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Finding creative storage solutions is always a little bit exciting for me. I know it may sound sort of nerdy, but an organized linen closet and some perfectly-sized bins is enough to make my day. When everything has a place in my home, I feel like my mind is clear and I can move on to more fun and creative things. As I am wrapping up all the decorating for my baby girl’s room, I wanted to come up with a way to store her sweet little clothes, but have them easily accessible. That’s when I thought of creating a clothing rack DIY, perfect for kids! Using galvanized steel pipes (surprisingly affordable at local hardware stores) I was able to easily design and construct a children’s clothing rack that could display clothes now, and maybe some dress-up tutus as she grows. This is one DIY that I am very excited about and proud of how easy it is to make!

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I can’t lie — the only thing that gets me through going back to school (and the approaching chilly weather) is having an excuse to buy new clothes, because you know, “I’ll be going to class every day and I can’t wear the same things over and over,” or my personal favorite, “There are so many sales going on right now, it would be stupid not to buy a few things for school.” My excuses are limitless. Feel free to use them to justify your own shopping spree.

But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “invested” (another one of those words I like to use) in a new season wardrobe that doesn’t go along with the popular trends. Our interview with Brad Goreski showed us what to look forward to for spring, but now we need to see what trends and styles will be big this fall and winter.

So before you make that all-important pilgrimage to the mall, brush up on the season’s biggest fashion trends so you’re not left with a backseat full of outdated duds.

Sweater Weather

Photos L to R: Mango, Zara, Madewell, Style.com Prada, H&M

Last winter’s dramatic over-sized sweater trend has been scaled back and refined for 2014. Designers showcased quite a few variations of knitwear for fall and winter, ranging from flowing merino wool and cashmere, to barely-too-big fisherman’s sweaters. Sculptural silhouettes were also heavy on the runways, but t-shirts and pants also received a knitty-gritty makeover. Knit t-shirts will also prove useful next spring where merino and cashmere sweaters have an unlimited shelf life.

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This summer we found ourselves outside under the moon and stars quite a bit. The warm summer nights were just too irresistible to pass up, especially with a cool fall just around the corner. So we hung out with the moon all summer and she is kind of a show-off, but in the best way. I love how the moon is always changing and each night sky is a bit of a surprise. Feeling very moved by our glowing friend, I wanted to create a craft that was inspired by the moon and her lunar calendar. That’s how I came up with this lunar-inspired necklace! It’s a simple nod to the moon’s cycles without screaming “I’m wearing a moon on my neck!” Making one of your own is easy peasy!

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I’m obsessively mad about stripes. I actually have to space out my stripe wear throughout the week to make sure I don’t overdose my coworkers. Horizontal, vertical, skinny, thick, zig-zag — you can’t go wrong. And there’s nothing quite like a lovely nautical stripe to prep for loungy beach days.

(Gossip Girl voice) [Spotted, editor Liz Gray wearing a black and tan striped top that's so perfectly suited for today's post.]

Mood Board Monday: Stripesvia: Orange + Blue Dress | Blue + White Sofa | Vintage Fashion | Black + White Jumpsuit | Vintage Dress | Vases | Socks | Umbrella | Gallery Wall + Sofa | Man on Stairs

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Designer Jonathan Adler has teamed up with TOMS Shoes to create a limited-edition collection of spring-inspired shoes and sunglasses. The collaboration features TOMS’ classic shoe and sandal with Jonathan’s iconic designs. Plus, plain eyewear is transformed with splashes of colorful stripes and patterns. “I’ve been a long-time fan, wearer and devotee of TOMS, so when the collaboration came about I was ecstatic because it felt right and organic,” Jonathan says. “I wanted the collaboration with TOMS to reflect the spirit of my work, which is what I call style, craft and joy.”

Jonathan Adler for TOMS

Jonathan Adler for TOMS

Jonathan’s collection will be included in the “one for one” plan. So, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. And with every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS will help restore the sight of someone in need.

Jonathan visited The Action Center in the Rockaway Community of NYC to fit kids with TOMS shoes. Hear what Jonathan has to say about his collaboration with TOMS and his recent giving trip >>

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Does this guy look familiar to you? He should. This is fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski whom you’ve likely seen on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. His celeb clients include everyone from Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones to Demi Moore and Stacy Keibler. NBD.

Brad recently partnered with Post-it Brand to launch their brand-new Colors of the World collection inspired by destinations around the globe in four fresh palettes. “Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color,” says Brad.

Design Happens interviewed Brad and asked him about upcoming fashion trends, fashion faux pas, colors and everything in between. Check out our chat below.

Brad Goreski for HGTV

Brad Goreski for HGTV

Fashion expert and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski

Design Happens: What are the colors to look for in 2014?

Brad Goreski: Right now, I’m all about bright and vibrant colors, especially blues and reds. I’m loving the blue shades from the Post-it Brand World of Colors Mykonos collection. The blue is the same hue as one of my favorite suits, and it’s one of those standout colors that always makes people feel happy and smile.

The new collection of color palettes just introduced by the Post-it Brand features the hottest colors of 2014. They include colors inspired by the world around us, including four of my favorite destinations: Bangkok, Mykonos, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

DH: Fill in the blanks when it comes to your color picks for spring: More ____ and less ____ .

BG: More vibrant and less dull.

DH: What is the number one fashion faux pas you’re seeing right now (men or women)?

BG: Enough with jeweled headbands; I think we’re done with that moment.

DH: What are some timeless or classic pieces in fashion?

BG: Marilyn Monroe is my go-to, because she, to me, is the epitome of glamour. On and off the red carpet, everyone remembers her. I’ve seen her “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress in person and almost fainted. I have a photo of her in my bedroom where she’s in a Lee Strasberg acting class and she’s sitting with a trenchcoat wrapped around her with the collar up, smoking a cigarette. There’s something so elegant and timeless. I also love her mixture of textures, like a short-sleeved mohair sweater with a pencil skirt, a pair of heels, a red lip and that iconic hairdo. I wear a lot of mohair in my own wardrobe and that’s probably from her, but that’s just a style I go back to. I also love a pencil skirt look.

DH: When you’re at New York Fashion Week, what shows or designers are you most excited to see?

BG: I love Christian Dior, Versace, Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra.

DH: Clearly you’re a man of style when it comes to fashion. Have you ever thought about getting into interior design?

BG: I’ve had so much fun decorating our new home, so yeah, sure — why not! I like to leave all doors open!

DH: We’ve seen your home on your show, but describe your aesthetic. What design style do you prefer?

BG: Our house is a traditional 1930’s house but the inside is very modern, so I like to mix the old with the new. I like the sound of the creaky floorboards and the wrought-iron railing going upstairs, but then we have, for example, Christian Lacroix furniture and my living room is the perfect example of using your decor to incorporate color. We have a black couch and two grey chairs with a crazy, colorful Paul Smith rug underneath. That’s basically my entire personality in one room.

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I know what you’re thinking: “It’s January. Cold, winter January. And this girl’s giving us chambray?” But stay with me for a minute. You were probably wanting something warm and cozy, or maybe something more winter-y, but I’m looking ahead. Mostly, I’m DONE with winter. These single-digit temperatures are wearing me out and I’m ready for some summer breezes already! I’ve been wearing my chambray shirts under sweaters and with bright-hued pants throughout the cold seasons, but I’m seriously ready to pull out the sundresses now. That indigo blue and sunshine is calling my name!

Mood Board Monday: ChambrayChambray + Sequins | Pouf | Swatch | All Chambray | Print | Shirt | Living Room | Suave Man in Chair | Rug

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If you’ve been following our holiday party coverage, then you’ve seen everything from how to prepare a cheese plate to how to hang a branch chandelier. We’re not just showcasing holiday food and decor over here, though. We’ve got festive party attire that’s perfect for upcoming shindigs. As a matter of fact, my sister borrowed the handmade glitter shoes I debuted last week to wear to a holiday party.

Walk in the door sparkling from head to toe with an easy-to-make, ’20s-inspired headband. You may even have everything you need on hand for this project.

Home for the Holidays: '20s Headband

Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

DIY '20s Headband

Here’s what you’ll need:

one yard neutral grosgrain ribbon
assorted ribbon trim
feathers (optional)
brooch (optional)
hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
scissors

First, measure the grosgrain base ribbon around your head and make sure you leave enough excess to tie. Cut the ribbon’s ends at a neat diagonal. After your headband ribbon is measured, you can apply your assorted ribbon trim as freely and creatively as you like. I glued my three favorite pieces of metallic trim onto the ribbon and allowed them to dry before applying the brooch embellishment. Since our party hues included plum and mixed metallics, I thought this brooch was a perfect fit. Pin on your embellishment, tie on your headband and that’s it!

More holiday attire you can make:

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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I’ve been wanting to glitter shoes for a while now, but I didn’t have a pair I was willing to transform just yet. It wasn’t until that last toe-stubbing moment I couldn’t shine out that I decided these heeled loafers were ready to be beautified.

I decided to go for a wintry, metallic color scheme that would look perfect with my cream holiday dresses, plum accents (like those tights) and even black. They made their debut at our uber-festive holiday party a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to wear them again! The best part? I’m a perfectionist and I was done with this project in less than an hour.

Home for the Holidays: DIY Glitter ShoesPhoto by Jeff Romaniuk

Here’s what you’ll need:

shoes
Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre Finish
ultra-fine glitter (in desired color)
painter’s tape
paintbrush with synthetic bristles
polyurethane spray
plastic container (for mixing glitter + glue)
drop cloth
ribbon for laces (optional)
spray paint (optional)

Get the complete step-by-step instructions here >>

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We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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The Knit Parade by Rebecca Rymsza showcases 12 original knitting patterns for motif sweaters from the creative team behind the Wheres Me Jumper brand. These patterns make a bold statement and encourage knitters to personalize their sweaters as much as they like. Each pattern is inspired by a song, ranging from musical notes (“On Repeat” by LCD Soundsystem), to a leopard print (“Me Jane” by PJ Harvey) and dripping paint (“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones).

The additional six customizable graphic swatches are practically begging to be played with. “Use one or use them all, however you like. You might be a polka-dot prince, or princess, and choose to stick to one pattern … or you might want to channel the Fresh Prince, circa 1991, in which case, we salute you,” Rebecca says in The Knit Parade.

Take a peek into the funky patterns you can expect. (Hello, handmade Christmas gifts!)

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Bad Girls
Inspiration: “Bad Girls” is a song from alternative electronic hip-hop artist M.I.A’s fourth studio album, Matangi, in 2013.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Weather Experience
Inspiration: “Weather Experience” is a song from English electronic band The Prodigy’s debut studio album, Experience, in 1992.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Inspiration: The song “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” is by English new wave band Tubeway Army from the 1979 album Replicas.

Who’s ready to get out their knitting needles and speakers?!

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If you’re like me, you can never find enough closet space. I store my clothes just about anywhere I can (including the coffee table drawers in my living room). Still, I count myself lucky to have the space I do, knowing that some apartment and small-space dwellers don’t even have a closet to call too small. That’s why I love this 20-hanger wardrobe by Alice Rosignoli.

20-Hanger Wardrobe

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The design makes use of basic items (just wooden hangers and black rope), but the overall result is a demonstration of just how functional those simple items can be. I’m a big fan of fashion as decoration anyway, so I have no problem with an exposed wardrobe. What about you?

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I don’t think this post even needs an introduction, but some of my favorite gals have something to say on the topic:

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” — Mae West

“Big girls need big diamonds.” — Elizabeth Taylor

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” — Dolly Parton

I know we’re not looking at true diamonds here, but these modern diamond graphics are still just as chic.

Mood Board Monday: DiamondsDress | Vignette | Texture Graphic | Diamond Light | Diamond Tank | Cat Diamond | Shine Bright | Necklace

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Imagine strolling into work everyday in a castle-like building with history at every turn. Los Angeles-based bridal designer Claire Pettibone recently moved her flagship salon and atelier to an historic West Hollywood monument that’s a perfect location for her vintage-inspired bridal brand. After some TLC and restorations, the space truly echoes a romantic design aesthetic.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Designer Claire Pettibone with husband Guy Toley.

What makes this location so special to Claire? “I have always loved this building since living in LA, and when it became available, I felt it was meant to be, given my devotion to history and appreciation for this period, but I am still pinching myself that we have moved into a castle!” she says. “It really is a dream come true, and the details of the building could not set a more perfect stage for our brides to experience the collection.”

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon

The Romanesque and Late Gothic Revival-style monument was built in 1928 for muralist Anthony Heinsbergen by West Coast architects Curlett and Beelman. Some of the building’s most notable features include the cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the stone arch and a hand-painted, wood-beamed ceiling inside.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

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I’ve never been a girly-girl, but I recently bought some white sheets to go with my all-white seersucker duvet and they have some sweet hot pink accents. It’s just the perfect amount of pink to add some femininity to the space without being like pink overload. But, I’ll admit, I’m on a pink kick. I swiped my card to SEVEN throw pillows the other night and three were pink. Eeep! What’s your take on this luscious hue? Use it in abundance, or steer clear completely?

Mood Board Monday: Hot PinkGraffiti Print | Beads | Runway | Flowers | Living Room | Print | Chair | Dining Room | Clutch

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Have you ever found yourself with a collection of clothing or knickknacks that you can’t throw away but have absolutely no use for? For me, that collection (one of many, actually) is a colorful assortment of men’s ties given to me by my grandfather. I couldn’t stand to see them go, but since you can only dress up as Avril Lavigne (circa 2002) for so many Halloweens, I was desperate to find a new use for them. Thanks to a brilliant reader suggestion, I began searching for new ways to use old ties. And man, did I find some goodies!

tie wreath

Most of my finds dealt with repurposing ties for jewelry or other accessories, but this imaginative tie wreath from Good Housekeeping would be the perfect craft for anyone (and any season!).

tie clutch

This useful tie clutch would be an ideal project for someone with a few extra ties and some skill with the sewing machine. What a great way to add a masculine print to a feminine look!

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Does anyone remember the scene in 13 Going on 30 when Jennifer Garner’s character steps into her shoe closet for the first time? It wasn’t exactly a pivotal moment in the movie, but it might be my favorite part. The shoes are beautifully lined up from floor to ceiling. But one thing I was more impressed with even than the amount of shoes was the amount of shoe storage. Unfortunately, shoe storage can be hard to come by in real life. For this reason, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite shoe storage solutions, and now I’m going to share them with all of you.

This fashionable ottoman does double duty as shoe storage!
shoe ottoman

Use chair railing or elegant crown molding for useful and pretty display.
shoe on molding

Lazy Susans aren’t just for the kitchen! Try one for your shoe collection.
lazy susan shoes

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To me, there’s nothing like a nice, cloudy day in the summer. I love having an excuse to stay inside and be a little lazy, or just hide away from the sun for a few hours on a scorching day. Sometimes you just need some cloud cover to bring down the temperature. And there’s nothing like a good afternoon rain shower to force a nap.

If you happen to have today off, then step outside and soak up the fresh air. Happy Monday!

Mood Board Monday: CloudsHangers | Collar Clips | Embroidery Hoop | Cloud Shirt | Wall Decor | Mobile | Cookies | Window Decor

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This lovely bag from Better Life Bags is not only gorgeous, it also changes lives. The bags are customizable, and a portion of the proceeds goes to help low income entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. The company also hires women who would otherwise not be able to get a job. Pretty cool, right? I’m loving this striped laptop sleeve bag.

Better Life Bags

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Clearly, great minds think alike here at Design Happens! Last week, Allie showed us five crafty and delectable ways to use watermelon, and this week, I’m in a sea of watermelon myself. Fourth of July weekend (although rainy over here) was a beautiful summer salute. For many summer is just starting, so let’s keep the seasonal fruits, hues and landscapes coming.

Mood Board Monday: Watermelon PinkAdd a Pinch | Pearl Kinda Girl | Hemlangtan | Huffpost Taste | EclecChic | Miishka | Whale You Be My Friend | Etsy | Shades of Light

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