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.
UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thanks for spending Christmas in July with HGTV Magazine.
Get a head start on the holidays! Browse the Christmas in July hub where our hgtv.com editors have found the best ideas for handmade gifts and decorations, kids’ crafts, greeting cards and more. But first, take a second to answer the question below. HGTV Magazine is already prepping for this year’s December issue and asks for your input on the long-standing Christmas tree debate: real or fake?
Suddenly the office is divided between Team Jonathan and Team Drew supporters, so our lifestyle editor created temporary tattoos that show our allegiance. When a picture of them landed on Twitter, we received tons of replies asking where to get these tats and how to make them.
Our fabulous interns supporting their team captains
Well here you go! All you need is a laser or ink-jet printer and a temporary tattoo kit, which includes decal and adhesive paper. Follow the steps below, then tweet a pic of your tattoos to @HGTVMag using either #TeamDrew or #TeamJonathan to get in on the fun with us!
Peel off the disposable front layer of the decal paper, [try Water Slide Temporary Tattoo Paper, decalpaper.com] and insert into printer. Print the image on the glossy side. Let dry for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the disposable backing of the clear adhesive sheet and place directly on top of the printed decal paper. Be sure to remove air bubbles with an old credit card, straight edge or wallpaper smoother.
Cut around the image. Remove the adhesive layer and place tattoo ink-side down on clean, dry skin, pressing firmly.
Dab a damp cloth or paper towel to the tattoo until the entire tattoo shows through the paper. Remove paper to reveal the temporary tattoo.
A video tutorial, available on decalpaper.com, shares tips and tricks and shows you the printing and application process from start to finish.
Tune in Sundays at 9/8c to cheer on your team, and head over to the Brother Vs. Brother home base for web-exclusive videos, competition recaps, and behind-the-scenes looks.
A claw-foot tub is timeless, and you can find them at various price points, but were you clever enough to know which bathroom costs a little more?
You’re correct if you guessed: Left: high, Right: low. The lucky winner of this month’s HGTV Magazine prize package will be notified by email.
Were you correct?
On the left, relax in luxury with a fabric shower curtain, relaxing spa-worthy showerhead, classic tub, and organic cotton rug. You’ll be singing in the shower after you’ve saved a bundle with the look on the right. Costs drop with a vinyl shower curtain, rainwater showerhead, cast-iron tub, and soft blue rug. We think a nice long bubble bath is in order.
When we launched The High/Low Challenge sweepstakes on the blog last month, we were amazed at the number of entries we received. [Thanks for all the love!] Games are fun, aren’t they?
Getting in on the action is simple. Just take a look at the two bathroom set-ups below. Both enjoy a soaking tub, cute raindrop curtain, showerhead, and blue patterned bathmat. The test: Which group is priced low, and which is priced high?
How to enter: Leave your guess in the comments section below. For example: Left: high, Right: low or vice versa. One lucky winner will receive an HGTV Magazine iPhone 5 case, an HGTV Magazine umbrella, and a copy of the latest July/August issue (on sale Tuesday). You must answer correctly for a chance to win. Come back tomorrow when we reveal the answer.
Can you tell the difference?
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 13, 2014. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.
If you’ve ever used or even seen a tube of Watermelon Lip Smacker lip balm, you’ll feel a little nostalgic when you see the punchy colors on the cover of HGTV Magazine’s July/August issue. The bright green and shades of pink, and of course, a slice or two of actual watermelon, scream summer and long days at the pool.
Inside, the editors are playing it cool in this season’s heat with backyard party ideas, style tips for the front porch, plus the staples like flea market flips and high/low buys. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what you’ll find when the issue hits newsstands a week from today. Get your copy on June 17.
HGTV star Vern Yip knows how to enjoy summer — at his vacation home in Rosemary Beach, Florida with his family. Step inside here.
Vern with his partner Craig and their two kids Gavin and Vera; the living room
If you love the look of wall stripes but don’t think you could tackle the technique, you’ll be happy to hear there is an answer. (And no, it’s not wallpaper.) Some of our favorite designers showed us how to create common patterns like ticking stripes and ombré. Plus, we’re sharing web-exclusive step-by-step instructions for each at hgtv.com/stripes, making these striped walls easier than ever before. Choose your favorite, then send us a pic of the finished look on Twitter or Instagram using #HGTVMagDIY, and you could be in an upcoming issue!
You guys LOVE a good guessing game! With more than 1,200 entries and comments, our very first High/Low Challenge sweepstakes was a big success and proves we’ve got some seriously impressive design eyes reading the blog.
You’re correct if you answered: Left: low, Right: high. The lucky winner of our HGTV Magazine prize package will be notified by email.
Soak up the sun and the savings with this lightweight wicker chair and polyester umbrella in the left look. A chaise with stain-resistant cushions and teak umbrella make for a luxurious lounge spot on the right. Now all we need is a warm summer day and a good book. Find the info you need to snag any of these fabulous finds (plus lots more duos) in the latest installment of Sabrina Soto’s The High/Low List.
A staple in every issue, Sabrina Soto’s High/Low List is consistently one of the most popular HGTV Magazinestories. Who doesn’t love a good deal on an item that has a more costly counterpart? What’s more, even the pricier twin is still a great buy.
Oftentimes you can barely tell them apart, which is what makes the duos so fun. Enter our brand-new sweeps, The High/Low Challenge, that tests your design eye. Do you think you could tell the difference between the “high” and “low” item in a pair without knowing a single thing about them? Let’s find out!
How to play: Take a look at both pairs of outdoor loungers and umbrellas. One set is priced low, the other high. Leave your guess in the comments section below. For example: Left: low, Right: high or vice versa. One lucky winner will receive an HGTV Magazine tote bag, an HGTV Magazine umbrella, and a copy of the latest June issue. You must answer correctly for a chance to win. Come back tomorrow when we reveal the answer.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on May 9, 2014. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.
As our EIC Sara explains inside the June issue of HGTV Magazine, finding the right paint color can be much like finding “the one.” It’s not easy, but we think our biggest paint index EVER should help. You’ll find a total of 126 hues on our pages and an extended section devoted to coating rooms and furniture with color! We can’t share everything just yet, but here’s enough inspiration to tide you over until June hits newsstands on May 13 — just one week away!
How could we have a special paint-centric issue without Mr. Color Splash himself? We couldn’t! David Bromstad is answering your biggest color questions.
David wasn’t the only HGTV star hard at work in the painting department. Which expert do you think recreated this old lamp into something chic and unique?
We hope this issue makes you want to have a little fun with color. This house tour proves there are zero rules when it comes to decorating. Live a little!
UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who told us what they really want in a dream kitchen.
No this isn’t the silly party game where you’re asked to pick the lesser of two evils from a ridiculous scenario all in the name of an easy laugh. This is HGTV Magazine picking your brain about what matters most to you in your kitchen.
First you told us what features would be in your dream home, and now we want to learn more. HGTV Magazine asks you to make a choice from each of the groups below. If you had to choose, would you rather have an electric or a gas stovetop? What about hardwoods or tile floors? Your answers will help us with an upcoming story, so speak up, we’re listening!
From the following categories, which would you rather have in your kitchen? Choose one from each pair.
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.
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.
If you haven’t been brave enough to rummage through your attic, this sewing machine turned side table can act as your motivation.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and your handiwork could be featured in an upcoming issue. You can also send pics via Instagram using the hashtag #HGTVMagDIY.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The architecture of this Florida home is super cool, but it’s the standout items in each room that make it memorable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Color Splash himself is teaming up with HGTV Magazine to be your personal color consultant.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Chores 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.
Outside the days might be getting shorter and colder, but inside the pages of HGTV Magazine‘s December issue, we’re having a lot more fun! You’ll find merry DIY ideas, a cheerful gift guide, and loads of happy holiday decorating ideas!
Come on, we know you’re already listening to Christmas music. Get in the holiday spirit with us!! Here’s a sneak peek of what subscribers are getting in their mailbox, and what you can look forward to when the issue hits newsstands on November 26.
Every year, it seems like Santa’s list has grown. We made shopping a little easier by narrowing down picks from some of our favorite stores in one collective gift guide. Buy presents: Check. (p.s. The elves put together a printable PDF for a wallet friendly list you can take with you.)