BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

Style Spotters

As we head into fall I can’t help but be charmed with accessories that have a cozy and relaxed nature. Accessories such as pillows add a layered look that makes any space feel stylish and chic. Right now I am smitten with kilim pillows, the organic, woven textile that has been around for centuries is making its way into home design, in a big way. Its earthy & bold appearance lends an authenticity that can’t be found anywhere else. Here are a few more reasons to love this trend….

Vintage Turkish Kilim Pillow with Insert-Charcoal by TylerKingstonWoodCo on Etsy

Pairing patterns and color combinations is part of the appeal when using kilim weaves. The texture makes it feel cohesive and unified so you can enjoy pattern & palette play.

THoughts from Alice-Boho Bedroom-Kilim PIllows


Mix and matching other textures with comfy neutrals complements this material & sets a Bohemian mood.


Smitten Studio-DIY Bench With Kilim Pillows


Kilim pillows give a casual vibe that can work within any rustic style and is flexible when adjusting accessories for each season.

Vintage Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover Lumbar Pillow by LoomAndField


Thoughts From Alice-Kilim Pillows and Chic Boho Look in Family Room


This look can be attractive to men and women, which can make designing a space more easygoing. When a style is flexible and appealing, decorating becomes enjoyable and a home becomes more layered.

The White Buffalo Styling Co-Cozy Mudroom -- i like the combo of the persian rug, the plaid bench, and the kilim pillows


Like I mentioned, this look can go earthy or bold when it comes to hues. There is also flexibility to mix all color concepts, that is part of the boho charm.

Gunn & Swain-Kilim Pillows


Using this textile gives a nice contrast with whites and creams and provides a stylish arrangement of pattern against a neutral backdrop. Add in warm wood tones with vintage finds, and you have a relaxed look that is refined and rustic at the same time.

Kilim pillows - cushions and a striped rug in the sitting room of a laid-back, boho cool Californian home. Amber Interiors.


My personal favorite about this trend is the ability to make a small commitment with it; I love the idea of just switching out pillows to make your home stylish and chic.

Happy decorating!

Jen-City Farmhouse

cement tile-get the farmhouse look-BHG style spotters

Cement tile is all the rage right now and is the newest trend in flooring. What you may not know is how versatile it is when it comes to home design. It’s the chameleon of flooring and has Instagram & Pinterest a buzz with stunning images, one prettier than the next. Its bold patterns and classic color tones make it the perfect complement to any farmhouse aesthetic. I am pretty sold on the look and the thing I love about this trend is 2 fold, it is timeless and vintage inspired since its been around for centuries and less can be more, which means that you don’t need to redo every space to get this look in your own home.

Here are 6 great ways to get the farmhouse look in your home using cement tile….

Tackle the bathroom. Big or small, this durable and unique material will make any space pop. Add crisp white subway tile, warm wood tones and you have a match made in farmhouse heaven.

Amelia Jones Cool Modern Farmhouse Pattern Cement Tile Flooring


Black & white cement tile is a classic choice and can serve as a neutral when used with farmhouse details such as planked walls, marble and rustic elements.

Modern Rustic Bathroom By Studio McGee. Love the Pattered Moraccan Inspired Cement Tile Flooring


Soft grays are another popular hue when it comes to this flooring option and works seamlessly with crisp whites and warm metals.

Bathroom Makeover Using Farmhouse Details and Cement Tile Flooring-Wife in Progress


Modern Farmhouse Bathroom With Bold Pattern Cement Tile Floring-Style at Home


Your mudroom or front door hallway will be the talk of the neighborhood with this playful flooring selection. A small area like this will give you the best bang for your buck and add tons of interest.

Caitlyn Wilson Mudroom


Want an even smaller project to tackle, how about your fireplace. Whether it is the apron or the surround this is a fantastic choice. Cement tile will enhance this area and create an even stronger focal point. When combined with a simple, rustic wood mantle it exudes a farmhouse look.

Cement Tile Fireplace Apron


Centsational Girl Cement Tile Fireplace Makeover


Another small space to tackle is the laundry room. The bold geometric pattern with the classic navy and warm metals make this a place anyone would want to retreat and even fold laundry.

Laundry Room-Decor Pad With Bold Contrast & Balck & White Cement Tile Flooring


Think kitchen, whether the backsplash or flooring ,this artistic material will make for a timeless choice. It breaks up the multitude of cabinetry and solid surfaces & gives the space some spice. Again, black & white seem to work well with a rustic, modern aesthetic and has a universal design appeal.

Cement Tile Kitchen Backsplash-BHG


Nesting with Grace-Cement Tile Kitchen Flooring


Have a fantastic week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Boho Picnic-Simple Styling Ideas

The idea of a casual and stylish outdoor party is something I am loving lately. My backyard is small so when I come across an idea for hosting that is playful, relaxed and pretty, that can be created and styled on fly with a vintage vibe I am all about it. Let me introduce you to the boho picnic, perfect for adding a layer of whimsy and more space to entertain to your next al fresco party. The great thing about this laid back concept is that you can also take it into the fall.

If you would like to try to create this fun & informal look in your own space there are some simple ideas to guide you. First start with your base, layer rugs to make it feel like an outdoor room. You can use a variety of different rugs (indoor & out) and patterns, just stay within a style and color concept for visual fluidity.

Boho Picnic-Backyard Dinner Party By 100 Layer Cake


Boho Picnic-Holiday Feast By The Lake-Mel Denisse


Next up your tables, the only requirement is that they should be low-lying. Feel free to have fun with this part, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use your imagination. You can use an assortment of coffee tables, make your own farmhouse table, use palettes or even use kids tables to craft a place to dine.

Boho Picnic-Birthday Bash By Catch My Party


With your rustic dining area you will need comfy seating. Large floor pillows & poufs make ideal companions to the low table. Again, have fun with this and mix and match, that is part of the bohemian flair. You can always borrow from friends, just be sure the covers can be washed or wiped off in case anything is spilled.

Boho Picnic-Winnie Au for Eye Swoon


Boho Picnic-Movie Night With Camille Styles


Boho Picnic-Summer Dinner Party-Style Me Pretty


To create ambiance everyone will love be sure to include an assortment of lighting options. Lanterns, votives and string lights are ideal choices for this laid back outdoor space. It is easy to build poles to hang the lights from if you do not have any tall, vertical structures. Hanging lanterns gives another layer and sets a nice evening mood.

Boho Picnic-Anthropologie


Keep the food and drink selections simple. Finger foods and small bites are ideal for this sort of event. Give 3 drink choices such as water, wine and a cocktail. By making this component uncomplicated it will seem effortless to you as well as your guests.

Boho Picnic-100 Layer Cake


Plants and flowers are really the finishing touch every room needs, even in an outdoor space. Use what you have, bring some indoor plants outside for the day/evening and add some store-bought flowers. You can combine these budget friendly flowers with some herbs, like sage and mint give a rustic, farm to table look.

Boho Picnic-Style Me Pretty


Boho Picnic-Style Me Pretty Backyard Dinner Party


Boho Picnic-One Kings Lane-Winnie Au for Eye Swoon


Thank you for stopping by, happy entertaining!

Jen-City Farmhouse

The Modern Farmhouse-12 Style Trends

Ahh, the modern farmhouse, we can’t seem to get enough of it lately. From its sleek lines to its clean & cozy aesthetic, there is something in this easy living style for everyone. The idea that has captivated me the most about this style is the endless ways you can interpret it and make it your own. Starting my blog 4 years ago I was enamored with this design philosophy and began to chronicle my own modern country home journey, hence came the name City Farmhouse. As I focused on decorating our new farmhouse I realized that by combining the 2 contrasting styles it gave my home an authentic feel it was needing. This style has recently come to the forefront of design and shown to be a creative and innovative leader in purposeful living. Although there are vast ways to translate this tend, here are 12 style do’s when it comes to crafting a home with modern farmhouse flair…

Do use white and mix materials. White is a hot color when it comes to farmhouse living, on the exterior as well as on the interior. When this classic and crisp color is paired with industrial and non-conventional materials it becomes a perfect match.

BHG Modern Farmhouse - Copy


Who doesn’t love and want planked walls over every verticle surface in their home? OK, maybe not every wall but there is no doubt this vintage look has quickly become a favorite thanks to Joanna & Chip Gaines. Joined with the modern material of the stair rails these walls become a focal point that screams style.

Clayton & Little Architecture - Copy


Black has become the newest accent every modern farmhouse needs these days. When mixed with warm woods, white and texture it become a beautifully executed neutral palette.

Clemens Architecture-Modern Farmhouse Sunroom - Copy


We have seen the sliding, rustic barn door have its moment(s) and now the torch is being passed. We are seeing a modern twist on this farmhouse favorite to a sleeker, more contemporary sliding door.

h2 design and build-Modern Farmhouse - Copy


Part of the charm and authenticity about this style is the ability to mix and match different styles under the umbrella of “modern farmhouse”. Keeping continuity with a repeated color palette helps to make this look feel cohesive.

Studio McGee-Modern Farmhouse Dining Room - Copy


Black trim & frames, yes! Am I the only one wanting to repaint my doors and frames black? Wow, what a look when paired with white and warm woods. It adds a bit of panache to the traditional farmhouse look that is utterly swoon worthy.

H2 Design and Build-Modern Farmhouse Dining Room - Copy


Add modern elements like lighting and bold geometric patterns into the mix. Oh and while you are at it, maybe a little gray. The contrast between the details, especially within a neutral space can have a big visual impact.

Jaime Rose-Modern Farmhouse Bathroom - Copy


Reclaimed & warm wood tones will always be a player when it comes to modern farmhouse living. When paired with more contemporary components like glass and marble it is a stunning stand out.

Old Seagrove Homes- Modern Farmhouse - Copy


Less can be more with this style. Clean lines with a minimalist approach can take a space in a whole other direction. By layering in texture and warmer tones to the crisp, mod look this new style emerges.

Studio McGee-Simple & Clean Modern Farmhouse Hallway - Copy


Subway tile with dark grout has become the newest craze to hit farmhouse style. Not only is it easy to maintain but gives this vintage material a graphic look by highlighting the repeating pattern.

Jenny Wolf Interiors-Modern Farmhouse - Copy


If you are looking to make some modern updates to your rustic space hopefully this gave you some ideas. Thanks for stopping by,


Summer House-10 easy ways to get the look

Have you ever dreamed of having a summer house? A retreat, an oasis away from home, a place to kick back, find some peace & quiet and enjoy the splendors of summer? Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?! I think most of us have fantasized about this idea at one time or another but then reality sets in. What if I told you it is easier and way more affordable than you think. Look no further than your own home. You can make simple changes that gives the fresh perspective it deserves during these warmer months. Here are 10 easy ways to get the “summer house” look for less….

1. Getting creative with your walls can add a playful touch that inspires a cool & relaxed vibe in your home. Art can be expensive but luckily for us there are plenty of DIY wall ideas online. This botanical print below is actually a pressed palm I adhered to oak tag, without the frame it cost me under $2.

Summer Decorating Ideas-City Farmhouse {change the art}


2. Using neutrals & whites in our home can give a bright & clean aesthetic that is reminiscent of summer. By simply changing out a few linens and adding some crisp touches you can alter the look of any space. Pair neutrals & whites with warm wood tones & woven materials and you have a match made in farmhouse heaven.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Nesting With Grace


3. There is nothing better than bringing in the green in the summer months. Fresh flowers and house plants makes any home feel alive and happy. I have a few tropicals I bring outside in the warmer months and some I leave inside year round. Whether inside or out, plants & fresh flowers add that finishing touch.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Maison de Pax {add plant life}


4. Often using summer necessities as accessories can make a home feel effortlessly styled. Hanging hats, blankets, bags and jackets by a doorway is not only purposeful but gives an authentic layer that every summer house needs.

Summer Decorating Ideas-A Burst of Beautiful


5. One of the easiest & most functional ways to add a little summer to your space is by using fruits and vegetables to decorate. Displaying fresh farm stand picks instantly brings that simple farm to table philosophy into your home. Not only are they so pretty to look at but it makes them accessible as well.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Anderson + Grant


6. Summer decorating should feel relaxed and stress free. Using glass bottles, jars & containers that you already have is an easy way to display fresh flowers and greenery. You can add beads or even macram√© to finish off the look. Tip-even if you don’t own any large ones, you can put together a collection of smaller ones that maybe you recycled.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Zevy Joy


7. Nothing says summer like classic checks, plaids and gingham. By adding a few simple accessories you can transform your table, sofa or bed. This is the time of year you will find a good selection of these printed linens, don’t be afraid to use these for different purposes. Tip-large napkins make perfect throw pillow covers.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Cherished Bliss {use plaids + stripes}


8. While we are on the topic, lets talk pillows. This is a fun & affordable way to change the look of your space. You can buy pillows covers for as little as $5 at stores like H & M or you can make them yourself. Tablecloths are also another cheap & original way to make your own pillows, IKEA & Home Goods are great resources.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Heathered Nest


9. If you were to close your eyes and dream of that summer house I bet there would be a hammock involved. Laying in a hammock on a hot summer day, with a cold drink & good book in hand is the quintessential summer vacation vision. I have some good news, they are not just for the backyard anymore:).

Summer Decorating Ideas-Jenna Sue {add a hammock}


10. Layering in blues to your space is a great way to bring a coastal connection to your home. You can add this classic color with art, pillows, tableware, throws and simple accessories.

Summer Decorating Ideas-Life On Virginia Street


Even if you use just a few ideas I bet it will make your summer season a little brighter. Have a happy day!

Jen-City Farmhouse

Stylish Sheds-8 Incredible Backyard Ideas

This season it seems like the hottest backyard accessory is the shed. Once seemingly basic in structure, it has gotten a face lift and has completely transformed the way we think of an outdoor retreat. By simply recreating a new purpose & vision for these tiny spaces they can become a stylish backyard getaway and quaint gathering place for any occasion. It is easy to romanticize these petite dwellings, so here are 8 incredible & real ideas that will inspire you to rethink your shed.

The invention of the she shed has taken over the man cave in terms of outdoor living. It has become a place women can go to get some much needed peace, rest and rare moments of silence. To maybe curl up with a good book [or magazine], a glass of cold tea and smell the fresh, sweet air. Sounds magical doesn’t it?

She Shed-Ella Claire

Ella Claire

BHG-Coastal Retreat By Finding Silver Pennies

Finding Sliver Pennies

BHG-Outdoor Getaway


Thinking outside the box when it comes to this simple structure can make all the difference when creating a spacious play house for your kiddos. By adding windows, fun lighting, paint and bold accessories you can create a place that sparks their imagination for years to come.

Backyard Playhouse By Lay Baby Lay

Lay Baby Lay

The idea of having an outdoor haven to host your next summer soiree sounds quite perfect. Whether for dining, lounging or even serving, having another enclosed area in your yard for entertaining is another great way to make a basic shed seem sophisticated and smart.

BHG-Add another outdoor structure to entertain by Jansen Blokhuizen

Jansen Blokhuizen

BHG-Outdoor Retreat in a She Shed by Passion Shake

Passion Shake

At one time or another we have all had visions (I think) of being tucked away somewhere in a beautiful, rustic outdoor space surrounded by lush greenery & gardens. Well now it’s easier than you think. You can create a garden shed from online plans, DIY one yourself or alter an existing shed by adding custom color, details and windows.

BHG-Garden Retreat


I love the idea of creating a work studio from a simple shed. By adding French doors you are not only customizing the look but also bringing light & life into the space. Living in NY this may not me ideal for me but for anyone residing in temperate climates this is a great solution for creating more square footage in your home.

BHG-Garden Shed by Iron & Twine

Iron & Twine

Your company will never want to leave if you create a beautiful guest cottage like this for them to stay. They will feel right at home with the modern conveniences of indoor living and will have all the privacy they could want. Add a coffee bar and you may indeed have permanent house shed guests.

BHG-Guest House by Backyard Buildings

Backyard Buildings

When you think of summer you can’t help but imagine being poolside and/or beach bound. Add a tiny shelter to that dream and you have all the makings for an serene outdoor retreat. The size of a typical shed makes for an ideal pool house, add a small landing to the front with large doors, a light fixture, along with some planters and you have a chic look. The dimensions would also make the perfect beach cabana. By adding a shower to the side and an area to change before entering the main house, makes it not only pretty but functional as well.

BHG-Jalaine Blog- Beautiful Pool House Shed

Jalaine Blog

BHG-Outdoor Retreat from This Old House

This Old House

Thank you for stopping by today,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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