Blustery temperatures and winter weather have me dreaming of one thing — a cozy cabin weekend. Driving to the mountains and shacking up with friends and family for a long weekend of good food and good movies — never a bad idea.
HGTV’s FrontDoor tried to tempt me into a winter vacation dream by showcasing this idyllic Aspen cabin. Check out this adorable getaway with flawless views of the Rocky mountains.
Isn’t it cute? There is no need for a massive log mansion — I mean, I wouldn’t complain — but this quaint little cottage looks like it was built for full-of-nothing weekends.
All you need is a working fireplace and dvd player for a great weekend retreat. I love this cabin’s rustic chandelier and the open concept really lets you soak up all the wood construction.
That comfy leather chair looks like a good spot to curl up and read, or maybe just watch the snow fall — if you’re lucky enough. The windows in the master bedroom also have wonderful woodsy views. But here is what really has me dreaming of this cabin…
Those incredible mountain views. You know the coffee commercial where the entirely too-happy morning couple is drinking in front of sprawling mountain views? Well, that couple wishes they were here. The way the sun makes the snow sparkle on the top of the mountain would make me a morning person.
I can’t wait for my first chance to see the mountains this season. Have plans for family retreats or full-of-nothing weekends? Share them with us here — we would love to see where you’re going!
We pride ourselves in inspiring our viewers and readers with pretty, pretty pictures of gorgeous rooms and smart ideas here at HGTV. So it’s no surprise that our Pinterest fans eat up what we share. Some of the pics rose to the top to be the clear leaders as this year’s fan favorites. Take a look, pin for yourself, and let us know if you think these are the best – or which HGTV shots you like even better.
So what do you think? Are these the best of the best?
We all love watching these guys do their magic on TV, but do you ever wonder what they’re like in “real” life? I don’t know about you, but I love getting to know more about our hosts’ lives off-camera. (Stars! They’re just like us.) You’ve got to watch this adorable video where everyone from the Property Brothers to Hilary and David tell us about their favorite part of the holidays. And most importantly, where they fall on the hot chocolate vs. eggnog divide.
Have you ever wished you could sneak behind the curtain at the White House and snoop around? Wish granted! Genevieve Gorder was given exclusive access to tour the White House while it is all dressed up for Christmas. We took tons of pictures to share with you, but don’t ask us to pick a favorite! It’s too hard. Pour a cup of hot cocoa, lean back and have a look at these stunning shots of the president and first family’s home.
First Lady Michelle Obama decorating cookies with special guests.
I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.
The big morning has almost arrived and between all of the shopping and wrapping of gifts, have you stopped to think about what you’ll be eating? A great way to begin the special day is with a tasty and filling breakfast (or brunch, depending on how early you awake) and serving Brown Butter and Eggnog Waffles will make it extra special. The golden brown squares have a crisp crust and moist fluffy interior with bits of brown butter streaked throughout. Also, the recipe helps put the last of the eggnog to good use. The batter is purposefully designed to be made the night before, saving you precious time. In the morning when you’re ready to make the waffles, simply heat and oil your waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve with a spoonful Strawberry and Orange Topping and a hefty dollop of whipped cream for extra decadence. Complete the meal by serving the waffles along side cooked thick cut bacon and plenty of orange juice. Happy Holidays!
Can you guess which holiday decor belongs in this foyer?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a ceramic travel mug with a fabric cozy from HGTV HOME. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.
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After an extensive selection process involving 100+ submissions from talented designers across the US and weeks of online voting where HGTV fans cast hundreds of thousands of votes, we have a winner. Drumroll, please. Everyone join us in congratulating Caitlin McCarthy, the winner of our Fresh Faces of Design competition!
Caitlin’s genius small-space solutions and approachable high-meets-low design style wowed HGTV fans who voted her design tops in the small space category, then won over the judges who crowned her the winner overall. Here are a few photos of Caitlin’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles loft plus the judges’ POV on why she swept the competition:
All the judges could agree that Caitlin’s design is approachable and deftly combines bargain finds with glamorous touches, like these Thomas O’Brien Hicks pendants that illuminate the hallway-turned-dining room:
Off the dining room is the loft’s main bedroom. Doorless white walls give the loft a cohesive feel that helps the small spaces flow one into the next:
The jewelbox of a bedroom conceals a real gem: a boutique-worthy glass-doored closet:
But that isn’t the loft’s only surprise — what looks like a built-in in the living room is actually…
a Murphy bed that cleverly tucks away when not in use. Genius!
Judge Becky LaFranchi summed up this petite pied a terre best, “Caitlin’s design proves that small-space living can be both stylish and comfortable. It also feels very individualized, and not at all cookie-cutter, like you might expect a tiny space to be.” Brava, Caitlin, congrats on your win!
But Caitlin isn’t our only winner, HGTV fans chose the designers listed below as a stand-out in their category. Need a little design inspiration? Be sure to check ‘em out!
While those of us who celebrate the festival of lights don’t have elves on shelves or themed frothy alcoholic beverages, we’ve still got some pretty fab ideas on how you can make your 8-day holiday extravaganza totally rockin.’
1. Listen to SiriusXM Radio Hanukkah
From December 16-24, you can tune into channel 68 on SiriusXM for more Hanukkah tunes than you’ll know what to do with. You can keep Radio Hanukkah on in the background while you’re whipping up some sweet potato latkes with feta and leeks #ifyouknowhowtocook #idont
We all know that you can decorate your home to get more into the Hanukkah spirit, but why not decorate your nails? Nothing says “Happy Hanukkah” like a custom nail art glittered menorah on your nails. Amirite??
3. Play Connect Four or Checkers with Hanukkah Gelt
You know those surprisingly delish little gold coins you buy to get the kids all hopped up on sugar? Well they’re also the perfect size game playing pieces! Here’s a great tutorial on how you can get the kiddos into the holiday spirit by using their gelt as playing pieces in some of their favorite games.
Ok, I know I already said us Hanukkah folk don’t have an elf on the shelf option, BUT, we do have a “mensch on a bench!” This handy alternative was invented by a Jewish father who felt bad telling his son that they couldn’t get onto the elf on a shelf train with the rest of his Christmas-celebrating friends. So voila: he invented the mensch on a bench! (a “mensch” is a Yiddish term that means a really good, kind person). After raising some money on Kickstarter, the mensch was ready to hit the streets.
What’s better than a cookie? A COOKIE FILLED WITH CANDY! These dreidel surprise cookies are kind of like a Hanukkah piñata for your mouth. I would make as many as you can fit into your oven…and then make some more.
If cookies aren’t your thang, than this adorable dreidel garland should be on your to-do list. It’s made with old ties that you might have laying around (and if you don’t have any, a quick trip to Goodwill or any thrift store could hook you up with everything you need). There’s no sewing involved either! The whole thing can be whipped up with scissors and glue.
Bring a smile to your kids’ faces, or any of your Hanukkah celebrating friends with some hilarious cards like these that offer a”Dr. Dre del” or “Happy Challah Day” options. Who says hip hop and Hanukkah don’t go hand in hand?
You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn combined the graphic pattern on the pillow with quatrefoil window treatments for a bold statement. A cube-shaped end table serves dual purpose as a dog bed.
Clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and the like are, in my opinion, front and center in too many holiday desserts. Although a certain amount of the familiar bouquet is enjoyable, when October rolls around America seems to go on spice overload. (I’m talking to you Starbucks!) This golden delicious free-form pie is a way to get your seasonal dessert fix, hold the spice. The flavor highlights the sweet goodness of baked fruit with bright notes of lemon and subtle tones of ginger and vanilla all wrapped in a sturdy crust. If plums aren’t available in your area, try making the galette with another variety of apple such as Braeburn or Gala. It’s truly easy as pie.
Norm’s Notes: H 2 Uh…oh.
When creating this galette recipe, I wanted to make sure the crust resisted becoming overly wet and soggy. This was not only to appease my dislike of gummy textures, but to insure the dessert would easily slice and transfer to plates once cooled. To accomplish the goal, I had to find a way to remove as much of the water from the fruit before baking. Tossing the fruit pieces in sugar and flavorings and allowing it to stand for 20 minutes released enough moisture to reduce the chances of a soggy underside without drastically altering the texture of the fruit. Once the excess juices were drained, two main benefits emerged. First, the bake time became more consistent; second, a syrupy glaze could be created from the reserved juices and drizzled on top after baking. You can use this trick on fruit pies, tarts and turnovers to relieve a soggy crust’s main culprit: excess water.
Holiday Plum and Apple Galette
makes 6 to 8 servings
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup chilled unsalted butter, cut up into ½-inch pieces
¼ cup ice water
3 to 4 medium-size sweet green plums*, sliced (about ¾ pound)
3 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large pieces (about ¾ pound)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg white
1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar
Coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
*Red plums may be substituted
1. Stir flour and next 2 ingredients together in a large bowl until blended. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender until butter pieces resemble small peas. Stir ice water, one tablespoon at a time, into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened and dough begins to form. Discard any excess ice water. Shape dough into a disk; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes up to overnight.
2. Toss plums, apples, and next 5 ingredients together in a large bowl until coated. Let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap chilled dough and place on lightly floured surface. Lightly dust top of dough with flour and roll to a 15-inch circle. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
4. Drain plum and apple mixture, reserving juices. Toss plum and apple mixture with flour until coated and spoon into center of dough, leaving a 3-inch border. Fold edges of dough over plum and apple mixture, pleating as you go and sealing any cracks. Lightly beat egg white until foamy. Brush exposed dough with a thin layer of beaten egg white and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
5. Bake at 350 degrees 40 to 45 minutes or until fruit is tender and bubbling and crust is golden brown. Let cool on baking pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.
6. Bring reserved plum and apple juices to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drizzle juices over exposed fruit and top with desired amount of hazelnuts.
My sweet tooth is unstoppable, and there’s nothing I love more than creamy, chocolate-based holiday cocktails. Calories might as well be unicorns from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. I let myself indulge in foods I won’t see for another 12 months, like most of these lovely bevvies. So, get out all the garnishes and warm up with a decadent dessert cocktail this season.
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JESSICA: I’m of course, completely ignoring everything about it except for the pomegranate seeds I saw on the landing page. I’ll only accept the pomegranate color. Please don’t throw oxblood on me this is a new cardigan.
HANNAH: I would argue that they put the pomegranate seeds there to throw you. It’s like how Real Simple keeps putting pomegranate seeds on vegetables people would, under less pretty circumstances, not want to eat.
LIZ: This seems like a relatively okay way to use it:
I’d probably wear marsala pants.
KAYLA: Ariana Grande sort of has marsala hair here…She’s so trendy.
CAMILLE: I could get behind this color if it were just more saturated and not so wishy-washy – is it brown? Is it red? I agree w/ Mallory – it’s just too muddy. The Pantone peeps are supposed to be color experts; they need to select colors not color fence straddlers. Now aubergine or pomegranate (like I think Jessica said) or even an intense ruby – those are reds I would embrace.
LIZ: I agree. I think this is their attempt to embrace the “neutrals with a hint of color” trend that’s been going on for awhile, but it’s too wishy-washy. However, there’s typically a pretty wide-ranging interpretation of the color, so we’ll probably see some more saturated versions being billed as “marsala.”
KELLY: I have to say that I like this color. Do I want to paint a whole room with it? No. But maybe an accent wall … or chair covers. It reminds me of the Southwest and certain colors of rock and shades of adobe. What I don’t like is the name. It makes me think of overcooked chicken. I’d much rather call it Canyon or Terra Cotta, something that alludes to the earthiness.
The holiday season is upon us whether you’re ready or not. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year — casual or formal — our easy tips will help you get party-ready in no time.
Take this traditional holiday party to the next level with an around-the-world theme. Ask guests to use international cookie recipes, serve hot chocolate to accompany the cookies and offer to-go boxes so guests can easily take their favorites home with them.
Keep the decor to a minimum, such as a pinecone garland and other natural elements.
Arrange guests’ cookies buffet style to keep hosting duties to a minimum.
Ask guests for their cookie recipes in advance, so you can set out recipe cards the day of your party for guests to take home.
Holiday decor is typically dominated by the classic seasonal colors: Think red, green, royal blue, silver and gold. (Cue the Burl Ives Christmas classic.) But for this year’s HGTV Holiday House, our designers wanted to create an unexpected color palette that was still evocative of the season. The colorful anchor in this season’s design? Cool, crisp lavender.
We loved it so much, we also chose lavender as our December Color of the Month. See how this color shines when paired with plum and silver on a white Christmas tree? It also brightens up a holiday door in this ADORABLE yarn-ball wreath. Since the tone-on-tone design uses non-traditional holiday color, you can leave it up until the first signs of spring!
Though lavender is typically thought of as a spring color, it has lots to offer year-round. The Holiday House designers chose a hue with a gray undertone to pair with weathered barn wood siding, a sleek stainless-steel mantel and gray furnishings.
Lavender also offers a fresh alternative to traditional holiday table and party decor. Whip up a batch of our dollar-store napkin rings, then bring them back out for your late-winter or spring bash.