Farima Alavi

"I like a world where fashion and design collide."

Farima is the entertaining editor for HGTV.com. Aside from her job, she loves fashion, playing with her rambunctious Yorkie, Rosie, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. She lives in a house where she is patiently learning how to "fix" things.

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Last week, we asked if you preferred a traditional or Mediterranean sunroom. This traditional room was the clear winner, with 77 percent of the votes.

Traditional Sunroom With Classic Color Combo

Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

Most of you agreed the furniture and classic colors felt more like a sunroom should. “The traditional room has a peaceful feeling. When I’m in a sunroom I want to relax,” HGTV fan Nancy said. To get a similar look in your home, follow our tips below.

Classic Color Combo

Traditional Sunroom With Floral Chairs and Striped Drapery

Traditional rooms often feature neutral color palettes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The key: Go with classic color palettes. Combine navys and reds or peach and green tones in damask and floral patterns. Pair the fabric with rich wood or plain white furniture to complete the classic look.

Warm Flooring

Traditional Sunroom With Rug

Traditional style is all about comfort. If your sunroom has concrete or tile flooring, warm it up with a large area rug.

Natural Light

Traditional Room With French Doors

Design by Elinor Jones

Traditional style reflects that of French countryside. Glass or French doors will add a traditional touch, along with plenty of natural light.

Timeless Pieces

Symmetrical Living Room

Design by Julie Dodson

Accessorize with intricate furnishings that stand the test of time. Oil paintings, ornate pieces, fringe accents and symmetry are key in accomplishing a traditional look.

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One of my favorite things about blogging for HGTV is reading our fans’ design tips and preferences. Since we love hearing from our fans (you!), we’re starting a new series called Room Vs. Room. Twice a month, we’ll feature a poll where you can choose which design you love best. Then, we’ll give tips and tricks on recreating the winning design’s look in your own home.

We’re kicking the series off with sunrooms. Do you prefer a more traditional route with comfortable furnishings and classic colors, or would you rather take a more vibrant approach with a global design like Mediterranean? Vote in our poll, then tell us in the comments which design you chose and why.

Room vs. Room: Sunrooms

Come back next week to see the final tally!

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Design Star Meg Caswell  transformed this enclosed patio into a bonafide backyard complete with astroturf, potted plants and topiaries. A tropical outdoor bar cozies up to the grill, while seating comes in many shapes and sizes: woven floor cushions, a hammock or an extra-long outdoor sectional.

Outdoor Patio With Astroturf

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Jacob D. is the winner of a $100 gift card from Zazzle.com. Congrats!

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Jennifer H.!

Believe it or not, Easter is the second highest candy-consuming holiday in America — right behind Halloween, of course. It’s no wonder, with several popular candy brands featuring Easter editions every year. Who wouldn’t love egg-shaped chocolates covered in pastel-colored candy coating? If you aren’t quite sure which candy to fill your kids’ (or your own) baskets with this year, we’ve listed our favorites you can buy — or if you’re feeling ambitious — DIY!

DIY: Chocolate Coconut Candy

These white- and dark-chocolate covered coconut balls have a delicious filling made with real raspberries. Place them in your kid’s Easter basket, or wrap them in cellophane for guests to enjoy after Easter brunch.

Chocolate Coconut Candy

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jacob D.!

Can you guess what seating belongs in this outdoor room?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a $100 gift card from Zazzle.com. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 April 1, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $100. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Stephanie G!

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 third installment: Spring organization products that will make the most of your home’s storage space. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some supplies to organize your home.

We’ve shared our favorite cleaning products with you, so now it’s time to get organized. I absolutely do not like organizing, which is a little embarrassing for me to admit. I can never quite get a good grasp on how to be organized or what products to use to maximize storage and functionality. I corralled my most organized friends to help me come up with a list of products they can’t live without and that make organizing a fun less daunting task.

Fun Organizing Products

1. Mark Brothers Cable Labels: Identify your cords in the cutest, quirkiest way with these little clip-on guys. Each clip-on comes with a label sticker, so you won’t be left guessing which cord belongs to what electronic. ($14.00)

2. Jonathan Adler Collapsible BinsStore your clutter in style with these boldly-patterned storage bins by Jonathan Adler. The designs will transform your shelves into a statement piece, and you can collapse them when not in use. ($20)

3. Fox Paper Clip Holder: Made of solid mahogany wood, this adorable creature is a fun addition to your home office desk. Its magnetic body keeps paper clips easily accessible in one area, so you don’t take up an entire drawer. ($19.95)

4. Grocery Bag Dispenser: I’ll admit, I keep my grocery bags in a narrow cabinet in my kitchen. A grocery bag dispenser would be much more practical since it fits nicely in a pantry or storage closet, and only requires tape or screws to mount on the wall. It’s easy to use and saves storage space, not to mention, its sleek design works with any style home. ($10)

5. Rakku Shoe Wheel: It may not look like it, but this wheel can store up to 30 pairs of shoes without taking up too much precious floor space. I imagine myself spinning the wheel every morning, and picking a random pair of shoes to plan my outfit around. That’s one fun way to start the day! ($71)

6. Hair Accessories Organizer: By the time I get ready in the mornings, it looks like a tornado ripped through my bathroom. I need several hair products to tame my unruly waves, so this all-in-one hair accessories organizer would be perfect for those in the same boat. It even comes with an outlet, so you can directly plug-in your hot tools.

Are you ready to get organized? We’re offering one winner HGTV office supplies (includes notebooks, pens and push pins) to help organize your home office. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite go-to product or tip that helps you stay organized?

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 30, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015. 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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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. Designer Tobi Fairley brought depth and grandeur to this contemporary bedroom with a deep navy blue ceiling that creates a celestial contrast with the brass chandelier.

Grand Master Bedroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Ashley is the winner of  lavender-scented room and linen mist, citron and crushed basil-scented reed diffuser, and seashells potpourri from Hillhouse Naturals. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ashley!

Can you guess which lighting belongs in this bedroom?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win lavender-scented room and linen mist, citron and crushed basil-scented reed diffuser, and seashells potpourri from Hillhouse Naturals. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 26, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $83. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Patsy!

Can you guess which pillows belong in this houseboat living area?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win two 18×18 throw pillows of their choosing from KESS. You don’t have to guess correctly to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 18, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 19, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $85. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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I’m not a huge fan of stout beer, but I’ll tell you what I do love — food infused with stout. Up until recently, I didn’t know it tasted so delicious as a food ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. This St. Patrick’s Day, go beyond the bottle and incorporate stout in everything you’re serving at your party.

Salted Stout Caramel Popcorn

Salted Stout Caramel Popcorn

Stout enhances the crunchy, salty taste of this homemade caramel popcorn. Serve it alongside beer or Irish whiskey to bring a true pub feel to the party.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option BDesigner Sarah Richardson didn’t want to take away from the floor space, so she designed the storage as close to the ceiling as possible. The shelved cabinets run horizontal above the washer/dryer unit and provide the perfect place to hold towels and other laundry essentials.

Bright, Cheerful Laundry Room

We chose one person from the comments, and Christi is the winner of a Honeywell table fan and a portable USB fan. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Christi!

Can you guess what type of storage belongs in this laundry room?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a Honeywell table fan and a portable USB fan. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 11, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 12, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $55. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Jamie Herzlinger incorporated a custom black Art Deco-inspired trim to create a one-of-a-kind look. The marble countertop is also used to frame the mirror, creating a cohesive look.

Ultra-Feminine Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Nadia is the winner of an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Nadia!

Can you guess which vanity belongs in this bathroom?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. You don’t have to guess correctly to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 4, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 5, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $55. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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To say I love peanut butter would be an understatement. My life motto might as well be “When life hands you a recipe, add peanut butter to it.” In honor of National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, I share my favorite recipes (aside from the obvious peanut butter pie, of course) where this rich, creamy ingredient is the hero. You won’t be disappointed, fellow peanut butter lovers!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Food Network

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network

You can’t go wrong with something classic and simple. This recipe requires an entire cup of smooth, creamy peanut butter that will make your tastebuds happy. Get the full recipe here>>

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I’m probably not the only one out there that’s feeling the winter blues (This does not apply to you, California folks!). Unfortunately, the groundhog saw his shadow, so it looks like we have a little more than two weeks of winter left. Thankfully, there is one solution to bringing some sunshine to these gloomy days — a party! You don’t need an excuse like a birthday, the holidays or a summer barbecue to get your friends together. You can throw one just because it’s winter and you feel like it. Who’s with me? We’ve rounded up our favorite winter party essentials that will keep your guests happy, cozy and ready to party.

Winter Party Guide

1. Sweater Napkin Ring / 2. Glitter Hair Pins / 3. Greek Chili / 4. Winter Sunset Cocktail / 5. Hot Chocolate Party Favors

1. Decorate With This: Sweater Napkin Rings. Knits are an easy, festive way to add warmth to your party decor. If you have a sweater collecting dust in your closet, cut small sections from it and sew the ends together to make cute, upcycled napkin rings. If you know how to sew a button, then this craft will be a cinch. Get 15 more ways to decorate with an old sweater>>

2. Wear This: Glitter Hair Pins. My favorite way to fight the winter blues is through sparkle and color. Dress up your LBD with glitter hair pins. Slide bobby pins on a scrap piece of paper to keep them stable. Apply a thin line of craft glue on top of the pin, sprinkle a generous amount of glitter and allow to dry. You’ll want to plan a grand entrance while wearing this fab hair accessory.

3. Eat This: Greek ChiliKeep your guests happy by filling their bellies with comfort food. One of the easiest hearty meals to make is chili, and today just happens to be National Chili Day. This Greek version makes a big batch, so your guests can go back for seconds…or thirds. I’m not one to judge. Get the recipe here>>

4. Sip This: Winter Sunset CocktailThe combination of coconut-flavored rum, white crème de cacao and coffee-flavored Jamaican rum will warm your guests right up. Go the extra mile by topping it off with warm whipped cream. Get the full recipe here>>

5. Make This: Hot Chocolate Spoon FavorsWinter won’t be over after your party, unfortunately. Send your friends home with delicious hot chocolate spoons, so they can continue the party in their own home. Get the full instructions here>>

Stay safe and warm, friends! What’s on your list of winter party essentials?

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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. The HGTV Smart Home 2013 kitchen’s watery color scheme brings the outdoors in. Designer Linda Woodrum let the beachy locale inspire the island’s tropical turquoise shade that she contrasted with crisp white in the wall cabinets, quartz countertops and glass subway tile backsplash.

HGTV Smart Home Kitchen

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rose is the winner of a Honeywell HeatBud personal heater and MistMate Humidifier. Congrats!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Rose!

Can you guess which island belongs in this kitchen?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a Honeywell HeatBud personal heater and MistMate Humidifier. You don’t have to guess correctly to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 February 25, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on February 26, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $55. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Margie Grace placed a water feature, made from a big copper syrup kettle, to create a serene yet striking focal point in this formal-style garden.

Formal, Lush Garden

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Darla W. is the winner of a $100 gift card from Zazzle.com. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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