Affordable All-Around Kitchen Hacks

Affordable all-around kitchen hacks offer budget-friendly design, decorating, and storage options to take your kitchen from bland to brilliant.

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Just when I think my design and decorating mojo is in post holiday/new year limbo, along comes an awe-inspiring photo and I’m back ready to show and tell.

This Nicole Franzen photo with styling by Kate Berry is featured in the Domino article, 13 Reno Budget Hacks, Straight From Leanne Ford.

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Domino – Photography by Nicole Franzen – Styling by Kate Berry

One recent Places In The Home analytics report showed an increase in traffic towards a 2013 blog post, Color Combination Pink and Brown.

Trends and tastes come and go and ebb and flow, but a visually engaging color combination becomes a lasting favorite.

So you can see why the above kitchen space instantly caught my eye.

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Color plays a pivotal role in the world of design and decorating.

An interesting tidbit of color trend information comes from the CB2 Trend Report 2021.

Designers (62% of those surveyed) predict mineral-inspired shades will be the colors of choice in 2021.

Mercury.

Olivine.

Ochre.

Clay.

Give the latter two a big thumbs-up.

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If you don’t like it, change it to the best of your design, decorating, and budget hacks ability.

Speaking of liking…

I like the part of the post that features in the style of decor accents.

Wauseon Power Loom Brown/Pink/Beige Rug

Wauseon Power Loom Brown/Pink/Beige Rug

22 Wall Mirror with Decorative Handle Gold - Patton Wall Decor

22″ Wall Mirror with Decorative Handle Gold – Patton Wall Decor

Art in the kitchen is always an on-trend option, and this color and subject is 0n-trend for 2021.

Mixed Faces Abstract Canvas Art Print

Mixed Faces Abstract Canvas Art Print

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Flower 8 oz. Glass Goblet (Set of 6)

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Pour Me Extra-Large Mixing Bowl

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Mastering The Art Of French Cooking

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Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale

Measuring and mixing in vintage style never looked so good when keeping house with current wares.

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Washington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall

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Bergamot 6 Piece Ceramic Mixing Bowl Set

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Full Moon Clay Vase

Pink and green is another wonderful color combination, and with spring soon to be, this take on a classic color and pattern makes a lovely addition to kitchen shelf and table alike.

The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 3-Piece Dinnerware Set, Jade

The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 3-Piece Dinnerware Set, Jade

Realizing I spend waaay too much time washing dishes, I figure I might as well ring some type of enjoyment out of this seemingly endless routine.

Everspring dish soaps

Everspring Dish Soaps

Now that we’ve addressed colorful, workable, and affordable kitchen accessories that perform and complement, let’s talk the customize optimize combination.

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Working off the assumption you’re working with a basic white range, consider customizing it to suit your space and style.

Customize = Optimize

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The Nostalgie Series Freestanding Dual Fuel Range by ILVE in color combination white/brass is one good looking range that guides this next in the style of budget hack.

Nostalgie Series Freestanding Dual Fuel Range See More by ILVE

Nostalgie Series Freestanding Dual Fuel Range See More by ILVE

If the four figure price tag is out of your range (get it?), consider a refresh via spray paint.

Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Interior Exterior Metallic Spray Paint and Primer in 1

I call this the priming stage.

Remove the knobs from stove.  Wash the knobs in a warm water mixture of several drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid and a generous pour of white vinegar.  Rinse well with warm water and allow knobs to dry completely.

Holding the spray paint can approximately eight (8) inches from knob, apply spray paint in a back-and-forth motion in even layers.  I like to suggest applying two to three (2-3) coats of spray paint.  For a smooth polished finish, it is crucial you allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

What about range knobs with markings?

The first step is to take out your phone, device, or point and shoot camera and take a photo of the knob(s).  If a photo is not an option, draw out a template of the knob and settings placement.

After painting, use a black Sharpie to remark.

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Now comes the oven door handle.

I’ve got a paint in place option and a remove the handle and paint tutorial.

For those of you who don’t want to fool with removing the oven handle, here’s your how-to.

Wear a mask (you should have plenty of practice with this 😄) and adequately ventilate the area by opening a window or door.

Tape off the areas above and below the handle using painter’s tape and proceed to spray paint the handle while in place.

ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter's Tape

For those of you who prefer to remove the handle, here’s the how-to.

Open the oven door and locate the screws on the top edge.  Using a screwdriver, remove each screw and set aside.  There’s a front and a back side to the panel.  You’ll want to lift the back panel of the door up to remove.

Using a nut driver, remove the two nuts on the inside of the door holding the handle in place; usually located on each side of oven door.  Remove the door handle.

Holding the spray paint can approximately eight (8) inches from the handle, apply spray paint in a back-and-forth motion in even layers.  Apply two to three (2-3) coats of spray paint, allowing handle to dry completely before applying the next coat.

Once the handle is completely dry, put back into place by lining up handle into the holes, placing nuts on each end, and tightening the nuts with the nut driver.

Bring door panels back together, line up with openings, insert nuts/screws and tighten.

Ta-da!

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I believe all this show and tell about affordable all-around kitchen hacks is inspiring me to bring about a bit of change to the Places In The Home kitchen.

New year, new pulls.

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Braydon Studio Center to Center Appliance Pull

Instant doesn’t always guarantee a fruitful result, but in the case of installing new cabinet hardware I can almost guarantee instant visual upgrade success.

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Domino – Photography by Studio McGee

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Gray kitchen cabinets with brass hardware Mike Stevens Homes

Mike Stevens Homes, Inc. – Photo by Bruce McCamish

There’s more than one way to impress the eye when creating storage solutions in the kitchen.

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Southern Living Magazine – Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Absolutely loving the light oak gateleg table.

Finding one exactly like it proved unsuccessful, but here’s two suitable options for your kitchen decor consideration.

Larue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining Table

Larue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining Table

This English oak Barley Twist drop leaf table found at Gallery Auctions is in the dark finish so many gate leg tables traditionally come in.

The fantastic going once, going twice, sold! price on this table makes it all the more easy to fall in love with the darker finish.

English Oak Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

Does your kitchen design lack sufficient cabinet and storage space?

There’s a hack for that.

5 Shelf Bookcase - Room Essentials™

5 Shelf Bookcase – Room Essentials™

Stake out an area of a wall and introduce an inexpensive bookcase or bookcase unit.

Begin by anchoring the unit(s) to the wall with an anti-tip kit.

Once everything is good and secure, the next step is to give an otherwise plain and rather utilitarian bookcase the custom treatment by dressing it out in a smart paint color and on-trend accessories.

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Sherwin-Williams
Shoji White SW 7042  ||  Rushing River SW 7746  ||  Anonymous SW 7046 

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 Glidden High Endurance Plus Interior Paint and Primer

Add molding and/or appliques.

How about plug-in swing arm lights?

Mattia 2 - Light Dimmable Plug-In Swing Arm

Mattia 2 – Light Dimmable Plug-In Swing Arm

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional options for kitchen storage, just as there’s something very right about choosing a unique piece to bring visual lagniappe to the mix.

Gorgeous is as gorgeous stores.

In your antiques, vintage, and estate sale shopping, keep an eye out for bookcase or hutch with a bottom half that’s seen better days and a top half that’s completely salvageable.

A good eye sees past functional obsolescence, immediately  zooming in on the tremendous project opportunity found in otherwise overlooked redo-refine-repurpose pieces.

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     RemodelistaAnthony EstevesPhotography by Greta Rybus

If wall space is limited or any extra space for that matter is not to be, let there be hooks.

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Options rich in variety, visual interest, form, and function enters into the kitchen storage grand scheme of things.

Affordable just happens to be a budget friendly bonus.

Now it’s time to stack and store in style.

Bee & Willow Milbrook Small Canister in White

Bee & Willow Home

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Farmhouse Pottery Trunk Vases

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H&M

stoneware pitcher gray Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Stoneware Pitcher Gray – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

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H&M

Designer Jeremiah Brent’s eye for attention to function, design, and detail proves 20/20 perfection in regards to this super chic choice of open shelving.

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Architectural Digest

Start with a set or two of floating wall shelves.

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Modern Floating 2 Piece Wall Shelf Set (Set of 2)

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Modern Floating 2 Piece Wall Shelf Set (Set of 2) in Black

Cover the front and sides with vinyl self adhesive peel and stick metallic shelf liner to create a polished modern look.

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On the subject of peel and stick stylish and affordable kitchen hacks, wall decals and/or wallpaper easily become a choice material for a kitchen backsplash.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by John Bessler

The wall area behind a stove or sink is prime focal point real estate for this application.

Seabrook Designs Vespucci Map Tan & Gold Wallpaper

Seabrook Designs Vespucci Map Tan & Gold Wallpaper

Blue Azulejos Kitchen Panel Wall Decal

Blue Azulejos Kitchen Panel Wall Decal

What got this backsplash show and tell started was this farmhouse butler’s pantry redo by Cathy and Garrett Poshusta of The Grit and Polish and their rather impressive side-mounted sink placement choice.

Gorgeous, n’est-ce pas?

In real estate and renovation, it’s all about location, location, location.

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The renovator used a scrap piece of marble for the backsplash, cutting the curved design himself.

My skills do not include this talent, but I can source the faucet with the best of them.

Concord 2-Handle Wall-Mount Standard Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Brass

Concord 2-Handle Wall-Mount Standard Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Brass

These two fixtures are from my personal inventory.

eBay crystal chandelier

The iron and crystal chandelier an eBay find, the bamboo chandelier an estate sale treasure.

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For approximately $150 all in including the fixtures, two rewires, aesthetic adjustments, a couple of coats of paint, and clear coat applications, two new to me custom chandeliers replaced two drab and outdated fixtures long past their prime style days.

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Think outside the box when it comes to a particular area in the kitchen.

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I don’t know what’s more of a showstopper- the collection of ironstone or the pantry doors made from louvered arched wood shutters.

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 Atchison Home 

Antique auctions are known treasure troves of goodies.

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Gallery Auctions

Gallery Auctions in Houston, Texas is a personal favorite auction offering in person and online bidding.

This pair of French Louis XV style armoire doors in Cherry (50″ X 71″) sold at Gallery Auctions (our favorite) for $90.00.

Talk about a unique choice of pantry door.

Pair French Louis XV Style Armoire Doors in Cherry

Pair French Louis XV Style Armoire Doors in Cherry

March arrived today, and with its arrival comes spring project ideas.

Several of these kitchen hacks will see the light of day, and the treasure hunt for the unique, the stylish, the classic, and the affordable to pull it all together is highly anticipated.

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Snow Storms Issues

Snow storms issues are not this homeowner’s idea of fun.

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Granted, we don’t see snow, sleet, and ice in the Deep South very often, and I’m beginning to be thankful we don’t.

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When you get all three X 2 for several days in a row dread and worry sets in.

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It’s hard to see the beauty in winter’s calling card when power outages, water shortages, boil advisories, leaking roofs, and bursting pipes come with it.

Snow Storms Issues

Our crepe myrtles took a beating, and the Sago palm is currently a super funky shade of wheat brown.

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Dripping water to prevent the pipes from bursting (they did) and then being under a water conservation and boil advisory for five days is a physically and mentally draining experience.

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Sago

Shrubs, bushes, and trees green and doing their seasonal bloom thing now are brown, weathered, and damaged.

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On the good news front, the water conservation and boil advisory lifted this morning.

Oh, and we were able to get the second dose of the Covid 19 vaccine that had to be postponed due to the storms.

Light at the end of a very dark and troubling tunnel.

Snow storms issues dominate my time this week, but I’ll be back with you next week discussing design and decorating this and that.

Have a lovely rest of the week, and I’ll talk to you soon.

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Copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

This recipe is a copycat of a copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight pie.

Piccadilly Cafeteria came to our little town in 1967.

Quickly taking its place as the big dog restaurant on the block, Piccadilly has been the one word answer to the what and/or where do you want to eat for dinner question asked what seems a gazillion times over all these years.

A recent walk down memory lane conversation began with Dave and I naming our favorite dishes and desserts that sadly are no longer on the menu at Piccadilly.

Southern fried chicken so crisp you could hear the crunch clear across the rows of booths and tables.

Cinnamon crusted egg custard served in dark green pottery custard cups.

 Pair of Hall China Custard Cups

Pair of Hall China Custard Cups

A slice of pie so pecan packed with dessert goodness that it made a lasting impression, the one and only Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie.

Our conversation stirred up memories and this copycat recipe of a copycat recipe for Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie.

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Copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

Ingredients

3 egg whites

1 cup white sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking powder

30  Ritz crackers

1½  cup chopped pecans

1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.

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Add pecans and Ritz crackers in small batches to food processor bowl.

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Pulse several times until pecans and Ritz crackers reach a fine crush/chop.

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Beat egg whites until slightly stiff.

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Add to that the sugar, vanilla, baking powder, crushed and chopped Ritz crackers and  pecans.

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Using a wooden spoon, mix ingredients together until incorporated.

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Spoon mixture into prepared pie plate.

Copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie in pie pan

Bake at 350 degrees F  for 25 minutes.

Copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie without whipped topping

Allow the pie to cool to room temperature.

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Spread whipped topping over the top of the pie; cover to desired thickness.

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Refrigerate pie for at least 2 hours before serving.

Copycat Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

The pie is packed firm with pecan goodness, and is not too sweet- perhaps a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert choice.

Enjoy!

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Fetching Friday: Distinctive Style and Taste

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on distinctive style and taste.

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Studio Peregalli – Architectural Digest

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Miles Redd – Veranda

Mark D. Sikes – Veranda

Shrimp Malacca with Rice photo by Paul-Costello

Julia Reed – Southern Living Magazine- Photo by Paul Costello

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Bunny Williams – Photo by Reid Rolls

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Tara Shaw -Photography by Peter Vitale

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

I hope you have enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring the distinctive style and taste of an impressive array of designs and designers.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Game Plan

With love in mind and ample time to order, this Valentine’s Day gifts game plan gets to the heart of the matter.

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Handwriting bracelet

Handwriting Bracelet

Unique jewelry pieces quickly become treasured keepsakes.

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I this card!

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Etsy

Mask up in matching masks in spread the love, not the germs fashion for a safe and fun evening out.

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If dining out isn’t an option, fret not.

Dining in is in.

Valentine's Day Mini Heart Shaped Ramekin

Valentine’s Day Mini Heart Shaped Ramekins

With a little imagination and these super cute Valentine’s Day themed kitchen and tablewares, your visually delicious table awaits.

Valentine's Day Ceramic Cocotte with Lid

Valentine’s Day Ceramic Cocotte with Lid

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Valentine's Day 4 pk Heart Shaped Plates

Valentine’s Day 4 pk Heart Shaped Plates

Countryside or inside by the fire, how about a picnic lunch or dinner packed for two?

Heart-Shaped Basket Picnic

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Recreate this beloved scene right out of Sense and Sensibility or one from your favorite romantic film.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets - by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – by William Shakespeare

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Options grant the giver leeway to reinterpret and build upon traditional Valentine’s Day favorites.

Lavender Heart Wreath

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Decorative boxes and vases enhance the presentation as well as complement floral bouquets purchased from your local grocery store floral department.

Vintage Ming Jar Pine Motif

Vintage Ming Jar Pine Motif

Sacred Heart, Milagro Heart, Large Gold Heart Box, Catholic Heart, Prayer Box

Large Gold Heart Shaped Milagro Box

Large Gold Heart Shaped Milagro Box

Kate Spade New York Lips Notecard Set

Kate Spade New York Lips Notecard Set

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Heart Tabletop Trinket Tray by Ashland®

Heart Tabletop Trinket Tray by Ashland®

Stamps and stickers will find a home in this Heart Shaped Tabletop Trinket Tray.

Valentine's Day beauty for her

Beauty at Target

Hearts.

Roses.

Pink.

Red.

Gorgeous.

Beauty for your Valentine.

Pink Scribble Valentine Pillow

Pink Scribble Valentine Pillow

Greeting cards are lovely, but why not say it with a decorative throw pillows?

i love us throw pillow

Cozy up.

Plush Valentine’s Day Mini Hearts Throw Cream Blush

Plush Valentine’s Day Mini Hearts Throw Cream Blush

15oz Stoneware Hello Gorgeous Stackable Mug PinkGold - Threshold™

Hello Gorgeous Stackable Mug- Threshold™

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Pretty comes in pairs.

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H&M

Valentine's Day diamond stud earrings

Effy Sterling Silver and Diamond Stud Earrings
14K Yellow Gold & 0.07 TCW Diamond Stud Earrings

When I spotted this double heart necklace I immediately thought it would make a wonderful mother to daughter Valentine’s Day gift.

Womens Genuine Diamond 14K Rose Gold Over Silver Sterling Silver Heart

Womens Genuine Diamond 14K Rose Gold Over Silver Sterling Silver Heart

Bulova 98X123 Men's and Ladies Stainless Diamond Accent Black Dial Bracelet Watch Boxed Gift Set - Two-Tone

Bulova 98X123 Men’s and Ladies Stainless Diamond Accent Black Dial Bracelet Watch Boxed Gift Set 

Personalised Foiled Apple Air Pod Head Phone Leather Case

Personalized Foiled Apple Air Pod Head Phone Leather Case

Azio Retro Wireless Keyboard, Compact, Elwood

Azio Retro Wireless Keyboard, Compact, Elwood

Heart shaped gift box one Valentine’s day, heart shaped decor accent-jewelry dish holder-desk accessory the next.

Fully Stained Solid Wood Heart Shaped Box

Fully Stained Solid Wood Heart Shaped Box

Sheepskin Wrap Slippers With Closed Back

Sheepskin Wrap Slippers With Closed Back

Rolling Stones sock box set (1) Rolling Stones Sock Box Set of 3 -Pack

His and hers.

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The Office Downsizing Board Game

all black playing cards

All Black Playing Cards

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Galison – Michael Storrings Spring on Park Avenue 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Victrola VSG-160 Wood and Chrome Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones

Victrola VSG-160 Wood and Chrome Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones

Made in Italy A5 Leather Wrap Journal

Made in Italy A5 Leather Wrap Journal

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Sagebrook Home Golf Figurine

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

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Sweet and saucy.

You're Dynamite Valentine's Hot Sauce Gift Set

You’re Dynamite Valentine’s Hot Sauce Gift Set

Quadripod 26 in. Round Fire Pit

Quadripod 26 in. Round Fire Pit

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift SetScotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

I hope this Valentine’s Day gifts game plan proves helpful in the pursuit of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

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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.

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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

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.

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House & Garden – Photo by Nicole Franzen 

Hello, dark blue kitchens.

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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.

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HGTV

Old-World Charm

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

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MyDomaine

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

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House & Home- Designer Mikel Welch-Photographer John Bessler

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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.

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Architectural Digest

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Gold Accents

Gold accents will forever be on trend.

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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

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Jay Wilde

Houseplants

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

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Lonny Magazine

Mudroom designed by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group

Copper Cookware

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Flickr

Culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.

Suffolk kitchen

Neptune

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.

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House Beautiful

Neutrals

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

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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.

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House & Garden

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Studio McGee

Dark Hues

Moody.

Dramatic.

Dynamite look.

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Domino

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Mushroom Lamps

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

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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.

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Wallpaper

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

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House & Garden

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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!

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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.

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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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