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D-Happ readers, please welcome our newest contributor — Erica Reitman. You may remember Erica from a recent profile we did on her. She is an interior designer with a definite point of view (she’s no nonsense, fun and full of real-world design advice and tips). Check out Erica’s column every Thursday right here. Erica, the team is thrilled to have you. — Grant Dudley

In the hierarchy of go to apps on my phone that I lean on to distract myself from:

  • boring phone calls
  • boring meetings
  • boring commutes
  • boring dates (ok, kidding about that one..mostly)

Instagram has lately been at the top of my list.

This photography based social network is all eye candy all the time, and if you haven’t yet discovered it, it’s time to dive in with ten inspiring, inventive, out-of-the-box, creative interior designers you can follow to get your home feed buzzing with designer-y goodness.

1. @BenjaminVandiver

This Nashville based designer creates spaces that are so chic, they’ll burn your eyes out. He manages to combine classic style, with vintage vibes, and a completely modern, fresh take. His design style is like ice cream — it’s hard to pick a favorite flavor, because they all taste so damn good. See more of Benjamin’s work here.

2. @HouseofBrinson

Husband and wife photographer/stylist team Susan and William Brinson document the renovation of their historical home Stonyford Estate, as well as all of the wonderful guests, delicious meals and creative projects they take on. Their two adorable pups, Nero and Sugar, also often make cameos in the drool-worthy photos of their daily life in upstate New York. Read more about their adventures on their blog House of Brinson.

3.@AmberInteriors

Los Angeles based designer Amber Lewis is a pattern-mixing ninja, with her own chic online “shoppe” where you can purchase gorgeous pillows, rugs and accessories. Her style leans toward the eclectic, Moroccan flea market, road trip cool tip, with bright colors, textures and inspiring posts on how to kick life in the ass sprinkled in. Amber shares tips on the daily over on her blog.

4. @KellyWearstler

Kelly Wearstler, or “K Dubs” as I like to call her, is the reigning queen of in your face, grab you by the lapels and kiss you open mouthed, bold interior design. She is the master of making 70s era design (and other eras) look totally new and chic, mixes graphic patterns like a boss, and her vintage furniture finds are the stuff that dreams are made of. Get even more inspiration from Kelly on her blog My Vibe, My Life.

5. @JustinaBlakeney

If you’re not sure what a “jungalow” is, it’s time to study up on Justina Blakeney’s Instagram feed. Justina has pioneered this relaxed, boho, totally unique interior design approach that incorporates bold, contrasting textures and patterns, lots of lush plants and natural materials, and a comfortable, casual vibe. She also features daily #FaceTheFoliage works of art, which are portraits she creates with flowers and leaves. Check out Justina’s own Jungalow on her blog.

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Not so much a fan of The Real Housewives franchise? For shame! No, I don’t hold it against you — well, I do, but not in any real way that matters.

Even if you don’t watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you have probably read in recent headlines that one of its stars, Teresa Giudice, is in a bit of a pickle. As she and her husband Joe work through their much-publicized “issues,” it looks like the couple has decided to part ways with their Towaco home.

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With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and over 10,000 square feet, the home has just been listed for $3.9 million. The house is full of custom moldings, imported marble floors and fixtures as well as architectural details in every room. “Tre” wasn’t playing around when she designed her castle (Do you all remember the episode when she was buying furniture? Classic Tre!).

Teresa Giudice

This familiar home (to fans, anyway) sits on over 3.5 acres.

Teresa Giudice

Grand two-story entrance with double Cinderella staircases

Teresa Giudice

The gourmet kitchen features a butler’s pantry and large working center island.

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Remember our talk about fall wardrobes earlier this week? If you were wondering where all those new duds would go, look no further than the brand-new HGTV Urban Oasis 2014.

If you were to ask what my favorite room in any home is, the word “kitchen” would quickly slip from my lips — you know, because of the food. But I couldn’t help but dream of the abuse I could inflict on my credit card with the beautifully realized, and enormous, closet of the Urban Oasis residence.

Closet

Master Closet

Lindsay Pumpa, the genius behind such a drool-worthy space, calls the closet something to write home about. The custom accessory storage and handcrafted six light chandelier allow this space to make as much of a statement as the clothing it will store.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

I had to choose a second favorite: the master bathroom. It gives new meaning to the word “retreat.” The sleek, modern tub serves up beautiful city skyline views of Atlanta to whomever is soaking. The marble-tiled shower and floor meld seamlessly with the ultra-chic fixtures and vanity to mimic the tranquil luxury of a five-star spa.

Located in Buckhead, Atlanta’s mecca for all things shopping and dining, the home’s cozy-gone-chic vibe is definitely fitting.

I would be happy to live in the master closet and bathroom, but if your design-loving heart can take it — tour every inch of this urban palace. From the guest bathroom with its striking tile shower to the balcony with its sprawling views of Stone Mountain and Atlanta’s city center, every inch of this home drips with luxury.

Peruse our extensive photo galleries and let us know what your favorite space is in the home. Also, be sure to dish your feelings on the master bedroom’s purple walls — I love them!

And don’t forget — this home can be yours. Enter twice daily for a chance to win this Atlanta dream on HGTV.com and on FrontDoor.com.

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GE Micro Kitchen

Courtesy of GE Appliances

Let’s play a game: Guess whether the appliance in the photo above is a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink, or oven. Would you believe me if I told you it was each and every one of those? Well, meet GE’s micro-kitchen, an innovative appliance designed to house all of your kitchen needs in a compact stylish unit.

GE Micro Kitchen

Courtesy of GE Appliances

GE Micro Kitchen

Courtesy of GE Appliances

At first glance, the micro-kitchen looks like it came straight out of a futuristic movie, but this appliance is no product of fiction. Rather, it was designed to address the needs of the modern consumer, and specifically the ever-increasing “small-living” trend.

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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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Are you obsessed with interior design? Do you dream about growing your brand? Then pack your bags, because it’s time for camp — Design Camp, that is. Design Camp is a three-day-long meeting of the minds for interior designers, architects, bloggers, artists and trendsetters. The brainchild of celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, this event in Las Vegas is for designers at every level.

Design Camp 2014

Camp begins Tuesday, July 29, with a tour of world class showrooms, meeting and mingling with your fellow campers at a cocktail mixer — as well as meeting your hosts, sponsors and speakers. Bright and early on Wednesday morning, your educational journey will begin with learning to build fundamentals of today’s design processes, tools and trends. Wednesday caps with another cocktail gathering to cement your new relationships with the design elite. Thursday’s schedule forges ahead with the building of design relationships and how to acquire and monetize an envied social presence. The day progresses with invaluable topics about managing and marketing your projects and your brand. Each day of Design Camp provides you with the opportunity to learn and network with the most respected professionals in the interior design business.

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We’re giving three lucky Design Happens readers a chance to win a free ticket* to Las Vegas Design Camp on July 29-31. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This contest’s question: What event are you looking forward to at Design Camp? We’ll choose three random winners next Wednesday, June 18.

*The winner will only receive a ticket to Design Camp; travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the individual.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 2:00 p.m. ET on June 11, 2014 and 2:00 p.m. ET on June 18, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $1297. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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This week, HGTV HOME Design Director (and former HGTV.com Guest Editor) Nancy Fire is readying herself for SURTEX, the leading design and digital fabric printing trade show that connects designers, buyers and manufacturers from around the world. Nancy, who is also creative director and founder of Design Works International and First2Print — is playing a big part in this year’s event.

Nancy’s companies and SURTEX have come together to create Design A Seat, a campaign that showcases surface design, digital fabric printing and industry connectivity. As so many industries come together May 18th, 19th and 20th, each seat in the campaign will represent one or more of them. The seats are sourced, revamped, DIYed and upholstered with both digitally printed fabric or wovens, each with their corresponding industry in mind. Each seat tells a story. Take a peek at what’s coming.

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Heavy Cream
2 Cups Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Condensed Milk
1 oz (normal jigger) King’s County Bourbon
1 Tsp of Bourbon Vanilla
1 Pinch of Salt

Yield: 1 Quart

Instructions:

1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a large bowl and coat with a small amount of the sugar. Gently muddle the mint macerating it slightly. Add the heavy cream and whole milk to the bowl and stir gently. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the mint steep in the cream mixture overnight. [Alternative: If you want a quicker way to extract the mint you can heat this mixture over the stove for 5 minutes and then move to the next step; however, steeping the mint provides a unique and superior flavor.]

2. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a 4-quart saucepan and discard the mint leaves. Heat the mixture over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining sugar, condensed milk, vanilla, and salt. Heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add the bourbon, and then place the mixture in an ice bath and let cool for approximately 30 minutes.

3. Add the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. We have used a KitchenAid stand mixer with their ice cream attachment here. Setup KitchenAid stand mixer with ice cream attachment (Note: you must leave the ice cream attachment in the freezer overnight for the product to freeze properly). Turn the KitchenAid to the “Stir” setting and pour the cold mixture into the ice cream attachment. The product should begin to thicken within 20-30 minutes and once the attachment begins to slip is when the product is ready to be removed.

4. Remove the product from the mixer into a storage container. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm, about four hours. The flavor contains bourbon so the consistency will naturally be slightly softer than a normal vanilla homemade ice cream, but it should be firm and hold shape when scooped.

**Recipe by Steve’s Ice Cream

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The first rule of real estate is location, location, location — but what happens when a buyer’s only option in the right location is a house with horrible design and a clunky layout? Renovation, design and real estate pros Joanna and Chip Gaines say buy it — then fix it! Fixer Upper is the Texas couple’s new show coming to HGTV Thursday, April 24, at 11pm/10c. The network is excited to have their expertise on television — and, HGTV.com is thrilled to have Joanna as our newest guest editor. Welcome, Joanna!

As with last quarter’s guest editor, Nancy Fire, Joanna will be bringing her fun, expert commentary to Design Happens, adding insight to 2014 design and home remodeling trends throughout HGTV.com, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there.

Joanna Gaines

HGTV.com Guest Editor Joanna Gaines

For you to get to know a little more about HGTV’s new star and our guest editor, we recently interviewed Joanna.

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As design director of HGTV HOME (HGTV’s product line), Nancy Fire is leading a team to produce stunning home decor that encompasses the looks and styles seen on HGTV and HGTV.com. If you’ve ever shopped HGTV HOME, then you’re familiar with Nancy’s remarkable attention to detail and her keen eye for what’s beautiful. It’s Nancy’s style and expertise that made the decision to choose her as our first ever HGTV.com guest editor a no-brainer. What exactly is the “HGTV.com guest editor?” Glad you asked!

This year, our team will be bringing in a few extra movers, shakers and visionaries who possess interesting perspectives on the world of design. We want these industry insiders to jump into the mix of everything we do here at HGTV.com. So, we asked Nancy if she’d be our first guest editor, and she happily agreed. Welcome, Nancy!

HGTV.com Guest Editor Nancy Fire

HGTV.com Guest Editor Nancy Fire

In the coming months, you’ll find Nancy offering her expert commentary here on Design Happens, adding insight on 2014 trends throughout HGTV.com, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there as she travels the globe. (Catch her this weekend on Instagram while she’s at Heimtextil, Germany’s international trade fair for home textiles.)

For you to get to know a little more about our guest editor, we recently interviewed Nancy.

Our Chat

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You guys, I have some very exciting news! HGTV has partnered with some of the top YouTube taste-makers to launch a new channel dedicated to all things crafty: HGTV Handmade. HGTV Handmade is a new crafting and DIY collaboration channel featuring some of the best DIYers on YouTube. New videos are posted almost every day! Check out the first video below:

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HGTV Handmade launches today and the weekly schedule looks like this:

HGTV Handmade

So, head over to HGTV Handmade and subscribe to get amazing, inspirational DIY videos delivered straight to your inbox! You won’t regret it.

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The holidays are upon us, and for the editors blogging for HGTV’s Design Happens and DIY’s Made + Remade, that means it’s party time! If you’ve been keeping up with our Home for the Holidays party how-tos, then you already know what it takes to throw a fabulous holiday bash. We’ve shared delicious recipes, stylish ensembles, stunning decor and more. But sometimes, don’t you just wish you could attend our holiday shindig? Well, now you can – virtually, that is.

Join us tonight on Pinterest for a real-time Q&A, where our editors will answer your questions and share even more secrets about what it takes to pull off the perfect party. You’ll meet co-hosts Liz Gray and Made + Remade’s Kelly Smith Trimble, who will be joined by several other editors to give you the ultimate scoop.

Here’s your official invite:

Pinterest party invite

Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our Home for the Holidays board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

Now, let’s recap.

What: A Pinterest party where you can talk with our editors about all their holiday projects. Repin your favorite ideas while you’re at it!

When: Thursday, Dec. 12 from 8-10 p.m. ET (That’s today. Don’t forget it!)

Where: Our Home for the Holidays Pinterest board.

We can’t wait to see you there!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Can you believe it’s finally here? After months of waiting, the location for HGTV Smart Home 2014 has finally been announced. The high-tech home will be nestled in Duncanwood Reserve in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn.

Be sure to keep up with its progress as the Tudor-style home comes to life! And don’t forget, starting in April 2014, viewers can enter for a chance to win the three bedroom home in Music City, U.S.A.

Nashville Skyline

>>ALSO: TOUR THE JACKSONVILLE BEACH 2013 SMART HOME

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Before you know it, you’ll be starting up the fire and whipping up batches of hot cocoa to stay warm. As we move into the cool, transitional months, now’s the best time to prep the home for cold, winter weather. HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the fall season with all the products and inspiration you need to get your interior ready. Starting today, September 10 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop the exclusive sale.

Check out our favorite ways to ready your home for fall using pieces straight from the One Kings Lane sale.

Incorporate Easy Autumn Accents

One Kings Lane September Fall SaleShop for warm pillows and throws >>

Make Small Changes for a Big Impact

One Kings Lane September Fall SaleShop for lighting and mirrors >>

SHOP THE FALL SALE

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Your loyalty means a lot to us, so as a thank you HSN and HGTV HOME have partnered to offer our readers an exclusive pre-sale price on the HGTV HOME Solar Light Set starting today and going through tomorrow. The set comes in a pack of 10 and your choice of four different finishes: black, bronze, nickel or zinc. The energy-efficient lights will illuminate your home’s entryway just in time for trick-or-treaters!

Shop the HGTV HOME Pre-Sale Event

Shop the rest of the HGTV HOME Outdoor Living collection at HSN.com to get your outdoor space ready for fall.

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You may know her as a member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but did you know that Melissa Gorga has created a home collection with Joss & Main? Her Home Italian Style collection is available until Sept. 23, and according to Melissa, it “embodies a mix of the Italian style with a modern twist.”

melissa gorga

Melissa is no stranger to interior decorating, as she and her husband designed and decorated their large home together. And with her love for Italian design mixed with modern accents, she hopes her collection will give her fans a chance to imitate her style while bringing warmth and elegance to their own homes.

melissa gorga

What do you think? Would you incorporate these pieces into your home decor?

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Who knew there is an entire month devoted to checking your trees to make sure they are healthy and strong? It’s true. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this month we should all take a few minutes to inspect our local trees for insect damage and other harmful effects, such as dead branches and leaves that have changed color too early. So, let’s get out there and save some trees!

tree check month

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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 www.pinterest.com 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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