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Metallics have always been in vogue, but usually only one dominates the market setting a shiny trend. For some time now stainless steel and platinum have been ruling the world, but after many years of being the underdog brass is swaying its way back to the top once more. I'm so glad this metal's golden tones are gleaming in the design stratosphere yet again. So here are some fun pieces that will definitely brighten up your decor while jumping on this trend. Are you glad brass is back?

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Fall is the perfect time of year to give your bedroom a little makeover and cozy it up for the cold months ahead. The look of raw concrete is probably not the first thing that comes to mind if you want to add warmth to the room. But its rich texture and delicious gray tones are enough to infuse character to the decor. This rustic walls are mostly found in converted lofts and industrial spaces, but with the help of  concrete wallpaper  you can easily reproduce the effect and create a feature wall that will make your bedroom sing.

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Is your home styled to a T to welcome the New Year? It might be time to rejuvenate your decor with a lively, radiant, lush Emerald green–chosen by Pantone as Color of the Year for 2013. Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and rich. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life. The jewel-like tone will create a luxurious feel in any room. Just add a splash of it with accessories or small pieces of furniture to infuse a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation to your home. Here are some stylish, on-trend accents that will help you create your own Emerald City. Watch out Oz!

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Neon colors are the talk of the town of late. From home accessories to the top fashion houses, these vivbrant hues are showing up in full swing this Spring. So get ready to put your sunglasses on as bright is the word of the season. But don't worry, just an accent here and there will do the trick. When in doubt, take cue and inspiration from these gorgeous vignettes showcasing neon yellow and green. Have a swell weekend!

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Let's Tango!

The votes are in!! Pantone has chosen Tangerine Tango as 2012 Color of the Year. This chic and delicious hue will be setting the tone for everything from fashion to decor next year. “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” You can energize your home with Tangerine Tango patterned home accents. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue will add drama and spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in in this color for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway. Here are some great pieces that will certainly fire up your decor.

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TRENDS: Fall Decor 2011

I can't believe how fast time is passing by. It seems like it was yesterday that we were talking about last Fall design trends. OMG, can you believe tomorrow is the first day of Fall already? Unbelievable! The good thing is that there new trends setting the tone for our homes this season. Style at Home magazine has rounded up their top three, and I'm loving them all:

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TRENDS: Fall Colors 2011

As Fall is right around the corner, the new trends for home decor are sprouting everywhere. Interior designer and TV host Nate Berkus yesterday went on the Today Show to share some of the hot colors that will dictate the mood for our homes this season. For instance, Bronze is the new metallic that we'll be seeing in lots of home accents. A hybrid between navy and black, Navy/black is the perfect neutral to bring life to all colors and looks great with any decor in any season. Surprisingly, two greens made the list. Although close in hues, Jade and Asparagus are both beautiful and calming. Last but but not least, Rust is a timeless color that's most characteristic of Fall and brings warmth to any space. Here you have it. Now it's your turn to start getting your pad in shape to welcome this fabulous time of year.

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New York Design Week: ICFF

Last Saturday I spent most of the afternoon strolling through New York Design Week's main event. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, or ICFF, brings together designers from around the world to showcase their new products and connect with fellow creative minds. It's the perfect place to find newcomers as well as the more established names in the furnishings design universe. While browsing through the exhibit, I was thrilled to see, and touch, many of the pieces already showcased here in TheDesignerPad. There was plenty of eye candy everywhere, but one of the things that caught my eye was the amount of new and innovative lighting made with unexpected materials in very creative ways. It was definitely exhilarating to see new and young talent jumping on the design bandwagon with a different and fresh approach. Here's a taste of the things I loved most in the show.

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