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Last week, the Design Happens crew offered a peek at our outdoor living spaces, from Marianne’s party-ready wraparound deck to Jessica’s plant-packed patio. As you can see, we’re working with outdoor rooms of all shapes and sizes – and so can you. If you’re not quite sure what to do with your spatially challenged deck or patio, take a cue from designer Brian Patrick Flynn: He helped a New York family turn an underused 9-by-10-foot covered patio into a full-fledged outdoor living space with comfortable furniture, colorful accents and handy storage space. Inspired by this design, we gathered some products and tips to help you make the most of your small outdoor spot.

Copy the Look of This Small Yet Stylish Outdoor Living Space1. CB2 / 2. Rugs USA / 3. Pier 1 Imports / 4. World Market / 5. CB2 / 6. Wayfair

6 Ideas for a Small Yet Functional Outdoor Living Space

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George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road reboot is one of the most anticipated action films of the summer. (It opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow!) Miller made his name with his ultra low-budget indie and original Mad Max in 1979, but has a mite more money to play with to the tune of $100 million this go around.

George Miller’s thrill ride with a message, Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15 in theaters nationwide. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Super-stylish, often deliciously tongue-in-cheek and with an eco-feminist message to boot, Miller’s film marries environmental cautionary tale with cool explosions, bloody mayhem, rock ‘n’ roll costume design, muscle cars and monster trucks. There’s very little not to like in this action-packed adventure with a soul.

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Ever since I saw The Royal Tenenbaums (and this Tenenbaums-inspired room from Domino), I’ve been obsessed with the idea of having a gallery wall. Together, my husband and I have more than enough posters and art prints to fill our space, but there’s one thing stopping us: We haven’t framed any of them. And we’ve had them all for years. I’d feel more sheepish if I thought we were the only ones in this predicament, but I spotted this exchange in my Twitter timeline and I think Emily sums up the dilemma nicely:

Then, serendipitously, a colleague sent along an email from the folks at Framebridge. It was like we all collectively willed the service into existence, The Secret-like, with our powers of visualization! We’d all been waiting for a solution to the framing problem that was low-hassle, attractive AND affordable, and it seems like Framebridge is the answer.

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Last week was gorgeous at HGTV Headquarters: warm, sunny and clear. This time of year, I want my decor to follow suit, with bright colors and nature-inspired patterns. Of course, I can’t totally redo my house every time the weather changes, but if I start with a neutral palette, I can swap out my accessories for a seasonal mini makeover. Taking cues from this airy, contemporary living room by Kapito Muller Interiors, here are some tips for infusing a neutral space with the freshness of spring.

Copy the Look of This Clean, Contemporary Living Room1. Crate and Barrel / 2. Society6 / 3. Etsy / 4. Dot & Bo / 5. Wayfair / 6. CB2

6 Ways to Add Spring Color to a Neutral Space

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When Mother’s Day rolls around, some people join forces with siblings to brainstorm gift ideas – or perhaps for a bit of sibling rivalry over who can find the best gift. Others, like me, only have furry siblings, which has its advantages: I’m always the best gift-giver by default, and I never have to look too far for a present for Mom. If there’s one thing I can count on, it’s that my mom loves animals and, by extension, animal-related gifts. If your parent is as devoted to her pets as mine is, here are some fun Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Pet Lover1. PersonalizationMall.com / 2. Etsy / 3. Society6 / 4. West Elm / 5. ModCloth / 6. ModCloth

1. Personalized Pet Pillow. Give your mom a personalized keepsake of her pet with this pillow. Choose between 12 cat graphics or 12 dog graphics, then add three messages that define her furry companion. Depending on your mom’s sense of humor, you can take a heartfelt approach (“loving friend”) or a cheeky one (“hairball queen.”)

2. Dog Breed Necklace. IvyByDesign‘s Etsy shop features sterling silver necklaces (with a personalized engraving option) in a wide range of dog and cat breeds. Whether Mom is fond of Dachshunds or Dobermans, you’ll likely find her four-legged friend of choice here.

3. Dogs Are Better Than People Tote. We all know it’s true – say it loud and proud with this tote. Hand sewn in America, this bag is machine-washable and double stitched at seams and stress points so it’s super sturdy.

4. Animal Icon Bath Trays. Bring a touch of charm to Mom’s bathroom countertops with these ceramic trays. Choose between three playful designs (rabbit, fox or pig) in a classic black-and-white color scheme.

5. Cat Tea-for-Two Set. If Mom’s a cat owner and a tea drinker, she’ll love this adorable tea-for-two set. It includes a pair of petite cups with polka dot trim, plus an onyx black teapot topped with a lid that looks like a playfully peeking feline. There’s also a removable strainer that makes brewing loose leaf tea a breeze.

6. Cat Person Circle Scarf. Let your stylish mom show off her affinity for felines with this cute infinity scarf. Black cat silhouettes dot the semi-sheer, mint-hued fabric.

What type of gift is always a hit with your mom? Pet gifts? Jewelry? Tasty treats? Tell us in the comments below.

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If you’re as lucky as me, you grew up with a mom that loved to cook and bake. Every night, we had dinner made from scratch and made with love. When Mother’s Day rolls around every year, I know I can’t go wrong with a gift she can use and enjoy in her beloved kitchen. See my favorite items that I think any mom-turned-gourmet-chef would love to receive.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Cook1. Anthropologie / 2. Williams-Sonoma / 3. Yellow Owl Workshop / 4. BHLDN / 5. Miette / 6. Gourmet Blends

1. Butterfly Field Apron. Does your mom host a lot of parties? She can look stylish while prepping meals in front of her guests with this floral-print apron. The combination of modern and vintage style will help Mom look good even though she may be making a mess.

2. Monogram Cutting Board. If the mom in your life loves to grill, then look no further. This monogram cutting board is two gifts in one — a birch wood board and an iron brand with your mom’s initials. Surprise her by initialing the cutting board before giving it to her, then give the iron initials so she can brand all her future grilling meals.

3. Personalized Stamp Kit. This stamp kit is a great gift for the mom who often times gifts her edible creations. The personalized stamp will let all her gift recipients know their treat was made with love from her very own kitchen.

4. Gold-Dipped Ceramic Cake Serving Set. Although this serving set looks like something to save for a special occasion, Moms who have finer taste will want to bring these beauties out any day.

5. Miette Pastry Cookbook. If you’re familiar with San Francisco, you may know the infamous Miette pastry shop. No matter where Mom lives, she can mimic the shop’s recipes in her kitchen with the Miette pastry cookbook. Bonus: Maybe Mom will let you be her taste tester.

6. Blood Orange-Infused Olive Oil. If your mom is ready to try something new in the kitchen, give her something she hasn’t tried yet, like specialty olive oils. To accompany the oils, look up recipes online that specifically call for these infusions and print them out on pretty card stock.

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Picture this scenario: You’re browsing through our collection of more than 24,000 beautiful rooms — both indoors and out — in Photo Library. Then, you see a drool-worthy space that stops you dead in your tracks (of course!), and you must know how to get that canary yellow serving tray right. now. So you head straight to Google and type: “modern yellow serving tray”. Who knows what you’re going to get? Thanks to HGTV.com’s new Shop This Look experience, your online shopping days just got a whole lot easier.

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See a room you love in our Photo Library? Look for a “Shop This Look” button at the top of the photo, and click to find products inspired by the space so you can get the look in your own home. Once you get to the page of products, you can see the price, manufacturer and more. Simply click the individual product you’re interested in to learn more and add it to your shopping cart … if you’re ready to take the relationship to the next level.

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HGTV.com Shop This LookI’m pretty obsessed. Plus, you can Shop This Look during airport layovers and lazy pool days this summer. Basically, the experience is just as wonderful on your mobile devices. Just head to photos.hgtv.com in your mobile browser and start exploring your favorite rooms. Remember to look for the “Shop This Look” button at the bottom of the photos on your mobile device to start shopping away.

Which Photo Library pics are you loving and dying to start shopping? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

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Everyone knows that spring is the season to clean and get organized, but it’s also a perfect time to break out of a home decor rut. Beth, who manages all the gorgeous room photography that goes into HGTV’s Photo Library, recently put together an amazing gallery of 2015′s top trends in home decor. Designed by Ann Lowengart, this living room hits many of the year’s hottest looks, from shades of blue to warm metals to geometric patterns. If you want to try something new in your home this season, give your space an on-trend update with these tips and products:

Copy the Look of This Traditional Yet Trendy Blue Living Room

1. Behr / 2. Ethan Allen / 3. West Elm / 4. Bellacor
5. Wayfair / 6. Wayfair / 7. Home Decorators Collection

7 Ideas for a Trendy Yet Traditional Living Room

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The sixth installment: Functional outdoor furniture and fun accessories for outdoor entertaining. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some colorful accents for your backyard.

Hosting a backyard bash in the spring can be a blast, but if you’re constantly running inside for drink refills or stressing about your meager outdoor seating, that can take some of the fun out of it. Before you invite your friends and family over for an alfresco get-together, give your outdoor spaces a party-inspired makeover. The right furniture and accessories will keep your guests happy and your soiree running smoothly, so you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities, too. Check out our favorite products for a party-perfect backyard.

Products for a Party-Ready Outdoor Space

1. Six-Seat Sectional and Stool. Anchor your outdoor space with comfortable, versatile furniture – if you have enough room, a sectional will offer maximum seating and flexibility. This six-seater features a movable footstool for guests who want to prop their feet up, and a neutral fabric that can easily be dressed up with colorful accessories. ($840)

2. Cantilever Umbrella. Your fairer-skinned friends will appreciate this backyard addition. A substantial nine feet in diameter, this cantilever umbrella in soothing spa green tilts and turns 360 degrees to provide shade anywhere you need it. ($369.99)

3. Outdoor Wood Cooler. Ditch your standard plastic cooler and upgrade to this sophisticated wood version. It’ll look great on your deck or patio, and it’ll keep your beverages and snacks cool so you don’t have to keep running inside to fetch refreshments for your guests. ($149.99)

4. Elephant Garden Stool. Don’t forget a spot for party-goers to set their drinks. Add a small side table or – better yet – this adorable elephant garden stool, which can also serve as extra seating in a pinch. ($90.89)

5. Pizza Fire Pit. This is genius: This multifunctional fire pit comes with two pizza stones and a removable grill for whipping up homemade pizza, steak or veggies. Once you’re finished cooking, you can remove the accessories and keep the fire blazing for warmth and ambiance. ($78.99)

6. Medallion Outdoor Pillows. Jazz up solid-color furniture and add comfort with vibrant outdoor pillows. These stunners make a statement with a bold medallion design, and their ample size will encourage hours of outdoor lounging. (Warning: your guests may never leave.) ($49.50 each)

Ready to spice up your outdoor space? One lucky Design Happens reader will win two Pottery Barn Outdoor Malibu Medallion Pillows.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your secret to an amazing outdoor soiree?

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 10:00 a.m. ET on April 10, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 13, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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This year will mark my sixth year at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn. for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. At this point, packing for ‘Roo is second nature. I know I need sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray — the obvious “essentials.” But I like to head onto the farm looking a little more chic than I would on a typical camping adventure. I mean, I’ll be front row watching my favorite artist — I have to look good, right?

For those heading to sunny Southern California this weekend for Coachella, here are few things you’ll definitely see around the festival grounds. Is anyone else festival bound this summer? Check out our list of must haves.

Summer Music Festival Essentials1. Urban Outfitters | 2. Sunpocket | 3. Nordstrom | 4. Aldo | 5. Incase | 6. Backcountry | 7. Sephora

1. Rain Booties. There’s nothing worse than rain at a music festival with 80,000+ people. (If it rains on the first day/night, you’re done.) BUT, you can make the most of a messy situation with Jeffrey Campbell’s sleek and chic rain booties. ($70.00)

2. Sunnies. You’re like, “Duh — sunglasses.” But these are the best. They’re 70s-style Sunpockets that features an aviator model with a sporty appearance. And as all Sunpockets do — they fold up! It’s perfect for when your daytime music set turns into night. ($73.50)

3. Chic Sun Hat. SUN PROTECTION. We hear it over and over again, but it’s so crucial. I can’t live without my sun hat when I’m out there in the hot Tennessee sun for five days. I love this maroon beauty because it doesn’t feel like I’m about to pull weeds from the yard, but it doesn’t feel terribly sophisticated either. ($52.00)

4. Multi-Pocket Backpack. I still have my college backpack and I love it, but I really just want something that’s a cross between a purse and a backpack when I’m going from show to show. This faux leather multi-pocket backpack is super practical with a number of compartments for keeping essentials organized. Plus, it doesn’t look like you’re headed on a hike. ($50.00)

5. Portable Phone Charger. OMG. Nothing makes me more enraged than trying to Insta-brag at a festival when my phone dies. You’re going to lose battery power quick — that’s a fact. But instead of spending all your time chitchatting at charging stations, keep this baby in your bag and you’ll be snapping pics all night long. ($79.95)

6. Soft Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is key to making your festival experience a positive one. But toting around a gallon of water all day? Not. Fun. I love these soft bottles that roll up or flatten until I’m ready for my next refill. ($7.95-$15.95)

7. Dry Shampoo. Uh, yeah. So about the shower situation. You’ll want to definitely bring some dry shampoo for your mane. I love Alterna’s sugar-lemon spray because of its scent and translucent appearance. It does the job well. ($22.00)

Fellow festivalgoers — what’s on your essentials list? What beauty, tech or fashion products make your festival experience better? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fifth installment: Spring-inspired bedding that will make your bedroom look bright and refreshed all season — and all summer! — long.

I’m one of those people with cold-weather bedding and warm-weather bedding. During the winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in my cozy flannel sheets. But from April to September, I like to keep it light and breezy in the bedding department. Right now, my bed is dressed in a classic navy prep strip duvet, mint polka-dot sheets, and mint and lime throw pillows. My bedding palette is cool and refreshing like the season.

Have you swapped out your winter bedding yet? Take a look at our seasonal bedroom picks in especially lively hues.

Spring Bedding 20151. Pottery Barn 2. Serena & Lily 3. Target 4. Macy’s 5. H&M 6. Serena & Lily

1. Spring-y Duvet Cover. Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing an array of blooming florals and rich leafy foliage every single day. That’s the power of this gorgeous organic duvet cover. ($79-$103)

2. Embroidered Sheets. The folks at Serena & Lily said it best: “Our not-so-basic white sheets make a great foundation for layering color and pattern throughout the room — think of them as classics with a twist.” The colorful motif (available in eight bright hues) is both sophisticated and playful. ($148-$268)

3. Soft Throw. IMO, the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collab is one of the most exciting things to happen this season. Go ahead and bookmark this pink tasseled throw from the lookbook while we anxiously await the April 19th debut. (It’s technically called an “outdoor blanket” but I think it would look so adorable casually draped over the foot of a bed.) ($30)

4. Patterned Shams. Mixing patterns is the name of the game when it comes to putting together a beautifully-styled bed. This large-scale contemporary pattern is a nice match for the botanical duvet cover, while the navy and white pull out the bedding’s navy background. ($89.97 for the bed set)

5. & 6. Bold Throw Pillows. Here comes the fun part — throw pillows! This is where you can play with texture, pattern and color by pulling in accent colors from the duvet in fun ways. I say, you can never have too many throw pillows. Choose solids, neutrals and unexpected colors, like this green quilted pillow and this white canvas beauty with suede corner caps. ($12.95; $38.99)

Now tell us — how are you giving your bedroom a taste of spring? Swapping out your winter bedding? Tossing in some new throw pillows? Let us know!

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Outdoor spaces: We love them during the spring and summer, but it’s easy to overlook them the rest of the year. If your patio or backyard looks like an afterthought or feels disjointed from the rest of your home, never fear. By incorporating stylish furniture and cozy accents, you can create an outdoor space that’s just as appealing as your home’s interior. We collected some tips from designer Emily Henderson, who transformed this formerly plain patio into a cozy outdoor room with a collected, bohemian vibe. Get the look with these seven ideas and products:

Copy the Look of This Bohemian Outdoor Living Room

1. World Market / 2. Overstock / 3. Etsy: farjer / 4. Pier 1 Imports
5. Dot & Bo / 6. Wayfair / 7. Target

7 Tips for a Cozy Outdoor Living Room

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Ashley!

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fourth installment: Kitchen tools that will help you turn spring produce into a delicious feast. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win one of these tools for your home.

Felicia has you digging in the garden in style, so you’re going to need to do something with all the fresh greens, asparagus, peas and other fresh spring produce that sprouts from your soil. Using the right kitchen tools makes a world of difference in making cooking with fruits and veggies easy and enjoyable. Grab these tools and get cooking so that you can take advantage of the beautiful spring bounty!

Spring Kitchen Tools 2015

1. Chef’n SpinCycle Salad Spinner: Give your greens and herbs a good wash to get them fully clean, and then rid them of excess water to keep them crisp with this handy salad spinner. The Chef’n SpinCycle comes in a cute spring green color and lays flat for handy storage. ($25)

2. KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife, 8-inch: Every good chef has a quality knife, and a chef’s knife is the perfect workhorse for slicing, chopping and dicing just about anything — especially spring produce. The 8-inch KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife comes in a bright, bold red that is perfect for spring. ($19.95)

3. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Triple-Ply Stainless Universal Steamer With Lid: Steaming is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to cook fresh produce, and it’s a great way to make veggies easier to eat without losing their bright flavors. This universal steamer from Cuisinart fits inside 2-, 3- and 4-quart saucepans so that you can choose the cooking vessel that works best at any given time. ($34.99)

4. Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector: If you’re cooking with veggies and fruits, you’ll end up with scraps which you’ll want to compost and use to add nutrients back to your garden (circle of life!). The Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector allows oxygen to easily flow through your organic waste, reducing odor and preventing fruit flies. A win for everyone! ($29.95)

5. Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection: When you’re done preparing your meal, how about serve your delicious culinary creation to friends and family on the back patio? The cute dishes in the Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection come in fun colors with festive sayings and won’t shatter if dropped. ($14-$40)

Are you ready to start cooking? One lucky Design Happens reader will win a Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector, just in time for Earth Day. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What spring vegetable or fruit have you been looking forward to eating the most?

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 4:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2015 and 6:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Stephanie G!

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The third installment: Spring organization products that will make the most of your home’s storage space. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some supplies to organize your home.

We’ve shared our favorite cleaning products with you, so now it’s time to get organized. I absolutely do not like organizing, which is a little embarrassing for me to admit. I can never quite get a good grasp on how to be organized or what products to use to maximize storage and functionality. I corralled my most organized friends to help me come up with a list of products they can’t live without and that make organizing a fun less daunting task.

Fun Organizing Products

1. Mark Brothers Cable Labels: Identify your cords in the cutest, quirkiest way with these little clip-on guys. Each clip-on comes with a label sticker, so you won’t be left guessing which cord belongs to what electronic. ($14.00)

2. Jonathan Adler Collapsible BinsStore your clutter in style with these boldly-patterned storage bins by Jonathan Adler. The designs will transform your shelves into a statement piece, and you can collapse them when not in use. ($20)

3. Fox Paper Clip Holder: Made of solid mahogany wood, this adorable creature is a fun addition to your home office desk. Its magnetic body keeps paper clips easily accessible in one area, so you don’t take up an entire drawer. ($19.95)

4. Grocery Bag Dispenser: I’ll admit, I keep my grocery bags in a narrow cabinet in my kitchen. A grocery bag dispenser would be much more practical since it fits nicely in a pantry or storage closet, and only requires tape or screws to mount on the wall. It’s easy to use and saves storage space, not to mention, its sleek design works with any style home. ($10)

5. Rakku Shoe Wheel: It may not look like it, but this wheel can store up to 30 pairs of shoes without taking up too much precious floor space. I imagine myself spinning the wheel every morning, and picking a random pair of shoes to plan my outfit around. That’s one fun way to start the day! ($71)

6. Hair Accessories Organizer: By the time I get ready in the mornings, it looks like a tornado ripped through my bathroom. I need several hair products to tame my unruly waves, so this all-in-one hair accessories organizer would be perfect for those in the same boat. It even comes with an outlet, so you can directly plug-in your hot tools.

Are you ready to get organized? We’re offering one winner HGTV office supplies (includes notebooks, pens and push pins) to help organize your home office. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite go-to product or tip that helps you stay organized?

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 10:00 a.m. ET on March 30, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The second installment: Spring gardening products that will have you looking fresh while cultivating fresh produce. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win your own garden gear!

Sure you could wear your torn jeans and boyfriend’s shirt to attack garden weeds, but nothing makes gardening more fun than finding clothing and accessories that go the extra mile when it comes to playing in the dirt — while helping you look good doing it.

More and more companies are creating garden gear with special materials and features that can help you stay dry and cool, protect you from the sun and even keep bugs away, so you can be a true garden ninja. Check out our selections for next wave garden gear that will put some spring in your step.

Cool Garden Gear for Spring1. Duluth Trading Company / 2. Bogs /  3. L.L. Bean / 4. Duluth Trading Company /

1. Keep It Comfy: Nothing fancy here, just a flattering, 100-percent cotton tunic cute enough to wear in the garden or sport at a weekend barbecue. This absolute essential in the Duluth Trading Company garden gear line emphasizes ease of movement and comfort, two things every gardener needs. ($64.50)

2. Practicality Underfoot: You’re out in the garden getting gross but very happy, then the phone rings or nature calls and you don’t want to muck up the place with your dirt-filled shoe treads. Enter the Bogs Urban Farmer Clog, a vital ingredient in any gardener’s repertoire. Just slip them off, do what you need to do and head back into the muck. Done. These babies also have a steel shank for shovel protection and a DuraFresh odor guard, well, just because. ($70.00)

3. Get Your Head Together: Hats are essential protection, whether you’re a gardener aged 10 or 100. Trust us — sunscreen needs some help when you’re sweating to the oleander for hours. But garden hats often tend to skew huge and straw; we’re always grateful for clever design to switch things up a bit, and L.L. Bean’s San Diego Striped Bucket Hat offers 50+ SPF without making you feel like an extra in Steel Magnolias($24.95)

4. Cool Customer: These Dry on the Fly Capris are practical, yes. They will keep you cool and will forgive all manner of Twister-style gardening moves. But they’re also crazy-comfortable, easier to wear than even your most cherished, lived-in sweats. Plus, sweats don’t have pockets. ($54.50)

Spring Essentials Design Happens Blog HGTV1. Duluth Trading Company / 2. Target / 3. Duluth Trading Company / 4. Orvis / 5. Aigle

1. Close to the Vest: There are twelve, count ‘em, twelve pockets in this baby, making this Heirloom Gardening Vest from Duluth Trading Company a sort of briefcase you can wear to the garden. ($59.50)

2. Get in Gear: A great Mother’s Day gift idea, or just a way to treat yourself, this handy-dandy set from Target includes a bucket organizer for your tools (stick a plant inside, and you’ve just made Mom’s day), pruners and some durable jersey gloves. Another plus: this is a very inexpensive set to get a beginner gardener started. ($23.99)

3. Horticultural Hipster: Don’t think because you’re out in the garden that you’re required to sport a Nana-approved chapeau. This jaunty little Ripstop Military Cap comes in a punchy amethyst shade and a more subdued slate color to match your fashion and gardening mood. ($29.50)

4. Don’t Sweat It: Super-relevant for gardeners, Orvis’s ExOfficio Bugsaway Lumen Hoody wicks away moisture and keeps insects away with its built-in, long-lasting Insect Shield repellent that gives bugs the brush-off for up for 70 washes. The gelato colors (grenadine and tropez) and super-comfy, barely-there fit sweeten the deal. ($60.00)

5. These Boots Were Made for Weeding: The 162-year-old French company Aigle designs the sort of boots worn by earthy glamour girls like Natalie Portman and Eva Mendes. These ultra-adorable Miss Juliette boots are so cute your gardener friends will be jealous and wonder how you managed to turn gardening into a fashion-forward hobby. ($125.00)

Ready to upgrade your garden garb? One lucky Design Happens reader will win a $50 gift card to Duluth Trading Company — a perfect way to get started!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What are your spring gardening essentials? Tell us about them!

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Finally, spring is officially here, and we kicked it off with a gorgeous weekend at the HGTV Headquarters. If there’s one downside to the change in seasons, it’s that the sudden sunny weather is shedding light on my outdoor spaces that need a little (okay, a lot) of TLC. One of the first projects I want to tackle is giving my bare front porch a curb appeal boost — and it’s actually not a terribly daunting task. All you need is a few colorful accessories to spruce up a plain porch, and we’ve rounded up some tips and products to get you started:

Copy the Look of This Colorful Front Porch

1. Valspar / 2. Target / 3. The Home Depot / 4. Overstock / 5. Target / 6. Lowe’s

1. Fresh Paint for the Front Door. One of the easiest ways to amp up your home’s curb appeal is make your front door a focal point with a vibrant coat of paint. Red is a classic choice that pairs well with most neutrals, but other can’t-miss color combos include blue and yellow, white and navy, and brown and green.

2. Punchy Outdoor Pillow. Pulling from your home’s exterior palette, add eye-catching color and pattern around your porch with inexpensive accessories. We picked this weather-resistant toss pillow for its stylish geometric motif.

3. Chic House Numbers. Seems like a small detail, right? You’d be surprised by the impact new house numbers can have on your home’s exterior. You’ll find a wide range of traditional and modern options on the market, so choose accordingly based on your home’s architectural style. We like these durable brass numbers for their sophisticated aged bronze finish.

4. Outdoor Bench. Even on a narrow front porch, you can usually squeeze in a slim bench or small chair — a minor update that will make your space feel so much more inviting and livable. Just 15 inches wide, this modern bench is easy to assemble and comes in 11 colors to complement any decor.

5. Floral Patterned Doormat. Say “welcome home” by replacing a shabby doormat with a fresh, fun option, like this lively floral design that complements the colors in our throw pillow.

6. Ceramic Outdoor Pot. Finally, flank the front door with a potted plant or two for an extra splash of color. We chose this ceramic planter for its interesting texture and subtle red hue.

What are your must-haves for a welcoming front porch? Tell us in the comments below.

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With the enormous financial success of their live-action Alice in Wonderland, Disney is rebooting the classic fairy tales for a new generation with its latest, Cinderella, the kind of little girl catnip already making serious bank with a $70.1 million haul over opening weekend (though it can’t top Alice in Wonderland’s impressive $116.3 opening).

Lily James in Disney's Cinderella in theaters March 13, 2015

Image Courtesy of Disney

Disney is capturing the little girl market with its Cinderella gowns and bedazzled slippers, and M.A.C. Cosmetics is featuring a whole Cinderella line of lipsticks and eyeshadows for their starry-eyed big sisters and mothers.

But we think big girls and boys may find their own design inspiration in Cinderella’s gorgeous French country-meets-English-garden scenery and the film’s over-the-top costumes, many of them inspired by classic 1940s Hollywood women’s pictures starring take-no-prisoners fashionistas like Joan Crawford and Greer Garson.

Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella

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From her ruby red lips to her emerald couture and statement necklaces, Cate Blanchett, as envisioned by Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, is one fashion plate wicked stepmother we can get behind. If you’re longing to see some of the inspiration for Blanchett’s look, check out one of Hollywood’s fiercest fashion plates, Joan Crawford, in the classic 1945 film noir Mildred Pierce.

Joan Crawford in 1945 film noir, Mildred Pierce

Image Courtesy of Warner Home Video

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We’re always interested to learn what our fans love, which is why we wrap up each year with a gallery of HGTV’s most popular photos on Pinterest. Last year, you guys repinned the heck out of this eclectic green living room, and it’s easy to see why. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this space for a New York couple trying to make the most of a petite New York apartment. Though it’s small, the room is comfortable, functional and packed with personality. If you’d like to pull off a similar look to this pin-worthy space in your own home, here are some tips and products to inspire you:

Copy the Look of This Earthy Green Living Room

1. Pier 1 / 2. Sherwin-Williams / 3. Crate and Barrel / 4. Pottery Barn / 5. Target
6. Etsy: JenniferBarrineauArt (Tree Print), ClaireBCurley (Wall Hanging), CheeseBeforeBedtime (Hoop Art) / 7. Wayfair

Read More: 7 Tips for an Eclectic + Comfortable Living Room

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In 1947, a brand-new invention called the “microwave oven” was introduced commercially at a whopping price of $495 (that’s $3,500 today). By 1998, 88 percent of U.S. households owned what is now known simply as a “microwave.” Crazy, right?

Today, new innovative appliances are being created to make our daily lives more efficient and easier than ever before. Check out these five smart appliances for a glimpse into what our homes may look like in the very near future.

Ikea Furniture That Charges Your Smart Phone

Photo from Qi Wireless

Do you have a mess of unsightly cords that live around your desk or side table? To combat this problem, Ikea has designed a line of floor, table and work lamps integrated with wireless charging pads to keep your smartphone juiced up at home and at work.

The line launches in Europe and North America next month and is compatible with any device that supports QiWireless technology. Unfortunately, iPhones are not on this list (bummer!), but adapters are available. The furniture also includes USB ports to charge other devices and are available with up to three charging pads for multiple phones.

Bonus: If you’ve bought a new piece of Ikea furniture within the last few years, the company is releasing a line of wireless chargers called Jyseen that can be integrated into existing Ikea pieces. Sign me up!

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Pet Hacks

I’m not ashamed to admit that throughout my basset hound, Oliver’s, 13 years, I’ve happily paid for him to see an acupuncturist, animal communicator, massage therapist and yes, the dude even has his own dermatologist. True confessions: I’m far more diligent about Oliver’s skincare issues than I am my own.

Although I’m a dog mama, I’ve got a lot of love to spread around. So, I’ve rounded up some creative ideas for keeping your space both pet friendly and très chic.

1. Kitty Steps. If you’ve already mastered the gallery wall, I’m positive you can handle these kitty steps. Are they a cat toy? Are they shelves? You decide.

2. Wall-Mounted Fish Tanks. What an amazing way to teach the kiddos about life and how to take care of another living/breathing thing. Plus, it’s pretty cool wall decor.

3. Dog Hammock.  If there was an Olympic competition for dog shedding, my dog would be an international gold medal champion. Ditto for drooling. Needless to say, this DIY hammock is a great way to keep all that business out of your car — for good.

4. Kitchen Pet Food Storage. Finding a spot to store a 30-pound bag of pet food is no easy task. So, whether you’ve got a doggie or a kitty, this food storage kitchen cabinet hack is brilliant.

5. Fluffy Rugs. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you can use a stylish rug or pelt specifically as a pet bed — especially if it’s a fluffy number. Small rugs are easy to move around and often look a lot more chic than the average pet bed.

6. Gumball Machine Fish Tank. Here’s a great way to get your kids to give up candy forever: put a fish in their gumball machine!

7. Leather Chew Toy: This leather chew toy for birds is so swank. I would probably sneak into my bird’s cage in the middle of the night and steal it. It would also be super easy to do a DIY version of this with some leather scraps if you’re feeling crafty.

8. Double-Decker Cat Scratch Bed: Grab an Ikea Expedit cube, tie some rope around it, add a couple of fluffy pillows and — voila! You’ve got a super stylish kitty scratch pad.

9. Get Creative With Hooks: Try hanging some interesting hooks near the front door to jazz up your leash storage game.

Do you keep your pets in mind when making home decorating decisions? We’d love to hear about your favorite hacks or design ideas in the comments.

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