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Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? I certainly was unaware, but I have no problem celebrating the occasion with an extra-focused attempt at relaxation. While some people turn to a nice warm tub and bubbles or a sweat-inducing workout to ease anxiety and stress, my personal preference is to get my body in a position primed for reading or napping. While a bed or sofa is a perfectly fine solution for this, I’d much rather stretch out in a chaise.

White Tufted Chaise and Black Dresser

Design by J&J Design Group

You can’t go wrong with this classic design selected by J&J Design Group for this inviting living space. The chaise’s scroll shape, tufting and tulip feet make it a choice that will age elegantly in any design.

Cozy Gray Furniture in Modern White Living Room

Design by Sawhorse Design and Build

For me, the word chaise evokes a sense of traditional style, so I love to see a piece like this one chosen by Sawhorse Design and Build. The shape is unexpected and, with the bright fuchsia pillows, adds a touch of whimsy and softness to this otherwise geometric, modern lounge space.

Pool With Patio, Hot Tub and Submerged Lounge Chairs

Design by Addison Bruley

Here’s a nice two-fer for you by Addison Bruley. You’ve got a soft, cabana-style loungers at the edge of the pool deck for naptime and partially submerged chaises for when you want to cool off. Leave your stress behind, but don’t forget the sunscreen!

Awkward Hallway Space Transformed Into Cozy Reading Nook

Design by Nina Green

There’s something instantly cozy and restful about a leather lounger and rustic decor. The deep tones of the chaise and cowhide rug and flooring in this room designed by Nina Green are warm and welcoming and have me ready for relaxation!

Green Transitional Bedroom With Plush Chaise

Design by Susan Manrao

My bedroom tends to be the most comfortable spot for relaxation in the house, but I find that if I lay on the bed I have the urge to fall into a deep sleep. I like how Susan Manrao included a chaise in this bedroom for lighter naps and reading time — it’s a way to relax without confusing the internal body clock.

How do you chase the stress away? Tell us in the comments below.

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The sixth installment: Functional outdoor furniture and fun accessories for outdoor entertaining. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some colorful accents for your backyard.

Hosting a backyard bash in the spring can be a blast, but if you’re constantly running inside for drink refills or stressing about your meager outdoor seating, that can take some of the fun out of it. Before you invite your friends and family over for an alfresco get-together, give your outdoor spaces a party-inspired makeover. The right furniture and accessories will keep your guests happy and your soiree running smoothly, so you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities, too. Check out our favorite products for a party-perfect backyard.

Products for a Party-Ready Outdoor Space

1. Six-Seat Sectional and Stool. Anchor your outdoor space with comfortable, versatile furniture – if you have enough room, a sectional will offer maximum seating and flexibility. This six-seater features a movable footstool for guests who want to prop their feet up, and a neutral fabric that can easily be dressed up with colorful accessories. ($840)

2. Cantilever Umbrella. Your fairer-skinned friends will appreciate this backyard addition. A substantial nine feet in diameter, this cantilever umbrella in soothing spa green tilts and turns 360 degrees to provide shade anywhere you need it. ($369.99)

3. Outdoor Wood Cooler. Ditch your standard plastic cooler and upgrade to this sophisticated wood version. It’ll look great on your deck or patio, and it’ll keep your beverages and snacks cool so you don’t have to keep running inside to fetch refreshments for your guests. ($149.99)

4. Elephant Garden Stool. Don’t forget a spot for party-goers to set their drinks. Add a small side table or – better yet – this adorable elephant garden stool, which can also serve as extra seating in a pinch. ($90.89)

5. Pizza Fire Pit. This is genius: This multifunctional fire pit comes with two pizza stones and a removable grill for whipping up homemade pizza, steak or veggies. Once you’re finished cooking, you can remove the accessories and keep the fire blazing for warmth and ambiance. ($78.99)

6. Medallion Outdoor Pillows. Jazz up solid-color furniture and add comfort with vibrant outdoor pillows. These stunners make a statement with a bold medallion design, and their ample size will encourage hours of outdoor lounging. (Warning: your guests may never leave.) ($49.50 each)

Ready to spice up your outdoor space? One lucky Design Happens reader will win two Pottery Barn Outdoor Malibu Medallion Pillows.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your secret to an amazing outdoor soiree?

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 April 10, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 13, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

If you’re like me, then the bedroom is the one room in the house that’s in need of some TLC.  No matter how hard I try, it seems that creating a bedroom design that is both stylish and functional is nearly impossible. Luckily, High Fashion Home designer, Dolley Frearson, understands this struggle and has graciously shared 6 of her priceless design tips with us. So if you’re tired of your blah bedroom or simply need a little design inspiration, check out Dolley’s gorgeous bedroom transformation below and read on to learn her tricks of the trade.

The bedroom BEFORE was drab and unsightly…

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

The bedroom AFTER is chic and inviting.

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

Learn How Dolley Achieved This Look

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fifth installment: Spring-inspired bedding that will make your bedroom look bright and refreshed all season — and all summer! — long.

I’m one of those people with cold-weather bedding and warm-weather bedding. During the winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in my cozy flannel sheets. But from April to September, I like to keep it light and breezy in the bedding department. Right now, my bed is dressed in a classic navy prep strip duvet, mint polka-dot sheets, and mint and lime throw pillows. My bedding palette is cool and refreshing like the season.

Have you swapped out your winter bedding yet? Take a look at our seasonal bedroom picks in especially lively hues.

Spring Bedding 20151. Pottery Barn 2. Serena & Lily 3. Target 4. Macy’s 5. H&M 6. Serena & Lily

1. Spring-y Duvet Cover. Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing an array of blooming florals and rich leafy foliage every single day. That’s the power of this gorgeous organic duvet cover. ($79-$103)

2. Embroidered Sheets. The folks at Serena & Lily said it best: “Our not-so-basic white sheets make a great foundation for layering color and pattern throughout the room — think of them as classics with a twist.” The colorful motif (available in eight bright hues) is both sophisticated and playful. ($148-$268)

3. Soft Throw. IMO, the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collab is one of the most exciting things to happen this season. Go ahead and bookmark this pink tasseled throw from the lookbook while we anxiously await the April 19th debut. (It’s technically called an “outdoor blanket” but I think it would look so adorable casually draped over the foot of a bed.) ($30)

4. Patterned Shams. Mixing patterns is the name of the game when it comes to putting together a beautifully-styled bed. This large-scale contemporary pattern is a nice match for the botanical duvet cover, while the navy and white pull out the bedding’s navy background. ($89.97 for the bed set)

5. & 6. Bold Throw Pillows. Here comes the fun part — throw pillows! This is where you can play with texture, pattern and color by pulling in accent colors from the duvet in fun ways. I say, you can never have too many throw pillows. Choose solids, neutrals and unexpected colors, like this green quilted pillow and this white canvas beauty with suede corner caps. ($12.95; $38.99)

Now tell us — how are you giving your bedroom a taste of spring? Swapping out your winter bedding? Tossing in some new throw pillows? Let us know!

Outdoor spaces: We love them during the spring and summer, but it’s easy to overlook them the rest of the year. If your patio or backyard looks like an afterthought or feels disjointed from the rest of your home, never fear. By incorporating stylish furniture and cozy accents, you can create an outdoor space that’s just as appealing as your home’s interior. We collected some tips from designer Emily Henderson, who transformed this formerly plain patio into a cozy outdoor room with a collected, bohemian vibe. Get the look with these seven ideas and products:

Copy the Look of This Bohemian Outdoor Living Room

1. World Market / 2. Overstock / 3. Etsy: farjer / 4. Pier 1 Imports
5. Dot & Bo / 6. Wayfair / 7. Target

7 Tips for a Cozy Outdoor Living Room

As a kid I LOVED to hunt for hidden plastic Easter eggs — I didn’t even care if there was chocolate inside or not! For me the thrill of the searching and finding was enough. Since no one is volunteering to put on a grown-up Easter egg hunt for me, I’m instead channeling my laser focus for colorful, pastel things into finding Easter egg-colored home decor.

Since the weather is rapidly warming, it’s a great time to look at spring-fresh bedroom decorating ideas. It’s time to swap out heavy comforters for light coverlets, so why not change dark, moody colors out for the kind you’d find in an Easter basket? Pastels get a little bit of an unfair rap for being little-girlish, but I think when used right they’re appropriate for any age.

Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Canopy Bed

Design by Musso Design Group

This bedroom by Musso Design Group does it just right: A neutral backdrop with soft white bedding and beige curtains can work for any season. The bright pops of orange and turquoise in the blanket and throw pillows are perfect for spring and summer but can be swapped out for items with heavier fabric and darker colors to match fall and winter.

Fuchsia and Brown Moroccan Inspired Bedroom

Design by Jennifer Dyer

Ok, I admit I’m not much of a pink gal, but I LOVE this bedroom. There’s something so alluring about the rich, fuchsia-colored chairs, throw pillows and wallpaper. The deep gray tone of the carpet and curtains and the hardwood-covered ceiling help tone down the overall effect of the more colorful accents, giving this room designed by Jennifer Dyer a luxury hotel-like feel.

Yellow Cottage Bedroom With White Iron Bed

Design by Denise Fogarty

You just can’t look at this room without feeling instantly warmer and happier. This classic cottage bedroom is the definition of inviting with its white iron bed and lemony yellow walls. This look would lend itself well to a welcoming guest bedroom.

Bedroom With Hummingbird-Print Wallpaper and Luxury Touches

Design by Preston Lee

Designer Preston Lee knows how to make formal design fun. Just take a look at this minty bedroom bedecked in Osborne and Little Grove Garden Wallpaper, which provides a perfect spring setting for the high-end furnishings and accessories, such as the shell-covered chandelier, sunburst mirror and canopy bed.

Moody, Masculine Master Bedroom

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

I’ve saved my favorite for last. Design team Caitlin & Caitlin used a moody shade of lavender that invokes both feminine and masculine appeal. The gray duvet plays to the more serious side of the otherwise playful color, while the Southwestern style blanket warms things up.

What is your favorite Easter egg-inspired color? Tell us in the comments below.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ashley!

Can you guess which lighting belongs in this bedroom?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win lavender-scented room and linen mist, citron and crushed basil-scented reed diffuser, and seashells potpourri from Hillhouse Naturals. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance 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 24, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 26, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $83. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

Finally, spring is officially here, and we kicked it off with a gorgeous weekend at the HGTV Headquarters. If there’s one downside to the change in seasons, it’s that the sudden sunny weather is shedding light on my outdoor spaces that need a little (okay, a lot) of TLC. One of the first projects I want to tackle is giving my bare front porch a curb appeal boost — and it’s actually not a terribly daunting task. All you need is a few colorful accessories to spruce up a plain porch, and we’ve rounded up some tips and products to get you started:

Copy the Look of This Colorful Front Porch

1. Valspar / 2. Target / 3. The Home Depot / 4. Overstock / 5. Target / 6. Lowe’s

1. Fresh Paint for the Front Door. One of the easiest ways to amp up your home’s curb appeal is make your front door a focal point with a vibrant coat of paint. Red is a classic choice that pairs well with most neutrals, but other can’t-miss color combos include blue and yellow, white and navy, and brown and green.

2. Punchy Outdoor Pillow. Pulling from your home’s exterior palette, add eye-catching color and pattern around your porch with inexpensive accessories. We picked this weather-resistant toss pillow for its stylish geometric motif.

3. Chic House Numbers. Seems like a small detail, right? You’d be surprised by the impact new house numbers can have on your home’s exterior. You’ll find a wide range of traditional and modern options on the market, so choose accordingly based on your home’s architectural style. We like these durable brass numbers for their sophisticated aged bronze finish.

4. Outdoor Bench. Even on a narrow front porch, you can usually squeeze in a slim bench or small chair — a minor update that will make your space feel so much more inviting and livable. Just 15 inches wide, this modern bench is easy to assemble and comes in 11 colors to complement any decor.

5. Floral Patterned Doormat. Say “welcome home” by replacing a shabby doormat with a fresh, fun option, like this lively floral design that complements the colors in our throw pillow.

6. Ceramic Outdoor Pot. Finally, flank the front door with a potted plant or two for an extra splash of color. We chose this ceramic planter for its interesting texture and subtle red hue.

What are your must-haves for a welcoming front porch? Tell us in the comments below.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Patsy!

Can you guess which pillows belong in this houseboat living area?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win two 18×18 throw pillows of their choosing from KESS. 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 18, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 19, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $85. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

We’re always interested to learn what our fans love, which is why we wrap up each year with a gallery of HGTV’s most popular photos on Pinterest. Last year, you guys repinned the heck out of this eclectic green living room, and it’s easy to see why. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this space for a New York couple trying to make the most of a petite New York apartment. Though it’s small, the room is comfortable, functional and packed with personality. If you’d like to pull off a similar look to this pin-worthy space in your own home, here are some tips and products to inspire you:

Copy the Look of This Earthy Green Living Room

1. Pier 1 / 2. Sherwin-Williams / 3. Crate and Barrel / 4. Pottery Barn / 5. Target
6. Etsy: JenniferBarrineauArt (Tree Print), ClaireBCurley (Wall Hanging), CheeseBeforeBedtime (Hoop Art) / 7. Wayfair

Read More: 7 Tips for an Eclectic + Comfortable Living Room

It’s Friday! And you know what that means? It’s time for another #HGTVWeekend and new, fun projects to cross off our list! Last #HGTVWeekend, we planted an adorable bundt pan succulent garden and relaxed in our very own at-home bathroom spa. It was fabulous!

This weekend, don’t forget to change your clocks as we spring forward into (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. To honor this unofficial start of spring, the first March edition of #HGTVWeekend is focused on freshening up our homes and our daily routines for an effortless transition into this lovely new season.

If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), we want to hear from you! Tag your project photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And make sure to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!

What we’re doing with our extra hour of sunlight this weekend:

Cook This: DIY Natural Home Scents

Have you ever put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and came home to its delicious scent filling the entire house? For this project, HGTV Crafternoon’s Marianne Canada combines natural ingredients like grapefruit and sage in a slow cooker for incredible home scents made from grocery store basics.

How to Make These Scents, Plus More Fun Projects

Have you heard about the dress that’s taking over the Internet? After members of a Scottish wedding party looked at one photo of the mother of the bride’s dress and saw two different color combinations — some saw blue and black, while others saw white and gold — a member of the wedding band posted a photo to Tumblr to get some clarity. The post took off, and the hundreds of thousands of viewers were just as confused: Is it blue and black or white and gold? You decide. (Here’s a great explainer from Wired.com about the science behind the color divide.)

Here at HGTV, we’re fans of bold color — period. So why choose one or the other? This dramatic living room celebrates all four colors.

Blue Black White Gold Living Room

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

With black and blue walls and white and gold accents, the dress is right at home here — no matter which color combo you see.

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

Flip through even more photos of this glamorous space — and learn how to create the look at home.

 

Pet Hacks

I’m not ashamed to admit that throughout my basset hound, Oliver’s, 13 years, I’ve happily paid for him to see an acupuncturist, animal communicator, massage therapist and yes, the dude even has his own dermatologist. True confessions: I’m far more diligent about Oliver’s skincare issues than I am my own.

Although I’m a dog mama, I’ve got a lot of love to spread around. So, I’ve rounded up some creative ideas for keeping your space both pet friendly and très chic.

1. Kitty Steps. If you’ve already mastered the gallery wall, I’m positive you can handle these kitty steps. Are they a cat toy? Are they shelves? You decide.

2. Wall-Mounted Fish Tanks. What an amazing way to teach the kiddos about life and how to take care of another living/breathing thing. Plus, it’s pretty cool wall decor.

3. Dog Hammock.  If there was an Olympic competition for dog shedding, my dog would be an international gold medal champion. Ditto for drooling. Needless to say, this DIY hammock is a great way to keep all that business out of your car — for good.

4. Kitchen Pet Food Storage. Finding a spot to store a 30-pound bag of pet food is no easy task. So, whether you’ve got a doggie or a kitty, this food storage kitchen cabinet hack is brilliant.

5. Fluffy Rugs. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you can use a stylish rug or pelt specifically as a pet bed — especially if it’s a fluffy number. Small rugs are easy to move around and often look a lot more chic than the average pet bed.

6. Gumball Machine Fish Tank. Here’s a great way to get your kids to give up candy forever: put a fish in their gumball machine!

7. Leather Chew Toy: This leather chew toy for birds is so swank. I would probably sneak into my bird’s cage in the middle of the night and steal it. It would also be super easy to do a DIY version of this with some leather scraps if you’re feeling crafty.

8. Double-Decker Cat Scratch Bed: Grab an Ikea Expedit cube, tie some rope around it, add a couple of fluffy pillows and — voila! You’ve got a super stylish kitty scratch pad.

9. Get Creative With Hooks: Try hanging some interesting hooks near the front door to jazz up your leash storage game.

Do you keep your pets in mind when making home decorating decisions? We’d love to hear about your favorite hacks or design ideas in the comments.

If you diligently entered the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Giveaway twice a day for your chance to win our Martha’s Vineyard getaway, you know that the entry period wrapped up last week. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that a Design Happens reader snags the grand prize, but even if you don’t win, you can still incorporate the home’s updated coastal style in your home. Inspired by the guest bedroom, we went shopping for products that offer nautical flair with a modern twist. Here’s our formula for recreating this look:

Copy the Nautical Style From HGTV Dream Home 2015's Guest Bedroom

1. RugsUSA / 2. CB2 / 3. Dot & Bo / 4. Crate and Barrel
/ 5. Wayfair / 6. Target / 7. Pottery Barn

OUR FORMULA: RECREATE THIS LOOK

Buying the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the lady in your life comes with insurmountable pressure. You don’t want to settle for the usual flowers and chocolate (Although, I would never turn those down!), but you still want to give something from the heart. I’ve rounded up our top five creative yet practical gifts she’ll love and will be surprised to get.

 

HGTV Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 1. Society6 / 2. west elm / 3. / Silhouette Boutique / 4. minted. / 5. CitySlips

1. “I LIKE YOU.” Tote Bag. This is the perfect gift if your sweetheart is a dog lover. Bonus: She’ll always think of you anytime she carries it around.

2. Faceted Gold Terrarium. Put a little twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers with a terrarium filled with succulents that she will keep alive for much longer.

3. Cupcake Socks. Who wouldn’t love a pair of these? I may or may not have bought a pair for myself.

4. Custom Stationery. Help her keep in touch with her friends who live all over the world. Add a personal touch by customizing stationery with her name, favorite color and print.

5. Audio Earmuffs. She can plug these fuzzy headphones into her smart phone or MP3 player, so she can listen to her favorite tunes while staying warm.

What’s on your Valentine’s Day gift wish list? Tell us in the comments below.

If you’re a fan of the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper (who isn’t?), then you have undoubtedly coveted Joanna Gaines’ impeccable design taste. By mixing the rustic and repurposed with streamlined and modern elements, Joanna always creates beautiful, envy-inducing spaces. Check out five of her foolproof interior design rules below to bring Fixer Upper‘s timeless farmhouse-chic style to your home!

Joanna at her Waco, Texas boutique

NATURAL ACCENTS


When decorating in the farmhouse-chic style, it’s important to incorporate natural elements with modern. In this office area, Joanna complemented the sleek, grey color palette of the rug and walls with rustic preserved boxwood topiaries and a rough finished wood desk. Add natural elements to your space with fresh flowers, exposed wood beams, stone countertops, indoor plants and potted dried herbs.

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4 More Tips to Try

Every year over the winter holidays I do a major purge and winter cleaning while I’m off from work. Knowing I’ll be trapped inside for much of the next few months makes me want to organize and create a more cozy, inviting home. I hit all the major areas: the living room, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. An intense scrub-down does wonders, but there are lots of other ideas for creating order and a freshened-up look that really help, too.

If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to organize your home I thought I’d share some of what I do and more of HGTV’s tips and tricks.

sabrina soto cleaning

Sabrina Soto shows us how it’s done.

1. Clean

First off: take advantage of any cleaning urges you get! I tackle one room at a time so a whole-house cleaning doesn’t seem too overwhelming. If for some reason you lose initiative, tackle the next room the next day. Gather everything you’ll need for cleaning in a bucket or cart. I’ve got a little cleaning caddy that holds all the sprays, cloths and sponges so I can carry it from room to room. It’s a huge help.

2. Purge!

As you’re picking up clothes, putting away all those odds and ends that pile, and stacking magazines and books, set aside the things that you haven’t used over the past few months. For me, if I didn’t (or my kids didn’t) wear a piece of clothing the previous season, out it goes! Donate any books that you know you’ll never read again. Cut out and file away the pictures from magazines that you want to keep (or find that article you love online and bookmark it) and recycle the rest. File away any bills and see if there are any old ones that can now be shredded.

3. Everything in Its Place

Once you’ve made space in your closet and cabinets and drawers, you should have some more room for what you’re going to keep. I worked in clothing stores when I was younger and still love the look of a well-folded stack of clothes. (Perfectionists can even steal the store’s trick: folding boards.) You’ll be surprised to find out how much more likely you are to keep up a nice looking closet than a messy one. I found that I am probably going to need more storage, so I’m looking at something like this media console for my bedroom. I love that it has doors to hide messier necessities.

4. Update Accessories

If you haven’t done so already, swap out some of your lighter accessories for cozy winter ones. Thick blankets, fluffy pillows, shag rugs: this is the stuff winter design is made of, so take advantage! If you want to be very of-the-moment, add Pantone’s Color of the Year to your home with a throw pillow or flower vase. Even something as simple as installing an additional towel rack in the bathroom made the difference for me. Winter white sales can also give you a chance to update your bedding to give your whole room a fresh feel.

5. Lighting

Winter blues are no joke, but you can combat them with good lighting. If you’ve got overhead lighting, adding a table lamp makes a huge difference. Believe it or not, spring lines are coming out now. While the snow falling outside may contradict the timing, brand new lighting is good any time of year. Faceted bases and metallics are still going strong. If you go for a classic shape, it’ll look good all year long.

While I’m not big on resolutions that I can’t keep, organizing my home is one that I love to have. What about you? Do you have any resolutions for your home this year? Let me know in the comments.

The wait is over. Today marks the first day you can enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 sweepstakes. You’ve probably already seen gorgeous photos of the Martha’s Vineyard home, but if you haven’t, you must take a look. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in this Cape Cod-style getaway? Enter twice daily — once on HGTV.com and FrontDoor.com — for a chance to win.

HGTV Dream Home 2015

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn combined the graphic pattern on the pillow with quatrefoil window treatments for a bold statement. A cube-shaped end table serves dual purpose as a dog bed.

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Elaine is the winner of handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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