BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home


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.



TREND: Natural Wood

I will be the first to admit that I love painted wood. When it comes to wood, whether it’s furniture, moldings, accessories, or what have you, I typically prefer it painted. If you had the chance to visit my house, you’d see that all of my molding is a crisp white. You’d also notice that a lot of my furnishings are vintage and painted. I really can’t explain why I’m drawn to these types of pieces.

Lately, however, I have been inspired by natural wood. I especially like it when it’s a little roughed up and vintage looking. It’s as if the wood grain tells a story. Whether it’s a lamp with natural wood legs or something as simple as a cutting board, I’m attracted to the uniqueness of the piece. Like a fingerprint, the wood grain of each is different. I love this because even if the style or craftsmanship is the same, every piece is unique.

This week, I was inspired by this eclectic nook in this fabulous living room. Beyond all of the wonderful and personal accessories in this room, I was immediately attracted to the natural wood doors on the built-in cabinets. They add such character, warmth and life to the this little corner of the room. There’s no doubt that these doors have a rich history. Pulling inspiration from these, I compiled a collection of some of my favorite natural wood pieces to help you add warmth, character, and history to your space.

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I’m pushing myself to incorporate more natural woods into my home, Through this process, I’m learning that a mix of painted and natural wood creates a really beautiful and collected look. What are you thoughts on natural wood accents?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

I’m so excited for fall, and the cooler air means lots of outside time, and it’s always nice to get a fresh start.  The new TV season will be starting soon, too, and Chip and I are interested in checking out the new Revolution show, a post-apocalyptic story that sort of brings to mind Hunger Games with the skilled archer heroine.  With that around the corner, and the recent release of The Hunger Games to watch, here is a nursery inspired by the outdoors, archery, and courage:

hunger games baby room ideas

(1) Wooden Pendants; (2) Mountain Landscape; (3) Handmade Arrows; (4) Arrowhead Collection; (5) Mockingbird; (6) Berries Botanical Chart; (7) Arizona Landscape; (8) Home Is . . . Print; (9) Be Brave Print; (10) Triangles Pillow; (11) Natural Sparrow Crib; (12) Triangles Print; (13) Triangles Pillow; (14) Vintage Tree Print; (15) Mid-Century Dresser; (16) Gold Lamp; (17) Agate Bookends; (18) Beetle Chart; (19) Souk Rug; (20) Meloni Chair

Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay

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