We had a little fun yesterday, but now we’re ready to reveal the color we’re really crushing on for April. This month’s color team meeting was a face-off of delicious proportions. The deliberations came down to two fruity hues: Abbi’s crisp, fresh apple green versus Marianne’s bright raspberry. We were torn: Both colors freshen up your home for spring, and they even look beautiful together:
Bedding by Jonathan Adler
So, what was our pick? Read on to find out.
Find Out April’s Winning Hue
OK, so these bedrooms don’t technically come with a written contract that guarantees eight or more hours of sleep and vivid dreams of Ryan Gosling, but they do look like spaces I could live in forever. And I’m going by, what appears to be, fluffy down comforters and crisp, 1,000,000-count sheets. I’m not exaggerating … too much. It’s all about the bedding for me. I can tell when my sheets have lost their “oomph” and need to be replaced. I also sleep 10-times better the night my bed is covered in freshly-washed bedding. What does it for you? Are you all about the pillows? Do you need to know you’re sleeping on clean sheets to get a good night’s sleep?
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Design by Jamie Herzlinger
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India
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When I left you last week, I was showing off my if-money-was-no-object nursery mood board. And sure, it was fun to pretend that I can drop thousands of dollars decorating this baby’s room, but let’s face it: I don’t live in that world. In reality, I’ll be using what I already have, doing a lot of projects myself, and looking for inexpensive alternatives to finish things off. But here’s the fun thing: I actually like my “reality check” mood board even more than the expensive one. After all, I am more of a do-it-myself kind of girl. Wanna see?
This super sweet-yet-affordable nursery skips the high-end wallpaper, in favor of a DIY paint project like this one from the Brick House blog. Since they were actually the most reasonable items from my previous mood board, I think I’m actually going to buy the graphic French and colorful raindrop prints, and I’ll round those out with this leaping pig print that I already own. I also snagged a model sailboat from my parents basement, and I’ll mount that to the wall with the rest of the artwork. After pining for the expensive rug from last week, I found this star-flecked Dwell Studio rug and I am crazy for it. Like, beyond reason. This may have to be my one splurge (though it’s less than half the price of the inspiration rug!). I dream of a highly collectible mid-century modern dresser, but I found one similar to this on Craigslist for $50 that will hold a diaper change pad and clothing to boot. For lighting, this tiered brass pendant from Urban Outfitters looks like it costs about five times more than it actually does, and it pairs perfectly with this vintage-inspired constellation globe. I wisely held on to my old Dwell Studio for Target glider (no longer available), and I’m going to give the cushions an update with some cute new fabric. Fancy cribs are fun to daydream about but you can’t beat the $99 Ikea classic I already own. I’ll dress it with inexpensive striped percale sheets and a blanket made from this adorable scooter-printed fabric. And you’ll have to stay tuned for an upcoming Weekday Crafternoon to see me take a classic rocking horse and an Ikea sheepskin and make a super cute custom riding toy.
Which do you prefer? The high-end nursery from last week, or this week’s more approachable take? I was surprised to fall hard for the less expensive option, but I’m kind of relieved. Check back next week to see the embarrassing “before” pictures of my guest/junk room. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
P.S. For more fun, follow my Nursery Inspiration Pinboard!
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Natalie Umbert placed lattice-patterned Roman shades over the windows to offset the masculine striped bedding.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Laird A. is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV magazine, an HGTV FrontDoor fleece scarf and an HGTV mug. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Achoo! A couple of us down at HGTV Headquarters aren’t feeling so well. I spent last week in bed fighting what I’m convinced was the plague, armed with only a stash of home remedies and a few boxes of tea.
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones that never seem to get sick, you’re bound to catch a cold sometime. Keeping your home spic and span is one of the most important ways to ward away disease, and a thorough cleaning once you’re feeling better can prevent illness from spreading to your loved ones.
Start with the air. If you don’t remember the last time you changed the AC filter in your home, you’re cheating yourself out of good health. Harmful airborne particles like smoke, bacteria, pet dander, mold and allergens can build up in your home with a dirty filter. A quality pleated filter will only run you about $20 and last for 90 days.
Take off your shoes. Your shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Millions of harmful microorganisms can be tracked across the floor – a major problem only multiplied if you have kids that like to play on the floor. Take your shoes off at the door and politely ask guests to do the same.
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My drawing skills are pretty average, but you’ll never find me without a Sharpie marker or two. (My mother will attest to the fact that my love of the markers goes back to my childhood, as I once ruined her living room end table with a black Sharpie and my imagination. Oops.) Fortunately, you don’t have to be an artist to do supercool projects with permanent markers. Take a look at these jaw-dropping decor ideas and let the ink fly!
HGTV Headquarters here in Knoxville, Tenn. got its first taste of winter two weeks ago with a midday snowstorm. Then, on Friday, we received our first official ice storm of the season. Trees, bushes and porch railings were all covered in icicles and unmelted snow. I don’t mind waking up to that every once in a while! Have you seen snow flurries yet this year?
Clockwise, left to right: Entryway / Winter Fashion / Marshmallow Pops / White Bedding / Bedroom / Owl / Cupcakes
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BRIANA: Credit to KELLEY for bringing this House Beautiful 2013 trend roundup to my attention. Camouflage is generally used for concealment, but it sure stood out on the list. CAMILLE says “h*ll to the no on the camo,” but I want to hear what you think. Is camo a bold and pretty pattern or do you wish it’d just disappear into the scenery?
Photo: Bob Hiemstra
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: When I first saw this pic, I thought camo was referring to the green color on the wall. But when I realized it was the pink and orange fabric, I was disappointed. I actually really dig the army green color, and I could see using a little green and brown camo for a campy style, but I’m not as keen on the re-colorized versions. They’re not offensive to me, just a little too cheeky.
It’s crunch time, everyone! Many of you might have Thanksgiving guests starting to trickle in (I, for one, have already made myself quite cozy at my parents’ house), but I’m willing to bet a large percentage of you are doing one last mad cleaning-dash through your home before your loved ones arrive.
Being a host isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of your friends and family. Before the hungry cavalry arrives, take some time to prepare your home for your guests. A lot of organization and a little bit of thoughtfulness can go a long way.
Become a Super Host
The December issue of HGTV Magazine is on stands now.
It’s packed with fresh, new holiday ideas, gorgeous home makeovers and fast fixes. Get a sneak peek now!
A designer shares her quick tricks for holiday decorating in the living room, kitchen and dining room; plus download these printable JOY tags.
Are you planning a remodel? See how a top caterer created an organized, pro-style kitchen on a budget. And check out the dramatic small space transformation of two outdated rooms becoming one great room — a bright kitchen and living room combo.
Design Star judge Vern Yip shares his tips for choosing and hanging the right chandelier and HGTV Magazine sheds light on 9 different looks. Update your bedroom year-round with 15 simple bedding elements — sheet sets, blankets and throw pillows — to create 22 different layered looks.
Have you picked up a copy? Tell us what you think!