Grant Dudley

"I steer clear of burgundy and nonsense."

Grant is the editor-in-chief of Design Happens and digital programming manager of HGTV.com. Despite growing up begging his mom not to ever drag him to another antique store, today his favorite pastime is, of course, antiquing. Grant and his impressive novelty sock collection live surrounded by booty from weekend treasure hunts, bold-colored walls and overpriced lampshades.

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We are all about bringing your outdated spaces current to the modern age. We want you to love your surroundings and we strive to help you make that happen. You know this about us.

When we see orange shag carpet? Our take: “Rip it out!” Old-school floral wallpaper hanging in the bedroom? “Start scraping!” Those pastel-colored kitchen appliances from the 1970′s? “Um, no.”

So, that’s our usual stance at HGTV. But then, THEN — CNN.com introduced us (well, me) to “Time Capsule Houses.” And friends, they’re glorious. They’re so bad, and so wrong — that they’re wonderful. And apparently, there’s a market for them.

“Homes stuck in another century might seem like they’d be difficult to sell,” says CNN’s Henry Hanks. “But some buyers are interested in ‘time capsule houses’ — especially those built in the middle of the 20th century.”

Time Capsule Houses

A home in Kenthorst, Pa. built in 1965.

Time Capsule Houses

A well-maintained mid-century kitchen

Time Capsule Houses

Photos Courtesy CNN.com

My fellow blogger, Liz, pointed out that there’s an actual “retro reno” movement going on out there. Places like Retro Renovation will help you remodel and decorate your home in mid-century and vintage style.

What say you? Can you appreciate this resistance to modernize? Heck, are you someone who would actually purchase one of these homes? Let me know what you think.

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Are you obsessed with interior design? Do you dream about growing your brand? Then pack your bags, because it’s time for camp — Design Camp, that is. Design Camp is a three-day-long meeting of the minds for interior designers, architects, bloggers, artists and trendsetters. The brainchild of celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, this event in Las Vegas is for designers at every level.

Design Camp 2014

Camp begins Tuesday, July 29, with a tour of world class showrooms, meeting and mingling with your fellow campers at a cocktail mixer — as well as meeting your hosts, sponsors and speakers. Bright and early on Wednesday morning, your educational journey will begin with learning to build fundamentals of today’s design processes, tools and trends. Wednesday caps with another cocktail gathering to cement your new relationships with the design elite. Thursday’s schedule forges ahead with the building of design relationships and how to acquire and monetize an envied social presence. The day progresses with invaluable topics about managing and marketing your projects and your brand. Each day of Design Camp provides you with the opportunity to learn and network with the most respected professionals in the interior design business.

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We’re giving three lucky Design Happens readers a chance to win a free ticket* to Las Vegas Design Camp on July 29-31. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This contest’s question: What event are you looking forward to at Design Camp? We’ll choose three random winners next Wednesday, June 18.

*The winner will only receive a ticket to Design Camp; travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the individual.

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 June 11, 2014 and 2:00 p.m. ET on June 18, 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: $1297. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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This week, HGTV HOME Design Director (and former HGTV.com Guest Editor) Nancy Fire is readying herself for SURTEX, the leading design and digital fabric printing trade show that connects designers, buyers and manufacturers from around the world. Nancy, who is also creative director and founder of Design Works International and First2Print — is playing a big part in this year’s event.

Nancy’s companies and SURTEX have come together to create Design A Seat, a campaign that showcases surface design, digital fabric printing and industry connectivity. As so many industries come together May 18th, 19th and 20th, each seat in the campaign will represent one or more of them. The seats are sourced, revamped, DIYed and upholstered with both digitally printed fabric or wovens, each with their corresponding industry in mind. Each seat tells a story. Take a peek at what’s coming.

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The rising cost of gas and the world’s growing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint has sparked exciting innovations in prefab home construction. Showcasing the unlimited possibilities offered by prefab to build stylish, energy-efficient, green houses, Prefabulous World features cutting-edge examples of eco-friendly home design around the globe.

Prefabulous World

The book is available for purchase now.

Stunning photos spotlight a vast spectrum of architectural styles and settings for these houses. The 50 homes in this book fit in beautifully with their natural surroundings and far exceed any preconceptions you may have of prefabricated homes. For each featured house, Koones presents specs, green aspects, energy aspects, challenges faced by the builders and solutions that help these homes achieve new heights of sophisticated and sustainable living.

With floor plans, multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home, and an extensive resource section listing architects, builders, and suppliers, Prefabulous World is a vibrantly illustrated yet practical guide that reveals how living in a beautiful, well-built, energy-efficient home is truly achievable.

And did I mention that Academy Award Winner Robert Redford wrote the book’s foreword? Here’s an excerpt of what Mr. Redford had to say:

“Sheri Koones’s books have inspired professionals and homeowners to consider using prefabrication methods that reduce waste, inherently conserve energy, and limit the need for fossil fuel. This latest book…demonstrates the valiant efforts of builders around the world to use prefab methods to build houses that are not only beautiful but also substantially reduce energy usage and drastically reduce construction waste. I hope these examples will inspire you as they have inspired me.”

Prefabulous World

Beachaus, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada © Courtesy of InHaus Development

Prefabulous World

Casa Locarno, Solduno, Switzerland © Courtesy of designyougo

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Heavy Cream
2 Cups Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Condensed Milk
1 oz (normal jigger) King’s County Bourbon
1 Tsp of Bourbon Vanilla
1 Pinch of Salt

Yield: 1 Quart

Instructions:

1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a large bowl and coat with a small amount of the sugar. Gently muddle the mint macerating it slightly. Add the heavy cream and whole milk to the bowl and stir gently. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the mint steep in the cream mixture overnight. [Alternative: If you want a quicker way to extract the mint you can heat this mixture over the stove for 5 minutes and then move to the next step; however, steeping the mint provides a unique and superior flavor.]

2. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a 4-quart saucepan and discard the mint leaves. Heat the mixture over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining sugar, condensed milk, vanilla, and salt. Heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add the bourbon, and then place the mixture in an ice bath and let cool for approximately 30 minutes.

3. Add the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. We have used a KitchenAid stand mixer with their ice cream attachment here. Setup KitchenAid stand mixer with ice cream attachment (Note: you must leave the ice cream attachment in the freezer overnight for the product to freeze properly). Turn the KitchenAid to the “Stir” setting and pour the cold mixture into the ice cream attachment. The product should begin to thicken within 20-30 minutes and once the attachment begins to slip is when the product is ready to be removed.

4. Remove the product from the mixer into a storage container. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm, about four hours. The flavor contains bourbon so the consistency will naturally be slightly softer than a normal vanilla homemade ice cream, but it should be firm and hold shape when scooped.

**Recipe by Steve’s Ice Cream

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The first rule of real estate is location, location, location — but what happens when a buyer’s only option in the right location is a house with horrible design and a clunky layout? Renovation, design and real estate pros Joanna and Chip Gaines say buy it — then fix it! Fixer Upper is the Texas couple’s new show coming to HGTV Thursday, April 24, at 11pm/10c. The network is excited to have their expertise on television — and, HGTV.com is thrilled to have Joanna as our newest guest editor. Welcome, Joanna!

As with last quarter’s guest editor, Nancy Fire, Joanna will be bringing her fun, expert commentary to Design Happens, adding insight to 2014 design and home remodeling trends throughout HGTV.com, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there.

Joanna Gaines

HGTV.com Guest Editor Joanna Gaines

For you to get to know a little more about HGTV’s new star and our guest editor, we recently interviewed Joanna.

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It’s one of the priciest streets in England with some of the most sought after properties in the country. But behind the doors of many of the mansions on The Bishops Avenue in north London (“Billionaires’ Row”), there is little in the way of opulence or luxury. It is estimated that a third of the homes, worth an estimated $582 million, are in a state of disrepair after lying vacant for decades.

London Mansion

The pricey Heath Hall is on the market for $91million.

Despite their poor condition, the houses remain a safe place for the wealthy to invest their money because of London’s rocketing property values, which rose 11% last year, and because of the road’s reputation as a hotspot for the rich and famous.

London Mansion

A crumbling ballroom in one of the mansions along The Bishops Avenue in north London

Of the homes that are occupied, even those are used infrequently by their owners for short periods each year, with residents complaining that there is little in the way of a ‘community.’

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CNN.com
U.K’s MailOnline

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Boredpanda.com has collected images of some of the most ghostly abandoned places from around the world — every single one of which has its own special charm. On one hand, it’s as if the people in these places just suddenly disappeared. On the other, it’s also intriguing to see how some things that used to belong to people are slowly being reclaimed by nature.

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