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HGTV Magazine

HGTV Magazine October 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.
come on in!

light fixture Hinkley Lighting Belden Place 11"-tall aluminum outdoor lantern in oil-rubbedbronze finish, $129, atgstores.com house numbers Mosaic 8"-diameter ceramic and glass house number plaque in white, teal, and turquoise, $52, handmadebyhippo.etsy.com pillow Lattice Bordered 18" x 18" polyester outdoor pillow, $35, angieandlois.etsy.com basket Handmade Picking 8 1/2"H x 12 1/4"-diameter ash wood basket, $54, kaufmann-mercantile.com. We filled ours with marigolds. doormat Tile Pattern coir doormat, $45, christordecor.com front door of the month door 4978 Traditional Douglas fir door, from $1,700, simpsondoor.com for stores; Knoxville double-cylinder brass entryset in oil-rubbed-bronze finish, $240, emtek.com for stores paint Island Orange by Valspar chair Woodard Glade Isle Sling PVC, olefin, and aluminum chair in neitling and rainforest finish, $361, luxedecor.com PILLOW, CHAIR: BEN GOLDSTEIN/STUDIO D; HOUSE NUMBERS, DOOR, DOORMAT: EMILY KATE ROEMER/STUDIO D; BASKET WITH FLOWERS: STUART TYSON/STUDIO D…

1 min.
copy our cover

owl Abbott Snowy Owl 7"-tall ceramic figurine, $45, hi-sweets.com vase Linework Maze 5 3/4"-tall terra-cotta vase in white, $19, westelm.com faux pumpkin Craft-Tex 4"H x 2 ½"-diameter resin pumpkins, $42 for a set of 6, wayfair.com brass sign Hello World 7"W x ½"D x 4"H brass object, $29, westelm.com notebooks Soft Cover 3 ½" x 5 ½" polyurethane notebooks in pink, orange, and pool blue, $6 each, poppin.com easel with art Monstera Leaf 8" x 10" unframed print (we trimmed ours to 6 ½" by 8 ½"), $24, riflepaperco.com; Countertop 3 ½"W x 4"D x 6 1/4"H wood easel, $1, displays2go.com WALLPAPER Manila woven hemp wallpaper in 5277, Phillip Jeffries DRESSER Custom Campaign 48"W x 18"D x 30"H lacquered wood dresser in fuchsia, $1,995, exeterfields.etsy.com GOLD VASE Prism 6 1/4"-tall ceramic vase, $28, jaysonhome.com FAUX PUMPKIN (large) Craft-Tex Long-Stem 8"H x 9"-diameter resin pumpkin, $38,…

2 min.
cheers to 5 years!

I can’t believe HGTV Magazine is 5 years old! It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in an office with a small but mighty start-up staff, brainstorming all kinds of ways to make a new home magazine. True, plenty of our early ideas ended up on the cutting room floor, but, amazingly, many that debuted in our very first issue, October/November 2011, are still super popular with readers today. Our Fun Decorating and Help Wanted sections, and three columns (“The High/Low List,” “Wow! What Color Is That?” and “How Bad Is It…”) have all been going strong since day one. Truth be told, we toiled away on that premiere issue for nearly a year before it printed so we could get it just right. I’m proud to say we…

4 min.
dear hgtv magazine,

My husband and I are always searching garage sales and flea markets for hidden treasures, so we loved the June House Tour “Seeing Style in the Junk.” The way the Bradfords mixed old and new in their home gave us great ideas for incorporating our antique finds in a way that feels fresh. —Jane M. Vidrine, Baton Rouge, LA My reclaimed-wood dining table looks empty—but I think I found the solution in July/August’s “Secrets to Fixer Upper Style.” In one room, Joanna Gaines styled a farmhouse table with plates displayed in long rectangular boxes. I’m excited to try it. —Julie Lombardi, Columbus, OH A color combo I spotted in your January/February issue [“Copy the Curb Appeal”] inspired me to repaint my home’s exterior—which hadn’t been touched in 25 years—using two similar hues. It really…

1 min.
if your jack-o’-lantern could talk

I wouldn’t mind losing some weight. After cleaning out the pumpkin’s guts, shave down its inner walls until they are only about an inch thick for easier carving. Most carving kits include a scraping tool to make slimming down a snap, but an ice cream scoop (and a little elbow grease) will also do the job. Recycle me. Don’t trash your spooky squash! Nutrient-rich pumpkins can be used for compost and as fertilizer. Cut yours into 1-inch chunks, and bury them in your flower beds. Or see if your public works department has a pumpkinrecycling program. Stay sharp, people. A serrated blade is ideal for carving— even a steak knife will do—but using a variety of tools will help you create something original. Try a drill and bits in various sizes to make polka dots,…

6 min.
so that’s how you…

…build a roaring fire With this top-down method from Ashley Eldridge of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, you can achieve a brilliant blaze using only wood and matches. Make sure the wood is dry. Store it outside, off the ground, in a loose stack for at least six months before burning it. STEP 1 Arrange a row of the biggest logs on the grate in the hearth, leaving an inch or two of space between each one. (Or lay them directly on the fireplace floor; you don’t have to use a grate, Eldridge says.) STEP 2 Stack slightly smaller logs on top, arranging them perpendicular to the first layer. STEP 3 For the next two layers, add kindling (twigs and narrow logs), alternating so each row is perpendicular to the one below it,…