Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines a nightlight on the importance of a tranquil bedroom where mind, body and eye benefit from quality downtime and restful style. I’ve discovered the antidote to the energy draining, oppressive and tedious days of summer- retreating to a tranquil bedroom where I check stress, devices, and the general noise of the day that grinds the gears at the door.
What design elements constitute a tranquil bedroom for one may not for another. In design and in the pursuit of tranquility, personal preference makes the world go round. Count me among those that unwind by watching television before bed. Dave the Builder yammers wonders aloud how I can include watching television in my downtime is the right time viewing routine.
To quote a line from Sex and the City (a late night viewing favorite), “I love it, it’s my thing. Let it go.”
Dave and I often play the what would you buy if you won the lottery game. When I do win the lottery (the power of positive thinking) fresh flowers will grace the accent, dining, vanity, and bedside tabletops throughout Casa de Places In The Home. In the meantime, the markdown sections of grocery store floral departments beautifully and affordably allow me to indulge my penchant for keeping an arrangement of fresh flowers on the bedside table.
Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.
The tranquil bedroom decorated by Brannan Geary is a Southern charmer. The classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood, stunning window treatments, and fresh flowers beautifully demonstrate how the use of classic patterns, soft color palettes, and antique furnishings frame a tranquil bedroom.
I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.
This lamp is one of a pair that belonged to my grandmother. The pair of vintage porcelain lamps in the Brannan Geary decorated bedroom inspired me to head to the Hopefully Classic storage closet to retrieve these vintage porcelain lamps with the express purpose of reintroducing into a calm, cool, and collected bedroom.
Our 4th of July celebration finds me taking a few minutes between festivities to wish you all a Happy 4th of July while I enjoy a cup of tea and some quality keyboard time. I love the lead up to the big celebration, but life, like decorating and design, is all about balance. We’re about to get this patriotic pops party started in bing, bang, boom fashion, and I bet you are doing the same at your own Happy 4th of July celebration.
Tradition rings red, white, and blue true in a patriotic color palette. Variations and creative interpretations of the patriotic color palette allow for fresh takes, takes primed for impressing the eye of the new traditional loyal.
Drum up the drama and set off the visual fireworks in shades, hues and tones of regal reds, shades of white, and brilliant blues. A space defined, detailed, and draped in an updated interpretation of the classic red, white, and blue color scheme pops the color in new traditional style.
Don’t shy from purchasing a lamp(s) with a shade that does not float your boat or without a shade at all. Celebrate your independence from the unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, and lackluster by creating a custom piece by replacing or purchasing a shade(s) suited to your taste, color preference and the canvas of the space.
The color combination of red, white and blue is synonymous with regal grandeur. Patriotic as well as impressive, the red, white, and blue color palette makes a bold design and home decor statement from floor to ceiling.
Pop the color, say cheers to the American spirit, and savor the flavor on this Independence Day. Place the spotlight on fun, an impressive party palette, and the snacks, the crackles and the pops that go with letting freedom ring. I think that’s a simple yet spectacular recipe for party success!
You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom. Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.
More on that further down the post.
Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home. I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.
Displaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.
Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.
I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this,
but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.
Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.
My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American. His love of country was rooted in the American flag. He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him. In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.
What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece? I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.
Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention. I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.
I’m staying true red, white, and blue with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.
Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu. Some want it roasted, some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions, and some want it boiled or as it was put to me the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.
Summer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu. Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.
From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair. We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style. We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July and if things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.
First days generate inspiration, enthusiasm, and general fancy. The first day of summer green lights the official start of the vacation had to get getaway season, a wave of let’s hit the beach-shore-coast good times, and a reason to reflect the beauty of the season throughout house and home. Coastal home decor and furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns accentuate the casual elegance and seaside sophistication hallmarks of coastal style.
Fresh looks and fresh furnishings accent seasonal summer decorating and updating.
The high tide high traffic flow of beach to retreat traffic an area rug or runner sees is the main reason I don’t normally source or suggest selecting a wool rug, however I do like the statement look created by layering a Persian rug over a jute rug in a space less traveled such as a home office as shown in the image above. Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.
Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood wall shelf. I would not shy away from painting the shelf or the entire piece in your favorite coastal color. Studying the piece, I vote metallic. So sea chic!
The ocean, sea or gulf shares the commonalities of form, color, texture, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating. Quality beach time inspires a sea to shore moodboard.
When a season, a destination, or an activity touches the heart of your family, it is only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor. The traditional aspects- wicker, rattan, serene color palettes, crisp cotton, stripes, woven naturals, upholstered linen and bamboo are well-appointed and well represented in this coastal home decor show and tell.
After carefully studying the form, fabric and function of the Rosario Slipper Chair, I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have. Pair it with a complementing throw pillow or footstool and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.
Millennials love Mid-Century Modern, or at least the fourteen in the Places In The Home family do. I could not resist sharing the Westwood 2 Door Accent Cabinet with you all. The style is chic, the pattern is summer spot on, and the home bar is open.
Note to summer: We’ve got a lot of irons in the summer campfire. Summer simple suggestions in chic summer style for bedecking interior and exterior settings, entertaining, dishing up summer fare, and outdoor living it up easy peasy is greatly appreciated.
Southern, Northern, Eastern or Western Living- regardless of geographical location, summer living and loving decoristas have got the memo, and it’s all about keeping it summer simple and summer simple suggestions.
It’s kinda sorta tough to kick back, relax and savor the season when you notice heavy equipment sitting on the sidewalk in front of your house and you, the homeowner, have no earthly idea what it is doing there.
Seems our city water department has a little curb appeal water line improvement of their own in mind. This does not make my summer simple suggestions list.
Progress isn’t always a pretty process, and the installation of a new water lines makes it difficult to achieve summer curb appeal style, but we forge on.
We trimmed the unattractive dead sago palm fronds and within a week new green growth emerged. Here’s a trick in my simple summer suggestions repertoire for getting your Sago palm(s) summer curb appeal ready.
Sago Palm Care
Outdoor planted Sago palm care involves watering the plant regularly until it takes root. I like the look and the drought tolerant aspect of the mature Sago palm. Fertilize at least once a month beginning in spring to aid in active growth. Covering the base of the plant with mulch will help to protect the roots from cold snaps. In inclement winter weather or fall freeze, we cover the exposed Sago palm with a heavy duty extra large black trash bag to protect it.
If it’s not one thing, it’s this.
Cue The Rolling Stones, cause it’s shattered.
The lawn and garden guy’s super duper heavy duty weed eater took aim at a loose piece of exposed aggregate, obliterating the exterior glass panel of the patio French garden door. One simply can’t patio pretty with ugly on parade. Thank goodness for the friend who frequents our summer patio soirees that just so happens to own a local glass company.
It’s time once again to get your summer soiree on, and the ideas for fun in the sun or evening tiki torch, lantern or string light are flowing. We’re working with what we’ve got in the front of the house, and if you are like us, you’re getting your porch, patio and deck hangin’ game plan down pat. Comfortable, fun, relaxing, refreshing, simple, tasty and stylish as chic- this is my number one summer simple suggestions formula for a festive summer gathering.
If Ina Uses It
I read with interest an article listing the pros and cons of a charcoal grill. The pros outnumber the cons, and personal preference trumps all however, the one pro of the charcoal grill worth mentioning is worth mentioning. Grilling on a charcoal grill ups the flavor quotient and gives great grilled flavor.
Brushing the grate with oil helps to prevent food from sticking. Take three or four paper towels and wad them up in a bunch. Pick up the paper towels with tongs and dip into a bowl of peanut, Canola or vegetable oil. Lightly coat the grate and proceed to grill.
Ina is a huge fan of the charcoal chimney starter. Using a charcoal chimney starter is both easy and a safe way to get things cooking. I hate the taste of lighter fluid, and am leery of it as well. When you use a charcoal chimney starter there is no need for lighter fluid. Simply fill the chimney starter about ¾ full with charcoal and light it over several sheets of scrunched up newspaper over the bottom grill grate.
Allow the fire to catch and then burn for about 10-20 minutes or until the fire comes out of the top and the coals are glowing orange. Carefully spread out the charcoal in a single layer across the bottom cooking grate, place the oiled grate on top, and you’re ready to grill.
As Ina Garten would say, how fabulous is that?
Speaking of Simple Summer Suggestions, Ina Garten, Summer Fare and Grilling
3 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the grill
1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces grated Gruyere
12 small Brioche buns
4 ounces baby arugula
3 medium tomatoes, sliced in 1/8-inch-thick rounds
2 small red onions, sliced in 1/8-inch-thick rounds
Ketchup, for serving
Build a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill.
Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the mustard, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix gently with a fork to combine, taking care not to compress the ingredients. Shape the meat into 12 (2-inch) patties of equal size and thickness.
When the grill is medium-hot, brush the grill grate with oil to keep the sliders from sticking. Place the sliders on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Turn the sliders over with a spatula and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until medium-rare, or cook longer if you prefer the sliders more well done. For the last 2 minutes of cooking time, place ½-ounce Gruyere on the top of each burger and close the grill lid. Remove the sliders to a platter and cover with foil.
Slice the buns in half crosswise and toast the halves cut side down on the grill.
Divide the baby arugula among the 12 bottom buns, top each with a slider, and finish with a slice of tomato and red onion. Cover with the top of the bun and serve hot with ketchup.
Culinary experiments put the taste and c’est si bon in the summer entertaining mix. Summer menus require summer classics, new discoveries and improved additions.
Fried chicken is practically required eating in the South and a mainstay of the summer dining and picnic table. Once the Places In The Home gang discovered how good the fried chicken is from the deli at our local Kroger, frying chicken at home has become a thing of the past.
Here’s my tip for simply summer impressive- it’s all in the presentation. I go heavy on the presentation and simple with the preparation. I picked up a pack of mini terra-cotta clay pots at the dollar store to use as individual s’mores supply pots.
Chippy, rusty, and charming- this vintage Hershey’s Milk Chocolate metal tray would make a great serving tray or decorative accent for the s’mores table.
Vintage ironstone and in the style of vintage table linens set a summer chic table. A quick trip to an antique shop, garage sale or Goodwill store usually results in an ironstone serving piece find or two. Vintage picnic wares and baskets bring memories to the table, and can be used for the actual purpose of food and beverage and/or as decorative accents.
Dave the Builder and I bought a vintage picnic table from a fellow antiques dealer with the express purpose of featuring it in a summer display at Hopefully Classic. I used a vintage picnic basket filled with hydrangeas for a super easy, super cute centerpiece. You can make quite the keep it summer simple statement with a collection of glass jars or melamine vegetable bowl and whatever flowers, greenery or veggies are growing fresh in your yard or garden. No garden or flowers on the homestead? Check out the floral department and produce section of your favorite grocery store.
Mini watermelons on a natural table runner of Pittosporum and Lemon Lime Nandina is summer simple and summer chic.
Ears of fresh corn with the husks slightly peeled back in order to expose the corn kernels grouped in threes and tied with woven ribbon of your color, pattern and texture choice or metallic twisted rope is another fresh centerpiece idea.
Bring the sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and cool. Puree the plums, cooled syrup, and lime juice in two batches, using a blender, until smooth. Stir the plum puree and yogurt together in a large mixing bowl.
Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about ½ inch at the top, as the mixture will expand when it freezes. Follow popsicle mold manufacturer’s instructions and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
Have you heard about these new scratch-and-sniff Frozen Treats stamps inspired by summer and the whimsical watercolor illustrations of Margaret Berg? These will be great for those summer cookout-party-soiree snail mail invitations.
Pair your favorite frozen treat with a glass of sparkling wine for a little zing. Dipping a frozen treat into a chilled glass of sparkling wine pops the flavor notes and takes summer treat to a whole new tasting dimension. Prosecco grapes is another winner. These frozen treats are super easy to make and quite refreshing.
2 lb. green grapes
1 bottle prosecco
4 oz. vodka
½ cup granulated sugar
In a large bowl, pour prosecco and vodka over grapes. Let them soak in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Drain in a colander and pat dry. On a shallow plate, roll the grapes in sugar until fully coated, then serve.
A pinning, sourcing and swooning eye spy session put inspiration to idea for this in the Lowcountry style of show and tell. Recently I received an email from Traditional Home which piqued my interest (isn’t that the point?). As most of us do, I followed through with a click and, Lowcountry and behold, I discovered the feature “Breezy Lowcountry Home by Amy Elbert.” The image gallery featured fifteen images capturing the charm of the inviting spaces and places of a vacation home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry designed by architect Geoffrey Bray and interior designer Wendy Kirkland. Even though the article appears to be from the June 2014 issue, it proves classic design and decorating choices rooted in symmetry and proportion stand the test of time and trend.
I really like this image of the great room vignette, and thought it may be fun to emulate the look in an in the Lowcountry style of show and tell feature. I can’t tell you how many times a client has started a consultation by showing me an image from a shelter magazine or Pinterest followed up with a request for the completed space(s) to look exactly as pictured in the aforementioned image. Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve yet to meet a decorista who hasn’t flattered the heck out of designer or decorator by borrowing from a well designed and decorated space. Call it a creative compliment.
I don’t participate in, condone, nor suggest taking the work of another and calling it your own.
What I have done and continue to do is use the initial presentation as inspiration and from there incorporate my own personal in the Lowcountry style of preferences.
Sourcing furnishings and decor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques, vintage and new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance and beauty.
Antique buffets, sideboards, and servers make excellent spot pieces. I’ve seen them used in foyers, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms, mudrooms, bathrooms- you get the idea. Antique furniture does not do it for everyone, but when you compare quality, price, patina and presence of an antique piece to a new piece, often there is no comparison between the two.
When I can’t find the exact item or don’t exactly love the piece in totality, I pull from the highlights and work from there. A large natural barnacle cluster paired with a Rosewood rectangular display stand images the look while being more in line with my own taste.
The lamp featured in the game room vignette is made from architectural salvage. The antique reproduction stool/chair is upholstered in a Pearson fabric. I’ve come up with several in the Lowcountry style of recommendations for your decorating consideration.
The on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays season complete with summer ready spots of relaxation and entertaining decked out to impress is ready to a kick off. Memorial Day is fast approaching with the 4th of July and Labor Day arriving sooner than later. The Canadian snowbird couple celebrated Victoria Day this past Monday, and the snaps of their deck and yard getting summer ready mirrors what many of us are patio planning.
Ollie by Gollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue love spending time outdoors soaking up the sun. Winter is in the rearview mirror, and we are looking ahead to outdoor living, entertaining, and my favorite, decorating, with the full-on colors, patterns, and textures that visually convey the message summer has arrived. The warm temps of spring every days and summer holidays is inspiration central for those who love decorating and celebrating their outdoor living life on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays.
Summer evenings set to a serene and tranquil scene usher in a leave the fast track behind and escape to relaxation destination. I love an outdoor space that visually draws you in and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.
Great lighting is an essential part of framing the space- indoors and outdoors. I always suggest adding or at least consider adding a chandelier and/or table lamp(s) to your patio, porch, terrace or deck space. These lighting options inject a touch of casual elegance and make the space more intimate.
Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea. Convenience makes a fabulous party guest, and a beverage station or bar cart sur le patio is as convenient as it is necessary.
The image below reminds me of the vintage sewing machine stand I bought at a flea market when Dave the Builder and I were dating. Dave found a scrap piece of marble to serve as the top and we were in business.
I first used the marble top sewing machine stand as a bistro table, then a kitchen island, then a microwave stand, and eventually a poolside bar/beverage stand. Nothing fancy by any means, but unique (at the time) and very versatile.
Are you familiar with the site Wish.com? My niece-in-law introduced me to this online direct from China shopping site, and I have ordered several things from the site with no issues. The merchandise quality is good, I have had no problems with shipping dates, and the items arrive as advertised. I ordered this leaf linen throw pillow cover last summer, and I am so pleased with the product and the price.
Are you ready for the price?
$2.00 including shipping.
A quality look at a super inexpensive price. That’s a summer style deal I can get on board with.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday takes its royal inspiration straight from today’s headlines. In case you haven’t heard, there is a wedding of royal inspiration taking place Saturday in England at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The 4:00 a.m. CST nuptial festivities ring round awfully early therefore I am reveling in the pre wedding majesty. Pomp and circumstance, royal etiquette, morning coats and fascinator fascination- the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in line to become a fetching affair to remember. On this side of the pond, royal inspiration comes in all styles, shapes, streets and strengths.