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A long-time favorite designer of the HGTV editorial staff, Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors creates spaces that are practically overflowing with modern details, like fun wallpaper, bright tile and brilliantly-mixed patterns. The best part? Her spaces bring in these details while still remaining comfortable and livable — a winning combination in my book!

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

Even though designing a nursery isn’t in my (immediate) future, I’m obsessed with this sophisticated little boy’s room — it’s fun and colorful, yet anything but juvenile. And that wallpaper? Amazing.

Nursery Design by Niche Interiors  - HGTV Design Blog

Nursery Design by Niche Interiors

We already love her designs, but we wanted to know more about Jennifer, from her favorite color to her design pet peeve. See her fun answers to our Design Happens questionnaire.

Design Happens Interview with Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

 Thanks, Jennifer! See more of her latest designs on her HGTV Professionals Network page.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

It’s officially the lazy, hazy days of summer, that time of year when all I really want to do is enjoy a cocktail on my deck. Or by the pool. Or the beach. You get the idea. With this mindset, it was pretty easy to come up with my player for HGTV Cocktail Week. Glamorous people of the internet, I bring you the cocktail most likely to make you friends (or friendly!): The Magic Hour.

The Magic Hour Cocktail Recipe

I can’t explain how delicious this cocktail is. The gin is herb-y, the mint and cucumber are refreshing, the fruit and lemonade add sweetness, and the secret ingredient of Aperol adds a bitter note that keeps it all oh-so-delicious and very easy to drink. The name is inspired by the “Magic Hour,” that idyllic time of day when then light makes all of your photographs look like you’ve run them through your favorite Instagram filter. It also just so happens to be the perfect time to enjoy a cocktail. Cheers!

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What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Where you live influences your home’s design style. If you live in the Southwest, you most likely live in a stone or adobe-style home. If you live in a small town in the Southeast, you may live in a cottage- or colonial-style home. We want to know — would you prefer to live in a Craftsman-style home with plenty of windows and multiple roof lines, or do you like the sleeker look of a midcentury modern-style home?

Vote in our poll below, then tell us which design you chose and why in the comments section below.

Craftsman Vs. Midcentury Modern

Check back next week to see the final tally.

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My daughter, Lulu, recently spotted a shirt that she loved – a dip-dyed watermelon number that set her six-year-old heart a flutter. And bless her heart, I gave her the dreaded “I could totally make that” answer. If you were raised by crafty people, you’ve probably heard that one before. But I held my end of the bargain by creating this simple and oh-so-adorable watermelon shirt that she will wear all summer long. Watch the video below to see how you can make your own just in time for the Fourth of July.

easy diy watermelon shirt

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Dyeing fabric may seem daunting, but it’s so easy! I think this treatment would be really cute on a picnic blanket as well, don’t you? We are just all about some watermelon around here today!

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In case you missed it: A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. We handed nine of your favorite D-Happ bloggers a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped when I first starting thinking about this craft challenge. I knew I wanted to transform my tray into something other than a tray, but what? So many possibilities. My idea came to me when I stumbled upon a section of decorative aluminum sheets at the craft store. The patterns were not only cute and trendy but also the perfect shape and size for displaying French wire earrings. I decided to make my tray into a hanging jewelry organizer with additional hooks for necklaces. If you’ve been searching for a way to stylishly keep your jewelry in order, here are the steps I followed for this easy DIY project.

6 Steps for a DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

The taste and smell of fresh watermelon always take me back to summers spent in my grandfather’s garden here in East Tennessee. My cousins and I would crack open ready-to-eat watermelons and let the juices just run down our faces. I ate so much watermelon as a child that it’s probably my least favorite fruit these days, but this refreshing cocktail has brought it back to the top of the list. A fresh and colorful twist on the classic Moscow Mule, this summery version features the perfect mix of fresh watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice and both ginger beer and ginger syrup for fizz and spice.

If you’re looking for me I’ll be on a patio somewhere drinking THIS.

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

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What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

Thanks to Bespoke Post for sending over a specially branded kit including the Smirnoff Vodka, Liber & Co’s Fiery Ginger Syrup and copper mugs.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

I don’t know what the weather’s been like in your neck of the woods (paging Al Roker…), but here at the HGTV offices it’s been downright tropical — muggy, steamy and hot, hot, hot! And what could go better with tropical temps than a tropical cocktail? Usually, a margarita is my summer go-to, but this unrelenting heat calls for something special — a drink that’s as colorful and fun as the waterbird for whom it’s named:

Pink Flamingo Cocktail Recipe and Ingredients

Pink Flamingo

1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces pineapple juice
splash orange juice
4 ounces clear soda

Combine ingredients in a tall shaker with crushed ice. Shake, strain, then pour into a stemmed glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a strawberry. Enjoy a taste of the tropics wherever you may be!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Manners. They’re instilled in us from a very young age, but over time the rules about how to be on our best behavior can get sort of … forgotten. The power of being polite is never more evident than when you host visitors or are a guest yourself — so HGTV Magazine wants to help you out of sticky situations.

Take a look at the short poll below, then let us know how you would handle the following scenarios. Our editors will use the results in an upcoming story. Oh, and thank you!

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

Lately, I’ve been on a beer+rum cocktail kick, so when Liz introduced to me to grapefruit beer, I knew I had to try it. Turns out, it’s pretty delicious and I had a hunch it would pair well with the coconut rum sitting in my freezer. So I started experimenting and came up with a summery beer-tail using pineapple, orange and lime juices, coconut rum and, of course, grapefruit beer. It sounds super sweet, but the lime and beer give the mix a light, crisp flavor that’s refreshing instead of sugary. It’s absolutely perfect for those sweltering days on the lake here in East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Fizz

1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 small lime
3 ounces coconut rum
1/4 cup grapefruit beer
lime wheel, for garnish

1. Add rum, pineapple and orange juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker.

2. Cut a lime in half and lightly squeeze about 1/4 teaspoon of juice into a shaker. Shake well. (Don’t add too much or it will overpower the other ingredients.)

3. Pour over fresh ice in a glass tumbler until 3/4 full.

4. Top with about 1/4 cup of grapefruit beer or to taste. Stir twice quickly with a spoon.

5. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy while fizzy.

Tip: You likely won’t find grapefruit beer at the grocery store, so save yourself some time and stop by your local beer market or package store first. It’s definitely worth the trip!

Do you have a favorite beer-infused cocktail? Tell us in the comments. And for more delicious cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be sprucing up your home with star-spangled decor or whipping up tasty red, white and blue treats. (Need some help? Check out our best Fourth of July ideas.) But what if you want to add a touch of all-American style to your home year round? Looking back at HGTV Dream Home 2012, designer Linda Woodrum did just that with a guest bedroom decorated in timeless patterns, classic furnishings and a patriotic color palette. Inspired by this space, we’ve gathered some tips for adding a touch of Americana style to your home.

Copy the Look of This Americana-Inspired Guest Bedroom1. Pottery Barn / 2. Ethan Allen / 3. Cafepress / 4. Pottery Barn
5. Pier 1 Imports / 6. Wayfair / 7. Wayfair

7 Ideas for an Americana-Inspired Bedroom

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

When I think of summer I think of hand-churned ice cream, soft-serve swirl cones and Nutty Buddies from the Good Humor man. This absurdly easy-to-make cocktail is a grown-up version of those sweet, creamy desserts, but in drink form. It’s the perfect refreshing sip when the weather turns steamy. Through some alchemic magic, the combination of vanilla vodka and ginger ale transforms into a dead-ringer for a cream soda. Since we’re in the midst of bathing suit season, you can sub the calories in regular ginger ale for diet. But don’t skip the maraschino cherries or a tall soda glass in order to really savor the frothy goodness.

Cream Soda Cocktail Recipe

Cream Soda for Grown-Ups

2 ounces vanilla vodka
6 ounces ginger ale
2+ maraschino cherries
crushed ice

Combine vodka and ginger ale in a tall soda glass with crushed ice. Garnish with at least two maraschino cherries.

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

Suddenly in the summer, a good Cabernet (my usual go-to beverage) isn’t very appetizing unless it’s in sangria form. Tequila, on the other hand, when mixed with the right goodies, is an instant summer refresher that still feels light enough to drink poolside in the sweltering heat. Margaritas are great, but lately I’ve been swapping the lemon-lime mix for grapefruit soda. Enter: the Paloma.

For this cocktail, I made my own grapefruit soda using a seltzer bottle but you could easily skip the extra steps and use a store-bought brand. Squirt, IZZE and Fresca are all good choices.

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Paloma

For the grapefruit soda:

1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons simple syrup* (more or less to your liking)
1 cup water

Stir ingredients together to combine. Pour into a seltzer bottle or soda stream until ready to serve.

*To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Paloma:

3 parts grapefruit soda
1 part tequila
pink Himalayan sea salt
lime wedge, for garnish

Swirl the lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in the sea salt to coat. Fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and top with grapefruit soda. Stir and add a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Did you love the cool, colorful kids’ room design inspiration from J&J Design Group? Well, I’ve got some more really fun kids’ rooms for you today, this time from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The common thread among all of these room designs is that they use lively colors and patterns to create a space that kids will love without resorting to overly youthful design themes that won’t age well as the room’s occupant grows. See how they did it …

Boy's Room Comes to Life With Ombre Lacquer Wall Finish

Design by Susan Lind Chastain and Willem Racke

Sky blue, turquoise and orange is a masculine color combo that’s both young enough to appeal to a pre-teen boy and mature enough for a high-school guy. The room has a sort of urban skater vibe thanks to the ombre lacquer walls and ceiling by Willem Racke and designer Susan Lind Chastain’s selection of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fangio fabric on the daybed’s pillows.

Lipstick Wallpaper Print, Brass Accents Add Girly Glam to Bathroom

Design by Nest Design Co.

Pale pinks are popular choices for girl’s spaces, but the hot pinks and fuchsia selected by Nest Design Co. make for a slightly more grown-up bathroom that works well into the teenage years and possibly beyond. The pouty lip wallpaper pattern adds a kiss of sassiness to the space, while brass and marble supply additional touches of a mature space.

Room Designed for Twins' Music Practice and Play

Design by Allison Caccoma

On its own, midnight blue might seem too traditional and dull of a choice for a kids’ space. In this playroom designed by Allison Caccoma, it serves as a not-so-neutral background to the more fun green, orange and light blue accent palette. Kids will also love the textures in this space — the walls are covered with suede; the sofa is made from velvet; and the table has textured, lacquered finish!

Teen Girl's Room Offers Youthful Sophistication

Design by Amy Weaver

Like the girl’s bathroom, her bedroom, designed by Amy Weaver, offers mature takes on common kids’ colors: pink and blue. The French Louis chairs are a traditional, grown-up selection, but the hot pink and turquoise fabrics make the chairs more youthful.

Boy's Bathroom Invokes Swimming Pool Theme With Blue Vanity and Mosaic Tile

Design by Gregg De Meza

The boy’s bathroom, designed by Gregg De Meza also offers a slick, urban vibe thanks to the bold, yellow “no diving” sign painted by an actual street artist. The artwork adds a fun, youthful touch to a bathroom that can easily suit an adult or kid.

If you like the kids’ rooms at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, check out the rest of the house:

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Let’s face it: We all probably spend a bit more time in our laundry rooms than we’d like to. When I was designing this space in my home, I decided to make it as pretty and light-filled as possible in an effort to make the hours spent scrubbing, folding and ironing just a little more fun. From the appliances to the storage solutions to the products you stock it with, a little planning on the front end goes a long way towards making this overlooked space super functional, and look beautiful, too! Here’s how I created a laundry room that’s organized, serene and as hardworking as I need it to be.

Blogger Camille Styles in Modern White and Green Laundry Room - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Design the space like you would any other room of the house. Most of us spend loads of time in the laundry room, but rarely do we add the decorative touches that we would to other rooms in the house. Why not make it a zen-like retreat where we actually feel more serene when we walk through the doors? I’ve always loved this trellis print wallpaper, so I used the paper on one dramatic wall in the laundry room. It adds a welcome pop of color and still makes me smile when I walk in.

Appliances in White and Citron Contemporary Laundry Room

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Maximize a small space with creative storage solutions. When designing this room, I had cabinets installed that stretched all the way to the ceiling. I keep the items that I rarely use, like oversized vases and party supplies, on the top shelves (with a step ladder handy.) Items I use frequently, like large serving pieces, craft supplies and everyday vases, are within arm’s reach. The sleek cabinets keep these essentials out of sight but still accessible.

MORE TIPS FOR A STYLISH LAUNDRY SPACE

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In our last round of HGTV Design Fix, we asked for your outdoor design dilemmas. This time, we’re talking kids’ rooms. We asked our Facebook fans to share their biggest issues with kids room design, and we brought in the experts — Jen & Jo from J&J Design Group — to help. These ladies are known for their colorful, playful kids’ spaces, like this stunning shared girls’ room:

Orange and Aqua Girls' Room by J&J Design Group

Orange and Aqua Girls’ Room by J&J Design Group

I’m ready to move in! (See more of their latest designs on their HGTV profile page.) We knew that J&J Design would be able to come up with an amazing kids’ room plan for one of our readers — and man, did they deliver.

We chose Facebook fan Sandy L. to receive this month’s virtual makeover. She’s adopting four children — two girls and two boys — ages 4,10, 8 and 9, and also fosters children. “We have four bedrooms all being utilized….we have the space, I just can’t pull the look together,” Sandy says. Here’s a look at her boys’ and girls’ spaces right now:

HGTV Facebook Fan Sandy L's Kids' Room

Facebook Fan Sandy L.’s Kids’ Rooms

Sandy’s biggest requests: How to create storage, add color and create spaces that speak to different age groups — all on a budget, of course.  Jen and Jo delivered with fun, creative designs for both rooms, and a source list so you can create the look at home!

THE GIRLS’ ROOM

Start with a focal point. Sometimes, all you need is one inspiration piece as the jumping off point for your design. “We fell in love with the rug and it was our inspiration for the room. It pulls in so many happy colors to play with,” say Jen and Jo.

Coral Girls' Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Girls’ Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Add a colorful focal point. From there, they recommend painting the room Dunn Edwards Endive, and creating a feature wall using inexpensive gold triangle details. “That will give the room some dimension,” Jen and Jo say.

Find fun bedding. Adding a duvet cover is typically more affordable than swapping out a whole comforter. “The coral bedding will pop well off the wall color and keep it girly. The polka dot sheets pull the colors out of the rug and keep it fun,” Jen and Jo say. “What little girl doesn’t love polka dots, right?!”

Add drapery. Want to make your windows appear large? Here’s a tip from Jen and Jo: “Hang your drapery panels at least 12″ above your window and 10″ outside the window. Your draperies should lay about a 1/2″ off of your floor.” Here, they’ve selected a clean, crisp white version that will stand out against the mint green walls — and the tassels add a fun, playful detail.

Find handmade art. “We thought it would be nice to hang a silhouette of each girl above her bed to make her space feel her own,” say Jen and Jo. This gold version adds a touch of sparkle to the room.

Just add paint! “Since new furniture isn’t in the budget, we thought they could paint their existing dressers either ripe pineapple or polished aqua. The wooden bed in the girls room could be painted a bright white.When it’s time to upgrade the dresser, we love this one outfitted with these cute knobs!”

GIRLS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

THE BOYS’ ROOM

Nod to interests and hobbies — don’t create a theme. Sandy mentioned that the boys love University of Kentucky basketball, so that was the jumping off point for this space. “For the boys room we wanted to pull some things that would work around the Kentucky University colors they seem to love so. We wanted to give a nod to basketball but not overdo it,” say Jen and Jo.

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Build a color palette. From the dark and light blue University of Kentucky Palette, we pulled in some greens and pops of orange. “Paint the room Dunn Edwards Muslin — it’s a nice soft gray that the bright colors work well with,” say Jen and Jo.

Update existing pieces. A little paint can go a long way! The designer recommend painting the room’s existing furniture with Dunn Edwards Luna Pier and adding a fun handle, like these car-inspired knobs.

Then, repeat some of the same elements from the girls’ room: Updated coverlets, shams, pillow cases and a basketball accent pillow.

Artwork ties it together. “We think that artwork that pulls all the colors in the room together will bring some life to the walls,” say Jen and Jo.

Try a Roman shade for boys’ rooms. “We selected a Roman shade for the boys’ room because we feel that they are a little more masculine and less fussy” the designers say.

BOYS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

Thanks to Jen and Jo for an amazing design! What are your design tips for Sandy? What design dilemma would you like us to tackle next? Tell us in the comments below.

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Last week we asked if you prefer an infinity pool or one with a fun addition like a water slide. The votes are in, and dreamy infinity-edge swimming pools won by 60 percent. Aside from its aesthetically appealing look, find out what else makes them a great addition to your backyard.

Infinity Pool

Design by Madelyn Simon

Seamless Look

If you have a large backyard with a view, an infinity pool is a must have. The edge seems as though it flows right into the horizon and takes advantage of the surrounding landscape. Who wouldn’t want to feel as if they’re swimming to the edge of the Earth?

Inifinity Pool With View

Design by Rise Krag

Easy Exercise

If you need a little motivation to get some exercise, an infinity pool may do the trick. The constant flow of water and long rectangular shape make infinity pools the most aesthetically-pleasing and fun lap pools.

Infinity Lap Pool

Photo by Paradise Photography

Modern Fireplace Feature

Adding features to an infinity pool can enhance its use. Here, a modern fireplace sits at the bottom of the pool’s waterfall for a relaxing place to sit after a nice, long swim.

Modern Outdoor Fireplace

Design by Joseph M. Vassallo

What is your favorite aspect of an infinity pool? Tell us in the comments below.

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Have you noticed that wall hangings are just EVERYWHERE right now? I swear every single one of my favorite design blogs have mentioned them recently, and bigger retailers have jumped onto the trend as well. I’ve been mighty tempted to buy one (I mean, hello gorgeous), but being who I am, I knew I needed to try to DIY. I took the simple Josephine knot from this macrame hanging vase and turned that into this simple, chic decor piece that I’m really in love with. Watch the video to see how my friend Meg and I made the latest additions to our gallery walls.

Easy Simple Macrame Woven Wall Hanging

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I love the natural rope and neon color scheme I went with, but Meg’s black and white and neutral number has my heart, too. I’m already scheming my next textile project.

So, what do you think? Are these wall hangings better left in the 70s, or are you already sporting one on your walls? Let me know in the comments below.

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At its best, a master bathroom is a spa-like getaway: A retreat from the outside world and the stress of the day. It’s amazing how a luxurious bath and even just fifteen minutes of deep relaxation can cure a host of ills — and at the very least, it always seems to improve my outlook! For me, the keys to a truly relaxing bathroom are a serene design and a few special touches that make it feel truly personal. Here are a few ways I achieve a stress-free vibe in my space.

Blogger Camille Styles Modern Master Bathroom

Photo by Belathée Photography

Add open storage around the tub. There’s nothing I love more than sinking into a hot bath at the end of a long workday, and nothing makes it feel more like a spa retreat than having lots of luxurious bath and body products at the ready. Rather than cluttering the edge of the tub with all my products, I added recessed shelves to the inside of the bath to keep my essentials organized. Multiple shelves help divide between his and her items, and I mix in a few decorative elements like candles and a large piece of coral to add to the relaxing aesthetic of the space.

Blogger Camille Styles Master Bathroom Vanity - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Use trays to corral smaller items into organized groups. I like to keep items that I use everyday within easy reach. This includes my favorite pieces of jewelry, perfume and morning skincare essentials. And while some of my makeup gets stashed in the drawer of my vanity, makeup brushes require air to breathe and minimize bacteria build-up. Rather than allowing the countertop to become overrun with these items, I use pretty trays to corral them into pretty groups. The organized supplies double as decorative vignettes that add a major dose of style to the room.

Blogger Camille Styles Vanity Tray With Jewelry - HGTV Design Happens Blog

Photo by Paige Newton

Let jewelry double as decor by putting it on display. Instead of hiding your prettiest baubles in a jewelry box, why not let favorite pieces play a starring role in your bathroom decor? Sparkly rings and bracelets that aren’t in my daily rotation find new life in small bowls and or on wall hooks. A bonus: Keeping them in plain view just might inspire how you accessorize your outfit of the day!

Blogger Camille Styles Bathroom Vanity - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Paige Newton

Designate an area of the bathroom for getting ready. Rushed and disorganized mornings are often the formula for an entire day that feels disorderly. My secret for kickstarting the day on a smooth note is to keep everything that I need for getting ready organized in a single zone around my vanity. From my stool, I can reach for everything from my dental floss to my makeup to my hairdryer stashed in a drawer (with an electrical outlet hidden inside!) Requirements for this multitasking spot are plenty of drawer space fitted with smaller organizers for makeup, hair and skincare products; good lighting; a stretch of counter space; and a large mirror.

Travertine Tile in Blogger Camille Styles' Bathroom - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Casey Dunn

Create a spa-like retreat by repeating colors and materials throughout the space. When designing my bathroom, I fell in love with this neutral-colored travertine tile that’s beautiful, durable, and doesn’t show every speck of makeup or toothpaste that spills onto it! I used the material on floors, backsplashes, and the tub surround for a cohesive vibe that feels so serene. I also stuck with all chrome fixtures for a classic look that I knew would never feel dated.


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Must-Have Travel Tech Stuff

Don’t mind the sundresses and flip flops flying through the air… that’s just me, organizing (?) my clothes and getting them packed for a summer trip. Every year, my kids and I spend the summer in Canada, so I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing us all up for a two-month pilgrimage north. While I’m at it, I usually take the time to have the kids sift through their entire closet and figure out what doesn’t fit anymore, and I like to do the same: The winter sweaters get stored, the too-small t-shirts get donated, and closets get sparse. Then I throw what’s left into a a duffel or two and we head out! It’s a nice tradition, but it makes for a hectic week (hence the flip flops in flight).One thing that never changes, whether I’m going away for a night or two months, is how I pack my technology. Travel can be hard on laptops and smartphones: I’ve had a laptop stolen from a security checkpoint, my first-ever iPad dropped and smash into a million pieces in a terminal, and a smartphone that was accidentally thrown out with airport pizza (long story). So I know how important it is to stay organized, keep track of things, and protect your valuables while you’re headed from A to B.

One thing that never changes, whether I’m going away for a night or two months, is how I pack my technology. Travel can be hard on laptops and smartphones: I’ve had a laptop stolen from a security checkpoint, my first-ever iPad dropped and smash into a million pieces in a terminal, and a smartphone that was accidentally thrown out with airport pizza (long story). So I know how important it is to stay organized, keep track of things, and protect your valuables while you’re headed from A to B.

Here are my must-haves when it comes to traveling with technology, starting with a killer bag.

Jack Spade bag
photo: Jack Spade

Isn’t it gorgeous? It meets all my requirements: Open, unstructured, reinforced bottom, and made of something super-durable. I can’t stand bags with lots of organizers and pockets inside, I’d rather do all that myself, using…

Mesh Bag
photo: Eagle Creek

Mesh organizer pouches. I have been using mesh bags like these for years to keep things tidy inside my carry-on. I usually have one for personal items, like lip balm, hand cream, and my eye mask, and one that has all my cords and cables in it. It makes finding things soooo much easier when you have to root around in a bag between your feet while your flight is in progress. Requirement: You must be able to see through them, or it’s tough to find what you need in the air, especially in low light. And while mesh bags have never failed me, I just bought two of these clear bags with beautiful leather and gold detailing. I am smitten.

4 More Travel Tech Essentials

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Have you seen our Designer of the Week feature? Each Monday on HGTV’s Instagram account, we highlight a designer we’re loving right now and showcase some of their most stunning work.

This week’s featured designer is Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose kitchen designs range from traditional to modern, but always feature a bit of the unexpected.  In this rustic kitchen, wine glasses double as a stylish and functional chandelier. So smart!

Gray Transitional Kitchen Appliances

We asked Richard to spill his design dos and don’ts and his favorite tools of the trade. Read on to check out his DH questionnaire:

Richard Anuskiewicz Designer Interview

Richard, we love you, too! See more of his work on his HGTV Professionals Network profile page.

Who should we interview next? Tell us in the comments below.

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