In the coming weeks, I’ll be visiting and reporting from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on behalf of HGTV and HGTVGardens and soaking up all that is floral, botanical, design and style-centric in this incredible city.
Last week was gorgeous at HGTV Headquarters: warm, sunny and clear. This time of year, I want my decor to follow suit, with bright colors and nature-inspired patterns. Of course, I can’t totally redo my house every time the weather changes, but if I start with a neutral palette, I can swap out my accessories for a seasonal mini makeover. Taking cues from this airy, contemporary living room by Kapito Muller Interiors, here are some tips for infusing a neutral space with the freshness of spring.
Everything in HGTV Magazine has been bigger than ever lately. The May issue included a huge all-paint special section, and the brand-new June issue is following suit with a bigger, brighter and even better Flea Market Flips Blowout with a total of 12 projects.
We transformed chairs, brought desks back to life and reinvented old lamps. We even created an illustrated step-by-step on how to turn flower seed packets into pillows — exclusively for online readers at hgtv.com/sew-pillow-covers.
Weddings are typically full of traditions. Everything from who walks the bride down the aisle to where your guests sit to what you serve for dessert have an expected tradition tied to them. In your planning process, I’m sure you’ve discovered that you agree with some traditions while wanting to do away with others. So what do you do when you don’t like cake and want to walk the aisle by yourself? You do what you want! Modern couples, like yourselves, want to put a personal spin on their weddings. In other words: Do away with some traditions and update others with contemporary flair. A good place to start? Giving the decor a personal touch.
photo by Les Loups
Using long tables instead of the traditional round ones? Then you are definitely going to need place cards. Marking each guest’s seat makes them feel taken care of and comfortable. Use unexpected materials for your place cards that speak to something that you and your fiance love. One of my couples last year are both film writers. We purchased old movie reels of their favorite films, cut them up, and had a calligrapher write their guests names right on the film. Such a personal detail!
photo by hart & sol photography
To let your guests find their table, each table will need what is traditionally a number. Use this decor detail as an opportunity to infuse your personalities into your wedding! This couple loved the 1960s. We sourced real, vintage records all from the 1960s that had a love theme and used them as table “numbers”. Each escort card had a picture of the record instead of a number to help guests find their table. You can use cities you’ve traveled to together, names of your favorite foods, the restaurants you went on your firsts dates at, or even your best photos together.
It’s getting warm here at HGTV Headquarters, and all I want to do this weekend is sit on a patio with a cool beverage. I love the heat and the sun for about two weeks before I’m ready to nest inside with the air conditioning, but this stunning backyard oasis designed by landscape architect Eva Knoppel would keep me outside year-round no matter the temperature.
The property sits on a slope, so Knoppel designed the outdoor area around terraces with multiple levels. The above outdoor kitchen and dining space sits just outside the home’s living room, making it a natural extension of the indoor living areas and perfect for entertaining. Next to the outdoor kitchen is a large seating area with a cozy fireplace nestled among mature olive trees.
The outdoor living area overlooks a pool, hot tub and cabana on the lower level of the backyard. The homeowners love to entertain, so there’s extra seating around the pool to accommodate large gatherings. The space beyond is terraced to accommodate the slope of the property and planted mostly with succulents, which easily tolerate California’s drought conditions.
It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about this yard, but mine might be the inside of the cabana — it’s got the best of both worlds with curtains which tie back to let the breeze in, a ceiling fan to keep it comfortable, plus colorful, comfortable built-in benches where you can read, watch TV or nap. Yes, please.
This yard moves easily from daytime to night, thanks to the smart, ambient lighting choices and the fireplace seen above. That fireplace would be so cozy on spring evenings when the temperatures decide to dip back toward the winter end of the thermometer.
What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below.
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For the June High/Low Challenge we quizzed you to spot the price difference between these two yellow pendant lights. You were correct if you answered Left: Low, Right: High. (The lucky winner will be notified via email.) In the meantime, here’s more about these looks.
With a metal shade and a cute matching cord, the “low” light is a no-brainer. The “high” option on the right features an opal glass shade that creates a warm, flattering glow. Find these and more amazing High/Low finds in the June issue of HGTV Magazine on sale Tuesday.
Didn’t participate in our High/Low Challenge this month? With great prizes that include exclusive HGTV Magazine gear, you’ll want to join the fun next time! See you then.
Earlier this week I sent out an email to the D-Hap team asking, “What are you getting your mom/grandmother/godmother/special lady for Mother’s Day and why?” Here’s what I got:
1. Spiralizer + Cookbook. “I’m getting my mom this spiralizer and cookbook from Williams-Sonoma. She mentioned this gadget to me months ago, and luckily, I remembered! We’re a family who loves to cook, and cook together, and I’m excited to test a few recipes out with her during Mother’s Day weekend.” — Alyssa Sparacino
2. Mini Fern Garden. ”My mom has a deep love of gardening, so this year I’m making her a miniature fern garden so she can bring the outdoors in. This faceted Cynthia Rowley planter is too perfect filled with ferns, mosses and miniature vines. I love it so much I made one for myself, too!” — Marianne Canada
3. Handmade Hanging Basket. “While I sometimes have trouble finding the “perfect” gift for my handmade item-loving Mom for other holidays, I always get her the same thing for Mother’s Day: a hanging basket. Since she’s an avid flower gardener, she counts on the fact that my sister and I will replenish the blooms on her front porch. My sister always gets Mom a trailing fuchsia plant, while I switch it up from year to year, but always pick out something that coordinates with the pink-and-purple flowers. This year, I’m making it extra-special by planting a custom mix of plants in a pretty hanging planter.” — Liz Gray
4. Sweet Hedgehog Planter. “My mother and I have a fondness for hedgehogs and also for gardening, so when I spied this whimsical earthenware planter from West Elm, I knew it had to be mine. I bought a version for myself, too. (I am a mother after all!) I’ll pot my mother’s up with succulents for gift-giving and include a gift basket with some favorite Riesling from a recent trip to Asheville, N.C., some luxurious garden-to-shower bath products and a few little surprises, many of them garden-related, for good measure.” — Felicia Feaster
5. eReader Protector. I actually have no idea what to get my mom this year, so she’s probably going to end up with a restaurant gift card or something. She always has a beach trip planned for the end of May, so in the past I’ve gotten her this terrycloth beach reader to protect her Kindle, which is her number one beach companion, and this luxe cover because it stays put on the beach chaise lounger. — Beth Rucker
6. Homemade Spa Kit. For this Mother’s Day I’m making my mom some homemade bath salts with sea salt, almond oil and essential oils of lavender and rosemary. It will be wrapped up with a luxurious body lotion and a yummy candle. — Michelle Edgemont
Now we want to know: what are you getting that special woman for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Flower arranging seems to be one of those things that mystify some people. It’s frustrating to buy a beautiful bunch of flowers, plop them in a vase, and have the results end up less than attractive, but artfully arrange florist bouquets aren’t always in the budget. Well, have no fear! Armed with some grocery store blooms, a vase, a sharp pair of scissors, and some tape, I’m going to show you how to craft your own custom floral masterpiece just in time for Mother’s Day.
As long as you have a good combination of focal flowers, filler, and greenery, you can’t go wrong! See the simple steps now:
For this arrangement, I used:
Don’t limit your arrangements to flowers from the florist — I added ferns and leaves from my yard to fill out the vases and add a personal touch.
For an extra-special touch, make the gold-leaf vases featured in the video. Get the how-to instructions here >>
What are your best tips for flower arrangements? Leave your words of wisdom in the comments below.
Now, let’s talk about pattern, that often-overlooked design element that can take any room’s style from just so-so to oh-so-sophisticated. Like past markets, graphic, retro-inspired patterns were visible but no longer the new kids on the block. Instead, subtle, organic patterns that showcase each material’s natural beauty have the design world taking notice:
Have you all had a chance to look through every bright and beautiful space from HGTV Spring House? Maybe even tried out some of the seasonally-inspired DIYs, recipes and entertaining ideas? I thought so. It sounds like you’re ready to party with us. Join HGTV editors for a Pinterest Party TONIGHT, May 7, from 8-10:00 p.m. EST.
Pour yourself some wine, stretch out on your outdoor lounger and get ready for two full hours of colorful decorating ideas, entertaining tips and inspired projects to keep you busy all season long.
Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our HGTV Spring House board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Pendants are one of our favorite kinds of light fixtures at HGTV Magazine. You’ll find them in house tours, kitchen remodels and even curb appeal stories. This month, we’re particularly keen on these sunshine-yellow options on the High/Low List. They’re similar in size, shape and color, but — you know the drill — different in price. Can you guess which lovely light costs a bit more than the other?
To enter this month’s High/Low Challenge, make your choice and tell us in the comments below (ex: Left: Low, Right: High). One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes the latest June issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV Mag tote bag and an HGTV Mag calendar (brand-new item alert!). You must answer correctly to be eligible to win. Lock in those answers now — entry ends tomorrow, May 8, at 2 p.m. Check back then to see if you were right, and get more info on both pendants.
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It’s finally warm outside, so it’s time to spruce up your outdoor space for guests. Whether you’re entertaining for a large, formal party or gathering a few friends for a low-key barbecue, there’s nothing like dining al fresco. So, we’d like to know — do you prefer a private dining experience like HGTV host Jamie Durie created with this vertical garden wall, or one with expansive views like the one in Sarah Richardson’s summer house? Vote in our poll below, then tell us which design you chose and why.
May we take a moment to look ahead and see what may be trending on Pinterest in May? Okay, okay, you get it. It’s May! There’s a good chance that if you’re a Pinterest junkie like me, you’ve been using the site to find a gift for Mom (the clock is ticking!) or plan your wedding like Kayla and Liz. We rounded up some other trending topics we’ve seen popping up on Pinterest this month.
Spring cleaning is in full swing. Pinterest is a hotbed of inspiration and ideas to help you squeeze every bit of storage space out of your home. Case in point:
Raise your hand if you’re planning a kitchen remodel! Marianne recently took the plunge and we can’t wait to see how this “before” was transformed. If you’re collecting ideas for the kitchen of your dreams, you’re not alone.
Are you a Pinaholic? What are you using Pinterest for this month? Tell us in the comments!
Camille joked that I’m a magpie after I spent most of our trip to High Point Market taking pictures of shiny things and beautiful light fixtures. What can I say? I like the design bling! Plus, it’s hard not to be drawn to the glitter light and gilded finishes when they were all over the showrooms in High Point, N.C.
These are not your mother’s pendant lights. The humble shape had many a luxe upgrade by designers at High Point Market, following the overall trend away from the rustic look. Be it a meticulous lace-inspired shade design, geometric shapes or rosy gold finishes, hot new lighting designs are all about making a statement. Designers are even getting inventive with the materials they’re using for pending lights, such as Shiner International’s use of corrugated cardboard, as seen in the bottom right image below.
Though its roots go back to midcentury style and the Space Race days, the Sputnik chandelier is well-represented in modern design. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik satellite, the classic look of the fixture features a central globe supporting many arms, each with a single bulb at its end. While that design hasn’t gone out of style, designers are getting creative with their interpretations of the Sputnik. We saw fixtures with agate slices, quartz crystal lights, black and rose gold finishes and even arms inspired by coral.
While trends are slowly veering away from rustic, nature-inspired decor is still popular. Well, sort of. Patterns and shapes inspired by nature were everywhere at High Point Market, but came with a metallic finish. Warm metallic finishes are especially hot, as you can see below:
Metallic finishes have even made their way over to the taxidermy accents that have been hot the past few years. And maybe metallic skulls don’t exactly fall into the taxidermy category per se, but I can tell you they were EVERYWHERE. Next big thing, people!
What do you think of all this design bling? Tell us in the comments below.
Do you have a glass problem? Maybe every time you finish a jar of jam or honey, you just can’t make yourself toss the empty. Perhaps you, like me, see the beauty in a Franks Red Hot bottle (those curves!). If so, do I have the project for you. These paint-and-gold-leaf-adorned vases are so beautiful you’d never know they were rescued from the recycle bin. Watch the video to learn how to make your own:
If you’re planning to tackle this project, let me give you a few tips:
1. Make sure to give your glass jar a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol, and let it dry completely before starting.
2. Mixing non-acetone nail polish remover with acrylic multi-surface paint gives it a pourable consistency, and if you let it dry overnight as advised, it’s perfectly safe to bake in your oven.
3. Oven-baking will cure your paint in 30 minutes, making it safe to hold water without ruining your paint job. If you’d prefer to skip the oven, let the vase cure for 21 days before using.
4. Gold leaf will last longer with a coat of sealant on top, but either way this is a handwash-only project.
Filled with flowers, I think you’ll agree, this is the perfect last minute DIY gift for Mother’s Day. I’m particularly taken with the way the gold leaf dresses up a mason jar, wouldn’t you agree?
When Mother’s Day rolls around, some people join forces with siblings to brainstorm gift ideas – or perhaps for a bit of sibling rivalry over who can find the best gift. Others, like me, only have furry siblings, which has its advantages: I’m always the best gift-giver by default, and I never have to look too far for a present for Mom. If there’s one thing I can count on, it’s that my mom loves animals and, by extension, animal-related gifts. If your parent is as devoted to her pets as mine is, here are some fun Mother’s Day gifts.
1. Personalized Pet Pillow. Give your mom a personalized keepsake of her pet with this pillow. Choose between 12 cat graphics or 12 dog graphics, then add three messages that define her furry companion. Depending on your mom’s sense of humor, you can take a heartfelt approach (“loving friend”) or a cheeky one (“hairball queen.”)
2. Dog Breed Necklace. IvyByDesign‘s Etsy shop features sterling silver necklaces (with a personalized engraving option) in a wide range of dog and cat breeds. Whether Mom is fond of Dachshunds or Dobermans, you’ll likely find her four-legged friend of choice here.
3. Dogs Are Better Than People Tote. We all know it’s true – say it loud and proud with this tote. Hand sewn in America, this bag is machine-washable and double stitched at seams and stress points so it’s super sturdy.
4. Animal Icon Bath Trays. Bring a touch of charm to Mom’s bathroom countertops with these ceramic trays. Choose between three playful designs (rabbit, fox or pig) in a classic black-and-white color scheme.
5. Cat Tea-for-Two Set. If Mom’s a cat owner and a tea drinker, she’ll love this adorable tea-for-two set. It includes a pair of petite cups with polka dot trim, plus an onyx black teapot topped with a lid that looks like a playfully peeking feline. There’s also a removable strainer that makes brewing loose leaf tea a breeze.
6. Cat Person Circle Scarf. Let your stylish mom show off her affinity for felines with this cute infinity scarf. Black cat silhouettes dot the semi-sheer, mint-hued fabric.
What type of gift is always a hit with your mom? Pet gifts? Jewelry? Tasty treats? Tell us in the comments below.
The “where to put the TV” conundrum has become a lightning-rod issue for interior decorators and design enthusiasts alike. Some revel in the challenge of how to display their beloved flat panels, and others wish to pretend it wasn’t there (often by hiding it and rarely fooling anyone).
Gone are the days of giant heavier-than-you TVs that begged to be “housed” in something attractive. TVs today can be hung like a picture or placed on a credenza like an artifact. And with super-thin bezels and curved screens, they’re getting prettier, especially when you run a photo gallery of art or photography when they’re not in use.
So what do you like to do with your set: Keep ‘em covered, or show ‘em off? (Wait, we’re still talking about TVs, right?) Let’s look at some fun and beautiful ways to hide (or not?) your television.
Mounted in a Cedar Niche: At the HGTV Smart Home 2015, they know how to do it right: the TV in the living room hides in plain sight on a rustic cedar accent wall, and when I saw it, it was displaying works of art. It’s nice to have a little culture … when you’re not in the middle of a House Hunters marathon, of course.
Motorized TV Covers: When I saw this media wall at HGTV Smart Home 2013, the geek in me was smitten. Artwork on a canvas rolls up to reveal three. separate. screens. Sports fans, commence drooling. Of course, when you’re done watching, the art rolls down and your living room reclaims its pretty.
Hidden TV Screen: Where’s the TV? It’s in the ceiling! This means that the intricately detailed stone mantel isn’t covered up by a screen, but you’re ready for movie night when you need it.
Welcome to the first installment of our new series, HGTV Design Fix! Everyone has those nagging design issues, from how to move forward on a living room decorating project to how to stretch your budget to the max and still have a stylish home.
Each month, we’ll answer a reader’s question about their biggest design dilemma. This month, we’re talking patio design on a budget. HGTV Facebook fan Tobey M. asks: “When i bought the house, it had a patio with a roof and a concrete floor. It is very dark and dreary. How can i add some privacy and brighten up the area on a very low budget?”
Tobey, you’re in luck — our HGTV.com staff is all about stretching a dollar in the name of good design. Here are some of our favorite ways to add privacy and style to a patio without breaking the bank.
Your classic margarita goes as follows: tequila, triple sec, (fresh!) lime juice, ice and salt for the rim — simple with a kick. This year, we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo by taking the classic margarita and transforming it with the season’s most enticing fruits, vegetables and spices. From coconut and blood orange to chopped mango, we’ve got six new ways to amp up your margarita game.
Mixologist and tequila expert Jay Silverman uses a delicious blend of summer fruits to give this margarita both a savory and fruity taste.
1. Rim a rocks glass with smoked gray salt.
2. Combine fruit juices, Mandarine Napoleon, pomegranate molasses and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
3. Serve over fresh ice in the glass.
4. Garnish with a lime wheel.
If you’re as lucky as me, you grew up with a mom that loved to cook and bake. Every night, we had dinner made from scratch and made with love. When Mother’s Day rolls around every year, I know I can’t go wrong with a gift she can use and enjoy in her beloved kitchen. See my favorite items that I think any mom-turned-gourmet-chef would love to receive.
1. Butterfly Field Apron. Does your mom host a lot of parties? She can look stylish while prepping meals in front of her guests with this floral-print apron. The combination of modern and vintage style will help Mom look good even though she may be making a mess.
2. Monogram Cutting Board. If the mom in your life loves to grill, then look no further. This monogram cutting board is two gifts in one — a birch wood board and an iron brand with your mom’s initials. Surprise her by initialing the cutting board before giving it to her, then give the iron initials so she can brand all her future grilling meals.
3. Personalized Stamp Kit. This stamp kit is a great gift for the mom who often times gifts her edible creations. The personalized stamp will let all her gift recipients know their treat was made with love from her very own kitchen.
4. Gold-Dipped Ceramic Cake Serving Set. Although this serving set looks like something to save for a special occasion, Moms who have finer taste will want to bring these beauties out any day.
5. Miette Pastry Cookbook. If you’re familiar with San Francisco, you may know the infamous Miette pastry shop. No matter where Mom lives, she can mimic the shop’s recipes in her kitchen with the Miette pastry cookbook. Bonus: Maybe Mom will let you be her taste tester.
6. Blood Orange-Infused Olive Oil. If your mom is ready to try something new in the kitchen, give her something she hasn’t tried yet, like specialty olive oils. To accompany the oils, look up recipes online that specifically call for these infusions and print them out on pretty card stock.
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