Written on March 7, 2014 at 6:45 am , by kkramer
Blogs are a major source of inspiration for our editors. We admire photos of their homes, try out their mouth-watering recipes, pin their creative projects, and get new ideas for our own style from the things that they share. This year Better Homes and Gardens hosted our first-ever Blogger Awards to introduce our fans to the some of the best blogs that our editors have stumbled upon.
Starting in February, readers were able to nominate the blogs that they loved. Next, our team of editors went through every single blog that was nominated to pick out their favorites. It was no easy task! You can find their top 10 picks for each category here. After we narrowed it down to the top five in each category, it was back to reader voting to decide who would be the Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice winners! Here’s the winners:
Readers’ Choice: The Inspired Room
Editors’ Choice: Pencil Shavings Studio
Readers’ Choice: Vintage Revivals
Editors’ Choice: With Heart
Readers’ Choice: Coordinately Yours
Editors’ Choice: The Chic Site
Readers’ Choice: The Small Things Blog
Editors’ Choice: Seersucker+Saddles
Readers’ Choice: A Nest for All Seasons
Editors’ Choice: A Way to Garden
Readers’ Choice: Sprouted Kitchen
Editors’ Choice: Oh My Veggies
Readers’ Choice: Joy the Baker
Editors’ Choice: Une Gamine dans la Cuisine
Readers’ Choice: Half Baked Harvest
Editors’ Choice: Local Milk
Written on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.
Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.
Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.
DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.
DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.
Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.
Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.
Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.
Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.
Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.
Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.
Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.
Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on March 5, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Maxwell Ryan
My new apartment was all white when I moved in. It was lovely at first and my bedroom, in particular, had a light, airy feeling. And then it got boring. After the thrill of moving into a new space wore off, I realized that my bedroom was TOO light and had no definition. It didn’t feel grounded and stylish either. It needed some color!
However, rather than paint all the walls, and inspired by some very dark walls I had seen on European blogs, I decided to do something new: go very dark with one bold color behind my bed. I wanted it to be so dark that it would dramatically set off the headboard and calm the room right down. I wanted my bright, soft bed to seem like the center of a cozy nest so that I would draw me to bed (and perhaps I wouldn’t stay up so late). And I would leave the other walls as is.
I tried some swatches of color on the wall over a few weeks and found myself tip toeing into darker and darker tones. If I was going to do this, I didn’t want to do it half way. I finally settled on a deep aubergine color from Farrow & Ball called Brassica. I bought one gallon of it in a matte finish and painted it in three coats. It was dark.
I replaced my headboard, bed and side tables. I made my bed. I turned on the bedside lights and smiled. It was dark, warm, softly dramatic and lovely. For the first time in my life I’d added a really dark color to a wall in my home and it was not scary. It was a thrill.
Written on March 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm , by Nicole Balch
TREND: Ceiling medallions grouped on the wall as art.
This isn’t a new idea, but it is one that seems to be resurfacing and making the rounds again. Ceiling medallions (or to be more accurate, ceiling rosettes, without a hole in the center) can be painted and hung on the wall in a grouping for a fun DIY take on art. They can easily be found online or at big-box home improvement stores, and they’re affordable (usually under $30, and often under $10). Choose your favorite color, get some paint out, and create a grouping of your own!
- Vintage Farmer’s Basket, Wisteria
- Ekena Millwork Washington Ceiling Medallion, Bellacor
- Fypon Belmont Ceiling Medallion, Home Depot
- Ekena Lyre Ceiling Rosette, Home Depot
- Ekena Millwork Foster Acanthus Leaf Ceiling Medallion, Bellacor
- ‘Fresh Pineapple’ Yellow Glidden Paint, Home Depot
- Saarinen Tulip Side Table with Wooden Top, NJ Modern or YLiving
- Favorite Throw – Solid, West Elm
- Söderhamn Sofa, IKEA
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely
Written on March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
TREND: Pops of Bold Color
For as long as I can remember, green has always been one of my favorite colors. But not just any green. I’ve always been a fan of bright, cheerful, and happy greens. After one of the longest winters I can remember, I’m desperately longing to see that beautiful green grass that’s hiding beneath the snow. In the meantime though, as I wait for the snow to thaw, I’ll have to supplement with a little greenery indoors.
I’m absolutely loving this cheerful bedroom. Full of bright colors and bold patterns, this fresh look will certainly bring a little joy and happiness even on the dreariest of days. And how about that artwork? Wouldn’t that make such a fun DIY project? Anyway, pulling inspiration from this room, I found some grass green pieces that you could easily incorporate into your own space for a fresh new look.
Which ones are your favorites?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on February 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm , by Nicole Balch
TREND: Stenciled walls as an alternative to wallpaper.
Wallpaper is a fantastic way to bring a ton of impact, color, and pattern into a space, but it isn’t the only way. Creating a feature wall with stencils, or even doing a whole room, is another option to explore, and it has the bonus of being customizable and affordable. The bedroom above uses a palette of medium and light blue to make the interlocking circle pattern of the stencil pop, and you can get a similar look with the items below.
- Endless Circles Lattice Moroccan Stencil, Royal Design Studio
- Teresia Sheer Curtains, IKEA
- Ziggy Table Lamp, Crate & Barrel
- Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser, West Elm
- Mini Mirror (part of a set), Pottery Barn Kids
- Hawthorne Laburnum Vase, Room and Board
- Wall Pedestal, West Elm
- Lack Wall Shelf, IKEA
- Linen Diamond Quilt and Shams, Pottery Barn
- Alfredo Rug, Crate & Barrel
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely