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I can already feel the crisp air of Fall in the mornings and the bright Summer sunlight has started to transition into a softer and more subdued color palette. And with it the Autumn/Winter 2013 home collections have begun to show up in stores and online. One of my favorites this year is from the Danish house Ferm Living. Their collections is a bit edgier than in the past with materials such as brass, wood, leather and marble in the mix. Ferm Living's iconic geometric shapes still play an important role for Fall and Winter but with a few new surprises that you will love. These are some of my favorite pieces from their catalogue, but there are plenty more to drool about in their look book. Trust me, it's worth browsing through just for their gorgeous vignettes. Enjoy!

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How thrilled would any kid be with this adorable doll house that also doubles as a coffee table? Both, little ones and grown ups can enjoy the beautiful design of the Qubis Haus. Sliding panels with windows and doors already engraved on them are used to create the various rooms in the house. But that's not all. You can also turn this table/house into a multi media center by sliding your iPad into the grooves for you and your kids to watch and play. Most definitely, it's a genius gift for a modern family or just for those that love cool designs.

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Metallics have always played a strong role in home decor, but the on-trend metallic for the incoming season seems to be copper. This precious metal has evolved from a patina-like finishes to a very sleek and shiny surface. Thanks to its new renaissance, I've been seeing an avalanche of copper furnishings everywhere I go. From kitchen appliances to trendy bicycles, the selection is quite extensive. Its beautiful color makes it easy to mix with other natural materials and works beautifully with pastels, grays and earth tones... and of course, black. Now, there's no need to go crazy with this trend, adding one or two touches of cooper in your decor will be just right. Here are just a few of my favorite picks from the trend. (Love the bike!)

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There's nothing like an area rug to add personality to a home. Sometimes it even becomes the point of departure when decorating a room. Besides making a visual statement in a space, rugs are great for defining specific areas in a layout. If you’re looking for practicality as well as beauty a wool rug is your best bet—it's gorgeously soft and rather durable. Being a luxurious fibre, wool brings extra comfort and warmth to your abode. Its durability makes wool rugs ideal for areas that see a lot of foot traffic. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, textures and plies. But patterned carpets are less likely to show dirt and are more forgiving on busy areas like family rooms, dining room, halls, stairs and landings. Since wool is a recyclable and naturally flame-resistant fibre, wool rugs are a smart choice if you want to help the environment. Besides being a valuable investment that will serve you for many years to come, wool rugs are the epitome of practicality and style.

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I know it's a bit premature to be posting about Fall when we still about a month and a half left of Summer. But I simply couldn't resist sharing the upcoming collection from the Danish home decor brand Bloomingville. Their Autumn/Winter collection is a beautiful mix of metallics, wood, wool and beautiful patterns. Soft pinks, lavender, peach and grays dominate their new lookbook: a rather unexpected palette for the wintry season—but one that will definitely brighten up your decor on those long and chilly days. I encourage you to browse through their online catalogue here. It's to die for.

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If you're a mid-century modern aficionado like moi, then you know how hard it is to find great pieces at prices that won't break the bank. At times, this can be a frustrating task. But with a growing demand for this timeless style, amazing reproductions are being manufactured so close to the originals that you have to be an expert to tell them apart. I'm always in the lookout for these classic beauties since they add a touch of modernity to any decor without trying so hard. I recently found, Exclusive Mod, a new wonderful online resource that offers a great —and affordable— collection of modern reproductions. So if you happen to be in the market for a Verner Panton style chair or an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair (among many others), then you're in luck. Our friends at Exclusive Mod are extending our readers a unique discount coupon worth 25% off their purchase. It's siimple: just remember to use coupon code DESIGNERPAD25 at checkout. Shop away!



I can't get enough of this beautiful series of prints by Spencer Harrison of Happy Studio. His minimalist interpretations of everyday objects, both in form and colors, is what makes them so fun and whimsical. All 100 prints in the series are also available as iPhone cases, throw pillows, laptop decals, t-shirts and totes. But if 100 are not enough for you, he comes out with a new design every week. They're so sweet that I'm having a hard time to choose my favorites. But here are some in my list.

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If you're a DIYer at heart and in search of a fun weekend project, I got one for you. I was recenlty in search of cloth-covered wire to rewire a couple of wall lamps I had bought when I suddenly hit the jackpot. I was jumping up and down of joy after coming across the Colorado-based Color Cord Company. Not only do they have the most extensive selection of cloth-covered wires offering 27 magnificent colors and patterns to choose from. But they also have ready-made kits and all the necessary accessories for you to get wildly creative with your lighting. There's only one problem: I'm having a hard time picking which color wire to buy. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and get started designing a fabulous pendant lamp for your home. Happy weekend!

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