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Better Homes and Gardens May 2014

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Innovation. Because. As summer approaches, I’m gearing up for the extra hours of sunlight the warmweather months bring. While we have the same 24 hours in the day, somehow those slow sunsets let me play more and take life a little easier. Time, ease, enjoyment—those are things busy women can use more of, any day of any season. This month, our annual Innovation Issue brings you the newest and smartest ways to get more, beginning where it matters most—in your home. Created just for this issue, our 2014 Innovation Kitchen (page 59) shows how connected technology makes a difference for the better in everyday living. A washing machine that pings me when the wash cycle is complete—I’ll take it. Window shades that go up and down in unison with a tap on…

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Win $25,000 in Our Pantry Raid Sweepstakes Enter at BHG.com/WinPantry More editors’ favorites DECORATING FACE-OFF Which room wears it best? Our home editors Eddie and Kelly weighed in, and now it’s your turn. Vote for your favorites and see which editor’s style you identify with. BHG.com/FaceOff LEMONS, 10 WAYS Enjoy your face-scrunching favorite in 10 fresh recipes. Did you know lemons go great in mashed potatoes? Prepare for an all-out citrus party with these recipes. BHG.com/LemonRecipes WIN A LAWN TRACTOR Get the yard of your dreams. Enter for your chance to win a John Deere lawn tractor and attachment to make mowing a breeze. See entry details on page 178. BHG.com/WinBestYard Blog we love FREUTCAKE.COM WHAT YOU’LL FIND Graphic designer Leah Bergman created Freutcake to combine her creativity and love of cooking. After four years, it’s a hub for indulgent recipes,…

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guest of honor

Instead of signing a book, each guest can write a note and add it to a “garden of good wishes.” Tucked into a bed of wheatgrass, the honoree’s favorite flowers set the party palette. See how to make the garden and note holders at BHG.com/GardenNotes. FLOWER POWER Water-filled floral tubes are the secret to keeping this arrangement fresh. LETTER PERFECT A papier-mâché letter, spraypainted metallic, makes a chic balloon anchor. PIECE OF CAKE Stack pedestals on a platter to make a cupcake tower. Play out the palette with colorful liners. DRINK SPECIAL Melon cutouts and a clever name (we call ours the Kelly Collins) make the house cocktail an ode to the honoree. LEAVE A MESSAGE Make your own note holders out of thin-gauge gold wire, available at crafts stores. How-to video: BHE.com/Wire Holders INITIAL IMPRESSION Metallic monograms get paper napkins partyready.…

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MOMENTS TO MAKE AND THINGS TO DO Sweat equity Sweat equity Turn workouts into fund-raisers with the Charity Miles app. Donor partners reward your every exertion—10 cents for each mile biked, 25 cents per mile walked or run. After your cooldown, just tap the app to pick which of 10 charities, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, will gain from your pain. charitymiles.org Mother lode That little voice in your head? It’s your mother. From the shallows (“You like what you’re wearing?”) to the deep end (“Pain equals growth”), Erin McHugh’s collection of momisms will make you laugh, cry, and relate. Like My Mother Always Said ($14.95; abramsimage.com) Horsing around Known as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby showcases horses whose names can seem longer than the race itself. But did you know there’s…

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providence ri

aka: The Creative Capital Population: 178,432 Fun fact: Home of one of America’s oldest restaurants on wheels, the Haven Brothers Diner, rolling since 1888. GREEN SCENE An abandoned gas station is radically repurposed into Cluck!, a gardener and urban homesteader’s hot spot, where the hands-on staff offer plenty of advice for hive and coop novices. If you’ve been on the chicken wire fence, just give them a call and they’ll talk you through it. cluckri.com CONTAINER SCORE Forget party clowns—we want Jen Karow at our next bash. She’s given the terrarium craze a fun spin with guided DIY workshop parties (for adults or kids). She brings the materials and instruction; guests walk away with live and lovely favors. reclaimedcuriosities.com EYE FOR DESIGN Alumni, faculty, and students of the Rhode Island School of Design make up…

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curating a cottage

When Mary Ann Pickett brings a piece of furniture into her home, it’s a longterm arrangement. Furnished with family antiques and sturdy basics bought years ago but freshened in clever ways, her beachy bungalow proves that in the right hands, everything old can look new again. “The kitchen floor is honed slate, and it is carried out onto the patio so that with the doors open—which they mostly are—the space feels bigger,” says Mary Ann, with kids Alexandra and Thomas, right. A decade ago, Mary Ann invested in a pair of 6-foot-long love seats, this photo, knowing they’d fit opposite each other just about anywhere. Slipcovered in white, they’re the ideal backdrop for a rotating cast of throw pillows. And all it takes to give the wood-frame chairs a new look is…