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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.”

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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.

On the set of the East Dane photo shoot

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!

Posing with my fabulous family on the set (left to right: Anthony Carrino, Olivia Carrino, John Colaneri)

You can see more shots as well as the guys’ fashion picks on East Dane’s homepage, or check out their interviews on Shopbop and Men’s Health.

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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.

HGTV/DIY Network Host, Matt Muenster

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.

 

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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:

To get you started we’ve created our own holiday crafts from the HGTV HOME Fabric line which we think you’ll love.  Join us on Pinterest to repin these to your own board:

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!

 

 

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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.

An HGTV Pin Party actually happens on Pinterest in real time and usually centers around a central theme, such as holiday decorating, HGTV Dream Home spaces, weekend crafts, etc.

“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…

  • We “invite” industry leaders to log on and chat about the content we pin.  At any given party, you might get the chance to chat with someone like HGTV host, David Bromstad.  Or get handmade holiday ideas from our resident crafting expert, Marianne Canada.
  • And in the case of very specific themes, like holiday decorating, it gives us the opportunity to share all the things we’ve been so excited to work on this season.
  • Plus, we just love pinning and chatting with you in real time.  Your instant feedback on our projects is extremely valuable!
  • And lastly, do we really need a reason to throw a party?  Just join us and have fun!

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 on the party board.  You are now ready for the pin party.  All party activity will take place on that board, so keep your browser there.
5.  Then just repin, mark favorites, and leave comments or questions for the HGTV experts.  Enjoy!

IMPORTANT Things to Remember:

  • Multiple pins will be shared from HGTV during the party.
  • Many conversations will happen in real-time under each individual pin.
  • You must refresh your browser often to see the latest pins and conversations.

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:

HGTV Spring House
HGTV Smart Home 2014
Spring Pin Party
Holiday Decorating
HGTV Urban Oasis
Star Spaces with David Bromstad
Yay or Nay with Meg Caswell

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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.

Designer, 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!

Kelli and Lorenzo on the set of “Celebrity Holiday Homes”

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.

Lorenzo and Shawna explore their new holiday look

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!

Kelli poses with Lorenzo on his beloved bike

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…

  • For artificial trees: always use a filler shiny fabric or cellophane to fill inside the sparse area where the “limbs” meet the “trunk.
  • Use reflective surfaces inside the tree, as well, to throw light back out and reflect lights.
  • Use pipe cleaners instead of hooks nothing will fall off ever!
  • Lights, lights, lights….weird dark spots on tables, floors, and around the tree base?…add a string of lights!
  • Use battery lights for bowls, glass dishes on the tables and chandeliers.

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.

Kelli reveals her holiday makeover

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).

 

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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.

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Spend New Year’s Day with the Property Brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, for live and commercial-free coverage of the 125th Rose Parade®.  Starting at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT on Wednesday, January 1, the co-hosts will provide commentary on each spectacular float, choreographed marching band and prancing equestrian unit during the popular annual event.

Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s Brother Vs. Brother, Property Brothers, and Buying and Selling.

The Brothers will be joined by entertainment-journalist Nancy O’Dell on the announcer’s platform. Reporting live from the parade route, DIY Network’s Josh Temple, of House Crashers fame, will be in the middle of the action offering unique street-side perspectives and spectator interviews.

The 125th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, followed by the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. On Jan. 6, 2014, the Tournament also will host the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at tournamentofroses.com.

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If you visit HGTV.com with any frequency, you’ve probably come across the work of Brian Patrick Flynn.  One of HGTV’s top contributing designers, Brian’s “edgy-meets-elegant” aesthetic can be found throughout our site.

HGTV’s Brian Patrick Flynn

In fact, some of our most-viewed online galleries are Brian Patrick Flynn original designs.  This guest bedroom makeover is one of our favorites:

If it isn’t already obvious, we’re big “BPF” (as we lovingly refer to him) fans around here.That’s why we’re so excited (and admittedly proud) that Brian has been nominated for Design Tastemaker of the Year, part of the annual CA (California) Home + Design Awards.

But design skill aside, Brian has us equally charmed with his great personality and (sometimes) quirky sense of humor.  Last week, I caught up with Brian and asked him his reaction upon learning that he was up for this prestigious award:

“I was eating a black and white cookie from Doughboys on Third Avenue in West Hollywood when my Google alerts notified me of the nomination announcement. Since black and white cookies, especially large ones from places where famous people like Kate Bosworth eat, are high up there on my list of favorites, and knowing that reputable shelter mags like CH+D think my West Coast design work is good, I couldn’t be happier.

In fact, I was so happy, I ate a second cookie right away, then lied and said I worked it off at the gym when really I just went home to read the full list online, watch Vanderpump Rules, and text my friends photos of cats doing stuff. So, regardless of what happens next, I’m stoked just to have made the list.”

What’s not to love about this guy?  If you’re as crazy about Brian Patrick Flynn and his designs as we are, be sure to vote for him for Design Tastemaker of the Year.  Hurry, voting ends Monday, December 2 at 5pm.

And in the meantime, get in the holiday spirit with these DIY project tips that Brian created exclusively for this year’s HGTV Holiday House.

 

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The day has finally come:  the U.S. premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the follow-up to The Hunger Games.  The film is predicted to be the highest-grossing movie of 2013!

And while I am a huge fan and absolutely love the setting of the film, let’s face it…living in Panem is the worst.  What if we could pluck our favorite characters from the ruthless, post-apocalyptic world and drop them into HGTV’s House Hunters?

Which house would Katniss Everdeen choose?  The quaint, country cottage?  Or the loft apartment in the heart of the city?  Would a lack of granite countertops and no stainless steel appliances really be a deal breaker for our heroine?

The folks at HGTV Frontdoor.com have handpicked the perfect homes for all of our favorite characters… and there’s virtually no chance they’d have to compete in a fight to the death over them.

Browse the Hunger Games Fantasy Homes Gallery>>

Hunger Games photos by: Murray Close
House photos by: Zillow

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