The holidays are upon us, and for the editors blogging for HGTV’s Design Happens and DIY’s Made + Remade, that means it’s party time! If you’ve been keeping up with our Home for the Holidays party how-tos, then you already know what it takes to throw a fabulous holiday bash. We’ve shared delicious recipes, stylish ensembles, stunning decor and more. But sometimes, don’t you just wish you could attend our holiday shindig? Well, now you can – virtually, that is.
Join us tonight on Pinterest for a real-time Q&A, where our editors will answer your questions and share even more secrets about what it takes to pull off the perfect party. You’ll meet co-hosts Liz Gray and Made + Remade’s Kelly Smith Trimble, who will be joined by several other editors to give you the ultimate scoop.
Here’s your official invite:
Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our Home for the Holidays board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!
Now, let’s recap.
What: A Pinterest party where you can talk with our editors about all their holiday projects. Repin your favorite ideas while you’re at it!
When: Thursday, Dec. 12 from 8-10 p.m. ET (That’s today. Don’t forget it!)
We can’t wait to see you there!
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!
Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.
We’re not shy about being totally obsessed with Pinterest here at HGTV. Shameless plug: FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST! WE PIN PRETTY THINGS! Anyway, I still can’t believe that using Pinterest is part of my job because it’s that much fun. I love it for research and trendspotting, organizing recipes I’d like to try, planning my upcoming wedding and yes, keeping up with what HGTV fans are digging at the moment. Thus, our latest Social Sound Off question!
On Twitter, we asked: What’s the best thing you’ve found on Pinterest recently?
Based on the trickle of replies we got, I’m guessing y’all were probably looking at stuff on Pinterest instead of checking up on tweets (ahem), but that’s okay. I’ll go first. The summer has me feeling very tropical and despite the fact that I claimed I was over my “put a bird on it” phase, this toucan print by komitaart on Etsy has made a liar out of me:
I am all over that graphic, retro vibe. I mean, how cute would that print be with some classic Martinique wallpaper? It also reminds me of the paintable paper mâché toucan I bought as a souvenir in Cancun when I was 11, but I digress. I found the print through my friend Derya, who has delightfully eclectic pin taste. (Honorable mention: This apothecary bottle with the phrase “Acidic Wit” etched on it. I would love to keep that on my desk and threaten to bust it out at anyone who crosses me.)
But enough about me! Here’s what’s floating your boats lately…
Pinterest is about to get even more interesting.
David Bromstad will host an HGTV Star Pinterest Pinning Party this Sunday from 9-10 p.m. ET.
Directions to the party:
Simply click on this link to our STAR Pinterest board and join the conversation with David in the comment fields of the pin. If you love it, repin it to one of your boards. You can also find us by searching the hashtag: #hgtvstar.
We’ll be pinning pictures from the show and colorful throwbacks from past seasons. David Bromstad is the season one winner of HGTV Design Star and host of the all-new season of HGTV Star, which airs Sunday nights 8/7c.
If a picture alone is worth a thousand words, you’ll want to hear what’s behind the pins of HGTV Star.
See you Sunday night!
After becoming the season six winner of HGTV’s Design Star, Meg Caswell hosted Meg’s Great Rooms and several specials and guest judge spots for HGTV. She’s also featured regularly in HGTV Magazine. Meg loves to personally engage with fans on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, where she regularly posts pictures of projects and shopping finds, asking fans to respond either ‘Yay or Nay.’
Directions to the party:
Simply click on the link to our Pinterest board, Meg Caswell: ‘Yay or Nay‘ and join the conversation in the comment fields of the pin. If you really love it, repin it to one of your boards. You can also find us by searching the hashtag: #PinWithMeg.
I’ll be the voice behind HGTV and if you love Meg as much as I do, you won’t want to miss this live event!
Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest? It’s not only a great way for the HGTV.com editors to stay on top of design, craft, entertaining and gardening trends, it also lets us know what you guys are interested in so we can tailor our content to suit it.
So, needless to say, we keep a close eye on the photos HGTV fans pin and the ensuing comments — we love feedback! Wondering which 35 HGTV images were most pinned (and repinned…and repinned) in 2012? Check em out then feel free to pin away to your own boards or leave comments letting us know why that photo is one of your faves.
All 35 images are stars but here are 6 stand-outs:
Not surprisingly, beautiful indoor spaces, like this chic and restful bedroom by Sarah Richardson, topped the list:
Dreamy outdoor rooms were also big. HGTV fans love how John Gidding turned the under-used corner of a deck into a party-ready outdoor lounge:
The chalkboard paint trend is still going strong. Tinted a cheery red, it gives an old dresser new usefulness:
HGTV loves Pinterest, in large part because we have the best pinners. We read every comment and here are a few things we know about the HGTV Pinterest followers:
They love a good cocktail.
They have great ideas.
They make solid observations.
They care about animals.
They ask good questions.
Thank you HGTV Pinterest followers for sharing your insight and for making our jobs so fun. If you haven’t already, join us!
Here at HGTV we take our pinning very, very seriously. We even pitch our Color of the Month hues via Pinterest by putting together eye-catching, destined-to-win boards. (Here is Grant‘s winning white board from August. See what I mean?) So, of course you know when you come to HGTV’s Pinterest boards you’re in for a treat. You can expect everything from indoor/outdoor decorating and design inspiration to photos from your favorite on-air talent. After scouring the boards, we’ve narrowed down the top five pins from the last seven days according to you. And here they are…
In this living room, designer Candice Olson combines both rustic and contemporary design elements to create a comfortable and unexpected space. See More Living Room Pictures >>
In the Urban Oasis 2012 kitchen, designer Lindsay Pumpa chooses a sleek and contemporary sink inspired by the classic farmhouse form. The modern, articulated faucet pivots and moves to accommodate kitchen tasks. See More Urban Oasis Pictures >>
Celebrate the end of the M-F work week with these refreshing sangria recipes. See More From the Design Happens Blog >>
I’ll be the first to admit that the mason jar trend is getting to be a bit played out. After all, Pinterest is filled with clever and adorable uses for these humble jars. But I had to share one of my favorite mason jar hacks, this simple idea from the Six in the Suburbs blog.
For my next summer soiree, I won’t be a a slave to the bar cart, mixing drinks for my guests all night. Nope, I’ll be making drinks ahead of time, sealing them in mason jars, and putting them on ice. Self serve never looked so good.
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.
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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