Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Let’s talk getting an idea of the holiday kitchen accessories perfect for the holiday decorating season.

With the present state of health affairs we all find ourselves in I say if we’re spending more time at home let’s start sooner than later decking the halls, dining rooms, and kitchens.

One good thing about staying close to home and being Covid 19 safe is the scads of internet time it affords decoristas to check out the latest and greatest home for the holidays goodies.

It’s never too early in my humble and holiday opinion (think Black Friday).

Besides, who wants to play the waiting game and run the risk of the dreaded sold out and not available notice?

With that thought in mind, coupled with the knowledge Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I’m sourcing and sharing kitchen accessories and accents in holiday and not so holiday finery.

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Images of Christmas from 1900 yesterday depict the hustling and bustling times of the spirited and decorated holiday kitchen.

Check out the back in the day Philco Port-O-Sound Cart.

Music is a key part of my kitchen plan and prep routine, a natural stress reliever, brings back and makes memories old and new, and delivers as a grand communicator.

Vintage wares and groovy sound system style caught my eye, but the apron is sending true kitchen keepsake love my way.

Feast your eyes on Mama Places In The Home modeling her mother’s apron which is almost identical to the one in the image.

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Necessary holiday kitchen accessories for the holiday kitchen 2020 include a sassy apron and face masks in seasonally appropriate colors and patterns.

Little Red Truck Half Apron - Christmas Apron for Women

Little Red Truck Half Apron – Christmas Apron for Women

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Pleated Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Pleated Face Masks for Adults 

Do you include home decor items on your Dear Santa gotta have it list?

Lost on me is the notion of home decor accents and accessories being off limits for Christmas gift giving and/or receiving.

Who came up with that?

A decoristas love of all things house that make a home does not take a break at the holidays, and  the gift of holiday kitchen accessories and accents is the gift that keeps on giving.

Govan French Country Wooden Barstools with Upholstered Seating (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home 1

Govan French Country Wooden Barstools with Upholstered Seating (Set of 2) 

Working with an in the style of premise, let’s look at a few items dripping in vintage chic that classically make the leap from yesteryear to current decor styles.

Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Christmas morning comes early when you find a forgotten set of copper molds bought sometime last year on a Goodwill run.

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Woodward Style Iron Patio Bar Cart

Chic is served in the holiday kitchen in many ways, but I especially like the blending of old with new, classic with current.

The Woodward Style Iron Patio Bar Cart becomes a classic statement piece stylishly prepped for kitchen duty.

 Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black

Global Caravan Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black

Option number two is this super chic Marari Rattan Bar Cart.

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Number three gives a nod to the gold accents and accessories throughout my kitchen.

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan Trevia Folding Cart

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan Trevia Folding Cart

The addition of a lovely table lamp(s) to your kitchen countertop creates an inviting and cozy aesthetic as well as promotes a curated ambiance.

Vienna Ceramic LED Table Lamp WhiteGold by JONATHAN Y

Vienna Ceramic LED Table Lamp White Gold by JONATHAN Y

Fast forward to today’s music scene and heard options equipped with smart features and full-range sound quality.

JBL Link View

JBL Link View

An audible squeal of delight followed when I saw this image from Leanne Ford’s home as featured in Domino.

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On, Elvis! on, Haggard! on Harris and Campbell!

Elvis That's the Way It Is (Original Soundtrack) (4 LPs)

Talk about two albums (and 8 tracks) that shaped the soundtrack of my childhood into teenage years.

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Parker Light Beige Record Player

Parker Light Beige Record Player 

The Parker Record Player from Victrola captures a vintage style while offering the warm sound of analog recordings through built-in stereo speakers.

Modern technology allows you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

covered hen dish

Lehman’s

Behold this in the style of vintage covered hen dish in jadeite reimagined as a sugar bowl.

Beautiful L.E. Smith Clear Glass Standing Turkey Dish w Lid

Beautiful L.E. Smith Clear Glass Standing Turkey Dish w Lid

Get kitchen creative when it comes to sugar, sweetener, salt, and spice bowls.

kiss-dishGodinger Hershey’s Kiss Crystal Candy Dish

Using a Hershey’s Crystal Kiss Candy Dish as a counter decoration holder for sweetener packets, sugar in the raw, or coarse sea salt is a crystal clear reminder of holiday traditions.

Connected Goods Olive Wood Spice Bowl and Spoon

Connected Goods Olive Wood Spice Bowl and Spoon

Spending an afternoon checking out the many talented artists and wares the internet has to offer is part of the source and ye shall find show and tell.

You never know what unique pieces you’ll find as was the case with these Thanksgiving turkey decoupage oyster shells.

I believe they’ll be focal point worthy as salt and black pepper cellars.

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Decoupage Handpainted Thanksgiving Turkey Oyster Shells

In keeping with the rustic and natural theme associated with Thanksgiving, farmhouse, and a woodland Christmas, this Heritage Lace Artisan Wood Bark Natural decorative bowl becomes an eye catching addition to your holiday kitchen accessories portfolio.

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Artisan Wood - Bark Natural Decorative Bowl

Artisan Wood – Bark Natural Decorative Bowl

Copper in the kitchen is my kind of holiday decoration.

Cook and bake for the holidays in good taste as well as in great style.

copper measuring cups set of 4

Copper Measuring Cups, Set of 4

We’ve covered copper, now let’s toast this beauty that can pull double duty as a champagne bucket/wine cooler when celebrating and as an anything but everyday utensil holder when not.

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Super stylish decorative pieces is always reason enough to celebrate.

fresh bay leaf wreath

Fresh Bay Leaf Wreath

Fall into Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas counts as the holidays at our house.

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House & Home – Designer Timothy Johnson – Photo by Virginia Macdonald 

Decorating a kitchen backsplash , window(s), or wall with a wreath is a year round decorative delight, and at the holidays it gives such a festive look.

12" Preserved Natural Boxwood Leaf Christmas Wreath by Ashland

12″ Preserved Natural Boxwood Leaf Christmas Wreath by Ashland

Further the presentation with additions and accents in not just for the holidays colors, textures, and patterns.

red jute webbing

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Farmhouse style is a design style darling for today’s kitchen decor, and these mixing bowls in hobnail white are sure to become a favorite kitchen element all year long.

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Victoria Magazine- Photography and Styling by Stephanie Welbourne Steele -Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

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Tabletops Gallery® 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

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Mason Cash In The Forest 1 Quart Measuring Jug

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Country Living Magazine -Photo by David Tsay 

Mosser Jadeite Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

Mosser Jadeite Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

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Between traditional convenience and today’s technology and performance lies my hand mixer preference.

The Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology softens cold ingredients with gentle heat while mixing- cutting out the need to bring non-room temperature ingredients to room temperature.

Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology, White

Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology 

Copper is a delightful color complement to the shades of the fall and Thanksgiving color palette, however, I’m thinking the KitchenAid Artisan Empire stand mixer in holiday happening red is the way to mix things up.

Cooking, baking, and delicious treat making goes with the seasonal territory, and remember, Santa does love his cookies.

KitchenAid ® Artisan Empire Red Stand Mixer

KitchenAid ® Artisan Empire Red Stand Mixer

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Nordic Ware Sunflower Harvest Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Woodland Cakelet

Nordic Ware Woodland Cakelet

Nordic Ware Premier Gold Classic Fluted Loaf Pan-1

Nordic Ware Premier Gold Classic Fluted Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Premier Gold Classic Fluted Loaf Pan

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Nordic Ware ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Loaf Pan

Christmas rolling pin

Christmas Theme Engraved Laser Rolling Pin

Stoneware House Cookie Jar Sour Cream - Hearth & Hand& with Magnolia

Stoneware House Cookie Jar Sour Cream – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Old-St.-Nick-Cookie-Jar Old St Nick Cookie Jar

Sweets, treats, and holiday eats.

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Better Homes & Gardens

No time like the present for getting into the holiday spirit.

Fall into winter is the season of cozy, and hot chocolate is the official unofficial warm beverage most of us love to settle in with.

Setting up a hot cocoa bar is easy and never fails to impress and please the home for the holidays crowd.

Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Grab an inexpensive silver tray from the dollar store, fill with equally inexpensive theme of the season mugs, and you’re off to the races.

Black Tree Imprinted Stoneware Mug White - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Black Tree Imprinted Stoneware Mug White – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Pick your garnishes and place in glass containers, jars, small bowls, porcelain creamers, vintage gravy boats- you get the idea.

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Covid-19 need not dampen your holiday spirits.

Entertain healthy and smart by mitigating to the best of your ability the spread of germs; grand advice at all times, but especially now.

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Home-for-the-Holiday-hand-wash

Snacks, appetizers, charcuterie boards, and yes, a hot cocoa bar/station will still be a part of our holiday sip and snack times with a few tweaks to keep with safe and smart gathering.

Oohs and aahs over presentation is a gift to host, hostess, and guests alike.

Construct a central presentation board, and from there go with individual items, single portions, and serve yourself beverage or cocktail bars.

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Fall into winter themed charcuterie boards dressed with seasonal cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts, jellies, and preserves tempt and delight.

Serving ideas include:

Assemble individual charcuterie boards.

olive wood board

Layer glass jars with cheese bites, seasonal dried fruits, sweet breads and nuts, a couple of breadsticks, garnish with fresh herbs, and voilà.

individual charcuterie board ingredients

Prepare individual trays for beverages including all items to mix, mingle, spike, and jingle.

Simply and elegantly single serve to guests.

We can’t spread the germs, but we can spread the holiday joy!

Pear Shaped Mango Wood Cutting Board Pear Shaped Mango Wood Cutting Board

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Epicurean Slate Snowman Cutting Board

santa cracker tray

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White & Red Santa & Sleigh Shaped Cracker Tray

Simple Glass Cloche, 12 Inch

Simple Glass Cloche, 12 Inch

Rustic with a stunning twist is on-trend, and I love these options for year round serving pieces.

Uplifter Cream Pitcher

Uplifter Cream Pitcher

Seasonal fruits, flowers, eats, and treats will entice the eye even more when housed in and on these presentation pieces.

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Johnson Brothers Devon Dinner Plate

Wall art is an excellent way to introduce color into a space, and reproduction advertising prints and posters do just that.

Lady Cirio Canned Food Company Woman Holding Vegetables Fruits

Lady Cirio Canned Food Company Woman Holding Vegetables Fruits

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Pomegranate Pot Roast-Photo by Blaine Moats

Striking cookware and serving pieces top the must have holiday kitchen accessories list.

white baking dishes

Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Bakeware Serve Dish, Oven to Table

Cook and Host Ruffled 17.25 in. 169 fl. oz. Ivory Ceramic Stoneware Baker
Staub Ceramics 14″ Oval Covered Baking Dish
Kalihari 9.75-Inch Pie Dish in White
Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Bakeware Serve Dish, Oven to Table

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White cookware is a personal favorite for its timeless-never goes out of style durability, however, color cooks up a delightfully trendy presentation.

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Rectangular Baking Dish, Set of 3

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Rectangular Baking Dish in Sage, Set of 3

High holiday style is deliciously delivered in these gold-tone stoneware cocottes.

Gold-Tone Stoneware Cocottes, Set of 2, Created for Macy'sGold-Tone Stoneware Cocottes, Set of 2, Created for Macy’s

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Pattern makes the case for form, fun and function.

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Haden US 4-Slice Margate Poodle & Blonde Toaster

Home for the holidays can present a whole host of dishes both delicious and dirty.

If you are even remotely considering replacing your current kitchen faucet, there’s no time like the present.

Under consideration for a new kitchen sink faucet is the Bolden-Single Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet.

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Edison Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet 

Multi-purpose warrants consideration when selecting home furnishings and decor pieces.

Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser

Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser

This Baxton Studio Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser checks all the boxes in regards to function, form, affordability, and the signature feature required by decoristas, style.

But wait, Darleen.

Did I understand you to reference it as a dresser?

Good eye, decoristas!

True, it is marketed as a dresser, but the dual tones, serpentine shaped frame design, and ample amount of drawers qualifies it as an excellent furnishing option for use as a sideboard-buffet-server.

Virginia Macdonald Source: House & Home November 2019 Designer: Angela Wheeler

House & Home – Designer Angela Wheeler- Photo by Virginia Macdonald

Striking holiday kitchen accessories bring seasonal appeal as well as year long chic to the heart of the home.

Love your style!

Decorative Home Bar Accessories

Decorative home bar accessories lend style to the mix – a visual garnish if you will.

Bette Davis “All About Eve” Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950

When it comes to the home bar, the addition of decorative accoutrements serve to visually enhance the mix and the mingle area designed and designated for inspired gathering.

home-bar-styled-artSchoolhouse

On one of my pre Covid-19 treasure hunts I found this Canadian Mist Royal Canadian Mounted Police decanter.  Dave the Builder was in tow, and he echoed my enthusiasm about the find.

When the Canadian snowbird couple came to visit this past December, the decanter immediately caught their eye(s) and initiated conversation.

Decorative Home Bar Accessories

Winter months and cozy at home times make for cozy prime warm beverage drinking times- another great option for a home bar set up.

peppermint-hot-chocolate-Kritsada PanichgulPeppermint Hot Chocolate
Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Kritsada Panichgul

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Carl and The Wolf

When the thermometer hits 70°F and above in the South, it’s prime tea drinking time, y’all.

I’ll set up an iced tea cart quicker than you can say one lump or two.

peach-basil-iced-teaPeach-Basil Iced Tea
Southern Living – Photo: Iain Bagwell

Live and in person retail therapy has taken on a whole new look these days.

Ground shipping (a ton of stores and sites are offering free shipping) is available, and goodness knows we’ve gotten abnormally brilliant at this order online-pickup curbside service thing.

Another option is virtual window shopping.

Virtual window shopping paired with in the style sourcing keeps me in the retail loop and the decorating ideas flowing.

Not to mention it’s an excellent way to pass the copious amounts of time on your hands.

Time on your hands it better than germs on them, n’est-ce pas?

Designer Anthony Gianacakos Designer Anthony Gianacakos

Designer Anthony Gianacakos transforms an otherwise rinse and repeat rental kitchen into a style spot with painter’s tape, chalk paint, and style inspiration compliments of the color, the tile, and the graffiti traits of Lisbon, Portugal.

In many rental properties space is a luxury.

Design and decorating creativity steps in to save the day and the floor space by utilizing a wall shelf as a home bar.

The $$$ option.

Moroccan Blue Wooden Wall Shelf - Aged Blue

Moroccan Blue Wooden Wall Shelf – Aged Blue

The $$ option.

painted wall shelfRed Brick Shelf Wall Decor 

Wooden GazelleWooden Gazelle

Designer Anthony Gianacakos Designer Anthony Gianacakos

Feroz Faux Tiger Gold Rug-Loloi X Justina Blakeney CollectionFeroz Faux Tiger Gold Rug-Loloi X Justina Blakeney Collection

The $$ option.

Jonathan Adler Tiger Valet TrayJonathan Adler Tiger Valet Tray

The $ option.

gold tiger trinket tray

Boho Gold Tiger Trinket Tray

It’s a jungle out there.

Nathalie Lete Titania Dessert PlateNathalie Lete Titania Dessert Plate

Ardelia 20 Table LampArdelia Table Lamp

Giraffe Lamp with Linen Shade

Giraffe Lamp with Linen Shade

Sacripante GallerySacripante Gallery

Gold Monkey & LeafGold Monkey & Leaf

The Absinthe French Match Strike catches my eye for use as a holder for cocktail stirrers.

I love using pieces for unexpected purposes.

 

Absinthe French Match Strike

Absinthe French Match Strike

This porcelain milk pitcher (creamer) from H&M will make a super cute vessel for measuring shots, jiggers, rocks, and double pours.

blue plates H&M pitcherPorcelain Milk Pitcher

A standard single-mixer/shot/jigger pour is 1.5 ounces.

A standard rocks pour is 2 ounces.

A standard double pour is 3 ounces.

bar set upAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gold Pagoda Ice Scoop 1Gold Pagoda Ice Scoop

James F Carter

James T. Carter – Architect

Fresh or faux, an arrangement of flowers in a whimsical vase takes a classic decorating combination in a fun direction.

faux peony bouquet

Vintage Artificial Peony Silk Flowers Bouquet

pink peonies

A and B Home Visage Cement Vase

A and B Home Visage Cement Vase

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Brockschmidt & Coleman, LLC 

Pastel panache under the big top is a great a theme to work with.

colorful-crystal-glass-candy-dishFLYING BALLOON Embossed Colorful Crystal Glass Candy Box with Lid

bear on bike drink coaster

cigar box tray

Flea Market Style Magazine Styling: @kinassauerstylePhoto: Edmund Barr Photography

DIY projects turn out some of the most unique items such as this cigar box serving tray.

Cut the lid to fit inside the bottom of the box; glue in place.

Spray box with sealant.

Drill holes and screw handles to box.

Attach adhesive bumper pads to underside.⠀

Water Tower Decorative ContainerWater Tower Decorative Container

An antique cabinet updated with DIY TLC and transformed into a statement piece such as this one featured by Domino adds such character to a space.

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Domino

Decmode Wood and Brass Tic Tac ToeDecmode Wood and Brass Tic Tac Toe

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Domino

Be it cart, accent cabinet, table or countertop, decorative home bar accessories that catch the eye, start a conversation, and bring a hint of whimsy stock the well-appointed home bar hospitality station with distinctive style and personality.

love your style

Decor For The Holidays And Beyond

We’re entering the special time of year when thoughts of sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond dance in our heads.

tinsel-on-bustCountry Living Magazine

The holiday season presents the perfect time for a house to home style spruce, and by spruce I’m not talking Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths (for the moment).

J. Hirsch Interior Design

J. Hirsch Interior Design

Besides delicious holiday fare, why not serve your guests (and more importantly yourself) a delicious visual feast by sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond.

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Carlos Garcia Interiors

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, by now you know my personal design style falls into the traditional to classic category.

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved FeetWalnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table with Drake Carved Feet

Traditional has proven over the years to be an excellent canvas to build upon.

At certain points throughout my style journey, I’ve wondered if my consistent gravitation toward home decor accents and furnishings typical of my preferred design style places me in a design style rut.

Woody Argall Design

Woody Argall Design

Through trial and error I learned to trust my taste and eye, and in doing so gained confidence in my personal design choices.

Introducing new traditional and modern accents into the scheme keep things fresh.

Now let’s get to the sprucing up house and home for the holidays and beyond part of the show.

dining-room-chairsMixing chair styles, especially in terms of captain dining chairs, is a dynamite way of creating visual interest.

Side Wing Chair French Country FarmhouseSide Wing Chair French Country Farmhouse

As much as I love decorating, my budget limits me from purchasing new furnishings at every season and holiday occasion.

This is where “at home” shopping comes in.

decor for the holidaysYerres Wingback Chair

Assess your decor situation, pull items from one space to add to another, and see what you come up with.

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House & Garden

If size limitations pose a problem, drop leaf and gateleg tables offer a stylish solution.

Emerald drop leaf table

Emerald Home Wallingford Drop Leaf Table

A drop leaf table works beautifully in a foyer, dining room, or even as a tabletop home for a HD LED TV.

Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table c1890Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table circa 1890

 

Larue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining TableLarue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining Table

By no means has the design and decorating world grown tired of the neutral color palette.

Halen Elton Home 6-light old European french country wood chandelier with droplets tasselsHalen Elton Home 6-light old European Wood Chandelier 

Neutral foundation pieces continue to beautifully perform as a decorative canvas to work with to accent and anchor a space.

Halen Elton Home vintage antique french country wood beads Chandelier PendantHalen Elton Home Antique French Country Chandelier Pendant

Less is so much more when it comes to certain accents and accessories, and the addition of a cord cover to a chandelier is one such situation.

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandeliers with cord cover

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandelier

I refer to a cord cover as decorative lagniappe.

Dining room and foyer chandeliers tend to be a focal point accent, making them a preferable candidate for a cord cover.

Cord covers pull function and finished double duty.

Chains and wires are out of sight while giving the fixture a finished look.

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Illusive Green SW 9164  –  Connected Gray SW 6165

Chelsea Mauve SW 0002  –  Pinky Beige SW 0079

Perfect Greige SW 6073  –  Dustblu SW 9161

Softened Green SW 6177  –  Creamy SW 7012

With the popularity of the modern farmhouse decorating style, the neutral palette has expanded from warm taupes and creamy whites to shades of matte greige, dusty blue, and pale green.

Adelbert Credenza Adelbert Credenza

Deville Russelle SideboardDeville Russelle Sideboard

John Richard Lille Persian Blue BuffetJohn Richard Lille Persian Blue Buffet

Audrey Gray White Pine SideboardAudrey Gray White Pine Sideboard

Additions-

Pamela armchairPamela Armchair

 

Goudeau Accent MirrorGoudeau Accent Mirror

 

Roma Wall Mirror

Roma Wall Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors…

Blue Chairs by David LloydBlue Chairs by David Lloyd

Interiors art prints make fantastic hostess or from me to you gifts.

decor for the holidaysHolsoe – Woman in an Interior Art Print

You may be wondering how a space primarily decorated in traditional style could possibly coexist with modern accessories and maintain its balance and scale without disturbing the visual flow.

Chandos Interiors

contrast-definition

con·trast

noun

/ˈkänˌtrast/

the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

Contrast attracts the eye and creates visual interest.

jessie d miller interior design

Jessie D. Miller Interior Design

Being on team home decor and furnishings make excellent Christmas gifts, it wouldn’t take much for me to be persuaded to put this decorative fireplace surround on my Dear Santa list.

Decorative Fireplace Surround

Decorative Fireplace Surround

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Montecristo Magazine

Impressive home decor accents and furnishings is the decor for the holidays gift that keeps on giving year-round.

 Love your style!

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Newsflash: gone are the days of basic and boring dorm room decorating ideas and decor choices.

Excuse me while I dance the dance of oh happy and stylish day.

LA gold t shirt Very Laine

LA Gold – Very Laine

CLUCI Women Backpack

CLUCI Women Backpack

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Decked out.

Masked up.

Ready to return to campus life.

These dorm stylish dorm room decorating ideas feature tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories that come together to transform an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and personal style.

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Double Sided Circus Room Divider

I love the idea of using a room divider or screen as a headboard.

I also love stylish options affording one a bit of privacy.

Double Sided Works of Monet Canvas Room DividerDouble Sided Works of Monet Canvas Room Divider

This can be easily accomplished by simply placing the divider or screen behind the head of the bed.

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Home Expressions Microfiber Plus Ultra Soft Easy Care Wrinkle Resistant Sheet SetHome Expressions Microfiber Plus Ultra Soft Wrinkle Resistant Sheet Set

Cozy is a required assignment. 

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Gobestart Pom Pom Throw Blanket 

 

Peking Handicraft Sweater Knit BlanketPeking Handicraft Sweater Knit Blanket

Mainstays Flokati Decorative Throw PillowMainstays Flokati Decorative Throw Pillow

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

Vergara Southwestern Rose Area RugVergara Southwestern Rose Area Rug

desk rug

nuLOOM Hand-woven Flokati Wool Shag RugnuLOOM Hand-woven Flokati Wool Shag Rug

Color, texture, and pattern makes the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

 
 
 

This arm knitted lounger is just a dorm room DIY project away.

Click HERE for the tutorial.

arm knitted lounger

 

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Hi-Light Clip LightHi-Light Clip Light

Personalized Desk Cushion PadPersonalized Desk Cushion Pad

 

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda - 17 Month2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda – 17 Month

Pink Leopard Print Notepad

dorm room decorating ideas desk accessories

Dorm Room Decorating Desk Accessories

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

diamond paperweight

Diamond Paperweight

blue-white-porcelain-vase-jewerlry-dish

Pink Pagoda Jewelry Dish

Decorative Porcelain Dishes

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

3 letter wooden monogram

3 Letter Wooden Monogram

The curated look is easily accomplished with chic and stylish wall art.

Hushpuppy II Canvas Art PrintHushpuppy II Canvas Art Print

Wynwood Studio 'Tropical Goodies ' Fashion and Glam Wall Art Canvas Print

Wynwood Studio ‘Tropical Goodies’ Fashion and Glam Canvas Print

Byh Wall Hanging Tapestry

Byh Wall Hanging Tapestry

The designs, sizes and affordable price points are back to campus chic.

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Print 1

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Art Print

 
White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Rae Dunn Toss waste basketRae Dunn Toss Waste Basket

Philips wake-up light with sunrise simulation alarm clock

Philips Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock

bedside caddy

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector GoldQuirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold
 

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

Wellington 26.5" Quatrefoil Striped Resin LED Table Lamp, Brass by JONATHAN YWellington Quatrefoil Striped Resin LED Table Lamp, Brass by JONATHAN Y

Versanora - Romanza Tripod Floor Lamp, Gold Shade, 60HVersanora – Romanza Tripod Floor Lamp, Gold Shade, 60H

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.

Sculpted Moon Table Lamp

Sculpted Moon Table Lamp

Table, desk, string, and just fun lighting options shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

Waterproof Starry Fairy Copper String Lights

Waterproof Starry Fairy Copper String Lights

Floerns Women's Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Sleepwear Two Piece Pajama SetFloerns Women’s Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Sleepwear Two Piece Pajama Set

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Morgan Home Fashions 6pc Washcloth Set

Love Yourself Bath Mat

Love Yourself Bath Mat

Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White

Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

The Pioneer Woman Electric Kettle, Vintage Floral, 1.7-Liter
 
 
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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Magic Bullet Mini BlenderMagic Bullet Mini Blender

 
CreativeWare™ Adjustable Bed Riser System

CreativeWare™ Adjustable Bed Riser System

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

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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.

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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 Wedding Crown On Stand

Gold Wedding Crown On Stand

Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.

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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.

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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

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!

Bliss Studio Toledo Crown SculptureBliss Studio Toledo Crown Sculpture

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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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

Consider adding a black lampshade.

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Springcrest Reptile Print Shade with Silver Lining

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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Hauntingly Stunning Interiors

Dramatic statement pieces, spaces draped in dark palettes, and spellbinding decor accessories rich in presence and character denote hauntingly stunning interiors.

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P&T Interiors

Sarah Barnard Design

Sarah Barnard Design

Bewitching charm is in keeping with the architectural allure of grand mansions past.

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Ravishing accessories beguile and enchant.

Donna Mondi Interior Design

Donna Mondi Interior Design

Daring.

benjamin-moore-CENTURY-VERONESE-GREENBenjamin Moore Veronese Green

Dramatic.

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Nina Griscom’s Elegant Central Park Duplex – Architectural Digest

Dynamic.

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WilliamsCraig

With inspired form and presence, these hauntingly stunning interiors and decor accessories make a distinctive statement.

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Design, Create, Greet, Announce, Invite, and Impress with Paperless Post

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Places In The Home is in full-on this is not a drill, the holiday season is here mode.  When a shopping network host announced Christmas is less than two months away, it brought it all home.  This end of October-beginning of November week kicks off the whole let’s holiday plan and prep shebang, and I’m inviting and celebrating family and friends, thankful feasts and fêtes, seasoned and Seasons Greetings, ’tis the season of soirees and open houses, New Year’s Day supper, and happy birthday greetings with a little help from my friends at Paperless Post.

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Farmer’s Feast

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Pheasant Plumage – John Derian

An invitation to gather together with friends to eat, drink, celebrate, and be grateful for one another on the third Thursday of November is but a custom design and email list away.

paperless-post-friendsgiving-invitationGourd Times – Crate & Barrel

Holiday time is open house time, y’all!

A customized invitation to join you to celebrate not only fits the occasion, but reflects your personal style.

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Plumier (Welcome)- Paperless Post

Paperless-post-rifle-paper-merry-and-brightHoliday in the City – Rifle Paper Co. 

paperless-post-A Tuesday TippleA Tuesday Tipple by Charlotte Olympia invites holiday style to the holiday mix and mingle.

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The Lady It’s Cold Outside invitation is decked out in faux fur holiday finery for a festive evening of holiday spirits, decorating, and dancing.

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So sipping cocktails-Dino on the hi-fi-Cherries Jubilee-1960s throwback swanky.

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The Peas on Earth invitation is perfect for our Creole black-eyed peas and Southern buttermilk cornbread Peas on Earth, Good Eats for Luck New Year’s Day supper.

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Peas on Earth

A Louisiana birthday celebration deserves a snazzy and snappy birthday card.

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Snappy Birthday (Nicholas John Frith) – Red Cap Cards

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Styling Tips For Rearranging Home Decor Accessories

It dawned on me last week as I was dusting (the all things house that make a home chore I love to hate) the bookshelves in the not ready for blog sharing time den could greatly benefit from an update-an edit-a rearrange.

That started a I’m tired of-I’m bored with-I don’t like that chain reaction.

An inspection of shelf, space and tabletop ensued, and the conclusion reached is I’m ready for a rearranging home decor accessories change.

Did you hear that?

That’s Dave the Builder breathing a sigh of relief as I assure him no painting, wallpapering or furniture moving will be involved in this most current update to our decor.

Oh, it’s coming, but more on that down the redecorating road.

It’s amazing how easy it is to stave off decor staleness by simply  rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home.

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I’m decorating to the oldies with the soulful sounds of Dionne Warwick and The 5th Dimension.

The music is from 1967, but the look in this traditional ranch doesn’t have to be.

I’m doing my decorista best to de-1967 this traditional ranch one project, one space, one rearranging home decor accessories at a time.

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Stained woodwork works for some spaces, but this den is not one of those spaces.

Dave the Builder suggested I give the stained woodwork a chance.

I did and have for eight years.

Eight years.

That’s a lot of mulling it over.

This future project is on the fast track to the back burner due to prior “real job” commitments.

Dave’s schedule is full through October, and although painting the den bookshelves tops my at home project list, Dave’s projects pay the bills.

Good and stylish things come to those who wait.

Isn’t that how the saying goes?

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

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

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Move it here, move it there.

Take a look at the look created.

Assign each shelf a focal point accessory and work from there.

To the left, to the right, to the center-no two shelves or vignettes are created equal.

Style each shelf with objects of varying sizes and heights to create flow, balance, and to perfect the art of visual interest.

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Feature items close to your heart, interests, and memories.

The rule of you effectively applies to decorating and should be beautifully evident throughout your home.

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This tarnished treasure sterling silver baby rattle is a four generation keepsake.

It tells the story of past, present and future family members and reads like a compelling novel.

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

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When I bought this color rich portrait last year, I knew I wanted it and knew the perfect place to hang it would present itself.

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I marked the spot today.

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One of the best buys at an antiques auction is when you luck up on a box full of old books in relatively good shape.

I purchased a box of sixty (60) books for $30 all in.

Another example of a fantastic deal discovered and purchased at auction.

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

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

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

Trendy isn’t normally an appealing notion, but I really like the look and am up to the challenge of keeping the thing alive and kicking.

Domino has a good article on fiddle leaf care  Everything You Need to Know About the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig Floor Plant 

Small lamps, sconces, picture lights or a collection of all three will light up the currently lighting deprived shelves.

I’m treading lightly (ha!) with this decision being ever mindful too much of a good thing can cast a particularly unattractive shadow.

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Verandah House

Rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home is what I’m doing on my summer vacation.

The look is updated and everything old is new again.

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