The tropical storm slowly brewing in the gulf is becoming the Barry of bad tidings for the entire state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.
We’re no strangers to storm watching, and we know all too well the warnings and preparations that go with the territory must be heeded.
My initial intention for this blog post was to show you all the treasures I recently found shopping my favorite antiques and gift shop, but between storm watching and grocery store runs that ain’t happening.
Gulf coast themed accents remind me just how beautiful the area is and star in the summer at the coast style show currently decorating the dining room table and sideboard.
We’ll have to see what Barry brings our way, and what, if any, damage we will be left to repair.
In the meantime, we’ve got enough bottled water, non-perishable foods, batteries, and tenacity to hang in there.
Dave is already sweating over the looming loss of air conditioning. We do like our air conditioning.
I feel like the lady in the home warranty commercial. We just got the new roof less than two years ago when the tornado ripped the old one to shreds.
This isn’t our first time at the storm watching rodeo, and we can hang on Louisiana strong for the entire eight minutes, hours, days- you get the idea.
Thanks goes out to the genius that is Google maps street view for allowing me to cruise up and down a scenic beach highway anytime I want.
It may not be the same as actually being there in person, but it is a fun in the sun way to satisfy your coastal curiosity.
White sandy beaches and deep blue waters bookended by amazing seaside architecture and interiors is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas for sourcing coastal home decor accents and accessories.
Another source of coastal inspiration comes from resort web and social sites.
“Palm trees and views I can’t believe Why would I ever want to leave?”
Speaking of Jimmy Buffet, I took a gander at the room types at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.
Speaking of The Golden Girls, how cute is this Golden Girls living room serving tray!
My aunt lives on the east coast of Florida, and her “Florida room” is furnished in super chic coastal accents and a fabulous suite of vintage rattan furniture she bought the first year she lived in Florida (1975).
She searched consignment shops and estate sales up and down the Florida coast for a set in good condition with a great price tag. Patience paid off, and she hit coastal home decor accents gold seven months into the hunt.
The set still makes a statement, and most certainly qualifies as an investment piece.
Pillows, Poufs, Odds and End Tables
Coastal home decor furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns reminiscent of the coast and its landscape, skies, and waters inspire the coastal color palette, casual elegance, and seaside sophistication.
The Chatelet extendable trestle dining table offers European appeal in farm to coastal detail. Hardwood solids paired with pecan, walnut and maple veneers replicate a provincial patina, making this a dining table contender for the casual yet elegant coastal dining room.
Bookmarked under inspiration, the New Orleans home of Interior Designer and Antiques dealer Tara Shaw is an interior design and decorating love letter to the signature interiors befitting the European influence witnessed throughout the Crescent City.
Serene colors create a nuanced backdrop, one in which contemporary furnishings, unique antique pieces, and crown home decor strike a balance between elegant and livable.
Gilded (also called gilt) refers to the gold appearance or illusion achieved when covering a surface such as wood, metal, porcelain or stone with a thin layer of gold. Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.
As you might expect, I equate crown themed home decor pieces with the city of New Orleans. The French and Spanish influence is displayed in the architecture, regional cuisine, and pageantry of the royal courts of the Mardi Gras krewes.
The 2019 Mardi Gras season is in full party and entertaining swing. Although these crown embellished dessert plates are not actually gold or gilded, they do accomplish the style mission of serving grand and regal style.
Crown ornaments in gilded tones paired with velvet ribbon is all that’s needed to create unique napkin rings. Several Christmases back I did this with small oval framed prints, and I was quite pleased with the results.
My absolute favorite Mardi Gras accessories for table and toasts come from Alexa Pulitzer. The Kissing Gators place card features a couple of Louisiana’s favorite swamp dwellers wearing gold crowns in regal glory.
This Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest brings a stately presence. The beauty is in the details, and the chamfered legs, crown detail, turned feet, and decorative solid brass hardware create a regal presence.
Finds and treasures currently catching my eye for the August gotta have it list include all things house that make a home goodies in appetizing, modern, polished and pumpkin time is right around the corner style. First up in this month’s round up is a set of appetizer plates with a sense of style and a sense of humor.
Memories lay the ground work for a collectible fascination to take root. My frog fascination began in the summer of 1974 when I landed the coveted lead role in the local community theater production of Fairy Frog Superstar. The play was pure G-rated fun, a take off on Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother. The frog thing stuck, and I’ve been an avid collector of frog themed objects ever since. Metals are trending with a vengeance for fall 2015, and this brass finished frog object from West Elm is one handsome hopper.
The mixing of traditional, vintage and/or antiques with modern pieces remains on trend and in style. Contrast is good, visual impact the desired decorating effect, and creating a unique and impressive focal point is the point. I am inspired by the INSPIRE Q Canali Sleek Modern Accent Chair.
Who’s looking forward to getting their fall baking, cooking and seasoning on? The Staub Ceramic Pumpkin CocottefromWilliams-Sonoma is making it very hard for me not to be in a fall-pumpkin-cinnamon state of mind.
Speaking of seasonal recipes, may I suggest Louisiana De Mer: Seasonal Seafood Recipes for your cookbook collection. This definitive collections of recipes for seafood lovers features 160 pages of beautiful photography, recipes from celebrated Louisiana chefs and restaurants, New Orleans classics- including po-boys and dozens of Cajun and Creole cooking tips.
Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter R for rental refresh upgrades. The conversation of late between mama and papa Places In The Home and our soon to be college graduate son heading up to the Great White North to begin his career has revolved around rental property viewings, interiors, exteriors, accents (eh?) and scads of all things house that make a home (rented or owned) furnishings. This is the time of year when thoughts of apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family houses for rent and rental refresh upgrades begin to take center stage in the minds of college bound students, career starting college grads and newlywed couples. According to recent real estate and business reports, millennials trend more toward renting than buying.
The genius of internet listings, video viewings, real estate apps and Skype proves an essential tool in locating a property. With a few clicks, well placed phone calls and virtual tours, our son has successfully rented a two story Victorian-era style home. Now comes the fun part- the rental refresh upgrades. He and his girlfriend are currently in putting a stylish spin on his new abode mode. This is not our son’s first time at the rental rodeo. He knows all too well renting comes with caveats, and property management firms have rules and code restrictions that must be adhered to. Addressing the aforementioned right off the bat clearly defines the can and cannots. Fortunately, the home owner is on board with the updates and rental refresh upgrades our son wants to do to the property.
Fresh paint rules the rental refresh upgrade playbook. I ran across this quote yesterday and it really hit home.
“Color is the least expensive thing to put in a house.” —Ruthie Sommers
Color often gives the biggest return on your interior decorating investment. Paint is an instant update and covers a multitude of previous tenant color choice sins and the scuffs, streaks and uh-ohs made when moving out. As a housewarming gift, Mr. Girlfriend’s Dad is painting the entire interior and key exterior areas of the house. Going with a neutral color palette allows more breathing room in regards to accents and furnishings. Landlords and property managers love neutral palettes, and come closer to approving the request for painting with this color choice.
My inbox is experiencing a high volume of before, during and after pictures. It’s exciting to be in the loop, share in the progress and to be asked to be a part of the process .
Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property? Absolutely! Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home. All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it for the sake of your comfort, convenience and personal style touch.
So worth it rental refresh upgrades good to go as in take it with you when you go ideas range from a programmable thermostat, stylish mirrors in bathrooms, accent rugs, light switch and wall plates, cabinet knobs and pulls, new shower head(s) and focal point light fixtures to exterior walkway lighting, planter boxes and a decorative mailbox. Renting or buying, it really is amazing how a sense of personal style, displaying objects of individual interest and decorating with accents that capture and convey your personality makes a house a home.
Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back. For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.
These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home. On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother. My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques. I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home. Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor. Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.
The decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.
The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder. I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds. As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.
The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s. When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop. A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery. Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs. It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.
The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick. The photos cast an altogether different color.
This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick. Lighting is key to true color reads.
Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern. If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections. They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison. It’s called decorating with what you love.
Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.
The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals. Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are. Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front. Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.
H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price. You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white. A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.
Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites. This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design. Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results. Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought. His words say it far better than mine.
“I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”
~ Charles L. Eastlake
That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point. Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.
Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques. This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash. Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.
One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.