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Attention Design Happens readers: the holidays are officially here! Many of you have probably been celebrating or decorating for weeks, but I’m a one-holiday-at-a-time kind of gal. So, with Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to turn all of our focus on the busiest season of the year. When I think of the Christmas season, I immediately think of shiny metallics and lots of glitter. Doesn’t everything seem to have a dust of glitter during the holidays? That’s just one reason I love this time of year so much.

Mood Board Monday: SilverDress + Cuff :: Gift Wrap :: Chandelier Detail :: Acorns :: Gilded Feathers :: Winter Cocktails :: Glittered Ornament :: Modern Christmas Tree

I’m on board the metallics train, as you can see. So, tell me — what are your favorite holiday hues?


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It took me a long time to understand the allure of metallic home accessories. I’ve always been a silver girl myself, never going towards the glittery gold or brass hues, feeling they were a little to brash. However, over the last few years tones like gold, brass, copper and silver have exploded in home decor. I’ve finally come over to the metallic side of things, having my own little Kelly Wearstler moment at home. I’ve tuned into the ability of metallic hues to lift and energize a space. In my own beige interior, golden tones have been making an appearance to spice up the boring paint palette (beige was my landlord’s choice, not mine). And paired with today’s most exciting hues like navy blue, purple and pink, metallics can make a real design statement at home.

Here are some of my favorite metallic pieces. You can explore the rest on my Pinterest board.

I’m a fan of antique brass pieces for their vintage feel. The Meurice Mirror by Jonathan Adler is so sophisticated. The bamboo metal would look stunning against a dark black or navy wall.

Color Crush - Metallics - DWR

Accessories like this Globo di Luce Pendant show how beautiful modern copper pieces can be. In a simple neutral interior, this bold light fixture is sure to illuminate with great flair.

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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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When my husband and I moved back to Utah from California several years ago, we knew we’d be making several sacrifices in terms of lifestyle, the biggest one being the fact that winters here seem to start at the beginning of October. And then end… never. Two days ago, this is what our deck looked like. Remember: It’s the middle of April.



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