Yes, today is Valentine’s Day and all of us here at HGTV.com love love, but we also love a good read and a glass of wine! (Or is that just me?)
In addition to V-Day, February 14th is also Library Lovers’ Day. The holiday is more broadly recognized in Australia, but I’m pushing for a celebration here in the States, too. So whether you’ve got a big date tonight or you’re planning a night in, take a moment to fall in love with these beautiful home libraries from some of our favorite HGTV shows.
Bright book room from HGTV’s Home by Novogratz
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You know how you can live with something and think it’s great for years then one day you look at it and decide that it has to go — stat?! Well, that was me and the shower curtain in my guest bath. When I originally bought the Waverly “Norfolk Rose” shower curtain in 2007, I was going for a cozy cottage look and it fit the bill perfectly. Fast forward to 2014 and — while my taste is still traditional — my color preference has shifted to grays and blues and I like my patterns a little more graphic. Thus, the hunt for a new shower curtain commenced.
Here’s a peek of my guest bathroom before:
See how I updated for less than $25
New Year’s resolutions are all about reflecting on the past year and making strides to a better and more successful year to come. I generally set the same goals: exercise patience, be more active, use my bike more to get around, travel somewhere new, etc. I’m generally pretty good about following through, but sometimes it’s difficult to get started. We all need some “finspiration” every now and then to kick things off. Start out with these:
Get Moving and Stay Moving
Create your own home gym with inspiration from HGTV.com:
Peaceful, Serene Exercise Rooms
Put a Gym Anywhere in Your Home
Home Gyms for Him
Spa-Inspired Master Bathroom With a Home Gym
Step Into Actor Mario Lopez’s Exercise Space
Do Activities You Love, or Try Something New
Check out these inspiring designs for creating an at-home yoga space:
Outdoor Yoga Pavilion by Jamie Durie
Tranquil Yoga Room by Brian Patrick Flynn
Asian-Inspired Yoga Space by Andreas Charalambous
Meditation + Yoga Room by Lori Dennis
Try Out Yummy, Healthy Recipes
Dive into our favorite healthy recipes:
Garden Vegetable Soup
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries + Pine Nuts
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts With Toasted Walnuts
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage + Pumpkin Seeds
Taleggio Crostini With Apple + Thyme Honey
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash
More Resolution-Friendly Ideas
The holidays may be over, but we still have months of harsh winter weather left to endure (unless you’re one of those fortunate people that live in a nice, warm climate). Don’t let freezing temperatures get you down! Check out these eight winter decorating and entertaining ideas you can enjoy throughout the season.
Bundle Up Your Bedroom With Texture + Metallics
See the Photos: A Sophisticated Bedroom Fit for Winter Guests >>
Throw an Unexpected Outdoor Party
See the Photos: Host a Wintertime Picnic in the Park >>
More Fresh Winter Design Trends
A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, interior designer Brian McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor’s “A-List” of designers and is known for creating personal and distinctive interiors for an elite and very private clientele. Brian’s clients’ desire to keep under the radar means that he doesn’t often publish his projects, but in his first book, Luminous Interiors, he’s pulling back the curtains on nine luxury residences from all over the country.
Left: Luminous Interiors Cover | Right: Brian McCarthy photo by Peter Murdock
Inside, Brian showcases the refined eclecticism that defines his work. He’s passionate about collecting art and furniture, and for one project shown in the book, he took his clients on a grand tour throughout Western Europe — a total of 35 trips in five years! — to scout for the perfect pieces to fill their home.
Take a sneak peek at some of the luxurious and opulent homes Brian has designed for his anonymous clientele:
The Grand Tour
Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg
This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.
Peek Into More Luxurious Interiors
I’m a big fan of both spring and fall cleaning sprees in my home. There’s nothing more refreshing than moving into the harsher seasons (winter and summer) with a crisp, clean space. And doesn’t your mind feel clearer when everything is organized and in its spot? Before you crank on the heat, check out this quick and easy to-do list to improve your home’s design and your feeling of well-being from Susan G. Komen®. Plus, it’s just one more thing to tackle before company arrives for the holidays!
It’s easy to let paper clutter get out of control. Unclutter your home to unclutter your mind. Create a space to keep personal information organized, whether it’s a chic filing system or hidden closet storage.
Second: Add Color
Every color affects your mood to some degree; it’s called color psychology. Yellow is often associated with happiness, while a hue like sapphire blue packs a more dramatic and powerful punch. Try a burst of color in an unexpected place — like on an accent wall, bookshelf back or mirror frame — for an emotional lift.
Third: Inspire Conversation
One of the most important things about a living room is the way the furniture is arranged, especially if you expect to host friends and family regularly or even during the upcoming holiday season. Creating a balanced setup will inspire conversation among guests.
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Located in Cumberland County, Tenn. (not too far from the HGTV headquarters), stands the world’s largest treehouse. Minister Horace Burgess, the builder of this sky-high marvel, has been working on the treehouse for years and says he plans to continue his work until God no longer provides material for building. This amazing work of art is supported by 6 white oak trees, and at 97 feet, it stands taller than the Tower of London. Covered in porches and boasting a sanctuary and even a choir loft, this treehouse would undoubtedly be an amazing sight to see. Road trip, anyone?
World’s Largest Treehouse
Also, be sure to check out this enchanting treehouse in the city and this cool urban treehouse!
If summer has left you stressed from road trips, keeping up with your kids and back-to-school errands, then you’re in luck. September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity for you to start a new, healthy lifestyle. As you may already know, yoga has several benefits, such as a toner body, sharper mind, less anxiety, hormonal balance and more restful sleeps — I could go on and on, really.
So, here’s your challenge. Try a few classes a week at your local yoga studio. Many places offer free or discounted classes in honor of Yoga Awareness Month. When you find the right class and instructor for you, keep it up and I’m confident you’ll feel like a new person by the time the holidays roll around. And if you just can’t get enough, follow these tips to get the same benefits in your own home.
Designate a Tranquil Area
You don’t need that much space to practice yoga. Find an area in your home — away from everyday stress triggers — even if it’s your attic.
Get More Yoga Tips
It might be a little too Bubble Boy for some, but I think having your very own transparent personal bubble would be pretty cool. How amazing would it be to be able to read in the rain without even getting wet! Frankly, that’s the entire reason I want one of these bad boys.
IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LOVE THIS TRANSPARENT CAMPING TENT>>
Before you know it, you’ll be starting up the fire and whipping up batches of hot cocoa to stay warm. As we move into the cool, transitional months, now’s the best time to prep the home for cold, winter weather. HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the fall season with all the products and inspiration you need to get your interior ready. Starting today, September 10 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop the exclusive sale.
Check out our favorite ways to ready your home for fall using pieces straight from the One Kings Lane sale.
Incorporate Easy Autumn Accents
Shop for warm pillows and throws >>
Make Small Changes for a Big Impact
Shop for lighting and mirrors >>
SHOP THE FALL SALE