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Emerald City

The color wizards over at Pantone have announced the “color of the year” since the early 2000’s. They make this secret decision by convening twice a year, in a European capital. A secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups is held and after two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. The colors sometimes match a zeitgeist regarding a global mood, or even seem to the be the hue “de rigueur” of fashion and home decor.

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The color for 2013 is a lively, radiant and lush green – EMERALD. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. Emerald also has royal and fantastical connotations.

Pantone Emerald Decor and Fashion

// 1. Essie Nail Polish in Greens, Going Incognito

// 2. Fossil Earrings, Gold-Tone Green Glass Stud Earrings

// 3. Casadei Platform Sandals

// 4. Emerald Green Decorative Vintage Books Centerpiece

// 5. Walker Collection by Bimba & Lola small, bucket-style bag combining leather and textiles

// 6. Mid-Century Paul McCobb Lounge Chair

// 7. Elizabeth and James Northern Star Cabochon Ring

// 8. Tiffany Bustier Frill Top in African Print

// 9. SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Color Theory Shadow Block with Eclipsed Emerald Glitter

// 10.  MARC BY MARC JACOBS Haute Mess Rubber Turnlock Bracelet

// 11. Pantone Universe Cell Phone Case for iPhone5 – Emerald

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Tour de Brooklyn

Just as the Tour de France stops in many locations, so too, will this post feature a tour of many rooms I adore in various neighborhoods of Brooklyn!

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Neon pillows, shag shams, clean white sheets, rustic wooden armoire, photographs leaning  and a paper lantern give this guest room a minimal, zen feeling. One could easily meditate on the wooden floors.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The devil is in the details, they say. The small, meticulous accents here include Wooden Birds by artist Kristian Vedel, a Rubik’s cube, a framed, vintage ACE playing card, milk-ware ceramics and more.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Bibliophiles take heed – even if your bookshelf isn’t towering and in need of a rolling ladder, use one anyway! And let a Maneki-neko (lucky, waving Cat) protect it all.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A decidedly mid-century modern lounge area is accented by a jute rug, mismatched but tonal pillows and tons of wooden details.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A hanging, circular mirror serves as a focal point and does double duty by expanding the small space through illusion. 

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

 Chihuly style blown glass becomes a centerpiece when stack like fruits in a bowl. Someone’s guitar is both a decorative item and utilitarian gathering point when company is over that can play. Finally, the kid;s third grade art project looks deceptively like collected African masks

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The fifties accents – from the Calder mobile, to the oblong table, from the record player, to the artichoke, beige colored lounge chair – let the room live in a fun, yet updated timewarp.

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Black Beauty

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” 

― Coco Chanel, Chanel

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From 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life By Jonathan Adler

Photography from the book 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life By Jonathan Adler, Sterling Publishing

Habachy Designs

A sleek bachelor’s residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina brings Gothic glamour to a new level via Habachy Designs.

Melissa Lane Interiors

Ghost chairs, damask, a zebra and Chinese imperial details bring this room high drama. Design via Melissa Lane Interiors.

Sally Wheat Interiors

A contemporary and de-cluttered office space begs for supreme concentration without distraction. The yellow lamp and painted animal head bring a bit of contrariety. Nottingham room design by Sally Wheat Interiors, based in Houston.

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Atmosphere Interior Design

A patterned black, white and grey den complete with matching blinds, prints and the famous Le Corbusier Petit Modele Armchair. This amazing retreat can be found in Mallin Crescent, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan thanks to Atmosphere Interior Design, Inc. Moody, European, glossy perfection.

Cardel Designs

The darkness is kept from becoming too sterile thanks to the floral wallpaper. The soft, sandy grey rug anchors the space and allows it to feel mellow. The bed and side-table are traditional, yet the Barcelona Chair, design in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe is anything but!  The Hawthorne Master bedroom in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was created by Cardel Designs.

OXY by Mirage

OXY is a Mirage project which transforms ceramics into furnishing elements. Painted steel sheets and metal oxidation create unique effects, where lived-in, corroded matter looks sleek. OXY is a range of porcelain stoneware designed for floor and wall tiling. The living room is part bar space, bar street view, part factory and part antiquated library. The mix of surfaces and textiles is all tied together by the unification of the color black.

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