• Tell Your Friends

Vern Yip

The time has come.  My internship at HGTV is nearing an end.  It’s been a crazy four months full of new challenges and opportunities, and as my days in the office grow fewer, I can’t help but think back on all of the amazing experiences I’ve had.  Now, when I say “amazing experiences,” I’m talking about stuff I never would have had the chance to do if I hadn’t come here — stuff that only happens to most college interior design students in very good dreams.  I could take you on a sappy walk down memory lane chronicling all good times I’ve had this semester, but instead, I’ve compiled a good old-fashioned list (because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love a good list?) of the absolute coolest things I’ve done.  So, without further ado, I give you The Top Five Most Fabulous Experiences I’ve Had at HGTV.

1) Being Published: I got to do everything from writing for Design Happens to having my original paintings printed in the May issue of HGTV Magazine (check out the Mother’s Day Makeover article!).  This internship gave me the opportunity to contribute in lots of different areas and showcase my skills beyond interior design.

2) Styling Marianne Canada’s Weekday Crafternoon Set: It’s not every day an intern gets to work on a set — let alone of a web show that actually gets taped and broadcast.  Even rarer are the times when the opportunity to design and style the aforementioned set is handed to an intern on a silver platter.  The project turned out beautifully, and it is one of my proudest accomplishments thus far as a designer.

3) Living it up in New York City: When most twenty-two year olds head to NYC for any measurable amount of time, the trip usually involves things like cockroaches, cramped apartments and dollar pizza night deals.  When I went to New York with HGTV, not only did I get a peek inside of cool firms like G+G, Beanstalk and Design Works International, which all work with the company in different ways, but I also stayed in a big, beautiful hotel room at the Sofitel and ate the most delicious meal I’ve ever had — no exaggeration — at Butter, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant, right around the corner.  Intern for the win!

4) Working on the HGTV HOME Showroom for the Highpoint Furniture Show:  Have you ever wondered what it takes to make something look really, really good?  Whether it’s a store window or a street fair, we usually arrive when everything is beautiful, finished, and ready to be enjoyed.  Working here showed me just how much has to happen behind-the-scenes to make it all come together.  This includes but is not limited to painting, heavy lifting, late nights, cold showrooms, and working with a whole bunch of really cool people.

5) Chillin’ with Nancy Fire, Matt Muenster and Vern Yip: Meeting celebrities of the design world is always pretty awesome for someone in my profession, but the fact that all three of them were insanely kind, gracious and willing to answer the million questions I asked made meeting Nancy, Matt and Vern unforgettable.

The truth is, I got very lucky with the opportunity to intern at HGTV, and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped make the amazing things on my list happen.  But, when you think about it, that’s what all of us do here.  We make things happen.  Whether it’s empowering you to take on a trend, or try a bold new paint color, or buy those crazy cool chairs you’ve always wanted but never thought you could pull off.  That’s our job, and it pretty much sums up the last four months of my life — whether it was meeting a tight deadline, convincing a client to believe in a project, or simply writing a little something that people wanted to read.  HGTV taught me to make things happen.

  • Tell Your Friends

You guessed correctly if you chose option B. The canary yellow door stands out against the blue siding and white molding, setting a cheerful tone to the home before guests even walk in the door.

Yellow Front Door

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and j brown is the winner of a box of epoxy products from JB Weld and a complete JAWS cleaning kit.  Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

  • Tell Your Friends

The road less traveled is not in all likelihood in reference to our Silk Road of the Orient, which happens to be not only well traveled, but cycled through often as far as trends are concerned. The good news here for those of you who already own any variety of Oriental rug, or would like to own one in the near future, is that a well-made version never really goes out of style and always looks glamorous in a space.

Orient

Image Credits: 1 | 2

With so many zip codes (or the regional counterpart) calling the Orient as home base, there are quite naturally a great many varieties of rug included under the umbrella term of Oriental. The ever so fabulous Persian rug and many Turkish styles of rug, of which there are more than I can count on my two little hands, are currently enjoying quite a design moment, especially if they happen to be of the vintage variety.

Orient

Image Credits: 3 | 4

I have found that some of these specimens come in some oddly sized pieces, and some may not do much in the way of covering any actual surface area, though virtually all of the designs are spectacular and complex, not to mention typically hand knotted and made from gorgeous natural materials. If you happen to have an aversion to faux fibers, this might be a route you would do well to consider, assuming you can find a size that suits your space. Many styles of Oriental rug actually seem to stick to some semblance of habit when it comes to size. Some tend toward larger sizes on the whole, while others seem to produce a very consistent array of the most beautiful oversized door mats you have ever seen. If you are looking for accent pieces, this might be perfect, but if you need a full sized rug to fill your family room you may need to consider this in your search.

Orient

Image Credits: 5 | 6

While this trend has moments of rise and fall in popularity among the masses and in particular the young, given the propensity for these pieces to keep their ‘cool’, it might be safe to say they are worth the investment. Since you can track down some mighty fine rugs at stellar prices on the second hand market, that investment may turn out to be one that deals more in time than dollars. With such a wide variety of styles, colors, patterns, and regional differences that set these rugs apart from one another, perhaps while one is on the rise and trending, it just might be time to focus your energies on another region’s goods and get your dollars’ worth while no one is looking.

  • Tell Your Friends

Can you guess which front door belongs in this home’s entryway?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a box of epoxy products from JB Weld to help with any project around your home and a complete JAWS cleaning kit, which includes four of their best cleaners for all areas of the home. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

 

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on April 23, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 24, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

  • Tell Your Friends

We woke up to a dreary, rainy spring day here at HGTV Headquarters. Sigh. But you know what they say about those April Showers! In honor of this hard-won spring, I made a quick and easy (and frankly adorable) cloud and raindrop magnet set. Watch the video to learn how:

You can make your own set of magnets in about 10 minutes, plus some drying time, and it’s just the thing to dress up your fridge, locker, or message board. I’m all about a sunny day but I can’t help but smile at this happy little guy.

Cloud and Raindrop Magnets

Thirsty for more DIY projects? Check out the HGTV Crafternoon page!

Featured
  • Tell Your Friends

DIY Wood Coaster

As spring and summer approach, my inner hostess is starting to mentally plan some fun and festive get-togethers that say “yes” to all things spring. Bright colors, outdoor activities and light food are in order. Let’s kick this winter gloom to the curb and break out the multicolored dishware! I think some handmade details are needed, right? How about some DIY coasters where nature and bright party colors collide? I can get on board with any craft that turns a dead stick into a fancy coaster.

DIY Wood Coasters

Let’s Get Started

  • Tell Your Friends

On every trip to High Point Market, I try to visit a few new-to-me designer showrooms in addition to old favorites. A standout on my recent trip was Design Legacy, a new-to-the-trade business featuring quirky vintage-inspired pieces, custom fabrics and amazing, inspiring vignettes. Here’s one I loved from this spring’s showing:

The fabric on the sofa and the window treatments features vintage-inspired botanical prints, and the space deftly combines shades of lavender, orchid, emerald and celadon for a pattern-heavy vignette that manages not to look too busy. A loosely-drawn Greek key pattern on the upholstered coffee table complements the romantic florals.

Not into the floral-on-floral look? Try one element, like a large-scale vintage botanical print or one patterned pillow, and see how it infuses spring energy into your home.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

  • Tell Your Friends

Previously on Designer MacGyver…we’ve covered wrapping paper and newspaper, but surprisingly, wallpaper hasn’t made the list. I say “surprisingly” because I am a wallpaper fanatic and my bio won’t let you forget it. I don’t actually own the apartment I live in now, so I’ve had to resort to more temporary solutions there. Rest assured that once I own, I’ll be armed (with as many rolls as I can afford) and dangerous (with these genius uses for wallpaper other than on walls, obvs).

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love

Sherry and John Petersik, excerpted from Young House Love (Artisan Books), copyright 2012

This idea from Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love is perfect for putting wallpaper samples to work. A thrift-store dresser makes a statement when it’s covered in a big, bold pattern. Get the DIY details here.

MORE WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR HOME WITH WALLPAPER

  • Tell Your Friends

I may have technically outgrown an Easter basket in my family circle, but that doesn’t mean I don’t spoil myself with bag(s) of candy. But then, of course, my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I’m left with loads of leftover Milky Ways, Cadbury Creme Eggs, jelly beans and Peeps just staring at me. Before, my solution was to pawn it all off on other people, but these ideas are much, much better.

Cadbury Egg Cupcake Recipe

Cadbury Egg-Stuffed Cupcakes: I literally have ZERO words to describe this. Except that I can’t stop looking at it, and I want it right now. GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Butterscotch Bird Nests Recipe

Butterscotch Bird Nests: Sweeten pretzels with a yummy butterscotch coating, then top with chocolate eggs. They’re adorable and delicious! GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Easter Bunny Bark Recipe

Easter Bunny Bark: Take all your leftover Easter candy, crush it up and turn it into a mouthwatering dessert that’s perfect for packaging as spring gifts … or hoarding. I choose the latter, personally. GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Candy Bar Blondies Recipe

Candy Bar Blondies: Use your favorite leftover candy bars (assuming there are any left) to make these quick and easy blondie bars. They’re gooey, chewy and oh-so-chocolate-y. GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Peep Smores Recipe

Peeps S’mores: Turn those leftover chickies into candy-colored s’mores in seconds. GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Jellybean Cocktail Recipe

The Jelly Bean Cocktail: Here’s a grown-up way to enjoy a classic Easter candy. Plus, you can create all the colors of the rainbow by substituting various liqueurs. (Vodka, Midori and sour mix will create a nice shade of green, for example.) GET THE RECIPE HERE >>

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Inspire your little pirate's imagination and add nautical

  • Turn a bedroom wall into a storage unit with bunk beds

  • Join Us on Pinterest This Sunday

  • Past Meets Present: The Orient Express