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Briana’s tropical-inspired Defend the Trend post from Friday had me dreaming of ocean waves and the coastline (which is six hours away from me). I’ve resorted to Pinterest-ing images of palm trees and ocean sunsets. That’s not a bad way to start a mid-May Monday, wouldn’t you agree? I figured I would share my favorite finds with you all.

Mood Board Monday: Palm TreesTop, L to R: The Daileigh, Etsy, Free People | Middle, L to R: Brides of Adelaide, Stacy Brandford | Bottom, L to R: HelloHowdyHiya, The Lane, Studio M Interior Design

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As our EIC Sara explains inside the June issue of HGTV Magazine, finding the right paint color can be much like finding “the one.” It’s not easy, but we think our biggest paint index EVER should help. You’ll find a total of 126 hues on our pages and an extended section devoted to coating rooms and furniture with color! We can’t share everything just yet, but here’s enough inspiration to tide you over until June hits newsstands on May 13 — just one week away!

June 2014

How could we have a special paint-centric issue without Mr. Color Splash himself? We couldn’t! David Bromstad is answering your biggest color questions.
David Bromstad

David wasn’t the only HGTV star hard at work in the painting department. Which expert do you think recreated this old lamp into something chic and unique?
green and gold lamp

We hope this issue makes you want to have a little fun with color. This house tour proves there are zero rules when it comes to decorating. Live a little!
fun house living room

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag and on Pinterest, here.

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Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Yep, an entire month dedicated to summer’s arguably greatest treat. Maybe you’re a FroYo fan [wildly raising my hand over here]. Maybe you prefer full-flavored gelato [mmm, still craving that Pistachio gelato I had in Italy]. Or maybe you stand by the never-fail regulars like strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla [OK, I'm hungry]. No matter your favorite, now is the time to chill out with an ice cream sundae and bring a scoop of childlike sweetness into your summer.

These cool accessories will bring fun and color to an easy desert at your next outdoor party. Just add one thing: You guessed it — ice cream!

ice cream collage

Sundae dishes | Pint holder + scoop | Shake maker | I Scream bowlsChevron spoons | Paper party set | Faux waffle cone | Ice cream maker | Striped scoop

*Originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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Clearly, great minds think alike here at Design Happens! Last week, Allie showed us five crafty and delectable ways to use watermelon, and this week, I’m in a sea of watermelon myself. Fourth of July weekend (although rainy over here) was a beautiful summer salute. For many summer is just starting, so let’s keep the seasonal fruits, hues and landscapes coming.

Mood Board Monday: Watermelon PinkAdd a Pinch | Pearl Kinda Girl | Hemlangtan | Huffpost Taste | EclecChic | Miishka | Whale You Be My Friend | Etsy | Shades of Light

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I celebrated an early Fourth of July on Saturday night with tipsy ice cream (alcoholic ice cream + toppings) and a fireworks* display at Hannah‘s house. I’m not sure if there’s a better way to spend a summer evening. I truly forgot how much I loved fireworks until I sat there on the steps of a nearby building, far away from the festival crowd, and watched them explode into the sky. There’s something about fireworks that makes me feel reflective, sentimental and nostalgic. Will your Fourth of July festivities include a fireworks display?

Mood Board Monday: Fireworksvia Pinterest | OneWed | Spitalfields Life |  Mr. P Blog | Wedding Chicks | Coral and TuskPEG | via Pinterest | Moon to Moon | Mommy Poppins

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*Trending topic courtesy of Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark

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It’s finally summer, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been racking your brain for warm-weather solutions. Sure, the heat is great for going to the lake or pool, but there comes a time when enough is enough: cue the A/C and iced lemonade. And for those of you with sliding glass doors, you may be looking for a way to cover them up and eliminate the excess heat that is so stealthily creeping in. Here are some of my favorite solutions:

Plantation Shutters:

Not only will plantation shutters bring an easy-breezy southern charm to your home, they’re also energy efficient in both the winter and summer months.

Sliding Panels:

Because they are so easily adjustable to cover any or all of the sliding glass door, these panels are the perfect solution for someone wanting to save on energy bills while also letting in some of the beautiful scenery summer has to offer.

Shoji Screens:

These Japanese screens are made of rice paper, which does allow some light in the house. However, what these panels lack in heat resistance, they make up for in delicate, oriental style.

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Next time I’m in New York to visit Lili, Briana and Alyssa, I have a few hot-spots on my list to check out: PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Gwynnett St. Some of these bars accept guests by reservation or referral only, or only allow members after a certain time. For some reason, that makes them so much more intriguing. I’m dying to check out the drink menu more than the atmosphere, though. Over at Milk & Honey, for example, fruit juices and extracts are all made by hand; mixing glasses are stored in the freezer to keep drinks cold; and ice is cut by hand using an ice pick to create imperfect, jagged pieces. If I know that’s the process going into my cocktail, I can certainly wait a few minutes for it.

So, are you ready for 5 p.m. to get here so you can wrap your hand around a refreshing, warm-weather concoction? I’m with you! Let’s celebrate the start of summer with four delicious drink recipes from renowned NYC mixologists (or alchemists, rather).

UP ALL NIGHT COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounces rosemary-infused cognac
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cane syrup
bar spoon
rosemary sprig, for garnish

Directions

Whip and strain into iced Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with large rosemary sprig.

STEAM 75 COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
1 ounce Brut champagne
lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Shake and strain into chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce Brut champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.

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I could seriously use one of these frozen treats right about now. For the past four days I’ve been camping on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. for the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. If you’ve ever been to Tennessee in the summer, then you know it’s hot, hot, HOT … especially when air-conditioning is absent. What’s your favorite summer treat? To me, there’s nothing more refreshing on a scorching day than a fruity, chill-inducing popsicle.

Mood Board Monday: PopsiclesOmbre | String Lights | Wine | Girl Eating Popsicle | Champagne + Raspberry Popsicles | Garden Bites | Popsicle Sticks | Raspberry Cheesecake | Printables

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I don’t know if you remember, but way back in January I went to the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market to spot design trends and meet with industry insiders. I mentioned the flamingo trend popping up (and not just in coastal-inspired interiors). Honestly, I forgot about this vibrant bird until just recently when warm weather and thoughts of the beach started infecting my mind. Now, I can’t help but think how cool one of these hot-pink creatures would look on a plain white canvas on my gray walls (inspiration, top-left). What do you think? Leave flamingos at the beach, or try them out indoors?

Mood Board Monday: FlamingosDining Room | Living Room | Fabric | Wall Art | Kitchen | Shirt | Dress | Sweater | Figurine | Pattern | Straws

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According to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark, the searches for hammocks are spiking this month. I’m not surprised one bit. It’s the beginning of June, many schools across the country have locked their doors, and summer vacation is on the brain. I mean, all I can think about some days is how badly I’d like to swing back in forth beneath a shady tree with my current read. Are you just as entranced as I am with these outdoor lounges?

Backyard Hammock on HGTV's Design Happens BlogFrom Green Home 2011

Backyard Hammock on HGTV's Design Happens BlogDesign by Luis Caicedo

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I’ve found myself lost in one too many summer daydreams lately. As soon as warm weather arrives, I start yearning for the sand and water. Unfortunately, I wait and take my beach vacays once the dog days of summer have subsided a bit. When are you packing up and heading to the coast? Try not to make me too jealous.

Mood Board Monday: Vintage SummerVogue | Dream to Life | Blend Fabrics | via Miss Moss | Scott Lowe |  via T Magazine | via Flickr | Etsy

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The heat of summer can be overwhelming. When temperatures soar into the 100′s, the last thing you want is a warm glass of red wine or a heavy beer. You need to cool off with a fresh, minty treat – a mojito. This simple drink screams summer and is the perfect accessory to relax with by the pool (or on the driveway, on the beach, in a fancy restaurant – it’s very versatile!).

Classic Mojito RecipeClassic Mojitos

Once you’ve made your simple syrup, mix in rum, lime juice and soda water. Head to your garden (or grocery store) for a few sprigs of mint and you have the perfect warm weather refreshment.

Happy Hour Cocktails: The Full Collection

If you prefer to cool off without alcohol, then this mocktail needs to be added to your beverage rotation. The fresh taste of grapefruit paired with mint is a taste that’s not to be missed.

Virgin Grapefruit MojitoVirgin Grapefruit Mojito

So raise your glass to summer and say cheers to mojitos!

Find more great mojito recipes on Food.com.

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Do you ever get into an appetizer rut? It happens to all of us: With a party looming, you think, “Oh, I’ll just make/buy…for the 17th time this summer.” It’s great to have go-to dishes (for me, it’s guacamole), but sometimes it’s nice to shake things up. Here are 5 ways to upgrade classic appetizers this summer.

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Instead of: “Regular” Chips and Dip
Try: Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto
Now, there’s nothing wrong with potato chips, corn chips, or even sweet potato chips. But wander with me into the realm of unexpected-but-delicious and try roasting in-season eggplant chips. Use long, thin Japanese eggplant (available at your local farmers’ market) for the optimal ratio of crispy skin to sweet chip. While they’re roasting, use your food processor or blender to whip up fresh cilantro pesto.
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Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Creamy Lump Crab and Fresh Corn Dip

Instead of: Store-Bought Creamy Dips
Try: Lump Crab and Corn Dip With Oven-Crisped Crostinis
It’s a well-established party fact that people flock to hot, oozy dips no matter the temperature. But many store-bought versions have more mayo than filling, leaving them soupy and well, kind of underwhelming. This version uses lump crab and in-season corn alongside three cheeses for a thick, hearty appetizer that will leave guests weak in the knees. While it’s baking, throw some sourdough bread slices in the oven — boom, you’ve made your own crostini.
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It’s Friday afternoon and the work bell is about to ring. We all know what that means – happy hour! It’s that time to grab some friends, your favorite drinks and gather to celebrate having survived the hectic workweek.

Happy Hour Cocktails: The Full Collection

If it’s as hot outside where you are as it is where I am, you may want to consider adding a twist to tonight’s happy hour. Instead of drinks for everyone, go for ice-cold popsicles. “Popsicles?!,” you ask. Oh yes! These aren’t the popsicles you slurped as a child. No, these are specially made for the over-21 crowd. Just look at these tasty treats.

Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles: EndlessSummer.com

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There’s something about hot weather that makes an icy beverage seem not only nice but practically essential, don’t you think? For your next summer party, upgrade from plastic coolers and drink mixes to custom cocktails that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.  Here are 5 versatile options you’ll sip all summer long.

coastal citrus punch
Coastal Citrus Punch

Essential qualities: This summery take on sangria makes enough for a crowd, so you won’t be running up and down the hill playing bartender all day. Mix up the day before your party, chill and serve on ice. It’s easy to double if you anticipate extreme thirst…or more than 8-10 guests.
Make it your own: The recipe calls for grapes, pineapple and strawberries, but try throwing in blueberries, peaches or  honeydew melon.
Serve it with: Grilled fish, a summer clambake, tea sandwiches — this drink is incredibly versatile.
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Spending time at the pool is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. Unfortunately, most of us only get a couple of hours out of the day to enjoy the sunshine. If your only chance to hang out at the pool is at night, these glow-in-the-dark planters by Rotoluxe would really set the mood.

 Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Aside from the fact that they glow in the dark, one other cool factor is that they’re made from 100% recycled post-consumer and industrial plastics. I think they’re a fantastic alternative to pool lights, and you could even add a couple to your porch to provide an unexpected pathway of lights for visitors. You can purchase the planters from several vendor websites.

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Many of you had great guesses, but this week’s item is an ice cream scooper. I can never get my ice cream scoops to look as awesome as they do at the ice cream shop or on commercials (ice cream commercials are my frenemies!) The people at Cuisipro have come up with a pretty clever solution – the ice cream scoop and stack. It pretty much does all the work – all you have to do is twist and lift and release the button when you’re ready to stack to create a fancy plate presentation. All your guests will think you’ve mustered up some serious culinary skills. I won’t tell, if you don’t tell!

 Ice Cream Scoop and Stack

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I’m gearing up for summer, but I’ve noticed there’s not much glamour at the beach these days, am I right? On one hand, I have one of those great ruched-to-high-heaven vintage swimsuits — the kind that Marilyn Monroe used to wear — aaaand on the other, I carry a ratty old beach towel I’ve had since probably the late ’80s. If I carried this Maslin & Co zebra hide towel with me, I’m sure I’d look the part.

zebra hide towel

I’m teasing myself a little because this is one of those items I’ve filed under the “you can’t really afford this, but it sure is pretty to look at, isn’t it?” category. (This kind of fierceness does not come cheap.) But I just adore the way it looks like a zebra hide rug and that little leather carrying strap is too chic. My half-birthday is June 11, in case anyone cares. Ahem.

[Via: ELLE Décor]

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There’s almost always an array of delicious drinks at your average summer shindig: Iced tea, lemonade, soda, and adult beverages like beer. However, the cup options tend to be limited to one thing: Plastic cups. Don’t get me wrong, I have an inherent fondness for plastic cups because I associate them with having fun, but I’m not so sure they’re ideal for every bevvie. Studio Qubus’ Sommelier Wine Glasses seem like a great compromise.

plastic cup wine glass

Czech designer Maxim Velčovský perches plastic cup lookalikes atop stems for a wonderful highbrow/lowbrow effect. The shape is casual enough to be informal, but the material and stem make sipping something like a nice Pinot Noir feel a little less “frat party.” Now that’s something worth toasting!

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Summer heat (and almost-unbearable-humidity) fills me with nostalgia for the cooler good ol’ days of my childhood spent swinging in a tattered, country hammock. My mom would leave my sister and me at our aunt and uncle’s farm for a few weeks every August, and we fished, chased llamas, built forts, collected chicken eggs and got into mischief all day long. But I can guarantee one thing… my aunt’s favorite time during those summer days was naptime (not hers, ours). After exploring the woods and fields all day, she could always find us curled up on the back porch in the hammock, out like a pair of bats at mid-day. So when I came across these awesome hammocks on HGTV, I was instantly transported to that 300-acre farm.

Summer Hammock

Late summer, nothing seems more enticing than a glass of homemade lemonade and the back-and-forth sway of a hammock. A down comforter for padding like this one featured in HGTV’s 6 Stress-Free Hammocks would be even more pleasant. If you’re worried that a plain outdoor bunk isn’t your style, add some pops of color and character with accents like this brilliant red throw and speckled green pillow.

Beach Hammock Seat

Whether you’re on vacation or at home, a hammock can serve as a centerpiece for entertaining. Like this hanging seat, it can become the place where you relax and catch up with friends. Or if you need peace and quiet, place it in the spot with the best view. Sit back, relax and enjoy a moment to yourself on your patio or porch. (I can’t get over how well the warm orange colors match the straw roof and sand. Can I please live there?)

Traditional Mayan Hammocks

This traditional Mayan hammock, made from hand-braided threads, would fit in any nook or garden. The way these hammocks wrap around your body makes it feel like you’re swinging in a cocoon (or at least that’s what my sister and I used to pretend.) They are also the perfect addition to a patio or backyard that needs a pop of color, as they come in a rainbow of hues. For more relaxing summer ideas, be sure to check out our 6 Stress-Free Hammocks.

But first… have you been longing for the weightless swing of a hammock?

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