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Jewel Tones

Maybe it was all the sparkle and glitz of the holiday season, but I’m having a moment right now with jewel tones. Not as gawky or juvenile as a primary color, these deliciously rich tones are positively sumptuous when used in a variety of materials. Think velvet upholstery and lacquered walls for maximum drama. And ohhh how fabulous it is when paired with metallics of any kind.

Case in point: this utterly stunning emerald velvet Chesterfield sofa I saw in our OKC Anthropologie a few weeks back. My head started spinning a million different directions with how this sofa could be used. The depth of the color makes it absolutely unforgettable and  I could envision layering it with tons of gold pillows in a library setting. And no library would be complete without a rolling ladder, would it?  A girl can dream!

But jewel tones aren’t just limited to ruby and emerald, so I pulled together a few favorite images to get my ideas flowing, plus a few actual gemstone images to round out the color palette.


Marsala was named the Pantone color of the year for 2015, and it fits perfectly into the jewel tone trend. It’s rich and sumptuous in this dining room below – and the glossy finish only adds to the drama. It reminds me of the deep red of the velvet ring box shown above (swoon – can I have one of each?).


If I could give a standing ovation to this homeowner below, I would – who else has the courage to layer a gorgeously bright emerald green room next to a hot pink entryway? And it totally works by keeping both shades equally bright. Plus I love the jewel tone accessories like the orange lampshade and bright blue table.


Vibrant turquoise plays perfectly with the dazzling persimmon wallpaper of this room.  Plus those tassels on the buffet offer the perfect little attention to detail – almost like jewelry itself.


But if you’re too nervous to commit to an entire room of persimmon, how about just a single element? The color of the sofa below creates the ultimate focal point in this quirky living room.



The cool hued gemstone rings pictured above immediately came to mind when I stumbled on this aqua paneled living room below.  Again, notice the theme with the velvet sofa too — rich rich rich!


Monochromatic jewel tone rooms are perfectly balanced with white trim and ceiling details, not to mention crisp linens on the bed. The emerald green color skews sophisticated – don’t go too muddy on this color as it tends to turn more of a hunter shade and looks dated.



Are you inspired yet? I’d love to hear how you would use these gorgeous gemstone hues in your home!




Do you ever look at your outfit in the mirror and think, “This just doesn’t do anything for me”? As a stylist at Dean Street Society one of my favorite tips to give clients is to always leave the house looking remarkable — worthy of remarking upon.








What do you compliment other women on in their appearance? “That dress looks great on you!” “I love you in that color!” “Where’d you get that fabulous necklace?” We typically comment that someone’s figure looks especially flattering, we’re captured by a color or we notice a unique detail. Today I’m sharing six ways you can add the latter two to the classic outfit of a white top and dark jeans to look remarkably lovely this fall.



First up, is color. My secret to color that’s always chic, plus a closet that can be mixed and matched throughout, is to wear jewel tones. Wearing multiple pastel shades can feel a bit too Easter sweet, while pairing primary hues can quickly channel Rainbow Bright of the 80′s. Meanwhile, jewel tones — emerald, plum, marigold, burnt orange, poppy red, magenta, royal blue — have a richness that stays classy. Plus, you can rest assured you can wear more than one without fear of clashing, as they always complement one another.

Next, let’s look at six spots you can add these colors in the form of unique details that convey confidence and create a polished finished look.


Want three more bonus reasons to add any of these to your wardrobe?

You can find them at any price point. They fit even if you gain or lose a bit of weight. And they can be worn almost year round.

I think it’s pretty black and white that you have nary an excuse not to go add some remarkable accessories to your wardrobe, m’dear!

With grace & gumption,

Hilary & Dean Street Society



P.S. Don’t just think about it. Make it happen! Which of the items or colors above are you inspired to try? Leave your faves in the comments below!

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