BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

April 2013

The IKEA Expedit shelving unit can probably be considered a modern classic by now, and I continue to see them pop up all over the place. It takes a bit of ingenuity to get one to catch your eye, but that’s what this home office has going for it in spades.

I would not have thought of putting swing-arm sconces above a big shelving unit. Would you? But it works, and it looks fantastic! The rest of the space supports the design too, elevating a fairly standard big box item into something wonderful. Here’s how to achieve a similar look.

  1. Cassidy Indigo Ikat Armless Chair
  2. Classic Gray Binders
  3. Knipsa Seagrass Basket
  4. Braided Storage Basket with Lid
  5. Brass Swing-Arm Sconce
  6. Expedit Shelving Unit
  7. Gramercy Mirrored Desk
  8. Merie Table Lamp


TREND: Unique Accessories

Have you noticed that unique accessories are popping up in all of your favorite stores? I have and I’m loving it! Be it a brass elephant or a vase with bold stripes, I want at least one of each! But today, I’m just focusing on unique vases. Adding one of these pieces to your space can take your home from boring to bold!


Whether it’s on a coffee table, mantel, or sideboard, I love creating tablescapes. Finding wonderful accessories to put together a beautiful, one-of-a-kind look is a passion of mine. These little decorating opportunities are a way to make a house feel like a home. They can also be a way to tell a story.


There are many rules of thumb when it comes to styling small horizontal spaces: add color, height, texture, pattern, glitz, a natural element, etc. The list goes on and on. My advice is to peruse your favorite magazines or websites and find a look that you love, then recreate it at home. Use what you have by pulling in various pieces from throughout your home. And if all else fails, add a beautiful vase of flowers. Not only does a floral arrangement provide a touch of nature, it can bring in color, height, texture, pattern, glitz, etc. It’s a stylist’s best secret.


I know what you are thinking: “There are so many vases out there to choose from. Where do I begin?” Well, you’re in luck! I’ve curated twelve gorgeous vases to give you some inspiration. I’m sure one of these pieces will make the perfect addition to your space!

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Happy Decorating!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Hi there! My name is Erin Gates, and I am an interior and fashion stylist who blogs at Elements of Style. I am always asked what my favorite homes accessories are and when given time to ponder it, I realized I really do have a small arsenal of never-fail, works with ANY style of décor items I use time and time again! Adding in something with texture of unexpected flair can really dial up the interest in your space.  So maybe try one or two of these out in your own home and see what a difference a tiny change can make.

1)     Mongolian Lamb Pillows- If I have a dime for every time I used one of these in a project, I’d be living large! There is no better way to add texture and a little attitude to a sofa or bed than with a Mongolian lamb pillow!  Paired with a bold print it’s so much more enticing than a flat solid, and when used with other monochromatic items it keeps a vignette from falling flat!

Source: West Elm


2)     Gold Sculptural Objects- Specifically, I love this Jonathan Adler Bird Bowl.  Looks great on a bookshelf, on a coffee table, by the bed or in the bathroom as a catchall for jewelry and bobby pins.  A little gilded accent here and there really adds some glamour and spunk to an otherwise boring plane.  For a budget friendly option, any affordable little object can be spray painted gold for the same effect- it makes collections of smaller objects look special too!

Source: Jonathan Adler



3)     Lucite trays- A little Lucite never killed anyone, not even my husband, who claims to HATE it.  It’s clear, modern and clashes with nothing!  Trays are such a great way to unify a bunch of small objects- liquor bottles on a bar, books and remotes on a coffee table or keys and mail on a console.


Source: Iomoi


4)     Ceramic Gourd Lamps- Robert Abbey makes a WONDERFUL gourd lamp in different shapes and sizes that really works in ANY space (I dare you to find one in which it doesn’t!)  I have used countless pairs of these in bedrooms, living room, dining rooms, nurseries… you name it!  People have been shocked how clean and modern a statement they make and how well they compliment any décor.


Source: Lamps Plus

5)     Sunburst Mirrors- Some designers may claim this has gone the way of the pashmina shawl- overused and overexposed. I disagree whole-heartedly. I absolutely LOVE the way the sunburst looks on a wall, especially above a bed or a sofa.  They are the perfect thing to layer over busy wallpaper but also can be a statement when left to their own devices.  Just because something is popular doe not mean it’s bad.



Source: Zinc Door


Add one (or all!) of these items to your home for amped-up style. Also be sure to check out my former home featured in the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens!


Happy Decorating!

-Erin Gates of Elements of Style 

Trend:  Dresser acting as a changing table!




Using a dresser as a changing table is a trend that has been around for awhile now, and I also think it is one we will see for years to come.  There are endless benefits; the most obvious being that it can quickly convert to long term storage once baby has outgrown the diaper changing days.  But dressers doubling as changing tables also make sense since they often times offer more surface space and more storage than standard changing tables do.  Have you fallen in love with the dresser to changing table back to dresser craze too?

Although it has been awhile since my little guys have been in diapers, it seems just like yesterday.  And even though many new products have since hit the market, many of the same ideas that helped me out then, are still relevant now.   Here are a few of my all time favorite tips for creating a super functional place to change your sweet little babe’s diapers.

Of course, a solid dresser or changing table is the first and most important item on the list.  Looking for one that contains multiple drawers wins big, since babies tend to come with a lot of gear.  Lotions and potions, onesies, stacks of diapers and wipes, it is so amazing how someone so little can need so much!



The surface of the dresser is a great place to keep the everyday baby care items, such as powder, lotion and cotton swabs, since they are accessed so frequently.  Bonus points can be earned for storing those items in pretty jars and lotion pumps or within decorative baskets, all which disguise the everyday baby clutter.



Inside the drawers, soft sided drawer organizers create multiple zones to neatly separate the different types of baby essentials.  These work especially well for outfits, bibs, socks and even more cute outfits (because they are so hard to resist)!



Drawers are really great for keeping all of those diapers out of site, yet nice and easy to access in a jiff.  And we all know we need nice and easy when babies are involved!



Another important thing to consider is the laundry.  Without getting into too many details, babies can be messy!



If you are limited on space, adding a few hooks to the side of the dresser or near it on the wall, is a great place to hang a laundry sack.  Those same hooks also are a great place to hang the diaper bag, since many times it needs to be reloaded at the changing table right before an outing.

If you are working with limited surface space, consider adding some decorative shelves above the changing table.



The shelves act as the perfect place to tuck extra diaper cream, powders and lotions, but can also serve as a happy display of art, toys and children’s books.



Last but not least, consider adding a small lamp or wall sconce on or near the changing table, with a low watt bulb.  They are perfect for giving off small amounts of light to get you through the late night changes and feedings, without the intensity that a typical overhead light provides.


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TREND:  Repurposing Vintage Dressers!

Using a vintage dresser, sideboard, or credenza is a fun way to add a bit of character to a nursery or child’s room, and can often be a great way to save a little money.  If you look in the right places, a vintage piece is often considerably less expensive than a new one (asking family members for no longer used furniture is also a sweet way to add a little family history to the room, i.e. using Grandma and Grandpa’s dresser from their first bedroom suite, etc.!) and there are plenty of options for making it suit your taste.  The changing table can be a real statement piece in a nursery, and it was the first thing I found for both Vivi and Brigette‘s rooms.  Below are some of my favorite options for repainting (find sources and links to style boards below image) for some inspiration:vintage furniture updates(1) Similar Perspecta Dresser, from the Anchorman Nursery; (2) Ultramarine Dresser, from the Blue for Two Nursery; (3) Triangle Dresser (no longer available), from the Little Lone Ranger Nursery; (4) Gold Dipped Dresser, from My Little Surfer Girl Nursery; (5) French Gold Dipped Dresser, from the Mod Princess Nursery; (6) Peach Ombre Dresser, from the Pretty Little Peach Nursery; (7) Red Ombre Dresser, from the Cheery Cherry Nursery; (8) Blue Colorblocked Dresser from the Sailor Boy Nursery

Hope you are inspired!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


 Hi all! My name is Beckie and I blog at Infarrantly Creative. While being featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine has always been on my bucket list, I never wanted to reach out to them. I guess there was this dream that they would “discover” me. So when Kit Selzer, BHG remodeling editor, reached out to me I about hyperventilated. She found me on Pinterest and wanted to talk to me about being featured in the “I Did It!” section. I tried to stay cool and not get my hopes up in case it didn’t pan out. The next thing I knew I had a date for the stylist and photographer to come photograph my stenciled, painted, upholstered headboard, as well as a few other projects, two weeks later.

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I had a great time with photographer Edmund Barr and stylist Jenny O’Connor. It was a fun two days filled with discoveries. Here are a few:

1. Their attention to detail is kinda crazy. I knew ahead of time I could never do what Jenny does, styling homes for magazines. She notices tiny wrinkles and flecks of fuzz. When they shot my daughter’s hutch turned bookshelf, Jenny and Edmund were literally combing the carpet in my daughter’s room to make the picture BHG quality.




2. It’s hard to know how long something will take to photograph. That first day, in addition to the bookshelf, they shot the lamp made from crutches, my end table turned bookshelf project, and the vintage television turned hallway table. About 8 hours later and day one was a wrap. But they told me they’ve spent that long on two shots or 10 shots before.




3. How great would it be to always have a personal stylist? Jenny and I went shopping to find an outfit for me for Friday’s shoot. I desperately wanted to run into someone I knew so I could introduce Jenny as “my stylist.” Of course the stars didn’t align and I didn’t see a single soul I know. Bummer. HA!


4. Turns out, modeling is easy, haha! On the second day, Edmund and Jenny got the lights and camera ready and the guest room styled. We tried a few different poses but it only took us two hours to complete the shoot. The lighting was perfect, my smile was good (or so they said), and everything looked amazing.


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5. Seeing my home through someone else’s eyes was enlightening. After perusing Edmund’s portfolio and seeing the amazing homes he has shot I kept thinking, “My home does not belong in BHG, he probably thinks my house is trash compared to what he is used to.” By the end of the photo shoot, I got to see the pictures he shot and I said, all emotional, “my home totally belongs in Better Homes & Gardens.”


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The day came and my magazine arrived.  I squealed with delight and marked “be in Better Homes & Gardens magazine” off my bucket list.  What an amazingly fulfilling opportunity and a learning experience seeing how much time, attention and detail goes into each and every picture in BHG.


-Beckie of Infarrantly Creative


For more information about Beckie and to see her amazing projects visit her here!

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