Christmas Past: Vintage Christmas Memories

Vintage Christmas memories from Christmas past have a very special place in the hearts of many a “kid” at this time of year.

Cleveland_at_ChristmasCleveland at Christmas

Remember the excitement of a fully holiday stocked Western Auto showroom?  It almost measured up to the thrill of the sight of the local department stores window displays up and down the downtown streets decorated with overhead greenery swags decked to the holiday max in traditional red and green.  Almost!

wellans-christmas-windows-1950sWellan’s Department Store for the Holidays

 I couldn’t wait for the Sears and J. C. Penney Christmas catalogs to arrive in the mail.  I spent hours combing the pages making a list and checking it twice!

sears-1969-christmas-wish-book-coverAirplanes and Rockets

vintage-Christmas-windowR.Ege Antiques

Hard candy, the shiny aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and glass ornaments, and an extensive collection of inexpensive dime store decorations adorned my grandmother’s den and living room in holiday wonder as only a grandmothers den and living room could.


Vintage Christmas Memories


The  local television station gifted our community a version of  must see holiday TV each weekday afternoon between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, complete with letters from Santa and his magic telescope made for watching good boys and girls.


Being a true believer, I was totally convinced he could see every move my brother and I made. Our late November to late December behavior reflected that theory much to the delight of our parents.


Weekly visits to the local shopping center to visit with Santa ranked high on my lists of priorities. An Easy Bake Oven was in my sights, and as you can see in the picture below my Christmas wishlist dreams came true.


 Do you remember?



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Holiday Color on Christmas Parade: Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

Whew!  The holiday rush is in full swing here at Places In The Home. Raise your hand if you know exactly what I’m talking about.  One strategically placed legal pad and collection of pens, pencils and clips is within quick reach of the keyboard.  At this point in the holiday happening it’s either write it down or risk forgetting to do, get, write, post, cook, decorate or send it.  Love these crazy and special times!


I’m not quite ready to step away from the keyboard in the name of all things holiday just yet.  My posts from now until the end of 2014 will focus mainly on the most wonderful time of year, and today’s features holiday color on Christmas parade with the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala. Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

The fashion and interior design world is all abuzz with the recent announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala.

The-Roosevelt-HotelThe Roosevelt Hotel ~ New Orleans, Louisiana

Reviews are mixed with no lack of something to talk both positive and negative about.  Marsala is an excellent choice, but I am partial to this color family.  I love the richness of the tone and the decorative possibilities the color offers.  My immediate thought upon learning of Pantone’s selection was how beautiful Marsala would fit in with holiday decorating,  a Victorian meets art deco meets historical elegance color of sorts. The decked to the halls holiday decorations at The Roosevelt New Orleans “exhibits” all of the above and more.

marsala-pillowsH & M

Marsala is a strong confident color, showing it can share the spotlight with complementing shades to the right or left of the color wheel.


Le CinqLe Cinq Restaurant

marsala-reindeerKatherine’s Collection Carousel Reindeer

cranberry-poached-pearsCranberry Poached Pears

Will the Pantone Color of Year 2105 Marsala become one of your favorites?



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I’ll Have A Blue Christmas: Decorating With Blue

Traditional red and green remains the traditional contender for the most recognized color palette of the holidays.  I’m not one who normally detours (much) from established, traditional, time honored and proven design and decorating institutions, but there is a time and a space that calls for doing just this.  Holiday foundation colors complement home decor accents and accessories and guide the directed holiday theme or pattern in decorated spaces. Holiday decorating with blue has inspired me to invite this accent color to stick around after the holidays.


As it is with design and decorating, the color palette is the starting point for inspired creativity.  A new dining room paint color and a beautiful angel figurine in ethereal blue guided the decorative selections for our Louisiana French themed holiday tree.  There is no denying the association between decorating with blue, French accents and Louisiana.  Joyeux Noël!


The power of one distinct color can inspire and transform an entire space, and when done right, can lead the way to a color aha moment.

holiday-Chael-Distressed-Pine-BookcaseKosas Home Newmar Distressed Pine Bookcase

Although not a true blue per se, the gray in the distressed pine bookcase is all the blue needed to place the French accent mark on très bien!


Source and ye shall find Parisian perfection, decoratively speaking.

blue-dining-roomCountry Living Magazine - Tria Giovan

Traditional greens of the holiday season frame the old barn doors and antique demilune window cupboard in tandem O Tannenbaum.


Filigree Aubusson Area Rug in All-Over Blue

Table lamps and tassels – wonderful home decor options for introducing accent colors.

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Lamp: Marketplace Decor via ebay  Tassels: Hobby Lobby

Decorating with home decor accents and accessories in new traditional holiday colors broadens our palette horizons and inspires the look long past the holiday season.




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Deck the Halls, Foyers, Kitchens, Dining Rooms and The Spaces and Places In Between: Holiday Gift Ideas 2014

Gift giving and receiving times are here again, and like so many sites, magazines and blogs, Places In The Home is weighing in with a series of holiday gift ideas 2014 posts featuring selections from my updated Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board.  This Dear Santa baby is packed full of decking the halls, foyers, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms spaces and places gift ideas. I even sprinkled a few stylish accessories here and there to deck out the decorista. With only three shopping weekends left until Christmas it’s go time for shopping. If you would like to view the complete Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista board click on the image below to be redirected to Pinterest.


In this post I’m featuring themed gift ideas in festive style for the holiday cook, baker and merry and bright home for the holidays maker.  Warm hands and a warm beverage go together on a winter day or night.  These cute sweater clad mugs from Big Lots hanging from the Wire 3-Tier Glass Drying Rack from World Market is all the kitchen Christmas tree you’ll need. Put the fun in functional with gifts that make life more delicious not only at the holidays but throughout the entire year.


Dinner and a movie with Stanley Tucci- love it! A themed gift tailored to the likes and loves of the recipient says I pay attention to you in the best of ways. We had friends who loved all things The Sopranos and played it up with their Christmas gift- cookbook, assorted meats wrapped in butcher paper, episode DVDs, variety pastas and sauces, fish oil wrapped in newspaper (swimming with the fishes). It was a huge hit!


Stanley Tucci’s role as Paul Child in Julie & Julia is delicious casting and acting. I immediately put two and two together when I came across the Celebrity Chefs stamp collection available from the United States Postal Service featuring chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi. Julia Child greeting card from Zazzle.

holiday-herbsHerb Braid

For a fresh spin on holiday gift wrapping ideas, attach the herb braid to the handle of a cheese board  or cast iron dutch oven with ribbon and/or raffia.  As the final touch, add an ornament to season the gift presentation.


kitchen-WatsonCreations-Gimme-Some-Sugar-PillowWatsonCreations Gimme Some Sugar Pillow

All the style and none of the calories- this is a great take on holiday sweets.

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In a recent recipe post I talked about Ann Hollowell aka The Cooking Lady.  I absolutely love the elegant simplicity of her kitchen decor and celadon porcelain jar lamps that frame her kitchen countertops. I studied the look, form and style of the lamps over several episodes.  Too throwback?  Too traditional?  Two please!  And Santa, the Le Creuset skillet in Dune will go beautifully with the lamps.  Thank you, Darleen.


Cocktails often originate in the kitchen. Isn’t that a good segue for this gift idea? Red puts the sparkle, shine and sizzle in all types of holiday decorations.


Tea time at Downton Abbey comes across the pond with a tin of English breakfast tea, shortbread cookies, lemon curd and Christmas preserves, an English teacup, silver teaspoon and crochet napkins. I have two people on my Christmas list who will be receiving this gift.  It’s the personal thought that gets them every time.

tea-time Gift giving and receiving inspiration is everywhere, and I hope the Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift ideas 2014 guide offers just that.  Happy Holiday shopping! holiday-signature-Christmas


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Holiday Drama: Home Decor Statement Pieces

Dramatic statement pieces aren’t expressly exclusive to holiday fashions. Decoristas never need an excuse to home decor accent and accessorize, nor do they shy from reminding Santa it’s perfectly fine to add home decor statement pieces to his list.  At this most festive and stylish time of year, home is the star of the meeting, greeting and eating holiday show. There’s no time like the present to add a few home decor statement pieces to your holiday wishlist. I connected the dots to this Christmas wishlist conclusion as I sketched out a potential design alternative for a client.


The homeowner wants several items that will stretch the budget tighter than tight, and realizing that fact commented, “I guess I could always ask for it as a Christmas present.”  Christmas bells went off and the Elves got busy dropping hints.  The piece in the image below stresses my tried and true belief that to complete a statement space you must include a statement piece in black.  The slender depth of the Pulaski Tara Hall Chest is a perfect fit for a breakfast area. Accent chests offer superb storage and style options for dining rooms as well as kitchens and breakfast areas.


Rustic lodge meets gotta have it list style with the Deni pine kitchen island. Kitchens are on holiday parade this time of year.  I love to “decorate” my kitchen for the holidays.


 The polar opposite of boring-done to death-everybody else is doing it, mixing periods and styles is being embraced more and more as the new kid on the block in design style.


The proof of the point hangs with this experimental pairing of an old-world charm of this Parisian white chandelier framed with two sleek and modern Thomas O’Brien Hicks pendants.   We’re considering hanging this lighting trio over the island area. 



Baxton Studio Witherby Gray Linen Modern Banquette Bench


Adesso High Back Chair by Ebanista

holiday-Argentario-panelsArgentario Panels by Uttermost

Keeping in and with the spirit of Christmas I’m sourcing my idea of silver and gold.

home decor statement pieces

Dear Santa…



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Colors Along The Bayou

We Louisianians are a patient people.  We are aware our neighbors to the North actually get to experience seasonal foliage and fall colors before mid to late November. Fall takes it time getting down to Louisiana, but when it does it stunningly shows its true colors along the bayou in perfect fall form.  I’ve yet to find a better way to take it all in than to hit the road with camera in hand, Dave the Builder at the wheel, and the words from the song “Drive South” defining the moment.

Come on baby drive South
With the one you love
Come on baby drive South

colors along the bayou

You can be guaranteed if it’s late November the locals are asking, “Are the leaves in color on the bayou Ginkgo?”   This famous landmark Ginkgo tree has served as the picture perfect photo backdrop for generations of  local residents.  This picture does not do justice to just how beautiful these colors along the bayou really are.


Decades old iron bridge railing has aged gracefully through the years. Brick-lined streets, decorative ironwork and historical homes make a drive though the garden district a trip through time.


Further South down the road we go to another small town favorite, Lea’s Lunch Room. Lea’ s is known throughout the United States as the place for pie. It’s a standing game day tradition to stop at Lea’s for one of their famous ham sandwiches and a piece of pie on the way to Tiger Stadium. Recently, Lea’s Lunchroom was listed in the USA TODAY Travel article “10 best: Delicious Pies around the South.”  All that driving and photographing works up an appetite, and it is the best excuse I know of to order up a sandwich and a slice of coconut pie with sky high meringue to-go, of course.  On the road again…


The Mary McCoy Big House stands steeped in history on the Solomon Northup Trail. The story of Solomon Northup was the subject of the film, 12 Years a Slave. The Bayou Boeuf community and the parishes of Central Louisiana historically factor into the life of Solomon Northup.  When I was in college at LSU I used the Mary McCoy Big House as my thirty minutes to home mile marker. Lots of history and beauty associated with this local landmark.

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Like the leaves, the colors of the season are changing from browns and oranges to brighter reds and traditional greens. This much needed road trip was all the detour needed to help me collect my thoughts and take a breather before the next phase begins. December 1st signals the official Christmas season kick off. Here we go!




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Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale

Black Friday shopping has gone in a different direction this year for Mr. & Mrs. Places In The Home.  I guess you could say we hit a doozy of a Black Friday sale. Sometimes an opportunity presents itself right outside our kitchen window. See the red brick house with the white shutters?  That’s our Black Friday flipping big ticket item purchase. While visions of financial success in 2015 danced in our heads, we signed on the dotted line. We’re now making a list and checking and savings it twice with Capital One 360′s Black Friday Sale.  This holiday, to encourage consumers to stay on track with their finances, Capital One 360 is decking the halls with Black Friday deals you can bank on, including new account bonuses, referral bonuses and closing cost credits. Talk about perfect timing!


Getting back into the housing market is both an exciting and challenging endeavor. Flipping houses feeds our remodeling and interior decorating passion and our family security plan to reclaiming financial peace of mind. No matter the size of the Black Friday purchase(s), establishing and sticking to a reasonable and responsible budget is the first line of defense in avoiding the January “financial hangover” when holiday shopping is over and New Year’s Resolutions kick in. Over this Black Friday weekend, Capital One 360′s Black Friday Sale offers checking, savings and closing costs deals that will help you give yourself a gift you’re sure to keep and one to share with family and friends.

Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale

For those of us with renovating, remodeling, decorating, gifts, greetings and get-togethers on the brain, it’s important not to lose sight of your financial goals.  All of  Capital One 360′s Black Friday Sale deals are designed to encourage consumers to keep their finances top of mind.  In addition to taking advantage of deals on banking, brokerage and mortgage products yourself, you can give your friends and family the gift of financial peace of mind by encouraging them to take advantage of the deals and refer them to the sale.  If they sign up, you may be eligible for a $40 referral bonus- holiday reason enough to add Capital One 360′s Black Friday Sale to your shopping list. Visit Capital One 360′s Black Friday Sale to give yourself the lasting gift of financial peace of mind by taking advantage of Capital One 360′s deals on banking, brokerage and mortgage products.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends

Happy Thanksgiving dear friends! Thank you for your loyal support for which I remain truly grateful for.


Dave the Builder and I send blessings of health, beauty of life and love of family and friends to you and yours to enjoy and embrace in  your Places In The Home.



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From Table to Turkey: Thanksgiving Finishing Touches

From table to turkey, holiday hosts and hostesses are putting their Thanksgiving finishing touches on all that reigns holiday supreme.


This past Friday as I was planning and primping the decorative details of our Thanksgiving gobblepalooza, an unfortunate event in the Places In The Home Thanksgiving holiday celebration occurred. I was in the dining room putting the Thanksgiving finishing touches on the sideboard and tablescape decorations, and as I always do, I asked my mother to come and see the progress. Stocking feet and hardwood floors make a hazardous combination, just ask my darling Mother.  It was the fall heard round the house, and over the river and through the woods to the emergency room we go.  Several tests and x-rays later the ER doctor delivered the unfortunate news, fractured kneecap. She’s one tough bird and a pretty good patient however, the attention to decorating detail has now shifted to total healing detail.  We’ve  rearranged our Thanksgiving dinner plans and re themed the Places In The Home Thanksgiving celebration. We are a grateful, not graceful people.

Thanksgiving finishing touches

What decorating I accomplished before the fall will have to be as good as it gets. No formal place settings, adorned placemats and table runner, silver flatware, crystal goblets or formal china patterns this year, but with a pumpkin here and a turkey figurine there it festively all came together.


The dining room redo is not quite finished, but far enough along to give a glimpse of things to come.


I am thrilled with the leopard print accent chairs as the choice for captain’s chairs.


One change in placement and one edit took the look from “this just isn’t working” to “that’s it!”


I’m looking forward to a thankful and grateful group of loved ones coming together and the next round of holiday decorating.


As we enter the Thanksgiving homestretch, take a moment to admire the Thanksgiving finishing touches and the Home for the Holidays beauty you’ve created.  It’s one of the best parts of holiday decorating season.



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A Most Fetching Friday





adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible


This week’s A Most Fetching Friday is dedicated to dessert, the art of baking (and no-baking), and the edible works created, admired and deliciously celebrated as the grand finale of the holiday dinner.

Thanksgiving-apple-pastry-package-del1014-lgnWrapped Baked Apple Crumble – Country Clever

beekman-boys-buttermilk-pie-with-pecan-crustButtermilk Pie with Pecan Crust – Country Living Magazine

apple-nut-cake-walnutsApple Nut Cake  with Caramel Walnut Icing

white-chocolate-pumpkin-cheesecakesNo Bake White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes with a Pecan Pie Crust

Butter-pecan-cakeButter Pecan Cake

butterscoth-pudding-Coquette-New-OrleansButterscotch Pudding with Snickerdoodle Cookie Crumbs & Bacon Whipped Cream

I hope you have a most delicious and fetching Friday.

Love your style!


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