A Most Fetching Friday: A Tranquil Bedroom

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines a nightlight on the importance of a tranquil bedroom where mind, body and eye benefit from quality downtime and restful style.  I’ve discovered the antidote to the energy draining, oppressive and tedious days of summer- retreating to a tranquil bedroom  where I check stress, devices, and the general noise of the day that grinds the gears at the door.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

What design elements constitute a tranquil bedroom for one may not for another.  In design and in the pursuit of tranquility, personal preference makes the world go round.  Count me among those that unwind by watching television before bed.  Dave the Builder yammers wonders aloud how I can include watching television in my downtime is the right time viewing routine.

To quote a line from Sex and the City (a late night viewing favorite), “I love it, it’s my thing.  Let it go.”

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When designing and decorating the master bedroom with tranquility in mind, a serene and calming color palette is conducive to a relaxing atmosphere.

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Windham Cream  ||   Blue Bonnet  ||  Palladian Blue  ||   Healing Aloe

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Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Dave and I often play the what would you buy if you won the lottery game.  When I do win the lottery (the power of positive thinking) fresh flowers will grace the accent, dining, vanity, and bedside tabletops throughout Casa de Places In The Home.  In the meantime, the markdown sections of grocery store floral departments beautifully and affordably allow me to indulge my penchant for keeping an arrangement of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

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Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Be still my Southern traditional heart!

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Decorator Brannan Geary

The tranquil bedroom decorated by Brannan Geary is a Southern charmer. The classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood, stunning window treatments, and fresh flowers beautifully demonstrate how the use of classic patterns, soft color palettes, and antique furnishings frame a tranquil bedroom.

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Gal Meets Glam

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 Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

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I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.

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This lamp is one of a pair that belonged to my grandmother.  The pair of vintage porcelain lamps in the Brannan Geary decorated bedroom inspired me to head to the Hopefully Classic storage closet to retrieve these vintage porcelain lamps with the express purpose of reintroducing into a calm, cool, and collected bedroom.

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Architectural Digest

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Southern Living

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Southern Living

I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend- one that  presents an opportunity at the end of the day for you to retreat to and rest and relax in a tranquil bedroom.

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Valentine’s Day Color Spotlight: Seeing Red

In the best and most gorgeous of ways, many of us will be seeing red on Valentine’s Day.  Red is a commanding color; a color as alluring as it is dramatic.

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Up, Up and Away

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Southern Living

Often regarded as the traditional color of Valentine’s Day,  red plays color matchmaker to the visual aesthetic integral to interior design, interior decorating, home decor and home furnishings.

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Architectural DigestSaint James Paris 

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Eiffel Tower Restaurant ~ House Beautiful

I ♥ this image of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.  Seeing red is befitting this beautiful and romantic setting.   

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Bal masqué by Charles Hermans ~{{PD-US}}

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Pinterest

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Pinterest ~ Selfridges

Today’s Valentine’s Day color spotlight is brought to you by the color red.  Here’s to seeing red through the eyes of love and style.

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Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor

The New Orleans  Saints are (were) back on the field in black and gold glory.  Saints fans, the Who Dat Nation, hope(d) the Saints (would) take the win and the spirit all the way to Super Bowl LII.   An edge of your seat roller coaster ride to the end zone game for sure, but victory was not to be.  I diligently worked on updating Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor to coincide with the New Orleans Saints winning season.   An otherwise brilliant season came to an end this past Sunday, but I did not want this updated black and gold home decor show and tell to go to waste so sharing I am.  We might be dejected, but the black and gold home decor accents and accessories peppered throughout Dave the Builder’s man cave prove to be a stylish silver lining.

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Rio 2 Door Accent Cabinet
by John Richard

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Black and gold home decor accessories make a stylish statement on all points.  Elegant meets modern meets focal point meets wow factor.

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Gold Leather Butterfly Lounge Chair

Black and gold home decor accents and accessories are always stylishly in season.

Loren+Black+4+Drawer+ChestLoren 4 Drawer Chest by DwellStudio

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Apropos Table Lamp

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‘Touch of Gold I’ Graphic Art on Wrapped Canvas

 

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Uttermost Myles Curved Accent Drum Table in Black/Gold

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Walrus Bookends

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Linden Black-Gold Bookcase

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Bischoffs Coffee Table

The look of classic sophistication is instantly achieved when black and gold accents become a distinct decor choice as part of  the color palette.

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Domaine

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Philip Jensen

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Inside Fabric

 

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Black & Poole

Safavieh Alroy 3-Light 30 Dia Chandelier

Safavieh Alroy 3-Light 30 Dia Chandelier

 

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Wedgwood Arris Octagonal Accent Plate

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The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters

Styling and decorating with black home decor pieces sets the tone for statement making appeal.

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The extra added bonus of accentuating the space with gold accessories puts the accent mark on the power of gold glam.

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Kian Velvet Directors Chair in Black Velvet design by Safavieh  ||  Mercer41 Bromelton Bar Stool  ||  Laurenza Steel Bar Stool by Willa Arlo Interiors  ||  Fuji Contemporary 31.5 In Barstool (Set of 2)

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Fletcher 2 Light Globe Pendant by Hinkley Lighting 

Out with the old, in with the new!   A new lampshade offers an immediate style upgrade.

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Inspiration is everywhere, even on the football field.

Rich. Brilliant. Elegant. Decorating With Fall Colors

Today’s Decorating with Fall Colors post is an updated oldie but goodie.  I was shocked when I noticed the original post date of September 30, 2011.  Where has the time gone?  Time flies and styles change, and like the spaces and places in the home, blog posts greatly benefit from an occasional update.  Enjoy!

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.”

This fall colors on parade gallery features inspired examples of interiors and exteriors adorned in traditional, historic, curated and new-traditional colors characteristic of autumn – fall.

Rich.  Brilliant.  Elegant.

Colors of the autumn – fall season gift the eye a visual glory that naturally inspires our decorating with fall colors choices.

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Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design as featured in Traditional Home

Is it possible for an accent color to become the focal point of a space?  Matthew Patrick Smyth proves it is with his color choices.  A neutral color foundation is amplified by the chocolate brown silk table skirt with Greek Key trim.  Stone gray metals, ebony painted bricks, and engravings of Paris, circa 1730 warm the look and serve to anchor the statement.  His color choices are timeless, and will nicely transition from season to season.

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Bruce Bierman Design

Rich in color and texture, the deep brown color of the hardwood flooring plays well to the color block, dramatic accent wall, and decorative accessories in shades of cinnabar, crimson and pumpkin.

decorating-for-fall-with-blueBetter Homes & Gardens

Accents and accessories in seasonal colors beautifully render a color rich montage.

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Color, texture and pattern add a sense of season to interiors and home decor accessories.  Velvet home decor furnishings rich in seasonal color brings a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and cool nights.

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Fall seasons the historic exteriors and centuries-old homes of Salem, Massachusetts with the perfect blend of rich in tone and tradition colors customary to the classic fall palette.

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Hawkins New York

Paul Denoly and Nick Blaine otherwise known as the founders of Hawkins New York  exhibit the talent of the keen eye in mastering the curated look  in their 18th-century farm house.  These stylish gents brilliantly rock the pink, beige, brown and metallic palette.  I discovered this example of a new-traditional color scheme in the feature Setting the Tone: At Home With the Founders of Hawkins New York on Domino, and the design and decor showcased in their farm house revival results in a chic aesthetic, comfortable welcome to our home feel, and new-traditional fall color scheme.

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Orange accents make a vibrant color splash.

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Juxtaposition of styles, periods, grains, textures, patterns and crisp color details stand out as accents of distinction.

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The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.  Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer.  I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace.   Man’s best friend looks cozy and comfortable.  Tailor the spaces and places of your home to reflect your sense and style of season while gorgeously decorating with fall colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Decorating Inspiration: Decorating House and Home for Fall

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.

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You can’t talk fall without the subject of pumpkin coming up.  I myself seize every opportunity to dish the pumpkin through color and good tastes.

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Williams Sonoma

Lest we forget the seasonal deliciousness of the apple- the official unofficial fruit of fall.

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Baked apples. Candied apples from fairs and festivals.  My famous Fresh Apple Nut Cake which is the most requested recipe from readers and followers.

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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.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup 

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.

fall-colors-farrow-ballFarrow & Ball

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M and M Interior Design

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.

fall-area-rugRizzy Home Bellevue Collection Rug

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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.




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Winter white, a lovely color reminiscent of New Orleans style Cafe Au Lait, is a smashing color to complement a fall color palette.

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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.

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Inside Fabric

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.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Summer of Pastel Colors Love

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday places the spotlight on that we’ve been having fun all summer long feeling and the summer of pastel colors love.

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Classic VW

pastel-hutsThe Pastel Beach Huts of Mersea Island, Essex – England

pastel colorsLauren Conrad

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Praying for the residents of the Caribbean, Florida and the East Coast.

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Hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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Creating A Spring Scene

Picture perfect moments, colors, subjects and samplings worthy of creating a spring scene catch the eye, stir interest and offer seasonal inspiration.

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Being in the right place at the right time had its advantages for a I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph blogger and a spirited blue jay with a bird bath all to itself.

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This creating a spring scene scenario went on for a good fifteen minutes. Nature provided a magnificent matinee, and the star of this one bird show appeared ready for his or her close-up.

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While we are on the subject of blue, I am quite impressed with the pale blue green color palette selections of The Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint.

Barry-Dixon-paintThe Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint

Snow Sky  ||   Well Water ||  Fauquier Spring

That crazy blue jay has the right idea about spring activities.  A refreshing dip in the pool was just the ticket to recharge his battery, and a spring road trip will be just the ticket to recharge mine.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Hydrangea Centerpiece

I was referencing violets and pansies in a yet to be published blog post. Walking past the kitchen table on the way to afternoon coffee, I glanced down to see the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens opened to the feature In Praise of Violas.  How’s that for happenstance?

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I’m not a practicing member of the ladies that lunch club, but I love the idea of it and the Southern Living feature The New Ladies Lunch. Planning the Mother’s Day menu is soon to be the task at hand, and the Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits look to be a Southern scrumptious must make.

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Southern Living

Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk
Parchment paper

Directions

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas and dough is crumbly; stir in cheese.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times.  Place dough in a bowl; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Unbaked biscuits may be frozen up to 1 month. Bake frozen biscuits as directed for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown.

~Recipe from Southern Living – My Recipes

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Spring is all about the new, the fresh, the green.  There is something so classic, Southern chic, and spring front porch perfect about a Boston fern hanging basket.  My brand new, full to the spring green Boston fern basket is the curb appeal accent piece hanging around the front porch creating a spring scene.

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