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HGTV 2011 Dream House

Nestled away in Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort stands the HGTV 2011 Dream House.  HGTV never seems to disappoint and this year is no exception.  This 3,000- square-foot home includes 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen any chef would adore.

Inspired by the location, the home’s curb appeal is strikingly rustic but upon closer inspection modern marvels abound.  The architects considered every tiny detail to ensure this home feels warm and cozy in the snowy mountains.

The kitchen features a stunning combination of birch wood, stainless steel and an open floor plan.  A dramatic statement with crisp sleekness makes this kitchen the perfect spot for a gathering.

Inspired by the fall foliage, the gathering room’s color palate bursts with earthy tones providing a comfortable spot to gaze upon the outdoor landscape.

The goal of the master bedroom was to highlight the incredible views just outside the large window.  The magnificent colors of the sunset flood the room making it even more spectacular.

The master bathroom oozes a relaxing spa feel. Carefully planned so the incredible view is front and center whether soaking in the claw-foot tub or steaming in the open glass shower.

HGTV’s team certainly knows how to pull off an amazing home.  With a stunning location, astounding design and practicality, this home has it all.

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Mystical mirrors

Functional and decorative, Mirror are no one-hit wonder.  Often utilized as a final check point before shuffling off to work or reflecting the colors of a painting on an adjacent wall mirrors brighten any room.

Take a look at some creative new mirror arrangements.

Mirrored frames are a great way to utilize space by combining the reflective properties of the mirror with artistic expression.

This large multi-faceted wall mirror casts multiple beams of light around the room.

Individual leave-shaped mirrors include handy hooks for a practical spin.

These flower and leaf mirrors make a dramatic statement.

Framing the mirror tiles with molding adds glamourous appeal.

Mirrors are a multi-purpose must for any room.

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Photography at its most glamourous

Melanie Acevedo, a New York based photographer responsible for the following images, is a talented artist who frames her shots just right.  The elements behind creating a gorgeous photograph are strikingly similar to creating an inviting room.

Create dimension by layering elements such as rugs, throws and pillows, adding architectural details like crown molding or simply having an interesting detail at every height in the room.

Pops of color draw the eye and excite the mind.

Use accessories that accentuate through personal style. It creates the personality and vibe of the room.

Keep in mind, furniture an accessories should never overwhelm the room. The appropriate ratio allows for movement easily throughout the space.

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French designer unleashed

Modern French design comes to life through these rooms created by HAND Lyon Interior Design firm. Each room is created through a mix of modern and traditional furniture, textures, lighting and interesting artwork. All the elements collide bringing a sense of warmth to the space.

The majority of the space is cream, yet, different textures are scattered throughout. There’s the marble column and the berber rug. And even more definition in the form of wood paneling and crown molding. Modern sofas with clean tailored lines offset the rounded backs of the dinning room chairs with circular cutouts. Color is lightly introduced by the dramatic artwork, which creates an interesting focal point.

The simple furniture with square lines and classic colors balances the floor-to-ceiling textures.  Exposed wood beams, cobblestone walls and cool grey Flagstone tiles work together to create the right amount of dimension. The chunk of untreated wood, used as an extension of the glass coffee tables, is the final touch. The result: the perfect balance of natural materials and manufactured elements.

The exceptional outdoor view is framed like artwork by a glass wall with functional double doors.  The overall style of the kitchen is clean, simple and modern allowing the spotlight to rest simply in the view.

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Touch of the blues

The easiest way to brighten up or add a little extra personality to a room is through the use of accent colors. Color can unite separate rooms such as an entryway and a living space or even create a consistent theme throughout an entire space. Accents also allow the homeowner the chance to experiment with a color that they might typically shy away from. Start by adding pillows, a throw blanket or artwork and let the color splash grow from there.

Certain colors evoke different memories, thoughts or moods. Always consider the mood of the room prior to choosing the right shade to complement.  Red often evokes a romantic or sultry ambiance, green is fresh or crisp and yellow brings on a happy, carefree vibe.

Royal blue is used throughout this space creating a classic, tranquil environment.

The bedroom’s soft seafoam green walls, framed by white crown molding, create a relaxing space. The accent color is used to highlight the glass french double doors in the form of drapes and through pillows and a sophisticated lining on the linens.

A stark white room can be soothing and inviting when you add a bright rug in royal blue.

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Dramatically Retro

Designer Katie Rivinus and Adam Blackman poured over ten years into updating their 1950s modern post-and-beam-style home in Los Angeles.  All of their dedication paid off in a big way.  With a mixture of modern angles and retro furnishings this home has personality.  Sunlight streams in through the large windows and the sky lights nestled in the exposed wood beam ceilings. Cinderblock flanks the walls while stainless steel accents the kitchen.  Tailored style is prevalent in the furnishings slightly hinting a masculine appeal. Together this pair created a phenomenal space that reflects life’s inspirations of dramatic scale, color, texture and patina that comes with age.

Additional height is generated by the slightly angled ceiling.  Chinese water carriers hang over the sink in a decorative fashion.

The tufted black chair draped in its original leather upholstery is stately yet gracefully detailed.

The orange swivel club chairs were designed by art deco furniture designer Paul Frankl. The “V”-like cutout is mesmerizingly unusual.

A view of the tranquil pond just beyond the glass sliding doors completes the atmosphere of this home.

This updated 1920s stacking chest found at a flea market is only one of the details that make this home special.

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Muted Beauty

Cream, tan and chocolate brown is a muted classic creating an exquisite combination.  The neutral wallpaper has a slight basket weave texture adding dimension to the small space.  Light wood detail against the chocolate brown fabric illuminates the traditional lines of the wingback chairs.  Softness is introduced with matching square cream pillows. The ottoman is covered in faux hair just bursting with texture. And the entire room screams symmetry. Doryn Wallach, a New York interior designer, mixed traditional with sophisticated to create an incredible space.

The ottoman is adored with refined accessories such as an antique silver tray, crystal box and white hardback books.

Grasscloth creates a simple linear texture for the room and is softened by the gentle curves of each furniture pieces and accessory.

Black and white is another classic combination.  The bold geometric pattern of the wallpaper adds a certain playfulness to the bathroom.

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Eco-friendly living has never looked so good.

Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, Home Green Home, is the result of a dynamic collaboration between New World Home and interior designer Katie Ridder.  This prefab cottage packs a punch of country charm into only 1,607 square feet.  And every inch is delicately designed from floor to ceiling.

A warm organic wallpaper in the foyer grabs attention upon entering the home. Next you might notice chicken wire has been added to the seemingly simple white cabinets for texture and dimension. And the soft light in the room is spilling out of the recycled-aluminum light fixture.

The kitchen has a bright country charm with antique white beadboard cabinets and a white apron-front sink.  The focal point of the room is awarded to the stunning barn-wood island, rugged with a cool hue.

Multiple prints were framed from Art Forms in Nature to create an intriguing climb to the second floor.

The beadboard in the master bedroom was installed horizontally to make the room appear wider.

This closet is to die for!  The built-ins, crafted from 100 percent post-consumer wood fiber, provide practical yet stylish organization. Overall the space radiates a vintage feel through the wall paper and accessories.

The master bathroom is full of quaint charm.  The mirrors are framed with old-fashioned bourbon barrels and the vanity is a refinished dresser.

Lilac paint camouflages the storage built-ins in the guest room giving the illusion of more space. Tucked in the corner, the adorable chair was revived with new upholstery.

The sunshine streams in the screened wraparound porch making it the perfect place to put your feet up and relax.

Vintage wallpaper, a white pedestal sink and old fashion fixtures make this powder room captivating.

The home is eco-friendly and oh so charming!

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Modern and Manly!

Kelly Reynolds Interiors knocked this bachelor pad out of the park.  A stunning mix of practical style and one-of-a-kind features this loft in Vancouver, Canada, is the perfect location for entertaining.  Beyond the immediate beauty of the exposed brick wall and the 9-foot windows is the extraordinary detail, such as the built-in beer trough and a bio fuel fireplace. Sleek materials provide a contemporary space while the natural fiber upholstery infuse a certain coziness. This space is certainly a conversation starter!

Entertainment inspired beer trough. Genius!

A rugged block of wood serves as the perfect macho coffee table.

Comfy seating area snuggles up to the bio fuel fireplace.

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Shabby chic at the beach: This home exudes relaxation and sophistication.

Chances are the weather has you shivering in your boots, perhaps you’re daydreaming of a cozy beach bungalow.

When picturing the quintessential beach home, Malibu might come to mind. This beach home located in Seasalter, UK, however, is the polar opposite in the most comforting way.  The shabby chic style with calming turquoise paint and rustic finishings surround you with elegance at every turn. With a wide-open layout, statement pieces of furniture are the star of the show accented with smaller details full of character. I can almost picture the home owner sauntering toward the beach with flip-flops in tow.

Two main things to adore about this room: the solid wood table that draws your eye to the center of the room and the Robin blue barn doors on the right wall.

Skip the refrigerator and put your child’s painting on a pillow. It’s a brilliant way to add personal details to any space.

Shabby chic is the perfect platform to use both an old-fashioned clock and a modern stainless steel light fixture. What a gorgeous combination.

The mood of the home perfectly reflects the calm ocean and the warm breeze.

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