Farima Alavi

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

Farima is an assistant 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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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Brian Thompson of Thompson Custom Homes included a rustic chandelier in this outdoor dining space for an elegant touch while dining alfresco.

Rustic Outdoor Dining Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Aparna is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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I decided to grow my own vegetable garden a couple of years ago — and despite a lot of trial and error (and I mean a lot) — I’m pretty happy with it. Kale is a new and favorite addition to my garden this year— it’s crazy and a little scary how different fresh veggies taste. So, what about you? Have you tried your hand at vegetable gardening?

If you plan to start a vegetable garden this year, your best option is a raised garden bed. A raised bed prevents weeds and some pests from reaching the soil while providing good drainage. Plus, it extends growing season because soil above ground is warmer, and it prevents gardeners from straining their backs.

Raised Garden Bed

Making a raised bed is really easy — if I can do it, you can do it! All you need are a few tools and landscape wood. I had my local home improvement store cut wood to size. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to build your own bed. Get the full instructions here>>

And to help you get started on planting, follow our easy steps on how to grow potatoes, which grow best through summer. Get the full instructions here>>

Happy Gardening!

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Can you guess which type of lighting belongs in this outdoor dining room?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. 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 26, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 27, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. 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. Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz placed a woven panel made of thin wood above this outdoor dining room to keep guests cool.

Outdoor Dining Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Dee L. is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. Congrats!

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Can you guess which covering belongs in this outdoor dining 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 this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. 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 19, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 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: $50. 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. Landscape designer Jamie Durie put a Buddha statue front and center to create a Zen-inspired outdoor room.

Asian-Themed Outdoor Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Gertrude is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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We’ve got you covered on what cocktails to make for St. Patrick’s Day, so now it’s time to figure out other details of your party. Most of you probably don’t throw a party for this popular drinking holiday, but you may change your mind after looking through our Irish-inspired recipes. Plus, it’s fun to think of an excuse to throw a shindig!

Naked Rainbow Layer Cake

Naked Rainbow Layer Cake

Impress guests by making this easy naked layer cake — the rainbow layers double as something sweet and as an eye-catching centerpiece (Sorry, there isn’t a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow).

Get the Recipe>>

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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Can you guess which garden feature 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 this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV mug and HGTVGardens.com plant markers. 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 12, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Okay, so I obviously didn’t take these photos at a beachside cabana, but I imagine this cart fitting in perfectly on an exotic beach. I stocked the bar with the essentials — libations, glasses, stirrers and lemon and limes. A nifty carafe keeps white wine chilled and frees up the ice bucket for other drinks.

 

Beachside Cabana Bar Cart

To give it a beachy feel, I made a CHEERS banner using wrapping paper, glittery miniature clothespins and scrapbook paper in coastal-inspired colors. I kept the bottom level simple, filling the ice bucket with sparkling water and the acacia wood wine holder with a few bottles of choice.

Outdoor Bar Cart Banner

A few simple additions include a square jar filled with seaglass and books on — you guessed it — cocktails and beer.

Outdoor Bar Cart Sea Glass

However, I think the bright polka-dot straws in a gold pencil holder steal the show because of the bright contrast. I filled a gold candle holder with disposable stirrers, while a simple tray holds the lemons and limes. I filled a small wood serving tray with sand and topped it with crisp white bowls filled with one of my favorite snacks, Goldfish Crackers. To finish the look, I placed fresh flowers on one end of the cart and artwork on the other end. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

Beachside Cabana Bar Cart

How can you make your next party sizzle? Shop Target’s newest spring decor and entertaining products (available in store and online now) to bring coastal inspiration and create a summer beach house look with a little French Riviera.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Deborah Wecselman paired multi-colored honeycomb-patterned wallpaper with pillows featuring inspiration words to create a funky teen bedroom.

Funky Teen Bedroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rosie is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, a gray HGTV zip-up sweatshirt (size L) and an HGTV mug. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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