BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

January 2013

How much function can one single closet hold?  When it comes to the entrance of the home, many!  So many items reside in this popular place, such as shoes, coats, hats and mittens, umbrellas, totes and other every day gear.  Since this specific type of closet has to work so hard, maximizing the storage and setup will help keep it in working order!

When planning your closet layout, store commonly used daily items at an arms reach and less frequently used items up above.  Extra easy-to-access “shelving” can be created by hanging a vertical organizer from the closet rod and sleek umbrella storage can be created from an oversized vase.

Get custom closet storage at a fraction of the price by piecing together inexpensive stackable storage pieces, which are often available at common big box stores.  Space can be maximized further by adding two rows of hanging through rods and additional hooks.  And check out the mail center!  If you have a shelf to spare, keeping your everyday papers and keys tucked behind doors cuts down on the visual clutter that can easily accumulate right inside the home’s entry.

Bins and baskets are always a simple solution for keeping items neatly corralled on shelves.  When selecting storage for a high traffic area, consider the materials to be sure they are durable and can withstand the daily use and abuse.  Labels ensure everyone in the family knows where their items belong and where to return their gear each day.

Don’t forget about the closet’s wall space as it is the perfect spot to add a memo board, extra hooks for hats, keys and totes and wall pockets for extra papers and magazines.  And how much fun is that wallpaper?  Lining or painting the back wall of a closet really makes a fun statement and is a happy surprise when you open the door.

Just as it is important to maximize your storage by utilizing the closet walls, it is also smart to utilize the back of the closet door.  Adding over the door hanging rods, shoe pocket organizers and hooks can double your entryway storage capacity!

By adding casters to the bottoms of crates and baskets, you can easily roll out your closet storage to search for what you are looking for.  Stackable options allow you to make the most of your floor space.

Don’t have an entry closet?  Make one!  Remove a shelf or two to repurpose a bookshelf as the perfect entryway storage.

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We’re still giddy over last week’s fabulous Alt Summit festivities in Salt Lake City! We met incredible people and enjoyed many inspiring conversations over the course of the week. Can we go back, please?


We first arrived to the beautiful Grand America Hotel on Tuesday morning and started setting up items for our BHG Blogger Dinner on Wednesday, our Alt Lounge Booth on Thursday, and our Mini Party on Friday.  See the cute little Paper Source boxes below? We formed an assembly line and filled them with how-to’s and collaboration info for attendees, all while assembling our BHG Baggu goodie bags for our future dinner guests.



We welcomed 50 talented women to our Blogger Dinner at Lugono’s Restaurant on Wednesday, and shared the BHG Baggu bags (pictured above) filled with Caldrea, Paper Source, MollaSpace, and Wicked Audio goodies (as well as our New Decorating Book!) as a thank you for attending. After Editorial Manager Kaelin Zawilinski presented information about our current blogger programs, we we’re ready to enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and creative conversation. What a talented group of women! We so enjoyed chatting with each and every one of you.

Following our Blogger dinner, BHG team members headed back to the hotel to put the finishing touches on our adorable live set. Art Director Kylee Krizmanic constructed the amazing cover frame, and added gold washi tape embellishment to two turquoise Ikea dressers for an extra touch. Thanks to Flor for providing carpet tiles and to York Wallcoverings for sending us a pretty wallpaper backdrop!

After an amazing day speaking with Alt Summit attendees in our booth (and attending some amazing panel discussions!), we were ready for Day #3. On Friday morning Associate Home Editor Joanna Linberg and Kaelin Zawilinski hosted round tables in the Grand Ballroom. We loved these one-on-one conversations, and can’t wait to chat with these talented women in the future.

And last but not least … our Mini Party! After our round tables came to a close, the BHG team headed to the 3rd floor to set up. To celebrate our February Color Issue, the party featured a very colorful DIY Nail Bar. Guests were able to paint their nails and take home a bottle thanks to OPI or add cute embellishment to their existing manicure thanks to amazing inspiration from our friends at The Beauty Department. We can’t forget to mention Mike and his amazing team at Cornerstone AV for helping us get set up for the final event!

In addition to meeting so many wonderful people, we were very lucky to spend time with our fabulous BHG Contributing Bloggers throughout the week: Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove, Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama, and Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely. Also, we loved catching up with Kate Riley of Centsational Girl and Centsational Style, and Kathryn Taylor of Cookie + Kate.

Thank you to everyone who attended our dinner or stopped by our booth and mini party! We had an amazing time and can’t wait to chat more in the future!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor

Perhaps it’s because I’m craving green grass and green trees, but green has been heavily on my mind. In fact I went shopping for pillows the other day and only focused on patterns that had green in them. I think that there is the right balance of how much green to put in a space. Too much and it could lead to overkill. When I saw this skirt, I instantly fell deep in love. It’s the perfect amount of green and everything else. Here’s the look:

Products: Aluminum Candelabra Candle HolderRectangular Neo Bin, Kabasa Vase and Custom Clock. For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Shirt.
Paint your wall in Pure White and you’ve created the perfect backdrop for all of your pretty stuff.

Color Inspiration: Bag.
I always seem to rely on Tricorn Black for the perfect black to accessorize with.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Need a punchy green? Vegan is refreshing and perfect to include in fabrics and wood items.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Kilkenny is a sophisticated green that will mix well with Vegan.

Bonus: If you’ve been looking for the perfect brass tone, Fervant Brass is what you need. And it mixes well with any green!

Photo via Harpers Bazaar. Paint via Sherwin Williams.


Hi everyone, Karman Hotchkiss, here! About a month ago, I was replacing a lightbulb in myback hallway at home. For the first time in about a decade, I really looked at the sconce I was putting the bulb into. And I thought, ‘”That’s the ugliest light fixture I’ve ever seen!” I instantly realized it was (past) time for a little lighting update.


The good news: There are more cool, trendy, interesting light fixtures than ever before. And replacing one requires only minimal DIY skills. In my research for that replacement sconce, I looked at tons of new fixtures and compiled this list of 5 hot trends in lighting.


If you’re ready to shed a little new light (har-har) on your fixtures, here are 5 trends to think about:


1. Colorful. Lights shouldn’t have to blend into the background. Use one to add a punch of color, with the shade or with the fixture itself.

2. Overscale. Pick a light that’s big. Really big.

3. Industrial/scientific. Exposed bulbs, “cage” designs, raw materials … They all evoke the sense that you just snagged your light from a warehouse or laboratory.

4. Organic. Shapes and materials inspired by nature are sure to add a layer of texture to your decor.

5. Beads and baubles. Crystals are nothing new to light fixtures. But the latest incarnation uses strings of beads or individual bubble-like balls.


Which of these ideas would work best in your home? Find a trend (or two!) you like and update a fixture today.


Happy Decorating!

–Karman Hotchkiss


Need a little update to your office space? I fell in love with this office the moment I saw it. If you love it, you’re in luck. I’ve wandered the web and found a few bits and pieces to inspire you to recreate this space for yourself. Check them out below:

1. Serena and Lily Bird’s Nest Lamp

2. Floating Shelf Kit

3. Numbered Hand Hooks

4. Bedford Corner Desk

5. Wire Storage Basket

6. Wire Tower Chair

7. Tolsby Picture Frame

8. Numerology 4-piece jar set

9. Keep Calm and Play Hard Poster


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

This beautiful living room starts with a neutral base (sofa, carpet, walls, and curtains), then layers on texture, gorgeous brass, and pops of bold color. You can get a similar look with the items below. Most are affordable (some very much so), and some need a little DIY, but there are a few splurges in there too. They’re worth it.

  1. Vivan Curtains, IKEA (only $10/pair!)
  2. Carved Wood Side Tables*, Cost Plus World Market and West Elm (just paint them white)
  3. Textured Blue Siri Vases, Room and Board
  4. Bertoia Diamon Lounge Chair, Design Within Reach (sew a custom seat pad in teal for it)
  5. Vittsjö Shelving, IKEA (brass spray paint will do wonders)
  6. Vittsjö Nesting Tables, IKEA (spray these brass too, or go for a beautiful vintage set, like these)
  7. Lotus Flower Table Lamp, Pottery Barn
  8. Hot Pink Bellini Pillow, Madeline Weinrib
  9. Lucy Azure Blue Chair, Target

*edit: I stumbled across this table, already white and an even better match!


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

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