Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Decorating Book
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Everyone know Coach has books. Lots of books. Thousands of books.

Stacks of books in the barnAlthough typically he is more inclined to pick up historical books and vintage magazines rather than novels or DIY manuals, he recently came across this Flea Market Decorating Book at a…where else…flea market, so he grabbed it for me. This Flea Market Decorating…Creating Style with Vintage Finds book by Better Homes and Gardens (*BHG) was published in 2000, but is even more relevant today than it was than a decade ago. Today, flea marketing is big business, and dealers, decorators and homeowners alike know the thrill of the hunt and how to create home environs with one amazing found piece as the inspiration. This book contains page after page of glossy photos with inspired decorating ideas utilizing all styles of flea market finds. Some are maintained in their original form, some are altered in the necessary way to fit the intended space, like this hospital gurney turned bathroom vanity.

BHG Flea Market Decorating Hospital Gurney Bathroom Vanity
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The book is separated into chapters: The hunt (what to look for when flea market shopping), defining a style (which style suits you?

Cottage Style

BHG Flea Market Decorating Antique Cupboard Cottage Style
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Retro Rustic

BHG Flea Market Decorating Retro Rustic Dining Set
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Modern Country

BHG Flea Market Modern Country Decorating Bedroom
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Salvage Chic

BHG Defining a Style Salvage Chic
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or Fifties Plus

BHG Flea Market Decorating Mid-Century Modern Fifties Plus
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Once you find your treasure, you’ll find the chapters bringing it home (integrating your newly found pieces into your existing home decor, both inside…

BHG Flea Market Decorating Dresser in Kitchen
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…and out

BHG Flea Market Decorating Outdoor Patio
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&  can it be saved (with helpful DIY tips…everything from refinishing wood to rewiring old lamps)

BHG Flea Market Decorating Book Restoring Finish on Table
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to be most invaluable. At the end there is a national listing of flea markets and look here..my two favorite Massachusetts markets! Brimfield Flea Market and our very own Todd Farm Flea Market (April can’t come fast enough, my friends!)

BHG Flea Market Decorating Book Todd Farm AdIf you are an avid flea marketer (like me and Coach) and love to decorate with vintage furnishings, this book could quickly become your flea market bible. So many inspired ideas and great design mixed in with helpful hints and information. If you are lucky enough, you can find it at your local flea market, or it is still available on Amazon.com. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go make a bowling pin trunk : )

BHG Bowling Pin Trunk Table
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Do you have a favorite room designs with flea market decor?? If so, please share it with me- just send a pic and I will post it here and on my social media pages : ) Have a great (& not too snowy) Sunday everyone!! Susan

 

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BHG Color Palette of the Year ADVENTUREEver since I wrote the blog post about different paint companies introducing their “colors of the year” I have been asked again and again, “who decides that? and how do I get to be the person who chooses the color for the entire year? and why does it have to be just one color?”  Recently, I was approached by Meredith Corp, the parent company of *Better Homes and Gardens to request that I take a look at their trending “Better Homes and Gardens’ 2015 Color Palette of the Year”. Unlike other publications and paint companies, I was happy to see that BHG chose not just one color, but an entire color palette for your design inspiration. According to the press release, ” The collection of six colors highlights the most current trends in home and fashion, in hues that complement each other through multiple combinations.”  

BHG 2015 Color Palette of the Year BOLDThe pressing question for me is how was this particular palette chosen? “To design the palette, Better Homes and Gardens editors scouted trend forecasts, runway shows, trade show booths, and spoke with color experts at the Color Marketing Group’s International Summit. BHG editors then fine-tuned the tones to offer hues that are modern, lasting, and most importantly, livable.”  I believe the key word there is livable. I have seen many single “colors of the year” that I just could not imagine living with in my home. But this palette provides a much broader array of colors that could fit any style of decor, whether its country, mid-century or sleek and modern.

So, here are two room samples; the differences are striking, but the colors are exactly the same in each space. It’s the color placement choices that create the entirely different moods in the two rooms. You want deep and dreamy?

BHG Color Palette of the Year DEEP & DREAMYChoose the darker, richer color- in this case the Pratt & Lambert Stone’s Throw Gray- in the palette for the walls to envelop you and use the lighter colors for the furnishings and decor. Light and Lively is accomplished with the alternate approach:

BHG Color Palette of the Year LIGHT & LIVELYpainting the walls in the lightest color of the palette and accessorize with the darker hues for pops of color creates a fresh, cheery space.

So what are the six colors in this year’s Better Homes & Gardens’ palette?

Essential Teal by BehrOCEANIC BLUE: Deep and dreamy with a refreshing intensity.

Behr Essential Teal BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodeStone’s Throw by Pratt & Lambert...SOPHISICATED GRAY: Dripping with drama. Rich, sexy and serene.

Pratt & Lambert Stones Throw BHG Color Palette of the Year CodedPanama Rose by PPG...FRESH BERRY: The perfect kick of color, bursting with life.

PPG Panama Rose 1181-7 BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodeSalmon Rose by ValsparSHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL: Like a chameleon – sassy, yet soft.

Valspar Salmon Rose BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedNaive Peach by Sherwin-Williams...WARM BLUSH: Romantic in the home and flattering on every skin type.

Sherwin Williams Naive Peach BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedParadise by Sherwin-WilliamsRAINFOREST GREEN: A show-stopping jewel tone that looks and feels alive.

Sherwin Williams Paradise BHG Color Palette of the Year 2015 CodedWith a tropical flair and inspired by nature, these colors can be used in any combination or combined altogether to add a bright, cheerful, welcoming feeling to any room. According to designer Eddie Ross, Better Homes and Gardens’ East Coast Editor:  “We’ve created a foundation that not only works well together, but allows readers to isolate a single color or combination to create a sophisticated, yet livable room. Color can be very personal, and while certain colors may be trending, we want to make sure ours have staying power. The colors we’ve chosen are meant to give readers the building blocks for experimenting with no-fail creativity,” he adds. “Modern switches in color can completely change the look and feel of anything from a container garden to a table setting. Even the right shade of glassware can elevate the experience of something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee.”

You can view additional rooms and styles with this year’s color palette online or in the March Color Issue of Better Homes and Gardens, available on newsstands today. Or by visiting their Instagram page where they have been sharing pics of inspired decor from bloggers using the hashtag #BHGColor.  So if I had to choose one of these colors for my color of the year, it would be Essential Teal by Behr-I do love my blues… How about you? Does this palette speak to you? Would you use any or all of it in your home? I am dreaming of color right now because all I am seeing around me is mountains of white snow!! Have a colorful Tuesday everyone! Susan

 

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IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDH

After I created my Times-Square featured Vintage Bedspring Marquee Light,

Black & Decker Times Square Billboard Times SquareCoach quickly found a second bedspring that he thought I could transform as well. But, one giant marquee sign is more than this girl needs, so I had him cut the springs off of the frame to save for other projects. Like this cute little votive candle holder I created over the holidays.

Rusty Bedspring Coil Votive Candle Holder Country Design HomeBeing trapped in the house this weekend while the snow mountains build, I figured I’d take another look at the bin of bedsprings and see what I could create. Here is my latest project, simple and fun with a cool, vintage look! So what do you have when you take an

IKEA Sekond Black & White Textile Light Cord Set

IKEA Bedspring Pendant Light Sekond Cord Kit

 

Plus SignAn Edison Bulb

IKEA Hack Vintage Light Fixture
Plus SignA vintage bedspring coil painted silver?

Ikea Sekond Bedspring LightYou get this!

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDHA vintage pendant light to hang anywhere in your home that could use a spot of light. (which, is pretty much everywhere in my house right now since there is absolutely NO sunlight…)

Very simple project, actually. You take the cord and unscrew the flange from the base.

IKEA Sekond Pendant Light attach to bedspringI used a silver-painted coil spring, but you could certainly use a rusted metal one, or paint one pink or blue or whatever color you wish.

Insert the socket of the light into the top of the spring. Fits perfectly! Then you take the flange and screw it in from the bottom of the spring and turn it clockwise until you have a snug fit with a coil.

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light

Screw in the lightbulb. (Remember that old joke about how many bloggers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Yeah, me neither. But if you think of one, let me know)

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light W Edison BulbHang the cord from the ceiling hooks provided in the cord kit or use your favorite wall bracket or lantern holder. Twist and knot the cord to keep it from slipping, then plug it in. Voila! A DIY vintage light fixture-no wiring needed!

IKEA Sekond Bedspring Pendant Light by CDH

Hope you’re having a great Sunday everyone. If you’re in  New England, stay safe. And if you’re in some warm, sunny place, then stay there. Seriously. Susan

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