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Ellen Miller

Get inspired: Totally pinnable nail polish (and nail art!) ideas for fall

Kiss those corals goodbye and tuck away that bottle of tangerine—until next summer, that is. To help you give your manicure a fall makeover, I asked Eleanor Langston, former beauty editor and founder of Paintbox, a new boutique nail salon in New York City, for her best polish picks for the season.

Owner Eleanor Langston (@EleanorLangston), left, with Creative Director Julie Kandalec (@Julieknailsnyc) at Paintbox (@paintboxnails) in New York City

 

Q: Facing that wall of nail polishes in the nail salon is always so overwhelming. Help us out: What color trends are you seeing for fall?

A: Think smoky neutrals, colored metallics, and strong, saturated jewel tones like amber, ruby, and dark teal. Some of my favorites: Essie Take It Outside (smoky neutral with gray undertones), Zoya Flynn (amber-based tan), 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in Hell-Bent (a dark ruby with subtle burnt orange tones), Estée Lauder in Arm Candy (a gorgeous matte metallic), Dior Carre Bleu (dark teal), Chanel Orage (a sandy navy), and Deborah Lippmann Harlem Nocturne (a periwinkle matte metallic).

Q: Nail art’s been around for a while. Why is it still in for fall?  And, how the heck do you decide what design to get?

A: Nail art can reflect your mood, express your individuality, give you a sense of style, and become a true accessory. At Paintbox, we create seasonal look books we use to showcase my favorite brands and colors, as well as mild-to-wild design options. There’s no suffering from decision fatigue—we’ve done the homework for you by selecting of-the-moment designs, trends, and colors that suit every style and personality. Here’s a sneak peek at our fall/winter looks:

 

 

 Q: So what do you do if you’re still not sure about this whole nail art thing? How do you dip your toe into the trend?

A: For nail art newbies, I’d suggest an accent nail with some adornment with a nail stud (we source ours on special buying trips to Japan) or a touch of metallic foil or glitter—simultaneously chic but statement-making. Negative space nail art—when a bit of your bare nail peeks through—is also a very chic way to step into the nail art space.  When you wear negative space at the bottom with a design on the top part of the nail, the bonus is that it also helps disguise any regrowth.

 

 

The full fall/winter look book will debut at Paintbox on September 13th. Not heading to NYC anytime soon? Show us how you’ve incorporated Eleanor’s advice into your fall manicure by tweeting me a pic @EllenMillerBty with the hashtag #BHGBeauty.

 

 

 

 

 


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Behind-the-Scenes with Stylemaker Barri Leiner Grant

As an author, stylist, and co-owner of M&B VINTAGE, Barri Leiner Grant is a lover of all things antique. We recently had a chat with Barri about her eclectic style and what makes her happiest. See what she had to say:

 

Day job:  Author, Stylist, co-owner M&B VINTAGE

 

How would you describe your personal style? Punky Brewster

 

Style is: Making it memorable

 

Style advice: More is more

 

Can’t live without: My girls

 

What inspires you most? The little things

 

If you could only shop in one store, what would it be? Randolph Street Antiques Market

 

Favorite recent find:  A 70s silk screen in pink and green

 

Your soundtrack is: Emma Jayne with some Ari Hest on the side

 

Best way to spend $100: Flea market finds or vintage books

 

Best way to spend $50: Champagne or Proseco

 

Pet peeve: Mediocrity

 

Every home/garden/kitchen/closet should have:  A soul

 

Coffee or tea? Coffee

 

Life wouldn’t be as much fun without: My girls

 

I’m happiest when: I’m in the same state as my family.

 

Rule that should be broken:  All of them.

 

I start my day with: @ag

 

I end my day with: @ag

 

Secret passion: Candy apples!

 

Hidden talent: Excellent at cartwheels

 

Favorite escape: Anywhere with Marie, my partner in crime

 

Any parting style advice or wisdom: Nate taught me to think about your “stuff” in different spaces and rooms. Shake it up every now and then- you will admire and see your things with a fresh eye. It really helped when I moved!

 

Loving Barri Leiner Grant’s vintage-inspired style? Read more about her in our September Stylemaker issue on sale now!

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Four Houses Q&A: Alan Gonzalez

In TLC’s Four Houses, four homeowners compete to see who’s house is best based on style, originality, and livability. Each episode the contestant with the top score wins $10,000 and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

In the most recent episode of Four Houses, four Austin homeowners with radically different styles judged each others unique homes with Alan Gonzalez’s eclectic home coming out on top. We had a chance to talk to Alan about his home and the innovative decorating materials he used.

 

How would you describe your homes aesthetic?

The design was in accordance to a series of things. The reason it is what it is is because of what I was basically dealt.  That’s first and foremost. And then two because I wanted to experiment in the most gentrified neighborhood in Austin that’s in a prime location which is predominately Hispanic. So I as a Hispanic, somebody from Mexico City, I wanted to bring out the colors of Mexico which was why I painted the deck pink, Mexican pink, and then I used the red volcanic rock to match with the pink and then it also reminded me of my past from living in Mexico. And then basically I just took whatever I was dealt and I used color to hide the imperfections. I used materials, textures, to experiment with that and also to hide imperfections as well.

 

Which room do you spend the most time in?

Within my kitchen, living room, dining room area. Like my little island. I get home and I kick off my shoes or whatever, go into the refrigerator, make something to eat, get my mail off of the island and kind of read through stuff and I have my computer there. If I have guests I’m obviously not going to spend all of my time in my bedroom. So yeah, that’s the room where I spend most of my time in.

 

What makes the home uniquely you?

The fact that I’m experimenting and I’m trying things that I’ve never seen before. For example, the use of materials and the color schemes that I kind of went with are just natural, the exposed board and then pegboard on the ceiling and the soft pine on the floor of the living room that’s bleach white. So that contrast I would say is unique. And then, combining that with rich trim, marbles, and high-end fixtures I think give it that unique look and charm.

 

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?

I love my barstools and I love my big fourteen foot couch. I’ve got a wood-leather chair that I really like as well, it’s very comfortable. And a daybed that got broken during the show.

 

Aside from your own home, which house would you live in?

To me location is very important. For that reason I would choose Talbot’s but I would have to do a lot of work in his house. I liked Sallie’s house. I like the living room space and the kitchen and dining room. I would probably choose to live in that house if that was in a better location.

 

What do you plan to do with the winnings?

Right now I was talking about helping out my cousin that’s been helping me out with the restaurant and I plan on giving part of it to them and the rest of it being put back in the house to add things and fix things.

 

 

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Four Houses Q&A: Brandi Harper

TLC’s new hit show Four Houses puts contestants against each other to see who’s decked-out home will be supreme. Contestants tour each others homes and judge their decor based on style, originality, and livability with the winner receiving $10,000 and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

The most recent episode of Four Houses featured unique homes in the heart of Texas with Brandi Harper’s antique-filled home taking the win. We had the opportunity to chat with Brandi about her quirky design style and her personality-filled home.

 

How would you describe your homes aesthetic?

I would say that my perfection is imperfection. I like things in odd numbers. I like them displayed very natural. The more dents and things an object has is the more character that it has. I’m really not one to go out and pick things that are new in a cookie-cutter store. I want a one of a kind item that I bought in a flea market or antique show and that way I have a memory of where I found it and it’s something that nobody else would have.

 

Which room do you spend the most time in?

My kitchen. I have three boys and they keep me busy all the time. We actually built the home so our kids can enjoy it and by doing that, we honestly have ten to fourteen kids at our house on the weekends or in the summertime so I cook because I want them to feel welcome and I love to cook and love to serve others.

 

What makes the home uniquely you?

What makes it unique is that I like to find items that were tossed away or disposed of and I try to find a creative way to reuse those. So I think repurposing and recycling unwanted objects is what makes my home unique.

 

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?

It would be my mother’s chopping block. My mother passed away twelve years ago and when I was three years old we were going down the street in Louisiana and she stopped because she saw a butchers block on the curb. She went to the meat market and she asked the gentleman if he was going to get rid of it and he said yes because they had outlawed butcher blocks in meat markets. So we paid the man, loaded it up, and she scrubbed on that thing for three or four days. So can I remember being outside with her and her cleaning it and I built my kitchen around her chopping block.

 

Aside from your own home, which house would you live in?

Angela Glass. Angela and I have very, very similar tastes. All of our families love to hunt. We have acres of land where she’s on the water and one of my sons loves to fish. So I could see myself with Angela’s home. Angela and I, our husbands look very similar, we dress very similar, and our homes have a lot of the same feel so definitely Angela’s.

 

What do you plan to do with the winnings?

Two years ago we adopted, well we legally didn’t adopt, but we took on our middle son, and it has been a big adjustment because we had eighteen years to plan for college and trucks and the things you need for your boys when you’re raising them whereas for Jesse we literally had two years to prepare for college and a vehicle and make sure he has the things he needs. He just graduated high school so it’s going to be used to get him a better vehicle to go to college in and for his tuition and books and all of that kind of stuff.

 

Get a sneak peek at next week’s episode in the clip below and tune into TLC  Mondays at 10/9c to catch the full episodes!

 

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