There are always a few holidays that get discarded around my house when it comes to decorations. It’s not that I don’t adore the firework magic of the Fourth of July or the festive hearts around Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know how to decorate for Groundhogs Day if I had the time and energy. Some years I feel like the one holiday that doesn’t get enough appreciation is St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory toast and a green shirt seem to be the limit to our festivities in years past. But not this year! Nope, this year I am going to celebrate with a little St. Paddy’s Day dinner with my husband and toddler (so it’s going to be a real party up in here). To make the evening really fun, I wanted to create special place setting tags for my lucky guys and I am going to teach you how to make some of your own, too.
Usually I’m inspired by food when it comes to Mood Board Monday, but this week’s hue comes straight from my friend’s wardrobe and the runways: the military-style jacket. This certainly isn’t a transitional hue, so if you’re still hanging on tight to last season, well … it’s time to let go and embrace fall with deeper green tones. Tell me, what’s your favorite pairing with olive?
Woman + Dog | Kitchen| Embellishments | Olives | Living Room | Jacket | Entryway | Bruschetta | Books
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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. The Carrera backsplash is carried through to the countertops for a seamless look that brings a modern twist to this mostly traditional kitchen.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Tory D. is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine, a notebook and an HGTV black sun visor. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
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.)