Big Flavor for a Small Supper: Ranch Quick Bread

The hotter it gets in the dog days of summer, the less time spent in the kitchen cooking and baking the better.  Yes, I know we live in the modern age of central air, but the excuse of it’s too hot to cook gets me out of many a late summer what’s for dinner dilemma. That’s where this recipe for Ranch Quick Bread comes in.  This easy to mix, quick to fix, and deliciously filling Ranch Quick Bread recipe hits the spot with big flavor for a small supper.

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Ranch Quick Bread

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 package dry Ranch seasoning mix

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 large eggs

1 cup buttermilk**

½ stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup cottage cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.

dry-ingredients

Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a medium bowl until combined.

** How to Make Homemade Buttermilk:

Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.  Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes.

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Add the cottage cheese and stir to combine.

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Pour mixture into the flour mixture.

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Gently fold ingredients together until the flour is incorporated.

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Spoon batter into loaf pan.  Bake 50 minutes until golden brown or until knife inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

bread-doughAllow bread to cool in loaf pan for 10-15 minutes.

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Transfer bread from pan to bread board or wire rack or serving tray. Allow bread to cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Wrap any leftover bread in waxed paper and store in airtight container.  I added fresh rosemary sprigs to canister for good seasoning measure.

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The Heart of the Matter

When I first started Places In The Home, getting down to the heart of the matter consisted of learning the nuts and bolts of the blogging format. People in the blogging know offered guidance and advice regarding good visual content, SEO, menus, sidebar content and the like.   Some of the advice I implemented, and some I filed under advisement.  One suggested aspect of the personal side of the above the fold offerings was to share with the readers a vivid account of your life story.  The About Me page basically tells the Places In The Home story, so the suggested getting into the weeds My Story page is a page I have not added to the navigational menu, and probably never will.

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Places In The Home is a design and decorating show and tell for the all things house that make a home enthusiast.  The principal players at Places In The Home (that would be me & Dave the Builder) are designed for building and making and designing and decorating and fixing things and antiques and cooking and then showing and telling you all about it. Throw in a backstory or two about our son aka the Canadian snowbird, family traditions and celebrations, travel and Louisiana lagniappe and there you have it.  We are not an overly complicated bunch.

Part of our story now includes why radio silence fell across the Places In The Home blog and social media platforms last week.  Due to an unexpected and serious situation last Tuesday morning, one member of the Places In The Home team landed in the emergency room as the patient with the other member of the home team reporting for prayer warrior, supporter, coordinator and caregiver-in-chief duty.  One ambulance ride, ER admit, monitors galore, three night hospital stay, premier cardiologist, stellar nursing staff, electrical cardioversion, out with old, in with new medicines and scheduled stress test later we are home.

Ready.

Reflecting.

Rejoicing.

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”

– Sakyong Mipham

There is a time and place for everything.  Sitting in the hospital frightened yet vigilant in faith and prayer puts all things house that make a home into perspective.

Faith.

Family.

Health.

Love.

It was not the place nor the time to whip out the device of choice and snap a pic or pop off a post.  Thank you for understanding the heart of the matter.

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God’s guidance and mercy lights the path to strength in trying times.  To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

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Vacation Observations and Treasures Show and Tell

As promised, here is part two of what I did on my summer statecation otherwise titled Vacation Observations and Treasures Show and Tell.  My blogging routine is suffering from a case of the I’m ready for summer to be over and fall to get here slowdown blues.  Taking time to hunt and gather images, ideas and inspiring notes of design and decorating interest for fall and home for the holidays sharing benefits both author and reader. It’s gonna be good!

Summer whispers into the ear of the normal day-to-day routine let’s blow this gig.  You’ve got places to go, people to see, ideas to develop.  Summer didn’t have to tell me twice it was time to book a five day statecation to the Shreveport/Bossier City area.  Antiquing and vintage shopping is a big part of the vacation equation, and traveling by car makes it super easy to load that baby up with finds, treasures and home goods.  My must shop list includes Dillard’s, Belk, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.  For good while we’re here measure I threw in a let’s stop by the new Whole Foods Market Shreveport.  Try, try as I may to figure out what the whole Whole Foods hullabaloo is all about, I don’t get it.  Take it away, Josh Baskin.

Perusing the East 70th Street retail and restaurant offerings, I noticed a peppering of construction crews and roll offs.  Curiosity leads inquiring minds to need to know info.   Look what’s coming to Shreveport.

At Home

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Home Goods

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La Madeleine

la-madeleineShreveport has hit the all things house that make a home jackpot.  I am decorating and dining happy.  Happy to

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and beyond!  I do love a good game of wordplay.

architectural-detailsOur Home away from Home- Horseshoe Bossier City

One up way too early for a vacation day coffee call served up one what do you want to do today round table discussion.  Antiquing it is.  Wifi connected us to six shops of interest and roads to follow.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #1

Change is the only constant in today’s antiques marketplace.  When Dave and I were actively “in the biz,” the proprietor of the antique mall we were in required dealer inventory consist of at least 80% antiques with an allowance for 20% vintage collectibles.  An antique by law is an item at least 100 years old.  Vintage collectible refers to an item at least 50 years old.   We advertised as an antiques shop, and the inventory reflected that.   Assuming (you know what they say about assuming) all antique shops adhere to the same truth in advertising rule, when the sign says antiques I brake for antiques.  On the other hand, if a shop’s name has the word or words curiosity, vintage, thrift, trading, collectibles, junque or consignment in it I know what’s in store.  Out of the six antiques shops visited, only three fit the bill.  Two featured vintage finds and curiosities, and one is nothing more but a shadow of its former antique mall glory.

ironstoneTreasures Show and Tell  Observation #2

It dawned on me after viewing booth after booth of painted pieces that I have an issue with the trend that in my opinion has stayed too long at the party.  It’s a disgrace when an item is touted as an authentic painted piece picked and plucked from an old farmhouse, feed, hardware or general store when in truth it is fresh off the chalk paint, font and Pinterest bandwagon.  Many an unsuspecting and trusting customer gets duped by this practice, and I think it is absolutely shameful.  Buyer beware.

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Good advice and odd artwork caught my attention.

Treasures Show and Tell

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Dave the Builder, always clever in his delivery, exclaimed for sale as in fore sale! upon the sighting of this Louis Vuitton golf bag.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #3

I’m kicking myself for not buy this St Francis garden statue.  The best time to buy an antique, collectible, vintage treasure or in the case concrete garden statue is when you see it.

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Restaurant china creamers and syrup pitchers are my collecting thing, and when priced under $5 call these sold!

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A small print and a steamboat saucer rounded out my big haul.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #4

Small finds can make big impacts in the grand decorating and color scheme of things.

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Our summer statecation is in the rear view mirror, and I’m already checking rates and availability for a quick late fall getaway.  In the meantime it’s back to work, decorating ideas and the holidays are right around the corner plans.  In blog housekeeping news, I am currently in the middle of attempting to migrate my existing site to a new and improved cPanel hosting platform.  This, my friends, should be good. Technical blah, blah, blah but necessary to keep things up to speed.  I’m about to lose my mind and my religion over this, but I’m determined to do this.  If I don’t break the site, Places In The Home will be back up running and loading lightening fast next week.  Have a lovely rest of the week.

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again.  Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test.  Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media? Gorgeous!  Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.

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My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy.  Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.

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Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from the retailer I receive a commission from the sale.

Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.

Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

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Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Linen Upholstered Twin Headboard

vintage-gate-gray-duvet-coverVintage Gate Gray Duvet Cover

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something plush and stylish.

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Stylish 5′ X 8′ Area Rug Blowout at Wayfair ~ $39.99

Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

gold-rattan-basketChambley Basket

Audane+Square+Cube+OttomanAudane Square Cube Storage Ottoman

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Faux Leather Crocodile Trunk

Rolling+Seagrass+Wicker+Storage+Seat+OttomanRolling Seagrass Wicker Storage Seat Ottoman

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

dorm-room-decorating-ideas-lightingkate spade new york Pillow ||  Paris Crystal Pendant  ||  The Emily & Meritt Fringe Table Lamp  ||  Deco 79 Ceramic Table Lamp  ||  kate spade new york Pillow  ||  Hathi Sculpture Lamp Set  ||  Puppy Dog Porcelain Table Lamp

floral-paper-lanternsFloral Print Paper Lanterns

puck-lightsBattery Operated Puck Lights

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Clothespins 16-LED String Lights

Consider customizing inexpensive bookcases to suit your choice of dorm room style.  At under $20, the AVDALA bookcase from IKEA is a great choice.

custom-bookcase-ideasAVDALA Bookcase

A desk is a study, work and personal space essential.  One drenched in a hot designer color and going for the gold details makes the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas list. 

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FALKHÖJDEN Desk

dorm-room-lamp-ideasHobby Lobby.  Yes.  Hobby Lobby.

Seating Options

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|| Nate Berkus Skirted Slipper Chair  ||  Flash Furniture Ghost Chair || ||  Furlicious Faux-Fur Beanbags  ||  Ming Garden Stool  ||

Super Chic Desk Accessories

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Who Run the Office? Desk Plaque

gold-Lacquered-TrayLacquered Tray

Lilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle SandsLilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle Sands

Monet-planner

Monet Weekly Planner

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Linen Message Pin Board

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Pineapple & Flamingo Push Pins

decorative-push-pinsBallard Design Signature Style Tacks

GOLD-WIRE-BASKET

Metal Wire Basket

Paris-trinket-dishkate spade new york paris & the single girl porcelain tray

kate spade new york Daisy pencil holder kate spade new york Daisy Place Pencil Cup

Pencils. Pens. Make-up Brushes. Paper/Binder Clips. Straws. Change. Jewelry- this vintage lady head vase makes a unique and super cute catchall.

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Wall Decor

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.  Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.

tapestryPlum and Bow Estelle Medallion Tapestry

The curated look is easily accomplished with these scatter frames from Hobby Lobby.  The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.

decorative-scatter-framesDecorative Scatter Frames from Hobby Lobby

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Anna Sims “Waiting Dancer” Canvas

white dog canvas wall artWhite Dog Canvas Wall Decor

Pastel+by+Cora+Niele+Photographic+Print+on+Wrapped+CanvasPastel by Cora Niele Canvas

Poster art- a dorm room decorating ideas tradition.

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Poster Art

Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.

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Bed and Bath 

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Cinderella Monogram pillowcaseCinderella Monogram Pillowcase

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Suggestive Stilettos Fleece Throw Blanket

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Georgiana Paraschiv Metallic Triangles Shower Curtain

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Shhh I’m Sleeping Pillowcase Set  ||  Shower Curtain  || Spa Towel Wrap
You Look Good Bath Mat  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart  ||  Towels~Washcloths    Aqua Flips  ||  Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart

Gadgets and Goodies

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

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Roku Streaming Stick

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HP Deskjet 3722 All-in-One Printer 

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Recipes Every College Student Should Know by Christine Nelson

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Printed Plastic Pink And Green Travel Mugs

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Be Yourself Floral Mug

Keurig-coffee-maker-dorm-room-brewing-systemKeurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in Turquoise 

Apothecary jars for your coffee, tea and beverage station stylish storage needs.

apothecary-jarsHome Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids 

retro-igloo-fridgeIgloo Retro Bar Fridge

I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.

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Imitation, Flattery and the Ooh La La Elements of French Kitchen Design

F is for3is for finally ready to post.  I started writing and sourcing this post last year, wanting to go live with the post on Bastille Day.  Last year’s horrible terrorist attack in Nice, France on the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day naturally became the entire focus of our thoughts. Posting a blog post about French kitchen design was the last thing of interest or on my mind at the time; thus, a bump over to the draft file was in order.  In celebration of Bastille Day, here is the out of the draft file and dusted off post.


French kitchen design speaks fluent style to legions of Francophile obsessed decoristas.  Does French kitchen design speak your language? Oscar Wilde tells us imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Imitating the distinctive European elegance vis-à-vis design and decor pays a compliment to the classic French kitchen.  Classic French design marries formality with rustic finesse juxtaposed against a weathered patina. Rustic refinement coupled with old-world charm personifies the characteristics of the country French kitchen.

country-french-kitchen-copper Traditional Style of the Country French Kitchen 

Some say country French while others say French country.  A tomayto, tomahto point perhaps, but Country French is the term used most often in the antiques world so country French it is.

Inspiration is everywhere, and listening to French music is an excellent source of inspiration- my definition of French immersion.  Shall we take a listen?

French inspired flooring

  French Pattern Ivory Swirl ® Tumbled Travertine Tiles  || French Reclaimed Terra Cotta Tile    ||  Allure Chateau Parquet  ||  Cabot Slate Autumn French

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It is said that kitchen design starts from the ground up.  Flooring serves as a principal foundation piece in terms of the overall balance of kitchen design.

country-French-kitchen-blue-whiteCountry French Refined

The above image from Traditional Home is a marvelous example of country French refined.   The very right of the white kitchen is in the complementing presence of provincial color, texture and pattern design greatness.

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Antique French Pine Cabinet Doors

Subtle drama, a decorating oxymoron if there ever was one, engages my eye past the toile on steroids of the traditional country French kitchen to the accents in the not trying so hard to exemplify the look category.

tole-light-fixtueTole Gilt and Paint Light Fixture

Ralph-Lauren-gold-Windsor-pendantRalph Lauren Windsor Hanging Shade

Cabinet hardware as a focal point?

Absolutely!

French style cabinet hardware

Never underestimate the small details and the ability they have to make a visually grand statement.

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Accenting with as opposed to a total immersion in is the key to alleviating the risk of a dated look.

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Lubbock WTBHA 2015 Parade of Homes

Sourcing home decor items is routine, but never mundane.

Margaree+Side+ChairMargaree Side Chair

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This Caned Black Wingback Chair by GuildMaster instantly introduces elegance into the decorating equation.  Grand style is present and accounted for in this excellent option for captain’s chairs.

French kitchen design

I believe my love of the well appointed French kitchen began when I was in junior high.  My best friend’s mother had impeccable taste in home furnishing and home decor accessories, and their home was and continues to be one of the premier homes in our area.   The entire home was gracefully designed and decorated, but the traditional kitchen, appointed with classic French flair, was indeed the design pièce de résistance.

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A delicate mix of French blues with cream white accents served as both color palette and focal point.  Less is more echoed throughout the design and decor, and the style statement being made was more ethereal than overt.

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Accents in ç’est vraiment magnifique detail translates to it’s really beautiful- the quintessential design element of the curated French kitchen.

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The French Country kitchen faucet by Kingston Brass represents the detail of vintage French country design, bringing elegance of old to the contemporary kitchen.

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Antique Stone Sink

Wonderful option for a prep sink.

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Antique 18th Century French Apothecary Stone Sink 

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

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noun

a small, decorative ornament or trinket.

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 Antique French Blue Transferware Bowl 1878 Earthenware

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 Country French Cupboard

French-white-blue-kitchen-cabinetOoh La La Love this Belgian Kitchen Cabinet  

Distinctive European elegance is the standard of style and signature component of French kitchen design.

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Fetching Friday Feature Of Summer Sites Summer Spots Summer Scenes

A Fetching Friday feature of summer sites summer spots summer scenes.

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2013 Ahmanson Cup Regatta Yacht Zapata II alt by D Ramey Logan

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 Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Surfer_busSurfer Bus

summer-flowersAn Affair to Remember

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Spring Creek

beach house

Down Under Beach Style

the-beach-boysThe Beach Boys

Kansas City Royals Summer Sites Summer Spots Summer Scenes

Kansas City Royals

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Cocoa Beach 

Enjoy your summer Fetching Friday and weekend!

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Vacation Observation and Summer Getaway Show and Tell

The traveling Places In The Home duo is home sweet home, and as much as I love a good getaway, there is no place like home.  Prior obligations and work schedules clipped our wings to a certain time extent, so our escape was of the closer to home statecation to North Louisiana variety. Making a vacation observation and sharing details of our summer getaway will be a two-parter with the first installment a celebration of the red, white and blue.

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Vacation Observation #1

Don’t believe everything you read or hear about a decline in patriotism and the celebration of the American flag.  Seeing is believing, and on our statecation getaway we treated ourselves to a self guided tour of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood.

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Architecturally magnificent on all fronts, the homes of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood happened to be decked out not only in detail, but in 4th of July-proud to be an American style and colors.  Here, let me show you.

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I love the Southern comfort lives here ambiance and patriotic porch set for a red, white, and blue summer holiday.

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Vacation Observation #2

North Louisiana mirrors the landscape of East Tennessee (another favorite vacation getaway destination).  Tree-lined streets of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood wind and weave through a semi-hilly fashioned parkway.  Mark this corner cottage in a dreamy creamy shade of yellow as a model of southern charm.

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Several squeals of glee pierced Dave’s eardrums, more than a few oohs and aahs perhaps became a few too many, and an insane amount of unabashed architectural envy dominated the evening’s conversation.

What can I say?

Architecture is my thing.

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Towering pines and oaks shade the yards and boulevards.  Vintage street lights evoke nostalgia of days gone by.

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Beauty, charm, and tradition lie in the details.

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Curb appeal is a powerful calling card.

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Impressive entry doors greet the eye and welcome step away from the ordinary style.

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Vacation Observation #3

Architectural juxtaposition promotes a dramatic effect and a desirable address.

modern-architectural-detailsVacation Observation #4

An afternoon drive through a historic neighborhood between shopping destinations and dinner reservations inspired, confirmed and renewed. It’s not a day at the beach or one spent in the desert or the mountains, but it’s one of our favorite things to do at home or on vacation.  The food, the landscape, the architecture, the terrain, the dialect-you can learn so much from your travels.  Inspiration is everywhere.

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Old Glory is once again displayed from the oak tree in the front yard of Places In The Home.  The tree is cosmetically worse for wear since the tornado, but is still the optimum spot for the flag to be displayed. Patriotism with flying colors is alive and well at Places In The Home. Happy 4th of July to all of you.  Celebrate in style and let freedom ring!

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It’s That Summer Vacation Time of Year Again

Summer vacation let’s hit the holiday road getaway, treasure hunting, taste testing delicious cuisine, unplugging if only for a few days, reconnecting with Dave the Builder.  It’s that summer vacation time of year again.

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Vacation ~ Go Go’s 

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All I ever wanted
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Had to get away

Talk (type) to you next week.

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Spreading the Instalove: Slow Your Scroll Instagram Images

Slow your scroll Instagram images, good news and great content have something in common- all should be shared.   Today I am doing just that by spreading the Instalove with a collection of slow your scroll Instagram images.

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Small accents paired with magnolia leaf stems – can’t go wrong!

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Weekend is almost here, and things are looking up 💙☁️ #TravelerInWarsaw by @vutheara

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