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BHG Guest Blogger

Love The Home You Have + Book Giveaway

Hello! I’m Melissa from the blog, The Inspired Room. Today I’m here to talk about showing our homes a little love!

I have always been a house lover! Yep, I’m that crazy lady people honk at in the neighborhood because I’m driving reaaallllly slowly past a charming house. I’m sorry in advance if you end up behind me. I’m the woman who goes to open houses even when I’m not shopping for a new house, just because I want to snoop around to see what my neighbor’s house looks like inside! I’m sure realtors and home sellers love to see me coming. Right? I can’t help it. My love of houses is like an addiction. And I can’t help dreaming about the perfect house for me.

Can you relate?

Even if you aren’t quite as house obsessed as I am, I think most of us dream sometimes about an ideal home. The truth is, while we all probably have a beautiful dream house in our minds that we would be really happy to live in, there’s really no place like our own home.

I am excited to share with you my very first book, Love the Home You Have! TODAY is it’s official release date! It’s jam packed with practical tips, encouragement and motivation to love your home, no matter where you live.

It’s amazing what a little love can do to transform the house you have into the home you’ve always dreamed of. Best of all, it’s the little things that make a house a home.

Ready to show your home a little love? A great place to start is at your own front door!

Paint your door a pretty color that inspires you every time you see it. I painted my Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue on the outside couple of years ago and on the inside, it’s Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal. I’m happy every time I see my door, inside or out!

If you still have a crunchy Christmas wreath on the door (it’s OK if you do, I just threw out some little moldy pumpkins that were hiding behind a plant on my porch!), today would be a great day to toss remove it and treat yourself to a cheery spring bouquet. You deserve it!

I stopped in a local market this week and bought myself some flowers to fill a basket on my front door. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it changes how you feel both about your home and your life.

You can’t help but smile when you show a little love to the home you have!

To celebrate the launch of Love The Home You Have, we are offering you a chance to win one of five books! To enter for a chance to win, comment below on why you would like to win! For a second entry, follow @BHG on Twitter and tweet using #BHGInspiredRoomSweepstakes

Find more ways to love your home, download the cute illustrated quotes from the book and details on how to order Love the Home You Have right here.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/31/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 04/01/15. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.bhg.com/blogs/better-homes-and-gardens-style-blog/ and/or www.twitter.com/bhg. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

 

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BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Rolled Tea Lights + The Materially Crafted Book Giveaway

Hi! I’m Victoria Hudgins, author of A Subtle Revelry, and I am excited to give you a sneak peek into our new book, Materially Crafted, today.

 

What I love about this book is the awesome impact it will have on all your crafting and DIY projects. How many times have we all failed at crafting something that looked easy and beautiful in the photos? Fail no more! Walk with me through this fun journey learning everything you need to know about crafting materials. From wax to spray paint, I will explain how to work with them all in the best way – sharing my personal tips and tricks and so many great hints to make your crafting a success.

 

 

 

 

Along with the quirky spunk and awesome crafting education, Materially Crafted also hosts a number of fun projects to try out on your own. These wax tea lights are a great beginning project. They are fun to make and since you don’t have to melt the wax, they’re an easy way to create vibrant candles at home.

supplies

  • 8 x 16″ (20 x 40 cm) colorful beeswax sheets
  • Cotton tea-light wicks
  • X-Acto knife

instructions

  • Using an X-Acto knife, cut the beeswax sheets into three 4 x 2″ (10 x 5 cm) pieces per candle.
  • Make the wax malleable by warming it up in your hands for a moment. Overlap the short ends of two of the pieces slightly and press together. Add the third piece in the same manner to connect the three pieces into one long skinny piece (about 111⁄2 x 2″ [29 x 5 cm] long).
  • Press a tea-light wick into the wax at one end. Starting from that end, gently roll the wax strip tightly around the wick to form a spiral.
  • Press the end of the roll into the candle base to connect.

 

To celebrate the latest book from A Subtle Revelry, Materially Crafted, we are giving readers a chance to win one of five books.

 

To enter to win one of five copies of Materially Crafted, comment below telling us what craft project you plan on making next! To get another entry, follow Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter @BHG and tweet using #BHGRevelrySweepstakes. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/03/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 03/04/15. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.bhg.com/blogs/style-spotters-giveaways/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

See more information on the book, including details on purchasing a copy, here.

 

 

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Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-Bold With Color

Vintage Living-Bold With Color BHG Style Spotters Who’s ready for some bold color?! After a long winter here in NY, I am so looking forward to bringing color back into my life and home. BHG just revealed it’s 2015 Color Palette of the year in the March issue and I am loving every single hue! Have you seen these 6 gorgeous tones? What a perfect time of year to introduce them into your décor, they can be used collectively or alone, they are livable & sophisticated. HERE is a video by Eddie Ross-BHG East Coast Editor and Jessica Thomas-BHG Style Director to explain the story behind the selection and how it can inspire you to experiment with it in your own home.

Here is BHG’s 2015 Color Palette of the Year and some vintage inspired spaces that use these BOLD tones, it is bound to get your wheels turning….

BHG Color Palette of the Year

OCEANIC BLUE

Emily Henderson showcases this beautiful pop of color in her velvet chair and infuses it with jewel tones against a clean white backdrop. This a great display of how it can work seamlessly with similar palettes.

Emily Henderson's Bedroom Loving the Oceanic Blue Velvet Chair VIA

RAINFOREST GREEN

This bold green dresser is the perfect, playful pop of color every home needs. Against the white walls it stands out but remains neutral enough to mix and match supporting colors and styles.

Dresser Makeover Using a Bold Green

BHG

WARM BLUSH

This color is dreamy! Every room could use this color, it is subtle, warm & fun. This dresser tells the perfect color story with its gold accents.

Blush Dresser from Cuckcoo 4 Design

VIA

SHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL

Coral has been a favorite color of mine for a while, it works with almost every color palette and is the ideal accent hue for furniture. This thrifted piece becomes a focal point and gives personality to this space. Loving This Blush Dresser from The Blissful Bee

VIA

FRESH BERRY

Yum-ee! Introducing this beautiful tone through decorative accents such as pillows, accessories & fresh flowers allows you the creative freedom to experiment without a full commitment.

Moody Grays With Pops of Berry {Fey Handmade} VIA

SOPHISICATED GRAY

I am so happy to see gray infused with color! Gray has become the “it” neutral & to see it blend so beautifully with bold tones has me inspired. This dresser is the perfect example of how gracious gray can be with color.

The Weathered Door Warm Gray Dresser

VIA

Are you inspired to bring bold color to your vintage style?

Have a beautiful & colorful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the author of the DIY & decorating blog City Farmhouse. I also write for BHG’s Style Spotters, you may have read some of my Flea Market Chic/Vintage Living articles. I am so happy to be sharing my master bedroom today! My Rustic Chic Budget Friendly Bedroom is being featured in the Feb 2015 issue of BHG and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This reveal has never been seen anywhere so that makes it even more thrilling!

When we moved into our renovated coastal Long Island home 4 years ago I had BIG plans. I was so eager to transform our home into a stylish oasis that oozed warmth and charm. But these things take time & money which at the time I didn’t have an abundance of either. With 2 little boys and a new mortgage, my husband & I made a choice to go one room at a time. Hard as it was at times, I always felt so blessed to have a home that was practically new, overlooking the bay & barrier island. Plus, it really is way more fun to take your time & to be thoughtful about what you choose for your home.

As time went on, we did as we said and went one room at a time. We tackled all of the common area rooms first and all the while my wheels were turning for my master bedroom. I knew I wanted it casual, clean, rustic with a touch of glam. When the time finally came I was so ready. I began by sketching out my ideas. I laid out a solid plan so that I stayed on track & budget. I knew what I was looking for at my favorite retail shops, what I wanted to repurpose & what I would DIY. I tried to find a balance in layering all of these details & projects so it felt seamless.

The first DIY project up was my HERRINGBONE WALL. I have always loved herringbone, even in my early 20′s. It is a classic pattern that can work with any style. Here I took a traditional design and made it more modern with only a few dollars. The base color is Beach from Valspar and the white detail is just a semi gloss I had left over. After sketching my grid on paper with my actual measurements of the wall I was ready. I found my middle first and worked outward from there using a measuring stick and pencil.

DIY Herringbone Wall

The vertical lines are 16″ apart and the horizontals are 12″. I then taped a 1/2″ seam, making sure I pressed firmly on the tape to seal the edges. Tip-you can run caulk along the edges with your finger to allow for a perfect line, especially if your walls have a texture. I then took a small foam brush and painted the white detail. Be sure to use a small amount of paint at a time and stroke inward to lessen the bleeding. Two coats will do it, once it is dry you can pull off your tape.

This project is one of my favorites of all time, it took me about 4 hours to complete and the best part, if I tire of the design I can simply paint over it.

City Farmhouse DIY Headboard & Herringbone Wall Dimensions

The next project I chose to tackle to save some money was the HEADBOARD. The original headboard was custom made by Calico Corners many moons ago, it was originally done in a red & gold chenille that was beautiful when we were living in Colorado but didn’t seem to fit with my new design plan. I love fabric headboards, they add warmth to a space and are super comfy. So I began the hunt for fabric to update this focal point. When I saw this discontinued linen fabric {that was probably meant for a kitchen or family room} I fell head over heels. The texture and vintage feel was perfect. I tore off the existing fabric from the frame which took a long, long time and upholstered it with the new fabric. For around $65 we had a whole new headboard which I absolutely love.

City Farmhouse Gray & Peach Bedroom DIY Upholstered Headboard

I had been hunting for SIDE TABLES for a while but I never really saw anything that spoke to me for the right $. So I shopped my basement, remembering I had bought clearance tables at Target 6 years ago for less than $20 a piece. They were perfect with their X design on the sides, they just needed a little lift, literally. I added height by adding a plywood bottom & casters. I then painted them with Benjamin Moore Stormy Night. Total cost for each makeover just under $40. I finished the makeover by adding a DIY color blocked basket for storage.

City Farmhouse Rustic Chic Bedroom All On A Budget-DIY  Side Tables

This DIY Driftwood Mirror has my heart. The great thing about DIY is sometimes you get to create beautiful things with your loved ones. And that always adds a layer of meaning to your home. One day last year in early June I took my boys to the beach. We pretended to be pirates, finding as much treasure {aka driftwood} as we could. When we got home they helped sort the sizes and assisted in creating this stunning focal point. We finished the back by writing “made with love”, our names and the date. Total cost just $3 for the mirror. Memories of a fun day spent together-priceless.

City Farmhouse Farmhouse Chic-DIY Drfitwood Mirror

Last but not least my DIY JUTE ROPE RODS & linen drapes. I worked for Calico Corners for many years so I know what these things cost. I knew I could keep the cost down if I could DIY the rods and purchase the drapes at a discount. A while back I had seen something similar done with rope & kept it in my mental archive. It was a perfect idea since the other side {which is featured in the issue} is a bay window and those can be costly. I simply used thick 3/8″ jute from the hardware store, large eye hooks and cord cleats to secure the ends. Total cost for the rods for each window just under $12. This is a rustic look, it will not look perfect but that is part of the appeal. The drapes I found after many trips to Restoration Hardware at a 40% off sale for just $22 per panel.

City Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal-DIY JUte Rope Rods

This room is my favorite room in the house. I created a stylish space my family can enjoy on the smallest of budgets. It is well lived in and loved, we pack in the bed on weekend mornings, snuggle & read while we look out across the bay.  And that is what decorating is all about, setting the stage for the bigger things to happen:).

For more sources and details be sure to check out the Feb issue.

Thank you for having me today. Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Home Renovations

 

Hey there!  My name is Amanda, it’s a pleasure to meet you.  I’m the author of Our Humble Abode where I chronicle the projects my husband Ben and I tackle in our 1970′s fixer upper.  We always have something home related in the works. Most recently, we completely gutted and remodeled our master bathroom.  You may have seen the it featured in the October ‘I Did It’.  Starting with sleek stainless countertops and shower pan, charcoal gray slate floor tiles, and nickel sconces gave us a good base.

 

 

 

To warm up the room, we built a completely custom American Walnut vanity and painted the walls nearly black.

Both elements added drama, in the best way possible.  Certainly a far cry from our dated, dingy yellow and red starting point.

That wasn’t our first bathroom remodel rodeo.  In fact, it was the second in this house.  We overhauled our main bathroom, replacing everything but drywall.  A few months ago, I got an urge for change and updated the room with a can of paint and a few accessories.

A green vanity is a fun surprise, but not overwhelming.  Open storage allows our young children (and guests) to find anything they may be looking for.  As a bonus, we can use pretty containers and display a few accessories.

Cross the hall and you’ll see the guest bedroom.  Previously set up with wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling dark bookshelves, we needed to make this small room feel larger.  Creating a recessed nook for the bed by cutting out the center of the shelves feels cozy.  Painting the shelves bright white and the walls buttery yellow perks up the room.

One of our main living spaces, the family room, has a few of my favorite updates.  Before, the family room was overhelmed by a messy 70′s moss rock fireplace. 

For a sleeker look, we built a frame over the existing fireplace and tiled over with dark slate.  A quicker update statement piece is the coffee table made from a gigantic free stump.

Ever so slowly, room by room, we’re crossing items off our to do list.  It’s a big task, but we’ve made a lot of progress in our two and a half years here.  You’re always invited to stop by and chat about all things home and renovation.

 

More from BHG.com:

Before and After Furniture Makeovers

Budget-Friendly DIY Projects

Cheap and Chic DIY Headboards


BHG Guest Blogger

Mariam Naficy: Favorite Finds from Minted

Hi, I’m Mariam Naficy, founder of the art and design marketplace site Minted. It was so exciting to share my go-to entertaining tips with you in the September issue, and today I’m writing about a few of my favorite finds from Minted this fall.

1. This is the dayplanner I carry – I chose the very slim monthly planner version of this to plan and keep track of my monthly goals and I keep it with me at the office:

2. Here at Minted we’re already thinking about the holidays! Of the 4,103 number of holiday cards submitted in Minted’s sixth annual holiday card challenge, ‘Painted Triangles’ by Waldo Press was a personal favorite.  I love how the subtleness of the watercolor contrasts with the angles of the triangles.

3. I love how this Woodland Wreath ornament card by Kristie Kern for Minted doubles as a gift tag – write a note to your recipient on the back, and you have a holiday card and gift tag in one! It comes with ribbon included.

4. For the first time this holiday season, we’re offering styled recipient address printing and it’s free! The recipient’s name on this design almost looks like calligraphy and the pine branch is a nice, whimsical touch.

5. Minted recently launched foil-pressed stationery (my favorite product on the entire site) and these are the two designs (Arrow Head by Fig and Cotton Paperie and Wanderlust by Grace Cobb) by I’ve personally been sending out.

6. My daughter loves fairies and asked for a fairy-themed seventh birthday. We used these lovely Very Fairy invitations by Olivia Kanaley.