Joni Lay

Get the Look: Stylish Shelving Options for a Kids Room

Shelving is a great way to add extra storage into a nursery or kids’ room.  It can be used for the inevitable overflow of books, or as a place to display keepsakes or special items that need to stay away from little hands and also adds interest to a room.  Here is a roundup of some of my faves:

Sources, from top left: (1) Branch Shelf; (2) Color Bar Ledge (available in a rainbow of colors!); (3) Prism Brackets; (4) Tricolor Wall Shelf; (5) Honeycomb Shelf; (6) Ingrained Wall Shelf; (7) Paxton Mirror Shelf; (8) Rope Shelf

You can also make your own version.  I love how these turned out that we put into our den.  They are the Ikea Ekby brackets painted gold and paired with reclaimed wood shelves:

What suits your style the best?


BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Gem Statement Necklace




Add a finishing touch to your outfit with a gorgeous statement necklace. See how to create your own in six simple steps.










What you need:
Jewelry Pliers
Lobster Clasp
E6000 glue
Plastic square

Get a kit with all the supplies here!

What to do:
Cut two pieces of chain and lay them down so there is crescent shaped gap between the two pieces.
Next cut the plastic sheet to fit the gap.
Glue the chain to the top of the crescent, then start glueing your gems on the plastic.
Once you have your gem pattern in place, glue the longer piece of chain to the bottom of the plastic.
Reinforce the necklace by glueing together the chain on both sides of your necklace. Let glue dry.
Add jumprings and lobster clasp using your jewelry pliers.
Ready to wear!


Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show,, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.

BHG Guest Blogger

5 Tips for Using Pantone’s Color of The Year



Let’s talk color of the year, shall we?  Every year color giant Pantone selects one magical color as the ‘it’ color.  Then suddenly this color seems to permeate every ounce of your visual experience in the market place.  This year Radiant Orchid has been knighted by Pantone as the color of 2014.


Moment of truth? Purple can be quite polarizing.  This is a love it or leave color.  I don’t think anyone has an indifferent attitude when it comes to purple.  I happen to be generally in the “leave it” camp.  However, this is where the fun comes in.  Although I am a strong believer that announcements like this are to be taken as suggestions and not  mandates (which is my feeling on trends in general, but that is a discussion for another day), it is an opportunity to explore new fresh ideas about color palettes.  After all, color is meant to be fun! Let’s play with some ways you can incorporate purple of all shades into your space.





1. Ease In

Experiment with a new color in your space just as you would on your person – in small doses.  Just as you might test the waters of a new color with a shoe, belt or scarf, the same goes for your space.  Put your toe in with a throw pillow, table runner or vase. Think about things that are easily interchangeable (and returnable) so your feel free to experiment with purples.


2. Frame It Up



Give purple a test drive in your space with art.  You can find some really great, inexpensive art prints on Etsy, and sites like Joss and Main and One King’s Lane. Replace one or two pieces in a gallery wall for a little purple pop or frame up pieces of pretty wallpaper or decorative paper.


3. New Neutral


Radiant orchid is quite bold (which is never a problem in my book).  I think what is actually going to play out in the market will be softer, like the purples that were all over the runways for Spring.  I am drawn to using this color as inspiration to expand our perception of what is neutral.  This variation of a sophisticated hint of purple is an excellent foundation for a wonderfully layered neutral space. This is a great option, as it works with either tan or gray – or better yet, with both! Bonus: The calming effect purple typically creates in a space.


4. Fits Right In


If we stay on the track of this calmer, more sophisticated version of purple, this will fit right into all those current looks we are loving right now.  Mix soft purple accents right in with all the gold and soft pinks I know you love.  Purple agate coasters will fit right in on your bar cart!


5. Modern Pairings


Playing with a color outside of your comfort zone can be challenging.  Think outside the expected and pull the color into your personal color sensibility.  You don’t have to keep it purple and green or purple and pink to create a look that works.  This palette works in purple, while staying modern.


Visit Khristian’s website or connect with her on Pinterest for more tips on choosing and using color.

BHG Guest Blogger

DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks

Hello! My name is Carrie – I’m the founder of lifestyle and DIY blog, Dream Green DIY. While there, you’ll find me up to my elbows in Mod Podge, spray paint and the like just about any day of the week. Like many of you, I am constantly evaluating the little things that inspire me on a daily basis. Can I make that? Is there a more affordable way to achieve a high-end look? And how can I use what I already have to bring a little flair into my everyday?

DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks

Case in point, today’s simple Halloween DIY project. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, I’ve been brainstorming party-ready ideas that won’t break the bank. I doubt I’m the only one who has to keep to a strict budget this time of year, what with the gift-giving season just around the corner. So you can imagine how satisfied I was when my DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks ended up costing less than $10. See below for instructions on how to make your own!



  • Plastic swizzle sticks (I pulled out the orange ones for this project)
  • Black pom-poms
  • Craft glue


  • First, grab a pom-pom and gently pull apart the fibers until you see the round center. Squeeze a bit of the craft glue inside.
  • Next, pick out one of the orange swizzle sticks and put another dot of glue on the end.
  • Push the end of the swizzle stick into the middle of the pom-pom, holding it in place until it doesn’t move when you gently let go. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours before handling any further.
  • Repeat until you have the amount of swizzle sticks desired.


This weekend project only requires about 30 minutes of hands on time, which, if you’re anything like me, is a blessing what with multiple priorities taking up any given hour. The other great thing about these fluffy drink accessories? They can be repurposed for just about any holiday. Try red and green for Christmas, blue and crystal clear for the New Year and any other combination for life’s little celebrations in between.



See the bonus recipe below for those tasty green concoctions. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with this smooth, creamy, minty cocktail (with just a hint of rich chocolaty flavor!) come bash time.

Halloween Mintini

  • Godiva
  • Kahlua
  • Bailey’s
  • Creme de menthe
  • Milk
  • Green food coloring

Combine all to taste, add about 4 drops of the food coloring and pour into cocktail glasses. Pop in a DIY swizzle stick at the rim, and serve.

Cheers! -Carrie, Dream Green DIY

Ellen Miller

Easy hair—that can make you look younger!

Sometimes you learn a hair trick so revolutionary that it would be a crime to keep it to yourself. Over the weekend I got a post-color blowout from Stephen Thomas at the Oscar Blandi salon (@OscarBlandi) in New York City. Stephen’s my go-to blow-out guru because he’s figured out how to give my seaweed-on-a-rock straight hair a bit of texture and volume—that actually lasts for a day or two! (And, as we reported on page 117 of the October issue, adding a bit of curl to straight hair can actually make you look younger!) Unfortunately, I’ve never ever been able to recreate his in-salon magic—until now!

Me, at an event this morning, (Better Homes and Gardens nametag and all!) sporting new, slightly messy waves.


The secret to effortlessly pretty waves, surprisingly, is a bit of imperfection. If curls look too uniform you’ll end up looking like you tried a little too hard. Holding a 1” inch curling iron vertically, curl the front pieces back and away from your face. As you go around the rest of your head—and here’s the real revelation—alternate the direction you twirl the hair around the iron. Curl one piece towards your face, then one piece away. Afterwards, instead of hairspray, spray your entire head with a texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray ($11; and break up the curls with your fingers. See the finished look above—I got so many compliments (from other beauty editors!) that I had to share!


Want to try this look? Instagram a photo of the finished product, use the hashtag #BHGbeauty, and be sure to tag me @EllenMillerBty, so I can check it out. Run into problems or have any questions? Tweet me at @EllenMillerBty and I’ll ask Stephen myself and get you an answer pronto!

Ellen Miller

5 Beauty Products That Changed My Life

Being BHG’s beauty guru means that I get to test products before they even hit the market. I love writing about all of the latest and greatest, but I’ve learned that new doesn’t necessarily mean better. Here, a few of my tried-and-true favorites—they’re worth every single penny!


CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor ($6.50; drugstores)

For the money, you really truly cannot beat these lipsticks. My favorite is a red-orange shade called Hot, but there are countless other colors to choose from. The hue stays true to what’s shown in the tube, the color wears evenly so you’re not stuck with a ring around your mouth, and the more you wear it, the softer your lips get.


Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray ($23;

Skipping a day or two between washes makes a huge difference in the health of your hair—a spritz or two of dry shampoo at your roots will absorb oil, so hair looks as good as the day you styled it. I love this version because it sprays on clear—it won’t look white or powdery even on brunettes—and has a fresh, lemony scent.


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Day SPF 30 ($21.99; drugstores)

Retinol, an ingredient that boosts collagen and elastin production, is the one anti-aging ingredient that nearly all dermatologists agree on. Using this retinol cream daily has made a more noticeable difference in my fine lines than far pricier products. Plus, this one boasts a broad-spectrum sunscreen, so you don’t have to apply something separate.


Gillette Venus & Olay Razor ($10.99; drugstores)

The real game-changer is the glycerin strip that surrounds the five blades. It altogether eliminates the need for shave cream! I’m grateful for the extra shelf space in my shower—and for no more tough-to-remove rings from metal cans!

Glamglow Youthmud ($69;

Have you ever looked in the mirror and just felt blah? A ten-minute session with this super-scrubby volcanic ash and green tea mask is the cure.  It sloughs away that layer of dead cells that makes skin look dull and temporarily tightens. Let me put it this way: I always, always get compliments on mornings I use it.


What are your favorite beauty game-changers? Tweet me @EllenMillerBty!