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Some of you may not be able to take *that vacation you’ve been longing for this summer, but you can always go with Plan B — going on a faux vacation in your very own bedroom. I know it’s not like the real thing, but creating the right ambiance will make you feel just as relaxed as if you were at a modern, stylish and cozy hotel. Follow our easy tips to get the look:

Get Rid of the Ceiling Lighting
One of the main reasons your bedroom feels uninviting is the wrong type of lighting. Trade in the ceiling light for something more soothing like wall sconces. If that’s not enough light for you, pair them with table lamps or a floor lamp.

Bedroom Wall Sconces

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Craving the relaxation of a lush resort, complete with salt in your hair and sand in your toes? Summer has a way of making my thoughts vacation-consumed. Since an exotic resort isn’t exactly in my near future, I’m feeding the craving with photos of these gorgeous backyard getaways. Who needs a resort when you can have your own backyard escape (or pine after someone else’s)?

Water Park at Home

{for the water park fanatic}

Modern Pool Area
{for the modern pool-goer}

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and many of us are already thinking of ways to chill. If you decide to take a ‘mindcation’ for a few minutes (or hours) on Pinterest, be sure to pin with us. HGTV Pinterest is a hot spot for design inspiration, clever DIYs, creative entertaining ideas and more.

Our fans have been diving into dream backyards. This vacation landscape is a favorite among HGTV Pinterest pinners.

Swimming Pool Ideas from HGTV

Pinners also love this custom, party-ready deck.

Deck Design Favorite from HGTV Pinterest
Pinterest is a great source for some of the best DIY project ideas. For lazy summer days, see how to make this easy hanging daybed.

DIY Daybed for a Backyard or Porch

HGTV’s delicious cocktail recipes are popular on Pinterest. Try one of our favorite ice cold drinks, like this simple-to-make Moscow Mule.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: Moscow Mule

If your weekend plans include pinning ideas for summer, be sure to fill your boards with the best from HGTV and become a cool Pinterest taste maker.

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The bold color palette of Saguaro Palm Springs is the work of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. The property has been infused with hues that reflect the indigenous flowers of the Southwestern desert.

This photo is pretty Pin-worthy, don’t you think?

MORE ON COLOR: LIZ GRAY’S POPULAR “TUESDAY HUESDAY” SERIES >>

Colorful Saguaro Hotel of Palm Springs

The Saguaro Hotel on E. Palm Canyon Dr.

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There’s something about catching up on the morning news and drinking a cup of coffee in a kitchen nook that feels cozier than gathering around an expansive dining table. I mean, that’s the whole point of a kitchen nook, right? It’s supposed to be quaint, cozy and secluded, which, oftentimes, is exactly what you want when you crawl out of bed in the AM. A tiny corner or sliver of extra space is just the right amount of room to set up a small eating spot. Everyone needs that moment of their own before conquering the outside world each day. Why not steal that time in the comfort of your own kitchen?

Grab some inspiration from a few of our favorite designers who have mastered the art of the breakfast nook.

Cozy Breakfast Nooks at HGTV's Design BlogDesign by Brian Patrick Flynn

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this vibrant, coral space not only as a breakfast area, but as a work space and museum of sorts. Built-ins with lucite shelves allow this photographer’s vintage camera collection to be front and center.

Cozy Breakfast Nooks at HGTV's Design BlogDesign by Anisa Darnell

Designer Anisa Darnell wanted to keep the homeowners’ personalities at the forefront of this nook design. Eclectic styles are brought together through a neutral zebra-print banquette, bentwood chairs, Saarinen table, capiz chandelier and rustic, vintage wall art.

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I’ve always been a news junkie. I take time out every morning to read the headlines to learn what’s going on in the world. Frankly, I have no patience for anyone who isn’t up-to-date with world events. In my reading this morning, this “Trash Made Into Homes” story from CNN.com caught my eye. It’s a story that captures human ingenuity at its best!

Waste — what to do with it? It’s a worldwide problem that’s mounting. The city of Karachi, Pakistan produces ten thousand tons of waste every day. Much of that is non biodegradable and is burned or goes to landfills. But one local environmentalist thinks she has found the answer.

Nargis Latif is devoting her life to protecting the environment in the most over-populated city in Pakistan (Karachi). Her project, Gul Bahao, deals with two major issues — reducing waste and an increasing need for housing.

Gul Bahao works in conjunction with local factories to collect clean waste that they simply don’t need. The waste is then used to fill up large sacks (or bricks), which are then bound together to form structures. The homes are low in cost and put up in a matter of hours.

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The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.

If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**

Decorators' Show House

Upstairs Master Bedroom Designed by Fernandez + True Interiors

Decorators' Show House

Butler’s Pantry Designed by Kellie Griffin Interiors, Inc.

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When the Design Happens crew first set our eyes on this gorgeous country wedding, it was love at first sight. Jenna and Andrew Lombardi exchanged vows on a 300-year-old Georgia farm, keeping the southern charm going with simple, nature-inspired touches like a wildflower bouquet, baby’s breath headpiece and lots of hay.

See more photos from Jenna and Andrew’s romantic, Georgia wedding >>

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I grew up in Seattle and as a result, I spent a lot of time playing in the rain. Parents, you can probably see where this is going: before my muddy feet could even touch the doorstep, my mother would send me directly to the shower.

Although my puddle-splashing days are [mostly] over, I’m still known to spend an hour in the shower after a storm. So instead of dreading those rainy days, use them as an excuse to relax – preferably in the comfort of one of these luxurious showers or bathtubs.

Susan Fredman Bathroom / Imperia Tub For Two / Stone Outdoor Shower
Bath Crashers Eco-Tub / Bath Crashers Spa Bathtub / Wooden Outdoor Shower

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The pressure’s on, and tensions are at an all-time high. These rooms are ready to face-off for the title of HGTV.com’s Best Room of the Year in our much more aesthetic, design-inspired take on March Madness. Since March 19, you’ve been voting for your favorite design for every room in the house. These, my friends, are the winners as determined by you! Now, vote for your favorite room from the selection below. I know — it’s overwhelming. But scroll slowly and pick the room that speaks to you the most. I know my pick (and I’ll reveal it on Tuesday). Cast your vote by choosing the corresponding letter (A through O) in the ballot below the image. Come back Tuesday to see if your pick won!

Want to take home a prize? Of course you do! Tell me in the comments why you chose the room you chose. One lucky winner will win an HGTV tote bag and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine.

March Madness Finals: Vote For the Best Room of the Year on HGTV's Design Happens Blog

Head back Tuesday to see which gorgeous room won HGTV.com’s Best Room of the Year. Until then, don’t forget to cast your vote.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 11:00 a.m. ET on April 07, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 09, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $15. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Did you hear the big news “circling” Disney? On November 25, 2015, Disney Pixar will release an unexpected sequel to animated favorite Finding NemoThe sequel, Finding Dory, will feature the whole undersea crew, and Dory will be voiced by none other than Ellen DeGeneresYay!

Starting a countdown 2 1/2 years out might be a little crazy, so let’s just swim through some coastal rooms for now. The best part about these spaces is that they’re likely landlocked or situated in a city somewhere. If you can’t be seaside, then bring the sea to you.

Coastal Home Office at HGTV's Design HappensArchitecture by ZeroEnergy Design

Coastal Breakfast Nook at HGTV's Design HappensDesign by Lynn Morgan

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Today is the final round before next Sunday’s championship. You’ve voted on everything from kitchens to basements, and today we have three more spaces to throw into the mix. Are you ready? Vote for your favorite playroom, closet and sunroom. Then, come back next Sunday to see who made it to the finals from each set of rooms. Did your pick make the cut? You’ll just have to check back and see.

March Madness: Vote For Your Favorite Playroom at HGTV's Design Blog

Vote for Closets + Sunrooms, Too!

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[Cue Michael Buffer] Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s time for March Madness Round Two, and today we have dining rooms, home offices and girls’ rooms going head to head. These spaces are bold; they’re graphic; and most of all, they’re gorrrrgeous. Cast your votes, Design Happens readers. For each set of images, choose which image you like best. That’s it!

March Madness: Vote For Your Favorite Dining Room on HGTV's Design Blog

Vote for Home Offices + Girls’ Rooms, Too!

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March is known for one thing in the sports world: the NCAA basketball championship, better known as March Madness. For three straight weeks, basketball fans will be glued to their TVs to see who makes it to the semifinals, finals and then, the Final Four. And for those who don’t care about basketball, I urge you to steer clear of establishments with more than two TVs. You’ll thank me later.

Here on Design Happens, we’re going to have our own little March Madness — design style — to determine the winner of Best Room of the Year. Starting with kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, you all can pick your favorite spaces until the final two go head to head.

ROUND ONE:

KITCHENS

March Madness: Vote For Your Favorite Kitchen at HGTV's Design Blog

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OK, so these bedrooms don’t technically come with a written contract that guarantees eight or more hours of sleep and vivid dreams of Ryan Goslingbut they do look like spaces I could live in forever. And I’m going by, what appears to be, fluffy down comforters and crisp, 1,000,000-count sheets. I’m not exaggerating … too much. It’s all about the bedding for me. I can tell when my sheets have lost their “oomph” and need to be replaced. I also sleep 10-times better the night my bed is covered in freshly-washed bedding. What does it for you? Are you all about the pillows? Do you need to know you’re sleeping on clean sheets to get a good night’s sleep?

Downy has launched a sleep campaign and we’re helping spread the word. Go to Twitter and tell @Downy why you deserve a Downy Night’s Sleep by using the hashtag #DownyNightSleep. Lucky participants will receive Downy sleep makeover kits!

Contemporary Bedroom Design by Jamie HerzlingerDesign by Jamie Herzlinger

Taj Gateway of India Hotel SuiteThe Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India

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If you’ve been following closely, you know that I moved into an old house at the beginning of the year. Since then, I’ve been working to collect pieces to make my cozy cottage feel even homier. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered this super cute wooden state sign on Pinterest.

The Pine Nuts offers all states and has a selection of other fun shapes in 12 vibrant colors. Don’t see anything you like? No worries – The Pine Nuts takes custom orders, so you can be as imaginative as you want!

I’ll take one of each, please.

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  • #TBT Favorite bedrooms from HGTV Dream Homes past

  • #TBT Favorite bedrooms from HGTV Dream Homes past