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I’m so excited to give you this preview of the paint colors in the Better Homes and Gardens Innovation Home! As you can see, we’re all about the blues!

A couple of weeks ago, our Innovation Home designer Lauren Liess shared with you her inspiration for the home’s interiors and how a favorite pillow of hers, below, became the jumping off point for the overall scheme. She talked about how she expanded the range with some purer blues to brighten things up a bit. Isn’t it fun to see how that plays out here so clearly in the paint swatches—from light smokey gray to saturated indigo.

 

When our editorial team first heard Lauren describe this gorgeous pillow on a kickoff conference call, we swooned over the notion of ethereal sky grays and gradients of inky blue amped with hits of mustard yellow and leafy green. I could already envision the modern-traditional, nature-inspired vibe coming to life in the home.  And as Lauren set to work, riffing off of the blue accent hue that our kitchen designer had chosen, it became all too clear. The house, for me, was all about the blues! Lauren wields and weaves colors through a home in a way that makes rooms feel related, but not matched; surprising yet familiar; decorated while also plop-on-the-sofa comfortable.

Tell us! Where would you ply these blues and grays? Which hue would say Hello, this is me at the front door? Or Welcome to my culinary realm on kitchen cabinetry? Or, This is me on bedroom walls? When the story debuts in the October 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, you’ll see where we plied this palette. Plus, you can watch our videos with Lauren, chock full of her decorating wisdom right here on bhg.com. I was lurking in the background for the interview, below, so trust me. Her words and advice are golden.

 

 

 


Organize This: A Trip to the Beach!

Let’s head to the beach and catch some rays and waves! It is definitely that time of year to spend hours playing in the water and soaking up some sun!

Beach Organization

The point of a trip to the beach is to have a blast and also take some time to get away and relax. The process should be easy breezy and leave you feeling refreshed, not stressed. Here are a few tips as you head off to your favorite sandy hot spot.

  • Keep your beach bag prepacked. Beach days are weather permitting so be ready to go when the moment strikes. Select a beach tote with ample storage pockets, and keep it filled with all of your favorite essentials such as a beach towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, etc… This will ensure you always have sun protection and the basics on hand, even when you head out in a rush.

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  • Speaking of first aid, load up a small container filled with basic care items for those “just in case” moments.

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  • Rolling your towels will save space in your beach tote.
  • Small pouches will be your best beach friend. Add pencil and toiletry pouches to your beach bag to hold all of your smaller items, such as sunscreen, hair accessories, gadgets, etc…
  • Make sure to bring the baby powder! It is a great way to rid your body of sticky sand.
  • Add a wet sack to your beach tote arsenal. This will provide you a place to store your damp swimsuit without effecting the rest of the items in your bag.
  • Shopping/Utility carts are a great way to haul your beach umbrella/shelter, chair and bag all in a single trip. Many can handle the sandy beach with ease, and they collapse down nice and flat when not in use.
  • Use clear pouches to protect your phone/tablet while still offering the opportunity to utilize it.
  • Be prepared for the heat with a well packed cooler. Stock it full of water and healthy snacks, which should be pre-chilled if possible. Glass containers are ideal for keeping foods fresher for longer, but plastic is less likely to break on the beach. Don’t forget the utensils and dishes, they can attach right to the lid of the cooler with some Velcro!

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Do you have essential beach items that you won’t leave home without?

 

Beach Product Picks

sunscreen | lip balm | radio | umbrella | towel | powder | chair | tote | sunglasses | snack container | water bottle | gadget pouches | sun hat | facial spray | wet sacks | magazine | utility cart | paddle game | mini first aid kit | cooler

 

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Winnie Beattie’s Summer Beauty Obsessions

A longtime fashion and beauty publicist, Winnie opened her Manhattan boutique, Warm, in the spring of 2012 with her photo-agent husband, Rob Magnotta. “It’s an ode to our collective love of skate and surf culture, fashion, travel, and style,” she says. Thoughtfully curated by the duo for urban hippies, the shop’s luxe beauty, fashion, and home items are “special, often handcrafted, and hard to find,” she adds. From the $20 flip-flops typically sold at Hawaiian hardware stores to the $7,000 Elder Statesman blankets, “every piece in the store is exceptionally well made, and something that Rob and I genuinely love.” Here’s how to copy Winnie’s beachy glow:

Sunscreen: “We escape to the beach as often as possible—family surf trips to Costa Rica are pure bliss—and sun protection is everything. For my face, I’m loyal to EIR NUC Surf Mud Pro Stick SPF 50—it’s organic, smells great, and works well around my eyes.”

Skincare: ”I use Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil, which is superhydrating and packed with essential oils and anti-aging actives.”

Hair: “I love the texture and messiness salt water gives my hair, so I hold off on shampooing for as long as possible. To circumvent the drying aspect of salt and sun, I oil my ends and scalp with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil before heading out.”

Bath: “Cool, detoxifying baths are such a treat. I spike the water with Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. With eucalyptus, wintergreen, and thyme, it’s bracing and really rejuvenating.”

Fragrance: “My good friend, perfumer Sarah Horowitz, made an ocean-inspired fragrance oil for me to wear on my wedding day. Rob and I met surfing, so it was really personal and perfect. It smells like a day at the beach—sunscreen and neoprene, musky and salty. I was always getting compliments on it, so when we opened the store, we decided to make it our signature scent, and call it Warm. It’s now our best seller. The rollerball applicator makes it perfect for girls on the move.”

Interview by Jolene Edgar

 

 

 


Get the look: Outdoor Living Rooms

With all the time spent outdoors in the months from spring to fall, I’m intrigued by the idea of outdoor living rooms. In the past, we’ve had a few diferent patio dining sets, but can I be honest? They rarely get used. There’s something about all the bugs in Oklahoma hanging around all that food that makes for a less-than-enjoyable outdoor dining experience. I find that if I were to do it all over again, I’d much rather have a comfy outdoor living room setup with chairs, a coffee table, and maybe a big beautiful umbrella for shade.

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At our lake house, our gigantic front porch has provided ample opportunity for long evenings with friends and surveying the kiddos playing on the boardwalk. We designed the railing to double as a bench to allow for more seating, which is one of my favorite elements of the porch. We’re slowly accumulating some outdoor furniture; a pair of rocking chairs and some lanterns have made their way there, but there’s still room for more seating. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics from BHG that I’ve pinned as I’m designing the space.

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This screened-in porch above is very reminiscent of many of the homes in our lakehouse community. I love the enormous low sectional. This scene could easily be changed up with different pillows and accessories for any time of year. It feels summery and fresh with the pops of color brought in by the boho pillows, but come fall it would feel extra cozy with the addition of blankets and cableknit-covered pillows. The wood coffee table is big enough that you could add a couple of benches or floor cushions to accommodate other guests. (S’mores on the porch, anyone?)

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The patio above is maybe the best of both worlds. It’s got a comfy built-in sectional to lounge on, but room for a dining table too. I’d probably want to pull that table up to the corner of the sectional for long, lounge-y brunches. But you could easily do a big round coffee table in lieu of the dining table or possibly a pair of stools like the ones below. And I love the texture that an outdoor rug provides underfoot.

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Speaking of lounging, how dreamy is this rustic outdoor living space below? That big comfy daybed just begs you to bring out a stack of books and wile away the hours.

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Instead of a coffee table, why not try an upholstered ottoman? Outdoor fabrics from companies like Sunbrella are perfect for the elements, not to mention kids and pets.

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This stunning outdoor fireplace scene below would be so dreamy and relaxing once the weather turns cooler in the evenings. And how gorgeous are those stone pavers set in the grass? That’s a gorgeous solution in lieu of a rug.

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This patio below feels party-ready with tons of outdoor cushions, a handy bar cart to keep snacks and drinks at the ready for guests, and a welcoming vibe with lanterns to welcome visitors.

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Oh, and one last tip: as the summer months march on, now’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for sales on outdoor furniture and accessories. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as most stores are already prepping for their fall collections to launch, which means huge savings on all spring and summer items!


Playing with Pattern: Marble

 

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Marble, marble everywhere. Marble is having a major resurgeance in home decor (did it ever really go away?) and we couldn’t be happier. The thing about marble is it’s timeless, but also grounding and adds a natural element to the home without having to go all out rustic. So how do you add it in without going over board? The key is to use it purposefully. Of course using this wonderful stone in the kitchen and bathroom will always elevate the look of your room. There are also such an amazing range of products out there using marble as a printed pattern. There is just something so nice about adding organic feeling patterns to your space. Luckily there are so many amazing choices out there to add a small or bold touch of this pattern to your space.

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Throw pillow – always the go to way to experiment with a new color, pattern, or trend you are intrigued by. These three all have such a unique take on the trend and will work in a variety of spaces.

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How gorgeous is this island?! I am such a sucker for this look!

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These vases are so much fun. The shapes are amazing and this is a great way to add just a touch of marble to your entry way or bookshelf vignette.

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I don’t think we can say enough about this wallpaper from Calico. Such a gorgeous way to make a bold statment in a space. This would be amazing on a ceiling as well!

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I love going high impact under foot. This rug is such a great way to add pattern, color, and a sense of movement to your space.

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Love this beautiful low risk way to add a touch of pretty marble to your life!

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Flea Market Chic: Layering Rugs

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If you are like me, then your style is constantly evolving. My idea of a fun usually involves moving furniture and accessories around my home for a few hours, yup, I am a house geek. I know what you are thinking, that has to take more than a few hours but not always. I am constantly finding simple & fun ways to refresh my spaces that satisfies my design cravings & prevents a FULL on makeover. My favorite way to give my space a whole new look is by changing up the color palette. One easy way to do this is by layering rugs. If you browse your favorite magazine {BHG} or Pinterest lately, you are bound to find this trend front and center. I will be honest, with any trend it takes me a bit of time to figure out if it’s right for me & this one I like for few reasons. By simply adding another layer of pattern, texture and/or color you can connect it to other accessories and pillows you are bringing into the room. You can find smaller throw rugs easily, for a fraction of the cost, try hitting some local flea markets for a vintage feel or buy one new at a home store to tie it in with your eclectic style. And the last reason I am digging on this trend, there is little risk and commitment, if you decide you don’t like it so much in a few months, you can still use that throw rug in another area of your home. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired by this trend….

Use a colorful palette & pattern over an existing sisal to give you a new color direction and a bold new look for summer. The art and pillows bring out the soft indigo tones in the rug and make the space feel connected.

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With this trend you can go big or small, size doesn’t determine style. Having a base rug to anchor the space allows you to play with different sizes.

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Better Homes and Gardens translates this inspiration into a palette for 2014 that's pretty, comfortable, and truly livable

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How about layering a hide over a sisal or wool to give an organic, rustic feel? While I may not be there myself, I love this look in other people’s homes. By layering these natural textures it make the space feel grounded, warm & cozy.

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Adding a vintage rug, such as an oriental or kilim can bring in that worn detail every space needs. It can connect the color palette and bring flow to the room.

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There is a good amount of creative freedom with this trend, take a look at these stripes on stripes, what a bold yet soft statement. Paired with the whimsical beach print, it is another perfect look for summer.

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I am typically considered a symmetrical person but lately I am loving things off-centered, you only love once right?! Take a look at my favorite designer gal’s {Emily Henderson} living room and how the rug off-centered, under the 2 chairs looks & feels organically placed.

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I know what I will be doing the next time I have a few spare hours :).

Have a fantastic week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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