Camille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors with a touch of whimsy and punch of color. Camille shares a mid-century cottage with two exceptionally pampered pooches and rooms filled with vintage finds.
I love estate sales, digging through other people’s garages, cabinets and basements is how I spend most Saturday mornings and I ALWAYS bag a bargain. My latest find was an assortment of cut glass plates, small bowls and candlesticks. Just decorative tchotchkes on their own but I have bigger plans for them: They’re going to become the centerpiece for my holiday table.
Here’s a sneak peek of the end result, learn how to make your own after the jump:
Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Not much time left before guests arrive. I have a few ideas for simple centerpieces that are big on style but can be put together using elements gathered on a walk through the woods or from your own backyard.
Okay, in all truth, these hedge apples (a.k.a osage oranges) didn’t come from my backyard. A neighbor has a well-established tree that dropped fruit the size of softballs onto the sidewalk. I just slowed down on my walk and scooped em up. Placed in an antique brass urn, they add a bright chartreuse pop to my dining room.
I particularly like this one, I mean, it even comes with a recipe for Famous Dead Man’s Toe Pie (sounds delightful!). Cleverly sized to fit around a wide container, this would be a fun wrapper on a can of mixed nuts.
The weather here in the Southeast was beautiful this past weekend. So nice, in fact, that I decided to head outdoors and tackle some end-of-summer yard work. We had plenty of rain this year so my garden had a great growing season and many plants were way overdue for a good trim.
I started with my butterfly bushes which had become ginormous — beautiful, lush, fragrant and huge. The vibrant purple, fuschia and pink blooms are simply too pretty to put at the side of the road for pickup, so as I trimmed the limbs I put the blossoms into a ready container of water. I learned the hard way that butterfly bush blooms are a finicky lot; cut blooms need to go straight into water or they wilt and don’t recover.
My kitchen received a bright pop of color courtesy of the trimmed butterfly bushes and a few fern fronds.
Does the languishing economy have you vacationing at home this year? No worries — a lazy week spent around the house is the perfect time to make a few small but key updates for a home that is a stylish haven year round. Get started with these 14 inexpenive ideas by one of our favorite designers, Erinn Valencich of Omniarte Design. Erinn has teamed with TiVo for the Staycation Sweepstakes; register now for the chance to win an assortment of prizes sure to make your living room into your favorite entertainment destination.
Get started on boosting your home’s appeal with these tips from Erinn:
Easy Update 1: Trade traditonal bell-shaped shades for a more current drum or box shade. The modern shades give even dated lamps a fresh, new look.
If you’re a fan of papercrafts then this site is definitely worth a visit. Like Melissa of Lilybean Paperie, Debbie is on the inside track with many of the specialty paper and tool manufacturers so her site is a great place to preview new products before they hit stores, like these Spellbinder’s eyelet pendants that hit the market in June. Debbie introduced them on her blog with several super cute cards, like the one below, showcasing design possiblities. Debbie’s blog is also a great place to learn about craft contests and giveaways, the Spellbinders release was tied to a (now-ended) contest. But new contests are announced all the time, you just gotta keep checking!
Do you have craft projects to share? Upload them to HGTV.com’s Share My Craft, where you can comment on other’s creations, share advice and tips or just browse photos to get your creative juices flowing!
Tune in one hour earlier this Sunday night at 9/8c for the season finale of HGTV Showdown. Former Showdown champs Vern Yip and Angelo Surmelis team up with carpenters Anthony Gilardi (team Vern) and James Lunday (team Angelo) take on this disjointed and dated kitchen/mudroom.
How will Vern and Angelo tackle this challenge? Will they add new flooring? Remove the wall dividing the two spaces to create one large kitchen? Bring in new cabinets or new appliances? What would you do to update this room?
Tune in Sunday night at 10/9c for this week’s installment of HGTV Showdown when designer David Bromstad (Color Splash) and carpenter Marcus Hunt (Hammer Heads) battle against designer John Gidding (Designed to Sell) and carpenter Jared Walker Dostie (Rate My Space) to make over this spatially-challenged studio apartment.
Will they replace the flooring? Brighten the room with paint? Find a way to seperate the bedroom area? What would you do to update this room?
We’ve got a fresh, action-packed episode ready for you this Sunday night at 10/9c. Host Jamie Durie challenges our celebrity teams: Sabrina Soto (Get It Sold) and Drew Lachey (host of HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge) versus Matthew Finlason (The Stagers) and Kristi Yamaguchi (yes, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi) to see who can best update this seriously dated bonus room in just four hours.
Will they ditch the ugly flooring? Pry the barn wood off the walls? De-plush the support beam? What would you do to update this room?
That’s right, don’t forget to tune in this upcoming Sunday night at 10/9 c to see if our all-star teams can turn this sad backyard into a place where our homeowners will be proud to entertain.
Looks like they’ve got their work cut out for them! The homeowners have a long list of improvements they’d like to see (shocker!) but the design teams have limited time and resources to make their magic happen. Trust me, the transformations are incredible — you’ll have to see it to believe it!
My pick this week is Lilybean Paperie. Chock full of fanciful touches and an eye for even the tiniest details, blogger Melissa Phillips makes this site a treat to visit. As a freelance designer for paper-craft companies big and small, Melissa regularly showcases the freshest papers, embellishments and techniques; sometimes sharing a glimpse of new products before they hit the market. If you’re a paperphile, then Lilybean Paperie is your Nirvana!
If you like the look of handmade cards but don’t have the time or inclination to create your own, be sure to check out Lilybean’s etsy store for a rotating selection of lovely paper crafts and sweet sentiments.
That’s right, today’s the day we celebrate the “first man” in many of our lives. Whether you were a little girl who totally had daddy wrapped around her pinkie or a small boy secretly convinced that his dad was a super hero, Father’s Day is the one day of the year specifically set aside to let him know just how special he is.
It’s almost Father’s Day — again! Seems like we were just faced with the age-old dilemma: What to give the man who has everything? No worries, we’re here to help with suggestions for dads who are into tools, kicking back, gadgets, the great outdoors, beer (yes, shocking I know, but some dads like their beverages foamy and fermented) grilling and more.
We’d like to know:
Be sure to check out our Father’s Day feature for hundreds of out-of-the box gift ideas sure to please all sorts of dads.
Behind every great designer is a lady of high style and discerning taste — their mom. We asked a few of our favorite designers to share how their mothers influenced their style; their answers range from humorous to insightful, a few may even surprise you.
Looks like the circus is in town! What a clever way to create a play space that can easily be folded away when not in use.
Not only is Todd a creative guy in front of the camera; behind-the-scenes he’s been hard at work on his upcoming book, Handy Dad, which will feature 25 projects that are cool enough to please kids, simple enough to be created by not-too-handy dads and safe enough to earn Mom’s stamp of approval. The publisher, Chronicle Books, estimates Handy Dad should be on a bookshelf near you by early summer 2010.