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March is known for one thing in the sports world: the NCAA basketball championship, better known as March Madness. For three straight weeks, basketball fans will be glued to their TVs to see who makes it to the semifinals, finals and then, the Final Four. And for those who don’t care about basketball, I urge you to steer clear of establishments with more than two TVs. You’ll thank me later.

Here on Design Happens, we’re going to have our own little March Madness — design style — to determine the winner of Best Room of the Year. Starting with kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, you all can pick your favorite spaces until the final two go head to head.

ROUND ONE:

KITCHENS

March Madness: Vote For Your Favorite Kitchen at HGTV's Design Blog

Vote for Bathrooms + Bedrooms, Too!

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How sweet are these sugar angel wings, literally? Chambre de Sucre handcrafts the wings with the highest quality sugar – they hang on to the rim of your mug, and you simply tip the wing to drop them in your beverage. Wouldn’t this be a cute morning surprise for your sweetheart?

 

Sugar Angel Wings

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Aside from meeting David Bromstad, seeing the latest in gifts and accessories was the highlight of the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market. One huge trend that I noticed was inspirational quotes.

ATL Market Trend - Inspirational Quotes Clock by DENY Designs :: Accent Pillows and Rugs by Natural Life :: Frame by Courtney Jack

Designers and companies put uplifting words on just about everything, from clocks to accent pillows and rugs. Many accessories had heart-warming messages, while some of them were more lighthearted.

ATL Market - Favorite FindsAppetizer Plate by Lunares Home :: Wine Glasses by JKC Studio :: Bamboo Birdhouses by Rosso’s International :: Polka Dot Tableware by Aesthetic Movement

My favorite part of market was all the innovative tableware ideas. This plate with a built-in wine glass holder is genius for cocktail parties, and I would love the quote wine glasses for my next girls’ wine night. Bold colors were everywhere — the polka dots on the ceramic tableware really catch the eye, and the eco-friendly bamboo birdhouses are top on my list for the gardeners out there.

What do you think about these trends? Would you use any of these accessories in your home?

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How does a luxurious interior design sensation like Miles Redd create a brand of “cozy glamour” and step into the world of design? It all started at age five.

“When I was a boy growing up in Atlanta, Ga., my mother had a copy of Cecil Beaton‘s book The Royal Portraits that I used to flip through for hours on end. The photographs are heavy stuff: Princess Elizabeth in ermine coronation robes, holding scepters; Princess Margaret in an immense tulle ball gown splayed across a red damask banquette. After that, there wasn’t a prayer for me; my five-year-old eyes had seen what appeared to be the height of chic, and there was no turning back, at least not until I had my own tufted red madness. It was my first glimpse of the great big glittering world to which I wanted to belong.” — Miles Redd, The Big Book of Chic

The Big Book of Chic

Miles was inspired by chic, elegant decor at a young age and remains drawn to the same style of living to this day. I truly believe you can learn the most about a person by looking at their photographs, and interior designers often convey their personality through their designs. Miles’ newest book, The Big Book of Chic (Assouline, 2012), does just that. It’s 300 pages long with 150 full-page illustrations, giving readers a glimpse into what inspires Miles and provides intimate portraits of a beautiful, sophisticated life. You know, a group gathered around a well-dressed table enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; an elegant man stepping off a private jet with his dog; and a photo of Princess Margaret in a luxurious tulle ball gown. Quotes from Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso, Henry James and Alexander Pope (just to name a few) are truly the icing on the cake of this beautifully-illustrated book.

Plus, readers can peek into several of Miles’ own townhouse and beach house projects in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook and Locust Valley. What I love most about this book is that I can be staring at the details of an antique crystal chandelier on one page and turn to a picture of Miles in a tuxedo standing on a chair in a mirrored room.

Miles ReddCourtesy of Cameron Krone

Step inside the colorful, whimsical, inspirational, spirited and eclectic world that is Miles Redd.

The Big of Chic Interiors© Francesco Lagnese

“There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what’s in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color?” — Pablo Picasso, featured in The Big Book of Chic

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This is the first post in a new occasional series where we ask our favorite design lovers for a peek at the spot they love the most in their home…and the spot they’re dying to change.

Five years ago, John and Sherry Petersik started a blog (just meant for friends and family) to chronicle their first big remodeling project: the kitchen they DIYed in their first home. More than 2,000 posts and millions of fans later, the couple behind Young House Love has completely remodeled one house, moved on to a second one, added a daughter to their family and found time to write a brand new book filled with more than 200 simple decorating projects. (Check back here later this week for a review of their book, Young House Love, and a sneak peek at some favorite projects.)

Young House Love's Sherry, John and Clara

Sherry and John Petersik with daughter Clara and dog Burger

One thing I’ve always appreciated about Young House Love is that Sherry and John don’t just show you the perfectly-styled “after” photos. Remember the kitchen project that got them started? Sure, they wrote about the big reveal, but they also chronicled an epic pipe clog at the coming out party for said kitchen. (For those following along: They fixed it with lots of boiling water.) So it’s only fitting that Sherry was happy to share her favorite (and least favorite) spots in their current house.

See Sherry’s Best/Worst Picks

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Social media brings us together as one big community, no matter where we live. Like millions of others, several members of our HGTV family have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Many have kept us posted on Twitter:

HGTV's Genevieve Gorder tweets about Superstorm Sandy.

Photo by Genevieve Gorder

Photo by Genevieve Gorder

HGTV's Kitchen Cousins tweet about Superstorm Sandy.

HGTV's Sabrina Soto tweets about Superstorm Sandy.

Designer Tyler Wisler, former contestant on HGTV's Design Star, tweets about Sandy.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes, as well as the millions who are without power and others who are bracing for more severe weather.

There are many ways to help our neighbors throughout the country, like texting REDCROSS, 90999 to make a $10 donation or visiting http://redcross.org.

Let us know how you’re reaching out to help.

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This was my first venture to High Point Furniture Market and I was truly in design Heaven. (It’s like Disney World for design nerds!) With more than 2,000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of new product introductions to try to see in four days, I was wide-eyed and soaking up as much design as I could with my coffee in hand. My goal for the week was to focus on texture trends from showroom to showroom, and that certainly wasn’t hard to find. As soon as I entered InterHall, the “main” hall at Market, rope started popping up everywhere, and I noticed it most often on light fixtures. Other natural materials like burlap, grasscloth, linen, bamboo, sisal, jute and rattan were also seen, but surprisingly, these materials don’t come off coastal or rustic. Most often, these organic textures were mixed with metals, minerals or metallics for a glamorous, modern look that appears well-matched yet unexpected.

Read on to see other texture trends I spotted around High Point Market, then find out how you can incorporate them into your home.

ROPE:

High Point Market Rope TrendAlec Chandelier, Metal and Rope/Noir :: Glass Lantern With Rope/Arteriors Home :: Coastal-Inspired Wall Art/Design Legacy :: Square Chandelier/Steven Shell

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“Balance is always the key when it comes to design. Luckily, a lot of the natural elements I saw at High Point avoided being too ‘literal’ with their designs. There was a lot of mixing woods with metal, glass and leathers to keep it current. I would suggest the same for your interior; don’t go overboard with the new trend, but mix them in with your current pieces in order to add in the texture and natural elements in your own space.” — Britany Simon, Britany Simon Design, Design Star Season 7 Contestant

“Of course, you can envision a rope chandelier or a driftwood centerpiece in a country cottage or seaside home and they look amazing. But often those products manage to make even the most glamorous space a bit more relaxed, casual and fun. It’s less perfect and more modest which makes the space that much more chic! No one wants matchy-matchy; everyone wants interesting and perhaps a bit eclectic. The contrast, which is easy to achieve by adding humble textures to a luxurious interior, is almost more exciting than using an earthy material in a place where you would expect it.” — Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs, High Point 2012 Style Spotter

More Texture Trends From High Point Market

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From the discount futon and pinned-up Salvador Dali poster, to the loosely Eastern-themed bedroom, I have to admit I was pretty proud of my first post-dorm apartment. Looking back, it was kind of a disaster. If you’re just getting the keys to your first place, you don’t have to be like me. Designer Kyle Schuneman‘s book, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces, shows you how people across the country created beautiful, functional spaces on a budget — and includes easy projects so you can live stylishly, too.

Kyle Schuneman - The First Apartment Small Space Design Ideas

Designer Kyle Schuneman

The book gives you a peek inside 10 very different first apartments, from an art lover’s teeny-tiny NYC pad to a Bohemian attic apartment in Atlanta. Each makeover includes how-to projects to help you get the look, like wall stencils, DIY headboards and ridiculously cute succulent book planters.

Make Your Own: Get the Full How-To for the Succulent Book Planters

Succulent book planters from The First Apartment Book.

“I wanted to do this book because I’m fascinated by how people live,” Kyle says. “Sometimes people don’t want to invite designers over because they’re worried about us judging their spaces. I’d rather make a statement and have you not like it than be ho-hum about it, because I think that life is too short.”  That’s why he filled his 700-square-foot first apartment slash office with carefully-curated pieces he loved, like a live-edge coffee table and textural, menswear-inspired accessories, all on a tiny budget. He also disguised what he didn’t love, like the heater hidden behind the faux bois wallpaper panel. Read on to get his tips on creating a space that speaks to your style — completely from scratch.

Kyle Schuneman Living Room Design

Kyle Schuneman's Los Angeles apartment living room.

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My first thought when I saw the Swing Table was: “Why didn’t I think of that?!” My second thought: “I need one.” Designer Christopher Duffy just made dinnertime, boardroom meetings, casual around-the-table conversation and morning coffee much more exciting with his conception of the Swing Table. This four-poster table uses its steel structure to suspend eight hanging chairs and a GEO lampshade in the center. His idea is to create a room within a room, allowing the chairs to float playfully around the table. It’s like an indoor swing set for adults!

Duffy Swing by Christopher Duffy

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What do you think about this playful table? Would you put it in your home?

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So, I don’t have a ring on my finger (yet), but naturally, I swoon over all things wedding related. Currently, I’ve been obsessing over these unique one-of-a-kind wedding stationary designs from Love vs. Design. On Monday, Love vs. Design launched their latest photo save the date collaboration with photographer Max Wanger. Love vs. Design’s Jen and Floris Gierman spent several months brainstorming with Max on ways to incorporate his whimsical photography into wedding stationary. Together, they created 16 gorgeous and elegant save-the-date postcard designs to feature on the site. I’ve already picked out four of my favorites from the collection:

Love vs Design: Save the Date IdeasGelato

Love vs Design: Save the Date IdeasSparkling

Love vs Design: Save the Date IdeasSomewhere

Love vs Design: Save the Date IdeasGreetings From…

Swoon!

The ordering process is easy, and everything can be customized, from the font and size to the wording and language. And, of course, you can change the photograph to you and your loved one! See how the process works >>

Is your big day coming up? Head over to Love vs. Design to complete your wedding stationary to-do list: save the dates, invitations, response cards, programs, menus, place cards, thank you cards and more!

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