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Jen Jones

Organize With This: Black & White Storage!

There are endless reasons why black and white creates a winning combination.  Together they become a classic yet bold medley that continuously thrives within the home decor and fashion worlds.

 

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When it comes to selecting products for organizing, you can’t go wrong with this dynamic duo.  The classic combination will ensure the storage you are investing in remains timeless for years.  The best part is that black and white pairs beautifully with an endless variety of colors and patterns, so although your tastes may change, your storage doesn’t have to.

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BHG Guest Blogger

5 Tips for Mixing Patterns

 

 

 

Hi everyone!  My name’s Lauren Liess and I write the blog Pure Style Home.  I’m a decorator with a shop in Great Falls, Virginia and today, I’d love to share a few tips with you on mixing patterns effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Vary the scale of the patterns:  To keep a mix of patterns from feeling busy, use patterns of different scales together.  Multiple large patterns will compete with one another, but combining large, medium and small patterns allows the patterns to work together instead of competing.  If you do use patterns of the same scale, try to vary the pattern itself.  (I.e. an oversized ikat with an oversized floral can work well together.)

The large-scale botanicals on the wall mix with the smaller-scaled green leaf-print and even smaller-scaled blockprint paisley.

 

2. Mix different types of patterns:  I love to combine different types of patterns to keep things interesting and relaxed-feeling.  A floral, a stripe and a graphic pattern, for example, can work together beautifully, whereas three florals might feel like flower-power overkill or three graphic patterns or stripes might feel a bit intense and repetitive.

In my clients’ family room, I mixed a variety of patterns in the pillows on the sofa and in the rug

 

3. Be aware of your pattern to solid ratio:  We all have different preferences for how much pattern we like in a room.  Figure out your pattern to solid ratio by looking at photos of rooms you love and seeing what’s been done in those rooms.  If the sofas and chairs are typically solid in the rooms you love, and the curtains are patterned and the pillows are a mix of solid and patterns, you can create a similar feeling in your own home.  You’ll notice right away whether you’re drawn to rooms with more solids or patterns or those with an equal balance.  (My personal pattern to solid ratio changes with my moods so it’s easy to add more pattern in accents like pillows and/or throw blankets… but I do typically like an airy and relaxed-feeling room which typically has some large solid elements to keep things from feeling too noisy. )

The living room in my previous home. Photo by Helen Norman.

 

4. Don’t forget about walls, artwork and rugs:  Every element in a room can read as pattern, whether it’s an actual textile or not.  Patterned rugs and wallpapers are usually on the radar when mixing patterns, but artwork is often overlooked.  It can calm a room down or wake it up just like patterns.  Having more or less movement and a mix of colors causes it to read as a pattern and have an effect on a space just like a pattern would.  If you want to add more pattern to a room, and have done all you can with fabrics, consider your artwork.  Add pieces in with more movement and energy to make it feel like there is more going on in the room, or add a solid piece to calm it down.  Treat artwork like another pattern and consider your desired solid to pattern ratio when selecting it.

In my shop, the botanical specimens above the sofa create a grid that adds another patterned element to the room. Photo by Helen Norman.

 

5. Don’t be afraid to break any rules.  If you love something and it goes against conventional design wisdom, do it anyway.  (For example, maybe you feel you can never mix too many florals and that there’s no such things as flower-power overkill, then go for it.  Do what makes you smile when you come home.  Tips and “rules” are just guidelines for you and the very best homes are those that surprise and are extremely personal, which always requires a little rule-breaking.

A window seat I did with a lively mix of patterns that ordinarily might be thought of as “too much” ended up feeling relaxed and charming. Photo by Helen Norman.

 

Thanks so much to BHG for inviting me to be a part of their blog.  It’s been fun!!  Have a great day & take care,

 

Lauren


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Easy Curb Appeal DIY’s!

Trend: DIY Curb Appeal.

With a few tricks and a bit of time you can update your home’s curb appeal. I’ve collected a few favorite DIY ideas (from some lovely bloggers) that I think anyone can recreate on a budget.

 Updated gatehouse (I love everything about this): Thistlewood Farms.

Paint that front door: 320 Sycamore.

Make your own flagstone walkway: AKA Design.

Change out the door numbers: Chloe Moore Photography.

Hide the A/C: Better Homes and Gardens.

Faux Frosted Glass DIY: Seventh House on the Left.

Paint the garage door: midcenturythriftygal.

Add a trellis over that garage door: Blue Roof Cabin.

Add a monogram wreath: Better Homes and Gardens.

 Mailbox makeover with stone: Beneath My Heart.

Add some beautiful plants: Cozy.Cottage.Cute.

DIY your own shutters: Centsational Girl.

Privacy trellis: Chez Larsson.

Unique house number display: Simply Ciani.

I hope you’ve been inspired. Please check out each DIY by clicking on the photos or links provided above!

- Chelsey


Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Gray

TREND: Gray

I’m so excited to be starting a new series here on Style Spotters. It’s all about color. Each week I’ll focus on a new color and share ideas about how to incorporate it inyour space.

I’m not going bold with my first color choice, but I love it just the same. Today I was especially inspired by this gorgeous living room. While the red accents certainly caught my eye, all of the beautiful neutral colors of this space, especially the grays, were what drew me in. Deep grays in the artwork and accessories offer dimension and shape as the lighter gray on the armchair adds cozy comfort and warmth.

What I love most about gray is all of the variety. Whether warm or cool, light or dark, it’s a simple color to incorporate into home because it goes beautifully with almost every other color. Plus, if you like to change things up for the season, a gray backdrop allows your to quickly switch accessories to suit the season. Imagine the image above with light blue accents instead of red. That would be the perfect look for summer.

To get you started, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite gray statement pieces. These pieces will easily coordinate into any space around your home and be with you for a lifetime even as your color and style choices change.. I hope you enjoy my selections.

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Have you come to love and incorporate gray into your home?

Happy Decorating!

Michael Wurm, Jr. - Inspired by Charm


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it! A Touch of Gold

TREND: Gold

Have you noticed gold popping up everywhere in the home decor world these days? Yeah, me too. It’s amazing how quickly trends can come and go. Four years ago, I would have turned my nose up at anything gold; now I can’t get enough.

I’m loving the way that designers are introducing gold in both big and small ways. It could be something as simple as swapping out silver flatware for gold. How perfect and gorgeous would that look on your table atThanksgiving? I also like how gold has been incorporated into this Pin it inspiration image. A simple gold lamp adds luxury, style, and a little sparkle.

 

If you’re just getting on the gold bandwagon and have a lot of other finishes in your home, have no fear. Today’s eclectic designs encourage mixing metals and finishes. Be fearless when decorating your space by using the things that you love. You can’t go wrong. So whether you’re looking to go bold with gold or just add a few accessories to your space, check out some of my favorite gilt accents.

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


Jen Jones

Organize With This: Acrylic!

Trend:  Acrylic Organizers!

Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons.  They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty!  I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.

 

Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage.  They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.

 

Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!

 

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Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe.  You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.

 

 

Another show stopper is the acrylic tray.  It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….

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Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.

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Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.

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Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!

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The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper.  I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.

 

Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode?  An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!

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Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places.  Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.

 

Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.

 

Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.

 

Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons.  It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space.  It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down.  It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs.  One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.

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