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Editors’ note: Felicia is live from the Chelsea Flower Show! See her favorite photos and recollections from the show’s first day, and follow along with the action on the @HGTVGardens and @HGTV Instagram accounts.

Purple Foxgloves at Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Beautiful foxgloves in bloom

My London trip was off to a phenomenal start when I spent the morning of my arrival learning the ins and outs of beekeeping thanks to an innovative program at my host hotel, the St. Ermin’s where bees have their very own hotel home on a terrace landscaped with ground cover and beautiful containers. There’s nothing quite like donning a full-body beekeeper’s suit and walking with my fellow classmates through the hallways of the hotel up to the bee terrace. Combined with major jet lag, it felt like we were preparing to enter a hot zone, in this case a hive-zone featuring some 300,000 Italian honeybees. Led by the supremely knowledgeable London bee-guru Camilla Goddard, who tends bees across the city, the beekeeping crash-course has a year-long waiting list, though HGTV was lucky enough to snag a last minute spot.

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I love a good chair. What makes chair rehab projects a bit more exciting to me than other furniture DIYs is that more often than not, a chair gives you the chance to play with colors on the chair itself and by using fabrics. Oh, the combinations! The possibilities! Chair makeovers can easily be one of the cheaper furniture projects you can take on, as Marianne showed us earlier this week in her chair upholstery tutorial. Let’s see how all of you handy DIYers have given your chairs new life.

Instagram user @designs_by_me2 gave these midcentury-style teak chairs a fun, modern update with fresh fabric. The shiny sheen of the fabric adds a luxe look.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @designs_by_me2.

Turquoise spray paint and some light sanding was all that @ournestof5 needed to transform this darling little piece. It pops perfectly against that dark armoire, don’t you think? And those hydrangeas…swoon!

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @ournestof5.

Turquoise and red is one of my all-time favorite color combos, so you know I love this retro set from @vitanovadecor. The bold, striped cushions are super fun, and now I’m craving a shot of espresso.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @vitanovadecor.

Instagrammer @kaylita20 gave us a double dose of chair rehab. This art deco-style chair now looks like it came straight out of a Fixer Upper episode. Below it, a bold, geometric black-and-white print goes a long way to update a chair that once looked like it belonged in a doctor’s office. The chair itself only cost $5! Well done.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

For even more fabulous furniture DIYs from fellow readers, check out the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram, and keep tagging your projects for our upcoming posts. 

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Wedding photography typically accounts for a huge chunk of the budget, which means that you want your investment to yield amazing, beautiful, photos to share with generations. So, how do you get the biggest bang for your buck? Listen to your photographer. Take their advice on everything, including things you might not think they know about, like what color uplighting to choose (white, always white) and which way your ceremony should face during a specific time of day.

Straight out of the mouths of three top wedding photographers in New York City, keep these six tips in the back of your mind on your wedding day. From logistics to beauty, Amber Gress Photography, Judy Pak Photography, and brklyn view photography, spill their secrets learned from shooting hundreds of weddings.

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1: CONSIDER AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING

A lot of wedding photos come with an unwelcome guest star: Brightly-lit smartphones. To combat this digital-age downside, consider asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony or reception. “It’s inevitable that you’ll be greeted with a sea of LCD screens instead of smiling faces as you walk down the aisle,” Judy Pak. “Sadly, the photos from your ceremony show likewise. Try an unplugged wedding to have guests enjoy the present and let the photographer capture the moment.”

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2: MAXIMIZE THEIR TIME

You hired your photographer to take photos, not to gather all of your belongings. Make their job easier and more efficient by getting everything ready before they arrive. Judy Pak says, “Have all your details ready for the photographer to shoot on arrival (your dress, shoes, invitations, signage, heirlooms, flowers, etc.). This can help maximize the time your photographer has to take beautiful pictures, rather spending time gathering everything together.”

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3: AVOID THE DREADED DOUBLE CHIN

You are going to feel silly, but you’ll look great! Jaine, from brklyn view photography, has a special trick to make your chin look smoother: “…stick your head out (like a turtle) and keep your neck back and straight. It feels awkward, but looks great on camera…trust me!”

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One of the cool perks of this job is that I get a chance to see some of the cool, new things designers and architects are doing to shape the future of home design. Case in point: I’ve had to privilege to get to know Cavin Costello, one half of an architect-design team who I think will have a big impact on the home design community for years to come. Cavin and his wife, Claire Costello, together own The Ranch Mine, a Phoenix-based design development firm whose motto is, “We design solutions that honor the past, challenge the norm and inspire the future.”

What I love about The Ranch Mine is that they are finding ways to use sustainable building practices at an affordable cost. The duo just received a Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase Award for Innovation, given by The American Institute of Architects and Houzz, for a home they designed and built as part of an urban-infill project in a historic north Phoenix neighborhood. Check it out:

Modern Home Exterior With Bright Orange Door

Design by The Ranch Mine

The Costellos were tasked with designing a home that fit in among the neighboring homes built in the 1930s and 1940s while still looking like a home created for current times — all on a tight budget. Under a long list of historic design restrictions, Cavin and Claire created a house at the cost of $138 a square foot using simple building materials in thoughtful ways. One such example is the half-wall in front of the home made concrete shaped by the texture of raw wood — a much more affordable and sustainable option than the use of actual wood.

Living Room With Fully Retractable Glass Walls

Design by The Ranch Mine

The living room is framed by a set of glass walls that retract to open the room up to the front and back yards, expanding the footprint of an otherwise small space. The Phoenix climate is conducive to indoor-outdoor living for much of the year, and the overhang of the roof limit the amount of light and heat that enter the room during the hotter summer months. The walls and ceiling of the living room are clad in affordable walnut plywood, and the room is lit by LED lighting strips.

Modern Kitchen With White Ikea Cabinetry

Design by The Ranch Mine

Cavin and Claire used Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen to keep the design affordable but added custom touches like a back-painted glass backsplash. The island is topped with a single slab of quartz. The island was sized to fit the slab so that it would not need to be cut, minimizing waste.

Modern Bathroom With Floating Vanity

Design by The Ranch Mine

The pair also used Ikea cabinetry in the bathroom but floated it above the floor and added details such as wall-mounted fixtures and a countertop edge finished with walnut tape for a custom look. They found the triangle-shaped tile and decided to lay it in a pattern with alternating orientations and colors to create the cool detail that runs the perimeter of the room. The shower is located in a corner of the bathroom, and the floor there is sloped toward the center, eliminating the need for a shower enclosure.

After debuting many of these innovative details this stunning home, The Ranch Mine has found that their clients’ interest in them has skyrocketed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these smart features popping up in home designs all over the country soon.

Interested in learning more about this home? Read more about it and see the rest of the photos.

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You don’t have to have an elaborate outdoor space or a spacious backyard to enjoy the benefits of alfresco entertaining. All you need are a few key items to turn your space — big or small — into a festive and stylish space everyone can enjoy.

Outdoor Entertaining

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT

Outdoor Lighting

Design by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Glowing string lights — there’s nothing better. If your gathering goes into the evening, add some ambiance with outdoor lighting. You can have the tiniest patio and a strand of string lights will add the perfect glow. Strands of small globe lights look especially beautiful woven through trees and fences or strung overhead. Get more ideas >>

COZY UP YOUR UNDERFOOT

Outdoor Area Rug

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Stylish and durable all-weather rugs can make any outdoor space feel more like an extension of the home. So cozy up your deck or patio with some chic underfoot that beckons you to toss of your shoes. Get more ideas >>

SET UP A MINI BAR

DIY Wine Rack

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Mix up refreshing summer cocktails at a mini serve-yourself bar filled with nuts, olives and cheese varieties. Get more info >>

Take the Party Outside

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It’s officially show house season! This week, I had the pleasure of touring this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, located in the Arthur Sachs Mansion in New York’s coveted Lenox Hill neighborhood.

Originally built in 1909 for Arthur Sachs of — yep, Goldman Sachs — the townhouse has five floors and boasts 9,600 square feet of amazing architecture and design. The 43rd annual show house features the work of 22 top interior designers, each leaving his or her stamp on their chosen space. The result feels like a luxurious but comfortable home for a chic Manhattan family. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it’s currently for sale? Yes, it can be yours for the cool price of $35 million.

Take a look around.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen

Design by Christopher Peacock, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The huge galley-style kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock features a mix of painted cabinets and hand-picked English Wych Elm accents. Expansive Silstone countertops and brushed brass hardware tie the kitchen together.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dining Room

Design by Mark D Sikes Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

This formal dining space designed by Mark D. Sikes was inspired by a beautiful Italian home and introduces a fresh take on an uptown townhouse dining room. Red gingham fabric walls, silk trims, regency mahogany antiques, gilt mirrors, modern art and a 19th century, director-style crystal chandelier bring it all together in the formal dining room.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Staircase

Design by Philip Mitchell Design, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

The stair hall designed by Philip Mitchell is so grand it deserves to be considered another “room.” With each step you take, you’re surrounded by a wonderfully curated art collection that spans various mediums and eras. Looking up, the spiral staircase frames a skylight that brings light all the way to the ground floor.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Office

Design by Thom Filicia Inc., Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

A work day in this home office would feel like anything but. Designer Thom Filicia says he wanted to create a space that was subtly sophisticated, elegantly easy and playfully purposeful. He accomplished that and more with this appropriately named “Study in Style.”

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Rooftop

Design by Rottet Studio, Photography by Rafael Quirindongo

Not to be forgotten in this urban jungle, the roof terrace designed by Lauren Rottet and her Rottet Studio team is a welcome escape from the bustling New York City streets. Though it’s not the only outdoor space in the home, it is the highest — and it features stunning views of what Rottet calls “the world’s best city.” (Lauren, I totally agree!)

Want to see it for yourself? The home is open to tours through June 11. As if the stunning home or inspiring designs weren’t enough, the event is hosted by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and marks the organization’s 100th year of service. Proceeds will benefit the club, which provides after-school programs for thousands of local kids.

What’s your favorite space in the home? Tell me in the comments below.

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George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road reboot is one of the most anticipated action films of the summer. (It opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow!) Miller made his name with his ultra low-budget indie and original Mad Max in 1979, but has a mite more money to play with to the tune of $100 million this go around.

George Miller’s thrill ride with a message, Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15 in theaters nationwide. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Super-stylish, often deliciously tongue-in-cheek and with an eco-feminist message to boot, Miller’s film marries environmental cautionary tale with cool explosions, bloody mayhem, rock ‘n’ roll costume design, muscle cars and monster trucks. There’s very little not to like in this action-packed adventure with a soul.

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Last week, we asked if you preferred a private outdoor dining experience, like designer Jamie Durie’s lush and secluded spot, or an open and expansive dining room, like designer Sarah Richardson‘s cottage-style patio with a view. Sarah’s coastal outdoor space won with a 72 percent of the votes!

Sarah Richardson's Summer House Patio

Design by Sarah Richardson

HGTV fan kjg loves Sarah’s design because “it is light, airy and seems so comfortable. I think it does a great job of highlighting the view!” We couldn’t agree more, kjg! Follow our tips below to get the same inspired look on your outdoor space.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SURROUNDINGS

If you have a lush backyard or a great view, take a cue from Sarah. She surrounded her outdoor dining area with wide-open, floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can bask in the glorious view.

Patio With a View

Design by Preston Lee

PROVIDE A LOUNGE AREA

After eating, it’s time to relax. Provide additional seating near the dining area, so guests can continue conversation in a more comfortable setting. A collection of outdoor pillows is a budget-friendly way to change the look seasonally.

Red and White Outdoor Dining Room

Design by Katharine Webster

KEEP THINGS LIGHT + AIRY

White furnishings instantly open up any space, so it’s a good option if you have a small outdoor space. This light color doesn’t last too long against the elements, so choose materials that are easy to clean.

Outdoor Table Setting

Design by Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper

How do you add comfort and style to your outdoor space? Tell us in the comments below.

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Guys, our kitchen reno is in the home stretch, and now we are down to my favorite part: all the pretty finishing touches. I’ve been organizing our pantry, styling book shelves, and I decided to give the two chairs in the homework/breakfast area a little update. Watch the video to see how you can easily update a simple dining chair with a little spray paint and some new fabric:

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Update an old dining chair with new upholstery and spray paint
What a difference, right? I’m in love with that pink grapefruit color paired with the indigo fabric. Suddenly my little $5 chairs look like a million bucks!

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Ever since I saw The Royal Tenenbaums (and this Tenenbaums-inspired room from Domino), I’ve been obsessed with the idea of having a gallery wall. Together, my husband and I have more than enough posters and art prints to fill our space, but there’s one thing stopping us: We haven’t framed any of them. And we’ve had them all for years. I’d feel more sheepish if I thought we were the only ones in this predicament, but I spotted this exchange in my Twitter timeline and I think Emily sums up the dilemma nicely:

Then, serendipitously, a colleague sent along an email from the folks at Framebridge. It was like we all collectively willed the service into existence, The Secret-like, with our powers of visualization! We’d all been waiting for a solution to the framing problem that was low-hassle, attractive AND affordable, and it seems like Framebridge is the answer.

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I’ve cut back my coffee, try to exercise once in a while, and keep my trips to the donut shop to a minimum. It turns out, however that the worst thing I do for my body has nothing to do with honey-glazed pastries … according to research, sitting is the new smoking. Since reading about all the dire effects of spending my days sitting at my desk (I’m bringing on heart disease, a permanent slouch, and shortening my life expectancy?!), I have jumped out of my chair and vowed to change my ways. So even though it seems a bit foreign  – and a bit awkward, design-wise — I’m checking out standing desks.

Here’s the ergonomics 411 if you’re contemplating taking a stand: Your desk height should be at or slightly below elbow level. Your screen should be about 20-30” away from your eyes, and you should be looking straight ahead at the upper half of it (if you’re looking down, it needs to be additionally elevated.  This means that, if your’e working on a laptop, you’ll need to have a separate keyboard and mouse by your hands, and prop your laptop screen up by your eyes.

Okay, let’s get down to business and see the first option!

Jarvis standing desk
Photo credit: Collin Ferry

The Jarvis desk— yep, this is pretty much what I thought all standing desks looked like. Yeesh. This doesn’t exactly ring bells in the design department. But in terms of standing desk features, this guy is optimal. It can adjust 26” up via electric control, with it’s top height at 51”, so tall standing workers will be comfortable. It can lift 350 pounds of monitors, hard drives or cinderblocks you choose to put on your desk, and it has collision detection technology, which means it won’t size-down and crush your chair (or cat). Best of all, an LED panel means you can adjust your desk from sitting to standing height with one touch, and it even has pre-set memory settings so you don’t have to guess on height each time. Not pretty, but very functional… and at $700, standing doesn’t come cheap.

Mint Design Blog DIY Standing Desk
Photo credit: Ellie Snow

 Next stop, the DIY route. There are no shortage of DIY standing desk projects online, but I like this one from Mint Design Blog that uses some Home Depot sawhorse brackets, 2x4s cut to size, a little paint and an IKEA countertop. Seems like it couldn’t be simpler, and I think it looks beautiful. But you’ve got to commit, or at have the real estate for both a sitting and standing option, because this baby doesn’t move up and down at all. I’m not sure I could permanently toss my sitting desk in place of this solution, but hey, at least you’re not making a major investment.

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Prime picnic weather is here and the unofficial summer kick-off is right around the corner. But before we totally jump into the sweltering summer months, let’s enjoy one more vibrant spring picnic inspired by the season’s hottest hues and flavors.

Host a Spring Picnic

1. Wear This: Printed Empire-Waist Maxi Dress + Everyday Cardigan. Across the country, the weather is beginning to feel nice and toasty. We love this soft, sleeveless maxi dress in a pretty paisley print. The shades of green and turquoise are perfect for spring but take us right into summer, too. And we know spring and summer nights are super fickle; sometimes they’re humid and sometimes they’re bitterly cool. This everyday cardigan is perfect to throw on when the sun goes down.

2. Listen to This: x by Ed Sheeran. If the sun is shining and cocktails are flowing, then the day surely needs a soundtrack. I suggest something upbeat and edgy with a flow like Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’. Kick off your shoes and dance in the grass for this album. If anyone stays seated, then you may need to rethink your guest list next time.

3. Sip This: Lemonade SparklerWhen you need a boozy refresher, combine fresh lemonade with vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice, then (and here comes the fun part) rim the glass with Pop Rocks candy for a fun embellishment. I bet you can’t even remember the last time you had Pop Rocks! Get the recipe >>

4. Decorate With This: DIY ArrangementMaking your own flower arrangements is so much easier than you think. Use inexpensive grocery store blooms or flowers straight from your garden, and follow these quick tips to get professional-looking centerpieces in minutes. Our stunning arrangement was made by simply upcycling an attractive vegetable can.

5. Eat This: Light Spring Fare. When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want to have at a picnic is hot, heavy food. Keep fare light; think bite-size sandwiches, salads and fruit. You can even switch up the classic cheese and meat tray by creating sandwich kabobs with meat, cherry tomatoes, basil, cheese and bread. Kids and adults both will love these savory treats.

6. Make This: Watercolor Tablecloth/Picnic BlanketCreate a stylish conversation starter among guests with this hand-painted watercolor tablecloth (or picnic blanket!) made from a canvas drop cloth and water-based paint.

Brought to you by J.Jill. Helping you feel good and look great is what we do. We design easy, relaxed, inspired style for Misses, Petite, Women’s and Tall. You could say we make getting dressed a breeze.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

In the coming weeks, I’ll be visiting and reporting from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on behalf of HGTV and HGTVGardens and soaking up all that is floral, botanical, design and style-centric in this incredible city.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Brewin Dolphin Garden

The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, designed by Cleve West and awarded Best in Show.

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Last week was gorgeous at HGTV Headquarters: warm, sunny and clear. This time of year, I want my decor to follow suit, with bright colors and nature-inspired patterns. Of course, I can’t totally redo my house every time the weather changes, but if I start with a neutral palette, I can swap out my accessories for a seasonal mini makeover. Taking cues from this airy, contemporary living room by Kapito Muller Interiors, here are some tips for infusing a neutral space with the freshness of spring.

Copy the Look of This Clean, Contemporary Living Room1. Crate and Barrel / 2. Society6 / 3. Etsy / 4. Dot & Bo / 5. Wayfair / 6. CB2

6 Ways to Add Spring Color to a Neutral Space

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Pick up the June issue tomorrow!

Everything in HGTV Magazine has been bigger than ever lately. The May issue included a huge all-paint special section, and the brand-new June issue is following suit with a bigger, brighter and even better Flea Market Flips Blowout with a total of 12 projects.

before and after chair makeover

We transformed chairs, brought desks back to life and reinvented old lamps. We even created an illustrated step-by-step on how to turn flower seed packets into pillows — exclusively for online readers at hgtv.com/sew-pillow-covers.

pillows

The perfect outdoor pillow

Browse the before and afters here, and pick up your June issue of HGTV Magazine on stands tomorrow! Tired of waiting? Subscribe now.

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Weddings are typically full of traditions. Everything from who walks the bride down the aisle to where your guests sit to what you serve for dessert have an expected tradition tied to them. In your planning process, I’m sure you’ve discovered that you agree with some traditions while wanting to do away with others. So what do you do when you don’t like cake and want to walk the aisle by yourself? You do what you want! Modern couples, like yourselves, want to put a personal spin on their weddings. In other words: Do away with some traditions and update others with contemporary flair. A good place to start? Giving the decor a personal touch.

film strip placecards

photo by Les Loups

THE TWIST: PERSONAL PLACE CARDS

Using long tables instead of the traditional round ones? Then you are definitely going to need place cards. Marking each guest’s seat makes them feel taken care of and comfortable. Use unexpected materials for your place cards that speak to something that you and your fiance love. One of my couples last year are both film writers. We purchased old movie reels of their favorite films, cut them up, and had a calligrapher write their guests names right on the film. Such a personal detail!

record table numbers

photo by hart & sol photography

THE TWIST: CUSTOM TABLE NUMBERS

To let your guests find their table, each table will need what is traditionally a number. Use this decor detail as an opportunity to infuse your personalities into your wedding! This couple loved the 1960s. We sourced real, vintage records all from the 1960s that had a love theme and used them as table “numbers”. Each escort card had a picture of the record instead of a number to help guests find their table. You can use cities you’ve traveled to together, names of your favorite foods, the restaurants you went on your firsts dates at, or even your best photos together.

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It’s getting warm here at HGTV Headquarters, and all I want to do this weekend is sit on a patio with a cool beverage. I love the heat and the sun for about two weeks before I’m ready to nest inside with the air conditioning, but this stunning backyard oasis designed by landscape architect Eva Knoppel would keep me outside year-round no matter the temperature.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

The property sits on a slope, so Knoppel designed the outdoor area around terraces with multiple levels. The above outdoor kitchen and dining space sits just outside the home’s living room, making it a natural extension of the indoor living areas and perfect for entertaining. Next to the outdoor kitchen is a large seating area with a cozy fireplace nestled among mature olive trees.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

The outdoor living area overlooks a pool, hot tub and cabana on the lower level of the backyard. The homeowners love to entertain, so there’s extra seating around the pool to accommodate large gatherings. The space beyond is terraced to accommodate the slope of the property and planted mostly with succulents, which easily tolerate California’s drought conditions.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about this yard, but mine might be the inside of the cabana — it’s got the best of both worlds with curtains which tie back to let the breeze in, a ceiling fan to keep it comfortable, plus colorful, comfortable built-in benches where you can read, watch TV or nap. Yes, please.

Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

This yard moves easily from daytime to night, thanks to the smart, ambient lighting choices and the fireplace seen above. That fireplace would be so cozy on spring evenings when the temperatures decide to dip back toward the winter end of the thermometer.

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Design by Eva Knoppel, Garden of Eva

What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Did you know that all of these images are shoppable? Click on your favorite image above to head to the HGTV Photo Library and look for the “Shop This Look” button on photos for more details.

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For the June High/Low Challenge we quizzed you to spot the price difference between these two yellow pendant lights. You were correct if you answered Left: Low, Right: High. (The lucky winner will be notified via email.) In the meantime, here’s more about these looks.

With a metal shade and a cute matching cord, the “low” light is a no-brainer. The “high” option on the right features an opal glass shade that creates a warm, flattering glow. Find these and more amazing High/Low finds in the June issue of HGTV Magazine on sale Tuesday.

Didn’t participate in our High/Low Challenge this month? With great prizes that include exclusive HGTV Magazine gear, you’ll want to join the fun next time! See you then.

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We love putting together specially-curated gift guides for everyone’s favorite holidays. But today, I wanted to make a special Mother’s Day gift guide for anyone still looking for last-minute ideas.

Earlier this week I sent out an email to the D-Hap team asking, “What are you getting your mom/grandmother/godmother/special lady for Mother’s Day and why?” Here’s what I got:

Mother's Day Gift Guide1. Williams-Sonoma 3. HGTV.com 4. West Elm 5. Echo Design 6. DIYNetwork.com

1. Spiralizer + Cookbook“I’m getting my mom this spiralizer and cookbook from Williams-Sonoma. She mentioned this gadget to me months ago, and luckily, I remembered! We’re a family who loves to cook, and cook together, and I’m excited to test a few recipes out with her during Mother’s Day weekend.” — Alyssa Sparacino

2. Mini Fern Garden. ”My mom has a deep love of gardening, so this year I’m making her a miniature fern garden so she can bring the outdoors in. This faceted Cynthia Rowley planter is too perfect filled with ferns, mosses and miniature vines. I love it so much I made one for myself, too!” — Marianne Canada

3. Handmade Hanging Basket. “While I sometimes have trouble finding the “perfect” gift for my handmade item-loving Mom for other holidays, I always get her the same thing for Mother’s Day: a hanging basket. Since she’s an avid flower gardener, she counts on the fact that my sister and I will replenish the blooms on her front porch. My sister always gets Mom a trailing fuchsia plant, while I switch it up from year to year, but always pick out something that coordinates with the pink-and-purple flowers. This year, I’m making it extra-special by planting a custom mix of plants in a pretty hanging planter.” — Liz Gray

4. Sweet Hedgehog Planter. “My mother and I have a fondness for hedgehogs and also for gardening, so when I spied this whimsical earthenware planter from West Elm, I knew it had to be mine. I bought a version for myself, too. (I am a mother after all!) I’ll pot my mother’s up with succulents for gift-giving and include a gift basket with some favorite Riesling from a recent trip to Asheville, N.C., some luxurious garden-to-shower bath products and a few little surprises, many of them garden-related, for good measure.” — Felicia Feaster

5. eReader Protector. I actually have no idea what to get my mom this year, so she’s probably going to end up with a restaurant gift card or something. She always has a beach trip planned for the end of May, so in the past I’ve gotten her this terrycloth beach reader to protect her Kindle, which is her number one beach companion, and this luxe cover because it stays put on the beach chaise lounger. — Beth Rucker

6. Homemade Spa Kit. For this Mother’s Day I’m making my mom some homemade bath salts with sea salt, almond oil and essential oils of lavender and rosemary. It will be wrapped up with a luxurious body lotion and a yummy candle. — Michelle Edgemont

Now we want to know: what are you getting that special woman for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Flower arranging seems to be one of those things that mystify some people. It’s frustrating to buy a beautiful bunch of flowers, plop them in a vase, and have the results end up less than attractive, but artfully arrange florist bouquets aren’t always in the budget. Well, have no fear! Armed with some grocery store blooms, a vase, a sharp pair of scissors, and some tape, I’m going to show you how to craft your own custom floral masterpiece just in time for Mother’s Day.

Easy Flower Arranging Tips and Tricks

As long as you have a good combination of focal flowers, filler, and greenery, you can’t go wrong! See the simple steps now:

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For this arrangement, I used:

Don’t limit your arrangements to flowers from the florist — I added ferns and leaves from my yard to fill out the vases and add a personal touch.

For an extra-special touch, make the gold-leaf vases featured in the video. Get the how-to instructions here >>

What are your best tips for flower arrangements? Leave your words of wisdom in the comments below.

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