HGTV's New Outdoor Room

by DIY Maven

HGTV's New Outdoor Room

The new year begins with a new offering from HGTV. The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie premiers on January 1 and it just might be worth a slot on the DVR. If you haven't heard of Jamie Durie, he's a hunky landscape 'artist' from Australia with impeccable taste. Jamie's clients have included A-list celebs and 5-star hotels. He gather's inspiration from around the world to create his designs. For instance, with Jamie's help the back yard pictured above went from dust bowl to Sonoman paradise. This is what it looks like now:

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25 Biggest Decorating Mistakes

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25 Biggest Decorating Mistakes

Recently I caught a re-run of a special that had appeared on HGTV a while back. A panel of decorators discussed the 25 biggest decorating mistakes people make. From least offensive to most, here’s the experts’ list.

 

25. ‘Contour’ toilet rugs

24. Too many photos displayed

23. Ignoring your entry way/foyer

22. Exposed cables—of the media variety

21. Out of place, themed rooms (a Bali bedroom in Alaska would be a no-no)

20. Outdated...

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How to Get on a TV Design Show

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How to Get on a TV Design Show

(A small outdated kitchen before a visit from Divine Design.)

If you’re a fan of HGTV, then you’ve probably daydreamed about having a team of designers come into your home or garden and having at it. If you’d like to bring your fantasy to fruition, here are some steps to help get you there.

  • First watch a bunch of make over shows and pick the one/s that suit your style.
  • Surf the web to see which shows are looking for people willing to...

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What's Your Color Personality?

by Chris Gardner

HGTV's Design Star winner and Color Splash Host David Bromstad provides a color wheel of insight into your favorite colors, and the ways in which they reflect your personality. Then, for each slice of the color wheel, have a click and get tips to use the color in your design and decor. (Hint, mine's purple.)

While you're there, have a look at David's nine "Can't miss color tips" for even hue-liciousness. Then, click here for my friend's DIYMaven's...

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The Horrible Reality of Home Improvement T.V.

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The Horrible Reality of Home Improvement T.V.

We’re supposed to think those people who appear on home make-over shows love the outcome of their reality t.v. experience. We’ve all seen it: people squeal with glee, they cry tears of joy as their garden or home make-over is revealed. Is it real? Or is it as fake as the blood in a Wes Craven movie? If statistics were complied, they would probably show that most people are pleased with their realty t.v. home make-overs. But if we peek among the...

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Does anybody actually watch the DIY network?

by Chris Gardner

I don't do TV much, but when I watch, I like to at least pretend that I'm learning something.

So, our cable company just introduced its new "2.0" package, in which you can upgrade your package for an extra $12.49 a month.

There's a bunch of sports channels I won't watch, and some foreign news channels I probably should watch, and the Sundance Channel and the Independent Film Channel which I will DEFINATELY watch. 

And the DIY Network is included. I...

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