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Last week, a few of the HGTV.com editors had the privilege of visiting High Point Furniture Market. We saw a lot of fabulous designs, from innovative furniture to one-of-a-kind lighting. I was on the lookout for the hottest colors in interior design. Here are my top four color picks:

Blue

Many designers have transitioned from the bold blues you’re used to seeing to a fresher, ice blue. I still enjoyed seeing unexpected pops of the bright blues in China cabinets and drawers.

Trending Color: BlueMedia Cabinet by Design Legacy; China Cabinet by Steven Shell; Denim Map by Splurge/Robert Nicholas; Tufted Chair by HGTV HOME

Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: Use soft blues for your walls and darker shades of blue in your upholstery. For something unexpected and daring, use a smokey-slate blue on base moldings and window casings.

Orange

I never thought I could decorate with orange, but seeing this color in accessories, upholstery and seating immediately changed my mind. It completely changes the mood of a room.

Trending Color: OrangeChevron Wall Art by Vanguard Furniture; Dining Chairs by Design Legacy; Teal/Orange Pillows by TOURMALINE home; End Table by Trade Winds Furniture

Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you’re worried about a color overpowering a space, use it as an accent color mixed with neutrals. For example, pair a striped orange-and-white ottoman with a neutral sofa.

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I think all of the console tables would look great in this entryway, but you chose correctly if your answer was A. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn broke up the similar hues (fuchsia and plum) with the black console table.

Eclectic Entryway by Brian Patrick Flynn

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and smac is the winner of an HGTV notebook. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Saturday was the first day of fall, and I spent every waking moment outside enjoying the cool, crisp air that comes with the season. Many are sad to see summer go, but I like to think that with every changing season comes a brand-new color palette to savor. I decided to give you all a taste of fall with one of my all-time favorite hues: plum. It’s rich, warm and luxurious in so many ways.

Mood Board Monday: PlumEclectic Entryway/Brian Patrick Flynn at HGTV.com :: Chairs/Abigail Ahern :: Ruffle Duvet/Urban Outfitters :: Tuxedo/Style Me Pretty :: Flower Arrangement/100 Layer Cake :: French Quarter Balcony/Etsy :: Sugar Plums/Kristin Buesing

Are you happily welcoming fall, or could you use a few more months of summer? Tell me below!

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There’s something about this refreshing, summery shade of purple that makes me feel kind of guilty for rushing the season along and hoping for an early fall. Hey, it’s been HOT here, people. I’m dying for some below-90 days, even if that means giving up my warm-weather wardrobe that I love so much. But then I remembered dear ole’ Rhapsody in Pantone’s Fall 2012 Fashion Color Report. Keep your pastels out, because they’re not going anywhere. (Yay!)

Mood Board Monday - LilacLilac Pants/via Fashion Blvd. :: Watercolor Paper/decor8 :: Succulent/Berin Made Blog :: Hydrangea Cupcakes/Glorious Treats :: Beirut Living Room/Honestly…WTF :: Antique Bottles/Dreamy Whites :: Lilacs/HGTV.com :: Lilac Kitchen/theKitchn :: Pattern/Kitty Genius

Pastels are going to be huge this fall, especially when layered with richer colors and neutrals, like charcoal gray. What’s your take on lilac? Tell us below!

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You know those super by-the-book, overly nice types who preach things like “you shouldn’t use the word hate, it’s a very strong word, and it’s not very nice”? I really hate those people. Just kidding! In fact, I’m kinda-sorta one of those un-hateful types; I just have a pleasantly snarky side which I like to believe gives me an edge. But as a designer, there are some things I have been open about hating, specifically the colors purple and yellow.

Well, my former distaste for the dynamic duo has taken a 180—for the most part. I’m now officially a huge lover of purple, specifically violet, plum and lavender. Yellow is still gonna take some time to win me over, but I’m really trying to work through it. What I recently discovered about purple is that it’s uber-difficult to work with. Sometimes it’s too Austin Powers. It can often be so lilac-y that it screams “baby girl”; most of its hues seem childish or tween-ish. Frankly, there are not many combinations that make purple seem sophisticated. But when used correctly, the purply result can be uh-may-zing.

Last week, I was asked to design a modern living room vignette for the opening of the Italia Furniture showroom in Atlanta. Determined to use something others would most likely have no interest in, my natural choice was to unleash the “One-Eyed, One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater” inside me to see if he would be kinda debonaire or just flat-out monstrous. The result? Hmmm, I think it went okay. In fact, I had the vignette photographed to share with y’all some of the purple-tastic finds that are internet-errific. As far as yellow is concerned, I’m gonna give that canary tone a whirl later this week when I knock out a little girl’s room in Fort Lauderdale, then fill you in somewhere, somehow here on HGTV.com. Fingers crossed!

Italia
In small doses, purple works magically. It’s gender neutral and can take on a more modern appearance, albeit formal or casual, depending on textures and sheen. Here in the Italia showroom, I set it all against uber-neutral backdrops including dove grey walls, a white Natuzzi sectional, black club chair and glass/dark wood coffee table.
Purple Print Pillow

In January, I was introduced to the magical, hand-made world of seamstress/blogger/writer/supermom Susan Peterson of Freshly Picked. Her violet wool throw pillows were the stars of the space and can be purchased through her website. She also lives in Utah which is always super cool. For real, aside from Utahns, how many people do you know from Utah, really? PS – it may now be my very favorite state, not just because of Susan and her pillows but also because every single place you look is inspiring—kinda magic mixed with the taste of Pinkberry.
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Developing a color palette is one of my favorite things to do. Whether I’m designing a new pillow or wall treatment for AphroChic, one of the first things I like to start with is color. As you can probably tell from my posts, I’m all about bright palettes and bold shades, and I love to explore the color spectrum by creating a mood board or something visual to get inspired. I have a few favorite tools for finding just the right shade. I personally can’t live without the Pantone app on my iPhone, and my other favorite tool is Pinterest, a cool site where you can take some of your favorite images from the web and put them into a visual scrapbook or “board.” I decided to create one for my current color crush — purple.

Regal, warm, and a beautiful accent color, my Pinterest board explores all my favorite purple shades from grape to a warm gray-purple mix.

Angie Hranowski Design Studio

I’ve found that curating a favorite shade in a visual inspiration board leads to unexpected discoveries. You never know what will pop out at you. Like that a purple sofa can look amazing when paired with bits of brown and cream…

Marie Claire Maison

…and that modern wood furniture pieces can ground shades like dark purple, blue and pink.
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So I briefly moved from Atlanta to New York City after being asked to join the production team as a design producer for season six of HGTV Design Star. Totally awesome opening sentence, right? I know! FYI, just in case this new job seems totally random, I’ve been producing home makeover TV shows for about eight years, sometimes also hosting them, while working on private homes for clients on nights and weekends. In other words, this wasn’t my first time at the TV decorating rodeo. Was it my first time taking a subway to said metaphorical rodeo? Yes. The B and the D Line to be exact.

Columbus Circle

After some time up-close-and-personal working on the challenges and location scouts of HGTV’s hit show, I can tell you first-hand that it’s one of the fastest-paced, most challenging design shows on TV. So much that sleep is pretty much a luxury for producers, crew members and contestant designers. I’m not complaining. The entire experience was awesome. Let’s talk about episode one.

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Don’t let New Year’s Eve be the only time you think of sequins. These sparkly, full-of-personality metallic embellishments will add a bright touch of glamor to your bed, armchair or sofa.

sequin pillows

If too many sequins make you nervous that you’ll turn your living room into a 70s-era disco, try just one. Silver or gold can act feminine and pretty, while a black or purple are punchy and dark enough to blend. I want to throw the silver pillow on the plaid chair in the Coastal Living room from yesterday!

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King cake is so evocative of Mardi Gras for me, that I thought I’d use it as design inspiration today.

king cake
The New Orleans-style dessert cake is topped with the three traditional colors of Mardi Gras: green, yellow and purple. So in honor of this delicious galette des Rois, here are some of my favorite Mardi Gras-colored rooms.

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It’s two days into February, and I’m already craving spring flowers, springtime decor and tons of sunshine. Fortunately, the weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and his Southern comrade General Beau Lee, with the help of their fickle shadows, have declared we’ll be enjoying an early spring!

Groundhog Winter Spring

Thank goodness! Especially for those in the path of this colossal storm. So, get your spring fever on with five of my favorite spring blooms and colorful rooms.

Spring Tulips Orange Kitchen Celia Berliner

Nothing says “Hello spring!” quite like a vibrant shade of orange, especially in the kitchen. I would love to sit back and enjoy those mimosas while gazing upon a vase filled with these variegated tulips. Design by Celia Berliner

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