Liz Gray

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

Liz is a Senior Editor at HGTV.com. 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 boyfriend 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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On every trip to High Point Market, I try to visit a few new-to-me designer showrooms in addition to old favorites. A standout on my recent trip was Design Legacy, a new-to-the-trade business featuring quirky vintage-inspired pieces, custom fabrics and amazing, inspiring vignettes. Here’s one I loved from this spring’s showing:

The fabric on the sofa and the window treatments features vintage-inspired botanical prints, and the space deftly combines shades of lavender, orchid, emerald and celadon for a pattern-heavy vignette that manages not to look too busy. A loosely-drawn Greek key pattern on the upholstered coffee table complements the romantic florals.

Not into the floral-on-floral look? Try one element, like a large-scale vintage botanical print or one patterned pillow, and see how it infuses spring energy into your home.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Janice! Check back next month for another great giveaway.

On the first warm days of spring, I always look around my home and think “Who picked out all this stuff?”After staring at the same sofa, pillows, blankets and window treatments all winter long, I’m ready for a change that won’t break my budget.  That’s the beauty of slipcovers: They’re an inexpensive way to refresh and renew your home decor with fresh colors and patterns for the new season. Can you believe these armchairs are slipcovered?

Win Free Surefit Slipcovers on HGTV's Design Happens
That’s why we’ve partnered with online slipcover retailer SureFit to give one lucky reader their own home makeover this spring. Read on for more details, and to enter for a chance to win.

Enter for a Chance to Win These Slipcovers

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If you saw my post about High Point Furniture Market’s top trends, you already know that Camille and I spotted lots of decor in both blue and orange on our recent design scout. While many showrooms featured indigo, navy and deep orange, I especially loved fabric and wallpaper company Thibaut‘s interpretation of the color combination.

Spring Color Inspiration on HGTV's Design Happens: Aqua + Coral

Coral and aqua are a classic, coastal take on the blue and orange combination. And how adorable is that quatrefoil-shaped table from Oomph? Combined with white, light blue and gray, this combination is crisp, preppy and perfect for spring.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.

Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled
Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy.  This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.

Agate Decor From Spring 2014 High Point Market
Deep Blue
From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.

Indigo and Navy Blue at High Point Market Spring 2014

Vibrant Orange
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.

Orange Color Trend at High Point Spring 2014 Furniture Market
Shades of Purple
Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.

Radiant Orchid at High Point Market Spring 2014

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With spring days finally upon us, our color team looked outside to find inspiration for this month’s hue. There are so many gorgeous spring blooms, but HGTV Home Studio design intern Catherine captured both the burgeoning pastel trend and spring’s essence in her pitch for Magnolia.

HGTV Color of the Month April 2014: Magnolia

Paper Flowers; Geometric Wall

When we sent our top two color picks to guest editor Nancy Fire for the final vote, she gravitated towards this spring-perfect hue, too. “I’m seeing this color in textiles, hand-painted furniture and fashion. And magnolia works beautifully with copper, which is still trending,” Nancy says.

Meet Magnolia: Your new spring color crush, and our April Color of the Month! Read on for more ways to use this hue.

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Sometimes all it takes is one photo to start a brand new color crush. It happened to me today, thanks to a stunning display of bright purply-pink from Design Addict Mom that popped up on my Instagram feed. She’s dubbed this rose hue “spring’s it color,” and I have to agree. A shade lighter than our March Color of the Month, Orchid, it’s the perfect hue to embrace the new season.

Rose and Mint Kitchen Color Palette

Paired with dark and light shades of gray, it’s a modern take on the classically chic pink, black and white combination. A hint of mint adds more spring freshness. And who could resist that mini vintage-style refrigerator? It’s equally charming atop these pink-glazed eclairs from Sweetapolita.

I don’t think of myself as a “pink person,” but I’ve found that I’ve been more drawn to the color these past few months. Are soft pinks and purples growing on you? Would you add them to your home this season? Let me know in the comments below.

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It’s been a loooong winter, and I, for one, am ready to pack up the heavy blankets and embrace spring color. If the new season has you feeling empowered to tackle a decorating project, HGTV HOME design director and HGTV.com guest editor Nancy Fire is here to help.

She travels around the country and the world in search of the hottest design, color and textile trends to create fresh, inventive collections. I chatted with her about six trends she’s seeing again and again this spring — and the best ways to use them at home.

Watercolor Florals + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Watercolor Florals
Forget your grandmother’s floral wallpaper: The freshest floral fabrics highlight painterly watercolor techniques on a large scale, Nancy says. She spotted this large-scale pattern at Paris’s recent Maison & Objet.  Embrace this easy-to-love trend with a new throw pillow or go big with a new rug or a set of window treatments.

Chunky Knits + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com

Chunky Knits
“I’m seeing lots of textural fabrics with a melange of color, ” Nancy says. Isn’t this bright pink pillow amazing? To keep the chunky knit trend looking sophisticated, choose a single piece — think pouf, pillow or throw — to highlight in your space.

Updated Metallics + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Updated Metallics
Copper is still having a moment, but it’s not the only shiny game in town. The newest metallic pieces feature a mix of color and shimmer, Nancy says: Think sparkling, natural pieces inspired by watercolors, like these plates she spotted during Paris Design Week.

Romantic Pastels + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Romantic Pastels
Pastels and spring go hand in hand, but purples, pinks and romantic hues (including the color of the year, Radiant Orchid) are having a moment all on their own. “I keep seeing more of these romantic, soft, fusion pastels,” Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design paired an ivory headboard with lavender, slate and orchid pillows.

Neutrals With Pop + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Neutrals With Pop

The freshest way to use new neutrals, like warm gray, light pink, army green or even navy? Layer unexpected pops of color on top, Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design mixed ivory and warm gray with bright pink and yellow.

Textured Ceramics + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com

Textured Ceramics
“Ceramics are exploding in the home as accent pieces representing color, texture and scale,” Nancy says. She spotted these large-scale textured vases at Maison & Objet. Grab one of these textured pieces to add an instant update to your coffee table.

What decorating projects are you tackling this spring? Check out our Spring Design Trends collection for more fresh ideas.

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I just returned from a quick trip to Key West, so I have beachy style (and warmer days!) on the brain. So when Target asked Design Happens bloggers to dream up an ideal spring bar cart with a coastal twist, I thought of one word: Simplicity.

As spring days heat up, I love to host small gatherings with just a few friends. Full-size bar carts are gorgeous, but you don’t need to stock a full bar for a casual affair. That’s why I decided to transform one of my favorite side tables into an easy-to-create, affordable bar cart stocked with repurposed items. You may even have most of the materials on hand! Here’s the finished product:

Orange Color Block Pillow

Ready to style your own faux bar cart? Here’s how to do it.

Find the right table. A small table with two or more open levels is ideal for a pint-sized faux bar cart. (This one serves as my bedside table in the cooler months.) Once you’ve shopped your home for the perfect table, move it to your sunroom, deck or patio to give guests easy access to beverages. You can even add casters on the bottom to move it from place to place with even more ease.

Pick a theme. A loose theme ties your bar cart together and helps you choose the cocktail and the decor.  I was inspired by both the hue and the flavor of in-season Meyer lemons. Since I have a lot of red-orange and turquoise pieces in my home, I decided to accent the cart with accessories in those hues.

Tart Pan

Gather the essentials. With your theme in mind, shop your home for essentials. Here are the basics you’ll need to stock your cart:

  • Signature cocktail ingredients
  • 1-2 non-alcoholic beverages
  • Bottled beer (optional)
  • Shot glass or shooter glass for measuring ingredients
  • Container to chill cold beverages
  • Drinking glasses for the group
  • A serving tray
  • A hand towel to clean up spills or drips
  • A piece of art or fabric to display behind the cart

Use what you have. Take a walk around your home and make a mental list of what you already have on hand. Don’t limit yourself to traditional barware: I repurposed a colorful tart pan as a serving tray, and hung a springy scarf as an impromptu curtain. Large terracotta flower pots make fantastic drink chillers. (Choose one without a drain on the bottom.)

More Spring Bar Cart Ideas

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Spring’s official start isn’t for two more days, but I’m already plotting for the new season. Case in point: I’m ready to sit down…outside…at this fresh, whimsical table featured in Lonny (via Mix and Chic.) I love every detail: The painted mint table runner, the unexpected sod placemats and the mix of floral and citrus accents.

Green and Peach Table Setting Color Palette

Blushing pastels (like our February color of the month, Pink Grapefruit) look ever-so-fresh against nearly-neon florals, citrus and springy greens. Once you’ve tried this on your tabletop, it would make a lovely gender-neutral nursery palette.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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If you’ve read my Design Happens bio, you know that I’m slightly obsessed with pie. So, it’s no surprise that I couldn’t let the annual day devoted to pie pass by without a mention. Okay, March 14 is actually devoted to Pi (3.14159, the mathematical constant). But, the best way to pay tribute to the ratio of a circle to its diameter? A slice of pie, of course. (Learn more about the math side of this holiday here.) Here are 3.14 ways to enjoy a slice today.

Celebrate Pie Day With Pie

1. Pi-Shaped Pie: This impressive tribute in the shape of the Greek letter for Pi is stuffed with cherry compote and topped with a lattice crust. Math has never looked so delicious!

Blueberry Pie Recipe

2. Blueberry Pie: If you can’t commit to a custom-shaped pie, how about a classic blueberry model? Use fresh blueberries, and don’t skimp on the lemon zest!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Pie

3: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie: Chocolate lovers, take note: This candy bar-inspired pie is studded with caramel, peanuts, peanut butter and pretzels.Yes, PRETZELS.

Mini Apple Pies

And what’s the .14, you ask? An itsy, bitsy mini pie. Try these petite apple pies, complete with a tiny lattice crust. Or, you know, just snag another sliver of your full-sized version.

Happy Pi Day!

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