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Try this. In a second, I want you to close your eyes and think about a color that is at the same time both searing hot and exhilaratingly cool. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but try it. Close your eyes…

…so what color did you see? Let us know at the end of this post if what you pictured in your mind’s eye matches our pick for HGTV’s June Color of the Month…a hue that both sizzles and chills.
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Gray is hot.  At home. In fashion. And now on the floor. The trend in gray woods is something that I’ve been spearheading from my own soapbox for a few years. I have memories (some slightly traumatic) of endlessly searching for the perfect gray wood floor, telling every vendor I could: “Gray, gray, make it gray!”

I have finally been vindicated. Quick•Step answered my prayers with their stunning Country Rustic Cottage Oak. Its wire-brushed finish with slight metallic hints was the perfect choice for my new home studio. And the fact that I can lay it down over the existing floor means no mess. Easy and affordable–with great style? Yes, please!


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This week’s Style Jolt is brought to you by the letter G.

Chunky letters and numbers are making their way onto walls, mantels and bookshelves. From old store sign letters to metal house numbers, the pairings are unique and add a twist to typical decor. Relearn your ABC’s and count to three with these quirky creations.

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Design HappensGuest Blogger: Stephanie Alexander, Newsletter Editor

When it comes to most decorating motifs or themes, I tend to cast a wary eye. Most folks go completely overboard, and if they don’t, a thoughtful relative or friend will surely buy a new item for their collection for every major holiday or life event.

Take for instance, my friend Tess, who decided at one point she needed to add gilded Renaissance cherubs to her bathroom. Soon, she found herself awash in angelic tackiness, with every type of plastic seraph heralding its faux-gilded glory from every surface in her home. And poor Tess? She just couldn’t bring herself to say “enough, already!”

I tell you that story to tell you this one: Somewhat ironically, I am totally in love with this year’s bird motif. Our finely feathered friends seem to adorn everything from carpets to handbags, and frankly, I’m having a hard time choosing not only the perfect avian accessory, but also the appropriate room in which it will perch! Here are some of my faves:

Baby books with birds

As the working mom of a rambunctious toddler, I’ve never quite managed to sit down and scrapbook my son’s milestones — maybe I’ll be inspired by these two offerings. I love this twist on a traditional baby book — Baby’s First Keepsake Box ($19.95) — complete with retro drawings on the keepsake envelopes, reminding me of my own baby record book. For a more modern take, I like the simple freshness of Baby’s First Book ($65).

Ferm Living sparrow wall stickers and Anthropologie's bird armoire

If your personal design style includes plenty of flourishes and delicate detailing, check out Ferm Living’s Sparrow Wall Stickers ($120) or Anthropologie’s Bird-Cut Armoire ($1,898).

Bird tealight from Wisteria

Not quite ready to commit to a large piece of themed furniture? A smaller songbird accessory might be the perfect accent to a bare shelf or cocktail table. Wisteria’s Balancing Bird Tealight Holder ($19) will allow you to quietly display a sense of whimsy, without motif overload.

Enjoy! And if anyone questions your latest motif-of-the-moment obsession, just say a little birdie made you do it.

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