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Iris Apfel's carefully curated Etsy list is full of fashionable favorites

According to Iris Apfel, when shopping for fresh home décor, it's best to keep in mind that 'more is more'

Iris Apfel
Fashion icon Iris Apfel attends Macy's Fashion's Front Row during September 2016 New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City.
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Iris Apfel is a household name – a fashion icon – recognized for her memorable, maximalist style, turning heads for generations with her signature oversized lenses and strikingly bold color palettes. 

Reckoned as one of the most prominent tastemakers in the industry, Apfel invigorates generation-after-generation to be fearless in their choices – home decor included, and this month, we're in for a treat. 

The fashion tour de force teamed up with Etsy to hand-select her favorite items from small businesses.

'It's important to let ourselves indulge in pretty things,' she says. After seeing first-hand 'how a sparkly pair of earrings, an interesting ring or brightly-colored necklace can transform my mood.' 

So, for those looking to lift spirits and do so in the most fashionable of ways, take notes from Iris Apfel's very stylish playbook and invest in these five exquisite and unparalleled items.

1. Induce a worldly element to tabletops by investing in intricately detailed dishware

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Vintage Gold Imari Plates (opens in new tab) l Was $96, Now $86.40, at Etsy

Handcrafted in Japan, circa 1954, these 10" vintage Imari plates (opens in new tab)invoke a temporal beauty, instantly elevating dinners and holiday gatherings. 


2. Bring walls to life with gorgeous golden baroque trimmings

Iris Apfel

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Vintage Original Oil Painting (opens in new tab)for $95, at Etsy

Transport to previous generations with this picturesque oil portrait (opens in new tab). Between the colorful hues and gorgeous golden trimming, you'll depict a powerful statement. 


3. Liven up quarters with an adorned lampshade

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Burnt Orange Lampshade (opens in new tab) starting at $45.12. at Etsy

Allow this tropical interior shade (opens in new tab) to extend a unique botanical print as the focal point in any study or lobby. The mixture of tropical ferns and leaves — all in a hand-drawn style — accented with a strong silver base is sure to attract attention when displayed. 

4. Convey French-style in dining sections with captivating candelabras

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Brass Candlesticks (opens in new tab) for $16.90, at Etsy

Let these elegant brass candlesticks (opens in new tab) serve as the focal point of any tablescape, while simultaneously entreating French-style effortlessly. 


5. Store botanical compositions in statement-making stoneware 

Iris Apfel

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OLA Vase in Two-Toned White (opens in new tab) for $137, at Etsy

This handbuilt OLA vase (opens in new tab) emphasizes colored stripes and patterns conceived by hand-tinting clay, creating a uniquely sophisticated display. 

Brittany Romano wrote for Homes & Gardens as a U.S. Shopping Editor. A graduate of New England College, Brittany started her career as a freelance fashion market assistant at Marie Claire. She later joined AMI, where she designed a highly profitable commerce vertical. Noted for her award-winning content, she's covered everything from celebrity beauty hacks to the most lavish home decor.