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What if I told you that you could peruse the halls of some of Los Angeles’ most gorgeous homes and raise money for charity at the same time? The Mandeville and Sullivan Canyon Architecture Tour, hosted by the Venice Family Clinic in California, earns critical healthcare funds by giving patrons exclusive access to four top-tier homes designed by architectural rock stars Cliff May, Paul Davis, Susan Minter, Marmol Radziner and Ken Ungar.

If you aren’t able to make it to California, don’t despair! Take a virtual sneak peek into these incredible homes for a firsthand look at the rustic architectural beauty of Mandeville and Sullivan Canyon.

EXPERIMENTAL RANCH

Cliff May was an architectural genius and pioneer who developed the California Ranch House in the 1930′s. He built five different homes for his family, each an experiment in what did and didn’t work for their everyday needs. The Experimental Ranch was the fourth in this succession of homes built by May, featuring moveable partitions throughout to allow its residents to create and change rooms within the home. The house was deemed a City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark in 2002 and has since been restored by the design firm Marmol Radziner.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

The home’s design erases the boundaries between indoors and out with a 288-square-foot skylight and large windows featured throughout the main living areas. The live-edge wood table, vintage dining chairs and velvet sectional sofa were all custom built by the Marmol Radziner firm.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

The outdoor seating area, nestled into a landscaped hillside, flows seamlessly into the living room thanks to a sliding partition between the spaces.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

A stainless steel backsplash and solid walnut cabinets and countertops bring style and function to the custom kitchen.

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It’s here! It’s here! The season of barbeque-grillin’, pool-swimmin’ and patio-sittin’ has arrived. We’ve spring-cleaned everything we can and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labor, preferably with a glass of sangria out on a deck or patio. Here’s a looksie at some of the outdoor spaces our editors enjoy at their own homes.

Jessica:

It will probably come as a shock to no one that I don’t have a nightstand or a functional workspace because I spend all my money on plants. One of the first things I bought for my apartment was an old soda crate—I lined it with fabric and turned it into a planter. Other “planters” include a bucket from the dollar store, one of those holiday popcorn tins and a miniature greenhouse from IKEA (I think I’m missing the point of the whole greenhouse thing by filling it with dirt and planting kale in it but oh well).

The lights (they’re solar!) and furniture are recent additions. I realized this morning that the patio set is the closest I’ve come to owning a dining table. My friend/neighbor and I have been calling my patio “The Outdoor Room” and will be eating all of our meals there from now until next winter.

Bonus: My apartment also sits right next to some azalea shrubs that have been an absolute delight after two unreasonably cold winters.

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Looking to book the perfect vacation without breaking the bank? Instead of paying for five-star treatment, create it yourself! Glamping, aka glamorous camping, allows you to experience the spoils of nature with all the comforts of the great indoors. The best part? You likely have everything you need right at home. So pack up the wineglasses, and set out on your next adventure in style with these foolproof glamping tips.

SET UP A GLAM OUTDOOR LOUNGE SPOT

Image courtesy of Lulu and Georgia | Photo by Monica Wang

Don’t just set up camp; create a cozy, alfresco living area. Lightweight outdoor furniture, throw pillows and a portable area rug can make any trip into nature feel like home away from home. And don’t forget a few decorative accessories to complete the look. Copy this outdoor space >>

Step into these incredible glamping adventures >>

LIGHT IT UP

When the sun goes down, the fun begins. Add chic ambiance with a cozy campfire and lots of lanterns and candlelight. For glampers on a budget, DIY paper bag lanterns are a cheap and easy way to dress up your campsite. String them from tent to tent for a festive look. Other fab lighting options include portable hurricane lanterns, recycled can lanterns or even plain white string lights.

Get these outdoor candle ideas >>

5 More Ways to Camp in Style

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Last week I was given the opportunity to be a part of Garden2Blog, a garden blogger meet-up hosted by lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith and his welcoming staff. I attended the event two years ago and made lots of new garden-loving friends, so it was extra special to participate again and reunite with familiar faces.

For two days bloggers from across the country met at Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Ark. to share ideas, soak up inspiration and learn about new trends in sustainable gardening and agriculture.

This time around, I was very inspired by the interiors at Allen’s Garden Home, a historic estate that overlooks the Arkansas River. Inside, a mix of Southern antiques and modern pieces come together to create grand, warm spaces. Every little design vignette paid homage to nature in some way. The floral arrangements by American Grown Flowers were insanely gorgeous. I mean, just look at those peonies (bottom image)! I left Moss Mountain with hopes of one day having an entire porch dedicated to sleeping and a giant bowl of green apples on every surface of my home.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the event. Take a look:

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm

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It’s officially show house season! This week, I had the pleasure of touring this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, located in the Arthur Sachs Mansion in New York’s coveted Lenox Hill neighborhood.

Originally built in 1909 for Arthur Sachs of — yep, Goldman Sachs — the townhouse has five floors and boasts 9,600 square feet of amazing architecture and design. The 43rd annual show house features the work of 22 top interior designers, each leaving his or her stamp on their chosen space. The result feels like a luxurious but comfortable home for a chic Manhattan family. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it’s currently for sale? Yes, it can be yours for the cool price of $35 million.

Take a look around.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen

Design by Christopher Peacock, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The huge galley-style kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock features a mix of painted cabinets and hand-picked English Wych Elm accents. Expansive Silstone countertops and brushed brass hardware tie the kitchen together.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dining Room

Design by Mark D Sikes Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

This formal dining space designed by Mark D. Sikes was inspired by a beautiful Italian home and introduces a fresh take on an uptown townhouse dining room. Red gingham fabric walls, silk trims, regency mahogany antiques, gilt mirrors, modern art and a 19th century, director-style crystal chandelier bring it all together in the formal dining room.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Staircase

Design by Philip Mitchell Design, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The stair hall designed by Philip Mitchell is so grand it deserves to be considered another “room.” With each step you take, you’re surrounded by a wonderfully curated art collection that spans various mediums and eras. Looking up, the spiral staircase frames a skylight that brings light all the way to the ground floor.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Office

Design by Thom Filicia Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

A work day in this home office would feel like anything but. Designer Thom Filicia says he wanted to create a space that was subtly sophisticated, elegantly easy and playfully purposeful. He accomplished that and more with this appropriately named “Study in Style.”

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Rooftop

Design by Rottet Studio, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

Not to be forgotten in this urban jungle, the roof terrace designed by Lauren Rottet and her Rottet Studio team is a welcome escape from the bustling New York City streets. Though it’s not the only outdoor space in the home, it is the highest — and it features stunning views of what Rottet calls “the world’s best city.” (Lauren, I totally agree!)

Want to see it for yourself? The home is open to tours through June 11. As if the stunning home or inspiring designs weren’t enough, the event is hosted by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and marks the organization’s 100th year of service. Proceeds will benefit the club, which provides after-school programs for thousands of local kids.

What’s your favorite space in the home? Tell me in the comments below.

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If you read Beth’s trendspotting wrap-up or my earlier post on High Point Market’s hot color, then you’re well on your way to knowing what trends are headed to stores in the coming months.

Now, let’s talk about pattern, that often-overlooked design element that can take any room’s style from just so-so to oh-so-sophisticated. Like past markets, graphic, retro-inspired patterns were visible but no longer the new kids on the block. Instead, subtle, organic patterns that showcase each material’s natural beauty have the design world taking notice:

Pattern Trends From High Point Market

Clockwise From Top Left: Cowhide Rug and Sheepskin Bench: B. Pila / Croc-Patterned Capiz Shell Mirror: Worlds Away / Aragonite Stone Bowl: Tritter Feefer / Horn Table: Jamie Young

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Twice yearly, in the spring and fall, a few (lucky!) HGTV.com editors visit our design mecca, High Point Market, to get a sneak peek of coming furniture, accessory, lighting and fabric trends long before they make it to stores. One of my favorite trendspotting categories is color and believe me, unlike the greige/neutral palette that was big a few years ago, right now — color is king!

Everywhere we looked there were saturated shades of orange, pink, yellow, green, purple — you name it. But there’s definitely one color that has clearly cast a spell over both designers and manufacturers — BLUE! And not just one shade of this happy hue; every variation from turquoise to cobalt was front and center in most showrooms.

One reason for blue’s prime position is its chameleon-like quality; this oh-so-versatile color pairs beautifully with all other hues, but looks especially crisp when partnered with other cool shades:

High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014 Blue and Green Clockwise from left: Tobi Fairley for CR Laine / Arteriors / Global Views / Legend of Asia

Keeping it cool is design-diva-turned-furniture-designer Tobi Fairley. Tobi partnered with CR Laine to create her just-launched line that perfectly pairs the luxe, traditional look that made CR Laine a designers’ go-to with Tobi’s playful and always on-trend approach to mixing patterns and colors.

Tobi Fairley for CR Laine living room

More Ways to Use This Happy Hue

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For the past 45 years, the Atlanta Symphony Associates, an all-volunteer guild of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), has presented a Decorators’ Show House & Gardens each spring as its signature fundraising event. But this year’s home has gone to soaring design heights. Leading interior designers from the Southeast and beyond graced “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate designed by renowned architectural designer William T. Baker. Located in Atlanta’s affluent uptown district of Buckhead, the home’s sprawling 14,500-square-foot property lends itself to plenty of opportunity for design creativity. A select group of 28 designers, including HGTV’s own Vern Yip and Chip Wade, were chosen to showcase their individual talents and design styles while incorporating creative and inspiring trends.

2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House & Gardens

Photo by Mary Powell Photography

Each and every room was transformed inside this sunny, golden home. And the best part? You can explore them all. The 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is open to the public from now until Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10. Show House guests can interact directly with designers, shop everything design-related and bring home a myriad of creative inspiration and ideas. Plus, there’s plenty of events both inside and out to complement your home tour, from trunk shows to design seminars.

We hope to bump into you in one of these drool-worthy rooms IRL. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside a few of the designer transformations. Take a look:

FAMILY ROOM

DESIGN BY VERN YIP, VERN YIP DESIGNS

2015 ASO Show House Family Room

Photo via @occupymyfamily

STUDY

LANCE JACKSON & DAVID ECTON, PARKER KENNEDY LIVING

2015 ASO Show House Study

Photo via @occupymyfamily

LIVING ROOM

MICHAEL BOYD, SMITHBOYD INTERIORS

GUEST BEDROOM

MELANIE TURNER, MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS

2015 ASO Show House Guest Bedroom

Photo via @occupymyfamily

POOL DECK

HANNAH SEATON & ED CASTRO, ED CASTRO LANDSCAPING

2015 ASO Show House Pool Deck

Photo via @asoshowhouse

I know, right?! When can I move in?

Get more info on tickets, house hours, events, designers and more: 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens.

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Everyone has a different way of incorporating spring’s seasonal beauty in their home; I tend to swap out bedding and keep fresh flowers in every room. But our design team took “spring decorating” to a whole new level with this year’s HGTV Spring House. A palette of high-energy hues, like coral, tangerine, grass green and hot pink, create a space that feels upbeat and family friendly.

Take a tour of HGTV Spring House and discover design ideas for your own home.

FAMILY ROOM

HGTV Spring House Living Room

You can still have a chic and stylish home that caters to your active and growing family. From washable wall paint to indoor-outdoor area rugs (that simply require a hose to clean), this living room is designed to be durable, comfortable and almost indestructible. Create a Kid- and Pet-Friendly Living Room >>

OPEN-CONCEPT FLOOR PLAN

HGTV Spring House Breakfast Nook

HGTV Spring House Prep Area

Open floor plans are all the rage right now. But once you get an open-concept home, how do you decorate it? From a cohesive color scheme to a functional furniture layout, we’ve got you covered. Get Our Open-Concept Decorating Ideas >>

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After a long and daunting winter, there’s nothing I love more than giving my home a little seasonal spruce up. After all, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Now’s the time to open all the windows and tackle that to-do list you’ve put on the backburner. Start with these five easy updates to refresh your home for spring.

CLEAN UNDER FURNITURE + APPLIANCES

Spring Cleaning Tips

We never think about what’s happening behind the refrigerator, sofa or buffet, but now’s the time to conquer that fear. Scoot these big pieces out as much as you can and use a vacuum hose to take care of business. Now’s a good time to clean under area rugs, too.

FORGOTTEN SURFACES

Spring Cleaning Tips

Those crisp, white surfaces collect a lot of dust. At least once a year, give door frames and baseboards a good, solid clean. After cleaning your floors, vacuum the baseboards with a brush attachment. Then, working room by room, spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe clean. Clean with non-toxic products, like this homemade all-natural citrus cleaner, to help improve your home’s indoor air quality.

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No one can deny how wonderful spring is — flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and bright hues are replacing the dark shades of winter. And I have to say, our design team created the most colorful home on the block. Here’s a sneak peek at HGTV Spring House, coming to HGTV.com this Monday.

HGTV Spring House Sneak Peek

We can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been working on for, well, months now! Here’s the scoop: our dedicated design team has been hard at work for the past three months getting this Atlanta home ready for the spring season. What can you expect?

  • Family-friendly decorating ideas
  • Easy spring-inspired DIY projects
  • Flower arrangements for beginners
  • Deck and patio decorating tips
  • Alfresco entertaining ideas
  • Spring recipes for any occasion

From the deck to the dining room, we have you covered. We get that it’s been a long winter, and we’re ready to infuse your life with color and inspiring ideas that will take you through summer.

So, log onto HGTV.com Monday, April 20 to see HGTV Spring House in its full glory. (We promise lots of tulips and citrus-y hues.) See you there!

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If you’re like me, then the bedroom is the one room in the house that’s in need of some TLC.  No matter how hard I try, it seems that creating a bedroom design that is both stylish and functional is nearly impossible. Luckily, High Fashion Home designer, Dolley Frearson, understands this struggle and has graciously shared 6 of her priceless design tips with us. So if you’re tired of your blah bedroom or simply need a little design inspiration, check out Dolley’s gorgeous bedroom transformation below and read on to learn her tricks of the trade.

The bedroom BEFORE was drab and unsightly…

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

The bedroom AFTER is chic and inviting.

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

Learn How Dolley Achieved This Look

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Truth time: If DIY were a grade in school I probably would have already been left behind, though not for lack of enthusiasm!

I really want to be a DIY ninja but knowing my own limitations, I try to remind myself that I need to stay focused on projects that don’t leave me in a puddle of tears on my living room floor with glue gun cartridges stuck in my hair. This is why I was so excited when I had a recent brainstorm and decided I wanted to nail a rug to my wall.

How to Hang a Rug on the Wall

As a renter, I’m always looking for easy ways to upgrade my home without putting my security deposit in jeopardy. Luckily, this rug-nailing bonanza fits the bill perfectly. It’s easier than removable wallpaper (no seams to line up!), doesn’t involve paint (woo hoo!) and can drastically change the look of your space.

All you need is a rug, some nails and a hammer. (You can also do this project with screws and a drill.) Here’s how:

1. Choose a rug that will work well with your space. I was hoping to zhush up my bathroom and wanted to go bold, so I chose a brightly colored cotton rug. It’s best if you can find a thinner rug that’s easier to attach to your wall. I would also recommend choosing a rug that’s as close as you can get in size to the space you need to fill, but err on the side of slightly larger.

2. Decide how you’d like to position the rug on your wall. Originally, I wanted to cover my entire wall (and, in fact, purchased two rugs so that I could). However, once I got the first rug up, I decided I loved how it looked, so I ditched my plan for covering the whole wall. Hold your rug up and see if you prefer to start at the ceiling level, the floor level or perhaps hang it in the middle of the wall like it’s a piece of art.

3. Start nailing the rug to your wall. If your rug is slightly larger (as mine was) you can fold it back a bit until it’s as wide or as tall as you  need it to be. You can nail the rug to the wall all around the perimeter. Depending on the fabric of your rug, you might need more or fewer nails to keep it up there. You will also likely need someone to help you hold the rug in place as you hammer all the nails in.

That’s it. Seriously!

Have you ever tried this wall hanging technique? Or, what art alternatives have you tried? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s another method you can try: How to Turn a Rug Into a Wall Art Tapestry

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Spring is here at HGTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee and we are gleaning tons of inspiration from the gorgeous pastel pink dogwood trees and butter yellow daffodils blooming around town. Lucky for us, spring’s pastel hues are one of the hottest (indoor) design trends of 2015, making a vibrant statement when paired with bright neon accents and bold colors. So steal some inspiration from nature this season and check out some of our favorite pastel designs in the garden and at home!

Inspiration: Pastel Garden

Pastel Garden on HGTV Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pastel purple alliums and perennial wallflowers mixed with magenta columbines bring lovely vibrancy to this early summer garden.

Love this look? Learn how to plant your own pastel garden >>>

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Pastel Living Room on HGTV.com

Photo by Mark Lohman | Design by Liz Strong

This pastel sitting room is stylish and cozy with pops of rich eggplant, magenta and light turquoise.

Tour this pastel home >>>

MORE PASTEL INSPIRATION, INDOORS + OUT

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Unless you count my 54-pound basset hound (which, truth time: I kinda do), I don’t have any kids. And yet for some crazy reason, I have an insatiable love for decorating kids’ rooms. I’m most excited by parents who up their game and treat their kids’ rooms as another space to really get their decoratin’ on. I mean, I like a little blue duck or a pink princess as much as the next girl, but it’s fun to see the evolution of kids’ room decor into an actual category of design that goes way beyond cute and ventures into the realm of chic. Speaking of chic, check out these fun ideas for upping the chic factor in your own kiddo’s room.

Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

1. Make a giant photo and art collage. This is a super fun project that the kids will be excited to join in on. Buy enough cork tiles to cover a large area of your wall, then start pinning (or taping) the sucker up! You can use family photos, your kids artwork, inspiring messages, pictures from magazines — anything, really. Once covered, your giant bulletin board will look like a large-scale piece of artwork, and best of all, it will be easy to update on the fly.

2. Add a wallpaper panel. If you’re not quite ready for the commitment or the expense of adding wallpaper to each of the walls in your kid’s room, no problem; just add a simple panel. You can use several pieces of foam core, then cover it up with a beautiful piece of wallpaper cut to size. This idea is also great option if you’re a renter and don’t have the flexibility of going for a full-blown wallpaper treatment.

3. Say it, don’t spray it…with a free art printable. We all need some motivation in our lives, and with minds like a sponge, kids are the perfect candidates for some positivity overload. Find a favorite quote or phrase online, fire up the color printer, and go to town. Here’s 60 free (!!!) wall art printables to get you started.

How do you like to chic-up your kid’s room? Let us in on all your secrets in the comments below.

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Entrepreneurs Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey have a classic New York story to tell: they met in 2001 at a party at Studio 54. Jennifer is the CEO and founder of Skylight, a collection of luxury event spaces, and James is the principal of design firm RAAD and creator of The Lowline. Years later, the entrepreneur pair have used their skill sets — James’ architectural and creative eye and Jennifer’s ability to spot diamonds in the rough — to together create an impressive and one-of-a-kind home.

Jennifer and James, along with their two children, Phineas and Theodore, recently moved into a landmarked building on White Street in TriBeCa and soon began a full renovation of the space. Using a warm, netural palette and a modern-eclectic design scheme, the two created a space that feels both comfortable and luxurious.

Two Living Rooms in One:

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The first living room is situated just off the dining room and kitchen. This luxe living space is designed with an eye toward evening use with a functional, industrial feel.

Modern Tribeca Living Room Bookshelf Decor

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The main living space features a high-tech stereo credenza created by RAAD and industrial bookshelves showcasing objects collected from the couples’ world travels.

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The second living room is a low-slung lounge area connected to the first living space. It has the juxtaposition of Old World Hollywood (think: palm trees, teak daybeds). Both the pendant light from Workstead and the historic sign that Jennifer salvaged from a pre-reno Brooklyn bank offer an ode to the loft’s industrial heritage.

Tour the Dining Room, Kitchen + More

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You’re unique, so shouldn’t your bathroom be unique, too? With infinite color and style options, tile is a fun way to add interest and appeal. Get inspired by these six creatively tiled bathrooms and say buh-bye to that boring, old water closet.

Create a Theme

Scuba Bath

Design by Roshele Allison & Eric Gedney | Photo by Sam VanFleet

This ocean-inspired powder room designed by Roshele Allison and Eric Gedney is the coolest. Aquatic patterned tile flows from ceiling to floor, mimicking cascading water. When the blue glass countertop lights up, bright hints of blue are highlighted in the tile to make the effect even more striking. It’s like a bathroom aquarium!

Less is More

Waterfall Shower

Design by Sandra & Scott Gjesdahl | Photo by A-Medley Photography

This Asian-inspired bath is as zen as it gets. To maintain an open feel, designers Sandra and Scott Gjesdahl installed a textured glass-tiled plumbing chase in lieu of a dividing wall. And the floor tiles? They’re heated!

More Unique Ways to Tile to Your Bathroom

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I had to spotlight one of my favorite celebrity couples of the moment — model Chrissy Teigen and singer-songwriter John Legend. They’re so adorably cute and in love that it’s disgusting. (I LOVE THEM.)

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend being cute, as usual.

In case you missed it, the February cover story for Architectural Digest is a swoon-worthy tour through Chrissy and John’s beautifully renovated New York City home. Every room features strong vintage elements (those dark leather armchairs!), eye-catching artwork and natural textures and colors that balance each other as you move from room to room. Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design combined sophisticated jewel tones with mixed metallics for a contemporary yet classic look that completely seals the deal.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen NYC Home

Living Room

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen NYC Home

Kitchen

Check out the full tour (and steal their look!) over at ArchitecturalDigest.com.

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We wrote about the growing micro-house movement back in 2011, and it has only gained momentum since our conversation. I thought when I moved into my 620-square-foot studio loft that turning a single room into a house’s worth of rooms would be a challenge. A kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom and office all in one square? Now, imagine a fully-functional home in 400, 200 and even less than 100 square feet! If you think you don’t have room for an office (me!), then take a cue from these teeny-tiny homeowners who have squeezed in a workspace and made the most of every. single. inch.

Tiny House Kitchen and Home Officevia Dwell

Tiny House Bedroom, Home Office and Deckvia HGTV’s FrontDoor

Narrow Tiny House Bedroom With Home Officevia Dezeen Magazine

Tiny House With Workspacevia DIY House Building

Tiny House on Wheels With Home Officevia Bob Vila

Tiny House With Loftvia OregonLive.com

Let’s ask the question again almost four years later — could you live in a tiny house? Let us know in the comments below.

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Blustery temperatures and winter weather have me dreaming of one thing — a cozy cabin weekend. Driving to the mountains and shacking up with friends and family for a long weekend of good food and good movies — never a bad idea.

HGTV’s FrontDoor tried to tempt me into a winter vacation dream by showcasing this idyllic Aspen cabin. Check out this adorable getaway with flawless views of the Rocky mountains.

Aspen Cabin Front

Isn’t it cute? There is no need for a massive log mansion — I mean, I wouldn’t complain — but this quaint little cottage looks like it was built for full-of-nothing weekends.

Aspen Cabin Living Room

Aspen Cabin Fireplace

All you need is a working fireplace and dvd player for a great weekend retreat. I love this cabin’s rustic chandelier and the open concept really lets you soak up all the wood construction.

Aspen Cabin Window

Aspen Cabin Master

That comfy leather chair looks like a good spot to curl up and read, or maybe just watch the snow fall — if you’re lucky enough. The windows in the master bedroom also have wonderful woodsy views. But here is what really has me dreaming of this cabin…

Aspen Overhead

Aspen Mountain Views

Those incredible mountain views. You know the coffee commercial where the entirely too-happy morning couple is drinking in front of sprawling mountain views? Well, that couple wishes they were here. The way the sun makes the snow sparkle on the top of the mountain would make me a morning person.

I can’t wait for my first chance to see the mountains this season. Have plans for family retreats or full-of-nothing weekends? Share them with us here — we would love to see where you’re going!

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