Curated Style Comes Home: Signature Style Home Decor Pieces

In this companion piece to Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District, we’ll look at interiors of homes in the New Orleans Garden District and selected signature style home decor pieces that exemplify the look.  Creative leeway, contrast, and brilliant juxtaposition work in unison with signature style home decor pieces at varying price points to represent the decorating styles expressly associated with period homes and signature NOLA style.

gold rope accent table

Rivers Spencer Interiors

vintage bombe chest

Vintage Bombe Chest

trumeau mirror

Chateau Trumeau Mirror from Hickory Manor House

French-trumeau-mirror

18th Century Painted Trumeau

When I take a visual inventory of the curated style in my own home and the home decor pieces featured in this post, I’m reminded of the spaghetti sauce ad from campaigns past that proclaims, “it’s in there!”

gilded headboard

Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt ~ Pinterest

Big impact comes in small accent table packages.  We like to use the term spot accessory.

Spot chair.

Spot table.

Spot the fabulous contrast piece.

gold accent tables

ONE- Amelia End Table ||  TWO- Engenue Antique Mirror Side Table    THREE- Culpepper End Table  ||  FOUR-Bambusea Side Table

The accent table is perhaps the most genius of of home decor pieces.  A contemporary spot piece such as a small gold accent table(s) elegantly lends a modern twist to a predominately classic interior.  These are just a sampling of the many styles and finishes available at varying price points in the home decor market.

gold leaf antique mirrorClassic Wreath Gold Leaf Antique Reproduction Mirror 

pink cottage New Orleans

The Cottage Journal

copper lanternLantern & Scroll CH-29

House Proud Valorie Hart
From House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart with Photos by Sara Essex Bradley
 

antique setteeThe HighBoy

Ebanista setteeMontmartre Settee by Ebanista

If you are fortunate enough to have access to the wonderful world of antiques stores, auctions and flea markets, keep an eye out for a diamond in the rough settee.  A stunning French settee at an equally stunning price reupholstered in the designer fabric of your choice could become a custom focal point piece to DIY for.

French settee

Louis XVI Carved Giltwood and Aubusson   ~   Fabrics from Inside Fabric

12 light crystal chandelier

Versailles 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

4 light crystal chandelierQuoizel Signature 4 Light 18″ Wide Mini Chandelier with Crystal Accents

Empire crystal chandelier

Empire 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

Ceiling Medallions

dupioni silk drapes

Heritage Landing Faux Silk Lined Drape Pair

dupioni silk curtains

 Dupioni Silk Drape in Pewter

decorative curtain hardware

Hickory Manor House Decorative Drapery Hardware

corbet accent chest

Corbett Chest by Century Furniture

Cheleb+3+Drawer+Chest

Cheleb 3 Drawer Chest

Cando+2+Door+Accent+Cabinet

Cando 2~Door Cabinet

European key tassels

19th-C. European Keys w/ Tassels

New Orleans interior designer Valorie Hart notes in a recent post on The Visual Vamp that silk drapes continue to be a popular choice with decoristas in New Orleans while the color orange remains a top color preference for draperies.

signature style home decor piecesBetter Homes & Gardens

A look-see of this decorating show and tell counted as the second time in one day my decorating eye crossed paths with orange drapes- reason enough to give a second thought to changing the color of the drapes in the den.

orange curtains

Antiques, lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, decorative objects d’art, ornamental accents, chandeliers dripping in crystal prisms, decorative mirrors and frames scrolled in gold leaf- the New Orleans influence comes home through signature style home decor pieces.

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Making A Comfortable Bed

Did you make your bed?  Let’s see an imaginary show of hands of the ones who have heard this question, oh, I don’t know, say 5475 times in your life?  I came to that particular number by assuming by the age of five the simple chore of making the bed was on the allowance radar of most parents.  With the the median age of first leaving home for males and females being at 20.35 years of age, that’s roughly fifteen years of making the bed.  If my math is correct, that ladies and gentlemen is a whole lot of bed making.

15 X 365 = 5475

why-do-I-have-to-make-my-bedWhy Do I Have to Make My Bed?  ~ Wade Bradford

Why should you make your bed?  A relaxing and good night’s sleep is essential to our overall well-being, and promoting said good night’s sleep begins with making a comfortable bed. Plus, it looks pretty. Question asked and answered.

daybedMinnie Peters ~ The White Book

Routine, by definition, is an action or actions performed as part of a regular procedure. Decorating is rooted in the routine of interior beautification. Our bedroom serves as a peaceful and serene sanctuary, and making a comfortable bed promotes this relaxation technique.  The basic ritual of making the bed each day is a most effective way to give the space an overall polished and finished look.

made-up-bedEthan Allen

A public opinion poll commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation of 1,500 randomly-selected Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 explores how respondents think about elements of their bedrooms and to determine the effect of the bedroom environment on sleep. Findings show 85% of those polled rate the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding as an essential factor in a restful sleep.  Another interesting result finds 73% of respondents get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.

Bedding Hanging To DryMother Earth Living ~ Photo By Corbis

I love the glamour associated with the classic color combination of pink and green with its summer afternoon spent lounging poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows chic appeal.

Beverly-Hills-HotelThe Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows

Forget counting sheep, I’d rather drift off to lala land dreaming of warm LA or Miami breezes and tropical island vacations.

green-pink-sheets

Coastal-nautical-life’s a beach designed linens fall into the Goldilocks and the Three Bears category of bedding- not too masculine and not too feminine.  This design is just right.

linens-coastal-bedding

Let’s don’t forget how utterly comfortable, cozy and stylish a down comforter, chenille throw or set of flannel sheets can be on those chilly fall and baby, it’s cold outside winter nights.

winter-sheets

Not all bedroom decor styles are created equal or gravitate strictly toward the sole taste of one part of the shared sleeping experience equation. Shopping semi-annual white sales with my mother has become a retail ritual with us, a bed and bath steals deals and famished shoppers who lunch meals sort of day.  We both agree on the importance of thread count, deep pockets and texture, but my goodness do we ever have differing opinions when it comes to pattern and color choices.  The Goldilocks and the Three Bears rule fits this scenario as well.

Ralph-Lauren-beddingRalph Lauren Palmer Bedding

I try to select sheets and bedding accents that are not only visually striking, but strike a nice balance between not too masculine nor too feminine.  I am super comfort zoned in on the look and comfort performance of sheets, pillow cases and shams in the art of making a comfortable bed.  A stylish neutral color, classic pattern and low frill factor choice of sheet is the way to go.  Short sheeted on sheet storage? Store folded sheet sets inside one of the pillow cases from the set.

linens-beige

A good night’s rest revives, restores and regenerates the mind, body and spirit. The Places In The Home turndown service relies on a comfortable sleep temperature, a generous spritzing of linen spray and our pillows cased in my favorite set of pillowcases.

making a comfortable bedSleeping Beauties

Texture, pattern, color, feel, thread count and making a comfortable bed play a significant role in the production of a beautiful slumber.

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Master Bedroom Remodel Ideas

We are on a remodeling roll here at Places In The Home.  Between the DIY projects, the oppressive heat that takes no prisoners, and the decorating tweaks over the last month we are in full-on “what can we do next?” mode.  The next project to eventually tackle is the master bedroom. Due to difficult circumstances beyond their control my parents now live with us and occupy the master bedroom. Dave the Builder and I insisted and would have it no other way.

A picture shows it all and here it is~the master bedroom  in all its pre-overhaul glory.  This photo was taken the day before the new carpet was installed last March.  The reason I am posting this photo is to demonstrate the space I will be working with when the next phase of the remodel commences.  What is not pictured is a very nice master bathroom, dressing area, and walk in closets the length of the sleeping area.  We are talking nice square footage to work with- 800 sq. ft. to be exact. I’m going big with the master bedroom remodel ideas.

master bedroom remodel ideas

I am forever working and tweaking the master bedroom accessory board, and may I just add I am in home furnishings heaven!  I’m not one to jump into the trend pool too quickly or strictly attach myself to one particular style.  If I have a signature style I guess it would be simply classic. Classic styling is the foundation I work from.  It is timeless and can be tweaked by adding current accessories.  The  all important  pop of color  is obtained through paint, wallcoverings, and/or window treatments.

But on second thought…

glidden marshmallow white

Gold & silver are consummate favorites of mine.  Empire Gold from Sherwin-Williams is a maybe contender in the wall color competition. Marshmallow white in all its neutral gorgeous goodness is the front.  I can’t help it- I’m a fan of carpet in a bedroom.  I  swooned when I found the Dana Landing series from Mohawk in the color Ice Plant.

dana landing by Mohawk

The other night we were watching a movie that I can’t remember the name of at this moment. It must not have made an impression.  The big scene with the male star of the movie came up.  I put down my magazine (when a movie doesn’t hold my interest I tend to multitask) and Dave noticed I was paying close attention.  He inquired when the movie was over if I liked it.  He mentioned he noticed the male star got my attention. No, it wasn’t the actor.  It was the crimson red dupioni silk drapes in the scene.  Talk about a scene stealer!

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