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Rebuilding Together: Restoring Gerritsen Beach!

We’ve just returned from an amazing trip where our parent company Meredith Corporation, along with Lowes, and Rebuilding Together, worked to rebuild a community devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Meredith Corporation volunteers have worked across the country to improve the lives and communities of people in need throughout our 12-year partnership with Rebuilding Together, and this year we focused on the New York community of Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.

We loved spending time with homeowners and lending a hand! Below are photos from our first visit in May, and our trip back to the area this week (June 6th) for the official build day.  There was still a lot of work to be done since the storm hit last year, and our team was excited to help restore homes throughout the area. Michael Wurm, Jr. of  Inspired by Charm joined us for this project, too. Thanks for joining us and lending a hand, Michael!

We arrived in Gerritsen Beach early on Thursday and headed to Kiddie Beach for a quick breakfast and kick-off where speakers welcomed volunteers and shared stories of the area. We also did a little stretching before getting to work! Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declared June 6th, Rebuilding Together Day, and announced that Gerritsen Beach “will rebuild, rebound and recover!”

After the welcome, volunteers and BHG editors made their way to 35 Melba Ct., where the amazing homeowners Dominic and Susan, introduced themselves. The Rebuilding Together team leader divided workers into teams, and we were off! Throughout the day volunteers painted the home’s interior, worked on the side-yard garden, added fencing and a useful shed. We also added siding to the home and brought in raised beds. Once completed, this restored home will be featured in the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens!

 

 BHG Editor-in-Chief Gayle Butler spent time with Susan and worked to add siding to the home. Hydrangea and other plants were added to the garden, and the garden started to take shape!

Volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the afternoon, and near the end of the day, Susan received housewarming gifts from Meredith Corporation and Crate and Barrel!

At the end of the day, Michael and Better Homes and Gardens editors gathered for a photo in front of the completed side-yard. What a great day!

Would you like to lend a hand too? Enter our Pin-a-Thon via the link below and pin items on your summer wish list from shopBHG.com, and we’ll donate $2 for each entry up to $10,000! Enter here: http://bhgmag.co/17tLhUd

If you’d like to learn more about the Gerritsen Beach project, visit WeRebuild.com. Thanks to all of the amazing volunteers and team coordinators! We are so proud to have been a part of this amazing project.

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor

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Best of the Blogs: Offices & Desks!

 

I’ve been obsessed with making my desk both functional and pretty these days, so I turned to some of my favorite blogs for top-notch inspiration. And look what amazing desks I found! Each one has a unique element that I can’t wait to try in my own space.

 

1. First up? The beautiful desk of Style Me Pretty‘s Abby Larson on The Everygirl

What I love about it: A desk isn’t complete without a bouquet of fresh flowers! I love the pop of color they add here, along side a cheerful lacquer box.

 

Photo Credit: The Everygirl

 

2. I’m crazy about this pretty space from Lindsay of Sadie and Stella

What I love about it: A bouquet of pink pencils and the vibrant drapes! Not to mention a little calligraphy art and a window view to make this space a perfect place to cross off to-do’s.

 

Photo Credit: Sadie and Stella

 

3. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators created this pretty and functional office space. 

What I love about it: The white built-in storage in this space is just what I need. Too many papers/file folders/magazines –too little time!

 

Photo Credit: Rambling Renovators

 

4. Jordan of Oh Happy Day shared shots of this unique workspace

What I love about it: The industrial-chic desk and wall color – which makes me feel like I’m floating. And who wouldn’t love spools of pretty ribbon at your fingertips?

 

Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day

 

5. It’s pretty easy to guess what I love about Shay of So Shay‘s office, featured on  Made By Girl.

What I love about it: The gold accent wall! Shay explains that she painted this wall herself and that it wasn’t as difficult as it might look. Read about how it came together here.

 

Photo Credit: So Shay/Made By Girl

 

6. An amazing office makeover from Jenny of Little Green Notebook

What I love about it: Oh, too many things! But I especially like that Jenny gave new life to the barely green parsons desk and the red credenza. The bold red is totally unexpected, and coordinates with the window treatments and rug beautifully.

 

Photo Credit: Little Green Notebook

 

7. This office area from Style Spotter Jen of I Heart Organizing has my heart. 

What I love about it: The blue cabinet nobs and the spring-y (and perfectly organized!) file folders. I’d love for my space to look just like this.

 

Photo Credit: I Heart Organizing

 

8. I love this office shot from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere

What I love about it: The chalkboard to-do list! I’m officially on the hunt for a vintage chalkboard or frame so I can make one myself.

 

Photo Credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere

 

9. Katie of Bower Power has a bright and cheerful work space at home.  

What I love about it: The way she’s used baskets to store but conceal office essentials, and the natural light pouring in!

 

Photo Credit: Bower Power

 

 

What do you love about these spaces? I have a long list of ideas and can’t wait to makeover my own office. More storage, file folders, chalkboard to-do list, colorful credenzas … I have a lot to do! Tune in next month when I’ll share some of my favorite blogger furniture refreshes. Do you have one you’d like to submit for consideration? Drop me a line at BHGBloggers@Meredith.com.

 

Happy Decorating!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


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Spring Decorating Twitter Party!

 

We are excited to invite you to a Spring Decorating Twitter Party tomorrow evening (Tuesday, April 2nd) from 7-8 PM CST. We’ll be giving away $300 in prizes! The party will be hosted by Kate Riley (@CentsationalGrl) of Centsational Style and Centsational Girl along with a panel of our BHG Style Spotters! Join the conversation by following the hashtag #BHGStyle.

 

 

Kate and our talented panel of Style Spotters compiled Shop BHG Shopping Guides in preparation of the party to celebrate the new season! Are you looking to update your bathroomliving roomkitchen, or kids room? Maybe you’re excited to decorate with natural elements, throw a fun spring celebration or get organized. Hopefully their great product picks will get you inspired and excited for this fresh new season.

 

 

 

Tune in to Twitter tomorrow and follow the hashtag #BHGStyle to join the conversation! We’re looking forward to chatting with you.

 

Happy Spring!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor

 

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Best of the Blogs: St. Patrick’s Day

 

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate with cute crafts and party decor ideas? This month we’re rounding up some of our favorite St. Paddy’s Day blogger projects we think you’ll love, starting with these little goodie bags from  Brittany of One Charming Party. So cute!

 

 

Photo Credit: One Charming Party

 

 

All you need are scissors, streamers and a pencil to make these adorable DIY Shamrock Streamers from Kelly of Studio DIY!

 

 

Photo Credit: Studio DIY

 

Are you planning a fun St. Patrick’s Day party? Recreate this pretty tablescape from Julie of Coordinately Yours!

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Coordinately Yours

 

 

Sarah of Sarah Hearts created fun DIY Cups! Learn how to make them here.

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

 

 

Next up is the quick, easy and creative Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover Shamrock Stamp from Prudent Baby.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Prudent Baby

 

 

We love this St. Patrick’s Day table by Melissa of LuLu the Baker! See more photographs and learn how to create one for your celebration here.

 

 

Photo Credit: Lulu The Baker

 

 

Will you be sporting green and getting crafty this weekend? If so, we hope you’ve found these fun projects inspiring. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor

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