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Winter Whiter-land

Wintertime has officially made its grand entrance! By now, our homes are filled with shaggylicious textures, fluffy throws and soft down pillows to make our pads toasty and comfortable. But what a better way to embrace those long and cold days of the season than with warm winter whites. They're a great way of lifting up our spirit and help us enjoy this beautiful and peaceful time of year. Happy Winter!

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A Brave New Color

Winter hasn't started yet and the new trends for next year are already on our doorsteps. Pantone has just named Honeysuckle not only as 2011 Color of the Year, but also as the defining hue for Spring. Courageous and confident, this reddish pink is a dynamic and uplifting color. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

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Home At Last!

I remember how hard it was moving into a new city and having to start from scratch, especially putting together a new place and making it feel like your own. A dear friend of mine recently moved to New York into an adorable 300 square-feet studio in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is the perfect white canvas with great bones and wonderful natural light, very hard to find in the city. She had asked me to help her figure out a way to transform her new pad into a place she could call home — of course, on a budget.

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Soothingly Neutral

Images by William Waldron and Magnus Anesund (below)

From the Fall/Winter 2010 Pantone color report, Oyster Gray is one of the few neutral hues that made the list. This cool, clean and contemporary shade is ideal for home decor since it creates a relaxing and serene ambiance. Be confident when using gray. It works best when keeping a simple palette and restraining the use of contrasting colors. Soft pastels are great compliments, but bright primaries not so much.

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A sunny disposition

Image by Richard Powers

Rich, bright, sophisticated and warm. No, I'm not talking about the perfect soulmate, but the attributes that describe the versatility of this magnificent hue. Being one of the most popular choices when it comes to decorating, Golden Glow (my second choice from the Pantone Fall and Winter selection) is a mood lifter as it's said to help the brain work better. It comes in an array of tones, from an intense gold to softer all depends on your personality. Wherever you fall in the spectrum it will absolutely create a fresh and welcoming environment. It is definitely a fun color to live with and a ray of sunshine for your home – especially for those long and gloomy winter days we don't look forward to.

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Didn't you get the memo?

Every year, Pantone Color System comes out with a gamma of colors that will set the trends for each season, both in fashion and home decor. For Fall and Winter they are offering a palette of ten beautiful and exciting colors with very vivid tones which have already been making a splash in most home decor shops.

Among them you can find Endive, a very crisp yellow-green with freshness and lightness. Golden yellow, an earthy shade of yellow that will give you a retro look when combined with Purple Orchid – the unexpected choice of the bunch. Lagoon is the turquoise for Fall which is an absolute complement to Living Coral, a combo that will give you a hint of tropical to refresh your space. If you want a burst of passion, then Lipstick Red is the perfect choice. Chocolate Truffle is a delicious rich brown with plum undertones that could be a perfect side dish to Purple Orchid. If you're a green lover then go for Woodbine, a calming grassy green. When it comes to neutrals Oyster Gray grounds the palette, where Rose Dust, a flattering beige, is the romantic option.

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Green with envy

Image by Emma Mitchell

A couple of years ago I was fascinated with this color called CITRON (2024-30) by Benjamin Moore and I decided to use it as an accent in my kitchen (right). I LOVED the way it came out. But when my best friend came into the apartment and saw it on the wall he almost flipped out of his mind and told me I was crazy for choosing such a bright and loud color. But I tell you now I don't regret a bit listening to my designer instinct as it makes me smile every time I pass by it. And who knew. This lime-green, acid green or whatever you want to call it has become one of the trendiest hues of the moment. It has invaded almost every store that I visit. Whether in furniture, rugs, wallpaper, acces- sories even clothing this fresh and vibrant color is here to stay for a while.

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Making it Fall

Image by Richard Powers

My friends, the time has come to put those bathing suits and flip-flops away... Fall is fast approaching. I guess we need to start thinking of warming up the decor in our nest, and what better way than using nature as inspiration. I've always been a big fan of natural materials as they let us bring a little bit of the outside in. You don't need to go overboard and completely redo your interiors, just adding a couple of key pieces, fabrics and accessories will immediately transform the mood of your pad. All you'll need then is a hot cup of cocoa, or tea, to kick back and enjoy this beautiful time of year. Happy Fall!

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