home improvement

Jill Waage

Big News: We’re Building an Innovation Home!

Bet you can’t recall what you were doing on January 10, 2014. But I do. Editor-in Chief Gayle Butler and I were peering out the back windows of an SUV looking at snow-covered lots in Mequon, Wisconsin, with builders from Lakeside Development Company.  She and I excitedly chatted about the possibilities: Does this neighborhood look like us? How would a Better Homes and Gardens house look on this lot?

 

 

Yep, for the past 15 months we’ve kept a little secret. The Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Innovation Home has been underway! Home building and design is in an unprecedented time of innovation and connected technology, meaning there is more for consumers to suss out. We wanted to build a new-era idea house, one that focuses on products and features that will make a real difference in your life. Whether you’re building a home, or improving the one you already love, you’ll learn about home automation and controls, innovative appliances, smart TVs, efficiencies galore, and low-maintenance materials inside and out.

As you’d expect, our home is beautifully designed and the decorating will help visualize how innovations blend seamlessly into your look and lifestyle. Sorry to tease, but we’ll reveal the interior designer’s name a little later. Tiny hint: You already know and love her work from our pages and Pins.

Snowy lot searches? Done. Sponsors secured? Check! An autumn full of framing? Delightful. A winter so cold the GoPro froze? Well, it is Wisconsin, after all. But now the house is a flurry of spring activity. Cabinetry is in the works and painting isn’t far behind. Look for updates here on the Style Spotters blog and follow our progress on Facebook . It all leads up to our big story in the Better Homes and Gardens October 2015 issue and the online reveal in September. But for now, here’s a sneak peek video … well, at least the part up until the camera actually did freeze:

Innovation House: Time Lapse
Innovation House: Time Lapse
Innovation House: Time Lapse

 


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.16

Hello again! I hope the week has treated you all well–I know I’m ready for a nice, long relaxing weekend. Whether you’re going to spend it inside curled up on the couch or out and about, enjoy it! This week I came across a few amazing home photos that I wanted to share. Get ready for some major home envy.

 

Take a look at this living room makeover from Jones Design Company. I love the neutral color palette with the small splashes of color!

 

 

 

I love being outside, and this lovely fireplace I found on Cocoon Home brings together the best of both worlds. This house brings the outdoors in with these amazing paneled windows.

 

 

I am absolutely in love with this red leather couch. This living room from The Inspired Room is everything I’ve ever wanted in my home–dog included.

 

 

If you’re more interested in dark and mysterious, check out this boys’ room decor from The Hunted Interior. The window brings in enough natural light to brighten up the room, but the dark paint keeps it closed and cozy.

 

 

And I saved my favorite for last. I adore this nursery room on Live The Fancy Life. I think I might need to go find myself one of those whales.

 

 

Take care, friends! See you next week.

Erin


BHG Guest Blogger

Before & After: Vintage Modern Rustic Kitchen

Hi, y’all! My name is Jenna and I write the home decor, DIY, and craft blog, Rain on a Tin Roof. Besides loving all things home related, I also have an infinite love for good country music and 80′s rock. If I’m not attempting to keep the kid from doing acrobatic moves off the dining room table, I can usually be found painting something either navy, red, or kelly green. My style is mostly a combination of vintage, modern, and rustic elements, with a touch of fun thrown in here and there.

I recently had the honor of having my kitchen featured in Better Homes & Gardens I Did It section – a real life dream come true. Today, I thought I would share some details of the kitchen renovation.

In 2011, my husband and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher, that also happened to be a foreclosure, but was in our perfect neighborhood. We had to tour it with flashlights – the electricity wasn’t turned on and neither was the water. My mother-in-law cried when she saw it and really I can’t blame her. She was quite certain that us selling our brand new construction house to move into a not-so-sure-what-works brick rancher was the worst decision we could make. Luckily, as it turned out, there wasn’t much wrong with the rancher – it just needed some cosmetic updates.

At the top of the to-do list was the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation via RainonaTinRoof.com

Kitchen Renovation {rainonatinroof.com}

The first major thing we did in the kitchen was open up the walls between the kitchen and living room and kitchen and dining room. This created one large open main living area. We did call in pros for this one. One of the walls was load bearing, so we didn’t want to risk damaging the structure of our house.

Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

The kitchen cabinets were in good condition – they just didn’t look good. Instead of replacing them, I painted them white and replaced the hardware.

I wanted to go for marble on the countertops, but I knew I wouldn’t be committed enough to the upkeep they would require. Instead, we went with a white Silestone that has some gray in it to mimic marble.

For the backsplash, we went a classic white subway tile that wouldn’t easily date.

By knocking down the walls, it made room for an island, which is my favorite thing in the space.Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

We built the island ourselves from salvaged porch columns and barn wood from my great grandfather’s barn. The bar stools add a fun pop of color to the space.

Another favorite, but small feature I love about the kitchen is our vintage locker basket shelving.

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We simply mounted the baskets to the wall and they have held up great – perfect for your favorite cookbooks.

The total cost of the renovation cost right around $3000. This included the walls, countertops – everything. We completed most of it over the course of two months, but it was fully done within six months.

You can see more of the kitchen renovation here or tour our entire renovated rancher here.

Thanks so much to BHG for the magazine feature and having me over today! I would love to have you stop by my blog sometime to say hello or connect with me on Facebook, InstagramPinterest or Twitter.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 11.7

Hello all! I hope November has introduced itself kindly this year–I know here at least that winter chill turned on like a switch. I love the cold though, so I’m not going to complain–unless it doesn’t snow soon. Then I’ll complain. I’m feeling particularly earthy today, so I thought I’d share some recycled wood projects for the crafts-people out there. Good luck!

 

First of all, project aside, this puppy is absolutely adorable. Build this fun modern pet bed for your pooch with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I love the bright colors and bold pattern, but you can make it blend with your decor just as easily!

 

 

Looking for a fresh spin in your living room? Try this recycled barn door coffee table from Cleverly Inspired. Bring a bit of rustic flair inside your home and get a fun hand-crafted piece all in one!

 

 

For a more subtle wooden touch, try these pallet wood wall pieces from Craftberry Bush. I like the subtle, washed-out look and the relaxing, brown tones showing through underneath–perfect for adding some calm to your room.

 

 

These wooden crate stairs from Funky Junk Interiors are so unique and fun! I absolutely love this idea. Hit a couple antique shops or thrift stores and see if you can find some fun crates to incorporate into your new stairwell!

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking for that missing piece of flair in your bedroom, take a look at this modern headboard design from Fresh American Style. While the completely white look soothes, funky mix-matched colors would add some oomf to your space!

 

 

And there you have it. Until next time, Style Spotters! Happy crafting–the trees thank you!

 

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.24

Good morning and happy Friday, Style Spotters! I hope the past week was filled with all of the wonderful happenings of fall: hot cider, apple pie, crunchy leaves, Halloween costumes, and because I’m feeling bold today, I’ll say it–I can’t wait to see some snow! In the meantime, I’m so excited to be back sharing some fantastic tutorials, amazing inspiration and all-around gorgeous stuff with you all today!

 

I love the look and fabric of this DIY Bedside Bench from A Beautiful Mess. While I’m all about southwest-inspired prints, it would be so easy to add colors and patterns that match existing decor in your bedroom, mud room or living room.

 

 

If you’re still looking for that final fall decoration, you can’t really go wrong with pumpkins and glitter. Try this Floral and Glitter Pumpkin Tutorial from Homey Oh My! to add a little jazz to your table this week.

 

 

For special occasions, try this fresh spin on flowers from Paper & Stitch. Their DIY Fabric Bouquet will make the perfect hostess gift for any of your friends, and add a little bit of brightness to any room in the house.

 

 

I think this DIY Envelope Liner tutorial on The Crafted Life is brilliant–what a fun way to add an even more personal touch to handwritten notes or cards for your friends and family.

 

 

And because we all need something to lust over for the week, look at this amazing kitchen on Decor8. I can’t get enough of that rustic-but-modern look–I see a spot for my southwestern bench in this kitchen!

 

 

Until next week, everyone!

 

Erin

 

More from BHG.com:

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.10

Aaaand…we’re back. Hope the week has been nothing short of fabulous for you all. I’ve just checked in for my flight (Utah, here I come!) and I’m ready to go off the radar for a couple days! This time of year has a way of catching up to you, but it’s all about enjoying the moments you’ve got. This week, I wanted to share fun little things you can do in a weekend or 10 minutes–just things that will, hopefully, put a smile on your face.

 

I love the simplicity of these painted rocks from Handmade Charlotte. Perfect as table centerpieces, bookshelf knick-knacks or porch step decorations, painted rocks are a cute, easy way to craft with the whole family.

 

 

This gilded bowl tutorial on Julip are the perfect way to add some nature to your home. Even better, they’re the perfect go-to gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties.

 

 

Need party decoration ideas? Check out these adorable donut stools from Studio DIY. I love the bright, playful spin these put on otherwise overlooked seats–doesn’t get much cuter than that.

 

 

I’ve been super into gallery walls lately. Find some inspiration with these DIY art ideas from Poppytalk. I can’t get enough of the colors, the random feel, and the unique pieces used for this wall! I think I’m in love with that pineapple.

 

 

And for a more permanent fixture, take a look at this DIY retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals. I’m definitely excited to paint one of these bad boys someday. LOVE IT.

 

 

And there you have it. Enjoy your week, Style Spotters! Enjoy the little moments.

 

Erin