Mother’s Day is almost here, and we’ve been scheming up gift ideas here at HGTV.com for months now. One of my favorites? This drop-dead gorgeous lilac bouquet. The lilacs and French lavender pair perfectly with the bright-green lady’s mantle, and the vintage pitcher makes it sweet and classic. (Like my mom!) But don’t confine apple green and lavender to a vase: the combination looks just as fresh in this little girl’s room designed by Jennifer Duneier.
Girl’s Bedroom :: Lilac Flower Arrangement
Whether for mothers or daughters, this classic combo has serious staying power. Have you tried it in your home?
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
Is your city or town littered with abandoned storefronts (while new ones are being built every day)? I’m not even a “green” person and this kind of thing drives me nuts. Why can’t retailers take over an already-established storefront now and then?
I got on that soapbox to provide insight as to why this story from Slate Magazine thrilled me. An abandoned Walmart storefront in McAllen, Texas has recently been refurbished into an award-winning public library.
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This week, I – along with a couple of other editors - have traveled from Knoxville to New York City for ICFF, where there are rows and rows of contemporary furnishings to drool over. Aside from seeing a lot of up-and-coming trends, we got to meet with designer Jonathan Adler at the Kohler “We Love Color” press event. We got to speak with him briefly and check out his colorful sinks he designed for Kohler. But what caught my eye the most were the bathtub benches he specifically designed just for the event.
The Piccadilly Yellow color, one of four special edition colors, really popped, and the anchor pillow paired with the other patterned pillows made the bench the center of attention – aside from Jonathan, of course.
Pictured (L to R): Farima Alavi, Kayla Kitts, Jonathan Adler, Liz Gray, Briana Mowrey
It was a blast to get a sneak peek at the kitchen and bathroom sink colors. I think it’s safe to say it was the highlight of ICFF.
I think today’s delight speaks for itself – adorable. The miniature bike plants by Wearable Planter is a small way (literally) that you can go green. The planter attaches to your bike with an elastic nylon cord and is made with 3D printing so it’s kind of like having a planter from the future!
And they don’t just have planters for your bike – they have plants you can wear around your neck, on your handbag and even on your clothing. I always wondered what it would be like to be a walking garden.
I don’t know about your furry friend, but my Yorkie loves being outside when the weather gets warmer. I worry about her getting heat exhaustion though — so while shopping around for a cute little doghouse, I ran across these sustainable doghouses by Sustainable Pet Design. This doghouse barn features a green roof, so the pet-friendly design also helps the environment. Sustainable Pet Design ships their doghouses along with drainage material, filter fabric, soil mix and a list of native plants in your region. Now all you need to get are some cute overalls and a straw hat for your dog, and he’ll fit right in this barn!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today, skip the green beer and serve creamy, satisfying Irish coffee instead. (Bonus: It pairs better with green cupcakes.)
Irish Coffee. Yum!
The most popular version of the drink — black coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and lightly-whipped cream — first appeared at a west Ireland airport, when a chef served a group of passengers the warm concoction on a cold, dreary winter night. But it’s been an American fixture since 1952, when San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe added it to the menu. To date, the restaurant says it’s served more than 30 million Irish coffees. That’s a lot of whiskey!
If you’ve never tried this Irish-American classic, stir one up tonight. Get the full recipe here >>
Can you believe it’s November? Every year I psych myself up to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for the initiated, but even though I start with the best of intentions, the month always gets away from me. I don’t blame it on my talent or general stick-to-itivness, of course. Clearly the problem is my lack of a functional writing space. A room of one’s own, if you will. Or at least a desk of one’s own. Like this breathtaking vintage leather top desk from 1stdibs.
This classy-yet-sassy little number is a French piece from the 1970s that still has the original leather top and brass detail. It’s been lacquered a delicious kelly green, and is straight from a Beverly Hills estate. Quite a history, no? If this desk could talk! I’m certain the desk’s interesting pedigree would inspire me to write an equally interesting novel while sitting at it. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Tell me in the comments! (Maybe we’ll all find writing buddies there.)
While lime is HGTV’s Color of the Month for July, its deeper, darker cousin — emerald green — is the rising “it” color. Where fashion goes, home decor soon follows, and last year emerald green kept popping up on runways. Now, it’s trending in interior design portfolios. This jewel-tone provides a rich backdrop and a touch of elegant sophistication when used for accessorizing. I hope you like some of my favorite luxe emerald green rooms that are sure to inspire.
Emerald green furnishings, combined with the screens, chandelier and moldings, take this living room “pinned” on Pinterest from stuffy to lively. My favorite element is the patchwork rug that has been dyed to bring the varying shades of green together in this space.
Coastal Living :: Photographer Lisa Romerein
For a fresh coastal mix bring emerald green pieces together with turquoise accessories. This room featured in Coastal Living is light, airy and perfect for the summer season in a refreshing color palette.
Lonny :: Interior Designer Miles Redd
For a rich look, go with your favorite shade of emerald and place it on the walls. Designer Miles Redd shows that this hue is a beautiful backdrop for a room with a mix of colors and pattern.
There are certain colors that pack more than visual appeal. They also evoke powerfully strong (and hopefully positive) sense memories that further our desire to include that color in our home. Some hues easily achieve this status because they also connect to a readily identifiable taste or scent. Others because they are associated with life events. We think you’ll agree, our July Color of the Month makes for a delicious and refreshing experience, whether you taste it, drink it, smell it or simply lay eyes on it. Check out our favorite indoor and outdoor decor finds that sport this color (it’s July, after all!), plus three inspirational rooms. Then let us know, what happy memory does this hue bring up for you, and how do you (or will you) incorporate it in your home? I’ve included my answers in the comments at the end. We hope you will, too!
These recycled (or rather upcycled) tire pots I spotted on a blog dedicated to repurposed goods caught my eye. I love the different tread patterns and the way succulents look in them. When empty, they make light weight, durable storage containers. (And cute hats!)
Sold by UBeauty, the pots are made in Pakistan from 100% recycled tires in accordance with the “Certified for Compliance of Ethical Trading Initiative.” The small workshop where they are manufactured used to be a leather-crafting shop but had gone out of business. Using traditional methods, the craftsmen now make a living producing these vessels and containers.
How would you use them? For storage? Or for indoor or outdoor container gardens?
Tell us in the comments below.