Last week we asked if you prefer an infinity pool or one with a fun addition like a water slide. The votes are in, and dreamy infinity-edge swimming pools won by 60 percent. Aside from its aesthetically appealing look, find out what else makes them a great addition to your backyard.
Design by Madelyn Simon
If you have a large backyard with a view, an infinity pool is a must have. The edge seems as though it flows right into the horizon and takes advantage of the surrounding landscape. Who wouldn’t want to feel as if they’re swimming to the edge of the Earth?
Design by Rise Krag
If you need a little motivation to get some exercise, an infinity pool may do the trick. The constant flow of water and long rectangular shape make infinity pools the most aesthetically-pleasing and fun lap pools.
Photo by Paradise Photography
Modern Fireplace Feature
Adding features to an infinity pool can enhance its use. Here, a modern fireplace sits at the bottom of the pool’s waterfall for a relaxing place to sit after a nice, long swim.
Design by Joseph M. Vassallo
What is your favorite aspect of an infinity pool? Tell us in the comments below.
As soon as we said “Hello!” to spring, Easter came and went in a flash. Hopefully you’ve had a chance by now to step outside your door without an extra jacket or scarf. Maybe if you’ve been *really* lucky, you’ve started some early garden planting. That is, if you haven’t been dealing with spring allergies like we have here in Atlanta. Can you say insane pollen counts?
We can tell by what’s trending on Pinterest that spring fever is a real thing and we’ve all caught a bit of it. Here’s what we’re loving from Pinterest in April.
If you’re like me, April means finding any excuse to spend time outside. Reading a book? Outside. Taking a nap? Outside. Preparing a meal? I may not have a full outdoor kitchen but I finally learned how to start our charcoal grill by myself so I had another reason to be outside. So why not put a little effort into creating outdoor spaces that inspire, invite and delight? We’ll even let you cheat and copy this gorgeous outdoor room.
1. Sprucing up an Outdoor Living Space for Spring
2. Backyard Transformations From Landscape Designer Chris Lambton
3. Hot Backyard Design Ideas to Try Right Now
4. Outdoor Party Essentials
Your mom will be so happy that you were thinking of her a whole month before Mother’s Day this year (mark your calendars for May 10th). If mom is the type of person who loves a homemade gift, give these DIYs a try.
1. Easy Sew Tote Bag
2. Make a Ruffled Lamp Shade
3. Recycled Can Lanterns
4. 28 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts Mom Will Love
HGTV Smart Home
This time last year we kicked off HGTV Smart Home 2014 and shared all the stylish and tech-friendly details of the home, located in Nashville, TN. Those pins are still popular with our followers, so let’s go back in time, shall we? (P.S. If you haven’t already scoped out this year’s modern Texas farmhouse, what the heck are you waiting for?)
1. Master Bedroom Pictures from HGTV Smart Home 2014
2. Great Room Pictures from HGTV Smart Home 2014
3. Bedroom Pictures form HGTV Smart Home 2014
4. Kitchen Pictures from HGTV Smart Home 2014
Last month HGTV Magazine invited you to become a guest designer of sorts for our upcoming Make Over My Block special feature. You took to Pinterest to vote for (by repinning) your favorite curb appeal looks, and the results are in! Our transformation team will use Design Style 2 as inspiration for the neighborhood makeover!
Haven’t heard about Make Over My Block? Here’s the scoop. We’re hitting the road heading for one lucky town to give a group of neighbors remade, revamped, and restyled front entrances. The submission period has ended, but stay tuned to see the final makeovers in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine.
Until then, here are some fabulous front doors, amazing outdoor spaces, and curb appeal ideas you can steal.
With fall just a few short months away, I’ll be spending even more time on my patio and I’m sure you will, too. There’s nothing quite like entertaining outdoors when the weather turns crisp and the leaves are falling. This week, we have the perfect DIY project to give your outdoor space ambiance and seasonal appeal.
How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier
Use a wood board, Mason jars and votive candles to create a rustic outdoor chandelier.
To create this chandelier, you’ll need these materials: wood board (any size), spray paint (any color), screw eye hooks, manila rope, Mason jars, seeds/beans and votive candles in glass holders.
First, paint the top, bottom and sides of the wood board and let dry completely. Then, screw eye hooks into each corner on the top of the board. Attach each Mason jar to the board with a hot glue gun, making sure they are equal distance apart. Begin filling each jar one-third full with seeds or beans, and then place the glass votive candles in the jars low enough to keep them in place.
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Once the jars are full, add your manila rope by threading it through the screw hooks and hanging it from your desired location on the porch. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>
Give this outdoor lighting project a try, and then tell us how it transforms your outdoor space!
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Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your outdoor room party-ready … and quick! Last week we spruced up the deck and turned it into a stylish, weather-resistant painted area “rug.” This week, we’re making entertaining even easier by turning an old dresser into an indoor/outdoor serving buffet. Nothing can ruin the mood like having to run inside every five minutes to grab napkins … then plates … then cups … forks. (Not to mention the air conditioning bill.) So, keep your outdoor entertaining essentials easily accessible and stylishly concealed by storing them in a repurposed dresser on your deck or patio.
And yes, this project gets even more awesome with the addition of casters on the bottom for mobility. So grab that old dresser that’s been collecting dust in your attic or garage, sand it down, give it a few coats of spray paint, attach casters and you’re officially ready for your holiday hosting gig. Check out the detailed shopping list and step-by-step instructions at HGTV.com for this easy-to-create outdoor serving buffet by designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn. And of course, we want to see and hear about your finished project, too!
Tell us all about it in the comments below.
This week at HGTV Design Happens, we’re gettin’ out the paintbrushes.
I don’t know about you, but I usually spend every moment of my weekends enjoying time outside. I want to take in all the sunshine and Vitamin D I possibly can in those two precious days. Plus, cool summer evenings are the perfect time for grilling and entertaining outdoors. So, why not reflect the energy and vibrancy of the season by updating your outdoor space with a chic painted area rug. This cool projects is from designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn.
This low-maintenance DIY decorating idea is perfect for homes with messy little ones or for those who like to host frequent get-togethers. Clean up can be done in a snap; grab the broom, sweep off the crumbs and you’re done. And what makes this project even better is that it’s ideal for those of us who absolutely cannot paint or draw a straight line. Let the edges of the deck planks be your guide.
Don’t forget to share your finished project with us! Did you go with a lively orange? Or maybe something a little more neutral like chocolate brown? We’d love to see or hear about your creation.
Tell us all about it in the comments below.
I’ve got spring fever – bad. Ever since Groundhog Day. Now that the sun is making a comeback and it’s not dark when I leave work, I’m ready to live on my patio. Unfortunately, my outdoor space currently consists of … well, nothing. And a naked patio is a boring patio. Do you have the same problem? Fortunately, with HGTV.com’s Fast Fix: Outdoors, I can give my patio some love, and so should you. This DIY outdoors design guide is packed with projects to match your skill level, schedule and style.
Lacking a green thumb? Well, in just a few hours you can turn into a natural-born gardener by creating your own mobile container garden out of galvanized metal trash cans and casters. Design Happens featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will give your outdoor space some green bling in no time.
Make the most out of your backyard or patio by turning it into a cozy retreat perfect for relaxing (and daydreaming).
The designers featured on Designers’ Portfolio provide plenty of eye candy and inspiration. I’ve selected my five favorite spaces to share with you:
A bold dining room from Shelly Reihl David
It may not be quite warm enough in many parts of the country, but I bet we’re all ready to head outside to enjoy the sunshine! Outdoor spaces are the perfect way to get your vitamin D fix and they can suit any design style. Enjoy outdoor living with these lovely finds:
Learn how to make your own paving stone patio here.
House of Turquoisegives us a sneak peak of Crate and Barrel’s 2010 outdoor collection.
A once-forgotten garden shed is turned into a cozy cottage retreat at Cottage Magpie.
Large-scale artwork and bright colors turn an overlooked outdoor space into an urban retreat.
Click here for more great outdoor living inspirations and ideas.