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While you might immediately think of Pinterest as the first social media site to hit up when you’re looking for new DIY projects, I’m here to say: don’t forget about Instagram! On days I’m feeling particularly crafty, I’ll type #diy or #diyproject into that snazzy little search box and my brain will explode with all of the DIY fabulousness that’s oozing from the minds of the most creative Instagrammers.

Here’s a list of my top four DIY Instagram superstars who make me want grab my glue gun and double-tap my heart out:

Sarah Khandjian Instagram

@SarahHearts: Sarah Khandjian‘s Instagram feed is filled with lots of pink and her sweet hound, Daisy, but most of all, there are endless ideas for simple DIY projects. I’m obsessed with these gorgeous painted bangles, and I’m dying to plaster my dining room table with a dozen of these colorful painted placemats.

tellloveandchocolate Instagram

@TellLoveAndChocolate: I’m constantly undecided about whether I’m more obsessed with tassels or pom poms, but blogger Sara Walk has put me firmly in the tassel camp after seeing her fab handmade tassel blanket. She also features some fantastic entertaining ideas that would liven up any party, like this sweet banner.

Mandi Gubler Instagram

@VintageRevivals: If handmade home decor is your thing, then you need to follow Mandi Gubler right this second because her feed is the DIY jackpot of all time. Looking to create a painted diamond focal wall or faux wallpaper? No problemo. You can even follow her adventures as she restores and decorates a vintage trailer that she fondly calls “The Nugget.”

Liz Marie Galvan Instagram

@LizMarieGalvan: If you’re looking for ideas for more substantial home decor pieces with a rustic bent, this feed will rock your world. Interior designer and blogger Liz Marie Galvan manages to put a creative DIY spin on just about everything in her home. Here’s the va-va-voom floor mirror project she whipped up one weekend, and this drool-worthy DIY coat rack I can’t stop staring at.

Who are your favorite DIY Instagrammers? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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For our second edition of Design Defined, let’s cover a material that’s becoming increasingly popular for use in both architecture and furniture in all styles of homes, from modern to traditional to rustic. Live Edge: the name pretty much sums it up, right? Essentially, the term refers to lumber that has been cut into slabs of the desired thickness, but instead of next cutting away any knots or flaws to create symmetrical boards with smooth, square edges, those natural elements are left intact and only the bark itself is removed.

This gorgeous walnut island by Lauren Levant Bland shows how a single live-edge element adds a big dose of organic style to an otherwise industrial and contemporary kitchen:

Live-Edge Island in Contemporary Kitchen

Initially made popular by legendary midcentury-modern furniture designer and architect George Nakashima, whose sculptural pieces paired clean-lined bases with tops that showcased wood’s natural beauty through butterfly joints, a live edge and heavily burled or figured grain, live-edge furniture has grown in popularity over the decades leading to its use today in architectural installations like kitchen islands, mantels and built-in bookcases as well.

With a gnarled cypress root base and live-edge top, the coffee table in this living room, designed by Jarret Yoshida, acts as a functional piece of sculpture:

Live Edge Coffee Table in Living Room

Given its ties to midcentury modern design via Nakashima, live-edge furniture is right at home in mid-mod homes. Check out this sleek midcentury modern makeover by Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines. In the living room, she added a single live-edge end table to contrast with the room’s otherwise streamlined furnishings:

Live Edge Side Table in Midcentury Modern Living Room
We’d love to know: What do you think of the live-edge look? Tell us in the comments below.

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With spring comes ample opportunity to garden, barbecue and just relax outside. But if you’re operating on a budget, a lavish outdoor space may not seem like an option. Cue repurposed shipping pallets! With a little creativity, plain shipping pallets can be transformed into gorgeous outdoor pieces at little to no cost. So break out the circular saw and bring the farmhouse style home this spring with these 7 DIY shipping pallet projects.

Tip: You can get free or almost free shipping pallets at recycling centers, small businesses and more! Just make sure you ask before you take.

Outdoor Pallet Seating
This project takes a little time, but it’s so worth it! Just imagine relaxing this spring on a stylish and comfortable bench that you made by hand. Learn how to make this rustic, repurposed outdoor seating >>>

Need more seating? Make adirondack chairs out of shipping pallets >>>

Succulent Garden Made out of Wood Pallets

Versatile Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves
This is one I’ve made for my own home! What’s great about these reclaimed-wood wall shelves is that they can be used for so many different purposes. I turned mine into an outdoor succulent planter and am making another to store all my handheld gardening tools. They’re perfect for indoors or out! Get the instructions from designer Ana White >>>

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Patsy!

Can you guess which pillows belong in this houseboat living area?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win two 18×18 throw pillows of their choosing from KESS. You don’t have to guess correctly to win.

Choose A, B or C

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With the enormous financial success of their live-action Alice in Wonderland, Disney is rebooting the classic fairy tales for a new generation with its latest, Cinderella, the kind of little girl catnip already making serious bank with a $70.1 million haul over opening weekend (though it can’t top Alice in Wonderland’s impressive $116.3 opening).

Lily James in Disney's Cinderella in theaters March 13, 2015

Image Courtesy of Disney

Disney is capturing the little girl market with its Cinderella gowns and bedazzled slippers, and M.A.C. Cosmetics is featuring a whole Cinderella line of lipsticks and eyeshadows for their starry-eyed big sisters and mothers.

But we think big girls and boys may find their own design inspiration in Cinderella’s gorgeous French country-meets-English-garden scenery and the film’s over-the-top costumes, many of them inspired by classic 1940s Hollywood women’s pictures starring take-no-prisoners fashionistas like Joan Crawford and Greer Garson.

Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella

Image Courtesy of Disney

From her ruby red lips to her emerald couture and statement necklaces, Cate Blanchett, as envisioned by Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, is one fashion plate wicked stepmother we can get behind. If you’re longing to see some of the inspiration for Blanchett’s look, check out one of Hollywood’s fiercest fashion plates, Joan Crawford, in the classic 1945 film noir Mildred Pierce.

Joan Crawford in 1945 film noir, Mildred Pierce

Image Courtesy of Warner Home Video

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It’s looking nothing like spring in much of the country, I know. But I’m hoping that March will go out like a lamb and we’ll be on our way to warmer climes soon. Of course, here in Los Angeles, it’s sunny as all get out (sorry, East Coast) so it’s not tough to start thinking it’s spring… which obviously means I’m spring cleaning.

First up: The mess of cables and wires that are taking over my office. They charge my mobile devices and bring power to my peripherals, but that tangled mess is doing nothing for my design aesthetic. Like any mess of unruly tangles, all these cables need is a good conditioner to smooth them out. Here are a few of my favorites.

Soba and CableBox from BlueLounge

For cables behind your desk: Bluelounge’s Soba system is like the Pied Piper of desk cables, routing up to three at a time through an ingenious tube down to your Cablebox, which houses the power strip and all the clunky AC adapters in a tidy bin.

Cord Tacos

For cables on the go: Cord Tacos from This Is Ground will keep your mobile chargers from becoming a ball at the bottom of your travel tote. Plus, they’re shaped like Mexican food. (Winning.) Catch more cord-wrangling awesomeness from This Is Ground in this uLive video.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, party people! I couldn’t pass up this holiday without sharing some downright mouthwatering cocktails that just happen to be — you guessed it — green. (Or, topped with green sprinkles at least!)

SOMETHING DECADENT

Irish Root Beer Float Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Elegant Affairs

  • 1 ounce Root Beer Schnapps
  • 1 bottle root beer soda
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ice
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the soda.

2. Pour into a frosted beer mug or an Irish coffee mug, then pour in the soda.

3. Top with whipped cream and green sugar crystals for a sweet and festive touch.

SOMETHING REFRESHING

Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of SVEDKA Vodka

  • 2 ounces SVEDKA Vodka
  • 3/4 part fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 part simple syrup
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Create a simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove pan from heat.

2. Muddle mint at the bottom of a Pilsner glass and build your drink on top over crushed ice (except for bitters, mint and sugar crystals).

3. Agitate with a spoon (or swizzle), making sure not to disturb the mint at the bottom.

4. Top with ice, rim with green sugar crystals and garnish with mint.

SOMETHING HEALTHY

Green Leprechaun Kale Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sakara Life

  • 4 ounces tequila (or any spirit you prefer)
  • 1 ounce ginger juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup kale juice
  • 1/2 lime
  • ice, for shaking
  • frozen pomegranate seeds, for garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, liquor, ginger juice, pineapple juice, kale juice and lime.

2. Shake until all ingredients are mixed together and drink is chilled from the ice.

3. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

4. Top with frozen pomegranate seeds and an extra squeeze of lime.

What festive recipes are you whipping up today? Let us kn0w (aka share your yummy secrets!).

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I was so inspired by all your DIY nightstand makeovers that I decided to take the plunge: I’m finally ready to give my bedroom dresser a fresh look. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Modern DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas - HGTV Design Blog

With cool midcentury legs and a modern shape, there’s a lot to love. Another bonus: The tall dresser was totally free to me, left behind in the attic by my home’s previous owners. The bad, though? It’s faded and cracked in a couple of places, and the previous user left helpful notes (gloves + mittens! socks + hose! ) in Sharpie on each drawer.

Needless to say, it’s time for a facelift. But what should I do? That, my friends, is the big question. Read on to see my top design options and pick your favorite.

SEE THE OPTIONS + CAST A VOTE

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My guy and I have been watching the conference tournament games all weekend to see who gets left out of the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, my alma mater didn’t make it too far, so I’m rooting for MJ‘s former stomping grounds. (Go, Tarheels!) So, with all this sports madness happening over the next month, I figured we could use a healthy dose of competition here at D-Happ — design style. Are you ready? Let’s vote!

Which HGTV design duo or solo rock star is your favorite? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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Back in February we sent out an all-points-bulletin asking you to show us how you’ve transformed a nightstand with a little DIY magic. We even let you peek inside our bedrooms to get a glimpse of our own bedside tables. You know, so we could get to know each other better.

Photos tagged with #HGTVmakeover began to pour in on Instagram and we were “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over all your creative handiwork. You really know how to put a personal spin on tired and worn-out pieces! Your posts even inspired Marianne’s thrift store nightstand transformation with chalk paint and a little metallic love.

These are some of our favorites:

Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome combined an old flatware box and a TV stand to create this chic side table. Bonus points for added storage and cute styling!

Nightstand DIY

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @cate_stylemutthome.

@junk_styled gave his plain wooden table a modern makeover with eye-catching diagonal stripes in metallic silver.

Before and after of painted side table

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @junk_styled.

I’m slightly obsessed with the mid-century shape of this nightstand, painted a bright lilac color by Instagram user @milowickfurniture. And can we talk about those peg legs? This piece oozes personality!

Purple mid-century modern nightstand.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @milowickfurniture.

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So, I’m with Marianne. I don’t love St. Patrick’s Day. I do, however, adore the color green and love a good party, so cheers! With only a few days until the BIG day, you’re probably looking for ways to celebrate. Luckily, everything we have is green and filled with Irish charm.

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

1. Wear This: Felt Shamrocks. As I’ve gotten older, my fear of being pinched on March 17 has dissolved. However, I love sporting at least a little bit of green for the sake of tradition. These felt shamrocks are simple to make and you can rock them in your hair, on your shirt or any other way you can think of. Seriously, once you make one, you won’t be able to stop.

2. Listen to This: The Irish Rovers. I don’t reserve Irish and Celtic folk music just for St. Patrick’s Day. These traditional Irish songs will have you on your feet and clinking mugs in no time.

3. Sip This: The “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” Cocktail. I said it last year and I’ll say it again: no green beer. It just doesn’t look right. But green cocktails? Now that’s something I’ll always nod to.

4. Decorate With This: Cute Dessert Toppers. Everything looks better with a little embellishment, even double-chocolate cupcakes (I know, right?). Download these (free!) printable toppers and add that extra touch to your dessert setup.

5. Eat This: Naked Rainbow Cake. I’m not sure what to say other than: make and devour this NOW. I mean, there are six (SIX!) layers of vanilla cake with six layers of vanilla buttercream frosting in rainbow hues. Glorious.

6. Make This: Lucky Party Banner. In reality, your party guests care about two things: booze and bites. If you want to add some festive flair to your digs, this banner is perfect. Download our (free!) printable banner template, cut out, add some twine and you’re all set.

More St. Patrick’s Day Inspo:

What are your St. Paddy’s Day party plans? Do you take part in any Irish traditions? Let us know in the comments below.

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. And, what could be more scream-worthy than an ooey-gooey ice cream sundae that tastes just like a favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktail?

Seriously, with a decadently delicious whiskey-infused hot fudge sauce, coffee ice cream and a healthy dose of Bailey’s, this cocktail-meets-dessert recipe is one you gotta try. Bonus: You can start with store-bought ingredients and add as little or as much alcohol as you’d like to whip up these tipsy sundaes in a snap.

St Patrick's Day Boozy Irish Coffee Sundae
Ready to enjoy a rich and creamy taste of the Emerald Isle? Get the recipe –>

Let us know in the comments below: What’s your go-to St. Patrick’s Day recipe?

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Welcome to a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of #HGTVWeekend and a fresh new list of projects, recipes and other fun things to try. With the festive Irish holiday coming up on Tuesday, this weekend is the time to celebrate. Pour a cold mug of your favorite stout beer and learn how to spruce up your coffee table for guests, take a tour of Ireland and host a green-themed movie night!

If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), 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!

Here’s what’s on tap this weekend:

Make Over This: Your Coffee Table

Has your coffee table become a catchall for keys, remotes and other miscellaneous items? Take back your table with these easy design tips and give your living room a focal point to be proud of. The best part? You can use items you already have around the house! Click through to check out our quick tips.

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You guys, we’ve made it. After a long, dreary winter, spring is finally on the horizon. Thanks to daylight savings time, the sun’s rays stretch just a little bit further into each evening, easing us into a (very welcome) new season. As we considered the contenders for March’s Color of the Month, we thought: What color captures that first-warm-day, sunshine-on-your-face feeling? Our answer: Weathered Brass.

Check your feelings on ’80s polished brass — we’re talking about the lovely, brushed version that’s currently having a moment in the design world. Just look at how the brass accents steal the show in this transitional kitchen from designer Tobi Fairley:

Cream and Brass Kitchen From Designer Tobi Fairley - HGTV Photo LIbrary

Design by Tobi Fairley

Beth pitched this bright, metallic color, and the more we looked, the more we loved it.  It works equally well in farmhouse-style homes…

Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom by Sarah Richardson

Design by Sarah Richardson

…and midcentury modern spaces. The key to nailing the brass look? Opt for pieces with patina to instantly create a sense of history — even in a brand-new home.

Midcentury Modern Brass Chandelier - HGTV Photo Library
But don’t limit weathered brass to light fixtures: Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn outfitted this dining room with brass-framed thrift store artwork and brass table accessories. See how it adds a warm glow to the table?

Contemporary Navy and Brass Dining Room - HGTV Photo Library

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn; Photo by Sarah Dorio

Will you use this color to help thaw out your home this March? Tell us how you feel about weathered brass in the comments below.

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I’m a very visual person, and as such geometry was my most successful math course in high school. I loved calculating the dimensions of shapes and have a particular fondness for Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and starts with 3.1415926. (Anyone getting the shakes from bad math class memories?) I particularly love that Pi Day has become a thing where the nerds of the world unite every March 14 to celebrate their love of that squirrelly irrational number while indulging in round things like pizza and, of course, pie!

I’m going to get my Pi Day celebration on a day early by sharing some of my favorite uses of the almighty circle in home design. Circular objects are a great way to add visual interest to any room and to soften the angles that are so common in rooms and furniture. They’re a solid go-to in a designer’s bag of tricks, and there are so many ways to sneak one in!

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Sullivan Design Studio

Globe pendants are a popular choice for lighting, but why not go straight-up circular? These circular, industrial chandeliers selected by Sullivan Design Studio make a bold statement in their simplicity and the way they contrast the wooden ceiling beams. The shape is mimicked in the accent tables, which draws the eye from the ceiling to the floor.

Modern Round Bathroom Mirror

Design by California Style Home Collections

Mirrors found in home design are commonly oblong, so a circular reflector feels modern and fresh. In this bathroom design by California Style Home Collections, the round mirror is the perfect foil for the hard edges of the concrete sink and vanity.

Home Office With Circular-Patterned Wallpaper

Design by Shane Inman

I love how wallpaper patterns can be graphic without feeling overly geometric or mod. This room designed by Shane Inman is the perfect case in point: the wallpaper has a circular pattern that is softly repeated, creating a handpainted batik appearance. The space in between each circle is filled with similar effects that give the design depth and movement.

Craftsman Dining Room With Circular Table and Rug

Design by Kristina Wolf

This craftsman dining room designed by Kristina Wolf fully embraces the humble circle! From the round table grounded by a round rug to the globe-like lighting fixture festooned with tiny circles and the dishes on display, this room would be the perfect spot for a Pi Day celebration, if I do say so myself.

Which one is your favorite use of circular design? Tell us in the comments below.

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St. Patrick’s Day is next week and I have to admit: I don’t really get into it. Sure, green is one of my favorite colors and I dream of visiting Ireland one day, but green beer and crowds? No thank you. However, there is one person in my house who LOVES St. Patrick’s Day: my daughter Lulu. She loves hunting for leprechauns, and wouldn’t dream of being caught in anything but green on the big day.

So, to protect her from any would-be pinchers out there, I’m making this eraser-stamped four leaf clover t-shirt. Adorable, right?

Make Your Own Eraser-Stamped Clover T-Shirts - HGTV Design Blog

All you need to create this project? Some paint, a T-shirt, some waxed paper and pencil with a fresh eraser. (I may have “borrowed” one of Lulu’s pony models.)  Watch the video to see how I made this cute St. Patrick’s Day DIY.

Make Your Own Clover-Stamped T-Shirt

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I’m not a huge fan of stout beer, but I’ll tell you what I do love — food infused with stout. Up until recently, I didn’t know it tasted so delicious as a food ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. This St. Patrick’s Day, go beyond the bottle and incorporate stout in everything you’re serving at your party.

Salted Stout Caramel Popcorn

Salted Stout Caramel Popcorn

Stout enhances the crunchy, salty taste of this homemade caramel popcorn. Serve it alongside beer or Irish whiskey to bring a true pub feel to the party.

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Vintage Furniture Sources

Thanks to the internet and TV, there are loads of ideas out there to help make our homes truly unique. But my favorite of them all is adding vintage furniture and decor. You can mix and match vintage items with new pieces you might have, or if you’re really a vintage lover, you can build your entire space around a particular style (like midcentury modern or Hollywood glam). I’m so obsessed with vintage, in fact, that I now have a line item in my monthly budget that says “flea market and thrifting.” Yep, it’s that serious for me.

Almost everyone knows about eBay and Craigslist (which are both fab places to start for vintage), but there are a few online destinations that have stayed slightly off the radar. Here are my top three:

1. Krrb.com. I like to think of Krrb as Craigslist’s big brother. You can search for items “everywhere” or fine-tune it by narrowing in on a particular city. Many items have a price and also include “or best offer” so you can try to negotiate. You can contact sellers right from the site, so there’s no worry about funky email spam. The site is laid out well, so it’s easy to scan through pics and zone in on your faves.

2. ShopGoodwill.com. So, everyone knows about Goodwill retail stores, but most people don’t know that you can also shop Goodwill goodies online. They have an online auction site similar to eBay but much smaller. The site is a bit difficult to navigate and shipping charges can be a little high, but the prices make it worth the hassle.

3. Chairish.com. Don’t be fooled by the name — Chairish isn’t just about chairs! This is an online resource for fab, high-quality vintage pieces. The items on the site are curated, which means there’s way less stuff to sort through. There are definitely some expensive pieces on there, but if you look around, there’s something for every budget. You can also search locally for items to pick up.

What are your favorite spots to find vintage treasures online? Let us in on your shopping secrets!

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