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Book shelf in home library from Cousins Undercover

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.

Home by Novogratz Home LibraryBright 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:
Cottage-Style Bathroom Before Makeover
See how I updated for less than $25

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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

Home Gym

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

Yoga Space

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

Chicken-Stuffed Pitas

Dive into our favorite healthy recipes:

Garden Vegetable Soup
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries + Pine Nuts
Chicken-Stuffed Pitas
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

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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

Winter Bedroom Design

See the Photos: A Sophisticated Bedroom Fit for Winter Guests >>

Throw an Unexpected Outdoor Party

Host a Winter Party

See the Photos: Host a Wintertime Picnic in the Park >>

More Fresh Winter Design Trends

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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.

Luminous Interiors by Brian McCarthy

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

Luminous Interiors - Elegant Guest Bedroom

Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg

This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.

Peek Into More Luxurious Interiors

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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!

First: Unclutter

Organized Home Office

Organized Home Office

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

Blue and Yellow Home Office

Green Living Room

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

Eclectic Living Room

Cottage Living Room

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.

We are Susan G. Komen® — a force united by a promise to end breast cancer. For over 30 years we’ve led the way funding groundbreaking research, community health initiatives and advocacy programs in local communities across the U.S. With your help, we’ll continue pushing for progress to end breast cancer, until it’s a thing of the past.

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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?

treehouse

World’s Largest Treehouse

Also, be sure to check out this enchanting treehouse in the city and this cool urban treehouse!

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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.

Attic Yoga Area

Get More Yoga Tips

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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

One Kings Lane September Fall SaleShop for warm pillows and throws >>

Make Small Changes for a Big Impact

One Kings Lane September Fall SaleShop for lighting and mirrors >>

SHOP THE FALL SALE

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Imagine strolling into work everyday in a castle-like building with history at every turn. Los Angeles-based bridal designer Claire Pettibone recently moved her flagship salon and atelier to an historic West Hollywood monument that’s a perfect location for her vintage-inspired bridal brand. After some TLC and restorations, the space truly echoes a romantic design aesthetic.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Designer Claire Pettibone with husband Guy Toley.

What makes this location so special to Claire? “I have always loved this building since living in LA, and when it became available, I felt it was meant to be, given my devotion to history and appreciation for this period, but I am still pinching myself that we have moved into a castle!” she says. “It really is a dream come true, and the details of the building could not set a more perfect stage for our brides to experience the collection.”

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon

The Romanesque and Late Gothic Revival-style monument was built in 1928 for muralist Anthony Heinsbergen by West Coast architects Curlett and Beelman. Some of the building’s most notable features include the cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the stone arch and a hand-painted, wood-beamed ceiling inside.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

STEP INSIDE CLAIRE’S BRIDAL SALON

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This amazing SWINGREST by DEDON has to be one of the most coveted pieces in their furniture collection. It’s so fun! Plus, it would look great outdoors or even indoors. I love the natural design, and it looks like the perfect place to hang out with friends on a warm summer evening. What do you think? Would you put one of these bold swings in your backyard?

swingrest

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I don’t know about you, but the scorching temperatures of August have me daydreaming about cool waters and global getaways. Since my vacation is still weeks away, gazing at these gorgeous pools from around the world will have to do. I’m hoping my next vacation will be a pool-hopping voyage across the globe.

poolsTurkey | Mauritius | Thailand | Maldives | Chile | Mexico | Thailand | Greece

Love these pools? Be sure to check out our great pool landscaping ideas!

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Former blue-haired pop singer Katy Perry just released the lead single from her fourth studio album titled Prism. The new single, “Roar,” is causing quite an … uproar (sorry), but that’s beside the point. If you came to Design Happens to read about Katy Perry, then you know what you’re getting. DESIGN.

In 2011, Katy sold her contemporary Los Angeles digs for a solid $3.3 million. In June 2011, she bought a three-acre Mediterranean-style estate, known as Park Hill, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, she never moved in. Four months ago, Katy put the home on the market for $6.925 million. If you’re trying to pinpoint the home on a map, it’s close to celebrity hot spot Chateau Marmont.

Ready to step inside? Tour Katy Perry’s Old World-inspired mansion, starting at the double gate.

Tour Katy Perry's Hollywood Hills Home for Sale

Next, you’ll see the two-story entryway clad in marble and stone reminiscent of Mediterranean style.

Tour Katy Perry's Hollywood Hills Home for Sale

One of the home’s key features is its lagoon-style pool situated between lush landscaping and two on-property guesthouses.

Tour Katy Perry's Hollywood Hills Home for Sale

See more of Katy Perry’s Hollywood Hills home for sale at HGTV.com’s sister site, FrontDoor.com.

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I don’t know about you, but if my workspace is a mess, I can’t get any work done. My mind is so busy stressing over the tangled electrical cords and endless piles of magazines that I lose focus on the task at hand. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for home office organization ideas. If your home office is in need of some organizational TLC, try one of our tips:

Organize and Store Electrical Cords
Keep unruly cords organized by using media boxes that are divided into cubbies with scraps of cardboard. Label each section so you won’t confuse cords, and decorate the cardboard with scrapbook paper to keep your space looking chic.

Desk Cord Organizer
Install Open Shelving
Rather than piling magazines and books on your desk, install easy-access shelving to keep your materials at hand. Opt for sleek shelving that matches your office so your storage remains stylish.

Office Shelving
Use Mason Jars as Cubbies
Organize your writing utensils by keeping them in mason jars on your desk. Mason jars are trendy and inexpensive.

Mason Jar Desk Organization

At Comfort Suites® hotels, we’re committed to your success. Spread out in our large contemporary suites and wake up refreshed with a free hot breakfast full of choices. Enjoy free high speed internet access and a 24 hour business center to meet all your office needs. Best of all, it’s provided with friendly service at a reasonable price. Learn more about the amenities or book your stay today.

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I don’t know about you, but if my workspace is a mess, I can’t get any work done. My mind is so busy stressing over the tangled electrical cords and endless piles of magazines that I lose focus on the task at hand. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for home office organization ideas. If your home office is in need of some organizational TLC, try one of our tips:

Organize and Store Electrical Cords
Keep unruly cords organized by using media boxes that are divided into cubbies with scraps of cardboard. Label each section so you won’t confuse cords, and decorate the cardboard with scrapbook paper to keep your space looking chic.

Desk Cord Organizer
Install Open Shelving
Rather than piling magazines and books on your desk, install easy-access shelving to keep your materials at hand. Opt for sleek shelving that matches your office so your storage remains stylish.

Office Shelving
Use Mason Jars as Cubbies
Organize your writing utensils by keeping them in mason jars on your desk. Mason jars are trendy and inexpensive.

Mason Jar Desk Organization

At Comfort Suites® hotels, we’re committed to your success. Spread out in our large contemporary suites and wake up refreshed with a free hot breakfast full of choices. Enjoy free high speed internet access and a 24 hour business center to meet all your office needs. Best of all, it’s provided with friendly service at a reasonable price. Learn more about the amenities or book your stay today.

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Would you ever consider staying a night in a giant sand castle? What about a hotel made entirely of ice? It might sound odd, but these extraordinary hotels truly do exist. From a hotel of survival pods in Holland to a hotel made out of sewage pipe in Austria, the world is full of interesting places to stay. So before you book your next trip, why not look into enjoying one of these unique experiences?

underwater hotel

Poseidon Undersea Resort, Figi

cave hotel

Cave Hotel, Turkey

MORE BEAUTIFUL HOTELS:

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My college dorm room was not particularly cute. It was less about style and more about function. (There were lots of wire shelves and cloth bins.) Plus, my roommate and I did the whole matchy-matchy thing in a bad way. It worked in our 10-by-10-foot space. Needless to say, I was more than happy to jump in and offer design advice when my sister moved into her first college living space last fall. Her place turned out much better than mine. If you can believe it, move-in day is right around the corner. We know students are constantly looking for easy ways to make their temporary digs a cozy home. Our brand-new Back to College package has everything you need to design your dorm room (or college apartment) on a budget. Take a look at my favorite picks:

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Chic + Functional Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

10 Ways to Transform Your Space With Washi Tape

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

6 More Easy DIYs

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August is quickly approaching, and that means one thing: soon-to-be college freshmen are running all over town, desperately searching for finishing touches to make their dorm room as stylish and homey as a 15′ x 10′ room can be. When you’re working with old, outdated furniture and walls that can’t be painted, that’s a difficult task.

It’s important to find ways to personalize your room, and one of the easiest ways to add personality is to add color. If painting is out of the question, why not use washi tape for instant color? Our design experts have come up with a few crafty ways to use tape to spice up your dorm room. Since it’s easily removable and leaves no damage or residue, it can be used to cover anything from side tables to electronics.

Washi Tape Table

Cover small furniture like this side table in washi tape to create a custom pieces for your dorm room. Simply place tapes in various sizes next to each other in a diagonal pattern.

Washi Tape Jewelry Tree

Not only can it be difficult to make a dorm room seem homey, it can also be tough to find a place for all that stuff you couldn’t bear to leave behind. If you’re anything like me (an admitted jewelry hoarder), you might be searching for jewelry storage in your cramped dorm. Use washi tape and thumbtacks to create a jewelry tree on your wall. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes!

5 WAYS TO USE WASHI TAPE

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