"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.
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.
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.
When we asked which color you loved for February — Tangerine 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!)
Image Courtesy Society Social
Here’s the final tally:
In honor of Tangerine’s win, here are some surprising new ways to use the color — for this month and beyond.
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.
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; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Blue Paisley! This beautiful, bohemian color won by a landslide. Here’s the final vote breakdown:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Design by Charles Neal
So, what say you? Will you use Earl Grey in your fall decor? Tell us in the comments below.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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?
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.
Congratulations to this giveaway’s random winners Melissa, Lorraine and Char. (Check your email!) Come back next month for another great giveaway.
I always feel just a little bit calmer when I step out the door into my garden. Checking on blossom progress, discovering a new vegetable sprout and even, yes, weeding mellows me out. If gardening isn’t your thing, though, there are many ways to make your yard into a sanctuary, like setting a reading bench in the shade or adding a simple decorative outdoor fountain.
For this Freebie Friday giveaway, three lucky Design Happens readers will win their choice from the three fountains below from LampsPlus.com. No backyard? These prizes would make beautiful indoor fountains, too.
To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What summer activity helps you relax or unwind?
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 2:00 p.m. ET on July 11, 2014 and 2:00 p.m. ET on July 14, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $149.95. ARV of all three prizes: $449.85. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932
So when she came to our Color of the Month meeting proposing Stripes as the July color choice, we weren’t surprised, but we were intrigued. After all, stripes are practically synonymous with summer: Think crisp, preppy rooms and nautically-inspired decor. The kicker? More than half of our color team were actually wearing stripes during the meeting — a sure sign that Marianne’s pitch is perfect for the height of the season. Bring on the stripes!
Image Courtesy HGTV Magazine
The wonder of stripes is their versatility. Depending on the color combinations, they can be everything from playful to classically preppy. Vertical stripes in coral, white and blue look playful when painted in varying widths, as seen in HGTV Magazine, while navy and white horizontal stripes in this kids’ room create a soothing, symmetrical look.
Congratulations Sara P. on your win! We hope your cat enjoys his new treats.
Behind almost every Design Happens blogger is an adorable, spoiled pet. Kayla is our resident cat lover with her 4-year-old feline D’Artagnan, while many of the rest of us share our homes with dogs of all shapes and sizes. I love coming home every day to see my Corgi-bulldog mix puppy Miles beaming at me through the window. And if I bring him a new toy? The money I spent is totally worth the look on his face, not to mention the hours of enjoyment we both get as we play fetch or tug-of-war.
This month, we’re giving the fellow cat lovers in our midst the chance to win a prize pack complete with everything needed to delight a favorite cat — and you don’t have to spend a dime! Read on to see what you could win, and enter for a chance to take home this prize pack in the comments below.
One lucky winner will receive:
Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System
1 Bag Purina ONE® SMARTBLEND® Adult Cat Food
Grreat Choice® Ball and Mice Value Pack Cat Toy (18-count)
2 Whisker City® Zebra Meow Cat Bowls
Grreat Choice® Breakaway Shimmer Cat Collar, 1 Pink and 1 Blue
1 Toys R Us Bird Dangle Teaser Cat
1 KONG® Plush Turtle Cat Toy
1 ToyShoppe® Pop-Open Play Cube Cat Toy
1 Cat Lover’s Daily Companion (book)
1 Whisker City® Animal Print Cuddler Cat Bed
To enter for a chance to win this prize, leave a comment below. This month’s question: What’s your pet’s favorite treat, toy or activity?
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 June 20, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 23, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $127.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932