Briana Mowrey

"I want the Eames chair and I want the Saarinen table and I want them both."

Briana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey, and approximately one million old shelter magazines. She cannot wait until she is a home owner, and can wallpaper and/or tile just about every available surface.

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I feel like lace has an unfair reputation for being too frilly and old fashioned, but I’ve noticed it starting to make a comeback. AKDO even has a whole lace tile collection, so it seems other people have noticed, too! If you’re ready to embrace lace, I’ve found five crafts that make the fabric feel modern and fresh again.

5 Lace Crafts We're Loving Now: Lace Vases

Design: Michelle Edgemont

LACE –> MODERN VASE
This craft from Michelle Edgemont is an easy and elegant way to use scraps of lace. Just add white paint and some hurricane vases, and you’ve got a modern-looking vessel with tons of texture. Check out her tutorial for more how-to tips.

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BRIANA: It seems like we’ve had our eye on agate for a long time, but it’s been even bigger in 2014. It’s been cropping up in kitchen counters and is prominently featured in Target’s Threshold Fall 2014 collection (seen here). So, what do you think of the agate trend? Do you think it rocks or does it leave you stone cold?

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Target Threshold Agate Coasters and Agate Trays (available Sept. 7 – Oct. 16)

MARIEL: Agate rocks! (Ahem.) Seriously, I’m digging this trend. I’m not sure I would go this far…

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Credit: Photography by Eurotech Cabinetry, Inc

but I’m coveting the agate accents on this starburst chandelier.

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Emporium Home Agate Burst Chandelier

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Craft supply stores are dangerous places for me. I’ll go in for one specific item and walk out with dozens of random treasures that caught my eye. (Hello, iron-on patches and calligraphy pens!) If you’re an impulse shopper like I am, you may have picked up a few plain cardboard or paper mache letters…aaaaand then wondered what exactly to do with them when you got them home. Well, fear not, because I found some easy ways to pretty them up in no time.

5 Lovely Ideas for Paper Mache Letters: Jute-Covered Monogram Wreath

Design: Chelsea McDonnough

PLAIN PAPER MACHE LETTER –> JUTE-COVERED MONOGRAM WREATH
The return of Pumpkin Spice-flavored everything signals that it’s time to switch up your seasonal decor. This jute-covered monogram is an unexpected but appealing alternative to all those fall wreaths covered in leaves and corn. Get the instructions here.

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I always wanted a wagon as a kid, though I can’t quite remember why. Maybe I had visions of racing one down a hill or using it to haul my dolls all over the neighborhood? In any event, I think I must have known then what I know now: Kids’ wagons are fun and functional, all in one shiny package. Even if you’ve long outgrown the days of pulling your stuffed animals or little siblings around in a wagon, there are still plenty of uses for the classic toys. Take a look at these fresh ideas for kids’ wagons and embrace your inner child’s style.

5 Fresh Ideas for Kids' Wagons: Container Garden

Design: Nancy Ondra

Old Kids’ Wagon –> New Moveable Container Garden
If you’ve read this column before, you know lots of unusual items turn out to be fantastic container gardens, but I like this twist of using a wagon, because your plants become portable! Don’t like where you’ve placed them? They need more sun or more shade? Wheel them where you please.

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BRIANA: Chunky knits and macramé have been fairly divisive around these parts, so I’m curious as to what you make of the tapestry and woven wall hanging trend. The look can be very artisanal and DIY, but you could even display a colorful rug as Brian Patrick Flynn did here. They add dimension and texture to a space, but do you think woven wall hangings are beautiful pieces of art? Or is this tapestry trend just too off the wall for you?

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Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: It all comes down to the scale of the rug. If it’s teensy weensy, then the rug is wimpy and the effect is lost. If it’s medium or large scale, you’re good. Also, muddy colors tend to just look blah and drab on a wall. Try to stick with rugs that have deeply saturated colors.

LILI: All I see when I see a tapestry is its dust-collecting potential.

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Last week I featured some clever birdhouse projects and since I’m on a roll with the theme, I thought I’d keep it going with birdcages. Whether they’re modern or antique, wooden or metal, birdcages can be charming home accessories, even if you don’t have any feathered friends. Check out these birdcage decor ideas for inspired ways to revamp a roost.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Wedding Centerpiece

Credit: Courtesy of BHLDN

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Did you know it’s the perfect time to start thinking about birdhouses? Many birds won’t use a house until it has a weathered look, so some experts suggest getting birdhouses up by late summer or early fall in preparation for the spring. Even if you’re not an avian enthusiast, the charming little boxes can be used in so many other contexts. Take a look at these birdhouse decor ideas and get inspired to feather your nest with some of these structures.

5 Birdhouse Decor Ideas That Aren't for the Birds: Fence Flair

Credit: Janell Beals

Birdhouses –> Fence Flair
Give an old, drab fence some pizzazz by adding a collection of decorative birdhouses. This idea from Janell Beals works well with a mix of different colors, shapes and sizes. Check out her tutorial to see how you can copy the look.

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BRIANA: Colorful appliances were a top trend at this year’s Architectural Digest show and the look is really starting to get some traction. GE is even exploring the idea of colorful “skins” for appliances, a concept that would allow consumers to swap colors on their refrigerators and dishwashers, much like you’d swap out your cell phone case. What do you think of colorful appliances? Are they eye-catching expressions of individuality and fun jolts of color? Or are they gaudy and expensive eyesores?

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KAYLA: This might be my favorite DTT yet. I love colorful appliances so much. I don’t want a retro kitchen, but I love retro appliances like this. It’s almost like you either have to have a black refrigerator, a white refrigerator or a stainless steel refrigerator unless you do something built in to the cabinetry (which isn’t my style). A fridge is a necessity and it’s super clunky, so why not turn it into something eye-catching? GE is smart.

I pinned this [pink mini fridge] forever ago and I keep going back to it. So dreamy. It’s a tad small, but so sweet in this space. Also, I love this bright red fridge from my color pitch last year, and this kelly green espresso maker. I could go on…

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My parents are in the process of moving, so I’ve got real estate and curb appeal on the brain. Of course, house numbers can be an important part of amping up your home’s curb appeal, but did you know they can pack a visual punch inside the home as well? Take a look at these eye-catching ideas for house numbers and try not to be too tempted to pry yours off the side of your place for crafting purposes.

5 Hot Ideas for House Numbers: On the Stairs

Photo: Björn Wallander/HGTV Magazine

On the Stairs
This example from Sarah Richardson’s cozy farmhouse retreat makes great use of an often overlooked area of the house: the stairs. Here, a trompe l’oeil stair runner adds some welcome color and the old house numbers feel kid-friendly and whimsical. Check out the rest of Sarah’s home in HGTV Magazine‘s spread.

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I’m not sure where the summer went (seriously, where did it go?!), but it’s getting to be time for pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks, aka back to school. Whether you greet the school year with dread or excitement, the upside is that school items and supplies offer plenty of DIY decor inspiration. Take a look at these crafty ideas that totally make the honor roll.

5 Back to School Crafts: Pennant Banner

Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

This vintage pennant banner from Brian Patrick Flynn really gets me in the school spirit. Though it’s intended for a themed party, I can easily imagine this dressing up a kids’ bedroom or even a game room, can’t you? Check out all the instructions over on DIY Network.

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