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TREND ALERT: Gray is still going strong this Fall in rooms and on the runway. Leave the gray skies behind and venture to the darker side of the color palette to bring depth into your space. There is something unbelievably mysterious and sexy about heavy metal especially in interior spaces…but if you aren’t married to a rockstar, clearly these rooms are the next best thing.

Achieve this look with dramatic contrasts of black, white, and gray. Next, embellish your look with pretty, shiny things. THINK SPARKLE. Silver, gold, diamonds, sequins, and nailheads all have reflective qualities that will take your style to the next level. Feeling daring? Add a bit of zebra print to the mix to satisfy that “wild hair.”

1.| The VOLUSPA CANDLE IN BLACK FIGUE AND CHYPRE is both alluring and warm. The combination of currant and black figs is tamed by chypre, a soft floral perfume($27, candlesoffmain.com).

2.| The JENNY CHANDELIER, composed of abalone seashells is striking conversation piece in any room (price unknown, alicelanehome.com).

3.| Be the femme fatale of the fete in the CUTABOVE heels by Nine West ($79/ ninewest.com).

4.| Completely covered in sparkling sequins, the SASHA pillows always get the best seats in the house ($65, blisslivinghome.com).

5.| Former Project Runway contestant, Ivy Higa, has a Fall/Winter 2010 Collection of well cut basics that establish a foundation for any wardrobe (ivyh.net).

6.| Up in Smoke…THE HUNTLEY sofa in smoke is a modern winged sofa that is ultra swanky and surprisingly well priced! ($1,379, overstock.com)

7.| Take a chance and walk on the wild side with this STENCILED COWHIDE (price unknown, alicelanehome.com).

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  1. Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    Sexy! I covet the abalone chandelier!!

  2. Mimi says:

    I was very much surprised to see how cheap the sofa was…Love that, not sure how practical it would be in a house with children, not sure if it would go over well with plastic on it!! Chic nonetheless!

  3. L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys says:

    Love that sofa and the chandelier! Never thought oyster shells could look so glam!

  4. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    Very striking! I recently saw a post featuring gray rooms with a dash of brass, which was also amazing, this post made me think of it. I love that chandelier…sigh.

  5. P.S. I love this... says:

    Love the dramatic entry. *sigh*

    Adding sofa to my cart. =)

  6. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design says:

    I will take the sofa and chandelier please! Love all the grays this season…I kicked off fall a little early with gray nail polish this week 😉

  7. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage says:

    Grey is the trend, huh? Trend must be peeking in my littlebook. I just purchased a vintage settee very similar in design for $20. I'm currently looking for the perfect fabric. That chandelier is fabulous, ans spot on with the zebra, you must always have a hint of the wild side.

  8. Erica @ Decorica says:

    I like it – I'm glad grey is sticking around. That sofa is so cool and the dress is darling. One of each please!

  9. Chic Chocolate says:

    l LOVE IT ALL!

  10. Mrs. Chic says:

    I want a petite version of the sofa for my extra bedroom….would love it in the pink of the gunmetal color

  11. keely @ luxe + lillies says:

    LOVE this post…. so sexy! Its totally one of my favorite design styles! That sofa from overstock.. WANT! SO BAD!

  12. niki.mac says:

    That couch is like decor porn! So gorgeous and cheap 😉

  13. Lissa @ After Adornment says:

    That chandelier is killer and I need that sofa!!!! I think you can never go wrong with grey.

  14. jvw home says:

    lovin' the girls' outfit and awesome price on that FAB sofa!

  15. Kiran says:

    Girl, this is a fabulous post!!! Loving the look of your site. xx

  16. Dobbygirl says:

    Love this post, so chic and that chandelier is to die for!!

  17. Claire Watkins, ASID allied says:

    Haha! That EXACT gray couch has been in my (virtual) overstock cart for at least 2 months! It is so good looking and at such a killer price that even though I have no place for it right now, I keep my eyes on it! I think I need that chandelier and those shoes, too =)



Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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