BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

October 2012


Hi everyone, Samantha Thorpe here with Color Made Easy! I wanted to share some great outdoor decor ideas that are inspiring me to give my porch a fall facelift. As soon as I saw this porch in Better Homes and Gardens, I fell in love with its rich palette of oranges, sage greens, and golds. I also obsessed about the swing and how the pillows not only gave this special seating spot personality, but turned it into the perfect place to kick back and read while sipping some warm apple cider.


The playful rugs—a patchwork pattern painted onto seagrass squares and a diamond-pattern indoor-outdoor rug—brought the room’s entire look together. While the rolling coffee table—made by by sandwiching two orange-painted galvanized tubs between slabs of wood with wheels added to the base board—can go anywhere I need it when friends stop by or to give my kids a place to snack outside. I can’t wait to bring this feeling to my own porch.


To get the look in paint colors, check out Kelly-More Paint in terracotta Chimenea, the playful Alligator Alley Green, and the peaceful Skyway Blue  –all available through

If you like to pile on the pillows like I do, check out Home Decorators Collection stores,, to get a similar feel.

1. Fairborn Pillow, Home Decorators Collection   2. Orange Embroidered Pillow, Home Decorators Collection   3.  Pisa  Outdoor Pillow, Home Decorators Collection

Outdoor-friendly rugs come in a surprising, and amazing, array of patterns and colors. We painted the seagrass squares from World Market to get that look. To order or find a store near you that carries Dash and Albert’s Diamond Sprout-White Indoor-Outdoor Rug, visit


Happy decorating!   -Samantha Thorpe,  Color Made Easy

Organizing under the sink can be a little tricky.  What should be stored there?  How do we work around those pipes?  How can we maximize the little space that is there?

In both the kitchen and the bathroom, it is quite common to find cleaning supplies stored under the sink.  To make them easier to access, installing a gliding pull out drawer {wood or steel will last longest and be the most durable} will prevent items from getting lost in the back of the cabinet.

Pull out options are magical for beauty supplies as well!  Pairing the storage drawers with small buckets and bins, really allows you to maximize your options.  Many sliding baskets and drawers also account for the under sink plumbing, so no space goes wasted.


Stackable baskets and bins allow you to expand your small storage area and utilize vertical cabinet space.  Taking the storage a step further and going with clear acrylic options, allow you to see the contents of the bins {no lifting and rummaging is a very good thing}.


Using a tiered lazy susan is another wonderful way to create easy access to items used most frequently.  A quick spin and everything is right at your finger tips!


Cabinet doors are often times forgotten, yet can dramatically increase storage space.  Installing small shelves, spice racks or over the door organizers, allow for smaller lotions and potions to be quick to find.


When floor space is limited, or if you are looking to keep the trash and recycling bins tucked away, under the sink is a great place for them to go!  They come in many versatile options that can slide out or even hang over the cabinet door.


If your bathroom contains open storage, large woven baskets are a beautiful option for holding extra towels and paper products!


And if no cabinet is there, don’t despair!  Just install a floating shelf and you have instant, lovely storage!


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As another follow up to the “so happy together” post a couple of weeks ago, here is a board for a big brother and baby brother.  I love the “sure we could try that” artwork as it seems like the perfect thing for an encouraging older brother to say to his baby brother when he wants to do something new.nautical shared nursery ideas

(1) Striped Pendant Light; (2) Banjo Playing Narwhal; (3) Sure We Could Try That; (4) Sailing; (5) Rainclouds; (6) Set Sail; (7) Whale Chart; (8) Locker Storage Bed; (9) Round table; (10) Kudos Crib; (11)Striped Pillows; (12) Don’t Give Up the Ship; (13) Whale Tissue Holder; (14) Racing Stripe Chair; (15) Mustard Yellow Dresser; (16) Yellow Lamp; (17) Fresh Fish; (18) Star Chart; (19) Mindful Gray Paint; (20) Wire Basket; (21) Geometrics Rug; (22) Five Whales Print

Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay


Hi everyone! Maria Charbonneaux of Real-Life Kitchens & Baths, here. When we produce a product story the whole team is involved. The process includes identifying trends, scouring the marketplace for just the right items, and compiling our finds until we have just the right mix of styles, product categories, and price points.


Lately, we’ve been obsessed with the idea of Simple Geometry. Pick up the Winter 2012 issue on newsstands (or get the digital version on Zinio) now to see our complete roundup. We love that the geometric trend can be incorporated into so many kitchen and bath styles–from ultra-contemporary to traditional to eclectic. Want to bring the look home? Here are five geometric-print towel picks–all available online now.




1. Chief Joseph Towels, Pendleton, $12–$38

2. Techno Stripe 3-Piece Towel Set, Target, $31.99

3. Gardner Street Towels, kate spade new york, $8–$20

4. Vice Versa Dot Towels, JCP, $7–$13

5. Rimmed Geometry Towels, Anthropologie, $8–$36


—Maria Charbonneaux, Real-Life Kitchens & Baths




Like Kristina said a few days ago, wood is everywhere in design right now. She noted it in bathrooms, I’m loving it in plank-walled bedrooms, kitchen islands with live-edge reclaimed wood counters, and definitely in furniture and accessories.

So there was a little bit of squealing at my desk when I saw a preview of IKEA’s latest collection, coming out in October. It’s all worn-in textiles, accessories that feel a little bit This? Just a family thing I brought down from the farm in Vermont., and raw wood furniture (my fav!).


Where else are you guys seeing this trend? And be real: Are you as in love with it as I am?

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes & Gardens

Hi everyone, Kelly Eagle here! A while back I shared some of the bold front door color choices that had been inspiring me as I was prepping to paint my own front door. Well, now my front door is finished I wanted to share the DIY details with you – and the beautiful finished product!

This is my house with the original plain front door.


Here is what you’ll need to paint your front door. (Here is a another tutorial from BHG, they are very similar.)

  1. Exterior paint. I used Behr Exterior Semi-Gloss enamel paint with built-in primer
  2. High-density foam roller and brush
  3. Fine grit sand paper
  4. Sponge
  5. Painters tape to close up holes from hardware
  6. Tools to remove door hardware
  7. Drop cloth

Since our door has never been painted, the prep was pretty simple, and I didn’t even remove the door from the hinges.

First, we (and by we, I mean my husband) removed the door knob and deadbolt. I taped up the holes on the inside of the house to keep the dust from sanding the door outside instead of in our living room.

Next, we (again, my husband) sanded the door with fine grit sand paper. The sanding removed any rough spots or dirt, making the surface as clean and smooth as possible for the paint.

Once the sanding was finished, the door was wiped down with a damp sponge to remove the dust. This took a few bowls of clean water before I felt like I’d removed all of the dust.

Then, it was time for paint!  Our door swings in, so we swung it inside the house, opened a bunch of windows and covered the floor with a drop cloth. It’s important to paint the door out of direct sunlight to avoid the paint drying before you have a chance to properly roll or brush it on.

I began painting with the foam brush. I painted the panels of the door using long vertical strokes. It’s bright yellow! Did you see that coming? The paint color is Vivid by Behr.

Paint color: Behr ‘Vivid’


Next, I used the foam roller and rolled the rest of the door using horizontal strokes. Here is how the door looked after 1 coat.



The coverage was pretty good with just 1 coat, but I think that is because our door was originally white. Up close it was obvious it would need a second coat of paint. The directions on the side of the can said to wait 4 hours between coats, so 4 hours later, I brushed/rolled on the second coat. What a difference another coat of paint made! I was thrilled with the paint color – and thank goodness, because it’s bright!

Don’t be alarmed if after the first coat you can see brush and roller marks on the door. Once I finished the second coat  of paint, any of the initial brush and roller marks were no longer visible.

We let the door dry until we went to bed that night — almost 6 hours — before we put the hardware back on and shut it. I was nervous about shutting the door because I’d read a few accounts where the paint wasn’t dry and they shut the door for the night, only to open it in the morning and have paint stuck to their weather stripping, ruining the paint job and causing a huge mess, so be sure to give the door plenty of time to dry before you have to close up for the night.

Lucky for us, the door was perfect the next morning and here is our new, bright exterior door.



It’s definitely bright, but I think with a new entry rug and a tall planter with bright flowers, our front porch will have loads more charm than it did before! And there is nothing better than coming home to a charming front porch.

- Kelly Eagle,


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