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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.13

Happy Valentine’s Day (a day early)! If you’re like me, you’ve already spent way too much time thinking about what you want to wear for your special night–as well as the thought that red is really not your color. But I’m here to prove you wrong! I’ve rounded up a list of some outstanding outfits that all revolve around bold reds!

 

Every woman needs a good blazer. Dress up a casual outfit with a bright red blazer like this one on Wendy’s Lookbook for a look that grabs the attention of everyone nearby. Wear along with a cute pair of pumps and some dark skinny jeans and you’ll be looking stunning all night long.

 

 

I like the simplicity of this red top I spotted on Lunchpails and Lipstick. This statement shirt is the perfect piece for the women out there who need a little less complication in their lives. Plus side: you’ll look gorgeous.

 

 

I love this red skirt on Pink Peonies. Find a matching hue of red lipstick and you’re in business. The best part about this flawless ensemble? It’ll go with almost any top you already have in your closet!

 

 

Already have your Valentine’s Day outfit picked out but looking to add a cute twist? These heart elbow patches I found scrolling through A Southern Drawl take this sweater from great to glamorous! And that tulle skirt? Adorable.

 

 

And lastly, red and pink are BFFs in the color world. While two bright colors might seem intimidating, don’t be scared off! This cute outfit on Gal Meets Glam takes the best of both worlds and puts them into one fabulous outfit! You’ll look amazing, don’t worry.

 

 

Have a happy happy Valentine’s Day, Style Spotters! Whether you’re out with you sweetie or rocking it with your girlfriends for a fun night on the town, look amazing doing it!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.6

February! It’s that time of year again, folks. Amid all the flowers, fancy dinner dates, candy hearts and cards, it’s easy to get lost in the formalities of Valentine’s Day–and forget that the best way to spend it is loving on all those special people in your life. To help you celebrate, I found some awesome DIY ideas to make this year’s day of love the sweetest one yet.

 

As a hopeless romantic, I actually love reading through all of the cheesy Hallmark cards. Even so, I can never seem to find the perfect one. This year, stop worrying about finding a card that encapsulates all you want to say to your special someone–make your own instead. Look at these cute DIY card ideas from Delightfully, Kristi for some inspiration!

 

 

If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (let’s face it, most of us don’t), look no further. These adorable Valentine’s Day card downloads from Camille Styles will do the trick!

 

 

If you want to spruce up your space this Valentine’s Day, take a look at this gorgeous star burst wall art from Lia Griffith. Super easy, super chic, and pretty enough to keep up all year if you want, this bright addition is sure to surprise your sweetie!

 

 

I know we’re six days into February, but it’s not too late to make this adorable ombré heart calendar from Me And My DIY. If you’ve got an extra hour or two this weekend, give it a try!

 

 

And finally, finding the perfect gift for your special someone is only half the battle–add a whole new “WOW” factor with these DIY gift wrap tutorials I found on The House That Lars Built. Love, love, love it!

 

 

Enjoy the week! If you try any of these cuties, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 12.19

Hello Style Spotters! I hope the holiday season is in full swing for you all, and that you’ve got time planned to spend with family and friends! If you’re like me, you haven’t even started thinking about gifts or decorating or all those holiday shenanigans yet–and that’s ok. I’ve pulled together a few last-minute options for you to take a look at.

 

I love this simple copper card tree holder tutorial from The Nest. It’s perfect for showing off all the cute cards you receive this holiday season while adding extra Christmas cheer to your home at the same time.

 

 

Want a new way to wrap all those presents? Take a look at these cute DIY wrapping paper ideas from Hello Natural. What a fun way to add a little homemade flair to an already awesome gift.

 

 

I have a horrible track record with mittens. It seems like the day after I get them, they get lost. For the mitten-losers out there, try this adorable sew-your-own tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. Find an old sweater and start sewing! Hopefully you won’t lose your handiwork (Terrible pun intended. Bear with me).

 

 

Last minute holiday party? Look no further. Try this awesome Colorful DIY Christmas Party guide from Paper & Stitch. Go wild with bright colors or tame with more traditional red’s and green’s. Either way, you’ll have a room your guests will be sure to remember!

 

 

And looking for that last-minute hostess gift? Try these etched wooden spoons from Design Mom to help them cook with style. Cheap, easy and fun, whoever you give them to will love them!

 

 

And there you have it! Enjoy the holidays, friends! See you next year!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Holiday DIY’s You Should Try This Weekend

Trend: Holiday DIY Crafts

It’s my favorite time of the year and I just feel so inspired. The house is decorated, it’s chilly outside, and I have Christmas music playing. I’m so ready for some holiday crafting! I have a few gifts I still need to make for some friends and I’d love to decorate our table with something colorful and festive, so I’ve been searching for inspiration. Below you’ll find 12 Holiday DIY’s you should try this weekend. There’s a DIY for everyone here: from gold painted trees to a christmas tree cactus! Enjoy.

 

1. These gold dipped trees are the perfect thing to decorate your holiday table, from Studio DIY.

2. Make a custom cheese board for your appetizers, or give as a custom gift, from Brit & Co.

3. These gold scalloped napkins are so lovely, from Sarah Hearts.

4. These mini holiday wreath drink stirrers are probably the cutest drink accessory I’ve ever seen, from Project Wedding.

5. A hand stenciled kitchen towel would be the perfect gift for the chef in your family, on The Paper Mama.

6. Make colorful snowflakes out of wood veneer paper, from BHG.

7. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag, from House of Earnest.

8. Use a non-traditional color scheme to decorate your holiday table, from Paper & Stitch.

9. If you’re feeling ambitious, follow this DIY to make this amazing oversized Holly Garland, from The House That Lars Built.

10. These Letter Bag Toppers could double as favors and place markers for your holiday table, from You Are My Fave.

11. Not everyone has room for a Christmas tree, so you can make your own Painted Geometric Tree, from Lovely Indeed.

 12. Another option for a small home that can’t fit a big tree: The Christmas Tree Cactus! So cute, from Sugar and Cloth.

 Happy crafting!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


BHG Guest Blogger

Holiday Decorating In My Neutral Palette Home

 

Hi there!  I’m Becky and I blog over at This Is Happiness where I share my journey to create a stylish home and beautiful life with my wonderful husband and two amazing children.  My passion is DIY and design, but I also love entertaining, food and fashion all of which you will find me sharing on my blog.  I was recently given the honor of having my free Craigslist piano makeover featured in Better Homes and Gardens “I Did It” section for December, which was such a dream come true.  With the holiday season upon us, today I’m excited to be with you all as a guest blogger and share how I decorate for the holidays in my neutral palette home.

 

My decorating style is classic, casual and simple.  I love mixing whites, off whites and oatmeals for my base colors including my walls, fireplace stone, sofa, etc.  Then I like to add texture, patterns or sometimes a punch of color with accents and accessories.  Not committing to a particular color in a space gives me flexibility to easily change things up if I tire of them, or for different occasions including the holidays.

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For my holiday décor this year I choose to keep it simple and neutral adding a little Christmas flavor with red in small doses.  If you don’t want to use color, introducing pattern and texture will also make a neutral room stand out.  You can accomplish this by using baskets, throws and pillows to help provide warmth and coziness in a space, all of which I included in my holiday décor this year.

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I think any space, including a neutral one, needs greenery.  So, in addition to my main Christmas tree, I also love using other greenery to decorate with including my boxwood wreaths, topiaries and smaller lighted trees. Heading outdoors is my other source for holiday decor. Pinecones and pine branches are perfect natural elements that I like to add to my home this time of the year.   Fresh flowers, like paperwhites, almost always make an appearance in my home around the holidays.

This year I used clippings from our holly bushes to tie around my napkins as seen in the picture above. And I created a green garland for our buffet below with clippings from our cedar trees.

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And finally, here is my piano all dressed up for the holidays!
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So have you started your holiday decorating yet?  I hope you found some inspiration here today.  You can see more of my holiday décor here.  Thanks so much BHG for the “I Did It” feature and the opportunity to be with you all today!

I would love to have you stop by my blog or connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Bloglovin.

Have a great day!


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home To Your: Holiday Wreaths

It’s hard to believe that the holidays upon us. In just a few days, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. Once the turkey settles, thoughts will quickly switch over to Christmas. With less than a month between each holiday, I’ve already started planning a few of my holiday decorations. Last year I created this DIY Rainbow Wreath for my front door using an faux evergreen wreath and glass ornaments. I can’t wait to get this colorful gem back on my front door.

However, I have a few other entry doors and spaces around my home that are in need of a festive touch. Wreaths are a quick and easy way to add festive color and instant holiday cheer. With so many varieties available, you can find several options to match your current decor or have a little courage and try something completely new.

To lend a helping hand, I’ve gathered twelve of my favorite holidays wreaths. From modern to traditional, one of these is certain to beautifully adorn your door and welcome your friends and family into your home.

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Which wreath is your favorite? What other ways to you dress up your door for the season?

Happy Holidays!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm