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It’s time I introduce you to some integral members of my family: Bernard P. and George Michael Loechner. Wave hello, friends!

This is the darling duo on Halloween last year. Left: Bernard P., Right: George Michael.

This is the darling duo on Halloween last year. Left: Bernard P., Right: George Michael. And also, if you'd like to know what the P. in Bernard P. stands for, I suggest you adopt a dog with a small bladder. It will become quite clear soon thereafter.

Bernard P. (Bernie) is a small Yorkipoo with a big attitude, and George Michael (George) is a soft-coated Wheaton terrier with an unhealthy affection for obedience. Seriously, the dog is perfection in a bucket. You’ll love him; come visit.
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What better way to enjoy your outdoor furniture year-round than by bringing it inside? Check out these creative and playful ideas.

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I love the whimsical, yet modern feel of these indoor swings.

Lacking outdoor space? Bring the comfort and freedom of a hammock right inside.

Nothing complements the cottage style more than this white picnic table.

Kick off your shoes and relax in an indoor cushioned porch swing.

The Little Bird Swing doubles as a swing for adults and a rocking chair for children.

Rattan and wicker are perfect for beach house decor and coastal living.

These modern indoor hammocks are chic and relaxing.

Check out this collection of outdoor/indoor furniture that’s sure to inspire.

Discover more ways to use your outdoor furniture at HGTV.com.

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In August we’re going to start featuring a color of the month. Our first editorial meeting is tomorrow and we’ve got a color expert, a couple of shopping pros and a group of very opinionated editors ready to defend their colors to…maybe not the death, but the deadline, for sure. Before we pick, I’d love to know what you think. If you had to pick a color for August 2010, what would it be?

Monticello-thomas-jeffersons-home-ed0710-03Chrome yellow like the historically accurate yet oh-so-fresh Monticello dining room?

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design-happens_bob-photo267x155We recently featured a tour of designer Bob Richter’s NY kitchen — a space that was more museum than kitchen. Bob is back to talk about his biggest design influences and why you can’t have enough stuff in your space. 

1.What inspires your designs?

I’m an old movie buff. My other dream job is to be a host on Turner Classic Movies. What I love most are the sets. Old movies are full of inspiration — breakfast room with a lovely mural, a formal wood-paneled dining room, a sophisticated living room with a grand piano and an art deco fireplace with lots of built-ins. Watch The Philadelphia Story sometime. That house is fantastic — my dream home!

2. Who are some of your favorite designers?
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After visiting the zoo last weekend, I realized that the bird section is my favorite. Why? The colors! From peacocks to parrots, birds inspire us to be bold in our color choices.  With that in mind, I picked this week’s rooms and accessories based on their beautiful, bright hues.

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You don’t have to be a decorating pro to make your space gorgeous. From color theory and fabric basics, to displaying art and using area rugs, we’ve got you covered.

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First things first – what’s your design style? Browse through our Design Glossary and discover the style that best suits you. Are you sleek and contemporary or funky and eclectic?

These color palettes are a perfect team for any space. Colors do more than just appeal to the eye. Learn how they affect your mood.

Take a course in fabricology. Discover the best places for cotton and silk in your home.

Create balance (and a stunning display) with your artwork.

The perfect rug can make a bold statement.

For more decorating basics check out the Design 101 guide.

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In 2003, Andrew Baseman began his interior design company, Andrew Baseman Design, Inc., in New York. Throughout his 20 plus years of design work, he has accumulated many experiences outside of interior design including designing sets for the films Eat Pray Love and The Nanny Diaries, and for the television series Spin City. Here’s a sneak peek into one of his projects, a Lincoln Square duplex in Manhattan.

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This week’s Freebie Friday is designer approved. Bob Richter, whose New York kitchen was featured as part of our Weekly Tours series, tipped us off to one of his favorite frame makers, Chris LeBeau. Chris’s frames are constructed of 100% recyclable materials and an organic non-chemical solution is used in the aging process.

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We’re giving away two of Chris’s beautiful copper frames. For a chance to win one, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 19.

This week’s question: What’s the best handmade item you’ve purchased?

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You may notice things look a little different on HGTV.com.

We know that lot of you think about design by room, so we updated our navigation to make exploration easier.
 
 
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Some topics, though, cover the whole house. You can find those under Decorating.
 
 
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We also know you care a lot about color. You’ll see this grid on various pages throughout the site. Use it to search thousands of photos of designer rooms.
 
 
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We’ve packed a lot more information into our pages. On our section fronts, like Kitchens and Landscaping, you will see, along with other good stuff, our regular programming joined by the latest and the most popular articles in that section.

You may see some glitchy pages while we transition to the new format. We hope you’ll be patient while we iron out the last few kinks. We’re working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best HGTV.com ever!

All these changes are based on feedback and requests from readers. Let us know in the comments if we did right by you. And if you’re lost, let us know that too. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

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