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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You guessed correctly if you chose option ADesigner Sarah Richardson placed  a vintage chair and vanity next to the tub to provide a place to linger and prepare for the day.

Traditional, White Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Kathleen M. is the winner of Method all-purpose cleaner and a trio of air fresheners. Congrats!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Kathleen M.!

Can you guess which makeup 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 Method all-purpose cleaner and a trio of air fresheners. You don’t have to answer 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 January 8, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $20. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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New Year’s Eve is the last of the winter holidays, so it may take the back burner to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. The holiday season may have sucked your wallet dry, but you can still throw a dazzling New Year’s Eve party. I have one word for you: upcycling. Save all your glittery Christmas decor to spruce up your NYE party with our easy tips below. It’s all in the details!

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Skip the fancy tablecloth this year, and use leftover Christmas wrapping paper instead. If you don’t have any wrapping paper left, stores have big discounts on Christmas items this time of year.

Learn More Ways to Upcycle

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The wait is over. Today marks the first day you can enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 sweepstakes. You’ve probably already seen gorgeous photos of the Martha’s Vineyard home, but if you haven’t, you must take a look. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in this Cape Cod-style getaway? Enter twice daily — once on HGTV.com and FrontDoor.com — for a chance to win.

HGTV Dream Home 2015

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Cranberry!

Can you guess which holiday decor belongs in this foyer?

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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 ceramic travel mug with a fabric cozy from HGTV HOME. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Type 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 December 17, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 18, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $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 B. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn combined the graphic pattern on the pillow with quatrefoil window treatments for a bold statement. A cube-shaped end table serves dual purpose as a dog bed.

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Elaine is the winner of handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Elaine!

Can you guess which pattern belongs on this throw pillow?

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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 handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. You don’t have to answer 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 December 10, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 11, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $90. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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The holiday season is upon us whether you’re ready or not. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year — casual or formal — our easy tips will help you get party-ready in no time.

Cookie Exchange

Around-the-World Cookie Exchange

Take this traditional holiday party to the next level with an around-the-world theme. Ask guests to use international cookie recipes, serve hot chocolate to accompany the cookies and offer to-go boxes so guests can easily take their favorites home with them.

Easy Tips:

  • Keep the decor to a minimum, such as a pinecone garland and other natural elements.
  • Arrange guests’ cookies buffet style to keep hosting duties to a minimum.
  • Ask guests for their cookie recipes in advance, so you can set out recipe cards the day of your party for guests to take home.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option BStephenie Atkins mixes different textural elements, including a wreath made of old sweaters, vintage bottles and a basket of antique fabric balls to create a sophisticated, wintery theme.

Winter-Themed Mantel

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Joy is the winner of handmade wacky stockings and PetSmart holiday items including a Santa collar, Hello Kitty squeak toy, a rawhide treat bag and more. Congrats!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Joy!

Can you guess what decor belongs on this mantel?

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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 handmade wacky stockings and PetSmart holiday items including a Santa collar, Hello Kitty squeak toy, a rawhide treat bag and more.

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 December 3, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 4, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $70. 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 CCamille Styles upcycled a board as a rustic-themed table runner instead of using a traditional fabric one. Beeswax candles, gourds and wheat sheath place cards keep with the theme while footed urns overflowing with blooms, linen tablecloth, vintage silver and gold-rimmed dishes add sophistication.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Peggy is the winner of a $50 Zazzle gift card. Congrats!

Happy Thanksgiving, and check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Peggy!

Can you guess which centerpiece belongs on this Thanksgiving tablescape?

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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 $50 Zazzle gift card. 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 November 26, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 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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Are you attempting to design a room in your home? Getting started can be daunting. Should you start with an inspiration piece? Should you choose your color palette first? How do you avoid blowing your budget? If you don’t want to commit to an interior designer, turn to Decorist. The Decorist Makeover feature consists of a team of professional designers who will virtually decorate your room based on your budget and style. They create two different design boards with the same style and budget, but with different shopping lists (including links to buy!), so you have plenty of pieces to choose from. They also share top tips to help you decorate your room — all you have to do is send a photo of your current room. Easy peasy!

I thought I’d give their services a try, so I sent them a photo of a — let’s just say — bare master bedroom and nook. I gave a $5,000 budget and asked for a modern vintage vibe with a cozy feel.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom: Before

Master Bedroom Nook Before

Master Bedroom Nook Before

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. By keeping the bedding and wall colors neutral, designer Ashley DeLapp was able to have fun with the black and yellow accent pieces, seen in the pillows, side table and window treatments throughout this eclectic guest bedroom.

Black and Yellow Guest Bedroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Marie H. is the winner of six Chilewich.com Dahlia placemats and coasters in brass. Congrats!

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Can you guess which nightstand belongs in this guest 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 six Chilewich.com Dahlia placemats in brass and six Dahlia coasters in brass, which are perfect for your Thanksgiving tablescape. 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 November 19, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 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: $78. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Karen V.!

Can you guess which menswear pattern belongs on this chair?

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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 espresso set from imusausa.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 November 12, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 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: $19.99. 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 Emily Henderson grounded this living room with a vintage modern navy sofa, creating a cool-toned color story that is balanced out with the warm tones of wood and leather furnishings.

Blue Living Room Sofa

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Larisa B. is the winner of a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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