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?
Coral and aqua are a classic, coastal take on the blue and orange combination. And how adorable is that quatrefoil-shaped table from Oomph? Combined with white, light blue and gray, this combination is crisp, preppy and perfect for spring.
If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.
Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.
Bejeweled and Bedazzled Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy. This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.
Deep Blue From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.
Shades of Purple Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.
I don’t know about you, but the first thing I tackle when I start spring cleaning is my closet. There’s something so satisfying about pulling my lightweight dresses out of storage (yay!) and clearing away pieces I just don’t find myself wearing anymore. I have a bag of old garments to donate, but this time around there were also a few neglected hats and hat boxes in the mix. If you’re in the same boat, check out these chic ideas for reviving old chapeaus and their containers.
Hats off to Nancy Ondra for this genius container garden idea. Old hats feel fresh when you upcycle them into hanging pot covers. Let leaves poke out of a baseball cap’s sizing tab or cut the top of a hat and feed stems through the hole.
There’s not a single hue that makes me think of Easter more than robin’s egg blue (or eggshell blue). The name itself is so synonymous with spring and post-winter rejuvenation. What’s your favorite way to use this sweet shade of blue?