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Better Homes and Gardens April 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
worldly wise

Danielle Sigwalt comes by her eclecticism honestly. Growing up, her parents were in the foreign service. So without consciously realizing it, Danielle was collecting design inspiration from the various places they lived around the world. “I find global-boho style intrinsically appealing as long as it’s tempered with a touch of glamour,” she says. “I definitely fall more into the high-heeled, rather than the Birkenstock, side of boho decor.” For the Arlington, VA, home she shares with her kids and husband Sebastien, Danielle combined pieces collected during her travels with modern finishes, bright colors, and a mix of thrifted and department store finds. She bridges aesthetic elements by pairing the unexpected. In the kitchen, for instance, flashes of brass shine against Moroccan-inspired clay tiles. In the master bedroom, an antique wood screen…

3 min
basket crafts

Filled with candy and goodies, the Easter basket is one of the sweetest traditions. But it was the actual basket-weave pattern that inspired us this year. These crafts and treats are dipped, dyed, and frosted to mimic the motif. RAINBOW BASKETS A dip in dye transforms inexpensive chipwood baskets. Choose your colors (the color formulas tool at ritdye.com has tons of options) and mix a dye bath according to directions. Submerge the whole thing or part of it, depending on the look you want, for 10 to 20 minutes. Or brush the dye onto certain parts of the basket. DYED EGGS Inspired by the warp and weft of a basket weave, this checkered motif gives traditional dyed eggs a modern two-tone effect. To create the pattern, apply vertical and horizontal lines of ¹/₈" graphic…

3 min
living color

PAINTED by NATURE Bearded iris may be a single color, speckled, or two- tone, such as this ‘Florentine Silk,’ above. The beard refers to the row of hairs at the center of the flower. When planting bearded iris in a border, below, mix with perennial grasses as well as other flowers, such as salvias and asters, that will come into their own after the irises have faded. "Bearded iris are seen as nostalgic flowers—the kind your grandmother might have grown,” says Kelly Norris, director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. (The author of A Guide to Bearded Irises started growing them at 12 and is still obsessed.) “Of course, the risk with being familiar is that bearded iris have often been forgotten in plain sight.” These days, though,…

3 min
in the kid zone

Melisa Fluhr had every intention of going back to work after her first son, Austin, was born, until she found out he had epilepsy. Craving more flexibility to be home and care for him, Melisa put her career on hold and poured her energy into decorating his nursery. “It was therapeutic and allowed me to tap into my creative side,” she says. Expecting they would spend a lot of time together in his room, she designed a baby- and parent-friendly space. She didn’t know it at the time, but that decision would launch an entirely new career. When the photos she posted online received overwhelming applause, Melisa realized her modern take on kids decor resonated with parents. So she teamed up with friend Pam Ginocchio to launch Project Nursery, a…

1 min
carrot & chickpea skillet

Briefly toasting the chickpeas crisps them and develops brown bits in the pan that flavor the dish. The chickpeas’ starches also help thicken the sauce at the end. TOTAL TIME 35 min. 1. In a 12-inch skillet heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high. Add chickpeas; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove chickpeas from skillet; set aside. 2. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to skillet. Add carrots, cauliflower, paprika, cumin, and ½ tsp. salt. Cook 5 minutes or until carrots and cauliflower are just tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth and orange juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, 10 minutes. Stir in chickpeas; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with mint. Makes 4 servings. EACH SERVING 415 cal, 15 g fat, 771 mg sodium, 58 g carb, 14 g…

2 min
green your beauty routine

GIVE AWAY OLD PRODUCTS Contact a local shelter to see if it will accept unopened or gently used products. Or send them to Project Beauty Share, which will distribute lightly used products (depending on the kind) to marginalized women. Piper recommends disinfecting anything that has been in contact with your skin with a mist or two of rubbing alcohol. (Put it in a spray bottle for mess-free cleaning.) USE EVERY LAST DROP Can’t reach the serum in the bottom of the jar? If a cotton swab doesn’t get it, consider a tool designed to keep products from going to waste. One to try: Recoup Beautiscoop, a wand with two spatulas that fit through the neck of small bottles ($14; amazon.com). But don’t try to thin out the formula. “Water seriously impacts a product’s…