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The stately home that millions of Downton Abbey fans have grown to know and adore is no movie set. It’s an actual working estate in England’s countryside and home to modern day members of the real British aristocracy. HGTV’s Castles on Camera takes you inside Highclere Castle to see its spectacular rooms and meet the real lord and lady of the manor.

Downton Abbey

The Victorian-era manor is 175 years old, contains around 30,000 square feet of living space and is currently maintained by a staff of 70.

Downton Abbey

George Reginald Oliver Molyneuz Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, godson of Queen Elizabeth II and Lord of Highclere Castle, stands in the home’s library.

OK, so let’s talk Downton Abbey. What is it about this show that has captured your heart? Tell me in the Comments.

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Have you always wanted to tour celebrity homes? What about during the holidays? I thought so. During HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes, top-notch designers add festive decor to the homes of their celebrity clients. You’ll get to see the entire planning and decorating process from start to finish and the best part, the reveal. As excited as I was to see stars’ homes, I was more excited to see their reaction to fitting or … unexpected … designs. How do you think professional dancer Cheryl Burke reacted when her neutral, modern home was transformed with a palette of hot pink by designer Emily Henderson? Find out!

Celebrity Holiday HomesTop left: Designer Emily Henderson and Cheryl Burke; Top right: Cheryl’s hot-pink tree; Bottom right: Designer Danielle Colding and BeBe Winans; Bottom left: Bebe’s custom gift wrap

This year, step into the homes of Cheryl Burke, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, singer BeBe Winans, actress Haylie Duff, musician Dee Snider and actress Tamara Tunie. See them all! Which celeb’s holiday home decor is your favorite? 

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We’re counting down to Christmas with a new holiday party tip, decorating idea or DIY project every day until December 25. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

I’m a sucker for holiday home tours, and we, at HGTV, have one of the best ones yet. Every year, designer and host Genevieve Gorder takes you behind the scenes at the White House at Christmastime. During this one-hour, on-air special (that premiered Saturday night), viewers got an exclusive look at what goes into making America’s First Home so spectacular for the holidays. Did you know that the White House gingerbread house weighs 300 pounds?! And, the official White House Christmas tree is 18-feet-6-inches tall!

Countdown to Christmas: White House Christmas

If you missed the on-air premiere, that’s OK. You can catch upcoming episodes over the next few weeks.

Want a sneak peek right now? I thought so. Check it out! Decorating America’s First Home for the Holidays >>

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AHHHHHHHH! My life is complete. One of the funniest actresses ever, Casey Wilson (Penny) from (my favorite show) ABC’s Happy Endings, just said in an interview with HelloGiggles.com that she is loving HGTV right now. When asked what her favorite TV shows are, she said: “I love Homeland and am on an HGTV kick. Love It or List It is my entire universe.”

Happy Endings' Casey Wilson

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Honestly, I feel like Penny, er, I mean Casey, and I are one step closer to being best friends. Granted, I work for HGTV.com and have nothing to do with the actual production of Love It or List It, but a super-fan can dream, right?

So, Casey, thanks for watching and loving HGTV. We think you are pretty amahzing, too.

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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).

HGTV Music

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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