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Halloween is creeping its way around the corner — just 2.5 weeks left. That means it’s time to plan and organize all of my recipes and decor ideas. Erica’s last post about black walls has me dreaming of how I want my house to look for Halloween.

So take a look-see at what has made my Halloween party to-do list so far.

WIW Halloween Party Ideas

Top L to R: Spider’s Nest Luminaries, Metallic Pumpkins
Middle: Mummy Haystack Snacks, Pallet Board Jack-O’-Lantern, Mr. Hyde Halloween Cocktail, Mini Candy Corn Layer Cake
Bottom L to R: Candy Corn Brownies, Candy Bar Cookies, Bat Pillow, Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch

I always try to stretch the mileage on my seasonal decor, which is why I’ll always go for items like the metallic pumpkins. While they fit right in for Halloween, they are still good up until Thanksgiving. Plus, they are shiny and we love shiny things. The pumpkin spice punch, brownie, and layer cake are also reusable holiday recipes — and trust me — you can never have too much candy corn. My mom always makes the best haystacks. Last Christmas I made about 400,000,000 of them with her. I might get her help on the mummy haystacks. But the pallet jack-o’-lantern is so cool that I just have to make one. I know I only have 2.5 weeks to use it, but those are 2.5 weeks that I’ll have the best jack-o’-lantern ever. And how cool does that Mr. Hyde potion look? I CAN’T WAIT.

I’ll be counting down the days — and staying pretty busy — with all of these recipes and decorations I have to make. It’s almost more fun than the actually holiday (almost).

What potions and party favors will you be serving up on Halloween this year? Have you found any creep, crawly decor ideas? Let me know and share them here!

 

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Can you guess what type of lighting belongs in this bathroom?

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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 bolster dog bed from Crypton Home. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

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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 22, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 23, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $249. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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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?

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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.

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Can you guess which fireplace belongs in this living 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 Febreze air purifier. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

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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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Topper

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!

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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

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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.

sconces

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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Let’s get real: when it comes to design coffee table books, you kind of have to judge a book by its cover. These things sit out in the open, center stage in your living room, so it’s important to know if a book is: Hot! Not! A must buy! Or a must skip! Who needs Tinder when you’ve got me?

I’ve “swiped right” on all the best design books, and picked out six that are so darn pretty and chock-full of designery goodness, I would slap anyone who put an actual cup of coffee on them.

1. Black and White (and a Bit In Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections by Celerie Kemble

If Pinterest made a book of their most pinned interiors, I’m pretty sure designer Celerie Kemble’s book would be it. While focusing on the most classic of color combos, black and white, Kemble collected gorgeous images from the best of the best in the world of interior design: Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford and many others. This book makes you feel like: eh, who needs color?

2. Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor

I know I just told you to forget about color, but blogging superstar Will Taylor’s book made me ditch that plan, stomp on it, and then set it on fire. Taylor’s blog Bright Bazaar is like a candy store on the internet: he serves up delicious, bite-size bits of colorful design inspiration every day on his site. His book features a ton of  beautiful interior design projects with color and decor ideas bursting at the seams.

3. ABCDCS: David Collins Studio by David Collins

ABCDCS is a new book featuring the work of the late architect David Collins, and it’s  filled with a collection of showstopping images of beautiful hotel, restaurant, and residential interiors that his firm designed all over the world. Each photo represents a different letter of the alphabet, which is used to highlight various design concepts (from “architecture” to “zzzzz”). While Collins’s interiors might be a bit too va va voom for some, I think there are a ton of inspiring images here with loads of great ideas…especially if you’re decorating a ballroom or a helipad. K-I-D-D-I-N-G.

4. The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

I nominated myself as President, Vice President and Under Secretary of the official Miles Redd fan club years ago, so this book has been center stage on my coffee table for a while now. Redd’s projects are all hardcore glamorous, bright, bold and engaging. The book features photographs from his design projects all over the world, and I may or may not have used an entire post it note pad marking ideas that I’d love to copy one day.

5. Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life by Erin Gates

Released just this week, Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates’s new book is jam packed with loads of fab photos as well as practical advice, lessons learned and insight from Gates’s own home renovation, as well as her work with her other design clients. She delves into nitty gritty type stuff (like choosing countertops for your kitchen, or decorating a nursery without cartoon characters), and best of all, she also includes an extensive resource and shopping guide with all the scoop on where to go to buy all of the fab stuff you see featured in the book.

6. The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives by Kim Ficaro, Todd Nickey, Mayer Rus, Sarah Sophie Flicker

Did that invite from musician Moby to have cocktails up at his Hollywood Hills “micro castle” get lost in the mail? MINE TOO. Luckily, The Inspired Home captured pics of Moby’s joint, as well as countless other creative musicians, stylists, writers and tastemakers to give you an inside look into each of their homes. There’s so much amazingness going on in these pages it’s hard to know where to look…but Moby’s “micro castle’ is a good place to start.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Regina Bilotta delivered on this family’s wish for a spacious, modern kitchen with a fun ’50s flair. The main attraction is the floor that was custom painted to resemble harlequin-style floor tiles then distressed for an aged look.

Retro-Style Kitchen

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rodney is the winner of a flameless, 7-inch pillar candle from Lights.com. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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My infatuation with rose gold began about 2 years ago when I received my very first Miansai bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was heavy and masculine with a warm rose gold hue. It seems to go with everything that I wear, unlike regular yellow gold, and provides a bit more excitement than silver (nothing wrong with silver!). Now, rose gold is popping up everywhere with designers and brands using it in unexpected ways. It was a huge design trend for a while, but I believe the warm metallic is here to stay, at least in small accents.

Rose Gold Grid

 

Top L to R: Cartier rose gold Entrelacés ring, Set of 4 Old Dutch copper canisters, Studiomake gold-plated bowls, Waggo dog bowls
Middle: Samsung gear smart watch in rose
Bottom L to R: Fossil rose gold Boyfriend watch, Miansai fish hook cuff, Mark and Graham monogrammed copper mugs

The Cartier ring is by far my favorite, but the Samsung watch is actually converting me into a wearable-tech guy. The copper pot set from One Kings Lane is a steal: you get 4 different sizes from a great quality brand. With the holidays creeping up on us, I think the dog bowls and monogrammed mugs will make perfect gifts, they are so unusual!

What do you guys think about rose gold? Is it too much — or just enough? Let me know what you think and share with me your favorite finds.

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Congrats to this week’s winner, Rodney!

Can you guess which type of flooring belongs in this kitchen?

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 flameless, 7-inch pillar candle from Lights.com. 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 8, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 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: $33. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Acorn

It’s fall! It’s fall! Did you hear? It’s fall. Time for all the yummy fall tastes (insert pumpkins, doughnuts, apple stuff) and fall textures (insert gold leaf, fuzzy blankets, tweed jackets). All year I look forward with anticipation to fall crafts. The rich colors and vibrant festivities just speak to my crafting soul. And nature seems to be totally in on the party too — with red and golden-yellow leaves speckling neighborhoods. Today I’m super excited to be sharing a nature-inspired craft that celebrates all the warmth of fall: gold leaf acorns! These little acorns are the perfect detail for a fall party, or you can do what I did and make them a doughnut topper!

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Some people are really, really tired of pumpkin spice lattes. Me? Not so much. If you love pumpkin but can’t stomach the #PSL, then this Mood Board Monday is for you. Cookies, doughnuts, punch — the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to adding pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re not a pumpkin fan at all? Well, #sorrynotsorry.

Mood Board Monday: Pumpkin SpiceTop, L to R: Scarf, Print, Mug | Middle, L to R: Doughnuts, Stitching, Cookies | Bottom, L to R: Spice, Cocktail, Cake

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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This month’s color pick comes from a very important part of our Color Team: YOU! In our recent Color Vs. Color challenge, we pitted past Color of the Month picks against each other and asked you to choose a favorite by repinning your favorite palette. The clear favorite? Coral had more than 1,200 repins, and Pinterest fan Fran says it was “Warm, cool and calm, all at the same time.”

Fran, we agree! While coral is typically considered a summer color, it’s equally chic in fall interiors. That’s why we decided to pick your all-time favorite shade as our October Color of the Month. Read on for 8 fall-perfect ways to use this hue.

Coral and Mustard Yellow Living Room

Design by Jeffers Design Group

Coral + Mustard Yellow
Coral walls wrap up this living room designed by Jeffers Design Group like a warm, stylish blanket. Adding cheery mustard yellow and taupe furniture, all with the same color value, creates a bright room that’s still livable.

Coral and Gold Leaf Banner

Leaf Banner By A Fabulous Fete

Coral + Gold
As the days grow shorter, metallic accents help reflect light around your space. That’s why cheery coral and bright gold are such a winning fall color combination. Update traditional takes on fall leaf crafts with this gold-and-coral garland from A Fabulous Fete, perfect for a mantel or even a fall wedding.

Design by Hilary Thomas

Coral + Plum
Swap out summery aqua for dusty plum to create a soft, romantic palette that’s perfect for fall, as featured in this living room designed by Hilary Thomas.

5 More Coral Color Combos

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DIY Art

Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage or a mcmansion, my guess is: you’ve got some giganto empty wall space you need to fill.

I’ve long been frustrated by the fact that it’s next to impossible to buy giant pieces of art. On most online sites, big art is either not available or super duper scary expensive. Why is this? Should we start a petition!? Do you want to join me in the “BIG ASS ART FOR ALL” movement? Let’s change the world!

Until then, here are 7 easy DIY art projects that will help you fill up that big empty space on your wall with some fabulousness.

DIY Art

1. Framed Wallpaper

This one is a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the wallpaper pool, but still want to wear your floaty wing thingys while doing it. You can hang a piece (or several pieces!) of wallpaper either vertically or horizontally, and then create a “frame” around it with painted wooden trim from the hardware store. The Hunted Interior has a great tutorial showing you how she put together her chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

DIY Art

2. Washi Tape Art

If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of washi tape, BREAKING: washi tape is seriously amazing! Washi tape is sort of like masking tape, but it’s made of rice paper so the texture is much different. This is a great abstract art DIY for anyone that’s gun shy about painting. You can purchase a large canvas to fit the size of the space you are trying to fill, as well as a variety of colors of washi tape. Then you just go crazy, crisscrossing lines until you have something you dig. Hop over to Sketch42blog to get step-by-step instructions on this one.

DIY Art

3. Knotted Wall Hanging

I love me some woven wall hangings and also some macrame wall hangings, but I don’t know how to do either. So a few weeks ago I decided to tackle my own big space dilemma by creating a “knotted” wall hanging. Basically I bought a bunch of yarn in the same off white color, but in all different textures. I also purchased a big branch at a floral supply store. Then I got to work making all sorts of fun knots, braids, tassels and tie offs. I knew my Girl Scout training would pay off one day. This one is super duper easy, and I included all of the directions over on vintagedesign.me.

DIY Art

4. Juju Hat

A Juju hat is not, in fact, a hat covered in jujubes candy, but actually a beautiful African headdress. Several years ago these gorgeous feather numbers started showing up in design mags and blogs, but the problem was, most of them cost 11 bazillion dollars. Lucky for us, enterprising bloggers started scheming up their own Juju Hat DIYs and Love Meagan has a great one for you to peep. You’ll need feathers, a glue gun, some rug canvas and scissors. You can do this…I believe in you.

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