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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?”

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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.

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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.

Pomegranate Lava Margarita

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

Mixologist and tequila expert Jay Silverman uses a delicious blend of summer fruits to give this margarita both a savory and fruity taste.

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces Mandarine Napoleon
  • smoked gray salt, for rim
  • lime wheel, for garnish

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.

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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.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Cook1. Anthropologie / 2. Williams-Sonoma / 3. Yellow Owl Workshop / 4. BHLDN / 5. Miette / 6. Gourmet Blends

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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Are you engaged? Have you fallen in the never-ending black hole of wedding decor yet? The options are endless! Even more overwhelming are the quantity of tutorials online for DIYing everything from your wedding flowers and invitations to your favors. How do you know which projects will be worth taking on and which will end up giving you a headache and covering your house in glitter? I’m here to tell you.

You might decide to DIY your wedding decor versus hiring a professional for numerous reasons: to save money, to have creative control, because you enjoy it and to be able to bond with your fiancé over a special project. It’s wonderful to create a few special touches for your wedding with your own two hands. When the projects you take on are fun, simple, interesting, affordable and actually doable, DIYing your wedding decor won’t cause a huge headache. My experience creating custom decor for over 40 weddings in the last four years has taught me the types of projects that are simple for a novice (or even a skilled) crafter to complete. (Remember, I do this for a living.) Most likely, you have a full-time job and other life responsibilities besides planning your wedding. The best projects to do yourself are ones that you can fit into your everyday life without a bunch of stress. Here are my recommendations for what you can do yourself and what you should hire a professional for:

DIY: SIGNAGE

wedding diy signagePhoto by hart & sol photography

Practice your handwriting skills on a few special signs for your wedding. Use these chalk markers on these purchased chalkboards to be able to erase and re-do if you make a mistake. Create a welcome sign, a drink menu and a sign for your guestbook table. The markers, unlike chalk, won’t smudge in transport.

HIRE A PRO: COMPLICATED PAPER GOODS

ceremony program booksPhoto by Kimberly Mufferi Photography

Booklet wedding programs are all the rage right now. Making only one is completely doable. Making 150? Not so much. Hire a local stationer to create amazing, booklet wedding programs for you. Use the inside pages to tell your guests where you met your bridesmaids, a thank you letter to your parents and even the story of how you met.

DIY: SIMPLE PROGRAMS

flag diy wedding programsPhoto by Erika Layne photography

Would you prefer simpler ceremony programs? Make them yourself. Use Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator to layout a very simple ceremony program. Print on my favorite card stock, cut into a flag shape and glue onto a wooden dowel for a fun, unconventional take on a ceremony program.

DIY or No? Find Out

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Derby Day is upon us! Once you’ve found the perfect Derby hat or seersucker suit, it’s time to tackle another Churchill Downs staple: the Mint Julep.

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This classic Kentucky drink seems simple, but a few simple changes will take your julep from basic to best-ever. Here’s how to kick it up this year.

Find the right mint: Any type of spearmint will yield a delicious cocktail, but Churchill Downs officially sanctions the “Kentucky Colonel” variety in its Derby Day drinks. Check your local farmers’ market for live plants or herb bunches.

Flavor up your simple syrup: Making simple syrup is, in a word, simple. For a basic variety, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add more flavor to the mix by adding chopped mint leaves before you heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

Muddle, muddle, muddle: Muddling the mint in the bottom of the glass helps release the oils in the herb, yielding a more flavorful cocktail. No muddler in your kitchen? Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick.

Pick the right spirits: This is where personal preference comes in. Bourbons are typically made from rye or wheat, with the rye varieties having a spicier bite and the wheat varieties developing a smoother, sweeter finish. (Read more about the best bourbons for mint juleps here.) The sweeter (wheat) varieties, especially those on the younger side (read: aged 5 years or less) tend to work well for this type of drink. For tradition’s sake, it’s always a good idea to select a bourbon made in Kentucky for this cocktail.

Make better ice cubes: Freeze distilled water for perfectly clear ice cubes that won’t affect the flavor of your cocktail as they melt. Crush the ice in the blender and fill your cups halfway with ice before stirring up your drinks.

Get the right serving gear: Silver julep cups are most traditional — the best versions have a copper core to keep the drink frosty as you sip. No julep cups? Serve in a highball glass.

Make juleps for a crowd: To make this drink for a group, set out an ice bucket filled with crushed ice, a carafe full of mint simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, and the bourbon of your choice. Write out your mint julep recipe on a card or chalkboard to empower guests to be their own bartender.

Save your simple syrup: Celebrating derby day solo? Keep your mint simple syrup fresh for the next spring cocktail. Try this tip from our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade: Add a little vodka. It doesn’t affect the taste, and will help prolong its life in the fridge.

What are your tips for better mint juleps? Leave your bar advice in the comments below.

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Picture this scenario: You’re browsing through our collection of more than 24,000 beautiful rooms — both indoors and out — in Photo Library. Then, you see a drool-worthy space that stops you dead in your tracks (of course!), and you must know how to get that canary yellow serving tray right. now. So you head straight to Google and type: “modern yellow serving tray”. Who knows what you’re going to get? Thanks to HGTV.com’s new Shop This Look experience, your online shopping days just got a whole lot easier.

HGTV.com Shop This Look

Design by Harmony Weihs

HOW IT WORKS

See a room you love in our Photo Library? Look for a “Shop This Look” button at the top of the photo, and click to find products inspired by the space so you can get the look in your own home. Once you get to the page of products, you can see the price, manufacturer and more. Simply click the individual product you’re interested in to learn more and add it to your shopping cart … if you’re ready to take the relationship to the next level.

HGTV.com Shop This Look

HGTV.com Shop This LookI’m pretty obsessed. Plus, you can Shop This Look during airport layovers and lazy pool days this summer. Basically, the experience is just as wonderful on your mobile devices. Just head to photos.hgtv.com in your mobile browser and start exploring your favorite rooms. Remember to look for the “Shop This Look” button at the bottom of the photos on your mobile device to start shopping away.

Which Photo Library pics are you loving and dying to start shopping? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

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The Kentucky Derby is finally here! The annual Run for the Roses is one of my favorite spring events — the fashion, the mint juleps, the beautiful horses with clever names and, oh yeah, the fastest two minutes in sports. Did I mention the fashion? On my bucket list is a trip to the Derby with tickets in the grandstands, a brand-new sundress and a GIGANTIC hat that the Queen herself would envy. Ok, let’s be honest, I really just want the hat. I love a big, beautiful hat and the fashion and design statement it can make. The hats that ladies famously wear to the Derby are so remarkable and chic, you could design an entire room around them!

Traditional Bedroom With Floral Fabrics

Room Design by Ann Lowengart; Inset Photo by Weasie Gaines, Kentucky Derby

This hat may be simple when it comes to Kentucky Derby standards, but it’s a classic design that works for many events. A simple straw chapeau with a hot pink ribbon flower offers a tailored feminine look, much like this bedroom design by Ann Lowengart. The hot pink manages to be feminine without being overly precious or young looking, and the upholstered bed and crisp, white linens with navy trim and monogramming offers the same timeless style as the lovely hat.

Bold, Blue Kids' Lounge

Room Design HGTV Smart Home 2014; Inset Photo by Power Creative / Laura Robinson, Kentucky Derby

I love this preppy navy fascinator. Blue is a great go-to color in both fashion and home decor, and the wood paneling and sofa piping detail add to the preppy look in the kids’ den at the HGTV Smart Home 2014. A little yellow can go a long way, and the forsythia blooms, artwork and throw pillows add a pop of fun to this space.

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I’ll be embarking on my 7th journey to sunny Mexico in three weeks (eek!), so I’m currently obsessed with all things taco and tequila. But to be honest, I adore everything about Mexican culture; the people, the crafts and of course, the food. So needless to say, I’ll be going all out for my Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Tuesday with a full day of cooking and eating. Join me in celebrating with these fiesta-worthy recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and more!

BREAKFAST: PIONEER WOMAN’S HEARTY BURRITOS

Image courtesy of Food Network

¡Buenos días! Get your day going with a hearty breakfast burrito that’s just spicy enough to wake you up. This recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, kicks off the festivities with hot sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños and crispy potatoes. Get the recipe here >>

LUNCH: CARNE ADOBO SKEWERS + AVOCADO FRIES

Carne adobo skewers and avocado fries

Set the patio table and gas up the grill for a lunch of fresh carne adobo skewers paired with some crispy avocado fries — a unique take on Mexico’s most famous fruit.

APPETIZER: QUESO FUNDIDO

Quick and easy queso fundido recipes

Switch up the plain queso this year with these three easy and flavorful queso fundido dips that will satisfy meat lovers, seafood fans and vegetarians alike. Simply serve them with warm tortillas chips. Get the recipes here >>

Tortilla chips also pair great with this go-to guacamole >>

More Fiesta-Worthy Bites

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Ah, Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom yourself, maybe you can relate to this situation: you want to relax and enjoy your day, but hello, you have to recognize your own mom (and mother-in-law too!). This year, I’m letting my daughter Lulu take the reigns, making these beautiful leaf prints.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Leaf Print Artwork

I’ve already got mine hanging in a gallery wall and two more in frames for the other mothers in my life. Watch the video to see how we make them:

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Are you DIYing anything for Mother’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Last week, we asked if you preferred warm bamboo or sleek concrete flooring. Bamboo won by a landslide with 77 percent of the votes.

Warm Bamboo Flooring

Photo by USFloors

Most of you agree that wood flooring adds an inviting look to a home. “I like the warmth of bamboo; concrete just seems cold,” HGTV fan Leona said. We’re here to share the pros and cons of bamboo to see if it’s the right fit for your home.

AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICE

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

Design by Catherine Nakahara

Bamboo grows quickly, making it one of the most renewable wood materials on earth. It’s great as flooring, but isn’t suitable for moisture-prone rooms, such as a kitchen or bathroom. To get the look in one of these rooms, implement bamboo in cabinets and countertops.

A DURABLE HARDWOOD

Durable Bamboo Flooring

Photo by USFloors

Bamboo is known as a hardwood, although it’s technically a grass. Bamboo strands are glued together to form solid strips, just like hardwood, and are comparable in price to other wood products. Even though it’s considered a sustainable material, most bamboo is imported from Asia. The energy it takes to transport it to the U.S. is definitely a factor to consider.

A VISUALLY APPEALING MATERIAL

Bamboo Accent Wall

Design by DKOR Interiors

Bamboo works with practically any style home and comes in a variety of grain patterns, including flat, vertical and woven. It not only makes a gorgeous flooring option, but it’s aesthetically-pleasing as an accent wall, too.

What do you think? Do you still stick by your pick of bamboo? Concrete voters — have we swayed you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Now that those April showers are almost gone, May flowers are prime for the picking … or for gifting! Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of fresh blooms. Or if you’re hosting, set a cheerful mood with a gorgeous handmade centerpiece. Get all of your DIY Mother’s Day floral tips and inspiration right here.

CREATE YOUR OWN CHIC + SIMPLE BOUQUET

Photo by Flynnside Out Productions

Save time and money by handcrafting a simple yet lovely floral gift  Mom will adore. Check out these 10 DIY arrangements you can make in 5 minutes or less >>

Plus, you can easily use blooms from your own garden! These 11 spring flowers look great in fresh arrangements >>

DESIGN LIKE THE PROS

Flower Arranging Tips

A little rusty on your flower arranging skills? Brush up with these 10 top-notch tips. Mom will be so proud!

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Ah, the wedding invitation. It’s the first time your guests experience the event you are throwing. There are a few ways you can purchase your invites: from a retail online shop, like Minted or Wedding Paper Divas, from your local stationery store, you can hire a designer to create a custom suite, you can print them at home, or you can send digital invites.

Unless you have extensive experience in printing and graphic design, I don’t recommend trying to DIY your whole invitation suite from scratch. My favorite route is to purchase a pre-made design from an online retail shop and add personal, DIY elements to make the invitations feel completely custom to you. By simply adding some confetti, an envelope liner, or a stamped motif, your off-the-rack invitations immediately become totally unique. Here are 4 fun ways to dress up your invites.

confetti wedding invitations

photo by Judy Pak Photography

ADD CONFETTI

Toss a handful of metallic confetti inside the envelope to get the party started the moment your guests open your invitation. Use tissue paper confetti for a more casual, rustic wedding or shiny confetti for a modern, formal affair.

MORE EASY WEDDING DIYS

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I’ve got a real treat for you today. We’ve been in San Francisco for the past few days taking in the beauty of the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, one of the top show homes in the country. The showcase brings together some of the top names in design from the Bay Area each year to transform a stately home in the Presidio Heights neighborhood.

This year’s home was designed by architect Julia Morgan, who is best known for the legendary Hearst Castle, home of William Randolph Hearst. Thirty-eight different designers and countless vendors transformed 28 rooms and spaces within the 98-year-old, 9,758-square-foot, Elizabethan-style home, and each designer worked to honor Morgan’s brilliance and pioneering efforts through their designs.

Now for the good stuff …

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen

The kitchen, designed by Navarra Design, is every home chef’s dream: a chocolate La Cornue Chateau oven, an expansive quartzite-topped island, a family gathering space and a copper dune marble-topped breakfast table … with a view of the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entry

The entryway, designed by Candace Barnes is a study on geometrics, a nod to Julia Morgan’s use of geometry and hand-drawn architecture sketches. Pyramidal details are incorporated throughout the space — in the stunning chandelier, graphic artwork, the bronze table base and the nailhead trim on the stair runner.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Salon

Inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, the master salon, by Tineke Triggs, celebrates feminism and fashion with its Art Deco sensibilities and soft, curvy lines. The crown jewel of the room — almost literally — is the tiara-inspired light that appears to rest on the head of the model featured in the artwork.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Music Room

The showcase home is owned by a family with 8-year-old twins — a son and a daughter, and Allison Caccoma created a space for music rehearsal, art and play just for the pair. A lacquered orange art table pops against the blue suede-covered walls to make the space feel alive.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Pent Room

Design by Jeff Schlarb, Photo by David Duncan Livingston

For the adults, Jeff Schlarb of Green Couch Interior Design created the “Pent Room,” a space for gathering, gaming, entertaining and relaxing. Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, he chose a rich wine color as a theme and worked it in to every detail of the space, from the walls, to the rug to the billiards set on the pool table.

We will have lots more to share from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase after we get home, but you can get more sneak peeks by checking out our #hgtvinsf page on Instagram. If that’s not enough, take a spin through last year’s showcase home below.

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Twice yearly, in the spring and fall, a few (lucky!) HGTV.com editors visit our design mecca, High Point Market, to get a sneak peek of coming furniture, accessory, lighting and fabric trends long before they make it to stores. One of my favorite trendspotting categories is color and believe me, unlike the greige/neutral palette that was big a few years ago, right now — color is king!

Everywhere we looked there were saturated shades of orange, pink, yellow, green, purple — you name it. But there’s definitely one color that has clearly cast a spell over both designers and manufacturers — BLUE! And not just one shade of this happy hue; every variation from turquoise to cobalt was front and center in most showrooms.

One reason for blue’s prime position is its chameleon-like quality; this oh-so-versatile color pairs beautifully with all other hues, but looks especially crisp when partnered with other cool shades:

High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014 Blue and Green Clockwise from left: Tobi Fairley for CR Laine / Arteriors / Global Views / Legend of Asia

Keeping it cool is design-diva-turned-furniture-designer Tobi Fairley. Tobi partnered with CR Laine to create her just-launched line that perfectly pairs the luxe, traditional look that made CR Laine a designers’ go-to with Tobi’s playful and always on-trend approach to mixing patterns and colors.

Tobi Fairley for CR Laine living room

More Ways to Use This Happy Hue

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For the past 45 years, the Atlanta Symphony Associates, an all-volunteer guild of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), has presented a Decorators’ Show House & Gardens each spring as its signature fundraising event. But this year’s home has gone to soaring design heights. Leading interior designers from the Southeast and beyond graced “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate designed by renowned architectural designer William T. Baker. Located in Atlanta’s affluent uptown district of Buckhead, the home’s sprawling 14,500-square-foot property lends itself to plenty of opportunity for design creativity. A select group of 28 designers, including HGTV’s own Vern Yip and Chip Wade, were chosen to showcase their individual talents and design styles while incorporating creative and inspiring trends.

2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House & Gardens

Photo by Mary Powell Photography

Each and every room was transformed inside this sunny, golden home. And the best part? You can explore them all. The 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is open to the public from now until Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10. Show House guests can interact directly with designers, shop everything design-related and bring home a myriad of creative inspiration and ideas. Plus, there’s plenty of events both inside and out to complement your home tour, from trunk shows to design seminars.

We hope to bump into you in one of these drool-worthy rooms IRL. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside a few of the designer transformations. Take a look:

FAMILY ROOM

DESIGN BY VERN YIP, VERN YIP DESIGNS

2015 ASO Show House Family Room

Photo via @occupymyfamily

STUDY

LANCE JACKSON & DAVID ECTON, PARKER KENNEDY LIVING

2015 ASO Show House Study

Photo via @occupymyfamily

LIVING ROOM

MICHAEL BOYD, SMITHBOYD INTERIORS

GUEST BEDROOM

MELANIE TURNER, MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS

2015 ASO Show House Guest Bedroom

Photo via @occupymyfamily

POOL DECK

HANNAH SEATON & ED CASTRO, ED CASTRO LANDSCAPING

2015 ASO Show House Pool Deck

Photo via @asoshowhouse

I know, right?! When can I move in?

Get more info on tickets, house hours, events, designers and more: 2015 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens.

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s random winner, Jaime! Check back for more great giveaways on Design Happens.

Sure, the official season is spring, but unofficially? It’s remodeling season. Lots of us here at Design Happens have been caught by the reno and decorating bug: Marianne is taking on a full-scale kitchen renovation, Kayla is dreaming up ways to deck out her new apartment, and I’m scouring the Internet for the perfect kitchen backsplash.

If you’re with us, we have an amazing giveaway for you: one Design Happens reader will win up to $2,000 in free, gorgeous handmade backsplash tiles from modern tile maker Fireclay Tile. Read on to see more gorgeous modern tile inspiration, and enter for a chance to win.

Recycled, Handmade Tiles From Fireclay Tiles

Ogee Drop Tiles in White Wash; Design By AIH Development; Photo by Shooting LA

This backsplash tile isn’t just beautiful, it’s sustainable, too. The company gives discarded materials like curbside recycled bottles, discarded glass and bathtub porcelain new life as beautiful, unique tiles that come in 114 colors. Here, AIH Development used the Ogee Drop pattern with gray grout to create a neutral kitchen backdrop that’s modern and classic all at once.

White Moroccan Tile From Fireclay Tile

Paseo Tiles in White Gloss; Design by EAG Studio; Photo by Malcom Fearon Photography

This stripped-down take on a classic Moroccan shape gives this modern kitchen design by EAG Studio a glossy, monochromatic backdrop.

SEE MORE BEAUTIFUL BACKSPLASHES + ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN

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I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m a mama’s girl. So naturally, Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. My mom is a rock star and it’s so much fun showering her with love on her special day. Whether you’re celebrating a mother, grandmother, sister, friend or mother figure this May, let her know how amazing she is with some of our favorite DIY gift and project ideas.

DIY Ideas for Mom

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Looking to replace your tired or outdated floors? Just like color and pattern, there are trends in the flooring world, too. This week we want to know: what type of flooring do you prefer — durable, eco-friendly bamboo or the sleek, modern feel of concrete? Vote in our poll below, then tell us which design you chose and why in the comments.

Vote for Your Favorite Flooring

Check back next week to see the final tally.

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Incandescents. CFLs. Halogens. Watt? (Sorry, couldn’t help it!)

How to Choose the Right Light Bulb

If you’ve found yourself standing in the light bulb aisle, you might be staring at packages and feeling totally in the dark about what to buy (pun intended). The classic “I’ve got an idea” incandescent bulb has been totally reimagined, yielding an array of unfamiliar products and descriptors. Before you start missing old days, consider that the old bulbs burned 90% of their energy as heat, not light.  Sorry, Edison, but we’ve got more efficient bulbs now, it just takes a little knowledge to purchase the right ones.

Read on for a shopping primer.

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST LIGHT BULBS

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Me and my gals at HGTV Handmade just love a good challenge, so this week we all tackled a summer classic–cool and crisp white canvas sneakers. After a lot of thought (and, I confess, while watching Big Hero Six), I zeroed in on my idea. Could I take my sharpie tie-dye idea and use that as a base for a DIY galaxy print? Watch the video to see if I hit the mark.

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These sneaks would be an excellent addition to festival fashion, but me? I think I’ll be rocking them on my deck all summer long. What do you guys think about galaxy prints? Too out there for you? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

DIY Galaxy Print Shoes for Festivals and Summer Parties

See how the rest of the HGTV Handmade crew transformed their sneakers in the White Sneaker Challenge playlist.

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