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Current by Susan Martin

More on Marsala

Remember last December when Pantone announced that Marsala was its 2015 Color of the Year? This season you are indeed seeing this rich hue and many of its variations – whether as a solo act or combined with other colors.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in the original release.

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Decor tip

Cramped quarters call for smart storage solutions. Today’s ladder-style bookshelves are one option. They occupy a small footprint but offer ample shelf space, according to the American Home Furnishings Alliance. The Camden leaning book shelf from Hammary requires only 34 inches of wall space but extends 76 inches high and offers five shelves, for example. It’s priced about $449 at

Wrapped in warmth

You didn’t need them last week but before long you may be checking out the season’s latest lineup of capes and ponchos. Blanket patterns are popular and fringe detail a popular embellishment. These are a stylish topper for a cool day at a farmers market or high school football game. Besides the more traditional styles that come to mind, poncho- and cape-inspired sweaters are another look for fall.

And finally ...

“I can’t walk into a room and think that I’m an expert just because I like something – say, shoes. Rather, I take advantage of the wisdom and experience of those around me who have been in the business for a really long time.”

– Sarah Jessica Parker, speaking about her line of SJP shoes, in In Style magazine, September issue.