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I may be gaga over my guy but I’ll be quick to mention that I need QT with my ladies. Whether you’re single, married or otherwise taken, we can all agree that there’s nothing like a best friend or lots of best friends. So, set aside some time before February 14 to celebrate those special gals in your life who have been there through it all — break ups, make ups, moves, graduations and job promotions. Then, take a cue from our favorite TV bestie, Leslie Knope, with these Galentine’s Day party ideas and our own ways to cook up a yummy breakfast for your favorites.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Friends

1. ban.do 2. Kate Spade 3. ModCloth 4. Moorea Seal 5. Shopbop

1. Sweet Talk Pens. Your BFF has a high-stress job with stacked meetings every day. These pens offer an instant ego boost, all over good vibes and a rock-star mentality. (My fave: You’re better than unicorns.)

2. “Happy Hour” Flask. Is your friend the gal who likes to be ready to mix her favorite drink at a moment’s notice? This flask is perfect for her. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a wristlet.

3. Cat Mugs. Keep one for yourself and gift the other to a friend. When side by side, they make the perfect set. (This is ideal for cat lovers, tea drinkers and coffee addicts.)

4. Floral iPhone Case. This isn’t your typical iPhone case, people. This is a gorgeous metallic cover with an arrangement of real, dried roses and daises, symbolizing innocent beauty and love. (Only your BFF would appreciate this!)

5. Best Friend Bracelet. Who didn’t have best friend jewelry? I thought so. If it wasn’t a broken heart necklace, it was handmade beaded bracelets. As adults, we can proudly showcase our friendship with these bangle bracelets. Love.

Feeling crafty? Test your DIY skills with these handmade Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Buying the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the lady in your life comes with insurmountable pressure. You don’t want to settle for the usual flowers and chocolate (Although, I would never turn those down!), but you still want to give something from the heart. I’ve rounded up our top five creative yet practical gifts she’ll love and will be surprised to get.

 

HGTV Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 1. Society6 / 2. west elm / 3. / Silhouette Boutique / 4. minted. / 5. CitySlips

1. “I LIKE YOU.” Tote Bag. This is the perfect gift if your sweetheart is a dog lover. Bonus: She’ll always think of you anytime she carries it around.

2. Faceted Gold Terrarium. Put a little twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers with a terrarium filled with succulents that she will keep alive for much longer.

3. Cupcake Socks. Who wouldn’t love a pair of these? I may or may not have bought a pair for myself.

4. Custom Stationery. Help her keep in touch with her friends who live all over the world. Add a personal touch by customizing stationery with her name, favorite color and print.

5. Audio Earmuffs. She can plug these fuzzy headphones into her smart phone or MP3 player, so she can listen to her favorite tunes while staying warm.

What’s on your Valentine’s Day gift wish list? Tell us in the comments below.

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What are you flowers saying? Last year, my sweet, unassuming boyfriend came home with a vase of wilted alstroemeria and, although I still loved them as if they had been fresh garden roses, I later gave him a short lesson on what his flowers inadvertently told me: he had procrastinated.

In the Victorian Era, flowers had secret meanings that expressed sentiments of love, lust, adoration, and even rejection. This secret language still exists today, if somewhat subconsciously. So this Valentine’s Day, don’t let your flowers send the wrong message! Learn the past and present meanings of 8 of today’s most popular flowers below.

Behind the Bouquet

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I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.

For Anyone: Personalized Gift Baskets

Holiday Gift Baskets

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For Her: Vintage Hair Comb

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Calling all House Hunters Renovation fans! We’ve teamed up with Overstock, so you can now shop the looks you love from your favorite show using our shoppable photo gallery. Each photo in the gallery consists of clickable hotspots, so you can easily buy the products you love. When you see a product you want, click on the blue hotspot to buy the product or get more information. So, what are you waiting for? Your favorite product is just a click away from showing up on your doorstep!

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Somewhere between us talking about caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes it got cold — very cold. I wasn’t prepared for it (as usual). Every year between Halloween and Christmas, I find myself frantically searching for warm sweaters and snow boots. I never even dare look at scarves; I can never decide on one. That’s why I was so excited to hear that The Faribault Woolen Mill Company was teaming up with Target to create an affordable collection of cold-weather accessories that will keep my neck — and my techs — warm and cozy through the winter. (I love when a rhyme comes together.)

Check out some of my favorite pieces from the new collection:

Target FaribaultLeft: Infinity Scarf, Convertible Backpack, Weekender Duffle | Middle: Wool Shawl, Wool Scarf | Left: Zipper Pouch, Tablet Sleeve, Phone Sleeve, Wool Scarf

Priding itself on American heritage, Faribault has manufactured woolen goods in the USA since 1865. I always appreciate when a global company, like Target, can help spread the word about a small American brand. The line stays true to the company’s history through classic Americana patterns and colors but opens the company up to new product categories like tablet sleeves and phone cases. While all I want to do is hoard those super warm shawls and throws for myself, I can’t help but think that they would make incredible holiday gifts.

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Like many people, it wasn’t until I moved away for college that I realized how much my mom did for me. Suddenly her frustrations about not having enough hours in the day to go to work, keep the house clean and figure out what to cook for dinner every night make a lot more sense. And I don’t even have kids yet!

I’m not sure how she did it, but I’ll be eternally grateful. So even though there aren’t enough gifts and cards in the world to show my appreciation, I figure these are a good start. Check out what made our 2014 Mother’s Day gift guide and tell us what you’re planning to do for Mom this year in the comments below.

P.S. Don’t forget stepmothers, grandmothers and in-laws! They deserve your appreciation, too!

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Nerd Valentines Printable

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I wouldn’t really call myself a nerd, but I have spent many a Friday night with my nose in a book and I may or may not have dressed up as a Hogwarts student for the Harry Potter midnight movie premieres… But who hasn’t done that, right? So whether you’re an old-school Trekkie or a new Big Bang Theory fan, you’re sure to love these free Valentine’s Day printables that are simply “adorkable!”

Star Wars and Star Trek Valentine Printables
Star Wars and Star Trek Printables From The Dating Divas

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The holiday season is officially here, and now’s the perfect time to prep your home with winter decor, accessories and home essentials (think fresh bed linens!). HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the holidays with all the products and inspiration you need to holiday-ify your home. Starting today, November 5 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.

Dress Up the House With Holiday Decor

One Kings Lane November Sale - Holiday DecorShop for holiday accessories and decor >>

Add Some Luxe With Metallics

One Kings Lane November Sale - Mercury GlassShop for holiday accessories and metallic decor >>

Add Splashes of Color With Chic Furnishings

One Kings Lane November Sale - Colorful FurnitureShop for beautiful, stylish furniture >>

Set a Memorable Holiday Table

One Kings Lane November Sale - Holiday DishesShop for holiday tabletop accessories >>

Prep the Kitchen for the Season

One Kings Lane November Sale - Kitchen EssentialsShop for kitchen essentials and housewares >>

Stock Up the Bathroom + Bedroom for Overnight Guests

One Kings Lane November Sale - Bed LinensShop for bed and bath essentials >>

Don’t Forget About Hostess Gifts!

One Kings Lane November Sale - Hostess GiftsShop for unique gifts and decorative accessories >>

Head over to One Kings Lane and start shopping today’s holiday-inspired sale now through November 11.

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I actually experienced my first heartbreak a few years ago when I fell head over heels for a flawless, hand-dyed Chesterfield sofa. Once I discovered the price, I knew it would be years before we would be together. As a lifestyle editor, this kind of heartache is hardly rare; I see beautiful furnishings every single day that I’d love to get my hands on but can’t. Luckily, stylish and budget-savvy gal Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project, has scouted the trendiest pieces of the season and found their lovely — and wallet-friendly — counterparts. From cutting boards and pendant lighting to area rugs and throw pillows, Sabrina has found an affordable match for your favorite designer pieces.

Entryway

High Low Area Rugs

Company C | Rugs USA

Welcome guests this holiday season with a colorful, ornate area rug. The intricate pattern on the companyc.com rug drives the price up to $515 (left). But this similar botanical wool rug from rugsusa.com features less detail, making it a beautiful price of $168 (right).

Living Room

High Low Coffee Tables

DWR | CB2

For those who can’t get enough of marble, here’s a sleek coffee table you’re going to love. Splurge on the Italian marble-top table with a stainless steel frame for $900 at dwr.com (left), or save yourself some dough and opt for gray-veined marble at a third of the cost ($329) from cb2.com (right).

Kitchen

High Low Pot Racks

Cuisinart, Mauviel | Walmart, Calphalon

Culinary pros will love easy access from a hanging pot rack and the stunning copper and stainless-steel pans. The only true difference between the high and low pot racks is the chain links. Splurge on the stainless steel cusinart.com pot rack for $160 (left), or go for the similar buy at walmart.com for just $66 (right). For a 10-piece M’150s copper and stainless steel cookware set from mauviel.com, you’re going to pay $1,985 (left). But, if you go for the Tri-Ply copper and stainless steel 10-piece set from calphalon.com, you’ll save more than $1,500 (right).

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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 >>

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Your loyalty means a lot to us, so as a thank you HSN and HGTV HOME have partnered to offer our readers an exclusive pre-sale price on the HGTV HOME Solar Light Set starting today and going through tomorrow. The set comes in a pack of 10 and your choice of four different finishes: black, bronze, nickel or zinc. The energy-efficient lights will illuminate your home’s entryway just in time for trick-or-treaters!

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Shop the rest of the HGTV HOME Outdoor Living collection at HSN.com to get your outdoor space ready for fall.

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To me, there’s nothing like a nice, cloudy day in the summer. I love having an excuse to stay inside and be a little lazy, or just hide away from the sun for a few hours on a scorching day. Sometimes you just need some cloud cover to bring down the temperature. And there’s nothing like a good afternoon rain shower to force a nap.

If you happen to have today off, then step outside and soak up the fresh air. Happy Monday!

Mood Board Monday: CloudsHangers | Collar Clips | Embroidery Hoop | Cloud Shirt | Wall Decor | Mobile | Cookies | Window Decor

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Father’s Day is this Sunday — are you armed with a gift for dad? No? Well then, we’ve got you covered — from his favorite recipes (hot beer cheese and homemade pretzels — yum!) to fun, free printables and handmade gift ideas like this easier-than-it-looks dresser-top leather valet; whip up a surprise for your dad just in time for Father’s Day celebrations.

Handmade Men's Leather Valet for Father's DayReady to make your own? Get the complete step-by-step instructions>>

Not only is this monogrammed leather valet easy to craft, you probably have most of the materials on hand like an old frame, some batting or foam and a spare bit of leather – this is a great project for upcycling a past-its-prime jacket or purse. The steps are simple, just disassemble the frame then use the backing as a template to cut out a small piece of leather and batting. Place the leather, suede side up, on top of the batting and secure it in the frame with strong tape.Step by Step images for making a leather dresser-top valet for Father's Day

I used an old trick from college printmaking classes to create removable registration marks on painter’s tape that would help me find the tray’s center before placing the adhesive stencils (these things are awesome, btw, you can find them with the glass-etching supplies at your local craft store). Fill in the stencils with a permanent marker and voila — a handy catch-all for dad to keep his keys, change, watch and anything else he needs to grab on his way out the door.Using a Sharpie to Monogram Leather

Crafting this handy DIY gift for dad is easy — but be sure to check out my complete step-by-step instructions for a materials list and lots of helpful tips first>>

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Last week, the HGTV editors got this goodie basket from Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We were very excited to get our hands on this paint, to say the least. Why, you ask? Because this paint can go on virtually any surface. Wood, ceramic, metal, outdoor furniture, canvas — you name it, you can paint on it without any paint prep. The chalky texture allows you to get any finish you like, whether it’s smooth or distressed. It’s low VOC, non-toxic and dries within minutes — seriously, it dries faster than my nail polish does.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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What would you do if you had an empty room, a blank canvas, that needed to be designed and decorated from the ground up? It sounds like a daunting task, but if you have all the elements to build your perfect room, then there’s no reason to not begin right away. HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to provide all the right pieces and expert tips so you can create your very own in-home getaway. Starting today, May 22 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop this exclusive sale. Ready to build your perfect room? Let’s get started!

First, start with a solid foundation. Pick out a stylish area rug, statement chair or lucite table lamp that catches eyes from the doorway. Then, began layering on pieces that represent your personality; hang a piece of modern artwork, add texture with soft bedding, throw in patterned pillows for a punch of color or simply add a few charming accents to your side table. Follow tips from HGTV experts and designers to help create a space that represents you.

Check out some of the gorgeous pieces you can purchase today on One Kings Lane. Plus, follow these tips from HGTV experts on using them in your own home.

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVLayer With Accents

Tip: “A decorative object can inspire an entire room. I like to look at it and highlight what I like. Is it the shape? The finish? The color? Hone in on these elements and use them in your design.” — Danielle Colding

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVWake Up Your Wall

Tip: “Choosing art is like committing to a partner. Ask yourself: Would I like to wake up to this piece every morning? Does it make me think? Does it bring me joy? If your answer is yes, then buy it!” — Genevieve Gorder

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVWarm Up Your Floors

Tip: “When choosing a rug, don’t let bold pattern and color intimidate you. When covered with furniture at home, it will look much more toned down.” — Genevieve Gorder

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVBring In History

Tip: “When everything is new, a home tends to fall flat. When you sprinkle in vintage pieces, their character and history immediately sparks conversation.” — Brian Patrick Flynn

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVLayer With Accent Pillows

Tip: “When mixing patterns, one should be large scale, one can be a busy print and one can be colorful. They’ll get along better if they’re not fighting to do the same thing.” — Jillian St. Charles, Vice President of Programming

Let’s talk. What’s a must-have item in your perfect room? A sofa you can sink into? An area rug to warm up cold feet?

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This time of year is my favorite for so many reasons: warm weather, spring flowers, longer days…but the thing I love most is spending sunny weekends outdoors hitting the local antique fairs. Thanks to the favorable weather, most fairs take place in the spring and fall — check this list to discover one near you.

The closest antique fair to HGTV’s Knoxville HQ is less than 20 minutes away in the Mayberry-esque hamlet of Clinton, TN. Each year in early May and October, this sleepy Southern town draws antique and collectible dealers from throughout the Southeast for their Clinch River Antiques Fair. Best of all, mixed in with the professional vendors are lots of locals who’ve cleaned out Grandma’s attic, barn or basement — so, although the prices and quality of antiques vary dramatically from booth to booth, there’s so much to choose from that I never leave empty handed.

Here are a few of the goodies I spied:

A coat of bright green paint and a liberal sanding give this 60-year-old dresser a kicky update — $150: Distressed Green Dresser

Mixed in with the antiques were a few crafts. How clever are these?! Old Reader’s Digest books cut into initials — such a great idea for a kids’ room or nursery – $15 .   Books Cut Into Initials

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Mother’s Day is sneaking up fast (it’s this Sunday!) but you still have time to craft a handmade gift — especially one as simple as this sweet little jewelry box. Best of all, the materials for this project cost less than $20 and you’ll be ready to surprise her with your thoughtfulness in no time flat!

Make a Handmade Gift or Jewelry Box for Mother's Day

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All you need is paint or stain, a decorative knob and a pair of fence post caps (1 flat and 1 raised). Yep, just plain old fence post caps. You can find them in the fencing department of your local hardware store and they look like this:  Wooden Fence Post Caps

Thanks to the flat cap’s stepped design, it fits nicely inside the raised cap to create a lid – like so:
Easy Jewelry Box Made From a Pair of Wooden Fence Post Caps

Finish your jewelry box with the paint or stain color of your choice, add a knob and surprise Mom with a charming personalized box filled with a small trinket or sweet surprise. Stain Fence Post Caps and Add a Knob to Create a Wooden Gift Box

Ready to get crafting? Get the step-by-step instructions>>

MORE MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS TO TRY:
Block-Print Napkins With Simple DIY Stamps
Make a Simple, Floral Mother’s Day Centerpiece
Hand-Painted Wooden Bracelets for Mother’s Day
Make a Fingerprint Table Runner for Mother’s Day
Make an Easy-to-Sew Lined Tote Bag

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Curtains can make a room. They can add color, pattern, or texture instantly, and create an airy inviting space. They can also cost a pretty penny, but don’t have to. HGTV Magazine put together a go-to guide for fancy curtains on a budget. Check out these DIY and store-bought window treatments, and read on for all the rods and ends you’ll need to finish your new look.

5 Frugal Buys
Good-looking curtain rods and finials can be as costly as the curtains themselves. Here are some budget-minded sets.

inexpensive curtain rods

1. Umbra 28″–48″ staff drapery rod in black, $20, casa.com 2. Lincoln 28″–48″ rod in champagne silver, $27, kwikhang.com 3. Versailles Home Fashions 48″ torch rod in antique gold, $40, casa.com 4. Style Selections 28″–48″ acrylic ball rod in bronze, $20, lowes.com 5. Studio Tribeca 28″–48″ rod in Tuscan bronze, $25, jcp.com

1 Cheap Rod, 3 Ways
Spray paint the same 99-cent IKEA Räcka 28″ curtain rod three different colors, then add fun finials for a sneaky way to save!

diy curtain rods

Blue: Satin Periwinkle paint by Krylon, Skulptur finial, $5 for a set of 2, ikea.com Gold: Brown paint by Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered, Rope Ball finial, $20 for a set of 2, landofnod.com Floral: Aged Brass paint by Rust-Oleum American Accents Designer Metallic, Hand-painted amaryllis finial, $38 for a set of 2, anthropologie.com

Excerpt originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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Festival season is upon us! My Bonnaroo countdown for this year started the day I left Bonnaroo last year. Needless to say, I’m a bit excited. It’s hot; it’s crowded; you get zero hours of sleep, but boy, is it worth it. Before, it was all about being as comfortable and cool as possible during the festival, but now it’s just as important to look stylish and fashion-forward, thanks to festivals like Coachella. Festival fashion has become its own genre, and stores like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters have created pieces specifically targeted to festival-goers. So, look like a rock star in your shades and fringe while listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Summer Music Festival Fashion

Music Festival Fashion Essentials at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

1. Floppy Hat / Target
2. Cotton Maxi Dress / H&M
3. Backpack / Topman
4. Necklace / Urban Outfitters (similar)
5. Sunglasses / Ray-Ban
6. Infinity Scarf / Etsy, Necklush
7. Denim Vest / H&M
8. Floral Shorts / H&M
9. Stud Boots / Topshop
10. Chevron Cuff / gorjana

Music Festival Fashion Essentials at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

7 Ways to Look Stylish at Shows:

1. Load up on arm candy.
2. Add color and layers with a light summer scarf.
3. Keep your hair back and get ready to rock with a long-lasting fishtail braid.
4. Stay cool during the music with a free-flowing boho skirt and tank like fashionista Olivia Palermo.
5. Accessorize your hair with tassels and headwraps.
6. Or, add in some freshly-picked flowers to a loose braid.
7. Block those UV rays and look stylish at the same time with a banded sun hat.

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