Kayla Kitts

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

Kayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at the local farmer’s market, spending quality time with her adopted cat, D’Artagnan, watching the most random movies available on Netflix, or exploring her brand-new downtown neighborhood. Every piece of furniture she owns is proudly secondhand. Her favorite design style is vintage modern with splashes of unexpected color.

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I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.

For Anyone: Personalized Gift Baskets

Holiday Gift Baskets

Gourmet gift basket ideas >>

For Her: Vintage Hair Comb

Vintage Hair Clip

Get this plus even more handmade gift ideas >>

For the Chef: Rustic Bread Board

Rustic Bread Board

Make a bread board in six steps >>

Gifts for Him, the Pet + More

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Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and we have some pretty festive ideas to keep your celebrations rocking until the 24th.

Mood Board Monday: Hanukkah HuesPhotos: Dining Room, Place Card, Tree, Favor, Doughnuts, Cupcake, Centerpiece, Garland

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More last-minute Hanukkah ideas:

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My sweet tooth is unstoppable, and there’s nothing I love more than creamy, chocolate-based holiday cocktails. Calories might as well be unicorns from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. I let myself indulge in foods I won’t see for another 12 months, like most of these lovely bevvies. So, get out all the garnishes and warm up with a decadent dessert cocktail this season.

Peppermint Mocha Toddy

Peppermocha Toddy Recipe

Photo + recipe courtesy of Old Forge Distillery

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce Old Forge Coffee Moonshine
  • 3/4 ounce Old Forge Chocolate Moonshine
  • 1/2 ounce white creme de menthe
  • hot coffee
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • peppermint candy, crumbled, for garnish

 

Pour coffee moonshine, chocolate moonshine and creme de menthe into an Irish coffee mug. Top with hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and crumbled peppermint candy.

Uncle Billy’s Holiday Treat

Holiday Cocktail Recipe

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3 More Recipes to Whip Up

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Hollies are my favorite traditional holiday plants. Nothing feels like Christmas more than bright red holly berries and green leaves contrasted against a blanket of snow. And if you love the look of classic holiday decor, then holly branches are the perfect touch to a mantel or tablescape. (You can even embellish dining chairs with fresh holly sprigs.)

Mood Board Monday: Holly Jolly ChristmasTop: Bride With Holly, Boots, Place Settings | Middle: Dessert Table, Vintage Card | Bottom: Wreath, Gift Wrap

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In lieu of today’s Mood Board Monday, I’m sharing some ideas to warm up those cold hands — DIY advent calendars. I’ll be honest, the only Advent calendar I’ve ever made has been a construction paper chain-link garland. I’m just too impatient to hold out for a treat each day. (Must. Have. All. Treats. Now.)

I know it’s December 1, but it’s not too late to craft a beautiful countdown to showcase in your home. Not sure where to start? Here are some easy-to-create ideas we love. Plus, they’re kid-friendly, too.

Takeout Boxes

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

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Upcycled Shirts

Upcycled Advent Calendar

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Cardboard Tubes

Cardboard Tube Advent Calendar

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It seems like we’re always prepping for one holiday or another over here at HGTV.com. Finally, one of those holidays has arrived! I’m actually making my first from-scratch pie (fingers crossed!) and trying out a few of our cold-weather cocktails to whip up while we watch traditional holiday flicks. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Tell me — what do you make year after year on Thanksgiving? Let us know your mouthwatering meal details!

Mood Board Monday: Thanksgiving Inspiration and IdeasTop: Banner, Buffet | Middle: Table, Centerpiece, Vignette | Bottom: Pie, Decor, Cider

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I came across this cozy cable knit blanket and life was never the same. (That’s going on my “Desperately Want” list.) If I must deal with winter each year, then chic knit throws and chunky sweaters are my keys to survival. 

Sweater and Cable Knit DecorTop, L to R: Sweater, Throws, Lamp | Middle, L to R: Bedding, Pendant, Rug | Bottom, L to R: Napkin Ring, Chair, Socks

Sweater-inspired crafts we love:

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The entire HGTV.com family has been waiting for this day for a long time. We can’t wait to “see” your reactions when you explore our new home. We’ve been working hard to bring you the best HGTV.com experience ever and we’re sure you’re going to love it.

Welcome to the Brand-New HGTV.com

What are you looking for? Whether it’s ideas, inspiration and how-tos about design and decorating, gardening, entertaining or remodeling, we have dedicated “channels” for each topic on our new site. Within each channel, you’ll find beautiful photo galleries, projects and videos to turn your house into a home that represents you.

Plus, we’ve added new sections that make it super easy to get to the best of everything from your favorite TV shows, HGTV Dream Home Giveaways and the most beautiful, inspirational photos in the new HGTV Photo Library.

The new HGTV.com is pure eye candy, and I can’t stop gushing. Take a look for yourself:

Take a Website Tour of HGTV.com >>

Attention HGTV Superfans — let’s talk more about the TV experience. For our most popular shows, we’ve added more web-exclusive videos and photo galleries. Do you have a favorite HGTV pro? (Hello, #TeamJonathan/#TeamDrew!) You can now follow along and see everything they’re up to on their profile pages (check out Nicole‘s), featuring their latest photos, videos, social feeds and more.

Now, my favorite part of the all-new HGTV.com — our HGTV Photo Library. When you’re decorating or remodeling, there’s no such thing as “too much” inspiration, right? Here’s where the HGTV Photo Library comes into play. Our editors have traveled the country finding stunning work from the best designers and architects. Now, you can browse it all and get ideas for your own home. Plus, you’ll see your favorite rooms from HGTV shows in the mix. The best part? A feature called MyPhotos that makes it super easy to save, organize and share your favorite photos with friends, family and professionals.

Go ahead and make yourself at home on the brand-new HGTV.com, sponsored by Target and Kia.

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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I was alerted by my dear friend that today is National Cat Day because she knows how much I love my little guy.

HGTV Editor Kayla Kitts Cat

My handsome cat, D’Artagnan.

This (unofficial) national holiday was started in 2005 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to urge the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year, and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate their own cat(s) for the love and companionship they provide us.

We know you spoil your cat 365 days a year, but give them a little something extra today for #NationalCatDay. Whether it’s a new toy, (extra) tasty treats, quality cuddle time or shelter donations, your cat will love the extra attention. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

DIY Catnip ToyMake a Catnip-Filled Cat Toy >>

More DIY cat toys to make:

How to Make a Cat CondoMake a Chic Cat Condo >>

DIY Cat CostumesDress Up Your Cat for Halloween >>

Celebrate your cat today and everyday. Author Charles Dickens said it best: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” #realtalk

Get tips and design ideas on making lovable pets mesh with a stylish home on HGTV.com.

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With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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Some people are really, really tired of pumpkin spice lattes. Me? Not so much. If you love pumpkin but can’t stomach the #PSL, then this Mood Board Monday is for you. Cookies, doughnuts, punch — the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to adding pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re not a pumpkin fan at all? Well, #sorrynotsorry.

Mood Board Monday: Pumpkin SpiceTop, L to R: Scarf, Print, Mug | Middle, L to R: Doughnuts, Stitching, Cookies | Bottom, L to R: Spice, Cocktail, Cake

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Have you immersed yourself in the season yet? Get ready for peaking foliage, alfresco entertaining and perfect fall fare as we head into the most beautiful time of year.

MORE: Fresh Fall Design Trends

Mood Board Monday: Fall Decorating IdeasTop, L to R: Squash Planters, Pumpkin Cake, Leaf Streamers | Middle, L to R: Foliage, Living Room | Bottom, L to R: Decor, Cocktail, Wall

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Tomorrow is the first day of fall, which means it’s time to close summer’s doors and embrace the upcoming season. To celebrate, here’s one of my favorite seasonal veggies — beets. I’ll admit, I love beets mostly for their rich, luscious hue. (They taste nice too, though.) What’s your cool-weather produce pick?

Mood Board Monday: BeetsTop, L to R: Print, Cake, Entryway | Middle, L to R: Pattern, Fashion | Bottom, L to R: Sofa, Salad, DIY Blush

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And the beet goes on:

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Caramel is the ultimate fall delicacy in my world. I imagine walking through a harvest-inspired craft fair or autumnal festival with the scent of kettle corn wafting through the air as I sinfully nibble on a caramel apple (or better yet, a scalding hot hand pie).

Mood Board Monday: CaramelTop, L to R: Dust Jacket, Domaine, La Peche Fraiche | Middle, L to R: Tasty Kitchen, Camille Styles, Classy Girls Wear Pearls | Bottom, L to R: Honestly WTF, Finch & Fawn, HGTV.com

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The unofficial end of summer is (sadly) here (sad face). It feels like we were just talking about ways to start up the grill for summer cookouts. As another season approaches, it seems only right we close out the most carefree time of year with a few refreshing concoctions. Whip up these cool and colorful drinks by Cooking Channel’s Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark as you soak up the long weekend.

Izze Cocktail Recipe

Photo + Recipe: IZZE Sparkling Juice

Vanilla Clementini

Throw it back to childhood snow cone days with this adult version that’s also a martini. (!!!)

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 triple sec or orange liqueur
3 ounces IZZE Sparkling Clementine
2 cups finely-crushed or shaved ice
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

In a glass, combine vodka, triple sec and IZZE Sparkling Clementine and stir lightly. Pour over shaved ice and top with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Serve with a spoon (and be prepared to make seconds).

Yield: 1 serving

Izze Cocktail Recipe

Photo + Recipe: IZZE Sparkling Juice

Grapefruit Lavenderita

Put a spin on the Paloma with a dash of lavender.

Ingredients

2 ounces lavender-infused tequila
1/2 Campari
3/4 fresh-squeezed lime juice
6 ounces IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit

Instructions

Add first three ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice and stir. Pour IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit over and stir. Garnish with a fresh lavender blossom and tell someone that you got them flowers.

To infuse tequila, add one tablespoon of dried lavender flowers to 8 ounces of tequila and let sit for 1 hour. Strain and store tequila in a sealed jar or bottle.

Yield: 1 serving

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Everyone is talking about coconut oil — the benefits, the uses, the reasons to have it at home, at work, etc. I’m an advocate for the superfood and love having it in my medicine cabinet as well as in my pantry. Beyond that, I can’t get enough of coconut water and milk, especially in my smoothies. So let’s just give a round of applause for coconuts! What’s your favorite way to use this fruit?

Mood Board Monday: CoconutsTop, L to R: Santa Fe Dry Goods, Flickr, My Baking Addiction | Middle, L to R: Justina Blakeney, Celebrations at Home, Vintage Blog | Bottom, L to R: Roxana’s Home Baking, Free People Blog, Honestly Yum

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As an experienced traveler, I never tire of the map and globe decor trend. Every time I go to an antique store, I scour through the bin of old maps to see if I can find any that have some significance to me or anyone I know. For me, maps offer up memories that found artwork just can’t. I look at South America and instantly think of my Chilean backpacking trip to Santiago, the Andes Mountains and Valparaiso last year. South Carolina reminds me of my time at College of Charleston and my first year away from home. Give me a world map and I’ll drift into a land of nostalgia.

Mood Board Monday: MapsTop, L to R: Kara’s Party Ideas, HGTV.com | Middle, L to R: Wendy’s Lookbook, The Hunted Interior | Bottom, L to R: HGTV.com, from HGTV MagazineLingered Upon

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DIY Map Crafts From HGTV.com:

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When it comes to school, the old saying goes: “The tassel is worth the hassle.” I know our younger readers aren’t jumping up and down for their first day back to class, so here’s a trendier twist on cap tassels to make it seem less daunting. Just remember, you’re one day closer to walking across that stage!

Mood Board Monday: TasselsTop, L to R: Tell Love & Chocolate, Flax & Twine, Ruffled | Middle, L to R: Catherine Nicole Blog via Vogue, Honestly WTF, Ruche | Bottom, L to R: Mom’s Best, Love Maegan, Honestly WTF

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