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April 2013

Bottled Up

Yesterday I gathered a group of glass vases together to display some seasonal flowers in the kitchen window – one of my favorite ways to decorate is with random bottles or vases collected together and filled with fresh flowers. Earlier this season, blue glass appeared on the mantel to welcome spring tulips and in other corners of the house to display branches in bloom.  

Decorating with the things you love and the finds that make you happy brings your personality to your home and makes it more welcoming, even if those things are as simplistic as a collection of glass bottles.

blue glass bottles on mantel

 

Glass in all its hues is universally appealing, especially when grouped together. Display a collection on a mantel, filling a few with whatever is blooming in the yard.  

glass bottle collection bhg

 

Large recycled glass jugs reminiscent of antique European versions make a subtle but colorful statement when displayed on cabinets or shelves.

blue jug collection bhg

 

Create an instant centerpiece for your alfresco entertaining by corralling glass bottles in various heights and hues and inserting blooms from the yard or farmer’s market.

 

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Most of the glass bottles I’ve collected over the years have come from discount stores or flea markets, some are leftover from store bought beverages. Grouping anything together on a shelf or in a tray, even simple colorful glass, makes a more dramatic statement than if scattered around the house. 

 

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If you’re looking to add to your colorful glass bottle and vase collection, here are a few favorites available in stores and online.

glass bottles and vases

from top left: turquoise glass vase, $55, Horchow; green glass bottles, $25 set, Pier One; genie vase, $39, Wisteria; high neck bottle, $30, Terrain; isla hurricane, $85, Crate + Barrel; woodbine vase, $49, Crate + Barrel;

 

Do you collect or decorate with glass bottles in colorful hues at home? 

 

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Colorful Outdoor Seating

The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

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Outdoor spaces filled with color communicate “good times happen here”. Resist the temptation to be hum drum or play it safe with neutrals and welcome vivid hues for a vacation in your own backyard.

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Scatter colorful chairs all around your outdoor space to make the message clear, nothing formal happening here!

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In these modern times, colorful outdoor chairs are available in many styles, from casual European bistro chairs, to retro inspired shapes that evoke nostalgic memories from the 1960s, they also include American favorites like the classic Adirondack.

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Even rustic outdoor tables can benefit from a color injection and a mixed rather than matched set is aesthetically pleasing – find painted metal seating in various places from flea markets to retail stores.

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To add an dose of color to your backyard, here are twelve chairs guaranteed to bring instant flair to your alfresco space. 

colorful outdoor seating

From top left: Kruger, $179, Crate + Barrel; Acapulco Chair, $250, Modern Lighting; Allweather, $229, Brookstone; Red Adirondack, $249, Pottery Barn; Metal Bistro, $198, The Garden Gate; Retro Tulip, $59, Amazon; Beulah Rocking Chair, $169; CB2; Bend Chair, $249, West Elm; NIcolett Stripe, $25, Target; Zuo Juju Set of 4, $605, Hayneedle; Ixtapa, $229, CB2; Cadiz, Set of Two, $99, World Market

 

How do you add color to your backyard spaces? With accessories? Spray paint? Colorful chairs like the ones above?

 

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10 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

With spring’s arrival and fair weather on the way, now is the time to think about sprucing up your home’s exterior and increasing its curb appeal. Whether you’re staying put or planning on selling, there are several ways to beautify your home with weekend DIY projects and investments that add value. Here are ten ways to spruce up your casa so that it shines bright in the neighborhood.     

1. Paint Your Front Door.  In a sea of standard white front doors, make yours stand out by painting it a hue that complements your home, an easy weekend  DIY project if you follow these simple steps.  

green front door bhg

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2.  Create a Welcoming Path.  If cement is underfoot on the path to your door, consider upgrading to a wide stone, brick, or curved cobblestone, or adding a hardscape in a tiled design to welcome visitors to your door.    stone walkway bhg

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Modern Spring Palettes

Spring decorating in this century avoids the sole use of saccharin sweet pastels often associated with the traditional Easter decor of decades past. Today’s modern spring palettes include fresh mixtures of classic hues and bold color. Here’s a peek at five spaces pulled from the archives to illustrate how to approach spring decorating in contemporary ways.    

Coral is a cross between pink and orange and is fetching when paired with complementary teal blue. Inject a dash of lime green for an invigorating combination sure to cheer any space.

bhg spring color palette

    

Refined plum balances the pastel lavender and pale celadon hues often associated with spring, together they make a chic bedroom space. 

plum spring palette bhg

     

Yellow brings thoughts of daffodils and sunshine so it’s the perfect accent for a spring inspired room – pull in mellow gray and energetic tangerine for an invigorating place to begin your day.  

 spring breakfast nook palette bhg

    

Mocha is an earthy neutral and the perfect anchor to lighthearted blush and berry pinks. Dark wood balances the feminine hues on display in this contemporary dining space.  

  blush and berry spring palette

 

Shades of blue and purple are analogous on the color wheel – temper neighboring hues of vivid orchid and bright turquoise with a soft gray blue for a balanced approach.

orchid and turquoise palette bhg

 

What color combinations are you inspired by this season? Do you have a go to hue you’re loving right now? Stop by to chat about it tonight at the Twitter Party, where the BH&G Style team is talking all about spring color palettes and decorating, details below.

 

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Talk soon!

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Spring Inspired Shopping Guide

 

Hello all, it’s April at last, so exiting! Spring has officially arrived and with it, nature comes to life again. I love watching the branches bud and the flowers bloom as they do each year, don’t you? 

Over at BH&G Shop, I rounded up a group of spring inspired picks that will bring a touch of the outdoors in with natural textures and botanical themed motifs.

 

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nature inspired picks

 

See the full Shopping Guide here!

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