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Simple yet sustainable furniture projects are designer Dan Faires’ specialty, and in case you missed any of projects, we’ve pulled them all together for you.

Watch Dan show you how to build each project and get detailed step-by-steps at DanMade.

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We’ve got a juicy sneak peek of the first makeover from Design Star winner Emily Henderson’s new series, Secrets From a Stylist, premiering on Saturday, February 26 at 9p/8c.

Emily’s also been putting her design know-how to work helping readers discover their personal style. Upload photos and videos of items that represent your personality for the chance to have Emily diagnose your design style.

Isn’t that couch bonkers?

And here’s your invite for our Twitter party during the show!

The details:
Live Twitter Party with Emily Henderson (@em_henderson) during Secrets from a Stylist Premiere
Sat, 2/26 from 9-9:30pm ET
Hashtag: #HGTV

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Dan Faires, winner of the Design Star season 5 fan favorite vote, shares a sneak peek of his upcoming online show, DanMade.

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We begin with the men returning to the apartment without Trent, and there seems to be a sigh of relief from everyone. Alex admits he’s disappointed with his performance so far, and he plans to step it up this week. I think that’s one refrain you always hear in these kinds of competitions: “This week I’ll show them!” Along with, “I’m not here to make friends.” I’m just waiting for that one.

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This week’s challenge starts outside a flower shop when Candice announces each designer gets to choose the flower that inspires them the most. None of the contestants know which flower any of the others are choosing, and finally Vern walks out with a bouquet made up of each team’s combined choices. They must design a studio apartment based on the overall team bouquet and also incorporate their own individual floral inspiration.

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The men’s bouquet is, as Courtland describes, “easy on the eye.” Clean, minimal, soft and fresh, made up of ranunculus, tulip, calla lily and snapdragon. Whereas the women’s bouquet is much more overtly romantic and whimsical: orchid, daffodil, carnation, hyacinth and wax flower. Immediately Dan starts to try to fight for himself and warns the women that in the last challenge they tackled too many construction-heavy projects, meaning ALL HIM. Can they please shop a bit more this time? Does he really have to say that to a car full of women? IN NEW YORK CITY?!

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David Scott of David Scott Interiors opened the doors to his design firm in 1991. A graduate of New York School of Interior Design, he now serves on the Board of Trustees and continues to design beautiful spaces across Manhattan. He’s given us a peek into his new home in New York City’s United Nations Plaza and shares his inspiration, plus design tips you can use in your home.

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See David’s New York Home

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Christina Strutt runs the fabulous fashion and home decor brand Cabbages & Roses, which specializes in vintage fabrics. Her fifth book, At Home With Country, just came out and we’ve been diving into its beautifully cozy pages. Featuring full home tours of residences in England as well as the States, At Home With Country is full of easy-to-repeat designs, tips on mixing fabrics and inspirational ideas on bringing cozy country style into your home. We caught up with Christina to find out what inspires her and what she can’t live without. Plus, we have a special invite to her upcoming book event.

Find out what inspires her designs

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The new season of HGTV Design Star premieres on Sunday, June 13 at 10/9c. Mark Burnett Productions of Survivor and The Apprentice fame is producing Design Star this  year, which can only mean the challenges will be bigger, the designers better and the judges tougher. Stop by the Design Star blog to get the scoop on the upcoming season.

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Plus, we’ve been catching up with the designers from last season: Antonio, Dan, Jason, Lonni and many more. See where the designers are now »

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Whether creating hand-crocheted wool hats, intricately detailed scarves or a stunning jewelry collection, designers John Ross and Don Carney of PATCH NYC add their creative twist to everything they touch.

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Now, they’ve partnered with West Elm for a new collection that redefines vintage style. We caught up with them to find out about their inspiration, their favorite music and a certain pup named Edith.

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You don’t forget the first time you see a Preston Bailey design. His breathtaking, awe-inspiring work is evidence there is no limit to imagination.

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From planning Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding…

to a desert dreamscape
To a desert dreamscape…

to a very elaborate birthday celebration,
To a very elaborate birthday celebration, Preston dazzles us with his luxurious, out-of-this-world designs.

When he heads home though, it’s to a comfortably chic New York City apartment designed by his longtime friend and interior designer Vicente Wolf. Take a peek  inside.

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Today kicks off the start of National Library Week. I have always loved to read and as a child, I had a few favorite reading spots — a certain tree that sat along a creek in our backyard, an oversized chair in our living room or the porch swing beside my grandmother. Having a comfortable reading spot is a necessity for a great read, so grab your latest library book and curl up in one of these cozy reading nooks.

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Cottage-inspired reading nook by Rate My Space user LaylaPalmer

 

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