Bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the home, therefore well thought out storage is a must to prevent cluttered counters and overflowing drawers. Here are a couple of my favorite ways to maximize bathroom storage and stash those bath belongings in style.
Using vertical storage in a bathroom is crucial in maximizing small square footage. Wall mounted shelves can add a place to set a glass of water and daily care essentials.
If you have a little more floor space, slender bookcases can provide ample towel and product storage, especially if a linen closet is nowhere to be found.
Another great way to go after that vertical space, is with wall pockets. Storage typically designed for magazines is a great option for towels and toiletries.
Because not all bathroom products are “pretty”, tucking them away in woven baskets not only adds a nice texture to the space, but they also keep clutter at bay.
One of my favorite ways to add storage in the bathroom, is to shop the kitchen for vintage dishes and use leftover packaging that can be given a facelift with decorative papers.
Many storage solutions for smaller personal items, come in the form of suction cups typically intended for the shower, but they also work great on the wall or inside of a vanity!
Tiered storage is another great way to store up vs. out. This allows you to stack pretty lotions and cosmetics and keep them on display.
Drawer dividers keep items from becoming a jumbled mess inside of the drawers. They ensure you can quickly find what you need in the morning and also reduce over purchasing since everything is nice and visible.
I’m currently in the process of working on a playroom for my 21 month old, and one of the essentials is a great play table. We built two awhile back, and I plan to update them with some oilcloth covers to be wiped clean after play dough marathons or snack time. Kid tables can get quite pricey, but for about $40 (plus the cost of paint or the oilcloth) you can make your own great little toddler table, and if you want to make use of the whole plywood sheet, you can make two for approximately $60! Below are the details – if you buy the 24″ x 48″ sheets of plywood at Lowe’s or Home Depot, they will cut it for you in store. I’d recommend sanding the edges well to remove any splinters or roughness, and if you don’t plan on using paper or oilcloth to cover it, you may want to add a little flat trim around the edges to keep it looking neat. Another great part of these tables is the low height is perfect for toddlers, but you can easily replace the legs with taller versions if needed, and plainer versions are available as well if you don’t like the turned look. I’ll post photos of Vivi’s tables with the covers when I get them done!
For Guy Fieri, Food Network star chef and Stylemaker in our upcoming September issue, it’s all about food, family, and friends. “My whole life, all I’ve thought about was food,” he says. “I feed people their favorite foods. That’s the way I want to eat. I do what feels good, and I want my friends and family to feel good when they’re at my house, too.”
Guy’s house often becomes the spot for casual, stop-on-by gatherings, and the menu always follows one simple rule—anything goes. Standbys such as his homemade pizza dough, featured in the September issue, can be turned into spicy or sweet pizzas on the fly. “If you don’t want to make your own dough, go to your favorite pizzeria, bribe them, buy some dough, then go home and knock out a pizza,” Guy says.
Other favorites like a spice-rubbed beef roast, also featured in the magazine, can be grilled ahead then sliced for sandwiches at a moment’s notice. And friends get the sushi they crave in a Guy-style spicy tuna salad piled on crispy flatbread.
When he’s not hanging out with friends and family, Guy is the host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. He’s also a cookbook author and owner of several restaurants that serve his signature-style fun foods. “I feel so blessed to be where we are,” Guy says. “I couldn’t possibly love life more.” Learn more about him at guyfieri.com.
Read more about Guy and get the recipes for the delicious dishes he mentions in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens on sale at newsstands 8/21!
In TLC’s Four Houses, four homeowners compete to see who’s house is best based on style, originality, and livability. Each episode the contestant with the top score wins $10,000 and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
In the most recent episode of Four Houses, four Austin homeowners with radically different styles judged each others unique homes with Alan Gonzalez’s eclectic home coming out on top. We had a chance to talk to Alan about his home and the innovative decorating materials he used.
How would you describe your homes aesthetic?
The design was in accordance to a series of things. The reason it is what it is is because of what I was basically dealt. That’s first and foremost. And then two because I wanted to experiment in the most gentrified neighborhood in Austin that’s in a prime location which is predominately Hispanic. So I as a Hispanic, somebody from Mexico City, I wanted to bring out the colors of Mexico which was why I painted the deck pink, Mexican pink, and then I used the red volcanic rock to match with the pink and then it also reminded me of my past from living in Mexico. And then basically I just took whatever I was dealt and I used color to hide the imperfections. I used materials, textures, to experiment with that and also to hide imperfections as well.
Which room do you spend the most time in?
Within my kitchen, living room, dining room area. Like my little island. I get home and I kick off my shoes or whatever, go into the refrigerator, make something to eat, get my mail off of the island and kind of read through stuff and I have my computer there. If I have guests I’m obviously not going to spend all of my time in my bedroom. So yeah, that’s the room where I spend most of my time in.
What makes the home uniquely you?
The fact that I’m experimenting and I’m trying things that I’ve never seen before. For example, the use of materials and the color schemes that I kind of went with are just natural, the exposed board and then pegboard on the ceiling and the soft pine on the floor of the living room that’s bleach white. So that contrast I would say is unique. And then, combining that with rich trim, marbles, and high-end fixtures I think give it that unique look and charm.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?
I love my barstools and I love my big fourteen foot couch. I’ve got a wood-leather chair that I really like as well, it’s very comfortable. And a daybed that got broken during the show.
Aside from your own home, which house would you live in?
To me location is very important. For that reason I would choose Talbot’s but I would have to do a lot of work in his house. I liked Sallie’s house. I like the living room space and the kitchen and dining room. I would probably choose to live in that house if that was in a better location.
What do you plan to do with the winnings?
Right now I was talking about helping out my cousin that’s been helping me out with the restaurant and I plan on giving part of it to them and the rest of it being put back in the house to add things and fix things.
With fall quickly approaching, I can’t help but to think about all of the pretty fall color options that can instantly warm up a space. Warm hues are super easy to introduce to a cooler palette. Just remove the bright colors and exchange them for a more muted, spicy palette. This Lauren Moffatt outfit introduces a beautiful autumn like palette including the ever classic stripe. Here’s the look:
Color Inspiration: Shirt.
On the walls: A creamy white, like Cottage White (1813), would look great paired with Black Suede (S-H-790). Use the black in a horizontal wide stripe.
Color Inspiration: Pants.
Upholster a large piece of furniture in a tone like Burmese Gold (S-H-350) for a striking look. If you don’t want to commit to that, use it in a throw or even window panels.
Color Inspiration: Shoes.
Wax Sculpture (UL160-13) is a fantastic color for ceramics and pottery.
Color Inspiration: Soles of shoes.
Expedition Khaki (340-F-4) can translate well into woven pieces, such as rugs, baskets and fabrics.
(All Paints: Behr)
Runway Photo: Lauren Moffatt via Refinery 29.
April, BHG attended the opening of the VISION HOUSE in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The exhibit is part of a series of residential homes sponsored by Green Builder Media, each showcasing green building practices and sustainable products for homes.
Since our trip, we haven’t stopped talking about the innovative products that not only make the VISION House eco-friendly but also a “smart” home—a combination of digital and wireless technologies known as home automation.
The house functions around the Nexia Home Intelligence System, which connects with products from Schlage and Trane to monitor and control your home’s security, temperature and more.
Linked In: At the heart of the system is the Bridge, connecting the home’s various Nexia products to the intelligence system through wireless technology and corralling that info for easy access on the web.
Grand Entrance: Schlage and Nexia Home Intelligence work together in this keypad + electronic lock system. Providing the option for keyless entry, the Nexia system also lets you access your front door remotely: you can check to make sure the house is locked up when your son left for soccer practice, or remotely unlock the house—great for letting in contractors or early house guests! You can also receive alerts so that you know when your home as been opened
Keeping Cool: The ComfortLink II smart control from Trane not only monitors indoor and outdoor temperatures, it has energy-efficient temperature settings, controls for every room of the home, and tells you when to change the filter or schedule routine maintenance. Plus you can access it from your Internet enabled device so you can keep tabs on settings while you’re away from home.
There are many more home automation products on the market and in development. Soon you’ll be able to start your dryer, pre-heat your oven, and check your refrigerator contents all from your phone, tablet, or computer!
-Kristina McGuirk, Kitchen and Bath Ideas