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HGTV Magazine

HGTV Magazine January-February 2016

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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in this issue

1 min.
the ultimate no-cost makeover

I never get tired of rearranging stuff on my living room shelves. You could say it’s one of my favorite weekend activities. If you’re ready for a total reshuffle using things you already have, try these steps: First, clear everything off your shelves. If you just scoot stuff around, your makeover will lack drama! Also, starting from scratch gives you a chance to really take stock of your things, and I guarantee you have more to work with than you think. Next, gather a few items that you love from other rooms, like a cute alarm clock from your guest bedroom and colorful bowls from your kitchen. (Just because something has been in one spot in your home for years doesn’t mean it has to live there forever.) Now try…

5 min.
dear hgtv magazine,

The plate wall in the November House Tour “What to Do When Gray Is Your Favorite Color” hit home for me. Like the Breens, I’ve always collected plates. I’d rather have plates than diamonds, which my husband enjoys. I recently displayed mine on a wall in my kitchen nook. Looking forward to your next issue! —Ellen Laden, Fredericksburg, VA Your Front Door of the Month is one of my favorite parts of every issue. Seeing the beautiful paint colors month after month convinced me to paint my own door a cheery yellow. I hope it provides a ray of sunshine during this year’s Western New York winter. Thanks for inspiring me. —Anne Siconolfi, Fairport, NY Wow, I thought I had a great menu planned for Thanksgiving, but after reading through the HGTV stars’ favorite…

2 min.
copy our cover

WALLPAPERS (from left) Nikko wallpaper in blue and navy, thibautdesign.com; GP & J Baker La Fiorentina wallpaper in marine, wallpaperdirect.com FRAMES 18" x 28" MDF picture frames in satin white with styrene. Original price: $26.80 each. Deal price: $24.12 each with code HGTV10 at arttoframes.com. CABINET (custom) Hans 45"W x 20"D x 39"H poplar and plywood buffet, tritterfeefer.com. We painted ours California Blue by Benjamin Moore. KNOBS Facet-03 2 1/4"-diameter brass pulls in satin brass finish, nest-studio-home.com cabinets knobs rug vases x-bench wallpapers WHERE TO BUY WALLPAPER REMNANTS If you don’t have wallpaper left over from another project, these sites sell scraps: fondlyvintage.etsy.com, zoesoldeshoppe.etsy.com, and wallpaperyourworld.etsy.com. DAVID PRINCE, STYLING: COURTNEY DE WET; KNOBS, CREATIVE CO-OP VASE, BURKE DECOR VASE: MARKO METZINGER/STUDIO D; WEST ELM VASE, ANTHROPOLOGIE VASE: LARA ROBBY/STUDIO D…

7 min.
there’s no such thing as a stupid question

If a piece of wood furniture is varnished, can I just paint right over it? No. You’ll need to remove the furniture’s waxy, shiny coating first or the paint will bubble and peel, says Nancy Krass of Atlantique Furniture Restoration in Huntington Station, NY. To take off the varnish, sand it with coarse sandpaper (150 grit), followed by a finer paper (220 grit). For furniture with intricate carvings that sandpaper can’t reach, use a paint-and-varnish stripper like Citristrip ($20 for 1/2 gallon, homedepot.com), then finish with fine sandpaper. After all the varnish is gone, you’re good to go—just wipe off the sandpaper grit with a damp rag, prime the piece, and paint. How is a perennial plant different from an annual plant? Annuals are one-and-done plants that live for only a single season.…

4 min.
how bad is it…

…to not rinse a dog’s paws after a walk in the snow? Your pup’s paws don’t need to be washed after a snowy stroll unless they’ve come into contact with road salt or other deicers, says veterinarian Brian Collins, D.V.M., of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY. The chemicals in those products can irritate paws—and, worse, cause an illness if your dog licks his feet and ingests the stuff—so once you get home, dip Fido’s tootsies in a bowl of warm water, and towel them off. (Bonus: This also prevents salt damage to your floors and furniture.) If you didn’t encounter salt, it’s fine to just dry off your dog’s feet. What about suiting up your furry friend in rubber boots? Says Dr. Collins, “Your dog might not…

3 min.
there’s an app for that resolution

RESOLUTION Lose weight APP My Fitness Pal (free on iTunes and Google Play) “There are thousands of weight-loss aids, but this one does it all: keeps track of the calories, carbs, sugar, and fat in the food you eat as well as lets you log exercise. You can even use it to turn your phone into a pedometer. The app also tells you which key vitamins and nutrients you need more of. That can be a real eye-opener!” —Sarah Krieger, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics RESOLUTION Spend more time with friends and family APP Google Calendar (free on iTunes and Google Play) “If you want quality time with loved ones, you have to plan it. This shared calendar lets you invite friends and family to view your schedule and vice versa, making it easier to set up hangout…