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Around here, we are crazy for cute kids’ rooms (and even cuter kids!). With kid #2 due this June, I am rolling up my sleeves and diving head first into turning my neglected guest/junk room into a nursery for my little boy. Before I tackle the “before” (and yes, I’ll be showing you my Room of Shame in a couple of weeks), I’ve been having a blast creating my dream nursery mood board. It’s boyish without being babyish, and has a color palette of navy, grey, orange, weathered brass, and warm wood tones that fits right into my modern house in the woods. I’m not big on sticking to a theme, but there are definitely some elements that tie together here — sort of a vintage nautical thing.Here is Marianne's pie-in-the-sky dreamy high-end nursery mood board.

My money-is-no-object nursery would have 3 crisp white walls accented by this gorgeous underwater wallpaper from Hygge & West. On the walls I want to mount a vintage model sailboat, graphic Frenchy artwork, colorful raindrops and an adorable piglet portrait. To warm up our wooden floors, I got lost in this constellation-inspired Calligaris rug, and I’d skip the rocking horse in favor of a rocking sheep. To rock baby to sleep, a sleek handcrafted rocking chair that’s an instant heirloom. I’d love to skip the changing table in favor of a changing pad on a low-slung classic mid-century modern dresser in gorgeous wood, topped with a constellation globe so my baby will always find his way back home. Wouldn’t this chunky vintage brass pendant be lovely lighting up the space? Lastly, baby boy needs a place to lay his head, so I’m ogling a modern crib that still manages to be cozy, this custom-made crib sheet in a tiny anchor print, retro elephant fabric for throw pillows, and a cozy, graphic blanket.

Sigh, it would be a stunning room. And if you tally it all up, it would probably cost as much as I’ve spent to decorate the entire rest of the house. Next week I’ll show you how I took this pie-in-the-sky mood board and created an affordable version that I actually ended up liking even more.

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Happy New Year! All of us at HGTV are home ringing in the new year in our pajamas, but we didn’t forget to vote on our first Color of the Month of 2013 before the offices closed. And what color had us ready to embrace the coming year? It’s warm, it’s shiny, it glows…it’s GOLD!

Gold Color of the Month January

Color Team member Jill pitched Gold in December, but it didn’t make the cut for 2012. But then Kayla put her spin on it and suddenly we all had the Midas Touch. After the festivities of New Years Eve, the richness of gold just feels right.

Gold Sideboard and Accessories

So what say you? Are you feeling the warm glow of gold to kick off the new year? How would you decorate with this always-in-style metallic?

For more golden inspiration, check out the HGTV Color of the Month Pinterest board.

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When you’re decorating a home, it’s easy to get caught up in a dream world of perfectly organized closets and modern-retro kitchen remodels. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap when your job is to look at amazing, designer rooms five days a week. (By the way: Not complaining.)

The downside of all this dreaming is that the “right now” sometimes gets a little neglected. Case in point: My mudroom. Sure, one day I’d love to have built-in cabinetry and vaulted ceilings, but that doesn’t mean I should wait until the 12th of never to make the space functional. But still, I waited, meaning that the first thing I saw when I walked through the door every day for close to a year was this mess:

Entryway Before

Last weekend, I decided enough was enough. After all, I had most of the materials I’d need to turn this room around: framed photos, a mirror, rocking chairs, pillows, a bench.  All it needed was a few extra accessories and a little elbow grease. Read on to see the transformation.

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Sure, Labor Day might be the unofficial end of summer, but we still have two full weeks of the season left, not to mention months of prime let’s-have-a-party-outside weather.

Jonathan Adler

Color and Design Expert Jonathan Adler

We chatted with iconic designer Jonathan Adler to find out his top three outdoor party essentials, go-to foods and party pet peeves. Why not use his tips this weekend?

Watch the interview now:

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It’s been quite a summer, color-wise. We started things off with wild and crazy Neon, then we toned it down with beachy Driftwood Grey. Now here we are in August, and the temperatures are climbing. After weeks of blue skies and candy colored sundresses, my eyes are craving a break. Something cool and crisp that feels effortlessly classic and perfectly modern all at once. That’s right, for August we are all about the color white.

Color of the Month - White (Alvhem Interiors)

photo: Alvhem Interiors

After an intense debate, Grant was voted this month’s winner among the color team with his clever “White: Yes, it’s happening.” Pinterest board. Grant came in ready to defend this colorless color, but in the end we didn’t take much convincing. White is everywhere right now, from floors to furniture. White works with traditional styles, as seen in the lovely Scandinavian breakfast nook above, and with super modern styles like the pod chairs and lacquered floor below.

Color of the Month - White (Richard Powers)

photo: Richard Powers

So what say you, eagle-eyed Design Happens readers? Do you dare to decorate with white?

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Confession time: I cannot remember the last time I changed our air conditioning filters at home. I am certain my gutters need cleaning. And if hard pressed I might be able to remember where the fire extinguisher is but I have NO idea how old it might be. Do fire extinguishers expire? Don’t answer that.

I have a lot of strengths, from making up recipes to mastering any craft challenge that comes my way, but home maintenance is one of my biggest failings as an adult. Enter BrightNest.

brightnest home maintenence website logo

When I happened upon BrightNest, it was as if a chorus of responsible angels started singing. What is BrightNest? It’s a lovely little website that aids you in keeping up with every home maintenance task from changing the batteries in your smoke detector to cleaning your refrigerator coils. They have loads of clever tips (check out this adorable homemade cleaning products infographic), helpful reminders, and you can even create a to-do list for a partner or roommate. My husband just loves that.

brightnest home maintenence dashboard

My favorite part of the BrightNest site is the Homefolio, which allows you to create a customized owner’s manual for your home. You can enter in paint colors, appliance manuals, warranty information, and professional contacts, all in one place. For someone plagued by a junk drawer overflowing with paint chips and food processor pamphlets, this is pretty amazing.

brightnest home maintenence owners manual

It’s totally free to sign up for a BrightNest account, and I think you’ll find it to be a handy little corner of the Internet.

So where do you fall on the household responsibility spectrum? A disorganized mess (like me), or do you have a photographic memory for home details? Can you come clean out my junk drawer?

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It’s officially the dog days of summer, at least it is here at HGTV headquarters. The temperatures have been coming in over 100 degrees and everyone has taken to the air conditioning. When it’s sweltering outside, you probably think of hot colors like Pantone’s Tangerine Tango, or maybe an intense chili pepper red. But this month we’re making a case for what might seem an unusual choice for July: Driftwood Grey.

july color of the month driftwood grey walls

via The Prop House

I know what you’re thinking, grey? For summer? But bear with me. Instead of thinking of stark, cold, wintery tones, picture the weather-beaten, sun-warmed grey of boardwalks and beach houses. We love how it pairs with sunny hues, but it looks equally great set off by neutrals.

july color of the month driftwood grey wallpaper

Driftwood Grey Bathroom, HGTV.com

Lili’s Driftwood Grey Pinterest board won our team over with its great use of the color, inside and out. When pitching her choice, she summed it up perfectly, “Driftwood grey evokes coastal climates for me, particularly the New England coastline. I think of sunbaked and wind-battered shingles on Cape Cod and gorgeous pieces of water-worn, knotty tree trunks. This is the lighter, breezier cousin of flannel grey and perfect for summer.”

What do you think? Are you feeling Driftwood Grey in the heat of this sultry summer?

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Well, it’s true: Summer is officially here and that means vacation season is upon us. Hopefully, you have a relaxing getaway planned but if you’re staycationing because money is tight or just need a quick mental break, I’ve gathered together some of the country’s most luxurious hotels for your virtual vacationing pleasure. We’re talking lifestyles of the rich and famous, people! So, grab an icy summer beverage, kick back and take a photo tour of high-end hotels where high-end design reigns supreme plus get tips for bringing the boutique-chic look home.
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Every month, the “Color Team” here at HGTV headquarters meets to battle it out. Our mission? Pitch a color for the upcoming color of the month, and stop at nothing until your color gets the crown.

We come armed with our Pinterest pinboards and even wearing our colors. And after debating the merits of every color under the sky (a Pantone Cerulean Blue sky, of course), one color reigns supreme. Or, in the case of June…several colors. Because this month? We’re breaking the rules and setting your retinas ablaze with neon hues.

Via: Jenni Juurinen

Neon! It was the pinboard that ruled supreme, and it’s everywhere right now. Our own Briana was ahead of the curve this spring with her neon accent round up, and Farima just rolled out a gorgeous neon photo gallery. Erin Loechner has us eying neon spray paint with her latest how-to. Even some of our favorite design bloggers are on board the neon train—everyone from Oh Joy!  to Coco + Kelley have been inspired by these highlighter tones. And me? I have a neon yellow pedicure and just picked up a neon pink retro style swimsuit for the pool. It’s very Cyndi Lauper-meets-Esther Williams, trust me.

Via: House to Home

It’s a sizzling color that makes a statement, so tell us: would you incorporate neon into your décor?

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I’m sure some of you grew up RVing in a 1950s Shasta camper during the summer months. Well, now your neighborhood birds can camp in the same style. Etsy shop owner jumahl created this birdhouse using retro turquoise accents and corrugated aluminum. Aside from its design aesthetic, the aluminum door is a squirrel deterrent so the birds can eat in peace. I love all the details — including the curved awning, wheels and trailer hitch.

 Vintage Trailer Birdhouse

Now if you could only teach the birds how to make S’mores and sing popular camping songs — that would be a sight to see!

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For all you aspiring crafters and designers, bloggers and artists, we offered a special giveaway this month: free tuition to the Create and Connect Project, an 8-week class to help you turn your creative passion into a full-fledged business. Ready to meet the winner?

Create and Connect Giveaway

We received lots of entries from passionate, creative folks ready to take their creative businesses to the next level. But we were most impressed by the entry from Sara Gettys, an aspiring artist from Yakima, Wash., who draws inspiration from nature to create carved wall art and hand-sewn pillows. Watch Sara’s entry below:

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Congratulations, Sara! Take notes for the rest of us when the Create and Connect class starts on June 6!

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I’m personally not really into superheroes, but I had to check out what all the hype was behind the movie The Avengers. I am now a converted superhero lover, and these USB sticks designed by Dane-Elec are a good way to show off my new-found obsession at work. My favorite is the Hulk smash — it sends a “don’t mess with me” message. Iron Man is a close second since his eyes light up when plugged in, but I could really use Captain America’s shield — if it can shield us from evil extraterrestrials then it can shield my computer from viruses, right? What’s your favorite superhero? Tell us in the comments below.

 The Avengers USB sticks

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It’s that time of year again — when you show your mom how much you appreciate her. Since Mother’s Day is approaching (and since I’m in a good mood), I thought I would share more than one delight today to help you pick the right gift.

For the mom with a green thumb: Your mom won’t need much of a green thumb to keep this tillandsia plant by Terrain alive. The kit includes everything you need from the actual plant to the tear drop glass.

Tillandsia Plant

For the culinary mom: If your mom loves to cook and appreciates a nice bouquet of flowers, then this kitchen utensil bouquet by AlwaysFits.com would be a great gift to give. The set comes with all the essential utensils a cook needs, and you can display it as a bouquet on the counter when it isn’t in use. So clever.

Kitchen Utensil Bouquet

 

For the eco-friendly mom: This patterned compact tote bag by Blue Avocado is an eco-friendly way for your mom to carry her lunch. It comes in different colors and is made with recycled materials. I may have to add this to my own wish list.

Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

For the tea-loving mom: If your mom loves iced tea, then this cafe-style iced tea brewer by Olive and Cocoa is the ultimate gift. You make the hot tea in the top pitcher and pour it over ice into the bottom pitcher for freshly made iced tea. Tea never looked or tasted so good!

Iced Tea Brewer

And to really top off your mom’s special day, throw her a memorable, elegant brunch. Do you have any special plans for your mother this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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Sure, copper is our official color of the month, but vibrant green is the unofficial color of every March thanks to spring and, oh yeah, a little holiday full of green beer and four-leaf clovers. But this year, it’s also having a moment on it’s own, from spring fashion runway pieces (green shoes!) to home accent pieces to bedding to House Beautiful‘s March cover story. In honor of this fabulous hue (and St. Patrick’s Day), here are 5 rooms that celebrate vibrant green with style.

Tobi Fairley Green Living Room

Design by Tobi Fairley; photo by Nancy Nolan

Designer Tobi Fairley blanketed this room with a neutral backdrop to allow the bold kelly green fabrics and lamps to shine.

Emily Henderson Green Hallway

Design by Emily Henderson

Designer Emily Henderson gave this small sunroom a burst of color and pattern with vintage-inspired carpet and ’50s vinyl chairs.

Green and Red Bedroom

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Red and green? It can work post-December. Really. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s secret: Add dark brown. Depending on which color is selected as dominant, this combination can take on either a masculine or feminine vibe.

Brian Patrick Flynn Green Walk-In Closet

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Bold, saturated greens can lighten up the darkest of spaces, like this no-window walk-in closet. Vintage white accents juxtapose the super-preppy green-and-brown color scheme.

Linda Woodrum Dream Home Bedroom

Design by Linda Woodrum

The lush green shade on the walls of this bedroom in HGTV Dream Home 2009 is at once bold and relaxing. Designer Linda Woodrum used the same hue for walls and ceiling to create extra height in this luxurious space. Feeling, ahem, green with envy yet?

What do you think: Is there a bright green room in your future?

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Milk the clock. Offside. Scrimmage. Tight end. Hut hut. Wing back. One of these gridiron phrases is a clue to this week’s mystery object.
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Be a star player. Leave your guess in the comments below. We’ll let you know tomorrow who scored first with the right answer.

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When I first spotted this object, it’s shape reminded me of a horseshoe crab. And while those ancient sea creatures are the last thing you’d want in your home, this contraption is designed to be used in a room you would want to be clean and free of germs.
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Here’s another clue. It just might make you healthier. What do you think it is?

Tell us in the comments below. Tomorrow we’ll reveal the answer and who guessed it right first.

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While the scape of this week’s What the…? would likely peak the interest of hardcore rock-climbers, in reality it would be challenging to traverse because it’s so small.

What the...?

Take a hand at guessing what this is, and tell us in the comment area below. Tomorrow we’ll let you know if you were right.

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What do you get when you infuse an average paper lantern with a serious dose of flower power? Anthropologie’s Rhododendron Chandelier is a beautiful answer to that question.

Anthropologie rhododendron lantern

Though the pendant is a big ball of blooms, the organic texture and ivory color remind me more of stony coral than the plant for which it was named. Or a pretty (albeit crinkly) polyhedron, if you want to get all math-y about it. But no matter what you think it resembles, its tranquil glow is sure to make any room blossom.

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This week’s odd looking object kind of resembles a misshapen golf ball, but that’s definitely not what it is. In fact, it’s way too large to fit in a golf bag.

What the...?

If you think you have a clue as to what this strange object is, leave your answer in the comment box below. And be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you were the first to guess correctly.

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Is one of your rooms in desperate need of an accessories makeover? Say goodbye to naked walls, empty shelves and outdated decor by uploading pictures or videos of your accessory-starved space for the chance to win up to $500 in brand new home decor from Etsy.com. And this month, designer Claire Watkins is going to make over one lucky person’s room from the entries received. So don’t wait any longer! Show HGTV just how much your space needs a helping hand and you could win.

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Now, back to the question. What home accessories would you buy with $500? Personally, my living room is feeling a little tired, so here are my top five accessory picks/needs. Share yours, too!

Kayla’s Living Room Accessory Wish List:

1. A sleek and stylish area rug to make the living room feel more cozy

2. Matching frames and new artwork to give my photo wall a more balanced and cohesive look

3. Brand new accent and throw pillows that haven’t lost their form

4. An eye-catching floor lamp to illuminate the entire room

5. Antique and vintage knickknacks to liven up my bookshelves

Remember, upload pictures or videos of your accessory-starved space for the chance to win up to $500 in home decor from Etsy.com.

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