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There’s nothing that allures me into an article more than “free!” or “skip the store!” So, when I tell you that I have some free decorating ideas for you that won’t cost you a penny, I hope you know I’m not just trying to lure you into my blog post — or am I? Kidding! Instead of purchasing heavy tiebacks from a home decor store, try something you have sitting around the house — a worn leather belt, patterned necktie or jewelry for something more glam.

How to Use Neckties As Curtain Tiebacks

Add a masculine touch to draperies with a necktie. Tie a Windsor knot and let your tie hang loose, or attach it to the wall with Velcro for something more permanent. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

How to Use Leather Belts As Curtain Tiebacks

Desperate to tie back my own curtains and let in some sunlight last weekend, I reached for the first thing in sight: a skinny, worn leather belt. After some creative looping and knotting, I haven’t had the heart to remove it. It looks too good. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

5 Easy Tieback Ideas

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Another season in Knoxville, Tenn. (home to HGTV Headquarters) means a brand-new design vignette by a talented pair of interior design students. Each quarter, HGTV’s Home Studio university co-op program allows up-and-coming talent from the top design schools in the country to work closely with industry experts to create interactive, educational and flat-out beautiful displays for employees and visitors. (Each vignette mixes a current design trend and an iconic piece.) This spring, University of Cincinnati students Jill Roebel and Kylie O’Keefe showcased the mod metallic and urban natural trends with a classic light fixture that you probably thought was more recent than its 1958 creation, the Artichoke Lamp.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics
HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics

DIVE INTO THE TRENDS

HGTV Home Studio Interns Spring 2013
HGTV Home Studio Interns: Kylie O’Keefe and Jill Roebel

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: What influenced you to choose the mod metallic design style? What about the urban natural movement?

Jill Roebel: After researching an iconic piece of design and choosing the Artichoke Lamp, Kylie and I decided to take the natural aspect of the lamp’s form and the metallic in its finishes and base our trends off that. It was our approach to narrowing down all the trends that are happening this year.

MOD METALLICS >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette - Mod Metallics

KK: What has caused, in your opinion, the current metallic trend?

JR: I think it’s because of all the great metallic products on the market. Metallic paints, papers and textiles have come a long way. These products make it easier to achieve a chic and expensive look on a budget.

KK: How much metallic is too much metallic in a room?

JR: I think it’s all based on personal preference. You can design a room where all the surfaces have a metallic quality or finish to them (like in the ‘Mod Metallic’ vignette). Or, you can take a more subtle approach and add metallic accents to your space.

KK: Can you mix various metals, or should you stay away from that entirely? If you can mix, how do you do it successfully?

JR: You can absolutely mix metals! The key to mixing is to use different colors AND sheens; this gives your eye a visual break from all the shininess and adds depth to your space. Pieces with a silver or chrome finish are great places to start when mixing metals. Because they reflect the colors around them, they mix with warmer tones of metallics almost seamlessly.

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HGTV Home Studio Design Vignettes - Urban Natural

KK: What do you think has caused the rise of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements in the design world?

Kylie O’Keefe: The influx of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements reflects an increased desire for people to reconnect with the natural landscape. There is a great sense of warmth and comfort that natural materials can bring to a space, which I find to be one of the most appealing elements of the trend.

KK: What advice or tips do you have for people trying to mix various natural textures, like wood grains, hides, burlap, etc.?

KO: When it comes to mixing natural textures, balance is key. Using the environment as your inspiration, concentrate on showing a variety of different textures to create a sense of depth. It’s important to embrace the imperfection found in nature by mixing different wood grains and patterns within one space.

KK: How can people successfully achieve an “urban natural” look in their home?

KO: I would first encourage people to think about what natural environment inspires them. Nature already has a perfect balance of color and texture, so after defining your central source of inspiration, I would then encourage someone to search for accessories and furniture that incorporate similar natural textures, and in an honest and organic way.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Area Rugs
Left: Melody Cowhide Rug, JossandMain.com | Right: Cato Rug, BOConcept.com

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HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Artichoke Lamp

KK: Tell me about the Artichoke Lamp. What was your inspiration for choosing this fixture for your iconic element?

JR: The Artichoke Lamp was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen. Each ‘leaf’ on the lamp is perfectly positioned to hide the light source and decrease the amount of glare. Kylie and I chose this piece because it fits with so many different aesthetics because of its timeless design. It was the perfect choice to share between our two contrasting aesthetics.

KK: What can you tell D-Happ readers about the designer, Poul Henningsen, or the lamp that they may not already know?

JR: Poul Henningsen was actually trained as an architect but is only known for his light fixtures (his Artichoke Lamp being his most famous). The Artichoke Lamp was created in Denmark where it’s called the PH Kogle, which means conifer cone or pine cone.

Past Home Studio Vignettes and Posts:

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In honor of the season 6 premiere of Mad Men this Sunday, co-founder of global design company Teroforma, Andrew Hellman, shares his top tips and essentials for creating a retro bar that would even bring a smile to Don Draper‘s lofty (yet attractive) face. So, grab a whiskey on the rocks and take notes. Oh, it’s only 10 a.m.? Who’s counting.

Mad Men Season 6Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Style a Retro Bar at HGTV's Design BlogDesign by Emily Henderson

Retro Bar Ideas

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The hilarious Dog Shaming website is a popular pin source on Pinterest. Users submit pictures of their pets with written confessionals. I don’t have a dog but browsing this site is one of my guilty pleasures. I highly recommend it for a good laugh.

Dog Shaming shares stories of naughty pets.

The HGTV family loves animals. Check out these Cute Pets in our Favorite Spaces.

Pet-friendly design from the experts at HGTV.com.

See how to create a place for the mischievous furry friends in your home with HGTV.com’s 9 Tips for a Chic Pet-Friendly Home.

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It’s just 1 week till Thanksgiving — is your dining room ready for the big event? If not, don’t worry, there’s still time for a guest-impressing makeover. From disguising a past-its-prime dining table to an easy way to give stock white plates a high-end look — we’ve got you covered with five easy project ideas, each with complete step-by-step instructions.

A plain white tablecloth is great for covering up a scratched or discolored tabletop. For a sophisticated look, stitch on a row or two of ruffled burlap or linen: Give a Basic Tablecloth a Custom Makeover

Enlist help from the kids to glue real or silk fall leaves onto fishing line to create a magical falling-leaf effect over the dining table or buffet:How to Make Fall Leaf Streamers

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“There’s a reason a good suit (or favorite flannel) never goes out of style. Menswear patterns are classics that are meant to stand the test of time. So, naturally, you should be decorating with them, too.” — Cassandra Lavalle, coco + kelley 

PHOTOS: MENSWEAR-INSPIRED DECOR

Menswear Patterns

I couldn’t have said it any better, Cassandra. And as the resident dude at Design Happens, I appreciate the shout-out for my fashionable gender. And folks, don’t you think this look goes perfect with November’s Color of the Month?

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Okay, so I know today is Halloween — and believe me, I thought about sharing more Halloween craftiness; but unless you’re looking for pumpkin-carving templates (here and here) or cocktail recipes, the All-Hallows ship has pretty much sailed.

But, in just three weeks (yes, only 3 weeks!) friends and family will be ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. So, if you haven’t started working on your Turkey Day decorations yet, now’s the time.

Start by putting leftover Halloween decorations to good use. Give faux pumpkins a fashion-forward makeover by covering them with trendy upholstery fabrics:  How to Cover Faux Pumpkins in Metallic Leaf

Turn a canvas dropcloth into a custom-fitted dining chair slipcover, perfect if you need to visually unify mismatched chairs:How to Make a Dining Room Chair Slipcover

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Halloween is sneaking up on you fast (only 1 week left!) but don’t worry, we’ve got 23 printable (and free!) templates to make throwing a party, spooking up your front yard, treating your favorite ghouls and ghosties and perfecting your pumpkin relatively painless.

Start with our templates and instructions for creepy outdoor cut-outs:Halloween Outdoor Decoration Template

Get the party started with our printable party favors, like this princess crown: 
Halloween Party Crowns

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When it comes to Halloween pumpkins, I think many of you out there will agree with me when I say that faux can be fabulous. Oh, I know, there are always pumpkin purists who like the squishy sensation of pumpkin innards oozing through their fingertips (You know who you are!) or prefer the look of a real pumpkin or choose real so they can roast the seeds — tasty recipe here, btw — but my personal choice is faux.

Why, you ask? Because, quite honestly, I am a project-aholic. At any given time, I have too many projects started and not enough time to finish them all, so when I buckle down and take the time to bling out a pumpkin, I want my hard work to be displayable for many years to come.

If you’re like me, our Halloween feature  is hooking you up with lots of creative ideas for faux pumpkins. Here are 5 of my faves:

For a sophisticated look, add a trendy silhouette:  Trendy Silhouette Pumpkin

Coordinate your Halloween decorations to your decor by using scraps of leftover fabric for these decoupage pumpkins:Fabric-Covered Pumpkins

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Shorter days and a crisp chill in the air certify that summer truly has come to an end.  Now’s a great time to break out the cozy throws and warm up your home’s decor with a few fall touches.

Take a cue from designer Sarah Richardson and fill vintage vases with autumn-hued flowers:Sarah Richardson's fall floral arrangements

For many of us, fall also signals the beginning of the holiday entertaining season — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are coming up fast. Get ready for the impending arrival of holiday guests by sprucing up areas of your home where guests gather, like the foyer
traditional foyer by Thibaut

Image courtesy of Thibaut.

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