Big Flavor For The Big Game: Super Bowl Party Recipes

Big flavor for the big game comes from tailgating good times and delicious Super Bowl party recipes.  Regardless if you are parked in the stadium lot or at home in front of the big screen, Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with good times, great sports and tasty team food!  Dine & Dash asks the question, “ are you ready?”  You know we are, especially when it comes to Super Bowl party recipes starring your Pepperoni Pizza King’s Hawaiian Bread.


This Super Bowl tailgating party favorite recipe from How Sweet It Is for Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos is on our gameday menu radar.


Did someone say spicy hummus?  We’re digging and dipping this quick and easy recipe for spicy hummus from PopSugar.


If it’s January in Louisiana, and it’s Super Bowl Sunday, you can bet it’s a party and a shucking good time for a crawfish boil.


Up next in our Super Bowl party recipes suggestion box is a Places In The Home house favorite, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges with Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce.


Baked Sweet Potato Wedges


4 medium sweet potatoes, washed, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into thick wedges

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 ½  teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.  Cut potatoes into wedges of desired thickness.  In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg,  garlic powder, sea salt and pepper, coating potatoes evenly with all ingredients.  Cover and marinate at least two hours.  Lightly coat large baking sheet with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon.  Place marinated sweet potato wedges on baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until tender.  Serve immediately.

Places In The Home Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce


¼ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 ½  tablespoons honey

1 ½ tablespoons barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice



In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt and mayonnaise to incorporate flavors together.  Add the honey and barbecue sauce, whisking all ingredients together. Last but not least, whisk in the fresh lime juice.

Wait a minute!  What about something sweet?  BeanTown Baker (Patriots approriate) scores with her yummy recipe for Samoas Rice Krispies Treats. This sweet treat is reminiscent of the taste of one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies and a snack classic, the rice krispie treat.


Enjoy the game, the Super Bowl party recipes, the camaraderie and all the fun and festivities of Super Bowl Sunday!



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A Good Book: My Under the Weather Reading List

Read any good books lately?  As a matter of fact, I have read several over my week of recovery. Reading is proving to be a fundamental part of my under the weather routine and with good reason.  A good book has the power to transform thought, enlighten the soul, teach the mind, lift the heart and take the reader on an all expenses paid trip to places and spaces through inspiration and imagination no plane, train or automobile can get us to.

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First up on my under the weather reading list is Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser. The ooh la la factor and how to get it, emulate it, and incorporate it into our design and decor needs no introduction.


Love of family, faith, Louisiana and balancing a politically mixed marriage-I like the yin and yang world of Mary Matalin and James Carville that noticeably makes this political power couple tick.  Their this works for us attitude is the prominent feature in Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.


A smart, funny read with witty observations that rate hilarious on the laugh-o-meter, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling is a gem of a good read. This book accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do by taking the reader on a most entertaining ride with hilarity riding shotgun.


Veranda A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration is a gorgeous review of gorgeous style from cover to cover! Beautiful addition to any bookshelf or coffee table.

Dave the Builder is embracing his role as runner, and I reassured him there is a beginning, middle and end to this new duty.  I like going to the neighborhood parish library to check out the new offerings and to check out books.  There are books that pique your interest but give pause to actually purchasing it for your home library.  Toni Braxton’s autobiography, Unbreak My Heart, has been on my check it out list for awhile now.  She’s a personality that flies under my radar most of the time, but I do love her voice and think her story will make for a good read.



What book is on your must read list?

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Please Excuse Darleen From Blogging This Week

Interruptions to our regularly scheduled life can be a wonderfully surprising detour from the normal day-to-day routine or they can be a royal pain in the arse.  As luck of the I feel like death type would have it, the later applies to half of the Places In The Home gang this week.



My dad and I both have pneumonia.  It’s not a party atmosphere, but you make the most of a sick situation with rest, meds, Netflix, creature comforts of there’s no place like home when you’re under the weather, hot tea with lemon and honey, and lots of sympathy.



Dave the Builder is my rock this week, his vacation week I might add. He’s a trooper though!  I did want to let you know the reason for a void in posts.  I wish the reason for my absence was an extended desert oasis vacation, remodeling the recently acquired flip house or combing countless antiques shops and vintage markets searching for hidden treasures.


Please excuse Darleen from blogging this week.  She is not feeling well and will be back as soon as possible.

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Fabric Color, Pattern and Trim: By The Numbers

Old Man Winter has dropped his bags at the front door of 2015 for an extended stay, but a fabric color, pattern and trim pick-me-up provides all the decorative lagniappe necessary to lift a decorative spirit out of the winter doldrums. Mardi Gras and the calls of Throw Me Something, Mister ring thick in the mild Louisiana winter air, taking the sting out of the fact we’ve got a ways to go before spring, sprang and sprung of spring. With the word throw being the star of the Mardi Gras Carnival parades, and bright, bold and anything but boring color draping the entire state in pops of party shades, color me inspired.


Decorative throw pillows remain a great choice of decorative accent for instant and affordable pop of color, pattern and trim. The colors, pattern and fabric durability of outdoor fabrics are making the transition to indoor home decor accents. Recently I came across a very informative feature by Stephanie Nickell in the Fashionable Fabrics for ’15 edition of Casual Living Magazine. Exclusive to Casual Living Magazine, the 2015 Fabrics Survey shows fabric color, pattern and trim choices projected to be the best sellers for 2015 by outdoor retailers and designers who responded to the survey.  Categories include cushions, slings, decorative pillows and trim predictions with percentage comparisons between the 2014 and 2015 results listed.  Let’s take a look at the numbers in the 2015 preferred pillow colors category.


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Interesting predictions. To take a look at the complete 2015 Fabric Survey click here. In what category do you find your preferred fabric color, pattern and trim choice in?

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Brand Recognition and Interior Decorating Ideas Association

Shopping in grocery, electronics, big box, dollar and home improvement stores for items that keep the all things house that make a home process up, running and connected is what you make out of it. My approach and attitude toward this necessary ritual is rooted in an it’s what you make of it attitude and friendly game of decorative distraction.  I have a resourceful tool of spin I use when the aisles begin to close in- a friendly game of brand recognition and the interior decorating ideas association.  I will not identify any brand in this post by name, but I don’t believe it will be hard to connect the dots. No endorsements, no preferential product treatment or mention, no sponsored posts (not that there is anything wrong with that- news of shareworthy products goes hand in hand with all things house that make a home). This exercise in brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association is just another way to incorporate beauty, color and style into the day.


The stately portrait of the white haired gentleman framed in attire and colors befitting the home of the red, white and blue is the brand hallmark of a classic breakfast cereal. This famous logo never fails to bring to mind the Federal era, American antiques and star spangled decor.

federal-paletteHouse Beautiful


Well, hello! Talk about gorgeous on a most colorful scale. Going boldly with bold color, furnishings in unique form and placement, and pattern play perfection are design and decor treatments that will have people talking.


Black, white and basic, or is it?  Twenty odd years ago a major grocery chain in our area introduced a line of generic brand products packaged in no-frill black and white packaging.  I mean this packaging was straightforward and to the point with white being the predominate color choice accompanied by plain text black lettering.  One would think the plain, ordinary, lackluster, non-descriptive packaging would have faded into shelf obscurity, but not in this case.  The complete opposite effect took place, and the basic packaging stood out above all the others. Why?  I can only venture a guess, but I think as eye catching as colorful and bold packaging can be, it served as a frame to draw the eye and attention to the generic brand and away from all others. Visually commanding focal points are not decoratively exclusive to interior design and home decor accents.  The generic brand packaging successfully caught the eye in spite of the basic branding.  When less is more proved correct in this case.

black-white-bedroomThe Glitter Guide

It is amazing how many brands utilize the color combination green and blue in product packaging. I’m beginning to catch on to the genius behind this clever marketing choice.  It’s hard to deny the power of this color combination and the association of it to the calm and cool coastal waters of Any Beach, USA. From sea to salad, tranquility sells, sales and sails!


So the next time you are shopping, remember this decorating exercise in brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association and my mantra, inspiration is everywhere!

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The Second Time Around: Repurposed Vintage Items

The popularity of repurposed vintage items remains deep rooted in decorative purpose. Vintage furniture, accessories, clothing, textiles, spaces within our homes and even this second time around blog post can live many lives at the creative mercy and keen decorative sense of second chance individuals.

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I’ve given a second, third and fourth chance to many repurposed vintage items. A piece that was merely good in its former life has the potential to be fabulous in its repurposed one.

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Architectural elements find new life through current trends and design applications. Granting a decorative reprieve to armoire crowns and pediments is a perfect example of an elegant repurpose.

repurposed-doorsTraditional Home

A door is a door is an entryway statement.  A set of vintage doors installed on rollers and repurposed as stunning entryway options- absolutely!  Repurposed by definition is to change an item so it can be used for a different purpose.  This door repurposed project does exactly that by taking traditional off the hinges and achieving excellence through elegant and unique repurposing. 

Pair Baluster Lamps smAtelier de Campagne

The beauty of the repurposed balustrade lamp if found in the distressed patina that adds the charm factor, neutral lamp shades that complement and complete the look, and the finished product that shines a light on elegant simplicity. The balustrade lamp in the image below  is from the Dave the Builder collection. We found the balustrade at an antiques market, scooped it up, wired it up and the rest is illuminated history.


A storage deficient kitchen proposes a problem, but a bit of creativity can quickly and uniquely solve the problem.  One of my best treasure hunts resulted in two very happy clients and a fun project. Dave the Builder and I found ourselves “flea-ing” one afternoon.  My eyes zeroed in on the corner of the storage building where  a matching pair of antique twelve light wrought iron chandeliers from Walnut Grove Plantation called to me .  These beauties were rusty (loved it), massive (yeah, baby), and ridiculously impressive to me.  I could not tag and pay for the iron beauties fast enough!   I caved to convention, code and a quick cash sale and rewired, repainted, and retailed one.  The other I repurposed as a vintage chandelier pot rack.

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How gorgeous is this antique bureau repurposed as a kitchen island?

island-antiqueTraditional Home

Vintage travel trunks and cases find second life style as coffee and accent tables.

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louis-vuitton-coffee-table-Brook-Shields-homeArchitectural Digest

Repurposed vintage items top the treasure seekers gotta have it list as must haves for impressive kitchen decor on a grand- scale.

repurposed-kitchen-itemsCountry Living 

Becky at Beyond the Picket Fence calls her repurposed project Shutter Island. Great eye and execution, Becky!


But wait!  Repurposing goes beyond treasure finds of the furniture or architectural antiques kind.  A redefined repurposing of a space to better accommodate and serve the purpose of need and function is another form of repurposed vintage items. Consider the layout of most ranch style homes and the sign of the formal living room times from which they came. Don’t forget the often non-utilized space of the over-sized entrance hall or foyer. These spaces become interior relics- an area of wasted space ripe for the repurposing.

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The insight and courage to go for the design and decorative gusto by repurposing a space is to be applauded.  This center hall area becomes a present day dining room repurposing project- a unique and decorative demonstration of design and decorative repurposing.

After -

repurposed-entry-hallHouse Beautiful

Dave the Builder created another one of his “original” designs by cutting down a pair of vintage shutters to fit an electrical panel opening.  He placed flush mount hidden hinges on both shutters and secured them to the wall.  A decorative hook was installed in the middle of the shutters allowing  the shutters to lock together and remain in a closed position.  The new look created a unique disguise to an otherwise unattractive necessity.



  Unique with a purpose, or repurpose.







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Royal Redo, Remodel, Rearrange, Remove, Repaint, Rethink: The King’s Jungle Room

Channel surfing through the digital guide, I noticed Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring a day of Elvis Presley movies in cinematic celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday.  Our son’s girlfriend recently visited Graceland, and her review of the interiors, especially The King’s Jungle Room, was one of mixed reactions. Time stood still for the decor of Graceland decades ago, but giving a bit of thought to a just for decorative fun update poses the question, how difficult would it be to untacky the tacky?  Immediately I put on my redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink thinking cap on. Seldom is over the top flamboyant chic the style aimed for when designing and decorating commercial and residential spaces, but not all commercial and residential spaces are created equal.  There are spaces and places where understated just won’t do.

The_Grand_Trianon_Castle_InteriosThe Palace of Versailles

Ostentatious decorating and design has a standing relationship with grand scale museums, historical homes, architectural marvels, Las Vegas and hooray for Hollywood interiors.  Some tacky, some tasteful, some unforgettable and some better forgotten. What is it they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder? Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood style story.  You live what you know as some would say, and if flamboyant is just another day at the office it becomes the rule versus the exception.  Paging Liberace, Elvis and Michael Jackson!  Talk about extravagance on and off the stage.


From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his flamboyant personal taste and style on stage followed through to his home as well.  I often find myself deep in if this was my house, hotel, or shop thought – a first cousin to window shopping for the decorating minded. Deep contemplation of exactly how I would redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design takes over, and suddenly I’m looking for pen and paper to jot down ideas and sketches. I do the same thing when watching a television show or movie.  Drives Dave the Builder crazy! My redesign and redecorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, but a girl can ponder, can’t she?

GracelandJungleRoomThe Jungle Room via Wikimedia Commons

In an article on How Stuff Works,  it is revealed Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father.  The article states Elvis’ father thought the furniture was the ugliest he had ever seen.  I must admit I agree, which brings us to today’s let’s redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design: The King’s Jungle Room edition.






ken-fulk-designerArchitectural Digest

This is how a bold, chic and sexy space is done.  I believe they call it animal magnetism.

animal-printsTraditional Home

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Interior design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

Fresh on the heels of ringing in the new year comes the new year’s trend buzz. Design forecasters, decorating prognosticators and discerning decoristas are weighing in on what they believe will be the interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015.  There is plenty to talk about in regards to the new colors of the year announcements, forecasted trends and carry over favorites from 2014. Let’s take a look-see at what’s in store, shelf and source for trend 2015, shall we?


Interior design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

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Colors of the Year 2015

Color is back.  Did the folks at Benjamin Moore, Pantone and Sherwin-Williams get it right?



Metallics and Mixing Metals

This is one forecasted trend I continue to lean towards and admit to having quite the decorating crush on. Bring on the metallics and art of mixing metals in the name of all things home furnishings and home decor accents beauty.


Let there be lacquer

A strong look for a strong statement, lacquered walls and ceilings shine the statement spotlight on high gloss glamour.  Don’t buy into the notion that lacquered walls and ceilings are only meant to carry a small space.  Lacquered lies, I tell you!  Drama deserves to play the big room, and a lacquered finish will deliver on the promise of performing as the shining star of statement making style .


Three trends for the price of one gorgeous look- Chinoiserie, a mix of style, and the color infusion rule of thumb follow-through and belief that every space needs that touch of black.

entry-hall-patternTraditional Entrance Hall by  Mario Buatta


Pattern on pattern at play

If one is good, and two is better, then three, four or five…

pattern-skona-hemSköna hem

pattern-mixJoss and Main 


Open Shelving

Open shelving doesn’t seem to be losing its wide range appeal, and, in fact, is moving away from strictly a form and function design and decor option for kitchen and breakfast areas.


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Things are tuft(ed) all over in classic leopard-print for 2015

When a classic print such as leopard is paired with a timeless textile form process as classically chic as tufting is, the result is trend setting elegance worth decorative consideration.

tufted-chairBosana Tufted Armchair

The following statement appeared in my Decorating Trends for 2014 post:

“I said this last year and why change it if the words hold true?  Good trends possess not only the quality, but the look and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  I do believe there’s another word for it, classic.”

The success of a trend is often measured by the acceptance of the designing and decorating public, ease of implementation into established decors, and the decorative ability to show staying power.  A blip on the trend radar, a pass or fail fad, or timeless classic must try- what say you about the these interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015?

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015

As we say goodbye to 2104 in grateful appreciation for the wonder year, we raise a glass to you as we toast the good times and great tastes of the past, present and future at our Happy New Year 2015 party.  Happy New Year 2015 to you and yours!

champagne-oystersFood & Wine

Sips, seafood and sparkle- that’s a recipe for a brilliant New Year’s celebration. May the New Year be one of peace, joy, love, health and great style!  Thank you all so very much for your support and loyal readership.


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2014 to 2015: Decorative Reflection and Anticipation

Saying so long to 2014 and looking towards a most stylish and tasteful 2015 calls for decorative reflection and anticipation.  Change came to Places In The Home in 2014 through color and redefining spaces, and embracing that change has proven to be a good and stylish thing.  As I look back at the most popular posts of 2014,  I am anxious with anticipation to what 2015 will bring in terms of new trends, color options, and the always exciting challenge of taking lost in time decor styles to the next level with inspiring and timeless looks that reflect current day decorative wants and design needs.

5 In The Meantime Kitchen Updates



Color Combination Decorating with Black and Yellow



Spot On Spot Print



Kitchen, Breakfast Area, And Butler’s Pantry Page Weekend Update



Styling the Table Between Two Sofas: How To Style a Coffee Table



From Coast to Coast: The Cuisine of Summer


Attention To Detail: Bathroom Window Treatment Ideas



Sightings, Prognostications and Guesstimations: Decorating Trends



In the immortal words of Mr. Bennett, “The Best is Yet to Come!”

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