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Interior designer Holly Holden is an expert in old-school design. For more than 25 years, she has been creating pretty, classic and tailored spaces for clients around the world. Then two years ago, her daughter, Alexandra, asked her: “How do I furnish my new house to look like a ‘big girl’ house?” Holly knew this question required more than just a simple answer; it elicited lists, tips and design advice “peppered with words like ‘pretty’, ‘proper’, ‘polished’, ‘refined’ and ‘well-proportioned’,” she said.

Now, after years of compiling examples, photographs and time-tested advice, Holly has created the handbook for creating an authentic living space, The Pretty and Proper Living Room. Here, Holly guides readers through the subtle qualities of creating this type of space while sharing the must-know no-no’s.

The Pretty and Proper Living Room Holly Holden

“Classic interior design, like good manners, never goes out of style,” Holly says.

The Pretty and Proper Living Room Holly Holden

This living room’s theme: elegant European refinement; old meets new and East meets West.

I spoke to Holly this week about her new book and her love of traditional design. Here’s what she had to say.

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: Have you always been drawn to classic, traditional design? What makes this style so appealing to you as a designer?

Holly Holden: I was introduced to this type of design by my parents from day one, so on a personal level it is familiar and comforting to me. Speaking more objectively, this style of design is elegant and inviting. The finished product is a room that is memorable, but also comfortable — a room that guests do not want to leave! Additionally, there is a timelessness to this style of decorating, both in the sense that it has stood the test of time and in the sense that it is not going to fall out of fashion in the future.

OUR INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY HOLDEN

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Congratulations to Faye B., who says “My eleven-year-old Cairn is my rehab coach. He walks ahead of me on his leash and makes a soft bark as I work to keep up. He inspires me to keep trying after my heart surgery!” Faye will win a pet-themed pillow of her choice. Check back on September 21 for a special Halloween-themed giveaway.

Fall is (unofficially) here, and that means it’s time to cozy up on the couch. I know I’m ready to settle in with my Corgi-bulldog mix puppy Miles for movie marathons and fall TV premieres. Even if your four-pawed friend isn’t actually allowed on the couch during said marathons, you can add your favorite breed’s likeness to the sofa with this month’s giveaway from adorable pillow purveyor Studio 773 by Eastern Accents. One lucky Design Happens reader will win a dog-embellished pillow!

Dog Pillows From Studio 773

Whether you have a Bichon Frise like Camille’s pups or a regal Beagle like Marianne, your friend will know he or she is 100 percent a part of the family.  The winning reader will get to choose one pillow of their choice.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This month’s question: Do you have a pet? What’s your favorite memory of your dog or cat?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on September 6, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: up to $184. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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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.

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Party-Ready Outdoor Space

Party-Ready Outdoor Space

Party-Ready Outdoor Spaces

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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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