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With spring right around the corner, what better way to get ready than by planning your outdoor decor? Whether you live in freezing temperatures or a hot climate, bring outdoor style to your home!

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged to get creative with outdoor furniture and decor to makeover a space, whether indoors or outside.

1. With limited outdoor space, small-space solutions are key as Anna Moseley of Ask Anna knows. We’re dreaming of sipping a cup of tea at the Camrose Farmhouse Mosaic Tile Top Table.

2. When winter chill is still in the air, bring the outdoors inside. Marie Chorak of Blooming Homestead styles an Outdoor Serving Cart with Porcelain Round Bowls, Square Bowls, and Acacia Wood-Top Jars for movie night!

3. Let your home reflect the changing seasons. Taryn Whiteaker of Design, Dining and Diapers gives her living room a rustic and earthy feel with Nautical Iron Lanterns!

4. Don’t worry about the time! Shannon Fox of Fox Hollow Cottage leaves her Galvanized Wall Clock inside and uses Small Galvanized Bins to organize before guests arrive.

5. Beautify your front porch and make a dazzling first impression! Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z dressed hers up with a blue Damask Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

6. A go-to table setting for everything from family brunch to girls night is essential! Gloribell Lebron of I Don’t Know How She Does It sets the Farmhouse Mix and Match Steel Dining Table with Teal Medallion Bowls and the Ashmoor Dinnerware Set.

7. A few pops of color go a long way to brighten up a space! Kelli Mullins of Lolly Jane spices up her outdoor area with a Medallion Outdoor Toss Pillow, a Bird Outdoor Toss Pillow and a Native Outdoor Toss Pillow.

8. Jen Migonis of Migonis Home brings outdoor pizazz inside with this navy and white Woven Fringe Throw.

9. Talk about comfort AND style! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It spruces up her patio with these fun Deep Seat Pillow Backs and a Leaf Outdoor Toss Pillow.

10. How would YOU use a Galvanized 2-Tier Organizer? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife shows off how she keeps her office supplies neat.

11. Get ready for outdoor get-togethers by using cute decor to serve food! Amy Bell of Positively Splendid uses the Galvanized 2-Tier Round Stand  to hold chips and show off the adorable Melamine Medallion Berry Bowls! To top it off, she uses a Small Round Stand/Bucket to hold a 2-Gal Mason Dispenser for fresh-squeezed lemonade.

12. What better way to decorate your porch than by adding some neutral tones? Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle placed a Medallion Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug on her porch to set the tone and used the Garden Outdoor Toss Pillow to add some pattern to her Camrose Farmhouse Industrial Chairs.

13. We can’t get over how cute Kierste Wade of Simply Kierste‘s winter porch looks! Add some light to your evenings with the 20-Count Clear Glass Globe String Lights and Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lanterns. She even uses an 18″ Faux Wicker Planter to hold firewood for cold nights.

14. Bring the outdoors inside like Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life! Use Flameless LED Pillar Candles to light these Galvanized Lantern Candle Holders with Rope!

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


What’s your holiday decorating personality? From serveware to dinnerware and every entertainment need in between, the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart will help you achieve seasonal looks for less, making your guests feel right at home.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged to share their greatest tips on how to achieve both a gracious and affordable entertaining experience.

1. Anna Moseley of Ask Anna went for a layered look by mixing and matching dinnerware. Don’t shy away from introducing patterns such as the Sabin Striped Dinner Plate with a terra-cotta look to your collection .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Ever fall in love with serveware so much that you get an urge to place your favorite pieces on display? See how Lolly Jane incorporates this Better Homes and Gardens Harvest Platter into her floating shelf arrangement.

 

3. Marie Chorak of Blooming Homestead brightens a natural color palette with bold reds and oranges for a dazzling autumnal pop. These affordable Braided Jute Placements lay the perfect foundation for any tablescape.

 

 

 

 

4. Taryn Whiteaker from Design, Dining & Diapers incorporates natural elements to achieve a rustic look. With elegant Stoneware Dinnerware as a base, the sky’s the limit — have at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Looking to add a unique piece to your dining table? See how Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z  adds an Acacia Wood Bark Charger to each place setting, a beautiful complement to a magnolia garland, dried eucalyptus, rose petals, and a fall-leaf centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Gloribell Lebron of I Don’t Know How She Does It wows guests with fresh flowers and earth tones. Consider filling a festive candle holder with pine cones and carry those natural hues across each table setting by placing a Wood Charger beneath each plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Take after Jen Migonis of Migonis Home and temporarily ditch your everyday salt and pepper shakers for Pumpkin Salt and Pepper Shakers for Thanksgiving. You may even trick guests into thinking they’re part of your centerpiece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Take after Monica Cruz of Monica Wants It, and opt for unconventional ways to display fresh flowers around your home by using a Pumpkin Soup Tureen. Consider surprising the host of your Friendsgiving celebration with a similar flower arrangement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Less is more! Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife has the how-to on creating a centerpiece that is simple, stunning, and oh-so sweet! Use an Acacia Wood and Marble Cake Stand to show off your favorite holiday recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Looking to achieve a farmhouse rustic-style table setting for the holiday? Look no further than this tablescape from Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. From a barnwood table to a pumpkin vase centerpiece and Copper Flatware, no detail is left unturned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Hop over to Fox Hollow Cottage and snag a few tips from Shannon Fox. See the many ways decorative serveware and dinnerware can serve as decor throughout your home. Consider using a Better Homes and Gardens Acacia Tray to hold seasonal pumpkins and gourds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Cozy up at an outdoor party with a warm Chenille Throw from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart. Kierste Wade of Simply Kierste has the how-to on designing an inviting farmhouse-style tablescape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Get your hands on a Burlap Table Runner and use it all season long! Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life achieves a cozy look with her charming fall table adorned with warm autumnal hues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Amy Bell of Positively Splendid uses her Marble Cake Stand to introduce varying heights across her centerpiece display. Check out that DIY painted pumpkin! Tip: Seek out a variety of decor accents, textiles, and seasonal items. Happy hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.


If you’re anything like me, you’re a little late with the Halloween decor. So late, in fact, you’re worried about being able to put out any curbside or porch indicator telling costume-clad kids they’re totally welcome to ring your doorbell on the 31st. The clearest sign for the little monsters, Avengers, pirates, witches, and Minions is a cool or creepy jack-o’-lantern shacking up on the front stoop. No time for carving? Me neither. Let’s shoot for one of these pretty, no-carve pumpkin styles instead.

1. Metallic Mod Pumpkins

Taryn has the chic candy-giver in mind. For these dripping, shimmery metallic pumpkins, she explains that no design skills are really necessary. Just some paint! She used faux pumpkins, but the process will work on regular pumpkins, too. Pop over to her blog Design, Dining and Diapers to see how she did it (and some pumpkin styling ideas from some other great blogs).

Modern Painted Pumpkins

Image Via: Design, Dining and Diapers

2. Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Definitely nix the standard orange-and-black theme this halloween, and try this splattery rainbow effect on your pumpkins. Allison contributed this idea — melting crayons over a white pumpkin — to the blog Mom Spark. Special tip: glue down the crayons before you start. This helps avoid burnt fingers between the wax and the hair dryer!

The kids are going to love making these melted crayon pumpkins. So fun!

Image Via: Mom Spark

3. Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

Why have I never thought of replacing the candle inside the pumpkin with textured light on the outside? Glow-in-the-dark puff paint for the win! Alisa Burke has this tutorial on her blog, as well as a dozen other no-carve, painted pumpkin ideas. For the best glow, prime your pumpkins with a base coat of paint first!

Image Via: Alisa Burke

4. Office-Supply Pumpkins

This is truly the simplest no-carve pumpkin idea ever. If you check out the tutorial on A Subtle Revelry, creator Victoria Hudgins will show you a couple cute designs for decorating pumpkins with colorful push-pins and brads. Older kids can help you with this one (the kids that won’t put point objects in their mouths) and you’ll be done in 30 minutes or less.

DIY confetti pumpkin with colorful brads

Image Via: A Subtle Revelry

5. Spooky Splatter-Paint Pumpkins

Another child-friendly project — you prime, and they splatter — Homey Oh My creator Amy spray painted some craft pumpkins before going to town with some contrasting colors. The result? A look that’s creepy enough for your porch but sophisticated enough for a tablescape centerpiece. Check out how she made these splatter-paint pumpkins here!

Image Via: Homey Oh My

6. Woodland Creatures Paper Pumpkins

Dress up your pumpkins in a family-friendly format this Halloween! Rebecca and her daughters made a series of cute, woodland creature no-carve pumpkins this fall. They used faux pumpkins, paint, cardstock, and felt to make fox, owl, and racoon pumpkins. Feel free to use real pumpkins instead! Instructions — found here at Simple As That — are the same either way.

Cute fox woodland no-carve pumpkin.

Image Via: Simple As That

7. Studs-and-Spikes Pumpkins

This edgy craft come to us from blogger Julia, creator of Cuckoo 4 Design. Covering the pumpkins with some fun-color chalk paint is the perfect first step to creating these gold, pointy decorations. The matte colors make the metallic tips shine that much brighter! Some rub and buff gold powder on the stems and a bit of twisted gold wire are the perfect accents to complete the look. Check out Julia’s studded chalk-paint pumpkins here!

Annie Sloan chalk paint pumpkins by cuckoo4design

Image Via: Cuckoo 4 Design

8. DIY Watercolor Pumpkin

After a few trial-and-error projects, Rachel landed on this to-die-for watercolor pumpkin design. She started by spray-painting her pumpkins white, then used a wet sponge to spread and dilute the colors she placed on the pumpkins. As the paints dry, use a paper towel to spread the color around as you see fit. Be sure to finish with a sealant!

DIY watercolor pumpkins @linesacross

Image Via: Lines Across

All of these projects can use real or faux pumpkins, so choose whichever is more convenient for you to find! Paint projects will do best with a coat of matte-finish paint as a base, but experiment on any of these projects to find a look that suits your needs. They are all simple and pretty and are so much more easier and faster than carving! Even I have time to get one of these done. Be sure to let me know what no-carve pumpkin ideas brought the wizards, princesses, and Jedi to your door.

Until then,

~Bri

 


It’s easy for small rooms to feel cluttered and less inviting in your home. But while limited space can be a challenge when trying to make your home stylish and welcoming, tight spaces don’t have to be a restriction. This season, Better Homes and Gardens has great solutions for maximizing cramped quarters with a wide variety of storage and organizational products sold exclusively at Walmart.

This month, the BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to use versatile décor to maximize a small space and make tight rooms come to life. Read on to learn more:

1.  Ashley Phipps of Simply Designing gave her kids’ bathroom a refresh. The Waffle Stripe Fabric Shower Curtain gives the bathroom some character and a mature style! If working in a small bathroom, consider a curved rod to maximize usable space.

2. Cassity of Remodelaholic transformed her mudroom to give her family more storage solutions. These Large Galvanized Silver Bins fit perfectly under a coffee table or bench, and are as stylish as they are functional.

3. Add some decorative storage pieces to your laundry closet like Chelsea of Making Home Base. She used the Gray Fabric Round Basket and the Woven Fringe Throw to give her laundry some style!

4. Welcome your guests with an inviting entryway. Liz of Hoosier Homemade added the Galvanized Wall Clock to her foyer to add to the Farmhouse Chic aesthetic in her home.

5. In need of a closet clean out? Not only is her space the definition of #ClosetInspiration, Heidi of Honeybear Lane uses the Hand- Woven Willow Laundry Hamper to easily organize laundry and separate darks and lights.

6. Stephanie of Casa Watkins transformed her daughter’s room from infant to toddler with just a few new accent pieces. The Turned Accent Lamp with White Pleated Table Lamp Shade add a pop of color to any room—and are super kid-friendly!

7. All shoes need a home! Bethany of Whoa Wait Walmart uses the Fabric Shoe Rack to keep all of her shoes near and orderly.

8. Your laundry room can be stylish and efficient just like Ashley of Cherished Bliss! She uses the Large Acacia Wood-Top Jars to hold laundry essentials and the Wicker Basket to keep her space organized.

9. Curtains always need some TLC! Brooke of All Things Thrifty uses the Clear Knob Curtain Rod Set to add a small twinkle to her daughters’ bedroom.

10. Replace a simple entryway table with functional furniture like Rebecca of the Crafted Sparrow!—She uses the 8-Cube Organizer as a cute storage solution.

11. We all need some inspiration, especially when working from our in-home offices. Ashley of Domestic Imperfection uses the Rustic Wood Picture Frames to showcase some motivating quotes.

12. Ursula of Homemade By Carmona helped make her daughter’s bedroom pretty and functional. In place of traditional pillow cases, she uses the Solid Quilted Pillow Shams to add a touch of personality.

13. When entertaining, you should utilize all available space. Destiny of Just Destiny Mag, helped her friend use the Crossmill Buffet to store extra dinner and glassware, and created interesting decor using extra serveware that can be used once party guests arrive.

14. Your family room can quickly become disorganized! Jennifer of Tatertots & Jello uses the Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes and the Medium Wire Baskets with Chalkboards to keep track of her family’s tech supplies.

15. With so many small products, bathrooms can become the ultimate place for clutter! Angie from The Country Chic Cottage uses the Galleon Covered Bronze Jars to keep all of her tiny essentials organized.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens 


Hosting a gathering and don’t know where to begin? Avoid falling into a shopping frenzy. Stock up on dinnerware, serveware and accessories from Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart ahead of time, so they can be re-used and re-purposed throughout the season.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating inviting entertaining spaces. Read on as they share easy to replicate tips perfectly suited to inform and inspire the execution of your next celebration.

1. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty shares her secret to styling a brunch table. All it takes is lots of light, a pop of color and a touch of gold—plus one stylish set of Color Dipped Dinnerware that can used in a casual setting or dressed up for a more elegant affair.

2. Add a touch of spring to your home and create comfort for your guests with decorative pillows. Amy Clark of Mom Advice shows you how to style these pillows for both indoor and outdoor use.

3. Anna Moseley of Ask Anna sets an outdoor dining area on a budget with bright and affordable items that will make your table spread fun and inviting. Don’t skimp out on the serveware—consider dressing your table with a Melamine Bamboo Bowl that can be used time and time again.

 

4. Elegance can easily be achieved with a few eye-catching pieces such as the new Matte Swirl Dinnerware Set Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home chose to use for her black and white tabletop presentation.

5. Rustic meets whimsical thanks to Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. Grab a set of Melamine Bowls and summer’s most refreshing fruit, and you’ve got yourself a backyard party.

6. Involve your kids in outdoor gardening activities by turning a planter from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart into an enchanting fairy garden. Emily Allison of Decorchick shows just how it’s done.

7. Hop on over to I Don’t Know How She Does It to see how Gloribell Lebron’s seasonal centerpiece informed the design of her tablescape. Consider filling a Glass Lantern (or two) with natural elements for added texture.

8. Gearing up for Father’s Day? Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl Blog fills a galvanized caddy with backyard BBQ essentials including a stylish and functional Oven Mit for a low cost gift idea for Dad.

9. Small space, small budget – no problem! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It shares helpful tips on how to entertain with grand style on a budget. See how she layers classic white dinnerware such as the new Hobnail Collection from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart with a brightly patterned appetizer plate. Amp up the style by accessorizing with fresh blooms and candles.

10. Tight on space? Ditch the over-sized serving platters. Randi Dukes of Dukes and Duchesses finds multiple uses for her Melamine Dinnerware and even turns a regular plate into a temporary cake stand.

11. It’s a vintage affair over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Shannon Fox opted to use Galvanized Serverware to blend in with the antique metal pieces dispersed throughout her outdoor patio.

12. Looking to spruce up your entryway? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates an inviting entrance for guests by placing sophisticated Bombay Planters full of seasonal annuals on either side of her front door.

13. Drink Dispensers are not just for beverages. Taryn Whiteaker of Design Dining & Diapers proves just how versatile a vessel can be by planting cascading greenery inside a Galvanized Drink Dispenser. Her eclectic grouping of wood, metals and crates provides a balanced and welcoming look for her front patio.

14. Entertain with drink canisters to keep costs down and your beverage offerings simple. Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life stacked two Galvanized Square Chalkboard Drink Dispensers on top of one another to create a serve yourself drink station for guests.

15. Turn your outdoor space into a welcoming dinner atmosphere for guests with a simple table top accessory. Jamielyn Nye of I Heart Naptime introduces a floating glass hurricane Candle Holder for an elegant look.

 For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


In the era of limitless screen time and central air-conditioning, getting outside for more than the daily commute can be a challenge. Lucky for us, these women are in their right mind. They set down their controllers and turned off their tablets to inspire us with their outdoor gaming instead. With their guidance, I’ve compiled a list of my top seven outdoor games to get us off the couch and into the yard this year.

1. Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY engages my inner child with her DIY giant lawn matching game. Her step-by-step guide to creating the game uses durable 12×12-inch cork tiles, but she mentions opting for less expensive cardstock or cardboard if you only plan on playing the game once or twice.

DIY Giant Lawn Matching Game

Photo via: Studio DIY

2. This fun game by Kimbo, creator of A Girl and a Glue Gun, is the best for cooling off while having a blast. Kimbo’s Frozen T-Shirt Race has you place damp shirts in the freezer, then race to see who can put theirs on the fastest after it’s frozen. Let the struggle commence!

Frozen t-shirt race

Photo via:  A Girl and a Glue Gun

3. In an Olympic year, there’s no reason not to take a stab at the Backyard Olympic Games. Mom Leana — creator of A Small Snippet — planned her son’s birthday party around the summer games, complete with DIY Olympic snacks; DIY hurdles, javelin throw, and shot put competitions; and personalized “uniform” party-favor T-shirts for each competitor.

Photo via: A Small Snippet

4. DIY these neat giant yard games with just a few supplies, and, bonus, learn how to play Cooties. Megan Harney, mom and blogger from Wit and Wander, shows us how to create giant, reusable yard game pieces and graciously supplies us with a free printable game to play with your new yard-size dice.

DIY Yard Games - Wit & Wander 1

Photo via: Wit and Wander

5. Some of the best games include no equipment at all. She Knows blogger Whitney Coy compiled a list of play-anywhere taglike games including a new one to me. Octopus Tag – a sort of cross between red rover and freeze-tag – involves tagging, freezing, fish, crabs, and the ocean, with lots of opportunity for fun.

Photo via: She Knows

6. How could I leave everyone’s favorite warm-weather game off the list? Anything involving a water balloon is sure to ignite a great party. Thanks to Heather, founder and designer of the Chickabug shop and blog, we’ve got this totally awesome list of water balloon games for you to try this year. You can’t go wrong with No. 9 (trust me!).

Photo via: Making Merry Memories

7. Play to your kids’ (or kids’-at-heart) competitive natures, and try Sophie’s clean-up game from Sophie’s World. Those water balloons you just played with are going to create a mess, but Balloon Scrap Pick Up turns clean up into a game. Compete individually or in teams to collect the most scrap pieces in one minute. Play as many rounds as it takes to get the yard clean again.

Photo via: Sophie’s World

So get outside and give these games a shot with your friends and family. As summer rolls in, let me know how they go, or tell me what other games are great for the backyard!

Until then,

~Bri

 


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