Screened Porch Tour from HGTV Smart Home 2016

Tiffany shows off the screened porch of HGTV Smart Home 2016.

Behind the Design

Follow along as interior designer and HGTV host Tiffany Brooks walk us through her plan, from start to finish.

Construction to Completion

High-Tech Highlights

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About the Hosts

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany, a wife and working mom, is the owner of a residential design firm and winner of HGTV Star season 8.
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Carley Knobloch

This digital expert and life coach is on a mission to improve your life with technology, one tap or swipe at a time.
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Make Life More Comfortable

Design by Tiffany Brooks

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Tiffany Brooks

Interior designer Tiffany Brooks completed this living room makeover using a mix of high, low, modern and traditional pieces, which gives the space visual and textural interest.

Feminine Style

This purple and cream living room features a cream and plum color palette that's feminine enough for a girly-girl but comfortable enough for those with more masculine taste.

Refurbished Finds

Tiffany brought a pair of classic side tables that were found at a yard sale back to life by adding a high-gloss black finish.

Traditional With a Twist

Tiffany painted and framed this family's silhouettes to add a conversational yet comical twist to an otherwise traditional interior.

Tabletop Terrariums

Succulents, moss and glass candy containers were used to make this terrarium centerpiece.

Texture in Design

The use of seagrass, wool and an African Kuba cloth paired with this moody violet sofa gives this space the perfect amount of texture and drama.

Vacation Home Entryway

Using a collection of found vases, a vintage album cover and antique leather-bound books, this hallway is the perfect transition for this eclectic lakeside vacation home.

Eclectic Styling

Black-lacquered mannequin parts, layered art and a vintage ashtray set the tone for this mini library.

Reflection of Art

A gallery wall full of mirrors is a perfect alternative to art. It also amplifies the natural light in this space.

Personal Touches at Home

Tiffany's signature is the use of silhouettes in her clients' spaces. These hand-painted silhouettes are the focal point in her office, accented with a collection of vintage pieces.

Living Room Plantscape

This plantscape is made more interesting by the camouflaged vintage camera peeking out from among the planters.

Being Bold in Doses

The turquoise pillow and art add a splash of color to this neutral palette.

Colorful Slumber

A fun color combination with a vintage feel makes this a perfect space for a little girl to let her imagination run wild.

Explore North Carolina

This state boasts some of the most magnificent natural scenery along the East Coast. 

Tour Raleigh, North Carolina

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Welcome to Raleigh!

Aptly nicknamed "City of Oaks" for the many oak trees that line the city streets, North Carolina's industrious state capital is brimming with rich history, technological innovation, live music, handcrafted brews and much, much more. 

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North Carolina State Capitol Building

Completed in 1840, this Greek Revival-style building stands in the heart of Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh. On a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark, you can explore the state's oldest library, see a modern restoration of the State Geologist's Office (circa 1858) and view multiple busts, plaques and statues commemorating key people and events in North Carolina's rich history. Interestingly, the present structure is a rebuild of the original State House that famously burned in 1831 during an attempt to fireproof its wooden roof. 

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Fayetteville Street

Located just a few steps south of the capitol building, Fayetteville Street is a mecca for shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife in Raleigh. See a show at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, grab a craft brew at The Raleigh Times Bar or peruse the exhibits at The City of Raleigh Museum. And don't miss the slew of festivals, parades and other outdoor events that take place on Raleigh's "Great Main Street" throughout the year.

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North Carolina Executive Mansion

This 35,000-square-foot, Queen Anne-style dwelling has been home to 29 state governors and their families since 1891. In addition to its function as a private residence, the mansion serves as a repository for a large collection of fine 18th and 19th century North Carolina furnishings and paintings that you can see on a guided tour of the first floor.

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Get Outside

What sets Raleigh apart from many other large cities is its profusion of green space. Just a few miles from busy downtown streets, you'll find two state parks — William B. Umstead State Park (above) and Falls Lake State Recreation Area — and a long list of city parks that offer hiking, camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding and much more. 

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

Built in 1756, Yates Mill is the sole survivor of the more than 70 gristmills that once dotted Wake County. Visitors to this 174-acre wildlife refuge and environmental research center can take a guided tour of the original gristmill, enjoy costumed corn grinding demonstrations, fish off the Yates Mill Pond boardwalk and more.

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Birthplace of Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was born in a small cottage on Fayetteville Street in 1808. The gambrel-roofed structure (assumed to have been built in the late 18th century) doubled as a kitchen for Casso's Inn where Johnson's father worked as a livery man. Today, the relocated building can be found in Raleigh's Mordecai Historic Park where it has been meticulously restored to resemble its appearance during the time of Johnson's occupancy.

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Historic City Market

After City Market opened its doors on October 1, 1914, it quickly became Raleigh's go-to destination for fresh, locally-sourced produce, baked goods, textiles and more. Today, this historic concourse and the Moore Square district that surrounds it are at the epicenter of the city's thriving art scene, with an eclectic variety of art galleries, live music venues and local restaurants lining the cobble stone streets.

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Goooood Eats

North Carolinians take their barbecue seriously. So much in fact, that a longstanding feud exists over which type of barbecue — saucy Lexington Style or vinegar-based Eastern Style — should be named the official state 'cue. No matter your preference, however, you can find delicious, legendary eats in one of over 35 barbecue joints open for business in The Greater Raleigh Area.

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Cheers!

In Raleigh, beer is more than just a libation, it’s a passion. Over 20 craft breweries lie within the 40 miles from Wake Forest to Fuquay Varina, churning out a host of artful, delicious brews and spawning a rich subculture of enthusiastic beer connoisseurs. Raleigh even hosts the World Beer Festival each year where patrons can sample a variety of brews from around the globe in addition to a spread of local favorites.

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Out on the Town

From the high-energy clubs of Glenwood South to the relaxed taverns and restaurants of Fayetteville Street, a diverse lineup of nightlife and family-friendly activity can be found in Raleigh's five distinct entertainment districts

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The Most Music in North Carolina

The City of Oaks boasts a thriving music scene and prides itself on offering more live music than any other city in the state. Whether in a mainstream music arena or a small, intimate venue like Lincoln Theater (above), a show can be found somewhere in Raleigh any day of the year. 

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North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University at Raleigh, more commonly known as NC State, is the largest university in the Carolinas with over 34,000 enrolled students. Located in downtown Raleigh, NC State makes up one corner of North Carolina's distinguished Research Triangle — along with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — and is famous for its high-energy Wolfpack athletic teams.

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Carter-Finley Stadium and Wolfpack Football

On many Saturdays in the fall, the roar of Carter-Finley stadium can be heard throughout downtown Raleigh as over 55,000 enthusiastic fans cheer on their beloved NC State Wolfpack football team.

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PNC Arena

Across the street from Carter-Finley Stadium you'll find the 700,000-square-foot PNC Arena, home to the Carolina Hurricanes professional hockey team and NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team. In addition to being a sports facility, PNC Arena is also a popular concert and show venue, hosting over 150 events each year. 

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Lots to Learn

Dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South," Raleigh boasts a variety of award-winning museums, including the popular Marbles Kids Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art and the eye-opening North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (above). And the best part? Many of Raleigh's museum attractions are open to the public at no charge. 

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Research Triangle Park

Research Triangle Park — the 7,000-acre area between NC State, Duke University and The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill — was established in 1959 in an effort to harness the intellectual potential of university graduates and to generate jobs in poverty-stricken North Carolina. Today, "The Triangle" is one of the largest research and development parks in the world, employs over 60,000 workers and is home to over 190 companies, including IBM, Cisco, BASF and more.

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North Carolina State Fair

Head to The North Carolina State Fair in mid-October to enjoy a fun assortment of carnival rides, agricultural competitions, concerts, firework shows and food vendors on the nation's largest state fair midway. Celebrated in Raleigh since 1928, the fair attracts over a million people during its 11-day run each year.

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Raleigh Farmers Market

Held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in City Plaza, the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market showcases homegrown, sustainably-sourced produce and artisan foods from some of North Carolina's best farmers, bakers, cheese makers and more.

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