When I was in High Point in April, Katie Denham from the Katie Did blog,and I were wandering around the CR Laine Showroom, when we ran into Holly Blalock, their design director, taking some other people on a tour of the showroom.Holly kindly included us in the tour, and we shortly found out that one of the other people was Lacey Howard,the editor of the new BHG special interest publication “Refresh”.

Lacey told us that the magazine would be coming out in late May, so when I saw it at the store, I grabbed it! The basic premise of the magazine is that to refresh your house you don’t have to start from scratch, you can use what you have, maybe in a different way, you can find inspiration from many sources, and budget items can have a huge impact.

As we were wandering around the showroom, we ran into Jason and John, the brilliant minds behind Madcap Cottage. It turns out that they’d contributed a make-over article to Refresh magazine (and that Jason’s sister lives in my neighbourhood in Baltimore).

There’s lots of good information in Refresh,as well as lots of tips and trends, including this amazing bathroom where the homeowner painted her bathroom walls with Sharpie markers.You can read her story here.

There are lots of clever ideas, including this one of painting your firescreen in a bright colour. You can get an autobody shop to do this for you, or you can do it with spraypaint, if you’re good!I think that this is a great idea for summer, when you’re not using your fireplace.

The magazine will be on the shelves until the end of August, so be sure and look for it…

And don’t google Refresh magazine unless you’d like an eyeful of beefy British men. Apparently, there’s another magazine called reFresh.

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.