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If you’ve ever used or even seen a tube of Watermelon Lip Smacker lip balm, you’ll feel a little nostalgic when you see the punchy colors on the cover of HGTV Magazine’s July/August issue. The bright green and shades of pink, and of course, a slice or two of actual watermelon, scream summer and long days at the pool.

July August Cover

July/August 2014

Inside, the editors are playing it cool in this season’s heat with backyard party ideas, style tips for the front porch, plus the staples like flea market flips and high/low buys. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what you’ll find when the issue hits newsstands a week from today. Get your copy on June 17.

HGTV star Vern Yip knows how to enjoy summer — at his vacation home in Rosemary Beach, Florida with his family. Step inside here.

Vern beach house

Vern with his partner Craig and their two kids Gavin and Vera; the living room

If you love the look of wall stripes but don’t think you could tackle the technique, you’ll be happy to hear there is an answer. (And no, it’s not wallpaper.) Some of our favorite designers showed us how to create common patterns like ticking stripes and ombré. Plus, we’re sharing web-exclusive step-by-step instructions for each at hgtv.com/stripes, making these striped walls easier than ever before. Choose your favorite, then send us a pic of the finished look on Twitter or Instagram using #HGTVMagDIY, and you could be in an upcoming issue!

purple striped wall

Alternating stripes, by Sabrina Soto

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5 Responses

  1. Ren Cox says:

    I picked my copy up this morning! AWESOME ISSUE!!!

  2. S paradis says:

    What are the answers to are you fluent in decorating article this months I could not find it in magazine great articles on color.

  3. Linda Ackerlyg says:

    The answers are there, just flip to next page.

  4. Tania says:

    Hi….I need your help! There was a picture in either the June or July issue of HGTV (my copy seems to have gone missing) of a dining room table with two benches and then the Sole Julia chairs from Wayfair on either end. I'm desperately trying to find the photo but haven't had much luck. Is there anyway you can send it to me – we're having a table built and I want to show my husband how great those chairs look with that style of table. Thank you so much!!!

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Alyssa SparacinoAlyssa is the Online Editor for HGTV Magazine. She lives in a cozy brownstone apartment in Hoboken with (she likes to think) tons of charm. The older building provides character...

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