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:
Photo by Genevieve Gorder
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.
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.
Warring Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott
HGTV Pumpkin Wars
How do you plan on spending your Halloween? Tell me below.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
The bedroom before the makeover.
Bob and Cortney plan the bedroom makeover.
The bedroom makeover in progress.
Bob and Cortney Novogratz
Check out season two of Home by Novogratz starting Saturday, August 4 at 7pm/6c.
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?
Meet 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.)
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?
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.
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 + 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!
In any elimination show, nothing’s more important than the first impression each contestant makes. Who will be the dark horse? The sweetheart? The villain? As the Design Star editor, I size up our contestants the same way, since I’ll be spending (at least virtually) lots of time with them.
Right off the bat, there was something appealing about Kellie’s warm, comfortable style and easy personality. Many of you fell for her too — she led all season in the Design Star fan vote and ended up winning the grand prize, her own show right here on HGTV.com (more on that later!).
Kellie’s bright designs just scream fun, but they’re functional, too, like the built-in window seat and storage niche from the designers’ Brooklyn penthouse. (The view isn’t bad, either.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.