Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone proves beautiful and colorful things come in pairs.  The announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as Pantone Color of the Year 2016 marks a first. This is the first time in the history of Pantone Color of the Year selections that two different colors have been selected.


The words rose and serenity evoke delightful impressions.  Romance, peace, calm, tranquility, kindness and gentleness.  I immediately connected the Color of the Year 2016 selections with the sentiments of the holiday season.  A color coincidence perhaps, but doesn’t it make for a lovely association?


With a delicate balance of tranquil tone and soft hint of periwinkle perfection, Pantone Serenity becomes the perfect Peace on Earth holiday color palette.


“Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”  

-Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity Hue you calling gorgeous?


The hue and tone promoted in Rose Quartz  is soft yet strong.  It will easily complement or take the lead in just about any choice of color palette.


rose-quartz-ChristmasH & M

Traditional holiday colors ring true as the classics,  but transitional color combinations beautifully deck the holiday halls.  This post pays holiday homage to Rose Quartz and Serenity and the holiday  scenes, ornaments and decorations inspired by the hues and tones of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016.

Rose-Quartz-SerenityPantone ~  We Heart It ~   Inside Fabric ~   The Cottage Market

rose-quartz-Christmas-wreathDomestic Fashionista

Inspiration is everywhere, and it is most colorful at this time of year!

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Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White.  Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we?  Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot.  Jackpot of inspiration, that is.


The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating.  Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.


Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds.  I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette.  Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.


Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point.  I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space.  For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.

fall-vivid-colorsTraditional Home  ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page.  I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.

“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”

Isaac Mizrahi


Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation.  Take a chance, folks.  Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.

fall-interior-paint-colors-antiquesOne Kings Lane ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques.  When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box.  Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.

antique-furniture-color-paletteOne Kings Lane

Vivid, strong and brilliant transitional colors emphasize and heighten the rich color pigments found in rosewood, mahogany, oak and walnut woods.

fall-tones Farrow & Ball Blazer ~ Behr Exotic Honey ~ Kitchen: Better Homes and Gardens

Color is and always will be an integral component to tying the total look of the space together.  I call it hitting the color palette jackpot.

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Planting the Seeds of Change: A Decorating 180

Inspiration is everywhere made good on its promise this Mother’s Day. Dave the Builder heard the something out of the ordinary call, gifting me this most unique and exquisite Italian heather plant for Mother’s Day. This visually striking plant in all its classic pink and green color combination glory is summer planter poised and ready.  Giving thought to what type of planter befits this beauty, the usual suspects in my traditional rotation failed to impress.  It appears a decorating style metamorphosis is taking place, a planting the seeds of change decorating 180.


  “In gardening, architecture, landscape design and interior design the principles are interchangeable – or, at the very least, highly adaptable.”
  — Charlotte Moss

The preferred decorating style of choice at Places In The Home is traditional with a twist, but styles and tastes evolve as they should, and mine are no exception.  If only on an experimental basis for the fresh and updated look of it, try introducing one or two accents, colors or patterns from a different decorating style to the space.  A decorating 180 turns up the volume just enough to keep things visually interesting.


I paid a visit to the Hopefully Classic warehouse (storage unit) a couple of weekends ago to do a bit of shopping.   Shopping from within is a tremendous concept.  I become reacquainted with items in the inventory, an afternoon of hunting and digging for treasure qualifies as an excellent workout and the prices can’t be beat.  I pulled a set of decorative concrete planters (one of which is shown in the above image) to pair with two small boxwood plants I bought marked down at Lowe’s.  The picture does not do the planter justice, and as stunning as these planters are, do these lovelies qualify as my personal decorating 180?

garden-basketOrlandi Statuary Round Basket Planter

Hold the phone!  This Orlandi Statuary basket planter may be all the style sashay towards a decorating 180 needed to calm the winds of change. The style deviation is subtle enough not to overwhelm the process while staying true to the traditional foundation. Throw the eye a curve ball every now and then and hit a style home run.

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 Read more from Charlotte Moss Green Rooms in Introspective on 1stdibs

A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features signature signs of the season in sight and word, warm reminders, a DIY project, and a pair of birds from a distinct feather.


Warm is a hot topic of fall conversation.  We have entered the season so closely associated with a changing and impressive palette.


It may be a coincidence, but it seems the senses become heightened as the days shorten, colors deepen, spices and aromas entice and the tones and textures of nature engage us by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.


I call this the apple of my eye wreath.  This stunning DIY apple wreath on fall home tour display at The Wood Grain Cottage is my kind of DIY project.


Lowe’s knows color.


Natural elements come together to create a tablecsape with a nod to the seasonal influence of color, texture and pattern.


This time of year is deliciously referred to as soup weather, and this Pumpkin-Chestnut soup recipe from Martha Stewart is a quintessential fall favorite.


A member of the duck, swan and goose family, the ruddy shelduck or Tadorna ferruginea is a distinctive species mostly found in central and Southern Asia.  Beautiful markings, don’t you think?


I hope you have a most Fetching Friday.

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Kitchen, Breakfast Area, And Butler’s Pantry Page Weekend Update

The Places In The Home Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update is not to be confused with Saturday Night Live Weekend Update,  but it definitely took all of Saturday, and Saturday night, and it was definitely live.  With our household number temporarily reduced by two over the last three weeks,  I was able to clear out the cobwebs, so to speak, dig in, style up, photograph and post the results of  the new and improved Places In The Home Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update.

After much decorative debate our bella cucina has made the color transition from Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear to Sherwin-Williams Curio Gray.


Any decorative decision made in haste runs the risk of the dreaded and expensive do-over, or worse yet, the dreaded make do.  Decorating mistakes and missteps happen. Goodness knows I could write a book on the ones I have made. Trial and error has its place in the color my world scheme of things, and painting offers one of the most inexpensive uh-oh, this isn’t going to work outs there is.  Anjou Pear began to rot sooner than later and the neutral but distinct color of Curio Gray proved to be a classic fit.


The biggest part of the kitchen remodeling project (if your interested find that post here) and material choices- cabinets, granite countertop installation, flooring- still float my boat and will remain in play for awhile.  I’ve debated over replacing the breakfast area chandelier and double fluorescents but the form, function and illumination of the fixtures wins out.


New, edited and vintage accessories in gold, white and cream breathed new life into the look.  Dave the Builder picked up this crock from Ace Hardware.   I bought the medium sized vintage rolling pin from a local shop and the larger one I found on Etsy.  The treasure hunt for vintage cutting boards began and ended in my own kitchen.  I totally forgot I had most of these.  It was a like Christmas day when I found them.


One marathon eBay search later and this perfectly imperfect white porcelain pitcher was coming my way.   I don’t mind digging in for the search, but after 3-4 hours of eBaying, Etsying, and online Goodwilling I was ironstoned, porcelained and crocked to a crisp!   With camera and coffee in hand it was onward and upward to the next phase- the pictorial proof of our Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update.


Without further ado, I cordially invite you to view the new, improved and updated Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page.

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A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming,prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible


Week two of  A Most Fetching Friday features color, texture and pattern- the decorating trinity.

picklingExpert Pickling Tips – Williams-Sonoma Taste

kitchen-brass-hardwareFarmhouse Brass via Martha Stewart – Photo: Eric Piasecki

lipstick-GHColor palette inspiration – Good Housekeeping

pink-dining-roomCountry Living’s editor, Sarah Gray Miller’s Upstate New York Home

bird-girl-statueIn the Garden of…  Bird Girl Statues

I am a complete sucker for vintage animal prints, and have the perfect frames ready for this and the vintage cow printable. These are perfect- not too kitchy, not too busy.

Vintage-sheep-Drawing-wVintage Sheep Drawing Printable – House of Hawthorns

blue-brown-black The Hotel St. James,  Paris – Apartment Therapy

Pink Lemonade Cake makes everyday A Most Fetching Friday.  It’s a little pink piece of summer sweetness, and a lovely image to end on.

pink-lemonade-cakePink Lemonade Cake – Better Homes and Gardens

I hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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Color Combination Decorating with Black and Yellow

I have heard it all now, and please allow me to elaborate.  Sitting at the keyboard this morning with a cup of strong Louisiana coffee in my hand and the music of John Legend in my ear, my initial thought as I gazed at the Places In The Home blog dashboard is I’ve got nothing.  Creativity can be a tricky little witch.  She can flow like the Red River at times, and then without notice dry up like Lake Mead.  Inspiration eventually does come, and I am patience personified waiting on it to show up.


Keeping the speakers turned to low proved an advantage this morning. Inspiration is everywhere, and this morning it was buzzing right outside the French door next to my desk.  What do we have here?  The buzz of a lone bumble bee unlocked the door to color combination decorating with black and yellow inspiration.  I was mesmerized at both the black and yellow distinct markings of the bumblebee.  A decorating with black and yellow buzz of elation accompanied my blog topic inspiration is here again jig.


In a moment of gawk and study, I saw past the less than flattering features of the bumblebee; instead, being oddly inspired by its yellow and black markings.  Interior designers and fashion mavens glean some of their best ideas by taking a page from the book of natural beauty.  If you’ve read my blog before you know what I say about nature being the best arts and crafts store.  Add muse to nature’s resume.


Back to the workings of how colors come together in both expected and unexpected harmony.  Black is the new black- a color so beautifully secure in its position on the color wheel that it makes it a without a doubt decorating essential.  In other words, the color black will never go out of style or vogue.  It is one of the premier foundation and/or accent colors in interior decorating.  Drama in decorating is more about the visual impact it adds to the quality of the space and less about the style.

Shabby chic, farmhouse and coastal cottage decor styles can be every bit the grande dame of decorating drama thanks to well paired and well executed color combinations.


 Benjamin Moore Moonlight 2020-60  ||  Benjamin Moore Straw 2154-50  ||  Sherwin-Williams June Day SW6682  ||  Sherwin-Williams Bee’s Wax SW7682

Drama comes to call when black meets any shade of yellow.


Color combinations from the classic and timeless to the maybe you ought to rethink this guide the eye on a journey of decorative intrigue. Sometimes what we imagine in our decorating mind’s eye as a set the bar color combination  falls short on the other side of fruition.  Mistakes and missteps happen and become part of the trial and error  process.  Aim for a coordinated contrast when pairing colors, and never shy from experimenting with color combinations.

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