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Amy M. guessed faucet first. Although I still expect a design like this would animate itself and shoot a mean laser beam.

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As the one in our family who does the dishes (which I’ll take any day over folding shirts), there has been many a post-dinner scrubbing and rinsing where the Kohler Karbon articulating kitchen faucet would have come in very handy with its multiple, moveable joints.

Would you use a faucet like this in your kitchen?

Tell us in the comments below.

 

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When I spotted this object, “dentist office” is what first popped into my head. Then a sadistic singing Steve Martin in the movie Little Shop of Horrors. Followed by the evil Dr. Szell, played by Laurence Olivier, in Marathon Man. And lastly that I have a dental cleaning scheduled next week with my DDS (gulp) who is nothing like the aforementioned doctors of dentistry. (shew!)
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It’s safe to say that since I’ve rambled on and on about dentists, this object is not a cleaning, drilling or bleaching tool. And while you’re likely to find this design in use in a dentist office, you’re just as likely to install one in your home.

Leave your guess in the comments below, and check back tomorrow to see who answered correctly first.

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For the final of four Halloween-themed giveaways from Grandin Road, we wanted to know your best DIY Halloween decorating tip or find out what monster is the scariest and why. Based on your comments, I think the next horror movie should be a showdown between a horde of zombies and Freddy Krueger.

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Design Happens fans also shared many helpful and fun decorating tips. I especially liked this one from HeatherM, as she offers a practical use for oscillating and box fans outside of summer: “Fans blowing cobwebs and black drapery fabric is pretty scary…when you can’t see around the corner and something… happens… out of the corner of your eye!”

Perhaps this week’s winner, Jill B., will go with a monsters of a Greek mythology Halloween decorating theme…cyclops, hydra and gorgons like Medusa.

Jill B. has two weeks to reply to our messages before we pick another random winner.

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All of our recent Freebie Fridays giveaways were chosen to get you ready for October 31st, whether you’re hosting a huge Halloween party or welcoming a handful of timid trick-or-treaters. The fourth and final installment of our awesome Grandin Road Halloween decoration giveaway spectacular hails from ancient Greece.

Ever since the 1981 Clash of the Titans, I’ve held a particular fear of Medusa. So will visitors to your haunted lair when the motion sensor is activated, the snakes begin to writhe and hiss and Medusa’s beckons them to look deep into her eyes.

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Leave us a comment before 12/11c on Monday, October 17 to be entered into the sweepstakes to win the Medusa Halloween decoration.

While you could simply type “boo” to be entered in the giveaway since the winner is randomly selected, it’s more fun when you answer our questions! This week, you get to pick:

What’s your best DIY Halloween decorating tip?

or….

What’s scarier and why? Zombies, poltergeist, Frankenstein, aliens and UFOs, sea monsters like the Kraken, the headless horseman, Freddy Krueger…?

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When it comes to office supplies and accessories, I have a weakness for fun, funky and chic paper clips. (So does Lili.) That’s why my brain exploded when I discovered what paper clips looked like in the Victorian era. CplusE, yours was the only correct answer.

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Isn’t the plumage and beak detailing on this duck impressive? If you’re thinking about starting a collection, this water fowl paper clip  Ialso  found on Trocadero would make a stunning companion.

Do you have a soft spot for chic office accessories or elegant Victorian-era designs?

Tell us in the comments below.

 

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This object is both a handy tool and an attractive accessory. Its engineering is simple. Its design…elegant.

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While this one is in the form of a duck, a crocodile or pair of hands would be lovely options, too.

Tell us what you think it is in the comments below, and check back tomorrow to see who was the first to guess correctly.

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For our third of four Halloween-themed giveaways of spooky and creepy decorations from Grandin Road, we asked you to share your funniest or happiest memories connected to October 31st. I challenge you to read the responses and not smile.

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Our winner, picked at random, shared this story:

“My happiest memories of Halloween are all decorating with my mom. Halloween became my domain when I got older, around 11, I think. Mom and I would paint the front window with some spooky scene, and I would rake leaves all day long to stuff my dad’s clothes for my props. (I can’t help but think that part of that was maybe an excuse to get me to rake the lawn.) After hanging cobwebs EVERYWHERE and getting all of our decorations in just the right place, I would place the fog machine in such a place as to insight optimum fear in our trick-or-treaters. With my dad’s help of course. Unfortunately, my dad was a little too good at his job in all of the festivities, and he sent many a kid screaming bloody murder from our door step.”

AmyLou976, you have two weeks to reply to our message to claim your Life-Size Halloween Zombie Bride from Grandin Road before we randomly select a new winner.

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Once upon a time, I owned a fabulous collection of pyrite and agates. I’m not sure when that heavy box vanished from my life, but if I came upon it now, I’d arrange quite the colorful and dazzling of vignettes in my living room. The promotions for Bjork‘s new album, Biophilia, confirmed what I spotted again and again during my last trip to the Atlanta design market and on a stop at my local Target this past weekend. Agate is on trend.

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1. Biophilia 2. RABLABS Vela candlesticks 3. UncommonGoods agate coasters 4. Matthew Studios Robert lamp 5. Arteriors Home Fergie agate slice sculptures 6. Artisan Sigmar Polke’s agate stone Grossmuster church window 7. Matthew Studios Quinn table 8. Evolution agate bookends

For you design enthusiasts with a bent towards petrology, get ready to geek out over what I saw on Erin Loechner‘s blog: A Rock Poster.

Have you incorporated agate in your home decor?

Tell us in the comments below.

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One lucky Design Happens fan has a date with destiny in their near future in the form of Grandin Road‘s Life-Size Halloween Zombie Bride. Standing a dramatic 63 inches tall and with pronounced cheekbones like those, who wouldn’t want to bring this skeletal beauty home? Plus, she’s dressed to kill, decked out in her wedding day finest: “a midnight black and blood-red gown topped with a matching veil.”

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Nuptial bliss gone amiss marks week three of our series of fabulous and frightening Halloween decor giveaways from Grandin Road. So answer our question in the comments below before 12/11c Monday, October 10 to be entered in the sweepstakes.

Last week Shelley shared a Halloween decorating story that made me laugh out loud. One year her family’s style was “scary realism”. Her husband and her were police officers, and they used “real crime scene tape, body outlines on the concrete and fake blood… all of the neighbors thought we had killed each other.”

This week’s question: What’s your funniest or happiest Halloween decorating, party hosting or trick-or-treat story? Hilarious mishaps? Costume malfunctions? (Please, keep it G-rated.) Old-fashioned family fun?

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I’m blown away. I totally thought someone would guess incorrectly that the fushionbrands tenderpress is a dog chew toy. (Nubs and grooves for cleaning the canine’s canines, right?) CplusE, you were the first to answer meat tenderizer. Bingo. Lisa, you were also right with your answer of rolling pin. Sort of.

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When I was a  a kid, I remember my mom pounding the heck out of some beef with a tenderizer that resembled something out of my dad’s tool box. Well, apparently a rolling motion using the tenderpress reduces tearing and meat juice splatter. Good to know. This kitchen utensil can also be used to dock dough if you’re rolling out flatbread, pizza pie or pie shells. That prevents blistering. Something I didn’t know. Did you?

Meanwhile, keep man’s best friend out of the kitchen and happy with the KONG chew bone.

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It’s not what you think it is. Or maybe it is?

On second thought, isn’t it always best to go with your first hunch?

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Leave your answer as to what this week’s mysterious design find is in the comments below, and check back tomorrow to see if you were right.

Or if you should have trusted your gut.

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For our September 30th giveaway, we wanted you to tell us about your Halloween decorating style. While your responses ranged from Rob Zombie horror (Have you seen his Woolite commercial?) to “pumpkin chic” , the majority of Design Happens fans go for kooky and kid-friendly. (Still, quite a few of you are traditionalists, committed to Dracula, Frankenstein and other classic horror spooks.)

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Our winner, Kellie, didn’t share her decorating style, but she did say that Velma and Evander “would be so perfect” on her front porch. And would send neighborhood kids “flocking to”, not fleeing from her house. We’re confident Grandin Road‘s Interactive Talking Halloween Busts will do exactly that. As Teresa noted, “two heads are better than one.” That includes this stone-faced chatty pair with their flashing red eyes.

Kellie has two weeks to reply to our message to claim Velma and Evander before we randomly select a new winner.

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HGTV.com editor Camille Smith summed it up beautifully: Our October Color of the Month is “saturated, intense and a real show-stopper.” A child of the ’80s, Camille is psyched to see the return of this bold hue. I think you’ll agree, its comeback feels nothing like that maligned decade. Today’s interpretations make fabulous design statements, like this 1940s McCoy vase or this ’60s Samsonite train case. Classic looks that are totally now. (And a color you probably never thought you’d love paired with regatta blue or grass green.)

Meet turquoise’s subdued but equally stunning big sister…a Pantone top fall color

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I’m embarrassed to say that my grandmother and I didn’t connect until this afternoon. So like I said to her, I wish to others observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, L’Shanah Tovah

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…may you all enjoy an apple slice dipped in honey for a sweet new year.

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What’s one sure way to scare the dickens out of trick-or-treaters? Animated Halloween decorations. The ones that look innocent at first glance but then catch you by surprise. We’re helping Design Happens fans get ready for October 31st with four giveaways of Halloween decorations from Grandin Road. Last week’s frightful delight…a Haunted Magic Mirror with a ghoul trapped inside. With this week’s giveaway — Velma and Evander Interactive Talking Halloween Busts — we’ve got the perfect pair to welcome and scare guests visiting your haunted lair. They’re sure to be spooked by what happens when stone-faced Velma and Evander come to life and engage in creepy conversation.

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You’ve got until 12/11c Monday, October 3rd to leave us a comment. That’s all you have to do for a chance to win.

This week’s question: How would you describe your Halloween decorating style? Campy and vampy? Sheer terror? Kooky and kid-friendly? Classic horror?

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Chris, your guess came the closest in answering yesterday’s “What the…?” I could definitely use one of these Francisco Gomez Paz designed Omero racks to help me organize my overflowing pile magazines that will soon include the premiere issue of HGTV Magazine that’s hitting newsstands on October 4th. (BTW, you can click here to start your subscription to HGTV Magazine.)

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Do you have a cool way for storing your favorite magazines? Or do you cut and paste them into mood boards until there is nothing left?

Tell us in the comments below.

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This ultra modern piece looks like it might fly out of the screen into outer space. But I’ll give you a hint, it’s not big enough to make a crop circle.

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What is it? Leave your answer in the comments below. Check back tomorrow to find out who solved this mysterious close encounter of the design kind.

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Looks like from your responses to our September 23rd giveaway, Design Happens fans go all out for Halloween. Time to unpack those electric jack-o-lanterns, cauldrons, candelabras, witch hats, giant cobwebs, spider wreaths, gargoyle door knockers, inflatable black cats, tombstones and more. Before you know it, October 31st will be here.

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Mary W is one step closer to having her home ready for trick-or-treaters. She’s the winner of the Grandin Road Animated Halloween Haunted Magic Mirror. Congrats Mary W!

Remember, our Freebie winners always have two weeks to reply to our messages before we pick another random winner.

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Man, you all are good! I figured that either major fans of Ocean Spray cranberry juice or New Englanders would nail yesterday’s “What the…?” MizzyD guessed correctly first. R. Barth added, “My mom was from New England, and we grew up with one in our home as a memory of her childhood.”

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This wooden cranberry scoop, circa 1860, is available from Nantucket House Antiques on 1stdibs.

Do you have a cherished family relic of times past that you display in your home?

Tell us in the comments below.

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