On The Patio, Porch, Terrace, Decked Out Summer Holidays

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.

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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.

beach-style-porchHeather Garrett Design

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.

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Peter Billiards

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

 

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Natural Fiber/Glass Lantern

 

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Borin Iron/Glass Lantern

 

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Bungalow Rose Wood Lantern

A patio or porch or terrace or deck is a great space to pattern play with a splash of style and a pop of color.  Color, pattern, and texture enhances the look and emphasizes chic summer style.

Orly Rectangle 4' X 5'7" Outdoor Rug - Red / Natural - Safavieh®Orly Rectangle 4′ X 5’7″ Outdoor Rug – Red / Natural – Safavieh®

Cambridge-outdoor-rug

Francia Rug – Dark Green/Beige – Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection - Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection – Safavieh®

Texture blends well with casual chic in this woven wicker pendant in soft gray.

Lanston Wide Pendant, Soft GrayLanston Wide Pendant, Soft Gray

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.

 

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Y Decor LZ3349-Sunburst 12 Light Chandelier

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Gil Walsh Interiors

Pair a table lamp or lamps with a stylish outdoor side table.  These examples are specifically rated for outdoor use.

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

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Elliot Bay Outdoor Floor Lamp

 

Dimond Lighting Sandy Neck Oversized Outdoor Table Lamp in Distressed GreyDimond Lighting Sandy Neck Oversized Outdoor Table Lamp in Distressed Grey

 

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Artichoke Outdoor Table Lamp

 

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table - Safavieh®

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table – Safavieh® 

 

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

 

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Sagebrook Home Moroccan Garden

Paper lanterns make an affordable addition to your outdoor lighting scheme.

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Paper Lanterns

We use a fire pit as another form of lighting.

And for roasting marshmallows for summer s’mores.

And mosquito control aka natural buzz kill.

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

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Jamaica Woodburning Fire Pit 32″ x 15″ – Copper – Safavieh®

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.

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart 

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.

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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.

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Domino

 

outdoor-throw-pillow-wovenOutdoor Throw Pillow Square – Woven Narrow Stripe Black – Project 62™

 

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Indoor/Outdoor Flamingo Pillow

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

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Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Kirkland Black Floor Pillow

 

 

Andaman Fish SculptureAndaman Fish Sculpture

Now you know I will be adding this alligator lumbar pillow to the on the patio, porch, terrace or deck gotta have it list.

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

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.

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Leaf Linen Throw Pillow Cover

 

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Russet Orange Pillow  ||  Faux Natural Beige Pillow  ||  Cabana Stripe Pom Pillow  ||  Herd Together Decorative Pillow  ||  St. Tropez Pillow  ||  Serene Sea Urchin Decorative Pillow

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Gunn Landscape Architecture

 

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Pueblo Outdoor Wicker Club Chair With Water Resistant Cushions

 

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Patio Dining Table – Beige – Signature Design by Ashley

I absolutely love the color, pattern and texture of this patio umbrella.  Green and black is a hot color combination of late, and goes quite nice with the look of summer and summer holidays.

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9′ Round Patio Umbrella – Light Wood Pole – Threshold™ 

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Black and white stripes is a summer classic.

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

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The vibrancy of summer blooms in seasonal colors is accentuated by color rich decorative planters.

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Roped Bell Jar Resin Stone Urn Planter

 

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

 

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New England Pottery 17.25-in W x 17-in H Red Ceramic Classic Planter

 

Garden hose be gone, or at least housed in this beehive hose holder.

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Beehive Hose Holder

 

Do you know what a summer day and this post have in common?

They’re both long.

Summer days, summer nights, and summer holidays- are you ready to show your summer style off on your stylishly decorated patio, porch, terrace or deck?

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A Most Fetching Friday: Royal Inspiration

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.

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Royal Inspiration

Royal Icing

100 Years Of Royal Albert 1960 Golden Rose 3-Piece Place Setting

100 Years Of Royal Albert 1960 Golden Rose 3-Piece Place Setting

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Royal Street New Orleans

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Royal Blue

Crown-Royal

Crown Royal

RC-Cola

Royal Crown Cola

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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Royal Beauty Slate   ||   Crown Top Coral Reef    ||  Olde Francais Crown      Buckingham House Graphite

ROYAL PROMENADE - LAPIS

Royal Promenade in Lapis ~ Buckingham Wallpaper  by Designers Guild

I hope you  have a most fetching Friday and a wonderful weekend filled with royal inspiration.

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Apples to Apples: Lessons In Project Planning

Project planning supports project success.  Take the Google Doodle for example.  When I opened up Chrome Monday morning, the Google doodle successfully accomplished its purpose of informing me it’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Google

The celebration of our teachers got me to thinking about the special teachers I had and love to this day, the significant role a teacher plays in the lives of her/his students, and the apples to apples comparison between teacher project planning and decorista project planning.

kate spade new york Zadie Drive Apple Lidded Box

kate spade new york Zadie Drive Apple Lidded Box

Many of us have a special place in our heart and grateful appreciation for at least one teacher from our scholastic past.  I can trace aspects of the life lessons, confidence levels, journalism interests, political interests and organizational skills utilized in my daily professional and personal life back to three beloved teachers.

Einstein

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

-Albert Einstein

Their influence through the formative years positively shaped, molded, and impacted my life, and the lessons learned reach far beyond a textbook, chalkboard, Donny Osmond or David Cassidy notebook.

Sweet and innocent were the times.

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I am struck by the similarities between teacher lesson planning and decorista project planning.  With the teacher lesson plan, planning is crucial to a successful instructional experience.  To be effective in classroom management, it is necessary to remain focused on the task at hand before moving on to the next activity.  When a teacher provides his or her students with step-by-step instructions, it makes for a smooth transition into the next subject.

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In regards to a home improvement or interior decorating project, a detailed project plan puts inspiration to paper, dollars to sense, purpose to project.

Begin with a Master Plan

Project planning is essential to the overall process from idea to design to decorating execution to finished product.

Check Yes or No

Will converting a space from let’s say a formal living room or rarely used guest bedroom into a home office be a beneficial transformation or a regrettable repurpose?

Study the space and evaluate if it may be of better use to your needs by taking a recess from its initial purpose.

Will moving a wall make the design grade?

Take the time to study the space, and let the walls or removal of them talk to you.
Project planning

Stay the Course

It is mighty tempting to tackle more than originally planned once you get into the project of it all.  Spreading the project love too thin can result in an incomplete or failing grade assigned to the design objective and decrease the desired quality of work.

Education is Project Power

Folks, let me let you in on a little secret.

There’s a whole lot more that goes into the home improvement interior design and interior decorating projects you see tackled and mastered on your favorite house to home show.  I’m not saying leave it to the professionals, but I do suggest doing your homework before jumping into the “I/we can do that” waters.

Do your homework by learning all you can through materials, fixtures and appliances manufacturer’s websites.  Access the FAQ page.  If you’ve got a question odds are someone else does too.

Take the time to watch the how-to videos.  Home improvement sites offer great tutorials, and YouTube is a treasure trove of information.

Read customer reviews and home improvement-interior design blogs.

Project planning is the essential tool beneficial to both teachers and decoristas.

#ThankATeacher  #AppreciateAnEducator

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Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

The Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 guide features gifts that run the gift giving gamut from color, pattern, texture, all in good taste, in the garden, kitchen or spa to spring to summer chic footwear, treats for the sweet and all things house that make a home accessories.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2018

A thoughtful, gracious or funny Mother’s Day card shows and tells your  mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends how much she is loved, admired and appreciated.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2018

Hilarious.

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Paper Source

Let’s begin with an across the miles video from HGTV offering 3 Mailable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 for your In the Garden, In the Kitchen, and In the Spa gift giving consideration.

In the Herb Garden Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

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Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia

Metal Watering Can - Cream - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Metal Watering Can – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder

H&M Scented Garden Herbs Ambiance Candle in Glass Holder

In the Kitchen Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

home is where your mom is cardPaper Source

My eye zeroed in on the In the Kitchen goodie box so that will be the source of Mother’s Day kitchen gifts sourcing.  The Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel  puts truth to beautiful words.

Jasmine Jones Mother's Day Dish Towel

Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel

Roots, memories, tastes and traditions traced to and from the place we call home.

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Draper James For the Love of the South

Recipes from the kitchen of …

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Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Cards   ||   Lemon Measuring Spoons  Kate Spade New York Strawberry Recipe Cards

 

Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print ApronSouthern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron

The Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron features a celery, onion and pepper motif– the home sweet home taste of Louisiana.

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Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt  ||  La Tourangelle Herbes de Provence Oil  ||  La Tourangelle Delicate Avocado Oil  ||  Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food  ||  Flamingo Spoon Rest  ||  Oneida® Stainless Steel Basting Spoon with Copper-Plated Handle

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Our Family Recipes Journal

In the Spa Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Molton Brown London Body Wash Gift Set, 10 Ct

Molton Brown London Body Wash Gift Set, 10 Ct

 

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A&G Floral Bath Salts Boxed Gift Set

 

sugar-rose-scrub  Love Beauty And Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub Creamy Body Scrub Peace and Glow

 

Philosophy philosophy - Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

Philosophy philosophy – Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

 

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Set of 4 Cynthia Rowley Hello Gorgeous Makeup Towels

cotton-night-shirtLight Pink Striped Cotton Night Shirt 

flamingo-bath-rugFlamingo Round Bath Rug

A Picture Is Worth a Number of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

I do like the Mother’s Day gift giving ideas inspiration offered in this image.

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Pink mirrored aviators sunglasses.

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Chic shoes.

dv Women's Elaine espadrille mule

dv Women’s Elaine espadrille mule

Tassel style.

Natural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with TasselNatural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with Tassel

Gorgeous yellow and blush roses.   April showers bring May flowers oil painting on canvas for lasting Mother’s Day gifting.

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‘Rose Society’ Oil Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas

Sweets for the sweet.

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Godiva Patisserie Dessert Truffles Gift Box

100% Strictly for Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 Suggestion

I saw this video montage on Facebook and the memories of dressed to the nines-disco ball-do a little dance-boogie down, baby fun immediately placed a smile on my face.

Good times!

Fun is an excellent theme to work with, and this set of Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws is one for Mom and one for her to share on trend rose gold disco ball fun.

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Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws

Mama Places In The Home became a great-grandmother this year, and the amount of photos she has collected over the last few months is mounting.  She is one proud Grand Meme, and rises to every occasion to conduct her own “let me show you a picture of my great-grandson” show and tell.  Special moments and milestones make up our this is the life snapshots.

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kate spade new york Large This Is The Life Photo Album

Our mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends deserve a token of gratitude for all she is, means, and does to and for her loved ones.  I hope the suggestions of the Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 gift you with ideas and inspiration for selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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On High Point Home Decor Pieces

In style and on high point home decor pieces currently catching my eye in and soon to be in the spring 2018 retail market is today’s topic of conversation.    I am closely following the style spotting social postings from the attendees of High Point Market- the largest semiannual home furnishings industry trade show.  Retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry flock to High Point, North Carolina to check out new to the retail market home furnishings and home decor accessories.  Social media postings keep those of us unable to flock to High Point Market in the style loop.

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Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

The cover of the April 2018 issue of Home Accents Today features home decor pieces currently catching my eye from Coco & Dash in Dallas, Texas. Patio pieces elegantly make the transition from outdoor to indoor furnishings and home decor accessories.   Giving decorative consideration to patio pieces for indoor spaces shakes the look up in the very best of design and decorating directions.  I do like to throw the eye a curve ball of the most stylish kind.

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From Outdoor to Indoor Chic By the numbers:

Two birds of a fabulous feather ~  Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

Four shell of a great choice of statement patio to polished pieces ~  vintage Grotto Style Shell Back Patio Dining Chairs

One singular sublime sensation in terms of statement and style.

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Brown Jordan Style Venetian Grotto Patio Chairs, Set of Four

Serpentine chic may not be for everyone, but in the right space it can be a visually commanding choice of decor accessory.




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Serpentine Sconce by Koket

From High Point Market indications, indoor outdoor pillows are on target to be on trend this season.

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Adept intermingling of traditional, new traditional, modern, vintage and antique styles, accents and accessories magnifies the aesthetic.

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Frosted Crystal Bead Chandelier

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Provence Collection Chippendale End Table

Demure CabinetDemure Cabinet ~ Alden Parkes

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Lee Industries 1353-01 Chair

The timeless and classic color combination of pink and green envelopes this nook designed by Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew in year round spring and summer hues.

spring-flowers-cuttingSarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Inspiration serves as the catalyst to decorating imitation.  When the use of color, texture, pattern, home furnishings and on high point home decor pieces of space and style strikes your fancy, imitating the look by adapting it to suit and characterize your personal style complements and compliments.

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American Ornithology Volume VII, Plate 63 ~ Alexander Wilson

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Roseate Spoonbill Framed Graphic Art Print

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Sarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Fresh and green is a paint project away.

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Eastham Rattan Side Chair

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Sherwin-Williams Houseplant SW 6727
Sherwin-Williams Organic Green SW 6732

Spring lends an air of fresh and new to the color, texture and pattern preferences that capture the eye when style spotting on high point home decor pieces.  From the “looks” of things, it’s shaping up to be a beautiful and stylish retail season.

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Creole or Cajun? Louisiana Jambalaya

This post state dinner post is all about the c’est si bon.  I got completely caught up in the design and decorating details of the event, but knew I would be remiss it I did not chime in on the menu choice of jambalaya in the style of Louisiana jambalaya.  Cooked in the flavor traditions of New Orleans, the dish served at the State Dinner was Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya.

The in the tradition of New Orleans seasonings jambalaya reviews are in from Senior Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy who was in attendance.

Rice pilaf.

Now that’s funny.

Anywho, a quick google search provided a recipe from Carolina Rice for Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya.  As delectable as the recipe may cook up to be, if you’ve never tasted Louisiana Creole or Cajun jambalaya, you’re not eating Louisiana jambalaya.

Trust me on this one.  The taste buds don’t lie.

Louisiana chefs of restaurant and at-home test kitchen skill alike master their personal versions of this flavor rich to the core one-pot rice dish.  We’re all about the one-pot dish down here in the boot.  Variety is the spice of life and Louisiana jambalaya recipes.  There is Creole jambalaya and there is Cajun jambalaya.  The main difference boils down to the addition or exclusion of one ingredient- tomato.  Creole jambalaya (red jambalaya) is made with tomato (diced, paste, etc.) whereas Cajun jambalaya (brown jambalaya) is made without.  The holy trinity of chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery is flavor front and center in both, chicken, sausage and/or shrimp serves to further accentuate the flavor, and spice combinations work their seasoning magic. blue dutch oven

The great big blue pot aka dutch oven vs. Magnalite classic round dutch oven boils down to tradition and personal preference.  If Magnalite is the cookware of choice in your granmè, grand-mère, mamé, meme or mamaw’s kitchen, chances are it is in yours too.  Tradition is the key ingredient in regional dishes and the passed down from generation to generation recipes we love to cook.

 

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Magnalite Cookware Classic 5-qt. Round Dutch Oven

I cover all the culinary bases by owning both.  While I am loyal to the Magnalite dutch oven my mother-in-law’s best friend gave us as a wedding gift 35+ years ago however, the big blue pot cooks as pretty as it looks.

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Let’s cover the essential c’est si bon that go so well with jambalaya.

Louisiana Hot Sauce

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Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

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Creole Cajun Seasoning

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Creole Cajun Seasoning

1/3  cup paprika

3  tablespoons dried oregano

3  tablespoons ground black pepper

2  tablespoons dried basil

1  tablespoon dried thyme

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, dried thyme, 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.

Louisiana Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from New Orleans’s Cafe Reconcile

Chicken and sausage is the Places In The Home house favorite for gumbo and Louisiana jambalaya.  Time is not on my side at posting, so I am using the image of the chicken and sausage jambalaya from New Orleans’s Cafe Reconcile as featured on Louisiana Cookin’.

Tried it.

Loved it.

Prepared it.

Sharing it.

Cafe Reconcile Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya 

Ingredients

2 pounds mild smoked pork sausage, sliced ¼-inch-thick

2½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken, chopped

1½ cups onions, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped bell pepper

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 cup diced tomato

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

2¼ teaspoons fresh thyme

2¼ teaspoons chopped fresh basil

5⅓ cups chicken stock

1½ pounds long-grain rice

Directions

In a large cast-iron Dutch oven, cook sausage on high heat for 3 minutes. Add chicken, and cook until browned on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Lower heat to medium, and add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; cook until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.

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Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Creole~Cajun seasoning, parsley, thyme, and basil.  Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

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Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add rice, and stir. When jambalaya returns to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.  Cover and cook until rice has absorbed all liquid, about 25 minutes.

~ Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans

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State Dinner at the White House (Now with Updated Videos)

Company’s coming to a State Dinner at the White House.  As the White House welcomes President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first state visit of the Trump administration, the dining, dishes (china and cuisine) and decorating details intrigue me.  The White House released the details of the State Dinner complete with china settings, color scheme, and menu selections, and I do color myself impressed by it all.  Let me assure you this post is apolitical in nature, opinion and content.  Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton will be referenced, but only in terms of presidential china patterns, a State Dining Room renovation and the present First Lady’s attention to detail selections for the State Dinner.  Months of preparation, tasting, placing, selecting and practice makes perfect pays off in a grand and regal way.

Dinner (see menu below) will be served in the State Dining Room.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the renovated State Dining Room in 2015, and the room is well-appointed in an updated color palette of light and peacock blue, ecru and various shades of white.

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Gold accents and accessories lend  a new traditional tone while the look of the dining armchairs and side chairs emulate similar design traits of dining chairs designed by Georgetown cabinetmaker William King, Jr. in 1818 for President James Monroe.  The dining table and chairs will be removed and replaced with skirted round tables and gold Napoleon Chiavari chairs- ten to the table.

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A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.

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Lenox on Pinterest

Spring colors of green and white will be represented by the green color palette detailed in the Bush china and spring green and white flower centerpieces and arrangements placed on the fireplace mantle flanking the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

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American Silver from the White House Collection and pieces from the Vermeil collection from Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons will complete the place setting and tabletop presentation.

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Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Flatware Set

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

I would love to show actual sneak peek images of the place settings for the state dinner, but those pesky copyright laws do get in the way of that idea.  For that reason some of the images in this posting are in the style of interpretations of the actual pieces.

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Southern Living

The large gold rimmed plate from the Clinton Service will serve as the baseplate.  Pieces from both the Bush and Clinton service will complete the dinner service.

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Tiffany & Co. Gold Over Sterling Silver Candlesticks, Reproduction After Fenton & Creswick, Sheffield, 1762 – 12″

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A trio of gold candlesticks will be placed on most of the guest tables while the tables towards the front of the State Dining Room will have a centerpiece candelabra carrying the desired look of elegance that is befitting such a stately occasion throughout the State Dining Room.

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The Bush Service ~ Architectural Digest

Cherry blossom branches grown in the United States and placed in black urns atop pedestals will line The Cross Hall.

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Cherry Blossoms ~ Washington, D.C. 

Decorative urn

Gorgeous!

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First Lady Melania Trump ~ Facebook

More than 2,500 white sweet peas stems will share the fragrant spotlight with approximately 1,000 stems of white lilac in the State Dining Room.

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Sweet Pea White Supreme

Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.

Manet, Edouard - Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

Edouard Manet ~ Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

The menu for the State Dinner is a mélange of America’s dishes and traditions deliciously seasoned with flavor hints of French influences.

First Course:

Goat Cheese Gateau
Tomato Jam
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces

Main Course:

Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya

Dessert:

Nectarine Tart
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

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USA Today has shared the following video on their Facebook page.  I am thrilled to share it with you all, and may I just say the room is stunning!

New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year.  New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and remained a French ruled city until 1763, when the city was taken over by the Spanish.  In 1803 the French took back control of New Orleans, and in the same year sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

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The French influence runs deep throughout the city of New Orleans as well as the whole of Louisiana as seen in its historic homes, notable architecture, and regional dishes.

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The c’est si bon taste of Louisiana and the French-infused heritage of New Orleans will be  well represented at tonight’s State Dinner.  Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, Tomato Jam, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya tempt the Southern, French and Creole taste of Louisiana.   White House Executive Chef, Christeta Comerford, will prepare the main course of Rack of Spring Lamb and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya in a true New Orleans seasoning tradition.  The dishes will feature the spice trio Cajun trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, and will be spiced with herbs from the South Lawn.

C’est si bon!

Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015, Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014, and  Schramsberg Demi-Sec “Crémant” will be served.  Selected to complement, these wines emphasize tradition, provenance and the historic friendship between the United States and France will pair well with the menu.

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The White House

From a state dinner at the White House to a dinner soirée at your house, attention to detail and good taste influence the selections we make when we entertain.   An impressive presentation with the accent mark on attention to detail never fails to make a lasting impression.

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The Art Of The Hang: Instructions For Hanging Art

I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike.  In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.

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It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application.  Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.

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Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.

It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.

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House & Garden

In many cases and in many spaces, exceptions must be made to the general rule of design and decorating.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso

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Lewis Interiors

Balance, scale and proportion partnered with room size, ceiling height, and intention of dramatic effect become the relevant factors to consider when assessing placement of artwork.

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Traditional Home

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Traditional Home

Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.




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House & Garden

Some high, some higher and some at the highest point on a wall.

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House Beautiful

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Interior designer Rita Konig’s West London Flat

Not all spaces, walls, decorating styles, tastes, and intended results are created equal.

Thank goodness!

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Domino

How boring it would be to exist in a cookie-cutter world of design and decorating.

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Decorating Ideas ~  Trend Spotted: Marble Now

Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings.   The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.

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Architectural Digest

I’ve come to believe the concept of the gallery wall was born out of tall ceilings and the decorative pursuit to avoid a void of space.

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Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.   Not all eye levels are created equal.  The exception to the traditional rule applies here.

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Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.  A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.  With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.

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Dave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.  In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.  He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.  

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Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.  If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.   If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.  Divide this number in half.   That is your center line.

Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook. Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.  Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).  This is where you put the picture hook.

Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.

If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.

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Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.  Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.  With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.  It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.

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Victoria Magazine

Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.

When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on.  This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement.  It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.

Trick of the Trade Tip:
Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk.  Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.  

Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level.  No level, no problem.  I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.

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One Kings Lane ~ Photo by Ellen McDermott

Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces.  When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.

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Architectural Digest

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San Francisco Proper ~ Designer Kelly Wearstler   

Hanging artwork and decorative pieces within the panel area of a wall frame molding design element adds dimension to the space.

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Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.   This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.

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The lower the placement the better in most cases.  The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.

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Domino

Hanging artwork 6 to 8 inches above furniture supports sufficient headroom allowance.

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Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level. The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.

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Better Homes & Gardens

The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.

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