Better Homes and Gardens September 2020

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editor's letter

HOME BASE What does the umpire say when a player slides successfully into home plate? Safe. That’s the way I’ve been feeling these days as I open the front door and drop my keys on the entry table. It’s not because I’m terrified of leaving my house since the lockdown. I’m writing this in early July, and at this point I’m fairly used to bobbing and weaving down the sidewalk, washing my hands, and wearing masks. However, because I can’t magically turn back the clock to the carefree days of pre-COVID-19, there is a longer list of things to think about when I step outside now. That’s why for this September issue the editors and I decided to celebrate one of our greatest assets—the healing power of home. Most of us have…

2 min what's trending online

STRESS-FREE HOME Craving more calm in your life? We tapped 11 designers for their top tips on making any room a sanctuary. Read up on choosing color palettes, creating focal points, layering textiles, and adding ambience with scent and light. [SWEEPSTAKES] Win $25,000 to refresh and cozy up your home. Enter at for a chance to win. Details below. DIY Concrete Fire Bowl Extend the outdoor season with this modern fire bowl you can make in an afternoon. You’ll be able to enjoy brisk evenings toasting marshmallows while snuggled under your favorite flannel throw. Get the full how-to at [EXCLUSIVE BH&G OFFER] Heirloom Fragrant Peony Trio Their romantic ruffles and heady sweet-to-spicy scent have made these heirloom peonies favorites for more than 100 years. Planted in a sunny bed, ’Edulis Superba’, ‘Duchesse de Nemours’, and…

2 min
grown-up rainbows

Brittany Watson Jepsen, of the lifestyle blog The House That Lars Built, is a self-described rainbow junkie. (She even wrote the book Craft the Rainbow with 40 paper projects.) Brittany’s team painted a bold version in an on-trend palette as a showstopping focal point in this bedroom. The result proves that a rainbow is a naturally uplifting addition to any room. PRO TIP Cast the shape onto the wall with a projector to trace the lines, then tape off and paint every other arch. Remove the tape while the paint is wet. Let dry, retape, and paint remaining arches. THE BRIGHT SIDE Optimistic and cheery, these multicolor arcs add joyful oomph to any wall, desktop, or kitchen counter.…

2 min
made in the shade

MAT SANDERS designer; @thematfinish WHAT HE USED Homemade food coloring-based watercolors (recipe at he muted with some coffee. THE TRICK To prevent drips, use a natural-bristle brush that’s damp, not wet. BETH DIANA SMITH interior designer@bethdianasmith WHAT SHE USED African Wax Print fabric and fringe trim. She coated the inside of the fabric with spray glue, then secured the pleats, seams, and fringe with fabric glue. THE TRICKS Iron hems and pleats; binder clips hold them in place as you work. LIZ KAMARUL stylist & muralist @liz_kamarul WHAT SHE USED Interior house paint and a 2" angled brush. TECHNIQUE Draw design with a pencil. Paint thin, even coats, letting each dry before the next. THE TRICK “I didn’t use any tape. I just went nice and slow to get crisp, straight lines.” INSLEE FARISS artist; @inslee WHAT SHE USED ”Angelus Leather Paint. It adheres well, dries fast, and requires no water mixing.” THE…

2 min
upgrade the everyday

I’ve always used my “fancy” dishes, even for my morning toast, above. And now that we’ve all been at home more than ever, it seems especially true that this is the time to enjoy them. Why save the special plates for company or holidays? I’m encouraging you to pull out your grandma’s china, even if it’s for dinner with the kids on a Tuesday night or a midday pick-me-up. Beautiful things are made for using. FOR THE FLOOR WIPE RIGHT Finding a stylish and functional doormat or runner for the entry can be a challenge. Too often the functional ones don’t have much personality and the decorative ones don’t have enough grip. Enter Porch & Hall, brainchild of designer Stafford Meyer. Her designs speak to our favorite styles, and they’re stain-resistant, antiskid, and…

1 min
railroad stripes

No matter the style—pinstripe, ticking, cabana—“stripes are timeless,” says designer Mark D. Sikes. Turned horizontally (called railroading), the motif makes this room feel playful and look wider. “It’s fun and functional,” he says. Stripes work best when you consider the big picture. 1 MAKE A CLEAN SLATE Painting the ceiling, walls, and floor white turns the room into a blank canvas so the curtains command attention. Even the white light fixtures blend into the background. 2 USE TEXTURE Repetition makes a room flow but doesn’t have to be literal. The drapery stripes pick up on the lines of the shiplap ceiling and subtly continue around the room in the texture of the wicker and rattan chairs. 3 LIMIT COLOR Sikes sticks to a range of garden greens so eyes aren’t pulled away from the stripes by…