My favorite Easter activities include decorating eggs, filling baskets with yummy treats and surprises, and my all-time favorite — eating brunch with my family. Whether you’re hosting an extravagant brunch or making a simple meal for your family, we have easy, sweet and savory recipes that will please even your pickiest of guests.
Hatching Chick Egg
Great for the kids’ table, transform an ordinary hard-boiled egg into an adorable hatching chick.
On the first warm days of spring, I always look around my home and think “Who picked out all this stuff?”After staring at the same sofa, pillows, blankets and window treatments all winter long, I’m ready for a change that won’t break my budget. That’s the beauty of slipcovers: They’re an inexpensive way to refresh and renew your home decor with fresh colors and patterns for the new season. Can you believe these armchairs are slipcovered?
That’s why we’ve partnered with online slipcover retailer SureFit to give one lucky reader their own home makeover this spring. Read on for more details, and to enter for a chance to win.
While I certainly enjoy checking out the trendiest fabrics and finishes, the highlight of each Market visit for me is spending a few hours strolling thru the Market’s Antique & Design Center. Here, 60+ premiere antique dealers showcase centuries-old European rarities, architectural salvage, mid-century pieces and funky vintage finds.
Antiques have always been a go-to for interior designers but with each passing Market, the collected-over-time look is being realistically reproduced by more and more manufacturers. Although most of the items I point out below are available to-the-trade-only, meaning you have to go through an interior designer or dealer to buy them (sorry!), they’re just a few of the trending antique styles that caught my eye. So, the good news is, if you love antiques, like I do, they’re super hot in the design world right now — whatever type of vintage items you prefer, display them proudly!
Vive la France: French-inspired antiques have been the design world’s darling for quite a while and they’re not ready to raise the white flag yet. I spied all the Louis (13-16) plus several Empire and Rococo gems at Market. Below is a reproduction Louis 16 (or XVI, if you prefer, AKA the same Louis who lost his head alongside Marie Antoinette) gilt settee from Eloquence. They’ve done a fantastic job replicating the handcarved details, even subtly distressing the gilt finish so this new piece looks as if it might have been found at Versailles:
Aged to Perfection: Weathered finishes are also nothing new and I spied plenty of legitimately timeworn finishes, like the salvaged wooden pediment on the left at Design Legacy alongside new pieces, like the bistro chairs and zinc-topped table at Dovetail, that have been distressed to look like they’ve spent decades outdoors:
From slouchy to sleek and safari, oh my! Whether cushy or chrome, and maybe even both, the sling chair runs the gamut, and this hot little number has indeed reentered the design world in a big, big way. If you like a good romp through a second hand store or flea market every now and again, chances are you will find yourself drawn to these deconstructionist leather supported pieces at some point in the very near future.
So when did we last see these beauties? The safari style variety of sling chair, with all of its belts and buckles, was in great demand during the days of the great campaign wars and was made to move and pack with relative ease. To credit the design of the chair, it actually accomplished this with fabulous success. Truthfully it is not such a surprise that this item is on the design radar right now, given the relatively recent adoration of other campaign style pieces. In fact, it seems a rather natural evolution.
For the Scandinavian style inclined and vintage lovers the world over, the Swedish furniture master, Arne Norell, designed his own version of the safari chair along with a great many other versions of the sling chair. Most, if not all of them, have similar features with leather or canvas supports that rely on a frame system, which make his pieces strong contenders for those who lean toward this vintage, textural, and luxe material driven style.
The sleek chrome or cantilevered versions of the sling chair might play on the industrial and mass produced era of the midcentury or the glamorous aspects of the sixties and seventies depending on the design you happen to be coveting. Regardless, if you appreciate a bit of design history this chair will take you down the lane and back with all of its possibilities, varieties and interpretations. It is quite literally the chair that continues to morph, and I cannot wait to see how modern day designers continue to reinvent this design chameleon. If the past is any indication of how it will change and adapt with the times, then we are in for a wild ride filled with a great many different modifications during this chair’s time in the spotlight.
I’m sure you’ve thought of a plethora of clever items and creative eggs to fill your kids’ Easter baskets with, but have you thought of the actual basket? Sure, an ordinary pastel wicker basket filled with shredded basket filler is cute, but here at HGTV, we don’t take the boring route. We have ideas ranging from edible baskets (yes, you read that correctly!) to free printable baskets.
HGTV is known for having awesome network talent that are both friendly and down-to-earth. Such is definitely the case with Vern Yip. As an intern for HGTV we get to work closely with Vern on our design projects and the other day my coworker, Sam, and I made the trip to visit with Vern at his beautiful home just north of the metropolitan area of Atlanta.
This was not my first time talking with Vern, or even meeting with him, but each time I get to interact with him I always walk away thinking “what an incredible human being.” And friends, I don’t just say that about anybody. Besides being a talented and thoughtful designer he is also an incredibly kind and gracious person. Upon entering his home and exchanging pleasant greetings he ushered Sam and I into his well-designed and curated but homey sitting room and offered us refreshments. When Sam and I just said water he asked “How do you like your water? Room temperature, chilled or with ice?” It didn’t feel like we were in a celebrity’s house, it felt like we were just visiting with a friend. We chatted on the couch for a bit about work and design and about how things were going in school. Then he gave us a tour of his home. His whole home. Bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, everything. I was amazed that he was allowing us to take a look at spaces and rooms that my own non-famous friends and family members wouldn’t even let me see. I was quite in awe.
Every piece of furniture, every work of art, every object in his home had a story behind it or some kind of sentimental value. They were pieces brought back from his travels (he informed us that he’s been to 47 countries just in the last 5 years!), pieces used in past projects or installations and even the first dining table and chair set from Crate and Barrel that he bought with his first ‘real’ architect’s paycheck — to name a few examples. It was like walking through a museum of his life, but the kind of museum where you are not just allowed but encouraged to sit on the furniture, flip through books and make yourself at home.
One of his design philosophies is that your home should tell the story of who you are. It should be the most comfortable place in the world and styled with pieces that mean something to you, not just replicating something you saw in a catalog or magazine. His home is truly the essence of that philosophy.
This is a pretty good selfie, right?
As we were preparing to leave what had been the most pleasant morning imaginable we, of course, had to make sure we got some pictures. Vern even insisted that we “take a selfie” with him! It was all too good to be true. We parted ways with hugs, best wishes and promises that this wouldn’t be the last time we meet. I walked down the driveway with a smile on my face and a happy feeling filling up inside me. Vern Yip is a top-notch guy.
No this isn’t the silly party game where you’re asked to pick the lesser of two evils from a ridiculous scenario all in the name of an easy laugh. This is HGTV Magazine picking your brain about what matters most to you in your kitchen.
First you told us what features would be in your dream home, and now we want to learn more. HGTV Magazine asks you to make a choice from each of the groups below. If you had to choose, would you rather have an electric or a gas stovetop? What about hardwoods or tile floors? Your answers will help us with an upcoming story, so speak up, we’re listening!
From the following categories, which would you rather have in your kitchen? Choose one from each pair.
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Easter is this Sunday, and if you celebrate it I would bet you have plans to do some egg decorating this week. Vibrant dyes make quite an impact, but did you know you can get amazing colors with fruit and vegetables? Head to the crisper and put a pot of water on to boil, it’s time to make some natural Easter egg dyes. Watch the video to see our favorite colors:
I still can’t get over the deep teal color that boiling red cabbage gives you. Who knew that Easter egg dye doesn’t have to come from a bottle or a tablet?