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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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.

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the kitchen. Want more inspiration for your own space? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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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.

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the home. Want more inspiration for your own space? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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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.

Want more inspiration for your home? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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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.

Want more inspiration for your home? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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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?

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the home. Want more inspiration for your home? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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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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