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abstract artists

While I’m obsessed with collage and mixed media art, and I love photography more than a  kid loves cake, I still have a very special place in my heart hole for abstract art.

Putting together an art collection for your home is no easy task. Choosing colors, mediums, and mixing them all together takes some effort, but the payoff is gigantic. Art is truly one of the easiest way to pull together the overall look of your space.

If abstract art is your jam, I have nine amazing abstract artists that you need to check out pronto:

1. Susan Skelley Fine Art

This artist favors bold colors with lots of detail, and works primarily with acrylic paints and pastels on canvas. This piece, “Celebrity Crush” could work really well in an entryway, or on a wall where it could really stand out as the centerpiece. I also think it would make a fun and unexpected piece for a kids room.

2. Jenny Andrews Anderson

Hilarious blogger Jenny Andrews Anderson from the design/TV/lifestyle blog My Favorite and My Best, started showcasing her work a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked on phonics ever since. What I love most about Jenny’s style is that it’s shifted and grown as she grown as an artist. My favorite pieces of hers are the simple, brightly colored paintings that basically say, “KAPOW!”

3. Jaime Derringer

Jaime is the Founder and Executive Editor of two of the most fab design blogs online: Design Milk and Dog Milk, but she’s also a wonderfully talented abstract artist. She does a great mix of black and white line drawings light and airy paintings, and even some chunky black and white abstract paintings. There’s a great variety in her work, so you cold use several pieces in different spots in your home.

4. Claire Desjardins

A former graphic designer, Claire gave up her career in 2011 to pursue her love of art and painting full-time. You can see many of her designs under the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters banner on various items including sheets, rugs, and shower curtains as well as some of her original works. But you can still purchase her original art or prints online, which are wonderfully whimsical and each seem to contain their own stories.

5. Aleksandra Bouquillon

Aleksandra is a Polish artist who creates what she calls “abstract landscapes.” Her works have a bit of an edge to them and can even feel futuristic. Her work would look amazingly chic in a clean modern space or in an unexpected spot such as a kitchen.

6. Jonni Cheatwood

Jonni’s works are an attention grabbing combination of abstract meets reality, and he achieves this through the mediums of both painting and photography. There’s an element of deconstruction to his work, and somehow–even when someone’s face is melting–they always make me smile.

7. Lisa Kowalski

Broad brushstroke black and white abstracts are a fave sub-genre of mine. These are sometimes paintings that *look* like they would be easy to do yourself, but if you’ve ever tried it, Newsflash: not so easy. Lisa’s works seem to effortlessly embody this look, and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. These paintings are “quiet” enough to work really well as the centerpiece in a dining room or a living room.

8. Owen Schmit

First of all, Owen Schmit is a woman, not a dude. Second of all, her work feels super modern and almost fashionable–like a beautiful outfit put together from top to bottom. She has a talent for merging colors together in a way that you’re not sure where one begins and the other one stops. I think a few of her pieces right next to one another on a big wall would look kind of amazeballs.

9. Lola Donoghue

Lola is a painter living in Ireland, whose work I’ve been seeing pop-up all over the interwebs. Her pieces have a subtle, soothing quality to them, perhaps because she tends to feature a lot of white and lighter colors. I think these paintings would look super duper charming in a little girl or boy’s room or a bedroom.

So those are my very favorite-est abstract painters, is there anyone I missed? Who are some of your favorite abstract artists?

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Time flies when you’re busy crafting, DIYing, decorating, and shopping! The holiday issue of HGTV Magazine is hitting newsstands Tuesday, and it’s full of great gift ideas, seasonal decorating inspiration, and of course, lots of handmade projects to keep the elves busy.

Take a look inside this month’s issue at these stories that come with a little bonus. In each piece below you’ll be directed to web-exclusive content that can ONLY be found at hgtv.com. Consider it a little gift from us @HGTVMag.

December 2014 cover

What do you get for the person on your list who has everything? A DIY gift that’s one-of-a-kind. We share six easy ideas to choose from.

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Embroidery hoop picture frames

To say metallics are on trend would be an understatement. And we can happily say they aren’t going anywhere soon. We gilded everything from pillows to pencils in these projects using gold paint. Online readers receive two extra ideas that didn’t make it in the issue.

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Gold glitter paint was used on this ampersand pillow

When it’s time to decorate the mantel for Christmas, try one of these HGTV star-designed stockings. Each made from two online-only templates, the DIY designs let you make the holidays more creative.

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Made-from-scratch stockings

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I’m always searching for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, and it’s nice to see something different pop up. The moment I saw how easy it was to make these festive, no-sew table runners, I knew I had to share them with you all.

Rustic Twig Runner*

Twig Table runner

It’s difficult to get place mats to play nice with table runners. This runner is the perfect solution because it allows you to drape two table runners horizontally over the table, replacing traditional place mats, while still having a visual focus running the length of the table. Make your own with these instructions >>

*This one is my absolute favorite!

Upholstery Webbing Runner

Webbing Table runner

Doesn’t this tablecloth just feel like fall? I’m usually not a huge fan of burlap, but the weave technique and the black-notch details give it a unique look. The best part about this cloth is that you can easily adapt the size and shape to fit whatever table it will cover. See just what you need to make this one here >>

Monogrammed Runner

Monogrammed Table Runner

Everyone loves a good monogram. This no-sew sew table runner with black accents is perfect for more modern holiday decor. You can customize your monogram to be more embellished or more clean and sleek — the style is up to you. Swap out the black for your favorite color, or keep it the same for more drama. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Snowflake-Embellished Runner

Snowflake Table Runner

I love how this feels whimsical and light and can last all season long, not just for Christmas. Dress it up with pinecones and evergreen earlier in the season, then swap in glass ornaments and faux snow when Christmas approaches. Make your own with these instructions >>

Share your holiday projects and ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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What I love about these star pendants is that they are festive for the holidays and yet subtle and stylish enough to keep up all year. Hang in the dining room, hallway, or even a pair above the kitchen island for a look that is sure to be noticed.

Though both are great buys, one is actually less than half the price of the other. The High/Low Challenge question: Can you tell the difference? Answer correctly and one lucky winner will receive an HGTV Magazine prize package that includes the latest December issue, and HGTV Magazine mouse pad (great for browsing the new hgtv.com) and an HGTV Magazine thermos. leave your answer in the comments below (i.e. Left: low, Right: high or vice versa). You must answer correctly to win. Check back tomorrow to see if you were right!

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Star light, star bright

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It goes without saying that I’m pretty jealous of the facial fur Zac Efron, Damian Lewis, Daniel Craig and even Kate Upton have sported to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

Celebrities Support MovemberPhotos via List25

Even Pusheen, that adorable cat you’ve seen all over Instagram, is in on the action.

Pusheen the catPhoto via Imgur

I love how the Movember movement started with just 30 guys in Australia and is now a global effort for men’s health. They have raised almost $600 million since 2003 and have more then 4 million members, affectionately termed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. It’s also sparked an entire genre of furry home goods; Kayla has already talked about those, and Briana has been splitting hairs on the trend.

While I would give anything to celebrate Movember with a Tom Selleck-level ‘stache, I’m not quite there. So, what can those of us who lack the gift of enviable scruff do for Movember? Throw a party of course!

Last year, our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog put together this mustache photo booth soiree with tons of printable mustache templates and accessories. (For full effect, cover everything in glitter.)

We found some scrumptious #noms to serve at your party, too. I mean, you can’t throw a m0-down without mo-munchies.

Mustache Drink toppers

HGTV.com shared this tutorial for making mustache drink toppers, perfect for adding a bit of flair to your handmade cocktails.

Etsy cookies

And these LaPetite cookies from Etsy are a great party favor, or use them for photo ops and mobile munching.

Mustache Cake Hack

Savvymom shared this mustache cake hack; it’s such an easy trick to turn a basic round cake into a fun and trendy party treat.

So, don’t worry if you’re not growing the Monopoly Man‘s whiskers; you can still have tons of fun supporting a good cause — and you don’t even have to worry about all that grooming. The Movember foundation even has 5K races and huge gala parties so everyone can get involved in the fun.

It may be mid-November but Movember is just now starting to get hairy, so glitter your mustache templates and throw a party to support men’s health!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Karen V.!

Can you guess which menswear pattern belongs on this chair?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an espresso set from imusausa.com. 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 12, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 13, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $19.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Somewhere between us talking about caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes it got cold — very cold. I wasn’t prepared for it (as usual). Every year between Halloween and Christmas, I find myself frantically searching for warm sweaters and snow boots. I never even dare look at scarves; I can never decide on one. That’s why I was so excited to hear that The Faribault Woolen Mill Company was teaming up with Target to create an affordable collection of cold-weather accessories that will keep my neck — and my techs — warm and cozy through the winter. (I love when a rhyme comes together.)

Check out some of my favorite pieces from the new collection:

Target FaribaultLeft: Infinity Scarf, Convertible Backpack, Weekender Duffle | Middle: Wool Shawl, Wool Scarf | Left: Zipper Pouch, Tablet Sleeve, Phone Sleeve, Wool Scarf

Priding itself on American heritage, Faribault has manufactured woolen goods in the USA since 1865. I always appreciate when a global company, like Target, can help spread the word about a small American brand. The line stays true to the company’s history through classic Americana patterns and colors but opens the company up to new product categories like tablet sleeves and phone cases. While all I want to do is hoard those super warm shawls and throws for myself, I can’t help but think that they would make incredible holiday gifts.

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We’ve received entries from all over the country from architects, interior designers, builders, and remodelers who think that they have what it takes to win the 2014 Fresh Faces of Design Awards. Voting is now open and we need you to tell us which design reigns supreme. Take a look at some of the gorgeous projects we’ve received and then head on over to vote and enter for a chance to win $10,000! VOTE HERE>>>

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Best Kitchens entry from Katy Lyons

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Best Use of Color entry from Red Egg Design Group

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Best Use of Pattern or Texture entry from SuzAnn Kletzien

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Best Serene Retreat entry from Sarah Barnard

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Check out the rooms in all the categories including the ones above and lots more, then vote for your favorite project in each.

 

Let’s make room for good company, together. Explore fantastic ideas to create a home that’s welcoming for all.  Explore IKEA’s guide for a guest-ready home.

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All right friends, last week we tackled a huge design dilemma: pattern mixing. In the comments, some of you requested tips on something else I’m routinely asked about here at HGTV: The elusive gallery wall. Learn how to take your wall from ho-hum to “Holla!” with our quick, easy upgrades.

Easy Gallery Wall Upgrades From HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

A little tape, a new mat, fabric scraps, a wreath?? Watch and see how to use these tools to create a designer-worthy gallery wall.

See How to Dress Up Your Gallery Wall

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Emily Henderson grounded this living room with a vintage modern navy sofa, creating a cool-toned color story that is balanced out with the warm tones of wood and leather furnishings.

Blue Living Room Sofa

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Larisa B. is the winner of a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Stacie! Check back later this week for another great giveaway.

It happens more often than I can count: Someone finds out I’m a stylist at HGTV and anxiety flashes across their face. Turns out people get a little stressed out by everyday design questions. One of the big ones? The basics on mixing and matching patterns like designers do.

Whether it’s bed linens or upholstery, choosing patterns that complement each other can seem daunting, but anyone can achieve a trendy, professional result with just a few tips. We’re using some of our favorite throw pillows to show you just how easy it is to get your pattern on. Here’s a cheat sheet:

How to Mix and Match Throw PIllows - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens
Watch the full pattern-mixing video to get more easy-to-use tips.

Simple Ways to Make Pattern-Mixing Easy

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Easy Kitchen ProjectsPhotos: 1. How to Decorate | 2. Elle Decor | 3. Plaza Interior | 4. House Beautiful | 5. From the Right Bank

More and more, I’m finding that my favorite kitchens are spaces that feel more like rooms in your home rather than a typical boring kitchen. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you try to make your kitchen look like your bedroom or your backyard, BUT there are some easy, unexpected things you can do to warm up your kitchens to feel more homey and chic.

1. Lamps

This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. I’m not quite sure why, but lamps in a kitchen are like a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies for me: always desirable, always good and never get old. The trick here is finding the right spot for your lamp as you want to try to avoid the cord showing too much. I especially love the muted light the lamp will give off in your space at night.

2. Art

I believe there’s really no excuse for not having art in your kitchen…unless you’re allergic to canvas, and paint, and photography. Ok, I guess there’s no way to actually be allergic to photography, but you catch my drift. You have ultimate flexibility here: you can hang things in spots where you have empty wall space, lean art up against the counter or place art higher up above kitchen cabinets. Art brings a ton of personality and interest to a space that can sometimes feel antiseptic or boring.

3. Rugs

A rug in your kitchen can bring color, texture and again, a great warmth to the space. Yes, food gets on rugs, and yes, vacuuming is annoying, but you have to vacuum the rest of your house anyway, so it’s really no big thang. And when I say “rug” I don’t mean one of those weirdo “kitchen rugs” that goes in front of your sink. I mean an actual, genuine, real rug in a great color or a cool pattern. If you’re truly worried about staining and cleaning, you can go for an outdoor rug, which tends to be much more durable.

4. Big Mirror

When was the last time you saw a giant mirror in a kitchen? EXACTLY MY POINT! Not sure if it’s the stainless steel or the reflective surfaces, but mirrors generally look super rad in a kitchen. Keep in mind if you put one over your burners you might be cleaning it a bit more, but if you’re like me and order out most of the time, it won’t really matter.

5. Wallpaper

Though a bit more of a bold choice, wallpaper can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen decor. If you’re short on wall space, you could even wallpaper a single wall (perhaps in a kitchen nook area). It is, again, an amazing way to bring in some texture and interest to the typical kitchen space.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to mix things up in the kitchen?

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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:

Take a Website Tour of HGTV.com >>

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.

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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?

Decorate This Space

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

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

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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.

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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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