Over the past few days, the HGTV online team, contributors, Design Happens bloggers and special guests have shared their favorite designs, trends, ideas, tips and projects from 2012 on Pinterest. See what we loved: HGTV 2012 Favorites.
I included the most popular pins from readers as well. The top three most pinned photos from HGTV.com in 2012 are:
What were your favorite trends and ideas of 2012?
We’re revealing what we loved most this year on our HGTV 2012 Favorites shared Pinterest board. From now until the end of the year, join the HGTV online team, contributors, designers, bloggers and 2012 Design Star fan favorite and finale runner-up Britany Simon on Pinterest.
You can also follow along on Twitter #PinFaves2012. Join us as we pin the designs, trends, ideas, tips and projects we loved most in 2012.
See you there!
We’ve had a blast with our HGTV Pinterest Pinners this year. If you haven’t joined us, this is what you’re missing:
How does a luxurious interior design sensation like Miles Redd create a brand of “cozy glamour” and step into the world of design? It all started at age five.
“When I was a boy growing up in Atlanta, Ga., my mother had a copy of Cecil Beaton‘s book The Royal Portraits that I used to flip through for hours on end. The photographs are heavy stuff: Princess Elizabeth in ermine coronation robes, holding scepters; Princess Margaret in an immense tulle ball gown splayed across a red damask banquette. After that, there wasn’t a prayer for me; my five-year-old eyes had seen what appeared to be the height of chic, and there was no turning back, at least not until I had my own tufted red madness. It was my first glimpse of the great big glittering world to which I wanted to belong.” — Miles Redd, The Big Book of Chic
Miles was inspired by chic, elegant decor at a young age and remains drawn to the same style of living to this day. I truly believe you can learn the most about a person by looking at their photographs, and interior designers often convey their personality through their designs. Miles’ newest book, The Big Book of Chic (Assouline, 2012), does just that. It’s 300 pages long with 150 full-page illustrations, giving readers a glimpse into what inspires Miles and provides intimate portraits of a beautiful, sophisticated life. You know, a group gathered around a well-dressed table enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; an elegant man stepping off a private jet with his dog; and a photo of Princess Margaret in a luxurious tulle ball gown. Quotes from Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso, Henry James and Alexander Pope (just to name a few) are truly the icing on the cake of this beautifully-illustrated book.
Plus, readers can peek into several of Miles’ own townhouse and beach house projects in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook and Locust Valley. What I love most about this book is that I can be staring at the details of an antique crystal chandelier on one page and turn to a picture of Miles in a tuxedo standing on a chair in a mirrored room.
Courtesy of Cameron Krone
Step inside the colorful, whimsical, inspirational, spirited and eclectic world that is Miles Redd.
© Francesco Lagnese
“There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what’s in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color?” — Pablo Picasso, featured in The Big Book of Chic
Pinners mixed and mingled with editors, bloggers and specials guests Meg Caswell, Sabrina Soto, Britany Simon and Tyler Wisler, along with HGTVRemodels House Counselor Laurie March and DIYNetwork blogger Emily Winters.
We shared some of our best ideas for holiday decorating and entertaining. Here’s a digital album of highlights from the pinning party:
It was full of wonderful surprises, like a visit from HGTV celebrity Sabrina Soto.
Many of you might be wondering, what is a pinning party? Basically, it’s an opportunity for us to interact with you as we gear up for the holidays. During the party, go to pinterest.com/hgtv/holiday-pinning-party where we’ll be pinning our favorite decorations, handmade gifts and holiday recipes. You can interact in the comment fields of the pins with our HGTV.com editors, Design Happens bloggers and special guests: HGTV’s Meg Caswell, Emily Henderson, Britany Simon and Tyler Wisler as well as HGTVRemodels.com’s House Counselor, Laurie March and DIYNetwork.com’s blogger Emily Winters.
We want to hear your ideas and questions about holiday decorating and entertaining. Tell us about your family traditions and what you love most about the holidays.
Plan to grab a glass of wine or hot cider and join our Holiday Pinning Party anytime from 7-9 p.m. EST this Sunday, Nov. 18. If you’re on Twitter, we’ll also be live tweeting with the hashtag #hgtvholidays.
Even though we’ll have several HGTV celebs at the party, we consider you — the HGTV Pinners — our VIPs!
See you Sunday!
Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the New York Times that her favorite television show is HGTV’s Love It or List It, saying “I find it very calming.”
The show follows homeowners who have a big financial and emotional question: renovate or sell? In each hour-long episode, realtor David Visentin and designer Hilary Farr compete for the homeowners’ final decision to stay or go.
The reporter, Gail Collins, says it’s befitting that the HGTV show appeals to Clinton. She writes, “After a lot of hard work and the final commercial, there’s a happy ending.”
It sounds as though Hillary might be interested in a happy ending of her own on HGTV.
When asked what her next move will be after this next presidential term, rather than express interest in a second run at the White House, she says, “Maybe I’ll get a decorating show.”
Would you like to be on HGTV? Click here to learn how. (Hillary, that includes you!)
Through March of next year, Japan’s Winter Illuminations light show is in full swing. If you’re near the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, the installation is a must-see for tourists (I mean, just look at the photos — this is spectacular!).
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and yes, you’re at Design Happens. But as you can see, something is very different around here. We have a new look! The team behind D-Happ (its little nickname around the HGTV offices) would like to welcome you to the new and improved Design Happens! We have been feverishly working for months to get this new layout just right and we hope you are happy with all of our hard work.
Rest assured, what isn’t changing is the quality content you’ve come to expect from us. The writing staff remains, the weekly franchises are still here and our devotion and adoration to the world of design is ever-present. If anything, we hope our new look gives you more insight into our staff and what we’re up to (like our headshots?).
So again, welcome to the new Design Happens — click around and let us know what you think!
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