Sarah Herron

"Pin like a boss."

Sarah is the Programming Coordinator. For Design Happens, she tracks online trends and shares treasured family recipes. Sarah is also HGTV’s in-house Pinterest guru. When she’s not pinning like a boss, she can be found in the kitchen cooking or on the couch folding a pile of laundry. She and her husband are raising their two boys in the historic district of Maryville, Tenn. where they’ve filled their Victorian-style home with antiques and Legos.


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Pinterest is about to get even more interesting.

David Bromstad will host an HGTV Star Pinterest Pinning Party this Sunday from 9-10 p.m. ET.

 HGTV Star Pinterest Pinning Party with David Bromstad

Directions to the party:
Simply click on this link to our STAR Pinterest board and join the conversation with David in the comment fields of the pin. If you love it, repin it to one of your boards. You can also find us by searching the hashtag: #hgtvstar.

We’ll be pinning pictures from the show and colorful throwbacks from past seasons. David Bromstad is the season one winner of HGTV Design Star and host of the all-new season of HGTV Star, which airs Sunday nights 8/7c.

New to Pinterest? To sign up, go to and select the button “Join Pinterest” at the top of the page.

If a picture alone is worth a thousand words, you’ll want to hear what’s behind the pins of HGTV Star.

See you Sunday night!

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and many of us are already thinking of ways to chill. If you decide to take a ‘mindcation’ for a few minutes (or hours) on Pinterest, be sure to pin with us. HGTV Pinterest is a hot spot for design inspiration, clever DIYs, creative entertaining ideas and more.

Our fans have been diving into dream backyards. This vacation landscape is a favorite among HGTV Pinterest pinners.

Swimming Pool Ideas from HGTV

Pinners also love this custom, party-ready deck.

Deck Design Favorite from HGTV Pinterest
Pinterest is a great source for some of the best DIY project ideas. For lazy summer days, see how to make this easy hanging daybed.

DIY Daybed for a Backyard or Porch

HGTV’s delicious cocktail recipes are popular on Pinterest. Try one of our favorite ice cold drinks, like this simple-to-make Moscow Mule.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: Moscow Mule

If your weekend plans include pinning ideas for summer, be sure to fill your boards with the best from HGTV and become a cool Pinterest taste maker.

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When your cookout gets rained out, making BBQ meatballs is a great backup plan. If you were planning to grill hamburgers, this is one way to repurpose some of your ingredients.

There are several BBQ meatball recipes. This one is from my Aunt Sue, who has spent her life on a beef cattle ranch in Missouri. Believe me when I say, this is the best version. These BBQ meatballs are an easy, party-friendly dish you bake in the oven. It’s a sweet, savory comfort food your guests will love on a rainy day.


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I believe home organizers have a seasonal cycle.

At the beginning of the year, online organization tips spike and a couple of months later, it’s spring cleaning season. So it makes sense that now, our audience loves finding new ways to use old things…as in stuff they couldn’t bear to toss.

Whether it’s for an environmental or a sentimental conviction, upcycling is a creative way to justify keeping old stuff.

Upcycling Ideas from HGTV Design Happens

In a few months, we’ll be organizing closets again for fall. This will likely be followed by a thorough cleaning in preparation for the holidays. Then, perhaps the unused items can be upcycled into Christmas gifts.

Just know, if you don’t use it or toss it, this stuff will keep cycling through the seasons.

How do you stay organized? Let us know or just keep clicking

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HGTV Smart Home is an amazing high-tech beach house up for grabs. Readers love exploring the details of this gorgeous vacation home in Jacksonville, Fla.

The most popular feature of HGTV Smart Home on Pinterest might surprise you. It’s not the tech-savvy components, many operable from a smart tablet, smartphone or personal computer. This glass-tiled staircase is the most-loved pin.

HGTV Smart Home Favorite Feature

Other HGTV Smart Home favorites include the guest room’s gorgeous coral and neutral decor as well as the beach-friendly laundry room.
2013 HGTV Smart Home Guest Room

Pinner Liz Caple says, “Now this is a room you would not mind doing laundry in!!!”

Beach House Laundry Room from HGTV Smart Home

Tell us what you love most about HGTV Smart Home and register now for a chance to win!

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You’re invited to join HGTV Celebrity Designer Meg Caswell for a fun, interactive Pinterest Pinning Party this Sunday night, April 28, from 8-10 p.m. ET!

HGTV Pinterest Pinning Party With Meg Caswell

After becoming the season six winner of HGTV’s Design Star, Meg Caswell hosted Meg’s Great Rooms and several specials and guest judge spots for HGTV. She’s also featured regularly in HGTV Magazine. Meg loves to personally engage with fans on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, where she regularly posts pictures of  projects and shopping finds, asking fans to respond either ‘Yay or Nay.’

Meg was one of the celebrity guests at our holiday pinning party last November and we all had a blast. Sunday night, we’ll pin rooms, design ideas and projects and we’d love to know what you think.

New to Pinterest? To sign up, go to and select the button “Join Pinterest” at the top of the page.

Directions to the party:
Simply click on the link to our Pinterest board, Meg Caswell: ‘Yay or Nay and join the conversation in the comment fields of the pin. If you really love it, repin it to one of your boards. You can also find us by searching the hashtag: #PinWithMeg.

I’ll be the voice behind HGTV and if you love Meg as much as I do, you won’t want to miss this live event!

See you Sunday night!


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Hosting a party is more than fun, it also provides motivation for cleaning the house. Outdoor entertaining encourages us (okay, my husband) to clean the grill, wash the porch and spruce up the yard. It can also give you (okay, me) an excuse to shop for new patio furniture, accessories and outdoor games. readers are also motivated to take the party outside. Ideas for an outdoor party is a hot topic right now. Editors are sharing their favorite outdoor entertaining ideas on Pinterest. Be sure to check out our most-loved cocktails, party recipes, decorating ideas, decks, patios, pools, outdoor kitchens and more throughout the next few weeks.

Outdoor Living Ideas on HGTV Pinterest

Tell us how you’re getting ready for the warmer days ahead…or just keep clicking (and pinning)!

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This popular no-bake peanut butter pie is divine. It’s also an incredibly easy recipe.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Pinterest pinners love peanut-butter-everything and I’ve seen several versions of this dessert pinned. My recipe is one of the most simple to make.

This crowd-pleasing chilled pie is perfect for warm-weather parties. I brought it to work and received rave reviews. The highest praise was from Deanne Revel, fellow Pinterest Pin Boss (HGTVRemodels, FrontDoor and DIYNetwork): “You are a pie god.”

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With warmer days ahead, now is the time for closet organization. Online readers are searching for organizing shortcuts and stylish storage. Let’s face it, switching out a seasonal wardrobe can get ugly, especially if you have kids. It IS possible to make any closet or storage space stylish and functional.

 Closet organization tips and tricks from the experts at HGTV's Design Happens

When I’m organizing closets for a seasonal overhaul, it is a minimum two-day, 4-step process: wash, toss, store and stock.

Step 1: Wash/Dry Clean Winter Coats, Snow Gear and Sweaters.
Step 2: Toss Old, Unused or Outgrown Clothing.
I trash the bad and donate the good. When I was a stay-at-home mom with infants and toddlers, who outgrow clothing several times every season, I participated in children’s consignment sales. This is a great way to cash in on old clothes in order to buy a wardrobe in the next size. Here in Knoxville, we’re getting ready for the Duck Duck Goose event, the largest children’s consignment sale in the region.
Step 3: Store Cold-Weather Clothing. Early spring weather is unpredictable, so as a rule of thumb, I keep boxes of winter clothes accessible until Mother’s Day weekend. This is where stylish storage comes in handy.
Step 4: Stock Warm-Weather Clothing. Before organizing closets, make a list of everything you need for spring and summer. As you load up shelves, closets and drawers, take inventory so you can formulate a detailed shopping list. Knowing exactly what you have and what you need is essential for staying on a budget.

Even when it feels daunting, stay the course. Good closet organization is always worth the effort because it’s an everyday time-saver and the best way to greet the first warm, sunny days.

How do you organize closets for the changing seasons?

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There’s something intrinsic about spring cleaning. Everything in nature is fresh and new so naturally, sprucing up the house just feels like the right thing to do.

I like to open windows for fresh air so spring cleaning with harsh chemicals is a little counter-intuitive. Apparently, I’m not alone because natural, homemade cleaning recipes are trending on Pinterest.

Try spring cleaning with homemade cleaners. See MORE tips on HGTV Design Happens

This one-minute microwave cleaning trick with a lemon and a tablespoon of water is popular on HGTV’s Help Around the Home Pinterest board.

Spring Cleaning Tips from HGTV's Help Around the Home

An easy spring cleaning tip I learned from my mother-in-law: Set pillows out in the sunshine because the sun is a natural disinfectant.

What are your best tips for spring cleaning?

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This week marked the beginning of spring and readers are ready for life outdoors.

For many of us, it doesn’t feel like spring outside. Even so, our new HGTVGardens website has had a flurry of activity, especially this gallery of ideas for turning an ordinary deck into a garden hideaway.

HGTVGardens landscaping ideas for decks. Get more ideas from HGTV Design Happens.

Many are dreaming of a backyard paradise for family and friends to gather. Readers are also looking for the perfect mix of outdoor furniture, hardscaping and plants to create showoff patio style.

Our Pinterest pinners are digging easy outdoor living, with an emphasis on easy. This clever tip about adding a brick edge for easier mowing was this week’s most popular pin.

Favorite landscaping idea from HGTV Pinterest

Let us know how you’re planning for warmer days ahead — or just keep clicking (and pinning).

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Our online readers are searching for ways to update their homes on a budget. Between the Christmas credit card bill and impending tax deadline, it’s no wonder so many people are interested in thrifty ideas.

This bathroom makeover is a popular pin on Pinterest. The bathroom overhaul only cost about $500, including DIY plumbing, electrical work and painting.

 Budget Bathroom Makeover, featured on HGTV Design Happens.

We recently created a Budget Decorating board on HGTV Pinterest. Our pinners love this kitchen island, which was given a facelift using weathered, reclaimed wood for an inexpensive new cottage-style look.

DIY Kitchen Island update using reclaimed wood. See what budget makeover ideas are trending on HGTV Design Happens.

Be sure to follow us as we continue to add our favorite budget tricks and low-cost DIY projects. Tell us how you’re sprucing up your home…or just keep clicking (and pinning).

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If you’re not pinning with us on HGTV Pinterest, you’re missing out! This week, we created a new St. Patrick’s Day board and we’re pinning gardening ideas for Spring. is a popular pin source and this Candice Olson bathroom design has been trending on Pinterest.

Barn Door Bathroom, a Pinterest favorite designed by Candice Olson. See what's popular on HGTV Design Happens.

Browse for pinning inspiration and take a look at our boards to see favorite spaces, practical ideas and the latest trends. What do you love to pin on Pinterest?

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Dreamy teen bedrooms are a hot topic on

Online readers are finding clever storage ideas to manage the mess and cool themes kids won’t outgrow. This glamorous Old Hollywood- inspired bedroom is especially popular on Pinterest. Designer Courtney Blanton created the stylish room for a 14-year-old fashionista.

Glamorous Teen Bedroom, featured on HGTV Design Happens Blog.

Find a style that reflects your teenager’s personality and keeps the clutter at bay with inspiring teen bedrooms from

Tell us what dream space you’re trying to create…or just keep clicking.

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For me, the best Valentine’s Day gift will arrive tomorrow — clearance chocolate.

Retailers will be in a rush to clear shelves for Easter candy so it is hands-down the best time to buy chocolate, especially the expensive brands. Discounts range from 40% to 80% off the retail price.

You can freeze chocolate for up to six months and serve it at parties or create gifts. Refined chocolate can be used in recipes for a decadent dessert. You can also melt it to make chocolate-covered strawberries when they’re at peak season this spring.

How to Freeze Chocolate: Take advantage of post-Valentine's Day  sales, then use it for parties and gifts! See how at HGTV Design Happens blog -->

There is a science to freezing chocolate. You have to adjust the temperatures slowly. The trick is to wrap it as tightly as you can (vacuum sealing works best), then place the chocolate in the fridge for several hours before putting it in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it in the fridge first, then set it out at room temperature.

Whether you love to observe Valentine’s Day or not, have a Happy Chocolate Clearance Day tomorrow!

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Designers’ Portfolio offers index tabs so online readers can filter the images by room, design style, color and designer. Right now, traditional bathrooms are the most popular filtered-terms.

 Designers' Portfolio Bathroom Favorite

It’s no surprise that Designers’ Portfolio is one of the leading sources of inspiration for Pinterest pinners. One of our most repinned rooms from Designers’ Portfolio is this gorgeous traditional kitchen with a farmhouse sink.

Designers' Portfolio Kitchen Favorite

Check out HGTV Designers’ Portfolio and tell us about your favorite design style!

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The hilarious Dog Shaming website is a popular pin source on Pinterest. Users submit pictures of their pets with written confessionals. I don’t have a dog but browsing this site is one of my guilty pleasures. I highly recommend it for a good laugh.

Dog Shaming shares stories of naughty pets.

The HGTV family loves animals. Check out these Cute Pets in our Favorite Spaces.

Pet-friendly design from the experts at

See how to create a place for the mischievous furry friends in your home with’s 9 Tips for a Chic Pet-Friendly Home.

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Online readers are channeling their inner-Carrie Bradshaw who once said, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.”

Dream closets are a hot topic this week. Whether you’re displaying Monolos or just trying to make it easier to find shoes that match, get organized with’s 12 Steps to Your Dream Closet.

 How to have a dream closet.

A Carrie Bradshaw closet might not be in your future but one can always dream.

Tell us what projects you’d like to tackle this winter…or just keep clicking.

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