March 2013

Two Tone White + Wood Dressers

Written on March 30, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Every bedroom needs a dresser for clothing and apparel storage, and one style that’s caught my eye in the past year is the two tone white and wood combination. Crisp white and stained wood combine to create beautiful contrast, and the partnership on a piece of furniture adds a stylish modern look to any bedroom space.

two tone dresser

 

There are several dressers sold by retailers that will give you the two tone look similar to this credenza, but it’s one you also can mimic with a do-it-yourself project. 

two tone furniture

 

Last year I found a little chest at a thrift store and thought it was perfect for office supply storage for my husband’s office. I refurbished the stained drawers and painted the surround and pulls in a crisp white. (Full details here.)

 

stained wood and white chest

 

Duplicate Aubrey and Lindsay’s DIY dresser project with an inexpensive Rast dresser from IKEA, paint and stain from your local home improvement store, and brass ring pulls.

diy two tone dresser

 

Or skip the DIY and invest in one of these four lovely pieces!

 

two tone dressers

  Austin / Bleecker / Patchwork / Italian

 

Each makes a modern statement in your bedroom with a chic two tone finish!

 

Announcement & Invitation -  for those of you on Twitter I’m hosting a chat on spring decorating on April 2nd and BH&G is giving away $300 in prizes for those participating!  Follow me here!

 

april bhg twitter party

 

Mark your calendars for the event on Tuesday!

 

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Beautiful Neutral Bedrooms

Written on March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by

I’ve decorated my master bedroom in a mostly neutral palette over the years, sometimes changing out a few of the accents and even painting the walls a different hue, but I’ve found that decorating with neutral shades of gray and off white adds to its serenity and my personal comfort. Last year, I wrote about decorating living spaces in neutral palettes but today the focus is on the bedroom, and a closer look what happens when smart design choices combine to create a soothing retreat.   

Texture is an important element in any space, especially a neutral one, and it can be layered in several ways around a room. Notice how in this elegant feminine bedroom, a capiz shell chandelier brings subtle shimmer and the boxy lambs wool ottomans add soft and cozy feeling.

neutral bedroom with ottomans bhg

   

Stone and metal surfaces are another element to consider including, and woven or natural materials bring additional texture to a mostly neutral bedroom. 

neutral master bedroom bhg

  

Pattern plays a beneficial role and mixing them up is easy when you stick with those that are complementary, such as the pale celedon zebra, Ikat, and botanical patterns combined in this relaxing retreat.

neutral bedroom with pattern

 

 

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Simple & Elegant Easter Decor

Written on March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

March is the the month we officially welcome spring, and it’s a favorite time of year as nature begins its annual ritual of blooming and growing again. The Easter holiday is when friends and family gather to celebrate with traditions of egg hunts and special meals. In anticipation, I gathered some simple and elegant ideas to inspire your entertaining and decorating around the home.

Pull out your pastel dishes to create a sweet seasonal vignette on an open shelf or cabinet to welcome the arrival of the season.

pastel dishes for easter bhg

Tulips are one of the floral symbols of the season, display them in unexpected ways such as a teapot and accompanying stacked cups. Hyacinth and lily of the valley are also complementary and symbolic spring bouquets.

teapot and teacup tulips

Delicate quail eggs framed with pretty papers in shadow boxes are an elegant spring inspired gallery wall that you’ll want to keep on display all year round.

framed eggs on wall bhg

Blossoming branches are the first sign of the season but if the real ones are unavailable or not quite ready in your region, recreate the look with hot glue and faux pink blooms for branches and blossoms that lasts for months.

cherry blossom branches bhg

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Bringing the Beach Home

Written on March 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm , by

Coastal inspired spaces are incredibly popular because of the light and bright approach to decorating, with pale sand and sea inspired palettes that dictate the design choices.

This week I’m taking a much anticipated vacation at the beach where one cannot escape the beauty of the ocean and the serenity the sight and sound of it brings. I rounded up some soothing spaces to share this week with a few tips on incorporating a coastal style and bringing the feeling of the beach indoors. 

An easy way to incorporate a breezy and coastal inspired style is to choose light or white furnishings, or include stylish slipcovered sofas and chairs. Add contrast and texture with a coffee table made of rustic or weathered wood to complete the look.

beachy family room

 

coastal inspired living room

 

Pale tans and taupes on walls, curtains, or furniture repeat the color of sand and provide a soothing neutral backdrop that allows you change out accessories with the seasons. 

sand colors in living room

 

Watery blues pair perfectly with sandy tones, and choosing a bamboo woven shade adds another layer of texture reminiscent of tropical destinations. 

beach colors in bedroom

 

Nautical inspired fabrics in stripes or coastal motifs bring the beach indoors by adding classic or playful patterns. 

nautical fabrics

 

Shells and coral are sculptural and textural accents that are perfect for displaying on bookshelves or console tables.  

beach accents

 

sea colors coral accents

 

Accent pieces with distressed paint treatments bring a weathered and worn look as if they’ve been sitting in the sun or have recently washed ashore. 

tropical teal sofa

   

Beach inspired decorating can be done in smaller or subtle ways by placing your coastal finds on display, such as this driftwood and shell mobile, or perhaps more simply and casually with starfish and smooth stones placed on a shelf or mantel. 

driftwood mobiles

 

beach treasures

 

How do you layer your home with coastal inspired furnishings or finds? 

 

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Five Ways to Style an Entry

Written on March 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm , by

The entry is the first impression of your home, for those who live there and also for those who visit. It should be a smart space that serves as place to toss your keys, phone, and mail when you arrive at home, but it’s also an opportunity to place your personal style on display for visitors who pass through the threshold. Here are five ways to style an entry with pieces that guarantee a polished presentation to all who enter.    

With a Console.  If there was one piece of furniture that is destined for the foyer it’s the console table. Defined by its long and narrow shape, a console table squeezes into narrower spaces and is perfect for an entry because of its design. Pair it with a statement mirror or work of art, then add a bouquet of seasonal blooms to make your foyer welcoming. 

 

entry console

 

console and mirror entry

 

unique console table entry

 

With a Dresser, Demilune, or Desk.  Furniture with drawers allows for additional storage for a charging station or a place to keep stamps for correspondence, extra sets of keys, or smaller seasonal attire like mittens and scarves. Add a lamp and photographs to give the scene greater personality. 

dresser entry

 

demilune entry

 

small desk in entry

 

With a Bench.  Whether your bench is built in or freestanding, placing a bench in the entry acknowledges another important purpose of an entry, as a place to remove shoes and set down groceries. From a style perspective, including a bench is an opportunity to layer fabrics and pillows to add pattern and color.  

bench entry

 

built in bench in entry

 

With a Round Table.  Space permitting, a round pedestal table is the perfect perch for a daily vignette in the entry. It can be situated in a central position or off to the side. Books, decorative accents, and seasonal blooms placed on top of a round pedestal create a sophisticated entry.

round table in entry

 

table entry

 

With a Statement Piece.  Perhaps you possess an heirloom you inherited from Aunt Rose or you’ve scored an antique on a weekend second hand treasure hunt. Placing that piece in the entry pays homage to its importance in your family and offers a chance to share its history with anyone who visits.

antique buffet in entry

 

antique bench cabinet entry

 

In our foyer, I use a simple console table topped with a tray to collect the daily mail and as a place to drop my keys. How have you styled your entry in your home?

 

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Decorating with Abstract Art

Written on March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by

My love of abstract art began when I took a painting class ten years ago. I struggled through the assignments to paint still life and landscape, yet I was surprised how much I enjoyed painting in abstract form, without any need for accuracy of subject matter and instead based on color and feeling alone. 

Abstract art has no recognizable subject and does not attempt to represent anything concrete in the world. It appears fluid and spontaneous yet the strokes witnessed are in fact a concentrated effort on the part of the artist. Its roots are in Expressionism and Cubism and famous artists like Mark Rothko pioneered its popularity in the mid 20th century.  

Abstracts that are big and bold become a purposeful focal point that command attention in a space.

abstract in entry

 

Abstracts can also play a more subdued role, filling up the walls of an inviting room with washes of neutral earthy color.

abstract 2

 

Abstract artwork that echoes the colors found in appealing landscapes (think of the coastline, mountains, forests) stirs the senses and stimulates the mind.

small abstract

    

When the artist repeats bold strokes in moody hues on an oversized canvas, abstract art can convey powerful feelings or emotion.

abstract art

  

The easiest way to decorate with abstract artwork is to use it as a source of inspiration and allow it to set the palette for the entire room, inspiring the color, fabric, and accessory choices within the space. 

abstract 6

 

abstract in bedroom

 

Online you can find several retailers who offer abstract giclées and prints for sale like Ballard Designs, Overstock, All Modern,and Art.com, among others. 

abstract artwork

For original artwork, check sites like Etsy or Gallery Today for one-of-a-kind pieces.

What about you? Are you a fan of abstract art?  Have you ever painted or decorated with any abstract art around your home?