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I’ve got a real treat for you today. We’ve been in San Francisco for the past few days taking in the beauty of the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, one of the top show homes in the country. The showcase brings together some of the top names in design from the Bay Area each year to transform a stately home in the Presidio Heights neighborhood.

This year’s home was designed by architect Julia Morgan, who is best known for the legendary Hearst Castle, home of William Randolph Hearst. Thirty-eight different designers and countless vendors transformed 28 rooms and spaces within the 98-year-old, 9,758-square-foot, Elizabethan-style home, and each designer worked to honor Morgan’s brilliance and pioneering efforts through their designs.

Now for the good stuff …

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen

The kitchen, designed by Navarra Design, is every home chef’s dream: a chocolate La Cornue Chateau oven, an expansive quartzite-topped island, a family gathering space and a copper dune marble-topped breakfast table … with a view of the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entry

The entryway, designed by Candace Barnes is a study on geometrics, a nod to Julia Morgan’s use of geometry and hand-drawn architecture sketches. Pyramidal details are incorporated throughout the space — in the stunning chandelier, graphic artwork, the bronze table base and the nailhead trim on the stair runner.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Salon

Inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, the master salon, by Tineke Triggs, celebrates feminism and fashion with its Art Deco sensibilities and soft, curvy lines. The crown jewel of the room — almost literally — is the tiara-inspired light that appears to rest on the head of the model featured in the artwork.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Music Room

The showcase home is owned by a family with 8-year-old twins — a son and a daughter, and Allison Caccoma created a space for music rehearsal, art and play just for the pair. A lacquered orange art table pops against the blue suede-covered walls to make the space feel alive.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Pent Room

Design by Jeff Schlarb, Photo by David Duncan Livingston

For the adults, Jeff Schlarb of Green Couch Interior Design created the “Pent Room,” a space for gathering, gaming, entertaining and relaxing. Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, he chose a rich wine color as a theme and worked it in to every detail of the space, from the walls, to the rug to the billiards set on the pool table.

We will have lots more to share from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase after we get home, but you can get more sneak peeks by checking out our #hgtvinsf page on Instagram. If that’s not enough, take a spin through last year’s showcase home below.

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Spring has officially sprung, the temperatures are inching upward, the kids are on Spring Break and I’ve been dreaming about vacation for the past few days. Unfortunately (dear bosses: that was a typo), I’ve been stuck at my desk at the office while it seems like the rest of the world is out playing, so the vacationing will have to stay in my head for another month or so. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to tide myself over with pictures of homes with yummy ocean views. Why don’t you join me?

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Studio 6 Architects

With a view like the one in this dining room by Studio 6 Architects, I would dine in every day and night of the week. The wall-to-wall windows allow the ocean view to serve as ever-changing decor. But while the ocean is the star of this space, I like how the statement light fixture keeps drawing your attention back to the dining area.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Addison Bruley

The key to true indoor-outdoor living is creating flow between the indoors and outdoors, which this living area designed by Addison Bruley does to a T. Comfortable, luxurious furniture offers a perfect spot to relax and take in the sea breeze. Thanks to the retractable wall and the clear-glass balcony surround, your view of the water from the sofa is never obstructed.

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Design by Aria Design

Ok, this photo is either going to thrill you or scare the daylights out of you. Personally, I think this bedroom designed by Aria Design feels like the deck of a yacht, minus the seasickness. If the idea of being enveloped by an ocean view while in your bed makes you a little seasick, then take comfort in knowing that floor-to-ceiling window shades are tucked away in a ceiling pocket, ready to be lowered for complete privacy.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Brittney Fischbeck

Nothing says spa bathroom like having an ocean outside the window! Like the other designs, this bathroom by Brittney Fischbeck keeps the look minimal to keep from detracting from the stunning view. This bathroom is located in a certified LEED Platinum home; The vanity countertops are made from recycled materials, and the sinks are sustainably made.

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This one is a bonus photo. For those of who are doomed to be far away from the ocean right now, here’s a way to bring the ocean to us. Jackson Design and Remodeling turned a boring hallway into a stunning oceanfront thanks to digitally printed wallpaper in a colorful California home. Pair this with a lounge chair, a fruity adult beverage, a recording of ocean sounds and an assistant to lightly mist you with salt water, and the Spring Break dream becomes a little more of a reality. Sort of.

What are you doing to celebrate the start of spring? Tell us in the comments below.

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I’m a very visual person, and as such geometry was my most successful math course in high school. I loved calculating the dimensions of shapes and have a particular fondness for Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and starts with 3.1415926. (Anyone getting the shakes from bad math class memories?) I particularly love that Pi Day has become a thing where the nerds of the world unite every March 14 to celebrate their love of that squirrelly irrational number while indulging in round things like pizza and, of course, pie!

I’m going to get my Pi Day celebration on a day early by sharing some of my favorite uses of the almighty circle in home design. Circular objects are a great way to add visual interest to any room and to soften the angles that are so common in rooms and furniture. They’re a solid go-to in a designer’s bag of tricks, and there are so many ways to sneak one in!

Round, Industrial Chandeliers

Design by Sullivan Design Studio

Globe pendants are a popular choice for lighting, but why not go straight-up circular? These circular, industrial chandeliers selected by Sullivan Design Studio make a bold statement in their simplicity and the way they contrast the wooden ceiling beams. The shape is mimicked in the accent tables, which draws the eye from the ceiling to the floor.

Modern Round Bathroom Mirror

Design by California Style Home Collections

Mirrors found in home design are commonly oblong, so a circular reflector feels modern and fresh. In this bathroom design by California Style Home Collections, the round mirror is the perfect foil for the hard edges of the concrete sink and vanity.

Home Office With Circular-Patterned Wallpaper

Design by Shane Inman

I love how wallpaper patterns can be graphic without feeling overly geometric or mod. This room designed by Shane Inman is the perfect case in point: the wallpaper has a circular pattern that is softly repeated, creating a handpainted batik appearance. The space in between each circle is filled with similar effects that give the design depth and movement.

Craftsman Dining Room With Circular Table and Rug

Design by Kristina Wolf

This craftsman dining room designed by Kristina Wolf fully embraces the humble circle! From the round table grounded by a round rug to the globe-like lighting fixture festooned with tiny circles and the dishes on display, this room would be the perfect spot for a Pi Day celebration, if I do say so myself.

Which one is your favorite use of circular design? Tell us in the comments below.

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For anyone living in a place that observes Daylight Savings Time, you may already be aware that this is the weekend when we painfully lose one hour of sleep but blissfully gain an hour of sunshine in the evenings — that is, if the sun ever comes out. It’s been nothing but dreary and gray here at HGTV headquarters lately.

I can’t seem to get enough of natural daylight, so I think one hour of sleep is a fair trade for more abundant daylight in the after-work hours. I’m celebrating the start of Daylight Savings Time by indulging in this kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling that is the embodiment of sunshine. Its bright yellow shade is sure to kick the sleepiness out of my eyes this Sunday morning.

Sunny, Yellow Kitchen

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

This kitchen is so sunny, I might get a tan just from looking at it! I can’t help but not worry and be happy gazing at the warm, vibrant colors and fun retro style.

Let’s look at it from another angle.

Retro Yellow Tile Countertop and Backsplash With Black Trim

Design by Jackson Design and Remodeling

That stove! Like the full kitchen, it’s the perfect mix of fun, retro design and modern functionality, all in a shade of bright yellow. I think it’s going on the list of things to add to my own kitchen.

What are you going to do with the extra sunlight during Daylight Savings Time? Tell us in the comments below.

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As I write this, we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground and the kiddos have been out of school for eight(!) days straight. There are some series cases of cabin fever going around these parts, and I’m trying my hardest not to catch it myself. How? A daily dose of hot home photography — doctor’s orders.

Today’s dose of warmth comes from Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects and their stunning renovation of a 1950s midcentury modern beach villa in Montecito, Calif. The master bedroom features a custom-made mahogany platform bed. Dave Mendro included access to a patio surrounded by tropical landscaping. And if the air gets a bit chilly at night, there’s a cozy fur throw to curl up with. Mahogany, tropical, fur — these are toasty-sounding words, my friends.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

A gas fireplace offers low-maintenance heating in the sleek, modern living room. I’m ready to get cozy in there with a book or maybe a House of Cards marathon.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

You know what’s good on a cold day? Soaking in a nice, warm bath complete with mineral salts and essential oils.

Design by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects

Ahhhhh, don’t you feel warmer now?

How are YOU staying warm during these cold times? Share your tips in the comments below.

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It’s Friday, Feb. 13 — are you and your galentines planning on seeing 50 Shades of Grey tonight? I have to admit, my taste in sexy time entertainment is a bit more vanilla, so I’m probably going to spend my Friday night indulging instead in fifty uses of my favorite neutral shade in home design. I know my husband will be thrilled!

In this stunning bachelor bedroom designed by Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABLstudio, gray dominates the wall, creating a masculine look that would please Christian Grey himself. Deep, charcoal grays (this particular shade is Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal) help create a moody tone and work well in intimate spaces.

Design by LABLstudio

Maybe you’re looking for something more demure, a la Anastasia Steele? I love this particular shade, which is more of a whisper gray, chosen by designer Regan Baker for yet another bachelor bedroom. It’s soft enough to serve as an understated backdrop to the bold orange artwork and can slip easily into both feminine and masculine styles.

Design by Regan Baker

Oh, gray. How much do I love thee? Flip through the gallery below and tell us your favorite gray room.

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We see a lot of stunning photography here at HGTV, which makes my job as photo editor not too shabby! I’m excited to start sharing with you my favorite photo discoveries each week.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time making a mess in my kitchen — my dark, dated, unstylish kitchen. I dream of the day when I have the budget to match my kitchen remodeling and redesign wish list. If that day ever comes, this design by Jeff Troyer Associates is at the top of my inspiration board:

Design by Jeff Troyer Associates

I mean, this kitchen has it all, right? A huge island with tons of workspace and a spot for the family and friends to gather, a built-in cutting board, a drink station, tons of storage, gorgeous hardwood floors and classic white subway tile. But what sets this kitchen apart is its use of color. Blue is a hot choice right now, and the mix of indigo and sky blue for the cabinetry is a great way to add color while still keeping the space close to neutral. Some brightly colored bowls and a red(!) oven at left add that bold pop of color that’s the cherry on the top of this sweet design.

And how about a bonus image this week? Jeff Troyer Associates not only remodeled the kitchen — they remodeled this whole Colonial home, adding a second story to the house and an addition to the back. Check out the backyard:

Design by Jeff Troyer Associates

After the cold, snowy weather this week, I would love a day by that pool. How about you?

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After an extensive selection process involving 100+ submissions from talented designers across the US and weeks of online voting where HGTV fans cast hundreds of thousands of votes, we have a winner. Drumroll, please.  Everyone join us in congratulating Caitlin McCarthy, the winner of our Fresh Faces of Design competition!

Caitlin’s genius small-space solutions and approachable high-meets-low design style wowed HGTV fans who voted her design tops in the small space category, then won over the judges who crowned her the winner overall. Here are a few photos of Caitlin’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles loft plus the judges’ POV on why she swept the competition:

Becky LaFranchi, Communications and Interior Design Manager for Ikea USA, had this to say: “When designing a small space, every detail is important, each decision impacts another, and the ability to edit is key.” Caitlin pulls together a beautifully balanced, collected-over-time look that tells a story but is well edited and doesn’t feel cluttered:  grouping on side table
Jillian St. Charles, Vice President of HGTV.com adds, You don’t see many luxe-looking galley kitchens. This very functional space combines materials and judicious use of color in a way that’s really engaging.”small-space-urban-kitchen
Brian Patrick Flynn, Interior Designer and Founder of FlynnsideOut Productions was impressed with Caitlin’s mastery of scale and the way she incorporated the loft’s century-old architectural elements, like the exposed brick and original hexagonal tile floor:
Caitlin McCarthy urban loft seating area
All the judges could agree that Caitlin’s design is approachable and deftly combines bargain finds with glamorous touches, like these Thomas O’Brien Hicks pendants that illuminate the hallway-turned-dining room: Hicks pendants
Off the dining room is the loft’s main bedroom. Doorless white walls give the loft a cohesive feel that helps the small spaces flow one into the next:
small urban bedroom
The jewelbox of a bedroom conceals a real gem: a boutique-worthy glass-doored closet:
illuminated closet in urban apartment
But that isn’t the loft’s only surprise — what looks like a built-in in the living room is actually…
apartment living room
a Murphy bed that cleverly tucks away when not in use. Genius!
murphy bed hidden in built-in cabinet
Judge Becky LaFranchi summed up this petite pied a terre best, “Caitlin’s design proves that small-space living can be both stylish and comfortable. It also feels very individualized, and not at all cookie-cutter, like you might expect a tiny space to be.” Brava, Caitlin, congrats on your win!

But Caitlin isn’t our only winner, HGTV fans chose the designers listed below as a stand-out in their category. Need a little design inspiration? Be sure to check ‘em out!

Best Outdoor Space: Mike Albert, Design Workshop, Inc.
Most Serene Retreat: Angela Rasmussen, House 2 Home Design & Build
Best Use of Color: Bria Hammel, Bria Hammel Interiors
Most Family-Friendly Space: Jordan Iverson, Iverson Signature Homes
Best Space for a Party: Katie Marvin, S&K Interiors
Best Kitchen: Katy Lyons, Jamestown Designer Kitchens
Most Dramatic Transformation: Lauren Levant Bland, Lauren Levant Interior
Most Unusual Space: Angela Rasmussen, House 2 Home Design & Build
Best Use of Pattern/Texture: Sadie Sanchez Johnson, Amanda Austin Interiors
Best Small Space: Caitlin McCarthy, Caitlin & Caitlin

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We’ve received entries from all over the country from architects, interior designers, builders, and remodelers who think that they have what it takes to win the 2014 Fresh Faces of Design Awards. Voting is now open and we need you to tell us which design reigns supreme. Take a look at some of the gorgeous projects we’ve received and then head on over to vote and enter for a chance to win $10,000! VOTE HERE>>>

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Best Kitchens entry from Katy Lyons

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Best Use of Color entry from Red Egg Design Group

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Best Use of Pattern or Texture entry from SuzAnn Kletzien

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Best Serene Retreat entry from Sarah Barnard

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Check out the rooms in all the categories including the ones above and lots more, then vote for your favorite project in each.

 

Let’s make room for good company, together. Explore fantastic ideas to create a home that’s welcoming for all.  Explore IKEA’s guide for a guest-ready home.

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With all this talk about social media and who to follow, I’ve been thinking about which Insta-designers’ photos I’ve been double tapping lately. Only one name comes to mind right now and that’s Scout Design Studio. The 15,000-square-foot studio in Dallas has not only made a name for itself  by beautifully refinishing furniture from days past, but also for sourcing and carrying some of the most unusual — and downright groovy — pieces.

I’ve collected a few of my favorites from their Instagram account to share with you.

scout- brass table

Scout- Brasspendants

scout- Stools

Scout- Pendants

Scout will refinish, reupholster or just totally redo any piece from their showroom as well as pieces that you already own or have purchased elsewhere. So if you’re in the Dallas area, or just need an excuse to travel, check out some of their American Hustle-worthy furnishings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to settle for drooling over our phone screens and looking through Scout’s incredible photos.

All photos via Scout Design Studios Instagram / @scoutdesignstudio

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Since it has pretty much looked like Forks, Washington (cue visuals of rain, cold and general ugliness) here for the last week — the reality of fall and winter is starting to set in. Because I can’t leave my fireplace on ALL day long — I’ve decided what will get me through the inevitable cold weather is all-new bedding.

It looks like I picked a perfect time to start looking — everyone is starting to release their winter bedding and decor collections. As always, flannel is the hot-ticket but a few brands are getting creative with uber luxurious Mohair blankets and Lamb’s fur pillows.

Check out my list of wants for the season.

Want it Wednesday: Bedding

Left column: Dapper Animal pillow covers, H&M Plaid sheet set, Target Fair Isle blanket, Restoration Hardware faux fur throw
Middle Column: Patch NYC for West Elm reindeer duvet cover
Right column: Anthropologie temple bells pillows, World Market ice skating foxes pillow, Woolrich Logan Ridge blanket, Target holiday flannel sheet set

The Target flannel sheets will last forever, but I can’t wait to wrap up in the Fair Isle blanket — it’ll go great with some hot coffee and that fireplace I was telling you about. The reindeer duvet, part of an ongoing collaboration between Patch NYC and West Elm, gives off a great retro-rustic vibe. The fox and animal pillows are also right on trend — many designers and decorators are turning to our four-legged friends for inspiration. One of our favorite designers, Brian Patrick Flynn, is feeling pretty foxy too — check out one of his latest projects on Instagram.

I know you all are gearing up for the cold weather just like me. Tell me your favorites and share what you have to keep warm this season!

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My infatuation with rose gold began about 2 years ago when I received my very first Miansai bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was heavy and masculine with a warm rose gold hue. It seems to go with everything that I wear, unlike regular yellow gold, and provides a bit more excitement than silver (nothing wrong with silver!). Now, rose gold is popping up everywhere with designers and brands using it in unexpected ways. It was a huge design trend for a while, but I believe the warm metallic is here to stay, at least in small accents.

Rose Gold Grid

 

Top L to R: Cartier rose gold Entrelacés ring, Set of 4 Old Dutch copper canisters, Studiomake gold-plated bowls, Waggo dog bowls
Middle: Samsung gear smart watch in rose
Bottom L to R: Fossil rose gold Boyfriend watch, Miansai fish hook cuff, Mark and Graham monogrammed copper mugs

The Cartier ring is by far my favorite, but the Samsung watch is actually converting me into a wearable-tech guy. The copper pot set from One Kings Lane is a steal: you get 4 different sizes from a great quality brand. With the holidays creeping up on us, I think the dog bowls and monogrammed mugs will make perfect gifts, they are so unusual!

What do you guys think about rose gold? Is it too much — or just enough? Let me know what you think and share with me your favorite finds.

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As much as I have savored every second of the hot summer sun, I can’t help but get excited for the fast-approaching fall. With the recent onslaught of pumpkin everything — literally everything — and the early inklings of grocery store Halloween candy isles, I have already started my annual love-affair with fall and harvest decor.

Of course, a few sporadically placed porch gourds are never enough, but it is also super easy to go overboard. With fall decorating, the more-is-more approach will leave you with a gaudy stoop and a truck load of rotten pumpkins. Subtle, simple accents that evoke the harvest feel keep you out of kitschy territory. For those like me who already have their Halloween costumes picked out — I’ve gathered up a few interesting new decorating ideas that give your home some seasonal spice without the tacky aftertaste.

Sweater Candle
I have no idea why your candles would be cold, but dress them up in sweaters anyway. Use old sweater remnants to make candle cozies; they are perfect for adding that comfy-cozy feel we love during the season. Camilla Fabbri adds simple leaf accents to hers for a hint of nature.

Wheat
You don’t have to be gluten-free for this one, just gather a few uniform wheat stalks and bundle them with twine, yarn, or anything rustic. This neutral accent goes well on a mantel or any vignette to create a hearty, autumnal feel. Learn how with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Shiny Pumpkins
Forget those tired old orange pumpkins and forge your own from precious metals. Just kidding — find varying shapes and sizes of pumpkins and paint them in your choice of metallic hues — it is a great way to add some always-welcomed glam. Personally, I feel as though mixing gold, silver and copper makes for a more eclectic look. Copper will also add a tinge of orange to this idea. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Leaf Centerpiece
Centerpieces that sit on the table are so last season. For fall, do something special and scrap the centerpiece for something slightly more vertical — a mobile. What better way to channel the whimsy of fall than autumn-hued leaves dancing above you during dinner? Learn how to make your own, with real or faux leaves, here.

Putka Wreath
Make a tiny pumpkin wreath! I bet your mind is exploding right now by the thought of gathering up 1,000,000 tiny pumpkins. They are actually Putka pods: natural seed pods that look like munchkin pumpkins. The best thing about this pumpkin-centered theme idea is that the dried pods will keep for many years, so you can just store it away until next year. See how to make yours here.

So don’t let me be the only one planning ahead; take some of these ideas and get your house in the mood for Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pie — I just made myself hungry — with some of these nifty, new fall ideas.

I’m sure you guys have some of your own harvest-holiday hacks. Please share them with us on our Pinterest page! Tell us what your decorating plans are for the season, or just dish on what you’re tired of seeing.

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Interior designer Erica Reitman has a definite design point of view — how can you tell? The tagline of her website (VintageDesign.Me) says it all: “I Will Kick Your House’s Ass.” And that, she does very well. Erica strives to help homeowners make their homes look “bangin’” and when she’s not working her magic in homes across the country, she’s offering up helpful design tips and advice online. As we’ve done in the past, Design Happens dares to go beyond the interior design photos we’re accustomed to seeing and talks to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we’re chatting with Erica Reitman.

Erica Reitman

Erica Reitman of VintageDesign.Me

D-Happ: Tell us about your website.
ER: I created VintageDesign.Me to be a spot online where people can go to get great advice, learn an easy tip, or read about my favorite resources. I really try to stay focused on tangible, real-world value and results, so I don’t do inspiration posts or random mood boards that don’t relate to anything (though I love looking at those things on other people’s sites!). I get how valuable everyone’s time is, so I always want people to come away feeling like: “I’m SO ready to go do this random decorating thing that I’ve never thought about before” after reading one of my posts. I also try to stress that while, of course I’d love for you to hire me to come decorate your home, you really don’t have to because e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e has it in them to put together a great space that makes them smile when they walk through their front door. And yep, I do mean everyone.

Erica Reitman

Design by Erica, Photo by William Brinson

D-Happ: How would you describe your aesthetic?
ER: My overall aesthetic is kind of like a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in 1992. I love, love, love the graphic, colorful design of the 60′s and 70′s, and really dig mixing pieces from that era with newer modern pieces. Big, bold pieces of art make me smile, and vintage anything always gets me revved up — especially if it comes from a flea market or a thrift store. I do tend to lean more toward more masculine interiors, and so I especially love working with guys on “dude designing” their spaces. So I guess my aesthetic is eclectic/vintage/arty/masculine/70′s/chic?

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
ER: My favorite source of inspiration is vintage interior design magazines and books. I recently moved to Los Angeles, and the flea markets here are pretty amazing. So I often find great old issues of Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House and Garden magazines that I buy for a buck apiece and then pore over at home.

More of Our Talk

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Accent Pillow Collage

Top L to R: Pottery Barn, Pencil Shavings Studio, Lonny | Middle L to R: Yossawat, Design Home, H&M | Bottom L to R: Country Living, Target, H&M

We could use up all of our effort — and budgets — on flawless furniture, but the details are what really bring a room to life. With the summer holidays and parties quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to experiment with new design ideas and tips.

For this warm weather season, many designers are harnessing the impact power of accent pillows. Whether it is a coordinated look, or an eclectic mix of different styles, the beauty of this trend is that you can continuously change the mood and feel of a room by simply switching out a few inexpensive cushion covers.

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Try mixing a nautical inspired pillow with a contrasting graphic stripe for a crisp yet bold statement. Or create a more subtle tone with vintage embroidered pieces with a calm color palette. The possibilities are endless with this trend — and they will no doubt impress at all of your summer parties.

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DC Design House Exterior Patio AreaGarden design by Botanical Decorators

Attention design lovers and do-gooders! You gotta see this house.

The Washington, D.C. Design House is on a mission to showcase designer talent and help bring healthcare to children in need. The Design House got its start in 2008 as a one-time exhibition for designers to raise money for a local charity by showing off their work. The showcase was such a success, it was made into an annual event, and they raised more than $1 million for Children’s National Health System in just six years! Pretty amazing, huh?

Now they’re back for their 7th year with a spectacular house filled with bold blues and cool greys. Every nook and cranny (inside and out!) of the 2014 house has been personally crafted by top area designers, so each space has a unique look but still flows seamlessly into the next.

Exterior and Front Door of the DC Design House 2014Entry Garden by D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc. | Facade by Rill Architects

See inside the Design House!

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The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.

If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**

Decorators' Show House

Upstairs Master Bedroom Designed by Fernandez + True Interiors

Decorators' Show House

Butler’s Pantry Designed by Kellie Griffin Interiors, Inc.

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Readers: I have a confession to make. Sometimes our Color of the Month meetings get a little…heated. It turns out that when you get a group of people together, all of them passionate about design and boasting a wide spectrum of style preferences, there are a lot of opinions worth discussing. And oh, do we ever discuss them.

Here we are in September, school is back in session and the first whiff of fall is in the air. And for the crack team of editors here at Design Happens, that means any number of things color-wise. It’s not quite full-on fall yet, so traditional autumnal colors don’t feel right. Pastels, neons, aquatic blues? Eh, too spring/summer. And so, do you know what color ended up being pitched in a record SIX different shades? Green. Everything from verdigris to citron to kelly, we were all fired up about Kermit’s favorite hue. After a lot (and I mean a lot) of discussion, we finally settled on our winner: Emerald Green.

Miles Redd emerald green living room

photo: Miles Redd

Farima was the big winner this month, after pitching her Emerald Green Pinterest board almost every month since last January (see what I mean about passionate?). Finally this gorgeous color felt just right—it’s a moody, deep green with a hint of blue undertones and it makes an amazing impact when used in decorating. Farima has this to say: “Vibrant and rich are the first words that come to mind when I see a space decorated with emerald green. Even though it’s a very trendy color right now, the jewel tone also brings a timeless look when paired with metallics and other rich colors. It’s a great shade to transition from summer to fall.”

Kishani Perera emerald green room

photo: Kishani Perera

Emerald green! It’s what we are loving for September. Check out the HGTV Color of the Month Pinterest board for even more emerald inspiration, and tell me: what do you think about this jewel tone?

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Even though it resembles a kitchen strainer, 4Grammy was the first to guess correctly. The fly chair by Zanotta is a versatile furniture piece because of its clear carbon frame and quota fabric. I picture it sitting in an outdoor space or an urban loft because of its futuristic look. What room in your home would you place the chair in? 

Fly Chair by Zanotta

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