How Do You Set the Scene to Welcome Personal Style Home

Gearing up to add a touch of fall to house and home, the creative process requires giving thought to the elements of design and decorating that will best welcome personal style home.

Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth Drake

I look at each individual space in terms of framing a scene à la Hollywood set designer or director.  With a discerning eye, I evaluate what makes the cut.

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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.

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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.

 

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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Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.

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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.

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Thoughts on Fall and What I Associate Autumn With

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.

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I’ve broaden my when will fall get here consults to include the SmokyMountains.com‘s fall foliage prediction map.

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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.

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Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.

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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.

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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.

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I associate autumn with a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.

saying-graceA 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.

Buckhorn Inn Gatlinburg

Buckhorn Inn

I associate autumn, East Tennessee and family with crisp colorful fall afternoons spent in the Smoky Mountains and special times at the Buckhorn Inn.

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I associate autumn with natural beauty.

I associate autumn with robust colors of amber, magenta, crimson, tobacco, sage, aubergine, arugulamarigold, brick, moss, forest, caramel, and paprika.

I associate autumn with trees of ginkgo, maple, apple, persimmon and magnolia.

I associate autumn with sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot chocolate in hand listening to the sounds of the local high school bands.

I associate autumn with delicious seasonal dishes, sweets, and warm beverages.

I associate autumn with scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, amber, fig, spice and cedar wood.

I associate autumn with the warmth of fabrics woven and woolen.

I associate autumn with cozy spaces, simple pleasures, and the warmth of an inviting home.

What do you associate autumn with?

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South Dakota, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Florida and Alabama Vacation Photos

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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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.

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Our son on tap and taste duty at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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There would be more pictures, but the newest addition to their family, Dallas, chewed through both of their laptop charger cords.

Two observations:

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.

Congressional Country Club

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.

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tomb-unknown-soldierTomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

The Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial 

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Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Toes in the sand without a vacation care in the world until company arrives.

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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.

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A Most Fetching Design Friday: T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker

Today’s A Most Fetching Design Friday features impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.

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Striking images from design portfolios gifts the house and home enthusiast designs to admire and interiors by which to glean inspiration from.

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T.S. Adams Studio, Architects

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.

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1836 Antique Turkey Engraving – Meleagris Gallopavo 

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Antique Copper Cooler

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Theodore Alexander Rustic Hickory Chair

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T. S Adams Studio, Architects

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T. S. Adams Studio, Architects

Lighting fixtures are the jewelry of a space.

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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.

Beesthorpe Lantern

Beesthorpe Lantern

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William T Baker & Associates-James Lockhart Photo

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Great American Homes Volume III

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William T. Baker – James Lockheart Photographer – Mandy Culpepper Interiors

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.

Louisiana-home-William-T-Baker-AssociatesWilliam T. Baker – Louisiana Low Country

I hope you enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring a selection of impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

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.

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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.

hello-beautiful-rugHello Beautiful Loop Pile Script Print 3’x4″ x 5′ Room Rug

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.

The Emily & Meritt Faux Headboard Tapestry, Black

The Emily & Meritt Faux Headboard Tapestry, Black

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.

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Rylan Floral Complete Bedding Set

Rylan Floral Complete Bedding Set

Southern chic, y’all!

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Christian Siriano Soft Floral Comforter Set in Grey

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

MOD Home Serene Buddha DuvetMOD Home Serene Buddha Duvet

Calm Palm 6-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag

Calm Palm 6-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag

Flokati Faux Fur Throw BlanketFlokati Faux Fur Throw Blanket

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Home Expressions Shag Throw

Panels, Rugs, and Storage

Cover a window, a wall, or both with curtain panels.  Keep out the light while letting your style light shine.

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

Home Expressions™ Jacqueline Rod-Pocket Sheer Panel Pair

Home Expressions™ Jacqueline Rod-Pocket Sheer Panel Pair

Elrene Adaline Faux-Silk Room Darkening Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something chic, comfortable, and stylish.

Shapes Tufted Accent Rug Pink Shapes Tufted Accent Rug Pink 

Rashida Hand-Hooked Wool Sky/Berry Area Rug Rashida Hand-Hooked Wool Sky/Berry Area Rug 

nuloom-shag-rugNuloom Gynel Cloudy Shag Area Rug 

Camila Round Jute Rug

Camila Round Jute Rug

Dorset Ivory Fuchsia Indoor Area RugDorset Ivory Fuchsia Indoor Area Rug

Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

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Household Essentials Small Bling Decorative Storage Box in GoldHousehold Essentials Small Bling Decorative Storage Box in Gold

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.  Table, desk, string, and just fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

 

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The Emily & Meritt Crown Lamp

 

Marble Base UplightBetter Homes & Gardens Marble Base Uplight

Mitchell Crystal Table Lamp

Mitchell Crystal Table Lamp

Task Desk Lamp

Task Desk Lamp

Gold Love Stick LampGold Love Stick Lamp

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Teardrop Luxe Blush Table Lamp

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Eiffel-Tower-string-lightsEiffel Tower 10′ LED Glimmer Strings®

Seating Options

Faux Fur Butterfly ChairFaux Fur Butterfly Chair

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The Emily & Meritt Bed of Roses Beanbag

Sallie Fuzzy PoufSallie Fuzzy Pouf

Project 101 Velvet Petal Stool Blush Gold

Project 101 Velvet Petal Stool Blush Gold

Ruthie Velvet Floor PillowRuthie Velvet Floor Pillow

Rockin' Roller Desk ChairRockin’ Roller Desk Chair

Super Chic Desk Accessories

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Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2

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Oversized Tortoise Spiral Journal

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2018-2019 Erisha Fashionista Academic Planner

GOLD-WIRE-BASKET

Metal Wire Basket

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Hand Clamp Metal Wall Decor

Hand Clamp Metal Wall Decor

floral-words-binder-clipsGold Floral & Words Binder Clips

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Slant Watermelon Trinket Dish  ||  Kate Aspen 4-Pack Flamingo Trinket Dishes  ||  Jay Import Pink Agate Trinket Box

Lilly Pulitzer® Lilly Pulitzer® Catch Wave Lidded Ring DishLilly Pulitzer® Lilly Pulitzer® Catch Wave Lidded Ring Dish

Pencils.  Pens.   Make-up Brushes.  Paper/Binder Clips.   Keys.   Jewelry.

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DIY Fabulous

Wall Decor

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.

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3 Letter Wooden Monogram

The curated look is easily accomplished with chic and stylish wall art.  The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.

Spring Giclee Canvas Art Print

Spring Giclee Canvas Art Print

Makeup Brush Canvas Wall Art

Marble TapestryMarble Tapestry

C Est La Vie Framed Canvas

C’est La Vie Framed Canvas

Tutus And Bows Canvas Wall Art

Tutus And Bows Canvas Wall Art

Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.

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Bed and Bath

Sparkle Throw Pillow Pillowfort™Sparkle Throw Pillow (20″x12″) Gray – Pillowfort™

 

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Oliver Gal Velvet Animal Pumps Pillow

 

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Good Morning Gorgeous

pink-buffalo-check-throw-pillowBuffalo Check Oblong Outdoor Throw Pillow

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Monogram Pillowcase

Tropical Flamingo Indoor/Outdoor Square Throw PillowTropical Flamingo Indoor/Outdoor Square Throw Pillow

Cut Plush Bed Rest

Cut Plush Bed Rest

Hedgehogs Ultra Soft Sheet SetHedgehogs Ultra Soft Sheet Set

200tc Eiffel Tower Sheet Set200tc Eiffel Tower Sheet Set

Au Naturale Bath MatAu Naturale Bath Mat

Wonderly Wonderly Cotton Bath Rug

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6pk Fancy Llama Wash Cloths

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Morgan Home Fashions 6pc Washcloth Set

Goodies and Gadgets 

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

 

Scallop Kids Accent Table

Scallop Accent Table – Pillowfort™

Acton Side Table

Acton Side Table

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Diva Decorative Storage Bench

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JOY Huggable Hangers® Shirt Hangers 24-pack – Brass

Ruffles White WastebasketRuffles White Wastebasket

Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light 

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The Emily & Meritt Crown Tray

Crabot HD Stereo Wireless Headsets

 Crabot HD Stereo Wireless Headset

 

Honsky Solid Portable Universal Aluminum Desktop Desk Stand Hands Free Mobile Smart Cell Phone Holder Tablet Display Stand,

Desktop Desk Stand Hands Free Mobile Smart Cell Phone Holder Tablet Stand

 

tablet-holderAibocn Universal Portable Aluminum Stand Holder Mini Retina Nexus Desktop Phone Stand for Galaxy iPhone iPad Tablet

kate spade new york® kate spade new york® Blush Rugby Stripe Lunch Tote

kate spade new york®Blush Rugby Stripe Lunch Tote

Vera Bradley lunch cooler

Vera Bradley Lunch Cooler

kate spade new york® kate spade new york® Rectangular Food Storage Containers, 4-Piece Set

kate spade new york®Rectangular Food Storage Containers, 4-Piece Set 

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

cheetah-print-coffee-mug3dRose Cheetah Animal Print – Art, Ceramic Mug, 15-ounce

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Rae Dunn Refresh 

Banana Leaf Print Fridge SkinBanana Leaf Print Fridge Skin

I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.

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Football Season Tiger Talk: Tailgating Tablescapes Ideas

Conversations, estimations, and prognostications for the upcoming LSU Tigers football season has gone from a meow to a roar.

Norman-Catwell

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.

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Tiger Stadium

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.

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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.

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Dooney & Bourke NCAA LSU Handbag

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.

 

Vince Camuto Aryna Clear Cross-Body BagVince Camuto Aryna Clear Cross-Body Bag

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.

 

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NCAA Women’s Louisiana State University Tigers Purple/Gold Sandal

 

Crossband Leather Slide Sandals

Coconuts by Matisse Crossband Leather Slide Sandals

 

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Espadrille Slip-On Sneakers

 

Warm Lined Suede BootsWarm Lined Suede Boots

 

Military Anorak Safari Jacket CoatMilitary Anorak Safari Jacket Coat

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Eye of the Tiger

Tortoise Cutout Drop EarringsTortoise Cutout Drop Earrings

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Tiger Tailgating

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.

Sonoma Natural Beaded Brown 8-light Chandelier

Sonoma Natural Beaded Brown 8-light Chandelier

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.

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Online Fabric Store

There’s no crying in football or spilled chili, dip, gumbo, cocktails, etc…

Spills happen.

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.

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Artificial Grass Table Runner

I really like this artificial grass table runner option.  Dress it up or dress it down style on the field.

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Football Field Burlap Jute 96″ Table Runner

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.

gold-faux-wood-chargerGold Faux Wood Charger

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Magnolia Leaves Wreath

Wreaths make fantastic candle rings for tailgating tablescapes, and when  football season is over you can use these for home for the holidays decorating.

STONEBRIAR COLLECTION Medium Rustic Metal Hurricane Lantern

Stonebriar Collection Rustic Metal Hurricane Lantern

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Treasure Chest

Louisiana tailgating must include several lanterns in the New Orleans architectural styles design .

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Dark Metal Lantern

Birch slab round tree slices, woven trays, and baskets make the extra point as serving pieces and decorative additions for the fall football tailgating tablescape of it all.

Birch Slab Round Tree Slices

Birch Slab Round Tree Slices

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Woven Rectangle Tray

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Woven Baskets

Natural Wheat Stacks make the starting lineup for fabulous tailgating tablescapes accessories.

Good look, great height.

Natural Wheat Stack With Ribbon

Natural Wheat Stack With Ribbon

Easy to work with centerpiece options include a team mascot figurine, collectible helmet, and a bronze poly-stone football player sculpture.

 

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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.

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Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

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.

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Bulk Metal Vases with Rope Accents

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Natural Birch Bark Zinc Planter Pots

Boston ferns hanging baskets placed in plastic urns or simply placed tabletop add a touch of casual elegance.

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Pumpkin time is coming.   Fresh, decorative, painted, carved or football- the pumpkin is a decorative powerhouse.

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Hobby Lobby

Copper Glitter-Dipped Pumpkin

Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby

Silver Galvanized Metal Pumpkin

Hobby Lobby

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.

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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.

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Marble Cake Stand

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Nordic Ware Pumpkin Wheat Loaf Pan

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Petite Ellis Stand

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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.

Corin Melamine Long Spice Orange Serving Platter

Corin Melamine Long Spice Orange Serving Platter

The Lodge cast iron bowl is a tailgating must have when serving chili, soup, stew or Frito chili pie.

Lodge 12-Ounce Cast Iron Mini Serving Bowl

Lodge 12-Ounce Cast Iron Mini Serving Bowl 

Vintage wares make chic tablescape pieces.

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Treasure Chest

The vintage wood crate is a tailgate tablescapes dream to work with as a flatware caddy, wrapped food holder, cocktail garnishes, or condiment holder.

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Bread Bags 

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Stainless Steel Garnish Branches

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

These versatile and sturdy crates add just the right amount of vintage to the look and ease to tote, travel, and tablescape.

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Chili and chilly is a delicious tailgating combination for fall game days.

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Golden Rabbit Enamel Swirl Latte Mug

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.

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I like items that pull double tableware duty.

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Grecian Urn – Bloem

Is it an urn for a fall foliage centerpiece or is it a stylish beverage tub?

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LSU College Town Glass

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.

galvanized-burger-holderGalvanized Burger Basket

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sugar-moldSugar Mold

A sugar mold also makes an excellent condiment holder.

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Whiskey Barrel Burgers ~ Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Regional cuisine ranks high in taste and popularity with hungry fans, and the cook friendly one pot principal scores extra points for easy.

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Places In The Home Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 

Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with pork cracklin’s has Louisiana c’est si bon written all over it.

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Toups’ Cracklin’s

Ingredients

5 pounds skin-on pork belly

4 cups lard

Peanut oil, for frying

Cracklin’ Spice (recipe follows)

Directions

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.

Cracklin’ Spice

Ingredients

½ cup ground chile de árbol

½ cup popcorn salt*

¼ cup ground white pepper

¼ cup minced garlic

¼ cup celery salt

¼ cup sugar

Directions

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.

-Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans as featured in Louisiana Cookin’

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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!

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Styling Tips For Rearranging Home Decor Accessories

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.

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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.

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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.

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?

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New cabinet hardware is a must, and let me tell you why.

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Changing out cabinet hardware is an inexpensive update, an install I am ridiculously brilliant at, and delivers instant visual gratification.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My taste in decorative porcelain figurines has gone to the dogs.

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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.

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I marked the spot today.

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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.

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I still love the wallpaper in the foyer, but this Orchid has seen better days.

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A meyer lemon tree could work, but I’m also considering the very trendy fiddle leaf fig in my rearranging home decor accessories scheme.

dwarf-bare-root-meyer-lemon-treeDwarf Bare Root Meyer Lemon Tree

Trendy isn’t normally an appealing notion, but I really like the look and am up to the challenge of keeping the thing alive and kicking.  Domino has a good article on fiddle leaf care  Everything You Need to Know About the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig Floor Plant 

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.

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Verandah House

Rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home is what I’m doing on my summer vacation.   The look is updated and everything old is new again.

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My Personal Interpretation of Modern Farmhouse Style

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.

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Polsky Perlstein Architects ~  Michael Hospelt Photography

Inspiration is everywhere, especially in forgotten photo file folders that evoke the thoughts and memories of past that shape my present personal interpretation of modern farmhouse style.

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Domino

On a recent save and purge photo scroll and purge, I came across a fall folder packed with pics from a staging session.

dough-bowl-applesArchitectural Digest

The dough bowl is well represented in many of the photos as it is what I consider the standard decorating accessory depicting farmhouse style.

apples-dough-bowlWho’s ready for fall?

Farmhouse is in my DNA, so to speak.   I come from a long line of farmhouse admirers as you will learn from the abbreviated backstory a few paragraphs down.

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Flickr

Abandoned, inhabited, primitive, pristine and historic- I’ve never met a farmhouse I haven’t loved, or at the very least appreciated.  Condition proves irrelevant to the enamored.  A good eye sees past the past straight to the innate beauty found in intricate millwork, stately embellishments, and architectural details.

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Design Sponge ~ Photo by Maxwell Tielman

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Pecky Cypress

These treasure-troves of design and decorating leave a lasting and inspiring impression.

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Texas Farm Bureau ~ Julie Vrazel Tomascik

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.

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Over the Louisiana bayous and down the Texas farm-to-market roads, to great-grandmother’s house we go with a Glen Campbell 8-track in the Philco ever gentle on our minds and nary a seat belt fastened or care in the world.

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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.

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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.

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To put show to tell, I’ve sourced a collection of images, accessories and curiosities in the manner of modern farmhouse style.

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Carved Walnut Library Table

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Wreath Mirror in Shimmer

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Marinette 33 in. Clear Glass Table Lamp

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“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

— Le Corbusier

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

Filbert Gerhardt - Horse Sketch - Soicher Marin ArtFilbert Gerhardt – Horse Sketch – Soicher Marin Art

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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.

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Industrial Island / Centre Table

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Abel Round Mirror

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Hand Painted Italian Decorative Box

Alessandra-rugAlessandra Area Rug

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

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Hitting the Magnolia Jackpot Right Outside the Front Door

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1980s Portraiture Framed Oil Painting of Greyhound Whippet by Dawne Hill

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EBTH

Now more than ever I am convinced the nouns of our lives, the people, places and things that leave a lasting impression play a significant role in our personal style choices.

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Schoolhouse

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Domino

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From Me to You Upscale Market

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.

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Loire Valley Double Sideboard

Deville Russelle Sideboard

Deville Russelle Sideboard

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Uttermost Treneece Distressed Antique Grey 1-light Table Lamps

Tapered Hex Column LampTapered Hex Column Lamp

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Canal Sofa

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Sylvester Sofa

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Waldorf 2 Door Accent Cabinet

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Painted Box Club Sofa Bench

Warmth through color, texture and pattern exemplifies the cozy nature of  of farmhouse style.

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The White Sparrow Barn

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Koge Swing Arm Lamp

farmhouse-family-roomFarmhouse Family Room

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Better Homes & Gardens

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base 

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.

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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.

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

Andillac China CabinetAndillac China Cabinet

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Benjamin Dhong Interiors

The tops and shelves of farmhouse and modern farmhouse style sideboards and accent cabinets are made for housing distinctive wares and decorative accessories such as…

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Elle Decoration

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Milk Decoration

Transferware.

french-transferwareAntique French Ironstone Transferware Tureen H.B.& Cie.CHOISY-le-Roi

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Ironstone.

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers,

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers

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Verlaine Bookcase

Decorative decor accessories.

Caliope Horse FigurineCaliope Horse Figurine

Butcher blocks and cutting boards.

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Vintage Large Round Bread Board

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Curtis & Windham Architects

counter-stool-upholstered-seatEnderlin 24″ Bar Stools

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Boccioni Large Recycled Glass Jug

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Stoneware Salt Cellar – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Let’s continue on with the classic farmhouse to modern farmhouse style accents and accessories that make the gotta have it list.

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Stephens Design Group

Stephens Design Group

Hydrangeas.

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Art ll Canvas Print

cow-head-wall-accentThe Bessie Cow Head Wall Decor

Cow and/or bull head wall decor.

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Nest

bull-head-wall-decorVintage pitchers and creamers.

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white-flat-front-cabinets-black-soapstone-countertopsDecorPad

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Framed and unframed art.

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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.

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