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Better Homes and Gardens February 2014

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Meredith Corporation
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between friends

Small Ideas Are a Big Deal, Too Somewhere between a Saturday decorating project and a full-fledged renovation lies a genre of home improvement our editors call a “refresh.” It’s just what the name implies: a reenergizing of rooms and furnishings with decorating updates, light remodeling (optional!), and personal touches. It’s the way most of us evolve our homes, combining old, new, and reclaimed to express a style uniquely our own. This issue celebrates the refresh. The real-life homes we showcase are layered with ideas that elevate style and add function in “aha” ways. You have to admire the vision of a designer who can pick up a secondhand chair (or two, or four) and transform it into a great personality piece with paint and fabric (page 22). Or applaud the spirit of…

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bhg.com

Win Daily Prizes! Enter our daily sweepstakes for a chance to win fabulous prizes to accessorize your home. Pillows, small appliances, and more—you could be the winner of our editors’ favorite picks. See entry details on page 142. Enter at BHG.com/WinFeb Who are your fave bloggers We’re so inspired by the creative projects and recipes that bloggers share daily, this year we’re hosting our first annual Better Homes and Gardens® blogger awards. We want to know whom you can’t go without reading, pinning, or liking on Instagram. Submit your must-read favorites through February 7, then vote on the ultimate winners in late February. The winning bloggers will receive $200 and appear in an upcoming issue. See entry details on page 142. BHG.com/BloggerAwards Blog we love JULIEBLANNER.COM WHO SHE IS Julie Blanner draws on her event planning background…

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join the club

Free party extras Our downloadable guide gives you project how-tos, seven delicious recipes, and info on the cookbooks we chose for our party. BHG.com/BookClub TEXT HEAVY These recipe-covered linens give you sweet inspiration. Retro Recipes Entree Organic Tea Towel, $18; artgoodiesonline.com ADD HEIGHT Put your star dessert on display with this classic cake stand. Venezia Wooden Pedestal Stand, $59; williams-sonoma.com LONG OVERDUE Pass out blank library cards so guests can jot down recipes or cookbook info as the night winds down. $4.25 for 25 cards; knotandbow.com WE’RE OBSESSED! Add to your vintage cookbook collection by checking out stores that specialize in selling them, such as Rabelais in Maine. rabelaisbooks.com Stow beverages and additional nibbles on a bar cart, above, to keep guests mingling. Instead of tossing past-theirprime cookbooks, dye the pages and create vintage book page wreaths for pretty party…

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february moments to make and things to do

62% The portion of grill owners who flip (open) for the Super Bowl—making it winter’s biggest grilling day. Score big with a Sonoran game day dog: Wrap in bacon, grill, and serve in a bolillo (or any large, crusty roll). Cool to be kind Earn extra karma points during Random Acts of Kindness week, February 10–16. According to The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, paying it forward is easy—like donating used, clean towels to a local animal shelter or feeding the meter for a stranger. We’re inspired by Rachel Hollis, who’s tackling her own 50 random acts challenge at her blog, The Chic (thechicsite.com). Her favorite moment so far: Passing out bright balloons to kids at the local park. Best cellar Nothing would go better with a cozy winter night than that yummy Pinot…

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ace of lace

1. GRAB BAG Vintage gets a refresh with this everyday tote. $59; kohls.com2. WRISTFUL THINKING Gold leaves shine on this Chantilly cuff. $98; stelladot.com3. A CUT ABOVE This luminaria-inspired pendant is worth glowing over. $79; shadesoflight.com4. FINE TIME A petite timepiece clocks in at 7 inches across. $36; uncommonhandmade.com5. GREAT PLATE Dress up dessert with these handmade servers. $58 each; lacepottery.com6. FLOOR MODEL Oversize plays down sweet in this area rug. $89; urbanoutfitters.com 7. DIAMONDS IN THE PUFF Mismatched patches add a sharp new angle. $85; blisslivinghome.com…

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new orleans la

OPEN PORCH POLICY Equal parts block party, trick-ortreating, and housewarming, a porch crawl is a friendly stroll from stoop to stoop for cocktails and finger foods, with an only-in-NOLA addition of live music. The onceinformal custom has gotten a post-Katrina makeover into a bona fide event: The Mid-City Porch Crawl began as a way to raise money for the neighborhood and has grown into an annual benefit. Try this: For your next at-home gathering, host a casual porch perch to welcome friends and warm weather. HOME BASE Refresh your space the green way via Spruce, a retail store and design studio with a super curated collection of sustainable, fair trade, and locally made products. Whether you shop in store or online, chances are excellent that the creators benefit directly from your…