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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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The HGTV Magazine staff started out the New Year with a refreshed, refurnished, and revamped conference room! All thanks to our friends at HGTV HOME!

The redo experts took our boring office space, and transformed it into a stylish, colorful, and cozy spot for meetings, brainstorming, and okay, a little partying! Check out our before and after pictures below. Plus find details on specific paint colors, fabric patterns, and more HGTV HOME furniture and products used in the makeover.

before after conference room

Boring before. Awesome after.

Chairs: HGTV HOME Furniture Collection Dining Chair (2572 and 2572-02A) in Smoke (HG73, fabric and 9, color) with nailhead trim
Dining Table: HGTV HOME Caravan Rectangular Dining Table in Two-Tone (4386)
Credenza: HGTV HOME Caravan Entertainment Credenza in Midnight (9486)
Rug: HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw Nirvana in Gray (00500)
Tray Tables: HGTV HOME Design Studio at Bassett Style Boost Tray Table (6HG7-K604) in Green
Pillow Fabrics: All HGTV HOME fabrics are available at Jo-Ann fabric stores or joann.com. Like a Diamond in Fog (window seat), Round Trip in Lagoon, Souvenir Scroll in Lagoon and Fog, and Chevron Chic in Harvest
Paint Colors: HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams in Cooled Blue (SW 6759) on the walls, and Sealskin (SW 7675) underneath the window seat.

conference collage

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Hang out with your favorite HGTV stars all day on New Year’s Day and watch all-new episodes of your favorite shows. Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions, what you are looking forward to in 2014, and why you love HGTV with #HGTVNewYear to have your Tweet appear on screen.

11am-1pm Rose Parade with Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
1-2pm Island Hunters with Nicole Curtis
2-3pm Beachfront Bargain Hunt with Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri
3-4pm Caribbean Life with Hilary Farr and David Visentin
4-5pm Amazing Water Homes with Vanilla Ice
5-6pm Vacation House for Free with Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot
6-7pm Hawaii Life with Genevieve Gorder
7-8pm Living Alaska with Amy Matthews
8-9pm 2014 HGTV Dream Home Special with John Gidding and Josh Temple
9-10pm Buying and Selling with Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott

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Ever wonder where all the flowers on the floats on the Rose Parade come from? And what happens to the flowers on the floats after the parade? Lyn Lofthouse, floral decorator at Phoenix Decorating Company, the biggest float builder in the Rose Parade, dishes on where the roses come from and what happens to them after their 15 minutes of fame is up. Read all about the flowers, the floats and more on HGTVGardens.com.

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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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