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Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. How are you spending your extra day? Barbecuing with family and friends? Lounging poolside with a cold drink in hand? Digging your toes in the sand? No matter how you’re spending the day, I hope you have some R&R on the brain.

Mood Board Monday: Labor Day IdeasLounging | Cutlery | Sandwiches | Corn | Camper | Cupcake | Road Trip | Tart

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That’s it. Summer’s coming to an end. School supply sections are being ransacked. Pools are being abandoned. Boots are slowly being pulled out of the back of the closet. Use this long Labor Day weekend as a time to toast to the end of the season with fruity and refreshing libations. Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale shares her favorite end-of-summer cocktail recipes that are sure to send you into fall in good spirits.

End of Summer Sangria

Labor Day Cocktail Recipes

Ingredients

2 bottles dry white wine
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks (optional: use star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out patriotic shapes)

Directions

To make the simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher, and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.

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So, you’re throwing a “sayonara to summer” party this Labor Day weekend. You probably have ice, fruit and salsa ingredients on your list, but what about the key components like set-up, atmosphere and activities? It doesn’t need to be stressful and complicated, but there are a few essentials or extras (see: lounging poolside) to keep in mind before inviting friends and family over.

Dining: Places to Sit When You’re Not Being a Social Butterfly

Party-Ready Outdoor Space

Party-Ready Outdoor Space

Party-Ready Outdoor Spaces

MORE: 13 Party-Ready Outdoor Spaces

THROW THE PERFECT LABOR DAY PARTY

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Living in a rental is convenient; you have an on-call maintenance staff, landscaping is handled, amenities are included and, if you’re lucky, water isn’t an additional expense. I currently rent a downtown loft and since it’s in a historic building, my restrictions are a bit different. It’s difficult to make a “house” a home when you’re limited in what you can change. What if you despise the paint color but can’t paint? There are plenty of ways to make a temporary space, whether it’s an apartment or dorm room, feel settled.

Up-and-coming interior designers Allison Hennessy and Nick Olsen share their top tips for making a rental feel more homey, while still getting back your deposit in the end.

Add Bold Built-Ins

Easy Decorating Tips for Renters at HGTV's Design Blog

While some apartments come equipped with beautiful built-ins, others can be more lifeless. Olsen says: “To add intrigue and make the space feel like it was built just for you, add your own built-ins without damaging walls.” One way to do this, he advises, is by adding two tall bookshelves that reach to nearly the top of the ceiling on either side of a doorway. To make them pop, try painting them in a bold color, such as high-gloss black, burnt orange or Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald green.

Make Over Your Walls

Easy Decorating Tips for Renters at HGTV's Design Blog

Photo courtesy of WallPops by Brewster Home Fashions

“The simplest and least expensive way to enhance your rental’s architecture (or lack of) is by revamping the walls,” says Hennesey. One way to make over rental walls is with peel-and-stick wall art.

“As the wall decor isn’t permanent, it provides an opportunity to go bold. I particularly like stripes, especially for a foyer or hallway.  For a fun metallic accent to add to a space, I like WallPops by Jonathan Adler in a fresh grey, white and gold design.”

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I’ve never been a girly-girl, but I recently bought some white sheets to go with my all-white seersucker duvet and they have some sweet hot pink accents. It’s just the perfect amount of pink to add some femininity to the space without being like pink overload. But, I’ll admit, I’m on a pink kick. I swiped my card to SEVEN throw pillows the other night and three were pink. Eeep! What’s your take on this luscious hue? Use it in abundance, or steer clear completely?

Mood Board Monday: Hot PinkGraffiti Print | Beads | Runway | Flowers | Living Room | Print | Chair | Dining Room | Clutch

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There’s nothing quite like farmer’s market blueberries. I get a carton every Saturday and probably eat half the container before I make my first lap around the vendors. The hue is just as delectable as the taste, too. I know it’s still summer, but we can start thinking about fall a little bit. This is the perfect intro-to-fall color. It can be nice and rich, like the dress on the second row, or it can be mixed with lighter colors for a cooler feel, like the summery plaid dress on the bottom row. What’s your favorite way to incorporate this purple hue into your fashion or decor?

Mood Board Monday: BlueberryBlueberry Tarts | Picking Blueberries | Door | Dress | Sign | Gelato | Ice Cream | Yarn | Bracelet | Mini Pies

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Craving blueberries now? Grab a carton (or two) of fresh blueberries and try out some of these recipes from our sister site, HGTVGardens.com.

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I swore off lime green for more than a decade after an unfortunate bedroom design mishap from my youth. (Lots of ‘flower power’.) I’m starting to slowly integrate the fruity and luscious hue back into my life in small doses. Lime is such a strong color, so I prefer when it’s used alongside neutrals to tone it down a bit. What’s your take on lime? Love it, or leave it in the produce aisle?

Mood Board Monday: Lime GreenDining Room | Skirt | Front Door | Key Lime Bars | Garden | Ribbon | Headband | Flowers

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We get it. You love the Scott Brothers. We do, too! In fact, we can’t get enough of them, hence their newest competition show, Brother Vs. Brother. (But don’t worry, Property Brothers fans; they’re filming new episodes of PB as we speak.) The whole concept of Brother Vs. Brother was created because of Jonathan and Drew’s pure, competitive nature. Yes, they throw playful jabs back and forth, but they like to have fun on set, too. We heart them.

Reason #1: Jonathan’s Luscious Locks

Brother Vs. Brother Jonathan Scott

Reason #2: Drew Can Bust a Move

Brother Vs Brother Drew and Jonathan

Reason #3: Drew Has No Shame (And Nice Legs)

Brother Vs Brother Jonathan and Drew

Reason #4: They’re Dedicated to Music + the Arts

Brother Vs Brother Jonathan

Reason #5: Drew Proves “There’s No Crying in Remodeling’”

Brother Vs Brother Drew and Jonathan

Reason #6: Jonathan Practices (Beginner’s) Kung Fu

Brother Vs Brother Jonathan

Brother Vs. Brother fans, it’s time to test your knowledge. Can you guess who said these notable one-liners from the first three episodes? Play Along >>

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This season of HGTV Star has been a whirlwind! We’re already down to the final three designers, Brooks, Tiffany and Jeribai, one of whom will have their own HGTV show after Sunday night’s showdown. For this week’s final challenge, the designers are headed to Palm Springs, Calif. where they’ll each make over a huge suite in a resort hotel in just three days. Each designer will have their former competitors to call on, plus the guidance and expertise of our favorite brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott.

HGTV Star Season 8 Finale

Brooks Atwood, Host David Bromstad, Tiffany Brooks and Jeribai Tascoe for HGTV Star

Tune in this Sunday, July 21 at 8/7c for the finale of HGTV Star. And check out HGTV’s exclusive competition blog, HGTVersus, for behind-the-scenes info, exclusive video clips and more!

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