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 A. HGTV Magazine experts suggest adding window treatments to your outdoor room to create a relaxing indoor feel. Choose white outdoor-proof fabric to allow natural light in while still protecting you from the sun.

Outdoor Patio With Window Treatments

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Amy M. is the winner of a pair of HGTV gardening gloves, plant markers and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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

Can you guess which window treatments belong 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 pair of HGTV gardening gloves, plant markers and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine. 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 July 9, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on July 10, 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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Fireworks are normally the main attraction of a Fourth of July party, but it’s time for the menu to take center stage. It’s easy to come up with creative menu items for this holiday because it’s so festive, and the main course revolves around my favorite — the grill. These patriotic recipes will surely be the talk of your party.

Panna Cotta Shooters

You can’t get any more patriotic than these adorable shooters. Layers of red, white and blue creamy panna cotta and edible gold stars make this a true patriotic treat.

Panna Cotta Shooters

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Laura B.!

Can you guess which type of lighting belongs in this outdoor 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 Weather@Home station from Oregon Scientific, a bluetooth-enabled weather station you can check from your phone so you can get weather alerts instantly. 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 July 2, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on July 3, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $59.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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It’s officially summer, and for some of you that means throwing a Fourth of July party. A patriotic vibe is the first thing your guests will notice, so set the bar high when it comes to decorations. To help you, I’ve rounded up my favorite easy decoration and activity ideas your guests will love.

Paper Flower Wreath

Give your home a patriotic feel even before your party guests walk in the door with a crepe paper flower wreath. Choose unconventional Fourth of July colors like coral, cobalt blue and ivory, or go with the classic red, white and blue hues.

Paper Flower Wreath

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Ombre Party Linens

Dyeing basic white table linens in an ombre pattern is a modern way to show your patriotism. Despite how intricate this looks, these are easy to make.

Patriotic Ombre Party Linens

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Patty Malone hung a Knotted Melati hanging chair to create a cozy sitting nook on this patio. A matching Fermob bar cart provides a convenient spot to store beach towels or beverages and snacks to guarantee fun in the sun.

Hanging Patio Chair

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Nancy is the winner of a sea green round accent table from 55DowningStreet.com. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Can you guess what type of 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 sea green round accent table from 55DowningStreet.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 June 25, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 26, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $79.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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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 an ikat throw pillow from 55DowningStreet.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 June 18, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 19, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $69.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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You’ve done it again — you waited until the last minute to get a Father’s Day gift, and now it’s too late to order his favorite gadget online. If you aren’t the crafty type this can really limit your gift options. Well, what if I told you you could make him an inexpensive, custom gift with zero crafting skills? Yes you heard me correctly — all you need to make the T-shirt below is our free printable pattern and an iron. It’s super easy, and it’s something Dad will love and actually get use out of.

DIY Father's Day T-Shirt

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And if a T-shirt isn’t his thing, use our printable to make him a custom tote bag. Download it here>>

Happy Early Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

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Congratulations to our winner, Rhonda!

Can you guess which coffee table belongs in this masculine home library?

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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 3-tier cookie tray from 55DowningStreet.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 June 11, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 12, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $39.99. 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 A. Designer Liz Williams incorporated cool tones of taupe and blue for a sophisticated look, and laid marble flooring in a chevron pattern to add interest to the neutral room.

Spa-Like Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Marcia is the winner of a round wall mirror from 55DowningStreet.com. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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It’s his turn — time for you to show your favorite guy how much you really appreciate him. The man in your life (whether it be your dad, grandpa or baby-daddy) most likely selflessly gives 364 days out of the year. June 15th is his day to do and get whatever he wants, and we are here to help you make that happen.

Get Him Gifts He Wants

He probably has enough ties — make him the ultimate grilling accessory instead or a personalized catchall tray for him to keep his things at hand.

BBQ Tool Belt

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Congratulations to our winner, Marcia!

Can you guess what type of flooring 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 a round wall mirror from 55DowningStreet.com. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Bathroom Flooring Choices

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 June 4, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 5, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $69.99. 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 C. You would never guess this luxury shower designed by Adam Miller and Mike Mashcmeyer is located outside because of its state-of-the-art fixtures including a multi-head stainless steel shower head.

Contemporary Outdoor Shower

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Sandra is the winner of a box of epoxy products from JB Weld and a complete JAWS cleaning kit. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Can you guess which shower head belongs in this outdoor shower?

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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 box of epoxy products from JB Weld to help with any project around your home and a complete JAWS cleaning kit, which includes four of their best cleaners for all areas of the home. 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 May 28, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on May 29, 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 C. A floating vanity, oval-shaped tub, wood floors and large windows lend a sleek look to this cozy, contemporary bathroom.

Contemporary Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Annette is the winner of a box of epoxy products from JB Weld and a complete JAWS cleaning kit. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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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 a box of epoxy products from JB Weld to help with any project around your home and a complete JAWS cleaning kit, which includes four of their best cleaners for all areas of the home. 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 May 21, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on May 22, 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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