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I love a good chair. What makes chair rehab projects a bit more exciting to me than other furniture DIYs is that more often than not, a chair gives you the chance to play with colors on the chair itself and by using fabrics. Oh, the combinations! The possibilities! Chair makeovers can easily be one of the cheaper furniture projects you can take on, as Marianne showed us earlier this week in her chair upholstery tutorial. Let’s see how all of you handy DIYers have given your chairs new life.

Instagram user @designs_by_me2 gave these midcentury-style teak chairs a fun, modern update with fresh fabric. The shiny sheen of the fabric adds a luxe look.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @designs_by_me2.

Turquoise spray paint and some light sanding was all that @ournestof5 needed to transform this darling little piece. It pops perfectly against that dark armoire, don’t you think? And those hydrangeas…swoon!

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @ournestof5.

Turquoise and red is one of my all-time favorite color combos, so you know I love this retro set from @vitanovadecor. The bold, striped cushions are super fun, and now I’m craving a shot of espresso.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @vitanovadecor.

Instagrammer @kaylita20 gave us a double dose of chair rehab. This art deco-style chair now looks like it came straight out of a Fixer Upper episode. Below it, a bold, geometric black-and-white print goes a long way to update a chair that once looked like it belonged in a doctor’s office. The chair itself only cost $5! Well done.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

For even more fabulous furniture DIYs from fellow readers, check out the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram, and keep tagging your projects for our upcoming posts. 

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Guys, our kitchen reno is in the home stretch, and now we are down to my favorite part: all the pretty finishing touches. I’ve been organizing our pantry, styling book shelves, and I decided to give the two chairs in the homework/breakfast area a little update. Watch the video to see how you can easily update a simple dining chair with a little spray paint and some new fabric:

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Update an old dining chair with new upholstery and spray paint
What a difference, right? I’m in love with that pink grapefruit color paired with the indigo fabric. Suddenly my little $5 chairs look like a million bucks!

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Flower arranging seems to be one of those things that mystify some people. It’s frustrating to buy a beautiful bunch of flowers, plop them in a vase, and have the results end up less than attractive, but artfully arrange florist bouquets aren’t always in the budget. Well, have no fear! Armed with some grocery store blooms, a vase, a sharp pair of scissors, and some tape, I’m going to show you how to craft your own custom floral masterpiece just in time for Mother’s Day.

Easy Flower Arranging Tips and Tricks

As long as you have a good combination of focal flowers, filler, and greenery, you can’t go wrong! See the simple steps now:

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For this arrangement, I used:

Don’t limit your arrangements to flowers from the florist — I added ferns and leaves from my yard to fill out the vases and add a personal touch.

For an extra-special touch, make the gold-leaf vases featured in the video. Get the how-to instructions here >>

What are your best tips for flower arrangements? Leave your words of wisdom in the comments below.

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Do you have a glass problem? Maybe every time you finish a jar of jam or honey, you just can’t make yourself toss the empty. Perhaps you, like me, see the beauty in a Franks Red Hot bottle (those curves!). If so, do I have the project for you. These paint-and-gold-leaf-adorned vases are so beautiful you’d never know they were rescued from the recycle bin. Watch the video to learn how to make your own:

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If you’re planning to tackle this project, let me give you a few tips:

1. Make sure to give your glass jar a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol, and let it dry completely before starting.

2. Mixing non-acetone nail polish remover with acrylic multi-surface paint gives it a pourable consistency, and if you let it dry overnight as advised, it’s perfectly safe to bake in your oven.

3. Oven-baking will cure your paint in 30 minutes, making it safe to hold water without ruining your paint job. If you’d prefer to skip the oven, let the vase cure for 21 days before using.

4. Gold leaf will last longer with a coat of sealant on top, but either way this is a handwash-only project.

DIY Mother's Day Gift Upcycled Glass Vases

Filled with flowers, I think you’ll agree, this is the perfect last minute DIY gift for Mother’s Day. I’m particularly taken with the way the gold leaf dresses up a mason jar, wouldn’t you agree?

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Me and my gals at HGTV Handmade just love a good challenge, so this week we all tackled a summer classic–cool and crisp white canvas sneakers. After a lot of thought (and, I confess, while watching Big Hero Six), I zeroed in on my idea. Could I take my sharpie tie-dye idea and use that as a base for a DIY galaxy print? Watch the video to see if I hit the mark.

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These sneaks would be an excellent addition to festival fashion, but me? I think I’ll be rocking them on my deck all summer long. What do you guys think about galaxy prints? Too out there for you? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

DIY Galaxy Print Shoes for Festivals and Summer Parties

See how the rest of the HGTV Handmade crew transformed their sneakers in the White Sneaker Challenge playlist.

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It’s that time of year again: everyone is gearing up for a season full of proms, formals, weddings and more. I’m not exaggerating — all three ladies on my team are currently planning weddings (something that makes my event-planning heart sing!). So why not make a special pair of dancing shoes to celebrate these occasions? Or, you know, just a regular date night. Check these out:

DIY Heart Glitter Heels - HGTV's Design Blog Design Happens

Watch the video to see how you can add a little sparkle to a basic pair of pointed-toe shoes.

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I just love how these turned out, and they couldn’t be easier to make! I’m already planning to make a pair of flats for my little girl Lulu. What are you inspired to add glitter hearts to? Do you have any special occasions on deck this spring?

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Use Instagram to Research Your Next Design Project

With all the options for design inspiration online, you may not have ever considered Instagram as a resource before. But, newsflash — it is! Before embarking on your next design project, you might want to consider an Instagram dive in order to come up with some serious designer inspo.

Here are some ideas for getting the most out of this visual social platform:

1. Hashtag Searches. Much like Twitter, Instagram is built on a foundation of hashtags. Anyone can make up a hashtag or use an existing hashtag, so there’s no exact method to the madness when you’re doing a hashtag search. Your best bet is to just go to the search screen (the magnifying glass), put your cursor in the search box to pull up the “hashtag” tab, then start typing in a bunch of different hashtags. Some of my favorites include:

  • #interiordesign
  • #designinspiration
  • #fleamarketfinds
  • #homedecor
  • #interior123
  • #livingroom
  • #kitchen
  • #bedroom
  • #estatesale
  • #DIY
  • #DIYProject
  • #patio

You’ll find loads of design ideas this way.

2. Follow interior designers. If there’s an interior designer that you admire, go to their website and see if they have a link to their Insta account; chances are they do. Designers often share pics from ongoing projects, inspiration boards and recent furniture finds. Here are 10 must-follow interior designers on Instagram to get you started.

3. Follow stores and brands. Most brands and stores have discovered the importance of having an Instagram account, and you can find loads of design, product and color inspiration on their feeds. Some of my favorites to follow are: @TargetStyle, @HomeGoods, @WestElm, @PBTeen, @IkeaUSA, @BenjaminMoore, @HomeDepot and @LowesHomeImprovement.

4. Use the explore feature. It used to be that the “explore” page on Instagram was a collection of the most popular photos on the platform. As you can imagine, this mostly included pics of scantily-clad women in bikinis and some cute cat photos. But the “explore” tab has become really good. Now, if you click on the magnifying glass, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can choose either “photos” or “people.” The “Photos” tab will include pics that Instagram thinks you might like, and the “People” tab includes other users they think you might like to follow. As someone who looks at, likes and follows many designer-y photos, I often find similar suggestions in my explore section. Look around yours and see if Instagram has any killer picks that can inspire you.

For a dose of design inspiration from HGTV talent and editors every single day, follow @hgtv on Instagram.

Do you have any Instagram tricks that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Truth time: If DIY were a grade in school I probably would have already been left behind, though not for lack of enthusiasm!

I really want to be a DIY ninja but knowing my own limitations, I try to remind myself that I need to stay focused on projects that don’t leave me in a puddle of tears on my living room floor with glue gun cartridges stuck in my hair. This is why I was so excited when I had a recent brainstorm and decided I wanted to nail a rug to my wall.

How to Hang a Rug on the Wall

As a renter, I’m always looking for easy ways to upgrade my home without putting my security deposit in jeopardy. Luckily, this rug-nailing bonanza fits the bill perfectly. It’s easier than removable wallpaper (no seams to line up!), doesn’t involve paint (woo hoo!) and can drastically change the look of your space.

All you need is a rug, some nails and a hammer. (You can also do this project with screws and a drill.) Here’s how:

1. Choose a rug that will work well with your space. I was hoping to zhush up my bathroom and wanted to go bold, so I chose a brightly colored cotton rug. It’s best if you can find a thinner rug that’s easier to attach to your wall. I would also recommend choosing a rug that’s as close as you can get in size to the space you need to fill, but err on the side of slightly larger.

2. Decide how you’d like to position the rug on your wall. Originally, I wanted to cover my entire wall (and, in fact, purchased two rugs so that I could). However, once I got the first rug up, I decided I loved how it looked, so I ditched my plan for covering the whole wall. Hold your rug up and see if you prefer to start at the ceiling level, the floor level or perhaps hang it in the middle of the wall like it’s a piece of art.

3. Start nailing the rug to your wall. If your rug is slightly larger (as mine was) you can fold it back a bit until it’s as wide or as tall as you  need it to be. You can nail the rug to the wall all around the perimeter. Depending on the fabric of your rug, you might need more or fewer nails to keep it up there. You will also likely need someone to help you hold the rug in place as you hammer all the nails in.

That’s it. Seriously!

Have you ever tried this wall hanging technique? Or, what art alternatives have you tried? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s another method you can try: How to Turn a Rug Into a Wall Art Tapestry

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Something must be in the water around these parts. Between Marianne’s nightstand and Liz’s upcoming dresser project, it seems like everyone around here has caught the DIY furniture bug. Our readers are no exception.

Since Liz is still deciding how to transform her own bedroom dresser, we rounded up some favorites from the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram to keep the creative juices flowing.

We’re loving the trend of colorful custom furniture to add fun and personality to a room. I feel like we all have a piece like this one from @Heather_Hill5 taking up space in a garage. Her finished gray dresser is another example of how far a coat of paint and new knobs can go in reviving a piece of furniture that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @heather_hill5

Logan from @thestylishpeach shares the details of this mid-century modern makeover on her blog. In her case, the original dresser had too many scratches and stains for it to work as-is. A few smart and trendy choices make this piece look like it came straight from a fancy furniture show room.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @thestylishpeach

Ombre is a trend that’s still making the rounds on window treatments, decorative art and focal walls. We especially love it on the drawers of a dresser, seen below in a lovely blue-gray hue by @beautymark_furniture.  Want to make your own ombre dresser? We’ll show you how.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @beautymark_furniture

More DIY Dressers We Love

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I absolutely love gardening. But because I live in an apartment, my “garden” is just an assortment of containers that I refresh each spring. So, instead of spending money on new pots this year, I decided to search for creative ways to revamp my basic terra cotta containers. I found out there’s so much you can do with them, from paint and fabric to materials like rope. Check out these easy and creative planter projects I’m dying to try this spring.

ModPodge + Fabric

These adorable fabric-wrapped pots are super simple and make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Although they aren’t intended for outside use, they’re great for potting orchids, indoor succulents or as decorative catchalls. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Add more color with these glow-in-the-dark planters >>

Milk Paint

If you’re going for a French Country look this year, these milk-painted pots are perfect. Use them as centerpieces, gifts or for a weathered feel in the garden. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Rustic Rope

Terra cotta pots wrapped in rope on HGTV.com

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Create these French Country-inspired planters with terra cotta pots, sisal rope and metallic spray paint. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

More DIY Ideas to Try

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I’ve been following blogger Victoria Hudgins for a while. Her craft blog, A Subtle Revelry, is a place you can get lost in for hours. Pinning, bookmarking — it’s dangerous (in a good way.) Then, I got her newest book in my mailbox and I knew I’d be spending my summer painting, gluing and molding clay on the patio.

Materially Crafted on HGTV

By Victoria Hudgins; STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book

Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed is the perfect DIY guide for the design-savvy, including 35 easy projects organized by the materials used. (I love this part!) From spray paint and concrete to thread and clay, you can try materials you’ve never used or make projects using materials you know well. To me, this is the perfect time to try something new. Why not give wood burning or embroidery a shot? This DIY primer is perfect for anyone embracing their crafty side for the first time (or those who just want to keep developing their design chops), like spray painting a chair, making wax bud vases, plaster monograms, French knot artwork, a plywood game table and much more.

3 EASY CRAFTS TO CREATE OUTDOOR AMBIANCE

To celebrate the start of spring (!!!), Victoria is sharing one of her wax projects from Materially Crafted to prep for outdoor entertaining. She’s quick to mention in her material primer that “wax is one of the strangest materials to craft with.” She writes, “It has been around forever and has been used to sustain life, give light, propel many modern technologies forward and depict creepy lifeless celebrity figures in museums. Yet, it is such a basic material — heat it up, and it becomes pliable and can be manipulated into a multitude of projects.” Translation: Wax crafts galore!

DIY Beeswax Tea Lights - Materially Crafted

More Candle Crafts + Victoria’s Outdoor Lighting Tips

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You’ve collected 76 paint swatches, have Domino Magazine stacked all over your living room floor and know the HGTV schedule by heart … but you live in a rental! Dun dun dun.

I get it — it’s hard to let your inner designer out when you have an uptight landlord to answer to. So, here’s a round-up of some of the best creative design ideas you can use to upgrade your rental, while also ensuring you get your security deposit back when it’s time to move out. (You’re welcome.)

Upgrade Ideas for Your Rental

1. Temporary wallpaper … that’s not really wallpaper at all. I’m the self-appointed president of the Wallpaper Lovers Club, so when I discovered how easy it was to turn fabric into wallpaper and hang it with starch, it was love at first sight. This “wallpaper” is easy to put up and easy to take down, so your walls stay safe and sound underneath.

2. Faux marble countertops are totally a thing. And believe it or not, you can achieve this look with contact paper! Real marble is gorgeous and wildly expensive, but if you hate the countertops in your rental, you can switch them up easily and inexpensively. You can even choose granite or other stone looks. And who says you have to stop with the countertops? Take this look all the way up the wall and make a faux backsplash if you’re feeling marble-licious.

3. Upgrade your closet doors. I’m not sure why, but closet doors in rentals seem to be universally ugly. It’s like all landlords banded together and decided to strictly enforce a “no pretty closet door” rule. But you can take matters into your own hands by trying a sliding barn door or some faux painted molding.

4. Bling up your fixtures and hardware. There are many things in a rental that you just can’t change, but there are lots of things that are fairly easy to switch up. Here’s a short list: faucets, cabinet pulls, doorknobs, light fixtures and even switch plates. You can simply keep the pieces in a container, and when it’s time to leave — voila! You can take them all with you to your new digs.

How are you customizing your rental? Share your tips and DIY ideas in the comments below.

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While you might immediately think of Pinterest as the first social media site to hit up when you’re looking for new DIY projects, I’m here to say: don’t forget about Instagram! On days I’m feeling particularly crafty, I’ll type #diy or #diyproject into that snazzy little search box and my brain will explode with all of the DIY fabulousness that’s oozing from the minds of the most creative Instagrammers.

Here’s a list of my top four DIY Instagram superstars who make me want grab my glue gun and double-tap my heart out:

Sarah Khandjian Instagram

@SarahHearts: Sarah Khandjian‘s Instagram feed is filled with lots of pink and her sweet hound, Daisy, but most of all, there are endless ideas for simple DIY projects. I’m obsessed with these gorgeous painted bangles, and I’m dying to plaster my dining room table with a dozen of these colorful painted placemats.

tellloveandchocolate Instagram

@TellLoveAndChocolate: I’m constantly undecided about whether I’m more obsessed with tassels or pom poms, but blogger Sara Walk has put me firmly in the tassel camp after seeing her fab handmade tassel blanket. She also features some fantastic entertaining ideas that would liven up any party, like this sweet banner.

Mandi Gubler Instagram

@VintageRevivals: If handmade home decor is your thing, then you need to follow Mandi Gubler right this second because her feed is the DIY jackpot of all time. Looking to create a painted diamond focal wall or faux wallpaper? No problemo. You can even follow her adventures as she restores and decorates a vintage trailer that she fondly calls “The Nugget.”

Liz Marie Galvan Instagram

@LizMarieGalvan: If you’re looking for ideas for more substantial home decor pieces with a rustic bent, this feed will rock your world. Interior designer and blogger Liz Marie Galvan manages to put a creative DIY spin on just about everything in her home. Here’s the va-va-voom floor mirror project she whipped up one weekend, and this drool-worthy DIY coat rack I can’t stop staring at.

Who are your favorite DIY Instagrammers? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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With spring comes ample opportunity to garden, barbecue and just relax outside. But if you’re operating on a budget, a lavish outdoor space may not seem like an option. Cue repurposed shipping pallets! With a little creativity, plain shipping pallets can be transformed into gorgeous outdoor pieces at little to no cost. So break out the circular saw and bring the farmhouse style home this spring with these 7 DIY shipping pallet projects.

Tip: You can get free or almost free shipping pallets at recycling centers, small businesses and more! Just make sure you ask before you take.

Outdoor Pallet Seating
This project takes a little time, but it’s so worth it! Just imagine relaxing this spring on a stylish and comfortable bench that you made by hand. Learn how to make this rustic, repurposed outdoor seating >>>

Need more seating? Make adirondack chairs out of shipping pallets >>>

Succulent Garden Made out of Wood Pallets

Versatile Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves
This is one I’ve made for my own home! What’s great about these reclaimed-wood wall shelves is that they can be used for so many different purposes. I turned mine into an outdoor succulent planter and am making another to store all my handheld gardening tools. They’re perfect for indoors or out! Get the instructions from designer Ana White >>>

5 More Pallet Projects

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I was so inspired by all your DIY nightstand makeovers that I decided to take the plunge: I’m finally ready to give my bedroom dresser a fresh look. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Modern DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas - HGTV Design Blog

With cool midcentury legs and a modern shape, there’s a lot to love. Another bonus: The tall dresser was totally free to me, left behind in the attic by my home’s previous owners. The bad, though? It’s faded and cracked in a couple of places, and the previous user left helpful notes (gloves + mittens! socks + hose! ) in Sharpie on each drawer.

Needless to say, it’s time for a facelift. But what should I do? That, my friends, is the big question. Read on to see my top design options and pick your favorite.

SEE THE OPTIONS + CAST A VOTE

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It’s Friday! And you know what that means? It’s time for another #HGTVWeekend and new, fun projects to cross off our list! Last #HGTVWeekend, we planted an adorable bundt pan succulent garden and relaxed in our very own at-home bathroom spa. It was fabulous!

This weekend, don’t forget to change your clocks as we spring forward into (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. To honor this unofficial start of spring, the first March edition of #HGTVWeekend is focused on freshening up our homes and our daily routines for an effortless transition into this lovely new season.

If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), we want to hear from you! Tag your project photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And make sure to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!

What we’re doing with our extra hour of sunlight this weekend:

Cook This: DIY Natural Home Scents

Have you ever put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and came home to its delicious scent filling the entire house? For this project, HGTV Crafternoon’s Marianne Canada combines natural ingredients like grapefruit and sage in a slow cooker for incredible home scents made from grocery store basics.

How to Make These Scents, Plus More Fun Projects

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but tassels are kind of having a moment. They have been popping up on jewelry (loving this bracelet) and clothing (this tunic makes me pine for summer), but my favorite place to see these colorful accents is in the home. Ever since my friend Emily Henderson wrote about this gorgeous guest room, I have been obsessed with that bedding. I knew I had to figure out how to DIY them.

Make Your Own Embroidery Floss Tassels

Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to make colorful tassels out of inexpensive embroidery thread. Check out my video to learn the quick technique.

See How to Make DIY Tassels

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roller blind diy

Photo: Shade, Ikea; Gold Scotch Tape, Paper Source

When I told you all about my winter break clean and purge the other week, I mentioned small changes that make your home feel more designed and loved. I needed a few of those myself. My poor bedroom often gets the least love because, honestly, I can close the door on it. I’ve had roller shades up for quite a while just to keep the early morning sun out and to give privacy. They were not my favorite, but they did in a pinch. Besides, they were supposed to just be up until I decided what to do for window treatments.

Turns out that I didn’t decide on anything and have been living with bland shades for too long. I wanted to give the shades a quick makeover without spending too much money just in case I actually do get around to buying nice curtains. We’ve done lots of washi tape tutorials and thinking of those, I began scouring my tape collection. Luckily, I had this great gold tape left over from Christmas and in five minutes I had embellished shades for exactly $0. I made a very simple double-stripe that looks polished and fun. You could make as many stripes as you like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Decorative tape (I used a non-transparent gold but there are loads of options here)
  • Roller shade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Measure up about an inch from the bottom of your shade. Make small pencil mark at the inch mark at 4 or 5 spots across the shade. Start applying the tape following your marks, letting the tape hang over the edge of the blind a bit. Once it’s in place, carefully trim the ends off so that they’re flush with the blind. Measure again from the top of your tape at a height that you like (I chose another inch) and  make pencil marks across the shade again. Apply your next tape stripe and trim. I  stopped here, but if you want more stripes, just repeat until you get the look you like.

And voila! You have better looking shades than you did five minutes before. The best part is if you change your mind — or find a tape you like better — you can change up your look in a cinch.

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Jan Feb 2015 cover

Make this the year that you finally redecorate the living room, remodel the kitchen, or just spruce things up a bit. The January/February issue of HGTV Magazine can help you get started—it hits newsstands this Tuesday, January 6. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll find.

Four savvy design bloggers share how they style a space while still staying on budget. Plus we share online-only how-tos for DIY projects from each of their rooms.

purple room

Update idea: Remake a hand-me-down piece of furniture or snag an item from a local yard sale. Our clever editors took a used china cabinet and turn it into a display piece you’ll be excited to show off. We see many dinner parties coming your way in 2015!

china cabinet

To be among the first to know of new HGTV Magazine content, follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag, or become a subscriber and receive every new issue right to your door.

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You guys, it was SO FUN seeing your response to our last few videos. Whether it was pattern mixing, party planning, or gallery gazing, each video really seemed to make an impact. Judging by the awesome comments, it looks like you guys want to know more, and so over the next few weeks we will be breaking down some of the individual projects. First up: Remember this centerpiece?

Himmeli Ornaments on HGTV's Design Happens

This structural, modern showpiece is made up of Finnish himmeli ornaments. We used plastic drinking straws and yarn to create these simple shapes. Click through to watch the video and discover how simple it is to make your own.

Learn How to Make Himmeli Ornaments

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