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When we launched The High/Low Challenge sweepstakes on the blog last month, we were amazed at the number of entries we received. [Thanks for all the love!] Games are fun, aren’t they?

Getting in on the action is simple. Just take a look at the two bathroom set-ups below. Both enjoy a soaking tub, cute raindrop curtain, showerhead, and blue patterned bathmat. The test: Which group is priced low, and which is priced high?

How to enter: Leave your guess in the comments section below. For example: Left: high, Right: low or vice versa. One lucky winner will receive an HGTV Magazine iPhone 5 case, an HGTV Magazine umbrella, and a copy of the latest July/August issue (on sale Tuesday). You must answer correctly for a chance to win. Come back tomorrow when we reveal the answer.

july aug challenge

Can you tell the difference?

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 13, 2014. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.

You guys LOVE a good guessing game! With more than 1,200 entries and comments, our very first High/Low Challenge sweepstakes was a big success and proves we’ve got some seriously impressive design eyes reading the blog.

You’re correct if you answered: Left: low, Right: high. The lucky winner of our HGTV Magazine prize package will be notified by email.

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Soak up the sun and the savings with this lightweight wicker chair and polyester umbrella in the left look. A chaise with stain-resistant cushions and teak umbrella make for a luxurious lounge spot on the right. Now all we need is a warm summer day and a good book. Find the info you need to snag any of these fabulous finds (plus lots more duos) in the latest installment of Sabrina Soto’s The High/Low List.

I’ve been on a hunt for “ugly things that aren’t ugly,” since last week’s post about modern filing cabinets. I received some really great requests to be on the look out for and I’ve added them all to my list. (If you’ve got a request, let me know in the comments!) This week, Liz wants a good looking ceiling fan. Challenge accepted. Since I wasn’t quite sure what style she might have in mind, I found a variety that could fit well into almost any setting. Here’s what I came up with:

attractive ceiling fans

Top Row, L to R: 1. Stella Ceiling Fan by Dave Ellis; 2. Flyte by G Squared; 3. Haiku Fan; Bottom Row, L to R: 4. Lit Modern Ceiling Fan #4; 5. Avian Ceiling Fan; 6. Plum by Modern Fan Co

RELATED: How to Install a Ceiling Fan

The key to finding a really beautiful ceiling fan, unfortunately, is looking beyond some of the big box home improvement stores. They’re so convenient, but their selection can leave the design enthusiast unsatisfied. And sadly, a lot of the better looking fans come with an equally “impressive” price tag. If you think of them as an investment — one you’ll be staring at every day — perhaps it’ll help get you over the sticker shock.

BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?

Do you like arrows in design? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Photo: Jeff Romaniuk

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:

Do you like arrow motifs? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.

MORE TAKING AIM AT ARROWS

You know how you can live with something and think it’s great for years then one day you look at it and decide that it has to go — stat?! Well, that was me and the shower curtain in my guest bath. When I originally bought the Waverly “Norfolk Rose” shower curtain in 2007, I was going for a cozy cottage look and it fit the bill perfectly. Fast forward to 2014 and — while my taste is still traditional — my color preference has shifted to grays and blues and I like my patterns a little more graphic. Thus, the hunt for a new shower curtain commenced.

Here’s a peek of my guest bathroom before:
Cottage-Style Bathroom Before Makeover
See how I updated for less than $25

As design director of HGTV HOME (HGTV’s product line), Nancy Fire is leading a team to produce stunning home decor that encompasses the looks and styles seen on HGTV and HGTV.com. If you’ve ever shopped HGTV HOME, then you’re familiar with Nancy’s remarkable attention to detail and her keen eye for what’s beautiful. It’s Nancy’s style and expertise that made the decision to choose her as our first ever HGTV.com guest editor a no-brainer. What exactly is the “HGTV.com guest editor?” Glad you asked!

This year, our team will be bringing in a few extra movers, shakers and visionaries who possess interesting perspectives on the world of design. We want these industry insiders to jump into the mix of everything we do here at HGTV.com. So, we asked Nancy if she’d be our first guest editor, and she happily agreed. Welcome, Nancy!

HGTV.com Guest Editor Nancy Fire

HGTV.com Guest Editor Nancy Fire

In the coming months, you’ll find Nancy offering her expert commentary here on Design Happens, adding insight on 2014 trends throughout HGTV.com, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there as she travels the globe. (Catch her this weekend on Instagram while she’s at Heimtextil, Germany’s international trade fair for home textiles.)

For you to get to know a little more about our guest editor, we recently interviewed Nancy.

Our Chat

Most of us probably still have a lot of holiday shopping left to do. I always leave the men for last because they’re the hardest to buy gifts for, and I tend to procrastinate. Does he really need another sweater? Do I really want to spend a lot of money on the newest gadget? I’ve learned over the years that making something is the best route to go. Bonus: You can skip the crowds!

However, handmade gifts for guys can be a bit tricky — you want to make something useful but also something he can brag about to his friends. While we’re at it, let’s make it really easy to make (Nobody has time to spend hours crafting!).

Here are our top 5 DIY holiday gifts for the men in your life:

 Felt Gadget Case

How to Make a Felt Gadget Case

He may already have the latest gadget, so get him a felt cover to help protect it. If you don’t have basic sewing skills, try this project with fabric glue!

Get the Full Instructions Here>>

4 More Gifts For Guys

Outside the days might be getting shorter and colder, but inside the pages of HGTV Magazine‘s December issue, we’re having a lot more fun! You’ll find merry DIY ideas, a cheerful gift guide, and loads of happy holiday decorating ideas!

December 2013 cover

Come on, we know you’re already listening to Christmas music. Get in the holiday spirit with us!! Here’s a sneak peek of what subscribers are getting in their mailbox, and what you can look forward to when the issue hits newsstands on November 26.

Every year, it seems like Santa’s list has grown. We made shopping a little easier by narrowing down picks from some of our favorite stores in one collective gift guide. Buy presents: Check. (p.s. The elves put together a printable PDF for a wallet friendly list you can take with you.)

hot cocoa set

Hot chocolate ceramic pot and gold monogrammed stoneware mugs, williams-sonoma.com

Decorating for the holidays adds cheer to a home, and no matter if you buy or DIY, the December issue has fun new ideas to help gear up for a celebration. How cool are these personalized gingerbread houses?

gingerbread houses

Personalized gingerbread houses, redenvelope.com and llbean.com

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.

We turned things up a notch for the latest issue. We took your favorite content from HGTV Magazine, and expanded it, stretched it, and blew it up! See what subscribers are loving, right now, inside November. Don’t worry, you can also pick up a copy on newsstands this Tuesday (October 22).

November 2013 cover

Sabrina Soto’s High Low List is consistently a win for great home design on any budget. But this time, we asked the pro to up the ante, and boy, did she. With a total of 32 duos and twice as many products up for grabs, we present The Huge High Low Blowout! Bonus: The story has Digimarc technology. Download the app and start shopping! (Details on pg. 49)

Who doesn’t love a good house tour? We enjoy taking you through some of our favorite homes across the country for inspiration and ideas, but this month, we step inside a Pinterest-worthy home that awes! Flip through the gallery to fall in love with every room.

Hogan House

Makeovers and DIYs are sorta our thing at HGTV Magazine, but not every project has to be exactly the same. Make items your own by customizing basics. We show you 15 different ways.

Customize Mixing Bowls

Want even more magazine goodness? Follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag for behind the scenes pics, web-exclusives, and more!

Congratulations to random winner smhall820, who plans to retile a bathroom this fall! Check back on October 18 for another great Halloween giveaway. 

As we tick towards the end of daylight savings time (Sunday, November 3 this year), it’s the perfect time to update outdated light fixtures. A stylish new ceiling fan, modern kitchen lighting and pretty patterned pendants are all on my personal fall shopping list. (Bonus: Choosing new lighting is much more fun than raking leaves!)

We’ve partnered with online lighting retailer EuroStyleLighting.com to help you illuminate your home in style this fall. One lucky winner will receive $150 to spend on the light or lights of their choice. Here are some of my favorite trendy pieces, all available for less than $150:

Win Free Lighting from EuroStyleLighting.com

Clockwise from top left: Chevron Ikat Teal Pendant, Dipped Chrome Mini Pendant, Bronze Floor Lamp With Honeycomb Shade, Modern Square Accent Lamp  

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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.

HGTV Home Studio Interns

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.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW + SEE THEIR DESIGNS

BRIANA: Bust out your ‘80s bedding – florals and chintz have been back in a big way this year. Though chintz typically refers to a type of floral fabric, blooms have been gracing wallpaper, china – even tech accessories.  Are you a fan of all this flower power or do you wish floral patterns would wilt and die?

Do you like chintz and floral patterns? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

MARIANNE: I think it depends on the floral. I can’t get enough of Rifle Paper Co’s floral prints, and I’m putting this little lady in my kitchen:

Do you like the floral trend, as seen in this print? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Rifle Paper Co. “Rosa” print

KAYLA: I wish that the floral decor in [the first picture] would die right this minute. Also, I hate those hotel comforters. (Sorry.) I think modern florals or retro florals are perfect. I’ll never get tired of them – on sundresses, throw pillows, upholstered side chairs, or as a wallpapered accent wall.

KERI: I’m with Kayla. The florals in [the first picture] remind me of my grandmother’s spare bedroom (except there would be a waterbed underneath – yikes). But I’m currently drooling over this pressed flowers print:

Do you like the floral trend, as seen in this art print? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

“Field of Dreams” 18 X 24 Pressed Flowers Limited Edition by HaleyJsNaturalArt on Etsy

DEANNE REVEL: Have you guys seen Kirstie Alley’s former house on FrontDoor? Brace yourselves. So. Much Floral.

DO YOU LIKE THE FLORAL TREND? VOTE NOW!

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 >>

SHOP THE FALL SALE

With Labor Day behind us, school back in session, and sweaters hitting the mall shelves, there’s just no denying it anymore: fall is here. (We know, we know, it’s not technically until September 22, but you get the point.) HGTV Magazine is prepping you for the new season with our October issue. Find out which flowers you should be planting now, how to punch up your home with spooky style, and ways to enjoy your outdoor space year-round.
October Cover Color

Here’s just a little taste of what you’ll find inside the latest issue, on stands now!

dresser makeovers

All three of these dressers were done in just a weekend or less. Actually, the decal drawer fronts on the left only need a few hours of your free time! No more excuses for staring at old or drab furniture.

moutain view living room

This spacious living room with warm colors and a-maz-ing views in the mountains of North Carolina is home to the Corcell family. Step inside and see how they put together a stylish yet comfortable place.

curb appeal NJ

Take a stroll through Bergen County, NJ, and pick up ideas you can use to improve your own home’s curb appeal. (How cool is that Juliet balcony?)

Pick up your copy today, and become a subscriber so you never miss a decorating beat.

Well friends, I am back from maternity leave and my, hasn’t it been a nice summer? I’m dusting off my work laptop and thought I’d wrap up our little nursery series. When I last left you, we had our big reveal. And now? Well, meet Hugo:

Baby Hugo!
Y’all, this baby! He is really very good. It’s been so fun getting to know him and seeing him in the room I designed. Speaking of, if you’ve been wondering about sources for the nursery, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and take a look.

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If you’re still doing a bit of back-to-school shopping for the kiddos, don’t forget to send their lunch in style this year with an adorable animal lunchbox! Owls are always a fluttery favorite, but this blue and pink cheetah couldn’t be any cuter.

girls lunchbox

And for the little fellas, why not try a cute monster print or some darling dinos? Were lunchboxes this cute when I was in school?

boys lunchbox

PLUS: LUNCH IDEAS YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
More Crafts for Your Old Mags

Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
More Crafts for Your Old Mags

I don’t know about you, but it seems that I often have an extra cardboard box on my hands. The boxes should probably serve as warning to cut back my online shopping, but instead, they put me in a Designer MacGyver state of mind. I’ve done some searching to find creative ways to upcycle these old boxes, and I think you’ll agree with me – these ideas are downright crafty. Whether you’re working with a cereal box or a dishwasher box, there is sure to be a craft that’s just your speed.

Cardboard Playhouse
This first idea really inspired my inner craftiness. It. Is. So. Stinkin’. Adorable. And it’s made from a cardboard box. What more could a MacGyver (and a mini MacGyver) ask for? Head on over to The Mouse House to see how Hayley made it. Make sure to check out the inside too — it’s just as adorable.

Cardboard Box Notebooks

More Fun Cardboard Box Crafts

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