Many of us derive our personal design and decorating choices from affecting colors, textures, patterns, scents, sounds, and ingredients we’ve impressively seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted. If something leaves a lasting impression on you, one strong enough to influence your design and decorating choices, by all means bring it home! The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more chic than the home that beautifully demonstrates this.
Regardless of season or occasion, design and decorate with a sense of you in order to distinctly welcome personal style home.
Enlist the senses to aid in a frank assessment of what is working for you in the space and what is not.
Picture a tree and its branches.
The tree trunk represents your signature design style preference- the all things house that make a home foundation. Branch from the “trunk” with transitional pieces. Select a reference point for color, pattern, and/or texture and “branch” out from there.
If the date stamp on certain pieces has expired, purge these items from your decorating portfolio. I catch myself attempting to justify keeping pieces long past their decorative prime because somewhere in time it appealed to me, and perhaps it may again strike my fancy.
No, Hattie Hoarder, it won’t.
Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.
Our interior design, decorating, and home decor choices reflect our core design style preferences. It’s these thoughtful and personal choices that resoundingly welcome personal style home.
I associate autumn with checking the how many days until autumn (or fall) countdown timer every day from the first day of August until the official first day of fall.
I’ve broaden my when will fall get here consults to include the SmokyMountains.com‘s fall foliage prediction map.
Louisiana and the deep South is estimated to experience the peak color for fall on November 19, 2018. Until the real color deal arrives, nandina leaves color my world with a hint of autumnal color.
Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.
My East Tennessee roots run as deep as the fall foliage colors in full peak season, naturally leading me to check hotel availability in the Pigeon Forge area and the happenings at a Gatlinburg jewel, the Buckhorn Inn.
The above image is of the Transferware vegetable bowl I bought last year on one of my late October treasure hunts. When I spotted the A Welcome Inn sign in the pattern, my mind immediately engaged in a lightening round of I associate autumn with.
I associate autumn with a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.
A framed print of Grace by Eric Enstrom hung on wall of my grandparent’s dining room and never fails to take me home.
Thanksgiving holidays spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparents house included aunts, uncles, and cousins from Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, and surrounding Tennessee towns gathered together in Fountain City to break cornbread together.
We lovingly referred to it as hillbilly old home week.
Labor Day begins the winding down of summer. I’ve come to think of Memorial Day and Labor Day as a set of spiffy bookends supporting the May to September romance we have with summer, the summer vacation, and vacation photos.
A summer vacation was not to be for me and Dave the Builder due to obligations, project deadlines, and ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (a tip of the hat to David Bowie) in our everyday life.
So it goes.
All good things come to those who wait to hit the holiday road in the fall. Fall will be here soon as will cooler temps, seasonal colors on parade, festivals and gumbo good times.
Grab a to-go pumpkin latte and call me a happy traveler.
A simple solution to alleviate vacation withdrawals is to live the moment vicariously through vacation photos delivered to my inbox from the merry band of traveling Millennials aka our son and his wife, nephew #1 and his darling family, and nephew #2 and his beloved.
Our son and daughter-in-law traveled to the United States for a twelve day trip to discover the sights, sounds, and highlights of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Park, Badlands National Park, Aspen, Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
They called one evening and while we were talking I heard the roar and rev of motorcycles.
Is that motorcycles I hear?
Yes it is.
Have you ever heard of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?
Needless to say, it was quite a noisy conversation.
There would be more pictures, but the newest addition to their family, Dallas, chewed through both of their laptop charger cords.
Puppies gnaw and chew on cords, belts, purses, shoes, furniture.
A mother who bites her tongue and does not remind her son if the cords were not left on the floor for the puppy to get to in the first place you wouldn’t have this issue deserves a medal, or at the very least a vacation.
This weekend marks their first wedding anniversary. To mark the celebration, they are traveling to Minneapolis to dine in style, see Taylor Swift in concert, and shop for new and replacement electronics, chargers, and devices.
Speaking of weddings, the next round of vacation photos are from nephew #2 and his beloved’s trip to Bethesda, Maryland and Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding and reception held at the Congressional Country Club.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier atArlington National Cemetery
The Korean War Veterans Memorial
Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Nephew #1 and his darling family make a Florida vacation a yearly event. Joined by our niece-in-law’s parents, sister, brother, their spouses, children, and a pair of aunts and uncles, the group travel by air and land to Perdido Key for a week of family fun in the sun.
Twelve adults and six kids (including two babies under one) require a lot of stuff. With a two day start, our nephew drove his loaded to the gills SUV from Missouri to Florida to meet the crew.
Sun, beach, water, sand, rinse and repeat floated everyone’s boat. The Places In The Home side of the family leans more towards the mountains and the west coast, but know well the appeal of the Florida Gulf Coast.
Nephew #2 and his beloved ended up having a two for the price of one vacation. The second part of their vacation found them on beach time in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Toes in the sand without a vacation care in the world until company arrives.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall- vacation photos place you in the moment and serve as a wish you were here postcard. As the sun sets on summer 2018, we hope you have a wonderful Labor Day holiday weekend.
Although many decor accessories and furnishings know no season, particular colors, textures, and patterns do in fact typify a particular season. There’s something so fall about a wild turkey illustration, antique copper water cooler, and a rustic painted hoop back bench chair inspired by an 18th century Hickory original design.
The Delia 8-Light foyer pendant in bronze and the Currey & Company Beesthorpe Lantern in golden Pyrite Bronze-finished wrought iron possess the qualities of well designed jewelry- fashionable, brilliant, and graceful.
Inspiration is everywhere, and the architecture of the Louisiana low-country serves the architectural detailing of this William T. Baker designed home. Seeing as I have a strong affinity for Louisiana architecture and herringbone brick floors, this image immediately caught my eye and my heart.
Dorm room decorating ideas days are here again. Decorating the dorm room is a back to campus tradition, and dorm room decor has come a long way, baby. Chic, stylish, and dorm sweet dorm impressive- the accents and accessories available for your dorm room decorating ideas prove A+ ready to ace the personal style test.
To every taste there is a style, and the dorm room is an excellent canvas in which to color, texture and pattern your way to dorm sweet dorm style.
My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Place the design and decorate emphasis on decor accents and accessories that speak hello beautiful to you.
Many college bound decoristas wonder if the feel of home sweet home can translate to dorm sweet dorm. It most certainly can when the comforts of home come together with chic furnishings, accents and accessories. Introducing a bought or diy upholstered headboard or faux headboard tapestry into the dorm decorating scheme transforms an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and style.
Conversations, estimations, and prognostications for the upcoming LSU Tigers football season has gone from a meow to a roar.
Football fans- this is not a drill. If you haven’t scouted the recipes, planned the menus, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas we’ve got something to talk about as well. Football fans and the tailgating nation from conference to conference, division to division take their football and tailgating times serious. Football fans here in the South surely do, and come rain, sunshine, humidity or hurricane, we let the good tailgating times roll.
Tailgating planning and execution is a process that rivals that of an elaborate dinner party. The selection of a tailgating tablescapes theme and the perfect decor accessories and tablewares can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.
Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Tailgaters decked out in team attire and colors believe in getting the party started early in game day style.
The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it. The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off in true Tiger style. Game day chic includes both a pregame bag and a clear bag compliant with stadium policy.
Team logo and tiger chic flats and sandals bring style and comfort to the look. For the away games to college towns where fall is actually fall, gold metallic espadrille slip-on sneakers or warm lined suede boots fit the bill.
To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason. If real estate is all about location, location, location tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display. Pitch your tailgating tent in a prime location, hang a focal point chandelier, and proceed to impress the crowd with your tailgating tablescapes skills and style.
I begin by dressing the table in whatever choice of table linens fits this weeks theme. Burlap is the tailgating accessory that consistently tops the tailgating tablescapes must have table linens list because of its durability and inexpensive price tag. Versatile for table covers and table runners, burlap, the on-trend farmhouse chic fabric, is a very forgiving fabric.
There’s no crying in football or spilled chili, dip, gumbo, cocktails, etc…
If a stain should occur, cover it up with a serving tray or platter for the duration of your tailgating soiree (a hosting trick). Between tailgating times, head over to a fabric store or online retailer to pick up or order a couple of more yards of this tailgating friendly fabric.
Decorating your tailgating tablescapes with pieces in team colors, seasonal accents, and holiday du jour decor never fails to impress the crowd. My game changer tablescape works with a casual yet elegant theme. It brings a bit of juxtaposition to the tailgating tablescapes mix with stoneware plates paired with inexpensive faux wood chargers.
Easy to work with centerpiece options include a team mascot figurine, collectible helmet, and a bronze poly-stone football player sculpture.
Arrangements of fresh or faux flowers and plants of the season set a festive and colorful scene. Crotons, hydrangeas, garden mums, marigolds, branches, decorative feathers, dried lotus pods, magnolia leaves and sunflowers give a festive nod to fall and transport well.
Vases and containers can be as simple as a collection of empty vegetable-sauce-bean cans to dollar store metal vases with rope accents to craft pumpkins to a football cut to accommodate a can in which to house fresh flowers. When selecting vases and containers, I keep ease of transport, the unique factor, and avoid breakage at all times in mind.
Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail. I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot. I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.
Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect. Stacked cake stands work great as serving pieces and chic displays for cheeses, fruits, crackers, breads, muffins and of course, cake.
Be sure to shop end of season sales and clearance sections for all your tailgating tablescapes needs. The very fall and Halloween color choice appropriate Corin melamine serving collection in spice orange is on clearance at Crate & Barrel.
A woven crate basket can pull triple duty as a tailgate supply tote for a hot chocolate with all the fixings, turned upside down and used as the aforementioned fixings display, and holder of fleece throws in seasonal or team colors.
Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili, and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.
Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with pork cracklin’s has Louisiana c’est si bon written all over it.
5 pounds skin-on pork belly
4 cups lard
Peanut oil, for frying
Cracklin’ Spice (recipe follows)
Place pork belly skin side up on a cutting board, and cut into 1-inch pieces.
In a large Dutch oven, place lard and pork belly. Do not layer pork belly in more than 3 layers. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until skin blisters and turns golden brown. Transfer pork belly to rimmed baking sheets, and refrigerate until cold.*
In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 380°. Add pork belly in batches, and fry until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Let drain on paper towels, and liberally sprinkle or toss with Cracklin’ Spice.
Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s). Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times. Fire up the grills and set the tailgating tablescapes, football fans. It’s tailgating season!
It dawned on me last week as I was dusting (the all things house that make a home chore I love to hate) the bookshelves in the not ready for blog sharing time den could greatly benefit from an update-an edit-a rearrange. That started a I’m tired of-I’m bored with-I don’t like that chain reaction. An inspection of shelf, space and tabletop ensued, and the conclusion reached is I’m ready for a rearranging home decor accessories change.
Did you hear that?
That’s Dave the Builder breathing a sigh of relief as I assure him no painting, wallpapering or furniture moving will be involved in this most current update to our decor.
Oh, it’s coming, but more on that down the redecorating road.
It’s amazing how easy it is to stave off decor staleness by simply rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home.
I’m decorating to the oldies with the soulful sounds of Dionne Warwick and The 5th Dimension. The music is from 1967, but the look in this traditional ranch doesn’t have to be. I’m doing my decorista best to de-1967 this traditional ranch one project, one space, one rearranging home decor accessories at a time.
Stained woodwork works for some spaces, but this den is not one of those spaces. Dave the Builder suggested I give the stained woodwork a chance. I did and have for eight years.
That’s a lot of mulling it over.
This future project is on the fast track to the back burner due to prior “real job” commitments. Dave’s schedule is full through October, and although painting the den bookshelves tops my at home project list, Dave’s projects pay the bills.
Good and stylish things come to those who wait.
Isn’t that how the saying goes?
New cabinet hardware is a must, and let me tell you why.
Changing out cabinet hardware is an inexpensive update, an install I am ridiculously brilliant at, and delivers instant visual gratification.
Move it here, move it there.
Take a look at the look created.
Assign each shelf a focal point accessory and work from there.
To the left, to the right, to the center-no two shelves or vignettes are created equal. Style each shelf with objects of varying sizes and heights to create flow, balance, and to perfect the art of visual interest.
Feature items close to your heart, interests, and memories. The rule of you effectively applies to decorating and should be beautifully evident throughout your home.
This tarnished treasure sterling silver baby rattle is a four generation keepsake. It tells the story of past, present and future family members and reads like a compelling novel.
My taste in decorative porcelain figurines has gone to the dogs.
When I bought this color rich portrait last year, I knew I wanted it and knew the perfect place to hang it would present itself.
I marked the spot today.
One of the best buys at an antiques auction is when you luck up on a box full of old books in relatively good shape. I purchased a box of sixty (60) books for $30 all in.
Another example of a fantastic deal discovered and purchased at auction.
I still love the wallpaper in the foyer, but this Orchid has seen better days.
A meyer lemon tree could work, but I’m also considering the very trendy fiddle leaf fig in my rearranging home decor accessories scheme.
Small lamps, sconces, picture lights or a collection of all three will light up the currently lighting deprived shelves. I’m treading lightly (ha!) with this decision being ever mindful too much of a good thing can cast a particularly unattractive shadow.
What do you do when the heat index registers 113° on a hot and humid Louisiana summer day? You pour yourself a glass of Southern sweet ice tea, you stay indoors in the air conditioning, and you spend quality time updating this farmhouse style post to better show and tell a personal style journey.
Mixing decorating styles piques not only my interest but engages my eye.
Take the modernization of farmhouse style.
Building upon the design and decorating cornerstones of farmhouse style, modern farmhouse accents the mix and mingle of decorating styles, finding the curated look to be an expression of personal style, taste and interpretation through balance, harmony, layers, and visual engagement.
Throughout my childhood my mother and grandmother would decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln and point the hood emblem west to Texas. No trip to Texas was complete without an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.
Now Bryan! Now Cameron! Now Heidenheimer and Temple!
On, Belton! On, Killeen! On, Hewitt and Waco, too!
My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse among Texas Bluebonnets like nobody’s business.
She was farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool.
Her antiques shops radar was fine-tuned to treasures ahead and a skill I’ve proudly inherited. To protest was pointless. I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, a hole-in-the-wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.
Looking back over our adventures, I find an obvious correlation between my personal style interpretation of modern farmhouse design and the farmhouses, antiques shops and the fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.
Blur the hard lines of a design style by stepping away from convention. This 1920s painted pine table is farmhouse kitchen ready to work, but I see a stunning foundation piece for the modern farmhouse foyer.
When Dave the Builder asked me what I wanted for a Christmas present, I put in my order for one of these beam beauties. It arrived Christmas Eve with a big red bow on it, and will soon be added a modern farmhouse style decoration to the Places In The Home kitchen. When the tornado hit, the roof over the kitchen took the brunt of the force from tree branches and debris. Add to that the water leaks and you get a taped and floated seam that is slowly exposing itself for the eyesore to eventually come. Necessity comes together with attention to detail to welcome home a touch of modern farmhouse style.
Years ago when by decorating happenstance I discovered just how aesthetically striking the pairing two styles together there was no turning back. My future kitchen redesign (always a project in play) involves the marriage of a yet purchased antique farm or harvest table with the Chippendale dining chairs currently round the dining room table.
New upholstery. New space. New look.
Edit from within and be amazed by the transformation of space and style.
Similarities in Style
What do you get when you cross modern farmhouse style with French country style?
A marriage of clean lines, stunning character and classic sophistication.
Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences. Decorating outside the traditional norms of a design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.