Alyssa Sparacino

"Put a bow on anything, and I'm happy."

Alyssa is the Online Editor for HGTV Magazine. She lives in a cozy brownstone apartment in Hoboken with (she likes to think) tons of charm. The older building provides character in a growing town just across the Hudson from New York City. A mirrored vanity and a gallery wall are next up in her bedroom re-do.

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We’re all about sharing the insider info—when it’s a secret, it sounds so much more fun, right? So take a look at some of the coolest DIY projects, house tours and transformations we have on the pages of the latest issue of HGTV Magazine before it hits newsstands in exactly one week.

May cover

You could barely even tell there was a house on this lot before all the overgrown greenery was cleared. And if you think the exterior transformation is amazing, just wait until you see what’s inside.

fixer upper house

If you haven’t been brave enough to rummage through your attic, this sewing machine turned side table can act as your motivation.

sewing machine diy

This rainbow wall that reminds you of sunshine and warm weather and well, rainbows is not from a home by the ocean. Nope, you can find this and more tropical style in the suburbs.

rainbow wall

We hope you’re loving what we showed you, and now we’re hoping you’ll do the same. In the front of each issue is the You Showed Us section where you get to show off some amazing projects. If you find something in the May (or any other) issue that you just have to replicate, take pictures and send them to us at hgtvmagazine@hearst.com, and your handiwork could be featured in an upcoming issue. You can also send pics via Instagram using the hashtag #HGTVMagDIY.

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There’s no such thing as sibling rivalry for sister publications HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine. These two know how to work together, and work together well! Their May issue covers will feature the best of what both teams have to offer. For Food Network, that means whipping up some delicious treats, and for us at HGTV, well, we know how to decorate for a gorgeous party.

party spread

Watch as the magic unfolds at our joint cover shoot in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

Exciting stuff, right? Get the recipes, and find info on how to recreate the scene yourself in the May issues of Food Network Magazine and HGTV Magazine, which hit newsstands 4/15 and 4/8 respectively.

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Last month HGTV Magazine invited you to become a guest designer of sorts for our upcoming Make Over My Block special feature. You took to Pinterest to vote for (by repinning) your favorite curb appeal looks, and the results are in! Our transformation team will use Design Style 2 as inspiration for the neighborhood makeover!

MOMB design style

Haven’t heard about Make Over My Block? Here’s the scoop. We’re hitting the road heading for one lucky town to give a group of neighbors remade, revamped, and restyled front entrances. The submission period has ended, but stay tuned to see the final makeovers in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine.

Until then, here are some fabulous front doors, amazing outdoor spaces, and curb appeal ideas you can steal.

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Spring is here! No really—pastels, Easter eggs, cleaning tips, and gardening how-tos are abundant inside the latest April issue of HGTV Magazine. Wander through our pages before it hits newsstands on March 11, and we’re confident you’ll get a little spring in your step.

April cover

First we showed you the many uses for a console table, and now we bring you the versatile and on-trend ladder shelf. Check out the 5 ways we used this cool piece.

ladder shelf

The architecture of this Florida home is super cool, but it’s the standout items in each room that make it memorable.

Florida living room

Did you know the average kitchen remodel can cost you $50,000?! [Gulp.] This one though…a cool $3,100. See how the family did it.
kitchen remodel

Bonus: Want even more HGTV Magazine? Head to hgtv.com/chalkboard-calendar and hgtv.com/curtain-tips for an exclusive step-by-step DIY project and window-treatment advice you can only find online.

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It’s no surprise that here at HGTV Magazine, we’re all about makeovers. You’ll find stories like ways to flip a flea market find, redo a tired room, or completely remodel a home in every single issue.

This time, we’re thinking even bigger! HGTV Magazine is searching for a group of 4-5 neighbors who live on the same block and need some curb-appeal attention.

Upload photos, tell us about your group, and even help choose the design style inspiration! If your group is chosen, you’ll be featured in an upcoming issue. Find all the details and enter at hgtv.com/makeovermyblock. But, hurry! Opportunities for submissions end March 11, 2014.

MOMB pinterest

Visit Pinterest to be a part of the transformation team. Vote for front-door décor by repining your favorite images.

Come on in while you wait. We’re sharing 61 fabulous front door ideas that greet guests in style.

front door

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The pages of HGTV Magazine‘s March issue are splashed with color! And with this crazy winter weather, you could probably use some brightening up, right? Right! The issue hits stands on 2/11, but here are some exciting ideas to tide you over until then.

March 2014 cover

This picture frame headboard and marquee letter sign are just two of the projects that fill this totally DIY kid’s room.

diy projects

When the remodel is as cleverly planned out as this white kitchen‘s, having minimal space to work with is a non-issue. Well done!

small white kitchen

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Mr. Color Splash himself is teaming up with HGTV Magazine to be your personal color consultant.

David Bromstad

Confused about paint colors? Not sure what shades work best in what rooms? Ask us your most pressing color questions — from finding the most versatile gray to the best blue for a bedroom — or send us pics of your problem spots, and we’ll have HGTV’s resident color expert, David Bromstad, offer his advice in an upcoming issue!

Submit all questions to hgtvmagazine@hearst.com with the subject line Color Question for a chance to have your answer appear in an upcoming issue. ONLY questions received via email will be considered. Must include full name and hometown.

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UPDATE: This poll is now closed (nearly 45,000 votes later!), but check out the final tally below. We’re not surprised to see open floor plan top the list, but some other features were more important to you than we anticipated!

Let’s say you’re moving tomorrow. Your new home is 2,300 square feet (the median size in the U.S ) and has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. But what other features would be important in your dream home? Choose your top five from the list below.

dream home 2014 kitchen

Inside HGTV’s 2014 Dream Home in Lake Tahoe

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Head to the newsstand, grocery store, or bookstore because it’s a new year, and that means a new issue of HGTV Magazine. The latest Jan/Feb issue is packed with ways to meet many common decorating resolutions!

Jan Feb issue

Want to get organized? Find inventive ways to declutter every room in your home. Looking to save money? Learn how to slim down your big fat heating bill. Dreaming of redecorating without the hassle? Take a tour of a home filled with easy to imitate ideas! Here’s a look at what else is behind our cover plus exclusive printouts you can only find on hgtv.com.

Even if your favorite team isn’t playing, you can still host a winning Super Bowl party! Check out these easy ideas for game day, and go to hgtv.com/super-bowl-party for our exclusive designs to set the scene.

super bowl party

Add some personality to your kitchen without being too bold or tacky. This professional restauranteur from Denver shows us how she brought life to her home.

cuban kitchen

Pick up your copy now, or subscribe here. Want more HGTV Magazine? Follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag. Bonus: See our brand new conference room courtesy of HGTV HOME.

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cleaning caddyChores like vacuuming, dusting, and general tidying are common occurrences in most households. But what about the places you might not think about? When was the last time you cleaned…your baseboards? Your mailbox? (Yes, your mailbox.)




Take our poll below, and look for the results, along with tips for cleaning the more obscure places in your home, in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CLEANED YOUR….

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