Budding and blooming spring curb appeal lawn and garden enthusiasts know the beauty and the value of curb appeal. First impressions make lasting impressions. Curb appeal traditionally is the topic of buying or selling a home conversation, but what about the value of curb appeal between the bookends? I want the ooh and aah effect of gorgeous curb appeal to impress me, the homeowner, first and foremost.
Spring motivates home improvement. The first day of spring rollout makes it official, and by the look and buzz of things around the neighborhood everything’s coming up roses, azaleas, marigolds, verbena, zinnias, impatiens, begonias, sago palms and hanging baskets of fern. We’ve got this budding and blooming spring curb appeal covered.
Succulents make a lovely showing, and the decorative box Dave the Builder made for me a couple of years ago is the inspiration for a container garden.
Color leads the way when orchestrating palette and planting. The Barn Nursery’s Fool Proof Color Guide to Container Gardening gives color combination advice for creating beautiful color combos, height and size suggestions and recommendations for low-maintenance blooms. You can download your free copy of the guide here.
Speaking of budding and blooming spring curb appeal gorgeous DIY projects, here’s an idea for an address number wall planter from HGTV.
Difficulty is the word that springs to mind when it comes to our efforts to plant and successfully grow hydrangeas. A planting debate ensued over the recently purchased pink hydrangea.
I suspected failure would follow if we prematurely planted the hydrangea under the assumption of the “we had no winter” temperatures of late. Last week the overnight temperatures dipped into the mid 30s. I had a feeling.
Painting the front door instantly adds a zip of spring spectacular color. Decorative stepping stones walk the garden path walk of function and curb appeal style. Outdoor planters have come into their own, stylishly speaking. The round copper patina cast stone pot and tan wash round rim clay planters from Home Depot deliver on all curb appeal fronts.
Dave snapped a shot of the new recessed LED retrofit downlight with his cell phone. The yard and beds show winter wear and are no where near spring ready, but you get the idea. Looking at the house from the street/curb/sidewalk, the light is not as bright as it appears in the photo. It is a very pleasing choice of exterior accent lighting.
Lamp(s) on a front porch create such an inviting ambiance. Isn’t that the idea?
From season to season, garden statues benefit from a quick cleaning, paint touch up or even a color change.
Our side yard factors into the curb appeal equation. In fact, it gets more lawn and garden attention than the front yard. It has quickly become a bird bathing-bird feeding-bird watching neighborhood attraction. The DIY chandelier bird feeder sees plenty of visitors, and the fourth generation bird bath (that bird bath is older than I am) is quite the gathering place. Mama Places In The Home tends to the bird bath water (from the looks of the above photo, somebody needs to get to get to filling it up). The antics of our winged friends supplies us with hours of bird-watching entertainment.
Budding and blooming spring curb appeal goes a long way in making the right first impression. It announces style lives here.
What color should be seen Where our fathers’ homes have been But their own immortal Green? ~ Author Unknown
It is believed the color first associated with St. Patrick was a shade of light blue. The color connection between the St. Patrick’s Day and the color green dates back to the 17th c to what some perceive as an association to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.
Social networking is an integral tool of the blogging trade. Those in the social media know advise selecting two to three social platforms to focus on to perfect your social media presence and contributions. I went with the big 3 in the blogging world conference- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I usually am so good at following sage advice, but in the instance of Instagram an exception is being made. More viewer than posting participant, I must admit I am late to the Instagram photos party, but better late than never. Instagram photos take the eye on a visual journey one scroll at a time. Places In The Home is first and foremost a design show and tell, and I can tell you these beautiful scroll Instagram photos are show and share worthy.
Part II of the Souvenirs series takes a look at 21 design features from hotel to home. The purpose of the well-appointed hotel room and the design features within is to make your stay convenient, comfortable and memorable- a thoughtful and inspiring souvenir.
Design and decor features of a stylish, chic and well-appointed hotel room is full to capacity with ideas to use in our homes. I keep the camera handy and a small journal in my purse for exactly that reason. See it. Shoot it. Commit to design features from hotel to home memory.
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Master Bath
To illustrate the point, I am using some from our Las Vegas trips in this post. Some of the rooms have been remodeled since our last stay, but we will work with what we have.
Palazzo Hotel Master Bath
Where a hotel room for some is just a place to sleep, for me it is as much a part of the vacation as a special dinner at a gourmet restaurant or seeing a top-tier headliner show.
Venetian Hotel Master Bath
In the spirit of Vegas lucky 21 I have selected 21 inspiring design features from hotels to home for your design and decorating implementation consideration.
Master Bathroom Features
1. His and Hers Sinks
Better yet, his and hers bathrooms. Since the his and hers bathrooms may not be in the cards, we will keep the focus on a design feature that is more in line with traditional bath design- his and hers sinks. Two is better than one in the name of convenience and personal space, and storage allocation.
Who doesn’t love a television in the dressing area of the bathroom? I am a big fan of this design features from hotel to home idea. Getting ready for the day, client meeting or an evening out can find us pressed for time. Having a television in the bathroom makes it easy for us to get our news, weather, traffic updates, sports scores (his) and music choice channels (hers).
3. Lighted Makeup Mirror
More the rule than the exception in today’s hotel room bathroom amenities, a lighted makeup mirror magnifies the magnificent you!
4. Dimmer Switch
Call this a bonus lighting feature that adjusts to the task at hand. The dimmer control allows me to add to or take away from the ambient lighting. Up for an extra layer of lighting to optimize the lighted makeup mirror or down for a soft night light effect.
The design and decorating elements of a ranch style house giveth and taketh away. Eight foot ceilings fall into the taketh away category, but layers of light, color, accents and accessories gorgeously guide the eye and giveth style to the overall look.
When the preliminary remodel/decor strategy session (eloquent words for the thirty minute “this is what I want, and how are you going to make my remodeling suite dreams come true?” conversation with Dave) began, my mental Rolodex flipped to I for inspiring design features from hotel to home.
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
The implementation of inspiring design features to further enhance the look and design of our master bathroom is presently on hold for two families under one roof reasons. The upside is time- time that allows me to source, study and gather inspiring design features information.
Palazzo Hotel Room
Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite
Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite
Hotels roll with the what’s on trend flow when it comes to updating the interiors of rooms, and what a difference a contemporary update makes. Which do you prefer?
Bedtime readers know the value of good lighting. May I suggest adding Places In The Home and Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes by Sara Bliss to your bedtime reading list.
I gave my friend a bed bench for her birthday, and it was the missing piece of her decor puzzle. The next time I saw her husband he thanked me for supplying her with a lovely and convenient piece that now served as housing for their folded laundry. I can lead my friends to stylish home decor, but I can not make them use it appropriately!
20. Bed crown ~ Bed cornice
A bed crown cornice can be custom built for more length, and work beautifully in conjunction with an architectural piece headboard- the best of both worlds scenario.
Don’t shy away from pairing two or more statement making design elements. You will know if the two cross each other out. There is a lot of trail and error involved in the process of making things beautiful, and plenty of fun, too. Stylish, smart and luxurious hotel room features provide a comfortable and unforgettable experience. Forget the soaps and shampoos- bring inspiring design features from hotel to home with you and make them your design and decorating souvenirs.
Updating and refreshing blog posts is a necessary exercise in relevancy just as updating and refreshing our decor is. A recent discovery of original images of the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort by architectural photographer Ezra Stoller and the video Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort is an exciting development (the video is posted towards the end of the post) and the main reason for updating Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel. In compliance with licensing and copyright permission, the usage of the Ezra Stoller images was only approved for use in Pinterest board format. The link to the private Pinterest board is also towards the end of the post. If the story of the glamour days of a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach hotel, the architecture and interior design features that impressed and inspired, and the who, what, when, where and why that made it the pleasure dome on the Coast captures your imagination, then I’ve got a blog post for you.
The decorating wheels of my mind are always turning, especially while on vacation. Checking in and checking out the architectural, interior design and decorating features of the hotel we are staying at mixes business with pleasure. Inspiring design and decorating features of the lobby, dining room, swimming pool area and grounds of the hotel and of course, the well appointed hotel room, become impressive souvenirs.
Over the summers of the early and mid 1970s, my family attended American General Contractors conventions in Biloxi, Mississippi. I fell head over heels in love with the aesthetic of the buildings and interiors of our summer home away from home at 2110 Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort aka the Broadwater. Through words, Biloxi memories, Ezra Stoller images and decor accessories and accents in the style of, I invite you along on this tour of the architecture and interior design of the Broadwater Beach Hotel.
The Broadwater Beach Hotel began as a modest hotel property in comparison to what the Broadwater would become under the ownership of its second owner, Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown. Pete Martin Sr., the original builder and owner, was known as a well-known gambler and rum runner along the coast. He opened the Art Deco style hotel in 1939, but the desire to invest in a Las Vegas hotel brought about the need to raise the funds to pursue this endeavor. Enter Texas oilman Joe Brown. Mr. Brown purchased the property from Pete Martin, Sr. in 1958, but unfortunately Mr. Brown passed away the next year.
Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown wholeheartedly embraced the task at hand of transforming the Broadwater into a travel destination contender. Mrs. Brown, with a keen vision and staunch attention to architectural detail, brought to fruition a premier flagship beach hotel and resort property.
Dorothy Dorsett Brown launched a new Sea·Sun-Food·Fun architectural and mid-century modern interior design renovation complete with architectural enhancements, renovations and additions to the property.
Stunning on all beach fronts, the newly completed and modernly improved Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort raised the hospitality stakes as the foremost host on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I have diligently tried to locate fixtures, fabrics and finery original to the Broadwater to little or no avail. I’ve selected a few accents and accessories to illustrate the juxtaposition between yesteryear and today’s interior decorating tastes and trend.
Standing out among the other properties along Beach Boulevard Highway 90, a half circular exposed aggregate palm tree lined driveway and signature concrete canopy glamorously greeted guests. As coastal day turned to coastal night, exterior recessed, spotlight and pathway lighting illuminated the Broadwater in shades of yellow tinted white. As an extra-added “front of the house” visual treat, colored bulbs were added to the landscape spotlights in the front landscape beds. It’s all in the details!
The extensive grounds of the Broadwater included Lanai rooms, brick cottages, a resort triple play of swimming pools complete with waterfalls, diving board (remember when hotel pools had a diving board?) and postcard worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, family friendly offerings such as a playground and train, elegant dining options featuring live musical entertainment, tennis courts, riding stables and premier Sun and Sea golf courses.
Terrazzo ~ Exposed Aggregate ~ Quartzite ~ Natural Stone
Regarded as a state of the art jewel of the Coast, the Broadwater Marina made its property debut to the boating public in 1965. Dorothy Dorsett Brown spent $3,000,000.00 to build the marina. That’s a lot of clams for 1965!
The Broadwater Marina could host up to 150 sail and powerboats. Hotel shore to ship services such as boat or yacht housekeeping and room service was offered to the marina occupants.
The staff of the Broadwater Hotel and Marina, with effortless precision, mastered the art of hotel and southern hospitality.
No pedometer was needed to record the number of steps taken or distance walked around the sprawling grounds of the Broadwater.
We clocked hours swimming under the waterfalls of the Lanai pool, holding court poolside from the swim up tables bedecked with fringed umbrellas in resort festive colors, and sipping Shirley Temples made to order with extra long stemmed cherries and crushed ice.
Room service delivered to the patio of Lanai room 127 was a daily treat enjoyed by the members of our future ladies who lunch club. The room key from Lanai room 127 is a forever souvenir from the Broadwater Beach Hotel.
The objective of a hotel or resort is to treat guests to a memorable vacation and hospitality experience. One of my most endearing memories of the Broadwater is the The Royal Terrace dining room. Opulent yet accessible, the interior design and decorating accent mark was fittingly placed over swank and service.
Elegant wall sconces dripping in crystal prisms illuminated ornamental panels. Crisp white linen tablecloths draped tables elegantly set for a summer night on the town dining experience. A distinctive curved wall to the left of the main dining area anchored the Trophy lounge.
A curved floor to ceiling wall of windows adorned in Austrian shades overlooking the pools and patio all done against the backdrop of deep pink and white color palette perfection- these will forever be a few of my favorite hotel interior design and decorating things.
Destruction and devastation is the calling card of a hurricane, and the states in the Gulf Coast region have had their fair share come to call. Dave the Builder’s sister, her husband who was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, their toddler daughter, and her in-laws rode out Hurricane Camille at The Broadwater Beach. Her mother-in-law worked at the Broadwater, and feeling the structure sound she suggested the young military family take refuge at the hotel. Evacuation confusion ensued along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as hurricane coverage of the category 5 hurricane was thought to be aimed at Florida. Hurricane warnings for the area were issued by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, August 17, 1969. The window of opportunity for them to safely evacuate slammed shut sooner than later, forcing them to seek protection in the motel rooms on the back part of the property.
Hurricane Camille’s landfall presence was unforgiving. The storm surge was brutal, flooding and fires consumed and destroyed properties, and the death toll startling.
The Broadwater Hotel suffered storm surge flooding, and the Broadwater marina saw moderate damage. The Broadwater weathered the storm and survived the damage of Hurricane Camille, coming out on the other side of nature’s wrath repaired and renewed. This time.
I last visited the Broadwater Beach Hotel in 1998. Financial neglect, design and decor disrepair, and changing times were now guests with no intention of checking out. The bones of the main building were as I remembered, but an attempt at updating the once glorious interiors looked to be an epic fail.
Post Katrina Damage to Main Pools & Dining Room
Hurricane Katrina barreled through, and what parts of the Broadwater Hotel she didn’t destroy the wrecking ball did. On this side of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the economic downturn of 2008 comes hope for a Broadwater revival.
Broadwater Development, LLC hopes to once again create resort magic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where exceptional hospitality leaves a lasting impression- one that invites you back time and time again. News of the revival of the Broadwater is exciting as is the discovery of Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort.
Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel
Please find the link to the Pinterest board below:
The month of March may best be known for the start of spring, but in Louisiana March means crawfish boil season is here. Louisianians love to boil, peel and eat these freshwater crustaceans in quantity and quality. We do love our seafood here in the boot, and from March to June we set the tables, plan the menus, and prepare the seafood dishes around a crawfish boil. Crawfish taste almost like lobster, with the differences between the two basically amounting to cost, size and seasoning.
Crawfish are native to the swamps and marshes of south Louisiana and farmed crawfish ponds of the Gulf Coast region. Louisiana produces approximately 150 million pounds of crawfish annually, and also ranks as the nations number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crabs and alligator. Boiled to seasoned perfection, the crawfish boil is a weekend backyard gathering, festival or fais do-do in the making.
Those in the best price for crawfish in your area know you need an app for that. The Crawfish App is a free app available on iTunes. The app uses your device’s location or an entered address to list crawfish vendors in the area. You have the ability to view by price, reviews, or distance.
It’s amazing how a crustacean can create culinary excitement throughout the cities and parishes. We love to host a crawfish boil or two or ten during the season for friends, neighbors, coworkers and family. Fire up the pot and bring on the onions, garlic, celery, potatoes, lemons, crab boil and culinary imagination. I’ve been to crawfish boils where the host chef adds smoked or andouille sausage, okra, carrots, cabbage and fresh mushrooms to the seasoned boil. The flavor and the taste can be summed up in three words. C’est. Si. Bon! Food is the language of Louisiana, and ours is a flavored speak.
Fill an 80-quart crawfish boiling pot with a basket 1/3 to ½ with water. Place pot on a jet-style propane burner on high heat. Add onions, garlic and lemon halves. (You can use a small laundry bag for lemons and garlic. Or just leave the onions in the mesh bag they come in from the grocery with tags removed.)
Bring to full rolling boil. Stir in Crab Boil Complete. Add potatoes (in their mesh bag from the grocery or a laundry bag). Reduce heat to medium-low. Boil 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove potatoes.
Return water to full rolling boil on high heat. Add crawfish, celery, liquid Crab Boil and Crab Boil bag. Return water to full rolling boil on high heat. Start checking doneness just before water returns to full rolling boil. As soon as small gaps start to appear between the head and the tail on the largest crawfish, they are done. Turn off heat. Add frozen corn and cooked potatoes. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove corn and potatoes. Let crawfish stand for a minimum of 30 minutes, but 45 minutes is better. Serves: 20
To clean crawfish: Pour live crawfish into a washtub or ice chest; cover with water. Drain. Repeat 3 to 4 times until crawfish are clean. Drain. Discard any dead crawfish and debris.
Creole Seasoned Brown Sugar Pecan Crusted Baked Tilapia. Now that I have your attention, let me share with you this delicious recipe developed in the Places In The Home test kitchen over this past Mardi Gras celebration weekend. In this the season of crawfish, Mardi Gras and Lent, fish recipes are in the menu spotlight. Mama Places In The Home (my mother) picked up a 2lb. bag of Tilapia fillets at our Walmart Neighborhood Market Friday afternoon, and promptly placed her order for fish.
Dave the Builder requested potatoes in cream sauce topped with fresh parsley, and my brother placed his order for my family famous creamy coleslaw. I do like a now we’re cooking weekend.
A bag of pecans and a bag of walnuts left over from holiday baking started the wheels of recipe development turning. Creole seasoning is always on hand, and everything is better with brown sugar on it. Baking fish, chicken, chops, etc… is healthier not to mention I can’t stand the smell of fried foods in the house. I contemplated soaking the fish in buttermilk, mustard and Tabasco, but will keep that flavor key exclusive to my catfish recipe. Traditional bread crumbs, fresh lemon slices and fresh chopped parsley round out the ingredient list.
Creole Seasoned Brown Sugar Pecan Crusted Baked Tilapia
2 pound bag (approximately 9 fillets)
1½ cups traditional bread crumbs
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning (see recipe below)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
2 sticks butter
2 lemons, sliced
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a baking dish, stir together the breadcrumbs, chopped pecans/walnuts, brown sugar and Creole seasoning.
Line a cookie sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place defrosted tilapia fillets on foil lined sheet. Melt one (1) stick of butter. Pour melted butter over fillets to lightly coat.
Working with one fillet at the time, dredge each fillet in dry mixture, coating each side. Place the fillets on the cookie sheet. Top each fillet with a lemon slice. Top each lemon slice with a pat of butter (1½ teaspoons).
Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn oven up to 400 degrees F.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and top each fillet with a generous pinch of fresh parsley.
Return the cookie sheet to the now 400 degree F oven. Continue baking fillets for an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Recipe for Creole Seasoning
1/3 cup paprika
3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion
4 teaspoons dried thyme
4 teaspoons granulated garlic
In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic. Stir to combine. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.
Pale. Soft. Feminine. The color blush came out of the gate a hot trend for 2014. As it goes with the ebb and flow of trends, decoristas discover a renewed blush color crush on this delightful color.
A pale soft pink with a whisper hint of brown undertone, blush pink is trending around again. Estee Lauder Fresh Air makeup in Ivory Mist is my beauty foundation must have, and has been for 39 years. The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.
It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.
Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home. Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.
Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.
Copper cookware and decorative accents continue to be a favored choice of kitchen ware. Exquisite in composition and artistic in execution, culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best. Celebrated chefs and accomplished cooks know the advantages of using copper cookware in food preparation.
The stove to table taste of home ritual most of us engage in on a daily basis far better serves the sizzle, sauté, sauce and simmer when the cookware used results in superior performance and quality taste. Temperature uniformity is essential in the cooking process. Too much heat scorches and burns while too little heat deters the notes of taste and flavor. Copper is an excellent heat conductor- the maestro of materials.
Copper cookware distributes a precise and even heat which is the essential element for proper temperature control. Gorgeous is as gorgeous works, and copper cookware plates a gorgeous taste. It’s Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious!
Decorative accents and embellishments should enhance the design rather than overpower it. Less proves to be so much more in many design and decorating instances, visually speaking. Take this white French kitchen hood accented with copper trim as an example. The copper trim really pops against the white, and draws the eye to the contrast between the exposed brick backsplash/back wall and rustic wood truss with focal point precision.
I have kept this style spotted copper milk can or creamer or whatever it is from the 2011 Kitchen of the Year created by chef Tyler Florence in my thoughts over the years. It made that big of an impression on me. In the presence of dark cabinetry, high-tech appliances and farm to modern rustic, yet refined kitchen design and accessories stands this most impressive copper accent piece. The look created when mixing and mingling traditional and modern design and decorating styles with an antique or vintage piece is thinking outside of the box of standard decor rules focal point perfection.
Patina and pit marks come with age. I consider these perfect imperfections. Patina is the greenish brown film that covers the surface of bronze, copper and similar metals brought on by the natural process of oxidation.
I purchase vintage copper cookware with an extremely careful eye. Buying vintage copper cookware pieces for decorating purposes differs from buying copper cookware pieces to actually prepare food in. Vintage copper cookware pieces tend to be made of unlined copper. Unlined copper is categorized as a reactive metal, and may interact with foods. Safety in cooking is of the utmost importance.
Consider opting for copper pots and pans lined in tin or stainless steel which creates a nonreactive lining. When cleaning copper cookware and decorative accents, avoid using an abrasive cleaner to eliminate the risk of scratching the copper. Allow your copper cookware to cool down after use. The sudden temperature change from stove burner to dishwater can promote warping.
Be it copper, copper over tin or copper over stainless steel- the point is the look, performance and decorative effect. The availability of copper cookware and interior and exterior decor items with a wide range of price points is in our favor. 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.