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Let’s talk about Snapchat. Yes, there is more to it than stories about your friend’s trek from bar to bar or super-detailed paint drawings — though we’re huge fans of those! Get more advice on Snapchat basics and the best ways to use it.

Through Snapchat Discover, you can get snippets of news and noteworthy video from brands you love, like Food Network and CNN. But it’s also a place where you can see another (PG) side of DIY stars, designers and HGTV stars: Think off-the-cuff, behind-the-scenes snippets, beautiful homes and amazing projects that you’ll want to stare at for way more than 10 seconds.

We’ve gathered 6 of our favorite design and DIY Snappers. Read on to see how to add them and why we love them.

– Liz & Kayla, Your Design Happens Editors-In-Chief

Designers & DIY Stars to Add on Snapchat

P.S. I Made This (Snapchat: psimadethis) 

If you follow P.S. I Made This on Instagram, you know that the DIY site features beautiful, inspiring photos on the daily. (How amazing is this DIY fringe garland?)  Add the site on Snapchat to see what they’re working on before everyone else — today it was an airbrushed cake. Oh yeah. Tomorrow? Who knows.

Jillian Harris (Snapchat: jillian-harris)

This former Bachelorette contender and star of HGTV’s Love It or List It, Too also finds time to post amazing things on all her social accounts — think pool days, trips to wine country, photos of her home and must-have outfits. See what she’s up to right now. Believe us, you’ll be totally inspired.

The Coveteur (Snapchat: thecoveteur) 

This uber-inspiring blog and Instagram account features everything from brand-new beauty products to cocktails to interviews with other creatives. See daily habits and happenings from their editors. And if you really want to go behind the scenes with some of today’s top tastemakers, get lost in their enviable Closet section.

Somewhere I Would Like to Live (Snapchat: somewhereiwouldliketolive) 

Do you ever just want to escape your desk and go somewhere insanely beautiful? Add Somewhere I Would Like to Live on Instagram and Snapchat for daily doses of design eye candy  – from stunning painted floors to pink sand beaches to modern interiors — curated by Barcelona-based Reben Ortiz and Katty Schiebeck.

Homepolish (Snapchat: homepolish) 

Designed to provide interior design on a budget, Homepolish also provides stunningly photographed imagery of their latest designs — including this color-filled San Francisco loft and Hills star Lo Bosworth’s NYC pad. Add them to see snaps of their designers in action (celebrity sightings possible!).

Domino (Snapchat: dominomag)

Okay, design people, we don’t need to explain Domino Magazine. Though it’s no longer printed monthly, it’s alive and well on its website, on Instagram,  and yes, on Snapchat. Go behind the scenes of stylish apartments, beautiful summer table settings and more.

What design or DIY stars do you follow on Snapchat? Tell us who you love in the comments below. 

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Los Angeles-based interior designer Caitlin McCarthy originally moved to the Golden State at age 15 to pursue acting. At the same time, she designed a line for a high-end children’s clothing brand. Her real passion, though? Designing chic yet thoughtful spaces. Caitlin now runs her own firm, Caitlin McCarthy Design. And we’ve loved this gal from the beginning. As 2014′s Fresh Faces of Design winner, Caitlin’s sophisticated loft design stole the show.

Caitlin McCarthy Design

Caitlin stopped by HGTV Headquarters last month to meet with our editorial team and talk Fresh Faces. (Yup, she’s stunning in person, too.) We, of course, gave her our questionnaire. Check out her answers, especially the drawing!

Caitlin McCarthy Interview

Are you the next Fresh Face of Design? Caitlin tells you how to submit your entry for this year’s competition.

Who should we interview next? Tell us your favorite design and DIY stars in the comments below.

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Our team of editors have traveled the country to find the best designers, architects, landscape designers and stylists to create the HGTV Photo Library to give you lots of ideas for your own home. As part of our new Master Class Series, we want you to get to know some of the designers behind these jaw-dropping designs. First up: Stephanie Bradshaw. It’s hard for me to sum up Stephanie’s title into one or two words. She does it all — she’s an interior designer, event stylist, wedding planner, creative director and one of the founders of the Baltimore Fashion Alliance. Let’s just say, she’s a busy woman! We just had to know how she does it. Keep reading for our exclusive interview with Stephanie:

Stephanie Bradshaw Interview

Design Happens: How did you get started as a wedding planner and event stylist?

Stephanie Bradshaw: Many years ago, I worked in business development for a large party rental company here on the East Coast. I designed parties, large and small, for years and started entering tabletop competitions to get our business name out in the community. I won a few of them and folks started to take notice in my design eye and attention to detail.

DH: How do you make sure to create a one-of-a-kind event for each client?

SB: I consider so many different perspectives when planning an event, whether it’s the bride and groom, their families, guests, etc. I also then ask myself what type of experience we want to create for the guests, and how will all the details help get us to that place. I also always consider all five senses when designing any party and how we can engage them all in the experience.

DH: What is the most challenging and most rewarding when planning an event?

SB: I think for weddings, the most challenging component are family dynamics and trying to meet the expectations of the Pinterest-inspired bride. Having real-time conversations about budget and expectations are the key to a successful and rewarding experience for all parties.

DH: What was the most memorable or successful event you’ve planned, and what made it that way?

SB: This is such a difficult question. I think with every event there are successes as well as things that could have been tweaked just a bit to be better. There is almost always a moment at each event where I am able — for just a minute — to stand back and take a breath, looking at the space and the guests ‘living’ in it and to be proud that my team and I were able to create such a beautiful environment for such special and memorable life moments.

Wedding Tablescape Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: You have a broad range of services, from event planning to interior design. Which is your favorite?

SB: I get asked this question all the time, and what I think I really like is business. I like helping my team learn and grow and become better problem solvers. I like that my days are completely different from one to the next, and yet it is still under this gorgeous design umbrella of events, interiors and creative/graphic services.

DH: You are all about the details. What details or items are must-haves for weddings, photo shoots, interiors, etc. 

SB: For both events and interiors, I think starting with a color palette and a general theme is a great place to start. We create vibe boards for all of our design projects here and they really help us get the process started. All of the wedding details, from the floor plan to the invite to the table linen and the creative styling, is done with those things in mind. The same holds true with interiors. Floor plans, fabric selections and styling details are all a result of our initial vibe and the experience we want to create in those spaces. We talk a good deal about how we want a guest and/or homeowner to feel, and we try to move forward with that in mind as well.

Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: How did auditioning on HGTV’s Design Star help you grow as a designer. What did you learn from it?

SB: It was an interesting process for sure. I made it to the semi-finals and that in and of itself is something to be proud of. I think I learned to keep going and follow what my gut was telling me, which was to keep designing and doing what I love even after I wasn’t selected for the show.

DH: You helped start the Baltimore Fashion Alliance. How do you think fashion and design influence each other?

SB: I think fashion has a huge impact on the design world in general. If you watch the runways, you will see trends that then filter down into the events we plan and the interiors we design and live in every day.

Living Room Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: Back to events! Do you have any advice for our readers who are planning a wedding? 

SB: My tips for planning a wedding would be to hire some help! So many brides go into the experience thinking they can happily manage their jobs, family and planning a wedding all at one time. We spend all day, every day, planning these events full time, so it is definitely good to have help both physically and emotionally. Interview a few folks, and select the team that you feel best suits your needs and the vibe you want to create. Remember this person or their team will be representing you throughout the process, so select someone you think will do that in the best light possible. The same holds true for selecting an interior designer. Find someone that has a good handle on your vibe, but also someone that will challenge you to take a few risks!

Wedding Centerpiece Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

See more of Stephanie’s designs on her HGTV portfolio >>

What event planning and design details do you struggle with? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Editors’ Note: Welcome to our new interview series, DH Interviews.  Each week, we’ll ask designers and makers we love to fill out our fun design questionnaire so you can get to know them better. Our first subject? The one and only David Bromstad

Can we talk a minute about how much I adore David Bromstad? We caught up with the original HGTV Design Star winner on the set of the all-new summer series Beach Flip, premiering July 5 at 9 pm | 8c.

David Bromstad on HGTV

David Bromstad Paints a Bright Canvas

Catch David as one of the show’s hosts and mentors (alongside HGTV favorites Nicole Curtis and Josh Temple) as teams of contestants compete to make over run-down beach houses. But first, let’s see how he answered our interview questions below.

David Bromstad Interview on HGTV

Get the latest designs from David Bromstad on his HGTV profile page, and stay tuned for more details about the all-new series Beach Flip.

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It’s officially show house season! This week, I had the pleasure of touring this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, located in the Arthur Sachs Mansion in New York’s coveted Lenox Hill neighborhood.

Originally built in 1909 for Arthur Sachs of — yep, Goldman Sachs — the townhouse has five floors and boasts 9,600 square feet of amazing architecture and design. The 43rd annual show house features the work of 22 top interior designers, each leaving his or her stamp on their chosen space. The result feels like a luxurious but comfortable home for a chic Manhattan family. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it’s currently for sale? Yes, it can be yours for the cool price of $35 million.

Take a look around.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen

Design by Christopher Peacock, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The huge galley-style kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock features a mix of painted cabinets and hand-picked English Wych Elm accents. Expansive Silstone countertops and brushed brass hardware tie the kitchen together.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dining Room

Design by Mark D Sikes Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

This formal dining space designed by Mark D. Sikes was inspired by a beautiful Italian home and introduces a fresh take on an uptown townhouse dining room. Red gingham fabric walls, silk trims, regency mahogany antiques, gilt mirrors, modern art and a 19th century, director-style crystal chandelier bring it all together in the formal dining room.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Staircase

Design by Philip Mitchell Design, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The stair hall designed by Philip Mitchell is so grand it deserves to be considered another “room.” With each step you take, you’re surrounded by a wonderfully curated art collection that spans various mediums and eras. Looking up, the spiral staircase frames a skylight that brings light all the way to the ground floor.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Office

Design by Thom Filicia Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

A work day in this home office would feel like anything but. Designer Thom Filicia says he wanted to create a space that was subtly sophisticated, elegantly easy and playfully purposeful. He accomplished that and more with this appropriately named “Study in Style.”

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Rooftop

Design by Rottet Studio, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

Not to be forgotten in this urban jungle, the roof terrace designed by Lauren Rottet and her Rottet Studio team is a welcome escape from the bustling New York City streets. Though it’s not the only outdoor space in the home, it is the highest — and it features stunning views of what Rottet calls “the world’s best city.” (Lauren, I totally agree!)

Want to see it for yourself? The home is open to tours through June 11. As if the stunning home or inspiring designs weren’t enough, the event is hosted by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and marks the organization’s 100th year of service. Proceeds will benefit the club, which provides after-school programs for thousands of local kids.

What’s your favorite space in the home? Tell me in the comments below.

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For the past 45 years, the Atlanta Symphony Associates, an all-volunteer guild of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), has presented a Decorators’ Show House & Gardens each spring as its signature fundraising event. But this year’s home has gone to soaring design heights. Leading interior designers from the Southeast and beyond graced “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate designed by renowned architectural designer William T. Baker. Located in Atlanta’s affluent uptown district of Buckhead, the home’s sprawling 14,500-square-foot property lends itself to plenty of opportunity for design creativity. A select group of 28 designers, including HGTV’s own Vern Yip and Chip Wade, were chosen to showcase their individual talents and design styles while incorporating creative and inspiring trends.

2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House & Gardens

Photo by Mary Powell Photography

Each and every room was transformed inside this sunny, golden home. And the best part? You can explore them all. The 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is open to the public from now until Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10. Show House guests can interact directly with designers, shop everything design-related and bring home a myriad of creative inspiration and ideas. Plus, there’s plenty of events both inside and out to complement your home tour, from trunk shows to design seminars.

We hope to bump into you in one of these drool-worthy rooms IRL. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside a few of the designer transformations. Take a look:

FAMILY ROOM

DESIGN BY VERN YIP, VERN YIP DESIGNS

2015 ASO Show House Family Room

Photo via @occupymyfamily

STUDY

LANCE JACKSON & DAVID ECTON, PARKER KENNEDY LIVING

2015 ASO Show House Study

Photo via @occupymyfamily

LIVING ROOM

MICHAEL BOYD, SMITHBOYD INTERIORS

GUEST BEDROOM

MELANIE TURNER, MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS

2015 ASO Show House Guest Bedroom

Photo via @occupymyfamily

POOL DECK

HANNAH SEATON & ED CASTRO, ED CASTRO LANDSCAPING

2015 ASO Show House Pool Deck

Photo via @asoshowhouse

I know, right?! When can I move in?

Get more info on tickets, house hours, events, designers and more: 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens.

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Alright, D-Hap readers. I need you to go way back in your memory banks for a minute. Back in 2012 and 2013 we shared some beautiful design vignettes created by our Home Studio interns that focused on both current and iconic design trends. Aspiring interior designer Justin DiPiero spent two quarters as an HGTV design intern and I’ve been shamelessly Insta-stalking him ever since he left.

Fast forward to 2015 and Justin is now a Homepolish interior designer in New York City. But finding the perfect job came with a bit of a nightmarish task — house hunting in the Big Apple. After finding the perfect spot in Brooklyn, he wanted to throw a city-style housewarming party to thank his friends for hosting him during his search. Certainly one of the perks of being an interior designer is being able to source beautiful products and inspiration to throw a killer soiree on a budget, and that’s just what he did. We love how he infused coastal style with elements found in NYC’s Chinatown. Check it out:

Justin’s Party Tips:

I tried to bring my two worlds together. Since I went to school in the South and identify myself as Southern, I wanted to pay tribute to the past but also inject some of the present; that’s what led the look and decor for the party.

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Chic + Budget-Friendly Party Ideas

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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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My guy and I have been watching the conference tournament games all weekend to see who gets left out of the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, my alma mater didn’t make it too far, so I’m rooting for MJ‘s former stomping grounds. (Go, Tarheels!) So, with all this sports madness happening over the next month, I figured we could use a healthy dose of competition here at D-Happ — design style. Are you ready? Let’s vote!

Which HGTV design duo or solo rock star is your favorite? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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HGTV’s Rehab Addict is so…addictive! One reason why? Host Nicole Curtis’ extreme passion for restoring old homes to their original glory, without cutting corners or wasting materials. Whether you’re planning a vintage renovation of your own or are just a fan of the show, read on to learn five of Nicole’s tried and true design mantras.

“Only garbage goes in the dumpster.” – Nicole

Nicole saves EVERYTHING. When a new heating system was installed, this old radiator was repurposed for use as a bedroom shelf! Brilliant! By reusing and recycling, she saves thousands of dollars on her projects and maintains as much of the home’s original integrity as possible.

Check out more ways to reuse and recycle things in your home >>

4 More Design Rules From Nicole

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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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Are you attempting to design a room in your home? Getting started can be daunting. Should you start with an inspiration piece? Should you choose your color palette first? How do you avoid blowing your budget? If you don’t want to commit to an interior designer, turn to Decorist. The Decorist Makeover feature consists of a team of professional designers who will virtually decorate your room based on your budget and style. They create two different design boards with the same style and budget, but with different shopping lists (including links to buy!), so you have plenty of pieces to choose from. They also share top tips to help you decorate your room — all you have to do is send a photo of your current room. Easy peasy!

I thought I’d give their services a try, so I sent them a photo of a — let’s just say — bare master bedroom and nook. I gave a $5,000 budget and asked for a modern vintage vibe with a cozy feel.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom: Before

Master Bedroom Nook Before

Master Bedroom Nook Before

See the Virtual Makeover

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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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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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Interior designer Erica Reitman has a definite design point of view — how can you tell? The tagline of her website (VintageDesign.Me) says it all: “I Will Kick Your House’s Ass.” And that, she does very well. Erica strives to help homeowners make their homes look “bangin’” and when she’s not working her magic in homes across the country, she’s offering up helpful design tips and advice online. As we’ve done in the past, Design Happens dares to go beyond the interior design photos we’re accustomed to seeing and talks to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we’re chatting with Erica Reitman.

Erica Reitman

Erica Reitman of VintageDesign.Me

D-Happ: Tell us about your website.
ER: I created VintageDesign.Me to be a spot online where people can go to get great advice, learn an easy tip, or read about my favorite resources. I really try to stay focused on tangible, real-world value and results, so I don’t do inspiration posts or random mood boards that don’t relate to anything (though I love looking at those things on other people’s sites!). I get how valuable everyone’s time is, so I always want people to come away feeling like: “I’m SO ready to go do this random decorating thing that I’ve never thought about before” after reading one of my posts. I also try to stress that while, of course I’d love for you to hire me to come decorate your home, you really don’t have to because e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e has it in them to put together a great space that makes them smile when they walk through their front door. And yep, I do mean everyone.

Erica Reitman

Design by Erica, Photo by William Brinson

D-Happ: How would you describe your aesthetic?
ER: My overall aesthetic is kind of like a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in 1992. I love, love, love the graphic, colorful design of the 60′s and 70′s, and really dig mixing pieces from that era with newer modern pieces. Big, bold pieces of art make me smile, and vintage anything always gets me revved up — especially if it comes from a flea market or a thrift store. I do tend to lean more toward more masculine interiors, and so I especially love working with guys on “dude designing” their spaces. So I guess my aesthetic is eclectic/vintage/arty/masculine/70′s/chic?

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
ER: My favorite source of inspiration is vintage interior design magazines and books. I recently moved to Los Angeles, and the flea markets here are pretty amazing. So I often find great old issues of Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House and Garden magazines that I buy for a buck apiece and then pore over at home.

More of Our Talk

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Following the success of his fall 2013 upholstery line launch with Apt2B, interior designer Kyle Schuneman has teamed back up with the e-shop to add more styles to his upholstery line for summer 2014.

Kyle Schuneman for Apt2B

Interior designer Kyle Schuneman of Kyle Schuneman for Apt2B

Inspired by colors and trends straight from the runways, Kyle added four new sofas to his upholstery line, Kyle Schuneman for Apt2B. The sofas feature details from tufting and rolled backs to stainless-steel bases, plus they come in a variety of pastel hues and neutral tones. Kyle’s summer styles come with the same philosophy as before: having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have big design. “I wanted these new frames to feel more grown-up and penthouse-worthy,” says Kyle.

These modern styles — the Coronado, the Jackson, the Pacific and the Fillmore — all come in sofa and apartment-size sofa options to meet the needs of the micro-living trend and those desiring smaller-scale furniture. And the best part? They’re totally affordable and made right in L.A.

Kyle Schuneman for Apt2B Coronado

The Coronado Collection

Kyle Schuneman for Apt2B Pacific

The Pacific Collection

To see the entire summer 2014 line, head over to Apt2B.

Get more on Kyle from HGTV.com:

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Former Design Star winner and Secrets From a Stylist host Emily Henderson partnered with Sunrise Senior Living for the second year in a row to make over the room of deserving residents of the Sunrise community. If you know (and love) Emily like we do here, you’ll know that her room designs are full of life, color and style – just what a blank space needs to truly feel like home. Helen and Dominic — this year’s winners — were treated to a makeover of their home which just didn’t suit the personalities of this upbeat couple who’ve been together 67 years.

emily henderson sunrise living

Emily shared with us a bit about this stunning room refresh. She says, “The whole redesign was just so satisfying. Sunrise is a really awesome community – it kinda feels like college dorms but for seniors. Helen and Dominic were so happy and I think re-invigorated [by the makeover]. I truly believe that your happiness can be strongly effected by how much you like your home, so I’m hoping that this makeover makes every day a little bit happier for them.”

Here’s more of what Emily had to say about this project that is close to her heart:

LILI: Can you tell our readers about this heartwarming makeover? 

EMILY: I have a serious soft spot for seniors. I think they can get easily dismissed in our culture which is just insane because, A. they’ve lived a long and often challenging life and that should be respected and B. if we are lucky we’ll all be there someday. So I was very excited when Sunrise approached me to do this makeover again. It took place at a Sunrise community outside of Columbus Ohio, where Helen and Dominic live. Their son nominated them for the makeover and they were picked because they are just incredible people. Dominic was a prisoner of war for 19 months in WWII and he and Helen have been together for 67 years and have such an incredible marriage with 4 lovely children.

LZ: What was the first step in redesigning Dominic and Helen’s space?

EH: The first step is finding out what their wants and needs are. They both love gardening, the colors blue and green, Frank Sinatra, and their style was more traditional with some modern updates. So we created a mood board with elements from these and started playing around with what looks good together.

sunrise living moodboard

LZ: What was the inspiration for the color palette and design scheme?

EH: Helen really loves blues and greens (me too, obviously) so we started there. And since they both love gardening we wanted to bring a garden inspired pattern for the wallpaper so we found this floral that we loved because it wasn’t too busy and felt really fresh. So that was our ‘jumping off point’ as we say in the biz. Once we had the wallpaper then we tried to make it more masculine by bringing in some darker tones (charcoal grays and dark blues). We brought in wood tones to warm it up and to help it feel a bit more traditional.

LZ: How hard was it to incorporate the easy chairs? Was that your biggest challenge?

EH: Yeah, the “easy” chairs weren’t so easy. They are big and bulky, its true. BUT they also are extremely comfortable and practical for them so it seemed insane to replace them with anything less comfortable. We shopped around (trust me) but ultimately there was just nothing that could compare to the comfort of those chairs and that really was key in this redesign.

LZ: What was Dominic and Helen’s favorite aspect of the re-design?

EH: I think they just love how happy and fresh it feels now – and customized just for them. Oh wait, and the mini-bar. Dominic LOVES to entertain and have people over for drinks so we got him this mini-bar stocked full of fun drinks and on top of it is a music box that can play records, cd’s and hook up to iPhones.

sunrise makeover bed

If you want to check out the full makeover, before pictures, product sources, and tips on designing for seniors head over to Emily’s detailed blog post. She links to a video interview with the couple that had me tearing up and made me realize just how deserving this pair is.

sunrise makeover reveal

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This week, HGTV HOME Design Director (and former HGTV.com Guest Editor) Nancy Fire is readying herself for SURTEX, the leading design and digital fabric printing trade show that connects designers, buyers and manufacturers from around the world. Nancy, who is also creative director and founder of Design Works International and First2Print — is playing a big part in this year’s event.

Nancy’s companies and SURTEX have come together to create Design A Seat, a campaign that showcases surface design, digital fabric printing and industry connectivity. As so many industries come together May 18th, 19th and 20th, each seat in the campaign will represent one or more of them. The seats are sourced, revamped, DIYed and upholstered with both digitally printed fabric or wovens, each with their corresponding industry in mind. Each seat tells a story. Take a peek at what’s coming.

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5 Fabulous Faceted Fox from HGTV's Design HappensClockwise from top left: Depst | Megan Lee Designs | Gingiber | SketchInc.

It’s Friday and I’m feeling fox-y! But not in the Cleopatra kind of way.

I love the minimalistic look of facets. Their clean lines can instantly modernize a room and make it feel more organized. The geometric trend has been around for years, but designers keep finding fresh new ways to incorporate it into their work. You can get your facet fix with big furniture pieces or in small doses with lamps and appliances. One of the latest facet fads is foxes, and they’re so darn cute, you’ll forget all about that terrible “What Does the Fox Say” song.

What do you think of these faceted foxes? Are they fabulous or faux paus?

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DC Design House Exterior Patio AreaGarden design by Botanical Decorators

Attention design lovers and do-gooders! You gotta see this house.

The Washington, D.C. Design House is on a mission to showcase designer talent and help bring healthcare to children in need. The Design House got its start in 2008 as a one-time exhibition for designers to raise money for a local charity by showing off their work. The showcase was such a success, it was made into an annual event, and they raised more than $1 million for Children’s National Health System in just six years! Pretty amazing, huh?

Now they’re back for their 7th year with a spectacular house filled with bold blues and cool greys. Every nook and cranny (inside and out!) of the 2014 house has been personally crafted by top area designers, so each space has a unique look but still flows seamlessly into the next.

Exterior and Front Door of the DC Design House 2014Entry Garden by D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc. | Facade by Rill Architects

See inside the Design House!

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