Dorm room decorating ideas days are here again. Decorating the dorm room is a back to campus tradition, and dorm room decor has come a long way, baby. Chic, stylish, and dorm sweet dorm impressive- the accents and accessories available for your dorm room decorating ideas prove A+ ready to ace the personal style test.
To every taste there is a style, and the dorm room is an excellent canvas in which to color, texture and pattern your way to dorm sweet dorm style.
My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Place the design and decorate emphasis on decor accents and accessories that speak hello beautiful to you.
Conversations, estimations, and prognostications for the upcoming LSU Tigers football season has gone from a meow to a roar.
Football fans- this is not a drill. If you haven’t scouted the recipes, planned the menus, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas we’ve got something to talk about as well. Football fans and the tailgating nation from conference to conference, division to division take their football and tailgating times serious. Football fans here in the South surely do, and come rain, sunshine, humidity or hurricane, we let the good tailgating times roll.
Tailgating planning and execution is a process that rivals that of an elaborate dinner party. The selection of a tailgating tablescapes theme and the perfect decor accessories and tablewares can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.
Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Tailgaters decked out in team attire and colors believe in getting the party started early in game day style.
The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it. The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off in true Tiger style. Game day chic includes both a pregame bag and a clear bag compliant with stadium policy.
Team logo and tiger chic flats and sandals bring style and comfort to the look. For the away games to college towns where fall is actually fall, gold metallic espadrille slip-on sneakers or warm lined suede boots fit the bill.
To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason. If real estate is all about location, location, location tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display. Pitch your tailgating tent in a prime location, hang a focal point chandelier, and proceed to impress the crowd with your tailgating tablescapes skills and style.
I begin by dressing the table in whatever choice of table linens fits this weeks theme. Burlap is the tailgating accessory that consistently tops the tailgating tablescapes must have table linens list because of its durability and inexpensive price tag. Versatile for table covers and table runners, burlap, the on-trend farmhouse chic fabric, is a very forgiving fabric.
There’s no crying in football or spilled chili, dip, gumbo, cocktails, etc…
If a stain should occur, cover it up with a serving tray or platter for the duration of your tailgating soiree (a hosting trick). Between tailgating times, head over to a fabric store or online retailer to pick up or order a couple of more yards of this tailgating friendly fabric.
Decorating your tailgating tablescapes with pieces in team colors, seasonal accents, and holiday du jour decor never fails to impress the crowd. My game changer tablescape works with a casual yet elegant theme. It brings a bit of juxtaposition to the tailgating tablescapes mix with stoneware plates paired with inexpensive faux wood chargers.
Easy to work with centerpiece options include a team mascot figurine, collectible helmet, and a bronze poly-stone football player sculpture.
Arrangements of fresh or faux flowers and plants of the season set a festive and colorful scene. Crotons, hydrangeas, garden mums, marigolds, branches, decorative feathers, dried lotus pods, magnolia leaves and sunflowers give a festive nod to fall and transport well.
Vases and containers can be as simple as a collection of empty vegetable-sauce-bean cans to dollar store metal vases with rope accents to craft pumpkins to a football cut to accommodate a can in which to house fresh flowers. When selecting vases and containers, I keep ease of transport, the unique factor, and avoid breakage at all times in mind.
Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail. I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot. I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.
Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect. Stacked cake stands work great as serving pieces and chic displays for cheeses, fruits, crackers, breads, muffins and of course, cake.
Be sure to shop end of season sales and clearance sections for all your tailgating tablescapes needs. The very fall and Halloween color choice appropriate Corin melamine serving collection in spice orange is on clearance at Crate & Barrel.
A woven crate basket can pull triple duty as a tailgate supply tote for a hot chocolate with all the fixings, turned upside down and used as the aforementioned fixings display, and holder of fleece throws in seasonal or team colors.
Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili, and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.
Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with pork cracklin’s has Louisiana c’est si bon written all over it.
5 pounds skin-on pork belly
4 cups lard
Peanut oil, for frying
Cracklin’ Spice (recipe follows)
Place pork belly skin side up on a cutting board, and cut into 1-inch pieces.
In a large Dutch oven, place lard and pork belly. Do not layer pork belly in more than 3 layers. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until skin blisters and turns golden brown. Transfer pork belly to rimmed baking sheets, and refrigerate until cold.*
In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 380°. Add pork belly in batches, and fry until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Let drain on paper towels, and liberally sprinkle or toss with Cracklin’ Spice.
Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s). Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times. Fire up the grills and set the tailgating tablescapes, football fans. It’s tailgating season!
It dawned on me last week as I was dusting (the all things house that make a home chore I love to hate) the bookshelves in the not ready for blog sharing time den could greatly benefit from an update-an edit-a rearrange. That started a I’m tired of-I’m bored with-I don’t like that chain reaction. An inspection of shelf, space and tabletop ensued, and the conclusion reached is I’m ready for a rearranging home decor accessories change.
Did you hear that?
That’s Dave the Builder breathing a sigh of relief as I assure him no painting, wallpapering or furniture moving will be involved in this most current update to our decor.
Oh, it’s coming, but more on that down the redecorating road.
It’s amazing how easy it is to stave off decor staleness by simply rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home.
I’m decorating to the oldies with the soulful sounds of Dionne Warwick and The 5th Dimension. The music is from 1967, but the look in this traditional ranch doesn’t have to be. I’m doing my decorista best to de-1967 this traditional ranch one project, one space, one rearranging home decor accessories at a time.
Stained woodwork works for some spaces, but this den is not one of those spaces. Dave the Builder suggested I give the stained woodwork a chance. I did and have for eight years.
That’s a lot of mulling it over.
This future project is on the fast track to the back burner due to prior “real job” commitments. Dave’s schedule is full through October, and although painting the den bookshelves tops my at home project list, Dave’s projects pay the bills.
Good and stylish things come to those who wait.
Isn’t that how the saying goes?
New cabinet hardware is a must, and let me tell you why.
Changing out cabinet hardware is an inexpensive update, an install I am ridiculously brilliant at, and delivers instant visual gratification.
Move it here, move it there.
Take a look at the look created.
Assign each shelf a focal point accessory and work from there.
To the left, to the right, to the center-no two shelves or vignettes are created equal. Style each shelf with objects of varying sizes and heights to create flow, balance, and to perfect the art of visual interest.
Feature items close to your heart, interests, and memories. The rule of you effectively applies to decorating and should be beautifully evident throughout your home.
This tarnished treasure sterling silver baby rattle is a four generation keepsake. It tells the story of past, present and future family members and reads like a compelling novel.
My taste in decorative porcelain figurines has gone to the dogs.
When I bought this color rich portrait last year, I knew I wanted it and knew the perfect place to hang it would present itself.
I marked the spot today.
One of the best buys at an antiques auction is when you luck up on a box full of old books in relatively good shape. I purchased a box of sixty (60) books for $30 all in.
Another example of a fantastic deal discovered and purchased at auction.
I still love the wallpaper in the foyer, but this Orchid has seen better days.
A meyer lemon tree could work, but I’m also considering the very trendy fiddle leaf fig in my rearranging home decor accessories scheme.
Small lamps, sconces, picture lights or a collection of all three will light up the currently lighting deprived shelves. I’m treading lightly (ha!) with this decision being ever mindful too much of a good thing can cast a particularly unattractive shadow.
What do you do when the heat index registers 113° on a hot and humid Louisiana summer day? You pour yourself a glass of Southern sweet ice tea, you stay indoors in the air conditioning, and you spend quality time updating this farmhouse style post to better show and tell a personal style journey.
Mixing decorating styles piques not only my interest but engages my eye.
Take the modernization of farmhouse style.
Building upon the design and decorating cornerstones of farmhouse style, modern farmhouse accents the mix and mingle of decorating styles, finding the curated look to be an expression of personal style, taste and interpretation through balance, harmony, layers, and visual engagement.
Throughout my childhood my mother and grandmother would decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln and point the hood emblem west to Texas. No trip to Texas was complete without an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.
Now Bryan! Now Cameron! Now Heidenheimer and Temple!
On, Belton! On, Killeen! On, Hewitt and Waco, too!
My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse among Texas Bluebonnets like nobody’s business.
She was farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool.
Her antiques shops radar was fine-tuned to treasures ahead and a skill I’ve proudly inherited. To protest was pointless. I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, a hole-in-the-wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.
Looking back over our adventures, I find an obvious correlation between my personal style interpretation of modern farmhouse design and the farmhouses, antiques shops and the fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.
Blur the hard lines of a design style by stepping away from convention. This 1920s painted pine table is farmhouse kitchen ready to work, but I see a stunning foundation piece for the modern farmhouse foyer.
When Dave the Builder asked me what I wanted for a Christmas present, I put in my order for one of these beam beauties. It arrived Christmas Eve with a big red bow on it, and will soon be added a modern farmhouse style decoration to the Places In The Home kitchen. When the tornado hit, the roof over the kitchen took the brunt of the force from tree branches and debris. Add to that the water leaks and you get a taped and floated seam that is slowly exposing itself for the eyesore to eventually come. Necessity comes together with attention to detail to welcome home a touch of modern farmhouse style.
Years ago when by decorating happenstance I discovered just how aesthetically striking the pairing two styles together there was no turning back. My future kitchen redesign (always a project in play) involves the marriage of a yet purchased antique farm or harvest table with the Chippendale dining chairs currently round the dining room table.
New upholstery. New space. New look.
Edit from within and be amazed by the transformation of space and style.
Similarities in Style
What do you get when you cross modern farmhouse style with French country style?
A marriage of clean lines, stunning character and classic sophistication.
Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences. Decorating outside the traditional norms of a design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines a nightlight on the importance of a tranquil bedroom where mind, body and eye benefit from quality downtime and restful style. I’ve discovered the antidote to the energy draining, oppressive and tedious days of summer- retreating to a tranquil bedroom where I check stress, devices, and the general noise of the day that grinds the gears at the door.
What design elements constitute a tranquil bedroom for one may not for another. In design and in the pursuit of tranquility, personal preference makes the world go round. Count me among those that unwind by watching television before bed. Dave the Builder yammers wonders aloud how I can include watching television in my downtime is the right time viewing routine.
To quote a line from Sex and the City (a late night viewing favorite), “I love it, it’s my thing. Let it go.”
Dave and I often play the what would you buy if you won the lottery game. When I do win the lottery (the power of positive thinking) fresh flowers will grace the accent, dining, vanity, and bedside tabletops throughout Casa de Places In The Home. In the meantime, the markdown sections of grocery store floral departments beautifully and affordably allow me to indulge my penchant for keeping an arrangement of fresh flowers on the bedside table.
Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.
The tranquil bedroom decorated by Brannan Geary is a Southern charmer. The classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood, stunning window treatments, and fresh flowers beautifully demonstrate how the use of classic patterns, soft color palettes, and antique furnishings frame a tranquil bedroom.
I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.
This lamp is one of a pair that belonged to my grandmother. The pair of vintage porcelain lamps in the Brannan Geary decorated bedroom inspired me to head to the Hopefully Classic storage closet to retrieve these vintage porcelain lamps with the express purpose of reintroducing into a calm, cool, and collected bedroom.
Our 4th of July celebration finds me taking a few minutes between festivities to wish you all a Happy 4th of July while I enjoy a cup of tea and some quality keyboard time. I love the lead up to the big celebration, but life, like decorating and design, is all about balance. We’re about to get this patriotic pops party started in bing, bang, boom fashion, and I bet you are doing the same at your own Happy 4th of July celebration.
Tradition rings red, white, and blue true in a patriotic color palette. Variations and creative interpretations of the patriotic color palette allow for fresh takes, takes primed for impressing the eye of the new traditional loyal.
Drum up the drama and set off the visual fireworks in shades, hues and tones of regal reds, shades of white, and brilliant blues. A space defined, detailed, and draped in an updated interpretation of the classic red, white, and blue color scheme pops the color in new traditional style.
Don’t shy from purchasing a lamp(s) with a shade that does not float your boat or without a shade at all. Celebrate your independence from the unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, and lackluster by creating a custom piece by replacing or purchasing a shade(s) suited to your taste, color preference and the canvas of the space.
The color combination of red, white and blue is synonymous with regal grandeur. Patriotic as well as impressive, the red, white, and blue color palette makes a bold design and home decor statement from floor to ceiling.
Pop the color, say cheers to the American spirit, and savor the flavor on this Independence Day. Place the spotlight on fun, an impressive party palette, and the snacks, the crackles and the pops that go with letting freedom ring. I think that’s a simple yet spectacular recipe for party success!
You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom. Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.
More on that further down the post.
Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home. I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.
Displaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.
Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.
I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this,
but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.
Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.
My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American. His love of country was rooted in the American flag. He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him. In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.
What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece? I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.
Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention. I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.
I’m staying true red, white, and blue with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.
Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu. Some want it roasted, some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions, and some want it boiled or as it was put to me the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.
Summer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu. Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.
From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair. We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style. We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July and if things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.
First days generate inspiration, enthusiasm, and general fancy. The first day of summer green lights the official start of the vacation had to get getaway season, a wave of let’s hit the beach-shore-coast good times, and a reason to reflect the beauty of the season throughout house and home. Coastal home decor and furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns accentuate the casual elegance and seaside sophistication hallmarks of coastal style.
Fresh looks and fresh furnishings accent seasonal summer decorating and updating.
The high tide high traffic flow of beach to retreat traffic an area rug or runner sees is the main reason I don’t normally source or suggest selecting a wool rug, however I do like the statement look created by layering a Persian rug over a jute rug in a space less traveled such as a home office as shown in the image above. Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.
Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood wall shelf. I would not shy away from painting the shelf or the entire piece in your favorite coastal color. Studying the piece, I vote metallic. So sea chic!
The ocean, sea or gulf shares the commonalities of form, color, texture, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating. Quality beach time inspires a sea to shore moodboard.
When a season, a destination, or an activity touches the heart of your family, it is only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor. The traditional aspects- wicker, rattan, serene color palettes, crisp cotton, stripes, woven naturals, upholstered linen and bamboo are well-appointed and well represented in this coastal home decor show and tell.
After carefully studying the form, fabric and function of the Rosario Slipper Chair, I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have. Pair it with a complementing throw pillow or footstool and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.
Millennials love Mid-Century Modern, or at least the fourteen in the Places In The Home family do. I could not resist sharing the Westwood 2 Door Accent Cabinet with you all. The style is chic, the pattern is summer spot on, and the home bar is open.