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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?”

Christmas in Chicago color

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.

christmas in Virginia clear

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.

buckhorn lodge clear and colored ornaments

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.

cheerpillowstars nativity

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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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