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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Betty!

Can you guess which headboard belongs in this bedroom?

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 100% U.S.-grown pima cotton beach towel from Hastens.

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 August 6, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on August 7, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $220. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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August is what I typically think of as the “dog days of summer:” week after week of hot, humid weather. So,when our color team met for our August session, it was with frozen drinks and ocean breezes on the brain. If you, too, are suffering through often-oppressive temperatures, our August Color of the Month is sure to offer some visual relief: Alyssa wowed us with her pitch for drippy, organic watercolor patterns.

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Via Interiors By Studio Mom

Yes, we’re breaking tradition again this month (it is summer, after all.) Just think of this month’s “color” as the design equivalent of a dip in the swimming pool. So refreshing, don’t you think?

Watercolor Wall Treatment

Wall Design by Black Crow Studios

This technique has been bubbling up through the design world for several seasons, in both more structured ombre-inspired wall treatments, and totally organic designs like this one created by the watercolor masters at Black Crow Studios. These dreamy, drippy patterns would be an unexpected (but totally amazing) element in a traditional beach house, or a natural in a colorful, bohemian bedroom.  Not ready for walls? Try a bright, swirled bedspread instead:

Via Interiors by Studio Mom

Another lovely iteration of this trend? Watercolor-inspired florals, like these pieces spotted on Society Social.

Society Social Chair With Watercolor Pillow

Large-scale, loosely-drawn flowers are a modern take on smaller-scale florals popular in the ’80s and ’90s. This version of the trend is simple to incorporate at home, too — a throw pillow or window treatment is all you need to add a cool, current pattern.

Or, try your hand at watercolor designs and create a one-of-a-kind art piece…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Are you a fan of watercolors in design? Tell us in the comments below.

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Summer may be winding down, but we have a few more weeks to enjoy warm weather and, if you’re lucky, the beach. But, if your family is living landlocked this summer, there’s another fun way to entertain little ones: These sea-inspired finger puppets. Turn up the volume and take a look:

We worked with illustrator Kori Clark to design this exclusive set of finger puppets just for, well, you! The coolest part of the designs? They wrap around your fingers, making them easy to animate. Kids will love setting up a mini puppet stage and sending these little guys on an adventure.

Or, if you’re really headed to the ocean, cut and assemble these pint-sized puppets before you leave to keep kids occupied in the car.

Make Your Own Ocean Finger Puppets

DOWNLOAD THE FREE OCEAN FINGER PUPPET TEMPLATE RIGHT HERE >>

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Did you like my post about musical instrument design ideas? Then I’m betting these sheet music crafts will be up your alley, too! If you’ve got old sheet music that hasn’t seen love since your childhood piano lessons, consider turning it into something you can enjoy and admire every day. (Of course, you could always keep an eye out for old sheet music at flea markets, too.) If you object to repurposing the original sheets for crafts, you can easily make copies on similarly-colored paper.

Sheet Music Crafts: Decoupaged Dresser

Design: Marian Parsons

Old Sheet Music –> New Decoupaged Dresser
This idea for old sheet music from Marian Parsons serves another purpose: hiding imperfections like gouges or water marks on furniture. The lovely aged color of the music looks totally at home in this shabby-chic style setting, too.

MORE CRAFTY USES FOR SHEET MUSIC

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We’re sharing a little of what you’re going to love in the latest September issue of HGTV Magazine, before it hits newsstands on Tuesday, August 5. Kitchens take the stage this month with stories on DIY art projects (more on that below), and a tour of Alison Victoria’s (host of Kitchen Crashers) personal cooking space.

September 2014 cover

Pick up your copy next week!

Take your pick from seven fun DIYs, all with a foodie-theme in mind, that will look charming on any kitchen wall. Plus, we’ve got exclusive downloads that can help you bring a few to life, only at hgtv.com/diy-kitchen-art.

DIY art projects

Ombré Cork Heart and Painted Wooden Spoons

This black, white, and red kitchen looks retro, but also so right-now. If you like the color palette, then you’ll enjoy the rest of the house, too. Take the tour.

black white and red kitchen

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Congratulations, Annette and Angelina!

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade’s Crafters on YouTube (L to R): MegAllanColeCrafts, HGTVCrafternoon, simpleDIYs and Anneorshine

The team over at HGTV Handmade (some of YouTube’s best crafters) had a friendly competition going on with their “White Craft Challenge.” Much like the renowned HGTV Star “White Room Challenge,” where competitors must each decorate an all-white room with very limited supplies, the stars of HGTV Handmade each decorated super snooze-worthy “white” lamps following just two requirements: One, they could only use what they had in their current possession (no trips to the craft store allowed!) and two, when the lamp was finished, it must still be able to function as a light source.

Watch as the crew revealed their completed lamps (then see how you can win them!):

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(You can watch the complete White Craft Challenge Series as it unfolds by visiting the HGTV Handmade channel on YouTube.)

Last week, we gave away Marianne and Meg’s lamps (they’ve already been shipped to their winners!). Today, we’re offering up the lamps crafted by Ann and Julia (below).

HGTV Handmade

HGTV Handmade

Two lucky Design Happens readers will each win a lamp. To enter for a chance to win one, simply leave a comment below. This week’s question: Living room lamps — do you like them to be “matchy-matchy,” or do you prefer them to each have their own look?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 3:00 p.m. ET on August 1, 2014 and 3:00 p.m. ET on August 4, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $50.00. ARV of both prizes: $100.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Take a seat and see if you were right. We asked you to look at two similar stools to see if you could correctly tell which one was priced higher than the other. If you answered Left: high, Right: low, then you are correct and would clearly make a good shopping buddy. One lucky winner of the HGTV Magazine prize package will be notified by email.

These stools caught the eye of both our market director and Sabrina Soto to make it on September’s The High/Low List. The maple barstool on the left is upholstered in easy-to-clean indoor-outdoor fabric, so you never have to worry about stains. The right polyester pick has such a friendly price tag, you might as well buy a whole set. See what else made the cut by subscribing or picking up a copy when it hits stands Tuesday.

high and low proced bar stools

Could you be the winner?

Find all the shopping info for these products and lots more in the September issue and online here. And follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag to get daily budget-friendly ideas, design inspiration, and exclusive access inside amazing homes.

 

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It’s a stool standoff for September’s sweepstakes! Excuse the alliteration, as I introduce the latest High/Low Challenge from the new issue of HGTV Magazine. September hits newsstands August 5th, but this will give you a taste of what’s to come.

These tufted stools may look similar, but the price tags are where they differ. Which is priced lower than the other? Enter for a chance to win a prize package that includes a copy of the September issue, an HGTV Magazine iPhone 5 case, and an HGTV Magazine umbrella. All you have to do is leave your best guess in the comments below (i.e. Right: low, Left: high or vice versa). You must answer correctly to win. The answer will be revealed on the blog tomorrow.

teal bar stools

Two great buys! Two different budgets.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on August 2, 2014. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.

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Sparkling Hibiscus Cooler

Lately, the use of my porch has bordered on abuse. In the search for the slightest reason to park on the swing or rocker, I’ve come to notice that a beverage is always near and this rosy concoction has been my latest companion. It’s laced with the flavors of fresh ginger and lime, but it’s the addition of sparkling mineral water that truly heightens the level of refreshment. Enjoy sipping it slow in a heavily iced glass that stands for a minute or two. The intentionally tart brew needs no accent, but if you must garnish, a simple lime twist does the trick.

 Norm’s Notes: Ice Ice Baby

I am a recovering ice nerd. I have molds on molds and trays on trays that capture simple water and transform it into a sublime luxury. I still love shattering a few cubes for a slushy drink or using whole chunks for the slow dilution of a cocktail, but after all of my experimentation I made up my mind that the bagged stuff from the grocery store is best. Blasphemy? I don’t think so. The folks who make that stuff know what they’re doing and I find clean filtered water frozen into consistent pieces works best for me. Maybe I’ve become lazy or more efficient in my years, but gone is the quest to make the “perfect” ice cube. Although I still freeze up a tray of large cubes for a Manhattan from time to time, more often than not, I’ll dip into the bag of pre-made crystals and go on about my way.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Tobi Fairley placed a geometric-patterned orange ottoman to complement the turquoise accents. The bright color palette gives this open living room a coastal look.

Turquoise and Orange Coastal Living Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Nuala is the winner of a Grill-Right Bluetooth® BBQ Thermometer from Oregon Scientific. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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