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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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On Halloween night, go trick-or-treating with your little ones, then come home and spend the evening with HGTV’s Property Brothers. Drew and Jonathan will be going head-to-head in our prime-time special, Pumpkin Wars.

The bros are helping two towns battle to see which one can carve and display the most jack-o’-lanterns (both attempting to set a new Guinness World Record). Watch the Brother vs. Brother showdown Wednesday at 9pm/8c.

Want to see Jonathan help eat the pies? Or see more of Drew in Keene? Check out behind-the-scenes videos from the episode.

Sneak Peek: Check out Facebook-exclusive photos from Pumpkin Wars right now. What’s that? You haven’t liked HGTV on Facebook, you say? Well, let’s take care of that first.

Pumpkin Wars

Warring Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott

HGTV Pumpkin Wars

How do you plan on spending your Halloween? Tell me below.

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This summer, we conducted our first-ever “Be the New Sound of HGTV” contest with Paste Magazine. We encouraged artists and bands to submit their original songs for consideration as the new sound of HGTV’s House Hunters International. The winning song, “This Way Home” by CR Smith, is now being featured in HGTV promotions (watch a clip now).

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The competition for the new song was fierce! Just listen to the full versions of the winning song and the runners-up. Tell me what you think in the comments below. Let’s talk music!

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz are back with all new designs, amazing home makeovers and celebrity guests on the second season of Home by Novogratz. The Novogratzes, a New York-based husband and wife design team, bring their unique sense of style and bold ideas to their latest projects, including transforming a room for Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and a ski lodge for skateboarding pro Tony Hawk.

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz with Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Season two begins with the Novogratzes traveling with their daughters Bellamy and Tallulah to Oklahoma to give The Pioneer Woman’s daughters a brand new bedroom retreat. They face quite a challenge (not that they aren’t used to challenges with raising seven kids) when it comes to updating the long attic room to make it tween friendly.

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The Novogratz family and the Drummond family

Check out a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the project below and tune in Saturday, August 4 at 7pm/6c to see the final reveal of the Drummond girls’ new bedroom.

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The bedroom before the makeover.

 

Home By Novogratz - Cortney and Bob Novogratz and Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Bob and Cortney plan the bedroom makeover.

 

Home By Novogratz - Cortney and Bob Novogratz and Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

The bedroom makeover in progress.

 

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Bob and Cortney Novogratz

Check out season two of Home by Novogratz starting Saturday, August 4 at 7pm/6c.

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I’ll be the first to admit that my pets are spoiled to the MAX. They don’t have outfits or anything (they’re cats, can you imagine the fight I would get?), but they have a whole box of toys and get whatever they want, whenever they want, because I’m a softie. But you can’t help but spoil your pet, right? So, when I saw that “pet parties” was trending today, I immediately thought of our newest pet-loving show, Posh Pets: Lifestyles of the Rich and Furry, premiering in just a few weeks (Friday, June 22, to be exact). If you think you pamper your pet, just wait. We’re talking luxurious pet spa sessions and glamorous shopping sprees for man’s best friend here. Don’t they deserve it for being so cute, though?

posh pets hgtv chewie antonio ballatoreMeet Chewie — Antonio Ballatore‘s photogenic and incredibly adorable bulldog.

If you can’t get enough of that face, then wait until you see Sabrina Soto‘s labradoodle, Harper, and Beth Stern‘s sweet canine bunch. See All the Pampered Pups From Posh Pets >>

And tune in on Friday, June 22 to see how your favorite celebs pamper their pups. (Chewie says so.)

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On Tuesday’s Design Star premiere, judges Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder gushed over how contestant Rachel Kate’s glossy white moose head sculpture stood out against a matte black background. (Catch the full episode here.) But over on the Design Star blog, readers are speaking out about their taxidermy fatigue.

I have to admit, the real, live (or formerly, I should say) mounted “trophies” kind of freak me out.  (Can you imagine rounding the corner and confronting this?)  But the best sculptural pieces nod to the classic lodge look and lend a bit of whimsy to an otherwise serious space.  Browse the inspirational spaces below, then weigh in: Is this trend overplayed, still on the way up or is it just plain wrong?

Hilari and Rachel's Black Moosehead Sculpture

Rachel's High-Contrast Moose Head

The piece that started the chatter: Rachel’s high-contrast moose head.  She brought it on the show as a fun way to nod to her Minnesota roots and nature-inspired design aesthetic.

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It’s that time of year again: Design Star season! Tune in tonight at 9/8c as 12 designers compete for one dreamy job: a gig hosting their own HGTV show. But you can do more than just watch — here are four ways to get social with HGTV during the premiere.

Design Star Season 7 Cast

Design Star Season 7 Cast + Mentor and Host David Bromstad

1: Chat Live With Design Star’s Producer. What’s it like to be stuck on set for two months straight? Where do the designers go after they’re eliminated? Join a live chat with producer Loren Ruch during the premiere to ask your biggest Design Star questions.  To join, head to this link on the HGTV Facebook page.

2. Use the Hashtag #DesignStar on Twitter. Tweeting along with the show? Join the conversation by tagging tweets with #DesignStar.

3: Follow HGTV’s Design Star Pinterest Board. Get the best, most pinnable Design Star content delivered straight to your feed!

4: Head Over to the Design Star Blog. Immediately after the show, check out the Design Star blog for a blow-by-blow recap of the episode by yours truly. Then join the conversation: Did the right person go home? What was ____ thinking?  Let’s talk!

Happy viewing!

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The Cohens finally had their dream apartment with big, beautiful windows and other architectural details that made the apartment distinctive. But the place was too neutral, just a big white box really, and the owners preferred to keep it that way.

So in order to make the apartment fun, interesting, chic, and really pop, we used bold blasts of color in the furniture and art to make the space really fantastic. The art also gave the apartment its character.

home by novogratz cohen apartment

To make your own environment look cool, invest your budget in bright throw pillows, a colorful carpet, unusual art (it doesn’t have to be expensive!), and lots of funky vintage furniture mixed with contemporary pieces. Don’t forget cool accessories that will help define the space in a more exciting way.

home by novogratz cohen before and after

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Dave and Kyra Barry—who we’ve gotten to work with before—had a boring, kind of dull beach condo in Long Branch, New Jersey. It’s a family getaway with great views of the beach in a nice little town. We knew that Dave and Kyra really wanted us to be bold, so we really went for it, and didn’t hold back.

Novogratzes with the Barry family

The rooms were painted bright colors. The bedroom that we did for their teenage daughter was bright pink. We created a lagoon of color. Pink floors and pink walls! There are color-saturated walls and floors, and lots of texture in the carpeting, crazy wallpaper, and very 1960s accessories, furniture and lighting. We really had fun with it and turned a boring place into a real showplace. The great thing is that it’s way comfortable and easy to take care of – super easy and chill. The condo sings with color and fun. We even went whimsical in the bathroom. It went from vanilla to having a lot of personality.

all pink girls bedroom

You don’t have to be serious when designing your home. Do something a little crazy, take a risk, try something that isn’t you, and never settle for the expected. Style is about being a little daring sometimes.

Barry's master bedroom by the novogratzes

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This week we worked on an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey for two young guys in their first “real” apartment after college. We wanted to give them something both youthful and sophisticated.

novogratz in hoboken bachelor pad

The apartment was pretty much a blank slate before we got our hands on it. The first thing we did was go wild with paint. Paint offers so many amazing alternatives—let your imagination be your guide! For a playful twist, we decided to paint diagonal stripes in Casa Blue and Surfboard Yellow from our new paint line with Stark. Next, we decided to lacquer the piano in high gloss white to make it really pop against the stripes, hung colorful lights and vintage sign letters to spell out LUNCH on their kitchen wall. This seemed like an appropriate word for two boys!

hoboken living room

Michael DeFeo, a super-talented artist, created some really fun paintings of different animals. Overall, we really made a bold statement in this place by playing with paint in unexpected ways.

hoboken striped walls and piano

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Kym Gold, the owner of a great women’s clothing line, Babakul, contacted us to design her first shop located inside the iconic Fred Segal store in Santa Monica. We jumped at the opportunity to work in a city we love as much as Los Angeles.

clothing shelves babakul

Inspired by the beach and landscape in LA, we pulled natural elements into the design of the store. We accomplished this through the use of a lot of natural woods. We also looked at the design aesthetic of the clothing as a cue to what the store should look like, which was very girly but with an edge.

babakul interior

The space itself was very large, with an industrial feeling. We wanted to respect that but also cozy it up. The custom Debbie Harry piece by Ann Carrington really added some interest to the space, while the sweet antique chandeliers added some feminine charm. We think this store is a great showcase of how it’s ok to mix different elements in one room.

debbie harry art babakul

We made an intimate library area to warm up the space with a rug and some crazy vintage Philippe Stark chairs. It’s definitely a great shopping tactic to have a cool hangout for the husbands, boyfriends and kids to chill out while the women shop!

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One Model Management asked us to design an inspiring apartment that would be used temporarily by different models during their time in New York. The apartment was a white box to begin with, but once we got our hands on it, it wasn’t that way for long!

The kitchen was very open but lacked proper storage. To remedy that, we headed to the Bowery in Manhattan — a street known for its restaurant supply stores — and purchased an industrial kitchen cart. The cart acts as an island for cooking as well as storage for pots and pans.

novogratz model kitchen

Our main objective was to create an inviting environment for the models. Most of the girls staying in the apartment don’t know each other and have come to New York City from all over the world. To personalize the space, we created amazing custom wallpaper with Flavor Paper. The wallpaper is a collage of head-shots of all the models at the agency interspersed with blue flowers. You can do this with your own photos to make truly unique wallpaper. The design can be created from a mix of different photos or one over-sized photo. Try it!

novogratz model headshot wallpaper

We really went crazy with wallpaper and brought in different patterns, all in the same blue color family for the bedrooms to really tie the whole apartment together and make it cohesive.

novogratz flavor paper wallpaper

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Filming this episode was a blast, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love to throw a great party? We wanted to help out a friend by staging his townhouse that was on the market and bring in some potential buyers by throwing a real estate party.

minetta lane townhouse novogratz

The huge space had an incredibly bare feeling. We understood that it wasn’t selling because buyers just couldn’t picture how they would really live in the space. Our first order of business: to highlight the concrete floors and turn them into a great design element. With some black and white paint, we created an oversized checkerboard pattern that really added character and a sense of scale to the previously bland space. This was done by measuring out the checkered pattern, marking it with tape, and then painting away.

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We took advantage of the very tall ceiling height, by hanging a cluster of chandeliers at different levels to create a focal point as you enter the space. The next part was a no-brainer: we brought in lots of great, colorful furniture and a rug to make it feel like a home. Finally, we layered the space, just like you would in your home, with great art, candles, and tons of flowers.

black and white checkered floor

Job done, we sent out the invites for the party, which was attended by brokers, press and potential buyers — a truly diverse group of fabulous New Yorkers.

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I’ve wanted to spruce up my backyard for a while and finally had the perfect reason to – throwing a little dinner party.

novogratz dinner party

I decided that since the backyard gets so sunny, adding an awning would be perfect. I went bold with a bright yellow and white striped fabric and even ordered extra fabric to make into matching pillows. Now we can grill in the shade. Heaven!

novogratz yellow awning
People often forget that you can use the exterior of your house as a canvas to hang a mirror or a piece of art. We hung a large mirror on the exterior wall, as well as a lucite longhorn.

Another thing that I love to do for outdoor parties is hang candelabra chandeliers from the trees. The effect of the burning candles seeming to float through space is really amazing, and very pretty.

novogratz tree chandeliers

When I’m up in the Berkshires I love to hit all the local tag sales. Luckily, I found just the table and benches that I needed at one right down the street. I wasn’t loving the dark wood, so we painted the whole set high gloss white. Luckily it dried just in time for the party!

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This project is definitely one of my favorites! Rob and I have two sets of twins, so we could totally relate to designing for triplets. One small Manhattan bedroom for three growing children forced us to get creative with how to lay out the space.

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Three kids means three beds. Space is going to be tight when you live in Manhattan, so we knew that we had to get one of the beds off the floor to maximize the room. We played around with different ways to do this, even toying with the idea of triple bunk beds. We ultimately ended up a custom design with one bed lofted and the two other beds sticking out perpendicular underneath.

Designing a room for both boys and girls is definitely tough, so it’s always good to mix it up with fun, bold colors that appeal to them both. The wall covered in decal dots, the comforters and the throw pillows make the room work for all three kids.

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You’ve probably seen some of our custom photography wallpaper in other episodes of Home by Novogratz. For this project we went big! We chose our favorite photograph of all three kids shot by fashion photographer Tim Geaney, blew it up to a huge scale and printed on canvas wallpaper. (The kids loved posing for Tim.) The result is bold and very cute. Because this is a rental apartment, we couldn’t do anything to the concrete ceiling. Since we really wanted to hang these amazing, colorful bungee cord lights, we came up with the idea of building out a soffit to house the electrical wires. Using shatter resistant light bulbs makes it extra safe.

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We absolutely relished the opportunity to bring great design to a deserving high school’s gym in this episode of Home by Novogratz! We traveled to sunny California to tackle a locker room design makeover for the boys’ basketball team at Inglewood High School — alma mater of nine-time NBA All Star Paul Pierce!

Paul Pierce

Basketball is THE sport in the Novogratz family, so we were super excited to work with Paul Pierce to give some deserving kids a great space to relax, study and work out. Our family loves the New York Knicks and Paul plays for the Boston Celtics, but we put our rivalry aside for a great cause and an all-around great guy (and player!).

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Because it’s a school (and schools have rules!), we were somewhat limited in our use of furniture and paint. So, we chose to make a statement with the lighting. We went wild and bought over a dozen huge Suspension Lamps. We essentially created our own massive chandelier by hanging them all in a group at staggered heights. Aside from the room’s massive size, the hideous metal bars on the walls provided our biggest design challenge. Those bars made it feel like a prison! We overcame this obstacle by covering them with giant murals we had printed that feature the work of renowned photojournalist Chi Modu. The result is stunning and truly inspirational.

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The clients: Pat and Rika, newly engaged and the proud owners of a new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This hip, artistic couple needed help to get the industrial/cozy look they desired. Bare walls, exposed lights and zero storage were not cutting it. Not only did Pat and Rika need lighting fixtures and artwork for their walls, they also needed furniture — we had a serious shopping list to tackle! With a blank slate space and a funky, cool couple, we new we could go crazy with this makeover.

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Robert loved the idea of using chalkboard paint in an unexpected place — the ceiling! I wasn’t sold at first. (Robert’s the one with the crazy ideas. I’m more practical; he pushes me to take risks.) We asked DUMBO, Brooklyn based artist James Seward to draw an image in white chalk for the couple to look at from the bed. I love his creation… a playful deer Pegasus! And because wallpapering an entire room in designer paper can cost thousands of dollars, we chose to frame the bed with this hexagonal retro paper from SoHo’s Matter. By going with a bold pattern wallpapered on only one wall, we created a cool focal point for maximum design impact at a digestible price point!

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If you’re working on a tight budget, here are two more design tips. We reupholstered the chaise using fabric remnants. An easy trick that can save you up to 70% on designer fabric. Robert and I also make a point to shop at local “mom and pop” stores for the bulk of our jobs. A lot of this project’s lighting came from a local NYC shop called A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and we scored some industrial furniture from Moon River Chattel. Independent stores like these are where you’re going to find something to call your own, something totally unique and not like your neighbors. They’re also more likely to work with you on the price. (I always start my offer at 20% below what it’s tagged.) While the design of Pat and Rika’s bedroom has plenty of whimsy, the dark color scheme, sophisticated wallpaper pattern and luxurious gold touches keep it mature.

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Robert and I really let loose in the main living area. It’s fun, but still hip and grown-up. We kept the brick wall as is and added a signature Novogratz look with a cluster of misfit mirrors. (Pat and Rika couldn’t believe how much bigger the mirrors made the room feel. Important in an 870 square foot apartment.) And we stenciled an inside joke the couple shared with us for an “art” wall for less than $20.

Remember, it’s important to infuse your own personality into your designs. Something that’s personable, full of character and uniquely you always feels warm, inviting and cozy. Do what makes you feel good, and you’ll never be disappointed in your home!

For a list of products we used in this episode of Home by Novogratz, like that sweet leather sectional, check out the HGTV Shop.

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For this episode of Home by Novogratz, we took the whole family and our crew down to Orlando to help out Winegard Elementary School. This deserving school won a $50K  makeover in a contest, and Robert and I were asked to give a fresh, new look to their music room. Our goal? Make the huge room colorful, comfortable and inspiring. First, we created custom stencils featuring the names of more than 150 famous musicians and arranged them in a border around the ceiling of the room. The Beatles, Beethoven, Placido Domingo, Pink Floyd, Tupac, U2… artists from a wide range of eras, backgrounds and styles to pique the students’ curiosity and creativity.

Courtney and Rob Novogratz

We also painted blue stripes (the school’s color) and piano keyboards on the room’s doors. These are both projects you can easily do at home (with the help of your local copy store) to bring in a “wow” factor to get your creative juices flowing.

Stripes and Piano Keyboard Doors

With a room this huge, we decided divide the space into activity zones working in from the corners. The art station is now filled with brain-stimulating supplies and iconic Panton chairs in orange and white.

Panton Art Center Zone

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David and Jane Cohen finally moved into their dream apartment, one with big, beautiful windows filled with stunning views of Manhattan, a terrace perfect for entertaining and other architectural details that made the it distinctive. But their temporary furnishings were too neutral and bland, really, making the penthouse a big white box. Far from the colorful home Jane and David wanted it to be.

Rob’s and my goal was to take their design sky high with a vibrant and timeless eclectic look. We mixed contemporary furnishings with vintage pieces. And to make their new home really pop, we used metallics to reflect the New York City skyline and bold blasts of color in the furniture and art to make the space really fantastic.

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Since we were working with 18 foot ceilings, hanging the six mod gold lights of varying sizes that we found at ABC Carpet and Home made for a much more dramatic statement than a single chandelier would. And by hanging them at different heights, they can be enjoyed from below, as you are walking up the stairs and from the second floor.
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The art, including a piece David and Jane already owned positioned next to the silver chesterfield and the “figure of speech” painting we commissioned by artist Cristina Vergano hung above the stairs, gives the apartment a quirky and smart jolt of character.
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We found the Philippe Starke inspired marble dining table at Modani, as well as the silver Croco Louis-style chairs. The oval shape allows for more seating, a perfect fit for the space. We scored the mint green 40s chairs, navy Deco chairs and Harry Bertoia chairs at Adelaide.

To make your own environment pop with character, invest your budget in bright throw pillows, a colorful carpet, unusual art (it doesn’t have to be expensive!) and lots of funky vintage furniture mixed with contemporary pieces. Remember, big walls need big art and cool accessories help define a space in a more exciting way.

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You know that I-apologize-if-I-fall-asleep-mid-sentence feeling you get from having pushed yourself too hard, then hit a wall? Well, how about hopping into a van with 11 other people at 4:45am in NYC to oversee four full room remodels 50 miles away in New Jersey, dealing with exhausted carpenters who are working out in the freezing rain until the sun goes down, then not stepping foot off the property until 9:15pm only to drive an hour back to Manhattan to do it all again the next day? Needless to say, episode three of HGTV Design Star was a tough one; however, since the owners of both homes loved their new spaces so much, it was totally worth it.

During the filming, my co-producer who is also one of my favorite human beings on earth, Alyssa Hastrich, and I stuck to the Callegaris house with Doug Hines, Mark Diaz, Leslie Ezelle, Kevin Grace and Kellie Clements. Between the full basement downstairs and wall cladding upstairs, it felt like a full house renovation. Luckily, we were able to stroll up the street to Christina Scano’s place to check on progress at the end of the day. With so much going on, we decided I’d take iPhone shots during the process to remember just exactly how much labor went into the enormous overhaul of all four spaces. Take a look at some of the in-process stuff you didn’t see on TV, then contemplate how small your one-wall paint project this weekend seems in comparison. Ha!

Leslie, Kevin and Kellie's Basement Before

BEFORE: Once Leslie, Kevin and Kellie got started painting the walls, all I could focus on was how much longer it would take them to do everything with the huge obstacles they’d have to work around: boxes of books and toys, the enormous treadmill, and then ripping up the 1980′s mauve carpet.

Kellie Leslie and Kevin

AFTER: If you’re planning to replace the floor in your own space and paint the walls, knocking out the paint first while the old floor is down is a wise idea. It allows you to spill and drip as needed with no worry since the floor will soon be ripped out completely. The trio got rather lucky with their lime green wall choice. Colors this saturated pretty much always require a tinted primer. Somehow, the puddy color of their walls kinda stepped it up and worked as one. Happy accident? I think so.

Mark and Doug's Living Room Before

BEFORE: Something I found super useful in episode three was the content of Doug’s camera challenge about removing wall-to-wall carpet. That was a fantastic tip. Did you know that cutting carpet into strips two-foot strips, then removing it piece-by-piece is the way to go? I sure as hell wish I would have known that four years ago when I, along with friends, carried a 12X14 roll of beige nastiness down a stairwell.

Mark and Doug

AFTER: Something not discussed on the show was how well Doug and Mark’s choice of flooring coordinated with the tones of the fireplace stone. Those same reddish-brown tones seen in the rustic masonry are picked up beautifully in the tones of the wood.

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