BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

June 2012

Howdy Better Homes & Gardens style spotters! I’m Stephanie from Turtle Soup Daily, recently I was honored to win the grand prize in BHG Pin & Win contest. The past couple of weeks I’ve been over-the-moon giddy and excited about the win! As I was pinning images, I just thought it was a fun contest, nothing that I could actually ever win. And after checking out the other entrants boards and fellow winners, I’m even more humbled.

BHG has asked me to share some must-haves in my home with you. I’m a Mid Century Modern girl at heart, something about the openness with the simple, organic lines makes my heart go pitter-patter. I’m also a big fan of bright, colorful accents, which shows through in nearly all of the images from that I pinned for the contest. It’s my personal style mantra to keep your big ticket items neutral, but add splashes of color with accessories. This keeps costs lower as trends and your style preferences change.

Here are some of my favorite colorful, must-have accessories for my home:

  1. Bright Patterned Throw Pillow: Throw pillows are the perfect accent to make any room cozier and even better when they’re bright and cheerful! This lively lime green pillow from The Marimekko Shop at Crate & Barrel speaks to my childhood in the Midwest. Cows may be one of the loveliest of creatures, no? Marimekko Iltavilli 20″ Pillow, Crate & Barrel, $49
  2. Ceramic Animal: White ceramic animals have been a growing trend for several years. I love this mid-century inspired turtle (my namesake!) box from Jonathan Adler. Turtle Box, Jonathan Adler, $110
  3. Colorful serving pieces: I have been eying these mini latte bowls from Anthropologie for the longest time. A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to make the purchase for my birthday. I bought one in every color and I’m so happy I did! The color brings a perfect amount of vibrancy to any dinner party, whether you’re serving salsa, fruit, or dessert. Mini Latte Bowls, Anthropologie, $20
  4. Plant Life: One of the first things I bought for my first apartment after college graduation was a big, beautiful plant. Plants bring so much life and texture to the room, it’s my ultimate go-to accessory. Throughout the years I’ve learned my plants thrive from neglect, an added benefit for sure! I’d bet they be even more happy in this pretty plant stand from Pad. Pod Version 1.0, Pad, $164
  5. Flowers: I love having fresh-cut flowers in my home and while I occasionally splurge and buy a bouquet for myself, it’s not something I can afford all of the time. Craspedia, or billy buttons as they’re commonly referred to, are the perfect substitute for fresh. Their dried blooms will last years without fading and you’ll always be able to have beautiful flowers in your home. Craspedia Cluster, Flores Del Sol Etsy Shop, $55
  6. Local Art Piece: It seems I have art pieces covering every wall in my apartment, but I always seem to find room for more. Buying originals or prints from local artists is important to me and helps me celebrate and remember the places I’ve lived or visited. This particular print is of my very favorite view in Kansas City that I discovered when exploring the city on my bike by local artist, Allan Chow. After Hannibal Bridge, Allan Chow Etsy Shop, $25
  7. Over-sized Letters: As a graphic designer I’m drawn to good typography. In fact I have over-sized letters all over my home because I find such beauty in the positive and negative shapes that letters make. These metal letters from Anthropologie are the perfect accent to monogram any home — whether you’re a type-nerd or not! Zinc Letters, Anthropologie, $18
  8. Clock: I stopped wearing watches years ago in lieu of checking my phone (OK, OK, I just never got around to replacing the batteries…), having this retro schoolhouse clock on my walls would hopefully help me stay on time and on task. On Time Wall Clock, Urban Outfitters, $19
  9. Additional seating: It’s always great to have a couple additional seating options when guests come over. Or put a fun serving tray on top as an additional side table for a multifunctional piece. This bright blue knitted pouf fits just the ticket. Knitted Pool Pouf, CB2, $79.95
  10. Radio & iPod Dock: What’s a home without music? Listen to great audio with this bright yellow iPod dock from Tivoli. Tivoli Audio Model One, Room & Board, $179.99

Thanks for letting me share some of my colorful inspiration with you. Check out my winning Pinterest board for more lovely color and style inspiration.

Sometimes finding the perfect green palette that’s not too predictable nor too funky can be a hard task.  Inspired by Proenza Schouler, we have found a beautiful green palette that will prove itself classic yet carries a youthful look.  You are sure to be gaga for green.  Here’s the look:


Color Inspiration:  Inner Skirt.
For an accent wall or inside shelving, go bold with Buckingham Gardens 545.

Color Inspiration: Sleeveless Shirt.
On the walls: Silvery Moon 1604 is cool and refreshing.

Color Inspiration: Trim of Skirt.
Use this beautiful green in pillows and accessories.  Possibly even in a piece or art.  Landscape 430.

Color Inspiration: Belt and Shoes
For an upholstered piece such as a sofa or accent chair, step out of the box with a striking black like Universal Black 2118-10.

Color Inspiration: Bonus
Use this Summerdale Gold HC-17 to break up the green family, using it in your accessories and fabrics.
Gunmetal 1602 is another great option for upholstered and wooden furniture pieces.

(All Paints: Benjamin Moore)

Runway Photo:  Proenza Schouler Resort 2013 Collection via New York Fashion.


Milk crates are sort of storage’s dirty little secret: They hold a lot, they stack, they’re inexpensive, but they’re shamefully unattractive. Until now! Jenny Drinkard, a 25-year-old design student in Atlanta, had the genius idea to create a la carte add-ons to make Ye Olde Milk Crate even more of a storage powerhouse (with good looks, too): drawers, shelves, hooks, casters, wooden legs, corkboards…you name it.


Dorm rooms, kids’ rooms, even kitchen desks and mudrooms are about to get an upgrade.


Crates, $20, all add-ons sold separately. Available at Quirky and select Target stores beginning July 1.

–Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor

Is gardening an important part of you? Would you like your family to be more involved? Well, why not start them out early? My daughter is 2 and a half now, and we’ve started getting her into gardening (well, when she wants to). She’s still a little too young to understand that you can’t pull all the tiny seed sprouts out of the dirt, so we decided to make a space that’s all her own. Guess what? She loves it. Yes, she’s still a 2-year-old and can only stand to be outside gardening for an hour at a time, but, she really enjoys it. Each morning we wander outside to water and say hello to our plants. She tells people about her strawberries and beans and talks about watering them and being gentle with the leaves. It’s been amazing.

Being inspired by these beautiful raised beds, I’d love to share with you how we created a garden space for our kid.


- Rot-resistant wood (cedar or redwood): We made a small box out of cedar (finished box dimensions: 2 feet x 18 inches). For this you need 4 pieces of 2 foot x 6 inch + 4 pieces of 18 inch x 6 inch wooden planks. We double stacked 6 inch pieces of wood, to create a 1 foot high box.

- 4 corner brackets (see photo below)

- 16 – 24 exterior wood screws (depends on the corner bracket you find)

- Boiled linseed oil (optional: found at local home store)

- Gloves and an old rag

- Shovel or wooden stakes and a hammer (optional: depending on your garden)

- Electric screwdriver

- Level (to make it straight)


1. Position two 2 foot x 6 inch planks together to create a 12 inch wide piece (see photo below). Screw in the corner bracket. Repeat this will all the remaining pieces of wood, until you create a rectangle.

2. Now, time to apply some boiled linseed oil. It’s not really necessary, but I’ve read it can extend the life of your garden box. Using an old rag and wearing gloves, rub a layer of oil all over the wood in the box. Let it dry overnight. Side note: linseed oil can be flammable. Please read directions carefully.

3. It’s time to install your box! The spot we chose was on a little hill, so we had to dig a small hole to level it out, which helped make the box sturdier. If you don’t plan on digging a hole to install, I suggest hammering some wooden stakes next to the box to make it stronger.

4. Add some gardening soil to the inside of your box.

5. Start planting! We let our daughter help us with the soil and the planting, and she had a ton of fun. We chose plants that would be easy for a 2-year-old to understand. Strawberries are red: time to pick and eat. Pole beans: fun to watch grow up the stake.

We let her do pretty much anything in her own garden box. Teaching her to be gentle, and to keep it watered. I know this will be a great learning experience for her (and me).

Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Spotted! Modern white chairs paired with a round wooden table.

The stripped down, clean lines of bentwood chairs are a great offset to traditional dining tables like this one. The mix keeps it interesting!

Spotted!  A small bathroom storage solution that is one for the books!

When working in small or tight bathroom spaces, it’s important to think outside of the typical bathroom storage box.  Using a wall spine bookshelf to hold baskets, towels and toiletries is a great space saving alternative to larger bathroom etagere cabinets.


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