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Current by Susan Martin

Paisley, please

Think paisley patterns are for fall? You may want to rethink that. We’re spotting them on everything from swimsuits to salad plates and in colors destined for the warm days ahead.

The April issue of Traditional Home magazine devotes four pages to paisleys, showcasing them not only on fabrics and lamp shades but also on a Tibetan carpet and hand-painted Horchow console.

“This organic teardrop-shaped motif is centuries old, but when infused with bright color combos and highly stylized designs, everything old feels new again,” write the editors.

Poppy pops

The Homer Laughlin China Company, maker of Fiesta Dinnerware, recently announced its color of 2014: Poppy. The orangey red hue is said to be “vaguely reminiscent of the famed original Fiesta Red which was part of the collection that launched the Fiesta brand in 1936.”

Poppy and other new additions to the Fiesta Dinnerware, which is made in the USA, debuted at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago earlier this month.

Design tip

Here’s an idea from Better Homes and Gardens for jazzing up a wall: Take old picture frames collected from a flea market – or a garage sale or even your own basement – and spray paint them in fun colors.

“Even aged, ornate frames look modern with a fresh coat of color,” writes BHG.

The magazine shows frames painted bright yellow, turquoise, lime green and other colors, with custom-cut mirrors placed inside each one.

And finally ...

“I love animal prints but prefer not to wear them. I like them on cushions.”

Carolina Herrera, fashion designer, in InStyle magazine