Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space


Trend: Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas. Below you’ll find 10 DIY’s to organize your backyard or any outdoor space this Spring. There are organizing solutions for tool storage, all the way to kid toy storage. I’m really love the combo potting and party table (the first image below). Use it for your everyday planting needs, then switch it over to a party table when your friends come over! Perfect.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

While this isn’t exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

While this isn't exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

Did you find any projects that you want to recreate? I sure did. Happy organizing to you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Jill Waage

Big News: We’re Building an Innovation Home!

Bet you can’t recall what you were doing on January 10, 2014. But I do. Editor-in Chief Gayle Butler and I were peering out the back windows of an SUV looking at snow-covered lots in Mequon, Wisconsin, with builders from Lakeside Development Company.  She and I excitedly chatted about the possibilities: Does this neighborhood look like us? How would a Better Homes and Gardens house look on this lot?

 

 

Yep, for the past 15 months we’ve kept a little secret. The Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Innovation Home has been underway! Home building and design is in an unprecedented time of innovation and connected technology, meaning there is more for consumers to suss out. We wanted to build a new-era idea house, one that focuses on products and features that will make a real difference in your life. Whether you’re building a home, or improving the one you already love, you’ll learn about home automation and controls, innovative appliances, smart TVs, efficiencies galore, and low-maintenance materials inside and out.

As you’d expect, our home is beautifully designed and the decorating will help visualize how innovations blend seamlessly into your look and lifestyle. Sorry to tease, but we’ll reveal the interior designer’s name a little later. Tiny hint: You already know and love her work from our pages and Pins.

Snowy lot searches? Done. Sponsors secured? Check! An autumn full of framing? Delightful. A winter so cold the GoPro froze? Well, it is Wisconsin, after all. But now the house is a flurry of spring activity. Cabinetry is in the works and painting isn’t far behind. Look for updates here on the Style Spotters blog and follow our progress on Facebook . It all leads up to our big story in the Better Homes and Gardens October 2015 issue and the online reveal in September. But for now, here’s a sneak peek video … well, at least the part up until the camera actually did freeze:

Innovation House: Time Lapse
Innovation House: Time Lapse
Innovation House: Time Lapse

 


Khristian A. Howell

Color Theory: Grown up Pastels

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Raise your hand if you are still loving that sweet salmon pink and oh so cool minty green. Yep, me too. This combo paired with metallics, especially gold, has been having a moment and is still feeling fresh! If you love all those lovely pastel hues, you CAN have them all without feeling like you are in the middle of an easter egg hunt! How, you may ask? Try creating some tension between items that feel sweet and strong. Consider balancing the very feminine with more masculine pieces like this classic leather butterfly number or industrial accents like this great light. A very pale pink or lavender can be a fresh base for a neutral room. Working pastels into your space is all about not going overboard. A little touch of blush, lilac or seafoam can go a long way. Consider pairing with fresh metallics like brushed gold, brass, and copper. Pastels are a great pop of color when you’re working with a space that features mostly white and black. This is a great way to keep things feeling clean and modern.

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Make a singular color statement and keep everything else clean and simple! The great thing about going for color on an investment piece like this sofa is that you can simply reupholster when you are ready for a change!

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Pair your favorite pastel with modern accents, metallics, and black to keep the color ground and grown up. One wall, a striking piece of artwork, or a rug goes a long way to add a sophistocated splash of color.

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Let the furnishings and accessories lead the way. With no color commitment on the walls, this is an easy-to-change way to experiment with color. Pillow covers are an easy and budget friendly way to update a living space, or you can always spring for reupholstering when it’s time for an update!

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Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Rattan Crush

Flea Market Chic Rattan Crush BHG Style SpottersThroughout my entire childhood my parents had a rattan coat rack that hung right by the front door and upon entering our home would be a call to one of us 4 or my dad to “please, hang up your coat.” It was my mother of course and while the coat rack was right at eye level for some reason the instinct was to always throw it on the banister{which drove her crazy}. To this day, that rattan coat rack hangs in the very same spot & each time I pass it I think huh, that could be really cute somewhere in my house. While I would never take something without asking first, I love the idea of bringing a little bit of my family history back home. Sometimes it just takes a fresh pair of eyes to see the potential in something worn and how it can work with your own design aesthetic. Lately I have a HUGE crush on rattan, surprise! Living coastally it fits my style year round but I also love the texture & caramel tones that give any space that layer of warmth. This is an ideal time of year to envision the possibility of rattan & wicker and how it can fit in your home.

Rattan & wicker chairs can be found at tag & yard sales and even craigslist. By giving them a fresh coat of paint you can easily update the look and pair them with existing furnishings, such as this traditional dining table for a fresh look. A coat of brilliant aqua-blue paint transformed tired rattan chairs BHG{BHG}

BHG Rattan Dining Chairs + Wicker Pendant{BHG}

Original lighting ideas gets me every time. Taking an old woven basket or bowl and creating a light fixture is a simple & inexpensive way to incorporate this trend in any room.

Lee Kleinhelter bedroom black white spotted ceiling Hermes throw & rattan pendants - so original, stylish, simple and fun{via}

BHG Rattan Pendant Light{BHG}

What could be better than layering your walls with texture. I love the idea of using shallow baskets as a collective grouping of art. You can also add a mirror to a basket for a fun DIY project.

BHG Use Shallow Wicker Baskets as Artwork{BHG}

DIY Wicker Basket Mirror  The Wood Grain Cottage{via}

This rattan shelving unit adds so much interested to the wall through its warm honey tones and circular shape. You may not find this at a yard sale but spring & summer is the BEST time to score some rattan goodies, be sure to keep your eyes open. You can see it’s a stylish & fun way to get that vintage modern look.

Rattan Circle Shelf Urban Outfitters {via}

There is so much you can do with a rattan/wicker headboard these days. You can leave it natural for a coastal -bohemian feel or spray paint one to fit any design preference.

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The Hunted Interior-Rattan Headboard {via}

Using unexpected vintage pieces and repurposing them is an idea that will never get old. This wicker fishing creel is ideal for extra table storage.

FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE Vintage Fishing Creel{via}

Embracing vintage rattan with its original, worn patina is a great way to create a casual vibe. These aged bar stools are the perfect addition to this crisp and coastal inspired kitchen.

Vintage Rattan Barstools Grace Happens Via Holly Mathis Blog{via}

When on the hunt for rattan or wicker this season, remember there is nothing a good can a spray paint can’t fix. Paint changes EVERYTHING. This boldly painted gold stool compliments the space and gives a fun punch of color.

Gold Painted Rattan Stool  Abby M. Interiors One Room Challenge {via}

I hope this has inspired you to look at rattan in a whole new light.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


BHG Guest Blogger

Love The Home You Have + Book Giveaway

Hello! I’m Melissa from the blog, The Inspired Room. Today I’m here to talk about showing our homes a little love!

I have always been a house lover! Yep, I’m that crazy lady people honk at in the neighborhood because I’m driving reaaallllly slowly past a charming house. I’m sorry in advance if you end up behind me. I’m the woman who goes to open houses even when I’m not shopping for a new house, just because I want to snoop around to see what my neighbor’s house looks like inside! I’m sure realtors and home sellers love to see me coming. Right? I can’t help it. My love of houses is like an addiction. And I can’t help dreaming about the perfect house for me.

Can you relate?

Even if you aren’t quite as house obsessed as I am, I think most of us dream sometimes about an ideal home. The truth is, while we all probably have a beautiful dream house in our minds that we would be really happy to live in, there’s really no place like our own home.

I am excited to share with you my very first book, Love the Home You Have! TODAY is it’s official release date! It’s jam packed with practical tips, encouragement and motivation to love your home, no matter where you live.

It’s amazing what a little love can do to transform the house you have into the home you’ve always dreamed of. Best of all, it’s the little things that make a house a home.

Ready to show your home a little love? A great place to start is at your own front door!

Paint your door a pretty color that inspires you every time you see it. I painted my Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue on the outside couple of years ago and on the inside, it’s Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal. I’m happy every time I see my door, inside or out!

If you still have a crunchy Christmas wreath on the door (it’s OK if you do, I just threw out some little moldy pumpkins that were hiding behind a plant on my porch!), today would be a great day to toss remove it and treat yourself to a cheery spring bouquet. You deserve it!

I stopped in a local market this week and bought myself some flowers to fill a basket on my front door. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it changes how you feel both about your home and your life.

You can’t help but smile when you show a little love to the home you have!

To celebrate the launch of Love The Home You Have, we are offering you a chance to win one of five books! To enter for a chance to win, comment below on why you would like to win! For a second entry, follow @BHG on Twitter and tweet using #BHGInspiredRoomSweepstakes

Find more ways to love your home, download the cute illustrated quotes from the book and details on how to order Love the Home You Have right here.

 

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Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: How to Plant a Front Porch Container Garden

front porch urn planter

We were on Spring break last week, and one of the big things on my to-do list was replanting the urns on our front porch. I love lush, colorful container gardens flanking a front door, and ours have been in serious need of a Spring makeover. It’s still a little early here for container gardens, but the warm weather all through March gives me hope that our new, beautiful plants will live a long and happy life.

For my last Style Spotters post, I rounded up a dozen gorgeous pictures of urns, planters, and window boxes filled with cascading blooms and vibrant color, so when I headed off to the local nursery last week, I knew what I was looking for. I’m not always good at improvising, but I’m great at following a recipe. As luck would have it, there’s a tried and true recipe for creating knock-your-socks-off planters and containers for your front porch, and it can be summed up in three little words: thrill, fill, and spill.

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First, we start with the “thrill.” That’s the tall plant in the middle of the planter. If you look at those inspiration photos from my last post, you’ll notice the thrill in most of them. Sometimes it’s a little tree, sometimes a tall flowering plant, sometimes a shrub. They key is that it is tall and gives the planter a focal point. I spotted some cute Lemon Cypress at the nursery that would be perfect for the thrill in a planter. They didn’t happen to work with my color scheme, but it was hard to walk away from them! For my urns, I chose a perennial Feather Reed Grass. I’m now wondering if that was a good idea long-term because grasses don’t look great all year. They turn yellow and have to be cut back in the winter, so maybe an evergreen would have been a better idea. Time will tell! I certainly think they look great for now.

front porch urn planters

We’re going to skip the middle section (the “fill”) for a second and talk about the “spill.” The spill is my favorite part of any good planter: the vines and cascading bits that tumble down the sides and look romantic, lush, and dreamy. They go on the outermost edge of the planter and spill over the sides and down toward the ground. Creeping Jenny and Sweet Potato Vine are two show-stopping spills…which I didn’t end up getting. Creeping Jenny needs some shade (our porch faces South, so that’s a no-go), and it’s too early in the season for Sweet Potato Vines. But I found some really lovely twiners that I’m excited about. Thunbergia is a beautiful vine with long tendrils. I’ve used it before in planters in our old backyard and loved its look. I picked out some deep orange ones and can’t wait to see them blossom! I also used magenta Bacopa, which is a little bushier than Thunbergia. I really like to use lots of different textures to make the containers interesting. Variety is the spice of life, folks!

front porch urn planters

Now we can go back to the “fill.” The fill is basically all of the stuff between the thrill and the spill. This is the spot for your usual annuals–the things you plant for seasonal color in your garden borders. Geraniums, violets, pansies, etc. Nothing too tall, and nothing viney. I went with Coleus for color and Alyssum for fragrance. The Coleus I chose has beautiful texture, and chartreuse leaves with deep purple veining. It’s really amazing and gives the planters some variety. The Alyssum is also deep purple and should fill in all of the nooks and crannies of the urns quite nicely.

So now you know the secret to beautiful container gardens: thrill, fill, and spill. Go forth and garden! I’m so excited to have these newly-beautified containers flanking my door, and can’t wait to see how they fill in throughout the Spring and Summer!

front porch urn planter