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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Interior designer Erica Reitman has a definite design point of view — how can you tell? The tagline of her website (VintageDesign.Me) says it all: “I Will Kick Your House’s Ass.” And that, she does very well. Erica strives to help homeowners make their homes look “bangin’” and when she’s not working her magic in homes across the country, she’s offering up helpful design tips and advice online. As we’ve done in the past, Design Happens dares to go beyond the interior design photos we’re accustomed to seeing and talks to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we’re chatting with Erica Reitman.

Erica Reitman

Erica Reitman of VintageDesign.Me

D-Happ: Tell us about your website.
ER: I created VintageDesign.Me to be a spot online where people can go to get great advice, learn an easy tip, or read about my favorite resources. I really try to stay focused on tangible, real-world value and results, so I don’t do inspiration posts or random mood boards that don’t relate to anything (though I love looking at those things on other people’s sites!). I get how valuable everyone’s time is, so I always want people to come away feeling like: “I’m SO ready to go do this random decorating thing that I’ve never thought about before” after reading one of my posts. I also try to stress that while, of course I’d love for you to hire me to come decorate your home, you really don’t have to because e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e has it in them to put together a great space that makes them smile when they walk through their front door. And yep, I do mean everyone.

Erica Reitman

Design by Erica, Photo by William Brinson

D-Happ: How would you describe your aesthetic?
ER: My overall aesthetic is kind of like a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in 1992. I love, love, love the graphic, colorful design of the 60′s and 70′s, and really dig mixing pieces from that era with newer modern pieces. Big, bold pieces of art make me smile, and vintage anything always gets me revved up — especially if it comes from a flea market or a thrift store. I do tend to lean more toward more masculine interiors, and so I especially love working with guys on “dude designing” their spaces. So I guess my aesthetic is eclectic/vintage/arty/masculine/70′s/chic?

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
ER: My favorite source of inspiration is vintage interior design magazines and books. I recently moved to Los Angeles, and the flea markets here are pretty amazing. So I often find great old issues of Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House and Garden magazines that I buy for a buck apiece and then pore over at home.

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Congratulations, Annette and Angelina!

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade’s Crafters on YouTube (L to R): MegAllanColeCrafts, HGTVCrafternoon, simpleDIYs and Anneorshine

The team over at HGTV Handmade (some of YouTube’s best crafters) had a friendly competition going on with their “White Craft Challenge.” Much like the renowned HGTV Star “White Room Challenge,” where competitors must each decorate an all-white room with very limited supplies, the stars of HGTV Handmade each decorated super snooze-worthy “white” lamps following just two requirements: One, they could only use what they had in their current possession (no trips to the craft store allowed!) and two, when the lamp was finished, it must still be able to function as a light source.

Watch as the crew revealed their completed lamps (then see how you can win them!):

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(You can watch the complete White Craft Challenge Series as it unfolds by visiting the HGTV Handmade channel on YouTube.)

Last week, we gave away Marianne and Meg’s lamps (they’ve already been shipped to their winners!). Today, we’re offering up the lamps crafted by Ann and Julia (below).

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade

Two lucky Design Happens readers will each win a lamp. To enter for a chance to win one, simply leave a comment below. This week’s question: Living room lamps — do you like them to be “matchy-matchy,” or do you prefer them to each have their own look?

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 3:00 p.m. ET on August 1, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on August 4, 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: $50.00. ARV of both prizes: $100.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Congratulations, Ann and Cristina!

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade’s Crafters on YouTube (L to R): MegAllanColeCrafts, HGTVCrafternoon, simpleDIYs and Anneorshine

The team over at HGTV Handmade (some of YouTube’s best crafters) has a friendly competition going on with their “White Craft Challenge.” Much like the renowned HGTV Star “White Room Challenge,” where competitors must each decorate an all-white room with very limited supplies, the stars of HGTV Handmade are each decorating super snooze-worthy “white” lamps following just two requirements: One, they can only use what they have in their current possession (no trips to the craft store allowed!) and two, when the lamp is finished, it must still be able to function as a light source.

Watch as this fun challenge gets underway:

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(You can watch the complete White Craft Challenge Series as it unfolds by visiting the HGTV Handmade channel on YouTube.)

Fortunately for you, both this week and next, we will be giving away the impressive lamps that were created for this competition (two this week, two next week). Today, we’re offering up the lamps crafted by Marianne and Meg (below).

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade

Two lucky Design Happens readers will each win a lamp. To enter for a chance to win one, simply leave a comment below. This week’s question: What boring decorative items have you made fabulous?

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 3:00 p.m. ET on July 25, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on July 28, 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: $50.00. ARV of both prizes: $100.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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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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