BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

March 2013

When life hands you lemons, it’s best to make lemonade. When life hands you a lot of yellow, it’s best to pair it with other colors so that you’re not living in a land of sunshine and sunflowers. Though some may love a tidal wave of yellow, I think it looks pretty paired with colors that can compliment the yellow hue. This ensemble below is breathtaking and so accessible for an interior space. Starting with a neutral backdrop and building upon these colors can create a modern and timeless space. Here’s the look:

Products: Kartell Chair, Floral Knob, Ombre Velvet Pillow, Kate Spade Pitcher, Coat RackFor even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Paint an entire room using Philipsburg Blue for a moody, classic look.

Color Inspiration: Shirt.
Ice Mist is a pretty white to use in ceramics, wood pieces and even upholstered pieces.

Color Inspiration: Shirt.
Use pops Bold Yellow in furniture pieces (like shown above) and fabrics.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Another gorgeous accent color to use in accessories and even curtain panels is Orange Nectar.

Bonus: Add Universal Black for another anchor color.

Photo via The Cut. Paint via Benjamin Moore.

Do you remember the story of about the cobbler’s children? They had the worst shoes in town because their father the shoemaker was too busy to make anything for his own family. A couple of months ago, I realized that my family is like that—except with our house instead of our shoes.


My husband and I both work in the home improvement industry. (He’s an architect specializing in residential remodels, and I edit shelter magazines.) Yet, our house had become a poster child for “10 Signs You’re Ready for a Home Makeover.”


Here’s a list that may help you spot those places in your house that you’ve become immune to, but that are crying for a refresh!


  1. You haven’t painted since you moved in. If you signed the paperwork on this place more than 5 years ago, your walls are due for a refresh.
    Solution: Give neutral gray a try—or one of the new fresh minty hues.
  2. You are using a Sharpie marker to color in the bare spots on your dining room rug.
    Solution: Try a rug with a contemporary twist, even if the rest of your house is a tad traditional. I dig this brown geometric rug from Hayneedle.
  3. Your bathroom mirror covers most of the wall above your sink.
    Solution: Swap it out for a more contemporary version in a frame, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, add a frame from Mirror Mate around your existing mirror.
  4. Your shower curtain has been deemed a science experiment for mold growth patterns.
    Solution: Just buy a new one—finally. Fun to try: Ringo from Target or the Birdcage from Urban Outfitters.
  5. Shiny brass accessories. Gold finishes are coming back, but your hardware from the ’80s will still look dated.
    Solution: Replace your cabinet handles and doorknobs; it only takes  a screwdriver. These examples are from Amerock.
  6. Your toilet is a water hog. If it has been ten years or more since you’ve replaced yours, it’s probably using too much water.
    Solution: New models use way less water.
  7. You’ve had the same living room lamp since before “American Idol” debuted.
    Solution: Shop for something colorful and shapely, like this beauty from Kichler.
  8. There’s a wallpaper border featuring apples or sailboats anywhere in your house.
    Solution: Ditch it, then consider a geometric print (like these from Target) on an accent wall or inside a bookcase.
  9. Your furniture has been in the same place for so long it may have grown roots.
    Solution: Try swapping pieces from room to room. Could that living room chair work in your office? What if the bedroom rug moved to the family room?
  10. In your bedroom, the only thing more tired than you is your comforter.
    Solution: Hit the clearance shelf and find something that will put a smile on your face as you fall asleep, like this fresh set from Horchow.


What spaces in your home are in need of a makeover? I hope these tips have inspired you to mix things up this weekend.


Happy Decorating!

-Karman Hotchkiss, Deputy Content Core Director


Hi everyone, Kit Selzer here! As BHG’s remodeling editor, I’m always on the lookout for products and ideas to help people with their home improvement projects. Anything that makes the process a little easier and more satisfying scores high on my list. That’s why I find the innovative approach of one company particularly exciting.


Bath Simple is a San Francisco-based company that designs baths all over the country. They help you choose everything you need—from the tub to the cabinetry hardware—from their curated collection of products. Then, get this: They ship it all in one big crate to your home. No running from store to store to pick up each item. No stalling your contractor while you wait for that shower head or medicine cabinet to arrive.

When John Crowley, Bath Simple co-founder, visited our Des Moines office to explain his company’s concept, my colleagues and I thought it was a valuable service for people who want a well-designed bath without having to agonize over a multitude of choices. We were eager to share it with readers in a big way, so we worked with Bath Simple to create an inspiring example loaded with ideas. Check out the project below, which appears in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens.



Here’s some advice from John on making any bath remodeling go smoothly:


1. Choose products that don’t have far to travel. A faucet shipped from Europe could delay your entire project.

2. Stick to the plan. A layout or product change could end up costing you time and money.

3. If you can only change one thing, replace the vanity. It’s easy and affordable, and will make a big impact style-wise.


Good luck with your bath updates!

- Kit Selzer, Senior Home Editor



Skip the normal desk and make your own! Using two Alex Drawer Units plus a Vika tabletop (via Ikea) you can easily do this! Attach the tabletop to the rolling drawers using metal L-brackets. Add a Zig Zag bookshelf (via Brianna Kufa Metal Designs) to the top to keep books within reach, add a light and some accessories: done!



1. Greenroom Binders via Target

2. Zig Zag Bookshelf via Brianna Kufa Metal Designs on Etsy

The Zig Zag Shelf in the original image was from Ikea and was discontinued.

3. Vika tabletop via Ikea

4. Lalla Lamp via Amazon

The lamp in the original image was from Crate and Barrel and was discontinued.

5. Alex Drawer Units x 2 via Ikea

6. Porcelain Milk Bottle vase via Crate and Barrel

7. LexMod Wood Pyramid Chair via Amazon

If you prefer the style of the chair in the first image, they have one at Ikea (but not in green).

8. Dalian Canister, Tray, and Dish via Anthropologie

9. Large Wire Basket via Fern Living


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


I’ve always wanted my very own craft area — someplace like this where everything thing I needed was right in front of me, ready to use and organized to perfection. Using the back of a closet door is a brilliant re-use of a space that generally goes unused. A missed opportunity for that dream craft area just waiting to happen, and without spending a lot of money. Here’s a few ideas to pull it all together.

Here’s some good basics to get you organized: 1. The Container Store has great options to create the core of your organized space – from over the door hanging units, to decked-out gift stations like this one to simple Elfa Wall Rack systems. 2. Ribbon Dispenser Boxes are a clean and simple way to keep all your ribbons from tangling. 3. Wrap empty tins in pretty papers for simple storage containers for small crafting items, such as buttons, rulers, scissors, pens & colored pencils. 4. Pegboard from your local hardware store is another great option and you can make it colorful by painting it any color you like to match your decor, and it’s perfect for hanging tools and craft supplies. 5. Berry baskets are cute too – great for holding tools like hole-punches and small scissors, yarn etc. 6. Vintage-inspired glass jars are great for organizing small craft supplies – and see-thru so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

The wallpaper in the bathroom above is Asuka, by Osborne and Little, but it was either a custom color or one that has been discontinued. I’ve found another great stand-in from the same manufacturer though, along with everything else you need to pull of the look of this sweet bathroom.

  1. Marble Hex Tile
  2. Glossy White Subway Tile
  3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume (looks so pretty sitting out!)
  4. Polished Nickel Soho Sconce
  5. Gramercy Single Basin Sink Washstand
  6. Eranthe Floral Wallpaper by Osborne and Little


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

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