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It’s been a loooong winter, and I, for one, am ready to pack up the heavy blankets and embrace spring color. If the new season has you feeling empowered to tackle a decorating project, HGTV HOME design director and HGTV.com guest editor Nancy Fire is here to help.

She travels around the country and the world in search of the hottest design, color and textile trends to create fresh, inventive collections. I chatted with her about six trends she’s seeing again and again this spring — and the best ways to use them at home.

Watercolor Florals + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Watercolor Florals
Forget your grandmother’s floral wallpaper: The freshest floral fabrics highlight painterly watercolor techniques on a large scale, Nancy says. She spotted this large-scale pattern at Paris’s recent Maison & Objet.  Embrace this easy-to-love trend with a new throw pillow or go big with a new rug or a set of window treatments.

Chunky Knits + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com

Chunky Knits
“I’m seeing lots of textural fabrics with a melange of color, ” Nancy says. Isn’t this bright pink pillow amazing? To keep the chunky knit trend looking sophisticated, choose a single piece — think pouf, pillow or throw — to highlight in your space.

Updated Metallics + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Updated Metallics
Copper is still having a moment, but it’s not the only shiny game in town. The newest metallic pieces feature a mix of color and shimmer, Nancy says: Think sparkling, natural pieces inspired by watercolors, like these plates she spotted during Paris Design Week.

Romantic Pastels + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Romantic Pastels
Pastels and spring go hand in hand, but purples, pinks and romantic hues (including the color of the year, Radiant Orchid) are having a moment all on their own. “I keep seeing more of these romantic, soft, fusion pastels,” Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design paired an ivory headboard with lavender, slate and orchid pillows.

Neutrals With Pop + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com
Neutrals With Pop

The freshest way to use new neutrals, like warm gray, light pink, army green or even navy? Layer unexpected pops of color on top, Nancy says. Here, Coddington Design mixed ivory and warm gray with bright pink and yellow.

Textured Ceramics + More Spring Design Trends From HGTV.com

Textured Ceramics
“Ceramics are exploding in the home as accent pieces representing color, texture and scale,” Nancy says. She spotted these large-scale textured vases at Maison & Objet. Grab one of these textured pieces to add an instant update to your coffee table.

What decorating projects are you tackling this spring? Check out our Spring Design Trends collection for more fresh ideas.

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Wow, that was some kind of crazy winter, right?! For those of you still suffering through the winter that just won’t die — my humblest apologies — but for those of us in warmer climes: Yay, spring’s here! And, for me, the arrival of spring means it’s time to head outside, scissors in hand, to find any early bloomers that I can bring inside to brighten things up.

First to flower in my backyard is hellebore  (a.k.a. lenten rose). Their heavy, droopy blooms on short stems are best displayed in a vase with a small opening. Here, I have them in what looks like an expensive Wedgwood vase but it’s actually an old Avon bottle that I found at an estate sale for the irresistible price of … wait for it … 10 cents!: Spring Hellebores in an Old Blue Vase

Joining the hellebore in their winter-banishing crusade are tiny, delicate crocus placed in an antique salt shaker:
Spring Flowers on a Bedroom Nightstand

The cardinals that have reigned unchallenged in my backyard this winter have been joined by a variety of other birds, including robins. I love the idea of using bird’s nests as a spring decoration but would never want to deprive some poor bird of their handmade home so I simply DIY-ed my own bird’s nest complete with tiny robin’s eggs. You can make one too while watching your favorite show. Get crafting with my step-by-step instructions>> How to Make a DIY Bird's Nest for Spring

You can make your nest any size you like — even big enough to act as an Easter basket: Handmade Bird's Nest as an Easter Basket

This is also the perfect time of year to force a branch to bloom indoors. Good candidates for this include fothergilla, witch hazel, Bradford pear, cherry, quince, redbud, lilac and my favorite: forsythia. Here’s what the forsythia branches in my backyard looked like when I cut them; the buds were just beginning to swell: Forsythia Branches Just Breaking Into Bud

And here they are just 1 week later, adding a happy shot of color to my living room:Cut Forced Forsythia as a Spring Arrangement

 Are you as ready for warmer weather as I am? How will you spring-up your rooms?

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I can’t fully say spring has sprung here at HGTV Headquarters, but we had some pretty incredible spring-like weather over the weekend. And with Plant a Flower Day coming up on Wednesday, the timing couldn’t be better. Yahoo web trend expert Lauren Whitehouse said users are already searching for spring flowers, and some of the top-searched picks  are everything from sunflowers and carnations to lilies and irises. Clearly you can see where my inspiration for today’s board came from.

Mood Board Monday: Sunflowers Hair | Flower Heart | Print | Fashion | Bouquet | Dress | Child | Arrangement

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Kristin! Check back on April 4 for another great giveaway.

I’m sensing signs of spring all around East Tennessee: My yard’s first crocuses and daffodils are starting to bloom and temperatures are climbing, if only a little. That’s all the encouragement I need to start thinking about spring parties. A set of table linens in fresh spring hues is a great way to get ready for that first warm-weather event, and this month we’re loving Coyuchi’s new line of natural-fiber tabletop pieces featuring colors inspired by flowers and plants. The company even has a collection inspired by our March Color of the Month, Orchid:

Organic Table Linens From Coyuchi
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Property Brothers spring green table place settingsSt. Patty’s Place Settings from HGTV’s Property Brothers

Spring officially begins this month (March 20!), and we at HGTV are beyond ready. It’s time to break out of your post-winter slump and start fresh with some Spring cleaning and new decor. Not feeling like you want to take on any major projects yet? Start small with your dining room or patio table. These place settings from HGTV’s Property Brothers are so fun and vibrant, you might just catch Spring Fever. So set your table for Spring and be sure to catch the new season of Property Brothers premiering March 12 at 9pm/8c.

More Spring-inspired table settings

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Designer Jonathan Adler has teamed up with TOMS Shoes to create a limited-edition collection of spring-inspired shoes and sunglasses. The collaboration features TOMS’ classic shoe and sandal with Jonathan’s iconic designs. Plus, plain eyewear is transformed with splashes of colorful stripes and patterns. “I’ve been a long-time fan, wearer and devotee of TOMS, so when the collaboration came about I was ecstatic because it felt right and organic,” Jonathan says. “I wanted the collaboration with TOMS to reflect the spirit of my work, which is what I call style, craft and joy.”

Jonathan Adler for TOMS

Jonathan Adler for TOMS

Jonathan’s collection will be included in the “one for one” plan. So, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. And with every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS will help restore the sight of someone in need.

Jonathan visited The Action Center in the Rockaway Community of NYC to fit kids with TOMS shoes. Hear what Jonathan has to say about his collaboration with TOMS and his recent giving trip >>

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Decorating eggs is an Easter rite of passage for me and my sister. We’re not doing it “for the kids” since neither of us have any (yet); we just love sketching, coloring and creating our own designs. If you use real eggs like we do, there’s a secondary benefit: Once you’re done admiring your tie-dyed handiwork, you can eat your art (well, you know, the inside part.)

At best, hard-boiled eggs are tender and delicious; at worst, they’re overcooked and rubbery with a greenish tint. Whether you’re making egg salad or deviled eggs this Easter, try this simple technique to get hard-boiled eggs that are delicious every time.

How to Hard Boil Eggs for Easter - HGTV's Design Happens
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This photo by Tamar of Nest Pretty Things perfectly sums up my mood today: I’m ready to spend the afternoon in the sun, if it wasn’t for the layer of late-breaking snow. Sigh. Decor-wise, this living room from Society Social’s magalog evokes the same feeling. The polka-dotted pillows and fun flamingo wallpaper bring springy vibrancy into the space, while the faux fur keeps the room cozy enough for (yet another) cold night.

Orange and Pink Living Room Color Palette

Orange and Pink Living Room :: Flowers in the Snow

As you might have guessed, I’m not too happy with Punxsutawney Phil (or rather, his handler.). What colors are helping you endure this latest cold snap?

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Easter comes early this year, so here at HGTV we’ve been elbow deep in egg decorating for weeks. You just never know when you’ll find one of our editors marbling, gilding, tattooing, or glittering eggs, we’re that committed. My contribution? These super cute baker’s twine-wrapped paper mache eggs. Check it out:

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Baker’s twine is so on trend right now, and it finds a new purpose when wrapped around paper mache eggs, don’t you think?

Learn how to make these Baker's Twine-Wrapped Easter Eggs on Weekday Crafternoon

Already have your egg-decorating plans in place? Then don’t miss these other Easter decor ideas:

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Welcome back, spring — I’ve missed you so! The weather here in Knoxville has (thankfully!) warmed, birds are singing and flowers are popping up everywhere. My backyard is abloom with crocuses, daffodils, tulips, forsythia and lenten roses putting on a colorful show. I’m a flower picker from way back. There’s hardly a photo of a preschool me where I don’t have a bunch of wildflowers (and honestly, sometimes just plain weeds) clutched tightly in my chubby fist. So when my yard breaks into bloom, I break out the scissors and head outside to claim some spring color to brighten up the indoors.

I’ve also always been fascinated by that other harbinger of spring: bird’s nests, eggs and baby birds hopping about. Obviously, I’ve no plans to bring those inside — but – in under an hour I can turn aluminum foil, moss and hot glue into a realistic looking bird’s nest that adds a sweet spring touch:Jute twine, Spanish moss and aluminum foil are all you need to make a lovely faux bird's nest for spring celebrations.

Pretty, huh? It was actually easy to make – get the complete step-by-step instructions here>> The tiny robin’s eggs are easy to craft too, my instructions include how to paint and speckle them.

You can make your nest any size you like. I made this one large enough to work as an Easter basket of sorts:Jute twine, Spanish moss and aluminum foil are all you need to make a lovely faux bird's nest for spring celebrations.

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Carrot cake is one of my favorite spring desserts — it’s comforting, homey and just a little bit spicy. (Also, there is cream cheese frosting.)  This Moroccan-inspired bathroom’s palette is like the design equivalent of the beloved cake: It not only matches the warm, neutral tones, but the worldly accent pieces, modern geometric tile and striped curtains add just enough spice to this mostly-neutral space.

Orange and Cream Bathroom Color Palette: Tuesday Huesday on HGTV's Design Happens

Moroccan Bathroom :: Carrot Cake

I think I will have one of each: one inviting bathroom, one slice of cake. How about you?

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Easter celebrations are right around the corner — time to banish winter blahs and freshen up indoors and out with a few springy touches. We’ve gathered 25 of our favorite Easter decorating ideas to inspire you. From quick-and-easy centerpiece ideas to a clever way to glam up your Easter eggs to a free, printable Easter banner — we’ve got you covered.

All 25 ideas have the official Easter Bunny stamp of approval (seriously!) but here are my 5 favorites: 

Delight Easter guests with this creative place setting idea featuring cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) feathered chicks and candy eggs:Set your Easter table with a creative place card like these cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) chicks and candy eggs

Weather permitting, bring your dining table and chairs outside and enjoy Easter dinner al fresco surrounded by Mother Nature’s changing scenery.
Weather permitting, bring your dining table outside and enjoy your Easter dinner al fresco.

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Can you believe it’s only 3 weeks till Easter? Time to hop to it and get crafting! For a fun twist on a traditional Easter basket, try a painted pail instead — it’ll look great filled with treats on Easter morning and is just the right size for stashing toys or craft supplies the rest of the year.

All you need is a metal pail, spray paint and round stickers. Get step-by-step instructions here: Easy Kids' Craft: Cute Easter Bucket With Ribbon Roses

The ribbon roses may look complicated but they’re actually a snap. Wired ribbon and scissors are all you need — no sewing necessary. Learn how to make them here:
Easy Kids' Craft: Cute Easter Bucket With Ribbon Roses

So, are you ready for Easter celebrations? No? Well then you’re in luck — check out the project ideas below and keep checking Design Happens for more Easter inspiration to come!

MORE EASTER IDEAS:
Printable Bunny Ears — Free Printable PDF
Hatching Chick Egg
Kids’ Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals — Free Printable PDFs 
How to Make Cascarone Confetti Eggs

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The calendar is telling me that spring should be making an appearance any day now (not to mention that pesky groundhog), but y’all? It is COLD here. We had a hard freeze this week at HGTV headquarters, and there is snow in the forecast tomorrow. Snow! I am doggedly ignoring all of this and instead looking at this lovely Easter wreath, packed with charming paper flowers and so easy to make, it will warm your heart (if not your freezing hands). Check out the DIY video:

The best part of this floral wreath? It’s inexpensive and, if stored properly, can be enjoyed for many spring seasons to come.

DIY Easter Wreath

So, what’s the weather like in your part of the world? Are you dreaming of spring decor while there’s frost on the ground?

Want more crafty inspiration? Check out past episodes of Weekday Crafternoon right here.

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Strawberry season is upon us, and for me, that means lots of opportunities to whip up my one of my all-time favorite spring dishes: strawberry shortcake. I know I’m not alone in my devotion to this dessert; in fact, I seriously question anyone who claims not to be head-over-heels for this classic combo. (If you want to diss strawberry shortcake, you’ll have to go through me first.)

That’s precisely what makes it perfect for a spring dinner party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, it’s easy to give it your own spin to make it feel extra-special: In this Italian-inspired version, lemony ricotta cream and balsamic-mint strawberries elevate the Southern classic.

Strawberry Shortcake With Ricotta Cream

Strawberry Shortcakes With Ricotta Cream and Balsamic-Mint Berries

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Animal-related motifs and patterns always attract me, and my undying affection for all things art deco has been well-documented. So I’m in the sweet spot for DwellStudio’s new line of spring pillows.

dwell studio pillows

One of the things I love about DwellStudio is their blog, where they frequently write about where they got the design inspiration for certain pieces. Turns out this pillow collection was inspired by Martin and Osa Johnson documentaries and “the 1920s Golden Age of Adventure.” (See their post for more inspiration and their mood board.) I dig how they look all together, but if pressed, I’m partial to the zebra pillow. It reminds me of that Scalamandre wallpaper I dream about, and this zebra scarf I’ve wanted for the longest time. Perhaps it’s a sign to buy the pillow? Yes, that must be it.

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Happy First Day of Spring, everyone! The season stands for new life, growth and rebirth, and I’m feeling that all around me. The weather in New York has been eerily wonderful lately, and it seems the city is collectively in a better mood. This Spring Design Trends package has me obsessed with refreshing my decor. The HGTVGardens launch put gardening back on my radar, and even my Facebook news feed is full of flower photos these days. I’m not the first to gravitate to florals (stripes and dots tend to catch my eye first), but I think the finds below are a cheery way to welcome spring, don’t you?

The Botanical Coasters would look so fresh with glasses of Sparkling Sunshine Punch resting on top of them. (Check out the floating ice flowers!) Cheers to the warmer weather and good times to come!

How are you ringing in spring?

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Sure, copper is our official color of the month, but vibrant green is the unofficial color of every March thanks to spring and, oh yeah, a little holiday full of green beer and four-leaf clovers. But this year, it’s also having a moment on it’s own, from spring fashion runway pieces (green shoes!) to home accent pieces to bedding to House Beautiful‘s March cover story. In honor of this fabulous hue (and St. Patrick’s Day), here are 5 rooms that celebrate vibrant green with style.

Tobi Fairley Green Living Room

Design by Tobi Fairley; photo by Nancy Nolan

Designer Tobi Fairley blanketed this room with a neutral backdrop to allow the bold kelly green fabrics and lamps to shine.

Emily Henderson Green Hallway

Design by Emily Henderson

Designer Emily Henderson gave this small sunroom a burst of color and pattern with vintage-inspired carpet and ’50s vinyl chairs.

Green and Red Bedroom

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Red and green? It can work post-December. Really. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s secret: Add dark brown. Depending on which color is selected as dominant, this combination can take on either a masculine or feminine vibe.

Brian Patrick Flynn Green Walk-In Closet

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Bold, saturated greens can lighten up the darkest of spaces, like this no-window walk-in closet. Vintage white accents juxtapose the super-preppy green-and-brown color scheme.

Linda Woodrum Dream Home Bedroom

Design by Linda Woodrum

The lush green shade on the walls of this bedroom in HGTV Dream Home 2009 is at once bold and relaxing. Designer Linda Woodrum used the same hue for walls and ceiling to create extra height in this luxurious space. Feeling, ahem, green with envy yet?

What do you think: Is there a bright green room in your future?

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Some surprises you get with a new house can be less than positive. They can range from annoying (Surprise! The sellers left a giant oil painting of a quarterback in the attic.) to slightly more horrifying (Oh look, the faucet suddenly has no water pressure!), but luckily, there are lots of good surprises too.

Good surprise exhibit A: Discovering the new-to-us garden. Since the yard thinks its spring (It was 70 degrees yesterday…in February.), each day we’re seeing new bits of green shooting out of the ground. And almost every day, a different flower pops out. Of course, as gardening novices, we have to run to a flower book (or to the all-knowing HGTV gardening editor, Marie) to identify most of them.

Everything from crocuses…

Purple crocuses

Freshly-sprouted purple crocuses

…to daffodils…

Yellow daffodils

Yellow daffodils, after the rain

…to rambling vinca. And more is popping up every day!

Purple vinca

Vinca major

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

What surprised you most (good or bad) about your first house? Tell me in the comments below.

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The tradition of giving ‘May baskets’ to unsuspecting neighbors and crushes is all but gone. This sweet and chaste way to celebrate spring — I won’t get into the debauchery that is the origin of the maypole dance — peaked in the U.S. during the Victorian era and started to disappear after first half of the 20th century.  If you’d like to help revive this custom, here’s what you do: assemble baskets of sweets and fresh flowers, leave them on your neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run away before they catch you. If you are caught, you’re supposed to exchange a kiss. (To avoid kissing possible strangers — run fast.)

May Day DIY May BasketA Field Journal

I can’t help thinking what delightful treat this would be for a grandparent or elderly friend, relative or neighbor. A surprise gift of a cheerful ‘May basket’ just might take them on a trip down memory lane. Or throw caution to the wind and leave one on the front door or car of a love interest. Maybe some Beltane fires will spark, if you catch my drift. Here are six of my favorite basket designs (click on the links for DIYs) sure to put a smile on a lucky person’s face.

More May Basket Inspiration After the Jump

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