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If there ever was a product that screamed: “Please, just leave me to my function and forget my form. I’ve got a job to do!” it’s the lowly doormat. And who could blame it? Its sole purpose is to be stepped on with dirty shoes. When Briana suggested we look for some mats that were not-too-kitschy yet not too plain I knew I’d have some hunting to do. I think I’ve found some good options in a range of styles that meet the aesthetic requests and don’t shirk their function altogether:

door mats

1. Anchor West Elm; 2. Tvis round mat IKEA; 3. Wink Orange Rug; 4. Oceanstar Bamboo; 5. Branch Door mat; 6. Magical Thinking Southwest Geo Rug; 7. Turkish Doormat

I have to admit, at my own apartment, I go for pure function in my entryway. I’ve got a recycled-tire doormat that you can stand on with dripping, snowy boots and just wipe down later. However, these are all so pretty that I might reconsider my choice of pure utility leaving me, as usual, with a case of the wants.

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If you’ve been following closely, you know that I moved into an old house at the beginning of the year. Since then, I’ve been working to collect pieces to make my cozy cottage feel even homier. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered this super cute wooden state sign on Pinterest.

The Pine Nuts offers all states and has a selection of other fun shapes in 12 vibrant colors. Don’t see anything you like? No worries – The Pine Nuts takes custom orders, so you can be as imaginative as you want!

I’ll take one of each, please.

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San Francisco Bay-area designer Kriste Michelini uses tile to create a divide between the wet and dry areas of the bathroom. She frequently experiments with unique combinations of tile and uses various tile shapes in the same marble material to create a sense of infinite space.

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Bathroom Tile Designs

This marble bath is pretty exquisite, yes? It’s very Lisa Vanderpump if you ask me.

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Have you ever seen a new product and asked yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” If you haven’t before, well you’re about to.

The Broom Groomer Dustpan sports rubber “teeth” on its back that allows you to quickly and easily comb out dust bunnies from your broom’s bristles (duh – shouldn’t they all have this?). And to make this dustpan even more amazeballs, it also has a foot pedal built into the handle so that your foot can steady it for hands-free sweeping (my mind has been blown).

Broom Groomer Dustpan

For this neat-freak boy — this is revolutionary!

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The pinhook! What is it? It’s a push pin with a hook on it (can’t get simpler than that). Say goodbye to finished nails and double sided tape on the wall when you need a hook. Now, simply push a pinhook into whatever surface you wish, and you’re done. Voila!

Pinhooks
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These would be good for hanging keys and/or Christmas lights — where else can you see them coming in handy?

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“There’s a reason a good suit (or favorite flannel) never goes out of style. Menswear patterns are classics that are meant to stand the test of time. So, naturally, you should be decorating with them, too.” — Cassandra Lavalle, coco + kelley 

PHOTOS: MENSWEAR-INSPIRED DECOR

Menswear Patterns

I couldn’t have said it any better, Cassandra. And as the resident dude at Design Happens, I appreciate the shout-out for my fashionable gender. And folks, don’t you think this look goes perfect with November’s Color of the Month?

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Every three months, those of us that work at HGTV Headquarters are lucky enough to see the beautiful design vignettes created by the HGTV Home Studio interns as their final project before returning home. Over the summer, Savannah College of Art and Design students Rachel Kelly and Justin DiPiero worked closely with design experts and HGTV professionals, including Vern Yip, to create a unique concept to represent both current and iconic design trends that could ultimately live right here on the second floor of our building. What did they come up with? Find out!

HGTV Home Studio InternsHGTV Home Studio Interns Justin DiPiero and Rachel Kelly

The Eames Chair:

HGTV Home Studio Display - Eames Chair

Kayla Kitts: Why the Eames chair? What was your inspiration for choosing this iconic piece above anything else?

Justin DiPiero: Well, even if you don’t know Eames chairs, you actually do know them on a subconscious level. After working with Vern, he suggested that I expand upon something well-known and shed some light on the piece and the people that designed it: Ray and Charles Eames.

KK: Was there ever a period of time since its production where the Eames has been absent from design?

JD: No, never. It’s been in production since 1948, and you can find it in schools, churches, homes and restaurants. This is what makes it so iconic!

HGTV Home Studio Display - Eames Chair“Their clean, simple forms cradle the body. Today’s chairs are authentic, original design updated with eco-friendly materials and manfacturing and a large selection of base, shell and color combinations.” – from Herman Miller

KK: If you had to pick, what’s your favorite design setting for the Eames chair?

JD: Oh, that’s tough! It’s extremely versatile. It can go anywhere. It can be paired with an ethnic woven rug on wood floors (above). You can use it anywhere you want to — it’s a chameleon! But if I have to choose, I prefer the model with wooden legs. Or the gold-leafed seat with metal legs. (That’s my favorite, too! – KK)

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Fall is the perfect time of the year to embark on easy home decorating projects you may have been putting off for the past few months. Let’s be honest, who wants to paint or remodel the inside of a house during a 100-degree scorching summer? Now that the weather is crisp and cool, open the windows and give your home’s interior the easiest transformation – with paint!

Leading paint company Benjamin Moore provides products to get the job done both inside and out. Their Aura paint with Color Lock technology prevents paint colors from rubbing off or fading over time. Color pigments and waterborne resins are bonded together throughout the paint rather than just on the surface, producing a richer and more striking color. Plus, the Aura paint provides instant durability by resisting surface stains and looking freshly-painted for years. And guess what? You’re not limited to a color selection. The Aura paint is available in the entire Benjamin Moore color collection, consisting of more than 3,400 stunning hues. So, let’s start shopping for paint colors, shall we?

I pulled out some of my favorite seasonal-inspired Benjamin Moore paint palettes to celebrate the beginning of fall. They’re not the traditional pumpkin-orange, chocolate-brown and marigold you’re used to seeing. I’m looking at the trendy hues of fall 2012 — raspberry, charcoal, plum, peacock blue and chartreuse.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Warm, Balanced Kitchen: A rich color like firenze is perfect for rooms with white accents and architectural details, like this traditional kitchen. A palette of orange with lavender accents is naturally evocative of fall and perfect to create a warm and homey feel year-round.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Elegant, Urban Living Room: A deep purple, that almost borders on gray, is one of the hottest hues of the season, especially when paired with soft pastels like cream and blush.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Dramatic Dining Room: Nothing says elegance quite like a mix of rich royal blue and coppery gold. In this dining room the blue anchors the room, while the gold serves as a striking accent.

See More Fall-Inspired Paint Palettes From Benjamin Moore

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