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Making Winter Bright: Yellow Decor

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Step one of updating/switching over my home space to colder months is adding some color, specifically yellows and golds. Because even when the sun shines in winter, well, there just isn’t much natural color for it to highlight so you kind of need to add it to your surroundings on your own. And oh my gosh, does a dose of brightness make the difference when it comes down to it!

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Changing things up can be as simple as adding a few throw pillows on the couch, a blanket on the armchair, and some extra lighting for those extra hours after sundown. My go-to is generally a nice, deep goldenrod. It’s a great yellow that still feels fresh and clean, but that’s dark and rich enough to feel luxe and cozy.

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Don’t forget to brighten up the lesser seen rooms in your home either — the master bedroom is the perfect spot to add some patterned bedsheets or a new piece of art. And throw pillows and blankets are just as useful in this space as well. Pairing a great yellow or gold with a darker color, like this navy duvet, make it stand out all the more.

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Floor rugs are also effective, and add that extra layer of warmth and comfort to what might otherwise be a chilly floor. Go with a single rug or consider layering a solid over your existing one. So cozy!

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Bring the Outdoors In: Fall & Winter Florals

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Fall and winter can be a dreary time, especially if you’re cooped up indoors… which is why I suggest bringing the outdoors in with both your wardrobe and your home decor. When it comes to your wardrobe, I love when florals are grounded in dark colors like black, navy, or emerald. This feels very ‘of the season’ and not too summery. Plus, a darker ground makes the brighter colors of the florals pop, even in the dead of winter. Another option is to pick a floral that is itself dark and let it pop against an ivory or winter white ground. Really, there are countless options. Then, once spring rolls around, it’s almost like you have a jump start on floral fashion.

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For your home, it doesn’t have to be lush, tropical greenery. Instead, I like to take a more modern approach and select florals and botanical motifs that feel graphic. Think of it as if you’re taking inspiration from the bare twigs that brush up against your windows, or the way the leaves play in the shadows of the pale winter light. In terms of color, I recommend sticking to a tonal color palette and love the idea of shades of grey. Plus, an ombre in the background never hurt anyone! These rugs feel bold, modern and just right for bringing in the outdoors.

Photo Credit: Vogue Italia photographed by Paolo Roversi via The Libertine, smock dress from ASOS, and floral printed ruffle back shirt from Free People.

Florals for the Home Shopping Guide: (from top to bottom, left to right) Surya Athena rug, Nourison Utopia rug, Milliken mix and mingle natures silhouette rug, and Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Plum Blossom rug.

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Trends & Tips For Decorating a Bathroom

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Bathrooms have gotten a lot more fun to decorate in recent years. No longer restricted to matchy-matchy tilework and terry cloth towels, it’s now not uncommon to see fresh potted plants, real fabric shower curtains, artwork, and yes, even real rugs in the bath. And the wonderful thing is, there are tons of ways to personalize your bath without spending a fortune or doing a complete remodel.

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Bath trends have been leaning towards the light and bright, with a touch of black for contrast, and plenty of tactile, organic accents. If you are planning a bathroom remodel, some fresh options include affordable white subway tile with dark grout, refurbished vintage clawfoot tubs, brass hardware, and industrial style light fixtures.

Just looking to add a few small, stylish touches? Try one or more of these:

  • A fragrant potted plant, such as rosemary or lavender
  • A raw wood board as soap holder atop the tub
  • Colorful striped fouta towels as hand towels
  • String bags, French market baskets, and woven bins as storage containers
  • A moroccan style area rug

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For a quick and easy DIY project, track down a simple wooden stool at a garage sale or flea market, and tape off just the lower portion of the legs to paint. Place the stool beside your tub to hold a mug of tea, book, towel, or vase of fresh cut flowers.

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Sinkside, try replacing your old medicine cabinet with a stylish new mirror instead. For a smaller touch, place a stack of neatly rolled hand towels in a beautiful bowl.

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When updating your bath, don’t be afraid to use real rugs on the floor and hang framed art on the walls. Use a regular bath mat beside the tub to step out onto, and hang it up between showers; the ‘real’ rug can go on the floor in front of the sink, where less water will get on it. As long as the pieces you choose for your bathroom are not priceless, the small risk of moisture getting on them is well worth the style gain!

What would your dream bath look like? Tell us in the Comments section.

Shopping Guide: 1. You Are Here II artwork by Checo Diego; 2. Captured II artwork by Robert Charon; 3. Jaipur Rugs Zuri Zola in natural white; 4. Jaipur Rugs Zuri Zumunda in natural white; 5. Kaylee White Cross Back End Table.

Photo Credits: Apartment Apothecary; Domino MagazineLonny Magazine.

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Moody Cool Pastels

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Just because the sun is setting earlier and there’s a slight chill in the air doesn’t mean you have to stray from pastels. If anything, this is the perfect excuse to dig deeper into what I like to call moody cool pastels: misty shades of grey-ish blue, dusty hues of lavender, and the perfect shade of cool grey. These tones are perfect for the cozier fabrics and knits of the season, especially a fuzzy mohair, a nubby wool coat, even heavy, draped silk. When it feels like everyone is diving into a sea of black this fall and winter, stand out from the crowd with these super subtle and gorgeous colors.

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As for the home, I feel like this color palette really lends itself to cozy, comfy spaces and modern, loft-type spaces — it’s that versatile. These tones of dust lavender, pale whispery blue, and faded teal are the perfect complement to furniture and artwork of all kinds. Because this palette feels so soft and pretty, I recommend keeping any pattern you select fairly simple and tonal. I love the mix of tonal geometrics, bohemian medallions, and large scaled patterns. This look can either be layered for a soft, feminine, boho look or pick one piece to make a quiet statement in a big way.

Photo Credit: shift dress with tie waist from ASOS, cozy luxe turtleneck from Free People, and cocoon coat from Urban Outfitters.

Rugs: (from top to bottom, left to right) Jaipur Rugs Luli Sanchez En Casa Tufted rug, Surya Candice Olson modern classics rug, Rugs America millennium rug, Safavieh Cambridge rug, Rizzy Home Mojave rug, Kaleen Renaissance rug, Safavieh Cambridge rug, Safavieh Bella rug, and Surya Mystique rug.

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