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While they totally look like “high-class peeps” as Matthew said, you wouldn’t want to eat these guys. Megan, closely followed by Amy PureHome, was spot on with “hooks for hanging garments or hats on.” Handmade “birds on a wire” themed decor is huge on Etsy and at indie-craft fairs, but this modern, minimalist Bird on a Wire Coat Rack from Huset is one of my favorites. (They would look perfect in my yellow-themed apartment…wink, wink…friends and family).Bird On A Wire Coat RackIf your home does not have a coat closet, what have you found to be the most stylish and sturdy way to store jackets, purses, keys and such out in the open? (Several readers like featured blogger Erin Loechner’s quirky entryway). If you’re still looking for a coat rack alternative, would you use these guys? We’d love to know.

Tell us in the comment area below.

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You might have heard that words like ”OMG” and “party-crasher” were added to this year’s list of new words in the Oxford-English Dictionary. Now, we at HGTV have another word to add to the list: HGTV’d. Here’s the definition:

HGTV’d (v.)- 1. the act of talented HGTV designers traveling across the country in an 18-wheeler and arriving at the home of a surprised HGTV fan to give them over-the-top transformations of their home: “OMG! Did you hear that the party-crasher down the street was HGTV’d last week?”

HGTV'd Premiere - Get HGTV'd on HGTV

HGTV'd Family Room: Before & After

Tonight, pop some popcorn, invite some friends over and watch the premiere of HGTV’d at 9/8c. You’ll see dull spaces turn into wow spaces, like this now luxurious Regency-inspired family room by designer Kim Myles.

If you have a desperate space in need of a jaw-dropping makeover by an HGTV expert, enter a short video or photos for a chance to see the HGTV’d truck roll down your street and David Bromstad, Sabrina Soto, or who knows who, show up on your doorstep.

HGTV is HGTV'd

We were greeted with a surprise here at our headquarters this morning. Upon entering the building, all of the staff was officially HGTV’d with design vignettes by Bliss Home as seen in these two pics. It was a neat treat (considering we can’t enter the competition).

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Does the thought of sticking to one and only one design style leave you feeling constrained? Are you drawn to rooms featuring an effortlessly layered look that by the nature of  its diversity feels well lived in and full of personality? For me, I’ve always been jealous of my sister and brother-in-law’s home. Somehow they’ve turned what in my hands would be cluttered chaos into an eclectic collage of vintage-modern masterpieces. I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are born with this innate gift (or is it a super power?) for mixing and matching disparate pieces of decor. Design Star winner Emily Henderson and HGTV favorite Erinn Valencich are masters of mix and match. Others of us can learn. If you, like me, adore but are slightly intimidated by this approach to design, then you’re in luck. Mix-and-match is hot right now. And by breaking down an eclectic space design layer by design layer, it’s possible for us mere mortals to pull of this cool trend. Here are four mini-lessons.

1. Farmer Chic, Living Area Designed by Gregory Augustine

Design Happens - Mix and Match - Maculine with Feminine Living Room

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While it still looks like a toy race track to me, it seems this week’s What the…? was a bit too easy because everyone else guessed correctly. We’ll give it to Kate for not only answering first, but also using the exact words. (That makes two weeks in a row that our first guesser was right.)

Chaise Lounge

This funky-looking wood chaise longue is the signature piece of UK artist Tom Raffield who’s a master at bending wood using steam. For almost all of his furniture and lighting fixtures, Raffield incorporates the low energy method of manipulating wood known as steam bending, ”a traditional process steeped in history and culture.” If you’d like to learn more about his work and his commitment to sustainability, check out his gallery, online store and blog.

And remember, if you see an odd object, send it on in at designhappens@hgtv.com.

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The American Breed’s 1968 hit song Bend Me, Shape Me was the first thing that popped into my head when I came across this week’s mystery object. While it may look like a piece of modern art, it’s function is quite practical.

What the...?

Here are two little hints to keep you on track…it isn’t a child’s toy, and it’s too large to fit on a table. Give us your guess. And be sure to check back tomorrow for the big reveal.

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If you tend to need as much extra space as you can get, then this week’s What the. . . ? might be an ideal addition to your living room. What are they? mycreativepath was the first to submit a guess and hers was right. (I’m impressed.) When they’re put away one beneath the other, the tiered levels of these Gianfranco Frattini-designed Cassina stacking low tables appear to be one solid cylinder. One of the coolest aspects of the design is that the laminate tops are reversible. Depending on the day, you can let your mood decide: white or black.

Cassina Nesting Tables - Designer Gianfranco Frattini

Italian designer Frattini started his career in industrial design and is best remembered today as a major player in the Italian design movement of the late 1950s and 60s, as well as for his Boa lamp. If you’ve been looking for a set of tables like these, I found them for sale at 1stdibs.com. For a deeper look at the design of these tables, check out the Cassina gallery on architonic.com.

Don’t forget, we’re always interested to see what strange objects you find. If something sparks your imagination, let us know at designhappens@hgtv.com.

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This year’s theme for National Preservation Month is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” And what better time to embrace America’s treasures than Memorial Day weekend? Desperate to get away for the three-day weekend and haven’t finalized your plans? The National Trust for Historic Preservation website is brimming with cool travel destinations and creative ideas on how you can support preservation like staying at an historic hotel with Jazz Age character. If you’ve already settled on your final destination, why not break up the drive with a stop at an intriguing turn-of-the-century building or historic Main Street. With more than 80,000 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, finding a landmark near you, wherever you are, is easier than you might think.

May - National Preservatioin Month - National Historic Landmarks

(Clockwise left to right) Franklin Battlefield/McGavock Cemetery (Tennessee), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado), The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, Mount Rainier National Park

For those of you staying put (and far from the expected 31 million Memorial Day travelers), why not check out your home town offerings — maybe that Civil War cemetery or Art Deco movie palace tour you’ve always been meaning to see. If your passion is modern design, visit DOCOMOMO. This non-profit with chapters across the U.S. is committed to protecting the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement.

To incorporate National Preservation Month into your own home, check out HGTV.com’s United States of Design. And if you’re interested in helping build up your community, Rebuilding Together and DOCOMOMO are great places to start.

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Got a guess as to this week’s mystery object? It isn’t intended for drumming like it may appear. And to give you a little hint as to scale, I initially thought it was a stack of coasters, but this wouldn’t fit on a kitchen counter.

What the...?

Give it a whirl. We’ll be eyeing your responses for the correct answer. Check back in tomorrow to find out who nailed it first.

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You know if it weren’t so large, I might have been tempted to use this as an umbrella holder like Jessica W suggested. The shape is also reminiscent of a set of Mac speakers I used to own. (Jolene, you must have the same ones.) This week’s What the…? is actually a chair. A sleek and fanciful grown-up take on the Playskool Sit ‘N Spin, if you will, as demonstrated in this video.

Spun Chair

While you probably can’t make music out of this shiny piece of furniture, designer Thomas Heatherwick uses the same metal spinning technique traditionally used to produce the deep copper basins of Timpani drums. Even with its polished, impractical appearance, the Spun chair comfortably rocks from side to side and swivels all the way around like a child’s spinning top. Heatherwick Studios also produces an indoor/outdoor version made of spun plastic.

If you happen to have an eye for strange or unusual design, send your idea to designhappens@hgtv.com.

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Did you know today is International Museum Day and Art Museum Day? I hope some of you played hooky, I mean requested a legit day off from work to take advantage of the free and reduced admission offerings at institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Who knows, maybe a museum near you is staying open late. If you live in Cincinnati, the Taft Museum of Art is open until 8pm on Thursday. (Here’s a list of all Art Museum Day participating museums.)

HGTV Design Happens - International Museum Day - Art as Decor

If you’re like me, an afternoon spent admiring a Raphael or Litchtenstein leaves me inspired to incorporate more art in my decor. So, in honor of International Museum Day, here are some expert tips for framing, displaying and rearranging art.

There are plenty of great resources for buying affordable, quality art online. Or get in touch with your inner Ansel Adams. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s DIY photo art project can be adapted for any subject matter and any room in your home. Or skip the art and try this clever approach to displaying empty frames.

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