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By now, you’ve probably heard that our August “Color” of the Month is….Watercolor! This cool, organic technique is the perfect antidote to summer’s oppressive heat. It’s also a great technique to experiment with…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Here are five DIY projects that embrace the flowy, unpredictable look.

Make Your Own Watercolor Flower Plates - HGTV.com
WATERCOLOR FLORAL PLATES

These stunning plates may look like something you’d buy at that expensive, boho-chic store we all love, but trust me, you can totally do this! With plain white plates, some brightly-colored porcelain paints and a few simple techniques, it’s easy to create your own custom set.
Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Tie-Dye Pillows
SHARPIE-DYED WATERCOLOR PILLOWS
This project is too cool not to try. As Marianne demonstrated in a recent HGTV Crafternoon episode, you can easily create a watercolor effect on a cotton pillow cover using nothing more than colorful permanent markers and a spray bottle of alcohol.
Get step-by-step instructions here >>

How to Make Your Own Marbled Votives With Nail Polish on HGTV.com

Nail Polish-Marbled Votives by Chelsea Costa

NAIL POLISH-MARBLED VOTIVES
Marbling — mixing several colors of paint on top of water before dipping an object — creates a similar flowy effect. This technique can be used on paper or fabric, but one of the simplest ways to experiment? Nail polish! Choose the colors of your choice and see how simple it is to customize plain glass votives for your next party.
Get step-by-step instructions for the marbled votives here >>

Watercolor Floral Notecards - Make Your Own on HGTV.com

MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR NOTE CARDS
Bring the look of blooming summer flowers inside with beautiful watercolor paintings to use as wall art or greeting cards. These step-by-step instructions make it simple to create professional-looking results.
Get the step-by-step watercolor note card instructions here >>

Make Your Own Watercolor Party Supplies on HGTV.com

CREATE CUSTOM WATERCOLOR PARTY SUPPLIES
This is my favorite project of the bunch: Marianne started these fun party decorations by painting one herringbone design. Then, she scanned and printed the design to create one fun, cohesive set of party decor — all while doing the work just once.
Get step-by-step instructions for the watercolor party decor here >>

Have you tried watercolor techniques at home? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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The pages of HGTV Magazine‘s March issue are splashed with color! And with this crazy winter weather, you could probably use some brightening up, right? Right! The issue hits stands on 2/11, but here are some exciting ideas to tide you over until then.

March 2014 cover

This picture frame headboard and marquee letter sign are just two of the projects that fill this totally DIY kid’s room.

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When the remodel is as cleverly planned out as this white kitchen‘s, having minimal space to work with is a non-issue. Well done!

small white kitchen

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Made By Hand, the newest book by Lena Corwin, is a collection of projects based on the classes held in her studio. Her first book, Printing By Hand, showcases a modern guide to handmade printing with stamps, stencils and more. In her newest book, she decided to expand her curriculum and even invited some of her talented friends to teach classes on everything from dyeing and sewing to weaving and jewelry making. In 26 studio classes, Made By Hand introduces readers to ageless crafting techniques with modern projects. Take a look at some of my favorites straight from the book:

Lena Corwin's Made by Hand - Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins

Project by Lena Corwin

Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins: ”While planning this book, I spent time experimenting with printing techniques that were new to me, and I have become especially interested in the concept of rotary printing,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “When manufacturers produce rotary-printed fabric, a large cylinder is carved with impressions and is used to print on long, continuous rolls of fabric.”

To make a smaller rotating stamp, Lena attached pieces of foam to a rolling pin. The foam pieces soak up the ink, allowing the design to easily transfer to the fabric. Here, she chose a fun polka-dot design in neon hues to create napkins.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Garland

Project by Erin Weckerle

Crocheted Garland: To create this garland, Erin used three different doily patterns and chose muted, vintage colors. You can hang the garland anywhere around your home — on a mantel, headboard, window, etc.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Rugs

Project by Cal Patch | Braided rug, top; Crocheted rug, bottom

Crocheted or Braided Rugs: “For this project, Cal and I decided to show two great rug-making methods — braided and crocheted. Both methods use the same fabric but produce distinctively different looks,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “Braided rugs … have a classic, old-fashioned appearance, while crocheted rugs … look more modern.”

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With Labor Day behind us, school back in session, and sweaters hitting the mall shelves, there’s just no denying it anymore: fall is here. (We know, we know, it’s not technically until September 22, but you get the point.) HGTV Magazine is prepping you for the new season with our October issue. Find out which flowers you should be planting now, how to punch up your home with spooky style, and ways to enjoy your outdoor space year-round.
October Cover Color

Here’s just a little taste of what you’ll find inside the latest issue, on stands now!

dresser makeovers

All three of these dressers were done in just a weekend or less. Actually, the decal drawer fronts on the left only need a few hours of your free time! No more excuses for staring at old or drab furniture.

moutain view living room

This spacious living room with warm colors and a-maz-ing views in the mountains of North Carolina is home to the Corcell family. Step inside and see how they put together a stylish yet comfortable place.

curb appeal NJ

Take a stroll through Bergen County, NJ, and pick up ideas you can use to improve your own home’s curb appeal. (How cool is that Juliet balcony?)

Pick up your copy today, and become a subscriber so you never miss a decorating beat.

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Did summer fly by, or did summer fly by? With all the fireworks, backyard parties, and beach vacations we can possibly squeeze in between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it’s no wonder we’re already talking about fall here at HGTV Magazine.

Get ready to enjoy warm weather (with less humidity!) and the calm before the holiday storm. Fall in to fall with our September issue.
September 2013 cover

See what else you’ll find in this issue

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My favorite thrift store and flea market scores are vintage scarves. The colors are fun, the patterns are graphic and they never cost too much. Sometimes I’ll come home with a scarf that doesn’t quite fit into my wardrobe, but that I just had to have nonetheless. Luckily, scarves are also great for adding flair to the home! Check out these easy DIY projects and see how you can dress up your decor.

Make pretty pillows out of vintage scarves! See how on HGTV Design Happens Blog -->

See What You Can Do With Vintage Scarves

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According to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark, people are already searching the web for ways to complete their “honey-do list,” and it seems that basement remodeling is the top home improvement project to conquer this winter. We love knowing what you all are searching for, so we can help point you in the right direction. You want basement remodeling ideas? We’ve got them.

Candice Olson Basement DesignDesign by Candice Olson

Designer Candice Olson gives this basement functionality for the entire family. The open room is divided into two areas: a living/entertainment space and a crafting/work area. The room is sophisticated, yet playful enough for the kids.

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With fall just a few short months away, I’ll be spending even more time on my patio and I’m sure you will, too. There’s nothing quite like entertaining outdoors when the weather turns crisp and the leaves are falling. This week, we have the perfect DIY project to give your outdoor space ambiance and seasonal appeal.

How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier

How to Build an Outdoor ChandelierUse a wood board, Mason jars and votive candles to create a rustic outdoor chandelier.

To create this chandelier, you’ll need these materials: wood board (any size), spray paint (any color), screw eye hooks, manila rope, Mason jars, seeds/beans and votive candles in glass holders.

How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier

First, paint the top, bottom and sides of the wood board and let dry completely. Then, screw eye hooks into each corner on the top of the board. Attach each Mason jar to the board with a hot glue gun, making sure they are equal distance apart. Begin filling each jar one-third full with seeds or beans, and then place the glass votive candles in the jars low enough to keep them in place.

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How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier

Once the jars are full, add your manila rope by threading it through the screw hooks and hanging it from your desired location on the porch. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Give this outdoor lighting project a try, and then tell us how it transforms your outdoor space!

More Beautiful Chandeliers From Design Happens:

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I’ve shared with you our master bathroom progress, and although we have yet to finish the big projects in that space (I’m talking to you, Sauna!), we decided to tackle a few smaller projects in the mean time. It’s the tiny transformations that can make a big impact, yes?

DIY Master Bathroom Hardware- Erin Loechner

I see a DIY waiting in the pipeline... pun intended!

I’ve written before that I always enjoy nontraditional accessories, and when I spotted the above galvanized conduit pipes and fittings at the hardware store, I knew I had the perfect future project in mind for them:

DIY Master Bathroom Hardware- Erin Loechner

Surprise! A TP holder!

I think our little DIY adds the perfect touch of industrial design to our soft, Scandinavian bathroom. But, of course, we didn’t stop there…

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Last month we traveled to France, but this month we’re staying stateside with the Golden Gate Bridge in sight. Liz Stanley, another one of our fave traveling moms, is the brilliant mind behind the crafty blog Say Yes to Hoboken. This New Yorker enjoyed a few blissful years in Hoboken, N.J., before taking a brave leap to the West Coast with her husband and son by her side. Living in the “fairytale city” of San Francisco, Liz is constantly surrounded by an abundance of inspiration and creativity. My favorite aspect of Say Yes to Hoboken? The marriage of fashion with interior design. Cool DIY and entertaining ideas. Plus her insights into life as a mom. (She makes it look way too easy!) Liz’s blog is the ultimate guide to a budget-friendly stylish life.

Say-Yes-to-Hoboken-Liz-Stanley-HGTV-DesignHappensMighty Closet :: Liz Stanley

Now more than ever, being thrifty while still keeping our wardrobe fresh, our home up to date and our kids happy is important. Smart and easy tutorials from Liz on how to create a gathered, high-waisted skirt, striped tote bag and whimsical mobile will unleash your inner craft skills, while simultaneously saving money. That sounds like a win-win situation to me. And it doesn’t stop at clever craft projects; Liz posts favorite recipes, trendy finds and her daily Babble posts that you’re guaranteed to love.

Say Yes to Hoboken Crafts

I just can’t get enough of Say Yes to Hoboken. It’s the perfect mesh of everything I love, without having an overwhelming amount on a certain topic. And for those of us with limited free time, Liz’s weekly roundups offer the best web finds of the week conveniently compiled in a clickable list. (That’s how I came across this AMAZING chevron-patterned picnic blanket project.)

Say Yes to Hoboken Kids' Crafts

Of course I can’t forget the kiddies. April showers are long gone, but when rainy days do stop by for a visit, keeping the children entertained while cooped up indoors can be tricky. Here comes Liz to the rescue. Her rainy day crafts for kids feature items often found around the house used in easy projects kids can make on their own. They’ll love practicing the alphabet in the form of letter cookies and building sky-high (edible) structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Can I please be a kid again?

Check out Say Yes to Hoboken on Facebook and Twitter if you just can’t get enough of Liz. We can’t!

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June is prime wedding season. The long days, luxurious garden blooms and glorious weather lend themselves celebrating a marriage outdoors.

handmade string lanterns

Whether you’re getting married or attending a wedding this month or not, you can borrow from some of the lovely decor of outdoor fêtes for your home. These handmade string chandeliers make ideal ethereal decorations hung from trees, on your porch, or around your yard. You’ll be surprised just how easy the DIY instruction from Ruffled are.

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The tradition of giving ‘May baskets’ to unsuspecting neighbors and crushes is all but gone. This sweet and chaste way to celebrate spring — I won’t get into the debauchery that is the origin of the maypole dance — peaked in the U.S. during the Victorian era and started to disappear after first half of the 20th century.  If you’d like to help revive this custom, here’s what you do: assemble baskets of sweets and fresh flowers, leave them on your neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run away before they catch you. If you are caught, you’re supposed to exchange a kiss. (To avoid kissing possible strangers — run fast.)

May Day DIY May BasketA Field Journal

I can’t help thinking what delightful treat this would be for a grandparent or elderly friend, relative or neighbor. A surprise gift of a cheerful ‘May basket’ just might take them on a trip down memory lane. Or throw caution to the wind and leave one on the front door or car of a love interest. Maybe some Beltane fires will spark, if you catch my drift. Here are six of my favorite basket designs (click on the links for DIYs) sure to put a smile on a lucky person’s face.

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Easter Sunday brings back so many … itchy memories for me. I never threw a tantrum while getting dressed. I kept it together because I knew if I cooperated and wore the fluffy floral dress, uncomfortable patent leather shoes, white gloves, straw hat and smiled through the family photo shoot that I’d be rewarded with all the Marshmallow Peeps and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I could eat. While I still love eating Easter Sunday brunch at my grandmother’s, I’m so happy that I get to pick out a soft sundress of my choosing. And decorate my home to my heart’s delight. I’m getting an early start on Easter decorating this year (a good 3 weeks early!) How about you? Here are my four favorite handmade projects you can complete in a snap and enjoy the entire month.

DIY Easter Egg Garland Decor

This delicate egg garland is the perfect Easter decor piece in all its glittery, pastel goodness. It’s ideal for hanging above a spring-style vignette or wrapping around the stair banister. Yes, glitter can be messy, but that makes it all the more fun, right?

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I love St. Patrick’s Day not only because everyone is proudly wearing my all-time favorite color, but also because it gives me an excuse to eat traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage and drink green beer. How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Are you throwing a last-minute party for the leprechauns in your life? Here are some easy and fun decorating ideas packed with free downloads and plenty of shamrocks for good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Toppers

Dress up simple white- or green-frosted cupcakes with festive toppers for an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love (and quickly devour).

Surround Yourself in Green

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What room in a home do we spend the majority of our waking hours in? I think we can agree it’s the living room. And because it’s the first room you see when you enter my humble abode, I’ve spent the majority of my spare time decorating it, from the bookshelf display to the cat-friendly sage slipcover that hides hideous floral upholstery. (The sofa was free, thanks to Mom, so I can’t really complain.) But my living room still lacks that “wow” factor.

My official decorating savior is the simple step-by-step instructions and DIY projects that make up HGTV.com’s Fast Fix Living Rooms. The first project on my to-do list? Get rid of the beige walls and give them some ultra-chic revamping. This sophisticated stenciling is the “wow” I want:

Janell Beals Stenciled Focal Wall

Or maybe this chic contemporary fabric wallcovering, below? (Your suggestions, please!)

Brian Patrick Flynn Fabric Wallpaper

Here’s a peak at just a few of the other stylish projects that make up HGTV.com’s Fast Fix Living Rooms. Be sure to check them out, and give your living room the va-va-voom you’ve always wanted.

Fast Fix Living Room DIY Projects

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I’ve got spring fever – bad. Ever since Groundhog Day. Now that the sun is making a comeback and it’s not dark when I leave work, I’m ready to live on my patio. Unfortunately, my outdoor space currently consists of … well, nothing. And a naked patio is a boring patio. Do you have the same problem? Fortunately, with HGTV.com’s Fast Fix: Outdoors, I can give my patio some love, and so should you. This DIY outdoors design guide is packed with projects to match your skill level, schedule and style.

Brian Patrick Flynn Mobile Container Garden

Lacking a green thumb? Well, in just a few hours you can turn into a natural-born gardener by creating your own mobile container garden out of galvanized metal trash cans and casters. Design Happens featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will give your outdoor space some green bling in no time.

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Simple yet sustainable furniture projects are designer Dan Faires’ specialty, and in case you missed any of projects, we’ve pulled them all together for you.

Watch Dan show you how to build each project and get detailed step-by-steps at DanMade.

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My childhood bedroom was straight out of a movie, complete with pink bedding, a frilly canopy and curio cabinets full of not-to-be touched dolls and figurines. It was lovely but not the playful, whimsical space I longed for. Oh, to be a kid now. You wouldn’t be able to extract me from that uber-cute play area with drum set. And Brian Patrick Flynn’s photo wall mural project is awesome!

Fast Fix Kids' Rooms Projects DIY

Fast Fix Kids’ Rooms features 12 fabulous, fun projects perfect for toddler to teen spaces that you can knock out in a weekend…easy.  (I’m going to do a twist on the dresser for my bedroom.)

Here are my favorites:

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