Holiday wishing you all a most fetching Friday and a lovely first day of December. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we trim the trees and deck the halls in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.
It’s the 1st of November. Do you know what your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating plan is? Inspiration is everywhere, and we thrive on it here at Places In The Home. Let me share with you a few of the Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating suggestions and finds in seasonal color, texture and pattern to set the holiday tone and the Thanksgiving table with the look of the season.
Fall clearance sales are underway much to the delight of the tablescape maven. May I also suggest checking out dollar, craft, hobby, and fabric stores for candles, candle holders, decor, chargers, etc… Dollar stores are inexpensive to begin with, so there’s that. The upside to Christmas and holiday items being stocked and displayed on a store shelf near you earlier and earlier each year is the deep discounts on fall and harvest themed items shoppers see sooner and sooner in the season. The cream craft pumpkin from Lowe’s is 50% off, and the Ashland Finial Vase from Michael’s is on clearance. Both are calling my name.
After creating the gallery I remembered Dollar Tree stocks a white stoneware dinner plate with gold rim. You can’t go wrong with a set of white dinner plates with gold or platinum rims. A simple yet elegant white dinner plate makes a strong argument for the perfect foundation plate, and complements almost every china pattern known to man.
My style preference leans traditional. Classic tableware and vintage linens set most of my holiday tablescapes and Thanksgiving tabletop, but I do like to gift the eye a decorative surprise.
Marry a traditional china pattern to a modern and/or contemporary pattern.
Intermingle pops of bold color with the customary fall palette.
Mix seasonal buds and branches with roses and taxidermy.
I am always impressed and amazed when decor accents and accessories that normally would not be paired together come together in perfected contrast to create remarkable beauty.
One of the best pieces of Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating advice I can offer is this: I embrace the words do small things with great love. Incorporate pieces, finds and treasures you love into your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating. Personal mementos and collections tell a compelling all things house that make a home story.
Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode. Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight. Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating. Happy Halloween!
All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif. A play on words World Series style.
I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts. Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.
I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route. We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.
The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns. Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1. Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother. The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not. Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.
Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.
Happy midweek all! Today, because I am a proud mama and weddings are all around, I thought I would bring you into The Places In The Home fold by sharing with you this photo gallery from the please join us for a bridal shower we hosted for our son and his lovely fiancée when they were home for our nephew’s wedding in May. Seeing that the happy couple live in Canada, it is difficult to be live and in person for the showers and luncheons celebrating the couple. Skype and FaceTime amaze me, but pales in comparison to actually being in attendance in the moment. It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of throwing the couple a surprise bridal shower.
The future Mrs. is not only taken with our son, but with Fixer Upper, Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines and Magnolia Market. What better way to surprise a Southern farmhouse chic girl at heart than with an afternoon Southern farmhouse chic-Southern charm-Southern hospitality eat, drink and we’re getting married bridal shower.
Clear glass jars brimming with fragrant magnolias captured the farmhouse feel and lent a simple yet elegant touch. When entertaining, I find it helpful to know your audience and to play to their taste. The thought is in the decorating and entertaining details, and it’s that attention to detail that brings about a rave review.
Faux flowers have their place, and in the bridal/wedding weekend celebration that place was inside an antique porcelain pitcher placed in the center of the dining room table. I’ve been known to pre plan the s*%! out of a soiree or celebration. Pre planning affords me the opportunity to find theme appropriate decor pieces and impressive dinner and drinkware at a price point that makes me very happy.
I always like that theme!
It also gives me time to shop sales and order items with plenty of shipping time to spare. A case in point is the tulip bundles found on eBay. You must allow at least three weeks for arrival when ordering from China, but the price savings makes it an appealing option. The quality is apple to apple when comparing the faux tulip bunches to the ones I see in my retail rounds.
The bride-to-be admired the tulips several times over the course of their visit which pleased me to no end. It was obvious the tulip bundles captured the essence of her preferred decorating style, and that signaled decorating success.
Crochet doilies and lace napkins dressed the table in vintage style.
Tulle is my gift wrap ribbon and bow material of choice.
Tying the knot in white wedding and something blue tones is simple in theory, beautiful in delivery.
Gifts for a newlywed kitchen filled with love.
Vintage handkerchiefs make lovely wedding and bridal gifts, and my almost daily Etsy search for just the right one for each recipient became second nature. I purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for the bride and groom-to-be, her mother, and each member of the bridal party- a to/from gift from me and Dave the Builder. I also purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for my nephew, his bride, his brother who was his best man, and for my brother- the father of the groom. Did I forget anyone?
We began the bridal shower nibble and nosh with a cheese board featuring several cheeses, fresh Louisiana strawberries, blueberries, fruit dip, mixed nuts, dried cranberries, dates and figs. The future groom loves my chicken salad so chicken salad it is. I served the chicken salad with a tropical fruit salad garnished with avocado slices, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. We also dined on a true Southern favorite, buttermilk biscuits and honey ham sandwiches. I made a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing to go with the sandwiches. The beverage station featured water with lemon slices, raspberry tea, almond peach tea, Riesling and Merlot wine.
For dessert, we decided to surprise the couple with a cake in true bridal shower fashion. The cake decorator and I got together and came up with an abbreviated version of the above wedding cake. The icing color was a soft shade of ivory and the cake decorator suggested a “bouquet” of roses to top it off. Dave the Builder thought the silver wedding bands added a nice touch, and the monogrammed cake topper was an on trend accent.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition to give each bride and groom in the Places In The Home family a heirloom silver sugar spoon as a wedding gift. To this we added a silver-plated wedding cake server set and the monogram wedding cake topper to complete the gift package.
The bridal shower was a big surprise and a big hit. Our son finally figured out why I kept insisting he bring an extra suitcase with him. The extra baggage fee charge is a bargain compared to what it cost to ship items from the US to Canada. I was informed the Kate Spade cutting boards were used the night they arrived back to Canada.
Love is Blue wedding week officially kicked off yesterday when the bride and groom to be dropped by to put a bow on last minute it’s all in the details wedding planning. They love the wedding week themed accents and decorations on the dining room table and sideboard- save the date cards for both weddings (local and Canada), photos from family weddings past, and custom wrapped wedding gifts.
Vintage ivory and wedding white lead the color palette, and a subtle hint of light blue celebrates the baby boy coming into our oldest nephew’s family this August.
Light blue ruled the color scheme of the 1960s and 1970s wedding. As I primped and prettied the wedding themed vignettes, the phrase love is blue popped into my head. Boy, does that bring back a fabulous memory!
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Howard ~ June, 1975
These Happy Wedding Days are Yours and Mine
I have always loved the song “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat. The beautiful instrumental was a favorite song of a childhood friend. Each time I heard the song over the years my thoughts immediately went back to times spent at her house- one of my favorites in our neighborhood and one I spent countless hours in when growing up. I had no idea a come full circle moment was in my future.
Who knows why I was coming over to my parents house on this particular late Tuesday afternoon in the summer of 1986, but it turned out to be a fabulous decision to do so. As I was getting close to my parent’s house (now our home) I noticed a U-Haul truck backed up to the garage of the house referenced above. Flippers can spot a potential flip property a mile away. This time I spotted a property a block away that maybe, just maybe we could buy, remodel, and call home. I hit the back door heading straight to the kitchen Trimline telephone (no cell phones at the time) to place a call to Dave the Builder. The Trimline telephone was about to put a new home in our remodeling hands.
That phone call was a life changer for us, and the call to action fished out the information I was hoping to hear. The owner (the father of my childhood friend) retained ownership of the house when the parents divorced. He lived in the house a few years, eventually turning the house into rental property.
Financial issues caused the one and only family to rent the property to vacate without notice (the owner learned of their departure when Dave called to inquire about the property). Being in the right place at the right time opened the door for us to put in an offer to purchase the property.
Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it. Don’t get me wrong, we were thrilled with the house however, disrepair is the best way to describe the interior of the house when we purchased it. A state of disrepair proves a powerful bargaining chip in real estate negotiations, and being seasoned flippers we were unfazed. The ink wasn’t dry on the closing papers when Dave and the crew got down and dirty with the demo. Once the nasty carpet, outdated parquet floors, tacky paneling and biting fleas went bye bye, it was time to make things pretty again. Working, measuring and consulting demands concentration, and I concentrate so much better when music is playing. Standing deep in color fan deck thought, the sound of music pulled my attention toward the Nutone intercom upon the wall.
As if on cue from an afternoon in 1967, “Love is Blue” began to play on the radio.
Whatever it was, the impact of this love is blue very special moment stopped me in my tracks of joyous tears. Special milestones such as realizing your dream of home ownership, celebrating the weddings of a son and a nephew, and the arrival of a new baby have a way of doing that.
The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.
It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.
Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home. Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.
As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together. I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal. Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.
To: Places In The Home
From: Serena & Lily
Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!
Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.
When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.
The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update. Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not. What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.
For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.
Usually when placement or function works, it works. This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above. I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so. However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.
The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle. The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style. A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.
Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement. Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas. Au contraire mon ami. Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.
After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway. See how one project leads to another. Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.
Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake. Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.
Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.
Focus on focal point priority. In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.
Choose the primary sight line. X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement. The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.
Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball. Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.
The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad. The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish. I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper. A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them. My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.
My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance. Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm. There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table. Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter. He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked. I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.
Memories, like the corners of mind.
Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style. The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.
During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source. You’ve got mail never read so good.
The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.
The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project. Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell. I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed. Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.
When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date. That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works. One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist. In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to. I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.
Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out. Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.
Finish again enters the project process conversation. This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years. I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area.
The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.
Paint it? Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.