Style Spotters

Ellen Miller

Ingrid Hoffmann: “Beauty buys that make my life better!”

You know her as a culinary talent, television host, cookbook author, and creative director of her own cookware line. But in our July issue, Miami-based chef Ingrid Hoffmann revealed that she’s also a bit of a beauty junkie—though her beachy, minimal vibe doesn’t immediately announce her love of a carefully chosen stable of products. Here, her everyday favorites:

 Skin: “I don’t use foundation or base. I only do concealer under the eyes and my T-zone. I mix two kinds: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat and L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer.

Eyes: “I actually use CoverGirl Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner by LashBlast as eyeliner in the summer. It never runs.”

Lips: “I line my lips with pencil. I use MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a lip balm for a little moisture.”

Body: “Because I am slicing and dicing and touching food all the time, I can’t wear any strong perfumes. So I prefer to cleanse with a scented wash instead like Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash. It leaves me smelling fresh and clean, but not overly perfumed.”

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Bucket Hose Holder

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

The one thing I don’t like about gardening is how tangled the hose can get (I guess I’m also not a fan of all the weeds, but that comes with gardening). For years we’ve had the basic hose holder that attaches to the house, but it’s not exactly good to drill holes into your siding so we’ve been wanting to replace it forever. This DIY Bucket Hose Holder is cute and will help you organize your garden. It takes no time to create and it stands in the dirt. Check out the tutorial below to create your own.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder


Tools needed:

  • drill
  • 3/8 drill bit (for metal and wood)
  • paintbrush


DIY Bucket Hose Holder

1) While wearing eye protection, drill two holes into the bottom of the center of the bucket.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

2) Cut the wood to 6 feet long. Place the bucket about 12 inches down from the top of the piece of wood. Use a pencil to place a mark on the wood, through the holes drilled in the bottom of the bucket. While wearing eye protection, drill two holes through the pencil marks on the wood.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

3) Paint the wood white, and let dry completely. Optional: I chose to add a bit of color to the top of the wood. If you want to do this, put a few stripes of washi tape near the top, then add a couple coats of yellow paint. Let the paint dry, then peel off the tape.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

4) Let’s attach the bucket. Place the two bolts (with washers on them) through the drill holes on the wood. Push the bolts through the bottom of the bucket holes. Add the last two washers to the bolts inside the bucket, then secure the nuts on the bolts.

5) To install the lovely hose holder, dig down in the dirt and bury the end about 3 feet deep. Note: Before digging deep holes, I always suggest calling your local gas, water, and electric companies to make sure you don’t hit any lines. Optional, but suggested: use a bit of concrete to stabilize the hose holder. You won’t be able to move it after this, but it will be more stable.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

Total cost for this project (minus the paint and tools I already had): Under $20

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Khristian A. Howell

Color me Coral

Color me coral

pillow / hamper / wallcovering / duvet / sham / rug

Memorial Day is now a collection of sweet memories and you know what that means?? Summer is right around the corner! Let’s talk about a color that is super hot right now – Coral! We are all crushing on coral! What a fantastic, versatile and just plain sweet color! We have been loving all the sweet dusty peachy tones that have dominated both home and accessories (especially paired with mint, right?). How about we turn up the volume a little with full on saturated coral? This color is obviously beyond perfect for summer, but it also has legs year round with the right pairing. Coral works so very well with the popular neutral bases of the moment – black and navy. It adds the perfect zing of warmth to any space. I love this color so much because it can work in both small and big does. It also work brilliantly in both warm and cool color palettes. It has a real balancing effect when used with cool grays for example and of course looks rich and vibrant when used with earthy browns and tans.

Color me Coral


Although coral is generally pretty energetic, look how soothing this color can be when a tonal range is layered with soothing neutrals.

Color me Coral


A perfect pop of color on the front door feels fun and inviting.

Color me Coral


I can’t get enough of how great this color looks with black and white and bold pattern! This is a great option if you like to change out your color of the moment often. The black and white is a great mainstay on which to layer your new color obsession!

Color me Coral


So fun! This quick and easy weekend project will instantly update both the furniture piece and your space!

Color me Coral


Coral gets sophisticated when worked back to rich navy and metallic accents.

Color me Coral


I love this look so much! Such a great way to add low commitment color to your space.

Color me Coral


Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas

Summer really wouldn’t be summer without time spent outdoors enjoying the company of family & friends. Backyard parties & weddings have become a chic venue these days as well as using flea market finds to create stylish outdoor spaces perfect for such events. Whether you are a planner or a last minute party kind of person like myself everyone needs an outdoor bar. When you have versatile pieces to use for serving drinks and food then throwing together a summertime soiree seems effortless. The great part about using vintage items to create an outdoor area is, not only will it give a casual rustic charm but it will also be affordable.

I recently decorated my front porch for summer and used some flea market touches along with some new items to make the space feel inviting. I created a beverage station with a simple tray & stand but it got me thinking about using a luggage stand and making a simple tray to fit. Anything that has good height and easy mobility is perfect especially for a small space.

Summer Farmhouse Front Porch & Bar Cart


Another great design element to look for when shopping for vintage items for outdoor use is anything with casters. The idea of being able to transport a piece from indoors to out can be bring functionality all year long. And when you do find that perfect piece you aren’t afraid to give it a pop of color that gives it some character, like these below.

Antebellum Bridal Luncheon Vintage Mint Bar Cart


Pretty Screened Porch by The Chronicles of Home


BHG Outdoor Beverage Cart


A larger piece like a dresser or buffet can also be ideal for outdoor entertaining. It can give you ample space to host a variety of items for serving. I love how these creative hosts used the draws for extra storage and made use of every inch of space. Although pretty, these pieces will weather so be sure to either bring them inside or keep them protected against the elements after the event.Creative Beverage Station from Southern Weddings


Summer wedding decor idea for outdoor receptions from Archive Vintage Rentals


Stone Gable-use an old dresser as an outdoor beverage station


If you are tight on space the perfect solution is to go vertical. What a clever idea to use an old door for a beverage station. Adding shelves completes the piece and gives it that functionality every bar needs. Painting it all one color makes it feel fresh & cohesive.

Our Southern Home Outdoor Bar Cart


Are you inspired to go vintage for your next backyard party?

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse

Melissa Bahen

Building A Dream House: Kitchen Details

white kitchen with reclaimed barnwood open shelves

It occurred to me recently that although I extensively documented the construction of our house, I’ve haven’t shown you many photos of the finished product! I’ve given little glimpses here and there, little snippets, but I’ve avoided a full-on home tour for a few reasons. A) When we moved in, there were still lots of loose ends that needed to be tied up. It took weeks–months in some cases–for the house to actually be finished. B) We had a baby exactly two weeks after moving in, then jumped right into the Holidays. C) We moved in right at the beginning of Winter, the darkest part of the year, and there just hasn’t been enough light for good photos. But I think the time has finally come for an honest-to-goodness tour, starting with my favorite room in the house, the kitchen! Here are some of the fun details we put into the kitchen…

white kitchen with reclaimed barnwood shelving and dark brackets

Overall, I love our new house. But yes, there are a few minor things (and even fewer not so minor things) that I would change if we were doing this again. But one thing I’m completely in love with and would never change is the open shelving in the kitchen. We’ve always had plain white everyday dishes, and they’ve always been hidden in a cupboard. When we were designing the kitchen, we knew we wanted open shelves so we could display all of that dinnerware, and we’ve found that in addition to being easy on the eyes, open shelving is super functional. The dishwasher sits just under the set of shelves pictured above, and it makes unloading the dishwasher a breeze. I know that sounds like a small time-saver, but every single time I put dishes away, I’m grateful for those shelves!

We’re lucky to have a barnwood salvage warehouse an hour’s drive from us, so one Saturday, we drove up and spent a few hours looking through piles and piles and piles of old barnwood. It was surprisingly challenging to get enough length for our six shelves and make sure all of the boards were the same depth and thickness, but we found some really pretty boards with nice wear patterns and pretty shading. The oil-rubbed bronze brackets were another stroke of luck. After months of searching for attractive, inexpensive brackets that could hold some serious weight, we finally found exactly what we were looking for–at the Home Depot just a few miles from our house!

oil-rubbed bronze gooseneck kitcen faucet

We love the farmhouse sink in the corner of the kitchen, and really like the goose neck faucet that goes with it. In fact, we liked it enough to buy the exact same fixture for the prep sink in the island. Oil-rubbed bronze finishes can vary a lot from company to company, and it took some searching to find fixtures like this with exactly the finish we wanted.

white subway tile backsplash with grey grout

We knew right from the start of construction–actually, it was one of the first things we decided on before construction even began–that we wanted to have white subway tile in the kitchen. We chose to go from the countertops all the way to the ceiling with the backsplash, and really love the clean, old-fashioned look it has. We also decided to use grey grout for two equally important reasons: it makes the tile really pop, and it hides dirt. The grout happens to match our countertops perfectly. All of the counters on the perimeter of the kitchen are made of a really affordable granite called Norwegian White. I was originally against using granite because I didn’t want high-gloss counters, but our fabricator gave them a beautiful, soft, leathered finish, and they are absolutely perfect. They are just gorgeous.

white cabinets with glass fronts

As much as we love our open shelving, we knew we would need a few cabinets for storage as well. One lucky cabinet, filled with pretty white and clear glass dishes, has glass panes on the front. The texture of the glass is called “Baroque,” and it is swirly and melty and rustic-looking. The cabinet is actually much better looking than any of the dishes inside! And all of the cabinets have pretty, hammered knobs and pulls in our favorite oil-rubbed bronze finish.

Be sure to tune in to my next post for Style Spotters in a few weeks, when I’ll be sharing pictures of the whole kitchen and how all of these fun details work together to create a beautiful room that the whole family likes to hangout in.

Jennifer Jones

Organize This: Linen Closet!

Linen closets are not just for linens! They store cleaning supplies, paper products, medications, toiletries, home maintenance items… the list goes on and on and varies from home to home. So how does one make the most of a single closet that must function so big and work so hard?

Organized Linen Closet

When I find a nicely organized closet, I love to dissect it and really take note of what makes it so good. The closet space above is truly maximized and stores a large variety of items, and how it was achieved can really work for just about any closet type. Let’s take a closer look:

Organized Linen Closet Detail

1. My biggest closet organizing tip is to create zones, keeping “like” items together by function. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this when there are a variety of items in different shapes and sizes, is to install adjustable shelving. This offers flexibility by allowing you to accommodate product size while also giving you the ability to add and remove additional shelves as needed down the road.

2. Create a first aid kit. Medications and first aid products should be stored in a temperature controlled environment (meaning bathrooms are not ideal), and linens closets are a prime spot for your “get well soon” kit. Utilize a latching storage container for medications, ointments and bandages, and store it up on a higher shelf out of children’s reach.

3. On a roll! Rolling blankets and towels is a quick and easy way to store bulkier items and makes the most of a given space.

4. Add a towel bar to the back of the door to double your storage where there once was none. The bar works great for holding towels, comforters, table lines and sheets.

5. Canvas bins are a sanity saver when it comes to organizing bedding and sheets. For some reason, those fitted sheets are about the most impossible thing to fold, so hide all imperfections by tossing each sheet set in a separate labeled bin. These bins are also great for ensuring stacks don’t topple over and become more of a jumbled mess.

6. Organize your linens by room type/space and label accordingly. Each room should have 1-2 sets of bedding and each bathroom should have 1-2 towel sets per person and guest. Zone your closet by room and create labels to prevent the items from being mixed after each washing.

7. Plan ahead! Packing for travels can be stressful enough, so get ahead of the game by storing a pre-packed toiletry bag for each family member in the linen closet.

Portable Storage Trays

8. There are some pampering tasks that happen on occasion, and may also be done in different locations around the home. Utilize stacking trays to act as portable caddies for nail, facial and guest bedroom supplies.

9. With all the adjustable shelving, you will want to easily access the items up high. Add a hook with a small stool to the back of the door, which will provide instant stepping power when you reach for that headache medication on the upper shelves.

10. As I mentioned in my last post, setting up small zones around your home will help you out in a jam. That includes corralling and organizing daily maintenance items such as flashlights, batteries, candles and small tools. The linen closet is an ideal location to store these items, just find an appropriately sized drawer or tote and you will be ahead of the game the next time the power goes out.

11. Oversized down bedding, sleeping bags and air mattresses can be some of the hardest items to store. Protect them by storing them inside of garment sacks or laundry bags, and place them at the very bottom of the closet due to their size and weight.

Organized Cleaning Caddy

12. Utilize a shower caddy or handled tote to keep your home’s universal cleaning items ready to go when you are. It is much easier to tote cleaning supplies from room to room than it is to run back to the kitchen sink each time you need to dust or wash glass.

Linen Closet Storage Product Picks

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