Posts by Style Spotter Editor
Hi everyone, Alicia Chilton here. I’m the Senior Associate Home Editor for BHG.com and I love color, as do my co-workers. Color is definitely a favorite topic of conversation around the office, so we asked some of our favorite designers to create fresh new color palettes and offer ideas on how to get the look at home. We were absolutely blown away by their creativity and are excited to share the palettes with you!
Click here to see the full collection! Below is more informaiton on the inspiration and designer of the new palettes pictured above:
- Blend of Blues Designer: Jessica Brende
- Cozy Getaway Designer Sara Gilbane Sullivan
- Dawn’s Sky Designer: Elaine Griffin
- Moon Over Marrakech Designers: Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Madcap Cottage
- Peaceful Grace Designer: Phoebe Howard
- Rethinking White Designer: Khristian A. Howell
- Posh, Pretty, Peppy Designer: Janet Lee
- Winter’s Reprieve Designer: Lauren McGrath
- Softly Modern Designer: Amanda Malson
Each of the palettes includes fabric and paint picks, plus plenty of tips on how to pull the look together and editor product picks from Shop BHG. Browse the palettes and get color-inspired. Plus, check out a few behind-the-scenes shots from the palette photo shoot!
Above, left: Plenty of props were on hand for photographing the palettes, including pretty fabric and swatches! Above, right: One of the color palettes on the photographer’s table, all framed up and ready for its photo op.
What colors and textures have you added to your home? If you’re looking to redecorate, we hope you’ll be inspired by our new Designer Color Palettes this spring.
-Alicia Chilton, Senior Associate Home Editor – BHG.com
Hi, I’m Haeley from Design Improvised and I’m excited to share some Easter decorating ideas on Style Spotters today! At Design Improvised, I’m always on the look out for easy home décor and entertaining projects that can make a big impact for minimal time and money invested. At the holidays, I particularly love creating a special table for our meal using inexpensive materials and everyday items. Easter is on my mind already and when I saw this table setting in a unique pale blue and pink color scheme, I fell in love. I decided to put my own twist on it for our upcoming Easter brunch!
For my table, I found some pretty ric rac, pom-pom fringe, and ribbon in the same blue and pink color palette and made them the stars of this simple tablescape.
These pretty notions just remind me of spring and Easter eggs! I used them to dress up some plain cloth napkins, make an inexpensive table runner, and embellish dyed eggs to use as place cards.
For the napkins, I just added a row of ric rac and pom-pom fringe to one edge of an inexpensive set of white cloth napkins. Affix them with fabric glue and/or run a stitch through them with the sewing machine.
One of my favorite tricks for a super quick and inexpensive table runner is to roll some sturdy wrapping or kraft paper down the middle of the table. For my Easter runner, I added a few rows of ribbon, securing them with double-sided tape every few inches. That way I can reuse the ribbons after the brunch (always save your ribbon scraps!) and just throw the kraft paper away. You could easily make a more permanent version of this by sewing the ribbons onto a plain cloth table runner.
For the egg place cards, I added a band of ric rac to pink dyed eggs with a little hot glue, and then wrote each person’s name with a metallic Sharpie!
It couldn’t get much easier and the only thing I had to purchase for the tablescape was a few rolls of ribbon – talk about my kind of project!
Have a happy holiday!
Hello! Kelly Eagle here! We see a lot of kitchens around here and in every style you can imagine!
The majority of the kitchens have white cabinets, with fewer having stained wood, but lately I’ve noticed another cabinet finish gaining popularity: greige painted cabinets.
In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens, designer Ann Rae’s kitchen has a perfect example of the color.
She painted her cabinets with Fawn, by Farrow and Ball. The color is a light tan-greige-green that is versatile, fitting into traditional kitchens, country kitchens, and even those with a more modern flair. She noted that she loves how in some lights the color reminds her of stones on the beach, but can also read as pale leaf green.
If you’ve been considering painting your cabinets, but want a color less predictable than white, this may just be the inspiration for you.
Here are couple of other examples I love:
This shade of beige reads a little green, but the color is subtle enough to act as a neutral, yet interesting enough to not need much accessorizing. Crisp white counters and accents modernize and lighten the space.
If you are a bit braver with your color choice, try painting your cabinets a dark greige. Pair dark lower cabinets with light – or white – upper cabinets.
Since these colors are rooted in the most basic of neutrals, accent colors can vary as wide as the rainbow, adding life and excitement to your kitchen.
What about you?
Would you paint your kitchen cabinets anything other than white?
We’re excited to announce a new post series on Style Spotters that highlights a few of our favorite blogger projects. Every month we’ll share a round-up of ideas we love, focused on a specific topic. Sounds fun right? First up: DIY Valentine’s Day crafts from a few of our friends from Alt Summit!
What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? We love to share something handmade and from the heart with our friends and family. 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.
-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor
We’re still giddy over last week’s fabulous Alt Summit festivities in Salt Lake City! We met incredible people and enjoyed many inspiring conversations over the course of the week. Can we go back, please?
We first arrived to the beautiful Grand America Hotel on Tuesday morning and started setting up items for our BHG Blogger Dinner on Wednesday, our Alt Lounge Booth on Thursday, and our Mini Party on Friday. See the cute little Paper Source boxes below? We formed an assembly line and filled them with how-to’s and collaboration info for attendees, all while assembling our BHG Baggu goodie bags for our future dinner guests.
We welcomed 50 talented women to our Blogger Dinner at Lugono’s Restaurant on Wednesday, and shared the BHG Baggu bags (pictured above) filled with Caldrea, Paper Source, MollaSpace, and Wicked Audio goodies (as well as our New Decorating Book!) as a thank you for attending. After BHG.com Editorial Manager Kaelin Zawilinski presented information about our current blogger programs, we we’re ready to enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and creative conversation. What a talented group of women! We so enjoyed chatting with each and every one of you.
Following our Blogger dinner, BHG team members headed back to the hotel to put the finishing touches on our adorable live set. Art Director Kylee Krizmanic constructed the amazing cover frame, and added gold washi tape embellishment to two turquoise Ikea dressers for an extra touch. Thanks to Flor for providing carpet tiles and to York Wallcoverings for sending us a pretty wallpaper backdrop!
After an amazing day speaking with Alt Summit attendees in our booth (and attending some amazing panel discussions!), we were ready for Day #3. On Friday morning Associate Home Editor Joanna Linberg and Kaelin Zawilinski hosted round tables in the Grand Ballroom. We loved these one-on-one conversations, and can’t wait to chat with these talented women in the future.
And last but not least … our Mini Party! After our round tables came to a close, the BHG team headed to the 3rd floor to set up. To celebrate our February Color Issue, the party featured a very colorful DIY Nail Bar. Guests were able to paint their nails and take home a bottle thanks to OPI or add cute embellishment to their existing manicure thanks to amazing inspiration from our friends at The Beauty Department. We can’t forget to mention Mike and his amazing team at Cornerstone AV for helping us get set up for the final event!
In addition to meeting so many wonderful people, we were very lucky to spend time with our fabulous BHG Contributing Bloggers throughout the week: Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove, Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama, and Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely. Also, we loved catching up with Kate Riley of Centsational Girl and Centsational Style, and Kathryn Taylor of Cookie + Kate.
Thank you to everyone who attended our dinner or stopped by our booth and mini party! We had an amazing time and can’t wait to chat more in the future!
-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor
Hi everyone, Karman Hotchkiss, here! About a month ago, I was replacing a lightbulb in myback hallway at home. For the first time in about a decade, I really looked at the sconce I was putting the bulb into. And I thought, ‘”That’s the ugliest light fixture I’ve ever seen!” I instantly realized it was (past) time for a little lighting update.
The good news: There are more cool, trendy, interesting light fixtures than ever before. And replacing one requires only minimal DIY skills. In my research for that replacement sconce, I looked at tons of new fixtures and compiled this list of 5 hot trends in lighting.
If you’re ready to shed a little new light (har-har) on your fixtures, here are 5 trends to think about:
1. Colorful. Lights shouldn’t have to blend into the background. Use one to add a punch of color, with the shade or with the fixture itself.
2. Overscale. Pick a light that’s big. Really big.
3. Industrial/scientific. Exposed bulbs, “cage” designs, raw materials … They all evoke the sense that you just snagged your light from a warehouse or laboratory.
4. Organic. Shapes and materials inspired by nature are sure to add a layer of texture to your decor.
5. Beads and baubles. Crystals are nothing new to light fixtures. But the latest incarnation uses strings of beads or individual bubble-like balls.
Which of these ideas would work best in your home? Find a trend (or two!) you like and update a fixture today.