The BHG Innovation Home is out!!

22 Sep 2015
Better Homes & Gardens' October 2015 issue is finally out on newsstands, and, with it, the story on the Innovation Home that we decorated!!  The Innovation Home was all about weaving technology into everyday life and into a home in a way that feels pretty and seamless.  Things like TVs hidden in bathroom mirrors, touch screen shower controls that memorize your water temperature and pressure preferences, and speakers in the bath tub make a house seriously functional and cool, but it was our job to make the house feel warm and like a "home."   I am SO excited to share a few of the spaces with you today!! 

{The Living Room set the tone for the whole house.  I often like to do living rooms & kitchens first and then branch off from there for the rest of the spaces. }

I wanted the living room to have a relaxed, layered, and natural yet colorful vibe.   A mix of new pieces like the blue sofa, gray wing chairs and leather chair (Lee Industries) and vintage items like the rug and burl coffee table make the room feel lived-in and comfortable.  Airy cotton curtains in a blue & white Les Indiennes paisley feel fresh and create a pretty play between white and cream.  The trim in the house is white and the walls are ivory so using both ivory and cream elements throughout the house was key.  I love a blend of both.    


{I'm slightly in love with this leather chair by Lee Industries.  It adds a little bit of a MidCentury edge & to the room.  Michael Walters styled the house and did an AMAZING job!!!  It's this final layer that really made the house feel like an actual home.  A good stylist is almost like an interior designer's designer...  Once all of the major pieces for the house had been selected, Michael & I talked about how all of the accessories should feel and he absolutely nailed it: vintage, quirky, books, nature, relaxed, simple wildflowers & greenery in lieu of traditional arrangements.}

I love this little area at the end of the upstairs hall:


{The blue barn doors lead to a family den.  I love upstairs space like this because they help keep kids' bedrooms less cluttered because toys, games, etc. can be store in here instead of in their rooms! }

The kitchen opens to an informal dining area which has doors to both the back deck and a screened-in porch:


{In the dining room, an earthy striped Dash & Albert rug is juxtaposed with fresh blues in the curtains and the painted buffet by Furniture From the Barn.  The brass sputnik, again, adds a little bit of quirk and a hint of MidCentury.  The white rattan chairs with faux bamboo chairs are made of a woven plastic...  love them.  I used to have Barbie furniture like them and they bring back memories;) }

And, finally, here's a peek at the screened-in porch:


{The porch is basically an additional living room with a fireplace, outdoor lamps, comfortable chairs & a rug.   I want one!!!!} 

 The October issue is out on newsstands now and features the entire home.  To view all of the fun behind-the-scenes info and read details about all of the items used throughout the house- including the furnishings and the crazy technology that was woven throughout so seamlessly- click here.   I absolutely loved working on this project with the talented team at Better Homes & Gardens.  They're such a down-to-earth and nice group of people.  Anyway, I'm off for the day, but hope you enjoyed this little peek into the house!! 

*Story Produced by Kit Seltzer & Jill Waage
*Styling by Michael Walters
*Photography by Greg Scheidemann

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