Kayla Kitts

"In a world full of beige, I'm not afraid to be neon."

Kayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com and co-editor-in-chief of Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, decor with a past, artisan cocktails, organizing all the things, magazine subscriptions and eating outdoors all year round. Every piece of furniture she owns is proudly secondhand (and likely older than she is).

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

The taste and smell of fresh watermelon always take me back to summers spent in my grandfather’s garden here in East Tennessee. My cousins and I would crack open ready-to-eat watermelons and let the juices just run down our faces. I ate so much watermelon as a child that it’s probably my least favorite fruit these days, but this refreshing cocktail has brought it back to the top of the list. A fresh and colorful twist on the classic Moscow Mule, this summery version features the perfect mix of fresh watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice and both ginger beer and ginger syrup for fizz and spice.

If you’re looking for me I’ll be on a patio somewhere drinking THIS.

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

Get this easy 5-step recipe >>

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

Thanks to Bespoke Post for sending over a specially branded kit including the Smirnoff Vodka, Liber & Co’s Fiery Ginger Syrup and copper mugs.

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In case you missed it: A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. We handed nine of your favorite D-Happ bloggers a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials.

We shared nine easy and totally different tray transformations. From a retro wall clock to a moss centerpiece, everyone had a completely different vision for their unfinished tray. BUT we asked you, our faithful readers, to vote on your favorite tray makeover. The votes are in, and you’ve chosen the oh-so-seasonal hanging door planter as your winning tray transformation. Not far behind is the super smart (and super colorful!) hanging jewelry organizer.

DIY Tray Transformation

Your Favorites

Hanging Door Planter

You all loved the seasonality and unexpected use of Chelsea‘s hanging planter. Instagrammer @grannystorey said, “Love them all but 1 is my favorite.” Instagrammer @lesleyg478 agreed: “#1 door decoration!”

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Fans of Shannon‘s jewelry organizer started picturing their earrings within reach. Instagrammer @claire12469 is ready to get out her glue gun: “Earring holder for sure !!! Please share how to DIY !!” Instagrammer @kimmielewis7 was torn: “Personally, I like the earring holder and the plant idea!”

It looks like we may have missed an idea, though.

Drew Scott on Facebook

Maybe we should pull Drew into our next challenge?!

Stay tuned in the coming days for tutorials on these two trays so you can make them at home!

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A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. (I know — it sounds terrible, right?) We handed everyone a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials. Drills came out, there was a minor paint mishap, and one project got refaced at least three times. That’s what makes crafting fun — trial and error, then scrubbing liquid gilding off your hands.

Design Happens Tray Challenge

Nine of your favorite Design Happens bloggers participated in our first DIY challenge, and we have the project reveals below. But we also want to know, which one is your favorite? Which DIY would you tackle? Take a look at all the tray transformations, then vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.

Pick Your Favorite Tray Transformation

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I’m always the one that shows up to the barbecue with a dessert in hand. Savory sides are fine, but sweets are where it’s at. I love experimenting with new recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out my grandmother’s cookbook and whip up some crowd-pleasing classics. If you’re a fan of the old-school favorites, then you’ll love these new twists, too.

If You Like Peach Cobbler…

Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim

…then try peach cobbler ice cream cake.
Peach cobbler is the perfect way to finish any summer meal. Combine the beauty of cobbler, cake and ice cream, and you’ve just created the ultimate summertime dessert masterpiece that’s utterly irresistible. Get the recipe >>

If You Like Banana Pudding…

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel

…then try milk chocolate banana pudding.
It’s the same banana pudding that you know and love, except you’re making homemade chocolate pudding and topping with chocolate shavings. There’s nothing wrong with that! Get the recipe >>

If You Like Strawberry Shortcake…

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel

…then try grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream.
You need less than 10 ingredients to make this summertime staple. There’s nothing better than smooshing sliced strawberries and homemade lemon cream between pound cake slices. It’s ok to skip the napkin on this one. Get the recipe >>

More Sweet Treats to Try

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Los Angeles-based interior designer Caitlin McCarthy originally moved to the Golden State at age 15 to pursue acting. At the same time, she designed a line for a high-end children’s clothing brand. Her real passion, though? Designing chic yet thoughtful spaces. Caitlin now runs her own firm, Caitlin McCarthy Design. And we’ve loved this gal from the beginning. As 2014′s Fresh Faces of Design winner, Caitlin’s sophisticated loft design stole the show.

Caitlin McCarthy Design

Caitlin stopped by HGTV Headquarters last month to meet with our editorial team and talk Fresh Faces. (Yup, she’s stunning in person, too.) We, of course, gave her our questionnaire. Check out her answers, especially the drawing!

Caitlin McCarthy Interview

Are you the next Fresh Face of Design? Caitlin tells you how to submit your entry for this year’s competition.

Who should we interview next? Tell us your favorite design and DIY stars in the comments below.

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You don’t have to have an elaborate outdoor space or a spacious backyard to enjoy the benefits of alfresco entertaining. All you need are a few key items to turn your space — big or small — into a festive and stylish space everyone can enjoy.

Outdoor Entertaining

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT

Outdoor Lighting

Design by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Glowing string lights — there’s nothing better. If your gathering goes into the evening, add some ambiance with outdoor lighting. You can have the tiniest patio and a strand of string lights will add the perfect glow. Strands of small globe lights look especially beautiful woven through trees and fences or strung overhead. Get more ideas >>

COZY UP YOUR UNDERFOOT

Outdoor Area Rug

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Stylish and durable all-weather rugs can make any outdoor space feel more like an extension of the home. So cozy up your deck or patio with some chic underfoot that beckons you to toss of your shoes. Get more ideas >>

SET UP A MINI BAR

DIY Wine Rack

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Mix up refreshing summer cocktails at a mini serve-yourself bar filled with nuts, olives and cheese varieties. Get more info >>

Take the Party Outside

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Prime picnic weather is here and the unofficial summer kick-off is right around the corner. But before we totally jump into the sweltering summer months, let’s enjoy one more vibrant spring picnic inspired by the season’s hottest hues and flavors.

Host a Spring Picnic

1. Wear This: Printed Empire-Waist Maxi Dress + Everyday Cardigan. Across the country, the weather is beginning to feel nice and toasty. We love this soft, sleeveless maxi dress in a pretty paisley print. The shades of green and turquoise are perfect for spring but take us right into summer, too. And we know spring and summer nights are super fickle; sometimes they’re humid and sometimes they’re bitterly cool. This everyday cardigan is perfect to throw on when the sun goes down.

2. Listen to This: x by Ed Sheeran. If the sun is shining and cocktails are flowing, then the day surely needs a soundtrack. I suggest something upbeat and edgy with a flow like Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’. Kick off your shoes and dance in the grass for this album. If anyone stays seated, then you may need to rethink your guest list next time.

3. Sip This: Lemonade SparklerWhen you need a boozy refresher, combine fresh lemonade with vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice, then (and here comes the fun part) rim the glass with Pop Rocks candy for a fun embellishment. I bet you can’t even remember the last time you had Pop Rocks! Get the recipe >>

4. Decorate With This: DIY ArrangementMaking your own flower arrangements is so much easier than you think. Use inexpensive grocery store blooms or flowers straight from your garden, and follow these quick tips to get professional-looking centerpieces in minutes. Our stunning arrangement was made by simply upcycling an attractive vegetable can.

5. Eat This: Light Spring Fare. When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want to have at a picnic is hot, heavy food. Keep fare light; think bite-size sandwiches, salads and fruit. You can even switch up the classic cheese and meat tray by creating sandwich kabobs with meat, cherry tomatoes, basil, cheese and bread. Kids and adults both will love these savory treats.

6. Make This: Watercolor Tablecloth/Picnic BlanketCreate a stylish conversation starter among guests with this hand-painted watercolor tablecloth (or picnic blanket!) made from a canvas drop cloth and water-based paint.

Brought to you by J.Jill. Helping you feel good and look great is what we do. We design easy, relaxed, inspired style for Misses, Petite, Women’s and Tall. You could say we make getting dressed a breeze.

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We love putting together specially-curated gift guides for everyone’s favorite holidays. But today, I wanted to make a special Mother’s Day gift guide for anyone still looking for last-minute ideas.

Earlier this week I sent out an email to the D-Hap team asking, “What are you getting your mom/grandmother/godmother/special lady for Mother’s Day and why?” Here’s what I got:

Mother's Day Gift Guide1. Williams-Sonoma 3. HGTV.com 4. West Elm 5. Echo Design 6. DIYNetwork.com

1. Spiralizer + Cookbook“I’m getting my mom this spiralizer and cookbook from Williams-Sonoma. She mentioned this gadget to me months ago, and luckily, I remembered! We’re a family who loves to cook, and cook together, and I’m excited to test a few recipes out with her during Mother’s Day weekend.” — Alyssa Sparacino

2. Mini Fern Garden. ”My mom has a deep love of gardening, so this year I’m making her a miniature fern garden so she can bring the outdoors in. This faceted Cynthia Rowley planter is too perfect filled with ferns, mosses and miniature vines. I love it so much I made one for myself, too!” — Marianne Canada

3. Handmade Hanging Basket. “While I sometimes have trouble finding the “perfect” gift for my handmade item-loving Mom for other holidays, I always get her the same thing for Mother’s Day: a hanging basket. Since she’s an avid flower gardener, she counts on the fact that my sister and I will replenish the blooms on her front porch. My sister always gets Mom a trailing fuchsia plant, while I switch it up from year to year, but always pick out something that coordinates with the pink-and-purple flowers. This year, I’m making it extra-special by planting a custom mix of plants in a pretty hanging planter.” — Liz Gray

4. Sweet Hedgehog Planter. “My mother and I have a fondness for hedgehogs and also for gardening, so when I spied this whimsical earthenware planter from West Elm, I knew it had to be mine. I bought a version for myself, too. (I am a mother after all!) I’ll pot my mother’s up with succulents for gift-giving and include a gift basket with some favorite Riesling from a recent trip to Asheville, N.C., some luxurious garden-to-shower bath products and a few little surprises, many of them garden-related, for good measure.” — Felicia Feaster

5. eReader Protector. I actually have no idea what to get my mom this year, so she’s probably going to end up with a restaurant gift card or something. She always has a beach trip planned for the end of May, so in the past I’ve gotten her this terrycloth beach reader to protect her Kindle, which is her number one beach companion, and this luxe cover because it stays put on the beach chaise lounger. — Beth Rucker

6. Homemade Spa Kit. For this Mother’s Day I’m making my mom some homemade bath salts with sea salt, almond oil and essential oils of lavender and rosemary. It will be wrapped up with a luxurious body lotion and a yummy candle. — Michelle Edgemont

Now we want to know: what are you getting that special woman for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! 

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HGTV Spring House Pinterest Party

Have you all had a chance to look through every bright and beautiful space from HGTV Spring House? Maybe even tried out some of the seasonally-inspired DIYs, recipes and entertaining ideas? I thought so. It sounds like you’re ready to party with us. Join HGTV editors for a Pinterest Party TONIGHT, May 7, from 8-10:00 p.m. EST.

Pour yourself some wine, stretch out on your outdoor lounger and get ready for two full hours of colorful decorating ideas, entertaining tips and inspired projects to keep you busy all season long.

Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our HGTV Spring House board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Your classic margarita goes as follows: tequila, triple sec, (fresh!) lime juice, ice and salt for the rim — simple with a kick. This year, we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo by taking the classic margarita and transforming it with the season’s most enticing fruits, vegetables and spices. From coconut and blood orange to chopped mango, we’ve got six new ways to amp up your margarita game.

Pomegranate Lava Margarita

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

Mixologist and tequila expert Jay Silverman uses a delicious blend of summer fruits to give this margarita both a savory and fruity taste.

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces Mandarine Napoleon
  • smoked gray salt, for rim
  • lime wheel, for garnish

1. Rim a rocks glass with smoked gray salt.

2. Combine fruit juices, Mandarine Napoleon, pomegranate molasses and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

3. Serve over fresh ice in the glass.

4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

FIVE MORE SIMPLE + DELISH MARGARITA RECIPES

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Picture this scenario: You’re browsing through our collection of more than 24,000 beautiful rooms — both indoors and out — in Photo Library. Then, you see a drool-worthy space that stops you dead in your tracks (of course!), and you must know how to get that canary yellow serving tray right. now. So you head straight to Google and type: “modern yellow serving tray”. Who knows what you’re going to get? Thanks to HGTV.com’s new Shop This Look experience, your online shopping days just got a whole lot easier.

HGTV.com Shop This Look

Design by Harmony Weihs

HOW IT WORKS

See a room you love in our Photo Library? Look for a “Shop This Look” button at the top of the photo, and click to find products inspired by the space so you can get the look in your own home. Once you get to the page of products, you can see the price, manufacturer and more. Simply click the individual product you’re interested in to learn more and add it to your shopping cart … if you’re ready to take the relationship to the next level.

HGTV.com Shop This Look

HGTV.com Shop This LookI’m pretty obsessed. Plus, you can Shop This Look during airport layovers and lazy pool days this summer. Basically, the experience is just as wonderful on your mobile devices. Just head to photos.hgtv.com in your mobile browser and start exploring your favorite rooms. Remember to look for the “Shop This Look” button at the bottom of the photos on your mobile device to start shopping away.

Which Photo Library pics are you loving and dying to start shopping? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

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For the past 45 years, the Atlanta Symphony Associates, an all-volunteer guild of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), has presented a Decorators’ Show House & Gardens each spring as its signature fundraising event. But this year’s home has gone to soaring design heights. Leading interior designers from the Southeast and beyond graced “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate designed by renowned architectural designer William T. Baker. Located in Atlanta’s affluent uptown district of Buckhead, the home’s sprawling 14,500-square-foot property lends itself to plenty of opportunity for design creativity. A select group of 28 designers, including HGTV’s own Vern Yip and Chip Wade, were chosen to showcase their individual talents and design styles while incorporating creative and inspiring trends.

2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House & Gardens

Photo by Mary Powell Photography

Each and every room was transformed inside this sunny, golden home. And the best part? You can explore them all. The 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is open to the public from now until Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10. Show House guests can interact directly with designers, shop everything design-related and bring home a myriad of creative inspiration and ideas. Plus, there’s plenty of events both inside and out to complement your home tour, from trunk shows to design seminars.

We hope to bump into you in one of these drool-worthy rooms IRL. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside a few of the designer transformations. Take a look:

FAMILY ROOM

DESIGN BY VERN YIP, VERN YIP DESIGNS

2015 ASO Show House Family Room

Photo via @occupymyfamily

STUDY

LANCE JACKSON & DAVID ECTON, PARKER KENNEDY LIVING

2015 ASO Show House Study

Photo via @occupymyfamily

LIVING ROOM

MICHAEL BOYD, SMITHBOYD INTERIORS

GUEST BEDROOM

MELANIE TURNER, MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS

2015 ASO Show House Guest Bedroom

Photo via @occupymyfamily

POOL DECK

HANNAH SEATON & ED CASTRO, ED CASTRO LANDSCAPING

2015 ASO Show House Pool Deck

Photo via @asoshowhouse

I know, right?! When can I move in?

Get more info on tickets, house hours, events, designers and more: 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens.

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Everyone has a different way of incorporating spring’s seasonal beauty in their home; I tend to swap out bedding and keep fresh flowers in every room. But our design team took “spring decorating” to a whole new level with this year’s HGTV Spring House. A palette of high-energy hues, like coral, tangerine, grass green and hot pink, create a space that feels upbeat and family friendly.

Take a tour of HGTV Spring House and discover design ideas for your own home.

FAMILY ROOM

HGTV Spring House Living Room

You can still have a chic and stylish home that caters to your active and growing family. From washable wall paint to indoor-outdoor area rugs (that simply require a hose to clean), this living room is designed to be durable, comfortable and almost indestructible. Create a Kid- and Pet-Friendly Living Room >>

OPEN-CONCEPT FLOOR PLAN

HGTV Spring House Breakfast Nook

HGTV Spring House Prep Area

Open floor plans are all the rage right now. But once you get an open-concept home, how do you decorate it? From a cohesive color scheme to a functional furniture layout, we’ve got you covered. Get Our Open-Concept Decorating Ideas >>

See the Dining Room + Outdoor Spaces

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After a long and daunting winter, there’s nothing I love more than giving my home a little seasonal spruce up. After all, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Now’s the time to open all the windows and tackle that to-do list you’ve put on the backburner. Start with these five easy updates to refresh your home for spring.

CLEAN UNDER FURNITURE + APPLIANCES

Spring Cleaning Tips

We never think about what’s happening behind the refrigerator, sofa or buffet, but now’s the time to conquer that fear. Scoot these big pieces out as much as you can and use a vacuum hose to take care of business. Now’s a good time to clean under area rugs, too.

FORGOTTEN SURFACES

Spring Cleaning Tips

Those crisp, white surfaces collect a lot of dust. At least once a year, give door frames and baseboards a good, solid clean. After cleaning your floors, vacuum the baseboards with a brush attachment. Then, working room by room, spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe clean. Clean with non-toxic products, like this homemade all-natural citrus cleaner, to help improve your home’s indoor air quality.

More Quick Tips

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No one can deny how wonderful spring is — flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and bright hues are replacing the dark shades of winter. And I have to say, our design team created the most colorful home on the block. Here’s a sneak peek at HGTV Spring House, coming to HGTV.com this Monday.

HGTV Spring House Sneak Peek

We can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been working on for, well, months now! Here’s the scoop: our dedicated design team has been hard at work for the past three months getting this Atlanta home ready for the spring season. What can you expect?

  • Family-friendly decorating ideas
  • Easy spring-inspired DIY projects
  • Flower arrangements for beginners
  • Deck and patio decorating tips
  • Alfresco entertaining ideas
  • Spring recipes for any occasion

From the deck to the dining room, we have you covered. We get that it’s been a long winter, and we’re ready to infuse your life with color and inspiring ideas that will take you through summer.

So, log onto HGTV.com Monday, April 20 to see HGTV Spring House in its full glory. (We promise lots of tulips and citrus-y hues.) See you there!

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Alright, D-Hap readers. I need you to go way back in your memory banks for a minute. Back in 2012 and 2013 we shared some beautiful design vignettes created by our Home Studio interns that focused on both current and iconic design trends. Aspiring interior designer Justin DiPiero spent two quarters as an HGTV design intern and I’ve been shamelessly Insta-stalking him ever since he left.

Fast forward to 2015 and Justin is now a Homepolish interior designer in New York City. But finding the perfect job came with a bit of a nightmarish task — house hunting in the Big Apple. After finding the perfect spot in Brooklyn, he wanted to throw a city-style housewarming party to thank his friends for hosting him during his search. Certainly one of the perks of being an interior designer is being able to source beautiful products and inspiration to throw a killer soiree on a budget, and that’s just what he did. We love how he infused coastal style with elements found in NYC’s Chinatown. Check it out:

Justin’s Party Tips:

I tried to bring my two worlds together. Since I went to school in the South and identify myself as Southern, I wanted to pay tribute to the past but also inject some of the present; that’s what led the look and decor for the party.

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Chic + Budget-Friendly Party Ideas

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This year will mark my sixth year at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn. for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. At this point, packing for ‘Roo is second nature. I know I need sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray — the obvious “essentials.” But I like to head onto the farm looking a little more chic than I would on a typical camping adventure. I mean, I’ll be front row watching my favorite artist — I have to look good, right?

For those heading to sunny Southern California this weekend for Coachella, here are few things you’ll definitely see around the festival grounds. Is anyone else festival bound this summer? Check out our list of must haves.

Summer Music Festival Essentials1. Urban Outfitters | 2. Sunpocket | 3. Nordstrom | 4. Aldo | 5. Incase | 6. Backcountry | 7. Sephora

1. Rain Booties. There’s nothing worse than rain at a music festival with 80,000+ people. (If it rains on the first day/night, you’re done.) BUT, you can make the most of a messy situation with Jeffrey Campbell’s sleek and chic rain booties. ($70.00)

2. Sunnies. You’re like, “Duh — sunglasses.” But these are the best. They’re 70s-style Sunpockets that features an aviator model with a sporty appearance. And as all Sunpockets do — they fold up! It’s perfect for when your daytime music set turns into night. ($73.50)

3. Chic Sun Hat. SUN PROTECTION. We hear it over and over again, but it’s so crucial. I can’t live without my sun hat when I’m out there in the hot Tennessee sun for five days. I love this maroon beauty because it doesn’t feel like I’m about to pull weeds from the yard, but it doesn’t feel terribly sophisticated either. ($52.00)

4. Multi-Pocket Backpack. I still have my college backpack and I love it, but I really just want something that’s a cross between a purse and a backpack when I’m going from show to show. This faux leather multi-pocket backpack is super practical with a number of compartments for keeping essentials organized. Plus, it doesn’t look like you’re headed on a hike. ($50.00)

5. Portable Phone Charger. OMG. Nothing makes me more enraged than trying to Insta-brag at a festival when my phone dies. You’re going to lose battery power quick — that’s a fact. But instead of spending all your time chitchatting at charging stations, keep this baby in your bag and you’ll be snapping pics all night long. ($79.95)

6. Soft Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is key to making your festival experience a positive one. But toting around a gallon of water all day? Not. Fun. I love these soft bottles that roll up or flatten until I’m ready for my next refill. ($7.95-$15.95)

7. Dry Shampoo. Uh, yeah. So about the shower situation. You’ll want to definitely bring some dry shampoo for your mane. I love Alterna’s sugar-lemon spray because of its scent and translucent appearance. It does the job well. ($22.00)

Fellow festivalgoers — what’s on your essentials list? What beauty, tech or fashion products make your festival experience better? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fifth installment: Spring-inspired bedding that will make your bedroom look bright and refreshed all season — and all summer! — long.

I’m one of those people with cold-weather bedding and warm-weather bedding. During the winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in my cozy flannel sheets. But from April to September, I like to keep it light and breezy in the bedding department. Right now, my bed is dressed in a classic navy prep strip duvet, mint polka-dot sheets, and mint and lime throw pillows. My bedding palette is cool and refreshing like the season.

Have you swapped out your winter bedding yet? Take a look at our seasonal bedroom picks in especially lively hues.

Spring Bedding 20151. Pottery Barn 2. Serena & Lily 3. Target 4. Macy’s 5. H&M 6. Serena & Lily

1. Spring-y Duvet Cover. Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing an array of blooming florals and rich leafy foliage every single day. That’s the power of this gorgeous organic duvet cover. ($79-$103)

2. Embroidered Sheets. The folks at Serena & Lily said it best: “Our not-so-basic white sheets make a great foundation for layering color and pattern throughout the room — think of them as classics with a twist.” The colorful motif (available in eight bright hues) is both sophisticated and playful. ($148-$268)

3. Soft Throw. IMO, the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collab is one of the most exciting things to happen this season. Go ahead and bookmark this pink tasseled throw from the lookbook while we anxiously await the April 19th debut. (It’s technically called an “outdoor blanket” but I think it would look so adorable casually draped over the foot of a bed.) ($30)

4. Patterned Shams. Mixing patterns is the name of the game when it comes to putting together a beautifully-styled bed. This large-scale contemporary pattern is a nice match for the botanical duvet cover, while the navy and white pull out the bedding’s navy background. ($89.97 for the bed set)

5. & 6. Bold Throw Pillows. Here comes the fun part — throw pillows! This is where you can play with texture, pattern and color by pulling in accent colors from the duvet in fun ways. I say, you can never have too many throw pillows. Choose solids, neutrals and unexpected colors, like this green quilted pillow and this white canvas beauty with suede corner caps. ($12.95; $38.99)

Now tell us — how are you giving your bedroom a taste of spring? Swapping out your winter bedding? Tossing in some new throw pillows? Let us know!

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Let the kiddos get in on the food prep this Easter with these fun, easy and super adorable recipe ideas that require minimal ingredients and no baking. Plus, each recipe contains either fruits, dairy or protein presented in a fun way for little ones with picky palates.

BUNNY PARFAIT

Bunny Parfait

Photo and recipe courtesy of Yoplait

Hop into spring with a tasty parfait made with layers of just three simple ingredients.

Yield: 1 parfait

  • 1 Yoplait Original French Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 small can sliced peaches or fresh sliced peaches
  • 1 handful Annie’s Honey Bunny Grahams

1. Layer yogurt and peaches in a bowl.

2. Top with a handful of bunny grahams.

HATCHING CHICK EGG

Hatching Chick Egg for Easter

Eggs — hard-boiled, deviled, dyed and plastic — are an Easter staple. But you can take a simple hard-boiled egg to the next level with a few simple materials and ingredients. Seriously, this is adorable.

Get the step-by-step instructions >>

More Fun Bites for Kids

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You’re never too old to decorate Easter eggs! So, while the kids are having their fun, you can have yours — cocktail in hand.

CHERRY PEEPS COCKTAIL

Cherry Peeps Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe by Michelle Edgemont

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DEW DROP COCKTAIL

Easter Dew Drop Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Jung Lee and Clos du Bois

Serves One

  • 4 ounces Clos du Bois California Chardonnay
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1-2 ounces simple syrup
  • grapefruit slice, for garnish

1. Create a simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove pan from heat.

2. Shake all ingredients with ice, and serve in champagne coupes or vintage tea cups. Finish with a grapefruit slice.

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