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The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home




You may know her from Restaurant: Impossible or her work revamping countless spaces for her Boston-based firm, but interior designer Taniya Nayak has a new gig: Ellen DeGeneres handpicked her to represent ED on Air, the comedian’s new whimsical home line for QVC. Writer Jolene Edgar interviewed Taniya for the November issue to find out about her fall obsessions–Ellen-related and otherwise:

“ED is Ellen’s nickname–it’s what Portia and her closest friends call her. These Chunky Becket Knit Throws are among my favorite things in the fall line. I love the textural design of the weave–it reminds me of my most beloved winter sweaters.”


“I always keep a travel candle like this one from Paddywax with me—the kind that comes in a tin with a lid—when I’m staying in a hotel, it really soothes me.”


“I like a heavy, precise liquid line on top, and Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner stays all day and doesn’t smudge. I pull it out a bit, extending the line just beyond my lashes, not a full cat eye.”

“The day cream and serum from Natura Bisse’s Cure line saved my skin. I’ve struggled with mild adult acne on the sides of my face–I think from the heavy TV makeup–but I started using these products, and suddenly, I feel like I can go out without any makeup on. I could never do that before. They evened my skin tone, and I don’t get blemishes anymore.”


Create a Lovable, Livable Home + A Book Giveaway

When BHG invited us to give away five copies of our brand spanking new book to you guys, we couldn’t say yes fast enough! You might know us from our DIY blog, Young House Love, where we chronicled seven years of our lives as we fixed up three homes here in Richmond, Virginia. We’re a pretty average family (two kids, one hilarious chihuahua, and too many crumbs and stray blocks to count) but we’re really passionate about making our house work as well as it can for our family, and trying our best to just trial and error our way to a home that we love.

Our site also spawned a book back in 2012 (called Young House Love), which amazed us all by hitting the New York Times Bestseller list! And now our second book, Lovable Livable Home, is officially out in the world and we’re ridiculously excited. Seriously, we might need a jazz hands intervention over here.

Lovable Livable Home is all about creating a home that’s meant to be lived in, not just looked at, and it’s chock full of projects, makeovers, and awesome homes with different styles, challenges, and budgets. Our aim was to show that there’s not one right way to make a room your own by sharing a ton of beautiful and functional spaces that showcase a variety of different living situations, like: having lots of young kids, lots of pets, older children, downsizing, moving a lot with the military, limited storage space, renting, or accommodating a family member in a wheelchair – just to name a few!

We also included some fun DIY projects and tutorials to help you add style, organization, and personality to your home as well as including a bunch of never-before-seen updates to our own home (with all of the how-we-did-it details). Like our dining room, which looked like this before we got to work…


… and now looks like this thanks to a bunch of pretty easy and affordable updates!


We also had a lot of fun transforming our living room, which looked like this when we moved in….


… and became this once we added a little bit of sweat and love (and a lot of paint). All of the shopping sources for these rooms are included in the book too, for anyone wondering where the furnishings or accessories might be from.

So that’s a little peek into what you’ll see in Lovable Livable Home. We’d love to see you on our book tour, which kicked off last night! We’re hitting up 12 cities and can’t wait to see everyone and have fun eating cookies, taking goofy photos, and signing ceramic animals (and books of course!).

Thanks for letting us chat your ear off about this book baby of ours, and good luck in the giveaway!


To enter for a chance to win a copy of Lovable Livable Home, comment below with which room in your house you’d like to makeover! You can also gain a second entry by following @BHG on Twitter and tweeting with #BHGYoungHouseLoveSweepstakes. Official rules here.

10 DIY Beauty Products You Can Count On

Treat yourself to a spa day without spending beaucoup bucks! These 10 easy-to-make beauty fixes prove you don’t have to go over budget to be kind to your skin



1. Exfoliate your skin with Rachel Cooks‘s Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub. It smells as good as it sounds and makes a wonderful hostess gift.



2. If you’re tired wasting money on manicures that last two days max, then look to Shrimp Salad Circus‘s DIY Gel Polish Tutorial, Tips & Tricks for nails with a longer life expectancy.



3. I swear it’s not frosting! The ice cream scoop may be deceiving, but the ingredients are not. With 4 ingredients you can have Savvy Naturalista‘s DIY Cream Soap in a matter of minutes.



4. Turn your extra fresh herbs into a delicious-smelling toner like this DIY Basil Toner from Pink Little Notebook.



5. Take your favorite soap wherever you go with Shrimp Salad Circus‘ Tiny Travel Soap Gems.



6. Hydrate dry skin with Whoorl‘s Honey Mask.



7. Next time you draw a bath, use Rosemary Lavender Bath Salt by Living Locurto for some sweet-scented bliss.



8. Instead of paying three dollars for a small tube of chapstick, make your own! Look to Practically Functional‘s Homemade Chapstick for a more affordable option.



9. Consider Julie Blanner‘s Homemade Rose Milk Bath Recipe for a last-minute gift idea.



10. Thank you Thirty Handmade Days for sharing this darling DIY Dry Shampoo recipe with us!




xx Madison



Hi BHG readers!  My name is Lauren Liess and I’m a decorator from Northern Virginia with a blog called Pure Style HomeI couldn’t have been more thrilled when the BHG team called and asked me if I’d like to decorate the 2015 BHG Innovation Home!  (The big reveal will be shared in this October’s issue of the magazine.)  My firm began the decorating plans this past Winter and I’m so excited to walk you through our thought process, step-by-step, as we get closer to the big reveal in October!


When I began the decorating plans for the BHG Innovation Home, I decided to start with an overall palette for the house that could be carried throughout.  Developing a general palette for a home aids in creating flow and consistency so that walking from one room to the next makes sense and feels authentic.  To keep things interesting, I like to vary up accent colors, rather than shocking visitors with a new palette in every room.


We know that BHG readers love color, and I, myself, am nature-obsessed, so I was hoping to relate the color palette of the home to the breathtaking Wisconsin land just outside its door- the big wide open blue skies and fields of green and gold.  A favorite chintz pillow of mine had just the right combination of colors- blues, greens, gold/mustard and earth tones – so I used it as a launching point for the palette and then added in some purer blues and fresh accents to cheer it up a little.

{My starting point chintz for the color palette…  The fabric isn’t actually used anywhere in the house.}


Texture also played a key role in establishing our palette as I wanted to make sure that there was a sense of nature woven throughout the home.  We included a mix of natural textures and materials- woven grasses, textural wallcoverings, nubby linens, and various wood tones that are both warm and coo- and these earthier elements help ground the color scheme, giving it depth and keeping it from feeling too “sweet.”


Once I’d established a palette, we moved onto determining the style and vibe of the house, which I’ll share next time.  I hope you enjoyed this peek into the design process!


{A look at some of the color, textiles & textures we’re incorporating throughout the home}





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.


Friday Finds 1.9

Hello Style Spotters! Vacation is over, but I’m excited to be back sharing the best of the Internet with you all again! I hope the holiday craziness was all worth it–family, friends, fun–all that good stuff. I’m still wrapped up in the glitter and glam of the new year, so today’s post is my last homage to all things sparkly and girly for 2014.


I love, love, love this wallpaper tutorial I found on Dream Green DIY. Not only is the gold pattern everything I’ve ever wanted on my walls, wallpapering so much easier than you’d think.



If you got some wine glasses over the holidays that you want to spice up a little bit, try this speckled glass DIY I stumbled across on I Spy DIY. Pick some of your favorite colors for a set that screams stylish.



Vintage lace looks to be all the rage this year (I never understood who decides what’s “in” at any particular time–sounds stressful). Get a head start on the trend with this lace doily table runner from The Sweet Escape for decorations that are guaranteed to impress.



I always seem to accumulate a ton of candles this time of year. Make some awesome marbled votive cups with this tutorial from Lovely Indeed to add even more brightness to your home this winter.



And lastly, if you’re looking to find that finishing touch to a new outfit, take a peek at this cute DIY bow belt I spotted on Momtastic DIY. Make one or five or ten–just in case. Options are always nice.



And there you have it. Until next week!


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