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Let’s be real: Most couples aren’t working with an unlimited wedding budget. So, how do the rest of us decide where to spend the bulk of the floral budget, or whether to spring for fancier napkins? As a professional wedding designer, I’ve learned some things about when to go “all out” and when the basic option will do. Read on for my tips to stay within your budget and still wow your guests.

burgundy tablecloth reception

SAVE ON NAPKINS, SPLURGE ON TABLECLOTHS

Those specialty napkins you had to have? As soon as a guest sits down, they’ll be dirty or on the floor. Save some money by using the standard, white napkins that your caterer or venue normally provides. To really make a design impact, splurge on upgraded tablecloths. You can rent specialty linens that are boldly striped, full of sequins or made from delicate lace.

dahlia bridal bouquet

SAVE ON BRIDESMAID FLOWERS, SPLURGE ON THE BRIDAL BOUQUET

I always recommend to my clients to put their money towards the items that will be in the most photographs. Your photos are what you will look at for the next 50 years. The bridesmaids bouquets will be in a few photos, like the ones of them walking down the aisle and a group shot. The bridal bouquet, on the other hand, will be in almost every photo of the bride, the ceremony, and the portraits. Ask your florist to propose smaller bridesmaids bouquets and then use the extra money to make the bridal bouquet extra special. It could be using more flowers, making it larger, or adding some beautiful French silk ribbon. Whatever you choose, that bouquet will live on in your photographs. For that reason, you want it to be as spectacular as possible.

MORE WEDDING SPLURGES AND SAVES

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Everyone knows that spring is the season to clean and get organized, but it’s also a perfect time to break out of a home decor rut. Beth, who manages all the gorgeous room photography that goes into HGTV’s Photo Library, recently put together an amazing gallery of 2015′s top trends in home decor. Designed by Ann Lowengart, this living room hits many of the year’s hottest looks, from shades of blue to warm metals to geometric patterns. If you want to try something new in your home this season, give your space an on-trend update with these tips and products:

Copy the Look of This Traditional Yet Trendy Blue Living Room

1. Behr / 2. Ethan Allen / 3. West Elm / 4. Bellacor
5. Wayfair / 6. Wayfair / 7. Home Decorators Collection

7 Ideas for a Trendy Yet Traditional Living Room

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After a long and daunting winter, there’s nothing I love more than giving my home a little seasonal spruce up. After all, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Now’s the time to open all the windows and tackle that to-do list you’ve put on the backburner. Start with these five easy updates to refresh your home for spring.

CLEAN UNDER FURNITURE + APPLIANCES

Spring Cleaning Tips

We never think about what’s happening behind the refrigerator, sofa or buffet, but now’s the time to conquer that fear. Scoot these big pieces out as much as you can and use a vacuum hose to take care of business. Now’s a good time to clean under area rugs, too.

FORGOTTEN SURFACES

Spring Cleaning Tips

Those crisp, white surfaces collect a lot of dust. At least once a year, give door frames and baseboards a good, solid clean. After cleaning your floors, vacuum the baseboards with a brush attachment. Then, working room by room, spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe clean. Clean with non-toxic products, like this homemade all-natural citrus cleaner, to help improve your home’s indoor air quality.

More Quick Tips

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Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? I certainly was unaware, but I have no problem celebrating the occasion with an extra-focused attempt at relaxation. While some people turn to a nice warm tub and bubbles or a sweat-inducing workout to ease anxiety and stress, my personal preference is to get my body in a position primed for reading or napping. While a bed or sofa is a perfectly fine solution for this, I’d much rather stretch out in a chaise.

White Tufted Chaise and Black Dresser

Design by J&J Design Group

You can’t go wrong with this classic design selected by J&J Design Group for this inviting living space. The chaise’s scroll shape, tufting and tulip feet make it a choice that will age elegantly in any design.

Cozy Gray Furniture in Modern White Living Room

Design by Sawhorse Design and Build

For me, the word chaise evokes a sense of traditional style, so I love to see a piece like this one chosen by Sawhorse Design and Build. The shape is unexpected and, with the bright fuchsia pillows, adds a touch of whimsy and softness to this otherwise geometric, modern lounge space.

Pool With Patio, Hot Tub and Submerged Lounge Chairs

Design by Addison Bruley

Here’s a nice two-fer for you by Addison Bruley. You’ve got a soft, cabana-style loungers at the edge of the pool deck for naptime and partially submerged chaises for when you want to cool off. Leave your stress behind, but don’t forget the sunscreen!

Awkward Hallway Space Transformed Into Cozy Reading Nook

Design by Nina Green

There’s something instantly cozy and restful about a leather lounger and rustic decor. The deep tones of the chaise and cowhide rug and flooring in this room designed by Nina Green are warm and welcoming and have me ready for relaxation!

Green Transitional Bedroom With Plush Chaise

Design by Susan Manrao

My bedroom tends to be the most comfortable spot for relaxation in the house, but I find that if I lay on the bed I have the urge to fall into a deep sleep. I like how Susan Manrao included a chaise in this bedroom for lighter naps and reading time — it’s a way to relax without confusing the internal body clock.

How do you chase the stress away? 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 for more details.

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Sure, spring is still new, but another season is fast approaching: Wedding season! Whether you’re attending a friend’s ceremony or are busy planning your own big day (like Kayla and me!,) spring and summer are the most popular times to tie the knot. (If you’re as excited as we are, check out our new Wedding Survival Guide series!)

And the hottest color to be surrounded by while gettin’ hitched? You guessed it: cool mint green. From retro glassware to bridesmaid dresses to delicate French macarons, this color is everywhere. So, we’re naming April’s Color of the Month after the original mint green wedding fixture: Those melt-away wedding mints.

Succulent Wedding Bouquet
We’ve featured mint before, but Wedding Mint is softer with gray undertones — think of the soft green of succulent petals or a vintage jadeite platter. Isn’t this succulent bouquet gorgeous? (Confession: It’s already on my wedding Pinterest board.)

Mint Green Kitchen Design by Mark Williams

Design by Mark WIlliams

Okay, let’s say you don’t have weddings on the brain. This color is bright and cheerful, yet muted enough to cover all four walls. Here, designer Mark Williams painted this entire eat-in kitchen — even the trim — with a minty hue.

MORE GORGEOUS WAYS TO USE MINT GREEN

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No one can deny how wonderful spring is — flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and bright hues are replacing the dark shades of winter. And I have to say, our design team created the most colorful home on the block. Here’s a sneak peek at HGTV Spring House, coming to HGTV.com this Monday.

HGTV Spring House Sneak Peek

We can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been working on for, well, months now! Here’s the scoop: our dedicated design team has been hard at work for the past three months getting this Atlanta home ready for the spring season. What can you expect?

  • Family-friendly decorating ideas
  • Easy spring-inspired DIY projects
  • Flower arrangements for beginners
  • Deck and patio decorating tips
  • Alfresco entertaining ideas
  • Spring recipes for any occasion

From the deck to the dining room, we have you covered. We get that it’s been a long winter, and we’re ready to infuse your life with color and inspiring ideas that will take you through summer.

So, log onto HGTV.com Monday, April 20 to see HGTV Spring House in its full glory. (We promise lots of tulips and citrus-y hues.) See you there!

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Last week, we asked if you preferred a traditional or Mediterranean sunroom. This traditional room was the clear winner, with 77 percent of the votes.

Traditional Sunroom With Classic Color Combo

Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

Most of you agreed the furniture and classic colors felt more like a sunroom should. “The traditional room has a peaceful feeling. When I’m in a sunroom I want to relax,” HGTV fan Nancy said. To get a similar look in your home, follow our tips below.

Classic Color Combo

Traditional Sunroom With Floral Chairs and Striped Drapery

Traditional rooms often feature neutral color palettes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The key: Go with classic color palettes. Combine navys and reds or peach and green tones in damask and floral patterns. Pair the fabric with rich wood or plain white furniture to complete the classic look.

Warm Flooring

Traditional Sunroom With Rug

Traditional style is all about comfort. If your sunroom has concrete or tile flooring, warm it up with a large area rug.

Natural Light

Traditional Room With French Doors

Design by Elinor Jones

Traditional style reflects that of French countryside. Glass or French doors will add a traditional touch, along with plenty of natural light.

Timeless Pieces

Symmetrical Living Room

Design by Julie Dodson

Accessorize with intricate furnishings that stand the test of time. Oil paintings, ornate pieces, fringe accents and symmetry are key in accomplishing a traditional look.

Browse through our favorite traditional spaces>>

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It’s that time of year again: everyone is gearing up for a season full of proms, formals, weddings and more. I’m not exaggerating — all three ladies on my team are currently planning weddings (something that makes my event-planning heart sing!). So why not make a special pair of dancing shoes to celebrate these occasions? Or, you know, just a regular date night. Check these out:

DIY Heart Glitter Heels - HGTV's Design Blog Design Happens

Watch the video to see how you can add a little sparkle to a basic pair of pointed-toe shoes.

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I just love how these turned out, and they couldn’t be easier to make! I’m already planning to make a pair of flats for my little girl Lulu. What are you inspired to add glitter hearts to? Do you have any special occasions on deck this spring?

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Alright, D-Hap readers. I need you to go way back in your memory banks for a minute. Back in 2012 and 2013 we shared some beautiful design vignettes created by our Home Studio interns that focused on both current and iconic design trends. Aspiring interior designer Justin DiPiero spent two quarters as an HGTV design intern and I’ve been shamelessly Insta-stalking him ever since he left.

Fast forward to 2015 and Justin is now a Homepolish interior designer in New York City. But finding the perfect job came with a bit of a nightmarish task — house hunting in the Big Apple. After finding the perfect spot in Brooklyn, he wanted to throw a city-style housewarming party to thank his friends for hosting him during his search. Certainly one of the perks of being an interior designer is being able to source beautiful products and inspiration to throw a killer soiree on a budget, and that’s just what he did. We love how he infused coastal style with elements found in NYC’s Chinatown. Check it out:

Justin’s Party Tips:

I tried to bring my two worlds together. Since I went to school in the South and identify myself as Southern, I wanted to pay tribute to the past but also inject some of the present; that’s what led the look and decor for the party.

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Chic + Budget-Friendly Party Ideas

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The venue for your reception is the largest and most daunting purchase during your wedding planning adventure. It will most likely cost the most money and all venues are very different in what they offer. A few of my past clients have been disappointed after they booked the venue and found out later that they weren’t allowed to have some of the decor they hoped for or their pictures turned out dark because of the lack of natural light. These 5 questions are to ask reception venues when going on visits to avoid disappointment later on when you start thinking about catering, photos, and decor.

Green Building Wedding Reception

photo by Inbal Sivan Photography

Choose a venue based on what aspects of your reception are most important to you. Do you have 300 guests and want a black tie affair? Then a beautiful ballroom would work better than a barn in a field. Do you want your local BBQ restaurant to cater and crave bright, light filled photographs? Then look for all white loft spaces with tons of windows that allow outside catering. Make a list of 3-5 non-negotiable qualities you want in your reception and start your venue search from there. Once you’ve found a few reception spaces to take a look at, ask these 5 questions:

When Does Quiet Time Start?

You may have free reign of the venue all night long, but some spots have strict noise ordinances from the city that say the tunes need to stop as early at 10pm. Ask you venue about their rules to know how long your DJ or band can crank the tunes.

giant balloons reception

Photo by Clark + Walker Studio

What Can I Decorate?

I’ve had clients in the past who had their hearts set on pretty, hanging lights and garland, only to be crushed when the venue didn’t allow anything to be hung from the ceiling. If your Pinterest board is full of cafe lights, hanging garlands and large floral installations, don’t be disappointed — get the facts before you book.

warehouse wedding cafe lights

Photo by Sara Wight Photography

What About Glitter, Candles and Confetti?

Many venues, because of fire hazards, are doing away with real flame candles — they only allow LED candles. If your dream is to have a reception filled with a lot of natural candlelight, choose a space that still allows this. Same question pertains to glitter and confetti — because of the mess of cleaning that stuff up, is quickly going on many venues’ Do Not Bring list.

white tent wedding reception

Photo by Amber Gress Photography

Can I Use an Outside Caterer?

This is a big one: Find out if the reception venue allows only in-house catering. This means that they have a specific caterer who makes all of the food for all of their events. You’ll be held to that chef’s style of cooking, which is normally delicious, although might not be exactly what you were hoping for. I love to use in-house caterers when the venue is affiliated with a restaurant or when you don’t want the hassle of hiring another vendor. The all-inclusive nature of having a caterer and venue under one contract has its perks, but if you have a specific restaurant, style of food or dietary restrictions (think vegan or kosher offerings,) you’re better off choosing a spot that allows you to make your own pick.

romantic vintage wedding

Photo by Judy Pak Photography

How Many Guests Will It Accommodate?

Since you already have a rough guest count, use that number to find a reception space. A large space that can sit 300 people is going to feel like a ghost town with only 150. On the other end, you don’t want to pack so many guests in that your loved ones feel uncomfortably crowded. Ask how many guests the venue can hold for a comfortable standing-only cocktail party, a sit-down dinner at round tables, and a sit-down dinner at long tables. Using round tables can typically seat more people in a space than long tables.

Armed with this knowledge I’m confident that you will choose the right venue for your amazing reception. How’s your venue search going? Have you discovered any deal breakers when going on visits?

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The sixth installment: Functional outdoor furniture and fun accessories for outdoor entertaining. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win some colorful accents for your backyard.

Hosting a backyard bash in the spring can be a blast, but if you’re constantly running inside for drink refills or stressing about your meager outdoor seating, that can take some of the fun out of it. Before you invite your friends and family over for an alfresco get-together, give your outdoor spaces a party-inspired makeover. The right furniture and accessories will keep your guests happy and your soiree running smoothly, so you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities, too. Check out our favorite products for a party-perfect backyard.

Products for a Party-Ready Outdoor Space

1. Six-Seat Sectional and Stool. Anchor your outdoor space with comfortable, versatile furniture – if you have enough room, a sectional will offer maximum seating and flexibility. This six-seater features a movable footstool for guests who want to prop their feet up, and a neutral fabric that can easily be dressed up with colorful accessories. ($840)

2. Cantilever Umbrella. Your fairer-skinned friends will appreciate this backyard addition. A substantial nine feet in diameter, this cantilever umbrella in soothing spa green tilts and turns 360 degrees to provide shade anywhere you need it. ($369.99)

3. Outdoor Wood Cooler. Ditch your standard plastic cooler and upgrade to this sophisticated wood version. It’ll look great on your deck or patio, and it’ll keep your beverages and snacks cool so you don’t have to keep running inside to fetch refreshments for your guests. ($149.99)

4. Elephant Garden Stool. Don’t forget a spot for party-goers to set their drinks. Add a small side table or – better yet – this adorable elephant garden stool, which can also serve as extra seating in a pinch. ($90.89)

5. Pizza Fire Pit. This is genius: This multifunctional fire pit comes with two pizza stones and a removable grill for whipping up homemade pizza, steak or veggies. Once you’re finished cooking, you can remove the accessories and keep the fire blazing for warmth and ambiance. ($78.99)

6. Medallion Outdoor Pillows. Jazz up solid-color furniture and add comfort with vibrant outdoor pillows. These stunners make a statement with a bold medallion design, and their ample size will encourage hours of outdoor lounging. (Warning: your guests may never leave.) ($49.50 each)

Ready to spice up your outdoor space? One lucky Design Happens reader will win two Pottery Barn Outdoor Malibu Medallion Pillows.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your secret to an amazing outdoor soiree?

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 April 10, 2015 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 13, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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This year will mark my sixth year at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn. for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. At this point, packing for ‘Roo is second nature. I know I need sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray — the obvious “essentials.” But I like to head onto the farm looking a little more chic than I would on a typical camping adventure. I mean, I’ll be front row watching my favorite artist — I have to look good, right?

For those heading to sunny Southern California this weekend for Coachella, here are few things you’ll definitely see around the festival grounds. Is anyone else festival bound this summer? Check out our list of must haves.

Summer Music Festival Essentials1. Urban Outfitters | 2. Sunpocket | 3. Nordstrom | 4. Aldo | 5. Incase | 6. Backcountry | 7. Sephora

1. Rain Booties. There’s nothing worse than rain at a music festival with 80,000+ people. (If it rains on the first day/night, you’re done.) BUT, you can make the most of a messy situation with Jeffrey Campbell’s sleek and chic rain booties. ($70.00)

2. Sunnies. You’re like, “Duh — sunglasses.” But these are the best. They’re 70s-style Sunpockets that features an aviator model with a sporty appearance. And as all Sunpockets do — they fold up! It’s perfect for when your daytime music set turns into night. ($73.50)

3. Chic Sun Hat. SUN PROTECTION. We hear it over and over again, but it’s so crucial. I can’t live without my sun hat when I’m out there in the hot Tennessee sun for five days. I love this maroon beauty because it doesn’t feel like I’m about to pull weeds from the yard, but it doesn’t feel terribly sophisticated either. ($52.00)

4. Multi-Pocket Backpack. I still have my college backpack and I love it, but I really just want something that’s a cross between a purse and a backpack when I’m going from show to show. This faux leather multi-pocket backpack is super practical with a number of compartments for keeping essentials organized. Plus, it doesn’t look like you’re headed on a hike. ($50.00)

5. Portable Phone Charger. OMG. Nothing makes me more enraged than trying to Insta-brag at a festival when my phone dies. You’re going to lose battery power quick — that’s a fact. But instead of spending all your time chitchatting at charging stations, keep this baby in your bag and you’ll be snapping pics all night long. ($79.95)

6. Soft Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is key to making your festival experience a positive one. But toting around a gallon of water all day? Not. Fun. I love these soft bottles that roll up or flatten until I’m ready for my next refill. ($7.95-$15.95)

7. Dry Shampoo. Uh, yeah. So about the shower situation. You’ll want to definitely bring some dry shampoo for your mane. I love Alterna’s sugar-lemon spray because of its scent and translucent appearance. It does the job well. ($22.00)

Fellow festivalgoers — what’s on your essentials list? What beauty, tech or fashion products make your festival experience better? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Use Instagram to Research Your Next Design Project

With all the options for design inspiration online, you may not have ever considered Instagram as a resource before. But, newsflash — it is! Before embarking on your next design project, you might want to consider an Instagram dive in order to come up with some serious designer inspo.

Here are some ideas for getting the most out of this visual social platform:

1. Hashtag Searches. Much like Twitter, Instagram is built on a foundation of hashtags. Anyone can make up a hashtag or use an existing hashtag, so there’s no exact method to the madness when you’re doing a hashtag search. Your best bet is to just go to the search screen (the magnifying glass), put your cursor in the search box to pull up the “hashtag” tab, then start typing in a bunch of different hashtags. Some of my favorites include:

  • #interiordesign
  • #designinspiration
  • #fleamarketfinds
  • #homedecor
  • #interior123
  • #livingroom
  • #kitchen
  • #bedroom
  • #estatesale
  • #DIY
  • #DIYProject
  • #patio

You’ll find loads of design ideas this way.

2. Follow interior designers. If there’s an interior designer that you admire, go to their website and see if they have a link to their Insta account; chances are they do. Designers often share pics from ongoing projects, inspiration boards and recent furniture finds. Here are 10 must-follow interior designers on Instagram to get you started.

3. Follow stores and brands. Most brands and stores have discovered the importance of having an Instagram account, and you can find loads of design, product and color inspiration on their feeds. Some of my favorites to follow are: @TargetStyle, @HomeGoods, @WestElm, @PBTeen, @IkeaUSA, @BenjaminMoore, @HomeDepot and @LowesHomeImprovement.

4. Use the explore feature. It used to be that the “explore” page on Instagram was a collection of the most popular photos on the platform. As you can imagine, this mostly included pics of scantily-clad women in bikinis and some cute cat photos. But the “explore” tab has become really good. Now, if you click on the magnifying glass, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can choose either “photos” or “people.” The “Photos” tab will include pics that Instagram thinks you might like, and the “People” tab includes other users they think you might like to follow. As someone who looks at, likes and follows many designer-y photos, I often find similar suggestions in my explore section. Look around yours and see if Instagram has any killer picks that can inspire you.

For a dose of design inspiration from HGTV talent and editors every single day, follow @hgtv on Instagram.

Do you have any Instagram tricks that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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One of my favorite things about blogging for HGTV is reading our fans’ design tips and preferences. Since we love hearing from our fans (you!), we’re starting a new series called Room Vs. Room. Twice a month, we’ll feature a poll where you can choose which design you love best. Then, we’ll give tips and tricks on recreating the winning design’s look in your own home.

We’re kicking the series off with sunrooms. Do you prefer a more traditional route with comfortable furnishings and classic colors, or would you rather take a more vibrant approach with a global design like Mediterranean? Vote in our poll, then tell us in the comments which design you chose and why.

Room vs. Room: Sunrooms

Come back next week to see the final tally!

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Five years ago this month, my husband and I bought our dream house: an architect-designed seventies modern home nestled into a hillside in the middle of four acres of woods. We knew it would need some updating, but nothing was pressing and the lines of the house were swoon-worthy. We have made a few small changes, but other than the nursery, nothing on the interior has been completely updated. Until now! This week, we started a kitchen renovation.

Marianne Canada Kitchen Inspiration Collage

Of course, I have lots of Pinterest-board inspiration. Watch the video below to see the kitchen “before” and hear what I have planned.

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What is it about spring that makes us want to redo everything in the house? Am I the only one poring over Pinterest? What projects do you have on deck this year?

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If you’re like me, then the bedroom is the one room in the house that’s in need of some TLC.  No matter how hard I try, it seems that creating a bedroom design that is both stylish and functional is nearly impossible. Luckily, High Fashion Home designer, Dolley Frearson, understands this struggle and has graciously shared 6 of her priceless design tips with us. So if you’re tired of your blah bedroom or simply need a little design inspiration, check out Dolley’s gorgeous bedroom transformation below and read on to learn her tricks of the trade.

The bedroom BEFORE was drab and unsightly…

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

The bedroom AFTER is chic and inviting.

Image Courtesy of High Fashion Home

Learn How Dolley Achieved This Look

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Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fifth installment: Spring-inspired bedding that will make your bedroom look bright and refreshed all season — and all summer! — long.

I’m one of those people with cold-weather bedding and warm-weather bedding. During the winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in my cozy flannel sheets. But from April to September, I like to keep it light and breezy in the bedding department. Right now, my bed is dressed in a classic navy prep strip duvet, mint polka-dot sheets, and mint and lime throw pillows. My bedding palette is cool and refreshing like the season.

Have you swapped out your winter bedding yet? Take a look at our seasonal bedroom picks in especially lively hues.

Spring Bedding 20151. Pottery Barn 2. Serena & Lily 3. Target 4. Macy’s 5. H&M 6. Serena & Lily

1. Spring-y Duvet Cover. Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing an array of blooming florals and rich leafy foliage every single day. That’s the power of this gorgeous organic duvet cover. ($79-$103)

2. Embroidered Sheets. The folks at Serena & Lily said it best: “Our not-so-basic white sheets make a great foundation for layering color and pattern throughout the room — think of them as classics with a twist.” The colorful motif (available in eight bright hues) is both sophisticated and playful. ($148-$268)

3. Soft Throw. IMO, the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collab is one of the most exciting things to happen this season. Go ahead and bookmark this pink tasseled throw from the lookbook while we anxiously await the April 19th debut. (It’s technically called an “outdoor blanket” but I think it would look so adorable casually draped over the foot of a bed.) ($30)

4. Patterned Shams. Mixing patterns is the name of the game when it comes to putting together a beautifully-styled bed. This large-scale contemporary pattern is a nice match for the botanical duvet cover, while the navy and white pull out the bedding’s navy background. ($89.97 for the bed set)

5. & 6. Bold Throw Pillows. Here comes the fun part — throw pillows! This is where you can play with texture, pattern and color by pulling in accent colors from the duvet in fun ways. I say, you can never have too many throw pillows. Choose solids, neutrals and unexpected colors, like this green quilted pillow and this white canvas beauty with suede corner caps. ($12.95; $38.99)

Now tell us — how are you giving your bedroom a taste of spring? Swapping out your winter bedding? Tossing in some new throw pillows? Let us know!

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UPDATE: Thanks for participating. This poll is now closed.

HGTV Magazine is pet friendly. Sadly, that doesn’t mean we can bring our dogs to work (OK, so maybe they’ve stopped by once or twice), but we love our furry friends like family. Our adorable dog model, Daniel Patrick the West Highland terrier, even graced the cover back in Jan/Feb 2014!

Don’t you just love Daniel Patrick’s sweater?

This time, we’re busy putting together a special pet feature for an upcoming issue, and we need your help. Take a second to answer the four questions below, and we’ll use the results to help create a story you and Fido will both love.




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Last year for Mother’s Day I made this wall shelf from reclaimed pallet wood and transformed it into a succulent planter. My mom loved it! So now that the warm weather is back in full swing here in Tennessee, it’s time to dig out that shelf from winter hibernation and give it some life again. Succulent arrangements make the best gifts because they’re beautiful, easy to maintain and they flourish indoors and out. So if you’re looking for a great gift idea or just want to bring some plant life to your home, follow the 5 easy steps below to make your own gorgeous pallet wood succulent planter.

Pallet Wood Succulent Planter

What You’ll Need

  • wood pallet shelf
  • small bag of potting soil
  • variety of 3.5″ succulents (amount depends on the size of your planter, I used 9)
  • plastic bag or other plastic liner (as needed)
  • pebbles or other small rocks (as needed)

Follow 5 Easy Steps to Make This Gorgeous Planter

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The conundrum: We all want to spend less time glued to our smartphones, and yet there they are on our bedside tables, beckoning us to Pinterest in the middle of the night, or to check email the moment we open our eyes. How can we avoid the temptation when we need them to wake us up in the morning?

Answer: It’s time to go old school and plunk an alarm clock by your head. Wait! Before you arrest me for design crimes, I’ve rounded up some gorgeous models that meet all the requirements: They’re as easy to program as my phone and don’t take away from my bedroom’s design story. Here are a few of my faves:

Bird Alarm Clock

Bird Alarm ClockPut a bird on it! This alarm can be set to a ho-hum beep, or to birds that chirp you awake! It’s got a calendar function as well as telling time, but the screen is on the back so you can turn it around and just see a cute bird before you nod off (I’m a big fan of NOT seeing the time at all hours of the night… it messes with my head).

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