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Fall colors are peaking here in East Tennessee, and we’ve just launched a cornucopia (sorry!) of new Thanksgiving ideas to help you plan your fall feast. So this month, we all came to the color showdown with vibrant hues on the brain. It’s no surprise, then, that our final choice was a bright, spicy hue from HGTV Magazine online editor Alyssa.

What is it? Paprika! This bold red-orange hue is a richer version of spring coral. Look around outside and see it in vibrant maple leaves, or spot it in the grocery store in the form of in-season persimmons. (Try Dessert for Breakfast’s Persimmon-Oat Crumble on a cold morning. Mmmmm.)

Persimmon Oat Crumble From Dessert for Breakfast
Get your living room ready for guests with vibrant new throw pillows in this trendy hue. Here are four of our favorites:
Fall Trend 2013: Paprika Throw Pillows 4 Ways

Clockwise from top left: Mira Mesa Pillow, Trinka Turk; Kilim Santa Fe Pillow, Leif Shop; Tassel Pillow, Anthropologie; Bird Pillow, Dwell Studio

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It seems that you all are cooking up a storm now that the weather has cooled down. Or maybe you’re prepping for the upcoming holidays? Either way, Yahoo! web trend expert Carolyn Clark reports that searches for cookies are spiking this month. It seems that the most popular cookie recipe is peanut butter cookies, followed by chocolate chip cookiesoatmeal cookies and pumpkin cookies. Are one of these classic treats on your favorites list? Try out one of our recipes below to spice up your seasonal fare.

FALL-INSPIRED COOKIES PERFECT FOR THE SEASON

Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

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Marshmallow Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

Get the recipe for our marshmallow jack-o’-lantern cookies >>

Pumpkin Pecan Cookies Recipe

Get the recipe for pumpkin cookies at HGTVGardens.com >>

Apple Cider Snickerdoodles

Get the recipe for apple cider snickerdoodles at FoodNetwork.com >>

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If you’ve been following D-Happ for a while now, then you know that each quarter a group of uber-talented design students live and breathe the HGTV brand as a part of our Home Studio co-op program. While the up-and-coming designers are here, they work closely with experts like Vern Yip to create stunning and interactive design vignettes for employees and visitors right here at HGTV Headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. This summer, returning intern Justin DiPiero from Savannah College of Art and Design, worked with SCAD graduate student Alexandra Kern and University of Cincinnati student Catherine Blubaugh on a vignette covering a spectrum of design trends (seven to be exact). Plus, each one features their iconic piece: the Wishbone Chair. Take a look, and see if you think their trend picks are on target.

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HGTV Home Studio interns Catherine Blubaugh, Justin DiPiero and Alexandra Kern

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: In the past, the Home Studio displays have focused on one design trend. What inspired you to choose seven trends to showcase this time?

Justin DiPiero: Once we had decided to showcase the iconic Wishbone Chair designed by Hans Wegner, we were inspired by how versatile the chair really is. It can work in so many spaces and so many situations. That’s why we decided to create different vignettes, each with their own trend, to speak to the versatility of the chair.

Catherine Blubaugh: We felt that there were so many relevant trends that interested us that it was hard to just narrow it down into one. It also helped strengthen the idea that the Wishbone Chair is very versatile.

Alexandra Kern: As Justin and Catherine said, the Wishbone Chair truly was the inspiring factor that led us to showcase seven completely different designs trends. We decided what better way to showcase this than presenting the Wishbone Chair in seven different colors and finishes in seven different design trends. Plus, there are currently so many great design trends — how could we choose just one?

KK: Is there one trend in particular that you feel is especially hot right now or will peak as we move into fall?

CB: I would have to say that I’ve been seeing more animal-inspired spaces at the moment. The warmness and textural quality of that trend is becoming more popular as the autumn season approaches. Also, I’m seeing the patterns and colors of the future botanical display showing up more and more.

AK: As I’ve been watching TV, flipping through magazines and roaming the internet, I keep seeing our design trends pop up everywhere! It’s hard to say exactly what’s hot right now, but I think geometrics are definitely making their way to the forefront of design through pillows and accessories along with florals. And, of course, I think animal print is here to stay for awhile.

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It may sound crazy to you that today is National Play Doh Day (yes, this is actually a thing), but I think it’s the perfect excuse to get your creative juices flowing, whether you’re an adult or kid. What is your favorite thing to sculpt with this molding compound? If you aren’t a fan of sculpting, you can still celebrate this unofficial holiday by making bird feeders using Play Doh lids.

Jill of Meet the Dubiens slathered peanut butter on the lids, pressed them into bird seed and tied a loop of yarn to each one to create unconventional hanging bird feeders. Try this project with your kids, and let us know how it turned out! Oh, and Happy National Play Doh Day!

DIY Play Doh Lid Bird FeederPhoto by Flickr user kirstenreese

If summer has left you stressed from road trips, keeping up with your kids and back-to-school errands, then you’re in luck. September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity for you to start a new, healthy lifestyle. As you may already know, yoga has several benefits, such as a toner body, sharper mind, less anxiety, hormonal balance and more restful sleeps — I could go on and on, really.

So, here’s your challenge. Try a few classes a week at your local yoga studio. Many places offer free or discounted classes in honor of Yoga Awareness Month. When you find the right class and instructor for you, keep it up and I’m confident you’ll feel like a new person by the time the holidays roll around. And if you just can’t get enough, follow these tips to get the same benefits in your own home.

Designate a Tranquil Area

You don’t need that much space to practice yoga. Find an area in your home — away from everyday stress triggers — even if it’s your attic.

Attic Yoga Area

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The hanging cocoon is a super cool hammock, perfect for reading, relaxing and just hanging out (pun intended…sorry, I couldn’t help myself). According to Hammacher Schlemmer, the interesting tapered design was inspired by the nests of weaver birds and provides a bit of privacy for the user. The cocoon is ideal for lovers of the outdoors, but it can also be hung inside (maybe in a child’s room or reading nook?).

hanging cocoon

Are you a fan of the hanging cocoon? Where would you hang it?

Can you guess what type of storage belongs in this mudroom?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an issue of this month’s HGTV magazine and an Anthropologie bird feeder. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

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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 September 4, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on September 5, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $85. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

We’re not shy about being totally obsessed with Pinterest here at HGTV. Shameless plug: FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST! WE PIN PRETTY THINGS! Anyway, I still can’t believe that using Pinterest is part of my job because it’s that much fun. I love it for research and trendspotting, organizing recipes I’d like to try, planning my upcoming wedding and yes, keeping up with what HGTV fans are digging at the moment. Thus, our latest Social Sound Off question!

On Twitter, we asked: What’s the best thing you’ve found on Pinterest recently?

Based on the trickle of replies we got, I’m guessing y’all were probably looking at stuff on Pinterest instead of checking up on tweets (ahem), but that’s okay. I’ll go first. The summer has me feeling very tropical and despite the fact that I claimed I was over my “put a bird on it” phase, this toucan print by komitaart on Etsy has made a liar out of me:

Found anything as cute as this toucan print on Pinterest recently? Tell us on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Print: komitaart on Etsy

I am all over that graphic, retro vibe. I mean, how cute would that print be with some classic Martinique wallpaper? It also reminds me of the paintable paper mâché toucan I bought as a souvenir in Cancun when I was 11, but I digress. I found the print through my friend Derya, who has delightfully eclectic pin taste. (Honorable mention: This apothecary bottle with the phrase “Acidic Wit” etched on it. I would love to keep that on my desk and threaten to bust it out at anyone who crosses me.)

But enough about me! Here’s what’s floating your boats lately…

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Remember a few weeks ago when a good part of the D-Happ staff was obsessed with all things watermelon? Kayla made the juicy fruit the topic of her Mood Board Monday. Allie showed us five ways to craft with watermelon. And I even pitched in with a watermelon-inspired Tuesday Huesday. So when Nina, HGTV.com’s entertainment manager, introduced a watermelon-themed Pinterest board to the Color Team, it wasn’t exactly a hard sell. That’s right: Bright, juicy watermelon is our newest Color of the Month!

Juicy Melon Margarita

August is the height of watermelon season: Think big-as-your head slices of fruit pulled straight from the icebox, dribbling down your chin.  Or, if cocktails are more your speed, try this melon-filled margarita recipe.

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