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HGTV Magazine

HGTV Magazine December 2015

HGTV Magazine is about real life at home. In every issue you'll find money-saving mini makeovers, simple ways to conquer clutter, smart DIY solutions, time-saving cleaning tricks, and so much more. Plus--see how the HGTV experts really live!

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
front door of the month

light fixture Superior Moravian Star 18"-tall glass and metal outdoor light in white, $455, shadesoflight.com 25 house numbers chair Nardi Zac Spring resin folding chair in red, $75, cozydays.com planter Threshold Reactive Glaze 16"H x 18"-diameter resin planter in red, $40, Target stores. We filled ours with a holly bush. DIY it! Hammer in furniture nails to adorn a door. Agave Ironworks 1 ⅝"-diameter iron furniture nails in black, $3.50 each, lowes.com door Architectural fiberglass door, from $1,339, jeld-wen.com for stores; Baldwin Baltimore Single Cylinder Mortise brass handleset in oil-rubbed-bronze finish, $276.50, build.com. We added furniture nails to the top and bottom of the door’s center panel. paint Fertile Green by Behr doormat Black Stripes coir doormat, $37, bambeco.com log holder Frame 18"W x 12"D x 48"H steel log holder, $199, crateandbarrel.com PLANTER, DOOR, DOORMAT: MARKO METZINGER/STUDIO D; HOUSE NUMBERS: LARA ROBBY/STUDIO D…

2 min.
the great gingerbread house challenge

Anyone who has engaged in a Monopoly marathon during the holidays knows that some friendly competition makes the season more fun. This year the HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine staffs challenged each other to a gingerbread house style-off. Both teams started with the same kit (Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread House kit, $10, Michaels stores) and agreed to reveal our creations at a photo shoot. Here are the results! Tell us which house you like best at hgtv.com/gingerbreadhouse. Both are impressive, but I not so secretly hope our chocolate rock walkway and fashionable fondant snowman give team HGTV Magazine a sweet victory. If you’re in the mood for even more sugary craziness, check out All-Star Gingerbread Build, which airs on HGTV and Food Network November 28 at 8 p.m. EST. On the…

2 min.
copy our cover

DIY it! felt garland Use a sewing needle to thread embroidery floss through the center of felt balls in various sizes. FELT BALLS 1-cm-to-2-cm-wide wool felt balls in aqua, from $0.15 each, tadaastudio.com ornaments Glass ball ornaments, from $21 for a set of 12 (multiple sizes and colors available), christmascentral.com; (bell) Early Years 3 1/2"-tall glass ornaments, $17.50 for a mixed set of 4, kurtadler.com for stores candlesticks (from left) Iittala Nappula 7 1/2"H x 3 1/2"-diameter brass candlestick in gold finish, $80, macys.com; Cursive 7"W x 5"D x 11 1/2"H metal candlestick, $32, anthropologie.com; Illuminaria Ori stainless steel candlesticks in gold finish, $107 for a mixed set of 3 (small is 10"H x 3 1/2"-diameter), allmodern.com birds (clockwise from top) Urban Trends Undetailed 6"W x 3 1/2"D x 4 1/4"H ceramic bird figurines, $44 for a set of…

3 min.
dear hgtv magazine

The Pla family’s kitchen in the September issue [“White, Wood, & Wow”] was the coolest! From the cabinets to the lights, everything had a modern touch. I especially liked how pops of color throughout helped the space come together. Thumbs-up to the designer and homeowners for a truly inspiring kitchen. —Shante Jones, Oakland, CA Quite a few of the DIY projects in the October issue look like ones that even I, a not-so-crafty person, could do. I can’t wait to “dye” a pillow cover using a marker—my favorite idea in the story “6 Things to Do With Sharpies.” —Linda Lashley, Maumee, OH September’s “Pops of Color” section was so fun! I loved how everything coordinated. If I had to pick a favorite page, it’d be the one with all the orange items. That…

5 min.
less stress less mess

1 Elegantlooking disposable flatware “Christmas and New Year’s are when I throw my biggest parties. I love to entertain but absolutely hate to do dishes. These oneand-done forks, spoons, and knives are sturdy, posh—and gold!” —David Bromstad, My Lottery Dream Home Shiny Gold plastic flatware, $4.50 for a set of 25 forks, spoons, or knives, fine-essentials.com 2 A solution for storing wreaths Keep your artificial wreaths in top form during the off-season with these puncture- and tear-resistant storage bags. The interior buckle strap holds a wreath snugly in place, a transparent vinyl window helps you ID the contents, and a D-ring lets you hang the bag in a closet or the garage. 48"-diameter wreath storage bag, $60, the-cover-store.com 3 Holiday cards that literally mail themselves With this all-inclusive service, sending a card via snail mail is now fully…

4 min.
how bad is it…

…to ignore the preflight safety demonstration? If you tend to tune out, you’re not alone. A study by the National Transportation Safety Board found that about half of passengers pay no notice to the airline’s worstcase-scenario instructions. No matter how many times you’ve heard the directions, always stop what you’re doing and locate the emergency exits, says Todd Curtis, Ph.D., an aviation safety expert and founder of airsafe.com. It can make all the difference. Count the number of seats between you and the nearest exit so you can navigate by feel if visibility drops in the cabin. pretty bad! …to not insure a package you send in the mail? If your package is valued at $100 or less, some carriers automatically cover it. If it’s worth more than $100, “insurance is a good idea,”…