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In our last round of HGTV Design Fix, we asked for your outdoor design dilemmas. This time, we’re talking kids’ rooms. We asked our Facebook fans to share their biggest issues with kids room design, and we brought in the experts — Jen & Jo from J&J Design Group — to help. These ladies are known for their colorful, playful kids’ spaces, like this stunning shared girls’ room:

Orange and Aqua Girls' Room by J&J Design Group

Orange and Aqua Girls’ Room by J&J Design Group

I’m ready to move in! (See more of their latest designs on their HGTV profile page.) We knew that J&J Design would be able to come up with an amazing kids’ room plan for one of our readers — and man, did they deliver.

We chose Facebook fan Sandy L. to receive this month’s virtual makeover. She’s adopting four children — two girls and two boys — ages 4,10, 8 and 9, and also fosters children. “We have four bedrooms all being utilized….we have the space, I just can’t pull the look together,” Sandy says. Here’s a look at her boys’ and girls’ spaces right now:

HGTV Facebook Fan Sandy L's Kids' Room

Facebook Fan Sandy L.’s Kids’ Rooms

Sandy’s biggest requests: How to create storage, add color and create spaces that speak to different age groups — all on a budget, of course.  Jen and Jo delivered with fun, creative designs for both rooms, and a source list so you can create the look at home!

THE GIRLS’ ROOM

Start with a focal point. Sometimes, all you need is one inspiration piece as the jumping off point for your design. “We fell in love with the rug and it was our inspiration for the room. It pulls in so many happy colors to play with,” say Jen and Jo.

Coral Girls' Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Girls’ Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Add a colorful focal point. From there, they recommend painting the room Dunn Edwards Endive, and creating a feature wall using inexpensive gold triangle details. “That will give the room some dimension,” Jen and Jo say.

Find fun bedding. Adding a duvet cover is typically more affordable than swapping out a whole comforter. “The coral bedding will pop well off the wall color and keep it girly. The polka dot sheets pull the colors out of the rug and keep it fun,” Jen and Jo say. “What little girl doesn’t love polka dots, right?!”

Add drapery. Want to make your windows appear large? Here’s a tip from Jen and Jo: “Hang your drapery panels at least 12″ above your window and 10″ outside the window. Your draperies should lay about a 1/2″ off of your floor.” Here, they’ve selected a clean, crisp white version that will stand out against the mint green walls — and the tassels add a fun, playful detail.

Find handmade art. “We thought it would be nice to hang a silhouette of each girl above her bed to make her space feel her own,” say Jen and Jo. This gold version adds a touch of sparkle to the room.

Just add paint! “Since new furniture isn’t in the budget, we thought they could paint their existing dressers either ripe pineapple or polished aqua. The wooden bed in the girls room could be painted a bright white.When it’s time to upgrade the dresser, we love this one outfitted with these cute knobs!”

GIRLS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

THE BOYS’ ROOM

Nod to interests and hobbies — don’t create a theme. Sandy mentioned that the boys love University of Kentucky basketball, so that was the jumping off point for this space. “For the boys room we wanted to pull some things that would work around the Kentucky University colors they seem to love so. We wanted to give a nod to basketball but not overdo it,” say Jen and Jo.

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Build a color palette. From the dark and light blue University of Kentucky Palette, we pulled in some greens and pops of orange. “Paint the room Dunn Edwards Muslin — it’s a nice soft gray that the bright colors work well with,” say Jen and Jo.

Update existing pieces. A little paint can go a long way! The designer recommend painting the room’s existing furniture with Dunn Edwards Luna Pier and adding a fun handle, like these car-inspired knobs.

Then, repeat some of the same elements from the girls’ room: Updated coverlets, shams, pillow cases and a basketball accent pillow.

Artwork ties it together. “We think that artwork that pulls all the colors in the room together will bring some life to the walls,” say Jen and Jo.

Try a Roman shade for boys’ rooms. “We selected a Roman shade for the boys’ room because we feel that they are a little more masculine and less fussy” the designers say.

BOYS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

Thanks to Jen and Jo for an amazing design! What are your design tips for Sandy? What design dilemma would you like us to tackle next? Tell us in the comments below.

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 >>

Check out more gifts for the griller >>

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 >>

12 More Unique Gift Ideas

Bright colors and outdoor ideas galore fill the pages of HGTV Magazine‘s latest issue, solidifying that summer is here and we couldn’t be happier! Check out what’s in store this time around before it hits stores tomorrow, June 16.

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Our DIY material of the moment: rope. Did you know how many different kinds were available? We break down the options and give you 5 fun DIY projects to try. These neon rope bowls are one of our favorites!

rope bowls diy

We love a little touch of neon.

This time of year, everyone will use any excuse to host (or attend!) an outdoor party. From barbecues to dinner parties, we’ve got 65 amazing outdoor decorating ideas for your next celebration. Plus, we’re sharing extras you can only find online, like templates to make personalized party favors and these super easy DIY paper napkin pinwheels.

paper napkin pinwheels

You won’t believe how easy these are to make.

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A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. (I know — it sounds terrible, right?) We handed everyone a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials. Drills came out, there was a minor paint mishap, and one project got refaced at least three times. That’s what makes crafting fun — trial and error, then scrubbing liquid gilding off your hands.

Design Happens Tray Challenge

Nine of your favorite Design Happens bloggers participated in our first DIY challenge, and we have the project reveals below. But we also want to know, which one is your favorite? Which DIY would you tackle? Take a look at all the tray transformations, then vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.

Pick Your Favorite Tray Transformation

I’m always the one that shows up to the barbecue with a dessert in hand. Savory sides are fine, but sweets are where it’s at. I love experimenting with new recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out my grandmother’s cookbook and whip up some crowd-pleasing classics. If you’re a fan of the old-school favorites, then you’ll love these new twists, too.

If You Like Peach Cobbler…

Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim

…then try peach cobbler ice cream cake.
Peach cobbler is the perfect way to finish any summer meal. Combine the beauty of cobbler, cake and ice cream, and you’ve just created the ultimate summertime dessert masterpiece that’s utterly irresistible. Get the recipe >>

If You Like Banana Pudding…

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel

…then try milk chocolate banana pudding.
It’s the same banana pudding that you know and love, except you’re making homemade chocolate pudding and topping with chocolate shavings. There’s nothing wrong with that! Get the recipe >>

If You Like Strawberry Shortcake…

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel

…then try grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream.
You need less than 10 ingredients to make this summertime staple. There’s nothing better than smooshing sliced strawberries and homemade lemon cream between pound cake slices. It’s ok to skip the napkin on this one. Get the recipe >>

More Sweet Treats to Try

You’ve all been following along with the HGTV Handmade Tiki Party, haven’t you? We are halfway through the second week and I can’t begin to choose a favorite DIY. Drinks, food, fashion, lighting, even a game–this party has it all! Today we are tackling one of my favorite parts of throwing a party: the table setting. My friend Meg and I will walk you through how to make a lush, layered, and oh-so-tropical centerpiece using thrifted glassware and an unexpected addition from your closet.

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I love a long, low centerpiece that looks beautiful without blocking the view of your friends across from you. I’ll be reusing Meg’s leather leaves over and over, and using a scarf as a bottom layer basically quadruples my table linen options! What do you think of this luxurious layered look?

Tips to create a layered tropical tablescape perfect for summer entertaining.

Be sure to watch the rest of the HGTV Handmade Tiki Party videos, including the final party reveal on Friday!

Okay, dream with me now: You’re lying on a beach, sipping a fruity cocktail from a coconut with the surf skimming your toes. It’s officially that time of year when if you’re not at the beach, you’re thinking about the beach (and seeing all your friends’ in-the-surf photos.)

So, it’s the perfect time of year to bring the beach to your backyard with a DIY tiki party. I mean, just look at this scene:

HGTV Handmade Tiki Party

Not sure where to start? The ladies at the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel have you covered! All week long, Marianne, Meg, Julia and Karen will show you DIYs to help you host your own tiki-themed party, from the food to the table to the decor. Here’s a sneak peek of the projects:

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Like what you see? You can catch up on their party prep videos from last week, then tune in all week for more amazing projects, like these genius umbrella-covered lanterns.

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Here’s to party season! And if Monday is making you want one of those beachy drinks, check out Marianne’s video to learn how to make a party-perfect Bird of Paradise cocktail and a strawberry-guava mocktail.

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SEE ALL THE TIKI PARTY GOODNESS AT HGTV HANDMADE >>

 

It’s here! It’s here! The season of barbeque-grillin’, pool-swimmin’ and patio-sittin’ has arrived. We’ve spring-cleaned everything we can and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labor, preferably with a glass of sangria out on a deck or patio. Here’s a looksie at some of the outdoor spaces our editors enjoy at their own homes.

Jessica:

It will probably come as a shock to no one that I don’t have a nightstand or a functional workspace because I spend all my money on plants. One of the first things I bought for my apartment was an old soda crate—I lined it with fabric and turned it into a planter. Other “planters” include a bucket from the dollar store, one of those holiday popcorn tins and a miniature greenhouse from IKEA (I think I’m missing the point of the whole greenhouse thing by filling it with dirt and planting kale in it but oh well).

The lights (they’re solar!) and furniture are recent additions. I realized this morning that the patio set is the closest I’ve come to owning a dining table. My friend/neighbor and I have been calling my patio “The Outdoor Room” and will be eating all of our meals there from now until next winter.

Bonus: My apartment also sits right next to some azalea shrubs that have been an absolute delight after two unreasonably cold winters.

SEE MORE OF OUR OUTDOOR SPACES >>

Looking to book the perfect vacation without breaking the bank? Instead of paying for five-star treatment, create it yourself! Glamping, aka glamorous camping, allows you to experience the spoils of nature with all the comforts of the great indoors. The best part? You likely have everything you need right at home. So pack up the wineglasses, and set out on your next adventure in style with these foolproof glamping tips.

SET UP A GLAM OUTDOOR LOUNGE SPOT

Image courtesy of Lulu and Georgia | Photo by Monica Wang

Don’t just set up camp; create a cozy, alfresco living area. Lightweight outdoor furniture, throw pillows and a portable area rug can make any trip into nature feel like home away from home. And don’t forget a few decorative accessories to complete the look. Copy this outdoor space >>

Step into these incredible glamping adventures >>

LIGHT IT UP

When the sun goes down, the fun begins. Add chic ambiance with a cozy campfire and lots of lanterns and candlelight. For glampers on a budget, DIY paper bag lanterns are a cheap and easy way to dress up your campsite. String them from tent to tent for a festive look. Other fab lighting options include portable hurricane lanterns, recycled can lanterns or even plain white string lights.

Get these outdoor candle ideas >>

5 More Ways to Camp in Style

Prime picnic weather is here and the unofficial summer kick-off is right around the corner. But before we totally jump into the sweltering summer months, let’s enjoy one more vibrant spring picnic inspired by the season’s hottest hues and flavors.

Host a Spring Picnic

1. Wear This: Printed Empire-Waist Maxi Dress + Everyday Cardigan. Across the country, the weather is beginning to feel nice and toasty. We love this soft, sleeveless maxi dress in a pretty paisley print. The shades of green and turquoise are perfect for spring but take us right into summer, too. And we know spring and summer nights are super fickle; sometimes they’re humid and sometimes they’re bitterly cool. This everyday cardigan is perfect to throw on when the sun goes down.

2. Listen to This: x by Ed Sheeran. If the sun is shining and cocktails are flowing, then the day surely needs a soundtrack. I suggest something upbeat and edgy with a flow like Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’. Kick off your shoes and dance in the grass for this album. If anyone stays seated, then you may need to rethink your guest list next time.

3. Sip This: Lemonade SparklerWhen you need a boozy refresher, combine fresh lemonade with vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice, then (and here comes the fun part) rim the glass with Pop Rocks candy for a fun embellishment. I bet you can’t even remember the last time you had Pop Rocks! Get the recipe >>

4. Decorate With This: DIY ArrangementMaking your own flower arrangements is so much easier than you think. Use inexpensive grocery store blooms or flowers straight from your garden, and follow these quick tips to get professional-looking centerpieces in minutes. Our stunning arrangement was made by simply upcycling an attractive vegetable can.

5. Eat This: Light Spring Fare. When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want to have at a picnic is hot, heavy food. Keep fare light; think bite-size sandwiches, salads and fruit. You can even switch up the classic cheese and meat tray by creating sandwich kabobs with meat, cherry tomatoes, basil, cheese and bread. Kids and adults both will love these savory treats.

6. Make This: Watercolor Tablecloth/Picnic BlanketCreate a stylish conversation starter among guests with this hand-painted watercolor tablecloth (or picnic blanket!) made from a canvas drop cloth and water-based paint.

Brought to you by J.Jill. Helping you feel good and look great is what we do. We design easy, relaxed, inspired style for Misses, Petite, Women’s and Tall. You could say we make getting dressed a breeze.

Last week was gorgeous at HGTV Headquarters: warm, sunny and clear. This time of year, I want my decor to follow suit, with bright colors and nature-inspired patterns. Of course, I can’t totally redo my house every time the weather changes, but if I start with a neutral palette, I can swap out my accessories for a seasonal mini makeover. Taking cues from this airy, contemporary living room by Kapito Muller Interiors, here are some tips for infusing a neutral space with the freshness of spring.

Copy the Look of This Clean, Contemporary Living Room1. Crate and Barrel / 2. Society6 / 3. Etsy / 4. Dot & Bo / 5. Wayfair / 6. CB2

6 Ways to Add Spring Color to a Neutral Space

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Pick up the June issue tomorrow!

Everything in HGTV Magazine has been bigger than ever lately. The May issue included a huge all-paint special section, and the brand-new June issue is following suit with a bigger, brighter and even better Flea Market Flips Blowout with a total of 12 projects.

before and after chair makeover

We transformed chairs, brought desks back to life and reinvented old lamps. We even created an illustrated step-by-step on how to turn flower seed packets into pillows — exclusively for online readers at hgtv.com/sew-pillow-covers.

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The perfect outdoor pillow

Browse the before and afters here, and pick up your June issue of HGTV Magazine on stands tomorrow! Tired of waiting? Subscribe now.

We love putting together specially-curated gift guides for everyone’s favorite holidays. But today, I wanted to make a special Mother’s Day gift guide for anyone still looking for last-minute ideas.

Earlier this week I sent out an email to the D-Hap team asking, “What are you getting your mom/grandmother/godmother/special lady for Mother’s Day and why?” Here’s what I got:

Mother's Day Gift Guide1. Williams-Sonoma 3. HGTV.com 4. West Elm 5. Echo Design 6. DIYNetwork.com

1. Spiralizer + Cookbook“I’m getting my mom this spiralizer and cookbook from Williams-Sonoma. She mentioned this gadget to me months ago, and luckily, I remembered! We’re a family who loves to cook, and cook together, and I’m excited to test a few recipes out with her during Mother’s Day weekend.” — Alyssa Sparacino

2. Mini Fern Garden. ”My mom has a deep love of gardening, so this year I’m making her a miniature fern garden so she can bring the outdoors in. This faceted Cynthia Rowley planter is too perfect filled with ferns, mosses and miniature vines. I love it so much I made one for myself, too!” — Marianne Canada

3. Handmade Hanging Basket. “While I sometimes have trouble finding the “perfect” gift for my handmade item-loving Mom for other holidays, I always get her the same thing for Mother’s Day: a hanging basket. Since she’s an avid flower gardener, she counts on the fact that my sister and I will replenish the blooms on her front porch. My sister always gets Mom a trailing fuchsia plant, while I switch it up from year to year, but always pick out something that coordinates with the pink-and-purple flowers. This year, I’m making it extra-special by planting a custom mix of plants in a pretty hanging planter.” — Liz Gray

4. Sweet Hedgehog Planter. “My mother and I have a fondness for hedgehogs and also for gardening, so when I spied this whimsical earthenware planter from West Elm, I knew it had to be mine. I bought a version for myself, too. (I am a mother after all!) I’ll pot my mother’s up with succulents for gift-giving and include a gift basket with some favorite Riesling from a recent trip to Asheville, N.C., some luxurious garden-to-shower bath products and a few little surprises, many of them garden-related, for good measure.” — Felicia Feaster

5. eReader Protector. I actually have no idea what to get my mom this year, so she’s probably going to end up with a restaurant gift card or something. She always has a beach trip planned for the end of May, so in the past I’ve gotten her this terrycloth beach reader to protect her Kindle, which is her number one beach companion, and this luxe cover because it stays put on the beach chaise lounger. — Beth Rucker

6. Homemade Spa Kit. For this Mother’s Day I’m making my mom some homemade bath salts with sea salt, almond oil and essential oils of lavender and rosemary. It will be wrapped up with a luxurious body lotion and a yummy candle. — Michelle Edgemont

Now we want to know: what are you getting that special woman for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! 

Your classic margarita goes as follows: tequila, triple sec, (fresh!) lime juice, ice and salt for the rim — simple with a kick. This year, we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo by taking the classic margarita and transforming it with the season’s most enticing fruits, vegetables and spices. From coconut and blood orange to chopped mango, we’ve got six new ways to amp up your margarita game.

Pomegranate Lava Margarita

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

Mixologist and tequila expert Jay Silverman uses a delicious blend of summer fruits to give this margarita both a savory and fruity taste.

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces Mandarine Napoleon
  • smoked gray salt, for rim
  • lime wheel, for garnish

1. Rim a rocks glass with smoked gray salt.

2. Combine fruit juices, Mandarine Napoleon, pomegranate molasses and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

3. Serve over fresh ice in the glass.

4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

FIVE MORE SIMPLE + DELISH MARGARITA RECIPES

Are you engaged? Have you fallen in the never-ending black hole of wedding decor yet? The options are endless! Even more overwhelming are the quantity of tutorials online for DIYing everything from your wedding flowers and invitations to your favors. How do you know which projects will be worth taking on and which will end up giving you a headache and covering your house in glitter? I’m here to tell you.

You might decide to DIY your wedding decor versus hiring a professional for numerous reasons: to save money, to have creative control, because you enjoy it and to be able to bond with your fiancé over a special project. It’s wonderful to create a few special touches for your wedding with your own two hands. When the projects you take on are fun, simple, interesting, affordable and actually doable, DIYing your wedding decor won’t cause a huge headache. My experience creating custom decor for over 40 weddings in the last four years has taught me the types of projects that are simple for a novice (or even a skilled) crafter to complete. (Remember, I do this for a living.) Most likely, you have a full-time job and other life responsibilities besides planning your wedding. The best projects to do yourself are ones that you can fit into your everyday life without a bunch of stress. Here are my recommendations for what you can do yourself and what you should hire a professional for:

DIY: SIGNAGE

wedding diy signagePhoto by hart & sol photography

Practice your handwriting skills on a few special signs for your wedding. Use these chalk markers on these purchased chalkboards to be able to erase and re-do if you make a mistake. Create a welcome sign, a drink menu and a sign for your guestbook table. The markers, unlike chalk, won’t smudge in transport.

HIRE A PRO: COMPLICATED PAPER GOODS

ceremony program booksPhoto by Kimberly Mufferi Photography

Booklet wedding programs are all the rage right now. Making only one is completely doable. Making 150? Not so much. Hire a local stationer to create amazing, booklet wedding programs for you. Use the inside pages to tell your guests where you met your bridesmaids, a thank you letter to your parents and even the story of how you met.

DIY: SIMPLE PROGRAMS

flag diy wedding programsPhoto by Erika Layne photography

Would you prefer simpler ceremony programs? Make them yourself. Use Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator to layout a very simple ceremony program. Print on my favorite card stock, cut into a flag shape and glue onto a wooden dowel for a fun, unconventional take on a ceremony program.

DIY or No? Find Out

I’ll be embarking on my 7th journey to sunny Mexico in three weeks (eek!), so I’m currently obsessed with all things taco and tequila. But to be honest, I adore everything about Mexican culture; the people, the crafts and of course, the food. So needless to say, I’ll be going all out for my Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Tuesday with a full day of cooking and eating. Join me in celebrating with these fiesta-worthy recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and more!

BREAKFAST: PIONEER WOMAN’S HEARTY BURRITOS

Image courtesy of Food Network

¡Buenos días! Get your day going with a hearty breakfast burrito that’s just spicy enough to wake you up. This recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, kicks off the festivities with hot sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños and crispy potatoes. Get the recipe here >>

LUNCH: CARNE ADOBO SKEWERS + AVOCADO FRIES

Carne adobo skewers and avocado fries

Set the patio table and gas up the grill for a lunch of fresh carne adobo skewers paired with some crispy avocado fries — a unique take on Mexico’s most famous fruit.

APPETIZER: QUESO FUNDIDO

Quick and easy queso fundido recipes

Switch up the plain queso this year with these three easy and flavorful queso fundido dips that will satisfy meat lovers, seafood fans and vegetarians alike. Simply serve them with warm tortillas chips. Get the recipes here >>

Tortilla chips also pair great with this go-to guacamole >>

More Fiesta-Worthy Bites

Now that those April showers are almost gone, May flowers are prime for the picking … or for gifting! Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of fresh blooms. Or if you’re hosting, set a cheerful mood with a gorgeous handmade centerpiece. Get all of your DIY Mother’s Day floral tips and inspiration right here.

CREATE YOUR OWN CHIC + SIMPLE BOUQUET

Photo by Flynnside Out Productions

Save time and money by handcrafting a simple yet lovely floral gift  Mom will adore. Check out these 10 DIY arrangements you can make in 5 minutes or less >>

Plus, you can easily use blooms from your own garden! These 11 spring flowers look great in fresh arrangements >>

DESIGN LIKE THE PROS

Flower Arranging Tips

A little rusty on your flower arranging skills? Brush up with these 10 top-notch tips. Mom will be so proud!

Perfect Your Flowers for Mom

Congratulations to this giveaway’s random winner, Jaime! Check back for more great giveaways on Design Happens.

Sure, the official season is spring, but unofficially? It’s remodeling season. Lots of us here at Design Happens have been caught by the reno and decorating bug: Marianne is taking on a full-scale kitchen renovation, Kayla is dreaming up ways to deck out her new apartment, and I’m scouring the Internet for the perfect kitchen backsplash.

If you’re with us, we have an amazing giveaway for you: one Design Happens reader will win up to $2,000 in free, gorgeous handmade backsplash tiles from modern tile maker Fireclay Tile. Read on to see more gorgeous modern tile inspiration, and enter for a chance to win.

Recycled, Handmade Tiles From Fireclay Tiles

Ogee Drop Tiles in White Wash; Design By AIH Development; Photo by Shooting LA

This backsplash tile isn’t just beautiful, it’s sustainable, too. The company gives discarded materials like curbside recycled bottles, discarded glass and bathtub porcelain new life as beautiful, unique tiles that come in 114 colors. Here, AIH Development used the Ogee Drop pattern with gray grout to create a neutral kitchen backdrop that’s modern and classic all at once.

White Moroccan Tile From Fireclay Tile

Paseo Tiles in White Gloss; Design by EAG Studio; Photo by Malcom Fearon Photography

This stripped-down take on a classic Moroccan shape gives this modern kitchen design by EAG Studio a glossy, monochromatic backdrop.

SEE MORE BEAUTIFUL BACKSPLASHES + ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN

I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m a mama’s girl. So naturally, Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. My mom is a rock star and it’s so much fun showering her with love on her special day. Whether you’re celebrating a mother, grandmother, sister, friend or mother figure this May, let her know how amazing she is with some of our favorite DIY gift and project ideas.

DIY Ideas for Mom

Me and my gals at HGTV Handmade just love a good challenge, so this week we all tackled a summer classic–cool and crisp white canvas sneakers. After a lot of thought (and, I confess, while watching Big Hero Six), I zeroed in on my idea. Could I take my sharpie tie-dye idea and use that as a base for a DIY galaxy print? Watch the video to see if I hit the mark.

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These sneaks would be an excellent addition to festival fashion, but me? I think I’ll be rocking them on my deck all summer long. What do you guys think about galaxy prints? Too out there for you? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

DIY Galaxy Print Shoes for Festivals and Summer Parties

See how the rest of the HGTV Handmade crew transformed their sneakers in the White Sneaker Challenge playlist.

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