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Home & Garden
HGTV Magazine

HGTV Magazine January/February 2017

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.
come on in!

front door of the month light fixture Feiss Freemont 13 ¼"-tall steel outdoor wall light in blue, $143, luxedecor.com pillow Potalla 16" x 16" pillow cover in Suncloth multi blues, $125, thepillowstudioshop.etsy.com; insert, from $19, pillowflex.com chair Vernon polyester and eucalyptus wood rocking chair in teak and beige, $259, homedecorators.com door Buffelen Colonial 6-panel fir door, from $381.50, doornmore.com; Beaded brass entry set in antique copper finish, $270.50, charlestonhardware.com; Preserved 26"-diameter cotton, grapevine, and wire wreath, $115, mlrdesignsbysharonp.etsy.com paint Arsenic by Farrow & Ball house numbers Classic Arch 10" x 15" metal-coated-urethane address plaque in copper verdi, $235, atlassignsandplaques.com doormat Kosas Home Isabella 18" x 30" coir doormat, $41, themodernroom.com…

1 min.
accessories are a big deal!

Whenever I fall in love with a new lamp (this happens often), I always want to take home two so I’ll have a matching set. It’s probably because in our living room growing up, my mom always had matching lamps on the matching end tables on either side of the sofa. Come to think of it, my grandma Ann also had a stylish pair of matching living room lamps flanking her sofa, and so did my grandma Helen—though she called her sofa a davenport, which my sisters and I thought was the funniest thing ever. For me—and apparently for my mom and grandmas too—a striking pair of lamps in the living room is the ultimate finishing touch. Little things like lamps are what give a home spark and personality. That’s…

2 min.
dear hgtv magazine,

Readers share their thoughts and tell us which stories inspired them most. The set of dinette chairs you made over in your October issue [“Would You Let These Chairs in Your House?”] really spoke to me. Last year I found similar ones, covered in plasticky 1970s-era material, and revived them with white paint and funky retro fabric. I was thrilled to see you did something similar to the set you found. Love the magazine! —Brenda Scott, Lake Mary, FL Thank you for the October story “The Actually Useful Junk Drawer.” My boyfriend loves gadgets and helpers like the items you featured. Your story was a one-stop shopping guide for his stocking stuffers. —Amanda Finin, Lexington, KY I can hardly wait for your magazine to arrive in the mail each month. It’s my favorite because the…

4 min.
what painters are saying behind your back

“Two gallons for three giant rooms? Is she joking?” “I’m a painter, not a mover.” “There’s nothing painters hate more than walking into a room full of stuff,” says Jeff Hester of Hester Painting and Decorating in Chicago, IL. “It means valuable painting time gets wasted while I clear out the space.” Before your painter arrives, empty bookshelves, and take mirrors and art off the walls. You’ll also be doing him a solid by rolling up area rugs that aren’t pinned under heavy furniture. The good news: Your painter is on the hook for moving large pieces into the center of the room and covering them with protective drop cloths. “Keep your dog out of my hair.” It doesn’t matter how well-behaved your Jinxsy is. When the painter comes, dogs—and cats—need to be contained…

5 min.
how bad is it…

…to take your dog out in winter without a coat? As long as your dog isn’t a hairless breed, like a Chinese crested, it’s usually fine for him to go au naturel in the cold, says Ann Hohenhaus, D.V.M., staff doctor at New York City’s Animal Medical Center. Because many canines have a built-in coat, they don’t normally need another one, nor will they get sick going out without a jacket. But that’s not to say your pup won’t be uncomfortable, especially if it’s below freezing. If you notice him shivering or pulling to go inside, you may want to bundle him up. Same goes for a dog who’s used to warm weather if he takes a trip up north: He may need an extra layer until he acclimates to the…

2 min.
if your hair dryer could talk

I’m small but mighty. Dryers with at least 1,800 watts of power are ideal for a quick blowout. For extra-thick hair, look for one with 2,000 watts. If those numbers seem high, well, they are: By comparison, many upright vacs use less than 1,500 watts. Hair dryers need the boost to produce a strong airflow and high heat. I work on more than hair. Use the cool-air feature to dry your toothbrush before packing it for a trip, helping to prevent bacteria growth. The warm setting can stretch too-tight leather shoes. Put on thick socks, slip on the shoes, and heat them up for a couple minutes. To easily remove price tags from new dishware, blast them with hot air to soften the adhesive. Careful with my cord. Always unplug a dryer when you’re not…