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After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:

Log Slice Table
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.

Wooden Pencil Holder
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.

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I’m really excited to share more news from the mobile app world! Today we’re launching HGTV Watch, the completely redesigned TV on-demand app for iPhone and iPad. You’ll be able to stay connected to your favorite HGTV shows with full-episode streaming. Need your Weekday Crafternoon and DanMade fixes in a more portable, DIY project-friendly experience? You’ll find the latest videos in those HGTV.com series on HGTV Watch as well.

If you already use the HGTVtoGo video app on your iPhone or iPad, then getting HGTV Watch is easy: visit the Updates section in the App Store from your device and tap “Update” next to the app icon. If you’re not watching HGTV on your iPhone or iPad, it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download HGTV Watch today! Android fans, you’re on deck. We’re putting the finishing touches on the Android version of HGTV Watch and will make it available very soon.

HGTV Watch app for iPad and iPhone
When you first open HGTV Watch, you’ll be asked to log in using your cable provider. Logging in with your cable provider allows us to share our most up-to-date TV offerings. If your provider is not available, you will still be able to watch some older TV content and all of our digital shorts without logging in. Currently we support AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY, DIRECTV, Optimum and Time Warner Cable. We will be adding more cable providers from time to time, so please let us know which provider you want to see included.

HGTV Watch is a great place to keep up with the latest developments on HGTV Star. If you miss an episode, you can catch it there, and you can also watch special behind-the-scenes clips. Then pop over to the HGTV Folio app on your iPad to further inspect the contestants’ finished designs each week. Have you been watching? I’m a big fan of Brooks and his crazy hair and designs, but I also think Tiffany has been completely underrated so far. Who’s your favorite?

Almost everything has a shelf life.

Trends expire and seasons change so it’s no wonder that right now, online readers are looking for ways to freshen up their shelves. Arranging collectibles and displaying books is tricky so our audience has been consuming tips for decorating shelves and bookcases.

Expert designer Tyler Wisler says, “I believe that when you are displaying your favorite items you need to think in clusters, or small moments. You can either group by color, by size or by specifically what the items are. I have on my living room shelves a stack of small wooden boxes, near a large vintage trunk because they are within the same genre of accessories, if you will.”

Rustic Shelving Display by Tyler Wisler for HGTV Design Happens

“On another shelf, I let a gorgeous ram skull rest up against a piece of found driftwood and kept the surrounding areas open to give it more importance,” says Tyler.

Shelf Display by Tyler Wisler for HGTV Design Happens

If you have more stuff to display than you have space, consider making your own shelves. I was inspired by Tyler’s look and found this DIY industrial-rustic bookshelf project by Dan Faires.

If you’re adding shelf life to your home, decorate with the mantra—quality over quantity.

Tyler says, “Often the use of negative space on a shelf is just as powerful as the impact of filled space. An important tool when arranging is your editing eye, sometimes less is more!”

How are you giving your home a fresh look? Tell us about it…or just keep clicking.

October is National Book Month and other sites would probably tell you to celebrate by reading, but we’re not other sites! I suggest celebrating by reading AND crafting with books! Now, as a bibliophile, I can understand not wanting to alter books in any way, but there are always going to be books that just don’t suit the donation pile (like super-old travel and reference books that have outdated info). At least with these ideas, they can still shine and live on as darling gifts or decor! “But you don’t have to take my word for it…”

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You don’t have to spend the big bucks to get a designer-worthy, custom headboard for your bedroom. Why not put your DIY skills to the test and make it yourself? Designer and Design Star fan favorite Dan Faires and his wife live in a 375-square-foot apartment in the Lower East Side of NYC. It’s decked out in rustic, industrial-inspired furniture and decor much of which is constructed by Dan. One of the design elements often commented on by guests is the custom headboard in the master bedroom, made from a canvas drop cloth, plywood and carpet tacks. Little do they know how budget- and time-friendly this project really is.

Canvas Headboard With Nail Head TrimHGTV.com: Urban-Style NYC Master Bedroom

Canvas Headboard With Nail Head TrimHGTV.com: How to Make a Canvas Headboard With Nail-Head Trim

Dan provides a complete step-by-step tutorial on creating this exact headboard, so head over to his how-to and get started! Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Looking for more urban, rustic and industrial design ideas? You don’t have to live in the city to bring the look and feel into your home. Get inspired by our newest guide to Urban Design.

So, there’s a bit of a design dilemma in our home. I have a love for all things vintage and a bit retro, and that includes industrial-chic, too. My boyfriend, well, let’s just say we would own the most sleek and modern furnishings available if he had his way. We’re talking Star Trek-style modern. See the problem here? It’s virtually impossible to marry both of our styles, so we usually agree on something contemporary or retro/modern-inspired, shake hands and move on. But I stumbled across this reclaimed wood coffee table and I just couldn’t let it pass me by. (Especially if I can make it myself.) Dan Faires, Design Star season five fan favorite and host of DanMade, created this rustic, industrial project that’s surprisingly easy to make and incredibly charming all the way around. And I’m pretty positive boyfriend won’t object to this living room centerpiece, especially if he knows it was handcrafted by moi.

how to make a reclaimed wood coffee table

To make this coffee table, you need four thick pieces of reclaimed wood, L-brackets, screws, casters, polyurethane paint or stain, a circular saw and sandpaper. Get the Full Materials List and Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Watch the video below to see Dan in action and to pick up some helpful tips:

So, are you dying to bring this rustic piece into your home, too? Start building and let us know how it turns out.

Dan Faires, the Design Star season five fan favorite and host of DanMade, presented at the 19th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV at Walt Disney World over Easter weekend. Dan demonstrated how to plant with a terrarium and how to go vertical with a clever container garden. Check out Dan’s tips for terrariums and vertical gardens:

With Mother’s Day less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. If your mother is anything like mine, she will love this Danmade Planterfall. It’s practical, affordable, and is perfect for anyone who likes to garden.

DanMade Planterfall Container Garden

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I think the latest DanMade tutorial on our blog left a big impression on me, because I’m smitten with this living wall art by BrightGreen that I saw on Houzz. From here it looks like a solid hedge, but the effect was achieved by grouping a number of vertical planters together.

planter wall
I love the way the wall provides both privacy and style for the backyard. And the fanciful swirls and dots definitely call Van Gogh’s Starry Night to mind. Painting with plants, now that’s a clever idea.

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