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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Congratulations to Jessica on her Chilewich win!

Continuing right along with our Home for the Holidays franchise, this week the teams at Design Happens and Made + Remade focused their efforts on table settings. Yes, we understand that food is your main priority when you gather friends and family around your table — but, don’t you want all that time and effort spent cooking and baking appreciated not only by taste, but presentation? Let your guests savor their meal surrounded in an inviting atmosphere.

Home for the Holidays Table Setting

This week’s tabletop topics included:

8 Tips for Setting a Festive Table
Make a Holiday Centerpiece (in a Gutter!)
Easy DIY Mercury Glass Votives
Pretty, Rustic Place Card Holders
Hanging Branch Chandelier
Plus: Painted Pine Cone Plaques

Now to our giveaway! You too can have a beautiful holiday table setting with select items from Chilewich (see below). From their collection, we’re giving away 1 Gold Mod Table Runner, 8 Freesia Pink Linen Napkins and 8 Gold Dahlia Placemats/Chargers. Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Do you typically go all-out for your holiday table settings? Or, is that not a top priority?

Giveaways

Left: Table Runner; Center: Linen Napkin; Right: Placemat/Charger

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 9:00 a.m. ET on November 22, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 25, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $211.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Update: Congratulations to Susan, from Georgia, on her Pottery Barn win!

How are you enjoying our Home for the Holidays series so far? This week, our main theme was how to decorate your fireplace and mantel. The projects that the Design Happens and Made + Remade teams put together for this holiday blog franchise are just stunning — and easy! for those of you who think you can’t make anything (you really can!).

We hope these ideas are inspiring you. Stick with us in the coming weeks, we have tons more exciting and beautiful ideas to share.

Home for the Holidays

Thank you to Knoxville’s Botanical Garden and Arboretum for letting us use your facilities.

What have we, along with our friends at DIYNetwork’s Made + Remade shown you so far? Well, let’s recap:

Our Inspirational Moodboard
Create a Festive and Glowing Fireplace (Without the Fire!)
Fireplace Moodboard
Make Your Own Funky Stockings
Bar Moodboard
Dress Up Your Holiday Party Invitations
Dining Table Moodboard
Food and Dessert Table Moodboard
Weekday Crafternoon: DIY Wood-Burned Cheese Board
DIY Felt Ombre Trees
How to Style Your Bookshelves
How to Make Leather-Wrapped Books

Now to our giveaway! Cozy up by your fire this holiday season with a couple of ivory ski-lodge worthy pillows from our friends at Pottery Barn. Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Are you hosting a holiday party this year? Tell us what plans you’ve made.

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 9:00 a.m. ET on November 15, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 18, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $200.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932
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The chill-inducing Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles was built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim and even served as his personal residence for years. The 14,000-square-foot home has quite an extensive resume, too. It has been the eerie filming location for several TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone and FX’s American Horror Story.

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If you peruse HGTV.com, you’ll quickly find that we have thousands of images from designers across the globe. From Modern to English Country, and Eclectic to Traditional — we have all design styles. In the coming months, Design Happens will dare to go beyond the photos and talk to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we asked Richard Gacek, of the Gacek Design Group, eight fun questions.

Designer Richard Gacek

D-Happ: How would you describe your overall aesthetic?
RG: It’s a refined sophistication with a relaxed and classic twist — with simple, clean lines and an earthy modern design style. Natural elements and the architectural form play key roles in my work.

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
RG: OMG – everywhere! My travels abroad in both exotic and European locations have been key. For example, a classic historic Parisian building can inspire natural elements, modern furnishings and linen fabrics. Architecture, history and culture — to me — define classic style and inspire comfortable living. Also, I am inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures that work in harmony with humanity and its environment.

D-Happ: What’s your favorite space/room to decorate in a home?
RG: My favorites are the kitchen and great room (house plans today are open concept). I like to create an experience that addresses the heart of the home — the comfortable place that a family goes to entertain and enjoy each other’s company.

5 More Questions After the Jump

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Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tealight in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house.

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More Halloween DIYs:
Snake Eyes
Hanging Bats
Creepy Raven
Life-Size Ghost

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Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It’s best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.

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