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Let’s get real: when it comes to design coffee table books, you kind of have to judge a book by its cover. These things sit out in the open, center stage in your living room, so it’s important to know if a book is: Hot! Not! A must buy! Or a must skip! Who needs Tinder when you’ve got me?

I’ve “swiped right” on all the best design books, and picked out six that are so darn pretty and chock-full of designery goodness, I would slap anyone who put an actual cup of coffee on them.

1. Black and White (and a Bit In Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections by Celerie Kemble

If Pinterest made a book of their most pinned interiors, I’m pretty sure designer Celerie Kemble’s book would be it. While focusing on the most classic of color combos, black and white, Kemble collected gorgeous images from the best of the best in the world of interior design: Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford and many others. This book makes you feel like: eh, who needs color?

2. Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor

I know I just told you to forget about color, but blogging superstar Will Taylor’s book made me ditch that plan, stomp on it, and then set it on fire. Taylor’s blog Bright Bazaar is like a candy store on the internet: he serves up delicious, bite-size bits of colorful design inspiration every day on his site. His book features a ton of  beautiful interior design projects with color and decor ideas bursting at the seams.

3. ABCDCS: David Collins Studio by David Collins

ABCDCS is a new book featuring the work of the late architect David Collins, and it’s  filled with a collection of showstopping images of beautiful hotel, restaurant, and residential interiors that his firm designed all over the world. Each photo represents a different letter of the alphabet, which is used to highlight various design concepts (from “architecture” to “zzzzz”). While Collins’s interiors might be a bit too va va voom for some, I think there are a ton of inspiring images here with loads of great ideas…especially if you’re decorating a ballroom or a helipad. K-I-D-D-I-N-G.

4. The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

I nominated myself as President, Vice President and Under Secretary of the official Miles Redd fan club years ago, so this book has been center stage on my coffee table for a while now. Redd’s projects are all hardcore glamorous, bright, bold and engaging. The book features photographs from his design projects all over the world, and I may or may not have used an entire post it note pad marking ideas that I’d love to copy one day.

5. Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life by Erin Gates

Released just this week, Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates’s new book is jam packed with loads of fab photos as well as practical advice, lessons learned and insight from Gates’s own home renovation, as well as her work with her other design clients. She delves into nitty gritty type stuff (like choosing countertops for your kitchen, or decorating a nursery without cartoon characters), and best of all, she also includes an extensive resource and shopping guide with all the scoop on where to go to buy all of the fab stuff you see featured in the book.

6. The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives by Kim Ficaro, Todd Nickey, Mayer Rus, Sarah Sophie Flicker

Did that invite from musician Moby to have cocktails up at his Hollywood Hills “micro castle” get lost in the mail? MINE TOO. Luckily, The Inspired Home captured pics of Moby’s joint, as well as countless other creative musicians, stylists, writers and tastemakers to give you an inside look into each of their homes. There’s so much amazingness going on in these pages it’s hard to know where to look…but Moby’s “micro castle’ is a good place to start.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Regina Bilotta delivered on this family’s wish for a spacious, modern kitchen with a fun ’50s flair. The main attraction is the floor that was custom painted to resemble harlequin-style floor tiles then distressed for an aged look.

Retro-Style Kitchen

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rodney is the winner of a flameless, 7-inch pillar candle from Lights.com. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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My infatuation with rose gold began about 2 years ago when I received my very first Miansai bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was heavy and masculine with a warm rose gold hue. It seems to go with everything that I wear, unlike regular yellow gold, and provides a bit more excitement than silver (nothing wrong with silver!). Now, rose gold is popping up everywhere with designers and brands using it in unexpected ways. It was a huge design trend for a while, but I believe the warm metallic is here to stay, at least in small accents.

Rose Gold Grid

 

Top L to R: Cartier rose gold Entrelacés ring, Set of 4 Old Dutch copper canisters, Studiomake gold-plated bowls, Waggo dog bowls
Middle: Samsung gear smart watch in rose
Bottom L to R: Fossil rose gold Boyfriend watch, Miansai fish hook cuff, Mark and Graham monogrammed copper mugs

The Cartier ring is by far my favorite, but the Samsung watch is actually converting me into a wearable-tech guy. The copper pot set from One Kings Lane is a steal: you get 4 different sizes from a great quality brand. With the holidays creeping up on us, I think the dog bowls and monogrammed mugs will make perfect gifts, they are so unusual!

What do you guys think about rose gold? Is it too much — or just enough? Let me know what you think and share with me your favorite finds.

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Congrats to this week’s winner, Rodney!

Can you guess which type of flooring belongs in this kitchen?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a flameless, 7-inch pillar candle from Lights.com. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on October 8, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 9, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $33. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Acorn

It’s fall! It’s fall! Did you hear? It’s fall. Time for all the yummy fall tastes (insert pumpkins, doughnuts, apple stuff) and fall textures (insert gold leaf, fuzzy blankets, tweed jackets). All year I look forward with anticipation to fall crafts. The rich colors and vibrant festivities just speak to my crafting soul. And nature seems to be totally in on the party too — with red and golden-yellow leaves speckling neighborhoods. Today I’m super excited to be sharing a nature-inspired craft that celebrates all the warmth of fall: gold leaf acorns! These little acorns are the perfect detail for a fall party, or you can do what I did and make them a doughnut topper!

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Some people are really, really tired of pumpkin spice lattes. Me? Not so much. If you love pumpkin but can’t stomach the #PSL, then this Mood Board Monday is for you. Cookies, doughnuts, punch — the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to adding pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re not a pumpkin fan at all? Well, #sorrynotsorry.

Mood Board Monday: Pumpkin SpiceTop, L to R: Scarf, Print, Mug | Middle, L to R: Doughnuts, Stitching, Cookies | Bottom, L to R: Spice, Cocktail, Cake

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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This month’s color pick comes from a very important part of our Color Team: YOU! In our recent Color Vs. Color challenge, we pitted past Color of the Month picks against each other and asked you to choose a favorite by repinning your favorite palette. The clear favorite? Coral had more than 1,200 repins, and Pinterest fan Fran says it was “Warm, cool and calm, all at the same time.”

Fran, we agree! While coral is typically considered a summer color, it’s equally chic in fall interiors. That’s why we decided to pick your all-time favorite shade as our October Color of the Month. Read on for 8 fall-perfect ways to use this hue.

Coral and Mustard Yellow Living Room

Design by Jeffers Design Group

Coral + Mustard Yellow
Coral walls wrap up this living room designed by Jeffers Design Group like a warm, stylish blanket. Adding cheery mustard yellow and taupe furniture, all with the same color value, creates a bright room that’s still livable.

Coral and Gold Leaf Banner

Leaf Banner By A Fabulous Fete

Coral + Gold
As the days grow shorter, metallic accents help reflect light around your space. That’s why cheery coral and bright gold are such a winning fall color combination. Update traditional takes on fall leaf crafts with this gold-and-coral garland from A Fabulous Fete, perfect for a mantel or even a fall wedding.

Design by Hilary Thomas

Coral + Plum
Swap out summery aqua for dusty plum to create a soft, romantic palette that’s perfect for fall, as featured in this living room designed by Hilary Thomas.

5 More Coral Color Combos

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DIY Art

Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage or a mcmansion, my guess is: you’ve got some giganto empty wall space you need to fill.

I’ve long been frustrated by the fact that it’s next to impossible to buy giant pieces of art. On most online sites, big art is either not available or super duper scary expensive. Why is this? Should we start a petition!? Do you want to join me in the “BIG ASS ART FOR ALL” movement? Let’s change the world!

Until then, here are 7 easy DIY art projects that will help you fill up that big empty space on your wall with some fabulousness.

DIY Art

1. Framed Wallpaper

This one is a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the wallpaper pool, but still want to wear your floaty wing thingys while doing it. You can hang a piece (or several pieces!) of wallpaper either vertically or horizontally, and then create a “frame” around it with painted wooden trim from the hardware store. The Hunted Interior has a great tutorial showing you how she put together her chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

DIY Art

2. Washi Tape Art

If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of washi tape, BREAKING: washi tape is seriously amazing! Washi tape is sort of like masking tape, but it’s made of rice paper so the texture is much different. This is a great abstract art DIY for anyone that’s gun shy about painting. You can purchase a large canvas to fit the size of the space you are trying to fill, as well as a variety of colors of washi tape. Then you just go crazy, crisscrossing lines until you have something you dig. Hop over to Sketch42blog to get step-by-step instructions on this one.

DIY Art

3. Knotted Wall Hanging

I love me some woven wall hangings and also some macrame wall hangings, but I don’t know how to do either. So a few weeks ago I decided to tackle my own big space dilemma by creating a “knotted” wall hanging. Basically I bought a bunch of yarn in the same off white color, but in all different textures. I also purchased a big branch at a floral supply store. Then I got to work making all sorts of fun knots, braids, tassels and tie offs. I knew my Girl Scout training would pay off one day. This one is super duper easy, and I included all of the directions over on vintagedesign.me.

DIY Art

4. Juju Hat

A Juju hat is not, in fact, a hat covered in jujubes candy, but actually a beautiful African headdress. Several years ago these gorgeous feather numbers started showing up in design mags and blogs, but the problem was, most of them cost 11 bazillion dollars. Lucky for us, enterprising bloggers started scheming up their own Juju Hat DIYs and Love Meagan has a great one for you to peep. You’ll need feathers, a glue gun, some rug canvas and scissors. You can do this…I believe in you.

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Can you guess which art piece belongs in this living room?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a harvest gift basket from Harry & David. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on October 1, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 2, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $69.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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