Outside the days might be getting shorter and colder, but inside the pages of HGTV Magazine‘s December issue, we’re having a lot more fun! You’ll find merry DIY ideas, a cheerful gift guide, and loads of happy holiday decorating ideas!
Come on, we know you’re already listening to Christmas music. Get in the holiday spirit with us!! Here’s a sneak peek of what subscribers are getting in their mailbox, and what you can look forward to when the issue hits newsstands on November 26.
Every year, it seems like Santa’s list has grown. We made shopping a little easier by narrowing down picks from some of our favorite stores in one collective gift guide. Buy presents: Check. (p.s. The elves put together a printable PDF for a wallet friendly list you can take with you.)
Decorating for the holidays adds cheer to a home, and no matter if you buy or DIY, the December issue has fun new ideas to help gear up for a celebration. How cool are these personalized gingerbread houses?
When I heard that a rustic-meets-elegant table setting was part of the plan for our holiday party, the first project that popped into my mind was DIY mercury glass votives. I love the timeworn look of the mirrored finish and have been wanting to try out a little trick I know for recreating it with just 2 materials: looking glass spray paint and a spray bottle filled with water. Yep, that’s it, this project is as simple as that – just 2 materials and 2 steps you repeat a few times till you’re happy with the mirrored finish.
But the finished votives don’t look super simple — their subtle mercury glass interiors lend an elegant sparkle to our holiday table:
Ready to make your own? Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!
Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.
A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, interior designer Brian McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor’s “A-List” of designers and is known for creating personal and distinctive interiors for an elite and very private clientele. Brian’s clients’ desire to keep under the radar means that he doesn’t often publish his projects, but in his first book, Luminous Interiors, he’s pulling back the curtains on nine luxury residences from all over the country.
Left: Luminous Interiors Cover | Right: Brian McCarthy photo by Peter Murdock
Inside, Brian showcases the refined eclecticism that defines his work. He’s passionate about collecting art and furniture, and for one project shown in the book, he took his clients on a grand tour throughout Western Europe — a total of 35 trips in five years! — to scout for the perfect pieces to fill their home.
Take a sneak peek at some of the luxurious and opulent homes Brian has designed for his anonymous clientele:
The Grand Tour
Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg
This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.
Peek Into More Luxurious Interiors
The holiday season is officially here, and now’s the perfect time to prep your home with winter decor, accessories and home essentials (think fresh bed linens!). HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the holidays with all the products and inspiration you need to holiday-ify your home. Starting today, November 5 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop the exclusive sale.
Check out our favorite ways to ready your home for fall using pieces straight from the One Kings Lane sale.
Dress Up the House With Holiday Decor
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Add Some Luxe With Metallics
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Add Splashes of Color With Chic Furnishings
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Set a Memorable Holiday Table
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Prep the Kitchen for the Season
Shop for kitchen essentials and housewares >>
Stock Up the Bathroom + Bedroom for Overnight Guests
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Don’t Forget About Hostess Gifts!
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Head over to One Kings Lane and start shopping today’s holiday-inspired sale now through November 11.
I actually experienced my first heartbreak a few years ago when I fell head over heels for a flawless, hand-dyed Chesterfield sofa. Once I discovered the price, I knew it would be years before we would be together. As a lifestyle editor, this kind of heartache is hardly rare; I see beautiful furnishings every single day that I’d love to get my hands on but can’t. Luckily, stylish and budget-savvy gal Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project, has scouted the trendiest pieces of the season and found their lovely — and wallet-friendly — counterparts. From cutting boards and pendant lighting to area rugs and throw pillows, Sabrina has found an affordable match for your favorite designer pieces.
Company C | Rugs USA
Welcome guests this holiday season with a colorful, ornate area rug. The intricate pattern on the companyc.com rug drives the price up to $515 (left). But this similar botanical wool rug from rugsusa.com features less detail, making it a beautiful price of $168 (right).
DWR | CB2
For those who can’t get enough of marble, here’s a sleek coffee table you’re going to love. Splurge on the Italian marble-top table with a stainless steel frame for $900 at dwr.com (left), or save yourself some dough and opt for gray-veined marble at a third of the cost ($329) from cb2.com (right).
Cuisinart, Mauviel | Walmart, Calphalon
Culinary pros will love easy access from a hanging pot rack and the stunning copper and stainless-steel pans. The only true difference between the high and low pot racks is the chain links. Splurge on the stainless steel cusinart.com pot rack for $160 (left), or go for the similar buy at walmart.com for just $66 (right). For a 10-piece M’150s copper and stainless steel cookware set from mauviel.com, you’re going to pay $1,985 (left). But, if you go for the Tri-Ply copper and stainless steel 10-piece set from calphalon.com, you’ll save more than $1,500 (right).
More High/Low Ideas
Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.
Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!
Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.
More Candy Wrapper Crafts
I’m a big fan of both spring and fall cleaning sprees in my home. There’s nothing more refreshing than moving into the harsher seasons (winter and summer) with a crisp, clean space. And doesn’t your mind feel clearer when everything is organized and in its spot? Before you crank on the heat, check out this quick and easy to-do list to improve your home’s design and your feeling of well-being from Susan G. Komen®. Plus, it’s just one more thing to tackle before company arrives for the holidays!
It’s easy to let paper clutter get out of control. Unclutter your home to unclutter your mind. Create a space to keep personal information organized, whether it’s a chic filing system or hidden closet storage.
Second: Add Color
Every color affects your mood to some degree; it’s called color psychology. Yellow is often associated with happiness, while a hue like sapphire blue packs a more dramatic and powerful punch. Try a burst of color in an unexpected place — like on an accent wall, bookshelf back or mirror frame — for an emotional lift.
Third: Inspire Conversation
One of the most important things about a living room is the way the furniture is arranged, especially if you expect to host friends and family regularly or even during the upcoming holiday season. Creating a balanced setup will inspire conversation among guests.
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Usually I’m inspired by food when it comes to Mood Board Monday, but this week’s hue comes straight from my friend’s wardrobe and the runways: the military-style jacket. This certainly isn’t a transitional hue, so if you’re still hanging on tight to last season, well … it’s time to let go and embrace fall with deeper green tones. Tell me, what’s your favorite pairing with olive?
Woman + Dog | Kitchen| Embellishments | Olives | Living Room | Jacket | Entryway | Bruschetta | Books
Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.
Are all you MacGyvers as excited as I am about fall decorating? I’ve already decked out my porch with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. Now I’m ready to finish my indoor decorating. Since last week’s post, I definitely have all my pumpkin crafts down. So, what’s next? Acorns! They’re free, easy to collect and oh-so cute in their little acorn caps. Now start your gathering, and let’s get to crafting!
Think frames are only for pictures? Think again! This 3D acorn display looks amazing and only costs a couple of bucks to make – that’s my kind of art project! Visit Delia at Delia Creates for the full tutorial.
This gorgeous display from BHG takes us back to nature with a fresh autumn feel. It’s true that sometimes the simplest decor has the biggest impact. Add citrus to your vase to hold the branches in place and add a bright punch of color to the look.
See More Acorn Crafts
We turned things up a notch for the latest issue. We took your favorite content from HGTV Magazine, and expanded it, stretched it, and blew it up! See what subscribers are loving, right now, inside November. Don’t worry, you can also pick up a copy on newsstands this Tuesday (October 22).
Sabrina Soto’s High Low List is consistently a win for great home design on any budget. But this time, we asked the pro to up the ante, and boy, did she. With a total of 32 duos and twice as many products up for grabs, we present The Huge High Low Blowout! Bonus: The story has Digimarc technology. Download the app and start shopping! (Details on pg. 49)
Who doesn’t love a good house tour? We enjoy taking you through some of our favorite homes across the country for inspiration and ideas, but this month, we step inside a Pinterest-worthy home that awes! Flip through the gallery to fall in love with every room.
Makeovers and DIYs are sorta our thing at HGTV Magazine, but not every project has to be exactly the same. Make items your own by customizing basics. We show you 15 different ways.
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