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As a proud, card-carrying mama’s boy, I’m “mushy” about Mom 365 days a year. But this weekend is Mother’s Day and we men get a “free pass” to be extra sentimental about the special women in our lives.

Probably the most wonderful thing about this weekend is that we celebrate Mom in all walks of life…from the mom who’s just starting out to our moms that are now grandmas and great grandmas…and everyone else in between, even mommy-to-be!

Depending on the timeline in your career as mom, you may be spending the weekend planning, designing, or furnishing your first nursery to make room for baby.

If you’re in that group, consider HGTV HOME your nursery central.  Whether you love traditional, modern or in between, HGTV HOME has just released two collections of Nursery furniture to fit your style – at an affordable price.

The HGTV HOME Baby collections were designed to grow with your child and family. For instance, I’m loving the Grayson “4-in-1″ crib–it switches from crib to toddler to daybed to full size bed.  And the Hayden crib converts to a pair of twin headboards.  These pieces just make for a very smart (and stylish) long term investment.

The Grayson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from the HGTV HOME Baby Collection

The Hayden 4-in-1 Standard Crib and 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from the HGTV HOME Baby Collection

Find the HGTV HOME Baby collections at buybuy BABY retailers nationwide and view product details here.

 

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Are you a potential homebuyer living in the Los Angeles area?  Now’s your chance to own a little bit of HGTV history!

Four unique condominium homes designed by HGTV are being sold at a local live auction Saturday, May 17 at 11am.

Located on a quiet tree-lined street in the center of beautiful Glendale, CA, these designer homes have been completely redone inside and out, as part of an upcoming new lifestyle series on HGTV.

Interior: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 2: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 3: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 4: HGTV-designed condo living area

To attend this exclusive event, you must fill out a registration form and be pre-approved.  Learn how you can participate, get location details, and download registration forms here.

Happy Bidding!

 

 

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If you’ve never watched a G+ hangout, here’s the 411.

What is a G+ hangout?
It’s a live video chat hosted publicly by HGTV on the HGTV Google+ account. Here’s a more thorough explanation from Google.

How can I watch?
You can watch on the event page here. If you have a G+ account, you can RSVP and let your friends know you’re going.

Do I need a G+ account?
You do not have to have an account to watch the hangout.

What if I miss the hangout?
You can watch the hangout later on our YouTube channel.

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Television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres will executive produce a six-episode design competition series for HGTV – her first on cable television. Produced by Ellen’s production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures, Ellen’s Design Challenge is scheduled to premiere in 2015 and will feature six competitors as they tackle ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture in just 24 hours. Throughout the series, the contestants must showcase their creativity and versatility to impress a panel of judges. The last one standing will win a cash prize.

“I’m so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture,” said DeGeneres. “One time I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I’d never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside of it, but that’s a story for another time.”

During the series, the competitors will face design challenges that will keep them on their toes and, since the clock will be ticking, they will be paired with an expert carpenter to help them complete the task at hand. The series will highlight Ellen’s passion for furniture and house design as well as her expertise in the subject. In addition, there will be a six-part online companion series that will invite visitors to participate in another side of the competition and get to know the designers even better.

“There has been a lot of dancing in our halls since we shared that we will be collaborating with Ellen,” said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV and DIY Network. “When she talked to us about her love of buying and renovating homes, her personal passion for the creative process of furniture design emerged as something that she wanted to explore more. Since HGTV is the ultimate forum in this space, and since no other network can deliver an audience who is as enthusiastic as she is about the creative process, we just had to make it happen.”

Keep checking IHeartHGTV and HGTV for more news on this exciting new series.

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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.

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Joseph Ward Simmons, aka Rev. Run from the rap group, Run DMC, makes it a family affair as he and his whole family work together to completely renovate their 9,000-square-foot New Jersey home. Rev. Run’s Renovation follows Rev. Run and his wife Justine as give their New Jersey home a total facelift from the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms to the great room and garage.

Before you tune in Friday, April 18 for all-new episodes of Rev Run’s Renovation, join Rev and Justine for a Google+ Hangout to find out tricky things really got during the filming of their home makeover.

Here’s how to join HGTV and Rev Run for a LIVE Google+ Hangout:

1. Follow @HGTV on Google+ and say YES! to attend the Hangout.

2. Tune in Friday night at 7:30 EST.

3. Watch along and find out great behind-the-scenes info from Rev Run’s Renovation.

It’s that easy! We can’t wait to hangout with you on Friday night.

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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!

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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.

Expert flippers go head-to-head in HGTV’s “Flip It To Win It”

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 JOSH and ALISHA

 
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 BEAU and GREG

 
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 MIKE and MANLY

 
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 DOM and KRISTA

 
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 TODD and MICHAEL

 
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.

TEAM RICK and VINNIE

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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.

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HGTV FrontDoor.com is rolling out the red carpet on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for the Oscars this Sunday night. We’ll be pinning and sharing homes of Oscar-nominated celebrities, behind the scenes tours of houses featured in Oscar-nominated movies and homes of celebrity presenters and entertainers. Follow our social accounts during the Oscars and browse the homes of your favorite stars and film locations!

Pinterest: pinterest.com/hgtvfrontdoor
Facebook: facebook.com/frontdoor
Twitter: twitter.com/hgtvfrontdoor

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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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