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Hello, pretty

Hello, pretty
The interior at Little Goat, including a vintage wallpaper in spring's softer palette. (Lenny Gilmore/Tribune Newspapers)

Between all the stark industrial fixtures and reclaimed beams that have dominated design during the past five years, a glimmer of lightness has begun to poke through.

"It feels like a new birth," said Karen Herold, vice president of design at Chicago's 555 Design Fabrication Management.

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From CB2's industrial file cabinet powdercoated in a refreshing mint, to fabrics in silvered lavender and pale, chalky paint colors, the trend is toward lighter, brighter and softer hues -- with shapes that stay sleek and modern.

Take, for example, the vintage pink paisley wallpaper at Little Goat, the casual offshoot of

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The Girl and the Goat
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, which in contrast boasts a great charred wall amid its smolderingly cool vibe.

"We have shifted from a very masculine design to a much more feminine approach," said Herold, whose firm designed both restaurants.

If you're feeling a shift toward pretty this spring, remember - not frilly, but thoughtful and refined.

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In other words, pretty smart. [photo captions] Fresh, not frou: The interior at Little Goat, including a vintage wallpaper in spring's softened palette; Farrow & Ball's take on the color story; CB2's file cabinet in Mint.

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