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If you’re visiting the Bay Area now through May 27th, you should place the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (at Herbst Manor in Pacific Heights) on your “I gotta see that!” list. This showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design show house event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers.

EXTRA: DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE AT ATLANTA’S TUFFEAU ESTATE >>

Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Master Bathroom Designed by Siol Studios

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Living Room Designed by Catherine Kwong Design

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Have you heard about the latest sensation to hit Broadway? I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler chronicles the life of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers (1932-2011). Sue, played by the Divine Miss M, was a legend in her time and represented the biggest names in show business (Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse).

Keep reading for giveaway details.

I'll Eat You Last

I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler is currently playing on Broadway at the Booth Theatre through June 30th! For more information, visit IllEatYouLast.com.

For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers’s clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now for a limited time (best show availability is on Sunday, May 12th and Sunday, June 2nd), audiences are invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell.

I’m honored that Scott Pask, the set designer for I’ll Eat You Last, is giving a web-exclusive tour to Design Happens of the Broadway set (where we can see Sue’s home decor and tastes really come to life — she loved white flowers, silver and the National Enquirer). Watch the clip now:

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As Scott mentioned, Sue Mengers’s real-life house (pictured below) was designed by a name that may be familiar to some D-Happers — John Elgin Woolf. Woolf (1908-1980) built or renovated homes for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles area residents in the 1950s and 1960s. It was said of him in his obituary that he, “…established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living.”

Sue Mengers's John Elgin Woolf home

Sue Mengers’s John Elgin Woolf home (Photo From The Real Estalker)

Now, on to your chance to win! Design Happens, I’ll Eat You Last and CB2 have partnered to give you items to help with hosting your very own Sue Mengers-inspired dinner party. To win an I’ll Eat You Last tote bag, script, a Wine Bites cookbook, a one-year subscription to HGTV Magazine and a CB2 Party of 4 Starter Set, simply leave a comment on this post. You can answer this question: What do you think is the key to throwing a successful dinner party?

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 10:00 a.m. ET on May 10, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. ET on May 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $148. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Have you heard about the latest sensation to hit Broadway? I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler chronicles the life of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers (1932-2011). Sue, played by the Divine Miss M, was a legend in her time and represented the biggest names in show business (Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse).

Keep reading for giveaway details.

I'll Eat You Last

I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler is currently playing on Broadway at the Booth Theatre through June 30th! For more information, visit IllEatYouLast.com.

For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers’s clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now for a limited time (best show availability is on Sunday, May 12th and Sunday, June 2nd), audiences are invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell.

I’m honored that Scott Pask, the set designer for I’ll Eat You Last, is giving a web-exclusive tour to Design Happens of the Broadway set (where we can see Sue’s home decor and tastes really come to life — she loved white flowers, silver and the National Enquirer). Watch the clip now:

YouTube Preview Image

As Scott mentioned, Sue Mengers’s real-life house (pictured below) was designed by a name that may be familiar to some D-Happers — John Elgin Woolf. Woolf (1908-1980) built or renovated homes for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles area residents in the 1950s and 1960s. It was said of him in his obituary that he, “…established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living.”

Sue Mengers's John Elgin Woolf home

Sue Mengers’s John Elgin Woolf home (Photo From The Real Estalker)

Now, on to your chance to win! Design Happens, I’ll Eat You Last and CB2 have partnered to give you items to help with hosting your very own Sue Mengers-inspired dinner party. To win an I’ll Eat You Last tote bag, script, a Wine Bites cookbook, a one-year subscription to HGTV Magazine and a CB2 Party of 4 Starter Set, simply leave a comment on this post. You can answer this question: What do you think is the key to throwing a successful dinner party?

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 10:00 a.m. ET on May 10, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. ET on May 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $148. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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HGTV FrontDoor and Zillow are looking for your input. Their second annual Doory Awards need to be handed out — and, by you helping with their winner selections, you could possibly win $2,000! Here’s what you do.

Go to FrontDoor.com/Doory where you will find 20 categories of homes that are currently for sale across America (everything from “Homes for Hipsters” to “Tiny Homes.”) Vote each day through June 5th for your favorite home in at least four of the categories, then enter to win! One home (or its realtor, rather) from every category will win the coveted Doory Award, while you stand the chance to win one of five $2,000 cash prizes.

Start voting — and good luck!

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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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Being a DIYer doesn’t have to mean gutting a bathroom or installing new tile flooring. DIYing covers a wide range of topics, from upcycling to gardening. DIYNetwork.com‘s revamped blog, Made + Remade, helps you create the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about, and it’s conveniently divided into four categories to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Made + Remade

Bathroom Renovation

Make ItFor those of you who love to tackle all kinds of projects, big or small, this section is for you. Bloggers, including DIY staffers, share step-by-step instructions to help you complete projects no matter what your skill level.

Fix It – Do you feel guilty throwing away your grandmother’s old dresser? Learn how you can upcycle the things you already have instead of trashing them.

Learn ItIf you aren’t sure what type of tile works best in your bathroom or what flowers to plant, this section will teach you valuable skills to help you with DIY projects and crafts.

Find ItNot sure where to buy the best wood for your pergola? Go to this section to find resources for materials and tools for your next project.

Check out the blog, and share your thoughts and tips!

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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 www.pinterest.com 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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The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.

If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**

Decorators' Show House

Upstairs Master Bedroom Designed by Fernandez + True Interiors

Decorators' Show House

Butler’s Pantry Designed by Kellie Griffin Interiors, Inc.

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Have mercy on my soul. Could our government not have picked a better day to take our money than on a Monday? Don’t they know (or care) that we struggle with the start of the workweek anyway — much-less adding this fun to the mix? Ugh. Hang in there, folks.

Let’s try and offset our inevitable irritation and daydream a bit — let’s envision ourselves in Hawaii — in this oceanfront estate. Heck, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year and can purchase it (the house only costs $11,950,000 — again, one can dream).

Feeling any better? Me either — let’s just keep our heads down and power through this day. Sigh. Ah, Hawaii.

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“All the single ladies, all the single ladies, now put your hands up!“ Beyoncé wedding jokes aside, we’re busy cooking up some gettin’ hitched ideas that just may make all you single ladies out there start dropping hints. I’m engaged and in the midst of wedding planning myself, so when I got the opportunity to collaborate with one of HGTV’s stars on some wedding DIY videos for the site, I was already well-armed with many hours of bridal mag and Internet research. And let me tell you, these gorgeous, budget-friendly ideas are like your fantasy Pinterest board (or mine) come to life. Just take a look at my behind-the-scenes snapshots.

Here's a sneak peek of some upcoming wedding DIY videos on HGTV. Read more on Design Happens...

We’re talking easy table settings that will blow your guests away and wedding arches/chuppahs you can make yourself. Not to mention elegant wedding invitations, posh edible favors, luxe bridal accessories and more projects you can DIY for much less money than you’d spend through boutiques or vendors. If I wasn’t so far along in my planning already, I’d be grabbing my bridesmaids for some serious Crafternoon sessions.

And if you’re wondering who the mysterious HGTV personality behind all of this beauty might be, you’ll just have to check back in June when the videos hit the site. Until then, whet your appetite with some of our favorite wedding ideas from our friends at DIY Network.

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