Beth Rucker

"Champagne design tastes on a beer budget."

Beth is the managing editor of photography on HGTV.com. When she's not whiling the hours away reading design blogs, she's either daydreaming about how to remodel and redecorate her hundred-year-old bungalow and its criminally too-small closets or cooking up a storm (and plenty of messes) in the kitchen.

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I just snuck a peek at the Memorial Day weekend weather forecast, and here at HGTV Headquarters it’s going to be all about sun, sun, sun. I prefer to be outside as much as possible this time of year, but all that sun could prove to be a little too much for me (not to mention unsafe! Sunscreen up, people!) You saw my back patio in Mallory’s post, so you can see that we’ve got full exposure if we want to spend any extended time out there. While I love my front porch, I’m dreaming of some ways to work in some more outdoor shade spots in the back so that we can enjoy the fire pit, garden and dogwood tree for longer stretches of time.

So on that note, let’s see how designers and homeowners around the country do outdoor shade.

Covered Porch Features Warm Wood Ceiling Detail

Design by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture

Deep in the Heart of Texas it’s sunny and warm almost year round, so porches are a MUST. I particularly love this design by Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture for its mix of natural wooden ceiling and stone flooring, which should stay nice and cool with the cover. And as someone who has lived for way too many summers in locations that see 90+ degree days for weeks on end, I can appreciate an outdoor ceiling fan.

Terrace Maximizes Awesome Backyard View

Design by Rise Krag

Northern California may be a bit more temperate than Texas, but the views and California sun warrant the perfect spot for some outdoor shade. With a view like this and an infinity pool to boot, would you ever leave this terrace designed by Rise Krag? I know I wouldn’t.

Raised Stone Patio With Wood Pergola

Design by Beechwood Landscape Architecture

Outdoor shade spaces don’t have to be full coverage. This beautiful stone patio with pergola by Beechwood Landscape Architecture is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun with a little dapple of shade. I especially love outfitting pergolas with hanging plants and climbing vines for pops of color and additional natural elements.

Cumaru Wood Deck With Cedar Siding, Cable Railing and Mixed Seating

Design by Encircle Design and Build

In the cloud-covered Pacific Northwest the sun’s presence can be especially welcome, so you don’t want to overdo it on the shade. I like how the overhang of an upper deck in this home designed by Encircle Design and Build provides modest sun protection for a small, outdoor conversation area. You certainly don’t want to interrupt that view, either.

Contemporary Outdoor Living Room With Pool

Design by Sharp Design Studio

And finally, Florida, where it’s hot and humid for a significant stretch of the year, you’ll find many a home with a lanai attached. A lanai is a patio that’s fully enclosed thanks to a large wall and ceiling of window panels. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoor son while being protected from the sun, heat and mosquitos. This lanai, created by Sharp Design Studio, is actually two stories with an additional balcony overlooking the pool on the upper level.

Ok, I’m ready for my tiki drink and page-turning book!

What are your plans for the long weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

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One of the cool perks of this job is that I get a chance to see some of the cool, new things designers and architects are doing to shape the future of home design. Case in point: I’ve had to privilege to get to know Cavin Costello, one half of an architect-design team who I think will have a big impact on the home design community for years to come. Cavin and his wife, Claire Costello, together own The Ranch Mine, a Phoenix-based design development firm whose motto is, “We design solutions that honor the past, challenge the norm and inspire the future.”

What I love about The Ranch Mine is that they are finding ways to use sustainable building practices at an affordable cost. The duo just received a Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase Award for Innovation, given by The American Institute of Architects and Houzz, for a home they designed and built as part of an urban-infill project in a historic north Phoenix neighborhood. Check it out:

Modern Home Exterior With Bright Orange Door

Design by The Ranch Mine

The Costellos were tasked with designing a home that fit in among the neighboring homes built in the 1930s and 1940s while still looking like a home created for current times — all on a tight budget. Under a long list of historic design restrictions, Cavin and Claire created a house at the cost of $138 a square foot using simple building materials in thoughtful ways. One such example is the half-wall in front of the home made concrete shaped by the texture of raw wood — a much more affordable and sustainable option than the use of actual wood.

Living Room With Fully Retractable Glass Walls

Design by The Ranch Mine

The living room is framed by a set of glass walls that retract to open the room up to the front and back yards, expanding the footprint of an otherwise small space. The Phoenix climate is conducive to indoor-outdoor living for much of the year, and the overhang of the roof limit the amount of light and heat that enter the room during the hotter summer months. The walls and ceiling of the living room are clad in affordable walnut plywood, and the room is lit by LED lighting strips.

Modern Kitchen With White Ikea Cabinetry

Design by The Ranch Mine

Cavin and Claire used Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen to keep the design affordable but added custom touches like a back-painted glass backsplash. The island is topped with a single slab of quartz. The island was sized to fit the slab so that it would not need to be cut, minimizing waste.

Modern Bathroom With Floating Vanity

Design by The Ranch Mine

The pair also used Ikea cabinetry in the bathroom but floated it above the floor and added details such as wall-mounted fixtures and a countertop edge finished with walnut tape for a custom look. They found the triangle-shaped tile and decided to lay it in a pattern with alternating orientations and colors to create the cool detail that runs the perimeter of the room. The shower is located in a corner of the bathroom, and the floor there is sloped toward the center, eliminating the need for a shower enclosure.

After debuting many of these innovative details this stunning home, The Ranch Mine has found that their clients’ interest in them has skyrocketed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these smart features popping up in home designs all over the country soon.

Interested in learning more about this home? Read more about it and see the rest of the photos.

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It’s getting warm here at HGTV Headquarters, and all I want to do this weekend is sit on a patio with a cool beverage. I love the heat and the sun for about two weeks before I’m ready to nest inside with the air conditioning, but this stunning backyard oasis designed by landscape architect Eva Knoppel would keep me outside year-round no matter the temperature.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

The property sits on a slope, so Knoppel designed the outdoor area around terraces with multiple levels. The above outdoor kitchen and dining space sits just outside the home’s living room, making it a natural extension of the indoor living areas and perfect for entertaining. Next to the outdoor kitchen is a large seating area with a cozy fireplace nestled among mature olive trees.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

The outdoor living area overlooks a pool, hot tub and cabana on the lower level of the backyard. The homeowners love to entertain, so there’s extra seating around the pool to accommodate large gatherings. The space beyond is terraced to accommodate the slope of the property and planted mostly with succulents, which easily tolerate California’s drought conditions.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about this yard, but mine might be the inside of the cabana — it’s got the best of both worlds with curtains which tie back to let the breeze in, a ceiling fan to keep it comfortable, plus colorful, comfortable built-in benches where you can read, watch TV or nap. Yes, please.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

This yard moves easily from daytime to night, thanks to the smart, ambient lighting choices and the fireplace seen above. That fireplace would be so cozy on spring evenings when the temperatures decide to dip back toward the winter end of the thermometer.

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Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

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Camille joked that I’m a magpie after I spent most of our trip to High Point Market taking pictures of shiny things and beautiful light fixtures. What can I say? I like the design bling! Plus, it’s hard not to be drawn to the glitter light and gilded finishes when they were all over the showrooms in High Point, N.C.

Lighting Trends

These are not your mother’s pendant lights. The humble shape had many a luxe upgrade by designers at High Point Market, following the overall trend away from the rustic look. Be it a meticulous lace-inspired shade design, geometric shapes or rosy gold finishes, hot new lighting designs are all about making a statement. Designers are even getting inventive with the materials they’re using for pending lights, such as Shiner International’s use of corrugated cardboard, as seen in the bottom right image below.

Though its roots go back to midcentury style and the Space Race days, the Sputnik chandelier is well-represented in modern design. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik satellite, the classic look of the fixture features a central globe supporting many arms, each with a single bulb at its end. While that design hasn’t gone out of style, designers are getting creative with their interpretations of the Sputnik. We saw fixtures with agate slices, quartz crystal lights, black and rose gold finishes and even arms inspired by coral.

Sputnik-Inspired Light Fixtures at High Point Market

Clockwise from upper left: Emporium Home / Emporium Home / Arteriors / Nuevo

Metallic Finishes

While trends are slowly veering away from rustic, nature-inspired decor is still popular. Well, sort of. Patterns and shapes inspired by nature were everywhere at High Point Market, but came with a metallic finish. Warm metallic finishes are especially hot, as you can see below:

Nature-Inspired Furniture Pieces With Metallic Finishes

Clockwise from upper left: Global Views / Dwell Studio / vanCollier / Tommy Mitchell Co.

Metallic finishes have even made their way over to the taxidermy accents that have been hot the past few years. And maybe metallic skulls don’t exactly fall into the taxidermy category per se, but I can tell you they were EVERYWHERE. Next big thing, people!

Metallic Taxidermy

Clockwise from upper left: Phillips Collection / Grace and Blake / Noir Furniture

What do you think of all this design bling? Tell us in the comments below.

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The Kentucky Derby is finally here! The annual Run for the Roses is one of my favorite spring events — the fashion, the mint juleps, the beautiful horses with clever names and, oh yeah, the fastest two minutes in sports. Did I mention the fashion? On my bucket list is a trip to the Derby with tickets in the grandstands, a brand-new sundress and a GIGANTIC hat that the Queen herself would envy. Ok, let’s be honest, I really just want the hat. I love a big, beautiful hat and the fashion and design statement it can make. The hats that ladies famously wear to the Derby are so remarkable and chic, you could design an entire room around them!

Traditional Bedroom With Floral Fabrics

Room Design by Ann Lowengart; Inset Photo by Weasie Gaines, Kentucky Derby

This hat may be simple when it comes to Kentucky Derby standards, but it’s a classic design that works for many events. A simple straw chapeau with a hot pink ribbon flower offers a tailored feminine look, much like this bedroom design by Ann Lowengart. The hot pink manages to be feminine without being overly precious or young looking, and the upholstered bed and crisp, white linens with navy trim and monogramming offers the same timeless style as the lovely hat.

Bold, Blue Kids' Lounge

Room Design HGTV Smart Home 2014; Inset Photo by Power Creative / Laura Robinson, Kentucky Derby

I love this preppy navy fascinator. Blue is a great go-to color in both fashion and home decor, and the wood paneling and sofa piping detail add to the preppy look in the kids’ den at the HGTV Smart Home 2014. A little yellow can go a long way, and the forsythia blooms, artwork and throw pillows add a pop of fun to this space.

More Derby-Inspired Fashion

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I’ve got a real treat for you today. We’ve been in San Francisco for the past few days taking in the beauty of the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, one of the top show homes in the country. The showcase brings together some of the top names in design from the Bay Area each year to transform a stately home in the Presidio Heights neighborhood.

This year’s home was designed by architect Julia Morgan, who is best known for the legendary Hearst Castle, home of William Randolph Hearst. Thirty-eight different designers and countless vendors transformed 28 rooms and spaces within the 98-year-old, 9,758-square-foot, Elizabethan-style home, and each designer worked to honor Morgan’s brilliance and pioneering efforts through their designs.

Now for the good stuff …

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen

The kitchen, designed by Navarra Design, is every home chef’s dream: a chocolate La Cornue Chateau oven, an expansive quartzite-topped island, a family gathering space and a copper dune marble-topped breakfast table … with a view of the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entry

The entryway, designed by Candace Barnes is a study on geometrics, a nod to Julia Morgan’s use of geometry and hand-drawn architecture sketches. Pyramidal details are incorporated throughout the space — in the stunning chandelier, graphic artwork, the bronze table base and the nailhead trim on the stair runner.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Salon

Inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, the master salon, by Tineke Triggs, celebrates feminism and fashion with its Art Deco sensibilities and soft, curvy lines. The crown jewel of the room — almost literally — is the tiara-inspired light that appears to rest on the head of the model featured in the artwork.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Music Room

The showcase home is owned by a family with 8-year-old twins — a son and a daughter, and Allison Caccoma created a space for music rehearsal, art and play just for the pair. A lacquered orange art table pops against the blue suede-covered walls to make the space feel alive.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Pent Room

Design by Jeff Schlarb, Photo by David Duncan Livingston

For the adults, Jeff Schlarb of Green Couch Interior Design created the “Pent Room,” a space for gathering, gaming, entertaining and relaxing. Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, he chose a rich wine color as a theme and worked it in to every detail of the space, from the walls, to the rug to the billiards set on the pool table.

We will have lots more to share from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase after we get home, but you can get more sneak peeks by checking out our #hgtvinsf page on Instagram. If that’s not enough, take a spin through last year’s showcase home below.

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Hello from High Point, N.C.! Camille and I have spent the past few days at the biannual High Point Market, the largest furniture show in the world. Furniture and home decor buyers and interior designers travel from around the world to see manufacturers’ latest lines and hottest styles, bringing about 75,000 people to town.

High Point Market is like a giant peek into the future of home design. What we’re seeing in the exhibits here will start appearing in stores over the next few months, and the new styles and trends here represent the direction of home decor for the next couple of years.

What really strikes me from visiting the largest and most celebrated manufacturers is seeing a move toward a more luxe look that’s quite the contrast to the rustic industrial style that has been so hot for the past few years. Sofas and chairs are covered in plush, highly tailored fabrics. Tables are made with richly grained and colored woods or elegant stone (or both). Brass and gold finishes are all over light fixtures and accents. And color — bold and bright colors are everywhere!

But ultimately the craftsmanship from the maker movement that’s been a driving force behind the rustic trends is still at the heart of everything we see. As Caroline Grant of Dekar Design put it in a speaker panel about up-and-coming trends, the farm-to-table concept that currently is rooted in the food industry is making its way into the design community. “There’s always a story behind this furniture,” Grant says.

Designer Tobi Fairley Next to a Display of Her Soicher Marin Artwork Line

Designer Tobi Fairley with her mother, Beverly Wells

The most impressive pieces we saw were handcrafted. Many pieces are customizable for a one-of-a-kind look. Materials are consciously sourced. Imperfections are embraced. And we got to meet the designers behind many pieces and hear their stories about how their designs came to be.

We’ll be sharing more over the next few days about the specific trends we’re seeing, but in the mean time check out out our #hgtvhpmkt page on Instagram for a look into our favorite items.

What design element or trend do you want to see more of? What trend are you ready to bring into your home? Tell us in the comments below.

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Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? I certainly was unaware, but I have no problem celebrating the occasion with an extra-focused attempt at relaxation. While some people turn to a nice warm tub and bubbles or a sweat-inducing workout to ease anxiety and stress, my personal preference is to get my body in a position primed for reading or napping. While a bed or sofa is a perfectly fine solution for this, I’d much rather stretch out in a chaise.

White Tufted Chaise and Black Dresser

Design by J&J Design Group

You can’t go wrong with this classic design selected by J&J Design Group for this inviting living space. The chaise’s scroll shape, tufting and tulip feet make it a choice that will age elegantly in any design.

Cozy Gray Furniture in Modern White Living Room

Design by Sawhorse Design and Build

For me, the word chaise evokes a sense of traditional style, so I love to see a piece like this one chosen by Sawhorse Design and Build. The shape is unexpected and, with the bright fuchsia pillows, adds a touch of whimsy and softness to this otherwise geometric, modern lounge space.

Pool With Patio, Hot Tub and Submerged Lounge Chairs

Design by Addison Bruley

Here’s a nice two-fer for you by Addison Bruley. You’ve got a soft, cabana-style loungers at the edge of the pool deck for naptime and partially submerged chaises for when you want to cool off. Leave your stress behind, but don’t forget the sunscreen!

Awkward Hallway Space Transformed Into Cozy Reading Nook

Design by Nina Green

There’s something instantly cozy and restful about a leather lounger and rustic decor. The deep tones of the chaise and cowhide rug and flooring in this room designed by Nina Green are warm and welcoming and have me ready for relaxation!

Green Transitional Bedroom With Plush Chaise

Design by Susan Manrao

My bedroom tends to be the most comfortable spot for relaxation in the house, but I find that if I lay on the bed I have the urge to fall into a deep sleep. I like how Susan Manrao included a chaise in this bedroom for lighter naps and reading time — it’s a way to relax without confusing the internal body clock.

How do you chase the stress away? Tell us in the comments below.

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I love celebrating Easter with a delicious brunch that celebrates sunshine, flowers and all things spring, but I’m terrible when it comes to planning ahead! I’ve been thinking about throwing an Easter brunch for my friends this year, and was looking for some tablescape inspiration (because like any true Southern gal who entertains, I take my table settings seriously), when I remembered a beautiful yet casual brunch setting by ladies at Caitlin & Caitlin from the sophisticated Los Angeles loft that was the winning entry in our Fresh Faces of Design contest.

Caitlin McCarthy and Caitlin Murray aren’t just a talented design duo; they also know how to entertain in style! The best part of this setup is that it’s elegant while managing to be casual and easy to pull together at the last minute, so it’s just the kind of inspiration I need to get my act together.

Loft Kitchen and Dining Room

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

The dining area is located in a pass-through between the kitchen and bedroom of Caitlin McCarthy’s 725-square-foot loft located in a 100-year-old former office building. This spot was once a bathroom, and the tile floor below the table is original to the space.

Dining Table Made From Garden Trellis

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

The table is made from a garden trellis set on a table base and topped with glass cut to fit the frame. Rather than opting for perfectly matched chairs, Caitlin McCarthy collected a variety of chairs she loved in various styles and colors. This look can work whether the mismatched look is intentional or not, which means it’s easy to accommodate as many friends at brunch as you can given your space and number of chairs.

Brunch Table Setting

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

I absolutely love this table setting. It’s another example of how items don’t have to match one another, as long as they complement each other. And see that flatware? Looks like hints of last month’s Color of the Month!

Brunch Decor and Grapefruit Cocktail

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

Host the Perfect Easter Brunch

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Ashley!

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fourth installment: Kitchen tools that will help you turn spring produce into a delicious feast. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win one of these tools for your home.

Felicia has you digging in the garden in style, so you’re going to need to do something with all the fresh greens, asparagus, peas and other fresh spring produce that sprouts from your soil. Using the right kitchen tools makes a world of difference in making cooking with fruits and veggies easy and enjoyable. Grab these tools and get cooking so that you can take advantage of the beautiful spring bounty!

Spring Kitchen Tools 2015

1. Chef’n SpinCycle Salad Spinner: Give your greens and herbs a good wash to get them fully clean, and then rid them of excess water to keep them crisp with this handy salad spinner. The Chef’n SpinCycle comes in a cute spring green color and lays flat for handy storage. ($25)

2. KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife, 8-inch: Every good chef has a quality knife, and a chef’s knife is the perfect workhorse for slicing, chopping and dicing just about anything — especially spring produce. The 8-inch KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife comes in a bright, bold red that is perfect for spring. ($19.95)

3. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Triple-Ply Stainless Universal Steamer With Lid: Steaming is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to cook fresh produce, and it’s a great way to make veggies easier to eat without losing their bright flavors. This universal steamer from Cuisinart fits inside 2-, 3- and 4-quart saucepans so that you can choose the cooking vessel that works best at any given time. ($34.99)

4. Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector: If you’re cooking with veggies and fruits, you’ll end up with scraps which you’ll want to compost and use to add nutrients back to your garden (circle of life!). The Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector allows oxygen to easily flow through your organic waste, reducing odor and preventing fruit flies. A win for everyone! ($29.95)

5. Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection: When you’re done preparing your meal, how about serve your delicious culinary creation to friends and family on the back patio? The cute dishes in the Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection come in fun colors with festive sayings and won’t shatter if dropped. ($14-$40)

Are you ready to start cooking? One lucky Design Happens reader will win a Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector, just in time for Earth Day. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What spring vegetable or fruit have you been looking forward to eating the most?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2015 and 6:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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As a kid I LOVED to hunt for hidden plastic Easter eggs — I didn’t even care if there was chocolate inside or not! For me the thrill of the searching and finding was enough. Since no one is volunteering to put on a grown-up Easter egg hunt for me, I’m instead channeling my laser focus for colorful, pastel things into finding Easter egg-colored home decor.

Since the weather is rapidly warming, it’s a great time to look at spring-fresh bedroom decorating ideas. It’s time to swap out heavy comforters for light coverlets, so why not change dark, moody colors out for the kind you’d find in an Easter basket? Pastels get a little bit of an unfair rap for being little-girlish, but I think when used right they’re appropriate for any age.

Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Canopy Bed

Design by Musso Design Group

This bedroom by Musso Design Group does it just right: A neutral backdrop with soft white bedding and beige curtains can work for any season. The bright pops of orange and turquoise in the blanket and throw pillows are perfect for spring and summer but can be swapped out for items with heavier fabric and darker colors to match fall and winter.

Fuchsia and Brown Moroccan Inspired Bedroom

Design by Jennifer Dyer

Ok, I admit I’m not much of a pink gal, but I LOVE this bedroom. There’s something so alluring about the rich, fuchsia-colored chairs, throw pillows and wallpaper. The deep gray tone of the carpet and curtains and the hardwood-covered ceiling help tone down the overall effect of the more colorful accents, giving this room designed by Jennifer Dyer a luxury hotel-like feel.

Yellow Cottage Bedroom With White Iron Bed

Design by Denise Fogarty

You just can’t look at this room without feeling instantly warmer and happier. This classic cottage bedroom is the definition of inviting with its white iron bed and lemony yellow walls. This look would lend itself well to a welcoming guest bedroom.

Bedroom With Hummingbird-Print Wallpaper and Luxury Touches

Design by Preston Lee

Designer Preston Lee knows how to make formal design fun. Just take a look at this minty bedroom bedecked in Osborne and Little Grove Garden Wallpaper, which provides a perfect spring setting for the high-end furnishings and accessories, such as the shell-covered chandelier, sunburst mirror and canopy bed.

Moody, Masculine Master Bedroom

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

I’ve saved my favorite for last. Design team Caitlin & Caitlin used a moody shade of lavender that invokes both feminine and masculine appeal. The gray duvet plays to the more serious side of the otherwise playful color, while the Southwestern style blanket warms things up.

What is your favorite Easter egg-inspired color? Tell us in the comments below.

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Spring has officially sprung, the temperatures are inching upward, the kids are on Spring Break and I’ve been dreaming about vacation for the past few days. Unfortunately (dear bosses: that was a typo), I’ve been stuck at my desk at the office while it seems like the rest of the world is out playing, so the vacationing will have to stay in my head for another month or so. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to tide myself over with pictures of homes with yummy ocean views. Why don’t you join me?

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Studio 6 Architects

With a view like the one in this dining room by Studio 6 Architects, I would dine in every day and night of the week. The wall-to-wall windows allow the ocean view to serve as ever-changing decor. But while the ocean is the star of this space, I like how the statement light fixture keeps drawing your attention back to the dining area.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Addison Bruley

The key to true indoor-outdoor living is creating flow between the indoors and outdoors, which this living area designed by Addison Bruley does to a T. Comfortable, luxurious furniture offers a perfect spot to relax and take in the sea breeze. Thanks to the retractable wall and the clear-glass balcony surround, your view of the water from the sofa is never obstructed.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Aria Design

Ok, this photo is either going to thrill you or scare the daylights out of you. Personally, I think this bedroom designed by Aria Design feels like the deck of a yacht, minus the seasickness. If the idea of being enveloped by an ocean view while in your bed makes you a little seasick, then take comfort in knowing that floor-to-ceiling window shades are tucked away in a ceiling pocket, ready to be lowered for complete privacy.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Brittney Fischbeck

Nothing says spa bathroom like having an ocean outside the window! Like the other designs, this bathroom by Brittney Fischbeck keeps the look minimal to keep from detracting from the stunning view. This bathroom is located in a certified LEED Platinum home; The vanity countertops are made from recycled materials, and the sinks are sustainably made.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This one is a bonus photo. For those of who are doomed to be far away from the ocean right now, here’s a way to bring the ocean to us. Jackson Design and Remodeling turned a boring hallway into a stunning oceanfront thanks to digitally printed wallpaper in a colorful California home. Pair this with a lounge chair, a fruity adult beverage, a recording of ocean sounds and an assistant to lightly mist you with salt water, and the Spring Break dream becomes a little more of a reality. Sort of.

What are you doing to celebrate the start of spring? Tell us in the comments below.

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I’m a very visual person, and as such geometry was my most successful math course in high school. I loved calculating the dimensions of shapes and have a particular fondness for Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and starts with 3.1415926. (Anyone getting the shakes from bad math class memories?) I particularly love that Pi Day has become a thing where the nerds of the world unite every March 14 to celebrate their love of that squirrelly irrational number while indulging in round things like pizza and, of course, pie!

I’m going to get my Pi Day celebration on a day early by sharing some of my favorite uses of the almighty circle in home design. Circular objects are a great way to add visual interest to any room and to soften the angles that are so common in rooms and furniture. They’re a solid go-to in a designer’s bag of tricks, and there are so many ways to sneak one in!

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Sullivan Design Studio

Globe pendants are a popular choice for lighting, but why not go straight-up circular? These circular, industrial chandeliers selected by Sullivan Design Studio make a bold statement in their simplicity and the way they contrast the wooden ceiling beams. The shape is mimicked in the accent tables, which draws the eye from the ceiling to the floor.

Modern Round Bathroom Mirror

Design by California Style Home Collections

Mirrors found in home design are commonly oblong, so a circular reflector feels modern and fresh. In this bathroom design by California Style Home Collections, the round mirror is the perfect foil for the hard edges of the concrete sink and vanity.

Home Office With Circular-Patterned Wallpaper

Design by Shane Inman

I love how wallpaper patterns can be graphic without feeling overly geometric or mod. This room designed by Shane Inman is the perfect case in point: the wallpaper has a circular pattern that is softly repeated, creating a handpainted batik appearance. The space in between each circle is filled with similar effects that give the design depth and movement.

Craftsman Dining Room With Circular Table and Rug

Design by Kristina Wolf

This craftsman dining room designed by Kristina Wolf fully embraces the humble circle! From the round table grounded by a round rug to the globe-like lighting fixture festooned with tiny circles and the dishes on display, this room would be the perfect spot for a Pi Day celebration, if I do say so myself.

Which one is your favorite use of circular design? Tell us in the comments below.

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For anyone living in a place that observes Daylight Savings Time, you may already be aware that this is the weekend when we painfully lose one hour of sleep but blissfully gain an hour of sunshine in the evenings — that is, if the sun ever comes out. It’s been nothing but dreary and gray here at HGTV headquarters lately.

I can’t seem to get enough of natural daylight, so I think one hour of sleep is a fair trade for more abundant daylight in the after-work hours. I’m celebrating the start of Daylight Savings Time by indulging in this kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling that is the embodiment of sunshine. Its bright yellow shade is sure to kick the sleepiness out of my eyes this Sunday morning.

Sunny, Yellow Kitchen

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This kitchen is so sunny, I might get a tan just from looking at it! I can’t help but not worry and be happy gazing at the warm, vibrant colors and fun retro style.

Let’s look at it from another angle.

Retro Yellow Tile Countertop and Backsplash With Black Trim

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

That stove! Like the full kitchen, it’s the perfect mix of fun, retro design and modern functionality, all in a shade of bright yellow. I think it’s going on the list of things to add to my own kitchen.

What are you going to do with the extra sunlight during Daylight Savings Time? Tell us in the comments below.

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As I write this, we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground and the kiddos have been out of school for eight(!) days straight. There are some series cases of cabin fever going around these parts, and I’m trying my hardest not to catch it myself. How? A daily dose of hot home photography — doctor’s orders.

Today’s dose of warmth comes from Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects and their stunning renovation of a 1950s midcentury modern beach villa in Montecito, Calif. The master bedroom features a custom-made mahogany platform bed. Dave Mendro included access to a patio surrounded by tropical landscaping. And if the air gets a bit chilly at night, there’s a cozy fur throw to curl up with. Mahogany, tropical, fur — these are toasty-sounding words, my friends.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

A gas fireplace offers low-maintenance heating in the sleek, modern living room. I’m ready to get cozy in there with a book or maybe a House of Cards marathon.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

You know what’s good on a cold day? Soaking in a nice, warm bath complete with mineral salts and essential oils.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

Ahhhhh, don’t you feel warmer now?

How are YOU staying warm during these cold times? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Of all the major award shows, The Oscars broadcast is the only one I rearrange my calendar for, so you know what I’ll be doing this Sunday night. I’ve been a film fanatic since I was a kid, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see my own name in lights one day. But since my acting career has fallen behind my interest in home design, I guess I’ll just have to settle for incorporating the lights into my own home and hope that my dogs will make do as my adoring fans.

I’ve been drawn to marquee signs since I started seeing them pop up in interiors with the rustic trend, and I’m in love with designer Amy Lutz’s use of marquee letters to spell out “LOVE.” The placement of the letters is perfect — they illuminate both the patio and dining room of this Austin home, creating a fun, playful vibe.

Design by Amy Lutz

Here’s another great example from Blu Interiors, which used marquee letters to spell out “ATL” and honor the homeowner’s love for the city of Atlanta. The letters really work with the rustic, vintage vibe of the space.

Design by Blu Interiors

If spelling out “BETH” ends up being a little too obvious or gets vetoed by my husband, maybe I’ll opt for a symbol like the arrow designer Karen Wolf used in what has got to be the hippest nursery ever!

Design by Karen Wolf

What kind of marquee sign would you display in YOUR home, or do you already have one flashing? Let us know in the comments below.

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It’s Friday, Feb. 13 — are you and your galentines planning on seeing 50 Shades of Grey tonight? I have to admit, my taste in sexy time entertainment is a bit more vanilla, so I’m probably going to spend my Friday night indulging instead in fifty uses of my favorite neutral shade in home design. I know my husband will be thrilled!

In this stunning bachelor bedroom designed by Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABLstudio, gray dominates the wall, creating a masculine look that would please Christian Grey himself. Deep, charcoal grays (this particular shade is Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal) help create a moody tone and work well in intimate spaces.

Design by LABLstudio

Maybe you’re looking for something more demure, a la Anastasia Steele? I love this particular shade, which is more of a whisper gray, chosen by designer Regan Baker for yet another bachelor bedroom. It’s soft enough to serve as an understated backdrop to the bold orange artwork and can slip easily into both feminine and masculine styles.

Design by Regan Baker

Oh, gray. How much do I love thee? Flip through the gallery below and tell us your favorite gray room.

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We see a lot of stunning photography here at HGTV, which makes my job as photo editor not too shabby! I’m excited to start sharing with you my favorite photo discoveries each week.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time making a mess in my kitchen — my dark, dated, unstylish kitchen. I dream of the day when I have the budget to match my kitchen remodeling and redesign wish list. If that day ever comes, this design by Jeff Troyer Associates is at the top of my inspiration board:

Design by Jeff Troyer Associates

I mean, this kitchen has it all, right? A huge island with tons of workspace and a spot for the family and friends to gather, a built-in cutting board, a drink station, tons of storage, gorgeous hardwood floors and classic white subway tile. But what sets this kitchen apart is its use of color. Blue is a hot choice right now, and the mix of indigo and sky blue for the cabinetry is a great way to add color while still keeping the space close to neutral. Some brightly colored bowls and a red(!) oven at left add that bold pop of color that’s the cherry on the top of this sweet design.

And how about a bonus image this week? Jeff Troyer Associates not only remodeled the kitchen — they remodeled this whole Colonial home, adding a second story to the house and an addition to the back. Check out the backyard:

Design by Jeff Troyer Associates

After the cold, snowy weather this week, I would love a day by that pool. How about you?

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I’m really excited to share more news from the mobile app world! Today we’re launching HGTV Watch, the completely redesigned TV on-demand app for iPhone and iPad. You’ll be able to stay connected to your favorite HGTV shows with full-episode streaming. Need your Weekday Crafternoon and DanMade fixes in a more portable, DIY project-friendly experience? You’ll find the latest videos in those HGTV.com series on HGTV Watch as well.

If you already use the HGTVtoGo video app on your iPhone or iPad, then getting HGTV Watch is easy: visit the Updates section in the App Store from your device and tap “Update” next to the app icon. If you’re not watching HGTV on your iPhone or iPad, it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download HGTV Watch today! Android fans, you’re on deck. We’re putting the finishing touches on the Android version of HGTV Watch and will make it available very soon.

HGTV Watch app for iPad and iPhone
When you first open HGTV Watch, you’ll be asked to log in using your cable provider. Logging in with your cable provider allows us to share our most up-to-date TV offerings. If your provider is not available, you will still be able to watch some older TV content and all of our digital shorts without logging in. Currently we support AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY, DIRECTV, Optimum and Time Warner Cable. We will be adding more cable providers from time to time, so please let us know which provider you want to see included.

HGTV Watch is a great place to keep up with the latest developments on HGTV Star. If you miss an episode, you can catch it there, and you can also watch special behind-the-scenes clips. Then pop over to the HGTV Folio app on your iPad to further inspect the contestants’ finished designs each week. Have you been watching? I’m a big fan of Brooks and his crazy hair and designs, but I also think Tiffany has been completely underrated so far. Who’s your favorite?

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Well, hello D-Happ fans! I don’t believe we’ve met. My name is Beth, and I’m the editor responsible for HGTV’s growing collection of mobile apps. I’ll be checking in here regularly with updates about all the HGTV goodness you can find on your iPad, iPhone and (coming soon) Android devices as well as information about how you can integrate technology into your home.

I figured I’d kick my first post off with a BIG announcement. The mobile team here at HGTV today launched a brand new iPad app, HGTV Folio. And I might be a bit biased, but I think this one’s a beauty.

HGTV Folio landing screen
HGTV Folio is your source for gorgeous home interior photography. You’ll find photos of rooms designed by HGTV hosts, like the Property Brothers, Kitchen Cousins, Emily Henderson, and photography from the HGTV Dream Home, Smart Home and Urban Oasis. You’ll also see work by professional designers from around the country and the current lineup of HGTV Star contestants.

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