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Spring is around the corner, but we’re not quite there yet. One upside of the winter season, though? Citrus fruits. I’ve been on a grapefruit kick and my kids can’t get enough oranges. Every bite is like a little bit of sunshine. But don’t ditch the peels after you’ve had your fill: Save them up to create an all-natural, citrus-scented cleanser.

All Natural Citrus Cleaning Spray - HGTV Crafternoon

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We’re always interested to learn what our fans love, which is why we wrap up each year with a gallery of HGTV’s most popular photos on Pinterest. Last year, you guys repinned the heck out of this eclectic green living room, and it’s easy to see why. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this space for a New York couple trying to make the most of a petite New York apartment. Though it’s small, the room is comfortable, functional and packed with personality. If you’d like to pull off a similar look to this pin-worthy space in your own home, here are some tips and products to inspire you:

Copy the Look of This Earthy Green Living Room

1. Pier 1 / 2. Sherwin-Williams / 3. Crate and Barrel / 4. Pottery Barn / 5. Target
6. Etsy: JenniferBarrineauArt (Tree Print), ClaireBCurley (Wall Hanging), CheeseBeforeBedtime (Hoop Art) / 7. Wayfair

Read More: 7 Tips for an Eclectic + Comfortable Living Room

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Ah, April—the name alone sounds like spring doesn’t it? Get excited for the new season with a new issue of HGTV Magazine, on sale tomorrow. Inside you’ll find kitchens that excite, homes that look better than ever, and furniture and decor that helps you make your home magazine-worthy, too.

April 2015 Cover

Pick up your April issue tomorrow

Here’s a look at just some of what you can find this month! There’s lots more where this came from.

From the crafty (wink, wink) editors who gave you awesome ways to use felt and gold paint, now comes five faux-leather DIYs you’ll want to make ASAP.

leather DIYS

It’s all about faux leather this month

Head over to hgtv.com/clipboards for the web-exclusive templates we used to create the faux-leather clipboards below.

clipboards

Download the templates for DIY faux-leather clipboards

BONUS LOOK: Anthony Carrino let us in to his one-of-a-kind loft in Jersey City, NJ. You’ll need to pick up a copy to see the entire tour, but we’re sharing some behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot over at I Heart HGTV.

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When you have a cold the tissue box can be your only friend, so it should at least be cute, right? Right! In this edition of The High/Low Challenge we showed you two green patterned tissue box covers, and you were correct if you answered “Left: Low, Right: High.” One lucky winner will be notified by email.

You can personalize the acrylic pick on the left with a monogram or name. And you won’t believe how many coats of lacquer are on this patterned version on the right — seven shiny layers.

tissue box answer

Both make great housewarming gifts

For more information on these items and even more High/Low deals, pick up the April issue of HGTV Magazine on newsstands Tuesday, March 10!

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It’s Friday! And you know what that means? It’s time for another #HGTVWeekend and new, fun projects to cross off our list! Last #HGTVWeekend, we planted an adorable bundt pan succulent garden and relaxed in our very own at-home bathroom spa. It was fabulous!

This weekend, don’t forget to change your clocks as we spring forward into (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. To honor this unofficial start of spring, the first March edition of #HGTVWeekend is focused on freshening up our homes and our daily routines for an effortless transition into this lovely new season.

If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), we want to hear from you! Tag your project photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And make sure to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!

What we’re doing with our extra hour of sunlight this weekend:

Cook This: DIY Natural Home Scents

Have you ever put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and came home to its delicious scent filling the entire house? For this project, HGTV Crafternoon’s Marianne Canada combines natural ingredients like grapefruit and sage in a slow cooker for incredible home scents made from grocery store basics.

How to Make These Scents, Plus More Fun Projects

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For anyone living in a place that observes Daylight Savings Time, you may already be aware that this is the weekend when we painfully lose one hour of sleep but blissfully gain an hour of sunshine in the evenings — that is, if the sun ever comes out. It’s been nothing but dreary and gray here at HGTV headquarters lately.

I can’t seem to get enough of natural daylight, so I think one hour of sleep is a fair trade for more abundant daylight in the after-work hours. I’m celebrating the start of Daylight Savings Time by indulging in this kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling that is the embodiment of sunshine. Its bright yellow shade is sure to kick the sleepiness out of my eyes this Sunday morning.

Sunny, Yellow Kitchen

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This kitchen is so sunny, I might get a tan just from looking at it! I can’t help but not worry and be happy gazing at the warm, vibrant colors and fun retro style.

Let’s look at it from another angle.

Retro Yellow Tile Countertop and Backsplash With Black Trim

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

That stove! Like the full kitchen, it’s the perfect mix of fun, retro design and modern functionality, all in a shade of bright yellow. I think it’s going on the list of things to add to my own kitchen.

What are you going to do with the extra sunlight during Daylight Savings Time? Tell us in the comments below.

Like these photos? Take a look at the rest of the kitchen. Want more inspiration for your own space? Head to the HGTV Photo Library.

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but tassels are kind of having a moment. They have been popping up on jewelry (loving this bracelet) and clothing (this tunic makes me pine for summer), but my favorite place to see these colorful accents is in the home. Ever since my friend Emily Henderson wrote about this gorgeous guest room, I have been obsessed with that bedding. I knew I had to figure out how to DIY them.

Make Your Own Embroidery Floss Tassels

Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to make colorful tassels out of inexpensive embroidery thread. Check out my video to learn the quick technique.

See How to Make DIY Tassels

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Unless you count my 54-pound basset hound (which, truth time: I kinda do), I don’t have any kids. And yet for some crazy reason, I have an insatiable love for decorating kids’ rooms. I’m most excited by parents who up their game and treat their kids’ rooms as another space to really get their decoratin’ on. I mean, I like a little blue duck or a pink princess as much as the next girl, but it’s fun to see the evolution of kids’ room decor into an actual category of design that goes way beyond cute and ventures into the realm of chic. Speaking of chic, check out these fun ideas for upping the chic factor in your own kiddo’s room.

Kids' Room Decorating Ideas

1. Make a giant photo and art collage. This is a super fun project that the kids will be excited to join in on. Buy enough cork tiles to cover a large area of your wall, then start pinning (or taping) the sucker up! You can use family photos, your kids artwork, inspiring messages, pictures from magazines — anything, really. Once covered, your giant bulletin board will look like a large-scale piece of artwork, and best of all, it will be easy to update on the fly.

2. Add a wallpaper panel. If you’re not quite ready for the commitment or the expense of adding wallpaper to each of the walls in your kid’s room, no problem; just add a simple panel. You can use several pieces of foam core, then cover it up with a beautiful piece of wallpaper cut to size. This idea is also great option if you’re a renter and don’t have the flexibility of going for a full-blown wallpaper treatment.

3. Say it, don’t spray it…with a free art printable. We all need some motivation in our lives, and with minds like a sponge, kids are the perfect candidates for some positivity overload. Find a favorite quote or phrase online, fire up the color printer, and go to town. Here’s 60 free (!!!) wall art printables to get you started.

How do you like to chic-up your kid’s room? Let us in on all your secrets in the comments below.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Jamie Herzlinger incorporated a custom black Art Deco-inspired trim to create a one-of-a-kind look. The marble countertop is also used to frame the mirror, creating a cohesive look.

Ultra-Feminine Bathroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Nadia is the winner of an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Grab a tissue for this one, but not for the reason you might think. This is not about a sappy rom-com, but about your eye for design. This month’s High/Low Challenge is giving some attention to your tissue box.

Decorating is in the details with these two tissue box covers that add color to any bathroom, while covering up even the saddest and most smashed drugstore box you’ve seen. Regardless of which pattern you prefer, can you correctly spot the price difference simply by what you see here?

To enter HGTV Magazine‘s latest High/Low Challenge, tell us which item you think costs more (the High), and which item costs less (the Low) in the comments below. For example: Left: High, Right: Low or vice versa. The correct answer will be revealed on the blog tomorrow, so check back to you see if you were right on the money. We’ll choose one lucky winner from those who answered correctly.

Oh, yeah — and the prizes are pretty great this time, too. The winner will receive a prize package which includes an HGTV Magazine tote bag, an HGTV Magazine yoga mat and a copy of the brand-new April issue, on sale Tuesday. Good luck!

tissue box covers

Which is the high? The low?

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Hello, lovely readers and welcome to the inaugural edition of Design Defined, a new series where we’ll take a closer look at furniture, architecture, materials and design terms that are either on the rise or have never gone out of style.

Let’s start with two ubiquitous pieces that combine the best of both worlds: trendy and classic. Introduced in 1955, the “Pedestal” or “Tulip” collection features chairs, tables and stools with a modern, streamlined interpretation of organic form. Designed by Finnish-born, forward-thinker Eero Saarinen, the collection was an immediate success that’s now considered a standard of midcentury modernism and futuristic design.

Saarinen Tulip Table and Chairs

Design by Jenny Norris

An acclaimed architect and trained sculptor, Saarinen’s impetus to create the collection stemmed from his dislike of, as he put it, “the slum of legs” created by all preceding tables and chairs.

Saarinen Chairs at Traditional Table

Image from HGTV Magazine

Designing sturdy, functional pieces with only a single, slim support proved a challenge, forcing Saarinen to abandon his original vision of constructing furniture entirely out of molded fiberglass in favor of using more durable cast aluminum for the bases. For the chairs, the aluminum base is topped with a molded fiberglass shell seat — either with arms or without.

Saarinen Dining Chairs With Arms

Image from Hive Modern

Tables can be topped with marble, wood or a plain white laminate:

Saarinen Tulip Table in Dining Room

Design by TerraCotta Properties

Saarinen’s simple, sculptural design ensures these pieces work with a variety of design styles — and are as at home in the bedroom, office or living room as they are in the dining room:

Saarinen Tulip Table as Nightstand

Design by Erinn Valencich

And, if these photos aren’t enough to convince you that the Tulip collection is truly out-of-this-world, then maybe this will: Saarinen’s futuristic design was the inspiration for lookalike chairs on none other than the original USS Enterprise:

If you’re ready to add a piece of this sculptural furniture to your home, prepare yourself for a bit of sticker shock. Furniture this iconic doesn’t come cheap — but it can be had. Saarinen’s collection has been licensed through Knoll since its release and is still in production today. Or, you can try your luck at finding one of the highly collectible 1950′s originals at online sites like 1stdibs, eBay, Etsy and Chairish or estate sales, thrift stores or flea markets in your area. Happy hunting!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Nadia!

Can you guess which vanity belongs in this bathroom?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an urban garden planter from CedarCraft. You don’t have to guess correctly to win.

Choose A, B or C

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Oh hi! I’m Carley, the Home Technology girl for HGTV.com. I’m mildly obsessed with helping people improve their relationship with technology, and how they live with all the gadgets in their lives. Basically, in the Venn diagram where tech and home meet, that’s where you’ll find me, you know?

I’m new here at Design Happens, and I’m ready to answer any of your questions about tech— fire away!

Carley Knobloch, HGTV Tech Expert and Digital Stylist

Carley Knobloch

For my first post, I’d like to talk about an affliction that used to plague the living rooms of yesteryear: Ugly, bulky speakers. Take yourself back a few years, and remember what your family room set-up was like. Do you see a pair of big, black, bulky boxes, hulking near your television and busting up your beautiful decor? Or maybe you’re STILL looking at those boxes today, and thinking, I just. Can’t. Take it. Anymore. And don’t get me started about the miles of cables… not pretty.

Thankfully, speakers have gotten a major makeover: They’re slimmer, hipper, and have a serious case of wanderlust. They’re free to roam from room to room, adorning desktops, walls, shelves and bedside tables like beautiful objets, and they come in colorways to fit any room’s style.

Most wireless speakers work with Bluetooth technology, which connects your phone (and the music apps on it) to the speaker, allowing you to broadcast your favorite music somewhere between 15 and 30 feet away. Other speakers use WiFi (both speaker and mobile device connect to your home’s router), which has better range and better audio quality, but it can sometimes be a bit challenging to set up, and not all systems offer it as an option.

Either way, there are many beautiful options that makes these speakers a bona fide part of your room’s design story. Here are a few of my favorites:

Wireless Speakers That Aren't Ugly -- HGTV Design Happens

Oree Pebble Speaker

1. Oree Pebble: The austere Oree pebble, available in walnut and white marble, looks like a minimal paperweight. It’s got a Bluetooth speaker inside, and can also wireless charge your smartphone. It would look fabulous in a minimal, modern space.

Wireless Speaker in Beachfront Bedroom

Clio Acrylic Bluetooth Speaker

2. Clio Bluetooth Speaker: If you’re lucky enough to have a bedroom with this ocean view, a speaker would junk it up, no matter how pretty it was! The Clio Bluetooth speaker uses a curved piece of clear acrylic to broadcast great sound while still letting the view shine through.

3 More Stylish Speaker Solutions

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In 1947, a brand-new invention called the “microwave oven” was introduced commercially at a whopping price of $495 (that’s $3,500 today). By 1998, 88 percent of U.S. households owned what is now known simply as a “microwave.” Crazy, right?

Today, new innovative appliances are being created to make our daily lives more efficient and easier than ever before. Check out these five smart appliances for a glimpse into what our homes may look like in the very near future.

Ikea Furniture That Charges Your Smart Phone

Photo from Qi Wireless

Do you have a mess of unsightly cords that live around your desk or side table? To combat this problem, Ikea has designed a line of floor, table and work lamps integrated with wireless charging pads to keep your smartphone juiced up at home and at work.

The line launches in Europe and North America next month and is compatible with any device that supports QiWireless technology. Unfortunately, iPhones are not on this list (bummer!), but adapters are available. The furniture also includes USB ports to charge other devices and are available with up to three charging pads for multiple phones.

Bonus: If you’ve bought a new piece of Ikea furniture within the last few years, the company is releasing a line of wireless chargers called Jyseen that can be integrated into existing Ikea pieces. Sign me up!

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I love food holidays. I’m not talking about those cold-weather holidays where you gain 10 pounds in the course of a month. I’m talking about that random rainy Tuesday that gives us National Peach Cobbler Day, and that sunny Saturday that celebrates National Doughnut Day. Or, that very special day that I happily toast to every morning: National Coffee Day. (I love you, java.) In short, every day is a food holiday and I’m happy to celebrate them all (well, mostly the sweet ones).

Today, we’re honoring National Pancake Day with a trip around the world. Get your pan and spatula ready for these tasty breakfast treats.

North America: Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes Recipe

Photo and recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Classic American pancakes are best when they’re fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Keep them classic by topping with butter and drizzling with warm syrup. Or, take your pancakes to the next level by mixing in a variety of fresh fruit, chocolate chips, bacon, spices, nuts and more. Get the recipe at FoodNetwork.com >>

Venezuela: Corn Cakes With Cream or Cheese (Cachapas)

Corn Pancakes With Cheese

Photo and recipe from Food.com

Corn griddle cakes are popular in Venezuela and Colombia. They’re often served for breakfast with a topping of queso fresco. Get the recipe at Food.com >>

France: Blueberry-Lemon Crepes With Custard Sauce

Blueberry Lemon Crepes Recipe

Photo and recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Crepes are thin, delicate pancakes typically made from wheat or buckwheat flour. The beauty of crepes is that they can be filled and topped with anything you like. From sweet to savory, the possibilities are endless. And making them at home is easier than you think. This sweet breakfast or dessert crepe features a fruity filling with a custard “dipping” sauce. Get the recipe at FoodNetwork.com >>

More Sweet Treats to Try

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Can you believe we’re already two full months into 2015? The year is flying by and we’re diving into spring whether Mother Nature is playing along or not.

If you’re using Pinterest (and you’re following us, right?), allow us to kick-start your March inspiration with some of our most popular pins for this time of year.

St. Patrick’s Day

No surprise here. March is full of the luck of the Irish. From cocktails to crafts, there are lots of ways to get festive for St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s make sure you don’t get pinched.


1. DIY Felt Shamrock Craft 
2. Create a Leprechaun Garden
3. ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ Cocktail Recipe
4. Shamrock Garden Stones Craft

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Snow days are fun and all, but boy are we ready to start digging in the dirt. The days of freshly picked tomatoes and strawberry shortcakes can’t come soon enough and these popular pins prove it.


1. 20 New Plant Varieties For Spring Gardens
2. How to Start an Edible Spring Garden
3. Create and Care for a Lavender Hedge
4. How to use Evergreens for Privacy

Spring Organizing

Along with spring cleaning comes spring organizing, especially in the rooms where we spend the most time. Neat and tidy kitchens, laundry rooms and mudrooms are getting lots of re-pin love this month.


1. 22 Mudroom and Storage Decorating Ideas
2. Genevieve Gorder at Home with HGTV Magazine
3. Inside Vern’s Dog-Friendly Home
4. Laundry Room of Smart Home 2013

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To say I love peanut butter would be an understatement. My life motto might as well be “When life hands you a recipe, add peanut butter to it.” In honor of National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, I share my favorite recipes (aside from the obvious peanut butter pie, of course) where this rich, creamy ingredient is the hero. You won’t be disappointed, fellow peanut butter lovers!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Food Network

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network

You can’t go wrong with something classic and simple. This recipe requires an entire cup of smooth, creamy peanut butter that will make your tastebuds happy. Get the full recipe here>>

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Another week is in the books and the weekend is finally here! *Cue ecstatic happy dance.* If you’re like us, then the weekend is a magical time when all the things piling up on that to-do list can finally get done. Last #HGTVWeekend, we cleaned out our fridges fast and whipped up some incredible yeasted waffles, all while binge-watching a Fixer Upper marathon (aren’t Chip and Jo the cutest?).

Luckily, this weekend has the potential to be just as productive and we would love for you to tackle our new projects with us! When you’re finished, tag your photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And remember to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!

Here’s what we’re getting into this weekend:

Make This: Bundt Pan Succulent Garden

Be honest: Are you really using that Bundt cake pan in the back of your cabinet? This fun project puts your old pan to good use while bringing some much needed plant life to your home. Follow the simple instructions below to plant a gorgeous succulent garden.

Learn How to Plant This Succulent Garden + More Fun Weekend Projects

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Have you heard about the dress that’s taking over the Internet? After members of a Scottish wedding party looked at one photo of the mother of the bride’s dress and saw two different color combinations — some saw blue and black, while others saw white and gold — a member of the wedding band posted a photo to Tumblr to get some clarity. The post took off, and the hundreds of thousands of viewers were just as confused: Is it blue and black or white and gold? You decide. (Here’s a great explainer from Wired.com about the science behind the color divide.)

Here at HGTV, we’re fans of bold color — period. So why choose one or the other? This dramatic living room celebrates all four colors.

Blue Black White Gold Living Room

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

With black and blue walls and white and gold accents, the dress is right at home here — no matter which color combo you see.

Design by Reiner White Design Studio

Flip through even more photos of this glamorous space — and learn how to create the look at home.

 

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Entrepreneurs Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey have a classic New York story to tell: they met in 2001 at a party at Studio 54. Jennifer is the CEO and founder of Skylight, a collection of luxury event spaces, and James is the principal of design firm RAAD and creator of The Lowline. Years later, the entrepreneur pair have used their skill sets — James’ architectural and creative eye and Jennifer’s ability to spot diamonds in the rough — to together create an impressive and one-of-a-kind home.

Jennifer and James, along with their two children, Phineas and Theodore, recently moved into a landmarked building on White Street in TriBeCa and soon began a full renovation of the space. Using a warm, netural palette and a modern-eclectic design scheme, the two created a space that feels both comfortable and luxurious.

Two Living Rooms in One:

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The first living room is situated just off the dining room and kitchen. This luxe living space is designed with an eye toward evening use with a functional, industrial feel.

Modern Tribeca Living Room Bookshelf Decor

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The main living space features a high-tech stereo credenza created by RAAD and industrial bookshelves showcasing objects collected from the couples’ world travels.

Modern Tribeca Living Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The second living room is a low-slung lounge area connected to the first living space. It has the juxtaposition of Old World Hollywood (think: palm trees, teak daybeds). Both the pendant light from Workstead and the historic sign that Jennifer salvaged from a pre-reno Brooklyn bank offer an ode to the loft’s industrial heritage.

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