HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog
HGTV Smart Home
Feb 24

Are You Safer in a Tech-Savvy Home?

If you’re confused about whether home technology would make your home safer, you’re not alone. I mean, your current home has locks on the doors, and maybe an alarm system. So it couldn’t get safer than that, right? The truth is, the latest crop of high-tech home security devices can add even more peace of mind, by offering you the ability to monitor and control your home, even when you’re not at home. Here are some of the ways that home technology can make you safer.


If you leave a regular door unlocked in your house, you’ll never know until it’s too late. If you’re not sure about the status of a smart lock, however, you can see whether it’s locked or not on an app, and lock up remotely.

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HGTV Dream Home
Feb 18

The Sweepstakes Entry Period is Over

HGTV Dream Home 2016

Thanks for entering! I wish you all the best of luck. Keep checking back here in March for winner updates and info.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…the results are in! Check out the incredible HGTV Dream Home spaces that earned your votes in 11 categories. See the winners >>

HGTV Smart Home
Feb 10

Three Ways to Improve Your Lighting IQ

Here’s a bright idea: lights you can control from a distance, or even program to turn off or on in advance. Smart lights can save you electricity and legwork, especially in the case of a rogue light switch that my 5’3”-tall self could not reach. And yes, you can install some smart lights without calling in an electrician! Here are your options.

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HGTV Dream Home
Feb 9

Q&A With Interior Designer Brian Patrick Flynn

By now you’re very familiar with our talented interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. We caught up with the designer after load-in day from our favorite waterfront property in Merritt Island. Here’s what he had to say about his design in the main living areas at HGTV Dream Home 2016.

Brian Patrick Flynn

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HGTV Dream Home
Feb 5

Wake Up Inspired Every Single Day

Does that sound like a tall order? Maybe not, if you take your cues from HGTV Dream Home 2016, which was designed to keep its occupants in a vacation state of mind.

The first thing you want to do—if you can swing it—is wake up to a view like this one:

HGTV Dream Home 2016

Okay, so everyone can’t have a spectacular waterfront vista outside the master bedroom window, but you can take a page from interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s playbook if you want to create the idea of a sweeping view in a room where there is none. In the living room, Brian had a historic photo of the home’s Merritt Island location blown up and printed on vinyl bus wrap—voila, instant wallpaper. You can do the same thing yourself at home using a custom mural or wall decal company—a soothing nature scene would be ideal for the bedroom.

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HGTV Dream Home
Feb 3

Designer Tip: How to Mix Metallics

Metallics may seem like small details, but they make a huge impact. Watch how interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses metallics and wow-worthy Ethan Allen furnishings at HGTV Dream Home 2016.

What do you think about using metallics? Let me know in the comments below.

Ethan Allen furnished the HGTV® Dream Home 2016. Shop the looks you love at Or visit your nearest Ethan Allen Design Center to start living the dream today—their design pros can show you how!

HGTV Smart Home
Feb 2

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Location Announcement

The wait is over!  HGTV has chosen Raleigh, North Carolina, as the location of HGTV Smart Home 2016. It’s the perfect blend of Carolina charm paired with Raleigh’s technology loaded location. This cozy home is nestled amongst the established wooded tracts and grassy parks in the City of Oaks. You can get out and browse the shops at Brier Creek Commons, taste local sips from one of Raleigh’s 21 craft breweries, and finish the night off exploring the downtown Capital District before coming home to HGTV Smart Home 2016.

The home is an unexpected contrast in traditional materials juxtaposed against modern and eclectic touches. Traditional, rustic oak and a cool color palette combined with metals and stone builds the foundation for HGTV Smart Home 2016. Follow construction >> 

HGTV Dream Home
Jan 29

What’s Your Favorite Space at HGTV Dream Home 2016?

We want to hear from you! We know you have lots of opinions about HGTV Dream Home 2016 and the thousand gorgeous design details that bring it to life—but we’re going to share our favorites with you first:

The media room gets big style points. We love that it sneaks in high-tech touches without screaming “home theater”—stylish Bose® speakers, a media console that’s an elegant piece of furniture, and a 50-inch flat-screen TV that blends in with all the curated artwork until the moment it’s needed.

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Media Room

We give interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn big props for making this space as multifunctional and modern as possible. No man-cave colors in here—he used a celery hue on the wall and accented the room with fuchsia fabrics, teal poufs, and bright, funky art. But to keep the space from overwhelming the eye, he counterbalanced all the color with a beautiful beachy linen fabric for the sofas, lamps made of driftwood and rattan, and an off-white shag rug that echoes the look of bleached coral. Perfection.

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HGTV Smart Home
Jan 28

HGTV Smart Home 2016: Location Clue Two

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Happy Thursday! I snuck this clip while we were on set at HGTV Smart Home 2016. What do you think Brian Patrick Flynn is trying to tell us? Post your best guesses and let’s chat.

HGTV Dream Home
Jan 27

Designer Tip: Makeover a Room With Ease

“I love the idea of being able to give a room a brand new look with the simple switch out of accessories,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. Learn how to use eye-catching accessories and furnishings from Ethan Allen to recreate the look in the master bedroom at HGTV Dream Home 2016.

What’s your favorite master bedroom feature? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Ethan Allen furnished the HGTV® Dream Home 2016. Shop the looks you love at Or visit your nearest Ethan Allen Design Center to start living the dream today—their design pros can show you how!