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The entire HGTV.com family has been waiting for this day for a long time. We can’t wait to “see” your reactions when you explore our new home. We’ve been working hard to bring you the best HGTV.com experience ever and we’re sure you’re going to love it.

Welcome to the Brand-New HGTV.com

What are you looking for? Whether it’s ideas, inspiration and how-tos about design and decorating, gardening, entertaining or remodeling, we have dedicated “channels” for each topic on our new site. Within each channel, you’ll find beautiful photo galleries, projects and videos to turn your house into a home that represents you.

Plus, we’ve added new sections that make it super easy to get to the best of everything from your favorite TV shows, HGTV Dream Home Giveaways and the most beautiful, inspirational photos in the new HGTV Photo Library.

The new HGTV.com is pure eye candy, and I can’t stop gushing. Take a look for yourself:

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Attention HGTV Superfans — let’s talk more about the TV experience. For our most popular shows, we’ve added more web-exclusive videos and photo galleries. Do you have a favorite HGTV pro? (Hello, #TeamJonathan/#TeamDrew!) You can now follow along and see everything they’re up to on their profile pages (check out Nicole‘s), featuring their latest photos, videos, social feeds and more.

Now, my favorite part of the all-new HGTV.com — our HGTV Photo Library. When you’re decorating or remodeling, there’s no such thing as “too much” inspiration, right? Here’s where the HGTV Photo Library comes into play. Our editors have traveled the country finding stunning work from the best designers and architects. Now, you can browse it all and get ideas for your own home. Plus, you’ll see your favorite rooms from HGTV shows in the mix. The best part? A feature called MyPhotos that makes it super easy to save, organize and share your favorite photos with friends, family and professionals.

Go ahead and make yourself at home on the brand-new HGTV.com, sponsored by Target and Kia.

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Ok, admission time: I am terrible at table settings.

My table is always too cluttered, too fussy, or too ugly. It never fails, and it’s frustrating. I’m determined to reverse the trend this Thanksgiving by planning ahead. I’ve already decided on a theme — light — or lights. As in, twinkling lights by way of metallics and candles. Light is always a great unfussy idea for decorating, it gives any holiday decor a romantic and festive glow.

Take a look at what is on my “Twinkling Tabletop” list.

wiw-tabletop

H&M is always my first stop when looking for trendy home decor. Their gold and white tea light holders are great source of sparkle. The plaid table runner is also from H&M, its white base and rustic gold and red accents will be perfect for my dining room.

I think Alix Adams’ DIY gold-leafed log candle holders will contrast well with the twig utensil set from World Market (IT’S ON SALE) and Pottery Barn‘s hanging acorn salt and pepper shakers. Ah, and the gilded animal plates from West Elm are entirely too cute to pass up, and the silver caterer’s chargers will look just perfect underneath them — at Pottery Barn, the set of 12 has been discounted to $63, not bad for something that will last 1,000,000 years.

Don’t forget West Elm’s Fair Isle glassware set. I’m super happy the set is on sale right now; it will bring one more much-needed shimmer of gold to my table. But don’t worry, I’ll be bringing in a few personal touches. I have a cake holder, like the one pictured from Etsy, that has been in the family for years. I also plan on creating some fall “faux-liage” indoors with this chandelier DIY idea. And this to-go station will be the perfect finishing touch to my Thanksgiving tabletop.

I’m getting too excited for Thanksgiving, and I’m already practicing the whole eating part.  But I’m just relieved that I’ll finally love the way my table is put together.

What about you? Is sparkle on the table or left out in the cold? Share with us your ideas for the entertaining season — we would love to hear.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Larisa B.!

Can you guess which sofa belongs in this living room?

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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 a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 November 5, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 6, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $52. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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With all this talk about social media and who to follow, I’ve been thinking about which Insta-designers’ photos I’ve been double tapping lately. Only one name comes to mind right now and that’s Scout Design Studio. The 15,000-square-foot studio in Dallas has not only made a name for itself  by beautifully refinishing furniture from days past, but also for sourcing and carrying some of the most unusual — and downright groovy — pieces.

I’ve collected a few of my favorites from their Instagram account to share with you.

scout- brass table

Scout- Brasspendants

scout- Stools

Scout- Pendants

Scout will refinish, reupholster or just totally redo any piece from their showroom as well as pieces that you already own or have purchased elsewhere. So if you’re in the Dallas area, or just need an excuse to travel, check out some of their American Hustle-worthy furnishings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to settle for drooling over our phone screens and looking through Scout’s incredible photos.

All photos via Scout Design Studios Instagram / @scoutdesignstudio

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Gold-Leafed Log Candleholder

One of my favorite fall and winter design trends is the beautiful mixture of metallic and earthy textures. I love holiday trees decked out in sparkly gold ornaments or twinkling silver lights dressing up mantels where warm log fires burn. Rustic and metallic elements are the perfect combo (the Batman and Robin of holiday home decor, if you will). This fall I crafted some log candleholders, but to make them extra glitzy I added gold leafing. I just love the rich texture that the gold leaf paper creates.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. For an easy Halloween decor idea, place pillar candles in clear hurricanes and fill halfway with candy corn. Note: For safety reasons, make sure to blow out the candles before it reaches the candy.

Candy Corn Candle Display

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Emily R. is the winner of a 6-quart electric pressure cooker from T-fal. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space and Happy Halloween!

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britney spears inspirational art
I usually like to run all of my DIY projects through the following filter: can a cranky six-year-old with bad hand/eye coordination do this? If the answer is yes: I’m all in.

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the rad quotes I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram, and I’ve been on the lookout for some dead easy projects that can help me create some original quote art of my own.  If you’re looking to up your art game, and want to create some original quote-age of your own, here are 3 projects that you (or your six-year-old) should try pronto:

1. Make Quote Art on Your Phone

There are so many great “word apps” out there that this one is truly a snap. Many of these apps allow you to add text over photos, but I like to use them against solid color backgrounds (TIP: if the app doesn’t have any solid color backgrounds to choose from, take a screenshot of a plain white block on your screen, send it to yourself, and boom: you’re in business).  A few of my faves for the iPhone are: Word Swag, Over and Notegraphy.

Choose a quote, type it up on your app, save to your phone’s photo album and post that puppy on Instagram (you may as well share all the quote-y fun with your friends!). You can then easily make yourself a custom canvas of your quote art with Canvas Pop. They’ll send you a wrapped canvas ready to be hung (no frame required) that’s either 12×12 or 20×20.

I made the above image with Notegraphy, and every time I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that I need to suck it up like Brit Brit.

magazine canvas word art

Photo credit: Six2eleven.com

2. DIY Magazine Quotes on Canvas

True confessions: I still read actual magazines. And for some reason, it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyeballs every time I have to throw one out, so this project was perfect for me.

Basically you have to find an old canvas (whenever I see these at a thrift store, I stock up), and then just cover it with all sorts of colorful images from all of the mags you have laying around. Maxi-pad ads, Viagra ads–nothing is off limits here as it will all be covered up. Just choose the brightest colors you can find, and use some mod podge or spray adhesive to glue everything down. Then use some vinyl letters to spell out your special quote, and paint over the whole darn thing in whatever color you’d like.

Once it’s all dry you can pull off the letters and then all the colorful magazine scraps will be shining through like the light in your freezer at 3am when you are trying to find that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Just me?

clipboard wall typography

Photo credit: Madigan Made

3. Clipboard Wall Art

Even I feel a little silly calling this a DIY project, cause well: it’s basically just buying clipboards and then hanging them on a wall, but whatever! They look super cute! I suck at DIY! Leave me alone!

Anyway, I love this project because it’s great if you’re the type that likes to change things up all the time. You can purchase some oil board stencils of all letters in the alphabet at an art or craft supply store, or even blow up individual letter in the font of your choosing and then print them out on your home computer. You can, of course, easily change the letters up to mix up your quotes, or if you are printing your own letters you can do more than one letter for each clipboard. You could even put one word on each clipboard. Yes: I always like to give you the guys the ultimate in flexibility. You’re welcome.

 

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Maybe it’s the fall weather or maybe it’s the designers I’m following on Instagram (thanks, Erica), but I’m definitely feeling menswear decor lately. From clean lines to tartan, I can’t get enough of the trend. Creating a warm, cozy space that’s both stylish and masculine can be a real challenge. I think that’s why designers like Brian Patrick Flynn and Benjamin Vandiver are so inspiring to me because they can integrate menswear patterns so effortlessly.

Now, check out some of my favorite menswear-inspired looks and see what strikes your fancy.

menswear mancaveTop, L to R: Vines Wool Rug, Mellby Chair, Western Bedroom | Middle, L to R: Victor Chair, Anchor Pillow, Ship Shaker | Bottom, L to R: Karlstad Sofa, Vintage Trunk, Pinstripe Wallpaper, Chair

The wool rug from West Elm combines a bright pop of color — something not often seen in masculine spaces — with a strong herringbone pattern. Ikea’s Mellby chair has modern lines and a low back paired with the go-to herringbone pattern. The classic Western bedroom look is the epitome of a menswear man cave.

West Elm’s Victor chair features a muted plaid fit for a Savile Row tailor, while four small buttons add the perfect finish for menswear inspiration. I actually found the anchor pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond. It’s fun and bright but still rugged with its anchor accent. Speaking of nautical, the cruise ship shaker from Pottery Barn is a magnificently appointed (say it with a martini in your hand) bar accessory (and the ideal gift for any mix-master friends).

The Karlstad sofa brings some POW into the menswear spectrum with its bright color. And vintage trunks always make for good coffee tables; Etsy is full of them. This pinstripe wall covering and plaid upholstered chair are two looks I think I might have to steal.

I’m feeling so sophisticated now, with all my plaids and my pinstripes, like I should be Sherlock Holmes for Halloween. But what do you think? Is menswear decor a “yes, sir” or a “no, ma’am”? You know what side I’m on. Let me know what you think.

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I was alerted by my dear friend that today is National Cat Day because she knows how much I love my little guy.

HGTV Editor Kayla Kitts Cat

My handsome cat, D’Artagnan.

This (unofficial) national holiday was started in 2005 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to urge the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year, and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate their own cat(s) for the love and companionship they provide us.

We know you spoil your cat 365 days a year, but give them a little something extra today for #NationalCatDay. Whether it’s a new toy, (extra) tasty treats, quality cuddle time or shelter donations, your cat will love the extra attention. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

DIY Catnip ToyMake a Catnip-Filled Cat Toy >>

More DIY cat toys to make:

How to Make a Cat CondoMake a Chic Cat Condo >>

DIY Cat CostumesDress Up Your Cat for Halloween >>

Celebrate your cat today and everyday. Author Charles Dickens said it best: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” #realtalk

Get tips and design ideas on making lovable pets mesh with a stylish home on HGTV.com.

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Can you guess what Halloween decor belongs on this outdoor porch?

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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 a 6-quart electric pressure cooker from T-fal. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 October 29, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 30, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $179.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. The chandelier features a cluster of glass globe pendants that balance the warm wood tones of the accent wall — creating a sleek look in this spa-like bathroom designed by Steve and Susan Besch.

Chic Bathroom With Tub

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Janet is the winner of a bolster dog bed from Crypton Home. Congrats!

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Halloween is creeping its way around the corner — just 2.5 weeks left. That means it’s time to plan and organize all of my recipes and decor ideas. Erica’s last post about black walls has me dreaming of how I want my house to look for Halloween.

So take a look-see at what has made my Halloween party to-do list so far.

WIW Halloween Party Ideas

Top L to R: Spider’s Nest Luminaries, Metallic Pumpkins
Middle: Mummy Haystack Snacks, Pallet Board Jack-O’-Lantern, Mr. Hyde Halloween Cocktail, Mini Candy Corn Layer Cake
Bottom L to R: Candy Corn Brownies, Candy Bar Cookies, Bat Pillow, Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch

I always try to stretch the mileage on my seasonal decor, which is why I’ll always go for items like the metallic pumpkins. While they fit right in for Halloween, they are still good up until Thanksgiving. Plus, they are shiny and we love shiny things. The pumpkin spice punch, brownie, and layer cake are also reusable holiday recipes — and trust me — you can never have too much candy corn. My mom always makes the best haystacks. Last Christmas I made about 400,000,000 of them with her. I might get her help on the mummy haystacks. But the pallet jack-o’-lantern is so cool that I just have to make one. I know I only have 2.5 weeks to use it, but those are 2.5 weeks that I’ll have the best jack-o’-lantern ever. And how cool does that Mr. Hyde potion look? I CAN’T WAIT.

I’ll be counting down the days — and staying pretty busy — with all of these recipes and decorations I have to make. It’s almost more fun than the actually holiday (almost).

What potions and party favors will you be serving up on Halloween this year? Have you found any creep, crawly decor ideas? Let me know and share them here!

 

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Janet!

Can you guess what type of lighting belongs in this bathroom?

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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 a bolster dog bed from Crypton Home. 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 October 22, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 23, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $249. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Have you noticed that chill in the air? Next week marks the official start of fall, and that means it’s time to layer, layer, layer: Think soft rugs, cozy throws and bedding to keep your toes toasty all night long. That’s why we’ve partnered with luxury linen brand Coyuchi to offer one lucky reader the chance to upgrade their bedding with a (free!) set of super-soft flannel sheets.

Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets

The thick, soft-to-the-touch sheets are made of organic cotton sourced and woven in Portugal. The lucky winner will receive his or her choice of color and size (twin, full, queen or king.) Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Do you swap out your bedding for fall? What’s your favorite way to do a seasonal update?

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 3:00 p.m. ET on October 17, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on October 20, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $198.00 to $348.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar

Ebola…breaking up with Taylor Swift while she’s writing a new album…Stephen King novels — these are all things we should be very afraid of, but black paint!? I double-pinkie-swear-promise that black paint isn’t scary at a-l-l. Like not even a little bit. Here are all of the reasons you should think about becoming BFFs with black paint pronto:

photo credit: Milk Magazine

1. Black paint is: Dramatic & Glam

Black paint has a magic way of making spaces look like they’re just dripping with glamour. There’s no way around it, black is bold, but I’ve discovered that the use of black paint can elevate a space more than almost any other color. Black painted rooms will make you think about: chic hotel suites, old Hollywood stars, elegant dinner parties. There is no way around it: black paint is just so darn glam.

TIP: If you’re not ready to dive into painting an entire room black, try painting your entire doors black. This has a similarly glam effect on a space and won’t require as much paint.

photo credit: The Design Files

2. Black paint is: Cozy

I feel like the “dark paints make your space look small” fairytale has reached cult-like status out in the general public, and though opinions are shifting, that’s still usually the first thing a client says to me when I suggest a dark color for their space. TRUTH TIME: I’ve simply not found this old adage to be even a teeny tiny bit true. In fact, I’ve even found that dark colors like black are sometimes able to open-up spaces and make them look larger than a light or white paint would. However, I do find that dark colors seem to magically create a warmth in a space that is hard to replicate with white. There is a “coziness” that develops there with the richness of a black hue that feels surprisingly home-y and comfortable.

TIP: Dip your toe into the black paint pool by choosing a smaller room in your home (like a powder room or a guest bedroom), and start from there. If you like that “all snuggled up and cozy by the fire” feeling, you can try black in other spaces in your home from there.

photo credit: Jack Thompson for Paper City Mag

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Can you guess which fireplace belongs in this living room?

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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 a Febreze air purifier. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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 October 15, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 16, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $74.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Since it has pretty much looked like Forks, Washington (cue visuals of rain, cold and general ugliness) here for the last week — the reality of fall and winter is starting to set in. Because I can’t leave my fireplace on ALL day long — I’ve decided what will get me through the inevitable cold weather is all-new bedding.

It looks like I picked a perfect time to start looking — everyone is starting to release their winter bedding and decor collections. As always, flannel is the hot-ticket but a few brands are getting creative with uber luxurious Mohair blankets and Lamb’s fur pillows.

Check out my list of wants for the season.

Want it Wednesday: Bedding

Left column: Dapper Animal pillow covers, H&M Plaid sheet set, Target Fair Isle blanket, Restoration Hardware faux fur throw
Middle Column: Patch NYC for West Elm reindeer duvet cover
Right column: Anthropologie temple bells pillows, World Market ice skating foxes pillow, Woolrich Logan Ridge blanket, Target holiday flannel sheet set

The Target flannel sheets will last forever, but I can’t wait to wrap up in the Fair Isle blanket — it’ll go great with some hot coffee and that fireplace I was telling you about. The reindeer duvet, part of an ongoing collaboration between Patch NYC and West Elm, gives off a great retro-rustic vibe. The fox and animal pillows are also right on trend — many designers and decorators are turning to our four-legged friends for inspiration. One of our favorite designers, Brian Patrick Flynn, is feeling pretty foxy too — check out one of his latest projects on Instagram.

I know you all are gearing up for the cold weather just like me. Tell me your favorites and share what you have to keep warm this season!

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