We had a great time hanging out with HGTV’s Brian Patrick Flynn, in this week’s Hometalk Hangout on Google+.

I was joined by three popular Hometalk bloggers: Candace of Vintage News Junkie, Karen, The Graphics Fairy, and Heather of At The Picket Fence. They had fun peppering Brian with decorating questions, and even a few personal ones! Our thirty minute hangout was packed with laughs and inspiration. If you missed it, you can still watch the recording!

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Apparently, the folks at g+ loved the hangout, too. Look who took the number one spot in their newsletter this week!


Are you on g+? Connect with Hometalk! We’d love to follow you back.

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by Miriam on Oct 27, 2013

What’s your favorite fall décor? Create a Hometalk Autumn Pinspiration board on Pinterest and you could win a $250 Visa gift card and goodie-filled Hometalk tote. The winner will also be invited to become an honorary pinner on the Hometalk Fall Inspiration board!

Contest Rules:
1. Follow Hometalk on Pinterest.
2. Create a Pinterest board called Hometalk Autumn Inspiration.
3. Pin at least 15 of your favorite fall décor pictures from
4. Email a link to your board to

What should you pin?

Pin fall décor from Hometalk that inspires you. You can stick to a theme or pick random projects you love. Pumpkins, mantels, porch ideas, tablescapes… whatever your heart desires!

Visit the Seasonal Décor topic on Hometalk to start pinning.

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Time Frame:
The contest starts on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET, and it ends on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12 p.m. ET.


The Hometalk Team will review all applicable boards and decide on a winner. Boards will be judged by general esthetic, theme, creativity, and originality.

Questions? Email us at!

We can’t wait to see your board!

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by Miriam on Sep 18, 2013

Want last-minute 4th of July decorating tips? Get great ideas from these inspiring bloggers on Hometalk’s Decorating chat on Facebook, Wednesday, July 3, at 2p EST.

Hometalk Facebook Chat- 4th of July

LIKE the experts!
The Everyday Home Blog

Our Fairfield Home And Garden

Practically Functional

My Blessed Life

Chase The Star Blog

See you Wednesday at 2p EST!

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by Miriam on Jul 2, 2013

Within the past month, Hometalkers across the country (and even all the way in the Caribbean!) have been having a wild good time throwing House Parties and going on Thrift Outings. Here’s a quick glimpse at all the summer fun everyone has been having…

At the Picket Fence held “Girl’s Night Out ~ DIY Style” in Kentucky. Along with beverages and sweets, the guests got a DIY lesson on how to use a miter box and saw.

At the Picket Fence - Hometalk House Party

Also in Kentucky, Thistlewood Farms hosted a “craft-making, apron-wearing, pineapple-eating celebration” where the ladies made adorable wooden signs.

 Thistlewood Farms - Hometalk House Party

Thistlewood Farms - Hometalk House Party

The Space Between held a tropical DIY pool party in Curacao. Instead of just relaxing by the pool, these ladies got to work and fixed up an old outdoor table.

The Space Between - Hometalk House Party

The Space Between - Hometalk House Party

Here in NYC, our friend Carrie Hammer held a soy candle making party in her fabulous West Village Apartment.

Carrie Hammer - Hometalk House Party

Carrie Hammer - Hometalk House Party

Kelly from Eclectically Vintage went thrifting with some friends in Brimfield, where they picked up some great antiques and vintage finds.

Eclectically Vintage - Hometalk Thrift Outing

In South Carolina, Refresh Restyle and Shabby French Country Cottage Basement’s thrift outing was so successful, that their large SUVs were jam packed at the end of the day!

Refresh Restyle - Hometalk Thrift Outing

Shabby French Country Cottage Basement - Hometalk Thrift Outing

Debbiedoo’s took her crew to the local Goodwill in South Carolina and had a blast goofing around on their search for treasures to take home.

Debbiedoo's Hometalk Thrift Outing

Tina and her friends beat the heat in Oklahoma by exploring DeAnna’s Architectural Salvage.

Tina's Hometalk Thrift Outing

Tina's Hometalk Thrift Outing

So how do you get in on the summer fun? If you’d like to host your own Hometalk House Party or Thrift Outing, email us at! Be sure to include the number of people, the date, and your address so we can send you Hometalk t-shirts or aprons to wear at your event!

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by admin on Aug 6, 2012

We had the most AMAZING time partying with Carrie in her super-chic NYC apartment last week! She graciously invited a bunch of her friends for brunch and DIY candle-making, and we all had a blast crafting our candles and just hanging out.

Hometalk House Party - Soy Wax Candles

Before we give you the deets on the party, you have GOT to see Carrie’s apartment. Carrie is the founder of Carrie Hammer Custom Apparel, a made-to-measure professional women’s clothing company, and as you would expect from an enormously successful fashion designer, her West Village apartment is absolutely fabulous.

"Come on in!"

“Come on in and have a look around!”

Continue reading “Carrie’s Candleworks — A Big Apple Hometalk Party” »

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by Miriam on Aug 2, 2012

If you logged on to Hometalk this week, you might have come across a post regarding homeowner, Rob Olsen, who managed to kill his 2-acre lawn. If he was looking to get his wife off his back for not mowing the lawn, he sure found a good way to do it.

Man Kills 2-Acre Lawn

As CNN reports, Rob simply wanted to get rid of a few weeds that sprung up in his grass during the summer months. He picked up several bottles of non-selective herbicide from a local hardware store, which kills both weeds and grass. What he should have purchased is a selective herbicide, which kills a variety of weeds without harming the existing grass.


So this week, I have decided to offer up a post on summer lawn maintenance…

Continue reading “Tips from the Team – Summer Lawn Maintenance” »

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by Kyle on Jul 18, 2012

The HomeTalk community consists of such absolutely wonderful people – but you probably already knew that :-). When it comes to gardening, we encourage each other in our outdoor efforts, help determine rare flowers that grow in our yards, inspire one another on a daily basis, and find the best professionals to work with.

Thanks to HomeTalk, homeowner Martha K was able to discover the fabulous, Atlanta based landscaping company (and fellow HomeTalker), Southern Trillium LLC. Martha and her husband, both huge bird lovers, wanted to transform their backyard into a paradise for wildlife, and they knew Southern Trillium was just the one for the job! Having seen photos of Southern Trillium’s work on HomeTalk, as well as seeing weekly trust-worthy tips and comments, Martha and her husband were confident they would be in good hands.

And so the work began….

Continue reading “A Hometalk Success Story” »

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by Miriam on May 24, 2012

Plant ID has become a regular part of Hometalking. I myself don’t have a garden, and plead ignorance when it comes to anything that grows. I must admit though, that I am envious of the knowledge that others have and will be quite overjoyed if I am ever able to do a little “plant ID-ing” myself!

Here are five plants that people have posted on Hometalk, asking for identification. Let’s see if you recognize any.

I posted this picture on facebook this morning. Here’s what I said:

Plant riddle: My leaves are shaped like an oak leaf, but I am a vine. What am I?

Most people guessed poison oak, but they were wrong!

This in fact is a honeysuckle! Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that, though. This had a professional landscape designer stumped!

I certainly didn’t feel bad at all for not knowing the name of this one. It was posted by Erica Glasener, horticulturist, writer, lecturer and gardener. Can you blame me for not knowing if she didn’t?! The plant was sent to her by some relatives in Pensacola, so naturally, The Garden Rebel and Douglas Hunt, both Florida gardening experts, were able to identify it.

This is a plant called Devil’s Backbone. It is a distant relative of the Poinsettia. You can get some tips on how to best care for it here. Just FYI: The sap will burn your eyes so be very careful not to get it on your hands!

The next shrub I want to show you was posted by Marvin in NC. This guy has got it going on in his garden! You’d think he was running his own nursery from the pictures he posts. Anyway, he needed help identifying this tree/shrub. He’s had it for seven years and says it keeps coming back year after year and sometimes grows berries. Do you recognize it?

There actually isn’t a conclusive answer to this one! Many people guessed Pyracantha and Douglas said a Flowering Quince. You can read all the guesses here, but it looks like Marvin will have to wait for the berries and post another picture to figure this one out!

The last picture I want to share was actually posted by Bonnie Yesteday. I shared it on facebook and 31 people came over to help her out.

For some reason, many people on facebook thought it was strawberries. Here it is, take a look:

This is actually Indian Hawthorne, and a very unhappy one at that! Someone suggested digging up the soil and replacing it with organic soil to help perk it up.

Well, that’s it for this round of plant ID. How did you do?

You can test your plant knowledge some more right here.

Happy gardening!


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by Miriam on Apr 1, 2012