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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day tends to be a week of recovery from the hectic holiday season. But if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party or New Year’s Day brunch, it’s a time for one final push. That’s why these geometric plate chargers are the perfect decorating solution: They’re a snap to make while you catch up on the best shows of 2014, and they make a huge visual impact.

Make Your Own Painted Geometric Chargers

To make these simple table accents, just tape off different sizes of triangles on a wooden charger plate (available at your local craft store.) We used bright hues of acrylic paint to create this fun design, but black and gold would be an elegant twist for New Year’s Eve. Add two coats of paint, then peel off the tape. Place under dishes at each place setting or underneath plain appetizer plates for a more casual party.

Geometric Chargers on Table

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How do you keep it simple when decorating for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Tell us your tips in the comments below.

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The last year was a big one for HGTV Magazine! We ran special departments like the all-paint-everything section in June. We got to look inside the homes of more and more HGTV stars—Alison Victoria’s kitchen, Genevieve Gorder’s HUGE NYC remodel, not to mention Jonathan and Drew Scott’s family home in Las Vegas. We also debuted the first ever duel cover with the May issue, teaming up with sister publication Food Network Magazine. Whew—what a year!

HGTV Magazine 2014 Issues

A year with HGTV Magazine

We thought it would be fun to round up some of the most memorable content from each issue for a look back on a year of DIYs, house tours, star encounters, and brand new ways to make HGTV Magazine a part of your home.

As they all do, the year began with a brand-new calendar. In this case, the Jan/Feb issue shared a year’s worth of DIY wreaths, with a new project for every month.

The March issue held one of our most popular stories of the year by far: 7 Ways to Fill Up Your Walls. With ideas for the kitchen, living room, and office, no wall should be left bare.

By April, our jaws had hit the floor with a show-stopping house tour out of sunny Florida. Every room held something to awe, but we’re particularly fond of the giant chalkboard calendar. (Make one yourself with the online-exclusive instructions.)

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Wall art from March and XL chalkboard calendar from April

Spring cleaning kicked into high gear with the May issue. We found some items in the attic that deserved a second life.

Everyone fell in love with this beach house with new bones and old charm. The on-the-water back “yard” with three tiers of patios doesn’t hurt either.

In the July/August issue we visited another beach house. This time Vern Yip invited us to beat the summer heat at his Florida home, and we’re still dreaming about the rooftop pool.

beach house and Vern Yip

Two amazing beaches houses from the summer issues

Our creative editors came up with genius DIY art ideas for the kitchen to share in the September issue. The pineapple plate and teacups on canvas were big hits.

October delivered Genevieve’s big overhaul we mentioned above, but also the know-how to create a stylish space of your own. We narrowed down the list of the BEST online shopping sites for home goods. Happy decorating!

We spent some serious time flipping (flea market finds), updating (discarded paintings), and creating (projects with cloth napkins) in November, so it’s fair to say it was a major DIY issue.

Finally, how better to wrap up a fabulous 2014 than with a decked out holiday issue! One of our favorites stories takes you inside the Fixer Upper house loaded with charming seasonal touches. You can still pick up a copy on newsstands now (Jan/Feb 2015 is available 1/6), and in it you’ll find our ultimate gift guides to buy, make, or bake the perfect present this year. We also share helpful tips for holiday lights, ways to deck the halls all around the house, and a home that was born holiday-ready.

December issue content

A Fixer Upper holiday kitchen and a log-stacked fireplace in a winter-ready home

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New Year’s Eve is the last of the winter holidays, so it may take the back burner to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. The holiday season may have sucked your wallet dry, but you can still throw a dazzling New Year’s Eve party. I have one word for you: upcycling. Save all your glittery Christmas decor to spruce up your NYE party with our easy tips below. It’s all in the details!

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Skip the fancy tablecloth this year, and use leftover Christmas wrapping paper instead. If you don’t have any wrapping paper left, stores have big discounts on Christmas items this time of year.

Learn More Ways to Upcycle

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The wait is over. Today marks the first day you can enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 sweepstakes. You’ve probably already seen gorgeous photos of the Martha’s Vineyard home, but if you haven’t, you must take a look. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in this Cape Cod-style getaway? Enter twice daily — once on HGTV.com and FrontDoor.com — for a chance to win.

HGTV Dream Home 2015

Haven’t seen the house yet? Take the tour:

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As you prep for New Year’s Eve festivities, don’t forget a fizzy signature cocktail for midnight toasting. Here are a few of our favorites that are more exciting than just wine or champagne but can still be made in minutes.

Pomegranate Sparkler

Pom Sparkler Cocktail

Photo + recipe courtesy of VOGA Italia Wine

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 3 ounces VOGA Prosecco
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice

Scoop 1 teaspoon of fresh pomegranate seeds into a champagne glass. Pour in pomegranate juice, then top with VOGA Prosecco.

Grapefruit Mimosa

Sparking Grapefruit Cocktail

Get the recipe for this sparkling grapefruit cocktail >>

More Bubbly Recipes for New Year’s Eve

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Blustery temperatures and winter weather have me dreaming of one thing — a cozy cabin weekend. Driving to the mountains and shacking up with friends and family for a long weekend of good food and good movies — never a bad idea.

HGTV’s FrontDoor tried to tempt me into a winter vacation dream by showcasing this idyllic Aspen cabin. Check out this adorable getaway with flawless views of the Rocky mountains.

Aspen Cabin Front

Isn’t it cute? There is no need for a massive log mansion — I mean, I wouldn’t complain — but this quaint little cottage looks like it was built for full-of-nothing weekends.

Aspen Cabin Living Room

Aspen Cabin Fireplace

All you need is a working fireplace and dvd player for a great weekend retreat. I love this cabin’s rustic chandelier and the open concept really lets you soak up all the wood construction.

Aspen Cabin Window

Aspen Cabin Master

That comfy leather chair looks like a good spot to curl up and read, or maybe just watch the snow fall — if you’re lucky enough. The windows in the master bedroom also have wonderful woodsy views. But here is what really has me dreaming of this cabin…

Aspen Overhead

Aspen Mountain Views

Those incredible mountain views. You know the coffee commercial where the entirely too-happy morning couple is drinking in front of sprawling mountain views? Well, that couple wishes they were here. The way the sun makes the snow sparkle on the top of the mountain would make me a morning person.

I can’t wait for my first chance to see the mountains this season. Have plans for family retreats or full-of-nothing weekends? Share them with us here — we would love to see where you’re going!

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We pride ourselves in inspiring our viewers and readers with pretty, pretty pictures of gorgeous rooms and smart ideas here at HGTV. So it’s no surprise that our Pinterest fans eat up what we share.  Some of the pics rose to the top to be the clear leaders as this year’s fan favorites. Take a look, pin for yourself, and let us know if you think these are the best – or which HGTV shots you like even better.



So what do you think? Are these the best of the best?

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hgtv hosts at the holidays

We all love watching these guys do their magic on TV, but do you ever wonder what they’re like in “real” life? I don’t know about you, but I love getting to know more about our hosts’ lives off-camera. (Stars! They’re just like us.) You’ve got to watch this adorable video where everyone from the Property Brothers to Hilary and David tell us about their favorite part of the holidays. And most importantly, where they fall on the hot chocolate vs. eggnog divide.

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See Who’s an Eggnog Lover

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blue room tree
Have you ever wished you could sneak behind the curtain at the White House and snoop around? Wish granted! Genevieve Gorder was given exclusive access to tour the White House while it is all dressed up for Christmas. We took tons of pictures to share with you, but don’t ask us to pick a favorite! It’s too hard. Pour a cup of hot cocoa, lean back and have a look at these stunning shots of the president and first family’s home.

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First Lady Michelle Obama decorating cookies with special guests.

red room

The Red Room

state dining room

State Dining Room decor

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I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.

For Anyone: Personalized Gift Baskets

Holiday Gift Baskets

Gourmet gift basket ideas >>

For Her: Vintage Hair Comb

Vintage Hair Clip

Get this plus even more handmade gift ideas >>

For the Chef: Rustic Bread Board

Rustic Bread Board

Make a bread board in six steps >>

Gifts for Him, the Pet + More

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brown butter eggnog waffles

The big morning has almost arrived and between all of the shopping and wrapping of gifts, have you stopped to think about what you’ll be eating? A great way to begin the special day is with a tasty and filling breakfast (or brunch, depending on how early you awake) and serving Brown Butter and Eggnog Waffles will make it extra special. The golden brown squares have a crisp crust and moist fluffy interior with bits of brown butter streaked throughout. Also, the recipe helps put the last of the eggnog to good use. The batter is purposefully designed to be made the night before, saving you precious time. In the morning when you’re ready to make the waffles, simply heat and oil your waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve with a spoonful Strawberry and Orange Topping and a hefty dollop of whipped cream for extra decadence. Complete the meal by serving the waffles along side cooked thick cut bacon and plenty of orange juice. Happy Holidays!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Cranberry!

Can you guess which holiday decor belongs in this foyer?

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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 ceramic travel mug with a fabric cozy from HGTV HOME. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Type 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 December 17, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 18, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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After an extensive selection process involving 100+ submissions from talented designers across the US and weeks of online voting where HGTV fans cast hundreds of thousands of votes, we have a winner. Drumroll, please.  Everyone join us in congratulating Caitlin McCarthy, the winner of our Fresh Faces of Design competition!

Caitlin’s genius small-space solutions and approachable high-meets-low design style wowed HGTV fans who voted her design tops in the small space category, then won over the judges who crowned her the winner overall. Here are a few photos of Caitlin’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles loft plus the judges’ POV on why she swept the competition:

Becky LaFranchi, Communications and Interior Design Manager for Ikea USA, had this to say: “When designing a small space, every detail is important, each decision impacts another, and the ability to edit is key.” Caitlin pulls together a beautifully balanced, collected-over-time look that tells a story but is well edited and doesn’t feel cluttered:  grouping on side table
Jillian St. Charles, Vice President of HGTV.com adds, You don’t see many luxe-looking galley kitchens. This very functional space combines materials and judicious use of color in a way that’s really engaging.”small-space-urban-kitchen
Brian Patrick Flynn, Interior Designer and Founder of FlynnsideOut Productions was impressed with Caitlin’s mastery of scale and the way she incorporated the loft’s century-old architectural elements, like the exposed brick and original hexagonal tile floor:
Caitlin McCarthy urban loft seating area
All the judges could agree that Caitlin’s design is approachable and deftly combines bargain finds with glamorous touches, like these Thomas O’Brien Hicks pendants that illuminate the hallway-turned-dining room: Hicks pendants
Off the dining room is the loft’s main bedroom. Doorless white walls give the loft a cohesive feel that helps the small spaces flow one into the next:
small urban bedroom
The jewelbox of a bedroom conceals a real gem: a boutique-worthy glass-doored closet:
illuminated closet in urban apartment
But that isn’t the loft’s only surprise — what looks like a built-in in the living room is actually…
apartment living room
a Murphy bed that cleverly tucks away when not in use. Genius!
murphy bed hidden in built-in cabinet
Judge Becky LaFranchi summed up this petite pied a terre best, “Caitlin’s design proves that small-space living can be both stylish and comfortable. It also feels very individualized, and not at all cookie-cutter, like you might expect a tiny space to be.” Brava, Caitlin, congrats on your win!

But Caitlin isn’t our only winner, HGTV fans chose the designers listed below as a stand-out in their category. Need a little design inspiration? Be sure to check ‘em out!

Best Outdoor Space: Mike Albert, Design Workshop, Inc.
Most Serene Retreat: Angela Rasmussen, House 2 Home Design & Build
Best Use of Color: Bria Hammel, Bria Hammel Interiors
Most Family-Friendly Space: Jordan Iverson, Iverson Signature Homes
Best Space for a Party: Katie Marvin, S&K Interiors
Best Kitchen: Katy Lyons, Jamestown Designer Kitchens
Most Dramatic Transformation: Lauren Levant Bland, Lauren Levant Interior
Most Unusual Space: Angela Rasmussen, House 2 Home Design & Build
Best Use of Pattern/Texture: Sadie Sanchez Johnson, Amanda Austin Interiors
Best Small Space: Caitlin McCarthy, Caitlin & Caitlin

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Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and we have some pretty festive ideas to keep your celebrations rocking until the 24th.

Mood Board Monday: Hanukkah HuesPhotos: Dining Room, Place Card, Tree, Favor, Doughnuts, Cupcake, Centerpiece, Garland

Check back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss one? See all the posts here.

More last-minute Hanukkah ideas:

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happy hanukkah

Ceramic Dachshund Menorah: Jonathan Adler

 

Hanukkah is coming! Hanukkah is coming!

While those of us who celebrate the festival of lights don’t have elves on shelves or themed frothy alcoholic beverages, we’ve still got some pretty fab ideas on how you can make your 8-day holiday extravaganza totally rockin.’

1. Listen to SiriusXM Radio Hanukkah

From December 16-24, you can tune into channel 68 on SiriusXM for more Hanukkah tunes than you’ll know what to do with. You can keep Radio Hanukkah on in the background while you’re whipping up some sweet potato latkes with feta and leeks #ifyouknowhowtocook #idont

hanukkah manicure

Photo credit: Flight of Whimsy

2. Get a Hanukkah Manicure

We all know that you can decorate your home to get more into the Hanukkah spirit, but why not decorate your nails? Nothing says “Happy Hanukkah” like a custom nail art glittered menorah on your nails. Amirite??

3. Play Connect Four or Checkers with Hanukkah Gelt

You know those surprisingly delish little gold coins you buy to get the kids all hopped up on sugar? Well they’re also the perfect size game playing pieces! Here’s a great tutorial on how you can get the kiddos into the holiday spirit by using their gelt as playing pieces in some of their favorite games.

4. Embrace the “Mensch on a Bench”

Ok, I know I already said us Hanukkah folk don’t have an elf on the shelf option, BUT, we do have a “mensch on a bench!” This handy alternative was invented by a Jewish father who felt bad telling his son that they couldn’t get onto the elf on a shelf train with the rest of his Christmas-celebrating friends. So voila: he invented the mensch on a bench! (a “mensch” is a Yiddish term that means a really good, kind person). After raising some money on Kickstarter, the mensch was ready to hit the streets.

dreidel surprise cookies

Photo credit: Tablespoon

5. Make Dreidel Surprise Cookies

What’s better than a cookie? A COOKIE FILLED WITH CANDY! These dreidel surprise cookies are kind of like a Hanukkah piñata for your mouth. I would make as many as you can fit into your oven…and then make some more.

dreidel garland

Photo credit: Scrumdilly-do

6. Make a Dreidel Garland

If cookies aren’t your thang, than this adorable dreidel garland should be on your to-do list. It’s made with old ties that you might have laying around (and if you don’t have any, a quick trip to Goodwill or any thrift store could hook you up with everything you need). There’s no sewing involved either! The whole thing can be whipped up with scissors and glue.

Dr. Dre-del

Photo credit: Sillyreggie

7. Send out Some Funny Hanukkah Cards

Bring a smile to your kids’ faces, or any of your Hanukkah celebrating friends with some hilarious cards like these that offer a”Dr. Dre del” or “Happy Challah Day” options. Who says hip hop and Hanukkah don’t go hand in hand?

Happy, happy Hanukkah everyone!

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn combined the graphic pattern on the pillow with quatrefoil window treatments for a bold statement. A cube-shaped end table serves dual purpose as a dog bed.

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Elaine is the winner of handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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