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.


POSTS BY Sarah Herron

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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!

  • Tell Your Friends is known for expert tips, DIY how-to’s and project ideas — but, we understand that sometimes, readers just need a little design eye-candy. HGTV Designers’ Portfolio is the ultimate sweet spot with thousands of pictures.

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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