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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

Suddenly in the summer, a good Cabernet (my usual go-to beverage) isn’t very appetizing unless it’s in sangria form. Tequila, on the other hand, when mixed with the right goodies, is an instant summer refresher that still feels light enough to drink poolside in the sweltering heat. Margaritas are great, but lately I’ve been swapping the lemon-lime mix for grapefruit soda. Enter: the Paloma.

For this cocktail, I made my own grapefruit soda using a seltzer bottle but you could easily skip the extra steps and use a store-bought brand. Squirt, IZZE and Fresca are all good choices.

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Paloma

For the grapefruit soda:

1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons simple syrup* (more or less to your liking)
1 cup water

Stir ingredients together to combine. Pour into a seltzer bottle or soda stream until ready to serve.

*To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Paloma:

3 parts grapefruit soda
1 part tequila
pink Himalayan sea salt
lime wedge, for garnish

Swirl the lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in the sea salt to coat. Fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and top with grapefruit soda. Stir and add a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Did you love the cool, colorful kids’ room design inspiration from J&J Design Group? Well, I’ve got some more really fun kids’ rooms for you today, this time from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The common thread among all of these room designs is that they use lively colors and patterns to create a space that kids will love without resorting to overly youthful design themes that won’t age well as the room’s occupant grows. See how they did it …

Boy's Room Comes to Life With Ombre Lacquer Wall Finish

Design by Susan Lind Chastain and Willem Racke

Sky blue, turquoise and orange is a masculine color combo that’s both young enough to appeal to a pre-teen boy and mature enough for a high-school guy. The room has a sort of urban skater vibe thanks to the ombre lacquer walls and ceiling by Willem Racke and designer Susan Lind Chastain’s selection of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fangio fabric on the daybed’s pillows.

Lipstick Wallpaper Print, Brass Accents Add Girly Glam to Bathroom

Design by Nest Design Co.

Pale pinks are popular choices for girl’s spaces, but the hot pinks and fuchsia selected by Nest Design Co. make for a slightly more grown-up bathroom that works well into the teenage years and possibly beyond. The pouty lip wallpaper pattern adds a kiss of sassiness to the space, while brass and marble supply additional touches of a mature space.

Room Designed for Twins' Music Practice and Play

Design by Allison Caccoma

On its own, midnight blue might seem too traditional and dull of a choice for a kids’ space. In this playroom designed by Allison Caccoma, it serves as a not-so-neutral background to the more fun green, orange and light blue accent palette. Kids will also love the textures in this space — the walls are covered with suede; the sofa is made from velvet; and the table has textured, lacquered finish!

Teen Girl's Room Offers Youthful Sophistication

Design by Amy Weaver

Like the girl’s bathroom, her bedroom, designed by Amy Weaver, offers mature takes on common kids’ colors: pink and blue. The French Louis chairs are a traditional, grown-up selection, but the hot pink and turquoise fabrics make the chairs more youthful.

Boy's Bathroom Invokes Swimming Pool Theme With Blue Vanity and Mosaic Tile

Design by Gregg De Meza

The boy’s bathroom, designed by Gregg De Meza also offers a slick, urban vibe thanks to the bold, yellow “no diving” sign painted by an actual street artist. The artwork adds a fun, youthful touch to a bathroom that can easily suit an adult or kid.

If you like the kids’ rooms at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, check out the rest of the house:

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Let’s face it: We all probably spend a bit more time in our laundry rooms than we’d like to. When I was designing this space in my home, I decided to make it as pretty and light-filled as possible in an effort to make the hours spent scrubbing, folding and ironing just a little more fun. From the appliances to the storage solutions to the products you stock it with, a little planning on the front end goes a long way towards making this overlooked space super functional, and look beautiful, too! Here’s how I created a laundry room that’s organized, serene and as hardworking as I need it to be.

Blogger Camille Styles in Modern White and Green Laundry Room - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Design the space like you would any other room of the house. Most of us spend loads of time in the laundry room, but rarely do we add the decorative touches that we would to other rooms in the house. Why not make it a zen-like retreat where we actually feel more serene when we walk through the doors? I’ve always loved this trellis print wallpaper, so I used the paper on one dramatic wall in the laundry room. It adds a welcome pop of color and still makes me smile when I walk in.

Appliances in White and Citron Contemporary Laundry Room

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Maximize a small space with creative storage solutions. When designing this room, I had cabinets installed that stretched all the way to the ceiling. I keep the items that I rarely use, like oversized vases and party supplies, on the top shelves (with a step ladder handy.) Items I use frequently, like large serving pieces, craft supplies and everyday vases, are within arm’s reach. The sleek cabinets keep these essentials out of sight but still accessible.

MORE TIPS FOR A STYLISH LAUNDRY SPACE

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In our last round of HGTV Design Fix, we asked for your outdoor design dilemmas. This time, we’re talking kids’ rooms. We asked our Facebook fans to share their biggest issues with kids room design, and we brought in the experts — Jen & Jo from J&J Design Group — to help. These ladies are known for their colorful, playful kids’ spaces, like this stunning shared girls’ room:

Orange and Aqua Girls' Room by J&J Design Group

Orange and Aqua Girls’ Room by J&J Design Group

I’m ready to move in! (See more of their latest designs on their HGTV profile page.) We knew that J&J Design would be able to come up with an amazing kids’ room plan for one of our readers — and man, did they deliver.

We chose Facebook fan Sandy L. to receive this month’s virtual makeover. She’s adopting four children — two girls and two boys — ages 4,10, 8 and 9, and also fosters children. “We have four bedrooms all being utilized….we have the space, I just can’t pull the look together,” Sandy says. Here’s a look at her boys’ and girls’ spaces right now:

HGTV Facebook Fan Sandy L's Kids' Room

Facebook Fan Sandy L.’s Kids’ Rooms

Sandy’s biggest requests: How to create storage, add color and create spaces that speak to different age groups — all on a budget, of course.  Jen and Jo delivered with fun, creative designs for both rooms, and a source list so you can create the look at home!

THE GIRLS’ ROOM

Start with a focal point. Sometimes, all you need is one inspiration piece as the jumping off point for your design. “We fell in love with the rug and it was our inspiration for the room. It pulls in so many happy colors to play with,” say Jen and Jo.

Coral Girls' Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Girls’ Room Design Ideas From J&J Design Group

Add a colorful focal point. From there, they recommend painting the room Dunn Edwards Endive, and creating a feature wall using inexpensive gold triangle details. “That will give the room some dimension,” Jen and Jo say.

Find fun bedding. Adding a duvet cover is typically more affordable than swapping out a whole comforter. “The coral bedding will pop well off the wall color and keep it girly. The polka dot sheets pull the colors out of the rug and keep it fun,” Jen and Jo say. “What little girl doesn’t love polka dots, right?!”

Add drapery. Want to make your windows appear large? Here’s a tip from Jen and Jo: “Hang your drapery panels at least 12″ above your window and 10″ outside the window. Your draperies should lay about a 1/2″ off of your floor.” Here, they’ve selected a clean, crisp white version that will stand out against the mint green walls — and the tassels add a fun, playful detail.

Find handmade art. “We thought it would be nice to hang a silhouette of each girl above her bed to make her space feel her own,” say Jen and Jo. This gold version adds a touch of sparkle to the room.

Just add paint! “Since new furniture isn’t in the budget, we thought they could paint their existing dressers either ripe pineapple or polished aqua. The wooden bed in the girls room could be painted a bright white.When it’s time to upgrade the dresser, we love this one outfitted with these cute knobs!”

GIRLS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

THE BOYS’ ROOM

Nod to interests and hobbies — don’t create a theme. Sandy mentioned that the boys love University of Kentucky basketball, so that was the jumping off point for this space. “For the boys room we wanted to pull some things that would work around the Kentucky University colors they seem to love so. We wanted to give a nod to basketball but not overdo it,” say Jen and Jo.

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Nautical-Inspired Boys Room From J&J Design Group

Build a color palette. From the dark and light blue University of Kentucky Palette, we pulled in some greens and pops of orange. “Paint the room Dunn Edwards Muslin — it’s a nice soft gray that the bright colors work well with,” say Jen and Jo.

Update existing pieces. A little paint can go a long way! The designer recommend painting the room’s existing furniture with Dunn Edwards Luna Pier and adding a fun handle, like these car-inspired knobs.

Then, repeat some of the same elements from the girls’ room: Updated coverlets, shams, pillow cases and a basketball accent pillow.

Artwork ties it together. “We think that artwork that pulls all the colors in the room together will bring some life to the walls,” say Jen and Jo.

Try a Roman shade for boys’ rooms. “We selected a Roman shade for the boys’ room because we feel that they are a little more masculine and less fussy” the designers say.

BOYS’ ROOM SOURCE LIST

Thanks to Jen and Jo for an amazing design! What are your design tips for Sandy? What design dilemma would you like us to tackle next? Tell us in the comments below.

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Last week we asked if you prefer an infinity pool or one with a fun addition like a water slide. The votes are in, and dreamy infinity-edge swimming pools won by 60 percent. Aside from its aesthetically appealing look, find out what else makes them a great addition to your backyard.

Infinity Pool

Design by Madelyn Simon

Seamless Look

If you have a large backyard with a view, an infinity pool is a must have. The edge seems as though it flows right into the horizon and takes advantage of the surrounding landscape. Who wouldn’t want to feel as if they’re swimming to the edge of the Earth?

Inifinity Pool With View

Design by Rise Krag

Easy Exercise

If you need a little motivation to get some exercise, an infinity pool may do the trick. The constant flow of water and long rectangular shape make infinity pools the most aesthetically-pleasing and fun lap pools.

Infinity Lap Pool

Photo by Paradise Photography

Modern Fireplace Feature

Adding features to an infinity pool can enhance its use. Here, a modern fireplace sits at the bottom of the pool’s waterfall for a relaxing place to sit after a nice, long swim.

Modern Outdoor Fireplace

Design by Joseph M. Vassallo

What is your favorite aspect of an infinity pool? Tell us in the comments below.

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Have you noticed that wall hangings are just EVERYWHERE right now? I swear every single one of my favorite design blogs have mentioned them recently, and bigger retailers have jumped onto the trend as well. I’ve been mighty tempted to buy one (I mean, hello gorgeous), but being who I am, I knew I needed to try to DIY. I took the simple Josephine knot from this macrame hanging vase and turned that into this simple, chic decor piece that I’m really in love with. Watch the video to see how my friend Meg and I made the latest additions to our gallery walls.

Easy Simple Macrame Woven Wall Hanging

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I love the natural rope and neon color scheme I went with, but Meg’s black and white and neutral number has my heart, too. I’m already scheming my next textile project.

So, what do you think? Are these wall hangings better left in the 70s, or are you already sporting one on your walls? Let me know in the comments below.

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At its best, a master bathroom is a spa-like getaway: A retreat from the outside world and the stress of the day. It’s amazing how a luxurious bath and even just fifteen minutes of deep relaxation can cure a host of ills — and at the very least, it always seems to improve my outlook! For me, the keys to a truly relaxing bathroom are a serene design and a few special touches that make it feel truly personal. Here are a few ways I achieve a stress-free vibe in my space.

Blogger Camille Styles Modern Master Bathroom

Photo by Belathée Photography

Add open storage around the tub. There’s nothing I love more than sinking into a hot bath at the end of a long workday, and nothing makes it feel more like a spa retreat than having lots of luxurious bath and body products at the ready. Rather than cluttering the edge of the tub with all my products, I added recessed shelves to the inside of the bath to keep my essentials organized. Multiple shelves help divide between his and her items, and I mix in a few decorative elements like candles and a large piece of coral to add to the relaxing aesthetic of the space.

Blogger Camille Styles Master Bathroom Vanity - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Use trays to corral smaller items into organized groups. I like to keep items that I use everyday within easy reach. This includes my favorite pieces of jewelry, perfume and morning skincare essentials. And while some of my makeup gets stashed in the drawer of my vanity, makeup brushes require air to breathe and minimize bacteria build-up. Rather than allowing the countertop to become overrun with these items, I use pretty trays to corral them into pretty groups. The organized supplies double as decorative vignettes that add a major dose of style to the room.

Blogger Camille Styles Vanity Tray With Jewelry - HGTV Design Happens Blog

Photo by Paige Newton

Let jewelry double as decor by putting it on display. Instead of hiding your prettiest baubles in a jewelry box, why not let favorite pieces play a starring role in your bathroom decor? Sparkly rings and bracelets that aren’t in my daily rotation find new life in small bowls and or on wall hooks. A bonus: Keeping them in plain view just might inspire how you accessorize your outfit of the day!

Blogger Camille Styles Bathroom Vanity - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Paige Newton

Designate an area of the bathroom for getting ready. Rushed and disorganized mornings are often the formula for an entire day that feels disorderly. My secret for kickstarting the day on a smooth note is to keep everything that I need for getting ready organized in a single zone around my vanity. From my stool, I can reach for everything from my dental floss to my makeup to my hairdryer stashed in a drawer (with an electrical outlet hidden inside!) Requirements for this multitasking spot are plenty of drawer space fitted with smaller organizers for makeup, hair and skincare products; good lighting; a stretch of counter space; and a large mirror.

Travertine Tile in Blogger Camille Styles' Bathroom - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Casey Dunn

Create a spa-like retreat by repeating colors and materials throughout the space. When designing my bathroom, I fell in love with this neutral-colored travertine tile that’s beautiful, durable, and doesn’t show every speck of makeup or toothpaste that spills onto it! I used the material on floors, backsplashes, and the tub surround for a cohesive vibe that feels so serene. I also stuck with all chrome fixtures for a classic look that I knew would never feel dated.


CHARMIN®ULTRA SOFT has comfort cushions that are softer and more absorbent. In fact, it’s 75% more absorbent, so you can use up to 4x less!*  Details matter when it comes to making your bathroom more inviting to your guests. To learn more, visit Costco.com/DetailsMatter.
*vs. the leading bargain brand

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Must-Have Travel Tech Stuff

Don’t mind the sundresses and flip flops flying through the air… that’s just me, organizing (?) my clothes and getting them packed for a summer trip. Every year, my kids and I spend the summer in Canada, so I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing us all up for a two-month pilgrimage north. While I’m at it, I usually take the time to have the kids sift through their entire closet and figure out what doesn’t fit anymore, and I like to do the same: The winter sweaters get stored, the too-small t-shirts get donated, and closets get sparse. Then I throw what’s left into a a duffel or two and we head out! It’s a nice tradition, but it makes for a hectic week (hence the flip flops in flight).One thing that never changes, whether I’m going away for a night or two months, is how I pack my technology. Travel can be hard on laptops and smartphones: I’ve had a laptop stolen from a security checkpoint, my first-ever iPad dropped and smash into a million pieces in a terminal, and a smartphone that was accidentally thrown out with airport pizza (long story). So I know how important it is to stay organized, keep track of things, and protect your valuables while you’re headed from A to B.

One thing that never changes, whether I’m going away for a night or two months, is how I pack my technology. Travel can be hard on laptops and smartphones: I’ve had a laptop stolen from a security checkpoint, my first-ever iPad dropped and smash into a million pieces in a terminal, and a smartphone that was accidentally thrown out with airport pizza (long story). So I know how important it is to stay organized, keep track of things, and protect your valuables while you’re headed from A to B.

Here are my must-haves when it comes to traveling with technology, starting with a killer bag.

Jack Spade bag
photo: Jack Spade

Isn’t it gorgeous? It meets all my requirements: Open, unstructured, reinforced bottom, and made of something super-durable. I can’t stand bags with lots of organizers and pockets inside, I’d rather do all that myself, using…

Mesh Bag
photo: Eagle Creek

Mesh organizer pouches. I have been using mesh bags like these for years to keep things tidy inside my carry-on. I usually have one for personal items, like lip balm, hand cream, and my eye mask, and one that has all my cords and cables in it. It makes finding things soooo much easier when you have to root around in a bag between your feet while your flight is in progress. Requirement: You must be able to see through them, or it’s tough to find what you need in the air, especially in low light. And while mesh bags have never failed me, I just bought two of these clear bags with beautiful leather and gold detailing. I am smitten.

4 More Travel Tech Essentials

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Have you seen our Designer of the Week feature? Each Monday on HGTV’s Instagram account, we highlight a designer we’re loving right now and showcase some of their most stunning work.

This week’s featured designer is Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose kitchen designs range from traditional to modern, but always feature a bit of the unexpected.  In this rustic kitchen, wine glasses double as a stylish and functional chandelier. So smart!

Gray Transitional Kitchen Appliances

We asked Richard to spill his design dos and don’ts and his favorite tools of the trade. Read on to check out his DH questionnaire:

Richard Anuskiewicz Designer Interview

Richard, we love you, too! See more of his work on his HGTV Professionals Network profile page.

Who should we interview next? Tell us in the comments below.

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The living room is the command center of our house: It does triple duty as an entertaining space, a TV-watching lounge, and a kids’ playroom. And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, I need it to perform all these duties and still look uncluttered and beautifully-designed when guests walk in the front door! Here are my strategies for keeping it modern and uncluttered yet welcoming for friends and family.

Blogger Camille Styles Living Room - Mediterranean Chandelier - HGTV Design Blog

Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Make a bold statement with a modern chandelier. A statement-making light fixture is a great way to add a serious dose of style to a larger space, and it won’t get lost in an open floor plan with high ceilings like mine. For this “halo” chandelier, I found a designer version that I loved online, then asked a local steelworker to create something similar. H was able to do it much more affordably and size it to the perfect dimensions for my space.

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Let’s talk about Snapchat. Yes, there is more to it than stories about your friend’s trek from bar to bar or super-detailed paint drawings — though we’re huge fans of those! Get more advice on Snapchat basics and the best ways to use it.

Through Snapchat Discover, you can get snippets of news and noteworthy video from brands you love, like Food Network and CNN. But it’s also a place where you can see another (PG) side of DIY stars, designers and HGTV stars: Think off-the-cuff, behind-the-scenes snippets, beautiful homes and amazing projects that you’ll want to stare at for way more than 10 seconds.

We’ve gathered 6 of our favorite design and DIY Snappers. Read on to see how to add them and why we love them.

– Liz & Kayla, Your Design Happens Editors-In-Chief

Designers & DIY Stars to Add on Snapchat

P.S. I Made This (Snapchat: psimadethis) 

If you follow P.S. I Made This on Instagram, you know that the DIY site features beautiful, inspiring photos on the daily. (How amazing is this DIY fringe garland?)  Add the site on Snapchat to see what they’re working on before everyone else — today it was an airbrushed cake. Oh yeah. Tomorrow? Who knows.

Jillian Harris (Snapchat: jillian-harris)

This former Bachelorette contender and star of HGTV’s Love It or List It, Too also finds time to post amazing things on all her social accounts — think pool days, trips to wine country, photos of her home and must-have outfits. See what she’s up to right now. Believe us, you’ll be totally inspired.

The Coveteur (Snapchat: thecoveteur) 

This uber-inspiring blog and Instagram account features everything from brand-new beauty products to cocktails to interviews with other creatives. See daily habits and happenings from their editors. And if you really want to go behind the scenes with some of today’s top tastemakers, get lost in their enviable Closet section.

Somewhere I Would Like to Live (Snapchat: somewhereiwouldliketolive) 

Do you ever just want to escape your desk and go somewhere insanely beautiful? Add Somewhere I Would Like to Live on Instagram and Snapchat for daily doses of design eye candy  – from stunning painted floors to pink sand beaches to modern interiors — curated by Barcelona-based Reben Ortiz and Katty Schiebeck.

Homepolish (Snapchat: homepolish) 

Designed to provide interior design on a budget, Homepolish also provides stunningly photographed imagery of their latest designs — including this color-filled San Francisco loft and Hills star Lo Bosworth’s NYC pad. Add them to see snaps of their designers in action (celebrity sightings possible!).

Domino (Snapchat: dominomag)

Okay, design people, we don’t need to explain Domino Magazine. Though it’s no longer printed monthly, it’s alive and well on its website, on Instagram,  and yes, on Snapchat. Go behind the scenes of stylish apartments, beautiful summer table settings and more.

What design or DIY stars do you follow on Snapchat? Tell us who you love in the comments below. 

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Two days until the official first day of summer, and all I can think about is the lack of beach time in my life. What to do when you can’t head to the beach? Bring the beach to you with coastal-inspired designs!

Coastal, beachy design is all about breezy colors, comfortable furniture, clean design and the occasional beachy accessory. Check out these homes that have it down to a T.

Blue and White Coastal Sun Room

Design by Anita Clark

Crisp white trim is a hallmark of beach cottages like this one designed by Anita Clark. What I like about this sun room is the addition of deep blue to the color palette. This room gets enough sunlight to balance the saturated tone, and the color is still reminiscent of the ocean.

Transitional Blue Open Plan Kitchen With Barstools

Design by Tobi Fairley

The backsplash in this kitchen designed by Tobi Fairley has a glossy finish that gives it the look of shimmery, shallow water, while the cabinets remind me of a perfectly clear day at the beach. The kitchen island is a perfect spot for the addition of beadboard, a popular feature in beach cottages.

Contemporary Beach Cottage Living Room

Design by Ann Lowengart

I love the addition of yellows to the blues and neutrals common in coastal design because it’s like a splash of sunshine. Ann Lowengart has just the right dose of yellow in this surfing cottage, and the sleek surfboards in the corner add to the fun!

Coastal-Inspired Bedroom With Sea-Green Walls

Design by Regan Baker

One of the best things about being at the beach is curling up at the end of the day for a deep sleep after being exhausted by the sun and salty surf. This bedroom designed by Regan Baker would foster some sweet dreams thanks to the blush bedding and sweet, soft colors.

Did you know that all of these images are shoppable? Click on your favorite image above or head to the HGTV Photo Library and look for the “Shop This Look” button on photos for more details.

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You may or may not have gotten your dad a gift for Father’s Day yet. I hate to break it to you, but Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you can’t think of anything to top last year’s surprise camping trip or that amazing tech gadget, then surprise him with homemade food for every single meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert — keeping Dad’s belly full with delicious food is the best gift of all. You can prep our easy recipe suggestions below ahead of time, so you can still spend time with the dad(s) in your life on his special day.

Father's Day Breakfast Recipe

This Tex-Mex cowboy skillet recipe is a fiery way to start Dad’s day off right. Serve it alongside fruit, coffee and bread, and get the kids to surprise him with breakfast in bed. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Lunch Recipe

Since you have so many other meals planned for the rest of the day, giving Dad a lighter lunch option is the way to go. Even though this Greek chicken pita is healthy, it’s packed with lots of flavor and nutrition. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Snack Recipe

If you choose only one of these recipes to make for Dad, it should be the pub pretzel and beer cheese dip (smoked gouda and cheddar to be exact). Trust me on this one. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Dinner Recipe

The Creole-inspired sauce in this chicken and sausage pasta dish adds hard-to-resist spicy flavor and will have Dad coming back for seconds. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Dessert Recipe

This dessert looks like bacon and tastes like it, too! The shortbread recipe gets its bacon flavor from applewood smoked salt. You can chill the dough overnight, and bake it fresh on Father’s Day. Get the full recipe >>

Try our other delicious recipes and cocktails that Dad is sure to love.

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Sometimes the smallest design details make all the difference when it comes to making a space really work. This spring, entertaining expert and HGTV contributor Camille Styles will share the surprising details that make her home both stylish and functional. First up, peek inside her (super-chic) kitchen.

The kitchen really is the heart of my home: it’s where I prepare all of our family’s meals during the week, and where friends gather with a glass of wine on the weekends. This is an area of the house where efficiency is the name of the game, so the layout of the workhorse pieces (refrigerator, stove, sink) should be configured in a way that allows for easy flow from one to the next while cooking. It’s also a spot that I like to feel streamlined and minimal, so everything on display must be aesthetically pleasing and play a functional role.

Blogger Camille Styles' Home Kitchen on HGTV

Photo by Casey Dunn

Design the kitchen with beauty AND function in mind. I love the look of marble in the kitchen, but knew that small children and lots of guests gathered around the island would mean stains and scratches, so I opted for this much more durable engineered quartz. It provides the same sleek look as marble, but I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined if someone spills a glass of red wine. I also planned for a mix of open shelving, which keeps my favorite everyday dishes within easy reach, and modern cabinetry, allowing me to stash mismatched glassware and less aesthetically-pleasing pieces behind closed doors.

Camille Styles Pantry Tour

Glass Jars Make the Pantry Pretty + Practical; Photo by Paige Newton

Decant bulk items into glass jars so you can easily take stock of what you have on hand. Right when I get home from the grocery store, I pour all of my bulk items like chia seeds, nuts, and dried fruit into jars that go into the pantry. Not only do I feel way more organized than I did when prepackaged bags cluttered my shelves, I’ve found that when healthy snacks are visible, the whole family is more likely to reach for them. For the most streamlined look, purchase one style of clear jars in various sizes to fit an array of food items. Then when it’s time to restock, I can see what I’m running low on with one quick glance.

MORE KITCHEN DESIGN DETAILS THAT MAKE A (HUGE) DIFFERENCE

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With so many options, it’s difficult to choose where to splurge when choosing features for your dream swimming pool. Do you opt for an infinity pool with an attached spa, or do you choose a fun feature like a waterslide? We want to know — would you break the bank for an infinity-edge pool that overlooks the ocean, or would you build a slide that takes summer swimming to the next level?

Vote in our poll below, and tell us which design you chose and why in the comments section below.

HGTV Poll: Pick Your Favorite Swimming Pool

Check back next week to see the final tally.

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Struggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special guy? Check out these creative and inexpensive ideas for the techy dad, DIY dad and more!

For the Grill Master

BBQ Dragon

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Dads love gadgets, but they especially love grilling gadgets. Instead of buying him another knife set this year, give Dad the super-powered BBQ Dragon charcoal starter. A top product from DIY Network series I Want Thatthis device is hands-free, portable and gets any charcoal grill ready to cook in 10 minutes or less. Take a look >>

Check out more gifts for the griller >>

For the Tech Dad

Automatic Adapter

Photo courtesy of Automatic.com

Combine Dad’s love of cars and technology with the automatic car adapter. This tiny device plugs into a vehicle’s standard diagnostics port then reports data from the car’s computer back to an app on your smartphone. From there, it can diagnose engine problems, remember where you parked, call for help in a crash and much more. Take a look >>

For the Athlete

DIY cornhole boards from DIY Network

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Step up your homemade gift game this Father’s Day by making Dad this DIY cornhole set. Admit it: It’s so much more fun than that tie he got last year. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

12 More Unique Gift Ideas

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In case you missed it: A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. We handed nine of your favorite D-Happ bloggers a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials.

We shared nine easy and totally different tray transformations. From a retro wall clock to a moss centerpiece, everyone had a completely different vision for their unfinished tray. BUT we asked you, our faithful readers, to vote on your favorite tray makeover. The votes are in, and you’ve chosen the oh-so-seasonal hanging door planter as your winning tray transformation. Not far behind is the super smart (and super colorful!) hanging jewelry organizer.

DIY Tray Transformation

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Hanging Door Planter

You all loved the seasonality and unexpected use of Chelsea‘s hanging planter. Instagrammer @grannystorey said, “Love them all but 1 is my favorite.” Instagrammer @lesleyg478 agreed: “#1 door decoration!”

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Fans of Shannon‘s jewelry organizer started picturing their earrings within reach. Instagrammer @claire12469 is ready to get out her glue gun: “Earring holder for sure !!! Please share how to DIY !!” Instagrammer @kimmielewis7 was torn: “Personally, I like the earring holder and the plant idea!”

It looks like we may have missed an idea, though.

Drew Scott on Facebook

Maybe we should pull Drew into our next challenge?!

Stay tuned in the coming days for tutorials on these two trays so you can make them at home!

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International Homes From HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt

What if you could peek inside some of the most incredible homes in the world, from the poshest penthouses to the grandest mansions? With HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt, we’re offering you the chance to do just that. We’ve rounded up dozens of amazing pads across the globe, and now we need your help finding the best of the best.

Here’s how it works: Start in one of our 10 categories, whether you have a penchant for urban homes, international escapes or historic estates. Next, click any home to start browsing photos; when you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.” After casting your vote, you can explore the next category or enter for your chance to win $10,000.

Ready to start house hunting? Here’s a look at just a few of the contenders – be sure to check out the all the amazing homes in each category. You can come back every day through July 7 to show your support for your favorite houses and enter the $10K giveaway.

WATERFRONT HOMES

Rustic lake house or oceanfront escape? Tour all of the nominees, vote for your favorite + enter for your chance to win $10K >>

Waterfront Homes From HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt

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Can you feel that ocean breeze? Well, that’s because the votes are in, and you’ve chosen Caribbean Blue as your June 2015 Color of the Month.

HGTV's June 2015 Color of the MonthIt was a close battle, with Caribbean Blue edging out Mykonos Blue by just over 10 percent of the vote. Many of you were torn. “Tough call. Love them both. Really different hues, but both my favorite blues,” says Facebook fan Vicki W.  And Facebook fan Susan U. asks: “Can you do Mykonos for June and Caribbean for July?”

In the end, more of you loved the blue-green color inspired by Caribbean waters. DH blog reader DB Coop said it best:”While the gentle waters of the Mediterranean are an intensely true blue, I love the ever-changing blend of blues and sea-greens of the Caribbean that delight the senses and refresh the spirit, and so goes my vote.” You can almost feel the waves looking at this kitchen, amiright?

Caribbean Blue Kitchen by Barry Dixon

Caribbean Blue Kitchen Design by Barry Dixon

See 18 more ways to use this color in our Caribbean blue gallery below.

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With the first day of summer less than a week away, I’m already daydreaming about my next tropical beach trip – even though it’s not until August. If you’re landlocked like me and craving a bit of the coast, try infusing your home with one of the season’s hottest trends: Palm Beach Prep. Characterized by saturated hues, bold prints and tropical accents, this style will make your place feel like a vacation getaway, any time of year. Inspired by this bright, refreshing bedroom featured in HGTV Magazine, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to add Palm Beach appeal to your space.

Copy the Look of This Palm Beach-Inspired Bedroom

Bedroom photo courtesy of HGTV Magazine, photo by: Max Kim-Bee

1. Pottery Barn / 2. Wayfair / 3. Wayfair
4. AllModern / 5. Wayfair / 6. Urban Outfitters

6 Tips for a Palm Beach-Inspired Bedroom

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