Better Homes and Gardens April 2019

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editor’s letter

I was a weird kid. I didn’t realize that at the time, but looking back, I can imagine my parents scratching their heads from time to time about my childhood hobbies, which around the age of 7 included a keen interest in Greek mythology and flowers. But don’t worry! Though it may sound unlikely, I did have friends. My two hobbies came together in my love of one humble but glorious plant in a neighbor’s yard: bearded iris. Ancient Greeks personified the rainbow as a goddess named Iris—the daughter of a sea god and a cloud nymph—who ran messages up and down the rainbow between Olympus and Earth. My earthbound obsession was across the street from our house in West Texas. The retired couple who lived there had an almost lawnless…

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Become a BH&G Insider GET A PRO ROOM MAKEOVER Insider members get a $199-value online consultation with an interior designer from Havenly. They’ll suggest new layout and decor options and compile a custom shopping list so you can execute the makeover. EASTER CUPCAKES Celebrate with a batch of these adorable confections. Jordan almond chicks in shredded cereal nests, frosted flowers, and marshmallow bunnies—they’re almost too cute to eat. Almost. [SWEEPSTAKES] Win $25,000 to create your dream kitchen. Enter at for a chance to win. Details on page 131. Backyard Basics Our Green Space hub is your go-to source for designing and maintaining a beautiful yard. Visit for a crash course on choosing the right trees, planting a border with shrubs, using ornamental grasses, and more. [EXCLUSIVE BH&G OFFER] Summer Crush Hydrangea The intense color of this new…

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obsessed with terrazzo

You might recognize it from the halls of your high school, ’70s office buildings, or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but terrazzo isn’t only underfoot anymore. The material is breaking into the home decor world cast as planters, lamps, and candleholders. And its kaleidoscope pattern is being thrown like supersize confetti onto wallpapers, furniture, and textiles. PHOTO: JACOB FOX; PROPS: DESIGNED AND MADE BY BESLER & SONS, MOCASTORE.ORG. PHOTOS: JACOB DONNELLY, CARSON DOWNING…

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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; But don’t try to thin out the formula. “Water seriously impacts a product’s…

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natural makeup

MASCARA This affordable vegan formula lengthens lashes and boosts volume without flaking or smudges. EYE PALETTE What’s included: Eight neutral shadows in matte or shimmer for dressing up or down. What’s missing? Red flag ingredients like parabens and phthalates. CONCEALER + FOUNDATION Organic coconut and jojoba oils give the camouflage a creamy, melt-into-your-skin quality. The 16 shades mean everyone can find a match. Dr. Hauschka High Spirits Eye Crayon works as a liner or shadow. Duo 01, $20; drhauschka.comPacifica Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara, $14; pacificabeauty.comBabo Botanicals Tinted Facial SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen is moisturizer, sun protection, and makeup. $21; follain.comRMS “Un” Cover-Up, $36; rmsbeauty.comBurt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick in Peony Pool, $13; burtsbees.comPYT Beauty No BS Eyeshadow Palette, $28; PHOTO: CARSON DOWNING; PAPER ART: REINA TAKAHASHI…

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shopping with justine marjan

FRAGRANCE “This dreamy, fresh floral reminds me of Paris.” Maison Margiela Replica Flower Market Travel Spray, $28 SHOP TALK “My work trips can be unpredictable, and space is limited, so hair products and tools that multitask are a must,” says Justine Marjan, who frequently travels with clients to photo shoots and events. (She’s also an ambassador for the hair tool company GHD.) Her favorites: A flat iron with rounded edges works like a curling iron too. It creates sleek looks, as well as curls and waves, Justine says. Deep conditioner is more than a rinse-out treatment. Justine uses it for slick-back styles, braids, and buns. FIND EASY HAIRSTYLES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP AT BHG.COM/TRAVELHAIR. PHOTOS: (PORTRAIT) MJ MERKLEY, (PENCIL, LIP BALM, HAND CREAM, FLOSS, FLAT IRON) CARSON DOWNING…