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Have you noticed that chill in the air? Next week marks the official start of fall, and that means it’s time to layer, layer, layer: Think soft rugs, cozy throws and bedding to keep your toes toasty all night long. That’s why we’ve partnered with luxury linen brand Coyuchi to offer one lucky reader the chance to upgrade their bedding with a (free!) set of super-soft flannel sheets.

Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets

The thick, soft-to-the-touch sheets are made of organic cotton sourced and woven in Portugal. The lucky winner will receive his or her choice of color and size (twin, full, queen or king.) Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Do you swap out your bedding for fall? What’s your favorite way to do a seasonal update?

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 3:00 p.m. ET on October 17, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on October 20, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $198.00 to $348.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Ebola…breaking up with Taylor Swift while she’s writing a new album…Stephen King novels — these are all things we should be very afraid of, but black paint!? I double-pinkie-swear-promise that black paint isn’t scary at a-l-l. Like not even a little bit. Here are all of the reasons you should think about becoming BFFs with black paint pronto:

1. Black paint is: Dramatic & Glam

Black paint has a magic way of making spaces look like they’re just dripping with glamour. There’s no way around it, black is bold, but I’ve discovered that the use of black paint can elevate a space more than almost any other color. Black painted rooms will make you think about: chic hotel suites, old Hollywood stars, elegant dinner parties. There is no way around it: black paint is just so darn glam.

TIP: If you’re not ready to dive into painting an entire room black, try painting your entire doors black. This has a similarly glam effect on a space and won’t require as much paint.

2. Black paint is: Cozy

I feel like the “dark paints make your space look small” fairytale has reached cult-like status out in the general public, and though opinions are shifting, that’s still usually the first thing a client says to me when I suggest a dark color for their space. TRUTH TIME: I’ve simply not found this old adage to be even a teeny tiny bit true. In fact, I’ve even found that dark colors like black are sometimes able to open-up spaces and make them look larger than a light or white paint would. However, I do find that dark colors seem to magically create a warmth in a space that is hard to replicate with white. There is a “coziness” that develops there with the richness of a black hue that feels surprisingly home-y and comfortable.

TIP: Dip your toe into the black paint pool by choosing a smaller room in your home (like a powder room or a guest bedroom), and start from there. If you like that “all snuggled up and cozy by the fire” feeling, you can try black in other spaces in your home from there.

3 More Reasons

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Can you guess which fireplace belongs in this living room?

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 Febreze air purifier. 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 October 15, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 16, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $74.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Since it has pretty much looked like Forks, Washington (cue visuals of rain, cold and general ugliness) here for the last week — the reality of fall and winter is starting to set in. Because I can’t leave my fireplace on ALL day long — I’ve decided what will get me through the inevitable cold weather is all-new bedding.

It looks like I picked a perfect time to start looking — everyone is starting to release their winter bedding and decor collections. As always, flannel is the hot-ticket but a few brands are getting creative with uber luxurious Mohair blankets and Lamb’s fur pillows.

Check out my list of wants for the season.

Want it Wednesday: Bedding

Left column: Dapper Animal pillow covers, H&M Plaid sheet set, Target Fair Isle blanket, Restoration Hardware faux fur throw
Middle Column: Patch NYC for West Elm reindeer duvet cover
Right column: Anthropologie temple bells pillows, World Market ice skating foxes pillow, Woolrich Logan Ridge blanket, Target holiday flannel sheet set

The Target flannel sheets will last forever, but I can’t wait to wrap up in the Fair Isle blanket — it’ll go great with some hot coffee and that fireplace I was telling you about. The reindeer duvet, part of an ongoing collaboration between Patch NYC and West Elm, gives off a great retro-rustic vibe. The fox and animal pillows are also right on trend — many designers and decorators are turning to our four-legged friends for inspiration. One of our favorite designers, Brian Patrick Flynn, is feeling pretty foxy too — check out one of his latest projects on Instagram.

I know you all are gearing up for the cold weather just like me. Tell me your favorites and share what you have to keep warm this season!

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When it comes to fall pumpkin decor, do you favor real or fake? I love the look of a real-life decorative gourd for an outdoor display, but if I’m putting in serious crafting time, I’m all about the foam pumpkin. Why? I can decorate once and have a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for years to come.

This week, I present three faux pumpkin crafts that pull double duty. These look as good on your front porch come trick-or-treating time as they do as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape. To get started, you’ll need two things: A foam pumpkin and a big box of dressmakers’ pins. (Glitter optional, but highly recommended.) Take a look at this simple-yet-stunning technique:

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Check out all three finished versions:

Pumpkin Stack

Are you a real or faux pumpkin fan? Tell me in the comments below. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.

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Fall always marks the beginning of gift giving season for me. Yummy baked treats for neighbors and fun holiday packages start filing out our door and into the hands of people I love and adore. It’s a season for giving and today I am excited to share a very easy and unique way to dress up holiday gifts for those special people. Hint: It involves leftover lace flowers and spray paint (two of my favorite things). Check it out!

Let’s Get Started

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Head to the closest newsstand, drugstore, or supermarket tomorrow to find the latest November issue of HGTV Magazine. There’s lots to love inside: fall design trends, house tours that inspire, and as usual, advice from some HGTV stars.

November 2014 cover

That’s Sophie the golden retriever

Did you know there are also some valuable extras that you can only find online? Be sure to notice the URLs inside nearly every issue that lead to some hidden how-tos, extra projects, and useful info we couldn’t show you in the magazine. Below you’ll find a few stories that include exclusives to help bring the November issue to life.

The leaf pillow on the bench above is perfect for fall, and we show you step by step how to recreate this piece on our cover. Head to hgtv.com/cover-star-pillow for the leaf template you’ll need to finish the job.

leaf pillow

Download the leaf template at hgtv.com/cover-star-pillow

We love saving pieces that would otherwise hit the curb, which is where this “smile” painting was before we got our hands on it. Find out how we updated this discarded painting, and then visit hgtv.com/sticker-letters to create your own personalized art.

smile painting

Create your own art with letters at hgtv.com/sticker letters

It wouldn’t be HGTV Mag without some great flea market flips, and this issue included a cool rope-wrapped chandelier. Creating the monkey fist knots at the bottom of the lights proves a little tricky, so we showed you how — with pictures — at hgtv.com/monkey-fist-knot.

rope-wrapped chandelier

Photos guide your way at hgtv.com/monkey-fist-knot

Never miss out on exclusive content again. Follow us on Twitter at @HGTVMag to get updates sent straight to your feed.

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We changed things up a bit for this month’s High/Low Challenge by asking you to spot the lower priced item in not one, but four pairs of products. Why the bigger challenge? To keep up with Sabrina Soto’s SUPER big High/Low List in November’s HGTV Magazine!, of course! One lucky winner will receive the bigger-than-ever prize package filled with magazine goodies. Check your answers below to see if you were right!

blue sofa answer

The tight seat, sides, and back of the “low” sofa have a chic tailored look. Deep tufting and a pair of bolster pillows make the “high” sofa swanky.

black flatware answer

A matte finish gives the “high” flatware a modern vibe. This glossy “low” enameled version is dishwasher-safe.

purple ottomans

That’s purple leather covering the “high” ottoman on the left. The “low” choice offers a top that comes off for storage space.


Tinted glass shades give the allure of bronze, minus the cost on the “low” option above. Each light can be switched on separately for custom brightness in the “high” sconce.

Get the buying info for these items and lots more High/Low buys here and in the November issue of HGTV Magazine, on sale tomorrow. Don’t forget to keep up with us on Twitter @HGTVMag, Pinterest, and Facebook!
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Last year Sabrina Soto came together with our HGTV Magazine editors to curate a bigger than ever High Low Blowout, and you guys loved the extra shop-til-you-drop ideas. Well, we’ve teamed up again for the SUPER High Low List inside the November issue. We’ve got more than 30 pairs so similar you can barely tell them apart. With a list this big, it’s only natural that this month’s High Low Challenge (and prize package!) should be bigger, too, right? Right! Correctly identify the LOWER-priced item in ALL four pairs below, and you could win the double-sized HGTV Magazine prize package.

One winner will receive an HGTV Magazine tote bag, an HGTV Magazine iPhone 5 case, an HGTV Magazine notebook, and an HGTV Magazine mousepad, plus a copy of the November issue. All you have to do is leave your answer in the comments below for which item is priced LOWER. (i.e. Sofa: Bottom, Flatware: Left, and so on). Remember, you must correctly answer ALL four pairs for a chance to win. Come back Monday at 2 p.m. to see if you were right!

blue sofas

Living Room Sofas

black flatware

Black Flatware for the Kitchen

purple ottomans

Bedroom Ottomans in Shades of Purple

bathroom lighting

Bathroom Sconces

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on October 11, 2014. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.

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