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I love warm-weather weddings, and I especially love the trends that come along with them. One of my favorites right now is rainbow sprinkles; they’re delightfully colorful and playful. Some brides have even suggested throwing sprinkles instead of rice when the couple exits. Others are covering cakes, cupcakes, macarons, cookies and cocktail glass rims in these vibrant morsels. Do you think sprinkles are a fun wedding “accessory”?

Mood Board Monday: SprinklesTop, L to R: A Paper ProposalBeautylishFree People | Middle, L to R: Gimme Some Oven, Wedding Chicks, Clockwork Lemon | Bottom, L to R: Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, My Home Decor

Here’s your mission: grab a cone (or bowl), add two or more scoops of ice cream, then top with an abundance of rainbow sprinkles. That’s it. Happy summer, friends!

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In honor of today’s Season 2 release of Orange Is the New Black, here are a few examples of how you can incorporate orange in your home. This vibrant color is perfect for infusing some energy into your decor. Try pairing it with my personal favorites, turquoise or aqua, for a playful accent.

So, if you need a break from your OITNB binge, peel your eyes away from Netflix and check out some of these design ideas:

Orange Really IS the New Black: How to Use Orange at Home

Top, L to R: Orange Padded Chair, Vintage Book Display, “Goldie” Sunflowers | Middle, L to R: Cocktail Cart, Orange Throw Pillows| Bottom, L to R: Eco-Chic Serving Tray, Outdoor Living Room

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I think we’re all still recovering from 2012 or “The Year of Neon.” While neon accents are still super fun and trendy, we’re now seeing a refreshing resurgence of pastels that are anything but bland. HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams takes this pretty and sophisticated color trend to a whole new level with their brand-new color collection, Softer Side. These nature-inspired hues will translate beautifully in your interior, no matter your design style.

With the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Softer Side color collection, you can take pastels and mix them with neutrals or add unexpected pops of color. Check out our favorite ways to use this versatile palette:

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

These pastels coordinate beautifully with HGTV HOME fabric, upholstery, furniture and lighting.

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

Plus, this color collection can even be bold, balanced or showcase hints of subtlety like in these contemporary spaces.

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

HGTV Home Softer Side Color Collection

Explore more of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams’ brand-new Softer Side color collection to see how you can add these hues to your home.

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Last weekend marked the unofficial start of summer, which means we’re getting even closer to seeing the season’s bounty of fruits and veggies. Apricots are one of my favorite summer fruits, both for their taste and nutritional value, but also for the soft yellow-orange hue that feels so perfectly seasonal. What better way to kick off the month of June?

Mood Board Monday: ApricotTop, L to R: HGTV, Etsy, Cannelle et Vanille | Middle, L to R: Love and Olive Oil, Style Me Pretty, Craftberry Bush | Bottom, L to R: Simplified Bee, Want That Wedding, Passion Decor

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Cake decorating is an art (I mean, truly), but let’s be honest…sometimes the idea of all those piping bags of frosting (or wrestling with fondant) can be a bit overwhelming. With this in mind, I set out to make colorful candles that dress up even the most basic grocery store sheet cake. They are easy to make and can be customized for any occasion (make the patriotic star candles now and stash them away for your Fourth of July barbecue!). Watch the video to learn how, it’s a real toe-tapper:

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I started off making these candles for my daughter Lulu’s birthday but then I couldn’t stop. They are seriously fun to make. What shape would you make?

DIY Monogram Birthday Candles

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As a child, I was obsessed with changing up my room’s design scheme and color palette. It started with a frilly pink bedspread and canopy, then gradually matured to sunshine-yellow walls with a cool denim comforter. By the time I was midway through high school, I was sporting tan walls and leopard print everything. My parents let me express myself through the years, and while cringe-worthy at times, it has been important to my personal design style today.

Look at your child’s room as a place to lay the foundation, a place where they can grow. First, decide what purpose the space will serve; is it just a room for rest, or does it double as a playroom, too? This will determine the palettes you choose. Hues like gray, turquoise, lime and creamsicle are soft enough for a child but can take them into the tween and teen years with ease.

Looking for inspiration for your kiddo? Here some of my favorite youthful paint palettes:

Kids Bedroom

Bright Green Boy’s Room: Designer duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz took the bright green hue from the crystal chandelier and painted the ceiling a matching shade. The fifth wall is also a nice complement to the toile wallpapered accent wall.

More Playful Kids’ Palettes

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This month we’re celebrating indigo as our Color of the Month, but it’s not the only blue hue our staff has a color-crush on. Ever since Made + Remade editor-in-chief Kelly Smith Trimble pitched classic cornflower blue in our monthly color meeting, I’ve been noticing it everywhere from decor to recipes to fashion.

Cornflower and Yellow Wedding Color Palette

Both bright and cool at the same time, this hue lends itself especially well to outdoor spring weddings. I love the combination of striking blue bridesmaid dresses paired with cheerful yellow and pink flowers as featured on Elizabeth Ann Designs. And don’t limit this color to your decor — you can use real cornflowers or bright-blue violets to create wedding-worthy cocktails and desserts, like these found on Adventures in Cooking. So, what do you think — will you try this bright blue hue this spring?

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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If I’m throwing a summer party, I’m not about to blow my budget on a tiny strand of decorative string lights (I’d much rather splash out on the food!). With this in mind, I set out to make some custom lantern string lights out of simple paper bags. The results, if I do say so myself, are pretty adorable. Watch the video to learn how:

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These lanterns make a cute centerpiece as well. They scream summer to me! Just the thing to kick off Memorial Day weekend.

DIY Paper Bag Lantern String Lights

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It’s no secret that I’m the resident cat lover here at HGTV.com. Don’t get me wrong, I adore dogs. But when I adopted my four-year-old cat, D’Artagnan, I became enamored by these sassy, independent animals. As someone who was raised with canines, I’m still figuring out my cat’s unique personality every day. I’ll tell you this, though: I’ve raised one cuddly cat.

But, as all pet owners know, creating a pet-friendly home is a key element to your pet’s happiness and your sanity. Here are some ways you can keep your home chic, stylish and comfy for your pets, too.

Get More: 12 Tips for Pet-Friendly Decorating

Cat on Bed

Buy washable fabrics. Pets have accidents. It’s just part of it. So, protect your bed by using duvet covers, cotton bed sheets and other durable fabrics that can be washed regularly.

Slipcovered Sofas

Slipcovers FTW! Until you’ve deterred Fluffy from using your beloved sofa as a scratching post, a durable slipcover will definitely do the trick. You can also look into purchasing a sofa made of Ultrasuede, a stain-resistant, machine-washable microfiber your cat will adore.

Living Chic + Happy With Your Pets

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Briana’s tropical-inspired Defend the Trend post from Friday had me dreaming of ocean waves and the coastline (which is six hours away from me). I’ve resorted to Pinterest-ing images of palm trees and ocean sunsets. That’s not a bad way to start a mid-May Monday, wouldn’t you agree? I figured I would share my favorite finds with you all.

Mood Board Monday: Palm TreesTop, L to R: The Daileigh, Etsy, Free People | Middle, L to R: Brides of Adelaide, Stacy Brandford | Bottom, L to R: HelloHowdyHiya, The Lane, Studio M Interior Design

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I know a lot of people “dipped” into the guacamole and tequila early and celebrated Cinco de Mayo over the weekend, but it’s not too late to gather your friends and whip up a festive Monday night fiesta. Or you can simply make a batch of homemade fiesta-ready cocktails. Either one sounds good to me.

Mood Board Monday: Cinco de MayoTop, L to R: HGTV.com, HGTV.com, Domaine | Middle, L to R: Lulu the Baker, HGTV.com, Spoonflower | Bottom, L to R: HGTV.com, The Glitter Guide, HGTV.com

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I could write a book about how much I adore Tina Fey and her sense of humor, which is why the teen comedy Mean Girls never ceases to make me LOL and feel painfully awkward at times (remember “grool”?). So, when I found out that today is the 10th anniversary of the Mean Girls release, I was shocked and overwhelmingly nostalgic for my teen years. Where did those 10 years go?! Now, I could sit here and transcribe the entire movie from beginning to end, but I won’t put you all through that. Instead, I’ll celebrate by sharing my favorite pink rooms, because “on Wednesdays we wear pink.” Duh.

Pink Bathroom

Photography by Max Kim-Bee for HGTV Magazine

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Pink Bathroom

Design by Drew and Jonathan Scott

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Pink Bedroom

Design by Liz Carroll

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Pink Bar

Photography by Max Kim-Bee for HGTV Magazine

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Pink Nursery

Design by Elizabeth Krial for DC Design House

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Pink Bedroom

Design by Barry Dixon

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Think pink! Here’s more inspiration for the hue whether you prefer a bold shade or more subdued ballet pink tone.

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It’s no secret that I love turquoise. (See exhibits A, B and C.) Another blue-green fan? Gorgeous actress Lupita Nyong’o, who recently topped People’s 50 most beautiful list.

She said the soft blue of the Prada gown she wore to the Oscars reminded her of her home in Kenya, leading the Internet to call the beautiful hue “Nairobi blue.” Her Gucci gown choice for the SAG awards launched another nationwide color crush: This time the electric turquoise gown shade has been dubbed “Lupita blue.”

Lupita Blue Color Palette

Midcentury Living RoomElectric Turquoise Clock : Aging Paint

HGTV Home Studio intern Samantha inspired me to bring this red carpet stunner into the living room with her Color of the Month pitch of the same vibrant hue. We went with another option (see our pick later this week!), but I love the way this cool-yet-vibrant hue adds punch to spring decor. It’s a great, poppy alternative if you’re not a pastel fan.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Sometime last year, Briana pitched this spring-y creamsicle hue for Color of the Month. While it didn’t win, it certainly garnered my vote. Its sunny and refreshing demeanor feels so perfectly in season to me. What’s your take on sherbet-inspired hues?

Mood Board Monday: Orange SherbetTop, L to R: Etsy, fashiontoast, sticky, gooey, creamy, chewy | Middle, L to R: Pure Style Home, Betty Crocker, Florida’s Natural | Bottom, L to R: Peacock Events, Etsy

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On every trip to High Point Market, I try to visit a few new-to-me designer showrooms in addition to old favorites. A standout on my recent trip was Design Legacy, a new-to-the-trade business featuring quirky vintage-inspired pieces, custom fabrics and amazing, inspiring vignettes. Here’s one I loved from this spring’s showing:

The fabric on the sofa and the window treatments features vintage-inspired botanical prints, and the space deftly combines shades of lavender, orchid, emerald and celadon for a pattern-heavy vignette that manages not to look too busy. A loosely-drawn Greek key pattern on the upholstered coffee table complements the romantic florals.

Not into the floral-on-floral look? Try one element, like a large-scale vintage botanical print or one patterned pillow, and see how it infuses spring energy into your home.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Cherry red lips, bright red nails, red pumps — this simple and unexpected splash of color can transform an ordinary outfit in a snap. The same goes for interiors. Just look at that glossy red front door below. It gives the entryway an entirely new personality and character that wouldn’t be achieved with plain white. And let’s be honest, can you even imagine an ice cream sundae without a cherry on top?

Mood Board Monday: CherriesTop, L to R: Humans of New York, Tartelette, Harper’s Bazaar | Middle, L to R: BHG, Lonny, Magnolia Rouge | Bottom L to R: Averie Cooks, The Cherry Blossom Girl, Seventy Nine Ideas

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If you saw Liz’s decorating trends post you know that she and I recently spent several (blissful!) days taking in all that’s new and notable in furniture, accessories, lighting, fabrics and more in High Point, NC at the world’s largest furniture industry trade show — or as I like to refer to it: Disney for Designers.

While I certainly enjoy checking out the trendiest fabrics and finishes, the highlight of each Market visit for me is spending a few hours strolling thru the Market’s Antique & Design Center. Here, 60+ premiere antique dealers showcase centuries-old European rarities, architectural salvage, mid-century pieces and funky vintage finds.

Antiques have always been a go-to for interior designers but with each passing Market, the collected-over-time look is being realistically reproduced by more and more manufacturers. Although most of the items I point out below are available to-the-trade-only, meaning you have to go through an interior designer or dealer to buy them (sorry!), they’re just a few of the trending antique styles that caught my eye. So, the good news is, if you love antiques, like I do, they’re super hot in the design world right now — whatever type of vintage items you prefer, display them proudly!

Vive la France: French-inspired antiques have been the design world’s darling for quite a while and they’re not ready to raise the white flag yet. I spied all the Louis (13-16) plus several Empire and Rococo gems at Market. Below is a reproduction Louis 16 (or XVI, if you prefer, AKA the same Louis who lost his head alongside Marie Antoinette) gilt settee from Eloquence. They’ve done a fantastic job replicating the handcarved details, even subtly distressing the gilt finish so this new piece looks as if it might have been found at Versailles:
antique french furniture from Eloquence

Aged to Perfection: Weathered finishes are also nothing new and I spied plenty of legitimately timeworn finishes, like the salvaged wooden pediment on the left at Design Legacy alongside new pieces, like the bistro chairs and zinc-topped table at Dovetail, that have been distressed to look like they’ve spent decades outdoors:
antiqued furniture at high point market

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If you saw my post about High Point Furniture Market’s top trends, you already know that Camille and I spotted lots of decor in both blue and orange on our recent design scout. While many showrooms featured indigo, navy and deep orange, I especially loved fabric and wallpaper company Thibaut‘s interpretation of the color combination.

Spring Color Inspiration on HGTV's Design Happens: Aqua + Coral

Coral and aqua are a classic, coastal take on the blue and orange combination. And how adorable is that quatrefoil-shaped table from Oomph? Combined with white, light blue and gray, this combination is crisp, preppy and perfect for spring.

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If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.

Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled
Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy.  This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.

Agate Decor From Spring 2014 High Point Market
Deep Blue
From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.

Indigo and Navy Blue at High Point Market Spring 2014

Vibrant Orange
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.

Orange Color Trend at High Point Spring 2014 Furniture Market
Shades of Purple
Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.

Radiant Orchid at High Point Market Spring 2014

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