The Zodiac Report: Virgo

August 23 - September 22

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Virgos are precise.

Decorating With Books: Coordinating Colors

Decorating With Books: Coordinating Colors

If you're more of the tailored type of design enthusiast, color-coordinated books for rooms with tight palettes may be the perfect fit. When styling surfaces of tables, consoles and credenzas, try layering several shades of the room's dominant color. This will add to the overall depth and complexity of the room without looking matchy-matchy.

Photo by: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Another description? Dynamic. The sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgos are industrious, diligent, nurturing and jump at first chance to offer a helping hand.

Virgos are resolute in their point of view and they feel ultra-confident that their approach is the best (and only!) approach for all situations, even ones that do not directly or indirectly involve them. While this meddling may catch certain signs off guard, the unsolicited and unnecessary advice is all part of that classic, Virgo charm.

Woman Holding Cleaning Supplies

Woman Holding Cleaning Supplies

Like chatty-Kathy Gemini, Virgo is ruled by Mercury — the planet of communication. We see the planetary influence of Mercury through Virgos’ innate ability to tackle multiple projects and personalities with exactness.

The Virgin symbolizes this sign, representing Virgo's love (read: need) for control. Order, organization and control are paramount for the perfectionist-Virgo’s happiness, as these maintain the state of efficiency that enables them to produce top-notch results. We know by now that anything less is unacceptable, yes?

Noteworthy Virgo

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson attends the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Photo by: Jason Merritt ©2013 Getty Images

Jason Merritt, 2013 Getty Images

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Richard Gere, Blake Lively, Amy Poehler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Sandler, BB King, Tom Ford, Pippa Middleton, Zendaya, Cameron Diaz, Wiz Khalifa, Kobe Bryant, Lea Michele, Agatha Christie, Karl Lagerfeld, Sean Connery, Flo Rida, Salma Hayek, Chris Pine, Rachel Bilson, Tyler Perry, Charlie Sheen, Mark Harmon, Jennifer Hudson, Regis Philbin, Sophia Loren, Ruby Bridges, Caroline Fleming

Design

Neutral Transitional Living Room With Gray Lamps

Neutral Transitional Living Room With Gray Lamps

In a white or neutral room, a few dark elements can help ground the space. Here, cedar beams and a barn wood fireplace do the job.

Photo by: Leslee Mitchell

Leslee Mitchell

A Virgo holds themselves, their loved ones and their home to highest-of-high standards. It’s no surprise, then, that they never feel quite complete when it comes to the design of their home. Virgos will always find a corner to tweak, a cushion to fluff and a closet to reorganize. The reality? The Virgo home is impeccable.

Book Stack and White Vase

Book Stack and White Vase

No bookshelf? No problem! A stack of books makes a colorful mini table, just right for the small space between two windows.

Photo by: Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Jessica Klewicki Glynn

This picky pack should steer clear of cluttering collectables on the bookshelves or overly-ornate items on the walls. Too many patterns or colors will overwhelm this hardworking sign, ultimately draining them before they even walk out the door. The key design takeaway? Less is more. Clean lines, classic furnishing and neutral tones throughout the home will allow Virgo the space needed to disconnect and recharge before heading off to help (or fix) the masses.

An expansive kitchen will feed Virgo’s maternal or nurturing spirit. Front and center of this space? A grand, gorgeous table. The Virgo considers this to be their blank canvas just waiting to be adorned with their pristine place settings and artfully-arranged blooms.

Neutral Transitional Dining Room With Black Chairs

Neutral Transitional Dining Room With Black Chairs

In a room with a lot of light colors, adding one or two darker elements can help to ground the space. In this open concept dining area, two black dining chairs do the trick, anchoring all the white.

Photo by: Alyssa Rosenheck

Alyssa Rosenheck

Destination

Canal in Copenhagen

Canal in Copenhagen

If I had $10,000 to give to 1 person for a trip of a lifetime, I would absolutely give that money to my wife. For years, she has talked about her time as a high school exchange student in Denmark (the food — the people — the fun!) and has never had the chance to go back. This gift would finally give her the opportunity she has waited decades for. Coincidentally, she has a surprising number of childhood friends who now live overseas. What a lucky problem to have for someone who likes to travel! With people to visit everywhere from Singapore to Prague, she could definitely put this money to good use. Oh, and let me be honest here: I selfishly hope to tag along on this European adventure! – Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer

Photo by: Visions Of Our Land/ The Image Bank/ Getty Images

Visions Of Our Land/ The Image Bank/ Getty Images

Copenhagen, Denmark

Sommelier + Sips

Chenin Blanc + Lavender Lemon Sparkler

Scents

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Side tables in the lounge at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, were decorated with purple orchids and hyacinth.

Photo by: Image by Caroline Tran

Image by Caroline Tran

Orchid, garden rose, wild verbena

Snack

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie Bowls

Samira Kazan of Alpha Foodie shares gorgeous pastel smoothie bowls on her Instagram account.

Photo by: Courtesy of Samira Kazan

Courtesy of Samira Kazan

For the health-obsessed? A nutrition-packed smoothie, of course.

Soiree

Rustic Garden Party Table Setting

Rustic Garden Party Table Setting

Set a simple, rustic table for a backyard party using white ceramics, wooden flatware and fresh-cut flowers, like this hydrangea.

Understated elegance is one approach to take when hosting a celebration for the Virgo. Another approach to consider? Theirs. Virgo’s high standards and expectations are enough to cause even the most laid-back, carefree Sagittarius to feel a twinge of anxiety. Your best bet is to lean in and ask them what they want (or expect!) out of their soiree. After all, if you host it their way, you’re hosting it the best way.  

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