Winter blues, anyone? I know I’m not alone here. Most of the HGTV.com editorial staff is taking turns seeking sunshine. Camille hit up her sister’s beach house for a little R&R (relaxation and remodeling); Lili just got back from a family vacay in Hawaii (I know!); and Marianne is somewhere in sunny Florida and we hate her for it. So, while some stick their toes in the sand, we can pretend we’re there with umbrella-embellished cocktails. Hey, it does the trick for me!
Beachy Cocktail Recipes
The Design Happens crew packed our warmest parkas and trendiest scarves (Grant packed his bow tie collection!) and headed to this week’s Altitude Design Summit in beautiful Salt Lake City. Isn’t the view amazing?
We’ll be posting photos of our favorite bloggers, design elements and scenery all week long. Follow Design Happens on Twitter and HGTV on Instagram to see what we’re up to. And if you’re at Alt, too, come say hi to Grant, Briana and me!
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and yes, you’re at Design Happens. But as you can see, something is very different around here. We have a new look! The team behind D-Happ (its little nickname around the HGTV offices) would like to welcome you to the new and improved Design Happens! We have been feverishly working for months to get this new layout just right and we hope you are happy with all of our hard work.
Rest assured, what isn’t changing is the quality content you’ve come to expect from us. The writing staff remains, the weekly franchises are still here and our devotion and adoration to the world of design is ever-present. If anything, we hope our new look gives you more insight into our staff and what we’re up to (like our headshots?).
So again, welcome to the new Design Happens — click around and let us know what you think!
Often focusing on projects of ordinary objects involved in everyday life, NL Architects designed Strap as an innovative way to store miscellaneous items. NL’s Strap suspends anything from books to shoes and toys to utensils.
Caitlin was the first to guess that this playful storage set is made with a stretchy material – a silicone rubber material resembling the classic rubber band. Do you have an interesting idea for an alternative use to the classic rubber band?
Are these devices aimed to improve your strength through resistance training?
Or maybe they are intended as one-stop sling shots?
Give us your best guess to this horizontal question and we’ll give you the answer tomorrow!
So my production company is in Park City, Utah, shooting the online videos for the 2012 HGTV Dream Home. Um? Oh. My. Gawd. For any of you who’ve yet to experience this magical state, which is easily the most gorgeous place in the world, you are missin’ out, y’all! Everywhere you look, there’s picturesque scenery packed with to-die-for colors.
Inspiring Kitchens from HGTV Dream Homes Past
And although Utah itself is incredible, the 2012 HGTV Dream Home is just as spectacular. Designer Linda Woodrum has done it again. This time, the house is right smack in the center of a rustic piece of property, which looks out over the Provo River and onto gorgeous Utah mountains. The interiors are transitional and neutral, spotlighting the blue tones from the Utah sky, which Linda used in a subtle, sophisticated manner.
Dream Home 2012: Furniture Load-In Day
And although I’m stoked to be here working on it, I can’t help but think to myself, “It really sucks that I’m disqualified from winning it.”
All y’all who are eligible to win better plan to get crackin’ when the sweepstakes starts on Dec. 29, 2011, at 9am ET. (You’ll be able to tour the house starting Dec. 1 — until then, stay up-to-date at Dream Home Central.) A life in Utah would be the closest thing to heaven on earth there is. Stay tuned!
I like pretty things.
I like them even better when they surround me in my home, not just my computer screen. But alas, a decorating editor’s budget is woefully cheaper than the things she spends her days writing about. Sound familiar? Most of us have tastes bigger than our budget — it’s just one of those understood facts of life, right up there with the brown-plus-black fashion faux pas.
But when I walk into my home, I don’t want it to feel like a shrine awaiting the day I can afford a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair. I’m a big believer in indulging in your home, beginning the day you move in (of course, try telling this to your parents who still have white walls and boxes in their home 12 years later.) At HGTV.com, we spend a lot of time talking about how investing money in your home will get you big financial returns — but what really interests me is the returns I get in my mood.
Enter: Design Happens. This blog is a license to obsess with me over pretty design for the home that inspires and makes you feel good. You don’t have to rely solely upon the style greats to create a comfortable living space. I’ll be scouting new, old and tried-and-true design inspiration and goodies for your home, with a healthy dose of affordable thrown in. Here’s hoping your white walls will soon be goners!
Before we kick off the decorating spree, you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to come up with a blog title for this concept. Here are some of my favorites that, thankfully, never made it off the cutting room floor:
Design: It’s What’s for Dinner!
*Designoids — curiously strong style
Design Forecast – strong possibility of damask showers at 9 p.m. tonight!
Design Pill — take three and call me in the morning
*My friend Chelsey, HGTV assistant editor, came up with this gem. She also came up with the final name of the blog, to which I say, “thank you” for avoiding a lawsuit with Altoids.