“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.
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.
HGTV fans, we have a big surprise for you. One Kings Lane has paired up with HGTV to bring you all the outdoor furniture, accessories and gardening supplies you need to hop right into spring. HGTV has inspired each and every item featured in this month’s sale, so you know you’re getting our seal of approval when you purchase that polka dot pillow. The sale starts today, April 3, at 11 a.m. and ends on April 8 at 11 a.m. And listen to this: The folks at One Kings Lane are offering 30 percent off all first-time purchases (for the first 24 hours of the sale)! So, you have no reason to not buy that rug or bistro set you’ve been coveting. I mean, it’s 30 percent off! Go ahead, add it to the shopping cart.
Check out some of the incredible items you’ll find in this HGTV-curated sale at One Kings Lane. From outdoor dining and grilling supplies to lighting and gardening accessories, your outdoor space will be set for the upcoming seasons.
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HGTV Smart Home 2013 is here, people! And starting next Thursday (April 11th) at 9am/8c, you can enter to win this high-tech Jacksonville Beach abode. This place is a stunning showpiece that you have to check out for yourself (see below).
Though you can’t start entering to win the house until next week, you can go ahead and help us select housewarming gifts for the winner of the home (and enter to win an identical selection of those goods!).
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Horribly decorated phones, “Cardboard Beige” as our April Color of the Month, clowns as inspiration for our Mood Board Monday and best of all, using doll parts in design — did you think the bloggers at Design Happens had lost their minds today? No, we still have taste — it was all a ruse!
Be honest, did we fool you? Or, were you onto us from the very beginning? Tell us in the comments!
Carolyn Clark, our friend and Yahoo! Web trend expert, reports that “funny T-shirts” are heavily sought-after searches on their website right now. Searches for humorous T’s are spiking 895% this week!
Of course, you can find shirts that say anything — but these from Zazzle spoke to me (for obvious reasons).
On Monday, Grant jetted off to NYC for the CableFAX Best of the Web and Digital Hot List Awards Luncheon, and guess what? We won! Design Happens is a 2013 winner in the blog category! CableFAX’s Best of the Web Awards recognizes outstanding websites and digital initiatives within the industry and is a huge honor to receive.
Check out our award! And please excuse Grant’s partially blurry, in-transit picture.
Thank you for your continued support, and continue to follow Design Happens for more exciting posts, projects, videos and giveaways each and every day.
In the March issue of O, Oprah is discussing making over her California home. Ms. Winfrey feels her Santa Barbara house doesn’t accurately reflect her style or who she really is — and so, she’s getting to work with designer Rose Tarlow to come up with a more “lived in” look (or, as I like to call it — “less stuffy.”)
These photos are Oprah’s “Before” shots. If she plans on improving these rooms (they look pretty good to me!), I can’t wait to see the final results.
I’m a sucker for bookshelves. And, wow — these are spectacular! I believe Oprah is changing them, though.
The goal for this room will be to create an elegant and sophisticated space, but allow for warmth and playfulness. I guess it doesn’t do that, already?
Have you heard that Knoxville, Tenn. has been named the Most Romantic City in the US by Amazon.com? That may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but as the hometown of Design Happens and HGTV, it’s really only appropriate.
Since the majority of D-Happ’s bloggers live in Knoxville, how could we not be inspired by our surroundings? Just look at how we roll.
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The Design Happens crew packed our warmest parkas and trendiest scarves (Grant packed his bow tie collection!) and headed to this week’s Altitude Design Summit in beautiful Salt Lake City. Isn’t the view amazing?
We’ll be posting photos of our favorite bloggers, design elements and scenery all week long. Follow Design Happens on Twitter and HGTV on Instagram to see what we’re up to. And if you’re at Alt, too, come say hi to Grant, Briana and me!
We’ve seen a spike in the number of online readers searching for tips on how to paint furniture. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to give old pieces a dramatic new look, which can transform an entire room.
Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep. Prep, prep, prep those pieces correctly! Just grabbing a can of paint and having at it will inevitably end in cracked and peeling paint in no time. A good once over with a fine grit sandpaper, then a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles, is the simplest way to get the paint to stick to the piece and will last so much longer!”
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