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Cheer up an old chair with a soft blanket and you've found your new favorite reading nook. A sizable 71 by 47 inches, the machine-washable acrylic Henrika Throw in Lilac ($14.99) packs plenty of punch. Available at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-681-4532 and ikea.com.(Credit: Handout)

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Orchid in home decor

Deep twilights, ripe boysenberries and sparkling amethysts -- few colors embody equal parts juicy and mysterious the way purple does. And this year, everyone is just wild about the shade. Pantone picked Radiant Orchid as 2014's Color of the Year, calling it a "captivating, magical, enigmatic purple," while Sherwin-Williams chose Exclusive Plum as its 2014 Color of the Year, deeming it "a sophisticated violet." The beauty of purple is that there's no wrong choice. From subdued hues to vibrant brights, there is a purple for everyone. Here are some products to bring this fun shade into your home this year. --LARA EWEN. Special to Newsday