October 2012

Style Spotter Editor

I Spy: Gorgeous Garlands

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 BHG.com:

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

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Kirsten Grove

runway to color palette: peach is for you

When it comes to timeless colors, for me peach seems to always be on my list.  Contrary to popular belief, pale peach can be paired with just about any color.  Some of my favorite combos are pale peach paired with red, pale peach paired with navy and pale peach paired with black.  See, I told you it works!  Another great thing about pale peach (even pale pink) is that it’s not just a summer or spring color.  I’ve used peach in my holiday decor before and it was spectacular.  Playing off this gorgeous street style ensemble, let me show you how to work peach in your space in a very classy but trendy way.  Here’s the look:

Color Inspiration: T-shirt.
On the walls:  Go white and let everything around you pop.  Ice Cube (SW 6252) is a nice bright white.  If you want a dramatic accent wall, go black using Tricorn Black (SW 6258).

Color Inspiration:  Skirt.
Use Blushing (SW 6617) in fabrics, graphic wallpaper, ceramics and even accent chairs.

Color Inspiration: Belt.
For upholstered pieces and leather pieces, Eastlake Gold (SW 0009) is timeless but very modern.

Color Inspiration:  Bonus.
Use Kale Green (SW 6460) sparingly throughout your space through accessories.  And for a little deeper peach, Cosmetic Peach (SW 6618) is breathtaking!  Use this inside shelves or cut-outs.

Photo via 5th-Avenue-Fashion.  Paints via Sherwin Williams.


Style Spotter Editor

i spy (for less!): marble

 

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

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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Welcome pumpkin

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


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Giveaway Winner Announcement!

 

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!

 

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Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Bookshelf Storage in the Kitchen

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