Liz Gray

"In search of Eames-worthy style on a Craigslist budget. And pie."

Liz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on remodeling projects with her guy and mystery breed puppy, Miles, you can find her buying impractical hats, scheming mad scientist-style in her overworked kitchen and drooling over Danish modern furniture.

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A long-time favorite designer of the HGTV editorial staff, Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors creates spaces that are practically overflowing with modern details, like fun wallpaper, bright tile and brilliantly-mixed patterns. The best part? Her spaces bring in these details while still remaining comfortable and livable — a winning combination in my book!

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

Even though designing a nursery isn’t in my (immediate) future, I’m obsessed with this sophisticated little boy’s room — it’s fun and colorful, yet anything but juvenile. And that wallpaper? Amazing.

Nursery Design by Niche Interiors  - HGTV Design Blog

Nursery Design by Niche Interiors

We already love her designs, but we wanted to know more about Jennifer, from her favorite color to her design pet peeve. See her fun answers to our Design Happens questionnaire.

Design Happens Interview with Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors

 Thanks, Jennifer! See more of her latest designs on her HGTV Professionals Network page.

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In our last round of HGTV Design Fix, we asked for your outdoor design dilemmas. This time, we’re talking kids’ rooms. We asked our Facebook fans to share their biggest issues with kids room design, and we brought in the experts — Jen & Jo from J&J Design Group — to help. These ladies are known for their colorful, playful kids’ spaces, like this stunning shared girls’ room:

Orange and Aqua Girls' Room by J&J Design Group

Orange and Aqua Girls’ Room by J&J Design Group

I’m ready to move in! (See more of their latest designs on their HGTV profile page.) We knew that J&J Design would be able to come up with an amazing kids’ room plan for one of our readers — and man, did they deliver.

We chose Facebook fan Sandy L. to receive this month’s virtual makeover. She’s adopting four children — two girls and two boys — ages 4,10, 8 and 9, and also fosters children. “We have four bedrooms all being utilized….we have the space, I just can’t pull the look together,” Sandy says. Here’s a look at her boys’ and girls’ spaces right now:

HGTV Facebook Fan Sandy L's Kids' Room

Facebook Fan Sandy L.’s Kids’ Rooms

Sandy’s biggest requests: How to create storage, add color and create spaces that speak to different age groups — all on a budget, of course.  Jen and Jo delivered with fun, creative designs for both rooms, and a source list so you can create the look at home!

THE GIRLS’ ROOM

Start with a focal point. Sometimes, all you need is one inspiration piece as the jumping off point for your design. “We fell in love with the rug and it was our inspiration for the room. It pulls in so many happy colors to play with,” say Jen and Jo.

Coral Girls' Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Girls’ Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Add a colorful focal point. From there, they recommend painting the room Dunn Edwards Endive, and creating a feature wall using inexpensive gold triangle details. “That will give the room some dimension,” Jen and Jo say.

Find fun bedding. Adding a duvet cover is typically more affordable than swapping out a whole comforter. “The coral bedding will pop well off the wall color and keep it girly. The polka dot sheets pull the colors out of the rug and keep it fun,” Jen and Jo say. “What little girl doesn’t love polka dots, right?!”

Add drapery. Want to make your windows appear large? Here’s a tip from Jen and Jo: “Hang your drapery panels at least 12″ above your window and 10″ outside the window. Your draperies should lay about a 1/2″ off of your floor.” Here, they’ve selected a clean, crisp white version that will stand out against the mint green walls — and the tassels add a fun, playful detail.

Find handmade art. “We thought it would be nice to hang a silhouette of each girl above her bed to make her space feel her own,” say Jen and Jo. This gold version adds a touch of sparkle to the room.

Just add paint! “Since new furniture isn’t in the budget, we thought they could paint their existing dressers either ripe pineapple or polished aqua. The wooden bed in the girls room could be painted a bright white.When it’s time to upgrade the dresser, we love this one outfitted with these cute knobs!”

GIRLS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

THE BOYS’ ROOM

Nod to interests and hobbies — don’t create a theme. Sandy mentioned that the boys love University of Kentucky basketball, so that was the jumping off point for this space. “For the boys room we wanted to pull some things that would work around the Kentucky University colors they seem to love so. We wanted to give a nod to basketball but not overdo it,” say Jen and Jo.

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Build a color palette. From the dark and light blue University of Kentucky Palette, we pulled in some greens and pops of orange. “Paint the room Dunn Edwards Muslin — it’s a nice soft gray that the bright colors work well with,” say Jen and Jo.

Update existing pieces. A little paint can go a long way! The designer recommend painting the room’s existing furniture with Dunn Edwards Luna Pier and adding a fun handle, like these car-inspired knobs.

Then, repeat some of the same elements from the girls’ room: Updated coverlets, shams, pillow cases and a basketball accent pillow.

Artwork ties it together. “We think that artwork that pulls all the colors in the room together will bring some life to the walls,” say Jen and Jo.

Try a Roman shade for boys’ rooms. “We selected a Roman shade for the boys’ room because we feel that they are a little more masculine and less fussy” the designers say.

BOYS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

Thanks to Jen and Jo for an amazing design! What are your design tips for Sandy? What design dilemma would you like us to tackle next? Tell us in the comments below.

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Have you seen our Designer of the Week feature? Each Monday on HGTV’s Instagram account, we highlight a designer we’re loving right now and showcase some of their most stunning work.

This week’s featured designer is Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose kitchen designs range from traditional to modern, but always feature a bit of the unexpected.  In this rustic kitchen, wine glasses double as a stylish and functional chandelier. So smart!

Gray Transitional Kitchen Appliances

We asked Richard to spill his design dos and don’ts and his favorite tools of the trade. Read on to check out his DH questionnaire:

Richard Anuskiewicz Designer Interview

Richard, we love you, too! See more of his work on his HGTV Professionals Network profile page.

Who should we interview next? Tell us in the comments below.

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Let’s talk about Snapchat. Yes, there is more to it than stories about your friend’s trek from bar to bar or super-detailed paint drawings — though we’re huge fans of those! Get more advice on Snapchat basics and the best ways to use it.

Through Snapchat Discover, you can get snippets of news and noteworthy video from brands you love, like Food Network and CNN. But it’s also a place where you can see another (PG) side of DIY stars, designers and HGTV stars: Think off-the-cuff, behind-the-scenes snippets, beautiful homes and amazing projects that you’ll want to stare at for way more than 10 seconds.

We’ve gathered 6 of our favorite design and DIY Snappers. Read on to see how to add them and why we love them.

– Liz & Kayla, Your Design Happens Editors-In-Chief

Designers & DIY Stars to Add on Snapchat

P.S. I Made This (Snapchat: psimadethis) 

If you follow P.S. I Made This on Instagram, you know that the DIY site features beautiful, inspiring photos on the daily. (How amazing is this DIY fringe garland?)  Add the site on Snapchat to see what they’re working on before everyone else — today it was an airbrushed cake. Oh yeah. Tomorrow? Who knows.

Jillian Harris (Snapchat: jillian-harris)

This former Bachelorette contender and star of HGTV’s Love It or List It, Too also finds time to post amazing things on all her social accounts — think pool days, trips to wine country, photos of her home and must-have outfits. See what she’s up to right now. Believe us, you’ll be totally inspired.

The Coveteur (Snapchat: thecoveteur) 

This uber-inspiring blog and Instagram account features everything from brand-new beauty products to cocktails to interviews with other creatives. See daily habits and happenings from their editors. And if you really want to go behind the scenes with some of today’s top tastemakers, get lost in their enviable Closet section.

Somewhere I Would Like to Live (Snapchat: somewhereiwouldliketolive) 

Do you ever just want to escape your desk and go somewhere insanely beautiful? Add Somewhere I Would Like to Live on Instagram and Snapchat for daily doses of design eye candy  – from stunning painted floors to pink sand beaches to modern interiors — curated by Barcelona-based Reben Ortiz and Katty Schiebeck.

Homepolish (Snapchat: homepolish) 

Designed to provide interior design on a budget, Homepolish also provides stunningly photographed imagery of their latest designs — including this color-filled San Francisco loft and Hills star Lo Bosworth’s NYC pad. Add them to see snaps of their designers in action (celebrity sightings possible!).

Domino (Snapchat: dominomag)

Okay, design people, we don’t need to explain Domino Magazine. Though it’s no longer printed monthly, it’s alive and well on its website, on Instagram,  and yes, on Snapchat. Go behind the scenes of stylish apartments, beautiful summer table settings and more.

What design or DIY stars do you follow on Snapchat? Tell us who you love in the comments below. 

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Can you feel that ocean breeze? Well, that’s because the votes are in, and you’ve chosen Caribbean Blue as your June 2015 Color of the Month.

HGTV's June 2015 Color of the MonthIt was a close battle, with Caribbean Blue edging out Mykonos Blue by just over 10 percent of the vote. Many of you were torn. “Tough call. Love them both. Really different hues, but both my favorite blues,” says Facebook fan Vicki W.  And Facebook fan Susan U. asks: “Can you do Mykonos for June and Caribbean for July?”

In the end, more of you loved the blue-green color inspired by Caribbean waters. DH blog reader DB Coop said it best:”While the gentle waters of the Mediterranean are an intensely true blue, I love the ever-changing blend of blues and sea-greens of the Caribbean that delight the senses and refresh the spirit, and so goes my vote.” You can almost feel the waves looking at this kitchen, amiright?

Caribbean Blue Kitchen by Barry Dixon

Caribbean Blue Kitchen Design by Barry Dixon

See 18 more ways to use this color in our Caribbean blue gallery below.

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One terrible part of my job here at HGTV is looking at photos of the guys behind some of our hottest renovation shows. But beyond being easy on the eyes, these guys have some serious renovation and construction know-how.

That’s why HGTV Magazine put together their very first MANual to help you get to know the guys behind the muscle on your favorite HGTV and DIY Network shows. Check out a couple of highlights below, then flip through the full gallery for revealing answers from 8 of our top stars — relationship status included.

HGTV's Anthony Carrino on Construction site

Anthony Carrino on Set; Photo Courtesy HGTV Magazine

Anthony Carrino
Age:
 36
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ
Relationship status: Single

First tool you’d save in a fire: I’ve pared down my must-haves to fit into a large Husky tool chest on wheels. I’d grab the whole thing!

HGTV's Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott on the set of Brother Vs. Brother

Jonathan Scott

Age: 37

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Relationship status: Single

First tool you’d save in a fire: After saving my dogs, Gracie and Stewie, I’d grab my Stiletto titanium hammer. It’s tough and heavy, and it’s been with me on many jobs.

Which HGTV and DIY star would you bring home for a renovation? Tell us your favorite in the comments below. 

 

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Beach season in upon us, and while our Color Team loves to stick our toes in the sand, another beach fixture inspired us: the blue, blue water. Camille and Beth saw lots of this cool hue at this spring’s High Point Market, but in particular, there were two standouts: deep cobalt blue and bright turquoise.

Deep Blue + Turquoise Color Inspiration From High Point Market

Deep Blue + Turquoise Color Inspiration From High Point Market

So, back to the beach: These two colors bring to mind the hues of two bodies of water that also surround some of the world’s best vacation spots: The deep blue Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant Caribbean Sea. We love both colors equally, so we decided to let our readers — aka YOU — make the call.

Pick Your Favorite Blue at HGTV.com

So, color fans, which color should we feature this June: Caribbean Blue or Mykonos Blue? Cast your vote now — we’ll tally the results on Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m.

Get inspired by all of our past color picks in the gallery below.

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Okay, dream with me now: You’re lying on a beach, sipping a fruity cocktail from a coconut with the surf skimming your toes. It’s officially that time of year when if you’re not at the beach, you’re thinking about the beach (and seeing all your friends’ in-the-surf photos.)

So, it’s the perfect time of year to bring the beach to your backyard with a DIY tiki party. I mean, just look at this scene:

HGTV Handmade Tiki Party

Not sure where to start? The ladies at the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel have you covered! All week long, Marianne, Meg, Julia and Karen will show you DIYs to help you host your own tiki-themed party, from the food to the table to the decor. Here’s a sneak peek of the projects:

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Like what you see? You can catch up on their party prep videos from last week, then tune in all week for more amazing projects, like these genius umbrella-covered lanterns.

HGTV Handmade TIki Party Toast - HGTV Design Blog

Here’s to party season! And if Monday is making you want one of those beachy drinks, check out Marianne’s video to learn how to make a party-perfect Bird of Paradise cocktail and a strawberry-guava mocktail.

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It’s pretty much impossible to be unhappy when you hit the landing page of DIY MacGyver Victoria Hudgins’ blog, A Subtle Revelry. Seriously: Try not smiling when you see technicolor balloons, vibrant cake toppers and stunningly gorgeous flowers. So when she released her recent design-savvy DIY book, Materially Crafted, I knew it would be full of the same bright ideas. (Check out Kayla’s Materially Crafted review and get a preview of some of our favorite projects.)

Victoria Hudgins of a Subtle Revelry

We caught up with Victoria to ask about her favorite (and least favorite!) colors, design trends and more. Check out her answers below — in neon colors, of course.

 

Design Happens Interview with Victorian Hudgins

Who should we interview next? Tell us your favorite design and DIY stars in the comments below.

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Editors’ Note: Welcome to our new interview series, DH Interviews.  Each week, we’ll ask designers and makers we love to fill out our fun design questionnaire so you can get to know them better. Our first subject? The one and only David Bromstad

Can we talk a minute about how much I adore David Bromstad? We caught up with the original HGTV Design Star winner on the set of the all-new summer series Beach Flip, premiering July 5 at 9 pm | 8c.

David Bromstad on HGTV

David Bromstad Paints a Bright Canvas

Catch David as one of the show’s hosts and mentors (alongside HGTV favorites Nicole Curtis and Josh Temple) as teams of contestants compete to make over run-down beach houses. But first, let’s see how he answered our interview questions below.

David Bromstad Interview on HGTV

Get the latest designs from David Bromstad on his HGTV profile page, and stay tuned for more details about the all-new series Beach Flip.

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Welcome to the first installment of our new series, HGTV Design Fix! Everyone has those nagging design issues, from how to move forward on a living room decorating project to how to stretch your budget to the max and still have a stylish home.

Each month, we’ll answer a reader’s question about their biggest design dilemma. This month, we’re talking patio design on a budget. HGTV Facebook fan Tobey M. asks: “When i bought the house, it had a patio with a roof and a concrete floor. It is very dark and dreary. How can i add some privacy and brighten up the area on a very low budget?”

Patio Makeover - HGTV Design Fix

Tobey, you’re in luck — our HGTV.com staff is all about stretching a dollar in the name of good design. Here are some of our favorite ways to add privacy and style to a patio without breaking the bank.

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Derby Day is upon us! Once you’ve found the perfect Derby hat or seersucker suit, it’s time to tackle another Churchill Downs staple: the Mint Julep.

Mint Julep Recipe  + Tips - HGTV Design Blog Design Happens
This classic Kentucky drink seems simple, but a few simple changes will take your julep from basic to best-ever. Here’s how to kick it up this year.

Find the right mint: Any type of spearmint will yield a delicious cocktail, but Churchill Downs officially sanctions the “Kentucky Colonel” variety in its Derby Day drinks. Check your local farmers’ market for live plants or herb bunches.

Flavor up your simple syrup: Making simple syrup is, in a word, simple. For a basic variety, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add more flavor to the mix by adding chopped mint leaves before you heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

Muddle, muddle, muddle: Muddling the mint in the bottom of the glass helps release the oils in the herb, yielding a more flavorful cocktail. No muddler in your kitchen? Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick.

Pick the right spirits: This is where personal preference comes in. Bourbons are typically made from rye or wheat, with the rye varieties having a spicier bite and the wheat varieties developing a smoother, sweeter finish. (Read more about the best bourbons for mint juleps here.) The sweeter (wheat) varieties, especially those on the younger side (read: aged 5 years or less) tend to work well for this type of drink. For tradition’s sake, it’s always a good idea to select a bourbon made in Kentucky for this cocktail.

Make better ice cubes: Freeze distilled water for perfectly clear ice cubes that won’t affect the flavor of your cocktail as they melt. Crush the ice in the blender and fill your cups halfway with ice before stirring up your drinks.

Get the right serving gear: Silver julep cups are most traditional — the best versions have a copper core to keep the drink frosty as you sip. No julep cups? Serve in a highball glass.

Make juleps for a crowd: To make this drink for a group, set out an ice bucket filled with crushed ice, a carafe full of mint simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, and the bourbon of your choice. Write out your mint julep recipe on a card or chalkboard to empower guests to be their own bartender.

Save your simple syrup: Celebrating derby day solo? Keep your mint simple syrup fresh for the next spring cocktail. Try this tip from our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade: Add a little vodka. It doesn’t affect the taste, and will help prolong its life in the fridge.

What are your tips for better mint juleps? Leave your bar advice in the comments below.

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s random winner, Jaime! Check back for more great giveaways on Design Happens.

Sure, the official season is spring, but unofficially? It’s remodeling season. Lots of us here at Design Happens have been caught by the reno and decorating bug: Marianne is taking on a full-scale kitchen renovation, Kayla is dreaming up ways to deck out her new apartment, and I’m scouring the Internet for the perfect kitchen backsplash.

If you’re with us, we have an amazing giveaway for you: one Design Happens reader will win up to $2,000 in free, gorgeous handmade backsplash tiles from modern tile maker Fireclay Tile. Read on to see more gorgeous modern tile inspiration, and enter for a chance to win.

Recycled, Handmade Tiles From Fireclay Tiles

Ogee Drop Tiles in White Wash; Design By AIH Development; Photo by Shooting LA

This backsplash tile isn’t just beautiful, it’s sustainable, too. The company gives discarded materials like curbside recycled bottles, discarded glass and bathtub porcelain new life as beautiful, unique tiles that come in 114 colors. Here, AIH Development used the Ogee Drop pattern with gray grout to create a neutral kitchen backdrop that’s modern and classic all at once.

White Moroccan Tile From Fireclay Tile

Paseo Tiles in White Gloss; Design by EAG Studio; Photo by Malcom Fearon Photography

This stripped-down take on a classic Moroccan shape gives this modern kitchen design by EAG Studio a glossy, monochromatic backdrop.

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Sure, spring is still new, but another season is fast approaching: Wedding season! Whether you’re attending a friend’s ceremony or are busy planning your own big day (like Kayla and me!,) spring and summer are the most popular times to tie the knot. (If you’re as excited as we are, check out our new Wedding Survival Guide series!)

And the hottest color to be surrounded by while gettin’ hitched? You guessed it: cool mint green. From retro glassware to bridesmaid dresses to delicate French macarons, this color is everywhere. So, we’re naming April’s Color of the Month after the original mint green wedding fixture: Those melt-away wedding mints.

Succulent Wedding Bouquet
We’ve featured mint before, but Wedding Mint is softer with gray undertones — think of the soft green of succulent petals or a vintage jadeite platter. Isn’t this succulent bouquet gorgeous? (Confession: It’s already on my wedding Pinterest board.)

Mint Green Kitchen Design by Mark Williams

Design by Mark WIlliams

Okay, let’s say you don’t have weddings on the brain. This color is bright and cheerful, yet muted enough to cover all four walls. Here, designer Mark Williams painted this entire eat-in kitchen — even the trim — with a minty hue.

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Yes, I am an adult with no children who still decorates eggs every year. Why? It’s a blank canvas with endless possibilities, and there are always new techniques to try.

So hard-boil up a dozen or use an egg blower and a dremel to drain the eggshells without cracking them, allowing you to keep these decorated eggs for years to come. Then, try one of these fun new ways to dress up your eggs.

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GOLD-DIPPED EGGS

These industrial-inspired eggs are perfect for industrial-modern design lovers! Abby Larson, Founder/Editor of Style Me Pretty Living, used grape juice and vinegar to create the cool, concrete-inspired effect. Stop there for a version you can turn into egg salad — or add a gold accent for a decorative-only egg with lots of sparkle.

Gold Dipped Marbled Eggs

Image courtesy Abby Larson/Style Me Pretty Living

MATERIALS

  • grape juice
  • white vinegar
  • white eggs
  • glass or metal bowl
  • gold paint

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Hard boil or blow out your eggs. (If hard boiled, keep in mind these eggs will not be edible later. If blown out, you will need to place something on top of the bowl to keep the eggs covered in the dye).

Step 2: Mix equal parts grape juice & vinegar in a bowl, enough to submerge your eggs. Place eggs in the bowl and leave overnight.

Step 3: The next day, remove eggs from the bowl and rinse off. Use a paper towel to rub away the foamy layer, revealing the marbled surface.

Step 4: Dip egg partially into a cup of gold paint. Place upside-down in egg carton to dry.

Step 5: Place in a bowl on your Easter table to enjoy!

Gold-Dipped Marbled Easter Eggs From HGTV.com

Image courtesy Abby Larson/Style Me Pretty Living

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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 first installment: Spring cleaning products that make it (more) fun to get every surface in your home sparkling. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some supplies to clean up your home.

I won’t lie to you: I’m far from the world’s best housekeeper. But even for me, there’s something about the dawn of spring that makes it feel necessary to purge my home of the winter’s dust and grime. One thing that keeps me motivated? Refreshing my cleaning supplies with fun-yet-functional versions. Here are some of my favorites.

Spring Cleaning Products To Make Housework a Little More Fun

1: Natural Cleaning BottleReady to ditch chemical-filled cleaners? This cute, dishwasher-safe natural cleaning bottle from Full Circle comes complete with a built-in juicer for citrus-based cleaners, plus a recipe book full of all-natural, dirt-busting concoctions. ($9.95)

2: Normann Copenhagen Ballo Toilet Brush: Ah, the toilet brush. So necessary, yet such an eyesore. Not so with the streamlined, modern Ballo Toilet Brush, which comes in bright green, white and black. The name, which means “dance” in Italian, refers to the playful, wobbling motion of the curved base. ($68.00)

3: Vigar Washing Up Brush: This cute sink-side set is like a vase of flowers that’s always fresh. Use it to remove baked-on grime from dishes, then store in the cute vase to let it drain and dry. ($7.99)

4: Recycled Fabric Scrub PadsTrade in flimsy sponges for these durable, bright pads made from recycled fabric remnants. They’re coated in resin to create a tough scouring texture that won’t scratch stone and non-stick surfaces. ($6.95)

5: All-Natural Spring Scents: Swap cinnamon and spice scents leftover from winter for fresh, flower-inspired choices. Two all-natural options: Mrs. Meyers Lilac line of dish soap, hand soap and counter cleaner (available at MrsMeyers.com and at Target stores on April 5, $10.99 for the set) and Grab Green’s Gardenia-scented room spray, ($7.29) which is made using essential oils and is free of phosphates and dyes.

6: Hedgehog Crumb Brush: Who says cleaning off tables and counters can’t be fun? This adorable hedgehog-shaped crumb brush has sturdy, utilitarian horsehair bristles, and is cute enough to display when not in use. ($12.95)

7: Mint Cleaning Supply Bucket: Make cleaning your house from top to bottom a little bit easier — and more stylish — with your favorite supplies tucked into this on-trend, mint green cleaning caddy. Complete the mint cleaning set with a smiling dust pan and bench brush.  ($9.99)

Ready to do your own spring cleaning? We’re offering two lucky winners a spring-scented set of supplies. One random winner will win a Mrs. Meyers Lilac-scented kitchen basics kit, and another random winner will take home a Grab Green gift basket from Pharmaca featuring all natural laundry detergent pods, dishwashing pods and air freshener.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite spring cleaning tip? Share your favorite cleaning hack in the comments below.

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 10:00 a.m. ET on March 24, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 25, 2014. 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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I was so inspired by all your DIY nightstand makeovers that I decided to take the plunge: I’m finally ready to give my bedroom dresser a fresh look. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Modern DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas - HGTV Design Blog

With cool midcentury legs and a modern shape, there’s a lot to love. Another bonus: The tall dresser was totally free to me, left behind in the attic by my home’s previous owners. The bad, though? It’s faded and cracked in a couple of places, and the previous user left helpful notes (gloves + mittens! socks + hose! ) in Sharpie on each drawer.

Needless to say, it’s time for a facelift. But what should I do? That, my friends, is the big question. Read on to see my top design options and pick your favorite.

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You guys, we’ve made it. After a long, dreary winter, spring is finally on the horizon. Thanks to daylight savings time, the sun’s rays stretch just a little bit further into each evening, easing us into a (very welcome) new season. As we considered the contenders for March’s Color of the Month, we thought: What color captures that first-warm-day, sunshine-on-your-face feeling? Our answer: Weathered Brass.

Check your feelings on ’80s polished brass — we’re talking about the lovely, brushed version that’s currently having a moment in the design world. Just look at how the brass accents steal the show in this transitional kitchen from designer Tobi Fairley:

Cream and Brass Kitchen From Designer Tobi Fairley - HGTV Photo LIbrary

Design by Tobi Fairley

Beth pitched this bright, metallic color, and the more we looked, the more we loved it.  It works equally well in farmhouse-style homes…

Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom by Sarah Richardson

Design by Sarah Richardson

…and midcentury modern spaces. The key to nailing the brass look? Opt for pieces with patina to instantly create a sense of history — even in a brand-new home.

Midcentury Modern Brass Chandelier - HGTV Photo Library
But don’t limit weathered brass to light fixtures: Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn outfitted this dining room with brass-framed thrift store artwork and brass table accessories. See how it adds a warm glow to the table?

Contemporary Navy and Brass Dining Room - HGTV Photo Library

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn; Photo by Sarah Dorio

Will you use this color to help thaw out your home this March? Tell us how you feel about weathered brass in the comments below.

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Have you heard about the dress that’s taking over the Internet? After members of a Scottish wedding party looked at one photo of the mother of the bride’s dress and saw two different color combinations — some saw blue and black, while others saw white and gold — a member of the wedding band posted a photo to Tumblr to get some clarity. The post took off, and the hundreds of thousands of viewers were just as confused: Is it blue and black or white and gold? You decide. (Here’s a great explainer from Wired.com about the science behind the color divide.)

Here at HGTV, we’re fans of bold color — period. So why choose one or the other? This dramatic living room celebrates all four colors.

Blue Black White Gold Living Room

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

With black and blue walls and white and gold accents, the dress is right at home here — no matter which color combo you see.

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

Flip through even more photos of this glamorous space — and learn how to create the look at home.

 

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When we asked which color you loved for FebruaryTangerine or Flamingo — it was a close battle. Some of you loved tangerine’s vibrance and retro quality, like blog reader flowergirlcraft: “Tangerine….lets bring back the 60′s . Looks like retro is in,” she says.  But others were equally smitten with flamingo: “It’s a nice combination of orange and pink blended together that gives a bold statement, but it’s soft enough to stand on its own,” says blog reader Butterfly45. And some of you even thought they looked great together. (We agree…just look at this living room!)

Society Social Bar Cart in Pink and Orange Living Room

Image Courtesy Society Social

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February 2015 Color of the Month - HGTV Design Happens

In honor of Tangerine’s win, here are some surprising new ways to use the color — for this month and beyond.

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