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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.)

Grandin Road - Velma and Evander Talking Busts - HGTV design blolg - Halloween decorations

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.

  • Tell Your Friends 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

rosh hashanah jewish new year lshanah tovahBright Green Honey Pot :: Etsy seller utilemud

rosh hashanah jewish new year lshanah tovah honey sticksRaw Summer Honey :: Etsy seller honeyrunfarm

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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?

Click for official rules.

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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.)

Design Happens - What the - Omero Magazine Rack

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.

Design Happens - What the...?

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.”

Wooden Cranberry Scoop - HGTV Design Blog - What the...? Answer

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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