BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

Style Spotters

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Lidgett, The Art Hunter. I’m here as a guest on the Style Spotters blog today to talk about thinking outside the box when decorating with art.

As an art advisor, the success of my company relies on me coming up with new ways to display artwork. There are always new trends in the interior design world — it seems like every stylish home has a great gallery wall, for instance. The next trend I’m looking to in decorating with art is going to be hanging artwork anywhere but the walls.

Image via

The above image shows the incredible restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond in Maine. The vintage paintings on the ceiling perfectly highlight the peaked shape and gives visitors a reason to look up. Such an unexpected design that I would love to see replicated in a home.

Image via

The perfectly sized horseshoes are a great addition to this country-chic home. While many would have placed the series along side the staircase on the wall, this placement shows off the collection with a twist.

Image via

While so many would think this photo is all about that amazing chest, I’m focused on the photographs hung to the door. The paint blocking and gallery wall being included over the door gives such a rich and cohesive look to the room. Pro tip: If you attempt this, be sure to use sticky tack on each of the back corners of the frames. This will keep the frame from rattling each time you shut the door!

Image via

Hanging artwork directly on your bookshelves can kill two birds with one stone. It can add high style to your room, all while hiding any unsightly storage. This could be the perfect way to cover any electronics you don’t need to access regularly, like your wifi box. Setting the artwork directly onto one of the bookshelves is also a nice alternative.

Image via

This is something I really want to try in my own home. What a cool idea to hang artwork on a window frame. If you have nosy neighbors, it can pull double duty as a privacy screen and bring big style into the room.

Image via

Finally, speaking of privacy, if you have a tiny space– I’m looking at your NYC apartment dwellers– try hanging artwork from the ceiling to create a room divider. This artwork is a great way to divide living spaces like an office and a den or a bedroom from guest space.

So what do you think about hanging artwork anywhere but the walls? Just by trying one or two of these ideas in your home, you can make a big change using artwork you already own. Low cost + high style is what I am always aiming for!

For more ideas on how to decorate with artwork, check out my new video series The Art Hunter with BHG.com.



If you’re stuck on what to give your honey this Valentine’s Day, then gather a little inspiration and take a peek at these 10 gift ideas.

1. A New Scent

I can’t think of anything more romantic than a bottle of cologne. Purchasing a new fragrance for someone else can be tricky. In this situation, I would recommend Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren. It’s popular, pleasing, and provides an easy transition from day to night wear.

 

2. A Stylish Watch

Every man needs a nice watch. Now, I’m not saying that you should go out and buy a Rolex for Valentine’s Day because that would be ridiculously expensive. But, I am saying that watches deserve their own set of care and special attention. Watches to men are comparable to a piece of fine jewelry to women–quality is key. A few features to look for when purchasing a watch are water resistance and metal or leather quality, and durability. Depending on how much you want to spend watches can range from $100 to several thousand dollars in price. The watch shown below is on the higher end of the spectrum. This Burberry watch boasts Swiss quartz movement, date function, water resistance (up to 10 meters), and stainless steel/leather.

 

3. A Sweet Sound

If your man has a taste for the classics, then a record player might just be the perfect gift for him. This Crosley record player features three speeds, an automatic return tone arm, a USB enabled software suite for editing video content, and adjustable pitch control. It can be found online at Urban Outfitters for $199.95.

Quick Tip: Secondhand records can often be found at a thrift store or flea market for an extremely low cost. If you’re in search for a more contemporary sound, new records are available online at Amazon or Urban Outfitters.

Photo via

 

4. Mod Mugs

Clink! Give your significant other a shiny new set of copper mugs this Valentine’s Day. Add to the gift by including a quality vodka as well as other ingredients called for in our all-time favorite Moscow Mule recipe courtesy of Tammilee Tips.

Photo via

 

5. A Fabulous Fitbit

The Fitbit Flex was “the hot item” this holiday season. The Fitbit Flex costs about $100. The device allows you to track steps, distance, and calories burned during activity and sleep. If you think your Valentine might benefit from using a Fitbit (or be interested in one), then see Fitbit.com for more information.

 

6. A Chic Sweater

What’s the next best thing to a hand-knit sweater? Buying one–but not just any sweater–one that’s casual, soft, and machine washable (isn’t it all about convenience and comfort?). This Calvin Klein pullover checks all of the boxes.

 

7. Cool Cuff Links

If your secret admirer is regularly sporting a suit, it’s time to get him a sophisticated set of Burberry cuff links. These mod cuff links are available in light gold or a polished silver and cost approximately $250. Although they’re on the pricier side, the quality and flexibility to pair well with any suit makes them an enviable commodity and lifelong closet staple.

 

8. A Smart Shave

A close shave can be one of the most refreshing, relaxing, and cleansing things for a guy. That’s why The Art of Shaving‘s Full Size Kit with Fine Badger Brush made the list for one of our top 10 gifts to give to the special man in your life.

 

9. A Retro Camera

Capture your Valentine’s Day with Fujifilm‘s Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Some of the camera’s highlights include bulb and double exposures, macro mode, and high performance flash. Add to the gift by including a few rolls of film.

Photo via

 

10. Rad Running Shoes

If your Sweetheart is in need of new running shoes, then take a look at these Pure Boost Chill Shoes by Adidas. Whether he is off to the gym or on the go, these shoes are certain to satisfy any occasion.

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


Mini Wreath Gift Decoration DIY

Mini Wreath Gift Decoration DIY

I know it’s still Winter, but it was so dreary outside I felt like I needed a bit of colorful Spring in my life. I have these flowers that I photographed back during warmer weather and I decided to pull them out to brighten up this week’s DIY project. They are a free printable you can use to make this project for yourself. This Mini Wreath Gift Decoration DIY is perfect for any present. Valentine’s is just around the corner, or decorate some wine you’re bringing for a hostess gift.

Supplies:

  • One pipe cleaner


Directions:

Step 1: Print out the flower and leaves printable onto your paper at 40-50% of its original size (you’ll need the flowers to be smaller for this mini project). Cut out however many flowers and leaves you will need for your mini wreath. There are enough flowers and leaves for about 5 wreaths.

Step 2: Tie your pipe cleaner into a circle by wrapping the wire ends together.

Step 3: Hot glue the flowers around the pipe cleaner circle. You can cover the whole circle, or just the base. Completely up to you.

Mini Wreath Gift Decoration DIY

Your mini wreath is done! Hang this cute thing on a wine bottle (use a bit of washi tape to secure the wreath to the bottle), or attach to a present, and you have the perfect gift.

If you love these little printable flowers, you can check out these other projects I’ve used them in: Floral Coffee Mugs, Cupcake Toppers, and Floral Drawer Pulls.

We want to see what you’re crafting! Did you make these mini wreaths? You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


vintage living: modern take on macrame

I am not sure if you’ve heard the news, but the 70′s influence is making its way back into home décor this year, in a big way. In my last article I shared one of my favorite design elements of this era, you can find it HERE. Growing up in the 70′s our home was a healthy mix of 70′s décor, sprinkled in with some traditional & family pieces. My mom, who always loved home design had a way of making it all work and feel stylish. We had autumn gold appliances, dark wood cabinets & floors and plenty of bold, floral wallpaper to go around. Among these typical trends were also an abundance of rattan, wicker, shag and macramé in our home. I have fond memories of our macramé owl that hung in our family room and the hanging macramé plant holder in our kitchen, oh how I wish I held onto these! Whether or not you are lucky enough to find authentic, vintage macramé you can still get this look. Here are some ways to incorporate a modern take on macramé into your home….

DIY & macramé are a hot combo these days, just search Pinterest & blogland and you will find a variety of original ideas. If you like this look then why not tackle a project yourself. These DIY’s are totally unexpected and fun, plus they add a stylish element to any space. Another positive to creating a piece yourself is the personal satisfaction & pride you will get from your hard work, along with a good monetary savings as well. These DIY’s below all have fantastic tutorials, just click the link below each image.

[via]

Easy DIY Macrame Wall Hanging Make + Haus

[via]

Homey Oh My-Macrame Wall Art

[via]

Oleander & Palm- DIY Gold Macrame

[via]

Classy Clutter-Macrame Planters

[via]

Another option to bring this bohemian aesthetic into your space is buying handcrafted from a local artisan. You can shop ETSY and other online shops for textile art, these items are handmade so you will pay a bit of a premium but what an incredible statement piece it will be. Each one is original, so no one else will have that same piece in their home, which is nice.

Handmade macrame wall hanging-Etsy

[via]

macrame wall hanging by Ranran Design on Etsy

[via]

WALL ART by Ranrandesign

[via]

All Roads-Macrame shop

[via]

[via]

If all else fails search your favorite on trend, home décor shops such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and even Target. You can find a variety of beautiful & stylish macramé accessories and art for the home and some won’t even break the bank:).

Urban Outfitters-Macrame Folding Screen

[via]

Whatever your style preference, macramé brings a handcrafted, organic element that adds style and fun to any space.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


 


We all have habits we need to break (“I’ll get to it”) and habits we need to acquire (“It shouldn’t take too long”). Now’s the time to get a jump start on maintaining a clutter-free home by organizing the spaces you neglected in 2015. We discovered stylish and affordable storage solutions from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart to help you keep a tidy home year round. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to share creative organization and storage hacks and have revealed clever tips and project ideas that will help you tackle clutter and organize chaotic spaces for every room in your home.

1. Tight on closet space? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife installed hanging shelves to maximize space in her 1938 cottage. Mix and match boxes, baskets and bins and be sure to leave room for your favorite collectibles.

2. Taryn Whitaker from Design Dining and Diapers recommends placing all of your utensils in a canister for easy everyday access. Here, she personalizes her Kitchen Storage accessories with simple DIY typography accents.

3. Let Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage show you how to give your closet the overhaul it deserves. See how she uses the Better Homes and Gardens 11-Compartment Hanging Closet Organizer  to create a functional space for all of her favorite items.

4. A pop of color and a touch of personality, this Square 4-Cube Organizer with 4 Collapsible Fabric Bins styled by Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime helps minimize her son’s messy after school tendencies.

5. Emily Allison from Décorchick tamed her kitchen junk drawer with a simple fix. Declutter the mess with chic and affordable fabric organizers you can find at your local Walmart.

 

6. Don’t let your clothes hang over the chair in your closet, consider replacing it with a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman. Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle uses her ottoman for storing pillows and out of season clothing (and it looks great too!)

7. Anna Moseley from Ask Anna squeezed in extra storage under her daughter’s lofted bed to create a tidy and creative hideaway. Consider placing decorative pillows atop the 3-Cube Organizer with 2 Collapsible Fabric Storage Bins to be used as a reading perch or extra seating for your little ones.

8. Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It brightened up her closet space with Better Homes and Gardens cube organizers. Closet organization requires little time and frees up space you never thought you had.

9. Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses retired her old plastic laundry hamper for a stylish Square Caged Hamper on wheels. This easy to wheel hamper is the perfect addition for an industrial style laundry room look.

10. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life used Flip Tite containers to establish a more efficient pantry for the whole family to enjoy. Rid your pantry of half eaten boxes and mix and match container sizes to make the most of your kitchen storage.

11. Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home masters drawer organization by featuring one drawer five ways. This bamboo piece offers enough room to organize a myriad of items and spaces in any drawer throughout your home.

 

12. Select furniture that is versatile and can be used in the kitchen, craft room or garage. This wire cart used by Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog is suitable for produce and includes cube storage and labels to make organization a breeze.

13. Designate a basket in your living room to hold fun pillows and throws. Camille Simmons from Planning Pretty recommends using a Hyacinth Cube Basket for added storage.

14. Gloribell Lebron from I Don’t Know How She Does It shares five tips for a clutter-free kitchen including the use of this owl lantern, good for indoor or outdoor use.

15. Update your kitchen decor with clear canisters for a perfect addition to any counter, shelf or pantry space. Amy Clark from Mom Advice used an Acacia Wood-Top Jar to rearrange her open shelving unit.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.

 

 


© Copyright , Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy | Data Policy | Terms of Service | AdChoices