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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.

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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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june 2015 cover

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.


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


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


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.


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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If you read Beth’s trendspotting wrap-up or my earlier post on High Point Market’s hot color, then you’re well on your way to knowing what trends are headed to stores in the coming months.

Now, let’s talk about pattern, that often-overlooked design element that can take any room’s style from just so-so to oh-so-sophisticated. Like past markets, graphic, retro-inspired patterns were visible but no longer the new kids on the block. Instead, subtle, organic patterns that showcase each material’s natural beauty have the design world taking notice:

Pattern Trends From High Point Market

Clockwise From Top Left: Cowhide Rug and Sheepskin Bench: B. Pila / Croc-Patterned Capiz Shell Mirror: Worlds Away / Aragonite Stone Bowl: Tritter Feefer / Horn Table: Jamie Young


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HGTV Spring House Pinterest Party

Have you all had a chance to look through every bright and beautiful space from HGTV Spring House? Maybe even tried out some of the seasonally-inspired DIYs, recipes and entertaining ideas? I thought so. It sounds like you’re ready to party with us. Join HGTV editors for a Pinterest Party TONIGHT, May 7, from 8-10:00 p.m. EST.

Pour yourself some wine, stretch out on your outdoor lounger and get ready for two full hours of colorful decorating ideas, entertaining tips and inspired projects to keep you busy all season long.

Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our HGTV Spring House board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Test your shopping skills.

Pendants are one of our favorite kinds of light fixtures at HGTV Magazine. You’ll find them in house tours, kitchen remodels and even curb appeal stories. This month, we’re particularly keen on these sunshine-yellow options on the High/Low List. They’re similar in size, shape and color, but — you know the drill — different in price. Can you guess which lovely light costs a bit more than the other?

To enter this month’s High/Low Challenge, make your choice and tell us in the comments below (ex: Left: Low, Right: High). One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes the latest June issue of HGTV Magazine, an HGTV Mag tote bag and an HGTV Mag calendar (brand-new item alert!). You must answer correctly to be eligible to win. Lock in those answers now — entry ends tomorrow, May 8, at 2 p.m. Check back then to see if you were right, and get more info on both pendants.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on May 8, 2015. Full official rules are available here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.

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It’s finally warm outside, so it’s time to spruce up your outdoor space for guests. Whether you’re entertaining for a large, formal party or gathering a few friends for a low-key barbecue, there’s nothing like dining al fresco. So, we’d like to know — do you prefer a private dining experience like HGTV host Jamie Durie created with this vertical garden wall, or one with expansive views like the one in Sarah Richardson’s summer house? Vote in our poll below, then tell us which design you chose and why.

Room Vs. Room: Pick Your Favorite Outdoor Room

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May we take a moment to look ahead and see what may be trending on Pinterest in May? Okay, okay, you get it. It’s May! There’s a good chance that if you’re a Pinterest junkie like me, you’ve been using the site to find a gift for Mom (the clock is ticking!) or plan your wedding like Kayla and Liz. We rounded up some other trending topics we’ve seen popping up on Pinterest this month.

Organization and Storage

Spring cleaning is in full swing. Pinterest is a hotbed of inspiration and ideas to help you squeeze every bit of storage space out of your home. Case in point:

Storage Ideas From HGTV on Pinterest

1. Menu holders out of plastic folders

2. Create a wrapping paper center

3. Tension rod cleaner storage

4. Keep cords under control

Big, Bright Kitchens

Raise your hand if you’re planning a kitchen remodel! Marianne recently took the plunge and we can’t wait to see how this “before” was transformed. If you’re collecting ideas for the kitchen of your dreams, you’re not alone.

Kitchen Design Ideas on Pinterest

1. A Fixer Upper kitchen

2. High-End Countertop Choices

3. Bold Kitchen Islands

4. Crave-Worthy Cabinets

Are you a Pinaholic? What are you using Pinterest for this month? Tell us in the comments! 

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Camille joked that I’m a magpie after I spent most of our trip to High Point Market taking pictures of shiny things and beautiful light fixtures. What can I say? I like the design bling! Plus, it’s hard not to be drawn to the glitter light and gilded finishes when they were all over the showrooms in High Point, N.C.

Lighting Trends

These are not your mother’s pendant lights. The humble shape had many a luxe upgrade by designers at High Point Market, following the overall trend away from the rustic look. Be it a meticulous lace-inspired shade design, geometric shapes or rosy gold finishes, hot new lighting designs are all about making a statement. Designers are even getting inventive with the materials they’re using for pending lights, such as Shiner International’s use of corrugated cardboard, as seen in the bottom right image below.

Though its roots go back to midcentury style and the Space Race days, the Sputnik chandelier is well-represented in modern design. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik satellite, the classic look of the fixture features a central globe supporting many arms, each with a single bulb at its end. While that design hasn’t gone out of style, designers are getting creative with their interpretations of the Sputnik. We saw fixtures with agate slices, quartz crystal lights, black and rose gold finishes and even arms inspired by coral.

Sputnik-Inspired Light Fixtures at High Point Market

Clockwise from upper left: Emporium Home / Emporium Home / Arteriors / Nuevo

Metallic Finishes

While trends are slowly veering away from rustic, nature-inspired decor is still popular. Well, sort of. Patterns and shapes inspired by nature were everywhere at High Point Market, but came with a metallic finish. Warm metallic finishes are especially hot, as you can see below:

Nature-Inspired Furniture Pieces With Metallic Finishes

Clockwise from upper left: Global Views / Dwell Studio / vanCollier / Tommy Mitchell Co.

Metallic finishes have even made their way over to the taxidermy accents that have been hot the past few years. And maybe metallic skulls don’t exactly fall into the taxidermy category per se, but I can tell you they were EVERYWHERE. Next big thing, people!

Metallic Taxidermy

Clockwise from upper left: Phillips Collection / Grace and Blake / Noir Furniture

What do you think of all this design bling? Tell us in the comments below.

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Do you have a glass problem? Maybe every time you finish a jar of jam or honey, you just can’t make yourself toss the empty. Perhaps you, like me, see the beauty in a Franks Red Hot bottle (those curves!). If so, do I have the project for you. These paint-and-gold-leaf-adorned vases are so beautiful you’d never know they were rescued from the recycle bin. Watch the video to learn how to make your own:

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If you’re planning to tackle this project, let me give you a few tips:

1. Make sure to give your glass jar a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol, and let it dry completely before starting.

2. Mixing non-acetone nail polish remover with acrylic multi-surface paint gives it a pourable consistency, and if you let it dry overnight as advised, it’s perfectly safe to bake in your oven.

3. Oven-baking will cure your paint in 30 minutes, making it safe to hold water without ruining your paint job. If you’d prefer to skip the oven, let the vase cure for 21 days before using.

4. Gold leaf will last longer with a coat of sealant on top, but either way this is a handwash-only project.

DIY Mother's Day Gift Upcycled Glass Vases

Filled with flowers, I think you’ll agree, this is the perfect last minute DIY gift for Mother’s Day. I’m particularly taken with the way the gold leaf dresses up a mason jar, wouldn’t you agree?

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When Mother’s Day rolls around, some people join forces with siblings to brainstorm gift ideas – or perhaps for a bit of sibling rivalry over who can find the best gift. Others, like me, only have furry siblings, which has its advantages: I’m always the best gift-giver by default, and I never have to look too far for a present for Mom. If there’s one thing I can count on, it’s that my mom loves animals and, by extension, animal-related gifts. If your parent is as devoted to her pets as mine is, here are some fun Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Pet Lover1. PersonalizationMall.com / 2. Etsy / 3. Society6 / 4. West Elm / 5. ModCloth / 6. ModCloth

1. Personalized Pet Pillow. Give your mom a personalized keepsake of her pet with this pillow. Choose between 12 cat graphics or 12 dog graphics, then add three messages that define her furry companion. Depending on your mom’s sense of humor, you can take a heartfelt approach (“loving friend”) or a cheeky one (“hairball queen.”)

2. Dog Breed Necklace. IvyByDesign‘s Etsy shop features sterling silver necklaces (with a personalized engraving option) in a wide range of dog and cat breeds. Whether Mom is fond of Dachshunds or Dobermans, you’ll likely find her four-legged friend of choice here.

3. Dogs Are Better Than People Tote. We all know it’s true – say it loud and proud with this tote. Hand sewn in America, this bag is machine-washable and double stitched at seams and stress points so it’s super sturdy.

4. Animal Icon Bath Trays. Bring a touch of charm to Mom’s bathroom countertops with these ceramic trays. Choose between three playful designs (rabbit, fox or pig) in a classic black-and-white color scheme.

5. Cat Tea-for-Two Set. If Mom’s a cat owner and a tea drinker, she’ll love this adorable tea-for-two set. It includes a pair of petite cups with polka dot trim, plus an onyx black teapot topped with a lid that looks like a playfully peeking feline. There’s also a removable strainer that makes brewing loose leaf tea a breeze.

6. Cat Person Circle Scarf. Let your stylish mom show off her affinity for felines with this cute infinity scarf. Black cat silhouettes dot the semi-sheer, mint-hued fabric.

What type of gift is always a hit with your mom? Pet gifts? Jewelry? Tasty treats? Tell us in the comments below.

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