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Potted plants are a staple in many gardens, especially cozier spaces. They also have a funny way of multiplying, taking over every surface, including your ground, patio floor, and garden tables, until your place becomes a sea of clay containers.

As gardeners, plant habitat designers, and co-founders of The Horticult, we, Ryan and Chantal, know this dilemma all too well. In searching for ways to design with clay pots in attractive, space-saving ways, we hit a wall. Well, so to speak. We ended up designing a screen that turns a collection of clay pots into a vertical garden in which the pots seem to be levitating on top of each other. Bubbling over with flowers like nemesias and petunias, it’s also the friendliest kind of privacy screen.

As we share in the “I Did It!” section of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens, this magical effect comes courtesy of some hardware and a little bit of muscle. We strung our clay pots together using all-thread rods, and turned plastic test plugs (found in the plumbing section of the hardware store) into drainable flanges that, in tandem with nuts and washers, secured the pots in place. Hooks and sleeve anchors allow you to hang your installation.

Another benefit of raising your containers to eye level? The more you see your plants, the more likely you are to take care of them. Keep in mind that hanging plants — especially those in breathable pots — tend to dry out faster than non-hanging plants. You can also adapt this vertical garden to many types of spaces. We’ve hung our floating planters from the eaves of friends’ balconies and attached them to our own rolling arbor.

We also built a custom frame for a super-size installation that’s now wild with glossy tropicals like anthurium and black gold philodendron. Attaching the hanging plants to a frame with casters makes it possible for renters to take their garden with them during a move. Get more gardening tips for renters here!

Want to make your own vertical clay pot garden? Pick up the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens now for the full DIY, or check out our blog for more instructions, photos, and pro tips!

By Jen Stagg of With Heart

It’s finally here– the great thaw. It’s that time of year when you spot little patches of green grass sprouting up, you hear the birds chirping joyfully outside, and if you’re anything like me, it’s also the time of year when you start itching to jump in a pool of fresh flowers and soak in the sunshine. Since a spring flower bath may not be practical, why not bring all the freshness of spring indoors by switching up some of your decor? Need some ideas? Here are a few that will give you an immediate spring fix.


The easiest way to bring the outdoors in is with live plants and flowers. Breathe life into a sterile and sometimes cold room like a bathroom. Indoor planters not only look beautiful, they smell wonderful as well and add life into an otherwise dull space.

For a small planter, the MANDEL Plant Pot is a great option. Sit it in a windowsill and fill with flowers to brighten a room. If cooking with fresh herbs is your thing, use the SATSUMAS Plant Stand to create your own herb garden. Label each plant so you know what is what when it comes time to cook.

Another idea– try going vertical. Hanging planters can add instant interest to a corner. These handy BITTERGURKA Hanging Planters can be layered by hooking one to another.

Hanging Planters

If you love the look of botanicals, but want more than an indoor plant, botanical prints may be just the thing. Switch out your old duvet for the STRANDKRYPA or RODBINKA duvet covers. Your bedroom will feel springy with just one simple switch.

botanical bedroom

For a living room, toss a DORTHY Cushion Cover into the mix and get an instantly fresh feel. It doesn’t take much to bring the outdoors in, and the transformation will give you a mood boost. Take a deep breath and sigh– it’s spring!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.

Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!


Hello, everyone! I’m Krys Melo, the blogger behind Melodrama. You might recognize me from the “I Did It!” feature in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The article highlights my IKEA hack, seen above, in which I turned a VITTSJO coffee table into an upholstered and tufted cocktail ottoman. I couldn’t find what I desired in stores, but with an IKEA foundation and a little spray paint, foam, fabric, and buttons, I was able to create the perfect addition to my living room.

We all know IKEA is a great place to find inexpensive furniture for all of life’s stages, but the simple style can sometimes be too minimalist. This is why I tend to take IKEA pieces as merely suggestions. Now I’m no stranger to IKEA hacks. In fact, some of my most popular posts on Melodrama are low-cost and simple but highly effective ways to customize IKEA items.

The first IKEA hack I ever did was turn a EXPEDIT (now KALLAX) bookcase on its side to create a banquette seat for my dining room. I originally thought to use it as a bench seat but decided on adding an upholstered backboard for added comfort. This easy change created a lovely statement piece and added plenty of extra seating in my room.

Another simple way to transform items is with paint. IKEA’s DALFRED bar stools had the modern look I wanted but not the gold-dipped metallic finish I sought. I simply used a highly metallic paint to create the look.

But enough about me! Let’s take a look at some other every day staples from IKEA that can be transformed into useful decor with very minimal effort.

You wouldn’t believe that this copper side table from Poppy Talk was actually made out of a spray-painted IKEA serving tray and an ÄPPLARÖ outdoor folding stool! Think of all the color varieties!

The LACK coffee table is one of the most popular and inexpensive items from IKEA. Triple Max Tons took away the boxy legs and replaced them with retro-style tapered legs to create a much more stylish look.

This one really blows my mind. Erin from Style Me Pretty completely transformed a LOCKSTA chair with gold spray paint and leather fabric. Now it looks straight out of a trendy high-end furniture store.

Did you know you can decoupage with fabric? That’s just what Little Green Notebook did with this $20 SNILLE office chair. A touch of gold spray paint pulls together the rest of the transformation.

We can’t forget the outdoors! This simple project from Brady Bunch Remodel brings a little midcentury modern style to your plants. They were made by glueing together two Kardemumma pots base-to-base and filling with plants.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to shopping for home decor. With a little imagination even the smallest budgets can achieve big style. Thanks for reading!

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Lidgett, The Art Hunter. I’m here as a guest on the Style Spotters blog today to talk about thinking outside the box when decorating with art.

As an art advisor, the success of my company relies on me coming up with new ways to display artwork. There are always new trends in the interior design world — it seems like every stylish home has a great gallery wall, for instance. The next trend I’m looking to in decorating with art is going to be hanging artwork anywhere but the walls.

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The above image shows the incredible restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond in Maine. The vintage paintings on the ceiling perfectly highlight the peaked shape and gives visitors a reason to look up. Such an unexpected design that I would love to see replicated in a home.

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The perfectly sized horseshoes are a great addition to this country-chic home. While many would have placed the series along side the staircase on the wall, this placement shows off the collection with a twist.

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While so many would think this photo is all about that amazing chest, I’m focused on the photographs hung to the door. The paint blocking and gallery wall being included over the door gives such a rich and cohesive look to the room. Pro tip: If you attempt this, be sure to use sticky tack on each of the back corners of the frames. This will keep the frame from rattling each time you shut the door!

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Hanging artwork directly on your bookshelves can kill two birds with one stone. It can add high style to your room, all while hiding any unsightly storage. This could be the perfect way to cover any electronics you don’t need to access regularly, like your wifi box. Setting the artwork directly onto one of the bookshelves is also a nice alternative.

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This is something I really want to try in my own home. What a cool idea to hang artwork on a window frame. If you have nosy neighbors, it can pull double duty as a privacy screen and bring big style into the room.

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Finally, speaking of privacy, if you have a tiny space– I’m looking at your NYC apartment dwellers– try hanging artwork from the ceiling to create a room divider. This artwork is a great way to divide living spaces like an office and a den or a bedroom from guest space.

So what do you think about hanging artwork anywhere but the walls? Just by trying one or two of these ideas in your home, you can make a big change using artwork you already own. Low cost + high style is what I am always aiming for!

For more ideas on how to decorate with artwork, check out my new video series The Art Hunter with


Hi there! I’m Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence, and I’m so thrilled to be here with you today sharing my DIY Plate Rack, which is featured in the “I Did It!” section of this month’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I’m still pinching myself that a simple afternoon project for my kitchen is featured in my favorite magazine!

Do you ever have projects that you put off for … oh, say about five years? In our kitchen, there is a narrow wall that you pass by on your way to the dining room. Or if you are coming from the dining room, you pass it on the way to the kitchen. You get the idea! I liked to call it “the forgotten wall,” just something you pass by on your way to bigger and better things, like coffee.

Sure, I made half-hearted attempts at giving it some attention. There was a chalkboard that looked fine, but no one ever stopped to read all of my beautiful quotes carefully written with hopes of encouraging and inspiring. It is a wall you just pass by after all.

Well, I think it is safe to declare that “the forgotten wall” is now my favorite part of my entire kitchen. It is forgotten no more! It only took me five years and one afternoon to make a very basic wall rack and help the wall fulfill its destiny .

How to Make a Wall Plate Rack

1. Build a simple frame using the size of wood appropriate for your space. Because this is a narrow area, I went with 2×1s. I had Lowe’s cut the ledges to fit within the wall area, as well as two additional pieces for the top and bottom.

2. Cut molding to add trim to the top and bottom and add detail to the frame. Attach with wood glue.

3. Cut two rows of screen molding to size and attach with nails or wood glue to hold the plates in place.

4. Paint it in the color of your choice and attach it to the wall on both the top and the bottom of the rack using L-brackets. Because of the length, it could have a tendency to pull away from the wall, which is why it’s so important to attach it at the bottom as well as the top.

Download a FREE detailed plan for this project.

I think I might have actually heard the wall sigh when the plate rack was installed. It was a sigh of relief, of satisfaction. It finally looked the way it was always meant to look! This incredibly simple and basic plate rack that only took five years and one afternoon to make looked like it had always been there. It looked like it belonged; like it was special, remembered. And that’s really what we all want, after all, isn’t it? To know that we belong and that we’re special. We don’t want people to just pass us by without really noticing us. Because we all know how absolutely amazing it is when someone recognizes our capacity for great things and our ability to truly shine. And we also know (or we should know!) that it feels even better to be the one to recognize the potential in someone else, to speak it into their life, and to watch them shine! Who knew that I would learn such a great lesson from something as simple as a plate rack?

I hope you will come and visit me At the Picket Fence where you will not only find great ideas for your home but a little bit of inspiration for your heart too!

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