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Hi there!  I’m Becky and I blog over at This Is Happiness where I share my journey to create a stylish home and beautiful life with my wonderful husband and two amazing children.  My passion is DIY and design, but I also love entertaining, food and fashion all of which you will find me sharing on my blog.  I was recently given the honor of having my free Craigslist piano makeover featured in Better Homes and Gardens “I Did It” section for December, which was such a dream come true.  With the holiday season upon us, today I’m excited to be with you all as a guest blogger and share how I decorate for the holidays in my neutral palette home.

 

My decorating style is classic, casual and simple.  I love mixing whites, off whites and oatmeals for my base colors including my walls, fireplace stone, sofa, etc.  Then I like to add texture, patterns or sometimes a punch of color with accents and accessories.  Not committing to a particular color in a space gives me flexibility to easily change things up if I tire of them, or for different occasions including the holidays.

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For my holiday décor this year I choose to keep it simple and neutral adding a little Christmas flavor with red in small doses.  If you don’t want to use color, introducing pattern and texture will also make a neutral room stand out.  You can accomplish this by using baskets, throws and pillows to help provide warmth and coziness in a space, all of which I included in my holiday décor this year.

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I think any space, including a neutral one, needs greenery.  So, in addition to my main Christmas tree, I also love using other greenery to decorate with including my boxwood wreaths, topiaries and smaller lighted trees. Heading outdoors is my other source for holiday decor. Pinecones and pine branches are perfect natural elements that I like to add to my home this time of the year.   Fresh flowers, like paperwhites, almost always make an appearance in my home around the holidays.

This year I used clippings from our holly bushes to tie around my napkins as seen in the picture above. And I created a green garland for our buffet below with clippings from our cedar trees.

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And finally, here is my piano all dressed up for the holidays!
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So have you started your holiday decorating yet?  I hope you found some inspiration here today.  You can see more of my holiday décor here.  Thanks so much BHG for the “I Did It” feature and the opportunity to be with you all today!

I would love to have you stop by my blog or connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Bloglovin.

Have a great day!


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


I spend a lot of time looking at blogs. Working in social media, a large portion of my days at BHG are made up of checking out what clever projects bloggers are  sharing—and my reading typically doesn’t stop when I go home. I find a lot of really cool things hopping from site to site, which is why I’m excited to share our new Friday Finds series with you! Each week I’ll be showing you some of my favorite new content that I’ve found from our BHG Insiders, a group of bloggers that we connect with for projects. Here are some of my recent discoveries:

 

I’m all for office supplies that show off your personality. These DIY washi tape notebooks and pencils from Lia Griffith are an easy and budget-friendly way to add color to your essentials. 

 

 

The bold colors and exciting patterns in this pink and navy bed nook from Remodelaholic made this bedroom an instant favorite of mine. It’s not even finished yet and it already looks amazing!

 

 

Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note, especially if it’s this cute! Plus, these printable thank you cards from Lovely Indeed even have a template for a DIY envelope.

 

 

This beachy space looks like the perfect summer relaxation spot. Planked walls are one of my favorite decorating trends, and this pool house makeover from Four Generations One Roof certainly wears it well!

 

 

Simple DIY with a small price tag? Count me in! These DIY Faux Rattan Beverage Coozies from Uncommon Designs are a simple and inexpensive way to dress up any get-together.

 

 

Bloggers, would you like to work with us and have a chance to be featured in our upcoming Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here!

- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant


We’re excited to announce a new post series on Style Spotters that highlights a few of our favorite blogger projects. Every month we’ll share a round-up of ideas we love, focused on a specific topic. Sounds fun right? First up: DIY Valentine’s Day crafts from a few of our friends from Alt Summit!

 

1) We loved Ashley of Sugar & Cloth’s fun Cute as a Button post about wrapping Valentine’s Day gifts!

 

Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth

 

2) Haeley from Design Improvised reused yarn pom-poms from her Christmas tree to make this festive Valentine Wreath.  What a cute way to recycle crafts! 

 

Photo Credit: Design Improvised

 

3) What a sweet gift! Erin of House of Earnest created this adorable Bee Mine Valentine.

 

Photo Credit: House of Earnest

 

4) Amber of Damask Love showed readers how to create this adorable DIY Paper Ribbon Banner.

Photo Credit: Damask Love

 

5) Jenny from Hank & Hunt went outside of the typical Valentine’s Day color scheme to create this Floating Heart Backdrop.

 

Photo Credit: Hank & Hunt

6) Kelly of Studio DIY gave us great ideas for packaging small Valentine’s Day gifts with her Glitter Heart Bags.

Photo Credit: Studio DIY

7) We think these DIY Painted Cork Coasters from Sarah at Sarah Hearts are perfect for a Valentine’s Day soiree!

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

8) And we’ll be definitely be making these cute Heart Clips from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue!

Photo Credit: Fabric Paper Glue

 

What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? We love to share something handmade and from the heart with our friends and family. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.

 

Happy crafting!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


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