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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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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.
Gourd Times – Crate & Barrel
Holiday time is open house time, y’all!
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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.
Peas on Earth
A Louisiana birthday celebration deserves a snazzy and snappy birthday card.
Snappy Birthday (Nicholas John Frith) – Red Cap Cards
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Dorm room decorating ideas days are here again. Decorating the dorm room is a back to campus tradition, and dorm room decor has come a long way, baby. Chic, stylish, and dorm sweet dorm impressive- the accents and accessories available for your dorm room decorating ideas prove A+ ready to ace the personal style test.
To every taste there is a style, and the dorm room is an excellent canvas in which to color, texture and pattern your way to dorm sweet dorm style.
My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Place the design and decorate emphasis on decor accents and accessories that speak hello beautiful to you.
Many college bound decoristas wonder if the feel of home sweet home can translate to dorm sweet dorm. It most certainly can when the comforts of home come together with chic furnishings, accents and accessories. Introducing a bought or diy upholstered headboard or faux headboard tapestry into the dorm decorating scheme transforms an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and style.
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.
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.
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.
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?
New cabinet hardware is a must, and let me tell you why.
Changing out cabinet hardware is an inexpensive update, an install I am ridiculously brilliant at, and delivers instant visual gratification.
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.
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.
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.
My taste in decorative porcelain figurines has gone to the dogs.
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.
I marked the spot today.
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.
I still love the wallpaper in the foyer, but this Orchid has seen better days.
A meyer lemon tree could work, but I’m also considering the very trendy fiddle leaf fig in my rearranging home decor accessories scheme.
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.
It is said the early bird gets the worm. Far be it for me to question the validity of this wise and proven proverb, but (there is always a but don’t you know) I apply the advice on a case by case basis. Earlier is better when it comes to client appointments, home decor sales and auction previews. Decorating house and home for fall anytime before mid September is traditionally a tad too early for this bird. Although, tomorrow’s forecast high/low for our little corner of the world is 79/50. I do believe that qualifies as all the fall decorating inspiration needed to begin a new tradition.
Looking forward to what’s cooking in the fall kitchen comes with the fall baking and cooking territory. Comfort plates a sweet and savory delight for the taste buds. Seasonal soups, spicy chili, hearty stews and gumbos of chicken and sausage will be cooking in the French blue pot.
Crisp deep colors complement core foundation pieces. Rather it’s a been in the family for generations accent chair or the I’ve had my eye on it and there’s no better time than fall to buy it area rug, the addition of seasonal color, texture and pattern enhances the decorating pomp and palette.
Personal decorating style and taste preferences determine what design element or decor piece immediately draws the eye. The rug and the table lamps in the above image speak gorgeous to me. Area rugs and table lamps lend an instant chic factor to the ambiance of a space.
Bless the powers that be at Dillard’s and the take an additional 40% off sale that brings forth the Southern Living Ash Feather Statue for a song- a sweet sale serenade. I have big fall decorating inspiration plans for the newest addition to the decorative accents and accessories inventory.
Winter white, a lovely color reminiscent of New Orleans style Cafe Au Lait, is a smashing color to complement a fall color palette.
The Christopher Knight Home Toddman Fabric High Back Club Chair is currently catching my fall decorating eye. The wingback side detail evokes thoughts of fireside evenings in New England. Neutral foundation pieces in colors such as winter white or light beige command decorative accents and accessories rich in seasonal colors to stand at vibrant attention.
You never know what the catalyst for your fall decorating inspiration will be. A throw pillow here, an accent piece there- updating your home decor to reflect the fall season warms up home and hearth and invites the current season’s best in color, texture and pattern show into your places in the home.
Antiques auctions are my thing. From start to sold, I love the workings of the antiques auction machine. Dave the Builder and I have clocked many an hour in old barns, metal buildings, old storefronts and convention halls in hope of acquiring antiques and vintage furniture and accessories up for auction. When live and in person isn’t in the bid cards, absentee bids are in order. One of my very favorite auction houses, Gallery Auctions, Inc. invites absentee bidding, offers quality merchandise and is known for superb customer service.
In the market for an antique bread or cutting board, I searched the listings with gotta have it success. I placed absentee bids on several boards to cover the spread, and was thrilled to receive the phone call that I won the bid I really, really wanted. The board is big, aged, perfectly worn and rich in patina and provenance. Score!
Attending the highly anticipated local estate sale recently held less than one block from the Places In The Home abode turned out to be a good decision. This particular estate sale was a treasure hunting must- one where quality meets quantity. The bamboo light fixture immediately caught my eye, piqued my interest and held my attention.
First day sale prices can send a wave of sticker shock throughout the antiques dealers, estate sale aficionados and interior design and decorating community. The word on the tree-lined street signaled high prices ahead. The price I was comfortable paying did not square with the sellers initial asking price. I told myself if it is meant to be it will be, and waited for the next day price negotiations. Holding firm with an offer does not always work out for the best, but in this case it did.
Dave the Builder rewired the fixture, applied two coats of gloss white lacquer spray paint and here we are. You’ll see this image again in a post I’m working on detailing more decor updates.
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He said, “I need a vacation.” She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”
Do we dare take a gamble on basing our vacation destination on past antiques inventory buying successes? I’m willing to roll the dice if you are, Dave. He said, “make the reservation.” She said, “win, lose or draw, I’m ready to go.”
The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .
First stop on the treasure hunting train: Kings Antique Mall. The gotta have it list for our auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting trips includes requests from clients as well as items for my personal collections. A hold tag on the two drawer chest dashed my hopes for ownership, but it gave me an idea for a piece already in inventory. Inspiration is everywhere.
I am always fascinated by the nouns of life and how we draw home decor inspiration from them. Violets remind me of my maternal grandmother, and memories drive the antiques business.
I almost overlooked this small violet adorned dish while shopping at Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale, but luckily spied it sitting pretty atop a dusty shelf. It currently resides on my bedside table as a holder for my reading glasses.
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.
Now we’re cooking!