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It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.  Can you believe it?!  We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday.  For some of you this may be obvious.  Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home.  Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree.  Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!

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This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max.  Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents.  Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns.  Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows.  Chose pieces that whisper ladylike.  Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.

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Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat?  Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic.  This look is a great place to mix those metallics.  Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way.  I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!

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I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home.  This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime.  To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern.  Layer, layer, and layer some more!  Be sure you have an easy going organic element.  Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.

 


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


Wait a minute. I blinked and it was August. WHAT? I hope the summer has been nothing short of spectacular so far! I’ve said several times that I love love LOVE bright colors, so today I thought I’d share with y’all some of the cutest, most colorful stuff I found on the internet this week (a major job perk here at BHG–I so enjoy being able to browse gorgeous blogs and photos every day).

 

Adding color to your life isn’t as hard as you think. Transform a regular glass vase into a textured, eye-catching centerpiece for family and friends to adore with this beaded candle holder and vase DIY from Homey Oh My!

 

 

All it takes is some gold paint and 10 minutes to transform these porcelain spoons from Sarah Hearts into glamorous additions for the kitchen. Sweet tablecloth sold separately.

 

 

I’m obsessed with this painted glass tabletop from Design Sponge. What a playful way to perk up a coffee or kitchen table! Plus, succulents are always trendy.

 

 

For those of us whose glass table DIY-ing skills aren’t quite up to par, try your luck at making a modern coat rack like this one from Brit + Co. After you build it, you’ll obviously need to go but a new coat or hat to try it out with.

 

 

And for the next kids’ party you’re planning, check out these adorable mini cactus piñatas from Oh Happy Day. Definitely wishing I was young enough to still request piñatas for my birthday parties…

 

 

Have a great weekend, Style Spotters!

Erin

 


Trend: Filing Cabinet Side Table

The ‘ol filing cabinet, once used for organizing our many MANY papers, is now headed towards extinction. I don’t know about you, but the majority of my bills and other items are digital and saved on my mass storage drive. I’m no longer weighed down with a crazy collection of wasted paper. So, what do we do with this “antique” filing systems? We find a new use.

 

I found this little file cabinet at a thrift shop for $5. It was scratched/dented and not the prettiest color. I always see these cabinets hanging around at thrift shops and this got me thinking… how can I reuse these relics? I turned this short tabletop file cabinet into a little side table. To see how I did this, check it out below.

- First, clean up your filing cabinet. Then, use some painters tape to cover up anything you don’t want painted. I wanted to keep the silver handles clean for this side table. I used an X-acto knife to trim off any excess tape. Pull out the drawers to spray separately.

- Next, in a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors), spray two layers of primer paint. Let it dry at least an hour.

 

- Add some color! I used 3 layers of a pale blue spray paint, from Valspar. Since this color ONLY came in matte, I added a shiny clear coating over the entire table.  Let dry for at least 48 hours.

 

- Prep your table legs. I liked the shape and style of the Waddell Table Legs, from Lowes. The only down side, the legs were way too tall for a side table. SO, I cut each leg down to 14.5 inches high and drilled a hole (using a 5/16 inch wood drill bit) to add a new hole for each table leg. Add these 5/16 inch hanger bolts to replace the bolt section you cut off on these legs.

 

- Place these table leg tops on each corner of the bottom of the cabinet and use a permanent marker to mark a hole in the center. Use a 5/16 inch metal drill bit to drill a hole for each corner.

- Put each table leg top on the INSIDE of the cabinet, in each corner, and screw in the legs (one at a time).

 

- Place in your office, living room, studio, or right next to your table. Enjoy.

ENJOY! I use this little table to store my ribbons, tapes, and other things I need quickly.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 


Who doesn’t love a good makeover? I’m obsessed with them these days! From fabulous new facades to a side table turned into a cake stand, I’m always amazed by creative ideas. With my obsession in mind, I scoured countless blogs to discover my favorite furniture refreshes for this month’s Best of the Blogs feature.  Here are my top picks!

 

1. This revamped table from House of Fifty shows that little details go a long way. I’m all about gold accents right now!

 

Photo Credit: House of Fifty

 

2. This Ikea-hack dresser from Sarah Hearts combines two of my favorite trends: two-tone and overlays.

 

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

 

3. More Ikea upgrades! This one, featured on Armelle, gets a new look with fresh white paint and eye-catching hardware.

Photo Credit: Armelle

4. I’m always pleasantly surprised when people turn basic items into creative pieces. This toddler chair-turned-planter from Four Generations One Roof  is such a fun way to recycle unused furniture.

Photo Credit: Four Generations One Roof

 

5. One thing I’m currently coveting for my work space is a colorful tray to use as a catchall. I love that this DIY tray from Simplified Bee can be customized with inexpensive wallpaper scraps.

Photo Credit: Simplified Bee

 

6. I’m a sucker for all things colorful, especially this bold green chair from Young House Love. The rattan-inspired design and cheerful ikat pattern make it my ideal office chair.

Photo Credit: Young House Love

7. A ladder turned into shelving? Yes, please. One of my favorite things about this makeover from A Beautiful Mess is that that you can easily remove the shelves to use the ladder for its original purpose.

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

8. I’m amazed at how Remodelaholic turned this inexpensive table into a console with drawers and shelves. I’m also a big fan of baskets and how they add contrast to this piece. 

 

Photo Credit: Remodeacholic

9. As I said, I love a pop of color. This teal table from Yellow Brick Home brightens the entire entryway and the Greek key pattern on the sides is the perfect subtle detail.

Photo Credit: Yellow Brick Home

 

10. A touch of rustic style is a great unexpected element and these reclaimed wood tables from Kojo Designs seem incredibly simple. They also saved extra money by using wood from a fence they had just taken down!

 

Photo Credit: Kojo Designs

11. I think this refreshed empire dresser from Picked and Painted is the perfect cottage style piece. The slightly distressed paint gives it a great worn in look while the glass knobs add a touch of elegance.

Photo Credit: Picked and Painted

Have you ever given a piece of furniture a new look? I have an old coffee table waiting for a fresh coat of paint and after seeing all of these projects I can’t wait to start! Next month we’ll be sharing some of our favorite 4th of July decorations and DIYs. Do you have one that you’d like to send our way? Shoot me an email at BHGBloggers@Meredith.com.

- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant


 

Trend: Concrete Furniture!

Need an update to your backyard, but you’re on a small budget? I’m right there with you. That’s why I made this concrete table for my patio! With about $15 and a bit of time, you’ll have the perfect piece to work as a stool OR a side table.

 

Let’s get started:

Supplies:

- 1 bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete

- 8 inch wide by 15 inch high Concrete Form Tube

- 1 or 2 inch thick foam

- 3 Quarts Water

- Duct Tape

- 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket

- Shovel/stick to mix the concrete.

- Large container to mix concrete (we used two 5 gallon buckets)

- Optional: 2 sticks to support the concrete form tube during pouring

- Optional: spray paint and acrylic sealing spray

 

Directions:

- Cut a 15 inch long section off of your concrete forming tube.

 

- Mark the concrete tube about 3 inches from the top. This will be your concrete level spot.

 

- Set your concrete form tube on the foam and trace a circle. Cut out that circle.

 

 

- Use the duct tape to attach the foam circle to the base of your concrete form tube. Make sure the foam/edge is completely covered by duct tape.

 

- Optional: Drill four holes, at the 3 inch mark you made, into your concrete form tube. Push two sticks through the holes to support the tube during pouring.

 

 

- It’s time to pour some concrete! Safety note: I recommend wearing gloves/eye protection/dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, makes it so much easier (also, the concrete bag is 80 pounds and I am not even able to lift it, ha, my husband helped with that). Mix your concrete together with the 3 quarts of water. If you’ve never mixed concrete before, I really recommend watching this video by Quikrete.

 

- Pour roughly 2 inches of the prepped concrete into the bucket. Base first, put the concrete form tube into the bucket. Center it. While someone holds the tube steady, pour the concrete along the side of the tube. Pour to the top of the bucket. To get the air bubbles out, gently pick up the bucket and tap it on the ground. Add more concrete to fill to the top, if needed.

 

- Place something heavy on top of your concrete tube form to get it down to the 4 inch level mark. We used some extra tiles we had. Bricks or even rocks inside the tube would work.

 

- Let the concrete sit for about 30 minutes (or when there are no longer little puddles of water on the concrete). Smooth out the concrete.

 

- Let this sit (out of the rain) for 4 + days. The longer, the better. There’s a lot of concrete in there and it needs time to dry.

 

 To remove the bucket:

 

- Tear out the concrete tube and scrape out the foam.

 

 

- Use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the bucket. Turn the bucket upside down and tap the base.

 

 

- If the concrete doesn’t easily slide out, use a blade to slice a hole in the base. This should release some pressure. Use a crowbar if it needs a little extra help.

 

 

- You now have a concrete stool or side table!

 

- Optional: If you’d like, add a bit of color to the piece! I used some gold spray Paint to the top (sealed with acrylic sealing spray).

 

You are now done! Enjoy and you now have a super cute inexpensive piece to dress up your outdoor space. Good as a stool or side table. I ended up making 2 of these. I can’t wait to start using them this summer! I made both of these stools for under $30. Just needed one extra bucket and bag of concrete.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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