BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

October 2012


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


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

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