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Fall is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! One of our favorite places to find inspiration and decorating ideas is from bloggers which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re teaming up with sixteen bloggers for this year’s Finding Fall Home Tours.



The week-long event will showcase blogger’s homes and how they’re getting ready for the autumn season. Follow along on our Finding Fall Home Tours Pinterest board or check the schedule below for when each of the bloggers will be showing their homes!


Monday, September 16th:


Editor Karman Hotchkiss here!

I’m Style Spotting this time from Bologna, Italy, the epicenter of the tile industry, where the annual CERSAIE title show is held each fall. Acres and acres of showrooms displayed the latest tile trends, which I’m happy to share with you.

Trend #1: Tile that looks like wood
It’s not brand new, but it was everywhere at the show. And in heavy Italian accents the showroom staffers told us these designs are very popular in American markets. Look for tile in just about every wood finish, grain, and plank size imaginable. It’s easier to clean and maintain than the real thing!


Trend #2: High gloss
Super-glossy finishes showed up on everything from marble lookalikes to solid-color tiles. It’s a glitzy counterpoint to all those wood looks.


Trend #3: Thin tile

Super-thin tiles are easy to install and less expensive to ship. Mounted to the front of a fireplace, for instance, they can create a wood-look surface that’s fire resistant. I also saw thin tiles installed on the fronts of bath vanities to create the look of wood, marble, or other stone.

Trend #4: Three-dimensional applications

No word on whether it’s easy to clean, but I saw many surprising and stunning applications of tile that juts out—like faux clapboard or to create the effect of irregular bricks. After the show, I saw a kitchen backsplash that used this irregular 3-D tile for a redo. Amazing.

Trend #5: Trapezoids

These not-quite-triangles showed up at the show in everything from wood-look tiles to colorful, glossy applications. I predict the shape will be big in fabric, rugs, and other home decor accessories soon.



If you’re thinking about new tile, don’t miss these fun trends in a tile showroom near you.


-Karman Hotchkiss


Like Kristina said a few days ago, wood is everywhere in design right now. She noted it in bathrooms, I’m loving it in plank-walled bedrooms, kitchen islands with live-edge reclaimed wood counters, and definitely in furniture and accessories.

So there was a little bit of squealing at my desk when I saw a preview of IKEA’s latest collection, coming out in October. It’s all worn-in textiles, accessories that feel a little bit This? Just a family thing I brought down from the farm in Vermont., and raw wood furniture (my fav!).


Where else are you guys seeing this trend? And be real: Are you as in love with it as I am?

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes & Gardens


As the editor of BHG’s monthly Color feature, I read dozens, if not hundreds, of paint color names each month. And I’ve always wanted to name my own. I mean, Painted Turtle, Llama Brown, Briquette, and Tinsel? I love it.


These are all names by PPG, who’s sponsoring a promotion where you can submit names for new paint colors each day.


These are today’s colors:

Go here to name them!

–Joanna Linberg, Better Homes and Gardens


Milk crates are sort of storage’s dirty little secret: They hold a lot, they stack, they’re inexpensive, but they’re shamefully unattractive. Until now! Jenny Drinkard, a 25-year-old design student in Atlanta, had the genius idea to create a la carte add-ons to make Ye Olde Milk Crate even more of a storage powerhouse (with good looks, too): drawers, shelves, hooks, casters, wooden legs, corkboards…you name it.


Dorm rooms, kids’ rooms, even kitchen desks and mudrooms are about to get an upgrade.


Crates, $20, all add-ons sold separately. Available at Quirky and select Target stores beginning July 1.

–Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor

We all know Angela Adams as the designer of insanely gorgeous rugs. But I recently took a deeper look at her furniture line. The Propeller Coffee Table caught my eye. Hello, gorgeous wood base and shiny glass top! This coffee table is a game changer. The rest of the line is similarly striking. Take a look at a few more new items below and tell me–which is your favorite?

–Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor BHG

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