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Whether you love watching old John Wayne movies on rainy days, or you’re all about the boho-chic vibes of the Southwest, chances are you’ll be drawn to the Wild West home decor that’s making a comeback. The rustic, old-country look of yesteryear is now surprisingly chic, so kick off your boots, take a seat, and get inspired.

Small Touches

Succulents, Southwest prints, and weathered wood – it’s the little odds and ends that make this style stand out. Plus, if you want to try out this look in your home, there’s no better way to experiment than adding in a few little treasures at a time. This is also a great way to integrate Western style without making it seem forced or overdone


Via Thoughts from Alice


I believe great textures are important to any home design, but they’re especially essential to the Western look. Brickwork, wood ceilings, cowhide, fur, those windows with an incredible view – these elements are all essential to the success of this look. Modern architecture and the large photo print keep this room tasteful and current.

Via Luxury Retreats

Look Outside

Western style is reflective of the natural world. Bring the outdoors inside with the colors, plants, and style surrounding your home. Make sure your home fits in as part of the environment and an extension of the outdoors with your decor.

Via Gal Meets Glam

Western Your Way

Still not convinced about Western style for your home? Get inspired by blended Western styles. Whatever your style is, there is a way to incorporate a bit of the Wild West.

Cozy Modern

A cozy cowhide rug in front of a whitewashed fireplace makes this look sophisticated with a Western flair.

Via Overstock

Western Glam

Who knew a steer skull and cheetah print could work so well together? Paired with neutrals, graphic prints, and a fluffy throw, this bedroom brings a bit of Western style in addition to its glamorous vibes.


Via Cuckoo4Design

Artsy & Colorful

If you think Wild West style only includes neutrals, think again! A bold buffalo print and colorful, eclectic pillows make a Western statement with an artsy touch.

Via A Cup of Joe

There are so many ways to integrate old West vibes into modern homes! Time to get back in the saddle and ride with this trendy yet timeless style.

Perhaps your landlord says you can’t paint over those boring beige walls, or you don’t want the hassle of having to repaint your room again when you change your mind about that “perfect” color. Thankfully, there are solutions to add interest to your walls without picking up a paint brush.

1. Textiles

If you’re craving a boho-chic vibe, add texture through textiles like tapestries and other woven wonders. A rope wall hanging added above the bed gives the perfect touch to this elegant and worldly room.

Via One Kings Lane

2.  Wallpaper

The fact that wallpaper is back in vogue makes me extremely happy. Just look at how this large-scale floral wallpaper completely transforms the room! The juxtaposition of industrial design and femininity is strikingly beautiful.

Via Murals Wallpaper

3. Washi Tape

Washi tape is amazing because it can be removed SO easily without damaging your walls. Plus, these days you can find washi tape in just about any color or pattern you could ever want.

I love this look of scattered washi tape pieces in bright colors. It reminds me of confetti, and the look doesn’t require strict measurements or complicated calculations.

Via IDA Interior Lifestyle

Anything with black and white stripes immediately catches my eye: so simple, sleek, and mod! This striped wall adds the perfect amount of pattern to a small bathroom. Can you believe these chic stripes are simply made with black washi tape?

Via Unusually Lovely

4. Gallery Walls

There’s no better way to add infinite interest to your walls than to fill them with gorgeous art. Stick to one color palette, but vary shapes and textures when choosing artworks.

Via Emily Henderson

5. Mirrors

Mirrors have the power to reflect the interest of one wall onto another. That means twice the decorating power with half the work, which is pretty amazing.

Although the tile on this wall is gorgeous as is, I love the way the mirror adds a dark accent from across the room.

Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

With a little creativity, you can transform the look of your room without a drop of paint. Make your home look unique with solutions that add interest to your walls in unexpected ways.

Hi everyone!  It’s Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home.  I’m a DC-based decorator who loves to keep things simple, relaxed, and natural. I recently decorated the 2015 BHG Innovation Home, and today I’m popping in to share a few of my favorite tips for giving your home a ‘natural’ edge with a few sneak peeks from my new book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating.

1. Incorporate natural, textural materials into your decorating. Natural materials, such as natural woven rug and roman shades, wood, and natural fabrics like linen, hemp and cotton make a room feel more ‘touchable’ and relaxed. They bring a natural warmth to a space.

2. Gather, Collect & Display.  Take walks whenever you can and pick up what’s around you and bring it inside to display. My kids love to hunt for natural objects, be it at the beach or a walk around the neighborhood. A simple acorn becomes a treasured object when displayed on the wall in vintage printers’ trays.

3.  Plants Add Life to a Space.  There’s something about a shot of living green in a home that makes it feel fresh and lively. Enliven a tranquil color palette with bright green fern or easy-to-care-for succulents.

4.  Cut Greens Make a Simple Statement.  Even when there aren’t any flowers in bloom or you’ve killed off your houseplants (like I tend to do every now and then!) cut greens from outdoors can bring a bit of nature and life into the house.   I like to display them in little vases throughout the house and especially love varieties that will take root and live for months.

5. Focus on the Views.  If you have a particularly beautiful view just outside, make a focal point out of the window or windows so that the focus of the room is on the great outdoors itself.  Window seats are a seriously cozy way to do this, along with having seating face the windows, or leaving them completely bare or very simply adorned for an unobstructed view.

*Photos by Helen Norman


I hope you enjoyed these simple tips from bringing a natural vibe into your home!  We’re giving away 5 copies of Habitat so to enter the contest,  tell us one way you like to incorporate nature into your own home in the comment below. You can enter again by following @BHG on Twitter and tweeting with #BHGHabitatSweepstakes. Official rules here.



You don’t need a big, beautiful library (like the one shown in the movie, Beauty & The Beast) as a reason to strut a ladder in your home decor. Check out these stylish decorating ideas to see how you can repurpose ladders in more ways than one.



1. Design Sponge shows us how to give any old wooden ladder a chic makeover.



























2. Functional and practical, this Ladder Laundry Rack by Little Lucy Lu is one for the books!



3. Nightstands are overrated anyway! For a more unconventional look, take a peek at Funky Junk Interiors’ unique Stepladder Side Table.



4. If sliding ladders are more your thing, check out The Markerista‘s custom built-in ladder tutorial. Simply Stunning!!



5. Lights, Camera, Action! Spruce up your ladder with lights (no paint necessary)! Alex’s Closet shows us how it’s done.



Happy ladder hunting!



xx Madison


Hi BHG readers!  My name is Lauren Liess and I’m the decorator for the 2015 BHG Innovation Home. My firm began the decorating plans this past Winter, and I’m so excited to walk you through our thought process as we get closer to the big reveal in October. Today, I’m sharing tips for how keep a color palette cohesive throughout an entire home.

1. Stick to a general palette and vary the accent colors to keep it interesting.

When I’m working on a palette for a house, I like to carry a general color scheme throughout and vary the accent colors in different proportions. For the Innovation Home, I started with a heavy dose of blue and added in green and yellow accents at different ratios throughout the house. Some rooms are more heavily accented in yellow, whereas other colors are more accented in green.

2. The walls don’t need to do all the color “work.”

It’s still possible to have a colorful space with neutral walls by bringing in color with the furnishings, curtains and other accents. For example in the Innovation Home living room, I used a blue sofa and blue patterned curtains which make the palette come across as very “blue” without actually painting the walls blue, but in other rooms, I used blue walls and different-colored furnishings to stay true to my palette.

3. Think of texture like a color in your palette.

For the natural, relaxed look I love, texture is key and is as important to a palette as any color would be.  Just as I made sure to include particular colors in the Innovation Home palette, I was also careful to include lots of natural woven textures–like seagrass, grasscloth, and water hyacinth–throughout.

4. Opt for earthy.

In a fresh color palette, I like to include enough “earthy” materials and colors so that the color palette doesn’t start to feel too cute or juvenile. Pieces of wood furniture, worn metals and natural all work to add depth and sophistication to a colorful palette.

5. Choose paint color last.

Select paint colors for a house last, after already choosing the furnishings and the fabrics. It’s much easier to find paint colors that work with fabrics than it is the other way around.

bhg lucite

I’m all about a little touch of glam in a home, and lucite can be the perfect way to accomplish this. And due to its naturally transparent qualities (wink, wink), it’s also perfect for small spaces where you don’t want a lot of visual clutter. But the key to adding this to your home without going overboard is little touches here and there – just enough to add a subtle hint of modern glamour.

This banquette above from BHG is one of my favorites. Overall the room is based in traditional design but it gets extra interesting with the contrast offered by modern touches. The Saarinen table with those funky lucite chairs is what makes this space so memorable.

By the way, have you ever wondered what the difference is between acrylic and lucite? As it would turn out, there’s no difference at all and it’s merely marketed under different names. (Plexi-Craft has a good FAQ on lucite, including care tips.)

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The twin lucite pendants in this kitchen above offer extra glamour with the addition of their brass accents to mirror the hardware on the cabinetry. The openness of the framework keeps it all feeling light and airy, which is perfect contrast to balance out the heaviness of the dark island and wood floors.

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Another way to get just a hint of lucite or to test out the look is with these chic curtain rods. And would you believe it? These were a DIY project by Grace at A Storied Style.

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Floating acrylic frames offer a hint of modernity and can bring attention to your artwork. Framed scarves, vintage maps, or even wallpaper cuttings can instantly pop when sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic. Find kits on Etsy or DIY it!

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I don’t see lucite legs in bathrooms much, and this vignette caught my eye instantly. I especially like the way this particular bathroom also feels beachy or more casual with the tongue-and-groove boards all the way around. But it’s definitely got a glamorous masculinity to it with all that shiny chrome and black too.

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One of the easiest ways to introduce lucite furniture is with a ghost chair. Readily available at a variety of price points, they’re fun and quirky little accents that can add a ton of personality into a space. And due to its origins in traditional design due to its shape, it can work in practically any interior. Got a super traditional space? Test one of these out – you might be surprised at the

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And in the go big or go home category, this entryway packs a powerful style punch in a small space. It screams personality and glamour with the nearly-invisible lucite console and funky accents (that lamp!). Definitely play around with pairing lucite with metallics – it’s a winner almost every time.

As for me, I’m personally stalking eBay and First Dibs for some lucite chairs I stumbled on in an antique shop a few months ago. With curved lucite legs and canary yellow velvet upholstery, I initially balked at the price tag for the pair. But once I went back to the shop, they were already gone. They were definitely the ones that got away!

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