Hello and a Happy New Year to all of you. I’m in full clean up and organize mode over here. Finishing up projects I have put off and making my home more comfy. First project of the year: the Hidden Alarm Panel. Yeah, that ugly thing I see each and EVERY time I walk into my home. While my husband really doesn’t ever notice it (as he told me), I always do. A few months ago I found a great idea to cover up this eyesore. I found it on the blog, The Third Boob. I’ve done things a bit differently than they did. My canvas print backing was made of cardboard, and their backing was made of wood. I used Command Strips to attach the hinges to mine, since the screws probably would hold too well (so if your canvas has a wood backing, use the screws instead of the strips).
- Two small flat hinges
- A canvas print
- Optional: Velcro to hold the open side down.
- Using the command strips, attach the hinges to the canvas (following the Command Strip instructions).
- Place another Command Strip on the wall side of each hinge.
- Adhere the hinges to the wall. This can be a bit tricky getting things level, maybe a second set of hands would help?
- Optional: Since our canvas is right at the entrance, it kept swinging open when we opened our door. To fix this issue I added another set of Command strips to the backing of some light velcro. I placed it on the back of the canvas and on the wall. Problem solved!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
A little side note: even though I’d love to cover my ugly thermostat, this would not be a good thing to do. The thermostat needs to read the temperature in the room, and can’t do that if covered.
This charming little laundry room feels just right. Lived in, with vintage cabinets and a plain white counter, but updated with modern front-loaders, and a fresh palette of pale blue and crisp green. Below are all the things you need (besides a washer and dryer, of course) to get the look. Be sure to add fresh flowers too!
- Happy Stripe Grey (Midwest Modern by Amy Butler), Sew Mama Sew
- Polka Dot Lime (Spot On, Robert Kaufman), Sew Mama Sew
- Factory Light No. 5 (Surface Mount), Schoolhouse Electric
- Vintage Red Tray, Today’s Treasures
- Silver Dry Erase Magnet Board, Fridge Door
- Paint: Clear Blue Sky, Glidden
- Cup Bin Pull, Rejuvenation
- Caravan Stripe Woven Cotton Rug, Dash & Albert
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely
There are many ways to bring color and pattern into a room. Walls and window treatments are an obvious first step, but lately I’ve been noticing a lot of beautiful rugs. They are an easy way to add unique pattern, texture, or color to a space. Area rugs also can help to define a furniture grouping in a larger room or give more substance to a piece of furniture such as a dining table or bed.
With so many stores / sites offering a wide selection of rugs, with a little digging, you are certain to find the style that is perfect for your space. To make the process a little bit easier, and to stir up some inspiration, I searched the BHG Shop. These are some of my personal favorites. I hope you enjoy them!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
What’s Hot Now: Customization on a budget
I second Joanna–hacks are huge, and they’re not just limited to furniture and accessories. I’m seeing entire kitchens made from relatively inexpensive stock and flat-pack cabinetry, but you’d never know it from the creative mixing, matching, and modifying people are doing to get a custom look. Lindsay’s IKEA kitchen remodel on the Little House Blog is a great example of this trend. From finding the cabinets’ exact paint match to making a trash pullout from a base cabinet, she discovered so many ways to give her kitchen a built-in look.
1. Quartz countertops: Granite still remains a popular countertop choice, but solid quartz-surfacing is gaining ground, and I predict more homeowners will see the benefits of this cultured stone. Although the price is comparable to natural stone, quartz is available in a wide variety of colors and textures, it never has to be sealed, and it’s stain- scratch- and heat-resistant.
2. Replacing tubs with showers: With a growing emphasis on universal design, I think we’ll see even more bath remodels with easy-to-access showers replacing old tubs, as well as more products that will make it easier for homeowners to make the conversion.
3. Herringbone floors: Hardwood floors set in a herringbone parquet pattern are hot right now. As the trend continues, I wonder if we’ll start to see the pattern in laminate, vinyl, and engineered wood versions?
- Trend I’d Lose: I might be the only person in the world who is getting a little bit tired of bold, two-color chevron.
- Blog I’m Loving: Cape 27 and The Hunted Interior are two current faves.
- Person I’m Following: Jenny Komenda. I admire her ability to boldly use color and see the potential in just about anything.
- Show I’m Watching: The Mindy Project. Besides that it makes me laugh, I love the eclectic vibe of Mindy’s apartment on the show.
- Store I’m Shopping: I need rugs in a couple rooms in my house, and I’ve clocked way too many hours on Rugs USA lately. The selection is amazing.
- Color I’m Coveting: Navy blue. I actually don’t need to covet any longer because I just painted a wall in my kitchen Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.
- Accessories I’m Adding: I’ve been adding a few daintier gold pieces to my jewelry collection, and I’m searching for the perfect watch.
—Maria Charbonneaux, Associate Editor, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers
What’s Hot Now:
1. Gold & Brass Accents: Whether in the form of a pretty chandelier or as the hardware on a dresser, adding small doses of gold always seems to give a space a great eclectic yet elegant vibe.
1. Bold Colors: For a color happy gal, I have always loved when color makes it’s way into a space in a bold way, but I think until more recently, I was in the minority. However, more and more I am seeing bright and saturated colors being used not only as accessories, but on walls and in furniture, and I am crossing my fingers that it is a trend that stays for the long haul.
2. Instagram: OK, so Instagram became my new favorite photo taking, photo sharing, photo everything app this year, but I am hoping that we begin seeing all sorts of new and creative ways to display the beautiful photos that are being snapped each day.
3. Graphic Prints: Not only do I see more color in the future, but I also see striking patterns and prints continuing to shine on the home front as well. Everything bold wins; from damask to ikat, stripes to scallop, oversized florals to honeycomb, even my personal favorite, the polka dot!
Style Q& A:
1. Trend I’d Lose: Owls. I love a good ceramic animal as much as the next person, but I see owls everywhere I go, and would be OK if someone decided to introduce a new animal to the mix.
2. Blog I’m Loving: Our Fifth House. I am so in love with Carmel’s bold use of color and patterns!
3. Person I’m Following: Jenny Komenda. I adore her blog and love to follow her social media sites to snag a sneak peek at pretty photos and projects.
4. Show I’m Watching: Home by Novogratz. They are fearless when it comes to design and have an anything goes mentality. I also admire their ability to mix and match styles and give every room a personality of it’s own.
5. Store I’m Shopping: Etsy. Etsy has become my first source for all things home and office since I love the idea of adding unique and handmade items whenever possible.
6. Color I’m Coveting: Pink. I think every room needs a small pop of pink.
7. Accessories I’m Adding: I love to collect graphic decorative bowls. I place them all over my home because they are not only pretty, but functional.
Happy New Year! -Jen Jones, I Heart Organizing
This year, we have seen a lot of neutral/white walls with bright pops of color, especially with the neon trend. It’s still fresh, and continues to evolve, but here are some great examples of white, cheery spaces, with color infused in all the accents:
A few trends that will be picking up speed this year are below. Polka dots and stripes and other geometrics have been everywhere, and I see hearts getting thrown into the mix, too, for a slightly more organic look with a bit of cheek. Also, masculine details permeate fashion, they are spilling over into home decor as well. Tailored details, smart accessories, and even bold dark colors make for polished looking spaces, perfected with gold details. This also seems to be a trend with baby names as boy names are becoming appropriate options for baby girls. Lastly, as the neon trend evolves, colors are becoming punchier and bolder. Rainbow hued accessories and decor are popping up, and are just as fun painted on a color as they are for a throw pillow, so don’t be afraid to go bright!
1. Trend I’d Lose: Chevron – I have loved it, and have it in my house, but I’m ready to move on.
2. Blog I’m Loving: 100 Layer Cake
3. Person I’m following: Joy Cho
4. Show I’m watching: The New Girl (love Jess’s wardrobe) and Elementary (love the stripped down feel of Sherlock’s brownstone and all the textures and details within)
5. Store I’m Shopping: Scott’s Antique Market
6. Color I’m Coveting: the perfect shade of pinky peach and also punches of black here and there
7. Accessories I’m Adding: Wallpaper! We are wallpapering one wall in the new nursery, and I’m so excited.
Sources, from top left: (1) Living Room; (2) Gallery Wall; (3) Matilda & Phoebe’s Room; (4) Bedroom; (5) C’est tout print; (6) Heartbreaker Sweater; (7) Pink Heart Print; (8) Heart Ceiling; (9) Quincy’s Nursery; (10) Kudu Lamp; (11) Leopard Loafers; (12) Plaid Chair; (13) Hinson & Co Albert Hadley’s Fireworks Wallpaper, Red; (14) Blossom Print; (15) Heart Shirt; (16) Pinwheel Rug; (17) Kelly Green Dresser
Hope you enjoy! Happy 2013! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay )