Welcome to my first blog post as part of the Better Homes and Gardens team! I’m excited to share all of the awesome crafts, projects, fashion and trends I find on our BHG Insiders blogs with you!
I’ve always been a huge fan of outrageous colors and bold patterns, both of which were indulged with this super cute DIY Painted Empire Chandelier from The Creativity Exchange. Not only does it immediately liven up a room, it brightens on a budget.
These hanging spice jar organizers from Krafty Kath make organizing look fun, even for those of us who live our lives with a little bit of extra clutter. Easy, convenient, and customizable, these jars come in handy for all of those little knick knacks lying around the house.
I’m all about fixing up old furniture, and am adoring this Martha Washington Sewing Table I spotted on Silver Pennies. The pop of blue against the neutral wood gives it a cool, refreshed and younger feel that would do wonders for any piece needing some extra love.
I love the look of this vintage-inspired bedroom – the use of bold color paired with great pattern and the traditional bones of the room make for an interesting and eye-catching twist. Add a vintage family portrait, or even more fun hang a flea-market find and make up your own story about it. Dressing up a new or thrifted chandelier adds a bit of whimsy, too. Soft cosy touches make it perfect for a guest room where you can really capture your imagination, get as creative as you like and make the room welcoming for any house guests you’ve got coming.
get this cozy guest room look: 1. how about a vintage visitor sign as a reminder for the guest room. 2. have lots of cosy quilts on hand to keep guests warm – this pinwheel quilt from serena & lily is bright and cheerful; 3. hang a found vintage portrait — tell them it’s your great auntie anne, the matriarch of the family who made world famous pies known throughout the county; 4. a few decorative ikat pillows make the space even more homey; 5. add pretty touches like this vase from anthropologie and be sure and add some fresh flowers; 6. i like these striped curtains mixed with all this pattern for some unexpected window treatments; 7. don’t forget the candle votives too. nothing warms up a room like candlelight; 8. pottery barn’s camilla chandelier is a pretty option for lighting up your guest room, and keeping it soft and romantic.
Hi everyone, Karman Hotchkiss, here! About a month ago, I was replacing a lightbulb in myback hallway at home. For the first time in about a decade, I really looked at the sconce I was putting the bulb into. And I thought, ‘”That’s the ugliest light fixture I’ve ever seen!” I instantly realized it was (past) time for a little lighting update.
The good news: There are more cool, trendy, interesting light fixtures than ever before. And replacing one requires only minimal DIY skills. In my research for that replacement sconce, I looked at tons of new fixtures and compiled this list of 5 hot trends in lighting.
If you’re ready to shed a little new light (har-har) on your fixtures, here are 5 trends to think about:
1. Colorful. Lights shouldn’t have to blend into the background. Use one to add a punch of color, with the shade or with the fixture itself.
2. Overscale. Pick a light that’s big. Really big.
3. Industrial/scientific. Exposed bulbs, “cage” designs, raw materials … They all evoke the sense that you just snagged your light from a warehouse or laboratory.
4. Organic. Shapes and materials inspired by nature are sure to add a layer of texture to your decor.
5. Beads and baubles. Crystals are nothing new to light fixtures. But the latest incarnation uses strings of beads or individual bubble-like balls.
Which of these ideas would work best in your home? Find a trend (or two!) you like and update a fixture today.
Here’s the thing, I have a tiny obsession with light fixtures. Whether it is a table lamp, a pendant fixture, or a gorgeous chandelier, I believe that the right lighting can make or break a room. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to light fixtures. I recently came across these two images from BHG.com while searching for some inspiration for my own dining room. I think both of these fixtures are perfect for their particular spaces. They have major wow factor which creates a dynamic, unique, and memorable look. I’m so happy to see the emerging trend of interesting, and even a bit wacky, chandeliers and pendant lights.
With this inspiration in my back pocket, I decided to do a little digging and found twelve wow-factor-worthy light fixtures that will certainly transform any space into a beautifully designed room. Go bold or go home, right? Click here to get the full list of products shown below.
Which one of these lights is your favorite? What other funky fixtures are you loving?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm