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In the June issue of HGTV Magazine, one article advised readers to check their closets for design inspiration. The logic behind this advice is that whatever hues dominate your wardrobe are the ones that make you most happy, therefore you should use them when decorating. I couldn’t help but think, What about the trendy pieces I bought for summer? Those are serious outliers in my closet. Then I had another thought: As Trevor mentioned earlier this summer, throw pillows are the easiest way to change up home decor. So, why not use trend-inspired pillows to spice up our couches just as much as we did our summer wardrobes? If you’d like to give this idea a try, here are 6 throw pillows inspired by summer fashion trends.

Shirt: Ohne Titel, Pillow: HGTV

Geometric Patterns
Loud patterns ranging from floral to geometric are making strong statements across runways and streets alike. Inspired by this summer trend, add some punch to your decor with a bold-patterned pillow.

Shirt Dress: Joie, Pillow: Linda Woods

Material that was once used for men’s work shirts is now on trend for both men and women. In your home, different shades of chambray can give off very different looks. Create a rustic look with dark chambray and a traditional feel with light. Or, for a more eclectic touch, try a chambray ikat pillow like this one designed by Linda Woods.


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It’s been a loooong winter, and I, for one, am ready to pack up the heavy blankets and embrace spring color. If the new season has you feeling empowered to tackle a decorating project, HGTV HOME design director and guest editor Nancy Fire is here to help.

She travels around the country and the world in search of the hottest design, color and textile trends to create fresh, inventive collections. I chatted with her about six trends she’s seeing again and again this spring — and the best ways to use them at home.

Watercolor Florals + More Spring Design Trends From
Watercolor Florals
Forget your grandmother’s floral wallpaper: The freshest floral fabrics highlight painterly watercolor techniques on a large scale, Nancy says. She spotted this large-scale pattern at Paris’s recent Maison & Objet.  Embrace this easy-to-love trend with a new throw pillow or go big with a new rug or a set of window treatments.

Chunky Knits + More Spring Design Trends From

Chunky Knits
“I’m seeing lots of textural fabrics with a melange of color, ” Nancy says. Isn’t this bright pink pillow amazing? To keep the chunky knit trend looking sophisticated, choose a single piece — think pouf, pillow or throw — to highlight in your space.

Updated Metallics + More Spring Design Trends From
Updated Metallics
Copper is still having a moment, but it’s not the only shiny game in town. The newest metallic pieces feature a mix of color and shimmer, Nancy says: Think sparkling, natural pieces inspired by watercolors, like these plates she spotted during Paris Design Week.

Romantic Pastels + More Spring Design Trends From
Romantic Pastels
Pastels and spring go hand in hand, but purples, pinks and romantic hues (including the color of the year, Radiant Orchid) are having a moment all on their own. “I keep seeing more of these romantic, soft, fusion pastels,” Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design paired an ivory headboard with lavender, slate and orchid pillows.

Neutrals With Pop + More Spring Design Trends From
Neutrals With Pop

The freshest way to use new neutrals, like warm gray, light pink, army green or even navy? Layer unexpected pops of color on top, Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design mixed ivory and warm gray with bright pink and yellow.

Textured Ceramics + More Spring Design Trends From

Textured Ceramics
“Ceramics are exploding in the home as accent pieces representing color, texture and scale,” Nancy says. She spotted these large-scale textured vases at Maison & Objet. Grab one of these textured pieces to add an instant update to your coffee table.

What decorating projects are you tackling this spring? Check out our Spring Design Trends collection for more fresh ideas.

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Spring is here! No really—pastels, Easter eggs, cleaning tips, and gardening how-tos are abundant inside the latest April issue of HGTV Magazine. Wander through our pages before it hits newsstands on March 11, and we’re confident you’ll get a little spring in your step.

April cover

First we showed you the many uses for a console table, and now we bring you the versatile and on-trend ladder shelf. Check out the 5 ways we used this cool piece.

ladder shelf

The architecture of this Florida home is super cool, but it’s the standout items in each room that make it memorable.

Florida living room

Did you know the average kitchen remodel can cost you $50,000?! [Gulp.] This one though…a cool $3,100. See how the family did it.
kitchen remodel

Bonus: Want even more HGTV Magazine? Head to and for an exclusive step-by-step DIY project and window-treatment advice you can only find online.

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HGTV Mag logoThe year isn’t over yet, but at HGTV Magazine we’re already planning for our December issue, and we’d like your help.

Did you paint the outside of your house (or front door) a fun color this summer? Did you renovate an aging kitchen or bathroom? Did you make some simple swaps (pillows, curtains, rugs) around the house? We’d love to know about the home projects and makeovers you took on in 2013. We’ll reveal your answers in the December issue of HGTV Magazine, along with more renovation and real estate fun facts!

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Ever wonder how our home editors come up with all those awesome decorating ideas and DIY projects that grace the pages of HGTV Magazine issue after issue?

Staying on trend with all things home improvement and design is our job (pretty cool, we know), but even the experts can get “designer’s block” from time to time. The simple answer to any of our hang-ups? Hello, field trip!

Last week, we hopped on a bus to Brooklyn’s IKEA for a day filled with a mix of work (that didn’t feel anything like “work”), play, and of course, a little shopping. Recognize the light fixture in the right photo? It’s nearly everywhere, including inside the bedroom featured in our latest July/August issue.

Ikea teams

After separating into blended groups of editors, writers, crafters, photographers, etc., we were given our assignment: Search the showroom and marketplace floors for new story inspiration. We were to be on the hunt for new design trends, crafty DIY projects, small-space solutions, up-and-coming color combos, and just about anything we could envision inside HGTV Magazine. What did we want to share with our readers? What were our favorite items and installations at the store? And what did we think you would fall in love with, too?

We found inspiration everywhere — even from our fashion. If your shirt matches the bed, you have to test it out, right? Who says research can’t be fun?

ikea field trip

Teams presented their top five concepts, and let’s just say, you can look forward to some pretty ingenious ideas in the coming issues. To stay in the design-loop with us and be among the first to receive a new issue, subscribe here. Better yet, send us your thoughts, projects pics, and design dilemmas, here.

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The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.

If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**

Decorators' Show House

Upstairs Master Bedroom Designed by Fernandez + True Interiors

Decorators' Show House

Butler’s Pantry Designed by Kellie Griffin Interiors, Inc.

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Farima and I conquered the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market last week. And I feel pretty confident saying that because we got lost less than 20 times, had no blisters, made it to almost every seminar on our schedule AND visited the must-see showrooms on our list. High five! This trade show is aimed more toward home accessories, and while each company had their own signature style, we were still able to spot some can’t-miss trends throughout.


Atlanta Mart TrendsClockwise, left to right: Natural Life / Susan Wallace Barnes via Lifeguard Press / KARMA LIVING / Arcadia Home / Floating Circus / KARMA LIVING

A clear trend roaming through the design world right now is animals. Whether in pillow form, faux taxidermy or biologically-inspired artwork, they’re everywhere. (Have you seen the Portlandia skit “Put a Bird On It“? It’s like that.) And we’re not just talking birds here. Owled out? Sorry, but owls aren’t going anywhere. If anything, they’ve gotten more popular. We saw owls left and right! But, we saw some unexpected creatures coming out of the woodwork for spring 2013: crustaceans, flamingos, elephants, whales and turtles. These animals are dressing up apparel, accessories and home decor in charming ways.

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This was my first venture to High Point Furniture Market and I was truly in design Heaven. (It’s like Disney World for design nerds!) With more than 2,000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of new product introductions to try to see in four days, I was wide-eyed and soaking up as much design as I could with my coffee in hand. My goal for the week was to focus on texture trends from showroom to showroom, and that certainly wasn’t hard to find. As soon as I entered InterHall, the “main” hall at Market, rope started popping up everywhere, and I noticed it most often on light fixtures. Other natural materials like burlap, grasscloth, linen, bamboo, sisal, jute and rattan were also seen, but surprisingly, these materials don’t come off coastal or rustic. Most often, these organic textures were mixed with metals, minerals or metallics for a glamorous, modern look that appears well-matched yet unexpected.

Read on to see other texture trends I spotted around High Point Market, then find out how you can incorporate them into your home.


High Point Market Rope TrendAlec Chandelier, Metal and Rope/Noir :: Glass Lantern With Rope/Arteriors Home :: Coastal-Inspired Wall Art/Design Legacy :: Square Chandelier/Steven Shell

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“Balance is always the key when it comes to design. Luckily, a lot of the natural elements I saw at High Point avoided being too ‘literal’ with their designs. There was a lot of mixing woods with metal, glass and leathers to keep it current. I would suggest the same for your interior; don’t go overboard with the new trend, but mix them in with your current pieces in order to add in the texture and natural elements in your own space.” — Britany Simon, Britany Simon Design, Design Star Season 7 Contestant

“Of course, you can envision a rope chandelier or a driftwood centerpiece in a country cottage or seaside home and they look amazing. But often those products manage to make even the most glamorous space a bit more relaxed, casual and fun. It’s less perfect and more modest which makes the space that much more chic! No one wants matchy-matchy; everyone wants interesting and perhaps a bit eclectic. The contrast, which is easy to achieve by adding humble textures to a luxurious interior, is almost more exciting than using an earthy material in a place where you would expect it.” — Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs, High Point 2012 Style Spotter

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OK parents; stop denying it — you’re in love with this catchy Carly Rae Jepsen song, right? If you haven’t heard “Call Me Maybe” by now, go grab your kid’s iPod — I’m pretty sure your son or daughter has the tune downloaded. Yes, it’s for tweens, but adults enjoy it too (I can’t be the only one).

Why am I talking about this song? I’ll tell you why! Not only do I have this unbelievably addictive ditty stuck in my head, but it seems to be infusing all parts of life. Or, am I just an obsessed kid-at-heart and as the song says, “…this is crazy?”

You know how some people go all-out for their business card design (like these from Zazzle)? Well, look at what Jezebel is reporting. Folks are actually giving these things out!:

Call Me Crazy Card

See? It’s not just me! I doubt you would be taken very seriously if you gave a card like this to someone, but hey, who knows — maybe you’d get a call back?!

The whole craze has me thinking. I’m going to take the “Call Me” phenomenon even further. Yes, you guessed it, let’s spin the hysteria into decor inspiration (oh, it’s possible). Look at what I discovered on Etsy:

Telephone Pillow

“Call Me Maybe” Pillow ::  Etsy User 100vintagefabric

Vintage Telephone

Vintage Telephone :: Etsy User Vicki Lee

What say you? Are you a fan of the “Call Me Maybe” hullabaloo? Or, are you letting this whole thing go straight to voice-mail?

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This month’s Color of the Month is absolutely lovely. I’m sharing some ideas I discovered for using this gorgeous pink-orange hue when planning a party or wedding. From decadent desserts to party decor, Coral is perfect for your Spring soirees.

cupcakes, chocolate cake, strawberry basil margarita, dessert table, grapefruit margarita

tissue paper pom, coral stationery, fabric pinwheels, chevron frame

fabric napkins, coral wedding table, round place mats, chevron fabric

wedges, necklace, ruffle dress, headband

I can’t wait to create a party using this fresh color!

Have you used Coral for a party or event? Would you?

Let me know in the comments below!

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I said “ooh” and “ahh” more times than a crowd at a fireworks show at last week’s High Point Market, but (hard as it was) I’ve managed to narrow the list to my very favorite finds. Here are 7 things to keep an eye out for this season.

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley Home
Interior designer  and blogger Tobi Fairley added job to her business card this week: her own furnishings line, Tobi Fairley Home. The bright colors and preppy patterns so prevalent in her design work are now. We spotted the fabrics, pillows and light fixtures in the Hickory Chair showroom — preview them on her website.


Tempaper‘s removable wallpaper offers all the style of the real thing without the hassle of putting it up and taking it down (and it’s renter-friendly!). Lili wrote about this amazing moveable art back in July, but I fell hard for their perfectly of-the-moment teal-and-gold quatrefoil print.

Oomph Table

Oomph Greenwich Side Table
This occasional table encapsulates several of the season’s hottest trends: it boasts a fun shape, a high-gloss finish, 16 bright color options, and a textured top made of raffia, linen or animal print (your choice). No matter which options you choose, it’s hard not to smile when you see this personality-packed accent.

Regina Andrew Sconce

Golden Driftwood Sconce
This wall lamp from Regina Andrew is the perfect mix of natural and glam.  The gold-hued driftwood would look stunning anywhere from a chic beach house to a contemporary forest-side pad.


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Our decorating team spent last week in High Point, N.C., trekking through miles upon miles of furniture and accessories and surveying the scene in search of the season’s hottest design trends. Here are some of the coolest up-and-coming styles we spotted.


Texture, Texture, Texture
A presenter at one of our design seminars declared that “texture is the new bling,” and after walking through the High Point showrooms, I have to agree. Look for lots of pillows and rugs with 3-D applique, plus loads of richly textured fabric, from natural linen to plush velvet. (On a color note, I am in love with the mustard-slate combo in the top-left rug.)

Nature-Inspired Design
From shell and dandelion-inspired pendants to faux bois prints to decorative vine balls, naturally-inspired pieces are having a moment. Also spotted: tons of botanical prints, framed sea life and insects, plus loads of driftwood and live-edged furniture.


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Every month, I set aside an afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea and leisurely leaf through my favorite shelter magazines. (I can’t wait until HGTV Magazine comes out in a few weeks!) It’s part pleasure and part required reading for my line of work so I keep up on the latest in the design world. The August issue of one of my favorite glossies, Living Etc. from the UK, features a cool design trend — laser-cut home decor. I absolutely had to explore it for myself, and after a little online digging, I found that more and more designers are using this cutting-edge technique to create gorgeous patterned furnishings and lightweight home accessories.

Pieces like these Vale Dining Chairs showcase how beautiful cut metal can be. The chairs have the feel of a Louis Ghost Armchair. The laser-cut metal detailing on the back, which is reflected in the lacquer wood seat, is a showstopper.

Brocade Home’s Laser Cut Rug takes a lovely wool blend felt and elevates it with a striking pattern. This type of decor is designed for a singular purpose … to make a statement.

This bright red Mediterraneo Fruit Bowl by Alessi shows how lasers can transform stainless steel into something light and otherworldly. The metal has been shaped into a bright, colorful and imaginative form.

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When The Official Preppy Handbook came out in 1980, the country became enthralled with the world of “prepdom.” Its tongue-and-cheek look at the life of Biff and Buffy cultivated “The legacy of good taste, proper breeding, and the right nickname.” (And it was a freaking hit!) Well, preppy is in again, from fashion to home decor. Just a few posts of the blogs Unabashedly Prep and May December is proof enough. So, if your favorite color combination is pink and green, you adore sailboats and anchors motifs, or you miss plaids and monograms, here’s a two-room introduction to 21st-century preppy interiors from HGTV’s official preppy design handbook.

For Her

Preppy Pink & Green Living Room

Pink and green meets florid British-Colonial in this space by Riehl Designs Inc.. The raspberry pink in the pillow fringe and draperies provides the perfect accent to the predominance of grass green, while the lacquer cabinet and the zebra-print ottoman add a touch of the exotic (so in now!) without going over the top.

For Him

Preppy Plaid Guest Room

While this bedroom is conservative, it’s anything but stuffy or boring. Designer Tobi Fairley makes preppy mainstays – plaids, stripes and monograms – au courant with the introduction of the Greek key geometric. (Houndstooth and herringbone are other manly options for preppy patterns.) The oversized upholstered headboard and drapery accent wall are also of the now.

Click here to see bedrooms perfect for prepsters in training: mini her + mini him. But first…

What’s your favorite preppy look for home decor or fashion? Is it Lilly Pulitzer, Coco + Kelley or Izod and Top-Siders?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Does the thought of sticking to one and only one design style leave you feeling constrained? Are you drawn to rooms featuring an effortlessly layered look that by the nature of  its diversity feels well lived in and full of personality? For me, I’ve always been jealous of my sister and brother-in-law’s home. Somehow they’ve turned what in my hands would be cluttered chaos into an eclectic collage of vintage-modern masterpieces. I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are born with this innate gift (or is it a super power?) for mixing and matching disparate pieces of decor. Design Star winner Emily Henderson and HGTV favorite Erinn Valencich are masters of mix and match. Others of us can learn. If you, like me, adore but are slightly intimidated by this approach to design, then you’re in luck. Mix-and-match is hot right now. And by breaking down an eclectic space design layer by design layer, it’s possible for us mere mortals to pull of this cool trend. Here are four mini-lessons.

1. Farmer Chic, Living Area Designed by Gregory Augustine

Design Happens - Mix and Match - Maculine with Feminine Living Room


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Fashion designer Trina Turk is collaborating for a second time with luxurious fabric maker Schumacher.

Trina Turk Schumacher

Schumacher has a long history of partnering with designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Poiret and Dorothy Draper to create beautiful fabrics for the home. Turk says the vivid collection reflects her love of vintage clothes. It immediately reminded me of Pucci from the 60s. I especially like the Santorini print. So great for accent pillows or outdoor furniture.

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Design HappensGuest Blogger: Stephanie Alexander, Newsletter Editor

When it comes to most decorating motifs or themes, I tend to cast a wary eye. Most folks go completely overboard, and if they don’t, a thoughtful relative or friend will surely buy a new item for their collection for every major holiday or life event.

Take for instance, my friend Tess, who decided at one point she needed to add gilded Renaissance cherubs to her bathroom. Soon, she found herself awash in angelic tackiness, with every type of plastic seraph heralding its faux-gilded glory from every surface in her home. And poor Tess? She just couldn’t bring herself to say “enough, already!”

I tell you that story to tell you this one: Somewhat ironically, I am totally in love with this year’s bird motif. Our finely feathered friends seem to adorn everything from carpets to handbags, and frankly, I’m having a hard time choosing not only the perfect avian accessory, but also the appropriate room in which it will perch! Here are some of my faves:

Baby books with birds

As the working mom of a rambunctious toddler, I’ve never quite managed to sit down and scrapbook my son’s milestones — maybe I’ll be inspired by these two offerings. I love this twist on a traditional baby book — Baby’s First Keepsake Box ($19.95) — complete with retro drawings on the keepsake envelopes, reminding me of my own baby record book. For a more modern take, I like the simple freshness of Baby’s First Book ($65).

Ferm Living sparrow wall stickers and Anthropologie's bird armoire

If your personal design style includes plenty of flourishes and delicate detailing, check out Ferm Living’s Sparrow Wall Stickers ($120) or Anthropologie’s Bird-Cut Armoire ($1,898).

Bird tealight from Wisteria

Not quite ready to commit to a large piece of themed furniture? A smaller songbird accessory might be the perfect accent to a bare shelf or cocktail table. Wisteria’s Balancing Bird Tealight Holder ($19) will allow you to quietly display a sense of whimsy, without motif overload.

Enjoy! And if anyone questions your latest motif-of-the-moment obsession, just say a little birdie made you do it.

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