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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Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, March 4, so now’s the time to make your way to the Big Easy to catch the most popular parades before Fat Tuesday. And if you can’t make it down to New Orleans this year, then I can almost guarantee your city will have a sampling of Bourbon Street in celebration. Joyeux Mardi Gras!

Mood Board Monday: Mardi Gras 2014From left: Costume | Masks | Beads in Tree | King Cake | Entrance | Print | Balcony | Float | Shots | Dog

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So, Saturday is National Margarita Day. According to the official website, “We pay tribute and honor the margarita on this special day of celebration. We so deeply respect and value its place in our history that we have set aside February 22 of every year as National Margarita Day.” Well said.

So, whether you prefer a classic ‘rita, one with a little spice, one with absolutely NO tequila or ideas for adding a fun kick to entrees, give these margarita or margarita-inspired recipes a try. You know, for the sake of celebrating … of course.

First, Your Classic Margarita

Margarita Recipe

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Then, Onto the Margarita Twists

Melon Margarita Recipe

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Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

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Does this guy look familiar to you? He should. This is fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski whom you’ve likely seen on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. His celeb clients include everyone from Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones to Demi Moore and Stacy Keibler. NBD.

Brad recently partnered with Post-it Brand to launch their brand-new Colors of the World collection inspired by destinations around the globe in four fresh palettes. “Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color,” says Brad.

Design Happens interviewed Brad and asked him about upcoming fashion trends, fashion faux pas, colors and everything in between. Check out our chat below.

Brad Goreski for HGTV

Brad Goreski for HGTV

Fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski

Design Happens: What are the colors to look for in 2014?

Brad Goreski: Right now, I’m all about bright and vibrant colors, especially blues and reds. I’m loving the blue shades from the Post-it Brand World of Colors Mykonos collection. The blue is the same hue as one of my favorite suits, and it’s one of those standout colors that always makes people feel happy and smile.

The new collection of color palettes just introduced by the Post-it Brand features the hottest colors of 2014. They include colors inspired by the world around us, including four of my favorite destinations: Bangkok, Mykonos, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

DH: Fill in the blanks when it comes to your color picks for spring: More ____ and less ____ .

BG: More vibrant and less dull.

DH: What is the number one fashion faux pas you’re seeing right now (men or women)?

BG: Enough with jeweled headbands; I think we’re done with that moment.

DH: What are some timeless or classic pieces in fashion?

BG: Marilyn Monroe is my go-to, because she, to me, is the epitome of glamour. On and off the red carpet, everyone remembers her. I’ve seen her “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress in person and almost fainted. I have a photo of her in my bedroom where she’s in a Lee Strasberg acting class and she’s sitting with a trenchcoat wrapped around her with the collar up, smoking a cigarette. There’s something so elegant and timeless. I also love her mixture of textures, like a short-sleeved mohair sweater with a pencil skirt, a pair of heels, a red lip and that iconic hairdo. I wear a lot of mohair in my own wardrobe and that’s probably from her, but that’s just a style I go back to. I also love a pencil skirt look.

DH: When you’re at New York Fashion Week, what shows or designers are you most excited to see?

BG: I love Christian Dior, Versace, Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra.

DH: Clearly you’re a man of style when it comes to fashion. Have you ever thought about getting into interior design?

BG: I’ve had so much fun decorating our new home, so yeah, sure — why not! I like to leave all doors open!

DH: We’ve seen your home on your show, but describe your aesthetic. What design style do you prefer?

BG: Our house is a traditional 1930’s house but the inside is very modern, so I like to mix the old with the new. I like the sound of the creaky floorboards and the wrought-iron railing going upstairs, but then we have, for example, Christian Lacroix furniture and my living room is the perfect example of using your decor to incorporate color. We have a black couch and two grey chairs with a crazy, colorful Paul Smith rug underneath. That’s basically my entire personality in one room.

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We celebrate the third Monday of February each year, known as President’s Day, to honor George Washington, the first president of the United States. (February 22 is George’s actual birthday, though.) Across the country we use this day to celebrate and remember all of our nation’s presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday also falls in the month of February. Happy birthday, Abe and George!

(I’ll happily take all of the below to add to my vintage presidential collection.)

Mood Board Monday: President's DayGeorge Sculpture | Print | Terrarium | Office | Bookends | Figurines | Blocks | Pillow

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Top off the evening with this fruity concoction from mixologist John deBary of New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell).

Valentine's Day Cocktails

BLVSH Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean
1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 cup organic raspberries

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass.

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East Tennessee (where HGTV Headquarters is located) got a jaw-dropping eight inches of snow in some areas. We haven’t gotten a snowfall like this in years. It started snowing yesterday afternoon and was still flurrying when I hit the hay. I woke up to a sparkling Winter Wonderland that will soon turn to slush. I know winter weather has been taking over for a few weeks in many parts of the country. You get snowed in, the kids are out of school and chaos ensues. Once snowmen are built, snow cream is made and sledding has become exhausting, frozen little ones will surely need something to keep them busy. Pull out the craft bin, whip up some hot cocoa and put on some tunes. [These are also perfect for rainy weekends come spring.]

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Easy Pencil Pinwheel

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Duct Tape Crafts

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We’re all looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle, especially when a new year rolls around and we start to assess the changes we want to make moving forward. Like many, my weakness is carbohydrates but not the good ones like beans and whole grains; I’m talking about the bad boys: refined grains, baked goods and the occasional soda. It’s a tough battle. When Yahoo! web trend expert Lauren Whitehouse shared that users were searching for healthy carb substitutes, like zucchini, I thought this was the perfect time to start bookmarking some smart recipes for myself to try at home. Here are a few favorites I’m adding to my recipe book, STAT.

Grilled Zucchini

Recipe: Grilled Zucchini With Fresh Herbs and Goat Cheese >>

Zucchini Crisps

Recipe: Zucchini Parmesan Crisps >>

Zucchini Pizza

Recipe: Whole Wheat Cherry Tomato + Zucchini Pan Pizza >>

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As of today, the U.S. has received five medals (two gold and three bronze) at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We rocked it at alpine skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. We have 13 more days to keep bringing those medals home!

Mood Board Monday: 2014 Winter OlympicsGold: Model | Bars | Trim — Silver: Balloons | Jaime King | Architecture — Bronze: Flowers | Car | Model

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Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s Design Museum, opens its playful exhibition “This is Not A Toy,” guest curated by musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, today until May 19, 2014. (If you’ve seen his Miami penthouse on HGTV’s FrontDoor.com, then you know he loves his designer toys.)

This Is Not a Toy

The exhibition takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects that may be called toys, but aren’t meant for play. Ranging in price from just a few dollars to thousands more, these figures are part merchandise, part art. While the creators of these art toys may utilize technical methods of mass production, they do so in a way that produces variation, unique expression and limited edition objects. Instigator and co-curator John Wee Tom and DX associate curator Sara Nickelson, along with Williams, present a tightly-edited presentation of work from over a dozen of the most prolific toy designers and contemporary fine artists in the collectibles category. “This is Not A Toy” transforms DX’s Exhibition Hall into a candy-colored space evoking genuine happiness through exuberant, imaginative works. The exhibition will even feature prized items from Williams’ personal art collection.

This Is Not a Toy

This Is Not a Toy

Rainbow Vortex by FriendsWithYou at This is Not a Toy

With its origins in 80s and 90s graffiti culture, the small release toy is an underground art form that at once represents rebellion and playfulness. At the same time a product of consumer culture and a defensible piece of art, these works both reject and appropriate familiar consumer imagery, and manipulate household names, cartoons and cultural icons. The result is a powerful one, shifting control from brand to artist and finally, to consumer. Some artists manipulate and leverage familiar visual communication as tribute or provocation, while others create their own original forms, characters and worlds to convey their ideas of a more affected existence.

This Is Not a Toy

Master Control & Carne by DOMA, alongside FriendsWithYou’s Cloudy, an animated short film, & Misaki Kawai’s Pink Arty

This Is Not a Toy

Experience design at the Design Exchange. Check out the exhibit starting today.

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On Friday, I wrote a cocktail post called “Love Stinks, So Let’s Drink.” While at least once every few weeks I do believe that quite passionately, Valentine’s Day is so much fun to celebrate. Pink, red, hearts, Cupid, chocolate … choc-o-late — love is truly in the air right now, along with my appetite. Whether you’re a V-Day cynic or counting down the days until February 14th, we have all the crafts, recipes and design ideas you need to get ready for the sexiest holiday of the year.

Valentine's Day Phrase Pillow

Craft up something special for your sweetheart or yourself. Let’s be honest, this pillow would look fab on your sofa. Try out this easy project or one of the other 20+ ideas we have.

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Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

We’ve all been there: that awkward moment when you like/love someone but you don’t know how to tell them. The. Worst. That’s what handmade cards are for, and card-making parties filled with friends to talk you through it.

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Valentine's Day Recipes

Going back and forth on the perfect gift? Homemade treats are always the answer. You can’t go wrong. Try one of these delectable and from-scratch recipes.

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Did anyone everyone watch the Super Bowl last night? What a blowout! Sorry, Broncos fans. While I could have made some enemies by doing a Seahawk-inspired board (bright green, blue and silver!), I decided to go with something a little more neutral. I think we can ALL agree Super Bowl halftime performer Bruno Mars killed it last night in his Elvis-style Saint Laurent gold blazer while pulling out James Brown-esque dance moves. This is for you, Bruno.

Mood Board Monday: Gold GlitterDress | Donuts | Cake | Cupcake | Flowers | Hair | Tray | Mask | Bruno Mars

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For some, Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, but for others it’s a time to binge-eat chocolate and trash your ex. If you’re in the latter group of V-Day celebrators, mend that broken heart with a few delicious cocktails from celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs.

This February 14th, grab your pals and toast to being single — or single and looking — with Andrea’s fruity Bloody Valentine cocktail coupled with blood orange infusions and her Devil’s Spiked Tea, which will put any of your sweet tea concoctions to shame (the secret is in the tequila).

Valentine's Day Cocktails

Devil’s Spiked Tea

Ingredients

4 ounces Lipton Tea and Honey Strawberry Acai Tea
1 ounce Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
Prosecco
mint
strawberries

Instructions

Muddle mint and strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add iced tea, tequila and ice in a shaker. Strain into a glass. Top with Prosecco and serve.

Bloody Valentine Cocktail Recipe

The Bloody Valentine

Ingredients

3 ounces orange juice
2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce blood orange syrup
blood orange slice, for garnish

Instructions

Pour tequila, orange juice and blood orange syrup into a rocks glass with ice. Stir. Slowly pour grenadine around the inside of the glass. (It will sink and slowly rise to mix with other ingredients naturally.) Spear a blood orange slice with a toothpick and lay across the top of the glass.

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To be completely honest with you, my inspiration for today’s Mood Board Monday comes from an egg, cheese and avocado bagel sandwich I had over the weekend. It was my idea of breakfast Heaven. Now, I can’t stop thinking of my next avocado adventure…

Mood Board Monday: AvocadoPrint | Kitchen | Ice Cream | Vintage Ad | Dining Room | Table Setting | Nursery | Fashion

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Happy Friday, readers! What are you doing Sunday night? My plans include wine, friends and The Grammys. This is by far my favorite award show of the year with music performances all night long. Music’s biggest night will surely produce some noteworthy — and likely shocking — fashion choices and memorable performances by the year’s hottest acts. From Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Lorde and Carole King, it’s sure to be three hours of musical bliss.

What better way to celebrate The Grammys than to take you inside some of the performer’s homes? The best part? Some of these celeb pads are for sale. Just get that checkbook ready.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's Home for Sale

This charming Nashville home was built in 1925 and purchased by Taylor in September 2010 for her parents. She ended up selling the place a year later for $1.35 million, $50,000 more than what she originally paid. No sad songs here.

Tour Taylor Swift’s Nashville Home for Sale >>

Jay-Z

560 State Street

In 2009, Jay-Z released a New York anthem featuring Alicia Keys called “Empire State of Mind.” In the first verse he mentions living at 560 State Street in Brooklyn. Well, here she is. And for sale, too.

Check Out the Brooklyn Building Where Jay-Z Once Resided >>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry's House for Sale

This three-acre, Mediterranean-style Park Hill estate was built in the early 1920s and boasts breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Tour Katy Perry’s Hollywood House for Sale >>

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I know what you’re thinking: “It’s January. Cold, winter January. And this girl’s giving us chambray?” But stay with me for a minute. You were probably wanting something warm and cozy, or maybe something more winter-y, but I’m looking ahead. Mostly, I’m DONE with winter. These single-digit temperatures are wearing me out and I’m ready for some summer breezes already! I’ve been wearing my chambray shirts under sweaters and with bright-hued pants throughout the cold seasons, but I’m seriously ready to pull out the sundresses now. That indigo blue and sunshine is calling my name!

Mood Board Monday: ChambrayChambray + Sequins | Pouf | Swatch | All Chambray | Print | Shirt | Living Room | Suave Man in Chair | Rug

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Just in case your calendar’s not up to speed, Sunday is National Popcorn Day. Either head to a movie and give in to the aroma, or make your own popcorn snack at home. We have nine sweet and salty recipes you can make in a snap — or a pop!

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

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Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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Maple Nut Popcorn

Recipe: Maple-Nut Popcorn

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I’m not even going to pretend like I haven’t been planning my dream wedding since, well, I don’t even know. Although my ideas have changed over the years, my dream wedding dress has not. It has always included head-to-toe vintage-inspired (or true vintage) lace fabric. Today’s board is inspired by the most darling and feminine fabric I can think of.

Mood Board Monday: LaceTable Runner | Skirt | Heart | Jar | Suitcase | Dress | Coverlet | Hat | Hoops

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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New Year’s resolutions are all about reflecting on the past year and making strides to a better and more successful year to come. I generally set the same goals: exercise patience, be more active, use my bike more to get around, travel somewhere new, etc. I’m generally pretty good about following through, but sometimes it’s difficult to get started. We all need some “finspiration” every now and then to kick things off. Start out with these:

Get Moving and Stay Moving

Home Gym

Create your own home gym with inspiration from HGTV.com:

Peaceful, Serene Exercise Rooms
Put a Gym Anywhere in Your Home
Home Gyms for Him
Spa-Inspired Master Bathroom With a Home Gym
Step Into Actor Mario Lopez’s Exercise Space

Do Activities You Love, or Try Something New

Yoga Space

Check out these inspiring designs for creating an at-home yoga space:

Outdoor Yoga Pavilion by Jamie Durie
Tranquil Yoga Room by Brian Patrick Flynn
Asian-Inspired Yoga Space by Andreas Charalambous
Meditation + Yoga Room by Lori Dennis

Try Out Yummy, Healthy Recipes

Chicken-Stuffed Pitas

Dive into our favorite healthy recipes:

Garden Vegetable Soup
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries + Pine Nuts
Chicken-Stuffed Pitas
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts With Toasted Walnuts
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage + Pumpkin Seeds
Taleggio Crostini With Apple + Thyme Honey
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Tonight’s the big game! This year’s BCS National Championship game will pit the Florida State Seminoles against the Auburn Tigers at California’s Rose Bowl Stadium. Throwing a watch party? Ditch the store-bought chips and salsa and give one of these handmade recipes a try. [Prepare for nervous eating by making more than you need.]

Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Recipes

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Pizza Hand Pies Recipe

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Eggplant Chips Recipe

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Brrrrr! It’s cold outside, y’all. Stay inside, make a batch of hot cocoa and craft your heart out until spring.

Mood Board Monday: SnowflakesSisters | Tree | Drink Stirrer | Sweater | Bedroom | Mantel | Mask | Cocoa | Hanging Snowflakes | Cookies | Print

Our favorite snowflake crafts:

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