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6 Trends To Deck Your Halls With This Holiday Season

Whether you’re the kind of person who starts feeling festive as soon as the red coffee cups come out or you’re the wait-until-Black Friday type, there’s no doubt that the true signal of the holiday season is when the holiday decor takes over: beloved department-store window displays, wreaths on apartment doors, generations-old ornaments hanging from the tree. But when it comes to decorating your home, as sentimental as some of your family heirloom decor might be, it’s about time you switched things up.

So, inspired by Command™ Brand stylish decorating and organizing products — and its partnership with everyone’s favorite fashion guru Tim Gunn — we decided to put together a lookbook of the top six holiday trends we’re loving this year, based on what we’ve been wearing all year long. Whether you’re riding out prairie style as long as you possibly can or looking for a sophisticated way to put your go-to leopard print on full display, the following trends will take your favorite looks from the runway to your home — so you can finally retire that popsicle-stick DIY ornament you made in middle school.

Timeless Tartan

If there’s one holiday pattern that will never go out of style, it’s trusty plaid. With effortless versatility, you can add a dash of tartan in absolutely any room (yes, even the bathroom). Start in the kitchen, with chic serving-ware and tablescape essentials. But don’t stop there: Plaid can be seamlessly incorporated with classic winter greenery. Hang up garland and wreaths, and trim trees for all-American vibes.

Command™ Large Brushed Nickel Metal Hooks, $18.99, available at Target; Williams Sonoma Bay Leaf Wreath with Tartan Ribbon, $49.95, available at Williams Sonoma; Pottery Barn Denver Plaid Rectangle Platter, $59.00, available at Pottery Barn; Pottery Barn Hamilton Plaid Pillow Cover in Red Multi, $35.50, available at Pottery Barn; Pendleton Plaid 5th Avenue Throw in Highland Plaid, $179.00, available at Pendleton.

Design by Tristan Offit.

On The Prairie

If you still intend to wear your high-neck, maxi prairie dresses even when it’s snowing outside, we’re right there with you. Take your love for vintage fabrics and handmade knickknacks to a new level by adorning your home with mixed woods and patchwork detailing. Add on plenty of plants (our pick is a mini living spruce) to give your entire space that rustic-pinecone-and-evergreen scent.

Terrain Little Living Tree, $88.00, available at Terrain; Anthropologie Treasured Tassel Stocking, $48.00, available at Anthropologie; Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal One-Of-A-Kind Kantha Throw Pillow, $79.00, available at Urban Outfitters; Pottery Barn Premium Flicker Flameless Birch & Stick Inclusion Pillar Candle, $69.00, available at Pottery Barn.

Design by Tristan Offit.

Bare Metals

Instead of using metallic shades like silver, brass, and bronze as accents, make them the main event. They’re just as complementary as any other neutral but with an added luminescence that you just don’t get with browns, grays, and blacks. Outfit your home with shiny mirrored objects, and hang brass geometric ornaments from metallic brass hooks (these ones from Command ™ are super quick to install and easy to remove once the holiday season comes to an end).

Command™ Small Metallic Hooks in Brass Color, $5.99, available at Target; CB2 Disco Ball Snowman, $39.95, available at CB2; West Elm Silversmith Menorah, $59.00, available at West Elm; CB2 Boxes Gold Ornament, $4.95, available at CB2.

Designed by Tristan Offit.

Electrifying Neon

Although deep, rich colors are normally associated with the holidays, there’s something so fresh and unexpected about neon. A neon color palette brings a new feeling of warmth and fun into your space — like you’re lying out on a lounge chair in Palm Springs — without making it feel too over-the-top. The key here is to not be too timid to pair together vibrant highlighter shades: Lime green, lemon yellow, aquamarine, and bright pink all work together harmoniously.

Pottery Barn Lit Ornaments, $69.00, available at Pottery Barn; Sophia Victoria Joy Neon Personalized Christmas Sack, from $24.11, available at Etsy; Lula Mena Diamond Tassel Pillow in Neon Yellow, $78.00, available at The Little Market; Vickerman Pre-Lit Slim Seafoam Ashley Spruce Christmas Tree, $599.99, available at Christmas Central.

Design by Tristan Offit.

Animal Print

There’s almost nothing quite as miraculous as the skyrocketing popularity of leopard print in 2018. In less than a year, animal print went from the back of our closets with the rest of our early 2000s relics to front and center. So it only feels natural to carry the trend to our holiday decor. To pack on the print in a tasteful way, look for decor pieces with a sophisticated touch. Faux fur and gold accents make animal print look luxurious in a way that very well could be straight from a Fifth Avenue penthouse.

PB Teen Pony Faux-Fur Stocking, $29.50, available at PB Teen; Ballard Designs Leopard Accent Plates, Set of 4, $59.00, available at Ballard Designs; L’Objet Leopard Coasters, Set of 4, $150.00, available at Gracious Style; Pink Water Modern White Chic Faux Gold Foil Leopard Print Floor Pillow, $79.99, available at Society6.

Design by Tristan Offit.

Grandma Style

The holiday season means spending a good amount of time at Grandma’s house baking gingerbread cookies and listening to those bluesy Christmas albums. As luck would have it, grandma style is in. So when we’re not hanging with the fam, we’re decorating our homes with chunky sweater knits and quaint designs for the same cozy effect. Add baking gear and a few extra-fluffy blankets into the mix, and you’ll feel transported straight to a family holiday dinner party (the good part, anyway).

Zara Home Fleece Blanket, $119.00, available at Zara Home; Williams Sonoma Holiday Striped Adult Apron, $34.95, available at Williams Sonoma; Juliska Country Estate Ceramic Serving Board, $95.00, available at Nordstrom; Crate & Barrel Cozy Knit Ivory Garland, $7.95, available at Crate & Barrel.

Design by Tristan Offit.

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Southampton Seafarers’ Center Celebrates Anniversary

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Southampton Seafarers’ Center Celebrates Anniversary


International maritime charity Sailors’ Society has announced that it will celebrate the first anniversary of its Southampton Seafarers’ Center at 108 East Street Saturday (October 13).

Since its opening, the center, which is run by a committed team of staff and volunteers, has seen more than 7,000 seafarers walk through its doors.

The center is designed to feel like a home away from home and gives seafarers visiting Southampton time to relax away from the busy port environment. They can also access free Wi-Fi in order to contact loved ones back home.

The center offers a variety of facilities, including a pool table, TV and a kitchen area for seafarers to use.

The anniversary is being marked by the arrival of a new people carrier to transport seafarers around the city. The people carrier is sponsored by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Seafarers Trust, Trinity House and Seafarers UK and provided by Viking Garages of West End.

(Photo: Left center, Ward Puddle, center co-ordinator, shaking hands with Peter Tomlin, CEO of Merchant Navy Welfare Board at the unveiling of new seafarers’ bus for the center on first birthday sponsored.)

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We looked through 1,000s of discounts to find today’s best Amazon Prime Day deals

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 overall best deals

Update 7/16/18 3:46 p.m. ET: We’re noticing some glitches on at the moment, so a few of these deals may not be showing up yet. We think things will sort themselves out soon — but in the meantime, happy shopping!

Update 7/16/18 9:35 p.m. ET: Most of the Amazon site appears to be working as normal.

Prime Day, now in its fourth year, is bigger and better than ever. 

This year, the sales event is live for a full 36 hours and is promising more than one million deals worldwide.

Now through July 17, you can shop an unprecedented number of deals, but you probably can’t dedicate your entire day to looking through pages and pages of deals. That’s why we’re doing it for you and handpicking the best ones that you should focus on today to save you both money and time.

Below you’ll find a master list of the very best Prime Day 2018 deals across all categories, including tech, home and kitchen, travel, and back-to-school products. There are so many deals to look through, so we took the time to find only the best ones. We’ll be updating this page throughout the day, so check back here frequently for the best and most up-to-date flash deals.

Just remember that you have to be a Prime member to take advantage of the deals, so don’t forget to sign up for a free 30-day trial membership here if you haven’t already. There are more perks if you want to stay a Prime member after your trial.  

This is our cheat sheet to the 24 best Prime Day deals of 2018. You can keep scrolling to check out our full list:

Amazon device: Echo, $69.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $30]
Amazon device: Kindle Paperwhite, $79.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $40]
Amazon Prime service: Get your first three months of Audible for $4.95 per month
Smartphone + smart home bundle: Samsung Galaxy S9 Bundle (includes SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, Echo, and Echo Spot), $719.99 [You save $429.97]
Computer: ASUS FX503VM 15.6” 120Hz FHD Powerful Gaming Laptop, $899 (originally $999) [You save $100]
Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet, $399.99 [You save $150]
TV: Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs with Fire TV, $289.99 (originally $399.99) [You save $110]
Media streamer: Fire TV Stick, $19.99 (originally $39.99) [You save $20]
Smart home device: Eufy RoboVac 11, $159.99, (originally $249.99) [You save $90]
Smart home device: Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $174 (originally $249) [You save $75]
Speaker: KEF Q100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers, $249 (originally $549.99) [You save $300.99]
Wireless headphones: nuraphone Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones, $299 (originally $399) [You save $100]
Wired headphones: Bose QuietComfort 25, $124.99 (originally $198) [You save $74]
Game console: Nintendo New 3DS XL – Super NES Edition with Super Mario Kart Bundle, $149.99 (originally $199) [You save $50]
Wearable: Fitbit Alta HR, $89.95 (originally $149.95) [You save $60]
Small kitchen appliance: Instant Pot DUO60, 6 Quart, $58.99 (originally $99.95) [You save $40.96]
Small kitchen appliance: Keurig K-Cafe Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker and Milk Frother, $109.99 (originally $179.99) [You save $70] 
Small kitchen appliance: Vitamix 5200 Blender, 64-Ounce Container, $297.95 (originally $549.99) [You save $252.04] 
Mattress: Tuft & Needle Mattress, Queen, $459 (originally $575) [You save $116]
Vacuum: Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum, $364.99 (originally $499.99) [You save $135]
Robot vacuum: iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum (Wi-Fi connectivity, works with Alexa), $229.99 (originally $349.99) [You save $120]
Budget phone: Moto G6 64GB Prime Exclusive Phone, $259.99 (originally $299.99) [You save $40]
High-end phone: LG V35 ThinQ 64 GB Prime Exclusive Phone, $599.99 (originally $899.99) [You save $300]
High-end phone: Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB, $499.99 (originally $724.99) [You save $225]

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To get things started, and since this is Amazon Prime Day, here are the best Amazon devices and Prime services on sale. At $69.99, the Amazon Echo is available for its lowest price ever. At $79.99, the Kindle Paperwhite is also at its lowest price to date. 

The best overall deals

Echo, $69.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $30]
Echo Look, $99.99 (originally $199.99) [You save $100]
Echo Show, $129.99 (originally $229.99) [You save $100]
Fire TV Stick, $19.99 (originally $39.99) [You save $20]
Kindle Paperwhite, $79.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $40]
Amazon Cloud Cam, $59.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $60]

The best Amazon Prime service deals

Audible: Get your first three months for $4.95 per month
Kindle Unlimited: Get your first three months for $1
Twitch Prime: New and current members get free PC games and in-game loot
Amazon Music Unlimited: Get your first four months for $0.99
Prime Video: Rent popular movies for $1.99 and under or buy at up to 50% off
Prime Pantry: New subscribers get $10 off their first order of $40 or more with a 30-day free trial Pantry membership
Prime Now: New customers get $10 off their first order of Prime Now or Whole Foods Market, and $10 off their second order
AmazonFresh: New AmazonFresh customers can get $30 off their first AmazonFresh order of $100 or more with a 30-day free trial AmazonFresh membership
Dash Buttons, $0.99 (originally $4.99) [You save $4]

The best Echo deals

Echo Dot, $29.99 (originally $49.99) [You save $20]
Echo Dot Kids Edition, $29.99 (originally $49.99) [You save $20]
Echo, $69.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $30]
Echo Spot, $99.99 (originally $129.99) [You save $30]
Echo Plus, $99.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $50]
Echo Look, $99.99 (originally $199.99) [You save $100]
Echo Show, $129.99 (originally $229.99) [You save $100]

The best Kindle deals

Kindle, $49.99 (originally $79.99) [You save $30]
Kindle Paperwhite, $79.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $40]

The best Fire TV deals

Fire TV Stick, $19.99 (originally $39.99) [You save $20]
Fire TV, $34.99 (originally $69.99) [You save $35]
Fire TV Cube, $89.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $30]
Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs with Fire TV, $289.99 (originally $399.99) [You save $110]

The best Fire tablet deals

Fire 7 Tablets, $29.99 (originally $49.99) [You save $20]
Fire HD 8 Tablet, $49.99 (originally $79.99) [You save $30]
Fire HD 10 Tablets, $99.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $50]
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $69.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $30]
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablets, $99.99 (originally $129.99) [You save $30]

The best Cloud Cam and Blink security camera deals

Amazon Cloud Cam, $59.99 (originally $119.99) [You save $60]
Blink XT 1, $75 (originally $124.99) [You save $54.99]
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera, $69 (originally $99) [You save $30]
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera (3 CAM), $149.99 (originally $229.99) [You save $80]

The best laptop, tablet, and computer deals

Computers, laptops, and tablets are a real investment, but when you get one on sale, it makes the decision easier. Here’s a list of all the best computers, laptops, and tablets on sale. 

The best laptop deals

Acer Chromebook 11, Celeron N3060, 11.6″ HD, 4GB DDR3L, 16GB Storage, $139.99 [You save $80]
Acer Chromebook 15 Pentium N4200, 15.6″ Full HD Touch, 4GB LPDDR4, 32GB Storage, $314.99 [You save $85]
Google Pixelbook (i5, 8 GB RAM, 128GB), $845 (originally $999) [You save $154]
ASUS Chromebook Flip 12.5-inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook, Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, $399 [You save $100]
ASUS FX503VM 15.6” 120Hz FHD Powerful Gaming Laptop, $899 (originally $999) [You save $100]

The best tablet deals

Fire 7 Tablets, $29.99 (originally $49.99) [You save $20]
Fire HD 8 Tablet, $49.99 (originally $79.99) [You save $30]
Fire HD 10 Tablets, $99.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $50]
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet, $399.99 [You save $150]

The best PC and all-in-one deals

Check back for the latest PC and all-in-one deals as we find them. 

The best gaming PC deals

CLX SET TGASETGXM8502WR VR-Ready Gaming PC – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 X 3.60Ghz 6-Core, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 240GB SSD+3TB HDD, $1,449 (originally $1,719.99) [You save $250]
CLX SET TGASETGXM8504WR VR-Ready Gaming PC – AMD Ryzen 7 2700 X 3.70GHz 8-Core, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB, 240GB SSD+3TB HDD, $1,999.49 (originally $2,389) [You save $390.50]
OMEN by HP 17-inch Gaming Laptop w/ 144Hz Anti-Glare G-Sync Display, i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16GB 2666MHz RAM, 1TB HDD & 128 GB PCIE SSD, $1,299 (originally $1,399) [You save $100]
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-inch Laptop, Intel Core i5-8300H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive and 128 GB SSD, $829.99 (originally $909.99) [You save $80]

The best printer, computer monitor, and computer accessory deals

Devices like printers and routers might not be the most exciting tech to shop for, but they’re necessary purchases nonetheless. Save on the best ones with these deals. 

The best printer deals

Brother HLL6200DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer with Large Paper Capacity, $169.99 (originally $199.99) [You save $30]
Brother WorkSmart MFC-J880DW Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer, $109.99 (originally $249.99) [You save $140]

The best computer monitor deals

Planar PLN2770W 27″ LCD Monitor, $140 (originally $176.87) [You save $36.87]
BenQ GW2280 22-Inch 1080p LED Frameless Monitor, $89.99 (originally $111.48) [You save $21.49]
BenQ 27-inch 1080p HDR10 Monitor, $199.99 (originally $269) [You save $70]
BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR10 Gaming Monitor, $399 (originally $499) [You save $100]

The best router deals

NETGEAR R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 Dual Band Smart WiFi Router, $89.99 (originally $99.98) [You save $10]
NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi Cable Modem Router+ Voice, $257.73 (originally $227.73) [You save $30]
NETGEAR Orbi Home Mesh WiFi System $259.33 (originally $289.33) [You save $30]
NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender, $59.98 (originally $69.98) [You save $10]
Google WiFi system, $99 (originally $129) [You save $30]

The best hard drive deals

WD My Passport SSD (512GB), $119.99 (originally $159.99) [You save $40]
WD My Passport for Mac Portable external Hard Drive (2TB), $63.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $36]
Samsung T5 Portable SSD (1TB), $270 (originally $379.99) [You save $109]

The best computer accessory deals

SanDisk 64GB Cruzer Force Flash Drive, $13.49 (originally $17.99) [You save $4.50]
HooToo USB C Hub, $11.76 (originally $19.99) [You save $8.23]
Belkin F4U095tt Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD with 3.3-Foot Thunderbolt 3 Cable, $222.10, (originally $277.63), [You save $55.53]
AmazonBasics USB 3.1 Type-C VGA Multiport Adapter, $24.49 (originally $34.99)[You save $10.50]

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Olivia Culpo Channels a ‘Nancy Meyers Movie’ and Pays Homage to Her Roots in her First Home

Olivia Culpo‘s first grown-up home is just like her — polished, pretty and more than a little glam.

The actress and model picked out her Hollywood condo for its cool, loftlike feel and architectural details, including an oddity for the West Coast: exposed brick walls. “I was definitely attracted to the character in this building and you don’t find a lot of that in LA, so it reminded me of where I’m from on the East Coast,” the Rhode Island-raised star, 26, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. 

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But its dark wood floors and black painted walls felt too masculine, she says, and made the open-plan apartment seem cavernous.

“I’m a really girlie person, so I wanted a much more feminine environment,” says Culpo, who next stars in the Bruce Willis action flick Reprisal. “I wanted to feel like I had a bachelorette pad.”

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“She’s got that East Coast, preppy vibe about her, so the minute we started chatting I was envisioning some sort of interior from a Nancy Meyers movie,” says designer Orlando Soria, who along with online-decorating service Homepolish helped bring her ladylike rooms to life with pale furnishings, blush accessories and hits of polished brass.

“We combined light colors, which are traditionally seen as feminine, with strong geometry, traditionally seen as masculine, to create a space that felt neither too childish or too industrial,” explains Soria, who chose pieces from Hayneedle, including a pair of tufted ottomans that stand in for a coffee table.

Though they didn’t make any huge structural chances to the space, the pair did build a custom closet for the fashion lover and a dining nook in one corner that Culpo says has the best light in the house for snapping Instagram photos.

Though the social media star is frequently traveling for work, when she is home, you can find her in one spot: “I definitely lay in bed for so long and I watch HGTV,” she admits of her crash time.

The bedroom’s walls are lined with gold-framed mirrors to visual expand the cozy space, and of course for the Culpo to check her look before heading out to the other place she feels right at home: a red carpet.

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After nearly a year-long process of making it her own, the finished apartment finally reflects its stylish owner. Says Culpo: “It’s glam. It’s modern. It’s everything that I wanted it to be. It’s perfect for me.”

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Move Over, Millennial Pink. Melodramatic Purple Is Here


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Melodramatic purple adds sophistication and visual interest to any space. Image: Elad Gonen

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Millennial pink has had its day. The warm shade shaped a number of decor trends in 2017. 2017 is over, though, and the new year is bringing hot new hues. One of the hottest is actually a cool, calming color. If you haven’t already been exposed to melodramatic purple, let us introduce you.

This color started its climb to the top just recently. The name “melodramatic purple” came into the spotlight in August of last year, when Lorde stepped onto the red carpet in a dress of this color. Now, it’s cropping up as a go-to shade for fashionistas and interior decorators. Why?

Melodramatic purple replaces the youthful vibes of millennial pink with sophistication and subtlety. While the pink was ideal for accent pieces and pops of color, this chic purple stands in for neutrals and shines when featured in major design pieces. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can incorporate melodramatic purple into your home decor.

Melodramatic purple yard decor

Decorating your outdoor spaces can be challenging. You want them to feel fun and fresh, but you also need to consider colors that can hold up when exposed to the elements. Fortunately, this year’s favorite purple can come to the rescue. Because melodramatic purple is already a soft hue, it doesn’t change much as it fades in the sun. It’s an ideal color for any outdoor upholstery and umbrellas.

Or, if you’re looking for a more natural way to incorporate this trending shade, grow it. Lavender bushes thrive with infrequent watering, making them ideal for black thumbs and water-conscious gardeners alike. Mexican sage is another low-maintenance way to add splashes of purple to your yard.

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This purple hue dresses up a patio and wears well in the sun. Image: British Association of Landscape Industries

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Purple blooms keep your yard looking fresh without overwhelming it with color. Image: Peter A. Sellar

Melodramatic purple curtains

If you’re attracted to melodramatic purple but don’t want to be married to it forever, turn to your curtains. The changing season is a great time to swap out your window coverings and refresh your home. Add purple curtains to your dining room to give the space a luxurious feel. Remember, purple is the color of royalty. The soft touch of this drapery swap will make your space feel lush and inviting, even as it adds an air of sophistication.

This curtain swap is also ideal for rooms where you want to add a sense of calm, like a nursery or office. If you’re feeling frazzled sitting at your desk, this soothing hue can help you recenter.

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Melodramatic purple curtains look lush and rich. Image: Austin Bean Design Studio

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Add a sense of calm and softness to any space with curtains in this color. Image: D’Apostrophe Design

Melodramatic purple furniture

Even if you find an affordable piece of furniture, there’s still the time-investment factor. There are many choices to consider: shape, size and fabric. Statement couches in vibrant hues are fun and add a notable design element, but will you get sick of the color?

Melodramatic purple provides a happy middle ground between the same-old neutrals and high-saturation hues that could go out of style. The mellow but interesting color adds a cosmopolitan touch to any living area without overwhelming the space.

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Complement the soft purple hue with neutrals to add depth to a room. Image: Amy Schwartz Interiors 

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Melodramatic purple couch and armchairs help create a warm and soothing space. Image: LA Home Photography

Melodramatic purple is making its mark on the design and fashion world. When you incorporate it into your home, you’ll not only be on-trend, you’ll also work an interesting but balanced shade with staying power into your decor.

How will you use melodramatic purple in your home? Let us know in the comments.

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Former ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is launching a new clothing line — here’s where you can buy it

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Former “Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines is launching a summer collection for Matilda Jane Clothing.
It will feature casual clothing and accessories for babies, tweens, women, and home.
Plus, the collection will introduce the brand’s first apparel for boys and men.

Popular home renovation show “Fixer Upper” may be over, but its stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, aren’t going anywhere. Their Magnolia empire comprises everything from the Magnolia Homes renovation business, Magnolia Realty real estate agency, and Magnolia Silos marketplace to “Magnolia Journal” magazine, Magnolia House and Hillcrest Estate luxury rental properties, and Magnolia Table restaurant.

And now, Joanna’s latest project is debuting June 1.

She has teamed up with family fashion brand Matilda Jane Clothing to design a special summer collection of adorable clothes and accessories for girls, babies, tweens, and women as well as home goods, according to a press release. Plus, the brand will be offering styles for boys and men for the first time ever via the collection.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Kate Spade’s death was suicide by hanging, New York’s medical examiner has confirmed

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The New York City Medical Examiner confirmed on Thursday that Kate Spade’s death was a suicide.
The cause of death was suicide by hanging.
55-year-old fashion designer Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue home on Tuesday.

Kate Spade’s cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Thursday.

Spade’s body was found by a cleaner in the bedroom of her Park Avenue home on Tuesday.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Dorothy’s $6 million ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ are the most expensive piece of pop culture ever — but 12 more collectibles came close

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Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are on sale for $6 million — the highest-ever price for pop culture memorabilia.
The Cowardly Lion’s costume from “The Wizard of Oz” is already one of the most expensive film costumes ever sold.
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Dorothy’s ruby slippers from”The Wizard of Oz” are looking for a new home.

Actress Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film and they’re now on sale by Moments In Time for $6 million. The slippers had previously been on exhibit at Disney World for over a decade. Several other pairs of the slippers exist, including a pair that was stolen in 2005 and never found. 

The authentication document for the $6 million pair says the shoes are “rimmed in 46 rhinestones, surrounding 42 bugle beads and the three larger (rectangular) jewels centered in a line.”

While no movie prop or costume has ever sold publicly for more than $6 million, there have been several pieces of memorabilia that were auctioned off for seven figures. 

Take a look at these 12 pieces of memorabilia from movies, TV, and sports which each sold for at least $3 million.

Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball: $3 million
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In the summer of 1998, baseball fans across the country watched Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire try to break Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record. Eventually, both players broke Maris’ record of 61 home runs, which had stood since 1961.

Sosa ended the year with 66 home runs and McGwire hit an even 70. Even though it wasn’t the home run that broke the record, comic book millionaire Todd McFarlane purchased McGwire’s 70th home run ball for $3 million. He also owns McGwire’s 67th, 68th, and 69th, and Sosa’s 66th home run balls.

The Cowardly Lion’s costume: $3.1 million

The ruby slippers are not the only sought-after costume from “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy’s dress from the movie sold for over $1.5 million, but another character’s wear has sold for more.

Actor Bert Lahr donned this costume made of actual lion skin and fur for the 1939 film. He sung “If I Were King of the Forrest” and found his courage in this costume.

Bonhams auctioned off this piece of movie history in 2014 for $3 million.

Honus Wagner T206: $3.1 million
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The most famous baseball card of all time is also the most expensive. There is an entire book dedicated to the card and it has arguably overshadowed Wagner’s Hall of Fame playing career. 

Only 57 of the cards are known to exist and few are in good condition considering they were printed between 1909 and 1911. At one time, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky owned one of the mint condition copies.

The record price for a trading card was by one of these T206 in 2016 for $3.12 million.

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