If it seems like home decorating has seen a total pop culture resurgence lately, it’s because, well, it has – thanks to shows like Extreme Makeover, Design Star, and pretty much anything else on HGTV. Following suit, SPACEStv is offering up bite-size YouTube segments for design-lovers everywhere. Every week for a month, I’ll be exploring some of our favorite series from these decorating gurus. Here’s the first peek:

Take Me Home:

Adorable host Arden Myrin propositions strangers on the street to – you guessed it – take her home.

In this episode, we see the glamorous side of Harlem. This apartment is gorgeous (the highlight? A beautiful kitchen with luxe touches like tiled walls and leather barstools). The bedroom was spacious enough to fit the biggest bed I’ve ever seen and three dressers (is this really Harlem?!), plus an ingenious road-bike-made-stationary bike (hello, at-home gym). This apartment epitomized how Harlem maintains its special neighborhood charm while infusing the swank factor you’d expect in Manhattan.

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October 23, 2012

Although I’m known to wear flip flops well after the first snowfall (and keep a year-round countdown to summer), I always look forward to seasonal treats and décor. With a few strategically placed autumnal touches, some seriously snuggle-worthy fabrics, and yes, a gourd arrangement, I took one part of my home from beachy-cool to bonfire-cozy.


Here’s how it’s done:

1. There’s nothing better than sinking your toes into a heavenly soft rug on a chilly morning. Rather than replace your summer-friendly flatweave, layer your existing rug with a smaller throw rug to achieve an (affordable) warm and eclectic look. Play around with contrasting prints and textures – I paired a natural striped wool flatweave with an ivory sheepskin throw for a shabby-chic look.

2. Changing up your decorative pillowcases is a great and simple way to achieve a warmer color palette in your space (as well as prolong the lifespan of your cases). I swapped out a classic white, monogrammed pillowcase for moss green- and rust-colored wool pillowcases for a perfect, fall foliage color scheme.

3. Nothing is more essential than finding the perfect throw blanket. I’ll just kiss the gym goodbye now, because I know the only thing on my mind when I’m leaving work during the next few months will be getting home to this super-plush throw.

4. ‘Tis the season for gourd-crazed decorations, and who am I to question tradition? I picked up a dozen or so in a variety of harvest colors, added some DIY textured floral pieces, and the fall mantle was born.

5. I’m no baker, but seasonal candles in scents like apple pie and pumpkin spice will give the illusion that I’m a regular Betty Crocker. I’m a huge fan of Aunt Sadie’s, but if you’re feeling crafty, try your hand at making your own (yes, yet another use for gourds).

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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October 12, 2012