After A Flood: Tips For Cleaning Carpets, Floors, Kitchenwares and Furniture

Louisiana is once again in the national news as our Southern neighbors experience devastating flooding the likes never seen before.  Classified as a once-in-every-500-years flood, this event with no named tropical depression or hurricane to blame caught many folks off guard. Louisianians know a thing or two about weathering tropical storms and hurricanes, and yes, even flooding, but many of the flood areas are areas that in normal situations would not see high water.

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When the floodwaters begin to recede and the affected areas are safe to go back into, flood victims will be faced with the overwhelming task of cleaning up.  Insult, meet injury. This FEMA information and tips for cleaning carpets, floors, kitchenwares and furniture after a flood offer useful information to those soon to be in clean up mode.

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Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Point Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana have joined East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa as parishes eligible for federal disaster assistance.   Homeowners will need to document damage for a FEMA claim.  It is imperative to exercise extreme caution when re-entering your home or business when the time is right to so. Turn off the power to the home or building at the main electrical box.  You will need to take pictures of each room before removing contents.  Once removed to the outdoors and placed into small piles, take pictures of the debris piles.  I am sharing the link to the Baton Rouge newspaper, The Advocate, where tips for separating your debris into categories and other valuable information such as closings, medication refill information and donation sites is provided. http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_717d6a8c-6301-11e6-a6c8-e729c9b5cd78.html

Caution: Remove or secure shut with straps the door(s) of a discarded refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dryer or stove oven to prevent the risk of a child or person climbing into the appliance, the door locking, and the child or person becoming trapped and suffocating.   

FEMA emphasizes the importance of registering for FEMA help now!  The sooner FEMA receives your claim, the sooner an inspector will be to your home.  You can register your claim with FEMA by calling  1-800-621-3362 or by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.  FEMA cannot duplicate insurance coverage, but the agency can help with immediate needs like housing and medication.

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Beware of Fraud and Scams After a Flood

From the FEMA website:

As government agencies and charitable groups began providing disaster assistance, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Louisiana) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency advise all residents that no individual with a government disaster assistance agency will call or text asking for financial account information.

Survivors also should keep in mind that federal and state workers never ask for or accept money and always carry identification badges. There is no fee required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state.

Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person. Unfortunately, there seems to be no limit to the inventiveness of those wanting to commit fraud. Louisiana residents are asked to remain alert, ask questions and require photo identification when someone claims to represent a government agency.

Those who question the validity of a contact or suspect fraud are encouraged to call the toll free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.  Complaints also may be made by contacting local law enforcement agencies.

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Beginning the Cleanup

Calling in a professional cleaning service is the best way to go, but in the aftermath of storms and floods these companies can be swamped.  No pun intended.   Also, and this is a big also, the out-of-pocket costs can be expensive and standard homeowners insurance does not cover any type of flood damage.  Homeowners face the important task of damage removal and clean-up.  Take a practical approach to what to keep and what not to keep.  Mattresses should go.  Floodwaters can be contaminated with chemicals, biohazards, sewage, fuel- you get the idea.  A mattress that has been in a flood is a breeding ground for mold.  It’s got to go.

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The immediate job of debris removal and cleaning carpets, rugs and floor will help to reduce the growth of molds, algae and bacteria- a proven health risk.  Open windows and doors to expose saturated items to as much air as possible.  Protect yourself from contamination and exposure by wearing gloves and covering your mouth, legs, arms, feet. Wearing a protective mask and goggles to prevent breathing mold spores and eye exposure is the prudent thing to do.

Carpets

Clean and dry carpet(s) as soon as possible. Throw out any and all flooring and carpet that has been submerged for 24 hours or more and or covered in sewage tainted floodwater.

Pull up all saturated carpet(s) and rug(s) and remove from the house, apartment, building, etc…  placing outdoors to begin the drying process. Sunlight works a natural disinfectant.

Cut your loses: Pull up carpet padding and throw it out.  The soaked material is a breeding ground for mold, mildew and stench.

If removal of carpet(s) is impossible, use a wet-dry vacuum and dehumidifier to dry the carpet as quickly as possible.  A fan can be used to aid in the drying process.  Lift up the carpet to allow the circulated air to reach the underside.

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Use a garden hose and nozzle that promotes good water pressure to remove mud. Apply a disinfectant carpet-cleaning product to heavily soiled spot(s), using a hard-bristled brush or broom to work into spot(s).

To combat mildew and odors, rinse the backing of the carpet(s) and rug(s) with a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water.  This solution is not to be used on wool carpets.  Also disinfect the slab or subfloor.

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Floors

Clean and dry floor(s) as soon as possible.  Allow floors to dry thoroughly before attempting repairs. Throw out any and all flooring and carpet that has been submerged for 24 hours or more and/or covered in sewage tainted floodwater.

Begin the clean-up by disinfecting flooring surfaces with a solution of 1 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gallon water.

With vinyl, tile and linoleum flooring: it is vital to remove vinyl, tile or linoleum to allow subflooring to dry.  Drying can take several months to complete.

With regards to wood flooring:  Gradual drying of wooden floors can prevent cracking or splitting of the wood.  Removal of hardwood floor boards helps to prevent buckling. Remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling.

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Cleaning Carpets, Floors, Kitchenwares and Furniture

Bleach, bleach, bleach!

Mix up a disinfecting solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of hot water.

Soak glassware and dinnerware for 10 minutes.  Remove items and allow to air-dry.

Thoroughly wipe down countertops and cabinets with disinfecting solution.  See recipe above.

Never mix bleach with ammonia. The fumes produced are TOXIC.

Place silverware, metal utensils, pots and pans in boiling in water for 10 minutes to disinfect. Do not use chlorine bleach due to the reaction between bleach and metals.

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Furniture

Remove furniture and place outside to dry.  Sunlight works a natural disinfectant.

Upholstered furniture soaks up contaminants from floodwaters and should be cleaned only by a professional.

Unless sentimental value is attached, the cost to repair wood veneered furniture falls into the not worth it category.

Solid wood furniture can usually be restored, unless damage is severe.

Cleaning carpets, floors, kitchenwares and furniture after a flood is a difficult but necessary task.  The sooner you tackle the removal and cleaning process the sooner the mud, gunk, bayou-lake-river residue, sewage and mildew that exacerbates the problem will soon be on the way to becoming a distant and nasty memory.

Tips for Photos, Papers and Books

The LSU AgCenter offers wonderful tips for mold removal and prevention after a flood. http://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles/lbenedict/articles/page1471440591268

One tip that I’m sure will be helpful is how to protect documents, papers and photos from mildew.  Gently wash the mud off a photos, books and documents/papers and place in a frost-free freezer. Freeze meaningful papers and photos. Wash the mud off important papers, photographs and books and place them in a frost-free freezer. The temporary freezing combats mildew from setting in until they can be thawed out and/or taken to a professional restorer.

Making A Bold Statement: Bold Home Decor

Making a bold statement with bold home decor and the bold, color wheel wow and oh so beautiful decor accessories drenched in bold home decor color is a bold move in the right and decoratively daring direction.

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If you have been considering going for the bold and the beautiful, but have yet to test the waters, there’s no time like the present.

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Taking an all in approach to bold home decor produces bold results.

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Bold home decor statements in bold and living color are alive and done very well in New Orleans style as illustrated page after unique page in Valorie Hart’s book, House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana. There’s no place quite like New Orleans, and Ms. Hart recognizes and features the interior design and decorating so expressly unique to New Orleans.

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Another stunning feature from the pages of Elle Decor further makes the point.  New Orleans based artist Ashley Longshore’s studio is a gallery of bold expression.

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Bold color incorporation on a grand scale boldly colors the world of some, where as a gradual color progression better sets the tone for others.

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Rather experimenting on a small scale or full-on bold color saturation, working with bold home decor colors may be easier to do in baby steps for the decor timid or undecided.  The shallow end of the bold home decor color pool is a great place to begin.

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This contemporary armoire definitely will not fade into the woodwork, and that is exactly why I love it!  

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Fabulously funky, extravagantly elegant and guaranteed to produce a bold reaction, try coloring your world and space with one focal point piece.  Go bold and go home!

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From floor to ceiling, a brilliant contrast created through bold color, pattern and texture combined with distinctive accents and home decor accessories notes a truly unique design and decor visual experience.

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Bold color combinations and pattern selections capture the modern twists and turns of today’s tastes, yet stay true to the core appeal of classic designs.

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Neutral walls more of what you have in mind for the space?  Introduce bold home decor to the space through spot accessories.

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Subtle boldness is not a firm contradiction of terms, but more a design approach to keep in mind.  This example beautifully illustrates the role color plays in bold home decor accessories servings as both focal point and integral color infusion.

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Traditional styles mixed with bold color choices strike a palette balance and speaks to the unique personality of the space.  Take your look boldly where no look has gone before.

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Family style time in the home of fashion designer Kim Bachmann as featured on One Kings Lane

Revisiting and refreshing vintage posts is the norm for most bloggers in these slow and easy summer months.  Readers utilize every moment of these summer long days and outdoor living nights to get the most out of their summer season, and I totally respect that.  While I hope these new reads and range of topics keeps us engaged during the summer, I also hope you will enjoy the updated posts as well.

Soak Up The Fun In The Sun Summer Reads

Today I am sharing a few summer reads to add to your summer reading list.  These soak up the fun in the sun summer reads travel well to the beaches, lakes, pools and rest and relaxation escapes tailor-made for a beach bag packed with summer reads.

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is a must read for fans of the must see TV classic Seinfeld.

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is the story of a bridal boutique owner who finds the perfect vintage wedding gown in a trunk at an estate sale. From there a curiosity with the backstory and the women who have worn the dress evolves into a love story surrounding four women and a wedding dress.

Summer Reads

Ooh la love Picnic in Provence: A Memoir With Recipes, a sweet and delicious read by Elizabeth Bard.  Did I mention recipes?

The Status of All Things

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.  Topical hilarity.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe

Discovery becomes more than a passing summer fancy in Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson.  A cafe by the beach serves comfort food and comfort for a searching soul as Laura Walker steps out of one comfort zone into another.

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson puts the makes you who you are moments of life into a can’t change it so you might as well laugh about it and learn from it perspective.

The Weekenders

Belle Isle, North Carolina reads like The Hamptons on spiked Southern sweet tea.  Discovery of a dishonest and dead husband, a mother-daughter relationship fraught with issues, decisions old and new in need of dealing with, and plenty of pull up your big girl panties, pour yourself a cocktail and deal with it moments.  The island spice of life makes The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews a get lost in a good book read.

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DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.

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Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.

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Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.

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A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:

Updates + Embellishments = Wow Factor

 

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Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly.  I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock.  Same goes for nightstands and chests.  What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do?  Embellish!  Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.

DIY-furniture-embellishmentsWhat You’ll Need:

  • screwdriver
  • decorative hardware
  • tape measure or ruler
  • rosette appliques- see directions below.
  • adhesive caulk
  • gold spray paint
  • brass caster cup

It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
 Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
 Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting
installation.
 Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.

Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail.   Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around  the back edge of the applique.  When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out. Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
gaps.  Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.

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Retro chic makes the style grade.  The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ears Desk Chair from PBteen is funky fabulous and offers inspiration to the diy minded to check out thrift shops, curbside boutiques, classified ads and online marketplace sites for a gently used vintage office chair.

vintage-office-chairThis Vintage Chrome and White Pleather Office Chair listed for sale on Charish for $40 is a prime diy project piece ready to dazzle.  Chic up the style by adding a faux fur seat cushion.

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Faux Fur Seat Cushion

For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.

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Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!

What You’ll Need:

  • chair cushion
  • scissors
  • faux fur fabric
  • permanent fabric adhesive

Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D.  Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold.  Most of the faux fur fabrics available at Fabric.com run 54-58 inches wide.  Cut fabric to size.

My upholstering formula is not rocket science.  Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric.  Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge.  Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness.  Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique.  Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!

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Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of gold spray paint.

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Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights.  A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.

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Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents.  Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look.  Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.

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Mad in Crafts shows us how to get our fabulous diy inspired talent on with thumbtacks and paint.  Knock off?  Knock your socks off chic, dorm decoristas!  Get the designer inspired details here.

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Alexis over at Persia Lou creates this diy Marble Paper Filing Cabinet. Talk about style files!  See her tutorial here.

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Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing.  Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.

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Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending.  Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic.  No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista.  A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.

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Dorm room decorating days are here again.  Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.

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Good Movies With Great Music

Good movies with great music offer the much appreciated alternative to the he said she said conventions and media circus the last two weeks. Roku, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaveled in a call to order of what do you want to watch-I don’t know, what do you want to watch.  A majority ruled over the suggestion to match good movies with great music.  A good movie can easily become a great movie when the soundtrack or songs from (not all songs in a movie make it onto the soundtrack) make a lasting impression.  Here’s what’s on the screen and stream:

Silver Linings Playbook

Comedy/Drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Good movies with great music

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing- Stevie Wonder

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Frankie & Johnny

Drama/Romance starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Clair de Lune- Claude Debussy

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Thief

Crime/Action starring James Caan.

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Soundtrack – Tangerine Dream

Dave the Builder and I watched this movie over and over when we were dating.  James Belushi, Dennis Farina, William Petersen, and Robert Prosky all claim Thief as the first film of their acting careers.  The soundtrack by Tangerine Dream and Composer Craig Safan is mesmerizing.

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The Graduate

Drama starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman.

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Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha- Simon and Garfunkel

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Thriller/Drama starring Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Strawberry Letter 23- The Brothers Johnson

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 High Fidelity 

Drama/romance starring John Cusack.

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I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)- Stevie Wonder

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas 2016

Dorm room decorating ideas 2016 days are coming around again. Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorative accents and accessories needed to ace the personal style test.  Decoristas and fashion forward co-eds are on a mission to fabulously furnish their new dorm room digs with decor accessories with a sense of personal style.   My dorm room decorating ideas 2016 philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you

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in the style of what makes you

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Here’s a  Back-to-School checklist to get the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas 2016 party started.

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Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas 2016.

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Monogrammed for classic back to campus style.

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One can do an enormous amount of walking in a college campus day.   You’re Fitbit will definitely back me up on this.

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When the ten toe express is winding down, prop those puppies up on something comfortable and stylish.

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Stylish storage solutions.

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Casual Coat Rack

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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 2016 list. 

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Looks super chic with these desk accessories.

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Episode Diary Memo Pad  ||  Hello Darling Pen  ||  Crystal Gourd Table Lamp  || Pretty Little Things Trinket Tray  || Acrylic Pencil Holder  || Gold Tab File Folders  || & Letter  ||  Dots Stapler

HP PrinterHP Deskjet 3755 All-in-One Printer

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Great lighting is a requirement for this area.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

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Paper Accordion Lamps  || Puppy Dog Poreclain Lamp ||  Animal Print Shades  ||  Franklin Lamp Base  ||  Crystal Gourd Table Lamp  ||  Lace Tower Floor Lamp ||  Mosaic Tile Genie Lamp  || Lace Table Lamp  || String Lights

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Now comes the fun part.  Check the list and let’s dorm decorate!

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Movie posters and the college dorm room – a decorating tradition.

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Crown Marquee Light ||  Oops Eraser ||  Lilly Pulitzer Tusk In Sun Agenda ||  Yay! To-Go Cup ||  Oliver Gal Canvas Art  || Randerup Rug    Dorm Sweet Dorm Pillow  ||  Knipsa Basket  || PS Gullhomen Rocking Chair  ||  Pom-Pom Keychain  ||  Stir Sticks  ||  Hello Gorgeous Mug

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Bed & Bath Essentials

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I love the UO Souvenir Thank You lunch bag from Urban Outfitters.  The fun take on the take-out bag is well-insulated for hot or cold food keeping.

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I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas 2016 offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-campus dorm room design and decor.

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Adding A Luxe Look For Little Money

I have never decorated, flipped or remodeled for a clients(s) who has not placed a budget in play.  Same goes for the projects we do here at Places In The Home.  An extra penny here and an extra dime there adds up to budget busting dollars. Cost is the four letter word I hear most from project start to finish. If you believe that, I’ve got a Louisiana bayou to sell you.  All kidding aside, it is a known fact that for most of us the price tag heavily factors into the decorating we do and the decorative accessories and home decor accents we purchase in the pursuit of prettying things up around the house.  When the desired outcome is the look of luxe but the moolah to advance full sticker price ahead is not in the cards, these tips for adding a luxe look for little money do the trick.

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Table Lamps

I love, love, love the instant chic factor a decorative table lamp lends to the ambiance of a space.

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Finding luxe look for little money table lamps is a home decor store or online retailer visit away.  I always suggest selecting a table lamp rich in classic style, one that will stand the test of time and trend.  Do not buy into the fallacy that an inexpensive item will invariably look cheap or a quality appearance can only be achieved by spending big bucks.

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Optical Illusions

Installing curtain and drapery hardware at the ceiling or molding line creates a visual illusion of height.

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Take the luxe look for little money concept to the next phase with inexpensive drapery trims and decorative drapery medallion holdbacks found on sale or clearance.

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Wallpaper Lined Drawers, Shelves & Bookcase Backs 

Okay, you’ve selected a killer designer paint color for the exterior of a fabulous 3-drawer chest, linen armoire or bookcase.  What about the drawers, shelves and bookcase backs?

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Add a luxe look for little money to drawers, shelves and bookcases with discounted, discontinued and wallpaper closeouts.  I recently lucked up on a wallpaper clearance sale, and two double rolls for under $10 later a drawer lining plain to polish project awaits me.  Lined drawers, shelves and bookcase backs offer up a stylish follow-through.  It’s all in the details.

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ABCs of Affordable Accessorizing:
Art & Antiques, Bric-a-Brac, Conversation Pieces

It’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords.  An inexpensive piece of art, antique accessory, bric-a-brac or whimsical objet d’art piece can easily offer a luxe look when dramatically displayed.  A good eye paired with decorating determination will invariably spot a diamond in the rough.  To guarantee a luxe look result, place a piece above, atop or beside an ebony console or chair.  The color black is classically timeless, adds drama to the spaces it graces, and is considered a premier foundation and/or accent color in interior decorating.

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When I was in the initial buying stages for Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors, a local flea market dealer invited me to stop by to shop her inventory.  I did, and the first item I spotted was a small framed oil painting.  The subject of the painting slips my mind, but the frame was the diamond in the rough.  I could not believe how little the dealer was asking for the piece.  Maybe I need to add the words “or how little” to it’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords.  Dave the Builder panned the painting and the frame, but I knew it had the potential to be a beauty.  I scooped up the painting, and with a simple cleanup and quick application of matte spray paint proudly added it to the inventory, displaying the piece in a dramatic focal point feature.  The painting sold within one day of being at the shop.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers drench a space in color, fill it with fragrance and enhance the surroundings with pervasive beauty.

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Gather ye your Mason jars, dollar store containers, crystal goblets, Chinoiserie (SHēnˌwäz(ə)ˈrē) vases (since we’re talking luxe let’s pronounce it vahz, darling), watering cans, vintage crocks and antique teapots and fill them with blooms, stems, vines and/or branches from the garden, field, florist or local grocery flower department.

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Adding a luxe look for little money is a high-end priority for the decorating within budget minded.  The only thing expensive is the look.

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Garden Home Decor Colors

Every now and then it is necessary to perform housekeeping and updating to clear the cobwebs away from older posts, revivify information and renew resources.  Garden Home Decor Colors is one of those times and one of those posts.

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We gather inspiration from the color palette of nature and company. Funny how the colors of what grows in the garden inspires from the garden home decor colors.

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Farmers Market, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eggplant or Aubergine takes its place on the color wheel in visually impressive fashion.

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Aubergine commands full focal point attention.  This particular shade of purple is no shrinking violet.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert Photography; interior by The Brooklyn Home Company.  As Featured by One Kings Lane

Robust. Confident. Vibrant. Palette Potent.  Eggplant or aubergine brings the hue you calling gorgeous drama to a space.

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Buttery French Yellow #e6b70f

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Pattern

Pattern makes a compelling argument for the beauty that lies within in the it’s all in the details details.

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I do believe a color combination post featuring the swoon worthy color combination of buttery French yellow and luxurious creamy dreamy not quite white is in the immediate future of Places In The Home.  Simply gorgeous!

from the garden home decor colors

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 Color

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Tomato Red #9d0104

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There is something so summer about the variety of colors associated with fresh from the garden tomatoes.

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From the garden to the table to the perfect color choice of a decorative home accessory, the deep reds, yellows and greens of the tomato inspires.

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Skye Monet Rug by Alexander Home

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Love the pop of garden bold colors paired with a Places In The Home house favorite- the ever so chic choice of leopard print accents.

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Striking color combinations in fresh from the garden home decor colors make an anything but garden variety statement.

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Summer home decor updates in from the garden home decor colors are naturally influenced by the seasonal palette influenced by the deep, rich, bright and vibrant shades represented at the farmers market.  It’s a growing trend!

 

Auctions, Estate Sales and Antiques Treasure Hunting

Auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting expeditions write the latest chapter of my how I spent my summer vacation story.

Auctions, estate sales and antiques

Antiques auctions are my thing.  From start to sold, I love the workings of the antiques auction machine.  Dave the Builder and I have clocked many an hour in old barns, metal buildings, old storefronts and convention halls in hope of acquiring antiques and vintage furniture and accessories up for auction.  When live and in person isn’t in the bid cards, absentee bids are in order.  One of my very favorite auction houses, Gallery Auctions, Inc.  invites absentee bidding, offers quality merchandise and is known for superb customer service.

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In the market for an antique bread or cutting board, I searched the listings with gotta have it success. I placed absentee bids on several boards to cover the spread, and was thrilled to receive the phone call that I won the bid I really, really wanted.  The board is big, aged, perfectly worn and rich in patina and provenance.  Score!

bread-boardAttending the highly anticipated local estate sale recently held less than one block from the Places In The Home abode turned out to be a good decision.  This particular estate sale was a treasure hunting must- one where quality meets quantity.  The bamboo light fixture immediately caught my eye, piqued my interest and held my attention.

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First day sale prices can send a wave of sticker shock throughout the antiques dealers, estate sale aficionados and interior design and decorating community.  The word on the tree-lined street signaled high prices ahead.  The price I was comfortable paying did not square with the sellers initial asking price.  I told myself if it is meant to be it will be, and waited for the next day price negotiations.  Holding firm with an offer does not always work out for the best, but in this case it did.

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Dave the Builder rewired the fixture, applied two coats of gloss white lacquer spray paint and here we are.  You’ll see this image again in a post I’m working on detailing more decor updates.

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Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino

He said, “I need a vacation.”  She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”

dare-day-clubDo we dare take a gamble on basing our vacation destination on past antiques inventory buying successes?  I’m willing to roll the dice if you are, Dave. He said, “make the reservation.”  She said, “win, lose or draw, I’m ready to go.”

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The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .

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First stop on the treasure hunting train: Kings Antique Mall.  The gotta have it list for our auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting trips includes requests from clients as well as items for my personal collections.  A hold tag on the two drawer chest dashed my hopes for ownership, but it gave me an idea for a piece already in inventory. Inspiration is everywhere.

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I am always fascinated by the nouns of life and how we draw home decor inspiration from them.  Violets remind me of my maternal grandmother, and memories drive the antiques business.

violet-plate1I almost overlooked this small violet adorned dish while shopping at Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale, but luckily spied it sitting pretty atop a dusty shelf.  It currently resides on my bedside table as a holder for my reading glasses.

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Hitting the copper jackpot at Antiques on Gladstone.

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I love when an entire city block is home to antiques shops.  Kid meet candy store.  Finding the hotel silver dome put the cherry on the treasure hunting cake.

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face-vasesWe are home sweet home again.

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Now comes the fun part.

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The Celebration Countdown to 4th of July Party Ideas

The celebration countdown to 4th of July party ideas is on.  Allow me to take this opportunity to express a very big thank you in patriotic colors to the Earth, sun, moon and calendar year 2016 for the three-day weekend we have to celebrate Independence Day.

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The big blogging plan to share with you pops of 4th of July party ideas for your copying, ordering, and/or purchasing consideration fizzled out like a firecracker with no pizzazz.  An area wide internet outage hit the Places In The Home neighborhood last week, and with it went my connection to the world wide web.  That’s two internet outages in one month, but’s who’s counting?

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Meet Jeremy, the at&t man with the get you back online ASAP plan. Jeremy, your good deeds and expert skills are greatly appreciated.  You’ve got a well deserved three-day weekend coming your way.

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Our 4th of July three-day holiday weekend plans are set to serene with an emphasis on slow and easy.  Outdoor living spaces furnished to the hilt in summer style and let’s get the patriotic party started creature comforts in mind deliver just that.  Let’s take a look at some, shall we?

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The Willow Swingaswan is a stylish throwback to the hanging chair glory days of the swingin’ 60s & 70s.  Just add a decorative pillow, a refreshing beverage or summertime treat, a good read and you’ve got yourself a rest and relaxation haven for the 4th of July three-day weekend.

loop-siclesPopsicles and champagne come together to make Summer’s Sweetest Sparkling Sipper.

How to Make Rainbow Sangria from Country Living Magazine

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Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients

3 to 4 lemons

2 cups half-and-half

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Directions

Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup.

Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze 2 hours before serving.

~Southern Living via My Recipes

 

okl-historical-documentsA good and patriotic read ~ American Historical Documents

 

A star spangled theme is instantly recognizable as the traditional theme of 4th of July celebrations.

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In keeping with tradition, the American flag meets and greets neighbors and friends, but I opt to decorate with items such as fabric and serveware in a broader range of holiday patterns and colors.

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The activities, food, sports, colors and celebrations generally associated with the summer months give great inspiration. Pick a favorite as your 4th of July party ideas theme foundation and go 4th from there.

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Wallpaper and fabric closeouts can be a great source for affordable and stylish patterns to use as tablecloths, table runners, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.

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Handbag charms as napkin rings?  Absolutely!  I picked up six of these long fringe handbag charms on clearance at Rue21 for $1.20 each to use as napkins rings and parting party favors.  Love the look, the price and the dual purpose.  Blooming blue hydrangeas from the yard of a very generous and giving neighbor will star in the centerpiece arrangement along with a trio of small American flags.  Simple.  Affordable.  Appropriate.

Lincoln_Square_Farmers_MarketLincoln Square Farmers Market

Our star spangled celebration menu takes a celebratory cue from the best part of the summertime bounty- fresh from the farmers market fruits and vegetables.  I am entertaining the thought of developing a recipe for s’mores cake to debut over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Fresh beans, roasting marshmallows, and bursts of color on the table and in the sky. That’s how we snap, crackle and pop a 4th of July party in the USA at Places In The Home.

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These 4th of July party ideas place an emphasis on fun, easy, delicious, stylish, and affordability.  Celebrate smart, safe and stylish this 4th of July holiday weekend.

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