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.
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.”
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.
Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.
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.
I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.
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.
Our 4th of July celebration finds me taking a few minutes between festivities to wish you all a Happy 4th of July while I enjoy a cup of tea and some quality keyboard time. I love the lead up to the big celebration, but life, like decorating and design, is all about balance. We’re about to get this patriotic pops party started in bing, bang, boom fashion, and I bet you are doing the same at your own Happy 4th of July celebration.
Tradition rings red, white, and blue true in a patriotic color palette. Variations and creative interpretations of the patriotic color palette allow for fresh takes, takes primed for impressing the eye of the new traditional loyal.
Drum up the drama and set off the visual fireworks in shades, hues and tones of regal reds, shades of white, and brilliant blues. A space defined, detailed, and draped in an updated interpretation of the classic red, white, and blue color scheme pops the color in new traditional style.
Don’t shy from purchasing a lamp(s) with a shade that does not float your boat or without a shade at all. Celebrate your independence from the unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, and lackluster by creating a custom piece by replacing or purchasing a shade(s) suited to your taste, color preference and the canvas of the space.
The color combination of red, white and blue is synonymous with regal grandeur. Patriotic as well as impressive, the red, white, and blue color palette makes a bold design and home decor statement from floor to ceiling.
Pop the color, say cheers to the American spirit, and savor the flavor on this Independence Day. Place the spotlight on fun, an impressive party palette, and the snacks, the crackles and the pops that go with letting freedom ring. I think that’s a simple yet spectacular recipe for party success!
Company’s coming to a State Dinner at the White House. As the White House welcomes President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first state visit of the Trump administration, the dining, dishes (china and cuisine) and decorating details intrigue me. The White House released the details of the State Dinner complete with china settings, color scheme, and menu selections, and I do color myself impressed by it all. Let me assure you this post is apolitical in nature, opinion and content. Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton will be referenced, but only in terms of presidential china patterns, a State Dining Room renovation and the present First Lady’s attention to detail selections for the State Dinner. Months of preparation, tasting, placing, selecting and practice makes perfect pays off in a grand and regal way.
Dinner (see menu below) will be served in the State Dining Room. Former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the renovated State Dining Room in 2015, and the room is well-appointed in an updated color palette of light and peacock blue, ecru and various shades of white.
Gold accents and accessories lend a new traditional tone while the look of the dining armchairs and side chairs emulate similar design traits of dining chairs designed by Georgetown cabinetmaker William King, Jr. in 1818 for President James Monroe. The dining table and chairs will be removed and replaced with skirted round tables and gold Napoleon Chiavari chairs- ten to the table.
A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.
Spring colors of green and white will be represented by the green color palette detailed in the Bush china and spring green and white flower centerpieces and arrangements placed on the fireplace mantle flanking the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
American Silver from the White House Collection and pieces from the Vermeil collection from Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons will complete the place setting and tabletop presentation.
I would love to show actual sneak peek images of the place settings for the state dinner, but those pesky copyright laws do get in the way of that idea. For that reason some of the images in this posting are in the style of interpretations of the actual pieces.
A trio of gold candlesticks will be placed on most of the guest tables while the tables towards the front of the State Dining Room will have a centerpiece candelabra carrying the desired look of elegance that is befitting such a stately occasion throughout the State Dining Room.
Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.
Edouard Manet ~ Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882
The menu for the State Dinner is a mélange of America’s dishes and traditions deliciously seasoned with flavor hints of French influences.
Goat Cheese Gateau
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces
Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
USA Today has shared the following video on their Facebook page. I am thrilled to share it with you all, and may I just say the room is stunning!
New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year. New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and remained a French ruled city until 1763, when the city was taken over by the Spanish. In 1803 the French took back control of New Orleans, and in the same year sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.
The c’est si bon taste of Louisiana and the French-infused heritage of New Orleans will be well represented at tonight’s State Dinner. Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, Tomato Jam, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya tempt the Southern, French and Creole taste of Louisiana. White House Executive Chef, Christeta Comerford, will prepare the main course of Rack of Spring Lamb and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya in a true New Orleans seasoning tradition. The dishes will feature the spice trio Cajun trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, and will be spiced with herbs from the South Lawn.
C’est si bon!
Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015, Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014, and Schramsberg Demi-Sec “Crémant” will be served. Selected to complement, these wines emphasize tradition, provenance and the historic friendship between the United States and France will pair well with the menu.
From a state dinner at the White House to a dinner soirée at your house, attention to detail and good taste influence the selections we make when we entertain. An impressive presentation with the accent mark on attention to detail never fails to make a lasting impression.
Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again. Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test. Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media?
Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.
My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.
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Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.
Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage. Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.
Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.
DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.
Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.
Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.
A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:
Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly. I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock. Same goes for nightstands and chests. What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do?
Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.
What You’ll Need:
tape measure or ruler
rosette appliques- see directions below.
gold spray paint
brass caster cup
It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting installation.
Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.
Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail.
Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around the back edge of the applique. When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out.
Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.
A vintage office chair found at your favorite thrift shop, yard sale or curbside boutique is a prime diy project piece ready to dazzle. Chic up the style by adding a faux fur seat cushion.
For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.
Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!
What You’ll Need:
faux fur fabric
permanent fabric adhesive
Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D. Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold. Most of the faux fur fabrics available at Fabric.com run 54-58 inches wide. Cut fabric to size.
My upholstering formula is not rocket science. Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric. Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge. Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness. Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique. Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!
Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of spray paint.
Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights. A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.
Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents. Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look. Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.
Mad in Crafts shows us how to get our fabulous diy inspired talent on with thumbtacks and paint. Knock off? Knock your socks off chic, dorm decoristas! Get the designer inspired details here.
Alexis over at Persia Lou creates this diy Marble Paper Filing Cabinet. Talk about style files! See her tutorial here.
Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing. Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.
Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending. Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic. No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista. A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.
Dorm room decorating days are here again. Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.
Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right. The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th. Can you tell I’m excited about this collection? I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye. The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.
I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list. Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.
For chic summer evenings ~
Embroidered Clutch ~ Gold
For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~
Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4
Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder
For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~
Giraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel
For the home~
Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim
Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy
Nosie Posey Floor Cushion
Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.