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Better Homes and Gardens April 2018

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color theory

(PHOTO: KATHRYN GAMBLE)Remember mood rings? I know I’m dating myself here, but as a kid, I was obsessed for one hot Texas summer about the idea that the “jewel” in those rings could indicate how a person was feeling emotionally: Pink was happy, black was depressed, blue was optimistic. My little glass oval was often an indecipherable shade of puce, which worried me a little—but only until I moved on to the next fad (pet rocks).This year while producing our annual color issue, we looked at the long-standing link between color and psychology and how certain parts of the color spectrum have been used in interior design over time.Traditionally speaking, a den or library feels cozy when painted in dark colors like brown or forest green. A kitchen seems happy…

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WHAT’S TRENDING ON BHG.COM1 HOST A CASUAL has the know-how you need to throw a relaxed party.2 THIS SPRING, GO GREENOur guide to cleaner living—in time for Earth Day resolutions. GET DINNER READY IN NO TIMEYour evenings just got easier: simplifies meal prep.Grow your greens We want to help you grow more delicious edibles. Tips and how-tos at[SWEEPSTAKES]Win a $5,000kitchen makeover from N-Hance Wood Refinishing, plus $2,500 for new kitchen appliances.Visit to enter for a chance to win. Details on page 134.[GET SOCIAL]BHGCELEBRATE“It was fun dragging that mirror downstairs, said nobody ever!” shares lifestyle blogger Cara Irwin (@goldalamode). But after catching her breath, Cara snapped this pic to celebrate her living room refresh. Check out more celebratory moments in our #BHGCelebrate Instagram feed, then upload…

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bright side

SHARON BUTTERFLY LOUNGE CHAIRWhipstitched leather elevates a dorm-room staple. $156; allmodern.comMONTANA YELLOW PILLOW COVERThis soft pillow cover looks like suede but is machine-washable. $48; madurahome.comSON OF A SAILOR BROWN LEATHER HANDLESSwap in these handles for a quick dresser update. $14–$20 each; cb2.comHAPPY STITCH BOXESSimple stitching and tropical colors bring a hint of the beach to bookshelves. $36 each; find stores at twoscompany.comSMALL MEASURING TAPEA handy basic, beautified. Plus, it’s small enough (2" diameter) to carry in a purse. $35; leatherology.comLEATHER VASE VESSELSLeather-wrapped glass vases make a textural statement. $40–$50 each; HOLDEREach tanned leather stand is 6" tall and comes with an air plant. $35; jayteske.comSMALL FOLDED LEATHER BASKETTuck magazines and memos into this refined 11"×16" bin. $88; shopterrain.comROCCO POUFSStuff these versatile poufs with old clothes or grocery bags. $100;…

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make your own leather vases

CUT IT OUTPrint template at Trace onto leather and transfer marks for holes. Cut out.PUNCH HOLESUse a rotary leather punch to make holes the same size as the rivets.CONNECT SECTIONSBring right hole of one flap over left hole of next; secure rivet with setting tool. Repeat with all holes; insert tumbler.GET THE LEATHERLook for leather that’s 2–4 oz. (0.8–1.6 mm thick). It’s sold by the yard ($15–$25) at crafts stores or at KITHere’s what you’ll need for this project: A pair of heavy-duty scissors or leather shears, a heavy-duty rotary leather punch, 8 mm rivets and setting tool, and a 3"- to 4"-tall tumbler.Watch the videoVisit to see a how-to video for this vase craft, then download the template to make your own.BUYING INFORMATION: CARSON DOWNING;…

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french accent

(PHOTOS: ROBIN NATHAN PHOTOGRAPHY)(ROBIN NATHAN PHOTOGRAPHY)(LINDSEY ELTINGE PHOTOGRAPHY)(LINDSEY ELTINGE PHOTOGRAPHY)(ROBIN NATHAN PHOTOGRAPHY)INSIDER GUIDEMarie-Laure shares her top spots to experience Atlanta’s unique food scene.PERRINE’S WINE SHOPMarie-Laure’s go-to spot for a taste of home is Perrine Prieur’s wine, cheese, and decor shop. “We partner on events and love adding French flair to town,” she says. perrineswine.comPONCE CITY MARKETHaving studied architecture, Marie-Laure is an admirer of Ponce’s mix of industrial building and upscale atmosphere. She recently opened a kiosk in the market. poncecitymarket.comMORNINGSIDE FARMERS MARKET“It’s the oldest farmers market in the city and the only one fully certified organic,” Marie-Laure says. The market is open Saturday mornings year-round. morningsidemarket.comLe Jardin Français isn’t the kind of place you go to snag a quick bouquet for date night. Founder Marie-Laure isn’t about to let you…

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new &next

(PHOTO: (PILLOWS) JACOB FOX){NEW COLLABORATION}PB × LILLY PULITZERJust in time to fuel our craving for sunny summer afternoons by the pool, Pottery Barn is using the Palm Beach resort-wear patterns of Lilly Pulitzer on home goods. The cheery line includes furniture (from $149), pillows ($39–$60), and rugs ($79 and up) for indoors, outdoors, teens, and kids. A staycation suddenly looks a lot more alluring.{DESTINATION}HISTORY BUFF’S GETAWAYIf your idea of paradise is peeking into the parlors and boxwood-hedged courtyards of historical homes, book a last-minute trip to Charleston, SC, for the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens. Daily tours between March 15 and April 21 allow rare access inside the doors (and garden gates) of private homes dating back to the 18th century. Events include wine tastings and live music.…