Written on April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am , by Kirsten Grove
First off, let me begin by saying, how cool is the chic below?? Of course it was the Sartorialist who captured her and her effortless style. Now, if I can get a room to be as cool and fabulous as her, then I’ve done my job. The first key component is using green. Not just any green but a collection of army, grass greens. Pair this with neutral colors so no two colors are fighting for attention. The next detail to conquer is mixing textures. The stylish girl has a fur jacket mixed with cottons and other fabrics. It immediately creates a luxurious but laid back look. I am absolutely green with envy for this look! Here’s the look:
Color Inspiration: Fur Jacket.
Grecian Ivory is a breathtaking option for a creamy base on the walls or inside cabinets.
Color Inspiration: Long Sleeve Shirt.
For a classic gray, Gray Clouds is the perfect choice for crisp accessories, upholstered furniture and even an accent wall.
Color Inspiration: Bag.
Black Of The Night is a great classic black. Perfect for wood pieces, lighting and other accessories.
Written on April 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm , by Kenzie Kramer
Hi there! Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Assistant for BHG here. Our second-annual Innovation Issue is full of smart new products and helpful mobile apps, so I thought I’d share a handful of the featured items here on Style Spotters:
I love how you can turn your favorite images from the digital world into customized accessories with Printstagram! Using pictures from your Instagram account you can create stickers, memory boxes, picture-a-day calendars, and even large posters to decorate with.
Don’t let its size fool you! This miniature Matrix Audio Qube Universal Pocket Speaker is loud enough to fill a room with your favorite tunes for up to eight hours. This golf ball-size speaker is also capable of wireless streaming and is rechargeable so there’s no need to fuss with batteries.
With the help of Evernote Premium, this Moleskin Evernote Smart Notebook turns your notes and sketches into easily accessible digital copies that you can reach on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The app also makes the pages searchable and shareable online.
This light-sensitive Inkodye Tricolor Kit is perfect for making your own original patterns for decor, clothes, or accessories. The permanent dyes react to sunlight to create custom designs and can be used on most fabrics including cotton, linen, silk and even suede.
Image from http://lumi.co/collections/supplies
This smart and stylish Nest thermostat learns what temperatures you like at different times of the day and adapts to your preferences automatically. It can also be connected to wifi and controlled remotely from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Perfect for the constant decorator, this decorative Tempaper adheres by itself (no sticky glue necessary!) and comes off like contact paper. Add it to a dresser or the back of a shelf for a quick and easy update!
Secure your online presence and credit card information with the help of 1Password. The app, available on computers, smartphones, and tablets, creates strong passwords and saves them for you automatically. 1Password can also keep track of your credit card information to simplify online shopping.
Written on April 18, 2013 at 4:15 am , by Chelsey Andrews
A couple of months ago I happened to catch an episode of the Rachel Ray show. I’ve only seen it a couple of times and never actually try to watch it. For some reason… the sparkling lights in the TV mesmerized me and I had to watch. I’m glad I did. I saw the most amazing thing! Ok, not super spectacular, but pretty neat. A designer on the show shared the idea of putting a pair of earrings together ON buttons. Yup. That means they are ALWAYS together.
It’s very simple to do. Pick out a few pretty buttons, poke the stud through the hole and clip the earring backing on the other side. Done.
A couple of tips for the process…
- If you have earring that are a bit bulky and wont fit together on one button: Use a bit of string to tie two buttons together, add your earrings to the buttons and now your earrings are together.
- If you have a button with multiple holes: it’s fun to put more than one set of earrings on a single button.
- Buttons that have a single loop on the back are perfect for wire earrings.
How many times have I fished around for the matching earring pair? How many hours have I lost doing this? Kidding, it’s not that bad. It’s just great to know where my earrings are.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on April 17, 2013 at 8:25 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi there – !
My name is Eliza, and I’m the founder of the houseplant-happy company The Sill — the destination for discovering potted plants that enhance both quality of life and the look and feel of your environment. Along with Erin, our social media manager, and Lisa, our plant & botanist expert, we hunt down houseplants suitable for city dwellings, and this season we’re loving a wide range of fresh spring hues to pot ‘em in!
Pantone refers to this Spring’s hues as “the balancing act” and we couldn’t agree more. Spring shades — of bright citrus, oceanic hues, and classic neutrals — address our desire to re-energize & excite yet maintain the serenity and calm we’re craving after a long winter. Combinations of these colors offer practically and versatility, yet simultaneously demand attention and appreciative glances. Think novel neutrals and dynamic brights.
And according to Pantone, “the prevalence of green this spring is undeniable… Similar to the many shades in our natural surroundings, this season’s greens offer a stunning foreground or the perfect backdrop for all other hues.” So this Spring, for home and closet, green will be our new neutral (or was it always?), along with the tried and true classic linen, and we plan to accent with shades of citrus and oceanic hues.
Get inspired to incorporate these hues into your own environment below!
Inspired by these shades and Spring in New York City, we created the Spring Collection - a set of six hand-potted miniature easy-care succulents tucked inside hand-painted terra cotta in strong pastels that pop” classic cream, tangerine, lemon zest, turquoise, margarita & manaco blue. Think white-on-white-on-bronzed (skin), barefoot frolicking on the great lawn, fresh juicy fruit and cold italian ice, yellow cabbies and bright blue skies, printed sundresses and exposed toes, cocktails & mocktails… oh my.
Loving these fresh spring hues, too? We’d love to hear how! Comment below & tell us how these colors have popped up in your home. We hope we’ve inspired you to bring the outdoors in with modern houseplants, colorful pots, and springy home accessories.
Happy spring! -Eliza of The Sill
Written on April 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm , by Nicole Balch
This entry is all about making a bold statement with color,and the fearless use of stripes. Having an adorable yellow lab helps too. Find everything you need to get a similar look below (a furry friend is encouraged).
- crystal and silver table lamp
- “straw” tote bag
- fresh flowers in blue (try delphinium)
- eclectic dresser
- red paint for the door, blue and white for the dresser
- man’s best friend
- black and white striped rug
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely
Written on April 15, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
You’ve probably noticed that open shelving in kitchens is hot right now. Folks everywhere are ripping out their old upper cabinets and replacing them with less bulky open shelving. Personally, I love the look! The results create an airy and more open space visually, but you do need to find a way to deal with all of the clutter. Keeping things neat and organized is a must with open shelves.
Thankfully, there are incredibly beautiful glass canisters and containers available today. From all glass to glass and steel to glass and wood, the options are endless. Isn’t it time to throw away all those bulky boxes and messy bags and put your food on display! Uniquely shaped pasta and colorful confections become not only a source of sustenance, but also a stylish addition to your kitchen.
Check out this collection of some of my favorite glass canisters on the market. Are you ready to introduce some open shelving into your life and make your kitchen storage an even more valuable asset?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm