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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
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:
Congratulations, Sara! Take notes for the rest of us when the Create and Connect class starts on June 6!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Be a star player. Leave your guess in the comments below. We’ll let you know tomorrow who scored first with the right answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.