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Rachel Shingleton

Get the Look: Yellow Sofas

A few weeks ago my husband Simon and I took a little weekend getaway to Dallas. We were perusing all the lovely things at Crate & Barrel when my eye fell on the most gorgeous canary yellow sofa. My mind started spinning in all the ways I would decorate with a fantastic yellow couch.  ”What are you doing?” Simon asked, wondering why I just continued to sit there.  “Just leave me for awhile. I’m in love,” I told him.  He laughed – he knows how I get on a design kick and can’t leave it alone. So I’m going to live vicariously today and talk about all the yellow sofas that I could love. And why you should love them too.

I absolutely adore the idea of unexpected colors on furniture. My assistant Nancy has the most fantastic vintage wingback chair upholstered in yellow velvet, and I’m halfway tempted to break into her house in the middle of the night to steal it. She is forbidden to get rid of it without discussing it with me. And every time I see that chair, it immediately reminds me of blog friend Will at Bright Bazaar, whose lovely yellow sofa graces the color of his new book.

source: Bright Bazaar

Yellow is a statement-making color but can work in almost any room – just plan on it being the focal point. And color is one of those things that can be used no matter what style of furniture you prefer. Want it modern? Traditional? Contemporary? Mid-century? The sky’s the limit – and sometimes an unexpected color on a traditional piece can create a completely new and modern spin on a room.

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Whether you accent it with neutrals, primaries, or even fellow warm colors like orange or pink, yellow can run the gamut from soothing to exhilarating. Here are my top yellow sofa picks!


Jennifer OBrien

15 Fabulous Ideas To Give Your Walls Instant Vintage Charm

Every year come early spring {after a long winter of being cooped up inside} I am so ready to hit any outdoor sale that will yield amazing vintage finds. It is so much fun to comb through years of history to discover a piece or 2 that you fancy & feel connected to. This summer I began bringing my 9 year old with me, who already has a well defined love of history. He has become my little sidekick and it has been incredibly exciting to unearth really cool old things together. The hunt & capture is the fun part, often there is an uncertainty of where to put these treasures when you get them home. The thing I adore about vintage styling is that there are no real rules just ways to find balance. So here are 15 fabulous ideas to incorporate vintage items to your walls that will give them instant charm…..

15 Fabulous ideas to give your walls vintage charm-BHG Style Spotters

1. Mix & match different genres of art with texture

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2. Use unexpected pieces as a focal point

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3. Layer vintage maps to add visual interest

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4. Use weathered materials to give that one of a kind look

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5. Frame large vintage maps or documents

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6. Layer vintage & traditional forms of art

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7. Mix vintage with modern art

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8. Use a variety of vintage items to tell a story

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9. Add an instrument & other vintage items to create a unique gallery wall Jeanne Oliver Vintage Hallway Wall Gallery{via}

10. Bring vintage details into to your kitchen shelving & walls

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11. Mix a variety of the same genre of art to bring continuity

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12. Use salvaged items to bring character to your walls

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13. Add simple shelving to display vintage collections

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14. Timeworn photos in a grouping adds a ton of visual curiosity.BHG-add vintage photos

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15. Balance your vintage gallery wall with similar frame tones

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Happy treasure hunting!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: campaign furniture

If I’m obsessed with anything, it’s campaign furniture.   I grew up surrounded by some pretty amazing campaign pieces, and now as I’ve been decorating my own home, I love to track them down.  Rooted in military campaign history, these pieces were designed to be easy to transport (think stackable!). Traditionally the hardware was recessed to allow for easy carrying and stowing. In more recent design, you see them mostly as dressers, side tables, and desks.

In our home, I wanted to find a way to integrate a large dresser into our family room in lieu of a traditional media cabinet. It’s the perfect place to corral DVDs as well as my son’s toys with all of its drawers. They also make perfect entryway pieces or office storage. An estate sale find got a fresh lease on life thanks to some spray paint and now houses my work supplies in my studio upstairs. Color me happy!
But where to find a fab campaigner? A handful of companies make modern interpretations but you can also find some pretty amazing vintage pieces on Craigslist, eBay and Etsy as well as local estate sales (usually the cheapest option).  Adjusting your search terms can make a huge difference depending on where you’re searching. Etsy has some gorgeous finds, but in my experience I’ve found them to be pretty pricey. Craigslist and eBay both have been my favorite sources but I’ve rarely had luck searching strictly for “campaign dressers.” Use broad search terms and don’t forget to search by manufacturers. Dixie, Henredon, Bernhardt, and Drexel all made some gorgeous pieces from the ’70s-80s and can be found in their original condition for excellent pricing if you’re willing to indulge in a little DIY.  Often, the original brass hardware has seen better days but can easily be restored with a little dip in some Brasso and a fresh coat of paint. Keep in mind that some sellers on sites like Etsy will often custom paint the pieces for you, which definitely adds to the overall cost.
Here are some of my favorite finds – both vintage and new!

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

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2. Coral Craze

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3. Overlays & Molding Details

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4. The Brighter the Better

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5. Campaign Influence

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6. Painted Rattan

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7. Chippy Goodness

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8. Dipped Legs

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9. Anything Herringbone

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10. Painted Inlays & Details

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11. Painted Upholstery

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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