Written on January 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
You’ve seen them. Etageres, those amazingly organized and decorated shelving units, are showing up everywhere. Whether it’s in the pages of your favorite magazine, on a DIY/decor blog, or even on Pinterest, the etagere is quickly becoming a must-have piece of furniture.
While the word, etagere may sound fancy, it’s basically a series of open shelves to store and hold your beautiful belongings and treasures. Maybe you need a place to store your beloved books in your office or your special serveware in your dining room, an etagere can be perfect for any space. Not only does an etagere offer additional storage, when decorated, it can make a lovely, unique, and interesting statement in your home.
Wanting to add an etagere to my nest, I searched Shop BHG and found some that I thought you’d also want to see. Whether you like traditional or modern, one of these pieces will certainly work to create a delightful display in one of your spaces.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by Jen Jones
What room in the home gets more traffic and love than any other? The kitchen! It’s known as the hub of the home. It is where the family meets for dinner each evening and for Sunday brunch during the weekend. And with that busy space, comes mega amounts of goodies. Pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, spices, gadgets, baking supplies, small appliances and more. But the kitchen can always look welcoming and clutter free with the right storage, so I pulled some of my favorite kitchen storage tips to share today.
Drawers, drawers and more drawers. It’s amazing how much easier things are to access when they are in drawers. In fact, I am a fan of popping slide out drawers inside cabinets as well, just because they really ease your ability to snag something towards the back without reaching and digging.
Just like drawers, lazy susans rock the kitchen world. They spin, which makes organizing those corner cabinets (both uppers and lowers), much smarter. Just open the cabinet, spin until you see what you are looking for, and walk away happy that you didn’t just spend too many minutes of your day reaching and searching for that baking dish in the back.
Spices are on the smaller side and come in many shapes and sizes, so they are great candidates for being stored on the backs of cabinet doors or inside of secret skinny pull out cabinets.
When storing flat items, such as baking sheets, cutting boards and pizza pans, placing them in an upright position allows you to quickly slide the item in and out vs. stacking them, which would require you to remove items in order to get to the piece at the bottom.
Open shelving is just as functional as it is pretty. For kitchens that get a lot of use and traffic, having the ability to always see your dishes and easily take them out and put them back, just makes things run quicker and smoother, especially when unloading the dishwasher.
Now let’s take a moment to chat about what is going on inside those drawers and behind those cabinet doors. I am smitten with the idea of storing cutting tools within a block inside the drawer, not only freeing up valuable c0unter space, but also keeping them out of reach of little fingers. Using a block keeps the cutlery items divided and prolongs their use. Bonus points for also adding in a cutting board for a one stop chopping spot.
For all other drawers, dividers allow items to have their own home and reduce the digging and rummaging for a lost spatula. Dividers are also great for keeping drawers paired down to only the essentials and what you need, since they don’t allow too much extra to be tossed into the mix.
To maximize the space behind cabinet doors, tiered shelves and lazy susans allow items in the back to be easily found and accessible. Clear sealed storage containers not only increases the shelf life of dry goods, but they also give you a quick visual inventory of what you have on hand before heading out to the market.
Don’t have a lot of built in cabinet space? Add a sideboard or armoire to boast even more storage in your kitchen space. These pieces are wonderful for storing small appliances, over-sized baking items, special china or even everyday items and dishes.
Written on January 17, 2013 at 9:30 am , by Style Spotter Editor
Hi! My name is Jaime Favor, Crafty, DIY blogger of Raising up Rubies. I’m crazy excited to be here today, guest posting at Style Spotters!
Well, I’m a little bit of this and a little bit of that… blessed with the privilege of raising two girls while being married to a handsome hubby … always trying to squeeze in some time to craft with my kids and decorate my home, while I dream up new ideas for my Etsy shop. I started my blog almost a year ago, and it has been a life-changing experience! And the ride was about to get wild. While out to lunch, I received an email from Better Homes & Gardens Senior Editor, Kit Selzer! I almost caused a scene right there in the restaurant.
When Kit saw that my husband and I decided to turn our unused “formal living room” into a functional craft space, she asked if I would be interested in being featured on the “I Did It” page in the February issue of Better Homes & Gardens! Would I be interested? … well, let me think for a sec… (1.2 seconds) umm YES! I think I must have told her thank you four hundred and seventy two times. By the time I hung up the phone with her, I wondered if she’d ever call back!
After chatting with Kit and setting up dates, we got right down to business. I created a ridiculously long to-do-before-the-BHG-crew-arrives list, and with a lack of some sleep & a whole lot of caffeine, got everything done—just in time! Art Director Jessica Thomas & Photographer Laura Moss walked into my home and I immediately felt at ease … it was like I had known them for forever! They got right to work, and a whirlwind of activity began. From setting up equipment outside my front window to staging props and furniture in the room … it felt like we were on a movie set! Double eek!
Watching the crew work was such a treat for me, to get to see how they design & photograph rooms to make them absolutely magazine worthy was so fun … they both worked their magic! Both ladies had an amazing attention to detail with great style and after a whole day of shooting, when it was time to say goodbye, I asked them if they wanted to come back tomorrow and do it again?? It was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I tried hard that day to keep the time from passing too quickly, so that I could really enjoy & learn from every minute of it.
I couldn’t say thank you enough to Kit, Jessica & Laura for making this stay-at-home mom’s dream come true! … and for choosing my home to be honored in the pages of a magazine that inspires us as women to turn our houses into homes. ♥ Thanks BHG!
Never ever be scared to take a room, or any space, out of its box, and turn it into something with a purpose! To see a full tour of my craft space, and read about how we did it, take a peek at my blog Raising up Rubies … and be sure to say hello!
-Jaime Favor, Raising Up Rubies
Written on January 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm , by Joni Lay
I’m so excited the Downton Abbey season has restarted, and it makes Sunday nights extra delicious. I love soaking in all the details, from the decor to the fashion to the dialogue. I’m particularly fond of Cora Grantham’s bedroom, with that calming shade of blue, and the moody paintings hung in gilded frames. Here is a photo of the room from Highclere Castle, although the room really appears to have more depth and character on the show (source):If you are loving the look, here is some inspiration for a Downton nursery, if there were to be a baby Grantham (or maybe a baby Crawley?):Sources, from left to right: (1) Petite Chandelier; (2) Gilt Wall Crown; (3) Beagles; (4) Brass Buffet Lamp; (5) Thomas on Saucebox; (6) Brass Candle Sconces; (7) Little Girl Silhouette; (8) Arundel Castle; (9) Grace Crib in Walnut; (10) Boats Racing; (11) Monogrammed Pillows; (12) Wardrobe; (13) Aynhoe Park; (14) Louis XVI Chair; (15) Fox Race; (16) Velvet Storage Ottoman; (17) Turquoise Overdyed Rug; (18) Tess Crib Bedding; (19) French Tassel Curtain Panels
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on January 14, 2013 at 4:56 am , by Kirsten Grove
Spring may not have sprung quite yet but the craving for spring has begun. The Christmas trees have been dissembled, the mistletoe and has been packed away. Now it’s time to freshen up, lighten up and clean up our homes. With that comes a springier color palette that lends itself to brightening our spaces. When I first glanced at this look, seen on The Locals, I was immediately attracted to the soft yellow. The whole look feels modern and yet very classy, all due to that gorgeous yellow. Here’s the look:
For the rest of this shopping guide, including more products from this color palette, go here.
Color Inspiration: Sweater.
If you are painting a small space with plenty of natural light, try Pitch Black for a beautiful dramatic look.
Color Inspiration: Cat on Sweater.
Plummett is a gorgeous gray to use on walls and furniture.
Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Hound Lemon is the a pretty and fresh yellow that would look great in pillows, throws, ceramics and other accessories.
Color Inspiration: Shirt under Sweater.
For a modern white, All White is perfect.
Bonus: Tallow is a pretty creamy white that can be used from furniture to fabrics.
Written on January 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm , by Nicole Balch
Need additional storage in the dining room for all those extra plates, linens, and serving pieces? If you don’t want to splurge on a new hutch, how about lining up two inexpensive bookcases to fake one? It’s an easy and smart way to add a little organization, and they look great paired with sconces and a statement mirror. For a similar look, try these items below.
- Florence Single Sconce
- Great White Cake Stand
- Silver Sunburst Mirror
- Sunflower Yellow Fiestaware Pitcher
- Galant Shelf Units (2)
- Strosa Dinnerware
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely