Better Homes and Gardens February 2019

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We live in an age when waiting is something to be avoided at all costs. We have come to expect overnight shipping of almost everything, expedited highway tolls, on-demand entertainment, VIP airport check-in, and immediate responses to all texts. What ever happened to the delay of gratification? This time of year, those of us who love spring are forced to wait—whether we like it or not. And I don’t mind at all. I love the sense of anticipation as the small, almost hidden hints of spring gradually pop up. April’s magnolia flowers—snug inside their fuzzy bud casings all winter—begin to swell. And in my yard, the hundreds of bulbs I planted in October stick their little green heads above the frozen ground, dozing under a blanket of snow until the thaw. These…

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[SWEEPSTAKES] Win $15,000 to use toward organizing your home. Enter at for a chance to win. Details on page 97. Ready to Get Back in the Garden? Starting seeds indoors is the inexpensive way to grow your favorite herbs and veggies. We’ll show you how to successfully kick-start a garden on your windowsill then transplant seedlings. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM Looking for inspiration for your next porch refresh, date-night dinner, or decluttering project? @BETTERHOMESANDGARDENS has you covered. Try your favorite ideas, then tag your results #bhghome for a chance to be featured on our feed. QUICK & EASY UPDATES You don’t need to go on a shopping spree to refresh a space. Our DIY projects (like how to hang a gallery wall or temporary wallpaper) and tips for rearranging furniture will have you falling for your home…

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second-day hair solved

“Put your hair into two braids before bed. This cuts down on friction, so when you take them out in the morning, you have less frizz.” NUNZIO SAVIANO, SALON OWNER IN NEW YORK CITY how to restyle WAVY OR CURLY HAIR Waves and curls are prone to bedtime frizz because of their dry nature and, unless you sleep on silk, friction from the pillowcase. On top of that, curls can get crushed and lose their shape as you sleep. For morning restyling, Mia Emilio, a senior stylist at Devachan salon in New York City, recommends lightly squeezing your hair upward with wet hands to help revive products you applied the day before. Then add a dime-size amount of antifrizz styling cream. “Scrunch it in to restore the curl pattern,” she says. how to restyle FINE…

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erica explores the minimal mani

Instagram @embeautycoach As much as I love a fresh manicure, they’re hard to justify because I can’t give my kids a bath without chipping the polish. So unless it’s a special occasion, I usually keep my nails short and bare. Admittedly, that means they don’t look as put together as I’d like. But celebrity manicurist Miss Pop says, “Your nails don’t have to be polished to look polished.” Her No. 1 trick? Moisturize your cuticles every day. “Cuticle oil gives the nail flexibility, enhances shine, and prevents hangnails,” she says. For dry, rough, or discolored nails, a weekly exfoliation step, such as gentle buffing or a glycolic acid treatment, smooths and brightens the surface. And because I’m not a pro at polishing my own nails, I stick with forgiving shades. A…

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shades of lilac

IN DECORATING this master bedroom, New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis sought visual—and marital—harmony. “The client loves purple. Her husband loves blue. We needed a compromise that didn’t look like one,” he says. Papachristidis started with a rug including both colors. From there he mixed periwinkle bedding and curtains with deep violet accents. Changing up the patterns and tones—”not one of the blues or purples is exactly the same,” he says—gave the room dimension and character. GARDEN-INSPIRED COMBOS TRANQUIL Pair cool purple with cornflower blue for a calming setting, especially a bedroom. TOP Lush Lilac DE5970 BOTTOM Safe Harbor DE5865 (Dunn-Edwards) FRESH Green and purple are a fail-safe pairing—like flower petals against leaves. TOP Royal Lilac PPG1250-7 BOTTOM Peacock Green PPG1140-7 (PPG) VIBRANT Peach brings energy and warmth without overwhelming lilac. TOP Autumn Crocus 28-9 BOTTOM Azalea…

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all inclusive

Most people would accept that 500 square feet of attic space above a detached garage is likely to become a hoarding zone for rusty bikes and deflated soccer balls. But interior designer Marie Flanigan saw that little area—with its soothing natural light, secluded spot down her driveway, and perch among the trees—as brimming with potential for a guest suite. Her first step was to take down all the nonstructural beams in the 8-foot ceiling and vault it to the roofline, expanding the space to 13 feet at its peak and exposing hidden upper windows to make the room feel twice as big. Pale hues and bleached wood keep the backdrop quiet, and a fully outfitted kitchen and hidden washer and dryer help secure five-star reviews from guests. “EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT MAXIMIZING…