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Better Homes and Gardens January 2014

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new help for the yearly vow

Is it a terrible thing to admit that my New Year’s resolutions rarely change from year to year? The most persistent of all is my annual promise to declutter, get organized, and stay that way. I never quite get there, but I do make progress. Organizing is a January ritual, a tangible way of getting the fresh start that the New Year promises. But there are far less poetic reasons for this month’s clean sweep: Gifts under the tree suddenly need a home. Receipts and year-end statements pile up on the mail drop. Snowy boots and stray gloves puddle by the back door. For most of us, that’s all the inspiration we need to kick into high organizing gear. Help is in your hands. Our January issue is your get-started guide to…

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win $15,000 to organize your home

Storage tips & tricks ADORABLE FREE LABELS Keep your space organized with customizable DIY labels. Solve every storage problem with these simple tags and stickers in fun designs. BHG.com/FreeLabel FIND SLIVERS OF STORAGE Think there’s no way you can pack another inch of storage into your house? Think again! Explore these overlooked spots. BHG.com/SliversOfStorage CURE YOUR CLUTTER Sign up for our weekly storage newsletter to get expert advice delivered to your in-box, and you’ll be on your way to a clutter-free home in no time. BHG.com/CureClutter Blog we love SKINNYTASTE.COM LIGHTENING UP When graphic designer Gina Homolka was searching for recipes that worked with her Weight Watchers plan, nothing online piqued her interest. She decided to put her photography and cooking skills to the test and created her blog, Skinny Taste. RECIPE REDOs Gina specializes in lighter…

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chinese new year

Celebrate this colorful holiday with a festive twist on tradition. 2014—the Year of the Horse—gets started right with these party ideas. FABRIC FORTUNES Turn fabric scraps into keepsake fortune cookies. For a free pattern, go to BHG.com/NewYearsParty. January 31 marks the beginning of the 15-day Chinese New Year festival. It’s the perfect time to celebrate good friends, good food, and good fortune. Give this traditional Chinese holiday a new look with fresh color combinations and fun takes on old favorites. NO-FUSS FARE Welcome guests to your party with a lucky Mandarin Mimosa. To make, mix orange or mandarin juice, champagne, and a splash of Grand Marnier, then garnish with skewers of frozen pineapple. Spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen by opting for Chinese takeout. PARTY PALETTE Brighten the traditional gold-and-red combo…

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january

MOMENTS TO MAKE AND THINGS TO DO Pen it in You know what they say about failing to plan. Put these noteworthy dates on your 2014 calendar: January 20: Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Find a local project at mlkday.gov—or turn to “Family Time” on page 84 for inspiration from some service-minded moms. February 7: Indulge your luge love and half-pipe dreams. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, air this month on NBC. Our must-see: The post-competition figure skating gala. Sequins, anyone? June 12: World Cup kicks off this month from Brazil. If you’re tuning in for the goals, chances are good you’ll also hear a chorus of cornetas—the South American version of the vuvuzela! July 4: It falls on Friday this year—the ultimate TGIF. Get ready for an epic three-day weekend. October 3:…

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vanity fairest

There’s a lot of pretty in these practical placeholders for everyday jewelry and beauty accessories. OUT ON A LIMB Drape everyday jewelry here—then just grab and go. PAIRED OFF Dainty dotted vases are useful as bud or brush holders. 1. GOLD STARS Rest rings and studs in these gilded half shells. $25 for large, $20 for small; canvashomestore.com 2. DIAMOND DECKER This multifaceted hold-all is a gorgeous go-to for boxing up baubles. $29.99; containerstore.com 3. DOTS LANDING Petite vases prettify a vanity top. $40 for round, $36 for teardrop; babasouk.ca 4. BRANCH OUT Suspend chains and charms on this trio of twigs. $18; umbra.com 5. MIGHTY MINIS These little cups are perfect for cotton balls and swabs, but their looks are anything but utilitarian. $25 each; alderandcoshop.com 6. REFLECTING POOL Brandish a better…

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repeating pattern

Textile designer Chanee Vijay achieves visual impact with pattern restraint and multiple textures. A salvaged bar cart in the dining room, this photo, features one of her prints, and a nubby basket in the foyer, opposite, balances a display of mirrors and artwork. Fresh thinking. That’s what it would take once Chanee Vijay decided to trade a corporate career for a home business designing and hand-printing fabrics. The front room of her traditional Charlotte home was ripe for transformation, becoming a studio where she could do everything her business required. She picked furnishings with a painted white finish for a palette that’s easy to live with and always looks clean. She added texture with baskets and used accessories such as art, rugs, and cushions for hits of color. Chanee decorated the rest of…