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Yes, I realized it’s only three days after Halloween and I’m already talking about Christmas, but at least I waited three days. I started seeing Christmas ornaments in stores three weeks ago! Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year: the movies, the cold weather, the fires and most importantly, the decorations. We’ve pulled together tons of great holiday decor ideas for you this year and will be sharing all our favorite gift ideas over the next coming weeks.

Get started with inspiration from readers of Rate My Space:



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That’s right! The royal color in Pantone’s shade of Purple Heart is popping up everywhere this season. It’s decadent and refined, but most importantly it adds an air of creativity to any space. Whether you want a touch of purple or a full-on look, we’ve put together a fun list of purple products with our new styleboards. Click on the picture to get the details on each product.


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite finds for each color from Pantone’s Fall Color Trend report. Be on the look out for American Beauty (a lush red), Honey Yellow, Warm Olive and even Creme Brulee.

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The final three designers divide up to create stunning new spaces for a few of our favorite celebrities: Tiffani Thiessen, Kathy Griffin and Jason Priestley. Watch a sneak peek of the celebrity home challenge, and tune in Sunday at 10/9c to see what happens.

In addition to a show on HGTV, the designers are also in a race to see who will host their own online show. Is your favorite designer in the lead?

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With only 22 hours and $10,000, the six remaining designers are challenged with making over living rooms, dining areas and offices for two deserving military families. Watch the sneak peek of the episode:

Want design ideas from the set? Candice, Genevieve and Vern offer their exclusive design tips from HGTV Design Star.

Tune in this Sunday at 10/9c to see what happens.

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It’s a Design Star first! With the current economy, people are finding ways to expand the living areas of their home, and this Sunday, the designers tackle two garages in order to transform them into cozy family rooms. Watch the sneak peek of the episode:

Don’t forget to head over to Design Star Central to get the latest scoop on all things design and drama. Enter the Design Star sweepstakes and vote for your favorite designer.

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The first individual challenge of this season hits your TV screens this Sunday at 10/9c. The white rooms are a Design Star classic, and this year there’s an especially perishable twist: they have to buy all their design elements at the grocery store. Watch the sneak peek of the episode:

Also, head over to the Design Star blog to caption our behind-the-scenes photo of the week.


My favorite caption so far is from mameloot, “Wonder Twin Powers Activate…Form of – a kosher serving table!”

Go share yours »

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Ok, I have to admit I’m already dreaming about the food that’s awaiting me this weekend. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and of course, any dessert that’s red, white and blue. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for this year:


I love this recipe for fruit salsa and cinnamon chips. Yum!

birthdayparty2Brooke Reynolds at inchmark threw a rocket-inspired birthday party for one of her kids, and I love the adorable cupcakes she made. They’d be perfect for a fourth of July celebration this weekend.


Paula Deen also has a fun recipe for watermelon coolers.

What’s your favorite fourth of July food?

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Only six more months ’til Christmas! Yep, it’s June 25th, and we’re at the half-way mark to the holidays.

So I’m curious:

Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Head over to HGTV Marketplace to stuff those stockings!

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Their designs dazzled us in seasons past. Now, see what your favorite designers have been up to since leaving Design Star.

hstar-watn-todd-davis-skydiveThrill seeker Todd Davis is not only jumping out of planes, but has also expanded his business and family. Get his full story here »

photo1Season three winner, Jennifer Bertrand also welcomed a new baby to her family and is hard at work on her upcoming show. See the adorable pic of her baby and what else she’s been doing »

alice-fakier_new-pic-with-dog_s4x3_lg Alice Fakier, runner-up on season one, has stayed busy with her growing company, husband and favorite pup, Gumbo. Get her full story here »

Catch up with all your other favorite designers from seasons past!

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One of the blogs I look forward to reading every day is Creature Comforts.

Not only does she provide daily design inspiration for fashion and interiors, but she also has great downloadable freebies to get your creativity flowing. Stop in and take look, I promise you’ll love her blog as much as I do. While you’re there, check out her Etsy store for chic prints.

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