BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

October 2012

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of garland — bunting, flags, streamers, you name it. These are just a few of my favorites spotted on

Clockwise from top left: daisy felt garland, natural pinecone garlandheart garland, paper medallion garland

I even decked out my cube with a paper doily version that cost me less than a dollar! If you want to make one yourself, just gather two things: colored yarn (I used hot pink) and a mix of different-size paper doilies. String the yarn through the punched holes in each doily, alternating sizes. Once strung, swag and hang the garland on a wall, from a shelf or staircase, or even from a window ledge.

If you want to jazz it up even more, try using watercolors to colorwash the doilies, or try natural twine for a rustic look. It’s a quick and easy way to perk up a space for pennies!

– Alexa Fornoff, SHOP BHG editor


Close your eyes and picture your dream kitchen. Does it have wood cabinetry or painted? A large range or a roomy pantry? A fireplace or a wine fridge?  When I close my eyes, I see marble. (Ok, and a fireplace.) Marble is a knock-your-socks-off material and I spark to it in any photograph. Here are some gorgeous examples:



Will a wall of marble ever figure into my budget? Probably not. But I just spotted this marble wallpaper and now I’m dreaming again of hanging it behind plexiglass for a backsplash. Get it here: Marble Wallpaper, $110/roll; Ferm Living

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes and Gardens

I absolutely loved this “Welcome” pumpkin I found on the BHG site. I know that painting anything freehand on pumpkins (especially words) can be pretty darn difficult. That’s why I’ve drawn and created a little printable for all of you to enjoy and use on your own pumpkins! See? I love how it turned out.

It’s easy-ish (the hard part is cutting it out). How-to:

- Print and cut out the “welcome” free printable.

- You can now choose if you’d like to use part of your cutout as a stencil, OR you can use the actual “Welcome” word and Mod Podge it on to your pumpkin. I went the Mod Podge route (followed by a quick sealant spray to keep it from coming off in the rain).

- If you’re painting on the “Welcome”: using some black (or whatever color you’d like) acrylic paint to stencil on the word.

- If you’re using Mod Podge: Follow the bottle’s instructions to adhere the word onto the pumpkin. Optional: spray on a sealant to keep the word waterproof. I used sealant, since our pumpkin will be getting a little wet. Side note: depending on the type of printer you have, mod podge could smear the ink. You can use a little water and a q-tip to remove this (nail polish remover will also work for big ink stains). If the “Welcome” word fades from the Mod Podge, go over the word with a sharpie or black paint pen.

- Optional: hollow out the pumpkin and place a jar IN the pumpkin to make a pumpkin vase. Add water and flowers = cute fall floral arrangement.

That’s it! You are done. Enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Hi everyone! On Monday we shared news of an exciting giveaway from Nate Berkus and Target. They generously provided our readers with the chance to win all of the accessories needed to decorate a bathroom from Nate’s new Target line  –and we’ve picked a winner!


Congratulations to Beverly Sipe who said, ”The item that matters the most to me is the collection of photos that I have taken of my family. Photography is my passion and is a visual record of who and what I care about the most!” 


Thank you to all who entered on Monday -we loved reading your comments!


A Styled Kitchen Bookshelf

You might think it sounds a little odd to use a bookshelf for kitchen storage. “Isn’t that what cabinets are for?” you may wonder. Done well though, as it is here, a bookshelf can be an extremely practical (and beautiful) addition to a kitchen or pantry space.

You can achieve a similar look with the items below. I was unable to find those wooden drawers (I believe they are a discontinued IKEA item), but there are a couple of excellent alternatives below, depending on your storage needs. If you love the look of plywood storage, IKEA still sells their wooden magazine files, and if you’re drawn to the function of paper drawers, look into the option below. They come in several other colors as well.

Get the Look: Bookshelf Storage in the Kitchen

  1. Slim White Étagère
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Antique Wood Chair
  4. Stockholm Paper Drawers
  5. Spring Coupe Dinnerware Set
  6. Knuff Magazine Files
  7. Viv Wine Glasses
  8. Acacia Wood Plates


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Hi everyone, Joanna Linberg here! A few months ago, I was lucky enough to interview designer Nate Berkus for the Chocolate and Caramel color story in our November issue (out now with a shot of one of Nate’s rooms!). Truly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more warm, down-to-earth guy. After we were done talking color, I got the inside scoop on his new line for Target (the tortoise shell was inspired by one his mom picked up street-side in Mexico on her honeymoon), his book, The Things that Matter, and we set a date to talk on camera for all of you here.


Watch below to see what Nate has to say about bringing personality to your home, plus the answer to a special reader question!



Note: This giveaway has ended.

Nate and Target are also generously offering our blog readers a chance to win all the accessories you need to give your bathroom a major sophistication boost!  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which item matters most in your home.   On Tuesday October 16, we’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select a winner.  For another opportunity to win, connect with us on Twitter and re-tweet the giveaway announcement tweet marked with the hashtag #NatePrize.  See the official contest rules here.


Best of luck!   –Joanna Linberg, Associate Home Design Editor
 Better Homes and Gardens

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