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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

 

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

 

This week’s Fetching Friday accentuates both the tasteful and the decadent.

ff-mantleHGTV

ff-Thibaut_Heritage-Houndstooth-dining-chair_s3x4_lgThibaut

ff-fall-dessertsCountry Living Magazine

ff-traditional-BedroomLonny

Chocolate-Pear-Loaf-Cake-via-BHG1Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake

ff-wallpaper“Zebras” in Safari Brown from Scalamandré as featured in Traditional Home

ff-hot-cocoa-brownie-cakeHot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Marshmallow Frosting

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday shines a light on crystal chandeliers in all their sparkling, brilliant and elegant majesty.

ff-white-pitchersRaised in Cotton – REstyle Source

ff-Vanderbilt-CrystoramaCrystorama glamorama

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ff-EbanistaEbanista- the first name in details.

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crystal-chandelier-Ralph-Lauren-HomeRalph Lauren Home

crystal-flea-market-findFlea Market Style featured in Better Homes and Gardens

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Fall at Home Decorating Favorites: Places In The Home at Fall

Today all is right with the calendar! September 23, 2014 marks the official start of fall, and in the infamous words of Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch, can you feel it?  Wow, did I just date myself or what?  Summer heat and humidity has finally relented and it’s time to break out the fall at home decorating favorites. Dave the Builder’s mancave looks like the distribution center for Hobby Lobby. Don’t you love that look?

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Several “hello, do you have any gourds (cause I’ve got friends in low country places), ornamental cabbage (it’s the deep South lady, wait a few more weeks), cotton stalks (score!) and the ever great, ever regionally challenged do you have white pumpkins phone calls have been made over the last few days.

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Decorating for this year’s Places In The Home at fall home tour focuses on a natural theme with a family overtone to it.

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My brother has the cotton connection, 46+ acres of it to be exact.  His home is located out in the country surrounded by cotton fields ready for fall harvest.

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My parent’s recent trip to East Tennessee resulted in my Ball Mason jar collection growing by one.  My paternal grandmother was known for her famous pinto beans, and this somehow seemed naturally appropriate.

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Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.

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Additions, changes, adjustments… acorns-walnuts

Dark tones, warm colors and the lack of natural lighting worked to my fall photo shoot advantage.

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Nature continues to amaze and reward me with an abundance of accents.

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Heirloom pieces, vintage favorites and simple accents and accessories place the emphasis on less is more.  Fall home tours are so much fun to share with others. I’m linking up this week at Savvy Southern Style.

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Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features signature design and decor interpretation, fashionable words, a perfect blend of antiques and modern, a summer settee, a full on fall preview, and a question for you all.

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As illustrated in the Domino magazine feature “High Style Made Easy”,  Interior designer Mary McDonald captures decorating lightening in a bottle in this office kitchen with her signature bold design choices.  Decorating in a straightforward fashion strictly based on the function and purpose of the space does not always a statement make.  Doesn’t this office/workspace with its playing it not so safe accents and accessories pop a bit more than a conventional just get the job done look?  

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The pairing, mixing and blending of antiques with modern and contemporary style elements is a decorative endeavor I highly recommend trying.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

ff-sophisticated-retreat-feelStyle at Home

A Marina Rust, Penobscot Bay, Maine summer home and a pink settee seasonally in Vogue.

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This Traditional Living Room by Springfield Interior Designers & Decorators Nathan Taylor for Obelisk Home defines full fall glory in apples, feathers, rich colors and warm accents detail. 

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What favorite person, place or thing will be a part of your weekend plans?  I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

 

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features setting colors, fashionable words, traditional English style fit for fall, ooh la la in the kitchen, and a visual testament to a love of antiques.

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Being optimistic is always in fashion.

ff-be-optmistic-badgeBe Optimistic Felt Badge – Best Made Company

Open the window and let the air of fall weather in is coming to a cool morning and crisp afternoon near you soon.

fall-breakfast-areaArchitectural Digest

Leila Lindholm’s fabulous French inspired kitchen complete with eclectic extravagance with the accent mark on love the look!

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A fascinating combination.

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Never underestimate the decorative presence, power and inspired influence brought forth by the use of antiques and eccentricities in design and decor.  A point well made in the home of Houston antiques dealer Kay O’Toole as featured in Lonny Magazine.

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features seasonal color and comfort, a preview of things to come.

ff-mustardFall colors on home decor parade from H & M

ff-fall mumsMum is the word and the look for fall planting – Midwest Living

ff-entryMaking a grand entrance and grand statement – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Brooke-Shields-dining-room Elegance in dining – At Home with Brooke Shields via Architectural Digest

wynn-buffetThe Buffet – Wynn Las Vegas

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features bold and stunning scenes of nature, seasons, sequins, speak and Saints.

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Fresh Flower Arrangement Tricks –  Good Housekeeping

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Continental Tole Shield With Lion – 1stdibs

glitterguide_white_tshirt_3d_140609_4I highly recommend taking the Sparkle and Shine Your Way Through Life approach!  Life is Short Wear Sequins T –  Glitter Guide for eLUXE

lavender hill farmsLavender Hill Farms in Boyne City, Michigan – Midwest Living Magazine

ff-cognacColor Extraordinaire: Cognac – HGTV

van-goghVincent van Gogh

pumpkin-platterSeasonal Simplicity!  Pumpkin Platter Centerpiece – Better Homes and Gardens

Saints-helmtWho Dat Proud – New Orleans Saints

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features antiques, words in the key of life, black and white statement pieces and an undeniable pop of pucker red in iconic Hollywood glamour via “The Look”, Lauren Bacall.

demiluneSmall Space Decorating via House Beautiful – photo by Jonny Valiant

Hollywood in KodachromeHollywood in Kodachrome by David Wills, Stephen Schmidt

outdoor-pumpkins Gorgeous entry in fall splendor via The Scout Guide

transitional-kitchenTransitional Kitchen by New York Interior Designers & Decorators David Scott Interiors via Lights Online

chic-black-and-white-living-roomsStunning Statement via Simplified Bee

pillow-H&MPillow Talk – H&M

Through the Years via Sweet as Candy
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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

This week’s Fetching Friday places the accent on classic.

portraitTraditional in Gold via New England Home

‘Tis the weekend of the 127 Yard Sale aka The World’s Largest Yard Sale.  The Places In The Home Gang hit the sale in Gadsden, Alabama many moons ago on our way back home from our annual trek to the hills and mountains of East Tennessee.  The already overloaded Excursion and U-Haul ( it was very normal for us to pick, hunt and buy enough treasures, trinkets and trash to warrant renting a u-Haul).  Have any of you ever been to The World’s Largest Yard Sale?  Please share!  I love this pic from Authentica Classics.  More where that come from here.

world's-longest-yard-saleDiscovered Treasures – World’s Longest Yard Sale via Authentica Classics

Gone with the Wind is as famous for its lines as it is for the movie itself.  If I had a nickle for every time “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”  has been quoted well, you know.  Good Housekeeping recently informed its readers the infamous ending almost wasn’t the famous ending as we know it.  An alternate ending has been revealed through the recent findings of a script.  Take a look at what words Scarlett may have spoken over at Good Housekeeping.

gone-with-the-wind-scriptHeritage Auctions

Speaking of iconic, the image below is of the interior of the actual  brownstone on 64 Perry Street, New York, New York  otherwise known as Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City.

Ornate-crown-ceiling-moldings-make-apartment-historicPop Sugar –  Sotheby’s Realty

shipsClassic navy never looked so beautiful!  via Traditional Home

St. Louis CathedralThe classic interior beauty and architecture of the St. Louis Cathedral make it a premier historical New Orleans landmark.

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Styling the Table Between Two Sofas: How To Style a Coffee Table

Attention grabbing titles stump me at times.  The backspace on this keyboard should start up its own CrossFit class because this baby gets in an impressive and exhaustive daily workout erasing first drafts, not so PG-13 wording and the like. Title considerations for this post ranged from Not Another Boring How To Style a Coffee Table Post, Putting Stuff on the Coffee Table and Why It Matters and the winner, Styling The Table Between Two Sofas.  Anyway you title it, how to style a coffee table is a hot topic of decorating interest.

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I like to incorporate individual style and objects that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.  The only hard-and-fast rule I follow in regards to how to style a coffee table is no sight obstruction.  I don’t know about you, but I hate to sit down to gab, read or watch television only to get right back up to move a decorative accent out of my sight line.  High, medium and low is a working concept with considerations to factor in. When I’m styling a coffee table I sit down on sofa, chair, etc…  and choose the primary sight line. X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

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The rule of you effectively applies to decorating and should be beautifully evident throughout your home.  Styling a coffee table with a sense of individual style is easy.  A treasured keepsake, great read, conversation piece, a decorative box to house remotes (a necessary evil), framed picture of something, somewhere or someone that when you look at it a smile instantly touches your heart- the essentials!  Here’s the background on the pieces presently calling the top of my coffee table home.

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The shells were found on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas by my mother when she was eight years old.

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My great-grandparents owned tourist courts in the beach area, and on one of the many trips to Corpus my mother picked up these shells.  Treasures of time and travel for sure.

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The rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.  A  fellow antiques dealer brought it into the shop, and my heart skipped a beat.  Dave surprised me with it, I bawled like a baby, and up this keepsake went. Fast forward to moving day and Miss Grace Kelly here dropped it, shattering it into several pieces.  The water works began, but I sucked it up and let it go.  No use crying over chipped and cracked porcelain- the thought behind the gift was still in one piece.  I picked up the pieces as best I could, placed them in a box, and set it out in the garage.

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Dave saw the box when he came in and asked me what had happened.  I filled him in, letting him know I had made peace with the pieces.  Dave wouldn’t hear of it.  He grabbed the glue and went to work.  When he finished gluing the pieces back in place he offered up a rather profound explanation.  He told me to look at it in a new light.  Things that are perfect one minute may not be so perfect the next.  That doesn’t mean you throw it away- you dig in with determination and fix it.  The rose bowl is more beautiful to me now than it  ever was in its pristine state.

Valorie-Hart

Louisiana is known for unique characters, creatures, homes, food and culture. House Proud: Unique Home Design, Louisiana by Valorie Hart and Edwin Edwards Governor of Louisiana by Leo Honeycutt are both interesting reads and wonderful conversation pieces.  Two birds, one stone.  The dried bouquet in the image below is a memento from my nephew’s wedding.

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