I ♥ Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Ideas

Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas get to the heart of the Valentine’s Day dinner, dessert, and design matter.

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Farrow & Ball

Have them seeing red on Valentine’s Day.

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Red makes a Valentine’s Day color love connection.

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Style Me Pretty – Photography by Ramona Keveza

I have become a big fan of the roses in a box presentation.

The price tag that comes with a dozen roses in a box- not so much.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Pick up this bright pink heart-shaped paper gift box by Spritz at Target.  Line the bottom of the box and the inner lid with a heart-shaped paper doily.

Pick up a dozen red roses at one of the many flower tents pitched and perfect for your Valentine’s Day flower needs.

Cut plastic wrap to fit the inside of the box.  Drop in a fresh flower floral foam round disk or cut a square one to fit.  Add water to soak disk.

Cut the rose stems to where the roses rest slightly above the rim of the box.  Pack the roses tight and graduate the height of a select few.

At presentation time, loosely weave pink silk ribbon in a zigzag pattern over the top of the bouquet.

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A Valentine’s Bit of Trivia-

Considered a founding pioneer in the American Valentine’s industry, Esther Allen Howland first introduced Valentine’s Day cards in the United States in 1849.

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Esther Howland

Quite taken with an ornate English Valentine she received at nineteen, Esther Allen Howard replicated a styling of the card using intricate paper lace and floral decoration details.

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The skeleton keys in the above image give me an idea.

decorative skeleton keysK&Company Embellishments Life’s Journey Keys Metal Art

A decorative skeleton key tied with gorgeous silk or vintage floral ribbon becomes a unique you are the key to my heart gift keepsake.

vintage floral ribbon

Vintage Floral Ribbon

Haute Couture Satin Ribbon

Haute Couture Satin Ribbon

Valentine’s Day free printable gift tags from Ann at One Sutton Place.  Click the link to Ann’s blog where you can download these darling Valentine’s Day gift tags.

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Dining in for Valentine’s Day?

This video by Blossom shows instructions for a super easy rose fold.

Here’s a Valentine’s gift from me to you, my  The Power of Love playlist to set the mood.

Dinner, dessert, and Valentine’s Day heart-shaped ideas.

✓ ✓ and ✓.

Did someone say boozy bouquet?

Flowers.

Adult beverage.

I call this a DIY Valentine’s Day winner.

red heart wreathGet to the heart of the Valentine’s Day matter by working with a theme.  In this case, Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas.

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Put some sizzle in your Valentine’s Day grill to thrill dinner with a heart-shaped ribeye steak from HEB.

heart-shaped lasagna

A heart-Shaped lasagna bundt-buon appetito!  Get the recipe from Food Network.

Sourdough Heart RollsKiss the calorie counting goodnight and enjoy sourdough heart shaped rolls from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco.

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Heart-shaped cheeses from Aldi.

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Go fast food gourmet with a heart-shaped tray of Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis.

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Say it with a heart-shaped pizza Valentine Bundle from Pizza Hut.

Metallic Shaped Heart Dinner Plates

Keep the theme going with these metallic heart shaped dinner plates from Party City.

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Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate is in the Valentine’s Day spotlight, and it doesn’t get any better than dark chocolate pudding.

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Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas are just another way to have fun with your Valentine’s Day presentation plans.  The dazzle is in the details, the delicious is in the recipe, the joy is in the sharing, and the  is in this Happy Valentine’s Day post.

 

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His and Her Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

It’s time for a His and Her Valentine’s Day gift guide featuring objects of affection for your object of affection.

Rose Hill Design Studio CalendarRose Hill Designs Studio

Many a thought and heart is zeroed in on February 14th.

Flowers?  Candy?  Dine out or dine in?  Red or White?  What about the gift?

You’ve got gift questions, and I’ve got gift answers.

His and Hers Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together Love Oblong Throw Pillow

These His and Her Valentine’s Day gift ideas offer a variety of how I do love thee gift and price point options for your Valentine’s Day gift giving consideration.

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Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver 10.7mm Stud Earrings

1/2 CT. T.W. Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Sparkling style comes in a variety of price points.

Heart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring EarringHeart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring Earring

Bella Luce® 4.80ctw Diamond Simulant Rhodium Over Silver Heart Hoop Earrings

Bella Luce® 4.80ctw Diamond Simulant Rhodium Over Silver Heart Hoop Earrings

Gioelli Sterling Silver and Gold-plated 8-inch Byzantine Bracelet

Gioelli Byzantine Bracelet

Red Glitter Heart BoxRed Heart Glitter Gift Box

 

EECOO Organizer Case,Portable Jewelry Box Storage Multi-Layer Organizer Case

EECOO Portable Jewelry Box Storage Multi-Layer Organizer Case 

Le Miel Ostrich Embossed 2-Compartment Dome Satchel with Strap- WalletLe Miel Ostrich Embossed 2-Compartment Dome Satchel with Strap & Wallet

Neiman Marcus Ellie Faux-Leather Crossbody bagEllie Faux-Leather Crossbody Bag

Coach Glitter Key Ring Card CaseCoach Glitter Key Ring Card Case

Michael Kors Barbara Marble Zip Around Coin Card CaseMichael Kors Barbara Marble Zip Around Coin Card Case

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St. John’s Bay Quilted Vest

Think pink for spring.

Fun Letter BoardFun Letter Board

I hear it’s the color on trend for 2019.

Tend To It Pink Multi Print Scarf

Tend To It Pink Multi Print Scarf

Dolce Vita Peigi Leopard Print Calf-Hair Sandals

Dolce Vita Peigi Leopard Print Calf-Hair Sandals

 

INDIGO RD. Kicky slip-on sneakerINDIGO RD. Kicky slip-on sneaker

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Rose Vanilla Pillow Mist
Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater Facial Spray
Aerin Linen Rose Eau de Cologne Rollerball

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is a cosmetic classic.  I’ve tried more expensive brands, but for the color choice, phenomenal coverage, and staying power, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick comes in at number one.

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 Champagne on Ice ||  Love That Red  || Luminous Pink
Love Charm

Sonia Kashuk™ Boat Clutch Etched Floral PinkSonia Kashuk™ Boat Clutch Etched Floral Pink

Pop a selection of nudes, reds, and pinks into a chic cosmetic bag, clip on the Love Charm, and pucker up, baby!

Hersheys Kisses Scented Bath Bomb - Raspberry Cream

Hersheys Kisses Scented Bath Bomb – Raspberry Cream

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EPLAZA Red Sexy Lips Land Line Telephone 

Fun meets glam meets whimsy.

The Red Sexy Lips land line telephone says I just called to say I love you in all the right ways.

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Joshua & Sons Men's Quartz Date Strap Watch Set

Joshua & Sons Men’s Quartz Date Strap Watch Set

 

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Mixology Bartender 10-Piece Bar Tool Set with Stylish Bamboo Stand

 

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I like Valentine’s Day cards that become a forever keepsake.  

Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art.

Take a photo of a person, place, pet, or thing of special meaning to your Valentine’s Day gift recipient.

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Perhaps the place where you first met, had your first date, or got married.

Pontchartrain-HotelA shared favorite hotel or bed and breakfast.

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The golf course of his and/or her dreams.

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Complete the keepsake theme with a stylish frame.

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Photo Frames – T.J. Maxx

Collegiate 3 Piece Contour Headcovers

Collegiate 3 Piece Contour Headcovers

T. HARRIS Golf Accessories in a TinT. HARRIS Golf Accessories in a Tin

The Stylish Life: Golf

The Stylish Life: Golf  – Christian Chensvold

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Flowers, music, days and evenings of wine and roses, delectable bites, and sweets for the sweet set the tone, mood, and ambiance to romance.

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Freebird – The Bouqs Co.

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Etta James - At Last (Vinyl)Etta James – At Last (Vinyl)

La la Means I Love You: Definitive CollectionLa la Means I Love You: Definitive Collection

Nostalgic Wood Desktop Jukebox with Built-in Bluetooth and CD Player

Nostalgic Wood Desktop Jukebox with Built-in Bluetooth and CD Player

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Target

Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship

Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship 

Set of 4 Heart Cocottes

Martha Stewart Collection Set of 4 Heart Cocottes

dark chocolate puddingDark Chocolate Pudding – click on link for recipe

Lindor Valentine's Day Assorted Chocolate Truffles

Lindor Valentine’s Day Assorted Chocolate Truffles 

Thoughtful tokens of affection amplify our expressions of love.  I hope this  His and Her Valentine’s Day gift guide gives good gift giving inspiration.

Happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

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Super Bowl Get-Together Ideas

Super Bowl get-together ideas buzz is all around.  Georgia, Atlanta to be specific, is on the mind of many a football fan.  Thousands will watch from home, sports bars, and various party zones.  What team will you be rooting for to become victorious as Super Bowl LIII champions?

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Our beloved Saints were robbed so close.  I’ll leave it right there as this is a mostly a G rated blog.

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How’s this for you’re on your game Saintsational style.

Super Bowl 2019 Tee, Black and Gold Tee, Unisex Football Tee, New Orleans Football Shirt

Super Bowl 2019 New Orleans Football Tee

With the Saints out and my Who Dat enthusiasm diminished, there is still reason to plan and suggest Super Bowl get-together ideas.

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Paperless Post

Our son and his lovely wife will be hosting their first Super Bowl party.  Joining in on the pre-party fun is what drives the Super Bowl excitement down the field to score a win for the movers, shakers and Super Bowl get-together partakers.

Fan favorite fantastic food.

Halftime show performance extravaganzas.

Commercials of advertising gold.

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Anheuser-Busch

The next best thing to being at the Super Bowl live and in person is a quality sound enhanced Super Bowl viewing at home experience.

Samsung - 2.1-Channel 300W Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Wireless Subwoofer - Black

Samsung 2.1 Soundbar with 320W Wireless Sub 

Comfort is the name of the watching the game game.  Comfortable seating options score big points in the comfort zone.

Safavieh Chloe Brown Club ChairSafavieh Chloe Brown Club Chair

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Poly and Bark Vortex Side Chair Walnut LegsPoly and Bark Vortex Side Chair Walnut Legs

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Drew Brees Poster

Should have been in the Super Bowl.

Could have won the Super Bowl.

Would have been a Super Bowl party to beat the jazz band!

I’m just saying.

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My Super Bowl get-together ideas entertaining formula consists of four basic components:

Casual.

Comfortable.

Easy.

Inexpensive.

Defense Football Player

Defense Football Player

The Defense Football Player figure from Hobby Lobby is a great choice centerpiece.  It can be used over and over again which makes it a super affordable Super Bowl centerpiece option.

Coca-Cola in Bottles Double Sided LED Marquee Sign

Coca-Cola in Bottles Double Sided LED Marquee Sign

Coca-Cola, or Coke as everyone in the South calls Coca-Cola, was created by Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886. This Coca-Cola in Bottles double sided LED marquee sign is game day man cave, game room, and Super Bowl LIII approved, y’all.

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Cuttings from nature’s arts and crafts store (your yard) or floral gatherings from the floral department at the local market in glass containers from the dollar store give a big look for a little money return.

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Glitter ball filler, plastic footballs, or crinkle paper shreds in team colors arranged around the base complete the look.

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shreds

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Football Field Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

Scrapbook paper makes great placemats and coasters.

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Footballs Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

You can’t go wrong with items that avoid team colors or logos.   Granted, some Super Bowl get-together items are one-time use winners, but I like to buy some items that easily fit with other occasions and themes.

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Black and white striped popcorn boxes make a good call (unlike a certain referee) for serving popcorn, nuts, and party mixes.

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Black and White Popcorn Boxes

From a drop by the supermarket spread made for good times and gathering friends to a instant pot-slow cooker feast, serving delicious food is the goal.

 

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Soup, and stew, and mac and cheese, oh my!

Slow-Cooker Chicken-Tortilla SoupSlow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup- Country Living
(click on the link for recipe )

INSTANT POT BEEF STEWInstant Pot Beef Stew- Life Made Sweeter 
(click on link for recipe)

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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese- Food Network
(click on link for recipe)

Dip is required Super Bowl party fare.

Super Bread Bowl Dip

Doesn’t this Super Bread Bowl Dip from Delish look good?   The bread bowl is the focus of this recipe, and the how to make instructions for it and the Kale-Artichoke Dip link is here: Super Bread Bowl Dip

I shared this recipe for Cheesy Hot Crab Dip from Valerie’s Kitchen (click on link for recipe) on the Places In The Home Facebook page, and it looks so good I believe an instant replay is in order.

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Pulled pork sandwiches, fried catfish po’boys, pimento cheese sandwiches, and slow cooker bbq wings pair deliciously well with ice cold beverages packing just the right amount of fizz.

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Cheese and Meat Platter 101 – Fix Feast Flair

Three cheers for the charcuterie board.

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Elements 18 inch Wave Edge Acacia Wood Cheese BoardElements 18 inch Wave Edge Acacia Wood Cheese Board

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Football Sugar Cookies from Delish
(click on link for recipe)

Mardi Gras King Cake is the taste of Louisiana and a nod to the New Orleans Saints.

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It’s not a Super Bowl party without Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

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All I can say is WTF.

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The games people play before, during, and after the big game keep the party going.

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Football squares.

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An oldie but a goodie is the guess how many chocolate footballs are in the jar game.

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Palmer Chocolate Footballs 450ct

Whatever works for you works best for your Super Bowl get-together. That’s the winning point of these Super Bowl get-together ideas.

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Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.  We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.  The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.  Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized?  If it is, putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

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Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.  Decluttering is a total body workout.

Kinda.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.  You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.  When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.  You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety (and yes, the guilt), and gives instant visual results.

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Becoming Minimalist

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Coco Chanel offered chic pearls of wisdom when she said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

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I apply Coco Chanel’s stellar advice to the placement of decor accessories and accents in a space.  Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from can add to the appearance and flow of a room.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.   Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.

Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.

If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.

“What if I fall?  Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 
― Erin Hanson

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As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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House Beautiful

I like to mix things up a bit by bringing antique, vintage, and non-traditional decorative storage solutions into the fold.

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Domino

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

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Woven Square Basket Set

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Traditional Home

Woven Seagrass Basket with LeatherWoven Seagrass Basket with Leather

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Airelle Console TableAirelle Console Table

Storage trunks and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.  You not only get a stylish accent but also a decorative storage solution.

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

I love the look of this coffee table/decorative storage piece.

 

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Palm Estates Coffee Table

So coastal chic!

CABINET Schranksysteme AG, GermanyHouzz

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Storage boxes need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Caolan Storage Box - Brown10″ Caolan Storage Box – Brown

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John Derian – Architectural Digest

 

Biltmore-Hats-Stetson-BoxBiltmore Hats Salesman’s Sample Stetson in Box

 

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Limoges France Cognac Adet Porcelain Ashtray

Limoges France “Cognac Adet” Porcelain Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

A vintage dish or valet tray is a handsome holder for his cuff links, change, keys, phone or sunglasses.

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Antique English Mahogany Bookcase

harvest-wire-basketHarvest Wire Storage Basket

Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with HandlesTyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

To complete the look…

Bent Rej Keith Playing the Piano II" - Keith Richards Backstage Copenhagen

Bent Rej “Keith Playing the Piano II” – Keith Richards Backstage, Copenhagen 1965

You’ve Got Mail!

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines), and I still love sending and getting greeting cards through the USPS however, they do tend to stack up.

Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

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Black Wire Wall Letter Basket  ||  Rattique Lidded Wall Mail Holder  ||  Wall Hanging Basket with Leather Strap – Smith & Hawken™

A vintage biscuit barrel finds a new use as a decorative office supplies holder.

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Antique English Oak and Silver Plated Biscuit Barrel

Giving the Dog a Bone

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Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.  Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

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The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

 

Anchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill JarAnchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill Jar

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

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Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill

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Vintage pitchers make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

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Kathy Ireland – House Beautiful

SMALL ASSORTED BEECHWOOD SPOONS (SET OF 6)

McGee & Co. 

Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack1

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

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Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

 

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks 

gabrielle-system-hanging-utility-basketGabrielle System Hanging Utility Basket

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Alphabet hooks from Pottery Barn spell out organization.

Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Boxer coat hookBoxer Wall Hook

Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

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Regal Style: Crown Home Decor

While working on content for an upcoming post, I found it necessary to head over to the bookmark manager.  Information overload is the driver of my “where did I see that” moments.

Enter the bookmark manager.

While scanning the manager, I style spotted the article “Inside Tara Shaw’s Breathtaking—and Very European—New Orleans Home” from One Kings Lane.  Immediately I remembered the wooden crown sculpture and bed crown home decor pieces prominently featured in several of the images in the article.

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Bookmarked under inspiration, the New Orleans home of Interior Designer and Antiques dealer Tara Shaw is an interior design and decorating love letter to the signature interiors befitting the European influence witnessed throughout the Crescent City.

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Serene colors create a nuanced backdrop, one in which contemporary furnishings, unique antique pieces, and crown home decor strike a balance between elegant and livable.

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Côté Maison

Gilded pleasures is the term that best defines my fancy for crown home decor sculptures and accessories bedecked in shades of gold.

gold-crown-accentAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gilded (also called gilt) refers to the gold appearance or illusion achieved when covering a surface such as wood, metal, porcelain or stone with a thin layer of gold.  Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.

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Ebanista

As you might expect, I equate crown themed home decor pieces with the city of New Orleans.  The French and Spanish influence is displayed in the architecture, regional cuisine, and pageantry of the royal courts of the Mardi Gras krewes.

Rayne Marie Paintings

The 2019 Mardi Gras season is in full party and entertaining swing.    Although these crown embellished dessert plates are not actually gold or gilded, they  do accomplish the style mission of serving grand and regal style.

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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Crown ornaments in gilded tones paired with velvet ribbon is all that’s needed to create unique napkin rings.  Several Christmases back I did this with small oval framed prints, and I was quite pleased with the results.

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

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Crown Christmas Ornaments

Gorgeous color options abound in the selection of velvet ribbon from EAB Designs.

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Olive Velvet Ribbon – EAB Designs

My absolute favorite Mardi Gras accessories for table and toasts come from Alexa Pulitzer.  The Kissing Gators place card features a couple of Louisiana’s favorite swamp dwellers wearing gold crowns in regal glory.

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Alexa Pulitzer

From muted tones to gaudy gold gilt overload, crown home decor accessories reign decoratively supreme over the space they grace.

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Veranda

An antique wooden crown sculpture from a church in France becomes a regal focal point.

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Antique Shops & Designers Magazine

Crown Wall Décor - Gold - 3R Studios

Crown Wall Décor – Gold – 3R Studios

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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This Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest brings a stately presence.  The beauty is in the details, and the chamfered legs, crown detail, turned feet, and decorative solid brass hardware create a regal presence.

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Be still my heart!

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

I am searching high and low for the perfect space and spot to put the Colten crown wall shelf.

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Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

There’s bed crowns and then there’s bed crowns.

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier Metal in Antique Gold (8-Light)

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier 

 

Vintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light FixtureVintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light Fixture

 

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Crown Chandelier in Gold

Gold Crown Hanging Pendant LightGold Crown Hanging Pendant Light

 

Crown Renaissance Wall Plates Crown Renaissance Wall Plates

 

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

 

Royal Crown Wall Mirror

Royal Crown Mirror

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I purchased several of these decorative crown sculptures for Mardi Gras inventory at Hopefully Classic, and I was smart enough to pull one back for myself.

Crown Themed Home Decor

It continues to be an essential part of my Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Easter decorating schemes.

gold-crown-cake-topperThe Queen of Crowns

Would you consider a crown cake topper crown home decor?

We entertain family and friends in our homes.

We tend to pull out all the stops to wow and impress.

I believe that’s a yes.

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These crown cake toppers from The Queen of Crowns are cake topper crown jewels.

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The Queen of Crowns

A special occasion cake calls for distinctive embellishments, and a crown cake topper makes a magnificent choice.

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Atelier de Campagne

The hand carved 3 piece wood candlestick set by One Allium Way as well as the Montfort 2-light wall sconce combine elements of European design style with crowned sophistication.

crown candle holdersHandcarved 3 Piece Wood Candlestick Set by One Allium Way

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

The purpose of home decor pieces is to enhance the spaces they furnish and adorn.  Crown home decor pieces, accessories, and accents impressively accomplish just this.

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Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.

Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next.  Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend is over and done with.

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

In the Kitchen

Butcher block countertops.

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Design Sponge

Pecky cypress finishes.

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DecorPad

Out with the square footage hog better known as the kitchen island.  Floor space is the hottest commodity in the kitchen workspace, and the kitchen island can take up quite a lot of it.

Personally, I like the proven functionality of the kitchen island, but have been known to curse its cumbersome existence at times.

In with the on wheels movable stations or serving pieces.

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Custom and period style hardware.

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Westward Foundry

I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic. 

black kitchen cabinets

Portuondo Perotti Architects

Black is timeless, elegant, and on trend in kitchen style for 2019.

a touch of black

Rich greens and deep blues will strike a color trend chord, creating a space that is intimate, cozy, and inviting.

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deVol

Open shelving is the trend that keeps on giving a stylish and curated look.

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Elle Decor

Antiques

The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end.  Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement.  The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.

antiques-modern-mix-dining-roomSouthern Home Magazine

Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019.   Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space.  Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.

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Houzz

 

Savannah Acrylic Coffee Table

Savannah Coffee Table

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In These Modern Times

American modern, mid-century modern, and Art Deco will fabulously fit in with the movement toward elegance.

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Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Let me to reiterate: the mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh, custom, and relevant result.

modern-antiques-accentsMr Brown London

Bold Walls

Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year.  Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.

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I do believe an interior design decorating trend is afoot.

Color. Texture. Pattern.

Rita KonigRita Konig

Pink is coming in on trend as well as the jewel tones that complement.

Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 

pink facade

Architectural Digest

Adding texture to the walls, floors, countertops, cabinetry, spaces and places in the home is on the mind and the searches of Pinterest users.  Searches for ‘textile art’ climbed by 1,178 percent.

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Visual texture takes the decorating lead with woven fabrics and textured wallpapers at pattern play.

textured wallpapers Inside Wallpaper

Warm colors.

Holiday House

One Kings Lane

Metals continue to create a buzz.  Vintage tin, pewter and gunmetal accents top the searches across social sites.

tin-ceiling

Houzz

Comfort in Style

The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind.  Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.

A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.

Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?

Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.

The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential.  I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.

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Happy New Year 2019

Ringing out the old year and ringing in Happy New Year 2019 in style with a performance of Auld Lang Syne by the legendary Rod Stewart.

Talk about classic style!

Robert Burns’ Scottish poem written in 1788 and set to a Scots folk melody, Auld Lang Syne is the traditional musical ode to New Year recollecting events over the year, thoughts of old friendships, nostalgia, old times, and days gone by.

As seen in the video, the long standing Scottish tradition is to sing Auld Lang Syne just before the stroke of midnight with everyone sitting or standing in a circle holding hands, arms crossed so their left hand is holding the hand of the person on their right, and their right hand that of the person to their left.

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians popularized Auld Lang Syne as it became the traditional song of New Year played immediately after the ball drop in Times Square.

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My sister-in-law, a staunch New Year’s traditionalist, rings in the New Year with a Happy New Year phone call to us complete with Guy Lombardo’s version of Auld Lang Syne playing in the background.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and never brought to mind? 
Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

Dave and I wish each of you a very Happy New Year 2019!

May New Year 2019 bring you joy, health, blessings, happiness, good fortune, inspired projects, and beautiful surroundings.

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Merry Christmas 2018

Dave and I wish each of you a bright, blessed and Merry Christmas 2018.

Merry Christmas 2018

May you enjoy the beauty of Christmas in the presence of love, joyous occasion, bountiful blessings, delicious delights, and spectacular style.

We consider it an honor that you choose to spend time at Places In The Home, and we send you love from our home to yours.

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