Living Room

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.12

Happy Friday all! This week, since it’s finally starting to feel like the fall we all know and love, I decided to share some decoration inspiration to help prepare your home for the season ahead!

 

Fall means football (whether that makes you groan or cheer is totally up to you). For your next tailgate, revamp an old aluminum chair with this easy DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess to make a statement out of your seat! Team colors optional.

 

I love this painted geometric cube porch from Little Green Notebook. It brings just the right amount of style and flair to the most inviting part of your home!

 

 

Always wondered how to dry flowers and never knew quite how? Take a look at this tutorial from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and learn not only how to dry them the right way, but how to use them for decoration as well.

 

 

Nature and fall go hand in hand. DIY Enthusiasts pulled together a list of nature-inspired fall decorations, and I spotted this awesome idea while I was browsing. Such a simple and cute way to add some visual appeal to any empty space in the house!

 

 

Lastly, need inspiration for your tabletop this fall? Look at Aunt Peaches easy ways to spruce up your house with these “golden” tips and tricks.

 

 

Enjoy the week!

Erin


Rachel Shingleton

Get the Look: Yellow Sofas

A few weeks ago my husband Simon and I took a little weekend getaway to Dallas. We were perusing all the lovely things at Crate & Barrel when my eye fell on the most gorgeous canary yellow sofa. My mind started spinning in all the ways I would decorate with a fantastic yellow couch.  ”What are you doing?” Simon asked, wondering why I just continued to sit there.  “Just leave me for awhile. I’m in love,” I told him.  He laughed – he knows how I get on a design kick and can’t leave it alone. So I’m going to live vicariously today and talk about all the yellow sofas that I could love. And why you should love them too.

I absolutely adore the idea of unexpected colors on furniture. My assistant Nancy has the most fantastic vintage wingback chair upholstered in yellow velvet, and I’m halfway tempted to break into her house in the middle of the night to steal it. She is forbidden to get rid of it without discussing it with me. And every time I see that chair, it immediately reminds me of blog friend Will at Bright Bazaar, whose lovely yellow sofa graces the color of his new book.

source: Bright Bazaar

Yellow is a statement-making color but can work in almost any room – just plan on it being the focal point. And color is one of those things that can be used no matter what style of furniture you prefer. Want it modern? Traditional? Contemporary? Mid-century? The sky’s the limit – and sometimes an unexpected color on a traditional piece can create a completely new and modern spin on a room.

source: A Beautiful Mess

Whether you accent it with neutrals, primaries, or even fellow warm colors like orange or pink, yellow can run the gamut from soothing to exhilarating. Here are my top yellow sofa picks!


Rachel Shingleton

Top Picks for Stylish Bookshelves


Hi there! I’m Rachel Shingleton, and  I am the creative director and blogger at Pencil Shavings Studio. I am so excited to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG.  I love design in all its forms, and I’m especially crazy about color. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with the BHG community.

I’m a lifelong bookworm and I love nothing more than having my favorite reads around me. But it’s a slippery slope when keeping all those books organized and still be part of my decor.  Whether your home has built-ins or freestanding shelves, styling those bookshelves may take a little more time and thought than you might have expected.

Start with a clean slate of completely empty shelves. Prep a selection of books that you want to display.  I’m currently in love with collecting redesigned hardcover classic books from the Penguin Drop Caps series and other publishers who’ve hired some pretty fantastic graphic artists to create gorgeous covers. I’m always interested in colorful books on interior design, fashion, textiles, travel, and photography to add to my library, but consider the overall look you want to create. Do you want a eclectic multicolored collection or something more monochromatic?

Bookshelves look best when not completely overcrowded.  In fact, having a decent amount of unfilled or “blank” space will help your items to pop and look more intentional. Don’t be afraid of blank space. It will give your eye a place to rest so it doesn’t look cluttered or overwhelming. Experiment with arranging books both horizontally and vertically. But remember – group items together going from smallest to largest, especially when stacking them.

Definitely plan on spending some time arranging and rearranging until you get just the right look. And remember – those shelves aren’t just for books. Create more visual interest by sourcing fun decor items such as frames, candles, pottery, brass objets, vintage china, small clocks, lacquered boxes, bookends, statues, clocks, small plants, or magazine boxes. The sky’s the limit on what you can create!

Here’s some inspiration for your shelves, plus some of my favorite items to help you get the look.

I love the bold pops of chartreuse and citrus in these built-ins.  The pale grey paint is neutral but still enough contrast to make even white look stellar.

With a damask wallpapered backdrop, these bookshelves have a homey and eclectic aesthetic. Family photos share the space with favorite books and found objects.

Repetition is a great way to make a statement with your shelves. By stacking all the books and keeping the heights the same, everything feels planned and intentional.

  1. Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series
  2. Yellow Vase
  3. Happy Chic nesting boxes
  4. Dwell Studio Antelope sculpture
  5. Jonathan Adler Dachshund bookends
  6. Geo Terrarium
  7. Adeco Red Vase

 


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Decorating with Pink and Blue

TREND: Pink and blue move beyond the baby’s nursery.

When you hear of decorating with pink and blue, especially paired together, people tend to think of nurseries or kids’ rooms. The colors can easily look right at home in adult spaces too though! The trick is to keep either the pink or the blue bright and saturated, as opposed to using pastel “baby” colors. The living room above is a great example of this in action. The blue is soft and sweet, but that vivid pink (almost magenta) keeps things lively. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Blue Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler
  2. Pink Hydrangea Stems (Faux), Pottery Barn (or use fresh flowers, of course!)
  3. Paint: Tropical Breeze, Behr
  4. Louis XVI Hand-Carved Upholstered Chair, Restoration Hardware
  5. Campaign Coffee Table, Horchow
  6. Athena Bone Glazed Lamp, Lamps Plus
  7. Fruit Bowl and Plate with Biscuits, Cézanne print, Art.com
  8. Eton Sofa with Slipcover, Ballard Designs
  9. Eyelash Coral Pillow, Crate & Barrel
  10. Linden Lake Pillow, Linden Lake Pillow

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Patterned Pair

TREND: Patterned chair pairs.

The living room above starts with a fairly neutral base. Natural wood, a cream sofa and Moroccan rug, a mirror and a white lamp all look fine together, but they need a little oomph. Enter a pair of fun green chairs, and accent wall that subtly picks up on the color, and a few bright accessories, and you have a lot more interest in the room! You can get a similar look with a pair of any of the chairs below.

  1. Helmes Wing Chair in Matisse Ikat Moiré, Ballard Designs
  2. Stockholm Mosta Green Chair, IKEA
  3. Helmes Wing Chair in Damask Green EasyCare, Ballard Designs
  4. Thatcher Upholstered Wingback Chair, Pottery Barn
  5. Helmes Wing Chair in Trellis Kiwi Sunbrella, Ballard Designs
  6. Study Wheatgrass Wingback Chair, CB2

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home To Yours: Poufs!

Can we talk about poufs for a minute? I’m not sure if you have boarded the pouf-trend train yet, but I’m taking on the role of conductor and inviting you to hop on board. As I’ve mentioned here on Style Spotters, over the last year I’ve been creating an office / living room for myself. While the space is pretty large, it’s divided into two separate areas: the office and the living room.Because of the layout, the living room got the short end of the stick in terms of space. However, I’m making that area work as hard as possible.

 

First, I incorporated a small sectional for maximum seating and total television watching comfort. Given the size of the sectional, I don’t have a lot of space for side chairs without making things feel cramped. The solution? Poufs!

 

Adding two patterned poufs on the opposite side of my coffee table not only offers me extra seats, but also provides an element of fun. It’s like having a couple mini- bean bag chairs. Adults have an opportunity to be kids again, but in a super stylish and trendy way. You have to love that!

 

With more and more people on the hunt for the perfect pouf for their space, the varieties, styles, colors, and shapes available these days are endless. Today I want to share some of my favorite poufs in hopes that one or two will fit your space.

 

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Climb aboard the train and use the comments below to let us know which poufs are your favorites.
 
Happy Decorating!

Michael A. Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm