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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. Designer Emily Henderson gave this outdoor patio a bohemian vibe, with a bright patterned rug, DIY planters and stumps turned tables.

Bohemian Outdoor Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Madison K. is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV magazine and Anthropologie measuring spoons. Congrats!

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Repurposed wooden crates offer plenty of storage in this outdoor mudroom, which frees up cabinet space in the kitchen for other items.

Outdoor Mudroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Cathy is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine and an Anthropologie bird feeder. Congrats!

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. The pergola in this outdoor space, designed by Christopher Grubb, is made with renewable redwood lumber. A freestanding outdoor shower sits right behind the pergola, creating the perfect outdoor oasis.

Design by Christopher Grubb

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Barbara E. is the winner of an HGTV iPhone 5 case, a black sun visor hat and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine. Congrats!

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When I dream of having an outdoor room, this is pretty much what it looks like inside my head:

ellen de generes outdoor room

Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi are selling their Beverly Hills estate which boasts this overstuffed and super-relaxed outdoor room. The thick-cushioned couches with faded wicker bases, the rough-hewn coffee table, the subtly-hued rugs…sigh. This is the the stuff summer (millionaire) dreams are made of.

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Need a good soak? The Elemental hot tub from Dimension One Spas is designed to fit in smaller outdoor spaces.

The spas measure 60″ x 60″ x 32″, weigh 350 pounds without water and plug into a standard electrical outlet. Even better, the Canvas model can be customized with exterior paint and other accents.

What colors and patterns would you use to customize yours? And where would you put it?

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You know how Letterman, Leno and Ellen sometimes surprise their celebrity guests by rolling in D-List footage from their pasts from local commercials to tiny parts in disastrous TV pilots? Most of the time the big shots laugh it off, jump in their limos, then chuckle all the way home as drivers deliver them to the front doors of their $25 million mansions. Why should they care, right?

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How does this blast-from-the-past situation work in regards to professional decorators and designers? Perhaps earlier, unpolished, shot-with-a-point-and-click images evoke a nostalgic, look-how-far-I’ve-come feeling. Or, on the flipside, maybe they cheapen the refined, respected brand that took years of hard work to create and tens of thousands of dollars to have professionally photographed.

I decided to put myself to the test by sorting through dozens of totally out-of-focus, um-that-angle-is-like-totally-wrong photos. From my first 323 sq ft city apartment to the first paid job, all the way to the first published project, here’s a visual evolution from strapped-for-cash assistant to freelance kids’ room decorator to outdoor living space dude. Are these representative of my work today? Not necessarily. Do I look back and thank my lucky stars I’m not still slurping up ramen noodles and sleeping on a scratchy, second-hand polyester sleeper sofa? Hell yes.

Humble Thyself

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Designing and decorating one’s own home is a daunting task for a professional interior designer. Your personal living quarters don’t just serve as a place for you to crash after a busy day designing someone else’s digs. They must also be a prime showpiece for your professional services. It would be like settling into a chair at a new hair salon and noticing that the stylist approaching you with scissors has a freakishly awful coiffure.

San Francisco designer Kriste Michelini was faced with the all-important challenge of designing a home for her family that not only provided a comfortable and efficient place to cultivate life, but also spoke to her own personal style and design capabilities. (Her home, and hair, are simply beautiful.)
See How Kristi Came Out

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When my husband and I moved back to Utah from California several years ago, we knew we’d be making several sacrifices in terms of lifestyle, the biggest one being the fact that winters here seem to start at the beginning of October. And then end… never. Two days ago, this is what our deck looked like. Remember: It’s the middle of April.



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