Floral

Jen Jones

Organize With This: Bold Floral Patterns!

Trend:  Going Bold With Florals

I have always been a fan of playful colors and patterns and really love seeing bold florals being used more frequently as upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments, throw pillows and area rugs.  Of course, what really gets me excited is when I can incorporate floral patterns into my organizing and storage solutions as well.

I have been a long time believer that organizing projects are more likely to be maintained when you add a little extra detail and love to the mix.  For me, that typically involves using decorative storage pieces that I either DIY or purchase.  Whether that be a beautiful basket, a pretty label or patterned paper to line the kitchen drawers, selecting storage solutions that blend with our style and our home is was excites me to get organized and even more importantly, stay organized.

Here are a few ways that you can incorporate the beautiful floral trend into your daily routine and with storage solutions around your home.

  • Use a piece of your favorite floral fabric to sew up some new liners for your baskets around the home
  • Update a piece of storage furniture with a floral stencil or piece of floral wallpaper

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  • Add work-happy floral stationery to your desk for keeping track of your daily thoughts and To Do lists

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  • Corral loose change, pens and pencils, makeup brushes or kitchen utensils within a floral dish, vase or coffee mug
  • Use floral washi tape for labeling gadget cords, file folders, leftovers in the fridge and on the faces of decorative storage boxes

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  • If you love to utilize technology for organizing, add a floral case to protect your gadget
  • Select reusable shopping bags in a playful floral pattern to make trips to the market much more fun
  • Bring a little extra joy to your organizing projects by lining the backs of bookcases, cabinets and the insides of drawers with pretty floral papers

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  • You can also use those papers to up-cycle food containers which can be used as small storage all over your home

  • Cover empty cardboard boxes with wallpaper, fabric or gift wrap to give yourself high end looking storage on a budget

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How have you been bringing bold floral patterns into your daily routine?

 

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BHG Guest Blogger

Chalky Pastel Jam Jars + Decorate With Flowers Book Giveaway!

 

 

We’re Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, two friends and colleagues who live in opposite sides of the world who came together thanks to the internet, frequent flyer miles and Skype to forge a friendship and to work on projects that we love, like Decorate With Flowers. Below is one of our DIY projects from our book. It’s a quick, easy way to bring color to castoff jars and make your flowers appear as works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Chalky Pastel Jam Jars

 

You will need:

  • Recycled jam jars
  • Latex paint in a variety of colors
  • Smaller bottles to fit inside

 

Method:

  • Hardware stores often sell small sample-size containers of latex paint. This is an inexpensive way to get a wide variety of colors for this project as you do not need much paint for each jar. Pour a small amount of paint into a clean glass jar.
  • Coat the inside of the jar by tilting it to move the paint around as you cover the inside. Add more paint as needed.
  • When the inside is fully coated carefully pour out any excess paint and wipe the rim and outside of the jar clean. Let dry. This may take a day or two.
  • You cannot get the inside of your painted jars wet as the paint will peel off, so place smaller bottles inside to hold the water for your flowers.

 

Flowers used in this project:

  • Garden rose
  • Lavender
  • Dahlia

 

Win our book!

To enter to win one of 5 copies of Decorate With Flowers, tell us below: “What is your favorite kind of flower?”. For another opportunity to win, connect with Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter and re-tweet the tweet marked with the hashtag #BHGFlowers. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners. See the official contest rules here.

Photos and project from Decorate With Flowers.