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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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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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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As crazy as it may seem, it’s already time to stock up on school supplies. There’s nothing quite like a fresh pack of ballpoint pens and a color-coded assortment of spiral notebooks to start the year out right. But for many, it’ll be more than just basic supplies on the shopping list. Some of our HGTV.com readers will be packing up and heading into the brand-new cramped quarters of a shared living space. Yay, college! The key to this new living adjustment is making the space feel as comfortable and homey as possible. And just like living in a rental, there are plenty of ways to add decorative charm to the walls, floors and doors of your temporary living space without breaking the bank.

Check out a few of my favorites:

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DIY Corkboard

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Nothing takes me back to those innocent childhood years quite like blowing bubbles … or trying to catch them.

Mood Board Monday: BubblesTop, L to R: Style Me Pretty, Sprinkle Bakes, Camille Styles | Middle, L to R: Green Wedding Shoes, Colin Cowie Weddings, Etsy |  Bottom, L to R: The Sweetest Occasion, Wired (Photo by Melvin Sokolsky), Armelle

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“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun,” said 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh. And he’s so right. Nothing is more bright, beautiful and summery than yellow. So on this overcast Monday, I plan on basking in this bold, lemony hue.

Mood Board Monday: YellowTop, L to R: Julep, UO, Tumblr | Middle, L to R: Brit + Co, BHG, Studio DIY | Bottom, L to R: Ruffled, The Guardian, Averie Cooks

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Now’s the time to show your true team allegiance — are you #TeamJonathan or #TeamDrew? This Sunday at 9/8c, tune into the season two finale of Brother Vs. Brother. Will Team Drew take home another win, or will Team Jonathan even up the score? Plus, find out which skilled contestant is heading home with $50,000 and the title of Champion of Brother Vs. Brother.

Brother Vs. Brother Season 2 Finale

Drew and Jonathan pillow fight with the finale’s expert judges, Flip or Flop‘s Tarek and Christina El Moussa and Love It or List It‘s Hilary Farr and David Visentin.

Team Drew amps up the competition with a master suite redesign they call “Zen Spa.” Both the bathroom and bedroom feature a mix of earth tones and natural materials. Over on Team Jonathan, Adi and Rick create symmetry in the bathroom with his-and-her features. Plus, Adi showcases his handiwork with an impressive wainscoting project around the bedroom.

Catch this sneak peek of Sunday’s final challenge:

Show love for your favorite brother or team with DIY Team Jonathan and Team Drew temporary tattoos. Then, tune in for the Brother Vs. Brother finale this Sunday, July 13 at 9/8c.

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If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain,” then National Pina Colada Day was made for you. And how perfect that it falls in the dog days of summer when nothing seems more refreshing than a cold, tropical cocktail in hand. So “put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up,” I say. But if you’d rather skip past the drinks and head straight to dessert, then try these pina colada baked doughnuts or pina colada key lime pie. Both look exceptionally sinful.

Strawberry Pina Colada Pops

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cornelia Guest

 Spiked Strawberry Pina Colada Pops

Ingredients

3 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup rum
1 cup strawberries, sliced

Instructions

Puree all ingredients (except strawberries) in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids. Add strawberries, pour into ice-pop molds and freeze for 30 minutes. Insert sticks and continue to freeze overnight. For best results, leave ice pops in the freezer for at least 24 hours.

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You all love the nautical look just as much as some of us HGTV.com staffers. And after a beautiful and relaxing weekend on the water, I just couldn’t resist this week’s mood board pick. Happy Monday!

Mood Board Monday: SailboatsTop, L to R: HGTV.com, Coco Cake Land, The Hearabouts | Middle, L to R: Erika Layne Photography, Style Me Pretty | Bottom, L to R: HGTV.com, Jagger Photography, Colin Cowie Weddings

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