You may know her as a member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but did you know that Melissa Gorga has created a home collection with Joss & Main? Her Home Italian Style collection is available until Sept. 23, and according to Melissa, it “embodies a mix of the Italian style with a modern twist.”
Melissa is no stranger to interior decorating, as she and her husband designed and decorated their large home together. And with her love for Italian design mixed with modern accents, she hopes her collection will give her fans a chance to imitate her style while bringing warmth and elegance to their own homes.
What do you think? Would you incorporate these pieces into your home decor?
Brass, walnut and glass, oh my! Just three simple ingredients and you have a modern coffee or side table that fits in with any decor. The sculptural Helix tables by Chris Hardy for Design Within Reach have an odd number of legs, so the gorgeous brass castings are easily seen from any angle. What do you think, would these classy tables work in your home?
Plus: Vern Yip’s Tips for Finding the Perfect Coffee or Side Table>>
After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.
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My recent downsize has forced me to forfeit a home office area. Plus, I’m more of a laptop-on-the-sofa kind of person anyway, so it’s OK. But sometimes, I can’t help but daydream of a beautiful desk with an antique pharmacy lamp in the corner where I can read, write … or just stare blissfully. I first came across this vintage sewing machine table turned into a simple desk. Swoon! Apparently, you can make a desk out of just about anything, like …
Sewing Machine Tables
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BRIANA: Dip-dyed pieces have been on our radar for a while, but Apartment Therapy just featured this chair from the 508 Restoration and Design Etsy store with the headline: “Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?” Thoughts? Is this a cool hybrid look or does it seem like someone ran out of paint in the middle of the job?
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I say it rules. It’s a great alternative to painted patterns, plus I have done it myself, so that means I have to like it or risk being labeled a hypocrite.
LIZ: I love the look of natural wood paired with graphic paint designs. With its painted-on flava, this regular old dresser looks almost like a Saarinen table:
No matter where you live, throwing an outdoor party during summer is a must. If your outdoor space is falling a little short, now’s a good time to give it a mini makeover. A little goes a long way when entertaining guests, so HGTV HOME has partnered with HSN.com to bring you the HGTV HOME Outdoor Living only at HSN collection. From lighting to seating, the collection has just what you need to set the mood for your party. Ready to check out some of our favorites?
It’s hard to believe this shimmering chandelier can live outdoors. Use it in an indoor room once your party is over.
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The unexpected adds a playful energy to a room. For his first home, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a Craftsman tool chest as a nightstand, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. “The splash of color is great,” he says, “and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood.”
EXTRA: LIVING LARGE IN A SMALL BEDROOM >>
Photo by David Phelps
Amy Howard at Home has a very exciting product out — High Performance Furniture Lacquer (in a spray can!).
If you’ve ever wished for a thick, rich, hard-high-gloss finish of actual lacquer on a piece of furniture, frame or home decor — Amy’s paint is for you. Just prime your piece, spray it on — and a pale, faded piece of furniture transforms into an edgy, chic high-fashion statement piece set in lacquer. And did I mention it’s in an easy-to-use SPRAY CAN?!
EXTRA: MORE ON LACQUER FROM HGTV >>
Liz and I went to High Point Market this weekend to spot the hottest trends in home design. Some trends have made a comeback — like gold furniture — while others, like mid-century modern furniture, are still holding strong. We saw many new ones, including leather furniture, lounge chairs and clever storage solutions, but three trends really stood out.
Clockwise: Baker Furniture; Four Hands; Sauder Furniture; Leslie W. Moore Designs
It’s all about entertaining these days — especially with summer days ahead. What better and easier way to serve drinks than a bar cart? From extravagant wood carts to retro-style, glass-topped ones, there was a cart to fit every person’s design style and budget.
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HGTV fans, we have a big surprise for you. One Kings Lane has paired up with HGTV to bring you all the outdoor furniture, accessories and gardening supplies you need to hop right into spring. HGTV has inspired each and every item featured in this month’s sale, so you know you’re getting our seal of approval when you purchase that polka dot pillow. The sale starts today, April 3, at 11 a.m. and ends on April 8 at 11 a.m. And listen to this: The folks at One Kings Lane are offering 30 percent off all first-time purchases (for the first 24 hours of the sale)! So, you have no reason to not buy that rug or bistro set you’ve been coveting. I mean, it’s 30 percent off! Go ahead, add it to the shopping cart.
Check out some of the incredible items you’ll find in this HGTV-curated sale at One Kings Lane. From outdoor dining and grilling supplies to lighting and gardening accessories, your outdoor space will be set for the upcoming seasons.
Bistro Set & Accessories
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My friend and coworker Camille and I have pretty different tastes when it comes to design, but there is one thing we agree on: We both love a bargain. And so, for this week’s installment on my nursery design, I thought I’d riff on her Adventures in Antiquing series and share my latest furniture find, as well as some tips for turning a diamond in the rough into a showpiece for your home.
I’m a Craigslist junkie. I have the app on my phone and iPad and also check it regularly on my laptop. Obviously, furnishing the nursery has been at the top of my mind lately, because I was lacking a dresser for the room. Since I want this dresser to double as a changing table, I wanted a long and low solid wood midcentury-modern dresser, and I didn’t want to spend more than $200. When I found this Franklin Shockey sculptured pine dresser on Craigslist for under budget, I knew it was The One. These dressers typically sell for $400-$1000, but this particular example was a steal because the finish was in pretty bad shape:
I could see past the dried-out wood and scratches and knew this was a great piece. And so, I started off by giving it a good cleaning. Once it was dry, my husband, Chris, treated the exposed surfaces with Howard Restore-a-Finish, then gave it a generous coat of Howard Feed & Wax (I had to skip these steps because these products give off fumes that are a no-go for pregnant ladies).
The dresser still needs a little more TLC — maybe some wood filler on the deeper scratches — and I might take Young House Love’s advice to use a brown magic marker to blend in more shallow nicks. But for now I am thrilled with the results:
This dresser is just my latest Craigslist find (I really am an addict), and made me think about some other items I’ve been lucky enough to track down. Like this midcentury couch and wacky 1970s globe lamp:
Those are just a couple of favorites from a house filled with Craigslist bargains. How about you? Do you have any tales of triumph from Craigslist? Go on, make me envious.
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A headboard is your ultimate chance to make a statement, but it can run you hundreds of dollars if you buy one brand new. Luckily, you can make a headboard out of practically anything. Just take Kara Paslay, who loved the look of a Moroccan-style headboard from West Elm. However, she didn’t love the price so she made her own out of – yep, you guessed it – doormats.
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Just look at what Jenny Komenda from The Little Green Notebook was able to do with store-bought IKEA bookshelves.
Have you turned a store-bought piece into something uniquely yours? Tell me about it in the Comments.
You may not have an electrical spool lying around the house, but they’re oftentimes free at many home improvement stores. Wooden spools are excellent for keeping the garden hose tidy outdoors; they can be cushioned and repurposed into an ottoman, or they can be turned into a flea-style craft storage table like this.
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What clever DIY project have you taken on recently? Tell me in the Comments.
Like HGTV.com, DIYNetwork.com put together a list of their most pinned images of 2012. This photo from an episode of DIY’s Man Caves was a huge hit for our sister network.
The beer keg bar stools are an irresistible project to try — and if you start now, perhaps you can have yours completed in time for your Super Bowl party (February 3)?
Tell me in the Comments, are you hosting a Super Bowl XLVII gathering? Don’t you think these keg bar stools would impress your guests?
We’ve seen a spike in the number of online readers searching for tips on how to paint furniture. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to give old pieces a dramatic new look, which can transform an entire room.
Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep. Prep, prep, prep those pieces correctly! Just grabbing a can of paint and having at it will inevitably end in cracked and peeling paint in no time. A good once over with a fine grit sandpaper, then a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles, is the simplest way to get the paint to stick to the piece and will last so much longer!”
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Students at University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) created a chair that will fashion its user a beanie as they leisurely rock back and forth, activating gears that put the machine to work as its sitter relaxes.
Watch this video of the chair in action.
Ah, don’t you just love design?!
Just look at what you can do with old pieces of furniture. Our friends over at DIY Network are offering up easy how-tos for multipurpose pieces for you and your furry loved one.
Credit: Brian Patrick Flynn
Credit: Brian Patrick Flynn
How do you pamper your pooch? Tell me in the comments below.
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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
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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?
Last week, a few of the HGTV.com editors had the privilege of visiting High Point Furniture Market. We saw a lot of fabulous designs, from innovative furniture to one-of-a-kind lighting. I was on the lookout for the hottest colors in interior design. Here are my top four color picks:
Many designers have transitioned from the bold blues you’re used to seeing to a fresher, ice blue. I still enjoyed seeing unexpected pops of the bright blues in China cabinets and drawers.
Media Cabinet by Design Legacy; China Cabinet by Steven Shell; Denim Map by Splurge/Robert Nicholas; Tufted Chair by HGTV HOME
Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: Use soft blues for your walls and darker shades of blue in your upholstery. For something unexpected and daring, use a smokey-slate blue on base moldings and window casings.
I never thought I could decorate with orange, but seeing this color in accessories, upholstery and seating immediately changed my mind. It completely changes the mood of a room.
Chevron Wall Art by Vanguard Furniture; Dining Chairs by Design Legacy; Teal/Orange Pillows by TOURMALINE home; End Table by Trade Winds Furniture
Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you’re worried about a color overpowering a space, use it as an accent color mixed with neutrals. For example, pair a striped orange-and-white ottoman with a neutral sofa.
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