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Trend: Oversize Art Featuring Animals

Horses galloping through the dining room. A pelican perched on the consol. It seems like every house we consider for publication these days includes a really big piece of art featuring a sketch or black-and-white photograph of an animal. Striking and oversize, these pieces work especially well in today’s neutral-palette rooms, like this gray-and-white bath (below left), this wood-paneled office (below middle), or this almost-all-white living room (below left).

In the really old days (think 1500s), sketches like this were smaller and generally done in preparation for engravings, etchings or woodcuts. Like this greyhound (below) by German artist Albrecht Düter. Nowadays, the pieces are finished artwork in their own right. The massive paintings of Ohio artist Luke Stretar, many featuring nearly lifesize cows, caught my eye at an art festival in East Lansing, Michigan, a few years ago. I was happy to see him again at the recent Des Moines arts festival.

But you don’t have to collect huge (ie: expensive) pieces of art to incorporate this trend into your own home. At my house, we have a couple of beloved animal artworks that hit the same note. This charming sheep was painted by my sister-in-law, Robin Hotchkiss, as a gift for my son when he was born. And this whimsical dancing cat print by Larry Welo is a loving tribute to our dear black kitty, Smokey.

Big or small, I hope you’ll find a way to add some animal art to your house soon.


Trend: Hand-Lettered Artwork!

I’ve long been an admirer of pretty penmanship (it was my favorite class in second grade–I still have a secret stash of the blue-line, wide-rule paper at home!), but even I can barely read my own to-do lists. I blame my sloppy script for why I’ve been coveting all of the gorgeous posters and prints covered with beautifully illustrated words.

Laura Graves for Society6, Oh My Deer, Mary Kate McDevitt

And while I want to buy them all, my wallet thinks otherwise…but, good news! With a few free fonts and a normal word processing document, you can create a chic, on-trend poster of your very own.

It’s really simple: Find a favorite font or fonts (free for personal use) at dafont.com, Font Squirrel, or by doing a search for “free handwritten font.” (I used Mighty to Save, Fragment Core, and KG Two is Better Than One.) Download it to your computer, and add it to your fonts. Next, open up a new document, and play around with alignment, fonts, styles, and placement. Try mixing a serif and a sans serif or regular and italic, or keep things classic with one font. It’s up to you! Finally, print out your newly created wall art on a sheet of 8.5×11-inch card stock. To make it even more custom, use washi tape to mount your new masterpiece on top of a larger mat. Frame, hang, and be inspired!

–Alexa Fornoff, shopBHG editor


Springtime is here and part of coming out of winter hibernation includes having friends over for an afternoon of catching up and chatting. This sitting area is perfect for lounging with your circle of gal pals with fun pillows and glasses of lavender lemonade in hand. The pops of color and eclectic, vintage-inspired touches turn this area into a vibrant gathering space, making everyone able to relax and a laugh off a less than perfect week — what are good friends for?

Get this look: 1. A quality piece like this Chippendale dining table from Mahogany House Furniture is key. 2. These brightpatterned pillows from dwell studio are the perfect cheery accents. 3. This Helmes Wing Chair is a classic that can work in any home. 4. Add a few of these pretty pink Krokett Ikea glasses to the table to enjoy your afternoon sips. 5. This Ebony King Palm Frond specimen is both a keepsake and conversation starter. 6. This St. Germain folding chair evokes a french sitting room while also being storable for space efficiency. 7. This candy pink parisian love seat offers both a focal point and cozy seat to complete the look!


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