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Can you guess what type of wall decor belongs in this bedroom? Hint: This room could be yours if you enter twice daily.

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an HGTV swag bag and the current issue of HGTV Magazine. You don’t have to answer 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 January 28, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 29, 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.  

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Brrrr! We woke up to a dusting of snow here at HGTV Headquarters, but it’s certainly nothing compared to our team in the Northeast. (Stay safe and warm, you guys!) If you’re spending the day hunkered down indoors, we’ve got some resourceful ways to overcome cabin fever. First, stay in your PJs all day. Take advantage of this, people.

Snow Day IdeasPhotos: PJs / Cocoa / Blanket / Fort / S’mores / Jewelry

1. Again, wear pajamas all. day. long. We suggest flannel or fleece-lined sets to keep you nice and cozy during single-digit temps.

2. If the kiddos are out of school (or even if they’re not), now’s the perfect time to get creative with the guest linens by building an indoor fort. Bring in the laptop or iPad for a special movie screening, and don’t forget the twinkle lights.

3. Warm up in seconds with sweet, spicy and boozy hot chocolate recipes.

4. Break open one of this month’s must-reads. (Download it on your e-reader or iPad to start right away.)

5. Break for a warm, indoor campfire treat: oven-baked s’mores.

6. Feeling productive? Tackle some household to-dos while stuck indoors, like accessory organizing or getting those shoes in order. HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder spent part of her snow day getting her kitchen knife drawer arranged. (Those Laguiole knives — swoon!)

 

Feeling crafty? Try these winter-inspired crafts.

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After a spirited battle between Merlot and Blue Paisley for January’s Color of the Month, 67 percent of you all chose Blue Paisley over its competitor. While I voted for Merlot, I have to agree that the Caribbean blue is especially refreshing during the winter. I typically let furnishings do the talking when it comes to color, but I could actually see myself painting an accent wall this beautiful shade of blue. Nice pick, D-Happers.

Mood Board Monday: Blue PaisleyPhotos: Stairs, Fashion, Headboard, Accent Wall, Sign, Wallpaper, Blender, Cocktail

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When it came time to pick this month’s featured color, we were stumped. So, we asked for your help! We tallied up the votes, and your pick for January 2015′s color of the month is…

HGTV Color of the Month 2015

Blue Paisley! This beautiful, bohemian color won by a landslide. Here’s the final vote breakdown:

HGTV January 2015 Color of the Month

What helped you decide? Some thought that merlot just didn’t suit January. “Blue Paisley seems like a January color while Merlot seems more February,” says Courtney R. on HGTV’s Facebook page. Some thought Merlot’s time had passed: “We have shades of reds and greens for the holidays in December. So blue is the way to go!,” says blog reader Linda.

Blue Paisley Living Room With Built-In Bookshelves

Design by Ann Lowengart

Some were swayed by thoughts of toes in the sand. “In winter everyone wants a little Caribbean waters in their life! At least I DO,” says blog reader Donna. Blog reader Sheryl agrees: “Blue blue blue, reminds me of a warn breeze blowing off the Caribbean Sea, while I’m sipping a glass of red wine in the frozen tundra,” she says.

Blue Paisley Powder Room With Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Design by Ann Lowengart

And some had decorating potential on their minds. “Merlot is to hard to color match for accessories. Blue is a nice summer by the sea color all year round,” says blog reader Marnie.

Blue Paisley Room WIth Built-In Daybed

Design by Jeff Troyer and Associates

Congratulations, Blue Paisley! Visit our Color of the Month Pinterest board to see more ways to use this beautiful hue.

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We are switching things up this week in honor of Super Bowl 49. The Patriots and Seahawks will battle it out on Sunday, February 1st for this year’s championship title. We’ve come up with our own fun here at HGTV headquarters. Vote between the Patriots- or Seahawks-inspired room in our poll below, and tell us who you are rooting for in the comment section for a chance to win an NFL Homegating Super Bowl party package (includes a Super Bowl 49 tray, cutting board, glassware, coasters, recipe cards and travel cooler).

Patriots vs. Seahawks

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 January 21, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 22, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $100. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.  

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roller blind diy

Photo: Shade, Ikea; Gold Scotch Tape, Paper Source

When I told you all about my winter break clean and purge the other week, I mentioned small changes that make your home feel more designed and loved. I needed a few of those myself. My poor bedroom often gets the least love because, honestly, I can close the door on it. I’ve had roller shades up for quite a while just to keep the early morning sun out and to give privacy. They were not my favorite, but they did in a pinch. Besides, they were supposed to just be up until I decided what to do for window treatments.

Turns out that I didn’t decide on anything and have been living with bland shades for too long. I wanted to give the shades a quick makeover without spending too much money just in case I actually do get around to buying nice curtains. We’ve done lots of washi tape tutorials and thinking of those, I began scouring my tape collection. Luckily, I had this great gold tape left over from Christmas and in five minutes I had embellished shades for exactly $0. I made a very simple double-stripe that looks polished and fun. You could make as many stripes as you like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Decorative tape (I used a non-transparent gold but there are loads of options here)
  • Roller shade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Measure up about an inch from the bottom of your shade. Make small pencil mark at the inch mark at 4 or 5 spots across the shade. Start applying the tape following your marks, letting the tape hang over the edge of the blind a bit. Once it’s in place, carefully trim the ends off so that they’re flush with the blind. Measure again from the top of your tape at a height that you like (I chose another inch) and  make pencil marks across the shade again. Apply your next tape stripe and trim. I  stopped here, but if you want more stripes, just repeat until you get the look you like.

And voila! You have better looking shades than you did five minutes before. The best part is if you change your mind — or find a tape you like better — you can change up your look in a cinch.

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We all said “sayonara” to beige as a neutral a long time ago and welcomed sleek shades of gray as a subtle backdrop in any room. The hue pairs well with every color, from soft pastels to neons. At the moment, though, I love the way gray looks next to my favorite shades of white: ivory, eggshell and pearl. It’s the perfect icy palette fit for winter hibernation.

Mood Board Monday: Glacier GrayPhotos: Bedroom, Bathroom, Model, Bedroom, Wallpaper, Lamp, Model, Textiles

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. This antique wardrobe provides storage while telling a story, proving not everything has to be new to be functional and visually-appealing.

Design by Carol Spinski

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Koren 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.

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In the spirit of the new year, I’m coming clean: I have a dirty little secret. My counters and tabletops might look pretty tidy, but what lurks beneath is my secret shame. That’s right, folks — I’m talking junk drawers. It’s a sickness, and this year I’m tackling my drawers of shame one by one. Up first, my vanity. I love fun makeup and jewelry as much as the next girl, but I can’t even see to the bottom of these drawers (you’ll see…). Luckily, we’ve come up with some super simple and inexpensive ideas to trick out even the most disastrous drawers.

HGTV Crafternoon: 13 Cute + Clever Vanity Organizing Ideas

If you can’t find a clean cotton swab among the makeup compacts and piles of nail polish bottles, look no further. If you hoard hair accessories, we’ve got you covered there, too. Watch the video for easy DIY solutions to keep everyday items organized and within reach.

Tips to Keep Everyday Items Cute & Contained

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Koren!

Can you guess what type of storage belongs in this laundry room?

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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 and a complete JAWS cleaning kit. You don’t have to answer 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 January 14, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 15, 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. 

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If you’re a regular reader, you know we get pretty, ahem, heated about our color of the month pitches. (We aren’t above wearing our colors, offering up color-coded sweets or packing our Pinterest boards with puppies and cocktails.) So for January’s color pick, something amazing happened: We agreed. We all loved two colors: Merlot and Blue Paisley. That’s why we’re asking you to cast a vote to help us decide.

HGTV Color of the Month January 2015

OPTION 1: BLUE PAISLEY
Briana pitched this bohemian blue, which is the Pittsburgh Paints 2015 Color of the Year. We love this cool, saturated color on all four walls, paired with color-wheel opposites like orange or in monochromatic spaces, like this blue-on-blue bedroom:

Blue Paisley Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn on HGTV.com

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

The name nods to paisley patterns and a cool, relaxed vibe we love. See Briana’s full inspiration board >>

OPTION 2: MERLOT
Jessica and Mallory teamed up to give us this lovely wine-hued pitch. A play on Pantone’s 2015 pick, Marsala, we prefer the saturated, purple undertones of this shade to the reddish-orange Color of the Year. Just like a good glass of wine, this color is rich and juicy splashed across a velvet sofa, paired with cool blues or even on the ceiling:

Merlot Bedroom on HGTV's Photo Library

It’s not quite Marsala, and not quite plum. See Mallory and Jessica’s whole inspiration board here >>

It’s a battle of red vs. blue:

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Now it’s time to cast a vote! Which color do you love for January 2015? We’ll do a final vote tally at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16.

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If you follow Pantone‘s color forecasts like we do, then you probably recognize this French-inspired hue. Cognac (Pantone 18-1421) appeared on Pantone’s Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report along with Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224). While most of the editorial team pitched brighter palettes for our December Color of the Month (lavender won, as you know), Briana was on the Cognac train, favoring a softer, calmer color to end the year. Her description of the hue: “Smooth. Intoxicating. Refined. Notes of nuts, caramel, honey and spices.” Bartender, make it a double.

Mood Board Monday: CognacPhotos: Living Room, Shoes, Necklace, Coat, Throws, Dessert, Dress, Living Room

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As of today, January 9, I can proudly say there is no more holiday candy in my home. Yes, that means I ate it all. BUT, it’s all gone which means I can move forward and plan for a healthy year. I even redecorated my kitchen a bit so I’ll actually want to be in there cooking yummy, nutritional meals. Doesn’t this kitchen make you want to crank up Pandora while chopping veggies?

Transitional Kitchen

Design by Alyssa Darnell

Whether you call them resolutions, goals or challenges, there are several things we can do throughout the year to better ourselves or our community. I always try to make a list of at least five goals, but I never set myself up to fail with something unattainable. I’ll share one of my brand-new goals for 2015 with you.

Read one book a month that educates me and challenges my mind. (No young adult novels or thrillers allowed.) This one will be difficult because I’m currently in the middle of binge-watching the entire series of Friends on Netflix.

One goal that will stay on my list until the end of time is: “EAT HEALTHY. GET GRILLED INSTEAD OF FRIED!” I bet some version of this is on your list, too. I pulled some recipes that not only look a-ma-zing but are good for you, as well.

Breakfast

Banana Bread Quinoa Cereal

Banana Bread Quinoa Cereal: Get the recipe >>

Plus, discover 20 ways to make breakfast fun!

Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes

Breakfast Smoothies from HGTV Magazine: Get all three recipes >>

Get Ideas for Snacks, Dinner + More

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You guessed correctly if you chose option ADesigner Sarah Richardson placed  a vintage chair and vanity next to the tub to provide a place to linger and prepare for the day.

Traditional, White Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Kathleen M. is the winner of Method all-purpose cleaner and a trio of air fresheners. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thank you to the more then 2,500 of you who participated. Look for the results in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine.

Of course there’s THIS fantasy home: HGTV Dream Home 2015. [Enter for your chance to win here.] But there’s also the home of your dreams that exists, well, only in your dreams. HGTV Magazine wants to know exactly what it looks like. If money were no object, if you could choose every feature, design every room, how would your ultimate luxury home turn out?

HGTV Dream Home 2015

HGTV Dream Home 2015 on Martha’s Vineyard

Take the survey below by choosing ONE for each of the following pairs. For example, would your perfect home include a home theater or a home gym? Your answers will help us with an upcoming story.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Kathleen M.!

Can you guess which makeup vanity belongs in this bathroom?

 

Decorate This Space
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win Method all-purpose cleaner and a trio of air fresheners. You don’t have to answer 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 January 8, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $20. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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The mail shows up every day, but it’s usually not anything to, ahem, write home about. That every-once-in-awhile handwritten card, however? Priceless. This year, my resolution is to send more of that “fun mail” to family and friends. To make it easy, I dreamed up six simple cards you can make using easy-to-find 3-D objects. This “Thank You” card is one of my favorites:

Make Your Own DIY Cards

Start with some kraft paper cards, an alphabet stamp and strong glue, then get creative. Watch the video to see how to make all 6 cards.

Easy Cards to Send All Year Long

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Every year over the winter holidays I do a major purge and winter cleaning while I’m off from work. Knowing I’ll be trapped inside for much of the next few months makes me want to organize and create a more cozy, inviting home. I hit all the major areas: the living room, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. An intense scrub-down does wonders, but there are lots of other ideas for creating order and a freshened-up look that really help, too.

If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to organize your home I thought I’d share some of what I do and more of HGTV’s tips and tricks.

sabrina soto cleaning

Sabrina Soto shows us how it’s done.

1. Clean

First off: take advantage of any cleaning urges you get! I tackle one room at a time so a whole-house cleaning doesn’t seem too overwhelming. If for some reason you lose initiative, tackle the next room the next day. Gather everything you’ll need for cleaning in a bucket or cart. I’ve got a little cleaning caddy that holds all the sprays, cloths and sponges so I can carry it from room to room. It’s a huge help.

2. Purge!

As you’re picking up clothes, putting away all those odds and ends that pile, and stacking magazines and books, set aside the things that you haven’t used over the past few months. For me, if I didn’t (or my kids didn’t) wear a piece of clothing the previous season, out it goes! Donate any books that you know you’ll never read again. Cut out and file away the pictures from magazines that you want to keep (or find that article you love online and bookmark it) and recycle the rest. File away any bills and see if there are any old ones that can now be shredded.

3. Everything in Its Place

Once you’ve made space in your closet and cabinets and drawers, you should have some more room for what you’re going to keep. I worked in clothing stores when I was younger and still love the look of a well-folded stack of clothes. (Perfectionists can even steal the store’s trick: folding boards.) You’ll be surprised to find out how much more likely you are to keep up a nice looking closet than a messy one. I found that I am probably going to need more storage, so I’m looking at something like this media console for my bedroom. I love that it has doors to hide messier necessities.

4. Update Accessories

If you haven’t done so already, swap out some of your lighter accessories for cozy winter ones. Thick blankets, fluffy pillows, shag rugs: this is the stuff winter design is made of, so take advantage! If you want to be very of-the-moment, add Pantone’s Color of the Year to your home with a throw pillow or flower vase. Even something as simple as installing an additional towel rack in the bathroom made the difference for me. Winter white sales can also give you a chance to update your bedding to give your whole room a fresh feel.

5. Lighting

Winter blues are no joke, but you can combat them with good lighting. If you’ve got overhead lighting, adding a table lamp makes a huge difference. Believe it or not, spring lines are coming out now. While the snow falling outside may contradict the timing, brand new lighting is good any time of year. Faceted bases and metallics are still going strong. If you go for a classic shape, it’ll look good all year long.

While I’m not big on resolutions that I can’t keep, organizing my home is one that I love to have. What about you? Do you have any resolutions for your home this year? Let me know in the comments.

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Jan Feb 2015 cover

Make this the year that you finally redecorate the living room, remodel the kitchen, or just spruce things up a bit. The January/February issue of HGTV Magazine can help you get started—it hits newsstands this Tuesday, January 6. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll find.

Four savvy design bloggers share how they style a space while still staying on budget. Plus we share online-only how-tos for DIY projects from each of their rooms.

purple room

Update idea: Remake a hand-me-down piece of furniture or snag an item from a local yard sale. Our clever editors took a used china cabinet and turn it into a display piece you’ll be excited to show off. We see many dinner parties coming your way in 2015!

china cabinet

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