Sure, you’ve seen pastels and metallics before – but not like this. Gone are the sugary-sweet colors and overly opulent shine. These days, pastels are tastefully muted and metallics are refreshingly toned down. Work these five picks into your space to make an on-trend statement.Metallics Pastel Home Decorating

  1. Shimmery Pillows
    A super-quick and easy update. All it takes is a slew of sparkling, iridescent mother-of-pearl seashells to jazz up a pair of pillows – and any spot they come to rest on.
  2. Chic Armchair
    The icy tones of this chair bring a modern vibe to any space (did you see those acrylic legs?!). It’s a total statement piece, so one is enough. But we won’t blame you if you pick up a pair.
  3. Starburst Mirror
    An interior-design classic, this gold-leaf mirror complements just about every color combination there is. Hang it over a bed or seating area to instantly elevate your space.
  4. Aluminum Baskets
    Whether you stack them like an art piece or line them up to serve as storage, these recycled-aluminum baskets are sure to catch the eye.
  5. Pastel Bench
    Is the end of your bed looking lonely? Place this bench right up against it. Accent with pillows and a snuggly throw to get a look that’s right out of the glossies.

Freshen up your space. Our Now Trending: Modern Pastels & Metallics at Home Boutique opened Wednesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 29, 2015

Welcome to February. January’s resolutions have come, and let’s face it, some have already gone. But if a décor refresh remains an unchecked box on your to-do list, our Living Editorial Director Nancy offers a few themes to incorporate. From rosy hues to canine designs – a nod to the annual Westminster Dog Show – here are the accents we’re loving this month.

Hello, February

Heart Motifs
For hearts that aren’t overly saccharine, try hanging a pop art–inspired print. A bold, two-tone graphic like this one is a surefire way to add visual interest to your walls.

All Things Dog
While you can’t snuggle with them, these adorable silver-plated salt and pepper shakers are looking for a home. We’ll gladly adopt them for our tabletop.

Red and Pink
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, shades of crimson and magenta are bound to appear at every corner. These hot pink and gold Moroccan tea glasses are a romantic touch for your at-home bar.

Find more of our favorites in our Hello, February: This Month’s Top Home Picks Boutique, which opened Monday, February 2, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 2, 2015

Well, your prayers have been answered. British Vogue was invited to Kate Moss’s North London abode for a chance to peep her designer duds. Let the closet envy commence… now.

Kate Moss British VogueImage by @britishvogue

Turns out Kate is a bit of a style pack rat – in the best way possible. She still has her bunny costume from Playboy‘s 60th anniversary issue, more than a hundred bags organized by color, a drawer full of sunglasses, and Louboutins galore.

“My wardrobe is brimming with Louboutins – the classic black Pigalle stiletto in patent or matte black leather is my go-to shoe,” she told the mag. “I have so many pairs that Christian designed a style with a sharper toe and nail-thin heel, which he named the So Kate.”

To see the rest of the supermodel’s drop-dead gorgeous home, head over to British Vogue. Just try not to fall in love with every inch of it. We dare you.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 28, 2015

Beanbag chairs: the stuff our tween dreams were made of. And now, Alexander Wang has single-handedly made us yearn for the slouchy furniture once again. How? With a high-end leather version for a cool $8,800.

The designer – always chic with a bit of edge – teamed up with Poltrona Frau for a capsule collection boasting two styles of his black leather and brass beanbag chair, as well as a matte leather trunk bar.

It’s official: I’m adding these buttery-soft beauties to my already extensive Alexander Wang wish list.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 28, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 26, 2015

For small spaces: Make your tiny apartment feel bigger with a unified color palette or aesthetic – that way rooms flow together and create the illusion of a larger environment.

For leftover vino: Freeze any remaining wine in an ice cube tray. Next time you make a sauce, glaze, or stew, pop in a cube for an extra hit of flavor.

For a no-cost craft project: Inject a bit of nature into your home with a DIY doorstop. Grab a sizable stone and cover it with your choice of paint (think a matte black or neon hue).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 10, 2014

For your hair: Forks aren’t just for pasta anymore. Twirl one through your strands (à la Disney’s The Little Mermaid) and dry with a diffuser nozzle for the ideal wave.

For your tabletop: Want to inject a little industrial Zen into your home? Pour concrete into paper cups, stick in a tall tapered candle, peel away the cup, and voilà! New centerpieces.

For your ankles: Your Achilles’ heel? Stilettos. Strengthen your ankles for that new pair by tracing letters in the air with your foot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 11, 2014

For your walls: Skip the art gallery and swing by a newsstand instead. Rip out your favorite magazine pages and frame them with brightly hued electrical or washi tape.

For stained nails: Your nails have seen the entire spectrum of polish hues – with discoloration left behind as evidence. Squeeze some whitening toothpaste on an extra toothbrush and scrub away to lift stains.

For a digital detox: You’re in a relationship with your phone. Learn to put it down during a very tempting moment – dining solo! Don’t worry, no one will think you were stood up. Just play it cool and people-watch.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 4, 2014

The season for opening the windows, donning those ripped jeans, and trying your hand at refreshing every wall color is here. And when it comes to painting, we turn to none other than Andrea Magno, Color & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore.

To date, we’ve touched on sheen levels, chevron stripes, and the just-right balance of dark and light. Today’s topic? Adding dimension with paint. No, not top coats and bottom coats. We’re talking the technique of using different paint tones, shades, and finishes in the same space. From matte finishes to accent ceilings, our go-to paint pro discusses the ways.

Benjamin Moore Painting Tips

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June 18, 2014

With its centuries-long history of art and craftsmanship, it’s a no-brainer that Europe is one of the world’s most stylish continents. Here, we share tips for incorporating three of its countries’ distinct looks into your home.052714_blog

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May 27, 2014