-of-a-kind! It’s almost too pretty to be a deer fence; it looks like an art installation. You can’t tell from this photo, but the bottom of the fence has some kind of chicken wire or small metal paneling to keep little garden pests out, and the height is perfect for deterring deer.

Do you have a favorite? If you had to build a beautiful deer fence, which inspiration photo would you use?


Hi BHG readers!  My name is Lauren Liess and I’m a decorator from Northern Virginia with a blog called Pure Style HomeI couldn’t have been more thrilled when the BHG team called and asked me if I’d like to decorate the 2015 BHG Innovation Home!  (The big reveal will be shared in this October’s issue of the magazine.)  My firm began the decorating plans this past Winter and I’m so excited to walk you through our thought process, step-by-step, as we get closer to the big reveal in October!

 

When I began the decorating plans for the BHG Innovation Home, I decided to start with an overall palette for the house that could be carried throughout.  Developing a general palette for a home aids in creating flow and consistency so that walking from one room to the next makes sense and feels authentic.  To keep things interesting, I like to vary up accent colors, rather than shocking visitors with a new palette in every room.

 

We know that BHG readers love color, and I, myself, am nature-obsessed, so I was hoping to relate the color palette of the home to the breathtaking Wisconsin land just outside its door- the big wide open blue skies and fields of green and gold.  A favorite chintz pillow of mine had just the right combination of colors- blues, greens, gold/mustard and earth tones – so I used it as a launching point for the palette and then added in some purer blues and fresh accents to cheer it up a little.

{My starting point chintz for the color palette…  The fabric isn’t actually used anywhere in the house.}

 

Texture also played a key role in establishing our palette as I wanted to make sure that there was a sense of nature woven throughout the home.  We included a mix of natural textures and materials- woven grasses, textural wallcoverings, nubby linens, and various wood tones that are both warm and coo- and these earthier elements help ground the color scheme, giving it depth and keeping it from feeling too “sweet.”

 

Once I’d established a palette, we moved onto determining the style and vibe of the house, which I’ll share next time.  I hope you enjoyed this peek into the design process!

 

{A look at some of the color, textiles & textures we’re incorporating throughout the home}

 

 

 

 


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