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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Boho Gold Tiger Trinket Tray

It’s a jungle out there.

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Ardelia 20 Table LampArdelia Table Lamp

Giraffe Lamp with Linen Shade

Giraffe Lamp with Linen Shade

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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.

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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.

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James T. Carter – Architect

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

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Vintage Artificial Peony Silk Flowers Bouquet

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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 coasterBear on Bike Plastic Coated Coasters, Set of 6

cigar box tray

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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.⠀

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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-

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Goudeau Accent MirrorGoudeau Accent Mirror

 

Roma Wall Mirror

Roma Wall Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dorm stylish dorm room decorating ideas featuring tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories 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. 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

Furrific Lumbar Pillow Cover

Furrific Lumbar Pillow Cover

Fur Wedge Bed Rest Pillow

Fur Wedge Bed Rest Pillow

Room darkening curtain panels keep out the light while letting your style light shine.

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

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

Safavieh Handmade Cape Cod Marget Boho Coastal Jute Rug

Safavieh Handmade Cape Cod Marget Boho Coastal Jute Rug

Bowles Gray Area Rug

Bowles Gray Area Rug

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

Embrace Hand-Hooked Cotton Ivory Area Rug

Embrace Hand-Hooked Cotton Ivory Area Rug

Sallie Fuzzy Pouf

Sallie Fuzzy Pouf

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

Click HERE for the tutorial.

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From the Desk of Style

RAE DUNN Extra Large Write Spiral Notebook

RAE DUNN Extra Large Write Spiral Notebook

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2019-2020 Planner

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

Poppin Accessory Trays

Poppin Accessory Trays

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

diamond paperweight

Diamond Paperweight

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112ct Gold Office Kit  
Reversible Bulletin & Chalk Board w/ Gold Frame
173ct Office Accessory Kit 
Saint Paul’s Cathedral London Souvenir

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.

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Print 1

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Art Print

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

Romantic Moody Roses Giclee Canvas Print

Romantic Moody Roses Giclee Canvas Art Print

White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Little Seeds Monarch Hill Poppy Nightstand


Shh Im Sleeping Cotton Pillowcase Set

Shh I’m Sleeping Cotton Pillowcase Set

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Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.

Coco Fringed Metal LED Table Lamp Gold White by JONATHAN Y

Coco Fringed Metal LED Table Lamp Gold White by JONATHAN Y

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

The Emily & Meritt Bow Task Lamp

The Emily & Meritt Bow Task Lamp

Vornado - Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator

Vornado – Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator

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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

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T J Maxx

Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light

Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light

Sorbus Rotating Makeup Organizer

Sorbus Rotating Makeup Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Eyelashes Jewelry Dish

Eyelashes Jewelry Dish

Melamine Black and White Geometric Mix and Match Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Melamine Geometric Mix and Match Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Mainstays Whisk Me Away Melamine Mixing Bowl with Lids

 Whisk Me Away Melamine Mixing Bowl with Lids

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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

tassels mug

Tassels Mug

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.

Rayne Marie Paintings

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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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!

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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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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.

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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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Pheasant Plumage – John Derian

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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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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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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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Auctions, Estate Sales and Antiques Treasure Hunting

Auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting expeditions write the latest chapter of my how I spent my summer vacation story.

Auctions, estate sales and antiques

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.

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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!

bread-boardAttending 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.

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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.

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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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Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino

He said, “I need a vacation.”  She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”

dare-day-clubDo 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.”

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The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .

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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.

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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.

violet-plate1I 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.

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Hitting the copper jackpot at Antiques on Gladstone.

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I love when an entire city block is home to antiques shops.  Kid meet candy store.  Finding the hotel silver dome put the cherry on the treasure hunting cake.

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face-vasesWe are home sweet home again.

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Now comes the fun part.

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