Storm Watching

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.

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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.

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Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

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.

The casual with an island edge decor and coastal home decor accents and accessories decorating Jimmy’s Hideaway epitomize coastal casual.

Coastal Home Decor Classics

Deb Armchair

Deb Armchair

It isn’t coastal style until there’s at least one piece of wicker or rattan present and accounted for.  

Dayana Armchair

Dayana Armchair

 

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Jann Rattan Armchair

My previous suggestion to check out consignment shops, estate sales, vintage sites applies to this next coastal home decor piece.

New and vintage mid-century furniture is on-trend, and this pretzel rattan chair is a wonderful example of a classic design and style befitting a coastal castle.  

Vintage Mid Century Frankl Design Pretzel Rattan Chair


Very Golden Girls.

Golden Girl serving tray

Golden Girls Serving Tray

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.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

If you think about it, oceans and seas share the commonalities of form, color, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating.

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Denton 2 Drawer Accent Chest

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

Florine 2 Drawer Nightstand

 

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Driftwood End Table with Round Glass Top

Root Wood End Table

Root Wood End Table

Texture is king in terms of layering.

Textured throw pillows top the list of simple and affordable ways to add texture, pattern, and color.

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Kathy Ireland Beaded Diamonds Silver Throw Pillow by Nourison

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Lunarable Croc Print Throw Pillow Cushion Cover

Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Saro Lifestyle Stitched Seahorse Down Filled Throw Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

Teal Sookie Shag Decorative Pillow

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Crochet Floor Cushion

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Criss Knit Hemp Natural Round Indoor Floor Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Kurth Rope Pouf

Pair a spiffy accent chair with a decorative throw pillow, ottoman, or pouf  and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

LR Home Two Tone Natural Hemp Braided Pouf Ottoman

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Signature Design by Ashley Aldelphie Pouf

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Safavieh Remi Antique Grey Stool

Talavera-Brunschwig-Fils

Talavera Linen – Kravet

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

East at Main Kalila Brown Rattan Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Manor Natural Wicker X-Bench

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

Safavieh Miriam Gold Coffee Table

 

Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Kianna Rush Grass Coffee Table

Counter and Bar Stools

Oceanview Counter Stool

Oceanview Counter Stool

Goku Bar Stool

Goku Bar Stool

 

Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

Ginevra Counter Stool with Cushion

 

Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

Silas Seagrass Bar Stool

 

Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Aqueduct Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Pearson Design Group

Pearson Design Group

Burg 29.5 Bar Stool

Burg Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool

Catalina Bar Stool 

Dining Room

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Island Retreat – At Home in Arkansas

When you search and source to no avail and still come up empty handed it’s time for a creative interpretation

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

Sandra 12-Light Chandelier

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.

 

Hooker Furniture Dining Room Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table

Hooker Furniture Chatelet Refectory Rectangle Trestle Dining Table 

 

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Antique English Oak Jacobean Style Oval Barley Twist Dining Table

If old-world charm appeals to your decorating style, go all in with an antique English barley twist dining table.

 

The combination of a rich dark patina and a slipcovered, natural wicker or a rattan dining chair is striking.

 

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

East At Main Serena Dining Arm Chair

 

Cornwall Console Table

Cornwall Console Table

 

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Collosium Cement Urn Planter

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

Seasong White Coral Vintage Chic Coastal Chandelier

 

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Hallows Creek Dining Table

 

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Orear Solid Wood Dining Table

Eirwen Armchair Wicker

Eirwen Armchair

 

Haverford Dining Table

Haverford Dining Table

 

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Gianni Brown White Cushion Arm Chair

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Luxe Interiors +Design

 

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

Balance Round Pedestal Dining Table

 

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Safavieh Rural Woven La Rochelle Antiqued Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

 

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

Madison Park Hemlock Reclaimed Walnut Antique Cream Dining Table

 

Sea Dreams

wicker rattan 3 drawer chest

3 Drawer Chest

 

 

Lael Wicker Bench

Lael Wicker Bench

 

White hot coastal knot.

 

Coastal Inspired Cocktails, Anyone?

Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the coastal home decor decorating mind.

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The style is chic and the palm pattern is summer spot on.

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Marin Rope Bar Cart

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Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

Better Homes & Gardens Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4

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Coral Snack Bowl

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Southern Living

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

Aveliss Brown Solid wood Sideboard

 

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

Carole 4 Door Sideboard

 

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Vanetta Bar Cabinet

Cart or cabinet, try adding a table lamp, eye-catching decorative accent, or whimsical art piece.

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Machaisport 2 Door Accent Cabinet

I’m including several lamps in the lighting section of this post that I believe will handsomely accentuate a coastal themed bar top.

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Suri Carved Front 2 Door Accent Cabinet

coastal home decor options

Pokorny Ridge 2 Door Accent Cabinet

The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.

pastel dyed seashell toothpicks

Pastel Seashell Toothpicks

A decorative shell picked up from the beach or the local craft store becomes the perfect toothpick and cocktail stirrer holder.

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Coastal cocktails and coastal themed parlor games make for a splendid happy hour.

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Hip Vintage Seashore Tic Tac Toe Sculpture

Since I previously referenced Margaritaville and it’s coming up on five o’clock somewhere, let’s take a look at the recipe for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita.



Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces gold tequila (Cuervo 1800)

½ ounce tequila (Cuervo white)

½ ounce triple sec (Bols)

1 splash orange Curacao (Bols)

1 ¼ ounces Rose’s Lime Juice

Crushed ice

Juice of 3 lime wedges

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and add everything but the lime wedges.
Squeeze in the juice from 2 of the lime wedges and shake very well until beads form on the outside of the shaker.

Rim only the outside edge of the margarita glass with lime and twist it around in a saucer of coarse salt (see my page on how to rim a cocktail glass).

Fill the glass about halfway with crushed ice and strain the mixture into it.
Squeeze the last lime wedge on top and drop it in.

-Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita

Lighting

Rattan and wicker pendant lights fall under the category of classic coastal home decor lighting choices done right.

 

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Shaded Chandelier

 

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

Desideria 5-Light Chandelier

 

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

Urchin 1-Light Gold Uber Mini Pendant

 

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

Stella Capiz Shell Candelabra 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

 

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier Wooden French Country Chateau Antique Rustic Distressed Metal Frame

Scalloped Wood-Bead Chandelier by Decomust

 

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

Badgett 4-Light Globe Chandelier

 

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

Resendez 6-Light LED Geometric Chandelier

 

Carlie Chandelier

Carlie Chandelier

 

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Handwoven 1-Light Bell Pendant

Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood, rice paper and reed sconces.

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

Driftwood, Rice Paper & Reed Sconces

So sea chic!

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

Slaughter 1-Light Wall Sconce

 

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

Olivier Shell-Shaped 1-Light Flush Mount

 

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

Shelly 1-Light Flush Mount

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AG Millworks

 

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

Sawbridgeworth Table Lamp

 

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

Woven Seagrass and Burlap Table Lamp

 

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

Todds Caravel Table Lamp

 

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Royal Designs Coral-Seashell Lamp Finials

 

anthony California table lamps

Anthony California Table Lamps

 

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

Midfield Table Lamp Clear

 

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

Morgana Table Lamp Gold

 

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Abbott Table Lamp

 

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp, Multicolor

Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp 

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Caicos White Shell Table Lamp

Decor Therapy Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

  Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

 

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

White Rattan Table Lamp Natural

Sea Breeze

Sea air is warm air.

Move it around comfortably and in high coastal style with a ceiling fan(s).

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52″ Minka Aire Light Wave Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan

coastal style ceiling fans

54″ Caribbean Breeze 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

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Alexandrea Pendant Ceiling Fan with Remote

Coastal Style Accents

Justine Sterling Design

Justine Sterling Design

seagrass-basket

 

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Coastal Living

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Dining Bench

Rowyn Wood 62 Inch Wire Brushed Entryway Bench

An entryway bench is a perfect piece to decorate with textured throw pillows. 

Add a bamboo, rattan, or wicker basket(s) underneath for style and storage.

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House & Home

Albin Rattan Basket

Albin Rattan Basket


TMS Mandeville Live Edge Bench
Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

Rustic Bamboo and Metal Storage Basket

She, he, we decorate(s) with seashells found on the seashore or the local craft and hobby store.

 

gold caracol shell sculpture

Gold Caracol Shell Sculpture

sea shell display

Luxe. Daily

Seashells typify coastal areas, and a striking display of gathered shells from the shore or from the shelf housed in a decorative bowl or urn planter in coastal home decor fashion draws the eye.

Coastal Home Decor Accents and Accessories

Veranda

 

Coastal Home Embossed Shells Clam Shell Bowl

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A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

 

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

Cast Stone Shell Aged Limestone Planter

 

Classic coastal style is here to stay. 

It transcends a passing trend and consistently ranks as one of the most popular interior design styles.

Tasteful and timeless coastal home decor accents and accessories accentuate the casual, comfortable, fun, elegance, and seaside sophistication associated with classic coastal style. 

Regal Style: Crown Home Decor

While working on content for an upcoming post, I found it necessary to head over to the bookmark manager.  Information overload is the driver of my “where did I see that” moments.

Enter the bookmark manager.

While scanning the manager, I style spotted the article “Inside Tara Shaw’s Breathtaking—and Very European—New Orleans Home” from One Kings Lane.  Immediately I remembered the wooden crown sculpture and bed crown home decor pieces prominently featured in several of the images in the article.

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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.

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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.

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Côté Maison

Gilded pleasures is the term that best defines my fancy for crown home decor sculptures and accessories bedecked in shades of gold.

gold-crown-accentAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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.

Ebanista-crown

Ebanista

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.

Rayne Marie Paintings

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.

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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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.

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

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Crown Christmas Ornaments

Gorgeous color options abound in the selection of velvet ribbon from EAB Designs.

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Olive Velvet Ribbon – EAB Designs

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.

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Alexa Pulitzer

From muted tones to gaudy gold gilt overload, crown home decor accessories reign decoratively supreme over the space they grace.

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Veranda

An antique wooden crown sculpture from a church in France becomes a regal focal point.

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Antique Shops & Designers Magazine

Crown Wall Décor - Gold - 3R Studios

Crown Wall Décor – Gold – 3R Studios

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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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.

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Be still my heart!

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

I am searching high and low for the perfect space and spot to put the Colten crown wall shelf.

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Pinterest

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

There’s bed crowns and then there’s bed crowns.

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier Metal in Antique Gold (8-Light)

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier 

 

Vintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light FixtureVintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light Fixture

 

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Crown Chandelier in Gold

Gold Crown Hanging Pendant LightGold Crown Hanging Pendant Light

 

Crown Renaissance Wall Plates Crown Renaissance Wall Plates

 

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

 

Royal Crown Wall Mirror

Royal Crown Mirror

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I purchased several of these decorative crown sculptures for Mardi Gras inventory at Hopefully Classic, and I was smart enough to pull one back for myself.

Crown Themed Home Decor

It continues to be an essential part of my Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Easter decorating schemes.

gold-crown-cake-topperThe Queen of Crowns

Would you consider a crown cake topper crown home decor?

We entertain family and friends in our homes.

We tend to pull out all the stops to wow and impress.

I believe that’s a yes.

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These crown cake toppers from The Queen of Crowns are cake topper crown jewels.

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The Queen of Crowns

A special occasion cake calls for distinctive embellishments, and a crown cake topper makes a magnificent choice.

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Atelier de Campagne

The hand carved 3 piece wood candlestick set by One Allium Way as well as the Montfort 2-light wall sconce combine elements of European design style with crowned sophistication.

crown candle holdersHandcarved 3 Piece Wood Candlestick Set by One Allium Way

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

The purpose of home decor pieces is to enhance the spaces they furnish and adorn.  Crown home decor pieces, accessories, and accents impressively accomplish just this.

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For Rent: Rental Refresh Upgrades

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.

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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.

BM-revere-pewter-framedBenjamin Moore

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.

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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 .

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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.

Rental Refresh Upgrades

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.

studded-rug-FlooringHall’s Flooring

I’ll leave it there for today’s post and pick it back up with more pictures and suggestions for rental refresh upgrades.

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The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

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.

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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.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.

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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.

rose-bowl

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.

hull-magnolia-matte-ewerLive Auctioneers

The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .

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The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.

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The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.

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This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.

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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.

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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

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-gotta-have-it-list-summer-2015-edition

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.

Quorum-chandelier1

This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!

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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.

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

  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.

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Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

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.

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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.

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This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.

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What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

Interior design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

Fresh on the heels of ringing in the new year comes the new year’s trend buzz. Design forecasters, decorating prognosticators and discerning decoristas are weighing in on what they believe will be the interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015.  There is plenty to talk about in regards to the new colors of the year announcements, forecasted trends and carry over favorites from 2014. Let’s take a look-see at what’s in store, shelf and source for trend 2015, shall we?

 

Interior Design, Decorating and Home Decor Trends 2015

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Colors of the Year 2015

Color is back.  Did the folks at Benjamin Moore, Pantone and Sherwin-Williams get it right?

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Metallics and Mixing Metals

This is one forecasted trend I continue to lean towards and admit to having quite the decorating crush on. Bring on the metallics and art of mixing metals in the name of all things home furnishings and home decor accents beauty.

 

Let there be lacquer

A strong look for a strong statement, lacquered walls and ceilings shine the statement spotlight on high gloss glamour.  Don’t buy into the notion that lacquered walls and ceilings are only meant to carry a small space.  Lacquered lies, I tell you!  Drama deserves to play the big room, and a lacquered finish will deliver on the promise of performing as the shining star of statement making style .

Three trends for the price of one gorgeous look- Chinoiserie, a mix of style, and the color infusion rule of thumb follow-through and belief that every space needs that touch of black.

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Pattern on pattern at play

If one is good, and two is better, then three, four or five…

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Open Shelving

Open shelving doesn’t seem to be losing its wide range appeal, and, in fact, is moving away from strictly a form and function design and decor option for kitchen and breakfast areas.

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Things are tuft(ed) all over in classic leopard-print for 2015

When a classic print such as leopard is paired with a timeless textile form process as classically chic as tufting is, the result is trend setting elegance worth decorative consideration.

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The following statement appeared in my Decorating Trends for 2014 post:

“I said this last year and why change it if the words hold true?  Good trends possess not only the quality, but the look and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  I do believe there’s another word for it, classic.”

The success of a trend is often measured by the acceptance of the designing and decorating public, ease of implementation into established decors, and the decorative ability to show staying power.  A blip on the trend radar, a pass or fail fad, or timeless classic must try- what say you about the these interior design, decorating and home decor trends 2015?

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