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This year was full of pretty pattern! This make a pattern loving girl like me very very happy! Here’s a little highlight reel of the patterns that really got our attention.




What’s old is new again. This year the print made famous by the old Hollywood Regency Hotel was everywhere and it is easy to see why. So much impact and so versitile, these banana leaves pack a huge punch in any space. I love this print because every space needs something living and green. If you are like me and you don’t exactly have a green thumb, this is a great way to interject something organic into your space. You can go big and use this amazing wallpaper to fill the room or you can have just a taste and use the print on the back of a bookshelf. Either way these iconic leaves will always be a conversation starter.





How can you not love a dot?? I can never have enough. Good thing there were lots of good ones to choose from this year. Whether you want organic and playful or structured and architectural, there were lots of choices for all you fellow dot lovers. Dot’s are such a great easy pattern to use when you are experimenting with pattern mixing – and they are just happy! Love!







Stripes have been going strong and continued to be a big part of decor trends in 2015. I love the versitility of a great stripe. They work in traditional and modern settings. We’ve seen them on floors and ceilings and certainly in textiles and in all instances they are a great way to add some movement into an room.





Raise your hand if you are loving all the pretty florals in the market! I have a secret romantic streak and just can’t get enough of the incedibly sophistocated and lush florals on wallcovering, textiles, rugs, paper – they are everywhere! Florals although inherently feminine can work well in any space. Work in perhaps a pinstripe or plaid or leather accents to help balance with space out.



Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

Sooo… I wrote a book! True story! It’s called Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design. If you are a lover of pattern and have been curious about the pattern making process, this one is for you. This book is full of lovely images, but it is also about seeking true inspiration. The search for inspiration is something we can all relate to and continue to practice daily. If you are interested, you can find it anywhere books are sold. You will also have the opportunity to win a copy at the end of this post.

Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

For now let’s talk about color inspiration and how to become a hunter and gatherer!

Color is the beginning of everything for me. It sets the mood and is in many cases the driver of the story. Before I begin designing any patterns I build the color palette. For me it is often the case that the color leads the direction I go with the pattern. Here are a few tips for seeking color inspiration daily.

Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

1. First – commit to a spirit of play about color.

I have said it over and over and will share with you again here. Are you ready to have your mind blown? Nothing is permanent in design! IT’S JUST PAINT! It’s just not that serious. If you choose a paint color, upholstery, bedding, rug, etc. and hate the color after living with it for a moment then return it or change it! It is ok, really. Color is something that we have to allow ourselves to experiment with – often. It falls into the cliche saying; it is the journey not the destination. Your feelings about color will continue to change, forever. This is because color is so closely connected to mood, emotion, memory, etc. This is what makes working with color so magical. Keep this easy attitude about color and go at it with a spirit of play and your mind and “eye” will start to open up immediately.

Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

2. You have a smart phone – use it!

Don’t be shy, snap away! Create a color folder on your phone that is dedicated to collecting images for color inspiration. Remember the first tip – keep that spirit of play! If you have a particular project you are working on great! Bigger picture – you are training yourself to view the world around you with new eyes. Inspiration really IS everywhere. You just need to make a little effort to leave the house with your eyes wide open.

Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

3. Become a color collector.

Fabric swatches, magazine tears, packaging, business cards – I keep them all if the color is talking to me! It is with all these little moments in time that I like to build color palettes. Although I do a lot of my work digitally, I must build my color palettes with my hands. Here’s one of my favorite tips. Go to your fabric store and pick up stacks of cotton solids from a few different manufacturers. They are inexpensive and the different manufacturers will all run their own range of blues, greens, etc.

Khristian A. Howell color inspiration

For me, part of being a collector is collecting pretty. Find a pretty storage box and/or journal to keep all of your colorful bits. I am more inspired to play when my collection feels like a treasure chest instead of a junk drawer!

Khristian A. Howell Color + Pattern Book

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We’re giving away five copies of Khristian’s new book! To enter, comment below with your favorite pattern to decorate with by 8/26/15.

You can also enter for another chance to win by following @BHG on Twitter and tweeting with #BHGPatternSweepstakes.

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Hi everyone! I am Jessica and our blog is called Four Generations One Roof. We are a crew of four generations all living together under one roof, and I happen to be the ring leader. Our blog is where we share our insane living arrangement (going on six years now living together), DIY home projects, renovations, tutorials, room makeovers and whatever else goes on in our home. There are nine of us total — and yes, it’s crazy that we all live under one roof — and so far, we have all survived! Ha.  I was thrilled when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to share our family room with you as well as fabulous ideas on how you can bring the much-anticipated SPRING into your own family room.





spring family room ideas

This year for spring, I decided to use coral and navy throw pillows along with a coordinated throw blanket to add pops of fun bright color to the room.

spring family room ideas

Pillows are the easiest and most economical way to add color to a room. Many times I will purchase fabric I love and cover old pillows. Don’t worry if you can’t sew; purchase some stitch witchery and iron the fabric together. You will be amazed at how you can change the look with some fun fabric and old pillow inserts. Below, I took an old piece of fabric and covered a canvas dump truck wall hanging that was my son’s when he was a toddler. Paired with a couple of candle stick holders, faux coral and a cute sign, you now have a springy themed vignette for little money.

spring family room ideas

It’s super easy to transform a room from season to season using just a few items.

 Pink flowers + pillows 

I love how they coordinated the pink colorful flowers with the pink throw pillow in both the above and below photo.


blue pattern pillows

What strikes me about this room is the tall greenery in the corner. Anytime you add fresh greens or flowers to a room, it instantly feels springy and fresh.

pink + blue 

 green + orange  

This room is one of my favorites. Chocolate brown and pink add such a huge impact to a room. This color scheme makes the room feel alive, happy and just what is needed after a long winter! You don’t need to have colorful and patterned furniture to achieve this look. You can purchase fabric and recover pillows, create fabric-covered wall art, or recover books and boxes for shelving displays.

Here is another example of layering framed artwork to create a spring-themed vignette. The mantel is simple yet adds a contrast in color as well as ties in the orange color from the throw pillows and blanket.

layered mantel spring family room ideas


There are so many ways to add a spring element to your family room, these are just a few of the easiest and most economical. Of course, you can break out the paint brushes and get busy adding a fresh new paint color to your room. I’m all about that, but for now our family room is sporting some fun new throw pillows, DIY wall art and a colorful throw blanket. Thank you so much, Better Homes Gardens, for inviting me to spend time with your readers. It was fun!

I’ve been pretty curious about dyeing my own fabric, but I wanted to go the natural route! So, to get the golden yellow/orange color I wanted, I started out my first experiment using turmeric spice. It worked out wonderfully and I love the finished product. I used my dyed fabric to make a lovely lampshade (inspired by a project in DIY magazine) and I want to share a quick how-to with you.

Supplies needed:

- Salt

- Water

- Fabric (I used cotton quilter’s fabric and a cotton blend). Amount will depend on your project. I used 5 yards of white.

- Turmeric

- Wooden spoon

- Lampshade

- Hot glue and glue gun

Natural Turmeric Dye


1. First, prep your fabric. Combine 8 cups of water and a 1/2 cup of salt, bring to a boil, add your fabric and let it simmer for one hour. The salt will act as a “fixative”, to help your fabric take the dye.

2. When the fabric is done cooking, drain the water. Once cool, wring out the remaining water in the fabric.

3. Time to start the color! Combine four cups of water with 4 tablespoons of ground turmeric, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and add your fabric to the turmeric dye mixture. Use your wooden spoon to push the fabric down into the dye, trying to coat it evenly. The longer the fabric soaks: the deeper the color will be. Plus, the dye will react differently for different fabrics. I wanted different levels of color to create the ombre look for my lampshade. I soaked 1 1/2 yards for 15 minutes, 1 yard for 2 minutes, and 1 yard for a quick 30 second dip. The remaining fabric I kept out of the dye.

5. Rince your dyed fabric in the sink until the water runs clear. Hang your fabric until it’s dry, and you’re ready to craft!

Ombre Lampshade


1. Cut up your fabric into one to two inch diameter circles. Don’t worry about cutting perfect circles, I certainly did not.

2. When your circles are cut, it’s time to glue. Fold each circle of fabric in half, and then fold it in half again.

3. Time to glue the folded circles onto the lampshade. Put a glue dot in the middle and outside center of your folded circle (I shared exactly where to glue in the photo below). Next, I used a needle nose jewelry plier to place the circle on the lampshade (keeps your fingers safe from the hot glue).

4. Continue gluing on the lampshade. I started with my darker orange on the base of the shade, and moved to the lighter colors as I moved up. Ending with the white. Just a little FYI: this glueing process did take me 3 1/2 hours. Wow, but so worth it. Because I love the finished product!

Have you ever tried natural dye?  I think next: I’m going to try out cabbage and onions for dye.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the turmeric dye is very serious about staining. Watch out, it will stain everything. And, I mean everything. I may have forgotten to wear gloves, and had yellow hands for 3 days. Hee!

Are you loving all the beautifully painted and wallpapered walls as much as I am? The texture and bright colors are right up my alley. But, if you live in an apartment and cannot paint (or just don’t like to paint walls… like myself), I think I have a project for you. It’s a quick and easy way to add color to your walls without actually painting them. Yup! How? Fabric covered foam boards. Simple as that. I made a miniature panel to share with you, hopefully this DIY can get you on your way!


- 1/2 inch thick foam board (you can find these at craft stores, or larger sheets at a home supply store).

- Enough fabric to cover the boards you choose, plus an extra 2 inches to staple behind the board.

- Staple gun

- Wall putty or plate hangers (depending on the weight of your panel)


- Decide what size you’d like the panel to be. Maybe you want more than one panel?

- Once you’ve purchased all your materials, you can get started! Lay your fabric out on a flat surface. Place the foam panel on top of that. It’s best to have about 2 inches around the edge of extra fabric.

- Fold the fabric over the first edge, and staple it down. I’d suggest a staple at each corner of the foam, plus a staple every 5 – 10 inches. When your first edge is stapled, move to the side directly opposite your freshly stapled side. Pull the fabric taut and staple it down.

- It’s time to fold down the corners. Sort of like wrapping a present. Fold down the corners , fold over, and staple (see image below). Repeat on the opposite side.

- You’re almost done! Time to decide how you’d like to hang your panels. If it’s light, adhesive putty would probably work very well. If the panel is heavy, I’d look into using one of these Invisible English Plate Hangers.

 Here are a couple of my favorite examples I’ve found while wandering the internet. Maybe this will give you some inspiration?

{Photo: Upholstered Wall Hanging from The New England Southerner}

{Photo: Wall Fabric Panels from Bella Dia}

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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