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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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.

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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.

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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!

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Alternating stripes, by Sabrina Soto

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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.

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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.

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A staple in every issue, Sabrina Soto’s High/Low List is consistently one of the most popular HGTV Magazine stories. 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.

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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.

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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!

June 2014

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.
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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?
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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!
fun house living room

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag and on Pinterest, here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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