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Jennifer OBrien

12 Fabulous Furniture Trends to Inspire Your Next Makeover

Tis the season to score some amazing deals on vintage & gently used furniture. The summer & fall is my favorite time of year on the east coast for a few reasons, one being the plentitude of tag, estate & yard sales, the others being the beautiful coastline & all of the amazing outdoor activities. I have actually managed to make my thrifting excursions an actual outdoor activity in itself. I love to wake up early on a Friday or Saturday and head to the country where beautiful historic homes & farm stands are everywhere you turn, not to mention the best furniture steals and deals on the planet. It is a great way to find unique treasures for your home without breaking your budget. These days with all the incredible inspiration online I can honestly say that anything can be turned into something beautiful. Check out these 12 fabulous furniture trends that will be sure to inspire your next makeover….

12 Fabulous Furniture Trends That Will Inspire Your Next Makeover

1. File Fancy

Makeover Trend-Library Influence-The Pianted Hive

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2. Coral Craze

Makeover Trend-A Place for Us Blog- Coral Dresser

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3. Overlays & Molding Details

Makeover Trend-Overlays City Farmhouse {Makeover Madness-BHG}

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4. The Brighter the Better

Makeover Trend-Bold Colors East Coast Creative Blog

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5. Campaign Influence

Makeover Trend-Campaign Desk-Centsational Girl

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6. Painted Rattan

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7. Chippy Goodness

Makeover Trend-Chippy Goodness Finding Silver Pennies

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8. Dipped Legs

Makeover Trend-Dipped Legs Burlap & Lace

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9. Anything Herringbone

Makeover Trend-Herringbone Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

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10. Painted Inlays & Details

Makeover Trend-Painted Inlay-The Weathered Door

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11. Painted Upholstery

Makeover Trend-Painting Fabric-The Chronicles of Home {via}

12. Two Toned

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Hopefully you are all charged up & ready to hit the next flea market or yard sale! Grab some friends or even your partner in crime and have fun, remember everything has potential, especially at the right price.


Ellen Miller

Never buy the wrong shade of lipstick again!

I love a good drugstore beauty find (check out page 120 in the August issue for some of my favorites), but—it must be said—it’s a serious drawback that you can’t try before you buy. L’Oreal Paris is working to change that with Makeup Genius, a free app that’s available for download right now on the iTunes store. The app transforms the front-facing camera of your iPhone or iPad into a virtual mirror, allowing you to test out individual shades and full-on runway looks in 3D. Love what you see? Tweet me a screenshot at @EllenMillerBty.

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Rachel Shingleton

Top Picks for Stylish Bookshelves


Hi there! I’m Rachel Shingleton, and  I am the creative director and blogger at Pencil Shavings Studio. I am so excited to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG.  I love design in all its forms, and I’m especially crazy about color. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with the BHG community.

I’m a lifelong bookworm and I love nothing more than having my favorite reads around me. But it’s a slippery slope when keeping all those books organized and still be part of my decor.  Whether your home has built-ins or freestanding shelves, styling those bookshelves may take a little more time and thought than you might have expected.

Start with a clean slate of completely empty shelves. Prep a selection of books that you want to display.  I’m currently in love with collecting redesigned hardcover classic books from the Penguin Drop Caps series and other publishers who’ve hired some pretty fantastic graphic artists to create gorgeous covers. I’m always interested in colorful books on interior design, fashion, textiles, travel, and photography to add to my library, but consider the overall look you want to create. Do you want a eclectic multicolored collection or something more monochromatic?

Bookshelves look best when not completely overcrowded.  In fact, having a decent amount of unfilled or “blank” space will help your items to pop and look more intentional. Don’t be afraid of blank space. It will give your eye a place to rest so it doesn’t look cluttered or overwhelming. Experiment with arranging books both horizontally and vertically. But remember – group items together going from smallest to largest, especially when stacking them.

Definitely plan on spending some time arranging and rearranging until you get just the right look. And remember – those shelves aren’t just for books. Create more visual interest by sourcing fun decor items such as frames, candles, pottery, brass objets, vintage china, small clocks, lacquered boxes, bookends, statues, clocks, small plants, or magazine boxes. The sky’s the limit on what you can create!

Here’s some inspiration for your shelves, plus some of my favorite items to help you get the look.

I love the bold pops of chartreuse and citrus in these built-ins.  The pale grey paint is neutral but still enough contrast to make even white look stellar.

With a damask wallpapered backdrop, these bookshelves have a homey and eclectic aesthetic. Family photos share the space with favorite books and found objects.

Repetition is a great way to make a statement with your shelves. By stacking all the books and keeping the heights the same, everything feels planned and intentional.

  1. Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series
  2. Yellow Vase
  3. Happy Chic nesting boxes
  4. Dwell Studio Antelope sculpture
  5. Jonathan Adler Dachshund bookends
  6. Geo Terrarium
  7. Adeco Red Vase

 


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Modern Chic-A Trend to Reflect Your Personal Style

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the creative vision and voice behind the blog City Farmhouse. I am beyond thrilled to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG and to be in the company of such incredible talent!

The idea of blending vintage +modern has quickly become a style trend I have fully embraced for many reasons. When I first began decorating our east coast home 3 years ago I have to be honest, I felt a little lost. I had so many ideas & styles running through my head as most people do when they buy a new home, that it was hard to narrow it down. Can anyone relate? Ever since I can remember I have had a crush on vintage, as a little girl shopping thrift stores with my mother, there was just something I felt connected to, plus it is eco-friendly, full of character & charm and who doesn’t love that. On the other hand I am also drawn to simple, clean, white & minimal. So there began my decorating pursuit to layer our home in vintage details with a clean & comfortable modern simplicity, hence my blog name City Farmhouse.

With this style trend I love that the emphasis is on personal style and originality. There are many interpretations of Vintage Modern Chic, so there is a great deal of creative freedom, here are a few tips to help you get the look…..

Add modern art to your walls or a focal point to give a fresh hip look.

Abstract art above the firplace adds a modern feel to this comfortable space {City Farmhouse}

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Repeat metals, textures &/or color to bring continuity to the space.

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A signature vintage piece blended with modern details, like this wall of black & white photos shows personality and makes for great conversation.

Love this salvaged door that opens to this rustic modern gallery wall and simple gray & white staircase

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Mix whites, metals and warm wood tones with vintage elements, like this cool sign.

Magonlia Homes- love the mix of old & new elements in this modern farmhouse kitchen{via}

Introduce Lucite or other modern pieces to a rustic or traditional space to instantly give a stylish modern sensibility.

Erin Gates beautifully blends vintage & modern furnishings in her entry {shoot for BHG}

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Layer dark tones, vintage furnishings, gold & organic textures with white to give modern character & charm.

Perfectly Imperfect-Love the blend of modern elements with vintage charm

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Mix vintage pieces & warm wood tones with crisp white modern touches to create a clean & stylish space.

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Introduce rattan & mid-century modern with rustic pieces to achieve the look.

Modern Beach Cottage- A beautiful mix of mid-century modern, rattan and rustic elements {BHG}{BHG}

Use vintage collections to compliment your modern furnishings.

A mix of old & new in this modern beach cottage. A vintage collection of paint by numbers gallery wall with a sleek headboard and side tables.

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Use white as a neutral backdrop for your blended styles.

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Add modern patterns, color & wood tones with white to create a comfortable & stylish retreat.

The DIY Show Off-beautiful mix of old & new with vintage modern touches that bring a warmth to the space

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Last little tip to “get this look”- have fun & enjoy the journey, let your own personal style shine through!


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Happy Transitional Kitchen

TREND: All-neutral kitchens in a transitional style, but with happy hits of color and whimsy.

With so many kitchens these days sporting white cabinets, wooden floors, and stainless steel appliances, we tend to turn to artwork and accessories to bring color and personality in. The kitchen above is a great example of how adding just a few whimsical elements and colorful pieces can elevate a space and make it feel lived in. If you like the look and want to introduce similar elements into your home, you can do so with the items below!

  1. Rope and Clear Cylinder Glass Pendant Light, Shades of Light
  2. Small Lacquer Tray, West Elm
  3. Andalusia Wool Dhurrie, West Elm
  4. Fish Pitcher (used as vase), GurglePot
  5. Nine-O™ Barstool in Green, Emeco
  6. Happy Bird Print, Studio Mela

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Joni Lay

get the look: primary colors in the nursery

Lately, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of using a classic primary palette to create a playful and fun child’s space. (Check this one out, for example!)  This color scheme makes for a great neutral space, and also has a bit of a nolstagic feel with the throwback colors.  Leave your walls white and bright to keep it from feeling overly juvenile, and you’ll have a happy room you’ll love spending time in.  Adding in a small collection of vintage toy cars and trucks would make for a really fun detail, as well.

traditional nursery

Sources, from top left: (1) Car Park Print; (2) Blue String Pendant; (3) Bus Tin Sign; (4) Balloons Print; (5) Cookie Loves Milk Print; (6) Lighting Strike Print; (7) Knit Cherry Pillows; (8) Birch Sparrow Crib; (9) Vintage Toy Truck; (10) Gold Banana Lamp; (11) Vintage Sunny Yellow Dresser; (12) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (13) Yellow Anchor Crib Sheet; (14) Littletown Print; (15) Red Plus Rug; (16) Finn Rocker

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay