Touches and Hints of Fall At Home Preview

The intention of this touches and hints of fall at home preview is to bring about that cozy-colorful-bountiful-nature inspired-pumpkin spiced-apple appealing feeling of fall at home.

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Those of us who absolutely love the fall-autumn season revel in the fall at home preview planning and prepping.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Werner Straube

Seasonal decor pretties.

Rich warm colors and hues on parade.

Crisp days into evening.

Pumpkin everything.

Cozy times.

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Fall Sweet Fall Accent Pillow

Actual signs of fall may not be obvious in your neck of the woods (or skipped you all together i.e. 101°F in Denver one day, 33°F the next), but the excitement of a fall-autumn arrival is building.

Fall at home preview posts on the pages of food and shelter magazines, recipe and home decor blogs, and the social media platforms of choice confirm the anticipation.

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

—Lauren DeStefano

They say good things come to those who wait.

On that logic I liken fall’s tease and eventual arrival to the pot of harvest gold at the end of summer’s scorching rainbow.

A sure sign the beauty of fall is upon us.

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Ella Claire & Co. gifts this lovely free printable vintage landscape for fall framing and decorating.

Sending a big thank you to creative friends and blogs bearing gifts.

I have a bronze gold frame picked out to frame the print in, and am leaning toward placing it on a small decorative easel.

Click on the link to visit this wonderful blog and print your copy- Ella Clair & Co. 

Wrensted Interiors LLC

Wrensted Interiors LLC

Natural touches such as seasonal foliage picked from your yard or garden and housed in rustic crocks, vintage silver pieces, or basic glass jars bring the beauty of fall to a tabletop or vignette near you.

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

Antique Brown Round Ceramic Stoneware Crock

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Inspiration, imagination, creativity, and a keen eye are responsible for many a stunning decorative display.

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock Vase

Antique Large German Brown Glazed Stoneware Pottery Double Handle Crock

As one who always includes setting and staying within budget when selecting, suggesting, and sourcing home decor accents and accessories for clients as well as myself, I love the endless possibilities afforded by decorating with items found at home, in nature (the best arts & crafts store going!), farmers markets, and the flower and produce departments of local grocery stores.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by John Granen

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”

—Unknown

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There’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to achieve a striking result.

Fall Harvest Wooden Decorative BowlFall Harvest Wooden Decorative Bowl

An arrangement of fresh seasonal fruits placed in a wooden bowl or on a plate or platter sets a simple yet elegant display.

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I’m convinced the five senses dance a delightful waltz to an autumnal melody.

bella notte linens

Bella Notte Linens

Layers of warm and cozy linens wrapped in your favorite fall color, texture, pattern, and scent invite a fall into comfort feeling.

Functionality has never looked, felt or smelled so inviting.

Fall Scented Linen Spray

Ingredients

½ cup water

½ cup vodka

8-10 drops fall scented essential oil(s)

Directions

Mix water and vodka together in a clean spray bottle.

Add essential oil or combination of oils to mixture, swirling to blend.

Essential oil scents and combinations to consider:

Sweet orange, clove bud and cinnamon bark.

Pumpkin pie.

Brown sugar, apple pie and nutmeg.

Wood spice.

Sweet tangerine.

Cedarwood.

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Foodiesfeed

When apples and cinnamon enter the mix or the mixing bowl, the scent and the taste of fall follows.

Brown Wood Look Plate Brown Wood Look Plate

This brown wood plate offers the look of wood with the ease of melamine.

Design details include a realistic faux wood grain pattern paired with the extra bonus of being safe for food use.

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Southerners take fall any way we can get it since we really don’t get much of it in the first place.

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D Magazine – Photography by Nathan Schroder

It’s a fact of life in Louisiana when the temps fall below 70°F you can hear the collective clang of gumbo pots making their way from cupboard to stove top in true c’est si bon fashion.

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Overstock

When fall rolls around you can find me spending most late afternoons into evening sitting on the porch taking it all in.

I love spending time in the kitchen developing fall recipes, but you can’t be in two places at once.

Playing to that logic, simple seasonal dishes such as mustard greens and buttermilk cornbread top the dinner menu on crisp fall nights.

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Dave the Builder’s mother held firm the taste of a Louisiana sweet potato is not at its flavor zenith until after the first frost.

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The first frost of fall is a ways off yet, however, we cook, bake, and candied sweet potatoes on.

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Leaf Wooden Spoon

Isn’t it funny how you assign a season to particular foods and flavors?

Gumbo.

Cinnamon roll candied yams.

Pecan pie made with Louisiana pecans and pure cane syrup.

Apple nut cake.

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We’ll cook it, bake it, and eat it any time of year, but it taste so much better in the fall.

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Fall ushers in thoughts of DIY projects for door, porch, mantel, and seal.

DIY pumpkin lanterns

Shine a light on fall with these DIY Pumpkin Lanterns from designlovefest.

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When the Canadian snowbird was in school, yours truly pulled room mother duty every year kindergarten-8th grade.

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Bloom Room Autumn Fall Harvest Teasel Bouquet

I was in my element decorating for the teachers appreciation gala, fall festival and Halloween carnival extravaganza.

Included in my bag of decorating tricks was the idea of using faux fall flower bouquets for everything from tabletop decorations to gift favors.

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Wrapping each bouquet in inexpensive craft or tissue paper tied with ribbon and raffia in assorted seasonal colors and textures took the presentation from faux to fabulous.

For extra fall scented goodness tuck a couple of cinnamon sticks in with the bouquet.

It’s all in the details.

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Embellishing an inexpensive throw pillow(s) rich in fall color with decorative trim(s) creates a custom decor piece.

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Elle Decor 

I saw this idea of draping faux fur throws over the back of dining chairs in a fall decorating feature in Elle Decor, and quickly filed it under F for faux fur for fall at home preview.

Fall At Home Preview

A seasonal accent here and a seasonal accessory there layers house and home with touches and hints of the season.

Add a decorative throw or pillow to an existing piece and you instantly create a seasonal update though color, texture, and/or pattern.

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

Huntingdon Chesterfield Chair

‘Tis the season for feathering one’s nest with touches and hints of the season through decor additions and updates inspired by the best features of the season.

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What’s On Trend Projections

Home decor accessories, accents, and furnishings inspiration is everywhere as reflected in these what’s on trend projections for the new year.

The criteria for the what’s on trend choices I’ve selected to show and tell with you is based on styles currently catching my eye that I believe may just have some staying power.

What's On Trend Projections

I’m going to kick this post off with a caveat of sorts.

Trends serve as a barometer of tastes, often fluctuating with the  we’re loving this at the moment style.

To avoid decorating regret or budget busting, adopt a less is more attitude when it comes to what’s on trend.

Your good taste and impeccable sense of personal style will guide you to the trend(s) with the staying power that best speaks to your decorating style.

Statement Powder and Laundry Rooms

Factor Design BuildFactor Design Build

Small spaces making a big statements are high on the trend list for 2020.

custom wallpaper ETSY

By now you’ve probably seen a certain high end designer wallpaper in vogue at the moment.

This custom heron print statement wallpaper from Wallpapers4Beginners on Etsy is a stunning substitute for the designer original.

CUSTOM Heron print wallpaper, Inspired Gucci Wallpaper Heron Print Wallpaper

Another stunner presently catching my eye covers both the big statement and the color black aspect of what’s on trend.

koi wallpaperMetallic Koi Fish Wallpaper

A Personal What’s On Trend Favorite

Words to decorate by regardless of trend or time.

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Color Your World

Julia Engel's Charming Charleston Home

Southern Living – Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez – Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

A color trio I personally find pleasing and easy to live with is proving to be a significant contender for best in color 2020, and I can see why.

color trend 2020

Sherwin-Williams Romance SW 6323
Benjamin Moore Crystalline AF-485

fabric 2020

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue.

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classic blue AD

Alexa Hampton – Architectural Digest

Behr Color of the Year 2020 is Back to Nature.

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Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020 is First Light.

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pink walls

One Kings Lane

In The Kitchen

Color will also be big in the kitchen for 2020.

Renovated Kitchen by Jewel Marlowe By BertazzoniRenovated Kitchen by Jewel Marlowe By Bertazzoni

Stainless steel appliances have lost their shine with decoristas (or so the kitchen design gods forecast).

True-refrigerator-glass-door-blueThe True 48 Glass Door

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Domino – Photograph by Callie Hobbs

I’m digging these kitchen cabinets in French Quarter Green by Jolie Paint.

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French Quarter Green by Jolie Paint

Open shelving is on both the in and out for 2020 list.

Different strokes and shelving selections for different folks, but I say if it makes you happy and works for you, then it makes the kitchen trend 2020 list.

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Country Living

Countertops in natural wood tones easily stand as the main focal point feature of a kitchen.

Wallpaper is coming on strong as a choice for adding color, texture, and pattern to the scheme.

Kitchen ceilings need color, too in 2020.

Cooper Pacific Kitchens

Cooper Pacific Kitchens

The mixing of metals trend continues to create an impressive contrast.

Urias Bar Stool

Urias Bar Stool

A spot of glam for the new year is always in style and on trend.

The Urias Bar Stool is glam on steroids; a stylish choice for the home bar or  even as an accent chair.

IMO, the height only adds to the focal point aspect if selecting to go with the latter.

Spring Things to Come

Cane is coming around again, and the cane Paige round back dining chair set is chic and on-trend, and at an excellent price point to boot.

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I’m delighted to learn daybeds will be having an on-trend moment this year.

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Chingford Twin Daybed
Meaghan Twin Daybed

 

Being from the south, I’ve seen my fair share of daybeds over the years.

On a sleeping porch.

On a veranda.

In a center hall.

Daybeds have evolved in style, moving away from strictly utilitarian to accent of versatile sophistication.

Muskoka Cottage Paul Roth Architect Inc.Muskoka Cottage – Paul Roth Architect Inc.

Bringing the outdoors inside is sizing up to be a big trend.

Faux plants will always have their place, but you simply can’t beat the look of real.

I’m chomping at the bit for spring to make its arrival so we can day trip down to the Forest Hill nurseries to check out the inventory.

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Garden statues aren’t just for gardens, they make wonderful accent pieces.

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Savannah’s Bird Girl Statue 

The beginning of a new year brings with it what’s on trend projections that show great decorating potential.

What trend(s) do you look forward to adding to your decor?

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Naturally Striking Fall Arrangements

Naturally striking fall arrangements featuring the best of the season’s natural elements epitomize the true beauty and color of the season.

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Southern Living

A stroll around your lawn and garden, local produce market, hobby store, or drive out to areas of the local countryside flush with the season’s natural elements provides the fresh and/or faux items needed to create a foliage focal point or spot arrangement.

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Cecilie Starin Design

Cecilie Starin Design

There is something so refined about a simple arrangement of fresh magnolia leaves.

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Hammmade Furniture on Instagram

In certain decorating circumstances and flower arrangements, a more the merrier approach fits the creative situation, however, it’s quite easy to muddy the waters with over complicated details.

Practice and patience has taught me to never shy from taking the less is more route.

Jordan Shields DesignJordan Shields Design

Crabapple Branches

Country Living

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Bittersweet

Various shades green, red, amber, and brown set the color wheel of fall into decorating motion.

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Good Housekeeping

I don’t know if pewter, silver, or porcelain pitchers, sugar bowls, creamers, trays, and bowls have a season, but they certainly complement and add warmth to naturally striking fall arrangements.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Some of the most striking seasonal arrangements are born out of simplicity “peared” to balance and placement.

Asian Pear Arrangement

Country Living

Darryl Carter's The Collected Home

Darryl Carter’s The Collected Home

Clear cylinder vases filled with branch bouquets in their natural state or painted in tones of gold, silver, bronze, or copper become a simple yet elegant addition to your fall decor.

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Autumnal Berry Branches

Seasonal fruits, vegetables, foliage and nuts make wonderful ingredients for fall recipes, but boy, do they shine in fall arrangements and centerpieces.

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Country Living

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This DIY pumpkin centerpiece with roses, mums, and broom cob from Jenny Steffens is stunning.

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Victoria Magazine

naturally striking fall arrangements

Martha Stewart

Pumpkins and apples make their debut in the beginning of fall, and these seasonal decorating essentials become quite the exquisite floral accompaniment to fresh seasonal flowers and cuttings.

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Naturally striking fall arrangements rich in seasonal color(s) and texture(s) make an impressive addition to your fall decor.

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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.

LA gold t shirt Very Laine

LA Gold – Very Laine

CLUCI Women Backpack

CLUCI Women Backpack

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Decked out.

Masked up.

Ready to return to campus life.

These dorm stylish dorm room decorating ideas feature tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories that 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.

I also love stylish options affording one a bit of privacy.

Double Sided Works of Monet Canvas Room DividerDouble Sided Works of Monet Canvas Room Divider

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

Home Expressions Microfiber Plus Ultra Soft Easy Care Wrinkle Resistant Sheet SetHome Expressions Microfiber Plus Ultra Soft Wrinkle Resistant Sheet Set

Cozy is a required assignment. 

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Gobestart Pom Pom Throw Blanket 

 

Peking Handicraft Sweater Knit BlanketPeking Handicraft Sweater Knit Blanket

Mainstays Flokati Decorative Throw PillowMainstays Flokati Decorative Throw Pillow

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

Vergara Southwestern Rose Area RugVergara Southwestern Rose Area Rug

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nuLOOM Hand-woven Flokati Wool Shag RugnuLOOM Hand-woven Flokati Wool Shag Rug

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

 
 
 

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

Click HERE for the tutorial.

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Hi-Light Clip LightHi-Light Clip Light

Personalized Desk Cushion PadPersonalized Desk Cushion Pad

 

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda - 17 Month2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda – 17 Month

Pink Leopard Print Notepad

dorm room decorating ideas desk accessories

Dorm Room Decorating Desk Accessories

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

diamond paperweight

Diamond Paperweight

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Pink Pagoda Jewelry Dish

Decorative Porcelain Dishes

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.

Hushpuppy II Canvas Art PrintHushpuppy II Canvas Art Print

Wynwood Studio 'Tropical Goodies ' Fashion and Glam Wall Art Canvas Print

Wynwood Studio ‘Tropical Goodies’ Fashion and Glam Canvas Print

Byh Wall Hanging Tapestry

Byh Wall Hanging Tapestry

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

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Print 1

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Art Print

 
White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Rae Dunn Toss waste basketRae Dunn Toss Waste Basket

Philips wake-up light with sunrise simulation alarm clock

Philips Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock

bedside caddy

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector GoldQuirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold
 

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

Wellington 26.5" Quatrefoil Striped Resin LED Table Lamp, Brass by JONATHAN YWellington Quatrefoil Striped Resin LED Table Lamp, Brass by JONATHAN Y

Versanora - Romanza Tripod Floor Lamp, Gold Shade, 60HVersanora – Romanza Tripod Floor Lamp, Gold Shade, 60H

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.

Sculpted Moon Table Lamp

Sculpted Moon Table Lamp

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

Floerns Women's Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Sleepwear Two Piece Pajama SetFloerns Women’s Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Sleepwear Two Piece Pajama Set

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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

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

The Pioneer Woman Electric Kettle, Vintage Floral, 1.7-Liter
 
 
Keurig-Oasis-single-cup-coffee-maker

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

Magic Bullet Mini BlenderMagic Bullet Mini Blender

 
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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Impressive Kitchen Furnishings, Decor Pieces, and Accents

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents brings us to this all I want for Christmas feature.

To say my Christmas gift list marches to the beat of a different little drummer boy’s drum is an understatement.

I am taken with impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents, so much so I made my Christmas list wishes known to interested and giving parties.

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

After the whirlwind kitchen events of the last few weeks, you would think a post about impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents would be a bit redundant.

Turns out, the well-appointed kitchen remains the heart and hub of the home- a central gathering place serving a multitude of purposes.

Christmas-Sangria

Christmas Sangria – Celebrate Magazine

Decoristas love to eat, drink, and be merry in stylish spaces.

Great style, design and decor knows no season, and is on full and festive display at the holidays.

Entertaining.

Party going.

Party giving.

Open houses and parade of homes.

Furnish, decorate, and accent to impress.

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CBC Cocktail Party

Back in our flipping days, maison de Places In The Home was that place to holiday eat, drink, and be merry.

Realtors, designers, and home building trade folk love to get together for holiday cocktails with a twist of spirited networking.

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Every single space, nook and cranny in the entire house was cleaned, styled, and set to holiday dazzle.

At the end of the evening, and with no complaints on my end, the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect.

Notice I say the majority of the house.

Based on the state of the kitchen, it was the happening holiday party place to be.

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-up

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-Up

Over the course of our holiday cocktail party detail, one proven party phenomenon holds true.

People love to mix and mingle in the kitchen.

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Gone are the days when the kitchen was merely a small space in the back of the house for strictly utilitarian purposes.

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents decidedly factor into today’s kitchen design as much as cabinetry, appliance, lighting, flooring, and placement choices do.

Christmas-list

For the decorista devoted, decorating for the holidays reaches far beyond tinsel and trimmings.

What better time than at the gift giving time of year to add impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents on your gifts for the holiday decorista Christmas list.

Distressed Reclaimed Pine CabinetDistressed Reclaimed Pine Cabinet

Believing there’s no place like home for the holidays, I remain marveled with and influenced the materials and stylings rich in Louisiana French provenance.

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Evan French Country Grey Reclaimed Pine Wood China Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Andillac China CabinetAndillac China Cabinet

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent CabinetAnselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet-1

 

antiqued sideboard

Gentry Antique Sideboard in Dusty Linen

 

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers with Drop Down Leather Desk

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers 

 

key-tassels

Decorative Key Tassels

 

Henri II Oak Commode

Henri II Oak Commode

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sharif 4-Light Foyer PendantSharif 4-Light Foyer Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant 

Baugher 4-Light Lantern PendantBaugher 4-Light Lantern Pendant

The Lussan Lantern Pendant is still a favorite.  Envision a pair of these draped in fresh greens for the holidays.  Lovely!

fresh cedar garlandFresh Cedar Garland

For the flow and the French of it all, may I present these decorative kitchen accents and accessories to accent the look.

french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Table

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard 

 

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Jamestown Farmhouse Kitchen Island 

This Louis XV painted French dining table is magnificent.

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1930s Louis XV Painted French Dining Table

Alpes Upholstered Dining ChairAlpes Upholstered Dining Chair

Lagniappe

impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents

Maconnerie French Country White Carved Wood Wall Panel

Bastille Floor Mirror - White/Grey

Bastille Floor Mirrors – White/Grey

So I’m thinking a pair of Bastille Floor Mirrors modified as pantry cabinet fronts would be a custom feature sure to impress.

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Rabbit & Hare

 

Black Fleur-De-Lis Key TasselBlack-Gold Fleur de Lis Key Tassels

'Lucretia A Fragment' Print

‘Lucretia A Fragment’ Print

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 Alouette French Country Antique Frame Gold Wall Clock

French Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor SetFrench Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor Set

18th Century French Louis XV Fireback18th Century French Louis XV Fireback

Many kitchens are combination spaces with a dining area or parlor adjacent to the main kitchen.

The last time my parents updated, my father suggested turning the small formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen into a parlor.

We used the parlor more than we ever used the formal dining room.

The space was intimate, cozy, and very inviting.

I’m reminded of it by the image below with its soft palette, French and Spanish Colonial influence, and exposed beams.

Very Louisiana.

James-Michael-Howard-interiorsJames Michael Howard

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Ophelia & Co. Mary and Angels Wall Décor

Lagniappe is defined as something given as a bonus or extra gift, and is present in impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents replete with distinctive detail, prominence, and beauty.

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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.

tranquil bedroom

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

New+Salem+3+Drawer+Accent+ChestNew Salem 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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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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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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Patriotic Pops: Happy 4th of July Celebration

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.

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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.

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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.

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Oomph ~ Design by Annie Anderson 

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Garvey Table Lamp 

If a space totally immersed in a patriotic color palette does not appeal to you, perhaps a spot accessory in red, white or blue is in order.

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Color as an accessory and/or focal point?

Yes, yes, and yes!

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Can’t find that special accent or accessory to bring the look home?

Construct it.

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Mid-Century Italian Modern Blue Glazed Ceramic Sculptural Table Lamps

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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.

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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.

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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!

Happy 4th of July!

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State Dinner at the White House (Now with Updated Videos)

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.

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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.

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A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.

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Lenox on Pinterest

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.

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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.

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Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Flatware Set

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

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.

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The large gold rimmed plate from the Clinton Service will serve as the baseplate.  Pieces from both the Bush and Clinton service will complete the dinner service.

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Tiffany & Co. Gold Over Sterling Silver Candlesticks, Reproduction After Fenton & Creswick, Sheffield, 1762 – 12″

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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.

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The Bush Service ~ Architectural Digest

Cherry blossom branches grown in the United States and placed in black urns atop pedestals will line The Cross Hall.

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Cherry Blossoms ~ Washington, D.C. 

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Gorgeous!

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More than 2,500 white sweet peas stems will share the fragrant spotlight with approximately 1,000 stems of white lilac in the State Dining Room.

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Sweet Pea White Supreme

Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.

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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.

First Course:

Goat Cheese Gateau
Tomato Jam
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces

Main Course:

Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya

Dessert:

Nectarine Tart
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

UPDATE****

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.

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The French influence runs deep throughout the city of New Orleans as well as the whole of Louisiana as seen in its historic homes, notable architecture, and regional dishes.

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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.

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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.

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The White House

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.

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