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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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.

SEE THE OPTIONS + CAST A VOTE

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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

Here’s the final tally:

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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Is there anything more glorious than the weekend? Sure, all of us at HGTV write and blog about beautiful things, DIY projects and amazing makeovers all week long, but the weekend is when we take that inspiration home. We repaint that bargain estate sale table, find out how to really organize that junk drawer, try a new pancake recipe and (maybe) even try a project from our endless Pinterest boards.

That’s why we decided to share our to-do list with you. Every Friday, we’ll share a few easy projects we’re planning to tackle over the weekend, from cleaning hacks to simple crafts to gardening ideas to cocktail recipes. Then, we want to hear from you: If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own) tag your photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll share some of our favorite photos right here on Design Happens.

Here’s what’s on tap for this weekend:

Clean This: The Fridge
What’s lurking in the back of the refrigerator? Some expired olives or some spilled jelly, perhaps? Well, we’ve got you covered with some quick cleaning solutions that will keep it looking (and smelling) fresh.

Clean Out the Refrigerator the Easy Way With Tips From HGTV

Kitchen Design by Mark Williams

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As a midcentury modern design fan, I’ve always dreamed of traveling around the country with a vintage travel trailer in tow. Just picture sipping on a martini outside this stylish 1961 Holiday House trailer:

1961 Pink Holiday House Trailer on HGTV's Design Blog - Design Happens

1961 Pink Holiday House Trailer; Image Courtesy OldTrailer.com

And I’m not alone: Preserving, restoring and enjoying these pieces of history is a growing trend. One amazing place to see these beauties? The Vintage Travel Trailer Show, taking place February 21 and 22 as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week, will showcase 40+ midcentury “tin cans.” Can’t make it to California? Here are some inspiring vintage trailers perfect for Wednesday dreaming.

Adorable Vintage Trailers That Will Make You Want to Hit the Road Immediately

Image Courtesy Vintage Revivals

The Nugget: Mandi of Vintage Revivals completely transformed this tiny, run-down camp trailer, from the midcentury-inspired exterior pattern to the updated cabinetry to the yellow stovetop. See Every Detail Here >>

Vintage Camper Kitchen - See More Vintage Trailers at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

Image Courtesy Vintage Revivals

6 MORE MUST-SEE VINTAGE TRAILERS

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February is all about love. And what do we love here at Design Happens? Finding out what you, our dear readers, adore. That’s why we decided to ask for your help to choose our top hue again this month. This month’s contenders: Cheery tangerine vs. feminine flamingo.

HGTV Color of the Month February 2015

Option 1: Tangerine
HGTV editor Shannon (a Color of the Month newbie) wowed us with her pitch for bright, cheery tangerine. Her color inspiration? A bright orange La Cornue professional range spotted on her recent visit to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. (We’re kind of obsessed!) This bright, cheerful hue adds a juicy punch even in small doses, from the inside of a kitchen cabinet to a modern armchair.

Tangerine Midcentury Rocker

Option 2: Flamingo
We were equally smitten with Briana‘s pitch for flamingo pink. A slightly pinker take on coral, this Strawberry Ice-meets-guava shade feel fresh when used in home accessories, on the walls and in large-scale rugs. It’s also delicious…in a cookie or a fresh fruit smoothie.

HGTV Color of the Month - Flamingo

So, which hue is your favorite?

CAST YOUR VOTE NOW

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Guys sometimes get a bad wrap for buying Valentine’s Day gifts at the last-minute, but hey, ladies are procrastinators, too. (Read: me.) If you’re scrambling for the perfect gift, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 thoughtful gifts you can make or buy just in time.

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys

01. Whiskey Stones. Perfect for the scotch or bourbon enthusiast in your life, these rocks let him chill his drink without watering it down. Bonus points if you throw in rocks glasses or a bottle of his favorite brand.

02. “Attracted to You” Printable Card. Maybe your dude is lovably nerdy. Appeal to his punny nature with this scientific explanation for your magnetic attraction. Buy the design online, then print the template on cardstock.

03. Framed Album Covers. For the audiophile, look no further than these framed vinyl album covers. Search vintage store shelves for quirky or classic album covers, then frame in a basic black craft-store frame. Or, scan one of his favorites and print on cardstock.

04. Top Hat & Mustache Cufflinks. Does your guy love wearing vintage three piece suits? Is there a monocle on his dresser? These vintage-inspired cuff links are for him.

05. Breakfast Pizza. Okay, really, what guy wouldn’t love pizza for breakfast? Use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, then top with sauce and his favorite toppings and a sunny-side up egg. Done and done. See how Marianne makes her own.

Have a go-to last minute gift? Tell us in the comments below.

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When it came time to pick this month’s featured color, we were stumped. So, we asked for your help! We tallied up the votes, and your pick for January 2015′s color of the month is…

HGTV Color of the Month 2015

Blue Paisley! This beautiful, bohemian color won by a landslide. Here’s the final vote breakdown:

HGTV January 2015 Color of the Month

What helped you decide? Some thought that merlot just didn’t suit January. “Blue Paisley seems like a January color while Merlot seems more February,” says Courtney R. on HGTV’s Facebook page. Some thought Merlot’s time had passed: “We have shades of reds and greens for the holidays in December. So blue is the way to go!,” says blog reader Linda.

Blue Paisley Living Room With Built-In Bookshelves

Design by Ann Lowengart

Some were swayed by thoughts of toes in the sand. “In winter everyone wants a little Caribbean waters in their life! At least I DO,” says blog reader Donna. Blog reader Sheryl agrees: “Blue blue blue, reminds me of a warn breeze blowing off the Caribbean Sea, while I’m sipping a glass of red wine in the frozen tundra,” she says.

Blue Paisley Powder Room With Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Design by Ann Lowengart

And some had decorating potential on their minds. “Merlot is to hard to color match for accessories. Blue is a nice summer by the sea color all year round,” says blog reader Marnie.

Blue Paisley Room WIth Built-In Daybed

Design by Jeff Troyer and Associates

Congratulations, Blue Paisley! Visit our Color of the Month Pinterest board to see more ways to use this beautiful hue.

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If you’re a regular reader, you know we get pretty, ahem, heated about our color of the month pitches. (We aren’t above wearing our colors, offering up color-coded sweets or packing our Pinterest boards with puppies and cocktails.) So for January’s color pick, something amazing happened: We agreed. We all loved two colors: Merlot and Blue Paisley. That’s why we’re asking you to cast a vote to help us decide.

HGTV Color of the Month January 2015

OPTION 1: BLUE PAISLEY
Briana pitched this bohemian blue, which is the Pittsburgh Paints 2015 Color of the Year. We love this cool, saturated color on all four walls, paired with color-wheel opposites like orange or in monochromatic spaces, like this blue-on-blue bedroom:

Blue Paisley Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn on HGTV.com

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

The name nods to paisley patterns and a cool, relaxed vibe we love. See Briana’s full inspiration board >>

OPTION 2: MERLOT
Jessica and Mallory teamed up to give us this lovely wine-hued pitch. A play on Pantone’s 2015 pick, Marsala, we prefer the saturated, purple undertones of this shade to the reddish-orange Color of the Year. Just like a good glass of wine, this color is rich and juicy splashed across a velvet sofa, paired with cool blues or even on the ceiling:

Merlot Bedroom on HGTV's Photo Library

It’s not quite Marsala, and not quite plum. See Mallory and Jessica’s whole inspiration board here >>

It’s a battle of red vs. blue:

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Now it’s time to cast a vote! Which color do you love for January 2015? We’ll do a final vote tally at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16.

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Can you believe that the new year is just one day away? Start 2015 on a high note by spending day one with all your HGTV favorites. You bring the mimosas, we’ll bring a day full of premieres and a live Twitter party featuring Jonathan, Drew and lots more stars. Here are 6 reasons to spend the day with us this January 1.

The Property Brothers - HGTV All Premiere New Year - #HGTVNewYear

1: Live Coverage of the Rose Parade
The fun starts at 11 am/10c with the Rose Parade, live and commercial free, hosted by Jonathan and Drew Scott and Josh Temple.

2: Escape to Paradise
It’s a little cold and gray outside, right? HGTV has the cure — all-new episodes of your favorite getaway shows, from Beachfront Bargain Hunt to Half-Price Paradise to Caribbean Life. Check out the TV Schedule for a full rundown.

3: Have a (Twitter) Party With Your Favorite Stars
From Chip and Joanna Gaines to HGTV’s Cousins Anthony and John to Flip or Flop‘s Tarek and Christina, all your favorite hosts will be tweeting along with the day’s premieres. Join in the fun by following and using #HGTVNewYear on Twitter. See the full guest list here.

4: See Your Tweets on HGTV!
Remember that #HGTVNewYear hashtag? Use it while you watch and you could see your tweet on the air. We’ll be sharing favorites from HGTV fans all day long.

5: See Exclusive Photos on Instagram
Follow HGTV on Instagram to see exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Rose Parade, HGTV stars’ New Year’s Day traditions and more.

6: Step Inside HGTV Dream Home 2015
After a day full of dreamy premieres, it all culminates with the HGTV Dream Home 2015 tour. Tour every inch of the Cape Cod-style home on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with host Matt Muenster, then visit HGTV.com to take a photo tour and enter for a chance to win it.

Get more information at HGTV.com/New Year. See you there!

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Holiday decor is typically dominated by the classic seasonal colors: Think red, green, royal blue, silver and gold. (Cue the Burl Ives Christmas classic.) But for this year’s HGTV Holiday House, our designers wanted to create an unexpected color palette that was still evocative of the season. The colorful anchor in this season’s design? Cool, crisp lavender.

Christmas Tree

We loved it so much, we also chose lavender as our December Color of the Month. See how this color shines when paired with plum and silver on a white Christmas tree? It also brightens up a holiday door in this ADORABLE yarn-ball wreath. Since the tone-on-tone design uses non-traditional holiday color, you can leave it up until the first signs of spring!

Yarn Ball Wreath DIY on HGTV.com

Though lavender is typically thought of as a spring color, it has lots to offer year-round. The Holiday House designers chose a hue with a gray undertone to pair with weathered barn wood siding, a sleek stainless-steel mantel and gray furnishings.

Lavender Painting on Barn Wood Siding

Lavender also offers a fresh alternative to traditional holiday table and party decor. Whip up a batch of our dollar-store napkin rings, then bring them back out for your late-winter or spring bash.

Or, use up leftover holiday baking cups to create an unexpected, ombre wall installation:

HGTV.com DIy Baking Cups Art With Lavender

Do you try new holiday color schemes, or stick with traditional hues? Tell us in the comments below.

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Along with the rest of the Internet, we’ve been smitten with all things pumpkin spice for a couple of months now. First Trevor gave a recipe for the perfect pumpkin spice latte. Then Kayla explored lesser-known pumpkin spice possibilities, like cookies, doughnuts and punch. Yes, punch!

But with a November chill in the air, it’s time to take pumpkin spice off of the table and onto the walls, or the sofa, or the throw pillows. Why? A warm orange hue with a hint of creamy beige will refresh every room. Here are some of our favorite ways to use this hue, just in time for Thanksgiving sprucing.

Susan Anthony - Orange Ginko Bedroom Wallpaper

Design by Susan Anthony

1: In the Guest Room
This muted orange shade has a rare color quality: It’s both calming and bold. That makes it an ideal candidate for a guest room makeover. Here, designer Susan Anthony topped the pumpkin-hued walls with an organic ginko leaf stencil. Not ready for orange walls? Add interest to a gray room with an orange throw or floral curtains.

Gray and Orange Bedroom by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

5 More Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice

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Have you noticed that chill in the air? Next week marks the official start of fall, and that means it’s time to layer, layer, layer: Think soft rugs, cozy throws and bedding to keep your toes toasty all night long. That’s why we’ve partnered with luxury linen brand Coyuchi to offer one lucky reader the chance to upgrade their bedding with a (free!) set of super-soft flannel sheets.

Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets

The thick, soft-to-the-touch sheets are made of organic cotton sourced and woven in Portugal. The lucky winner will receive his or her choice of color and size (twin, full, queen or king.) Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Do you swap out your bedding for fall? What’s your favorite way to do a seasonal update?

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 3:00 p.m. ET on October 17, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on October 20, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $198.00 to $348.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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This month’s color pick comes from a very important part of our Color Team: YOU! In our recent Color Vs. Color challenge, we pitted past Color of the Month picks against each other and asked you to choose a favorite by repinning your favorite palette. The clear favorite? Coral had more than 1,200 repins, and Pinterest fan Fran says it was “Warm, cool and calm, all at the same time.”

Fran, we agree! While coral is typically considered a summer color, it’s equally chic in fall interiors. That’s why we decided to pick your all-time favorite shade as our October Color of the Month. Read on for 8 fall-perfect ways to use this hue.

Coral and Mustard Yellow Living Room

Design by Jeffers Design Group

Coral + Mustard Yellow
Coral walls wrap up this living room designed by Jeffers Design Group like a warm, stylish blanket. Adding cheery mustard yellow and taupe furniture, all with the same color value, creates a bright room that’s still livable.

Coral and Gold Leaf Banner

Leaf Banner By A Fabulous Fete

Coral + Gold
As the days grow shorter, metallic accents help reflect light around your space. That’s why cheery coral and bright gold are such a winning fall color combination. Update traditional takes on fall leaf crafts with this gold-and-coral garland from A Fabulous Fete, perfect for a mantel or even a fall wedding.

Design by Hilary Thomas

Coral + Plum
Swap out summery aqua for dusty plum to create a soft, romantic palette that’s perfect for fall, as featured in this living room designed by Hilary Thomas.

5 More Coral Color Combos

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Ariane! Come back October 17 for another great giveaway.

While others are busy lamenting the (unofficial) end of summer, I’ll admit I can’t wait for fall. Summer is great, sure, but fall has a lot going for it, too: perfect temperatures, brilliantly-hued leaves, hearty soups and stews and cozy fall decor updates.

Since evening light is dwindling and we’ll all be spending more time indoors, this is the perfect time to add style overhead with an updated light fixture. That’s why we partnered with Lights.com to give one lucky reader this industrial take on the classic Sputnik light fixture:

Sputnik Chandelier - Lights.com

This trendy twist on vintage lighting would look great atop a dining table or kitchen island, in an entryway or as the focal point of a master bedroom. Edison bulbs give this ceiling light a glowy ambiance, while the sleek black finish offers an industrial edge.

Vintage Lighting Ideas - Lights.com

To enter for a chance to win this amazing light fixture, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: How do you, ahem, brighten up your home for fall?

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 9:00 a.m. ET on September 12, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on September 15, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $240.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Labor Day marks the unofficial start to fall, and that got our Color Team thinking about the cooler days ahead: Think plush faux fur throws, soft rugs and steamy mugs of tea. So when Briana pitched luxurious Earl Grey, we were dreaming of crisp fall mornings. And with oppressively humid weather still afoot here at HGTV’s Tennessee headquarters, we were hooked.

Similar to Pantone’s featured fall shade Cognac, Earl Grey is the design equivalent of a cozy blanket: A dose of this color lends warmth to everything from headboards to walls to bedding.

Neutral Bedroom With Leather Headboard

Design by BAMO,Inc.

A neutral with an edge, this purple-grey color plays well with fall hues like rich burgundy, soft orange, blush pink and deep lavender, making it the ideal base hue to tie together a chic fall wedding or flower arrangement:

Fall Party Favors, Designed By Manvi Drona-Hidalgo for HGTV

Fall Party Favors, Designed By Manvi Drona-Hidalgo for HGTV

This hue lends an air of luxury anywhere it is used, from the slightly iridescent curtains to the soft faux fur rug in front of this nursery’s crib.

Nursery Design by Charles Neal

Design by Charles Neal

So, what say you? Will you use Earl Grey in your fall decor? Tell us in the comments below.

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By now, you’ve probably heard that our August “Color” of the Month is….Watercolor! This cool, organic technique is the perfect antidote to summer’s oppressive heat. It’s also a great technique to experiment with…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Here are five DIY projects that embrace the flowy, unpredictable look.

Make Your Own Watercolor Flower Plates - HGTV.com
WATERCOLOR FLORAL PLATES

These stunning plates may look like something you’d buy at that expensive, boho-chic store we all love, but trust me, you can totally do this! With plain white plates, some brightly-colored porcelain paints and a few simple techniques, it’s easy to create your own custom set.
Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Tie-Dye Pillows
SHARPIE-DYED WATERCOLOR PILLOWS
This project is too cool not to try. As Marianne demonstrated in a recent HGTV Crafternoon episode, you can easily create a watercolor effect on a cotton pillow cover using nothing more than colorful permanent markers and a spray bottle of alcohol.
Get step-by-step instructions here >>

How to Make Your Own Marbled Votives With Nail Polish on HGTV.com

Nail Polish-Marbled Votives by Chelsea Costa

NAIL POLISH-MARBLED VOTIVES
Marbling — mixing several colors of paint on top of water before dipping an object — creates a similar flowy effect. This technique can be used on paper or fabric, but one of the simplest ways to experiment? Nail polish! Choose the colors of your choice and see how simple it is to customize plain glass votives for your next party.
Get step-by-step instructions for the marbled votives here >>

Watercolor Floral Notecards - Make Your Own on HGTV.com

MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR NOTE CARDS
Bring the look of blooming summer flowers inside with beautiful watercolor paintings to use as wall art or greeting cards. These step-by-step instructions make it simple to create professional-looking results.
Get the step-by-step watercolor note card instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Party Supplies on HGTV.com

CREATE CUSTOM WATERCOLOR PARTY SUPPLIES
This is my favorite project of the bunch: Marianne started these fun party decorations by painting one herringbone design. Then, she scanned and printed the design to create one fun, cohesive set of party decor — all while doing the work just once.
Get step-by-step instructions for the watercolor party decor here >>

Have you tried watercolor techniques at home? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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August is what I typically think of as the “dog days of summer:” week after week of hot, humid weather. So,when our color team met for our August session, it was with frozen drinks and ocean breezes on the brain. If you, too, are suffering through often-oppressive temperatures, our August Color of the Month is sure to offer some visual relief: Alyssa wowed us with her pitch for drippy, organic watercolor patterns.

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Via Interiors By Studio Mom

Yes, we’re breaking tradition again this month (it is summer, after all.) Just think of this month’s “color” as the design equivalent of a dip in the swimming pool. So refreshing, don’t you think?

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Wall Design by Black Crow Studios

This technique has been bubbling up through the design world for several seasons, in both more structured ombre-inspired wall treatments, and totally organic designs like this one created by the watercolor masters at Black Crow Studios. These dreamy, drippy patterns would be an unexpected (but totally amazing) element in a traditional beach house, or a natural in a colorful, bohemian bedroom.  Not ready for walls? Try a bright, swirled bedspread instead:

Via Interiors by Studio Mom

Another lovely iteration of this trend? Watercolor-inspired florals, like these pieces spotted on Society Social.

Society Social Chair With Watercolor Pillow

Large-scale, loosely-drawn flowers are a modern take on smaller-scale florals popular in the ’80s and ’90s. This version of the trend is simple to incorporate at home, too — a throw pillow or window treatment is all you need to add a cool, current pattern.

Or, try your hand at watercolor designs and create a one-of-a-kind art piece…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Are you a fan of watercolors in design? Tell us in the comments below.

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