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Struggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special guy? Check out these creative and inexpensive ideas for the techy dad, DIY dad and more!

For the Grill Master

BBQ Dragon

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Dads love gadgets, but they especially love grilling gadgets. Instead of buying him another knife set this year, give Dad the super-powered BBQ Dragon charcoal starter. A top product from DIY Network series I Want Thatthis device is hands-free, portable and gets any charcoal grill ready to cook in 10 minutes or less. Take a look >>

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For the Tech Dad

Automatic Adapter

Photo courtesy of Automatic.com

Combine Dad’s love of cars and technology with the automatic car adapter. This tiny device plugs into a vehicle’s standard diagnostics port then reports data from the car’s computer back to an app on your smartphone. From there, it can diagnose engine problems, remember where you parked, call for help in a crash and much more. Take a look >>

For the Athlete

DIY cornhole boards from DIY Network

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Step up your homemade gift game this Father’s Day by making Dad this DIY cornhole set. Admit it: It’s so much more fun than that tie he got last year. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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I just snuck a peek at the Memorial Day weekend weather forecast, and here at HGTV Headquarters it’s going to be all about sun, sun, sun. I prefer to be outside as much as possible this time of year, but all that sun could prove to be a little too much for me (not to mention unsafe! Sunscreen up, people!) You saw my back patio in Mallory’s post, so you can see that we’ve got full exposure if we want to spend any extended time out there. While I love my front porch, I’m dreaming of some ways to work in some more outdoor shade spots in the back so that we can enjoy the fire pit, garden and dogwood tree for longer stretches of time.

So on that note, let’s see how designers and homeowners around the country do outdoor shade.

Covered Porch Features Warm Wood Ceiling Detail

Design by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture

Deep in the Heart of Texas it’s sunny and warm almost year round, so porches are a MUST. I particularly love this design by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture for its mix of natural wooden ceiling and stone flooring, which should stay nice and cool with the cover. And as someone who has lived for way too many summers in locations that see 90+ degree days for weeks on end, I can appreciate an outdoor ceiling fan.

Terrace Maximizes Awesome Backyard View

Design by Rise Krag

Northern California may be a bit more temperate than Texas, but the views and California sun warrant the perfect spot for some outdoor shade. With a view like this and an infinity pool to boot, would you ever leave this terrace designed by Rise Krag? I know I wouldn’t.

Raised Stone Patio With Wood Pergola

Design by Beechwood Landscape Architecture

Outdoor shade spaces don’t have to be full coverage. This beautiful stone patio with pergola by Beechwood Landscape Architecture is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun with a little dapple of shade. I especially love outfitting pergolas with hanging plants and climbing vines for pops of color and additional natural elements.

Cumaru Wood Deck With Cedar Siding, Cable Railing and Mixed Seating

Design by Encircle Design and Build

In the cloud-covered Pacific Northwest the sun’s presence can be especially welcome, so you don’t want to overdo it on the shade. I like how the overhang of an upper deck in this home designed by Encircle Design and Build provides modest sun protection for a small, outdoor conversation area. You certainly don’t want to interrupt that view, either.

Contemporary Outdoor Living Room With Pool

Design by Sharp Design Studio

And finally, Florida, where it’s hot and humid for a significant stretch of the year, you’ll find many a home with a lanai attached. A lanai is a patio that’s fully enclosed thanks to a large wall and ceiling of window panels. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoor son while being protected from the sun, heat and mosquitos. This lanai, created by Sharp Design Studio, is actually two stories with an additional balcony overlooking the pool on the upper level.

Ok, I’m ready for my tiki drink and page-turning book!

What are your plans for the long weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

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The “where to put the TV” conundrum has become a lightning-rod issue for interior decorators and design enthusiasts alike. Some revel in the challenge of how to display their beloved flat panels, and others wish to pretend it wasn’t there (often by hiding it and rarely fooling anyone).

Gone are the days of giant heavier-than-you TVs that begged to be “housed” in something attractive. TVs today can be hung like a picture or placed on a credenza like an artifact. And with super-thin bezels and curved screens, they’re getting prettier, especially when you run a photo gallery of art or photography when they’re not in use.

So what do you like to do with your set: Keep ‘em covered, or show ‘em off? (Wait, we’re still talking about TVs, right?) Let’s look at some fun and beautiful ways to hide (or not?) your television.

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Living Room TV

Mounted in a Cedar Niche: At the HGTV Smart Home 2015, they know how to do it right: the TV in the living room hides in plain sight on a rustic cedar accent wall, and when I saw it, it was displaying works of art. It’s nice to have a little culture … when you’re not in the middle of a House Hunters marathon, of course.

HGTV Smart Home 2013 Living Room TVs

Motorized TV Covers: When I saw this media wall at HGTV Smart Home 2013, the geek in me was smitten. Artwork on a canvas rolls up to reveal three. separate. screens. Sports fans, commence drooling. Of course, when you’re done watching, the art rolls down and your living room reclaims its pretty.

TV Hidden in Ceiling

Design by Lori Carroll

Hidden TV Screen: Where’s the TV? It’s in the ceiling! This means that the intricately detailed stone mantel isn’t covered up by a screen, but you’re ready for movie night when you need it.

MORE CLEVER WAYS TO HIDE THE TV

You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Jamie Herzlinger incorporated a custom black Art Deco-inspired trim to create a one-of-a-kind look. The marble countertop is also used to frame the mirror, creating a cohesive look.

Ultra-Feminine Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Nadia is the winner of an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Nadia!

Can you guess which vanity belongs in this bathroom?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. You don’t have to guess correctly 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 March 4, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 5, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $55. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

Summer is officially here (as of Friday) and bees are buzzing around like crazy. When brainstorming this week’s post, I thought what better way to ring in the season than with a post dedicated to these busy pollinators? Our very own Kelley Walters is actually a beekeeper and looks adorable in her hat and vintage veil passed down from one of her bee mentors. Do we have any other beekeepers out there?

Mood Board Monday: Beesvia Pinterest | Handmade Works | LYST | Note to Self | Wedding.com | A Little After Party | via Pinterest | Etsy | Chictopia

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

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You may not know that HGTV.com is based in Knoxville, Tenn. It’s mainly known as Big Orange Country (Go Vols!), but many people don’t realize how beautiful it is around here. The Great Smoky Mountains are very close to the heart of downtown, and the Tennessee River flows right through the city. The surrounding areas boast amazing farmland, including Murphy Springs Farm, a 190-acre farm in Northeast Knoxville. Kevin Murphy, the current resident, walks us through how he renovated his family’s 1841 farmhouse.

Murphy Farmhouse circa 1890Murphy Farmhouse Circa 1890

The house didn’t undergo a significant renovation until 1925, 84 years after Kevin’s great-great-great grandfather, Hugh Murphy, built the house. It was passed down from generation to generation, and was eventually only occupied during the summers from the 1970s until Kevin moved in in 2008.

Present-Day Murphy FarmhousePresent Day Farmhouse

See the Renovations

Along with a ring of keys, lots of possibilities and a bunch of mysterious light switches, homeownership comes with a bucketful (or maybe more like a truckload full) of “Aha!” moments.

Gray Cedar House From Above

Signs of spring at our house

At just four months in, we’ve had a few of these moments. Exhibit A: We now know every project takes twice as long as we thought it would. (I’m talking to you, master bedroom.) But many things are still yet-to-be-discovered. Luckily, I have all of you to thank for some stellar advice gleaned from your own years spent living with bad carpeting, remodeling dust and wood paneling.

As I kick my bedroom project into high gear (color palette picks coming soon), I thought I’d share some of the best advice I’ve gotten so far — from you!  Then tell me: What do you wish you’d known when you bought your first house?

Start Small
“Fix the cheapest, fastest issue first so you will begin to build your momentum.”
-Mary W.

Don’t Rush Into Big Projects
“I have owned 3 houses and it is a mistake to do big renos until you’ve lived there for at least a year. I hated my current kitchen so much that it was our first project. Had I lived with it awhile, I would have made different choices.
- Lee

Create a Dust-Free Zone
“Take care of your master bedroom first! It is your sanctuary and your place to go when you can’t stand the mess in the rest of the house. Who cares what the visitors think when they walk into your kitchen? Make your bedroom beautiful 100 percent, right down to the sheets before you move on to the next room. Which, by the way, should be your master bath. It will get your through it! Just sayin.’”
- AspenKate

It’s Worth It…Really!
“My house was built in 1950; I purchased it in 1998. The remodeling has been a labor of love as it continues.I would pick a vintage home with good ‘bones’ over a new one any day (I have had both).”
- Fay via HGTV’s Facebook Page

“Every home I’ve ever bought entailed an entire rehab. I know what will be dealing with but I also know the satisfaction you will gain from “making it your own” and seeing transformations you can be proud of…There is so much opportunity for improvement it will be an adventure and things can only get better (that’s the upside).”
-Frugal Interiors

The Remodel Never Ends
“Don’t think this list will ever end. Once you get through your initial list, a brand new one will pop up unexpectedly. Things that you never noticed will suddenly start making you shudder with distaste every time you walk past them. I am 3 years, countless projects and over $20,000 into my first home, and my list of “to dos” is longer than when I moved in. ”
-MizzyD

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

Oh man, I love a good excuse to make a list. What better time to write down our renovation goals than January of this fresh new year? Ken and I have an insane amount of work to do, but we’re also pretty proud of how far we’ve come. Take a look at what’s on our to-do list this year, and be sure to check back every Wednesday as we mark things off.

The dining room, oddly enough, is one of our most finished rooms. Just a few things left to do before we can call it officially done!

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner

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Remember the other day when I said that I thought bees might be the new chickens? That very well may be the case, but designers are still cranking out great new poultry products.

chicken co-op by raad studio

Case in point: this cool Chicken Co-op (get it?) meant for urban poultry designed by Raad Studio. The Co-op, which coyly bills its ultra-modern design as a, “chicken residence,” comes flat-packed and features, “open, loft-like spaces which liberate the lifestyles of modern chickens.” The designers definitely have a sense of humor about their coop, but they’ve also vetted it with scientists and made it easy for the city-dweller to get started. No tools are required to assemble it; just add chickens and wait for eggs.

Beekeeping is all the rage in grow-your-own circles; so much so that I’m tempted to say that bees are the new chickens (now there’s a phrase I never anticipated writing).

cedar beehive

Our very own Kelley Walters is a beginner apiarist and when I showed her this cedar beehive from I found on Etsy from seller Steidlewave she said she gasped.  This visually stunning piece is handmade from recycled cedar fencing and doesn’t come cheap at $999.  But it is so lovely that I’d be tempted to use it as a side table in my living room.

Are any of you keeping bees? Tell us in the comments!

Some people ask for a new car or a trip to Europe upon receiving their college degrees, but I asked for a composter. You think I’m kidding for the sake of editorial humor? Well, this blogger would never tell a lie. I asked my significant other to get me a composter I’d seen at the local hardware store, and he presented me with my very own plant-food-maker at my graduation party. While my friends were backpacking through the Alps, I was making nutrient-rich plant food by composting my kitchen scraps.

Compost Tumbler

While I do love my composter, I’m wishing I had shopped around a little because the Jora Jk125 Composter available at Eartheasy is the Cadillac of compost tumblers. It’s two chambers keep fresh scraps separated from finished compost. No more waiting for your huge pile of compost to cook when you have plants that need some fertilizer this week. Our green thumb Design Happens readers know exactly what I’m talking about.

To be entered into the random drawing for this state-of-the-art compost tumbler, leave us a comment before 12/11c Monday, June 27.

This week’s question: What home and garden product is on your wish list right now? I’m always hinting that someone should buy me a cedar potting bench.

Tell us in the comments below.

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The ways global style are expressed at home are as diverse and dynamic as our multi-cultural world. This past April, Elle Decor featured the beauty of this approach to decor throughout the pages of their annual international issue. And if you flip through the portfolios of some of America’s top interior designers, you will see that the global aesthetic is definitely finding its way into both modern and contemporary spaces. More and more, we see homes showcasing global wares picked up on travels or from a visit to a favorite boutique. Here are some of my favorite global tables inspired by a multitude of nations and cultures.

Modern Tea Room, Design by Amy Lau, Featured in Elle Decor

This tea room, designed by Amy Lau and featured in Elle Decor, brings together a Parsons table (you can find a similar one at West Elm), German-designed lanterns and a Chinese cedar Buddha. The mix of cultures feels so modern and eclectic.

Moroccan Style Dining Room by Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

This dining room is the work of interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and highlights the striking beauty of contemporary Moroccan-inspired decor. Aren’t those carved chairs gorgeous?
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Sweltering temperatures in New York over the last couple days have made me dream up a myriad of ways to cool down. I can’t say that any of them look as refreshing as this, however:

outdoor shower elle decor

Photo:Tim Street-Porter

Elle Decor is showcasing a weekend retreat that is, “Redefining Contemporary Country Chic.” Boy, is it ever. With natural elements like the cedar shower wall and the stone flooring, the country house is embracing its surroundings in a very grown up way. I have to say, if my outdoor shower looked this beautiful, I might never shower indoors again.

We asked Design Happens readers to tell us their plans for celebrating Earth Day in our April 22nd giveaway. Y’all are a busy group! Lots of folks are starting or expanding veggie gardens at home while others are launching and coordinating recycling programs at the office. Our winner, Noeleen, is “working with a local master gardener on a design to remove the front lawn and put in natives to save water and give me plenty of color. I cannot wait to see it completed.” Neither can we! Please send us pictures.

Farmer D Organics Urban Planter

Noeleen wins a red cedar Urban Planter Box from Farmer D Organics, who are green superstars themselves. Noeleen has two weeks to reply to our messages before we randomly select a new winner.

I’m the kind who trusts a friend’s opinion far more than a celeb endorsement. When Anna told me how much she adores Atlanta’s Farmer D Organics, I knew I would too. Farmer D’s makes and sells some of the richest, most sustainable compost, fertilizers and organic pest controls. But they are much more than an organic gardening store — Farmer D’s is part of a growing movement. Their site and blog are chock-full of useful information and inspiration if you’re looking to start your own biodynamic garden to feed your family and your community.

Farmer D Organics

Seeing as today is Earth Day, it’s appropriate that we’re giving away one of Farmer D’s Urban Planter Boxes. They’re made on site from sustainably-harvested red cedar, so you know they are good for the environment. (And smell delicious!) Leave us a comment before 12/11c Monday, April 25th to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’ question: How are you celebrating Earth Day? Putting in a rain barrel? Starting a bee hive? Planting a tree?

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spring cleaning tipsI ask because I’m wondering if there are others like me who are as passionately (my spouse would say maniacally) committed to an annual deep spring cleaning? In my home, by the end of the three-day weekend, I’ve usually gone through about 200 Q-tips, 3 gallons of vinegar and have dropped off a large donation of gently-used items to a charity.

I would LOVE to hear about your spring cleaning to-do list and tips!

ANNA’S SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST:

  • Pour boiling water down all sinks
  • Run the washing machine with only vinegar added
  • Move all large appliances and large pieces of furniture for vacuuming and mopping (and removal of dreaded dog hair dust bunnies)
  • Wipe down all small kitchen appliances, including the power cords (you’ll be surprised what you’ll find stuck on the cord of your mixer)
  • Wash all dog beds and refresh with cedar chips
  • Take down all hanging art, mirrors and picture frames, dust and dust picture rails
  • Wash baseboards throughout house
  • Q-tip clean all corners and crevices (around sinks, faucets, light switch plates, doorways, etc.)
  • Per HGTV.com’s Help Around the Home: swap out high wattage bulbs for energy-efficient 3-way bulbs
  • Take all books off bookshelves, dust and downsize
  • Take all rugs outside and beat them
  • Use peroxide to whiten porcelain in the cast iron clawfoot tub
  • Give all indoor plants a bath

Remember when I shared this bathroom inspiration board? Things are finally starting to look just as I planned. As of today, our master bathroom looks like this:

She’s pretty, yes? Ken has been hard at work laying our 360Flooring tile (with radiant floor heating), grouting, finishing the sauna, prepping trim and gearing up for the big plumbing finale: toilet, sink and shower.

And while he’s been toiling away for weeks, we’ve still got quite a bit of work left. Here’s our to do list, complete inspiration board, so you can envision what I’m thinking!

Honey, Do Check Out The List

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