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Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Stacie! Check back later this week for another great giveaway.

It happens more often than I can count: Someone finds out I’m a stylist at HGTV and anxiety flashes across their face. Turns out people get a little stressed out by everyday design questions. One of the big ones? The basics on mixing and matching patterns like designers do.

Whether it’s bed linens or upholstery, choosing patterns that complement each other can seem daunting, but anyone can achieve a trendy, professional result with just a few tips. We’re using some of our favorite throw pillows to show you just how easy it is to get your pattern on. Here’s a cheat sheet:

How to Mix and Match Throw PIllows - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens
Watch the full pattern-mixing video to get more easy-to-use tips.

Simple Ways to Make Pattern-Mixing Easy

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Easy Kitchen ProjectsPhotos: 1. How to Decorate | 2. Elle Decor | 3. Plaza Interior | 4. House Beautiful | 5. From the Right Bank

More and more, I’m finding that my favorite kitchens are spaces that feel more like rooms in your home rather than a typical boring kitchen. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you try to make your kitchen look like your bedroom or your backyard, BUT there are some easy, unexpected things you can do to warm up your kitchens to feel more homey and chic.

1. Lamps

This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. I’m not quite sure why, but lamps in a kitchen are like a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies for me: always desirable, always good and never get old. The trick here is finding the right spot for your lamp as you want to try to avoid the cord showing too much. I especially love the muted light the lamp will give off in your space at night.

2. Art

I believe there’s really no excuse for not having art in your kitchen…unless you’re allergic to canvas, and paint, and photography. Ok, I guess there’s no way to actually be allergic to photography, but you catch my drift. You have ultimate flexibility here: you can hang things in spots where you have empty wall space, lean art up against the counter or place art higher up above kitchen cabinets. Art brings a ton of personality and interest to a space that can sometimes feel antiseptic or boring.

3. Rugs

A rug in your kitchen can bring color, texture and again, a great warmth to the space. Yes, food gets on rugs, and yes, vacuuming is annoying, but you have to vacuum the rest of your house anyway, so it’s really no big thang. And when I say “rug” I don’t mean one of those weirdo “kitchen rugs” that goes in front of your sink. I mean an actual, genuine, real rug in a great color or a cool pattern. If you’re truly worried about staining and cleaning, you can go for an outdoor rug, which tends to be much more durable.

4. Big Mirror

When was the last time you saw a giant mirror in a kitchen? EXACTLY MY POINT! Not sure if it’s the stainless steel or the reflective surfaces, but mirrors generally look super rad in a kitchen. Keep in mind if you put one over your burners you might be cleaning it a bit more, but if you’re like me and order out most of the time, it won’t really matter.

5. Wallpaper

Though a bit more of a bold choice, wallpaper can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen decor. If you’re short on wall space, you could even wallpaper a single wall (perhaps in a kitchen nook area). It is, again, an amazing way to bring in some texture and interest to the typical kitchen space.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to mix things up in the kitchen?

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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With all this talk about social media and who to follow, I’ve been thinking about which Insta-designers’ photos I’ve been double tapping lately. Only one name comes to mind right now and that’s Scout Design Studio. The 15,000-square-foot studio in Dallas has not only made a name for itself  by beautifully refinishing furniture from days past, but also for sourcing and carrying some of the most unusual — and downright groovy — pieces.

I’ve collected a few of my favorites from their Instagram account to share with you.

scout- brass table

Scout- Brasspendants

scout- Stools

Scout- Pendants

Scout will refinish, reupholster or just totally redo any piece from their showroom as well as pieces that you already own or have purchased elsewhere. So if you’re in the Dallas area, or just need an excuse to travel, check out some of their American Hustle-worthy furnishings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to settle for drooling over our phone screens and looking through Scout’s incredible photos.

All photos via Scout Design Studios Instagram / @scoutdesignstudio

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I usually like to run all of my DIY projects through the following filter: can a cranky six-year-old with bad hand/eye coordination do this? If the answer is yes: I’m all in.

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the rad quotes I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram, and I’ve been on the lookout for some dead easy projects that can help me create some original quote art of my own.  If you’re looking to up your art game, and want to create some original quote-age of your own, here are 3 projects that you (or your six-year-old) should try pronto:

1. Make Quote Art on Your Phone

There are so many great “word apps” out there that this one is truly a snap. Many of these apps allow you to add text over photos, but I like to use them against solid color backgrounds (TIP: if the app doesn’t have any solid color backgrounds to choose from, take a screenshot of a plain white block on your screen, send it to yourself, and boom: you’re in business).  A few of my faves for the iPhone are: Word Swag, Over and Notegraphy.

Choose a quote, type it up on your app, save to your phone’s photo album and post that puppy on Instagram (you may as well share all the quote-y fun with your friends!). You can then easily make yourself a custom canvas of your quote art with Canvas Pop. They’ll send you a wrapped canvas ready to be hung (no frame required) that’s either 12×12 or 20×20.

I made the above image with Notegraphy, and every time I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that I need to suck it up like Brit Brit.

magazine canvas word art

Photo credit: Six2eleven.com

2. DIY Magazine Quotes on Canvas

True confessions: I still read actual magazines. And for some reason, it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyeballs every time I have to throw one out, so this project was perfect for me.

Basically you have to find an old canvas (whenever I see these at a thrift store, I stock up), and then just cover it with all sorts of colorful images from all of the mags you have laying around. Maxi-pad ads, Viagra ads–nothing is off limits here as it will all be covered up. Just choose the brightest colors you can find, and use some mod podge or spray adhesive to glue everything down. Then use some vinyl letters to spell out your special quote, and paint over the whole darn thing in whatever color you’d like.

Once it’s all dry you can pull off the letters and then all the colorful magazine scraps will be shining through like the light in your freezer at 3am when you are trying to find that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Just me?

clipboard wall typography

Photo credit: Madigan Made

3. Clipboard Wall Art

Even I feel a little silly calling this a DIY project, cause well: it’s basically just buying clipboards and then hanging them on a wall, but whatever! They look super cute! I suck at DIY! Leave me alone!

Anyway, I love this project because it’s great if you’re the type that likes to change things up all the time. You can purchase some oil board stencils of all letters in the alphabet at an art or craft supply store, or even blow up individual letter in the font of your choosing and then print them out on your home computer. You can, of course, easily change the letters up to mix up your quotes, or if you are printing your own letters you can do more than one letter for each clipboard. You could even put one word on each clipboard. Yes: I always like to give you the guys the ultimate in flexibility. You’re welcome.

 

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With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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When it comes to fall pumpkin decor, do you favor real or fake? I love the look of a real-life decorative gourd for an outdoor display, but if I’m putting in serious crafting time, I’m all about the foam pumpkin. Why? I can decorate once and have a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for years to come.

This week, I present three faux pumpkin crafts that pull double duty. These look as good on your front porch come trick-or-treating time as they do as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape. To get started, you’ll need two things: A foam pumpkin and a big box of dressmakers’ pins. (Glitter optional, but highly recommended.) Take a look at this simple-yet-stunning technique:

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Check out all three finished versions:

Pumpkin Stack

Are you a real or faux pumpkin fan? Tell me in the comments below. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.

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My infatuation with rose gold began about 2 years ago when I received my very first Miansai bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was heavy and masculine with a warm rose gold hue. It seems to go with everything that I wear, unlike regular yellow gold, and provides a bit more excitement than silver (nothing wrong with silver!). Now, rose gold is popping up everywhere with designers and brands using it in unexpected ways. It was a huge design trend for a while, but I believe the warm metallic is here to stay, at least in small accents.

Rose Gold Grid

 

Top L to R: Cartier rose gold Entrelacés ring, Set of 4 Old Dutch copper canisters, Studiomake gold-plated bowls, Waggo dog bowls
Middle: Samsung gear smart watch in rose
Bottom L to R: Fossil rose gold Boyfriend watch, Miansai fish hook cuff, Mark and Graham monogrammed copper mugs

The Cartier ring is by far my favorite, but the Samsung watch is actually converting me into a wearable-tech guy. The copper pot set from One Kings Lane is a steal: you get 4 different sizes from a great quality brand. With the holidays creeping up on us, I think the dog bowls and monogrammed mugs will make perfect gifts, they are so unusual!

What do you guys think about rose gold? Is it too much — or just enough? Let me know what you think and share with me your favorite finds.

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Some people are really, really tired of pumpkin spice lattes. Me? Not so much. If you love pumpkin but can’t stomach the #PSL, then this Mood Board Monday is for you. Cookies, doughnuts, punch — the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to adding pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re not a pumpkin fan at all? Well, #sorrynotsorry.

Mood Board Monday: Pumpkin SpiceTop, L to R: Scarf, Print, Mug | Middle, L to R: Doughnuts, Stitching, Cookies | Bottom, L to R: Spice, Cocktail, Cake

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Have you immersed yourself in the season yet? Get ready for peaking foliage, alfresco entertaining and perfect fall fare as we head into the most beautiful time of year.

MORE: Fresh Fall Design Trends

Mood Board Monday: Fall Decorating IdeasTop, L to R: Squash Planters, Pumpkin Cake, Leaf Streamers | Middle, L to R: Foliage, Living Room | Bottom, L to R: Decor, Cocktail, Wall

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Tomorrow is the first day of fall, which means it’s time to close summer’s doors and embrace the upcoming season. To celebrate, here’s one of my favorite seasonal veggies — beets. I’ll admit, I love beets mostly for their rich, luscious hue. (They taste nice too, though.) What’s your cool-weather produce pick?

Mood Board Monday: BeetsTop, L to R: Print, Cake, Entryway | Middle, L to R: Pattern, Fashion | Bottom, L to R: Sofa, Salad, DIY Blush

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And the beet goes on:

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String art used to be straight out of the ’70s, but new, graphic versions are still going strong. (Did you see my girl Meg’s geometric string art bear?! So cute.) This version uses a rustic slice of wood (available at your local crafts store) to juxtapose the modern, metallic monogram. See how it’s done in just a few steps:

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What do you think? I love the graphic impact of the finished piece, and it adds texture and dimension to a ho-hum gallery wall. See what I mean?

DIY Monogram String Art on Weekday Crafternoon

Want to make your own piece of custom string art? You can download the letter template here and get step-by-step instructions and materials here. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.

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Caramel is the ultimate fall delicacy in my world. I imagine walking through a harvest-inspired craft fair or autumnal festival with the scent of kettle corn wafting through the air as I sinfully nibble on a caramel apple (or better yet, a scalding hot hand pie).

Mood Board Monday: CaramelTop, L to R: Dust Jacket, Domaine, La Peche Fraiche | Middle, L to R: Tasty Kitchen, Camille Styles, Classy Girls Wear Pearls | Bottom, L to R: Honestly WTF, Finch & Fawn, HGTV.com

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Casual summer weekends are a great time to break out vintage scarves to create a fun hairstyle with virtually no effort. But now that the days are getting cooler, here’s another scarf use to consider: year-round gift wrap.

Furoshiki is a Japanese fabric-wrapping technique to add reusable, eco-friendly style to everything from packaged gifts to vases to food. Techniques can get pretty intricate, but today I’m showing you some of the basics. Take a look:

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You can find traditional furoshiki-style wraps online, but the thrift store is a great place to stock up on vintage scarves for those last-minute gifts. Bonus: Your friend can reuse the scarf to wrap another gift or spice up her wardrobe.

Small Furoshiki Wrap

What do you think? Would you ditch rolls of paper in favor of pretty fabric this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day — but there are no rules against your walls.

White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color — yes, I said color — expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.

To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.

Grass ClothImage via Lonny

Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.

Inhabit Wall PanelImage via Inhabit

Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.

More White Rooms to Love

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Gallery walls are all the rage right now, and for good reason:  you can have completely unmatched pieces of art but make them work together with a common theme. Choosing a color, texture or pattern to be the inspiration for your wall lets you loosen the “rules.” The tough part about those galleries, though, is actually figuring out what works — and what doesn’t. To help you out, we’ve come up with our top tips for creating a gallery wall. Once you’re ready to test out your ideas, upload your pieces to Shutterfly’s Design-a-Wall virtual tool to see what they look like together before you poke a million holes in your wall.

Tip #1: Choose Any Wall

A gallery wall doesn’t have to be limited to a foyer or living room. Choose walls that are normally bare, such as a staircase wall. HGTV’s John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino hung knicknacks on a bold red wall for an instant upgrade.

Staircase Gallery Wall

Tip #2: Add Personal Touches

Create a custom look by arranging your favorite photographs or souvenirs from your travel experiences in shadow boxes . Bonus: This idea serves double duty as a storage solution.

Vintage Shadow Box Gallery Wall

Tip #3: Pick Unexpected Items

A gallery wall doesn’t just have to be framed pieces of art. This wall of hollowed out, cloth-covered books was hung with upholstery nails in each book’s four corners.

Book Gallery Wall

Tip #4: Placement, Placement, Placement

Once you’ve chosen all your pieces, it’s time to think of placement. This is especially important when you’re creating a gallery wall above furniture. Be sure not to hang pieces too low or high — a good rule of thumb is eight inches between the base of the frame and top of the furniture piece, according to Jen Bekman, founder of the popular online art shop, 20×200.

Gallery Wall

Tip #5: Be Fearless

A gallery wall is your opportunity to express your passions. So, have fun and don’t worry about going a little crazy. Mixing up your gallery wall with your personal treasures will make your house feel like home.

Electic Gallery Wall

What are some of your tips for creating the perfect gallery wall?

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Can you believe it’s already time for kids to head back to school? I feel like summer just started! Whether your family is already in the swing of early mornings and after-school homework or you’re preparing for the first day, this cute, inexpensive teacher gift is worth a look. Check it out:

Stuff the mugs with anything you think your child’s teacher might like: think candy, art supplies or a coffee shop gift card.

Decorated Teacher's Mug Gifts

Even if you don’t have kids in school, these porcelain pens are really fun to use and a great way to dress up plain mugs and plates for gift items or your own kitchen. Tell us: Have you played around with porcelain pens?

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Everyone is talking about coconut oil — the benefits, the uses, the reasons to have it at home, at work, etc. I’m an advocate for the superfood and love having it in my medicine cabinet as well as in my pantry. Beyond that, I can’t get enough of coconut water and milk, especially in my smoothies. So let’s just give a round of applause for coconuts! What’s your favorite way to use this fruit?

Mood Board Monday: CoconutsTop, L to R: Santa Fe Dry Goods, Flickr, My Baking Addiction | Middle, L to R: Justina Blakeney, Celebrations at Home, Vintage Blog | Bottom, L to R: Roxana’s Home Baking, Free People Blog, Honestly Yum

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Let’s do this AA style: “Hello, my name is Camille and I’m addicted to buying old boxes.” (Well, and jewelry too but that’s another matter). Old boxes are a great decorative way to stash unattractive, everyday stuff in plain sight. For instance, I have a little cane-covered box filled with crafting essentials in my living room so if the crafting bug strikes while I’m watching TV, a project is within easy reach.

I particularly love old boxes with drawers so I couldn’t pass up this cutlery box (AKA silverware chest) at an estate sale recently for just 9 bucks. The box’s blond or maple finish was popular in the 50s and 60s so it’s safe to assume that it’s more than 50 years old. Personally, I’m not a big fan of mid-century blond finishes and this one was in particularly rough shape with lots of scratches, dings and a big water stain on the lid so refinishing it with a more traditional, darker stain was definitely on the menu. If the felt liner had been in better shape, I might have considered leaving it as-is but the fabric was dirty, picked and even worn through in places so I decided to re-line the box as well.

Here’s what I started with, it truly is massive, easily double the size of most dresser-top jewelry boxes:  Cutlery Box Before
And here is my new upcycled jewelry box, fully refinished and re-lined:
Silverware Chest That Has Been Turned Into a Jewelry Box
Read On To Learn How I Did It

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Hello, my name is Marianne, and I am a paper craft addict. Whether it’s colorful paper flower wreaths or a 3-dimensional cloud mobile, there is something so satisfying about taking an inexpensive stack of paper and turning it into a show stopping craft. With that confession out of the way, let’s get to this week’s project because y’all? It’s one of my favorites. Just one of these giant paper dahlias would make an elegant wreath on your front door, but the real impact comes from grouping several of them together.

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Doesn’t that make you want to bust out the paper cutter? These abundant paper flowers would also make great decorations for an early fall wedding or even adorning the walls of a dorm room. The possibilities are endless!

Giant Paper Dahlias

Do you love paper crafts? What’s your favorite thing to make?

How to Make Your Own Giant Paper Dahlias

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