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Khristian A. Howell

3 Fresh Takes on Stripes Inspired by Your Closet

Who doesn’t love a good stripe??  If you are like me, stripes have been a big part of your look this summer.  They are fun, flattering, and timeless.  The perfect combination for all things fabulous, yes?!  Get excited because all those great stripes you’ve been shopping are not going anywhere any time soon.  In fact look for them to evolve into fresh innovative patterns, full of movement and great color!  Here are some stripe trends to look out for and some fun products to get you inspired to be bold!

How fun is this DIY striped head board? Learn how to make it happen here.

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I love these looks don’t you?  Time to rethink your definition of a stripe.  Stripes can be so much more than two colors, even and straight.  These garments use stripes to contour the body, create interesting shapes and create a sense of movement.  These gorgeous pieces for home accomplish the same by keeping your eye moving.  Somehow they are bold and subtle at the same time – that perfect mix of unbalanced, balance.  Love!

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We love that earthy, ranch southwestern feeling.  It is warm and inviting and somehow always feels very familiar.  This take on stripes goes far beyond the poncho look.  These feel fresh and new and really convey that handmade organic feeling.  What is great about pieces like this is that you don’t have to go full on ranch hand to make a bit of a statement.  All of these would work as interesting accents in a variety of styles including contemporary and more modern spaces.

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In my book, the bolder, the better, who’s with me?!  These stripes definitely do not disappoint.  These bold classic stripe layouts are great because they always have a timeless feel.  It is the color of the stripe that can serve to make it feel up to date and fresh.  These bold stripes look great as upholstery, area rugs, wall coverings and wall art – really just about any creative use you can come up with!  Strong stripes are sure to make a big impact in any space.

What is your favorite way to incorporate fun stripes in your space?

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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

Makeover Trend-Library Influence-The Pianted Hive

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2. Coral Craze

Makeover Trend-A Place for Us Blog- Coral Dresser

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3. Overlays & Molding Details

Makeover Trend-Overlays City Farmhouse {Makeover Madness-BHG}

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4. The Brighter the Better

Makeover Trend-Bold Colors East Coast Creative Blog

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5. Campaign Influence

Makeover Trend-Campaign Desk-Centsational Girl

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6. Painted Rattan

Makeover Trend-Painted Rattan BHG

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7. Chippy Goodness

Makeover Trend-Chippy Goodness Finding Silver Pennies

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8. Dipped Legs

Makeover Trend-Dipped Legs Burlap & Lace

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9. Anything Herringbone

Makeover Trend-Herringbone Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

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10. Painted Inlays & Details

Makeover Trend-Painted Inlay-The Weathered Door

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11. Painted Upholstery

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12. Two Toned

Makeover Trend-Two Toned-Liz Marie Blog

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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.


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home To Yours: Coffee Tables

If I could pull it off, I would probably have a coffee table in every room of my house. Not only are there many unique coffee tables on the market today, but styling coffee tables is just so much fun. It’s almost as if they are little display tables for showing off your favorite books, fun accessories, and one-of-a-kind finds.

I’m finally settling in to my own space, and over the past year I’ve purchased two coffee tables. It’s been a treat to rearrange them for the seasons, adorning them with things I love.

Since there are so many fabulous coffee tables available, I thought I’d share a few of my new favorites with you. From modern to traditional, wood to upholstered, you’re sure to find a coffee table to suit your space. Then you can start styling it with all of your beautiful treasures.

Let me know in the comments which type of coffee table you’re loving these days. Also, what fun accessories grace your coffee tables?

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As always, happy decorating!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.18

Hello again, friends! This week I wanted to share some ideas for re-purposed wood projects, because I think those kinds of pieces are some of the coolest ones out there. It’s cheap, it’s creative, it’s fun, and it’s hard to beat that mix of old style and new flair.

 

Take a look at these amazingly easy dyed bamboo placemats from The Homesteady next time you’ve got a half hour to spare. I love their bright, simple, earthy look, and so will all of your dinner guests.

 

 

If you’re looking for some extra storage options around the house and have an old ladder hanging around in the garage, try this ladder shelf idea I pulled off of Refresh Restyle. It puts a fresh twist on an old piece of hardware almost everyone has handy but never uses.

 

 

For a more creative project idea–and one your kids will love–grab some branches from the yard and make some of Tonya Staab’s  tree art. It’ll be a fun afternoon for the kids, and a piece of their art you’ll want to keep forever.

 

 

I think these repurposed wood cut-outs from Primitive and Proper are super fun and full of character. If you’ve got the right tools and a decent drawing hand, customizing different shapes or outlines would be a cinch!

 

 

And finally, can we just talk about how absolutely awesome this tree house from Say Yes is?? I’m convinced I should probably build one ASAP (cue handy husbands/boyfriends/significant others everywhere). Who decided adults were too old for tree houses, anyway?

 

 

Get building while these crazy summer days last!


Jen Jones

Organize This: Pet Supplies!

Trend:  Chic Organization for your Furry Friends!

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Our pets are a big part of our daily lives.  They bring smiles to our faces, are loyal companions and complete our families.  However, pets can come with a lot of stuff!  Leashes, dishes, food, treats, vitamins, grooming supplies, oh my!

All of those items can quickly look like loose clutter around the home, yet need to be integrated into daily life.  Here are a few of my favorite practical (and stylish) solutions for organizing your pets around the abode.

 

 

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Create a dog walking station near an entrance.  I personally love keeping a tote on a hook to hold harnesses, doggy sacks, leashes, treats, etc…  The tote conceals the daily walking clutter, yet keeps everything in a convenient location.  Take things a step further by adding additional bins and caddies for other grooming supplies and daily necessities.

 

Tuck pet beds under shelves and in small nooks to keep them out of heavy traffic zones and to offer pets some quiet and security where they rest.

 

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Add decorative labels to everyday tins and jars to take pet food and treat storage to a whole new level.  Both you and your pet will be smiling big at feeding time!

 

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Add a small mat or tray under dog dishes and bowls to prevent water and food from spilling and spreading all over the kitchen floor.

 

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Keep an open top bin or basket near floor level to promote daily play and to reinforce which toys are for your pets and which are for other members of the family.

 

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Corral daily grooming supplies such as shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, ear solution and dental care items within a portable utensil caddy.

 

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Unfortunately, our pets may become hurt from time to time and may need specialized first aid solutions.  Be prepared with a pet friendly first aid kit containing cotton pads, gauze, bandages, cotton swabs, scissors, tweezers, flea and tick treatments, worming treatments, antiseptic and sanitizer.

 

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Keep important pet paperwork and vet records organized within a handy three ring binder.  Keep track of important items such as important dates, medications, veterinarian information, pet sitter notes, etc…

 

Create an all-in-one cabinet for all things pet related.  Pull out drawers to hold pet food, hooks for walking supplies, baskets of toys and grooming supplies.  The options are endless and everything tucks away neatly behind closed doors.

 

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.11

Hello, Style Spotters! It’s that time of the week where I get to obsess over all the coolest, cutest, most creative ideas from our BHG Insiders’ blogs with no shame. I’m running on full-out, unfiltered DIY-ify frenzy. Prepare yourself.

 

I think there’s always room to celebrate the little things. Oh, you just ran a couple miles for the first time since college? Time to celebrate! You didn’t hit a single red light on your drive home from work? Party time! For your next celebration, however serious or whimsical it might be, try out some of these tropical themed party ideas from Celebrations at Home. Besides being super cute, it’ll be like a mini luau in your own backyard.

 

 

More and more as the summer goes by, I can’t get enough of being outside. I’ve always been a nature person–or at least I like to think I am. I’m the go-to bug-squisher in my house (ahead of my two guy housemates…), and I tolerate hiking about once a year. That qualifies me as an outdoorsy person, right? For those nights you want to lounge on the deck, these DIY Solar Paper Lanterns on Finding Home would be a perfect addition.

 

 

I grew up in Colorado–I’m a greenie. I’m all for sustainability and recycling and home-grown veggies. These herb garden ideas from Roses & Pepper put a creative twist on the classic indoor herb container garden, and add a little color and freshness to the house.

 

 

My aunt just had a little baby girl the other week–Ellie Rose. I absolutely cannot wait to go home and meet her! I love this DIY Fairy House Pillow I spotted on Alice & Lois. I might have to pick up sewing and try this out before I buy my plane tickets. For any new additions to the family, this would be an adorable way to say welcome to the world!

 

 

And because I feel like I should advocate healthy hobbies every once in a while, take a look at this creative (and sustainable–greenies unite!) way to grow your own wheat grass. Honestly, I can’t stand wheat grass, but I sort of want to try this out anyway.

 

 

Have a fabulous week, Style Spotters!