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In my shared home, my bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s my sleeping quarters, my dressing room, my screening room and my library. It’s the perfect place to have a quiet moment to myself, and for this reason I have spent quite a bit of time making it a fun, peaceful place to relax. The color scheme in your bedroom most definitely plays a part in how the room can make you feel. For this reason, I chose light gray, white and yellow for a soft, calming feel. Maybe you’re more of a bright orange or deep red kind of person. These bedrooms from Designers’ Portfolio prove that any color can make a huge impact – so choose wisely.

bedroom color schemes

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I love holidays. I love getting together with my family and decorating the Christmas tree, dying Easter eggs and, of course, eating as much turkey and cranberry sauce as is humanly possible (which is a lot). I even like Arbor Day – but then again, who doesn’t like a nice tree? Even with my love of holidays, one holiday I haven’t celebrated is National Nude Day, which just happens to be today. I feel like a Scrooge for having never acknowledged this holiday, and yet, I’m stuck. How can I honor this day, while also keeping my job? And then, it hit me. Let’s celebrate with the most gorgeous nudes of all, ahem, the color that is.

Nude Rooms
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What’s your favorite neutral?

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It’s getting hot, hot, hot! And for those of you with pools, it’s the perfect time to do a little landscaping makeover. No matter which lawn style you prefer, these beautiful pool areas from Designers’ Portfolio are sure to inspire an outdoor update. Which do you prefer – a tropical poolside paradise or a more traditional outdoor retreat?

Pool Landscaping
Dive into more picturesque pools from Designers’ Portfolio.

  • Tell Your Friends is known for expert tips, DIY how-to’s and project ideas — but, we understand that sometimes, readers just need a little design eye-candy. HGTV Designers’ Portfolio is the ultimate sweet spot with thousands of pictures.

Designers’ Portfolio offers index tabs so online readers can filter the images by room, design style, color and designer. Right now, traditional bathrooms are the most popular filtered-terms.

 Designers' Portfolio Bathroom Favorite

It’s no surprise that Designers’ Portfolio is one of the leading sources of inspiration for Pinterest pinners. One of our most repinned rooms from Designers’ Portfolio is this gorgeous traditional kitchen with a farmhouse sink.

Designers' Portfolio Kitchen Favorite

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Designer Erica Islas has long been a friend of She is always willing to share her design secrets and has one of the most extensive resumes on HGTV’s Designers’ Portfolio. She can transform a large, stark space into a personalized and comfortable home or turn a tiny, non-functioning room into the best spot in the house. This month, Erica takes us on a tour of a restored 1920s Spanish bungalow that was in dire need of a makeover because of a previous owner’s complete disregard for what defines this style of house. Erica’s clients reached out to her after they bought it, because they knew they needed a designer who would bring the home into the 21st century while also restoring the integrity and charm of the original design.

Erica Islas Spanish BungalowAll photos by David Young-Wolff.

Erica says: As with any old home, construction codes today will be different from when the house was built. In this renovation, the changes in codes presented us with challenges like making doorways bigger in a house where there wasn’t enough room to begin with!


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I’ve always been a fan of this bathroom renovation by California-based designer Christopher Grubb featured in’s Designers’ Portfolio. And apparently I’m not the only one gaga over the contemporary dual-sink vanity with its clean, classic lines and ample storage.  Turns out, Christopher is including this vanity (among several other beauties) in his new furniture line, The C.G. Collection. Christopher shared with me how fans factored into the pieces featured in his new line.

Christopher Grubb Designers' Portfolio Bathroom

Here’s what he had to say:

Christopher Grubb: I’ve been getting a minimum of two requests a month for the dual sink vanity, ever since this bathroom renovation was featured in As it’s a custom piece, it’s expensive to fabricate and difficult to ship nationwide. While I was developing The C.G Collection, I shared with Modern Bathroom anecdotes about the popularity of this piece with HGTV fans. They agreed it was a very appealing design, so I re-designed it in four sizes and four finishes to accommodate various bathroom layouts. It’s now one of Modern Bathroom’s top sellers, and we recently added a tower and a small cabinet that complement the vanity.

The C.G. Collection furniture line currently features seven different collections all based on custom pieces from past renovations. Each vanity can be customized from the top down with various wood finishes, sink styles and countertop materials. Head over to Modern Bathroom and start designing yours. And to see more of Christopher’s past projects, check out his work on Designers’ Portfolio.

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Ikea’s furniture might not completely match up with grandma’s antique armoire or that Eames table you’ve been eyeballing, but in these penny-pinching times, their modern pieces are functional and appealing if you need to outfit a new room or whole house without too much expense. (They definitely saved me in my post-college years and for some odds and ends such as TV stands or storage units.)

To make things easier, Ikea’s Swedish design-on-a-dime mavens have updated a cool new tool on their site — the Ikea Home Planner. The software, which you download to your computer, lets you work your home design magic before you even lift a piece of furniture. Just set up the space (the kitchen, bedroom and living room are the current options) to match your own room’s measurements. Then you can drag and drop in Ikea furniture to see how it fits. Mix and match and try whatever you like — even if you aren’t ready to buy the pieces, it’s fun to rethink your space (and save in that “someday” file). If you like the arrangement and are ready to buy, you can save the design to the Ikea server and head to the store to pick up your loot.

Of course, if you’re just in the mood to browse and dream, check out our own Designers’ Portfolio collection — to see how some of HGTV’s favorite design gurus have transformed kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and more.

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