Written on March 7, 2014 at 6:45 am , by kkramer
Blogs are a major source of inspiration for our editors. We admire photos of their homes, try out their mouth-watering recipes, pin their creative projects, and get new ideas for our own style from the things that they share. This year Better Homes and Gardens hosted our first-ever Blogger Awards to introduce our fans to the some of the best blogs that our editors have stumbled upon.
Starting in February, readers were able to nominate the blogs that they loved. Next, our team of editors went through every single blog that was nominated to pick out their favorites. It was no easy task! You can find their top 10 picks for each category here. After we narrowed it down to the top five in each category, it was back to reader voting to decide who would be the Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice winners! Here’s the winners:
Readers’ Choice: The Inspired Room
Editors’ Choice: Pencil Shavings Studio
Readers’ Choice: Vintage Revivals
Editors’ Choice: With Heart
Readers’ Choice: Coordinately Yours
Editors’ Choice: The Chic Site
Readers’ Choice: The Small Things Blog
Editors’ Choice: Seersucker+Saddles
Readers’ Choice: A Nest for All Seasons
Editors’ Choice: A Way to Garden
Readers’ Choice: Sprouted Kitchen
Editors’ Choice: Oh My Veggies
Readers’ Choice: Joy the Baker
Editors’ Choice: Une Gamine dans la Cuisine
Readers’ Choice: Half Baked Harvest
Editors’ Choice: Local Milk
Written on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.
Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.
Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.
DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.
DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.
Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.
Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.
Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.
Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.
Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.
Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.
Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.
Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on March 5, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Maxwell Ryan
My new apartment was all white when I moved in. It was lovely at first and my bedroom, in particular, had a light, airy feeling. And then it got boring. After the thrill of moving into a new space wore off, I realized that my bedroom was TOO light and had no definition. It didn’t feel grounded and stylish either. It needed some color!
However, rather than paint all the walls, and inspired by some very dark walls I had seen on European blogs, I decided to do something new: go very dark with one bold color behind my bed. I wanted it to be so dark that it would dramatically set off the headboard and calm the room right down. I wanted my bright, soft bed to seem like the center of a cozy nest so that I would draw me to bed (and perhaps I wouldn’t stay up so late). And I would leave the other walls as is.
I tried some swatches of color on the wall over a few weeks and found myself tip toeing into darker and darker tones. If I was going to do this, I didn’t want to do it half way. I finally settled on a deep aubergine color from Farrow & Ball called Brassica. I bought one gallon of it in a matte finish and painted it in three coats. It was dark.
I replaced my headboard, bed and side tables. I made my bed. I turned on the bedside lights and smiled. It was dark, warm, softly dramatic and lovely. For the first time in my life I’d added a really dark color to a wall in my home and it was not scary. It was a thrill.
Written on March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
TREND: Pops of Bold Color
For as long as I can remember, green has always been one of my favorite colors. But not just any green. I’ve always been a fan of bright, cheerful, and happy greens. After one of the longest winters I can remember, I’m desperately longing to see that beautiful green grass that’s hiding beneath the snow. In the meantime though, as I wait for the snow to thaw, I’ll have to supplement with a little greenery indoors.
I’m absolutely loving this cheerful bedroom. Full of bright colors and bold patterns, this fresh look will certainly bring a little joy and happiness even on the dreariest of days. And how about that artwork? Wouldn’t that make such a fun DIY project? Anyway, pulling inspiration from this room, I found some grass green pieces that you could easily incorporate into your own space for a fresh new look.
Which ones are your favorites?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Written on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm , by Jen Jones
Pegboard has been around for ages, however, more and more frequently it is becoming the “go-to” solution for organizing projects. People love when storage is versatile enough to be used while keeping the end result simple and tidy. This makes pegboard the reigning solution for problematic areas around the home. Here are a few examples of how pegboard can work hard so you don’t have to.
Never go searching for a that flathead screwdriver again! Pegboard has been used in garages, workshops and sheds for many years as amazing tool storage. When working on a project, digging for tools is sure to slow anyone down. Organizing tools on pegboard will ensure they are visible and easy to find during a household emergency or even a quick DIY.
Pegboard isn’t just for building tools; use it to corral all of the tools used for gardening and yard-work by installing a system over a potting bench or in a small nook of the garage.
If pegboards are the perfect solution for building tools, surely they can offer amazing versatility and storage for craft tools as well. And that they do! By mixing and matching hooks, pencil cups and even thread organizers, you can keep all of your supplies for your favorite hobbies right within arm’s reach. Nail the pegboard inside of a decorative frame to hang it above your workspace, or frame out the back of the pegboard to install it on the inside of a cabinet door for concealed storage. Either way, it is sure to change the way you sew and craft!
Wee ones come with a lot of gear. Prevent rummaging for basic care necessities during late night diaper changes by installing a small pegboard near the changing station. Because shelves, bins and clips can all be attached, they are an ideal solution for holding lotions, powders, binkies, health care items and even charming photos and mementos.
To manage a plethora of wardrobe accessories, install pegboard on a bedroom wall or within a closet space. Anything from necklaces to scarves to sunglasses can be stored in this fashion, ensuring getting ready in the morning is easy breezy. By dressing up the pegboard with your favorite paint color, it will allow the organization to seamlessly blend with your space.
For those with a lot of appointments and schedules to manage, creating a command station can offer a one-stop spot for holding invitations, memos and date cards. By adding pencil cups and small bins, office supplies can remain right within reach for the entire family. Pegboard clips allow you to pin up important notes, bills and correspondences.
That’s a Wrap:
Create a small station for organizing the supplies needed for wrapping gifts year round. Pegboard hooks hold tools like scissors and tape, while bins can be installed to hold markers, pens and embellishments. Hooks paired with cafe rods or bungee systems can be used for corralling spools of ribbons and tubes of gift wrap.
Cleaning and Maintenance:
A wall or closet filled with pegboard brings together all of the supplies used to care and maintain a home. Hooks work wonders for holding brooms, dusters, paint brushes, scrubbers and much, much more.
In the Kitchen:
Framing out pegboard in the kitchen provides instant wall storage for daily cookware. This also offers an alternative solution when cabinet spaces is limited and is also ideal for those who love to cook and want instant access to pots, pans, lids, gadgets and utensils.
If concealed storage is much more appealing to you in the kitchen, add tall pegs to pegboard mounted in the bottom of a drawer. The pegs can be configured to fit your dishware and prevent them from sliding around or shifting while the drawer is in use.
Written on February 26, 2014 at 9:05 am , by Kate
So many of the images that appear on the pages of magazines have white painted baseboards, door casings, molding, and window trim. There’s nothing wrong with that, white is fresh, bright, and always classic, yet many older homes possess wood trimmed doors and windows. They may be Arts & Crafts style, Victorians, Colonials, or simply older homes where exposed woodwork adds to the architectural appeal.
Many a homeowner gets the itch to paint wood trim white, black, or even a bold color, but others recognize the beauty of wood trim and wish to preserve it in its original state. Bravo! Choosing a paint color to complement isn’t difficult, get inspired by these spaces that show how well both color and neutrals partner with wood trim.
Because of its organic makeup, wood is a warmer tone so pairing it with colors that possess cooler undertones is a smart choice. Blue in its various shades from navy to slate to sky offers a balanced approach and allows the wood trim to be beautiful in its natural state.
Green sits adjacent to blue on the color wheel and is also considered a cool color. Opt for a verdant green or one in a paler or less saturated shade. Just about any green will partner well with wood trim, especially when the casings or baseboards are stained with yellow or red undertones.
A palette reminiscent of warmer climates is always appealing so consider a mid tone or mustard yellow, which brings the feeling of sunshine to a space and is sure to cheer even when skies are gray outside. Also consider a blush pink as a feminine nod to balance the weight of wood.
A no fail approach to choosing paint for rooms trimmed in wood is to opt for a neutral hue. Choose one that has gray undertones (often referred to as greige or taupe) so the brown tones don’t overwhelm.
Finally, add interest to a neutral space trimmed in wood by introducing texture (think silk, lambswool, linen, leather, woven materials) or vibrant and colorful accents in the form of pillows and rugs.
For those of you living in homes with wood window casings and door trim, take a step back and resist the urge to coat them in paint. Preserve their integrity and add color to the walls instead!