How to Decorate with Jewel Tones

From amethyst to onyx, designer Sheila Bridges gets us acquainted with vivid gem-inspired colors and offers expert tips on incorporating them into your own home.

The eclectic Harlem living room of Sheila Bridges, in Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room blue, is a study in sapphire and ruby. Photo by Dana Meilijson

Whether opaque or transparent, precious or semiprecious, natural gemstones are imbued with such vibrant, unadulterated hues that they’re boons for any color scheme. Sapphire-blue walls, ruby-red lamps or an emerald-green couch, for example, instantly transform any space. Just as the beauty of a flashy yellow-diamond necklace can bring folks to their knees, hues that mimic their bling-y counterparts convey instant sophistication and luxury — and dressing our homes with them makes us just as excited as we get when sporting the real thing.

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18 Incredible Outdoor Dining Spaces

Eating meals alfresco is one of the great pleasures of warm weather, and a beautifully appointed space only heightens the experience. Get inspired by these delectable dining areas as you think about creating your own outdoor oasis.

A Comprehensive Guide to Moroccan Tribal Rugs

We highlight distinct features of Azilals, Beni Mguilds, Boucherouite rag rugs, Beni Ourains, kilims and Tuareg mats.

This wood-wrapped area of a downtown New York loft by Sachs Lindores sees vintage French and American chairs atop a Moroccan rug. Photo by Inez and Vinoodh

The West’s current infatuation with Moroccan tribal rugs stretches to the mid-20th century, when designers embraced bold geometric patterns and even bolder palettes as counterpoints to form-follows-function interiors. Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were among the designers who used these rustic, natural rugs to offset austere interiors. “They even have one at Fallingwater,” Wright’s early modernist masterpiece, says designer and dealer Madeline Weinrib, who travels to far-flung locations to deal directly with the makers of these textile gems.

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Watch a Handcrafted Sofa Get Beautifully Torn to Pieces

In their debut video collaboration, The Way Back, brothers Dustin and Dillon O’Neal reveal what goes into crafting a Dmitriy & Co. Belgard sofa — in reverse order.

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21 Gorgeous Hamptons Houses

The Hamptons, a stretch of Long Island’s South Fork known for its tony enclaves, is one of the world’s prime locations for vacation homes, and once you see these spaces, you'll understand why.

How to Create a Photo Booth for A-List Interior Designers

At Legends in Los Angeles, Zio & Sons conceived and assembled a luxurious outdoor area where design mavens posed for photographers. Watch the video to see how it was made.

Decoding Alexander McQueen’s Favorite Patterns

Why was the fashion icon drawn to tartan, houndstooth and skulls?

Models walk the runway in herringbone ensembles at Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2009 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage

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Why 1980s Memphis Design Is Popular Once Again

Love it or hate it, postmodern Memphis Group furniture is back. Some people think of the Milan-based collective as the design equivalent to Patrick Nagel’s kitschy screenprints, but for others Memphis represents what made the early 1980s so great: freedom of expression, dizzying patterns and off-the-wall colors.

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Tour the Brooklyn Pad of Coil + Drift’s John Sorensen-Jolink

The furniture maker lives with his prototypes and mid-century street finds.

John Sorensen-Jolink in his Brooklyn living room with a Hover shelving unit custom made by his company Coil + Drift and a Vase pillow by Amelie Mancini.

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Vintage IKEA Furniture Is Newly Coveted

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