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In March and April, we put the final vote on our Color of the Month to you, our readers. But for May, the debate narrowed down so quickly to a tie that I decided to ask Leanne Potts, our VP of Editorial, to cast the deciding vote. Here’s how she described her pick: This color makes me think of desert skies, Caribbean water and delphinium blossoms. The shade suggests serenity in an age of tumult.

In the week that followed Leanne’s tie-breaking vote, tumultuous events rapidly unfolded, including the outbreak of tornadoes in the South. I think you’ll agree – we all could use an infusion of serenity.

Here’s a small dose in the form of our May Color of the Month:


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Our editors Chelsey and Camille just came back from High Point Market with zebra tales.

horchow chocolate zebra chair

According to our intrepid editors, zebra print is still going strong for Spring. I have a hard time imagining jungle prints without seeing teen girls’ rooms gone wrong. But this Horchow wing chair is totally my speed. What do you think about animal prints? Are they just right in the right proportions? Or are they always wrong?

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Looking for something to pretty up your space? How about a big, beautiful mirror? I’m a fan of bold mirrors, especially in small spaces. Over a mantle or behind the sofa, they add another dimension, making your space look bigger. And with so many different types to choose from, from porcupine quill mirrors to inlaid mother-of-pearl, mirrors are the perfect way to accessorize at home. Just look at how interior designer Palmer Weiss uses this gold rococo style frame to add some glam style to this dining room buffet.

Palmer Weiss

Mirror, Mirror

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In September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious accessorizing possibilities! That choice took two meetings and lots of wrangling. Though by the end, it was obvious what the color should be.

For October, the choice was much easier. It was a color our team loved for September, which met all our rules except being available in stores. (Remember, our criteria for picking colors are: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and easy to find.)

October’s Hue, Unveiled

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