The time has come. My internship at HGTV is nearing an end. It’s been a crazy four months full of new challenges and opportunities, and as my days in the office grow fewer, I can’t help but think back on all of the amazing experiences I’ve had. Now, when I say “amazing experiences,” I’m talking about stuff I never would have had the chance to do if I hadn’t come here — stuff that only happens to most college interior design students in very good dreams. I could take you on a sappy walk down memory lane chronicling all good times I’ve had this semester, but instead, I’ve compiled a good old-fashioned list (because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love a good list?) of the absolute coolest things I’ve done. So, without further ado, I give you The Top Five Most Fabulous Experiences I’ve Had at HGTV.
1) Being Published: I got to do everything from writing for Design Happens to having my original paintings printed in the May issue of HGTV Magazine (check out the Mother’s Day Makeover article!). This internship gave me the opportunity to contribute in lots of different areas and showcase my skills beyond interior design.
2) Styling Marianne Canada’s Weekday Crafternoon Set: It’s not every day an intern gets to work on a set — let alone of a web show that actually gets taped and broadcast. Even rarer are the times when the opportunity to design and style the aforementioned set is handed to an intern on a silver platter. The project turned out beautifully, and it is one of my proudest accomplishments thus far as a designer.
3) Living it up in New York City: When most twenty-two year olds head to NYC for any measurable amount of time, the trip usually involves things like cockroaches, cramped apartments and dollar pizza night deals. When I went to New York with HGTV, not only did I get a peek inside of cool firms like G+G, Beanstalk and Design Works International, which all work with the company in different ways, but I also stayed in a big, beautiful hotel room at the Sofitel and ate the most delicious meal I’ve ever had — no exaggeration — at Butter, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant, right around the corner. Intern for the win!
4) Working on the HGTV HOME Showroom for the Highpoint Furniture Show: Have you ever wondered what it takes to make something look really, really good? Whether it’s a store window or a street fair, we usually arrive when everything is beautiful, finished, and ready to be enjoyed. Working here showed me just how much has to happen behind-the-scenes to make it all come together. This includes but is not limited to painting, heavy lifting, late nights, cold showrooms, and working with a whole bunch of really cool people.
5) Chillin’ with Nancy Fire, Matt Muenster and Vern Yip: Meeting celebrities of the design world is always pretty awesome for someone in my profession, but the fact that all three of them were insanely kind, gracious and willing to answer the million questions I asked made meeting Nancy, Matt and Vern unforgettable.
The truth is, I got very lucky with the opportunity to intern at HGTV, and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped make the amazing things on my list happen. But, when you think about it, that’s what all of us do here. We make things happen. Whether it’s empowering you to take on a trend, or try a bold new paint color, or buy those crazy cool chairs you’ve always wanted but never thought you could pull off. That’s our job, and it pretty much sums up the last four months of my life — whether it was meeting a tight deadline, convincing a client to believe in a project, or simply writing a little something that people wanted to read. HGTV taught me to make things happen.
Congratulations to this month’s random winner, NotWaving! Check back next month for another great giveaway.
On the first warm days of spring, I always look around my home and think “Who picked out all this stuff?”After staring at the same sofa, pillows, blankets and window treatments all winter long, I’m ready for a change that won’t break my budget. That’s the beauty of slipcovers: They’re an inexpensive way to refresh and renew your home decor with fresh colors and patterns for the new season. Can you believe these armchairs are slipcovered?
That’s why we’ve partnered with online slipcover retailer SureFit to give one lucky reader their own home makeover this spring. Read on for more details, and to enter for a chance to win.
UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who told us what they really want in a dream kitchen.
No this isn’t the silly party game where you’re asked to pick the lesser of two evils from a ridiculous scenario all in the name of an easy laugh. This is HGTV Magazine picking your brain about what matters most to you in your kitchen.
First you told us what features would be in your dream home, and now we want to learn more. HGTV Magazine asks you to make a choice from each of the groups below. If you had to choose, would you rather have an electric or a gas stovetop? What about hardwoods or tile floors? Your answers will help us with an upcoming story, so speak up, we’re listening!
From the following categories, which would you rather have in your kitchen? Choose one from each pair.
The first rule of real estate is location, location, location — but what happens when a buyer’s only option in the right location is a house with horrible design and a clunky layout? Renovation, design and real estate pros Joanna and Chip Gaines say buy it — then fix it! Fixer Upper is the Texas couple’s new show coming to HGTV Thursday, April 24, at 11pm/10c. The network is excited to have their expertise on television — and, HGTV.com is thrilled to have Joanna as our newest guest editor. Welcome, Joanna!
As with last quarter’s guest editor, Nancy Fire, Joanna will be bringing her fun, expert commentary to Design Happens, adding insight to 2014 design and home remodeling trends throughout HGTV.com, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there.
For you to get to know a little more about HGTV’s new star and our guest editor, we recently interviewed Joanna.
Here at HGTV, everyone is always talking about how awesome the “network talent” is. If, like me, you aren’t fluent in the language of production, “network talent” equals the stars you see on TV. Seriously though, it feels like every single person I encounter at the office has some story about the time they met Vern Yip or Sabrina Soto and they were “so nice and down to earth!” Well my friends, as of a recent shoot for HGTV Magazine, I am officially among those who can confirm that our “network talent” is pretty amazing. I had the chance to spend a few hours with Matt Muenster, star of DIY Network’s and HGTV’s Bath Crashers, and let me tell you, he totally lived up to the hype.
I’m famous for leaving interesting first impressions, and Matt was no exception. The night before the photo shoot, I went home early with a nasty cold, so he and my supervisor, Carol, figured I’d sleep all day and left the hotel without me the next morning. When I arrived downstairs at 8am dressed and ready to go, they had to turn around to get me. I hopped in the back of our rental car embarrassed, congested and a little afraid the celebrity in the passenger’s seat might be displeased about the detour. Instead of giving me a piece of his mind, however, he looked over his shoulder through his aviator shades and excitedly said, “You’re alive!”
We arrived on set and there was still a lot of prep work to be done, so we had plenty of time to sit around and get to know each other before the camera started flashing. I learned that Matt went to school at the University of Wisconsin and studied interior design (which is awesome because I go to the University of Cincinnati for the same thing). I then made the mistake of calling him “Matthew” — a mistake because it’s not his real name — the birth certificate clearly says “Matt.” Furthermore, his middle name is “J.” Not “Jay.” It’s “J.” He also has a brother named Andy. You guessed it. Just “Andy.”
All morning, Matt was full of jokes and was extremely low maintenance. The guy felt like everybody’s best friend. He was laughing all the time and disarming everyone with his big, genuine smile. He said, “I’m only here for a few hours, so I might as well be nice and have fun.” Though it was a total diva-free zone, he still had to get primped and polished by Lisa, the makeup artist. It was astounding how much time it took to get people camera-ready. Matt had to take what felt like a million pictures, with the photographer actually yelling things like “Work it! Make me love you!” Apparently those lines aren’t just reserved for movies. When it was all said and done, he still somehow found energy to take several goofball portraits with me.
At the end of the shoot, Carol, Matt and I hopped in the rental car and started the long drive back to the Philadelphia Airport, but before arriving, Matt admitted he had never had a real Philly Cheese-steak. Blasphemy. We ended up in downtown Philadelphia at Jim’s Steaks, we all ordered “a steak with whiz” (i.e. a giant bun, chopped steak and cheese-wiz), and though we were a little skeptical at first, it was so worth it. As Carol fiddled with the ATM machine inside after lunch, Matt and I jogged around on the sidewalk, laughing and taking pictures of the colorful store window displays on the street. With our bellies full, we made it to the airport, hugged our goodbyes and headed for security. He walked off to his gate waving and smiling like he was parting ways with an old friend. I waved and smiled back as I thought to myself, “Matt J. Muenster is one cool dude.”
It’s no surprise that here at HGTV Magazine, we’re all about makeovers. You’ll find stories like ways to flip a flea market find, redo a tired room, or completely remodel a home in every single issue.
This time, we’re thinking even bigger! HGTV Magazine is searching for a group of 4-5 neighbors who live on the same block and need some curb-appeal attention.
Upload photos, tell us about your group, and even help choose the design style inspiration! If your group is chosen, you’ll be featured in an upcoming issue. Find all the details and enter at hgtv.com/makeovermyblock. But, hurry! Opportunities for submissions end March 11, 2014.
Come on in while you wait. We’re sharing 61 fabulous front door ideas that greet guests in style.
Mr. Color Splash himself is teaming up with HGTV Magazine to be your personal color consultant.
Confused about paint colors? Not sure what shades work best in what rooms? Ask us your most pressing color questions — from finding the most versatile gray to the best blue for a bedroom — or send us pics of your problem spots, and we’ll have HGTV’s resident color expert, David Bromstad, offer his advice in an upcoming issue!
Submit all questions to email@example.com with the subject line Color Question for a chance to have your answer appear in an upcoming issue. ONLY questions received via email will be considered. Must include full name and hometown.
Congratulations to our winner, Aparna! Check back on February 7 for another great giveaway.
January is all about getting a fresh start. Since you’re likely to be cooped up inside for another month or two, it’s also a perfect time to brighten up your decor. Wallpaper has been making a comeback for several years now, and for good reason: It’s a great way to personalize your space with vibrant patterns, like the hand-printed wallpaper designs from Kimberly Lewis Home.
This month, we’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win two rolls of Kimberly’s gorgeous wallpaper! Love our January Color of the Month? Check out these vibrant patterns featuring cheerful Lemon Zest:
My personal favorite? The blue, green and gray “Beverly” print. It was inspired by the fabric of a vintage dress!
To enter for a chance to win two rolls of your favorite wallpaper from Kimberly Lewis Home, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your favorite way to brighten your home during the winter months?
Due to the handmade nature of this product, please allow for 4-6 weeks for printing.
UPDATE: This poll is now closed (nearly 45,000 votes later!), but check out the final tally below. We’re not surprised to see open floor plan top the list, but some other features were more important to you than we anticipated!
Let’s say you’re moving tomorrow. Your new home is 2,300 square feet (the median size in the U.S ) and has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. But what other features would be important in your dream home? Choose your top five from the list below.
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