Style Forecast: Decor Trends 2021

Excitement greets a new year, and today’s decor trends 2021 show and tell highlights exciting style predictions coming your way.

decor trends 2021

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design and decorating trends, I take into account various predictions from knowledgeable insiders, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

My personal advice regarding first of the year trends is to tread lightly into the what’s trending pool in order to eliminate decorating regret.

Good taste, judgment, and an impeccable sense of personal style will guide your decor trends 2021 choices.

Face Line Art

Home decor accessories and accents brimming with visual appeal prominently work the room to introduce two key elements in decorating- contrast and character.

Face line art pieces emulate drawings in the style of Picasso and Matisse, representing broadened interpretations and color choices.

Being a fan of the mix and mingle aspect of decor styles, I love introducing a piece of face line art in all its fun and funky glory into a traditional or formal aesthetic.


Entrecôte Melbourne

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Dark Blue Kitchens

Color in the kitchen made the what’s on trend list for 2020, and here it is coming around again.

Timeless color choices stand the test of time and trend.


House & Garden – Photo by Nicole Franzen 

Hello, dark blue kitchens.


The Main Company

If total color immersion, dark blue or any other color, does not appeal to your color scheme and style, consider using the color on a standout feature such as a kitchen island.



Old-World Charm

I’ve long regarded the distinctive details found in old-world charm accents and accessories as conversation pieces.



Pieces rich in unique design features and storied provenance create points of visual interest and conversation.

Mikel Welch-Photographer-John Bessler

House & Home- Designer Mikel Welch-Photographer John Bessler


House Beautiful

Statement Lighting

Statement lighting fixtures become capable components in the overall design focal point equation.

Baguès Art Deco sconces

Homes to Love

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey, and statement lighting flips the style switch to focal point fabulous in both the on and off position.


Architectural Digest

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Gold Accents

Gold accents will forever be on trend.


Villandry Chic Luxury Day Bed

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

gold accents

Gold Hammered Picture Frame, 4×6 
Oro Gold Dining Chair
Kronburgh 20” Table Lamp
Kash 4 – Light 15″ Unique/Statement Geometric Flush Mount
24×32 Linear Portrait Canvas Wall Art
Carly Embroidered 14×26 Throw Pillow by Kosas Home
Kate and Laurel Celia Round Metal Foldable Tray Accent Table


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Jay Wilde


Bringing the beauty of the outdoors indoors never looked so good.


Lonny Magazine

Mudroom designed by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group

Copper Cookware



Culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.

Suffolk kitchen


Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course to compliment the chef.


House Beautiful


Neutral colors are no longer thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decor, accents, paint and furnishings options.

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design


Lonny Magazine

Rather a primary color choice to the space or color palette complement, neutral colors deliver on all focal point points.

I really do love how neutrals play so well together with the other colors found on the design and decor playground.


House & Garden


Studio McGee

Dark Hues



Dynamite look.

decor trends 2021


dark hues paint colors

Mushroom Lamps

For some time now I’ve been noticing the popularity of the mushroom in everything from cookies to footstools to mushroom lamps.


Yamini Designs

Toadstool trend?

It’s hot at present, and I must admit I owned and wish I still had both the aforementioned mushroom footstool and mushroom lamp that adorned my condo circa 1982.

Everything old is new again at one time or another.



Timeless designs, on-trend textures and patterns, and colors divine make wallpaper a classic choice of product for a quality result in interior decorating.


House & Garden


Elle Decor – Photo by Thomas Loof

This last decor trend is one that stands the test of time.

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

Finding normal footing in this very young yet promising new year proves an excellent motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiring decor trends 2021 it’s a decorista’s dream come true.

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New Year 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve into New Year 2021, dear friends!


As the hands on the clock move us forward into a New Year, I’m meeting 2021 looking forward to brighter and beautiful things to come in life and blog life.

I so hope you all will come along on the stylish and beautiful ride.

Here’s to the New Year 2021- a year I pray is blessed in love, happiness, health, safety, prosperity, peace, inspiration, and beauty for all.



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Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours

On this most blessed day in December and from our home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.


As you and yours celebrate this wonderful holiday Christmas season, may the love of family and friends, joy of life, comfort of home, hope of brighter and healthier days ahead, and a glorious sense of style fill your heart and home with peace and love.




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Festive Photos of the Christmas Season

Festive photos of the Christmas season reminds and reinforces the notion it’s magically beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Christmas at Forde Abbey

Christmas at Forde Abbey

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”

– John Geddes


Victoria Magazine

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale


House & Garden

“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.”

– Donna VanLiere



“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”

– Marjorie Holmes


Bless’er House as featured by Better Homes & Gardens

“Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

– Freya Stark

snow covered fur trees

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.”

– Kahlil Gibran


Martha Stewart

“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money.  There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”

– Andy Rooney


House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

– Pindar

Market Street – Corning, NY

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”

– Richelle E. Goodrich


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jason Donnelly

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

– Louisa May Alcott


South Tirol, Italy

“Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life.  Thank you for Dreams.  Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts and Feelings.  Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow – just for today – and to know the Wonder of Your World and its many Possibilities.”

― Janie Jasin


Victoria Magazine – Photography Marcy Black Simpson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.”

― Tom Baker


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Christmas Songs and Sights

Christmas songs and sights rule the festive fun around Places In The Home this time of year.

Why certain things come to mind when we hear Christmas songs is anyone’s guess, but I believe traditions old and new, coupled with cherished memories near and dear to heart and mind, work together to awaken the spirit of the season that beautifully dwells within all of us.

As I was listening to classic Christmas songs late Saturday night, an imagined slideshow broke out in my thoughts- some obvious, some silly, but all telling.

So here you go, my wonderful friends, a Christmas songs and sights ’tis the season pictorial.

dashing through the snow


Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “yoo hoo!”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

snow covered Smoky Mountains2

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I met a man who lives in Tennessee, and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore

Santa on beachFrom Atlantic to Pacific

– I know it means from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean(s), but the line always brings to mind thoughts of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known to some of us as A&P

A&P Coffee

Gee, the traffic is terrific

Christmas traffic

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas


Chasing Daisies

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)

Christmastime in the City


It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring (hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day

Santa and friends

Santa and Friends

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

blue jay in snow

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland


Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true


And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

heading home in the snowstorm

Fine Art America

the snow’s comin’ down
(Christmas) I’m watchin’ it fall
(Christmas) lots of people around
(Christmas) baby, please come home


Elle Decor – Photo by Douglas Friedman

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow



Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh, ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year


In The Fields

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Christmas-tree-on-pianoYes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we’re in a hurry

retro Christmas partyThere’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting


And caroling out in the snow


There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

twas the night before christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse


Country Living Magazine

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.


Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas songs




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Deck the Halls Decorista Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift guide inspiration kicks off this second week of December.

With the shopping and shipping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is primed and ready to lend an idea or two for your deck the halls gift giving needs.

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We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, entryways, bedrooms, home offices, nooks, places and spaces that make up house and home. Santas-route-ornament

Let’s begin with the gift of home as in a hand drawn house sketch of your home sweet home.

Folks, Dave and I did this for my brother and my parents several Christmases ago and it was a huge holiday gift hit.

The local artist also created custom notecards from the images based on the photo shoot(s) of their homes. front door hand drawn custom house portrait

Hand Drawn Original House Sketch

Face it, this silhouette pillow is a stunner.

silhouette abstract throw pillow

Silhouette Pillow

Collecting vintage portrait paintings is my new decorative accessory passion.

Unknown subjects in the beginning become familiar family members over time, adding a sense of curated intrigue to your decor.

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

File this next holiday gift guide suggestion under S for stunning.

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

This set of hand carved wood chairs is this decorista’s dream Christmas gift.


Josh Young Design

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

Ruffled chenille pillow shams is always an appropriate gift giving theme to go with.

Pure Linen duvet cover 'Diane' with ruffles and ties

Pure Linen Duvet Cover ‘Diane’ with Ruffles and Ties


Flower Magazine | Styling by Margaret Zainey Roux
Photography by Sara Essex Bradley | Interior design by Alix Rico

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

Music-Themed Trumeau MirrorMusic-Themed Trumeau Mirror

During these strange and Covid-19 times, cozy at home is the mantra many of us are comfortably living with.

cozy at home

Micro Performance Fleece Pajama Pants  
Cozy Teddy Sherpa Zip Lounge Jacket 
Glitter Faux-Fur Lined Moccasin Slippers 

For the Hotter than Cocoa crowd (and you know who you are) this cozy cute two piece pj set has got your name on it.


Secret Treasures Women’s and Women’s Plus Hotter Than Cocoa Set

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Winter cold and holiday stress play heck with our skin.

Pamper yourself with a holiday-at-home spa treatment of sorts with the Estee Lauder Life & Glow Skincare Gift Set.

I personally use all these products, and absolutely love the performance and scent of the entire Resilience Multi-Effect product line- aroma therapy, if you will.

Christmas is the holiday for the senses.

We see, touch, hear, taste, and smell the beauty, love, joy, excitement, c’est si bon, and scents that nudge a cherished memory from Christmas past as well as serving as the catalyst for new experiences sure to become traditions.

Further making things merry and bright, Macy’s is offering an additional 15% off select beauty items and sets with code FRIEND for a limited time.

estee lauder resilence skin care gift set

Estee Lauder 4-Pc. Lift & Glow Skincare Gift Set

Wrapping holiday gifts to rival artistic perfection is simpler than you think.

Deviate from the traditional with colors, textures, and patterns suited to the theme of the gift(s), giver(s), and/or recipient(s).

Striking in both color and pattern, this toile nursery rhyme gift wrapping paper makes a lovely presentation.

Toile Nursery Rhyme Reversible Baby Shower Gift Wrapping Paper1

Toile Nursery Rhyme Reversible Gift Wrapping Paper

Add embellishments such as fresh greenery, velvet or silk ribbon, and top it off with a chic ornament and you are good to go.


State-themed gifts give home for the holidays a whole new meaning.

High Chancellor Crocwell portrait Serving Tray

High Chancellor Crocwell Portrait Serving Tray

Audubon on Louisiana - by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Audubon on Louisiana – by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Well-appointed accessories used in the busy blogging- working-working from home-creating-planning-scheduling-balancing act lives we lead need not be plain, boring or ugly.

Stacked Cube Crystal Table Lamp

Stacked Cube Crystal Table Lamp

Music and a stylish bluetooth speaker to stream it through is a necessary tool of the blogging trade.

JBL - GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gold

JBL – GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Gold

Gift the on-the-go decorista with this hot or cold beverage Spode Blue Italian Travel Mug.

Spode Blue Italian travel mug

Spode Blue Italian Travel Mug

Spode’s Blue Italian features a detailed Italian countryside scene with an 18th century Imari Oriental border.

Classic and gorgeous wrapped up in one lovely gift.

Ceramic Vase

Ceramic Vase

Desk accessories unique in form and presence serve as a catchall and catch the eye accent.


Victoria Bookends

Raemon+Scroll+Bookend Raemon Scroll Bookend

gilded agate paperweight

Gilded Agate Paperweight

Home Sweet Maison

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home
by Danielle Postel-Vinay

Disco Cube Cocktails - by Leslie Kirchhoff

Disco Cube Cocktails – by Leslie Kirchhoff

Pattern on parade best describes these next gift guide recommendations.

Leopard - by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard – by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard and zebra and cheetah, oh my!


Lana’s Shop S/10 Zebra Note Cards

Studio 55D Cheetah 10 1/2" High Gold Finish Table Accent Figurine

Studio 55D Cheetah 10 1/2″ High Gold Finish Table Accent Figurine


Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Bringing this fashionista meets decorista favorite out of media retirement seems stylishly appropriate for the holidays.

bull-dog-in-tutuStyle Me Pretty

Traditional holiday parties may be out of vogue this holiday season, but I say seize the holiday moment, dress up in sparkle and shine finery, and throw a ’tis the season soiree for you and yours at chez moi.


Tulle Skirt


Multi-strand Faux Pearl and Goldtone Coin Necklace


  Faux Fur Collar Wrap Stole

Textured Post with Simulated Pearl Linear Earrings - A New Day™ Ivory

Textured Post with Simulated Pearl Linear Earrings – A New Day™ Ivory

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Velvet Cinch Jewelry Pouch Organizer - A New Day™

Velvet Cinch Jewelry Pouch Organizer – A New Day™

Pop on over to Pinterest to see the other goodies on my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 is upon us, and although today may not resemble what defines conventional turkey times I like to focus on the core purpose of the day- thankfulness.


House Beautiful – Photo by Pernille Loof

Counted among the many things I’m grateful for is the privilege of being invited into your home through word, style, design and friendship.

thanksgiving 2020

House Beautiful – Photo by Pernille Loof

On this Thanksgiving Day 2020, may the love of family and friends, health, and the joy and comforts of home richly touch and bless your life.


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Traditional and New Holiday Cake Recipes

It’s that time of year when holiday cake recipes are cooking, baking, and taste of the holidays making in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

Grandmother’s Tennessee Pound Cake with Nutmeg is tradition on a cake plate, and Wilshire Walnut and Spice Cake is a newly developed recipe worthy of center stage on the holiday dessert table.


The warm and inviting colors, textures, and patterns found in this house of the year kitchen by Susan Burns Designs offers holiday cake recipes baking inspiration.


Reflecting on holidays past brings back memories of recipes baked with love and taste traditions.

Crammed between the pages of a beloved cookbook inherited from an aunt is a collection of handwritten recipes cooked, baked, tested, and penned in the kitchen of my paternal grandmother.


Truth in baking disclosure:

The cupboard was bare of mace, and most importantly, what is mace?

Mace is a spice native to Indonesia.  The flavor is sweet and woody reminiscent of nutmeg, however, not quite as sweet. Some describe the taste of mace as a blend of cinnamon and pepper.

Nutmeg stands as the spice I have plenty of, and so 2 teaspoons found its way into the batter.


Grandmother’s Tennessee Pound Cake with Nutmeg


3 cups granulated sugar

3 sticks salted butter

6 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour; sifted

2 teaspoons nutmeg or to taste


Preheat oven to 300° F.  Using a mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar together until mixture reaches a fluffy texture. Add eggs one at a time to creamed butter and sugar.

holiday cake recipesReduce mixer speed to low; slowly add sifted all-purpose flour and nutmeg to wet ingredients.


Using a wooden spoon or cake spatula, spoon batter into greased and floured tube pan.


Bake at 300° F for 1 hour or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Remove cake from tube pan and transfer to cake stand or platter of choice.


Building upon a traditional holiday recipe, this next cake highlights the spices, fruits, and nuts associated with the taste of the holidays.

Wilshire Walnut and Spice Cake


1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

1  teaspoon nutmeg

1  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and chopped

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup golden raisins

1 Tablespoon candied lemon peel




Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease and flour Bundt pan.

Peel and chop apples; sprinkle with lemon juice.


Mix together sugar and oil; add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy.

Add vanilla.

Using a whisk, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves together.

Add dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.


Next, add chopped apples, walnuts, candied lemon peels, coconut, and golden raisins.

Stir until incorporated.


Using a wooden spoon, evenly spoon mixture into a greased and floured Bundt pan.


Bake in 350° F oven for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Meyer lemons are pucker power packed with bright flavor that complements two of my favorite fall spices– nutmeg and cloves.


Candied Lemon Peels


6 lemons

6 cups cold water, divided

1 teaspoon salt, divided

2½ cups sugar


Peel lemons by taking off long thick strips.  In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt, and lemon peels. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, strain mixture and reserve liquid.

Return liquid and lemon peels to pan.  Add in ½ teaspoon salt and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.  Remove pan from heat, strain mixture, and reserve lemon peels.

Add 2 cups water and sugar to pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally  until sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat to low.  Add lemon peels. Gently simmer for 45 minutes being careful not do let the sugar caramelize. Remove from heat and drain.

Place lemon peels onto a piece of parchment paper that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Allow candied lemon peels to dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Store candied peels in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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