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Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Purple

Right now I’m in the process of giving my bedroom a little makeover. Currently, it has a primary color palette of red, blue, and yellow with a bit of a country feel. Over the past year my tastes have changed and grown, so it’s time for something different. I plan to make the space a bit more modern, move some furniture around, and switch up the color scheme.

You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with purple. Well, the plan for the new space focuses on jewel tones – rich magenta, deep purple, emerald green, and so on. I’m picturing a very clean, crisp space with pops of these deep saturated colors. As a result, my eyes have been drawn to these colors a lot lately.

I especially love this kitchen and the punch of purple on the accent wall. It really brings the space alive and demands attention. It’s fun to infuse color in a space, and this is such a fabulous way to do it. I also love how the other colors in the accessories work with the wall color.

Inspired by this kitchen space and my new bedroom, I thought I’d browse in some of my favorite stores and find pieces that would bring a pop of purple into your space. Once, I complete my little bedroom makeover, I’ll be back to share a few more ideas for working purple and other jewel tones into your decor.

As always, happy decorating!


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Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.4

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I hope your long weekend is full of laughs, food, fireworks, friends, and family! Before you’re too busy enjoying all of the festivities, whatever they might be, take a look at these cuties:

 

This USA Cake from Oh Happy Day might just be the most adorable (and geographically accurate) cake I’ve ever seen. This sweet dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser that’s easy enough to make for even the most baking-illiterate of us.

 

 

I love the summery, sophisticated look of this laced back dress featured on Stripes & Sequins. Add a pair of flashy red heels and a couple red accessories, and you’ve automatically got an outfit that screams July Fourth.

 

 

If you’ve always wanted a hammock (like me), and live somewhere with a couple good trees to tie one up to (unlike me), let this Simple Summer Hammock DIY from Design Sponge inspire you to get to work! A couple yards of flashy fabric will add even more color to a blooming garden, and a space for you to relax and enjoy the summer days!

 

 

If you’re throwing a party over the weekend and need a last-minute red, white, and blue decoration idea, try this bright blue Seashell Vase I spotted on Brewed Together. Patriotic enough to stand out for the Fourth, but subtle enough to earn a permanent place in any room.

 

 

And lastly, check out this tutorial on how to make burger balloons from Studio DIY. They gave me a good chuckle, I hope they’ll do the same for you.

 


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 6.20

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.

I am completely obsessing over these Animal Memo Holder Gifts from Sugar & Cloth. The gold paint adds a touch of elegance to this fun idea.

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.

 

And lastly, I really love this DIY tassle garland by Pizzazzerie. What a fun way to add some flair to a room or party with only four materials!

 

 

 


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home to Yours: Pattern

Recently, I participated in a Summer Tour of Homes with some truly fabulous home decor bloggers. It was a rewarding experience because it made me clean my house and it allowed me to see my place as a whole rather than as individual rooms. When we decorate our homes, we want each room to look great, yet it’s so important that it all work together as well. This doesn’t mean that things need to match, but styles and colors should work together harmoniously.

I’ve learned over the years that my house tends to look best with more neutral colors on the wall. I’ve embraced this fact and have found so many beautiful neutral colors that allow the architecture and details to take center stage. However, as you may know, I love color, so painting gray walls is often difficult.

This is where color and pattern come in. Take my living room, for example. While the walls and furnishings are mostly neutral, I’ve made the space come alive with bold color and pattern. And although there are a lot of different patterns, they play together nicely against the neutral background. Mixing patterns also works for me because it’s an excuse to buy unique home accessories, something I love to do.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites both from the living room and other areas in my home. I hope these examples inspire you to try some fun and interesting patterns in your space.

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Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Cherry Red

‘Tis the season for patio sitting and front porch rocking.Every year I look forward to the month of May when I get to clean off the deck, break out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and plant a few flowers. There’s something about basking in the sun or dining al fresco that makes life just a little sweeter.

Every year I’m always on the hunt for inspiration when it comes to decorating my porch. I have fairly standard wrought iron furniture pieces, so I like to add in different colors to really bring the space to life. While I’ve tried a variety of colors over the years, one color I always return to is cherry red. I’m not sure why I love this bright and bold color for outdoor decorating. Maybe it’s because of the association with of geraniums or checkered tablecloths, but red instantly reminds me of summer fun with friends and family.

I especially loved this gorgeous screened-in porch. With a mostly neutral background, a few red chairs tucked around the table make this space instantly inviting. Today, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite cherry red pieces that will add a bit of summer color to your home.

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What colors to you like to incorporate into your porch and patio decor?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Ellen Miller

Ditch Dark Circles with One Simple Swap


It’s true: Dark circles are a serious drag. These pesky imperfections are notoriously hard to treat, but (thankfully!) astonishingly easy to cover up. The secret, says Eric Holt, a makeup artist for NARS Cosmetics, is having two concealers in your makeup bag. The first—the concealer you’ll use on your dark circles—should be slightly peachy. “It’s basic color theory,” says Holt. “The orange-y tones will help counteract any blueness underneath the eyes.” The second should match your foundation or tinted moisturizer exactly. Dot this one on top of pimples, broken capillaries or any other blemishes you’d like to blend away. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers in Honey and Vanilla ($29 each; sephora.com) are my go-to formulas, but Holt’s advice holds true no matter what product range you pick.