Enlightening Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part.  Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies.  In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet.  I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current.  Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date.  I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.

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The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping.  Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy.  In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on.  Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.

Pop-up_flea-market,_ParisPop-up Flea Market ~ Paris

I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…

Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.

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Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space.  A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise.  For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Flea  Fort Greene  ~  Pinterest

Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage.  Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game.  I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too.  It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.

It’s basically an in the moment call.

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Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room.  Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:

My mother:  “Sister, what is WTF?”

Me:  “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”

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It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means.  Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part.  Funny, but irresponsible.

Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”

I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does.  I asked.

Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”

My mother:  “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF.  The woman asked her daughter what WTF means.  “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.

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Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris.  Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter.  The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”

Me:  Well, now you know.

We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading.  I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection.  A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood.  As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.

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Vacation Observations and Treasures Show and Tell

As promised, here is part two of what I did on my summer statecation otherwise titled Vacation Observations and Treasures Show and Tell.  My blogging routine is suffering from a case of the I’m ready for summer to be over and fall to get here slowdown blues.  Taking time to hunt and gather images, ideas and inspiring notes of design and decorating interest for fall and home for the holidays sharing benefits both author and reader. It’s gonna be good!

Summer whispers into the ear of the normal day-to-day routine let’s blow this gig.  You’ve got places to go, people to see, ideas to develop.  Summer didn’t have to tell me twice it was time to book a five day statecation to the Shreveport/Bossier City area.  Antiquing and vintage shopping is a big part of the vacation equation, and traveling by car makes it super easy to load that baby up with finds, treasures and home goods.  My must shop list includes Dillard’s, Belk, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.  For good while we’re here measure I threw in a let’s stop by the new Whole Foods Market Shreveport.  Try, try as I may to figure out what the whole Whole Foods hullabaloo is all about, I don’t get it.  Take it away, Josh Baskin.

Perusing the East 70th Street retail and restaurant offerings, I noticed a peppering of construction crews and roll offs.  Curiosity leads inquiring minds to need to know info.   Look what’s coming to Shreveport.

At Home

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Home Goods

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La Madeleine

la-madeleineShreveport has hit the all things house that make a home jackpot.  I am decorating and dining happy.  Happy to

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and beyond!  I do love a good game of wordplay.

architectural-detailsOur Home away from Home- Horseshoe Bossier City

One up way too early for a vacation day coffee call served up one what do you want to do today round table discussion.  Antiquing it is.  Wifi connected us to six shops of interest and roads to follow.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #1

Change is the only constant in today’s antiques marketplace.  When Dave and I were actively “in the biz,” the proprietor of the antique mall we were in required dealer inventory consist of at least 80% antiques with an allowance for 20% vintage collectibles.  An antique by law is an item at least 100 years old.  Vintage collectible refers to an item at least 50 years old.   We advertised as an antiques shop, and the inventory reflected that.   Assuming (you know what they say about assuming) all antique shops adhere to the same truth in advertising rule, when the sign says antiques I brake for antiques.  On the other hand, if a shop’s name has the word or words curiosity, vintage, thrift, trading, collectibles, junque or consignment in it I know what’s in store.  Out of the six antiques shops visited, only three fit the bill.  Two featured vintage finds and curiosities, and one is nothing more but a shadow of its former antique mall glory.

ironstoneTreasures Show and Tell  Observation #2

It dawned on me after viewing booth after booth of painted pieces that I have an issue with the trend that in my opinion has stayed too long at the party.  It’s a disgrace when an item is touted as an authentic painted piece picked and plucked from an old farmhouse, feed, hardware or general store when in truth it is fresh off the chalk paint, font and Pinterest bandwagon.  Many an unsuspecting and trusting customer gets duped by this practice, and I think it is absolutely shameful.  Buyer beware.

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Good advice and odd artwork caught my attention.

Treasures Show and Tell

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Dave the Builder, always clever in his delivery, exclaimed for sale as in fore sale! upon the sighting of this Louis Vuitton golf bag.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #3

I’m kicking myself for not buy this St Francis garden statue.  The best time to buy an antique, collectible, vintage treasure or in the case concrete garden statue is when you see it.

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Restaurant china creamers and syrup pitchers are my collecting thing, and when priced under $5 call these sold!

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A small print and a steamboat saucer rounded out my big haul.

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Treasures Show and Tell Observation #4

Small finds can make big impacts in the grand decorating and color scheme of things.

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Our summer statecation is in the rear view mirror, and I’m already checking rates and availability for a quick late fall getaway.  In the meantime it’s back to work, decorating ideas and the holidays are right around the corner plans.  In blog housekeeping news, I am currently in the middle of attempting to migrate my existing site to a new and improved cPanel hosting platform.  This, my friends, should be good. Technical blah, blah, blah but necessary to keep things up to speed.  I’m about to lose my mind and my religion over this, but I’m determined to do this.  If I don’t break the site, Places In The Home will be back up running and loading lightening fast next week.  Have a lovely rest of the week.

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Curated Style Comes Home: Signature Style Home Decor Pieces

In this companion piece to Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District, we’ll look at interiors of homes in the New Orleans Garden District and selected signature style home decor pieces that exemplify the look.  Creative leeway, contrast, and brilliant juxtaposition work in unison with signature style home decor pieces at varying price points to represent the decorating styles expressly associated with period homes and signature NOLA style.

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Rivers Spencer Interiors

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Vintage Bombe Chest

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Chateau Trumeau Mirror from Hickory Manor House

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18th Century Painted Trumeau

When I take a visual inventory of the curated style in my own home and the home decor pieces featured in this post, I’m reminded of the spaghetti sauce ad from campaigns past that proclaims, “it’s in there!”

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Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt ~ Pinterest

Big impact comes in small accent table packages.  We like to use the term spot accessory.

Spot chair.

Spot table.

Spot the fabulous contrast piece.

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ONE- Amelia End Table ||  TWO- Engenue Antique Mirror Side Table    THREE- Culpepper End Table  ||  FOUR-Bambusea Side Table

The accent table is perhaps the most genius of of home decor pieces.  A contemporary spot piece such as a small gold accent table(s) elegantly lends a modern twist to a predominately classic interior.  These are just a sampling of the many styles and finishes available at varying price points in the home decor market.

gold leaf antique mirrorClassic Wreath Gold Leaf Antique Reproduction Mirror 

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The Cottage Journal

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From House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart with Photos by Sara Essex Bradley
 

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Ebanista setteeMontmartre Settee by Ebanista

If you are fortunate enough to have access to the wonderful world of antiques stores, auctions and flea markets, keep an eye out for a diamond in the rough settee.  A stunning French settee at an equally stunning price reupholstered in the designer fabric of your choice could become a custom focal point piece to DIY for.

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Louis XVI Carved Giltwood and Aubusson   ~   Fabrics from Inside Fabric

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Versailles 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

4 light crystal chandelierQuoizel Signature 4 Light 18″ Wide Mini Chandelier with Crystal Accents

Empire crystal chandelier

Empire 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

Ceiling Medallions

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Heritage Landing Faux Silk Lined Drape Pair

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 Dupioni Silk Drape in Pewter

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Hickory Manor House Decorative Drapery Hardware

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Corbett Chest by Century Furniture

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Hand Painted Distressed Cream and Gold Finish Accent Chest

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19th-C. European Keys w/ Tassels

New Orleans interior designer Valorie Hart notes in a recent post on The Visual Vamp that silk drapes continue to be a popular choice with decoristas in New Orleans while the color orange remains a top color preference for draperies.

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A look-see of this decorating show and tell counted as the second time in one day my decorating eye crossed paths with orange drapes- reason enough to give a second thought to changing the color of the drapes in the den.

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Antiques, lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, decorative objects d’art, ornamental accents, chandeliers dripping in crystal prisms, decorative mirrors and frames scrolled in gold leaf- the New Orleans influence comes home through signature style home decor pieces.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Our latest eBay search for project materials brought forth open tabs and mounds, let me look at this one thing patience, and a DIY recipe for Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub.  More on that point later in the post. Dave the Builder is not used to with unorthodox way of treasure hunting.  Assuring Dave I am able to walk and chew gum at the same time, I jumped around the pages of eBay with expert keyboard precision.  As Dave measured and mulled his decisions, I searched and made a decision of my “own” to click Buy It Now on this darling vintage pottery creamer. 

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Pattern, texture and color guide the selection process of interior design, decorating and home decor accents and accessories. Take as an example the PTC value of this creamer.  The pattern is unique as far as corn pottery patterns go, the texture is raised in matte perfection, and the color trio of pink, green and worn over time white blend together to create subtle soft tones.  Add to the mix the vivid childhood memory of a similar creamer my Mother once owned and a curiosity piece match made in collectibles heaven.

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Presentation and placement is key when selling an item. Stores know it, sites know it, and decoristas know it.  It’s the package that sells the product, and the placement that delivers the decorative oomph.

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Home decor accessories and accents placed in unexpected spaces and used in unusual ways make for the most interesting conversation pieces.

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I am constantly arranging and rearranging smalls to create vignettes and focal point displays. The quickest way to combat decorative complacency is to design and decorate outside the lines.  A vintage creamer is repurposed as a cosmetic caddy, a porcelain bone dish finds new life as a jewelry holder, and an antique silver powder jar becomes a Mother’s Day gift filled with the latest recipe from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub is a pampered treat perfectly timed for the summer mani and sandal pedi season.  It is also a wonderful foot scrub! Coconut oil is all the beauty rage, and is well represented in this homemade scrub for its softening ability.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water. Apply the citrus sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. Complete the at home spa experience by applying your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

For the feet:

Soak feet in warm water for approximately five (5) minutes in order to soften the skin. Apply citrus sugar hand scrub to each foot and work in circular motions to properly exfoliate. Rinse feet with tepid water and gently dry with a towel.  Feet will be soft and moisturized so watch your step!  Now is the time to try out those new summer flip-flops or spa socks to prevent doing the twist and d#*! that hurts shout.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients

½  cup raw sugar

½  cup coarse salt

½ cup melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest)

1 tablespoon orange zest

several drops favorite essential oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until combined.

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Spoon citrus sugar hand scrub into container of choice and seal tightly. This scrub is best suited for use on the hands and feet, and is good for use for up to one month.

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Spring Home Decor Accessories Gotta Have It List

A new season means new home decor accessories, seasonal decorating updates and a totally new and refreshed blog theme.  The Places In The Home Gotta Have It List spring home decor accessories edition is here to get the refresh and update ball rolling.

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Architectural Digest

First up on the list is a home decor accessory considered a quintessential gotta have-must have for the southern, Gulf Coast and Floridian home. We do love and revere these elegant pink feathered creatures.

Flamingo+Bird+by+Tim+Knepp+Painting+Print+on+Canvas ‘Flamingo Bird’ by Tim Knepp

What colors of the spring season speak to the decorating side of your brain?

an-aesthetic-pursuit-portfolio-interiors-stylesAn Aesthetic Pursuit ~ Dering Hall

Bold and bright.  Pastel perfection.  Coastal cool and oh, so chic.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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Spring Into Color, Texture and Pattern Decorative Throw Pillows

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The colors of the spring into summer season thaw the last of winter’s remnants and extends an invitation to color and decorate your world.

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Jungle Animal Print Square Wool Area Rug

Color, pattern and texture pairs well with the the best outdoor living spring into summer style has to offer.

Style on the beach~

The Leopard Lady Beach Towel from our favorite maxxinista haute haunt, T. J. Maxx delivers big returns on life’s a beach fun and style. The price is right and the look is spring into summer fun.

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Sunny, Spring Sunday Afternoons ~

We interrupt this sunny spring Sunday afternoons train of thought in the name of Louisiana travel and tourism transparency.  Never let it be said that this native Louisianian is less than honest about Louisiana humidity and the hot as Hades havoc it plays with our unsuspecting visitors.  The summertime humidity levels down Louisiana and Gulf Coast way ain’t for the faint at heart.  Oppressive puts it mildly.

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Ah, but spring is a most delightful time of year to visit our fair state. The sights, seasonings and strolls pair well with a sunny spring Sunday afternoon tailor-made for festivals, food and finds of the antiques, vintage and spring home decor accessories kind.

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Painted Pine Armoire

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The Apothecary Bench from Paul Michael Company is a great option for foyer or end of bed seating.

Linen. It is the look and feel of the season.

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Linen Pillow Linens  ~  Decorative Shell  ~  Large Glass Vases

Mixing, matching and marveling at the new season of home decor accessories remains my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update. What spring home decor accessories do you have in mind for your gotta have it list?

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season.  Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Not Too Far But Far Enough Away From Home: Travels to Small Southern Towns

August was a busy month of celebrations and milestones around Places In The Home.  Our son’s graduation from Louisiana State University, commencement ceremony and subsequent celebration(s) made for a busy first part of the month. When Dave the Builder suggested a regroup and recovery getaway for two I could not make reservations fast enough.  I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate the not too far but far enough away from home travels to small Southern towns.  These travel gems brimming with history, old houses, antiques and townsfolk who invite you to take in and be a part of the local flavor make a great weekend getaway destination perfect for recharging one’s battery.

St.-John's-Episcopal-ChurchSt. John’s Episcopal Church – Washington, Louisiana

Our long and winding road travels (well, our straight line I-49 travels) placed us center stage among the small Southern towns of Washington, Scott and Lafayette, Louisiana.  I learned a long time ago not to categorize our close to home jaunts as a non-vacation.  Trust me, these  just roll with the flow discovery excursions can pass a good time and pass for a real vacation.

Travels to Small Southern Towns

Washington, Louisiana is as sleepy as it is Southern, a small town full of history from steamboat days gone by.  Narrow streets shaded by mature oaks, magnolia trees, historical architecture, quintessential Southern homes ranging from the wow to the weathered, and an old high school full to the gills with antiques and vintage goodies seasons the local flavor.

old-houseBeauty does not always strike a pristine pose. This abandoned abode on a shaded street in a small Southern town piqued my interest, struck an architectural chord and became the subject of a subjective experience.  

You know you love antiquing when the indoor temperature almost matches the oppressive outdoor temperature ( 95+ degrees).  Note to self: antiquing in old buildings, warehouses, outdoors and in old high schools is an activity best enjoyed in the fall.  On this particular Louisiana summer Saturday, the Old Antique School Mall was full of hot air and hot finds priced fairly and in shop or home ready condition.  I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for, but something told me I would know it when, and if, I saw it.

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Our visit to the school was timed just right for a super sale.  I have been working on a kitchen gallery wall, and no respectable kitchen gallery wall is complete without the all important touch of copper.

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I couldn’t resist the lidded copper pan and mold.  Grand total: $10 for both.

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That ladies and gentlemen is a copper bargain of the very best kind.

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The method to my retail madness is simple- pop into shops, boutiques, markets and retail outlets not available in the retail deficient corner of the world I call home.

The Haul~

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A familiar sign became a beacon of biscuits and cornbread in the South Louisiana night.

Cracker-Barrel-signIt was a biscuit and cornbread kind of evening. 

I planned our next trip the Southern life fantastic on the drive home. November can’t get here soon enough.

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The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives.  A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back.  For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.

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These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home.   On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother.  My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques.  I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home.  Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor.  Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.

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The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.  I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds.  As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.

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The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s.  When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop.  A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery.  Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs.  It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.

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The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .

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The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.

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The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.

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This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.

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Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern.  If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections.  They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison.  It’s called decorating with what you love.

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