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Last week, we asked if you preferred a traditional or Mediterranean sunroom. This traditional room was the clear winner, with 77 percent of the votes.

Traditional Sunroom With Classic Color Combo

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Most of you agreed the furniture and classic colors felt more like a sunroom should. “The traditional room has a peaceful feeling. When I’m in a sunroom I want to relax,” HGTV fan Nancy said. To get a similar look in your home, follow our tips below.

Classic Color Combo

Traditional Sunroom With Floral Chairs and Striped Drapery

Traditional rooms often feature neutral color palettes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The key: Go with classic color palettes. Combine navys and reds or peach and green tones in damask and floral patterns. Pair the fabric with rich wood or plain white furniture to complete the classic look.

Warm Flooring

Traditional Sunroom With Rug

Traditional style is all about comfort. If your sunroom has concrete or tile flooring, warm it up with a large area rug.

Natural Light

Traditional Room With French Doors

Design by Elinor Jones

Traditional style reflects that of French countryside. Glass or French doors will add a traditional touch, along with plenty of natural light.

Timeless Pieces

Symmetrical Living Room

Design by Julie Dodson

Accessorize with intricate furnishings that stand the test of time. Oil paintings, ornate pieces, fringe accents and symmetry are key in accomplishing a traditional look.

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If you’re like me, then the bedroom is the one room in the house that’s in need of some TLC.  No matter how hard I try, it seems that creating a bedroom design that is both stylish and functional is nearly impossible. Luckily, High Fashion Home designer, Dolley Frearson, understands this struggle and has graciously shared 6 of her priceless design tips with us. So if you’re tired of your blah bedroom or simply need a little design inspiration, check out Dolley’s gorgeous bedroom transformation below and read on to learn her tricks of the trade.

The bedroom BEFORE was drab and unsightly…

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The bedroom AFTER is chic and inviting.

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Learn How Dolley Achieved This Look

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Wallpaper has made a huge comeback recently. With new trends and styles, the look has far surpassed the country kitchens of yesteryear and is now one of the most sought after design elements on the market. My dilemma is this: I love wallpaper, but I’m a renter. Also, I change my mind constantly, so I tend to stick with flexible and inexpensive decor that I can move around or replace on the reg. So wallpaper is not an option for me, right? Wrong.

I’m sure you already know that temporary wallpaper is a thing, but lately it has become a very popular thing. Because of this, companies are exploding onto the scene with peel-and-stick products that look and feel like the real, stylish stuff you pin and pine over. But if installing temporary wallpaper still seems daunting, some pretty creative folks at HGTV.com have come up with other gorgeous and easy faux-paper methods to try as well. Check out 5 ways to bring the most beautiful and unique wallpaper trends home, sans glue…and commitment!

Peony Perfection

Left: Photo from HGTV | Right: Photo from Tempaper

Can you guess which one is permanent? If you chose the gorgeous green peony wallpaper on the left, you would be correct. Lucky for us, Tempaper, a temporary wallpaper company, makes a gold-leaf peony paper that is self-adhesive, repositionable and totally removable!

See other gorgeous designs from Tempaper.com >>>

Custom Wall Mural

Left: Photo by Erica Riggio, Design by Peter Krsko | Right: Photo by Chelsea Costa

The chic custom mural installation on the left  by D.C. artist, Peter Krsko, is an eye-catching focal point. On the right, designer Chelsea Costa created a similar, yet temporary look with just a computer, poster paper and double-sided tape! Follow Chelsea’s simple instructions on HGTV.com to create your own custom wall mural >>>

Quick tip: To achieve the framed look of the room on the left, frame your temporary mural with trim molding and attach to your wall using large picture hanging adhesive strips.

Learn how to frame with trim molding on DIYNetwork.com >>>

3 More Temporary Wallpaper Ideas to Try

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If you diligently entered the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Giveaway twice a day for your chance to win our Martha’s Vineyard getaway, you know that the entry period wrapped up last week. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that a Design Happens reader snags the grand prize, but even if you don’t win, you can still incorporate the home’s updated coastal style in your home. Inspired by the guest bedroom, we went shopping for products that offer nautical flair with a modern twist. Here’s our formula for recreating this look:

Copy the Nautical Style From HGTV Dream Home 2015's Guest Bedroom

1. RugsUSA / 2. CB2 / 3. Dot & Bo / 4. Crate and Barrel
/ 5. Wayfair / 6. Target / 7. Pottery Barn

OUR FORMULA: RECREATE THIS LOOK

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I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas for the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). As a newbie to both Design Happens (first post!) and homeownership (first house purchased last year!), I was doubly excited to check out the latest kitchen and bathroom products to hit the market. The sheer amount of beautiful fixtures and finishes on display was rather overwhelming, but a few particularly glitzy and colorful items caught my eye. (What can I say? I’m drawn to shiny things.) If you’re looking for an update with big impact for your kitchen or bath, consider these four striking ideas:

Dimensional Tile

Metallic Tile by Ann Sacks at KBIS 2015

Lux by Ann Sacks

Ann Sacks Tile at KBIS 2015

Left: Geode Gemstone by Ann Sacks; Right: Lux Relais by Ann Sacks

You know those people who have to touch every silky shirt or fluffy blanket while shopping? I’m one of those, which made it hard to tear myself away from the tile work on display at KBIS. While the colors were largely neutral – lots of grays, khakis and creams – the styles were anything but bland with tons of texture, intricate patterns and lustrous metallic finishes. Must. Touch. These looks would add instant drama to any kitchen or bath.

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If you’re a fan of the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper (who isn’t?), then you have undoubtedly coveted Joanna Gaines’ impeccable design taste. By mixing the rustic and repurposed with streamlined and modern elements, Joanna always creates beautiful, envy-inducing spaces. Check out five of her foolproof interior design rules below to bring Fixer Upper‘s timeless farmhouse-chic style to your home!

Joanna at her Waco, Texas boutique

NATURAL ACCENTS


When decorating in the farmhouse-chic style, it’s important to incorporate natural elements with modern. In this office area, Joanna complemented the sleek, grey color palette of the rug and walls with rustic preserved boxwood topiaries and a rough finished wood desk. Add natural elements to your space with fresh flowers, exposed wood beams, stone countertops, indoor plants and potted dried herbs.

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If you follow Pantone‘s color forecasts like we do, then you probably recognize this French-inspired hue. Cognac (Pantone 18-1421) appeared on Pantone’s Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report along with Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224). While most of the editorial team pitched brighter palettes for our December Color of the Month (lavender won, as you know), Briana was on the Cognac train, favoring a softer, calmer color to end the year. Her description of the hue: “Smooth. Intoxicating. Refined. Notes of nuts, caramel, honey and spices.” Bartender, make it a double.

Mood Board Monday: CognacPhotos: Living Room, Shoes, Necklace, Coat, Throws, Dessert, Dress, Living Room

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LIZ: The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year…is Marsala. AKA reddish-brown. Here’s a video of the announcement. I mean, come on. It’s the worst:

Do you like marsala, the new Pantone Color of the Year? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Does anyone like this?

LILI: SIIIIIIGH.

BRIANA:

Do you like marsala? Or does it make you make this face? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

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MALLORY: Not a fan. We’ve been renaming it here all morning. It’s just…muddy.

LIZ: Looks a lot like “oxblood” to me.

LILI: It looks like how oxblood would taste.

JESSICA: -steps up to the mic-

I kind of….

Like it…..?

A little?

HANNAH:

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JESSICA: I’m of course, completely ignoring everything about it except for the pomegranate seeds I saw on the landing page. I’ll only accept the pomegranate color. Please don’t throw oxblood on me this is a new cardigan.

HANNAH: I would argue that they put the pomegranate seeds there to throw you. It’s like how Real Simple keeps putting pomegranate seeds on vegetables people would, under less pretty circumstances, not want to eat.

FARIMA: I only like this color in my wine glass.

KAYLA: In fashion, yes. In decor, no.

LIZ: This seems like a relatively okay way to use it:

Do you like marsala? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

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I’d probably wear marsala pants.

KAYLA: Ariana Grande sort of has marsala hair here…She’s so trendy.

Do you like the marsala color of Ariana's hair? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

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CAMILLE: I could get behind this color if it were just more saturated and not so wishy-washy – is it brown? Is it red? I agree w/ Mallory – it’s just too muddy. The Pantone peeps are supposed to be color experts; they need to select colors not color fence straddlers. Now aubergine or pomegranate (like I think Jessica said) or even an intense ruby – those are reds I would embrace.

LIZ: I agree. I think this is their attempt to embrace the “neutrals with a hint of color” trend that’s been going on for awhile, but it’s too wishy-washy.  However, there’s typically a pretty wide-ranging interpretation of the color, so we’ll probably see some more saturated versions being billed as “marsala.”

KELLY: I have to say that I like this color. Do I want to paint a whole room with it? No. But maybe an accent wall … or chair covers. It reminds me of the Southwest and certain colors of rock and shades of adobe. What I don’t like is the name. It makes me think of overcooked chicken. I’d much rather call it Canyon or Terra Cotta, something that alludes to the earthiness.

MALLORY: I mean….ew:

BRIANA: Do you think marsala is gross? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

LILI: Maybe they thought they were picking Masala instead of MARsala:

Do you like marsala or do you like masala better? Vote now on HGTV's blog!

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JESSICA: Maybe they should have picked blue like I wanted them to and none of this would be happening. When do we get to overthrow?

LIZ: Not that it really matters, but the Sherwin-Williams color of the year is “Coral Reef.” Better, no?

Do you like the Sherwin Williams color of the year? Or do you prefer Pantone's? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

JESSICA:

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LILI: I might hate that more.

KAYLA: Yeah, that’s bad.

LIZ: Well, at least it’s not named after wine too crappy to drink.

We’ve given you our colorful opinions about marsala, now tell us what YOU think:

 

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I came across this cozy cable knit blanket and life was never the same. (That’s going on my “Desperately Want” list.) If I must deal with winter each year, then chic knit throws and chunky sweaters are my keys to survival. 

Sweater and Cable Knit DecorTop, L to R: Sweater, Throws, Lamp | Middle, L to R: Bedding, Pendant, Rug | Bottom, L to R: Napkin Ring, Chair, Socks

Sweater-inspired crafts we love:

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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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Maybe it’s the fall weather or maybe it’s the designers I’m following on Instagram (thanks, Erica), but I’m definitely feeling menswear decor lately. From clean lines to tartan, I can’t get enough of the trend. Creating a warm, cozy space that’s both stylish and masculine can be a real challenge. I think that’s why designers like Brian Patrick Flynn and Benjamin Vandiver are so inspiring to me because they can integrate menswear patterns so effortlessly.

Now, check out some of my favorite menswear-inspired looks and see what strikes your fancy.

menswear mancaveTop, L to R: Vines Wool Rug, Mellby Chair, Western Bedroom | Middle, L to R: Victor Chair, Anchor Pillow, Ship Shaker | Bottom, L to R: Karlstad Sofa, Vintage Trunk, Pinstripe Wallpaper, Chair

The wool rug from West Elm combines a bright pop of color — something not often seen in masculine spaces — with a strong herringbone pattern. Ikea’s Mellby chair has modern lines and a low back paired with the go-to herringbone pattern. The classic Western bedroom look is the epitome of a menswear man cave.

West Elm’s Victor chair features a muted plaid fit for a Savile Row tailor, while four small buttons add the perfect finish for menswear inspiration. I actually found the anchor pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond. It’s fun and bright but still rugged with its anchor accent. Speaking of nautical, the cruise ship shaker from Pottery Barn is a magnificently appointed (say it with a martini in your hand) bar accessory (and the ideal gift for any mix-master friends).

The Karlstad sofa brings some POW into the menswear spectrum with its bright color. And vintage trunks always make for good coffee tables; Etsy is full of them. This pinstripe wall covering and plaid upholstered chair are two looks I think I might have to steal.

I’m feeling so sophisticated now, with all my plaids and my pinstripes, like I should be Sherlock Holmes for Halloween. But what do you think? Is menswear decor a “yes, sir” or a “no, ma’am”? You know what side I’m on. Let me know what you think.

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photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar

Ebola…breaking up with Taylor Swift while she’s writing a new album…Stephen King novels — these are all things we should be very afraid of, but black paint!? I double-pinkie-swear-promise that black paint isn’t scary at a-l-l. Like not even a little bit. Here are all of the reasons you should think about becoming BFFs with black paint pronto:

photo credit: Milk Magazine

1. Black paint is: Dramatic & Glam

Black paint has a magic way of making spaces look like they’re just dripping with glamour. There’s no way around it, black is bold, but I’ve discovered that the use of black paint can elevate a space more than almost any other color. Black painted rooms will make you think about: chic hotel suites, old Hollywood stars, elegant dinner parties. There is no way around it: black paint is just so darn glam.

TIP: If you’re not ready to dive into painting an entire room black, try painting your entire doors black. This has a similarly glam effect on a space and won’t require as much paint.

photo credit: The Design Files

2. Black paint is: Cozy

I feel like the “dark paints make your space look small” fairytale has reached cult-like status out in the general public, and though opinions are shifting, that’s still usually the first thing a client says to me when I suggest a dark color for their space. TRUTH TIME: I’ve simply not found this old adage to be even a teeny tiny bit true. In fact, I’ve even found that dark colors like black are sometimes able to open-up spaces and make them look larger than a light or white paint would. However, I do find that dark colors seem to magically create a warmth in a space that is hard to replicate with white. There is a “coziness” that develops there with the richness of a black hue that feels surprisingly home-y and comfortable.

TIP: Dip your toe into the black paint pool by choosing a smaller room in your home (like a powder room or a guest bedroom), and start from there. If you like that “all snuggled up and cozy by the fire” feeling, you can try black in other spaces in your home from there.

photo credit: Jack Thompson for Paper City Mag

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DIY Art

Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage or a mcmansion, my guess is: you’ve got some giganto empty wall space you need to fill.

I’ve long been frustrated by the fact that it’s next to impossible to buy giant pieces of art. On most online sites, big art is either not available or super duper scary expensive. Why is this? Should we start a petition!? Do you want to join me in the “BIG ASS ART FOR ALL” movement? Let’s change the world!

Until then, here are 7 easy DIY art projects that will help you fill up that big empty space on your wall with some fabulousness.

DIY Art

1. Framed Wallpaper

This one is a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the wallpaper pool, but still want to wear your floaty wing thingys while doing it. You can hang a piece (or several pieces!) of wallpaper either vertically or horizontally, and then create a “frame” around it with painted wooden trim from the hardware store. The Hunted Interior has a great tutorial showing you how she put together her chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

DIY Art

2. Washi Tape Art

If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of washi tape, BREAKING: washi tape is seriously amazing! Washi tape is sort of like masking tape, but it’s made of rice paper so the texture is much different. This is a great abstract art DIY for anyone that’s gun shy about painting. You can purchase a large canvas to fit the size of the space you are trying to fill, as well as a variety of colors of washi tape. Then you just go crazy, crisscrossing lines until you have something you dig. Hop over to Sketch42blog to get step-by-step instructions on this one.

DIY Art

3. Knotted Wall Hanging

I love me some woven wall hangings and also some macrame wall hangings, but I don’t know how to do either. So a few weeks ago I decided to tackle my own big space dilemma by creating a “knotted” wall hanging. Basically I bought a bunch of yarn in the same off white color, but in all different textures. I also purchased a big branch at a floral supply store. Then I got to work making all sorts of fun knots, braids, tassels and tie offs. I knew my Girl Scout training would pay off one day. This one is super duper easy, and I included all of the directions over on vintagedesign.me.

DIY Art

4. Juju Hat

A Juju hat is not, in fact, a hat covered in jujubes candy, but actually a beautiful African headdress. Several years ago these gorgeous feather numbers started showing up in design mags and blogs, but the problem was, most of them cost 11 bazillion dollars. Lucky for us, enterprising bloggers started scheming up their own Juju Hat DIYs and Love Meagan has a great one for you to peep. You’ll need feathers, a glue gun, some rug canvas and scissors. You can do this…I believe in you.

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D-Happ readers, please welcome our newest contributor — Erica Reitman. You may remember Erica from a recent profile we did on her. She is an interior designer with a definite point of view (she’s no nonsense, fun and full of real-world design advice and tips). Check out Erica’s column every Thursday right here. Erica, the team is thrilled to have you. — Grant Dudley

In the hierarchy of go to apps on my phone that I lean on to distract myself from:

  • boring phone calls
  • boring meetings
  • boring commutes
  • boring dates (ok, kidding about that one..mostly)

Instagram has lately been at the top of my list.

This photography based social network is all eye candy all the time, and if you haven’t yet discovered it, it’s time to dive in with ten inspiring, inventive, out-of-the-box, creative interior designers you can follow to get your home feed buzzing with designer-y goodness.

1. @BenjaminVandiver

This Nashville based designer creates spaces that are so chic, they’ll burn your eyes out. He manages to combine classic style, with vintage vibes, and a completely modern, fresh take. His design style is like ice cream — it’s hard to pick a favorite flavor, because they all taste so damn good. See more of Benjamin’s work here.

2. @HouseofBrinson

Husband and wife photographer/stylist team Susan and William Brinson document the renovation of their historical home Stonyford Estate, as well as all of the wonderful guests, delicious meals and creative projects they take on. Their two adorable pups, Nero and Sugar, also often make cameos in the drool-worthy photos of their daily life in upstate New York. Read more about their adventures on their blog House of Brinson.

3.@AmberInteriors

Los Angeles based designer Amber Lewis is a pattern-mixing ninja, with her own chic online “shoppe” where you can purchase gorgeous pillows, rugs and accessories. Her style leans toward the eclectic, Moroccan flea market, road trip cool tip, with bright colors, textures and inspiring posts on how to kick life in the ass sprinkled in. Amber shares tips on the daily over on her blog.

4. @KellyWearstler

Kelly Wearstler, or “K Dubs” as I like to call her, is the reigning queen of in your face, grab you by the lapels and kiss you open mouthed, bold interior design. She is the master of making 70s era design (and other eras) look totally new and chic, mixes graphic patterns like a boss, and her vintage furniture finds are the stuff that dreams are made of. Get even more inspiration from Kelly on her blog My Vibe, My Life.

5. @JustinaBlakeney

If you’re not sure what a “jungalow” is, it’s time to study up on Justina Blakeney’s Instagram feed. Justina has pioneered this relaxed, boho, totally unique interior design approach that incorporates bold, contrasting textures and patterns, lots of lush plants and natural materials, and a comfortable, casual vibe. She also features daily #FaceTheFoliage works of art, which are portraits she creates with flowers and leaves. Check out Justina’s own Jungalow on her blog.

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BRIANA: It seems like we’ve had our eye on agate for a long time, but it’s been even bigger in 2014. It’s been cropping up in kitchen counters and is prominently featured in Target’s Threshold Fall 2014 collection (seen here). So, what do you think of the agate trend? Do you think it rocks or does it leave you stone cold?

Do you like the agate decor trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Target Threshold Agate Coasters and Agate Trays (available Sept. 7 – Oct. 16)

MARIEL: Agate rocks! (Ahem.) Seriously, I’m digging this trend. I’m not sure I would go this far…

Do you like the agate decor trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Credit: Photography by Eurotech Cabinetry, Inc

but I’m coveting the agate accents on this starburst chandelier.

Do you like the agate decor trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Emporium Home Agate Burst Chandelier

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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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As an experienced traveler, I never tire of the map and globe decor trend. Every time I go to an antique store, I scour through the bin of old maps to see if I can find any that have some significance to me or anyone I know. For me, maps offer up memories that found artwork just can’t. I look at South America and instantly think of my Chilean backpacking trip to Santiago, the Andes Mountains and Valparaiso last year. South Carolina reminds me of my time at College of Charleston and my first year away from home. Give me a world map and I’ll drift into a land of nostalgia.

Mood Board Monday: MapsTop, L to R: Kara’s Party Ideas, HGTV.com | Middle, L to R: Wendy’s Lookbook, The Hunted Interior | Bottom, L to R: HGTV.com, from HGTV MagazineLingered Upon

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Watercolor motifs are coming back in a big way. This trend of applying watercolor decor in the home can be used in many different ways and applications, and can give off two completely separate moods. On one note watercolor motifs can be used to give any room that fun and exciting vibe (while adding a pop of color). On another note “watercolor designs are a great way to add a soft and feminine influence to any room either indoors or outside” suggests Nancy Fire, Creative Director for HGTV HOME.

PLUS: HGTV’S AUGUST COLOR OF THE MONTH >>

Watercolor designs can also add a sense of handcraft and bring a natural aspect back into your home. Whether applying watercolor wallpaper to your walls or giving your floors a vibrant addition with a motif rug, the options are endless. Another unique way to apply this trend to any room is to add it on the ceiling, giving it the unexpected attention it deserves. Then there is the need for accessorizing; using bedding, pillows, curtains, paintings and beyond. Check out the inspirational images below for your home.

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In the June issue of HGTV Magazine, one article advised readers to check their closets for design inspiration. The logic behind this advice is that whatever hues dominate your wardrobe are the ones that make you most happy, therefore you should use them when decorating. I couldn’t help but think, What about the trendy pieces I bought for summer? Those are serious outliers in my closet. Then I had another thought: As Trevor mentioned earlier this summer, throw pillows are the easiest way to change up home decor. So, why not use trend-inspired pillows to spice up our couches just as much as we did our summer wardrobes? If you’d like to give this idea a try, here are 6 throw pillows inspired by summer fashion trends.

Shirt: Ohne Titel, Pillow: HGTV

Geometric Patterns
Loud patterns ranging from floral to geometric are making strong statements across runways and streets alike. Inspired by this summer trend, add some punch to your decor with a bold-patterned pillow.

Shirt Dress: Joie, Pillow: Linda Woods

Chambray
Material that was once used for men’s work shirts is now on trend for both men and women. In your home, different shades of chambray can give off very different looks. Create a rustic look with dark chambray and a traditional feel with light. Or, for a more eclectic touch, try a chambray ikat pillow like this one designed by Linda Woods.

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We are all about bringing your outdated spaces current to the modern age. We want you to love your surroundings and we strive to help you make that happen. You know this about us.

When we see orange shag carpet? Our take: “Rip it out!” Old-school floral wallpaper hanging in the bedroom? “Start scraping!” Those pastel-colored kitchen appliances from the 1970′s? “Um, no.”

So, that’s our usual stance at HGTV. But then, THEN — CNN.com introduced us (well, me) to “Time Capsule Houses.” And friends, they’re glorious. They’re so bad, and so wrong — that they’re wonderful. And apparently, there’s a market for them.

“Homes stuck in another century might seem like they’d be difficult to sell,” says CNN’s Henry Hanks. “But some buyers are interested in ‘time capsule houses’ — especially those built in the middle of the 20th century.”

Time Capsule Houses

A home in Kenthorst, Pa. built in 1965.

Time Capsule Houses

A well-maintained mid-century kitchen

Time Capsule Houses

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My fellow blogger, Liz, pointed out that there’s an actual “retro reno” movement going on out there. Places like Retro Renovation will help you remodel and decorate your home in mid-century and vintage style.

What say you? Can you appreciate this resistance to modernize? Heck, are you someone who would actually purchase one of these homes? Let me know what you think.

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