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Antonio Ballatore, Design Star

Antonio Ballatore, Design Star

HGTV Design Star 4 winner Antonio Ballatore has a new show — The Antonio Treatment — that you’ll be able to sneak-peek at 1/12c on New Year’s Day.

Our New York interns, Sarah Garza, Katherine Whelan and Eliza Grosovsky, got an early look at the show and got to interview Antonio. Lucky gals! Here’s the rundown:

The one-hour show is packed with the cool vibe that Antonio is known for. Now joined by his dog, Chewie, and a team of guys just as crazy as he is, Antonio is even more fun to watch and — oh yeah — his designs rock, too!

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of a street fair but come winter time there’s not much time spent strolling leisurely through the streets thanks to that pesky wind chill factor. Although there is one reason I am willing to bundle up and brave the frigid temperatures during the holiday season. New York City’s Bryant Park sets up a holiday street fair (something pretty close to it) that offers all kinds of goodies and gift ideas. Some of my finds on this trip included hand warmers and cool hanging decorations that catch the light in just the right way. Check it out.

Hanging Decorations

Hanging Decorations

Rows and Rows of shopping

Rows and Rows of shopping

The tree at Bryant Park NYC

The tree at Bryant Park NYC

The booths have lots to offer

The booths have lots to offer

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The one thing I hate to see go after the holidays is the Christmas ads and commercials.  From the comical to the melancholy, it’s fun to see everyday products holidayized (my new word). I especially love looking at ads from 1950s and 60s – check out some of these posted on MomGrind.com.

Back in the 50s it was common to give bed pillows, bathroom scales and cartons of cigarettes as gifts. 

Christmas pillow

(Framed vintage ads are a great way to bring a touch of mid-century mod to your home.  Look for old magazines, cut out the pix and frame them.)

Planning a New Year’s party? Need menu ideas?  Check out these ads/recipes from 1967.  (If Spam and Bugles aren’t your thing, Sandra Lee has plenty of entertaining tips.)Spam

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Ready or not, Christmas is coming. In fact, it’s almost upon us which, of course, means there are stockings to stuff. I searched the blogosphere and found 5 cute (and easy) crafts that you can quickly create to fill ‘em up.

snowglobe soapBrenda Ponnay of the Alpha+Mom blog says these adorable snowglobe soaps ”are just about as easy as making a batch of homemade popsicles except you get to melt things in the microwave.” A cute craft that involves melting and is easy to create — sign me up!

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There’s quite a colorful debate cooking on the HGTV facebook page today: “White holiday lights versus colored holiday lights: Which are superior?”

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You inspired us to dig into Rate My Space and the many merry pictures uploaded from homes across the country. How delightful to find RMS user joebucs32′s Christmas pictures from Chicago. Seems like he decorates in both colored and white lights. The colored-light picture, above, is from this year. And the festive white-light decor, below, is last year’s decor. Same room, two lighting choices. Both beautiful.

Christmas in Chicago white

Rhode Island Rate My Spacer apicozzi decked a lofty tree in white lights, a perfect accompaniment to the room’s crystal-draped chandelier.

Christmas in Rhode Island

As for outdoor decor, RMS user kdavis001 in Virginia opts to light up the night with white.  Alongside classic wreaths, a lovely display.

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Christmas in the South (at least at Buckhorn Lodge) calls for white lights paired with jewel tone ornaments, a trendy alternative that mixes both crisp white lighting with bright pops of color. We love this look, staygeorgia.

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And I had to include a truly colorful Rate My Space find, although lights aren’t the stars of this Dr. Seuss-inspired decor by cozypep.  HGTV hears a Who?!

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If you’re debating colored vs. white lights or just to see some jolly examples of both, check out the Holiday section of HGTV.com’s Rate My Space. But first, tell us: white lights or multi-colored lights? Which do you like best?

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You’ve been sharing your gorgeous holiday homes on Rate My Space. I can’t get over how creative everyone is, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fireplaces this season.

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First, this is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Second, what an adorable idea and easy to recreate with an framed chalkboard. Paint yours to match your color scheme and then leave holiday-inspired messages throughout the season. Design by RMSer mysweetsavannah.

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The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year. Once you get past all the stress and rushing about, then you can enjoy family, friends, decorating, and celebrating. If your shopping isn’t finished, consider giving some Christmas decorations as gifts. This button pillow is the perfect holiday accent. These star ornaments can adorn your tree, but then accent a wreath or other home item long after the holiday season. This glass Nativity from NOVICA is affordable Christmas art for your home. Finish your shopping with ideas from our gift lists here.

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Ever imagine what it might be like to live out West? Out in the desert, surrounded by nothing but tumbleweed, low-growing pine trees and beautiful mountain views. There’s something about those gorgeous sunsets that just sets the soul right again.

If you have the itch to hit the road, but no time or money, try clicking through the virtual tour of HGTV Dream Home 2010, located in lovely Sandia Park, N.M. Even if you’re not a fan of Contemporary Southwest architecture, you’ll find something to ooh and ahh about in our special online presentation, which includes 360-degree panoramic tours and beautiful photos of 23 indoor and outdoor spaces, exclusive videos, design tips from the experts and more.

And while you’re enjoying the desert views, take a few moments to help us select housewarming gifts for the winner of this fabulous 3900-square-foot home. You can vote up to 10 times per day!

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Last August I wasn’t thinking about hanging stockings by the chimney with care. Back then, I was enjoying warm weather, sunshine and anything that involved eating outside, which is how I found myself at one of the ubiquitous street fairs around the New York City. Italian sausages, fresh lemonade and grilled corn rounded out my leisurely summer afternoon. With my stomach full, I was in the perfect mood to make a retail discovery and the Shalant booth caught my eye immediately. Shalant is a company started by David Lant and Lilach Shani who combine their love of travel and design by offering beautiful home accessories that offer rich vibrant colors and a variety of patterns. And although I didn’t know it at the time I’d found the perfect gifts for some friends during the holidays.

Shalant.com

Shalant.com

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After making a list, and checking it twice, I realized that there are still some rather large gaps I need to fill on my gift list. I still need a few hostess, party and teacher gifts. These reindeer place card holders make a perfect hostess gift, while your teacher might like the stainless-steel snack bowl with some tempting homemade goodies. Gifts are easy for people that like to entertain. Check out our entire entertaining gift wish list here.

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angelo-home_winning-chairCongratulations to Carrie McDougall, the winner of HGTV’s angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway!  Carrie knew exactly which Angelo Surmelis chair she wanted to claim as her prize – one of the fan favorites, the Hepburn in black-and-white vine fabric.  We’ve asked her to snap a few photos once the chair finds its way to its new home.

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We hope you had as much fun playing with us as we had creating our little scavenger hunt.

If you’re looking to win something on an even grander (and dreamier) scale, check out our coverage of the 2010 Dream Home.  And be sure to tune in to the HGTV Dream Home 2010 special premiering on January 1, 2010 at 9pm ET.

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Do you think you have what it takes to host your own series on HGTV?  Here’s your chance to be on Design Star!

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Mark Burnett, executive producer of reality competitions such as Survivor and The Apprentice, and his production team will be producing season five of HGTV Design Star.

“The Mark Burnett team is extremely creative and talented — masters at crafting entertaining reality programming,” said Freddy James, senior vice president, programming development and production, HGTV. “We expect that they will infuse HGTV Design Star with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season.”

Get the official rules and application here, and be sure to send in your submission by January 19, 2010.


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I love estate sales, digging through other people’s garages, cabinets and basements is how I spend most Saturday mornings and I ALWAYS bag a bargain. My latest find was an assortment of cut glass plates, small bowls and candlesticks. Just decorative tchotchkes on their own but I have bigger plans for them: They’re going to become the centerpiece for my holiday table.

Here’s a sneak peek of the end result, learn how to make your own after the jump:

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menorahHanukkah begins at sunset on December 11th. There is still time to pick up some nice new items for your celebration. Check out the beautiful vinyl wall cling, a variety of Menorahs, Dreidels, and some kid-friendly Hanukkah-themed toys for the kids, along with  many other gift items. This Menorah, for example, is a contemporary, yet elegant addition to your collection. Since it is crafted from polished aluminum, it will not tarnish, but should stand the test of time for future generations.

Visit our Hanukkah Celebration wishlist here.

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tablescape300After a week of clues for HGTV’s angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway, the last clue is finally here.  By now you definitely know that Angelo is the host of Rate My Space, but did you know that the show was inspired by our user generated gallery of the same name?  And this year we launched a Holiday section to let our fans show off all their exquisite holiday designs and decorations.  One of our top contributors, nyclq, uploaded a gallery jam packed with ways to update your dining room throughout the holiday season.

For the 5th clue, we want to know 2 different ways that nyclq dresses up her dining room table for the holidays.  There are lots of great ideas in there, so send us any two.

Now comes the part that everyone has been asking all week: “What do I do with all these answers?”  It’s as simple as sending an email to designhappens@hgtv.com by 12 noon Eastern on Monday, December 7, 2009. Use the subject line “HGTV’s angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway” and provide the answer to each of the five clues in the body of the email.  The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the correct emails and announced here on the blog on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Here’s a summary of everything you need to do:

  1. Find the answers to all five clues here on Design Happens that we provided from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4.
  2. Send an email to designhappens@hgtv.com between 9 AM Eastern Friday, December 4 and 12 noon Eastern Monday, December 7, 2009 with all five answers and the subject line “HGTV’s angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway”.
  3. We’ll sort through all of the correct answers and choose one random email as the winner.
  4. The winner gets their pick of any of the 9 chairs we featured this week from the angelo:HOME furniture line.

Good luck to everyone, and happy hunting!

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Hello, my name is Chelsey, and I’m a blogaholic. I read over 200 design blogs regularly and that’s not even counting the fashion, pop culture, cooking and photography ones I visit daily. However, I do have my favorites — the ones I look forward to reading every day and Hooked on Houses is one of them. Julia is a Midwestern gal with a passion for homes and lucky for us, she decided to start sharing her favorites in 2008. Be sure to take a look back through her archives; there are some incredible homes and inspiring decorating ideas.

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Ready to get a taste of Hooked on Houses? Check out her top 20 posts here. My favorites are Coco Chanel’s apartment and the Sex in the City real estate (mainly because I can’t stop looking at the closet Big built for Carrie)!

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One of the reasons  that we’re so excited about the angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway is because Angelo Surmelis’ first furniture line (which launched earlier this year) has been wildly successful, and — despite sellouts — he and his team have pulled together 9 beautiful chairs for our winner to choose from. We’ve seen armchairs and armless chairs, patterns and solids and plenty of custom Angelo color. Ready for more? Take a look at the Grant chair in lotus green and the Hepburn in the black-and-white vine pattern.

See More Angelo Patterns and Colors

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Happy Thursday! We’re almost at the big finale. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the final clue and to find out all the details on how to enter HGTV’s angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway. We hope you’re having as much fun hunting down these clues as we are coming up with all of them. Today’s clue comes from our Holiday Gift Guide.

Which guide includes cheese knives, serving platters, and this modern wine holder?

If you’re still searching for that perfect gift for someone special this year, take a look around at some gift guides inspired by some of HGTV’s talent like David Bromstad, Genevieve Gorder and Antonio Ballatore.

And remember, you’ll need the answer to all 5 clues to enter, so be sure to catch up with Clue #1, Clue #2, and Clue #3.

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Photos by IMKStudio.

Photos by IMKStudio.

Time for three more chair choices for our angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway. Our clue today has to do with Angelo Surmelis’ love of film and Old Hollywood which is played out in his furniture line. Meet the Harlow Chair in yellow and white check, mango floral and yellow and white floral. Each comes with its own decorative pillow.

“I’m not gonna lie to you. I have a furniture crush,” Angelo says. ”It’s true and it’s on my HARLOW chair in the yellow and white check pattern. It’s safe to say that it will find its way to my living room. I have a camel-colored sofa with espresso piping along with a chocolate leather club chair in the room already, and this chair would be the perfect companion.”

Meet the Harlow

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Photo by Jonathan Vandiveer.

Photo by Jonathan Vandiveer.

So, you say you’re an Angelo Surmelis fan? How well do you really know the “design geek,” the host of  Rate My Space, the proponent of stylish and affordable furniture, the designer who says his work is first and foremost about changing lives? Angelo shares much of himself, his background, his design secrets, even his favorite foods and photos, through his blog, his website, his fan page on facebook, his tweets and through his personality as it shines on the small screen.

If you really know Mr. Surmelis, then you’ll have no trouble answering Clue #3: a 3-part-question. Angelo likes to travel. What two American cities does he say are his favorite? He also loves to watch movies. What is Angelo’s favorite flick?

 

 

Black Grant Chair_Angelo2_271new_smallIf you’re new to the angelo:HOME Holiday Gift Giveaway, here’s a recap. The winner will win an Angelo Surmelis chair of his or her choice. Scroll the blog to see what chairs are on the list so far.  Need to catch up on clues? Don’t miss Monday’s post and yesterday’s post, then check back everyday this week for more clues. Details to enter coming soon

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