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HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse (host of Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms and Red, Hot & Green) has a new book out for homeowners who want to tackle their home design challenges (with practicality, style and a bit of environmental responsibility). Carter’s Way hit bookshelves just yesterday.

Carter Oosterhouse

Available for purchase Tuesday, October 2.

Carter knows how intimidating home design can be. With his upbeat “you can do it” attitude, he shows readers how to create budget-conscious design elements that they can implement with basic tools and a little DIY experience. His mission is to bring people’s imaginations to life when it comes to home design.

In Carter’s Way, he decodes the principles of design, using specific examples and stunning photography. He also teaches readers how to be environmentally responsible by using green products wherever possible — without adding huge costs or hassle to the project. Each chapter covers a different area of the house, acknowledging the diversity of layouts in today’s homes.

Carter Oosterhouse

This room uses a black-and-white background to showcase two stunning purple chairs. Don’t be afraid to flash your style (as long as it makes design sense).

I spoke to Carter this week about his book and while I had him, I asked a few other questions as well. Here’s what he had to say.
Interview With Carter & Chance To Win Autographed Copy of Carter’s Way

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Actresses Busy Philipps and Courteney Cox have announced that they are teaming up with The Art of Elysium and One Kings Lane to co-curate a vintage and market finds sale on the One Kings Lane website. The sale will feature vintage items that they are donating from their homes, as well as an assortment of one-of-a-kind pieces hand-selected by the interior design enthusiasts. The 72-hour celebrity curated sale launches this evening at 9pm/8c at OneKingsLane.com and proceeds will be donated to The Art of Elysium.

Design Happens interviewed Busy Philipps and asked her about design, child-proofing and her One Kings Lane sale. Check out our chat below.

Busy Philipps

Actress Busy Philipps

DH: How would you describe your house? What’s your design style?

BP: It’s very eclectic. I personally don’t love when you walk into a home and you feel like it’s a page ripped out of a catalog. Some people feel very comfortable in those environments; that’s not how I choose to live. Our house is more like a collection of pieces and things. I have a sofa from Room and Board in my living room and we also have an antique wall unit with a desk. Years ago I bought Elizabeth Taylor’s dining room chairs from her Palm Springs Estate. There are things from Modern One gallery here in Los Angeles. We have really nice beautiful antiques mixed with newer pieces and we’re not married to one particular era or style. My favorite houses I’ve been in have been able to blend different styles seamlessly and that’s what we’ve tried to do in our home. And I think we’ve been pretty successful at it. What’s crazy about our house is that we are never finished. We are just those people who are continually like, ‘maybe we need a new couch for the TV room, we probably need to order a new bed, let’s re-wallpaper our bedroom.’ It never ends. We are never going to be done with our house. And I love it. I love doing it. It’s a never-ending project and I love it  – much like our marriage, much like raising a child.

DH: You have a 4-year-old daughter. Did having a child change everything in your house, design wise?

BP: You have to be careful, especially when you have antiques and really nice things. You just teach them very, very early on – one finger, it will break really fast, you don’t climb on this furniture. You can climb on the sofa but you don’t jump on the sofa. And then she has her spaces – her bedroom, our bedroom, her playroom and our TV room that are her areas where she can go nuts.

We had a little bit of a situation. We have this really cool wallpaper – and you know wallpaper ain’t cheap – in our playroom, and she stuck all of these Tinkerbell stickers on it when she was two. Then she tried to take them off and ripped a big chunk of the wallpaper down. She didn’t get in trouble, I wasn’t watching her, you know what I mean, and she’s a little kid. I just had to suck it up and at some point I’ll have to pay to get it fixed, but it is what it is and things are just things.

She’s four now and she’s like “remember when I did that Mama?”
More With Busy Philipps

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Tomorrow, Gil Schafer III’s The Great American House:Tradition for the Way We Live Now will be hitting shelves in bookstores across the nation. And let me tell you, if you have a love for traditional design — you have to go find this book. We at Design Happens received an advance copy weeks ago and this book has been viewed by most everyone — and the resounding response from the team has been “That’s a stunning book!”

The Great American House

Available for purchase Thursday, September 20.

Gil takes the best of traditional architecture — from the detailed craftsmanship to the elegant, balanced proportions — and translates it for the kind of connected spaces that fit today’s family. The book is full of gorgeous photos, alongside personable, informative tips that illustrate the entire process of restoring, renovating, and building classic homes.

The Great American House inspired me to ask designers from across the U.S. to speak on what they consider to be classic elements of traditional design within American homes. Here is what they had to say.

Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Interior Design:
American is by its very nature all-inclusive and about choice, individual taste, and freedom. To me, American interiors are bold. They’re courageous and risk-taking without forsaking tradition — timeless pieces of furniture layered among stunning patterns and striking colors. They’re also versatile and dynamic, affording a family comfort and luxury as well as high-function for daily use. Above all, American interiors are welcoming, hospitable and inviting; guests feel natural yet pampered.

Great American House

The family room features painted paneling, a rustic beamed ceiling and a fireplace surround made from granite.

More Designer Interviews & Photos From The Great American House

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Centsational Girl - Kate RileyWe’re so excited to announce a new addition to the HGTV Design Happens team! You all know Centsational Girl‘s Kate Riley, right? Of course you do. Well, starting tomorrow, and continuing every Tuesday, she’ll be writing a five-part weekly series on sprucing up secondhand finds and turning them into stunning home decor you’ll love for years. She’ll provide tips on seeing the potential in old finds and honing your DIY skills to give them a brand-new, modern-day makeover. Sound fun? We thought so, too! Check back tomorrow for Kate’s first post on secondhand sprucing, starting with the bedroom.
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We at HGTV love color — you know that. So of course, I had to highlight a news item that is, well, at its core — all about color.

Lady Gaga‘s new fragrance, Fame, is black. Now, I’m not referring to its packaging (yes, it’s black too) — I’m talking about the fluid itself! It’s black, people (it says so right on the box). It’s the first-ever perfume to be a color that, when sprayed, turns clear (don’t worry, you won’t stain your clothes).
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Gaga partnered with Coty Beauty to create the one-of-a-kind perfume. Though skeptical at first that it could even be done, Coty Beauty executives are now crediting Gaga as the driving force behind one of the most important innovations in the fragrance industry in 20-years.

Whether you’re a Lady Gaga fan or not, don’t you find the new color technology rather intriguing?

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HGTV is on Instagram! The HGTV.com editors will take readers behind the scenes of Dream Home, Green Home, and Urban Oasis photo shoots, invite them into the HGTV.com offices and bring them along on exciting adventures, from shopping at the Fall Market to hunting for the latest design trends. Check out a few of our favorite Instagram snapshots and follow us at @HGTV for fun updates.

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HGTV's Urban Oasis Miami Photo Shoot

 

HGTV Instagram Design Stars

HGTV Design Star contestants

 

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Enjoying the paddle boats during lunch hour at the HGTV office.

This week Design Happens editor Marianne Canada will be sharing photos from the New York International Gift Fair on @HGTV’s Instagram. Follow along to see the latest and greatest in the world of design.

Not sure what this whole Instagram thing is all about? Instagram is a picture sharing app that is currently available on iPhones and Android phones. Download and then open the app on your phone. Then click on the star-shaped icon next to the home icon to search for HGTV on Instagram. Tap on the HGTV profile in the search results and finally tap the Follow button on our profile page. All the HGTV.com Instagram pictures will now show up in your feed.

HGTV Instagram Urban OasisIf you still have questions about how to find us on Instagram, leave them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to help.

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz are back with all new designs, amazing home makeovers and celebrity guests on the second season of Home by Novogratz. The Novogratzes, a New York-based husband and wife design team, bring their unique sense of style and bold ideas to their latest projects, including transforming a room for Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and a ski lodge for skateboarding pro Tony Hawk.

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz with Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Season two begins with the Novogratzes traveling with their daughters Bellamy and Tallulah to Oklahoma to give The Pioneer Woman’s daughters a brand new bedroom retreat. They face quite a challenge (not that they aren’t used to challenges with raising seven kids) when it comes to updating the long attic room to make it tween friendly.

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The Novogratz family and the Drummond family

Check out a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the project below and tune in Saturday, August 4 at 7pm/6c to see the final reveal of the Drummond girls’ new bedroom.

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The bedroom before the makeover.

 

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Bob and Cortney plan the bedroom makeover.

 

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The bedroom makeover in progress.

 

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz

Check out season two of Home by Novogratz starting Saturday, August 4 at 7pm/6c.

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We interrupt your regularly-scheduled broadcast of Defend the Trend (actually, it was interrupted on Friday by technical difficulties, but I digress) to bring you a fun trend that no one could possibly argue about: Our HGTV Color Guide iPad app has expanded into the even bigger and better HGTV Shelf app!

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All the colorful goodness of the original is still there…

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but has been joined by two additional issues that cover some of our hottest subjects – Closet Cases and Fast Fixes: Outdoors.

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Check them out for practical advice, design secrets and to-die-for photo galleries – I’m currently drooling over the dreamy boutique-inspired closets in Closet Cases. If this doesn’t inspire you to clean up your act and get organized, nothing will!

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Two of the releases are free, and the third is a steal at just 99 cents. I got 99 problems, but paying 99 cents for a gorgeous, tip-filled app ain’t one.

Grab your iPad and download HGTV Shelf through the App Store or by clicking the following link: www.hgtv.com/shelf. And look for new issues coming each month! HGTV Shelf, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

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–UPDATE: It happened. We (and you) can now watch Daphne on live stream video. Take a look!–

A mama duck (what’s the correct name for a female duck anyway?) has laid eggs in a front planter here at HGTV headquarters. Daphne, as she calls herself, has faithfully been sitting on her eggs for over a week now. Because of who we are and what we do, we thought it only appropriate to create some shelter for Daph.

HGTV's Quack Shack

The sign reads: “Do not touch the eggs!”

As of Friday afternoon, HGTV facilities has placed a bowl of water by her nest, built a canopy (or “quack shack”) to shade her from the blazing sun and constructed a waddle ramp so once the eggs hatch, the little duckies can come down easily.

There’s talk that on Monday morning, a live stream camera will be installed so the office staff can watch Daphne from our desks. I worried that she may not appreciate the invasion of privacy, but now that I’ve been informed of her regular Tweets, I believe she can’t get enough of all this attention.

Any thoughts on what we should provide Daphne next?

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Did Santa happen to bring you an iPad for Christmas? Then we’ve got another present for you! In addition to our HGTV to Go and HGTV Dream Home: Best of the Past iPad apps, today we’re releasing some all-new downloadable goodness: the HGTV Color Guide.
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Learn pro decorating tips and browse over 150 colorful photos, including rooms from some of your favorite HGTV stars, like David Bromstad, Candice Olsen and Vern Yip.

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The HGTV Color Guide also includes interactive articles filled with everything you need to know to transform your home, like the 7 Color Mistakes to Avoid and this Color Wheel Primer.
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Best of all, just like the other apps in the HGTV family, it’s 100% free. Download it today and get inspired!

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Big news!

All of us at HGTV.com are so excited to be welcoming one of our very favorite bloggers, Rebecca Woolf to our team. (And as much as we love Rebecca, we’re apparently not her only fans.)

We are thrilled to introduce Rebecca and her family to you on our blog today, and we look forward to sharing some really fun and inspiring projects from Rebecca with all of you in the months ahead.

Take it away Rebecca!

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Hello there, fellow HGTV fans! My name is Rebecca Woolf; I am the mother of four, wife of one, lover of life, style and stories. I’m super excited to be working with HGTV.com. And because I’m new here, meaning many of you have no idea who I am, please allow me to briefly introduce myself, and tell you a bit about my own design aesthetic, which I would describe as storytelling through decor.

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I’m a California girl (raised by the beach in San Diego) who has lived the last twelve years in Hollywood, where I make my living as a writer and blogger.  I grew up in a home where most of the art was painted by family and friends and/or came down through generations. Even now, most of the art that hangs on the walls of our home was painted by my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who worked as a writer and painter and passed away before I was born.

My great-grandmother, Frances Wright was married to John Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, and I grew up listening to the stories behind the pieces of furniture in my grandmother’s house, pieces designed and built by John (as was the home in which my Nana still resides). What appeals to me both in clothing and home decor is creating a narrative with pieces, a collage of colliding worlds and stories… My goal is for my children to come of age in an adventurous space full of worldly and idiosyncratic treasures.

Beaded Flea Market Chairs

Beaded chairs from our local flea market, Melrose Trading Post

bookcase surrounded by Francis Wright art

A makeshift bookcase, surrounded by Frances Wright paintings and a working gramophone

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Postcards from the swap meet

John Lloyd Wright Lamp

A lamp designed my step great-grandfather, John Lloyd Wright

As a new mother of twins, I spent a lot of time and energy planning and decorating my girls’ nursery…

Twin nursery

Designer nursery for kids
Rocking chair in twin nursery

I’m SO looking forward to working with HGTV.com on an upcoming web series featuring unique spaces for babies and children (“ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf”). In the meantime here are a few images of my three-month old twins, Boheme Shalom and Reverie Lux, as well as their nursery, inspired by their names, a la “Bohemian Daydream”.

Twins together

Bo & Revi, on blankets handmade by my mother

 

Revi Woolf

Revi

Bo Woolf

Bo

Nursery Artwork

Nursery Artwork Rebecca Woolf
Twin initials in nursery
Purple bookcase in nursery
Turquoise dresser in nursery

 

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Boheme and Reverie with Fable, 3, and Archer, 6

More soon! In the meantime, thank you so much for having me. I’m thrilled to be here, and I look forward to sharing many decorative adventures with all of you.

With love,

Rebecca

PS: Get to know me better by visiting me at over my personal blog, Girls Gone Child or by following me on Twitter.

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pantone 2012 color of the year tangerine tango design blog hgtv design happensIt’s that time of year again. Pantone just released their Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango.

This vivacious, reddish orange hue was chosen for its radiating passion and natural warmth – two characteristics that occur when you marry red and yellow. In the coming year, we can expect Tangerine Tango “to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” This bold color evokes a feeling of heat, drama and exoticism, while still coming across as comfortable and friendly. During the cold and dreary months of December, I was wondering if I would see this color in stores, on the runways or in interiors, but I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE.

Tangerine Tango looks stunning in every room setting (as an accent color or splashed on the walls), on every skin tone and on just about every product and accessory you can think of. I’m crazy for this bold beauty, can’t you tell? It looks like I need to alter my Christmas wish list…

We’re Gaga Over Pantone’s Spring 2012 Color Report

Designer Shelly Riehl David shows how much of an impact Tangerine Tango can make in this small sitting area. Aqua walls help create a balance of cool and warm components next to the chair, while additional hints of tangerine on the wall prints help tie the entire look together.

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The best way to spice up an all-white space is to add Moroccan leather poufs in tangerine, of course. Pulled from the rug’s intricate pattern, the tangerine pieces provide just the right amount of vigor. (Don’t you just love that pouf?)

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Or you can be completely daring and take it to the walls:

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Designer Jaymes Richardson suggests using your favorite color (Tangerine Tango, maybe?) for key pieces to make the color feel more special. Plus, the room will instantly feel more vibrant and energetic with the integration of a bold, new hue.

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Not only has tangerine been popping into interiors, but it’s been lighting up the runways, too. Fashion designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Elie Tahari are incorporating this striking color into their spring collections.

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And what did I tell you? It looks beautiful on everything, doesn’t it? Pillows, sunglasses and even kitchen utensils are coming out in this shade of orange.

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I prefer this color used as statement pieces when its magnetic energy and warmth can really shine.

What’s your take on Tangerine Tango? Would you add some of this luscious hue to your home? Tell us in the comments!

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Fellow Honeysuckle lovers will rejoice when they hear the following news: Pantone LLC and Synta Inc., a craft paint manufacturer, have partnered to create a new collection of grab-and-go paints called MyColor inspired by Pantone. Perfect for do-it-yourselfers and designers on a budget, these 35-ounce, ready-to-go paints are an easy solution for adding a quick splash of color—in one of 49 hot Pantone shades—to a piece of furniture or craft project. MyColor is the first instant-use paint available in Pantone colors. There’s no waiting, no mixing, no tinting and certainly no surprises days after the paint dries. So, go crazy my friends. Sponge it on. Stencil it in. Or swipe it on with a paintbrush any way you want. (Think my boyfriend will like a Honeysuckle nightstand? Lamp? We can surely compromise on a lamp.)

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MyColor inspired by Pantone offers invigorating hues in seven different collections. Which top MyColor paint collection matches your home the most? The bold Vibrance Collection, the fresh Floral Collection, or the Naturelle Collection inspired by the Great Outdoors?

Tell us in the comments below.

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If you are anything like millions of design lovers, chances are you were waiting for Target’s website to just let you in this morning. Today is the first day that the Missoni for Target line is on sale and the demand for this iconic fashion house’s zig-zag patterns and bold color pairings at reasonable prices was so high that many shoppers were met with an error page when they logged on to the retailer’s site.

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Once I was finally let in, I wasn’t completely surprised to find that a lot of the truly desirable pieces where already out of  stock. Obviously I wasn’t the only one thinking that I really needed one of those blankets for fall. Ever the optimist, I’m hoping that Target is holding a secret stash in reserve and will replenish their supplies. Did any of you score some Missoni?

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Raise your hand if you want to live in a luxurious apartment in Trump International Hotel & Tower with fabulous views of the Chicago skyline, the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago River. Did everyone raise their hands? I certainly did. Well, I’m happy to report that the agonizing wait is officially over. As of today, August 18, you can enter twice daily (once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com) for your chance to win HGTV Urban Oasis 2011, a grand-prize package valued at more than $750,000. And just in case you didn’t know, the grand-prize package includes stunning interior design by HGTV’s Vern Yip. I’m envious of the future winner already.

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When I first took the Urban Oasis 2011 virtual tour, I figured it would be a cinch to pick my favorite room since the square footage of this apartment is smaller than, say, HGTV Dream Home or HGTV Green Home. I was completely wrong. Don’t let the size fool you. This one-bedroom and one-and-a-half-bath apartment boasts such a gorgeous detailed interior that it’s impossible to take your eyes off the incredible design work in every room, from the contemporary light fixtures to the powder room’s sleek black-and-white tilework. Check out my two favorite rooms in this top-notch urban apartment and then tell me what you think.

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In addition to the contemporary decor and interior elements of the living area, I’m head-over-heels for the city views. When you’re at street level in a city like Chicago, the constant traffic, roar of the “L” trains and throngs of pedestrians feel so hectic. But from the 35th floor of the Urban Oasis 2011 apartment, the city will always appear calm, friendly and anything but chaotic. And this stunning view can be seen from almost every room (the foyer, kitchen, dining area, living area and master bedroom). The living room not only serves as a living room but as a miniature home office, dining area and conversational seating/bar area, too. Even though it’s a true multifunctional space, it never once feels cluttered, busy or “too much.” Excellent work, Vern.

Urban-Oasis-2011-Master-Bedroom-HGTV-DesignHappensMaster Bedroom With Guest-Ready Sleeper Sofa

I love the serenity and tranquility present in the master bedroom. A calming color palette and soothing textures serve as an escape from all the hustle and bustle of city life. I think nap time would easily become a daily event if I could snuggle up in that cozy canopy bed. And with all your friends fighting to visit your new digs, within the master bedroom there’s a sleeper sofa that gets an even better look at the skyline than the master bed itself.

Amazing, huh? I shared my favorite aspects of Urban Oasis 2011, so what are yours? Do you love the kitchen appliances? The dining room chairs? The hand-painted walls in the master bedroom?

Tell us in the comments below. (We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.)

But first, go enter the sweepstakes, and remember to do enter every day – once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com.

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Jeanine Hays - Aphrochic As if she wasn’t already incredibly busy, our feature blogger Jeanine Hays of Aphrochic co-designed a spread in the latest issue of Matchbook Magazine (A Rooftop Soiree on page 80)…AND is leaving for Paris in a few weeks to present her line at the Maison & Objet trade show. But the really big news is Jeanine just signed her first book deal! APHROCHIC: MODERN.SOULFUL.STYLE will be published by Clarkson Potter in fall of 2013. Soon after Jeanine returns from France, she’ll be zipping across the country, photographing homes that reflect the intersection of modern and global design. (And hopefully sharing some behind-the-scenes blog posts on Design Happens about what goes into publishing a design book.)
Congratulations Jeanine!
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Do you love a fast-paced life? Do you equate the constant sound of a city to a flowing river? Do you simply consider yourself a city person? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll love this year’s HGTV Urban Oasis apartment in the heart of downtown Chicago. To top it off, HGTV star Vern Yipp designed and decorated the entire flat with jaw-dropping, Arts and Crafts meets mid-century modern flair.

Urban Oasis in the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago

If you win the Urban Oasis Giveaway, you’ll be calling the 35th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower “home.” Can you even imagine? With a lobby like that, everyday will feel like a luxurious holiday.

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Then when you get home after, say, a long day at work, you step into this? It would feel like a dream every single day. I absolutely love the soothing green Vern used for this sophisticated high-rise pad.

Starting August 18 at 9 am ET, you can enter twice per day— once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com— for a chance to win this beauty. But first, don’t forget to check out what Vern has to say about decorating the Urban Oasis 2011 apartment And tour every room for details on his stellar design.

After clicking through the pictures and taking a guided video tour with our feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn, I’ve decided the living room (with that spectacular view) is my favorite room. What’s your favorite room in the apartment?

Take the tour and tell us in the comment area below.

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Do you suffer from flooring envy? Perhaps you bought a house, like me, where for some unknown reason the previous owners installed different hardwoods in different rooms for no logical reason. Or maybe some person in your family (who shall not be named) spilled nail polish/wine/nail polish remover/mustard/you name it on the carpet you’ve been meaning to replace. Others of us strategically place slippers by the side of the bed during the winter because our search for the ideal area rug so far has been a bust, and those floors are sooo cold at six in the morning. We…we are the ones who, when we visit another person’s home, notice gorgeous flooring with great longing. We marvel at the glow of hardwoods. (Yes, they can glow.) We desire a barefoot run across our host’s welcoming carpet. We experience awe at how one area rug has the power of an instant makeover.

Well, there’s no more need to suffer from flooring envy. Thanks to HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw, a variety of stylish designer flooring options now available nationwide at authorized Shaw retailers. I spent some time online window shopping the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection, and here’s what I fell in love with instantly:

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Carpet Flooring by ShawCarpet is all about elegant colors, patterns and textures that fill a home with warm, welcoming feelings as well as durable, stain resistant comfort that encourages relaxed living.

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Area Rugs by ShawWhether you’re looking for an instant makeover or a seasonal change, area rugs have the power to transform a room. Make a big or subtle design statement with your choice of color and pattern.

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Hardwood Flooring by ShawHardwoods bring distinction to a home and a natural touch that can be enjoyed for decades.

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Laminate Flooring by ShawLaminate offers active families a variety of stylish and affordable looks that stand up to everyday wear and tear.

Visit www.hgtvhome.com and let us know… are you inspired by the new HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection? Will you finally install those new hardwoods? Add wow to your living room or bedroom with a new area rug?

Tell us in the comments below.

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If you haven’t already visited the Veranda UnVeils: The House of Windsor, it’s well worth braving the worst of L.A. traffic — aka “Carmageddon” — for the final weekend of this stunning house tour.

Veranda UnVeils The House of Windsor

With the help of  nine A-list, LA-based interior designers and landscape architects, designer extraordinaire Windsor Smith transformed the house into a masterpiece of comfortable modern luxury. (Check out coverage of the preview party at The Editor at Large.)

House of Windsor Kitchen

If you, like me, can’t make it to LA, the next best way to tour The House of Windsor is the gorgeous spread on 1st Dibs. After taking a photo tour of the house, I’ve decided this is absolutely my favorite room. I love a kitchen with a farmhouse sink, but a kitchen with a white and gray marble apron-front sink with matching gray cabinets makes my heart thump.

We’d love to hear which is your favorite room in The House of Windsor and why?

Tell us in the comments below.

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