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Alicia, BHG Editor

I Spy: Trellis Patterns

Trend: Trellis Patterns

I’m in love with this foyer. Case in point: I’ve pinned the photo at least three times. My favorite part is probably the wallpaper. The green is gorgeous and the pattern is right on trend, but not so out there that you’ll tire of it in six months or say, “What was I thinking?”

It’s definitely the inspiration for my own foyer. My hubby and I recently bought our first home, and one of my first projects is to tackle the foyer. It currently has charming woodwork going for it, but not much else. The walls are garishly red. Not the first impression I want to give friends and family who come through our door. I was itching to wallpaper the foyer, but had not a clue in what pattern. (My Pinterest board can tell you the tale of my journey. I was all over the place!) And then I saw this foyer again, and it hit me. Duh- trellis! It’s a pattern I’ve been seeing in lots of places and I’ve loved this room forever, why not use it as my muse? I settled on a paper with a metallic gold trellis pattern on an ivory background. (I was so excited about it, I placed the order before we had even moved in.)

Trellis can be a tricky pattern, especially when it’s a variety that is larger in scale and applied on an expansive surface (like a wall), because it’s bold, but is also lacy, which gives it a delicate quality. So how do you make the pattern shine? Pair it with the right stuff. In my fave foyer, doses of black and strong shapes (like the mirror and console table), bring substance to the room, but are neutral enough to let the trellis resound.

So how am I planning to try out trellis in my own foyer? Since my paper is neutral, I’m going to bring in a patterned rug for color (which features hues used in the living room adjacent to the foyer) and let everything else hang back by using furnishing and accessories with gold finishes, to coordinate with the paper.

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Love trellis? Here are more ways to get the look!

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Kelly Eagle

I Spy: Faux Wood

Trend: Faux Wood 

Our editors first saw the faux wood trend last year at the annual tile and bath show in Italy, mostly in the form of wood-look tile. One of my favorite pictures the editors shared is this ceramic tile which looks like whitewashed wood with vintage-style text printed on some of the ‘planks.’

It would be great as a floor, but would be even more fun as an accent wall in a living room, or even covering an entryway.

Then, while I was at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last month in New Orleans, faux wood was appearing everywhere and on everything! One of my favorite faux wood pieces was a bathroom vanity made with digital wood from Robern. It’s just what it sounds like ‘ digital images of wood pressed between pieces of glass on the sides and front of this bathroom vanity.

It’s a very modern look, yet with the wood grain it feels warm — it was stunning in person! And is it crazy that I am also in love with  how easy it would be to clean?

We even hopped on the trend here at BHG. You may have noticed the floors in the Behind the Scenes look at the “How to Clean Tile” video I shared here on the blog looked an awful lot like wood. Nope, it was ceramic tile!

Once you start looking for the trend, you will notice it everywhere.

If you want the get the look in your own home, here are some fun options:

 

Where would you put faux wood in your home? On the floor? The walls? Or use it in a piece of furniture or accessory?

 

- Kelly Eagle, Associate Home Editor, BHG.com

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Style Spotter Editor

I Spy: Greige Cabinets

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?


Style Spotter Editor

I spy: Undercover Kitchens

 

It’s no secret around the office that I love James Bond movies. There’s just something about the fabulous clothing, fast cars, and smart gadgets. But the thing about Bond is that nothing is ever quite what it seems: watches have lasers, rings can take pictures, and cars are never just for driving. Bond’s world may be fictional, but that same concept of hidden utility exists in modern design, too! It’s one of the things I love discovering about the kitchens we photograph.

 

Sometimes the ideas are small and practical, like pop-up outlets, stealth cookbook storage, or cleverly (and prettily) hidden spices perfectly at-hand next to the range.

 

 

But there are also the more elaborate cover-ups, too. Who would have thought that this marble backsplash actually lifts to reveal an extensive beverage bar? It’s perfect for entertaining: easy to access when needed, but out of the way for everyday.

 

 

Then there are the seriously guilty pleasures (which I think James Bond would totally approve of). How about this integrated wall of cabinetry (left)? When the door is closed, you’d have no idea that it opens to a walk-in pantry—it simply looks like standard cabinets. A custom-paneled refrigerator to the  left of the pantry also gives the space a sneakily seamless design. This furniture-style piece (right) certainly looks like an old icebox cooler… would you have guessed it opens to a walk-in pantry?

The cool thing about undercover kitchens is that the concepts can fit any design style, from the tried-and-true traditional—the Sean Connery of kitchens—to the ultra-modern sleek styles a la Daniel Craig.

 

 

-Kristina McGuirk, Assistant Editor, Kitchen and Bath Ideas

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Style Spotter Editor

i spy (for less!): marble

 

Close your eyes and picture your dream kitchen. Does it have wood cabinetry or painted? A large range or a roomy pantry? A fireplace or a wine fridge?  When I close my eyes, I see marble. (Ok, and a fireplace.) Marble is a knock-your-socks-off material and I spark to it in any photograph. Here are some gorgeous examples:

 

 

Will a wall of marble ever figure into my budget? Probably not. But I just spotted this marble wallpaper and now I’m dreaming again of hanging it behind plexiglass for a backsplash. Get it here: Marble Wallpaper, $110/roll; Ferm Living

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes and Gardens

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Style Spotter Editor

I Spy: A Hint of Neon

Spotted! In this cozy living room, a spectrum of light green accents certainly perks up the classic white slipcovered furniture and built-ins, but the real jolt comes from the neon throw on the ottoman.  Think small and mighty — a dash of neon feels fresh and fun, but it can definitely overwhelm a space in a hurry. (I have plenty of childhood photos that prove this point perfectly!) Here are some of our fave picks to add some pep to your home as the daylight hours start dwindling:

Cage Pendant Lamp; Urban Outfitters / Whitmor Rattique Storage Tote, Target / Mini Planters, Set of Four; Wind & Willow Home / Letter-Size Interior File Folders; The Container Store / Ampersand Screen Print; Shop Ampersand / 2013 Mini Date Book; Paper Source

 

–Alexa Fornoff, BHG Commerce Integration Editor