BRIANA: Bust out your ‘80s bedding – florals and chintz have been back in a big way this year. Though chintz typically refers to a type of floral fabric, blooms have been gracing wallpaper, china – even tech accessories. Are you a fan of all this flower power or do you wish floral patterns would wilt and die?
MARIANNE: I think it depends on the floral. I can’t get enough of Rifle Paper Co’s floral prints, and I’m putting this little lady in my kitchen:
Rifle Paper Co. “Rosa” print
KAYLA: I wish that the floral decor in [the first picture] would die right this minute. Also, I hate those hotel comforters. (Sorry.) I think modern florals or retro florals are perfect. I’ll never get tired of them – on sundresses, throw pillows, upholstered side chairs, or as a wallpapered accent wall.
KERI: I’m with Kayla. The florals in [the first picture] remind me of my grandmother’s spare bedroom (except there would be a waterbed underneath – yikes). But I’m currently drooling over this pressed flowers print:
“Field of Dreams” 18 X 24 Pressed Flowers Limited Edition by HaleyJsNaturalArt on Etsy
DEANNE REVEL: Have you guys seen Kirstie Alley’s former house on FrontDoor? Brace yourselves. So. Much Floral.
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BRIANA: This topic comes to us courtesy of Lili and has been featured on our blog as a Daily Delight, in the Designer MacGyver column as a craft material and more. Yup, I’m axin’ about tree stumps! (Yup, I’m making terrible puns about chopping trees with axes!) So, are you a fan of the tree stump as a home accent? Or are you stumped by their appeal?
Pictured: Phillips Collection tables
LILI: I’ve shown my hand here already by “delighting” these in the not-so-distant past, but I love them. Paint them gold, leave them raw, sand them down and finish them with shellac; I’m in. I love the dichotomy created by how unbuttoned and raw they are when placed in a rather tailored environment like so:
Photo: via Love & Renovations
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BRIANA: It seems the pouf has always been a divisive piece – even our own Lili wrote a Daily Delight called “To Pouf or Not to Pouf?” That IS the question, indeed. What are your thoughts on the pouf? Is it a fun, versatile accent? Or is it a lumpy waste of space?
LIZ: It’s like a medicine ball and a beanbag chair had a non-functional child. It’s too short to put your feet on and too big to not be in the way. I really don’t get the fascination.
KAYLA: I included a fabric pouf DIY project in my Dorm Room package, because I think they’re perfect in college rooms where space is limited. You can use them as ottomans, additional seating or tabletops.
But, I don’t personally see myself buying one because, for me, it would totally take up space or turn into a cat scratching post. I like the idea, but it doesn’t fit into my home.
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BRIANA: This trend ranks high on the list of must-have amenities for lots of people looking for homes – I’d say it’s almost as popular as stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Yes, I’m talking about open floor plans. Does an open concept give a home an appealing flow and extra light? Or does it make you feel lost in space? (Chad, I’m looping you in because I know you’re moving and in the market. Give us the dirt. Is it a feature you’d specifically seek out, a bonus or a dealbreaker?)
CHAD PARIZMAN: IMHO, it’s a bonus. Very few houses we’re looking at have them, though. Mostly the conversation goes something like, “This is kind of a small space, but I bet we can just knock down that wall and really open it up.”
This is especially true as we’re looking at tiny kitchens with little counter space who share a wall with a dining room twice as big as anything we’d ever need. We’re finding lots of dining rooms that could seat 16 people with kitchens that couldn’t handle more than two people standing in it at the same time.
JESSICA: I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I grew up in apartments where your only option is an open floor concept. I feel super claustrophobic otherwise. I’m also one of those people that has to have every single door in the house open though, so maybe it’s just me…
My family moved into our first house just a few years ago and that has a big open layout as well. I love it – I can be lounging in the living room while someone else is in the kitchen and we are all still together. That’s a luxury I don’t feel in my current home: it’s a very adorable old cottage, but the rooms are all separated and it can make the house feel smaller than it actually is. If I wasn’t renting I’d have already taken a sledgehammer to the walls.
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We’re not shy about being totally obsessed with Pinterest here at HGTV. Shameless plug: FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST! WE PIN PRETTY THINGS! Anyway, I still can’t believe that using Pinterest is part of my job because it’s that much fun. I love it for research and trendspotting, organizing recipes I’d like to try, planning my upcoming wedding and yes, keeping up with what HGTV fans are digging at the moment. Thus, our latest Social Sound Off question!
On Twitter, we asked: What’s the best thing you’ve found on Pinterest recently?
Based on the trickle of replies we got, I’m guessing y’all were probably looking at stuff on Pinterest instead of checking up on tweets (ahem), but that’s okay. I’ll go first. The summer has me feeling very tropical and despite the fact that I claimed I was over my “put a bird on it” phase, this toucan print by komitaart on Etsy has made a liar out of me:
Print: komitaart on Etsy
I am all over that graphic, retro vibe. I mean, how cute would that print be with some classic Martinique wallpaper? It also reminds me of the paintable paper mâché toucan I bought as a souvenir in Cancun when I was 11, but I digress. I found the print through my friend Derya, who has delightfully eclectic pin taste. (Honorable mention: This apothecary bottle with the phrase “Acidic Wit” etched on it. I would love to keep that on my desk and threaten to bust it out at anyone who crosses me.)
But enough about me! Here’s what’s floating your boats lately…
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BRIANA: Dip-dyed pieces have been on our radar for a while, but Apartment Therapy just featured this chair from the 508 Restoration and Design Etsy store with the headline: “Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?” Thoughts? Is this a cool hybrid look or does it seem like someone ran out of paint in the middle of the job?
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I say it rules. It’s a great alternative to painted patterns, plus I have done it myself, so that means I have to like it or risk being labeled a hypocrite.
LIZ: I love the look of natural wood paired with graphic paint designs. With its painted-on flava, this regular old dresser looks almost like a Saarinen table:
When I first got engaged, planning my wedding = fun daydreaming for me. Now that I’m less than two months away from the big day, I need daydreams to keep my mind OFF of the stressful wedding details! But that’s what I have our little Social Sound Off questions for, eh?
We asked: Which celeb’s home would you love to design and why?
Here are some of our fave star-studded answers from Twitter…
Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage/Getty Images
SEE WHICH CELEBS TOPPED YOUR LISTS
BRIANA: Watch your mouth! Or hang it on walls, or adorn your sofa with it. Mouths and lips are popping up everywhere these days, from posters and prints to mugs and more. Is it a hip throwback to the days of The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground album art? A surrealist nod to Dali? Or is it just the feminine equivalent of the mustache? Mouth off…
Photo: Made by Girl/Lips Watercolor: Jessica Rowe
KELLEY: Sorry – all I see are the lips from Rocky Horror.
CAMILLE: Totally. It looks like Magenta is going to eat that Chanel bottle.
DO YOU LOVE LIPS? CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!
I never have luck with lotto tickets, but that doesn’t stop me from buying them when the jackpot is too big to resist. I’m sure some people fantasize about quitting their jobs and living off of their winnings, but since I like my job a lot, I tend to think about what I might purchase (after I pay bills, buy lavish gifts for family and friends, donate large sums to charity and invest wisely, that is). This luxe French chateau is pretty tempting, but your Twitter answers may have swayed me.
We asked: If you won the lottery, what big-ticket home item would you purchase first?
Here are some of our fave answers and a peek into what’s topping your big-ticket item wish lists…
YOUR CHAMPAGNE WISHES AND CAVIAR DREAMS
BRIANA: Facial hair seems like it’d be a more appropriate topic for a men’s fashion site, but mustaches have been making their way into the design world for some time now. Pillows, wallpaper, mirrors and more have been emblazoned with whimsical whiskers and searches for “mustache party” have been spiking on Yahoo! So, what are your thoughts on mustaches? Do you think the bristles are fun or should they stay where they belong (on Tom Selleck’s face)?
From Kirkland’s, available July 21
LEANNE: I do not understand this trend. At all. Tom Selleck, I understand.
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: I love Tom Selleck, but I really hate this trend. Mustaches are meant for men, not pillows and especially not children. I mean, I know the hormones in our meat are messing with kids’ biology, but mustaches on 5-year-olds is just weird. Quit forcing kids to grow up so fast. This little boy doesn’t want to wear a mustache — I can see it in his eyes.
DEANNE REVEL: That picture. Hahahahahaha