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Happy Fat Tuesday! Tonight, the real Bourbon Street will be overflowing with Mardi Gras revelers hungry for beads, Hurricanes and King Cake.

Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Photo by Cosmo Condina; courtesy of NewOrleansOnline.com

But we found another place where Mardi Gras beads are commonplace: a Pennsylvania basement?! Homeowners Penny and Tony needed more than a pot of gumbo to recreate their weekends in New Orleans. They needed a 3-story, 2,000-square-foot basement replica of Bourbon Street, complete with their own bar, stage and balcony. Now, they can say  “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” 365 days a year. Take a tour now:

What do you think? Would you like a built-in Bourbon Street for your very own zydeco band, or do you prefer to visit the real thing? 

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Ahh, Valentine’s Day. Most people fall in one of two camps regarding all that is February 14:  head-over-heels for the holiday or totally against it.

I definitely fall in camp number one, but even haters can appreciate that heart-shaped things are ridiculously adorable (Did you see Briana’s conversation heart soaps and Kim’s heart-shaped printables?). Celebrate the holiday (or just bask in the cuteness) with one of these creative (and in some cases, delicious) ways to say I <3 You. Which is your favorite?

Heart Interior Design Ideas

Clockwise, from top left:  Striped heart pillow,  JCPenny; Love portrait, room design by Elliott Kaufman; U Complete Me iron-on decals, Creature Comforts blog

Heart Shaped Foods

Clockwise, from top left:  Valentine’s egg in the basket, Petite Kitchenesse;  Heart-shaped whipped cream,  Bellaimento; Conversation heart cheesecakes, Hungry Happenings;  Valentine’s milk and cookies, Cookies and Cups

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Products

Clockwise, from top left: Heart-shaped paperclips from Design*Sponge;  Pizza My Heart card from BettyTurbo; Recycled heart garland from bookity; DIY elbow patch from Honestly…WTF;  Heart-shaped balloons from Mignon Kitchen Co.;   Apple art print from MarianneLoMonaco

Get more Valentine’s Day inspiration from HGTV’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.

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I feel like conversation hearts are the candy corn of Valentine’s Day, if you will. They’re this confection that’s become emblematic for a holiday through longevity, even though they’re actually kinda divisive. People seem to either love them or hate them. That said, I think candy corn and conversation hearts do have at least one thing going for them that we can all agree on, and that is style. Like these charming conversation heart soaps from SoStinkingSweet on Etsy.

conversation heart soap

These would make cute gifts — you know everyone else is just going the chocolate or flowers route — or a fun little holiday accent in a powder room. And they’re emblazoned with some classic romantic phrases. None of this newfangled “Tweet Me” business, thankyouverymuch!

BONUS: Feeling crafty? Try your hand at this conversation heart banner. It’d be a fab way to show your mantel a little love.

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Merry Christmas, design lovers! Did Santa visit your house last night? I got some lovely gifts, but my favorite present (that I coincidentally both gave AND received!) is a mini Yee-Haw Industries 2012 calendar.
yeehaw industries calendar

These cute letterpress critters bring a smile to my face, and remind me of visiting my lovely coworkers at HGTV HQ in Knoxville (where Yee-Haw Industries is also based). The mini calendars are perfect for a desk or cubicle, but I also like the rustic charm of this large-format calendar. We’ll be ringing in 2012 before you know it, so I love being prepared to greet the new year stylishly.

How about you? What was your favorite Christmas present this year?

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Other than having the best cookies and milk (and a super-chic cookie plate), what’s the best way to make sure Santa stops by tonight? It’s today’s final handmade holiday idea: a candle-lit runway.

Christmas Eve Santa Runway

To make, set votive candles atop rock salt “snow” in glass jars or hurricanes. Then line them up on your steps alongside some greenery and wait for the man in red. (While you wait, why not take a virtual tour of our favorite decked-out holiday homes?) Happy Christmas!

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On the sixth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…SIX GEESE-A-LAYING! (And: FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS, FOUR CALLING BIRDSTHREE FRENCH HENSTWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)

goose and egg inspired products

Top row, left to right: Scandinavian Turned Teak Wood Goose, Geese in Flight Blue Hand Printed Rustic Hessian Cushion Burlap PillowCeramic Geese Measuring SpoonsFirst Nations Feast Ladle with Bird Effigy. Middle row, left to right: 1960s Mod Geese Vinyl Ice Bucket with Matching Acrylic TrayFeathered Flying Geese Throw-Size QuiltBright White Egg Planter, Gold Egg Bank. Bottom row, left to right: Bird Eggs 5 Upcycled Recycled Vintage Book Page Art PrintMagic Egg Yolk CandlesArne Jacobsen Egg ChairNaturofantastic-Egg Cup (Golden).

I grew up in Bucks County, PA — a favorite destination for Canada Geese — so I consider myself to be a bit of a goose expert. Here’s what I know: They fly in a V-formation, make loud honking noises, poop everywhere and one is featured in the Wawa logo. If it sounds like I’m “negging” geese a little, it’s just because I’m so used to them in real life that I often take them for granted. Thankfully these goose-and-egg-inspired designs make me appreciate them a little more. They run the gamut from silly to elegant, much like the birds themselves.

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Christmas decorating is in full swing here, and we can’t stop hanging garland in every corner of our home. Perhaps it’s because we love this season so much, but I think it also has to do with the fact that last year? Last year we only had a ladder to decorate, as our renovation home was hardly liveable.

Needless to say, our first Christmas in our newly renovated home will be a memorable one indeed. And just to kick the season off right, we’re popping in to share a super holiday DIY (holi-DIY?) we just finished moments ago!

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

Our plywood stockings!

After searching high and low for our dream stockings, we couldn’t find anything that quite reflected the Scandinavian aesthetic we love so much. So, of course, we put on our designer hats and created something ourselves. Introducing: our plywood stockings!

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

So festive, yes?

The project was super fun to create and we’re thrilled with how the plywood warms up our white mantle. Even better? The boxes on each stocking are magnetic, so you can easily remove them to stuff goodies inside, or this could be an excellent advent calendar for a daily treat! Want to give it a go in your own home? Instructions below:

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

Complete with removable boxes for Christmas surprises!

1. Create a template for your stocking out of cardboard. I like long, skinny stockings, but get creative here! Next, trace the cardboard template onto plywood and cut each stocking with a jig saw.

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

Our cardboard template

2. To create the removable magnetic box, use a rotary tool to cut out a space for a super-strength rare earth magnet (this is key, as the magnet will need to be very, very durable) on both the stocking and box.

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Time to hide those magnets!

3. Use a super-strength glue (I love Gorilla Glue) to adhere the magnet into the space you’ve carved out of the stocking and box. Use sparingly, as this glue expands. Let dry overnight.

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

Super magnet action over here!

4. Finally, center and secure the L bracket to your plywood stocking for hanging. We pilot drilled with just one screw so the stocking can hang at a natural angle.

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

One screw does the trick.

5. Admire, and fill that box with something special for your loved ones!

Christmas DIY- Erin Loechner

The big reveal, waiting for their boxes until Christmas Eve!

What do you think, friends? Are you up for giving it a go? And how sweet would it be to wood-burn your family’s initials on each stocking box? Go forth and craft away!

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I think it’s ideal to decorate for the holidays in a way that that’s still true to your personal style. If you live in a beach house or dig coastal decor, I’ve found just the thing for you!

driftwood christmas tree

This painted driftwood Christmas tree from Decor8 is the perfect marriage of organic materials and inventive design. The geometric patterns give it a casually-festive feel, and once you get materials from a craft store, it couldn’t be easier to DIY at home. After you paint the wood and let it dry, you can mount it on a board or hang on the wall as is. (Although, perhaps a starfish or sand dollar might be a more appropriate tree-topper, no?)

 

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I’ve got nothing against candy canes. They make great inexpensive holiday decor, and then when you’re finished with them, you can eat them, or possibly use one as a swizzle stick in a mug of hot cocoa. It’s just that they’re so…expected. Which is precisely why I like this “candy cane” deer antler.

candy cane deer antler

This piece takes the classic color combo and look of the candy cane and applies it to something out of the ordinary. Not to mention, there’s the subtle nod to Christmas and reindeer, too. It’s too bad there’s only one from the Etsy seller, MayaJadeCreations, because I think she could make a mint with these. (Wink!)

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Lots of people seem to be opting (ha) for fiber optic Christmas trees this year. I totally understand the appeal. Why deal with the hassle of untangling a rat king of cords when there are “pre-lit” trees to be had? However, it seems like the majority of these fiber optic trees are going for realism, when in my head, I see those colorful little wands I used to beg for in theme parks. This tree in Beijing embraces the technology and runs with that design.

fiber optic tree

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It may be monochromatic, but the way it sparkles and glows gives it dimension. I think I could be persuaded to skip our traditional tree for at least one year if something like this ever came on the market.

What’s your Christmas tree style? Live with bulb lights? Artificial? Fiber optic? Tell us in the comments!

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I think sometimes the prettiest Christmas decorations don’t come in the traditional red and green. Breaking out of the usual holiday palette makes decor feel fresh and unique. These neon acrylic Christmas trees from Art Style Innovation are unexpected, and would be so much fun on an entryway table or a mantel.

acrylic trees

The sleek shape and polished corners really glam up the room. Plus, if you’ve picked a whimsical color scheme for your tree, these tiny tabletop pines would be a perfect way to pick up the colors in other parts of the room. Call me crazy, but I almost wish they made life-size versions of these. No pine needle clean-up necessary!

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I haven’t even started thinking about doing my holiday gift shopping yet, but I’m not worried because along with our own excellent gift guide on HGTV.com, I’ve got an ace up my sleeve. That ace is called Svpply. If you’re not already familiar with it, think of Svpply like Pinterest, but for products. It’s tempting to call it a “social shopping site,” although I think the better way to describe it is a “retail bookmarking and recommendations” site with a clean, minimalistic design. You create an account, and drag the “Buy Later” bookmarklet into your browser’s toolbar. Now when you search the shopping sites you love and spot something you want to remember, you can click the “Buy Later” button, briefly describe the item, and it gets clipped and saved to your Svpply.

svpply

This is handy enough, but there’s also a social element. You can follow friends, stores, or even strangers with great taste, to see which products they’ve added to their accounts. Not to mention that there are features that allow you to see the trending products across the site and Svpply’s own Editor’s Pick. Best of all for this time of year are the gift guides, broken down by price point and type of product, and the new ability to make a set of items (like a Pinboard) — say, “In-Law Gift Ideas” — and either keep the set private (good if the people you’re shopping for are also on Svpply) or mark it public to share with other users (like I plan to do with my own wish list, hint hint). Svpply’s always been handy for my Daily Delight design spotting, but I think it might just make me the best Secret Santa of all time.

Are you on Svpply, or are you planning to join? If so, leave your user name in the comments! Happy gift hunting, all.

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Around this time last year, Hanukkah was just starting, and though it falls a bit later this year (December 20-28), it’s never too early to get a jump on the holidays. This Jonathan Adler peacock menorah is a modern way to display the Festival of Lights.

modern menorah

It’s definitely non-traditional, but a clever play on the shape of the typical menorah, with the elevated extra light (the shamash) lining up with the peacock’s head. I can imagine lingering around the candles on this beautiful bird. With lots of latkes and applesauce, please.

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I just got an email from the store Plasticland, and its subject line sums up my plans for the day: “Deck the halls and avoid the malls!” Christmas music was already all over the radio on Wednesday when we made the drive from NYC to my mother’s house in South Jersey. Now, fueled by leftovers and some great ideas from the new issue of Sweet Paul Magazine — like these Scotty Dog Ornaments — the decorating begins.

scotty dog ornaments

Photo: Dana Gallagher

As much as I love some of the old ornaments we’ve collected for sentimental reasons, the idea of making ornaments fills me with the holiday spirit. Plus, these cute canines couldn’t be easier to craft. All you need is tartan fabric, card stock, glue, scissors and some string. I doubt we’ll want to neglect all the old ornaments entirely, so I’m thinking these doggies will get their own tree — a smaller one that we’ll keep in the bedroom. (Another perfect second tree perch? The porch.)

Perhaps this is the start of an all-new tradition! Or maybe I’m just mad for plaid

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Happy Thanksgiving, design fans! I spotted today’s find while browsing yet more last-minute side dish ideas in the November issue of our sister publication, Food Network Magazine. How impressive that amidst all the lush recipes and food photography (S’more Pie! Alton Brown’s Popovers!), they still managed to fit in some lovely rustic goodies for your tabletop, like these Log Salt & Pepper Shakers from Old Faithful Shop.

log salt and pepper shakers

Our tablescape will be a bit more gilded and high-glam this year, but I think it’s nice to mix in some forest elements as a subtle nod to what early Thanksgivings must have been like. And these little acacia shakers are so clever. They really do look like logs! They’re the perfect way to add seasonings to the season.

What are you most thankful for today? Tell us in the comments!

 

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The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun! I’m still doing some last-minute menu planning (brussels sprouts with bacon or green beans with lemon and garlic?), but I think everything’s settled on the table and decor front. Or, I thought it was until I came across this French Paper Wreath featuring a Thanksgiving turkey.

thanksgiving wreath

Drat! This would have been perfect to hang in the dining room where we’ll be feasting. Seasonal, but not too predictable. Traditional, but not too stuffy. And book lovers need not worry. The seller says the pages only come from old books with broken spines. Oh well. I’ll have to order it for next year, and give thanks for Pinterest and Etsy in the meantime.

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Happy Halloween, design lovers! I couldn’t get my act together this year, so no costume for me, but perhaps an evening of spooky TV shows and movies is in order. Top of the list? My ’90s favorite, The X-Files, as inspired by the out-of-this-world UFO room of Sweden’s Treehotel in Harads, near the Lule River.

ufo room

Each treehouse room of Treehotel has a unique look and theme, but I especially appreciate the eerie shape and spotlight of The UFO against the tall forest trees. (Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it looks oddly familiar. Exhibit A: Fox Mulder’s iconic poster.) Gorgeous other-worldly design and man-made creature comforts in the middle of nature? Is Treehotel too good to be true? As the X-Files’ title sequence famously stated, “The truth is out there.”

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I know it’s not yet Halloween, but I’m already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s the way retail stores condition us to rush from one holiday to the next, or maybe it’s just the thought of my mom’s yum-azing pumpkin pie. Whatever it is, it made this classy Pear Branch Serving Tray from Vagabond House jump out at me.

pear tray

The rich, glowing wood is a perfect contrast to the pewter pears. It’s all so very harvest-appropriate! I’d love to see the bounty my mom would surely put on it. Perhaps I can get the rest of the family to chip in for it as a kind of hostess gift to her. It’s a luxury item, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for that pie.

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Call me old-fashioned, but I never thought of Halloween as a very mantel-y holiday. Christmas, natch. New Year’s Eve, or perhaps a romantic Valentine’s Day, sure. But Halloween? Not so much, until I saw this darling fireplace on Blue Eyed Yonder.

halloween mantel

I see my new favorite Halloween element, silhouettes, in a prominent place, and the bunting is bang on-trend, too. But filling the fireplace up with wood is an especially nifty trick that turns the whole thing into a real treat for me.

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Is it just me, or do balloons seem to be having another renaissance these days? I keep spotting happy helium-inspired objects everywhere. First there were the balloon dog bookends, then groovy balloon lights on Design Milk, stunning marbleized balloons in the new issue of House Beautiful, and balloon ice cream cones and today’s delight — these Halloween-ready spiderweb balloons — on Pinterest.

spiderweb balloons

Apparently, the web effect is created with just a few pumps of Hi-Float, and the spider is one of those rubber or plastic spiders you see a lot this time of year. (Get the instructions here.) Despite my paralyzing arachnophobia, these balloons really appeal to me. How do you plan to decorate for Halloween?

 

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