June 2012

Fabric is one of the easiest ways to refresh a room and reflect your personality inside your home.  Fabrics bring beautiful pattern indoors, add interesting texture, soft comfort, and instantly establish the mood of a space.  Here are ten tips for decorating with textiles around the home!        

1.  A no fail way to decorate with fabric is to stick with one color and layer it around the room, like the shams, bed skirt, and complementary block print style paisley duvet in this serene green bedroom space.


green and white fabrics bhg


2.  Solid color fabrics are an easy choice for bringing softness and color to your home.  Opt for accessories in the form of pillows and an area rug in the same hue to pull the look together.


blue curtains bhg


3.   If you love a bold pattern but don’t want it to overwhelm, then use it smaller doses like these breakfast nook chairs. 


fabric covered chairs bhg


4.  Colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel share undertones and naturally make a good pair like these blues and greens.  Layer florals, geometrics, solids, or stripes in the same dynamic duo.  


blue and green fabrics bhg


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Ladies, how many of us have collections of jewelry hidden away in a box or drawer somewhere?  Have you considered displaying them out in the open for your own enjoyment or creating attractive zones for storing your commonly worn pieces? 

Placing your jewelry on display not only reminds you of what you have (I tend to forget…) but also can make a decorative statement in your home.  Vignettes of jewelry bring femininity and personality to your vanity or dressing zone, so instead of burying your baubles in a box, consider these lovely alternatives for displaying your jewelry at home.  


An antique brass tiered stand holds bracelets while a handmade frame jewelry holder displays favorite earrings and necklaces on a dresser.


framed jewelry holder bhg


Simple knobs secured to a wall suspend statement necklaces creating instant art above a modern Lucite vanity tucked in a corner of this bedroom.


jewelry on hooks bhg


Eclectic frames that house pretty knobs come together to create a salon gallery display and make an artistic statement on the wall.  


framed jewelry bhg


Mini wooden bowls on a tray hold pretty earrings, rings, and bracelets for grab and go style.


jewelry in bowls bhg


A white ceramic urn paired with a glowing silver tray becomes an instant drop zone for end of the day removal.


jewelry in urn and tray bhg


These two ideas are definitely "outside the (jewelry) box”.  Kitchen pulls and knobs are secured to a fabric covered board to suspend favorite pieces, and a shadow box on the wall displays stylish jewelry as art.  

pulls and shadow box jewelry holder


Metal tins keep rings and earrings organized inside an armoire drawer assigned to scarves and jewelry.


small bowls for jewelry bhg


There’s no need for framed art in a bathroom if you cover your walls with your favorite necklaces making them easy to choose from when dressing for the day.


jewelry in bathroom bhg


Butterfly broaches “framed” with paper on a wall and bangles casually clinging to candles are two creative ways to use jewelry as decor. The next time you entertain, consider sachets as parting gifts secured with costume broaches, or bracelets casually wrapped around cloth napkins on your dining table.

jewelry as decor bhg


How do you store or display your jewelry? In a pretty bowl, on a tray, in a special box, cabinet or drawer?  Do share. 



A busy family can quickly make for a messy home unless there are tools in place to keep clutter at bay on the home front.  I’ve been thinking of ways to increase the order around my house and found these ten smart ideas for keeping the family more organized at home.   


1.  Tuck a small office filled with family schedules into a niche in a main room, and include places for charging gadgets and phones while you catch up on mail and bills.   

family organization nook bhg



2.   Place a bench into a main traffic area complete with cubbies for shoes and bins for frequently used objects.

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3.  Use a shoe organizer suspended on the back of a door for a different purpose, instead to corral knick knacks or kitchen utensils. 

back of door organizer bhg


4.   Label bright colored buckets for each child or for objects to ease the organization process of sports equipment or toys.   


individual family buckets



5.  Create a reminder zone inside a commonly used kitchen cabinet and keep office supplies suspended nearby.      


office tools in cabinet bhg



6.  Hang wall organizers to minimize paper clutter and assign each one to a family member to keep track of sports schedules, homework, or other important paperwork.


wall organizers bhg


7.  Apply chalkboard paint to doors in a community zone to remind family members of upcoming events, chores, or tasks.  


chalkboard doors bhg


8.  Invest in subdividers for deep drawers to help you save time finding small objects and to avoid piles of tangled household necessities that are difficult to differentiate from each other. 


subdivided drawers bhg


9.   Make gift wrap, ribbon, and cards easily accessible with a back door organizer to be ready at a moment’s notice when that next birthday party invitation arrives.


door wrapping paper organizer bhg



10.  Dedicate some wall space for tall cubbies in an entry, one for each family member’s shoes, backpacks and outerwear.  


cubbies for kids bhg


Having a place for everything is the key to avoiding unnecessary clutter and always knowing where to find the important things when you need them.  What is your best trick you can share that helps you keep your family organized on a daily basis?  


With the official start of summer here, we all look for ways to enjoy the fair weather.  Today I’m sharing five of my favorite DIY projects that make summer just a little bit better in my world. 

Picnicking is a classic way to enjoy the great outdoors and a patchwork picnic blanket like this one allows you to pull up a relaxing casual feast anywhere you are out and about.  


patchwork picnic blanket


As an alternative to a full blanket, stitch yourself a set of picnic placemats with utensil holders that  rollup for easy transport in a basket or backpack.  


picnic placemats with pockets


Summer flowers are on display, and with moldable clay from a craft store, you can create your own petal vase for showcasing summer’s best blooms. 


clay petal vase


Using plastic containers and quick dry cement, craft a unique planter to showcase greenery indoors or out.  


cement planter


Erase the cares of the day and achieve instant relaxation with this therapeutic recipe for homemade lavender sea salt scrub!


sea salt


What do-it-yourself projects are you planning this summer?



Our most patriotic holiday is around the corner and a healthy dose of all American red, white, and blue will make an appearance at many Fourth of July celebrations, but it need not be limited to one day of the year since the color palette is a classic.  Pull the historic colors into your home in the form of accent furnishings or accessories like in these spaces below!


red white and blue accents bhg


american flag pillow bhg


red white and blue porch bhg



red white and blue outdoor decor bhg


all american decor collage bhg

From top left: Traveled Table Lamp, Shop Terrain, $550; Stars & Stripes Mirror, Wisteria, $69;George Washington Serving Tray, Apt2B, $48; Wheel Tea Towel, Burke Décor, $22; Pair of Striped Pillows, Live Like You, $128; Blue Dec Pillow, John Robshaw, $130; Emile Henry Pie Dish, Bed Bath & Beyond, $40; Red Round Tray, World Market, $15  Striped Dispenser, World Market, $28; American Flag Lumbar Pillow, World Market, $30; Antiqued Red Stars, Buy.com, $98; Sugar and Creamer, Amazon, $25; Striped Sheet Set, West Elm, $99  Tumblers, Target, $10; Ilka Chair, Maine Cottage, $733; Blue Adirondack Chair, Lands End, $200; 18” Lacquer Cube, Jonathan Adler, $350; 6’ x 9’ Catamaran Rug, Dash & Albert, $298.


Happy decorating, Independence Day style! 



I often get asked to offer a quick design tip for the home of a friend or a reader, and a common piece of advice I give is to replace a plain rectangular mirror on the wall with a larger one of more stature, one with an interesting shape, or framed with an unexpected or alluring texture.

Mirrors pull more light into a space, expanding it and reflecting the elements in the room, and it can be a missed opportunity to not use a statement mirror as a focal point, like the three dramatic versions seen below.


golden headboard mirror bhg

sunburst mirror above bed bhg


sunburst mirror dining room bhg


Here are twelve of my favorite mirrors in various textures and colors that make a much bigger impact in a space when compared with a basic square frame.

bhg statement mirrors

From top left: Modern Sunburst, Wisteria, $749; Italian Mantel Mirror, Clayton Gray Home, $2,195;  Bahaman Sea Blue by Stray Dog (various colors), Outer Banks, $440;  French Honeycomb, Wisteria, $218; Shell Mirror, Pottery Barn, $599; Marrakesh Mirror, Z Gallerie, $299;  Berkley Wood Mirror, Ballard Designs, $338;  Anita Black Mirror, Wayfair, $451; Sazerac by Currey and Co. Capitol Lighting, $871;  Porcupine Quill Mirror, Horchow, $699;  Eloquence Lyon Mirror, Layla Grace, $1,500; Lisette Mirror, Zinc Door, $878.



Do you have a favorite focal point mirror in your home?


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