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Current by Susan Martin

Soft touch

The faux fur is flying in decorative accents for the home. You’ll see it on throws and pillows but also on attention-grabbing pieces such as stools.

Nate Berkus includes the Striated Faux Fur Stool, $64.99, in his fall/holiday collection for Target. It looks so furry, you may want to put it on a leash and take it for a walk.

Pottery Barn also offers a couple faux-fur stools. One frame is covered in faux Mongolian-sheep wool; the other, caramel ombre fur. They stand almost 20 inches high, feature pecan-finished legs and are priced $229 each. See for details.

Color picks for 2016

Pantone, the color authority, released its trend report for Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week, which ended Sept. 17. The palette is influenced by the world of art, new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind.

Among the picks: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity (an airy blue), Snorkel Blue (maritime-inspired), Buttercup, Limpet Shell (a shade of aqua), Lilac Gray, Fiesta (a fiery, yellow-based red), Iced Coffee and Green Flash.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in the report.

“With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation,” she said.

Tennis, anyone?

The men’s white sneaker trend from spring and summer is moving right into fall. The Chicago Tribune recently featured several picks. These included, at the lower price range, Vans Era Gumsole sneakers selling for $45 at On the pricier side, there’s Acne Studios Adrian Leather Sneakers, $370, at

Elsewhere, GQ suggests a white nylon and tan suede combo for fall, specifically Reebok’s Kitsune White CL Nylon sneakers.

“Tradition says that because we’re living in a post-Labor Day world you should have already abandoned all things white, sneakers included, but who needs tradition when you have sneakers that look this cool?,” wrote Jake Woolf on earlier this month.

And finally ...

“Lots of women pick bright lipstick as their statement, which can be great. But I prefer to play up the eyes. I go for blues, greens, purples, teals. As long as you keep blending, anything goes.”

Tina Turnbow, celebrity makeup artist, in Better Homes and Gardens, October issue.