We are celebrating spring with a month-long photo challenge! Share your pictures every day and tag them with #HGTVSpring and we’ll share our favorites.
We are celebrating spring with a month-long photo challenge! Share your pictures every day and tag them with #HGTVSpring and we’ll share our favorites.
Spring has sprung …and here at HGTV we are so ready to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh colors and textures, especially after a long, gray winter.
And from the looks of things on Instagram, you all are just as excited to welcome the warm weather season. So we thought it would be fun to celebrate our favorite time of year with a month-long photo challenge. For the next 30 days we’re sharing our favorite spring pics from you, our Instagram friends.
And here’s the fun part…each day has a new challenge:
The challenge has already begun, but it isn’t too late to join.
Four Easy Steps to Take the Spring Fling Challenge:
1) If you haven’t yet, follow @HGTV on Instagram (we promise you’ll love us there too).
2) Check the roster above (or on our Instagram feed) for each day’s new challenge. If the challenge of the day is sunshine, then share your interpretation of spring sunshine, whether that’s a sunny meadow or an old milk glass you repurposed into a bright yellow flower vase.
3) Most importantly, TAG your pic with #HGTVSpring.
4) Be creative. Have fun. Find unique, clever, and interesting takes on the subject of each day’s challenge.
It’s that easy. Just snap, tag, and share and each day we’ll feature our favorites. Not only is it a great excuse to take a “sick day” and go to the park (as long as your boss isn’t on Instagram), but if you’re featured, you get HGTV “cred” and the chance to impress all your friends!
So put on your artist’s hat and bring us back something beautiful.
Happy spring snapping!
Last year we brought you a sneak peek of a hot, new reality competition, Flip It To Win It. Now the show’s back with a full season of NEW episodes (Tuesdays 11/10c) to take you on the ultimate flip adventure.
It all starts at the steps of the courthouse with six teams of expert flippers in a bidding war for three abandoned homes.
And here’s the kicker….it’s all sight unseen, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. When the dust settles…three auctions are won, three houses get renovated, and three finished homes compete on the market for top dollar. In the end, we get to find out who took the biggest risk and who came out on top.
But the real fun is following the teams as they take high-stakes flipping to a whole new level. These guys and gals really know their stuff:
TEAM JOSH and ALISHA
Josh Michaelian and Alisha Karandikar are a force to be reckoned with. Josh developed a passion for real estate at a very early age learning from his father and uncle how to buy, renovate, and flip properties. When not busy buying property you can find Josh spending time with his family or dining at one of his many favorite restaurants.
Alisha is a Bay Area native and has assisted hundreds of buyers and sellers in her 17 years as a realtor. Alisha’s success comes from her genuine love of helping people with one of the biggest decisions of their lives. Alisha is also the mother of 3 wonderful kids, loves sports and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
TEAM BEAU and GREG
Beau Eckstein and Greg Cromwell are personal friends as well as business partners for flipping real estate. Beau Eckstein is a licensed real estate broker and managing director of a private money fund, which lends to other house flippers. His real passion lies within his company, SFR Ventures, Inc., which is focused on designing, developing and renovating properties throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Greg is a contractor and owner of Naked Construction for the past five years and has been living in Concord, CA for 29 years. Greg specializes in complete house transformations and has a keen eye for design. Before embracing his career in real estate renovation, he was building custom motorcycles and attended the police academy. Beau and Greg share a passion for sushi, weight lifting and mixed martial arts.
TEAM MIKE and MANLY
Manly Danh and Mike Bui are masters in the world of real estate. These young guns are at the top of their game with almost 20 years of real estate experience between them.
While Manly oversees sales, real estate development and manages a portfolio of investors throughout the world in real estate investment opportunities, Mike is focused on hunting for great real estate bargains, buying, remodeling and selling them for top dollar.
TEAM DOM and KRISTA
Krista Garren and Domenique “Dom” Montes have a passion for real estate and renovation. Through their company, Funders Group, they are purchasing and renovating homes from California to Washington, Arizona to Florida.
Krista is the real estate hunter and loves to find a diamond in the rough, while Dom and his crew renovate, turning every house into a home with sophisticated and luxurious touches house hunters love. When they’re not busy flipping homes, you can find Krista at the stables riding her horse and Dom relaxing at the gym!
TEAM TODD and MICHAEL
Michael is the numbers guy and worked with two of Silicon Valley’s largest brokerages; Grubb and Ellis and CB Richard Ellis. Michael researches available homes using online resources only he understands. He’s the mad scientist of foreclosure evaluation.
Todd is the shark at the auction with over 15 years experience building, remodeling and selling residential and commercial real estate. For years he built high-end homes and knows exactly how to bring those luxury finishes to every home he buys.
TEAM RICK and VINNIE
Realtor, Rick Kaluza and contractor Vinnie Sebastiano have over 30 years of real estate and renovation experience between them. Both of Italian decent, Vinnie is originally from Bensonhurst Brooklyn and Rick is from the San Francisco Bay Area. Brought together by a mutual friend, the late Rich Manfredonia, a major figure in San Francisco construction, they formed an unbreakable partnership. Together they bring their expertise and relentless work ethic to a business where only the most determined succeed.
While Rick is a master of the real estate market, Vinnie is the king of remodels. Together, they are untouchable when it comes to maximizing profit from the highest quality renovations. There is never a project too small or too big (for these meatballs) and everything they touch turns to gold. When they’re not buying and selling homes you can find them enjoying food and drink with friends and family at their local neighborhood San Francisco restaurants and watering holes.
This is one you don’t want to miss!
NEW episodes of Flip It To Win It air Tuesdays 11/10c on HGTV.
In the meantime, here’s a cool trailer from the show.
Earlier this week, “Tonight Show” anchor/funny man, Jimmy Fallon publicized his definitive “list” of Olympic superlatives (although I’m doubtful of his chances to get Olympic Committee approval any time soon).
Watch the hilarious clip here.
Among the outrageous titles (Pierre Boda – World’s Tallest Jonas Brother, Steven Holcomb – Most Likely to Find an Old Hot Wing in his Pocket)…American snowboarder, Chas Guldemond, was voted Most Likely to Host an Interior Design Show on HGTV.
Oh Jimmy, you are crazy, crazy!
But while we wait for Chas to call, we thought it would be fun to turn the tables.
If HGTV could host our own version of the Olympics, who would be on the Design Dream Team? Tell us your team picks in the comments below, and in the meantime, check out the work of these potential “hopefuls.”
Guest post by Olivia Carrino
My name is Olivia and I am the PR Coordinator for Shopbop (the premier online shopping destination for what’s new and what’s next in fashion and style) and our new men’s shop, East Dane, which recently held a photo shoot with Anthony and John of HGTV’s Cousins Undercover.
I also happen to be Anthony Carrino’s sister, which made for an interesting intersection of personal and work life! The photo shoot was an incredible experience for everyone involved. On shoot day, both our men’s and women’s fashion directors, photographers, and assistants were all on set; as they say, it takes a village. What made the whole experience so unique was the fact that it was truly a family affair – I got to work side-by-side with my brother, our parents, and my cousin in a way we’d never done before.
As everyone who watches The Cousins has come to know, our family is a bit boisterous, so it made for a comical day. Of course, my mom showed up with a gorgeous homemade sour cream coffee cake, which was devoured (rather quickly) by the team and the guys on the job site. And since the photo shoot was taking place at one of Brunelleschi Construction’s (The Cousins company) project sites, 8 Erie, my dad was there supervising the work, but also managed to sneak away to the groomer and get a nice hair cut.
It was one of the coldest days of the winter (though since the polar vortex we’ve had to reconsider what we classify as cold!), so everyone was bundled in their warmest winter gear. We also brought in some heavy duty space heaters which turned the inside of 8 Erie into a pleasant work space (and of course Anthony, John, and my dad tried to buy the heaters for future projects).
One of the best parts of the shoot was when the whole family got to jump in to some shots, creating some adorable family pictures that we’ll all cherish for a long time. Not only was it interesting on a personal level to see my two worlds collide, but the intersection of fashion and construction made for some incredible photos and a wonderful shoot day!
So, yes it is the holiday season and way too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day. But the folks here at HGTV Magazine are always looking ahead…we can’t help it, it’s just what we do.
Besides, who doesn’t think about Mom year-round anyway? And who wouldn’t love to treat Mom to a fabulous room makeover? That’s why we’ve just launched the HGTV Magazine Mother’s Day Bedroom Makeover Contest.
It’s easy to enter…just visit the contest page and upload photos of the bedroom you’d love to transform into her own private retreat. The winner will receive a complete room makeover (using HGTV HOME products) from HGTV/DIY Network Host, Matt Muenster, and will be featured in the May issue of HGTV Magazine.
You can enter the contest for that special lady in your life or if you’re a mom, treat yourself and enter for your own chance to win today. Hurry, the entry period is December 19-January 9, 2014.
Get official rules and enter here.
If you’re like the staff here at HGTV and DIY Networks, this time of year you get inspired to craft and create. Whether it’s DIY gifts, delicious Christmas cookies, or craft projects, there’s nothing more special than a handmade holiday.
And if you’re on Pinterest and a craft lover, you probably know that each year brings thousands of clever ideas to help make the season bright.
HGTV HOME wants to see your holiday craft inspiration, so we’re hosting a ”12 Days of HGTV HOME Fabric” Pinterest contest. Show us the holiday crafts you’re loving for a chance to win a gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
Here’s how to join:
Remember to include the hashtag #12daysofhgtvhome on your pins so we can keep track. The winner of the most creative board will be announced shortly after the New Year, so get busy pinning.
Happy Holidays and Happy Pinning!
What is a Pin Party?
If you watch HGTV regularly or follow us on social media, you’ve probably learned by now, folks here love a good party.
Pair that with our latest social media obsession, Pinterest, and an HGTV Pin Party just seems like a natural evolution.
A few common questions we always seem to receive when we host a pin party are “What the heck is it?” “How do I join?” “Is this an actual party at HGTV?”
All fair questions. When you think about it…really, what the heck is a pin party?
Let’s start with the (very) basics.
If you haven’t joined Pinterest or if you’ve heard about it and just haven’t taken the time to explore…stop reading and go, go, go…now, now, now! You can always come back to this.
But if you’d rather “know before you go,” here’s a quick primer. Pinterest is an amazing photo-based platform where you can collect and share (“pin,” “repin”) any content that interests you. Into mason jar décor? Pin photos of projects you discover from websites or repin photos from friends who also love mason jars. Is travel your passion? Follow other pinners who love travel photos…or pictures of babies, cats, or babies napping with cats. The possibilities for pins are endless.
After you have joined and explored the wonderful world of Pinterest, the next very important step that you should complete is (gratuitous promotion in 3…2…1…) to follow HGTV. And that should bring you up to speed with your fellow HGTV pinners.
Now, back to HGTV Pin Party 101.
First things first…what an HGTV Pin Party isn’t.
“Am I coming to HGTV for a party?”
Ok, so how amazing would that actually be? If I didn’t already work here, I would LOVE an invitation to a party at HGTV. Imagine mingling with the likes of Candice, David, Drew, Jonathan, Genevieve (PS.. I’m still star struck by these guys, they are incredible).
While we love you all and would love to throw the party of a lifetime at HGTV’s campus, we simply do not have room for over 98 million viewers.
“How is an HGTV Pin Party different than any regular day of pinning?”
This is probably the more obvious (and frequently asked question), especially if you’re an experienced pinner.
An HGTV Pin Party is special because…
That brings us to the real nuts and bolts…“how do I join the party?”
Here are 5 easy steps to join an HGTV Pin Party:
1. Watch for promotion of the party on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook (or bookmark this article as I’ll be updating our party schedule here).
2. Click on the special link we provide. This will lead to the “party” board that we create specifically for the event.
3. Click “Follow” to join the board.
4. On the day and time of the party, log on to Pinterest and click again on the provided link (or find HGTV in your “Following” feed from your home page and click on the special board). You are now ready for the pin party. All party activity will take place at that link.
5. Then just repin, mark favorites, and leave comments or questions for the HGTV experts. Enjoy!
IMPORTANT Things to Remember:
Really, it’s just that simple. We’ll do all the pinning. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show, and repin/comment on what you love.
See you at the next party!
Check out past HGTV pin parties:
Half the fun of the holiday season is checking out the homes of friends and neighbors to see how they’ve decked their halls. When it comes to holiday décor, we all have different tastes and traditions.
That’s one of the reasons I enjoy so many of the holiday shows we film each year. But I think one of my favorites has to be “Celebrity Holiday Homes.” In this hour-long special (which premieres Friday 8/7c), HGTV designers visit the real-life homes of celebrities and decorate them to the tee with a complete holiday makeover.
Not only do we get to see the designers work their magic, it’s always amazing to see how thrilled the stars are to have their favorite HGTV hosts decorate their homes. And I’m especially excited that one of this year’s featured designers is the incredibly talented, Kelli Ellis.
Kelli is an award-winning, internationally known celebrity Interior Designer and Design Psychology Expert. She splits time as an author, brand ambassador, educator, life coach, speaker, professional blogger and on-camera Designer. Co-creator of Interior Design Camp, Design Campus and Design Glamp home goods. Her new book, “Do I look skinny in this house?” debuts next spring.
I recently caught up with Kelli, while she was taking a short break from her hectic media schedule, to get the 411 on decorating the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas for this year’s special. Here’s the dish.
Dale: Ok, so I confess. I’m a big Lorenzo Lamas fan…even back to “Renegade” and “Falcon Crest” days. What was it like working with Lorenzo and Shawna?
Kelli: Who doesn’t have a crush on Lorenzo!? Every girl wanted to ride on that Renegade’s bike and every guy wanted to be him! He was an absolute doll and I love Shawna. We have started working together on a few projects and have become great friends. The girls were adorable, as well…appreciative and sweet. I wasn’t sure Lorenzo would be so game to wrap gifts with me, but not only was he a great sport he wore his Christmas sweater too…love him even more!
Dale: Your transformation of Lorenzo’s home was incredible, but as everyone will see Friday, Lorenzo and Shawna have very polarizing tastes. Is that a common dilemma when working for couples?
Kelli: Yes! I call myself “The Design Mediator” (you heard it here first!) I am often holding the hands of my clients guiding them through step-by-step, so both are happy. If I walk into a home with distinct modge-podge styles present I know both parties have strong personalities and it’s going to get rough! Lorenzo and Shawna have polar opposite tastes, thankfully with Christmas decor you can be crazier than you ever would be in everyday design, so blending styles is much easier.
Dale: And your design solution for the Lamas was very “Renegade” meets “Ritz,” which I absolutely love.
Kelli: I loved it too. As with any design, finding unifying colors is the trick to blending tastes. They both wanted to see themselves in the design, as well as their three daughters. Thankfully they love bold, bright colors, as seen in their wall art and purple pool table…no color-phobia’s in that house!
Dale: Without giving away spoilers, let’s talk a bit about the big purple pool table in the living room, or as you refer to it, the “800 lb gorilla.” Are those kinds of challenges scary or fun when it comes to holiday decorating?
Kelli: I love challenges in any designing. It’s too easy to decorate an empty room! Transforming the purple pool table into something worthy of Christmas was the challenge. Because it’s also a source of entertainment, I had to create removable options and decor! I wanted the table to look great even when the big items were removed…you’ll have to watch to see the solution.
Dale: And I have to ask, what was going through your mind at the design consult when Lorenzo mentioned that his pet lizard was roaming the house free?
Kelli: Luckily I am not afraid of reptiles but one of my design assistants nearly passed out! My daughter Alexa (on camera with me) came to be a helper and keep her eye out for the lizard – operation Lizard Watch was in full effect for 2 days!!
Dale: I loved your DIY décor for the Lamas home. Do you have any “tried and true” DIY decorating tips for our viewers?
Kelli: Yes, my tried and truisms for Holiday Decor…
Dale: Now let’s do what I like to call a “Quick Three.”
Favorite holiday decorating trend this year?
Edison light bulbs on the tree … dying over those!!
What color(s) did you “crush on” in 2013?
Tiffany teal blue and brushed gold
For our Pinterest users, mason jar décor…way over or coming back in 2014?
Kelli: Ha! Well considering they were invented in 1858 and haven’t left yet, I’d say with confidence “Coming back” – Especially with the grass roots/natural approach to our designs (now moving into commercial use) we haven’t seen the end of the jar. As long as reclaimed wood is on the walls, the jar lives!
D: And one last question…I won’t give it away for our viewers, but were you nervous at the final reveal for Lorenzo and Shawna?
Kelli: I don’t get nervous, I get very very excited! I felt great about the design and confident they would be happy with the overall look. The only thing I was concerned about was Lorenzo’s reaction to my putting anything on the his beloved pool table… I had to show him the care we took in protecting the felt so he could enjoy the design. It can be a bit overwhelming to see your home so transformed. His reaction was so sweet and touching. He thanked me profusely for giving his girls the Christmas they’ve always wanted! That was a gift to me.
D: Thanks Kelli and Happy Holidays. We can’t wait for Celebrity Holiday Homes!
Kelli: Thanks Dale, loved chatting! Happy Holidays to all the HGTV readers and fans, love you guys!!
Believe me, you do not want to miss the Lamas family’s reaction to their holiday makeover. Follow Kelli on Twitter (@designerkelli) for more tidbits from the show (or just because she is ahhh-mazing).
And don’t miss the premiere of Celebrity Holiday Homes, this Friday 8/7c on HGTV.
In the meantime, here’s a little preview (go ahead, it’s ok to peek).
On New Year’s Day HGTV will launch its largest social media campaign ever: a live all-day Twitter party with such top network talent as the Property Brothers, the Cousins, Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis and Love It or List It duos, Hilary Farr/David Visentin and Jillain Harris/Todd Talbot.
Throughout the day, fans can join the Twitter party by using #HGTVNewYear to ask their favorite network stars questions and get advice about everything from renovation and decorating to New Year’s resolutions. For the first time ever, the live Twitter party is hitting the big screen – fans can see their actual tweets appear live on air throughout the day.
Make sure to follow @HGTV on Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest information on how you can be a part of our New Year’s Day party.