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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Stephanie G!

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The third installment: Spring organization products that will make the most of your home’s storage space. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some supplies to organize your home.

We’ve shared our favorite cleaning products with you, so now it’s time to get organized. I absolutely do not like organizing, which is a little embarrassing for me to admit. I can never quite get a good grasp on how to be organized or what products to use to maximize storage and functionality. I corralled my most organized friends to help me come up with a list of products they can’t live without and that make organizing a fun less daunting task.

Fun Organizing Products

1. Mark Brothers Cable Labels: Identify your cords in the cutest, quirkiest way with these little clip-on guys. Each clip-on comes with a label sticker, so you won’t be left guessing which cord belongs to what electronic. ($14.00)

2. Jonathan Adler Collapsible BinsStore your clutter in style with these boldly-patterned storage bins by Jonathan Adler. The designs will transform your shelves into a statement piece, and you can collapse them when not in use. ($20)

3. Fox Paper Clip Holder: Made of solid mahogany wood, this adorable creature is a fun addition to your home office desk. Its magnetic body keeps paper clips easily accessible in one area, so you don’t take up an entire drawer. ($19.95)

4. Grocery Bag Dispenser: I’ll admit, I keep my grocery bags in a narrow cabinet in my kitchen. A grocery bag dispenser would be much more practical since it fits nicely in a pantry or storage closet, and only requires tape or screws to mount on the wall. It’s easy to use and saves storage space, not to mention, its sleek design works with any style home. ($10)

5. Rakku Shoe Wheel: It may not look like it, but this wheel can store up to 30 pairs of shoes without taking up too much precious floor space. I imagine myself spinning the wheel every morning, and picking a random pair of shoes to plan my outfit around. That’s one fun way to start the day! ($71)

6. Hair Accessories Organizer: By the time I get ready in the mornings, it looks like a tornado ripped through my bathroom. I need several hair products to tame my unruly waves, so this all-in-one hair accessories organizer would be perfect for those in the same boat. It even comes with an outlet, so you can directly plug-in your hot tools.

Are you ready to get organized? We’re offering one winner HGTV office supplies (includes notebooks, pens and push pins) to help organize your home office. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite go-to product or tip that helps you stay organized?

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 March 30, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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As a kid I LOVED to hunt for hidden plastic Easter eggs — I didn’t even care if there was chocolate inside or not! For me the thrill of the searching and finding was enough. Since no one is volunteering to put on a grown-up Easter egg hunt for me, I’m instead channeling my laser focus for colorful, pastel things into finding Easter egg-colored home decor.

Since the weather is rapidly warming, it’s a great time to look at spring-fresh bedroom decorating ideas. It’s time to swap out heavy comforters for light coverlets, so why not change dark, moody colors out for the kind you’d find in an Easter basket? Pastels get a little bit of an unfair rap for being little-girlish, but I think when used right they’re appropriate for any age.

Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Canopy Bed

Design by Musso Design Group

This bedroom by Musso Design Group does it just right: A neutral backdrop with soft white bedding and beige curtains can work for any season. The bright pops of orange and turquoise in the blanket and throw pillows are perfect for spring and summer but can be swapped out for items with heavier fabric and darker colors to match fall and winter.

Fuchsia and Brown Moroccan Inspired Bedroom

Design by Jennifer Dyer

Ok, I admit I’m not much of a pink gal, but I LOVE this bedroom. There’s something so alluring about the rich, fuchsia-colored chairs, throw pillows and wallpaper. The deep gray tone of the carpet and curtains and the hardwood-covered ceiling help tone down the overall effect of the more colorful accents, giving this room designed by Jennifer Dyer a luxury hotel-like feel.

Yellow Cottage Bedroom With White Iron Bed

Design by Denise Fogarty

You just can’t look at this room without feeling instantly warmer and happier. This classic cottage bedroom is the definition of inviting with its white iron bed and lemony yellow walls. This look would lend itself well to a welcoming guest bedroom.

Bedroom With Hummingbird-Print Wallpaper and Luxury Touches

Design by Preston Lee

Designer Preston Lee knows how to make formal design fun. Just take a look at this minty bedroom bedecked in Osborne and Little Grove Garden Wallpaper, which provides a perfect spring setting for the high-end furnishings and accessories, such as the shell-covered chandelier, sunburst mirror and canopy bed.

Moody, Masculine Master Bedroom

Design by Caitlin & Caitlin

I’ve saved my favorite for last. Design team Caitlin & Caitlin used a moody shade of lavender that invokes both feminine and masculine appeal. The gray duvet plays to the more serious side of the otherwise playful color, while the Southwestern style blanket warms things up.

What is your favorite Easter egg-inspired color? Tell us in the comments below.

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The first installment: Spring cleaning products that make it (more) fun to get every surface in your home sparkling. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some supplies to clean up your home.

I won’t lie to you: I’m far from the world’s best housekeeper. But even for me, there’s something about the dawn of spring that makes it feel necessary to purge my home of the winter’s dust and grime. One thing that keeps me motivated? Refreshing my cleaning supplies with fun-yet-functional versions. Here are some of my favorites.

Spring Cleaning Products To Make Housework a Little More Fun

1: Natural Cleaning BottleReady to ditch chemical-filled cleaners? This cute, dishwasher-safe natural cleaning bottle from Full Circle comes complete with a built-in juicer for citrus-based cleaners, plus a recipe book full of all-natural, dirt-busting concoctions. ($9.95)

2: Normann Copenhagen Ballo Toilet Brush: Ah, the toilet brush. So necessary, yet such an eyesore. Not so with the streamlined, modern Ballo Toilet Brush, which comes in bright green, white and black. The name, which means “dance” in Italian, refers to the playful, wobbling motion of the curved base. ($68.00)

3: Vigar Washing Up Brush: This cute sink-side set is like a vase of flowers that’s always fresh. Use it to remove baked-on grime from dishes, then store in the cute vase to let it drain and dry. ($7.99)

4: Recycled Fabric Scrub PadsTrade in flimsy sponges for these durable, bright pads made from recycled fabric remnants. They’re coated in resin to create a tough scouring texture that won’t scratch stone and non-stick surfaces. ($6.95)

5: All-Natural Spring Scents: Swap cinnamon and spice scents leftover from winter for fresh, flower-inspired choices. Two all-natural options: Mrs. Meyers Lilac line of dish soap, hand soap and counter cleaner (available at MrsMeyers.com and at Target stores on April 5, $10.99 for the set) and Grab Green’s Gardenia-scented room spray, ($7.29) which is made using essential oils and is free of phosphates and dyes.

6: Hedgehog Crumb Brush: Who says cleaning off tables and counters can’t be fun? This adorable hedgehog-shaped crumb brush has sturdy, utilitarian horsehair bristles, and is cute enough to display when not in use. ($12.95)

7: Mint Cleaning Supply Bucket: Make cleaning your house from top to bottom a little bit easier — and more stylish — with your favorite supplies tucked into this on-trend, mint green cleaning caddy. Complete the mint cleaning set with a smiling dust pan and bench brush.  ($9.99)

Ready to do your own spring cleaning? We’re offering two lucky winners a spring-scented set of supplies. One random winner will win a Mrs. Meyers Lilac-scented kitchen basics kit, and another random winner will take home a Grab Green gift basket from Pharmaca featuring all natural laundry detergent pods, dishwashing pods and air freshener.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite spring cleaning tip? Share your favorite cleaning hack in the comments below.

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 March 24, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 25, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Finally, spring is officially here, and we kicked it off with a gorgeous weekend at the HGTV Headquarters. If there’s one downside to the change in seasons, it’s that the sudden sunny weather is shedding light on my outdoor spaces that need a little (okay, a lot) of TLC. One of the first projects I want to tackle is giving my bare front porch a curb appeal boost — and it’s actually not a terribly daunting task. All you need is a few colorful accessories to spruce up a plain porch, and we’ve rounded up some tips and products to get you started:

Copy the Look of This Colorful Front Porch

1. Valspar / 2. Target / 3. The Home Depot / 4. Overstock / 5. Target / 6. Lowe’s

1. Fresh Paint for the Front Door. One of the easiest ways to amp up your home’s curb appeal is make your front door a focal point with a vibrant coat of paint. Red is a classic choice that pairs well with most neutrals, but other can’t-miss color combos include blue and yellow, white and navy, and brown and green.

2. Punchy Outdoor Pillow. Pulling from your home’s exterior palette, add eye-catching color and pattern around your porch with inexpensive accessories. We picked this weather-resistant toss pillow for its stylish geometric motif.

3. Chic House Numbers. Seems like a small detail, right? You’d be surprised by the impact new house numbers can have on your home’s exterior. You’ll find a wide range of traditional and modern options on the market, so choose accordingly based on your home’s architectural style. We like these durable brass numbers for their sophisticated aged bronze finish.

4. Outdoor Bench. Even on a narrow front porch, you can usually squeeze in a slim bench or small chair — a minor update that will make your space feel so much more inviting and livable. Just 15 inches wide, this modern bench is easy to assemble and comes in 11 colors to complement any decor.

5. Floral Patterned Doormat. Say “welcome home” by replacing a shabby doormat with a fresh, fun option, like this lively floral design that complements the colors in our throw pillow.

6. Ceramic Outdoor Pot. Finally, flank the front door with a potted plant or two for an extra splash of color. We chose this ceramic planter for its interesting texture and subtle red hue.

What are your must-haves for a welcoming front porch? Tell us in the comments below.

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Spring has officially sprung, the temperatures are inching upward, the kids are on Spring Break and I’ve been dreaming about vacation for the past few days. Unfortunately (dear bosses: that was a typo), I’ve been stuck at my desk at the office while it seems like the rest of the world is out playing, so the vacationing will have to stay in my head for another month or so. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to tide myself over with pictures of homes with yummy ocean views. Why don’t you join me?

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Studio 6 Architects

With a view like the one in this dining room by Studio 6 Architects, I would dine in every day and night of the week. The wall-to-wall windows allow the ocean view to serve as ever-changing decor. But while the ocean is the star of this space, I like how the statement light fixture keeps drawing your attention back to the dining area.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Addison Bruley

The key to true indoor-outdoor living is creating flow between the indoors and outdoors, which this living area designed by Addison Bruley does to a T. Comfortable, luxurious furniture offers a perfect spot to relax and take in the sea breeze. Thanks to the retractable wall and the clear-glass balcony surround, your view of the water from the sofa is never obstructed.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Aria Design

Ok, this photo is either going to thrill you or scare the daylights out of you. Personally, I think this bedroom designed by Aria Design feels like the deck of a yacht, minus the seasickness. If the idea of being enveloped by an ocean view while in your bed makes you a little seasick, then take comfort in knowing that floor-to-ceiling window shades are tucked away in a ceiling pocket, ready to be lowered for complete privacy.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Brittney Fischbeck

Nothing says spa bathroom like having an ocean outside the window! Like the other designs, this bathroom by Brittney Fischbeck keeps the look minimal to keep from detracting from the stunning view. This bathroom is located in a certified LEED Platinum home; The vanity countertops are made from recycled materials, and the sinks are sustainably made.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This one is a bonus photo. For those of who are doomed to be far away from the ocean right now, here’s a way to bring the ocean to us. Jackson Design and Remodeling turned a boring hallway into a stunning oceanfront thanks to digitally printed wallpaper in a colorful California home. Pair this with a lounge chair, a fruity adult beverage, a recording of ocean sounds and an assistant to lightly mist you with salt water, and the Spring Break dream becomes a little more of a reality. Sort of.

What are you doing to celebrate the start of spring? Tell us in the comments below.

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While you might immediately think of Pinterest as the first social media site to hit up when you’re looking for new DIY projects, I’m here to say: don’t forget about Instagram! On days I’m feeling particularly crafty, I’ll type #diy or #diyproject into that snazzy little search box and my brain will explode with all of the DIY fabulousness that’s oozing from the minds of the most creative Instagrammers.

Here’s a list of my top four DIY Instagram superstars who make me want grab my glue gun and double-tap my heart out:

Sarah Khandjian Instagram

@SarahHearts: Sarah Khandjian‘s Instagram feed is filled with lots of pink and her sweet hound, Daisy, but most of all, there are endless ideas for simple DIY projects. I’m obsessed with these gorgeous painted bangles, and I’m dying to plaster my dining room table with a dozen of these colorful painted placemats.

tellloveandchocolate Instagram

@TellLoveAndChocolate: I’m constantly undecided about whether I’m more obsessed with tassels or pom poms, but blogger Sara Walk has put me firmly in the tassel camp after seeing her fab handmade tassel blanket. She also features some fantastic entertaining ideas that would liven up any party, like this sweet banner.

Mandi Gubler Instagram

@VintageRevivals: If handmade home decor is your thing, then you need to follow Mandi Gubler right this second because her feed is the DIY jackpot of all time. Looking to create a painted diamond focal wall or faux wallpaper? No problemo. You can even follow her adventures as she restores and decorates a vintage trailer that she fondly calls “The Nugget.”

Liz Marie Galvan Instagram

@LizMarieGalvan: If you’re looking for ideas for more substantial home decor pieces with a rustic bent, this feed will rock your world. Interior designer and blogger Liz Marie Galvan manages to put a creative DIY spin on just about everything in her home. Here’s the va-va-voom floor mirror project she whipped up one weekend, and this drool-worthy DIY coat rack I can’t stop staring at.

Who are your favorite DIY Instagrammers? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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With spring comes ample opportunity to garden, barbecue and just relax outside. But if you’re operating on a budget, a lavish outdoor space may not seem like an option. Cue repurposed shipping pallets! With a little creativity, plain shipping pallets can be transformed into gorgeous outdoor pieces at little to no cost. So break out the circular saw and bring the farmhouse style home this spring with these 7 DIY shipping pallet projects.

Tip: You can get free or almost free shipping pallets at recycling centers, small businesses and more! Just make sure you ask before you take.

Outdoor Pallet Seating
This project takes a little time, but it’s so worth it! Just imagine relaxing this spring on a stylish and comfortable bench that you made by hand. Learn how to make this rustic, repurposed outdoor seating >>>

Need more seating? Make adirondack chairs out of shipping pallets >>>

Succulent Garden Made out of Wood Pallets

Versatile Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves
This is one I’ve made for my own home! What’s great about these reclaimed-wood wall shelves is that they can be used for so many different purposes. I turned mine into an outdoor succulent planter and am making another to store all my handheld gardening tools. They’re perfect for indoors or out! Get the instructions from designer Ana White >>>

5 More Pallet Projects

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With the enormous financial success of their live-action Alice in Wonderland, Disney is rebooting the classic fairy tales for a new generation with its latest, Cinderella, the kind of little girl catnip already making serious bank with a $70.1 million haul over opening weekend (though it can’t top Alice in Wonderland’s impressive $116.3 opening).

Lily James in Disney's Cinderella in theaters March 13, 2015

Image Courtesy of Disney

Disney is capturing the little girl market with its Cinderella gowns and bedazzled slippers, and M.A.C. Cosmetics is featuring a whole Cinderella line of lipsticks and eyeshadows for their starry-eyed big sisters and mothers.

But we think big girls and boys may find their own design inspiration in Cinderella’s gorgeous French country-meets-English-garden scenery and the film’s over-the-top costumes, many of them inspired by classic 1940s Hollywood women’s pictures starring take-no-prisoners fashionistas like Joan Crawford and Greer Garson.

Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella

Image Courtesy of Disney

From her ruby red lips to her emerald couture and statement necklaces, Cate Blanchett, as envisioned by Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, is one fashion plate wicked stepmother we can get behind. If you’re longing to see some of the inspiration for Blanchett’s look, check out one of Hollywood’s fiercest fashion plates, Joan Crawford, in the classic 1945 film noir Mildred Pierce.

Joan Crawford in 1945 film noir, Mildred Pierce

Image Courtesy of Warner Home Video

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I was so inspired by all your DIY nightstand makeovers that I decided to take the plunge: I’m finally ready to give my bedroom dresser a fresh look. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Modern DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas - HGTV Design Blog

With cool midcentury legs and a modern shape, there’s a lot to love. Another bonus: The tall dresser was totally free to me, left behind in the attic by my home’s previous owners. The bad, though? It’s faded and cracked in a couple of places, and the previous user left helpful notes (gloves + mittens! socks + hose! ) in Sharpie on each drawer.

Needless to say, it’s time for a facelift. But what should I do? That, my friends, is the big question. Read on to see my top design options and pick your favorite.

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Back in February we sent out an all-points-bulletin asking you to show us how you’ve transformed a nightstand with a little DIY magic. We even let you peek inside our bedrooms to get a glimpse of our own bedside tables. You know, so we could get to know each other better.

Photos tagged with #HGTVmakeover began to pour in on Instagram and we were “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over all your creative handiwork. You really know how to put a personal spin on tired and worn-out pieces! Your posts even inspired Marianne’s thrift store nightstand transformation with chalk paint and a little metallic love.

These are some of our favorites:

Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome combined an old flatware box and a TV stand to create this chic side table. Bonus points for added storage and cute styling!

Nightstand DIY

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome.

@junk_styled gave his plain wooden table a modern makeover with eye-catching diagonal stripes in metallic silver.

Before and after of painted side table

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @junk_styled.

I’m slightly obsessed with the mid-century shape of this nightstand, painted a bright lilac color by Instagram user @milowickfurniture. And can we talk about those peg legs? This piece oozes personality!

Purple mid-century modern nightstand.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @milowickfurniture.

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I’m a very visual person, and as such geometry was my most successful math course in high school. I loved calculating the dimensions of shapes and have a particular fondness for Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and starts with 3.1415926. (Anyone getting the shakes from bad math class memories?) I particularly love that Pi Day has become a thing where the nerds of the world unite every March 14 to celebrate their love of that squirrelly irrational number while indulging in round things like pizza and, of course, pie!

I’m going to get my Pi Day celebration on a day early by sharing some of my favorite uses of the almighty circle in home design. Circular objects are a great way to add visual interest to any room and to soften the angles that are so common in rooms and furniture. They’re a solid go-to in a designer’s bag of tricks, and there are so many ways to sneak one in!

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Sullivan Design Studio

Globe pendants are a popular choice for lighting, but why not go straight-up circular? These circular, industrial chandeliers selected by Sullivan Design Studio make a bold statement in their simplicity and the way they contrast the wooden ceiling beams. The shape is mimicked in the accent tables, which draws the eye from the ceiling to the floor.

Modern Round Bathroom Mirror

Design by California Style Home Collections

Mirrors found in home design are commonly oblong, so a circular reflector feels modern and fresh. In this bathroom design by California Style Home Collections, the round mirror is the perfect foil for the hard edges of the concrete sink and vanity.

Home Office With Circular-Patterned Wallpaper

Design by Shane Inman

I love how wallpaper patterns can be graphic without feeling overly geometric or mod. This room designed by Shane Inman is the perfect case in point: the wallpaper has a circular pattern that is softly repeated, creating a handpainted batik appearance. The space in between each circle is filled with similar effects that give the design depth and movement.

Craftsman Dining Room With Circular Table and Rug

Design by Kristina Wolf

This craftsman dining room designed by Kristina Wolf fully embraces the humble circle! From the round table grounded by a round rug to the globe-like lighting fixture festooned with tiny circles and the dishes on display, this room would be the perfect spot for a Pi Day celebration, if I do say so myself.

Which one is your favorite use of circular design? Tell us in the comments below.

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We’re back with another round of show and tell! The end of February was a wild weather roller coaster. Many of us were stuck working from home while ice storms and snow fall kept us from making the office commute. It seemed appropriate that we shared our home office spaces with you since we’ve been spending a lot of time there.

We’re all about authenticity here at HGTV. In the real world, not everyone has the space to have a true dedicated office. I love my little guestroom spot, but on a nice day it’s hard to keep me from sneaking outside to our deck with my laptop and coffee in tow. We have to make it work where we can.

Here’s a glimpse at where we get our work groove on. We sweetened the pot at the end of the post with a giveaway!

Kayla:

I’ve never been one to sit at a desk (unless I’m at the office), so I love to post up on the sofa when I’m working from home. This is my favorite spot in my tiny space – and it has to be the right side. It’s actually a vintage click-clack sofa I eagerly took off Marianne’s hands and often lay flat for overnight guests. The side table to the left is a DIY Craigslist find I updated with chalk paint (clearly a favorite) that’s stacked with design and craft books (my favorite: World of Geekcraft). And the hot pink studded storage ottoman? Look for it to make an appearance in HGTV Spring House next month!

Lime green couch with studded ottoman

Kayla’s colorful couch set-up gets a huge dose of natural light from tall, bright windows.

Mallory:

I admit it: I typically start my work-from-home days on the couch which usually results in a cramped neck and bad posture. Once I get some coffee, I migrate into our guestroom which doubles as our office. I plop my laptop in front of my guy’s gaming computer, which all rests on one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house – a long, traditional wood conference table where my grandmother would hold meetings in her office. I gave the lamp an almost-failed paint job and it adds just the right splash of color. Not pictured: my dog-son who doubles as a foot warmer.

Home office with yellow lamp.

My laptop sticker reminds me to “Be the ‘G’ in HGTV!” You should, too.

Camille:

My coffee table acts as an impromptu desk on the days I work from home. All I need is my laptop and phone to stay in touch with everyone back at the office while I get to spend more time with my favorite furry coworker.

How adorable is Camille’s four-legged fur baby?

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We’re always interested to learn what our fans love, which is why we wrap up each year with a gallery of HGTV’s most popular photos on Pinterest. Last year, you guys repinned the heck out of this eclectic green living room, and it’s easy to see why. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this space for a New York couple trying to make the most of a petite New York apartment. Though it’s small, the room is comfortable, functional and packed with personality. If you’d like to pull off a similar look to this pin-worthy space in your own home, here are some tips and products to inspire you:

Copy the Look of This Earthy Green Living Room

1. Pier 1 / 2. Sherwin-Williams / 3. Crate and Barrel / 4. Pottery Barn / 5. Target
6. Etsy: JenniferBarrineauArt (Tree Print), ClaireBCurley (Wall Hanging), CheeseBeforeBedtime (Hoop Art) / 7. Wayfair

Read More: 7 Tips for an Eclectic + Comfortable Living Room

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For anyone living in a place that observes Daylight Savings Time, you may already be aware that this is the weekend when we painfully lose one hour of sleep but blissfully gain an hour of sunshine in the evenings — that is, if the sun ever comes out. It’s been nothing but dreary and gray here at HGTV headquarters lately.

I can’t seem to get enough of natural daylight, so I think one hour of sleep is a fair trade for more abundant daylight in the after-work hours. I’m celebrating the start of Daylight Savings Time by indulging in this kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling that is the embodiment of sunshine. Its bright yellow shade is sure to kick the sleepiness out of my eyes this Sunday morning.

Sunny, Yellow Kitchen

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This kitchen is so sunny, I might get a tan just from looking at it! I can’t help but not worry and be happy gazing at the warm, vibrant colors and fun retro style.

Let’s look at it from another angle.

Retro Yellow Tile Countertop and Backsplash With Black Trim

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

That stove! Like the full kitchen, it’s the perfect mix of fun, retro design and modern functionality, all in a shade of bright yellow. I think it’s going on the list of things to add to my own kitchen.

What are you going to do with the extra sunlight during Daylight Savings Time? Tell us in the comments below.

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the kitchen. Want more inspiration for your own space? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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Unless you count my 54-pound basset hound (which, truth time: I kinda do), I don’t have any kids. And yet for some crazy reason, I have an insatiable love for decorating kids’ rooms. I’m most excited by parents who up their game and treat their kids’ rooms as another space to really get their decoratin’ on. I mean, I like a little blue duck or a pink princess as much as the next girl, but it’s fun to see the evolution of kids’ room decor into an actual category of design that goes way beyond cute and ventures into the realm of chic. Speaking of chic, check out these fun ideas for upping the chic factor in your own kiddo’s room.

Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

1. Make a giant photo and art collage. This is a super fun project that the kids will be excited to join in on. Buy enough cork tiles to cover a large area of your wall, then start pinning (or taping) the sucker up! You can use family photos, your kids artwork, inspiring messages, pictures from magazines — anything, really. Once covered, your giant bulletin board will look like a large-scale piece of artwork, and best of all, it will be easy to update on the fly.

2. Add a wallpaper panel. If you’re not quite ready for the commitment or the expense of adding wallpaper to each of the walls in your kid’s room, no problem; just add a simple panel. You can use several pieces of foam core, then cover it up with a beautiful piece of wallpaper cut to size. This idea is also great option if you’re a renter and don’t have the flexibility of going for a full-blown wallpaper treatment.

3. Say it, don’t spray it…with a free art printable. We all need some motivation in our lives, and with minds like a sponge, kids are the perfect candidates for some positivity overload. Find a favorite quote or phrase online, fire up the color printer, and go to town. Here’s 60 free (!!!) wall art printables to get you started.

How do you like to chic-up your kid’s room? Let us in on all your secrets in the comments below.

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Oh hi! I’m Carley, the Home Technology girl for HGTV.com. I’m mildly obsessed with helping people improve their relationship with technology, and how they live with all the gadgets in their lives. Basically, in the Venn diagram where tech and home meet, that’s where you’ll find me, you know?

I’m new here at Design Happens, and I’m ready to answer any of your questions about tech— fire away!

Carley Knobloch, HGTV Tech Expert and Digital Stylist

Carley Knobloch

For my first post, I’d like to talk about an affliction that used to plague the living rooms of yesteryear: Ugly, bulky speakers. Take yourself back a few years, and remember what your family room set-up was like. Do you see a pair of big, black, bulky boxes, hulking near your television and busting up your beautiful decor? Or maybe you’re STILL looking at those boxes today, and thinking, I just. Can’t. Take it. Anymore. And don’t get me started about the miles of cables… not pretty.

Thankfully, speakers have gotten a major makeover: They’re slimmer, hipper, and have a serious case of wanderlust. They’re free to roam from room to room, adorning desktops, walls, shelves and bedside tables like beautiful objets, and they come in colorways to fit any room’s style.

Most wireless speakers work with Bluetooth technology, which connects your phone (and the music apps on it) to the speaker, allowing you to broadcast your favorite music somewhere between 15 and 30 feet away. Other speakers use WiFi (both speaker and mobile device connect to your home’s router), which has better range and better audio quality, but it can sometimes be a bit challenging to set up, and not all systems offer it as an option.

Either way, there are many beautiful options that makes these speakers a bona fide part of your room’s design story. Here are a few of my favorites:

Wireless Speakers That Aren't Ugly -- HGTV Design Happens

Oree Pebble Speaker

1. Oree Pebble: The austere Oree pebble, available in walnut and white marble, looks like a minimal paperweight. It’s got a Bluetooth speaker inside, and can also wireless charge your smartphone. It would look fabulous in a minimal, modern space.

Wireless Speaker in Beachfront Bedroom

Clio Acrylic Bluetooth Speaker

2. Clio Bluetooth Speaker: If you’re lucky enough to have a bedroom with this ocean view, a speaker would junk it up, no matter how pretty it was! The Clio Bluetooth speaker uses a curved piece of clear acrylic to broadcast great sound while still letting the view shine through.

3 More Stylish Speaker Solutions

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Have you heard about the dress that’s taking over the Internet? After members of a Scottish wedding party looked at one photo of the mother of the bride’s dress and saw two different color combinations — some saw blue and black, while others saw white and gold — a member of the wedding band posted a photo to Tumblr to get some clarity. The post took off, and the hundreds of thousands of viewers were just as confused: Is it blue and black or white and gold? You decide. (Here’s a great explainer from Wired.com about the science behind the color divide.)

Here at HGTV, we’re fans of bold color — period. So why choose one or the other? This dramatic living room celebrates all four colors.

Blue Black White Gold Living Room

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

With black and blue walls and white and gold accents, the dress is right at home here — no matter which color combo you see.

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

Flip through even more photos of this glamorous space — and learn how to create the look at home.

 

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Entrepreneurs Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey have a classic New York story to tell: they met in 2001 at a party at Studio 54. Jennifer is the CEO and founder of Skylight, a collection of luxury event spaces, and James is the principal of design firm RAAD and creator of The Lowline. Years later, the entrepreneur pair have used their skill sets — James’ architectural and creative eye and Jennifer’s ability to spot diamonds in the rough — to together create an impressive and one-of-a-kind home.

Jennifer and James, along with their two children, Phineas and Theodore, recently moved into a landmarked building on White Street in TriBeCa and soon began a full renovation of the space. Using a warm, netural palette and a modern-eclectic design scheme, the two created a space that feels both comfortable and luxurious.

Two Living Rooms in One:

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The first living room is situated just off the dining room and kitchen. This luxe living space is designed with an eye toward evening use with a functional, industrial feel.

Modern Tribeca Living Room Bookshelf Decor

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The main living space features a high-tech stereo credenza created by RAAD and industrial bookshelves showcasing objects collected from the couples’ world travels.

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The second living room is a low-slung lounge area connected to the first living space. It has the juxtaposition of Old World Hollywood (think: palm trees, teak daybeds). Both the pendant light from Workstead and the historic sign that Jennifer salvaged from a pre-reno Brooklyn bank offer an ode to the loft’s industrial heritage.

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As I write this, we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground and the kiddos have been out of school for eight(!) days straight. There are some series cases of cabin fever going around these parts, and I’m trying my hardest not to catch it myself. How? A daily dose of hot home photography — doctor’s orders.

Today’s dose of warmth comes from Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects and their stunning renovation of a 1950s midcentury modern beach villa in Montecito, Calif. The master bedroom features a custom-made mahogany platform bed. Dave Mendro included access to a patio surrounded by tropical landscaping. And if the air gets a bit chilly at night, there’s a cozy fur throw to curl up with. Mahogany, tropical, fur — these are toasty-sounding words, my friends.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

A gas fireplace offers low-maintenance heating in the sleek, modern living room. I’m ready to get cozy in there with a book or maybe a House of Cards marathon.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

You know what’s good on a cold day? Soaking in a nice, warm bath complete with mineral salts and essential oils.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

Ahhhhh, don’t you feel warmer now?

How are YOU staying warm during these cold times? Share your tips in the comments below.

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the home. Want more inspiration for your own space? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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Pet Hacks

I’m not ashamed to admit that throughout my basset hound, Oliver’s, 13 years, I’ve happily paid for him to see an acupuncturist, animal communicator, massage therapist and yes, the dude even has his own dermatologist. True confessions: I’m far more diligent about Oliver’s skincare issues than I am my own.

Although I’m a dog mama, I’ve got a lot of love to spread around. So, I’ve rounded up some creative ideas for keeping your space both pet friendly and très chic.

1. Kitty Steps. If you’ve already mastered the gallery wall, I’m positive you can handle these kitty steps. Are they a cat toy? Are they shelves? You decide.

2. Wall-Mounted Fish Tanks. What an amazing way to teach the kiddos about life and how to take care of another living/breathing thing. Plus, it’s pretty cool wall decor.

3. Dog Hammock.  If there was an Olympic competition for dog shedding, my dog would be an international gold medal champion. Ditto for drooling. Needless to say, this DIY hammock is a great way to keep all that business out of your car — for good.

4. Kitchen Pet Food Storage. Finding a spot to store a 30-pound bag of pet food is no easy task. So, whether you’ve got a doggie or a kitty, this food storage kitchen cabinet hack is brilliant.

5. Fluffy Rugs. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you can use a stylish rug or pelt specifically as a pet bed — especially if it’s a fluffy number. Small rugs are easy to move around and often look a lot more chic than the average pet bed.

6. Gumball Machine Fish Tank. Here’s a great way to get your kids to give up candy forever: put a fish in their gumball machine!

7. Leather Chew Toy: This leather chew toy for birds is so swank. I would probably sneak into my bird’s cage in the middle of the night and steal it. It would also be super easy to do a DIY version of this with some leather scraps if you’re feeling crafty.

8. Double-Decker Cat Scratch Bed: Grab an Ikea Expedit cube, tie some rope around it, add a couple of fluffy pillows and — voila! You’ve got a super stylish kitty scratch pad.

9. Get Creative With Hooks: Try hanging some interesting hooks near the front door to jazz up your leash storage game.

Do you keep your pets in mind when making home decorating decisions? We’d love to hear about your favorite hacks or design ideas in the comments.

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