Our Home For The Holidays

Happy Holidays friends!  We are T-3 to Christmas 2015, and the joy of the season is electric by way of white Christmas lights and treasured traditions.   Welcome to our Home for the Holidays where the theme of comfort and simplicity is well represented.


Our tour is of the dining room and the part of the foyer decked for the holidays. The dining room, a forever work in progress, has seen several design and decor changes in 2015, and will continue to see more in 2016.  The walls are devoid of artwork (the piece you see in this photo is part of the kitchen gallery wall) and the style jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on accent rug vs. hardwood floors.  The dining room isn’t the only space getting a makeover.  My Mother’s Day gift from our son was paying for the new wallpaper I fell in love with at first sight but took several months to decide if I really had to have it. Turns out I did. Dave the Builder began the project, but real life obligations and unexpected circumstances stepped in and halted the foyer beautification project.  Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessary tool of the trade in design and decorating.


On the Monday before Christmas, my true love gave to me.  A single Santa leopard-ing


and a Christmas goose in the foyer displayed in front of the new zebra wallpaper sitting pretty (pronounce it prit-tee and it rhymes with tree.  Get it?  Partridge. Pear Tree).


A  holiday table centerpiece of magnolia leaves and holly is indeed so Southern, so holiday, so easy and so beautiful.



Bob’s Sweet Stripes as swizzle sticks and crystal finial ornaments as wine charms? You bet!


I purchased these vintage mini framed Madonna prints for my kitchen gallery wall.


Inspiration is everywhere.


The subject matter is holiday appropriate, and the petite size of the framed prints sealed the DIY deal.  Napkin rings it is!



I have collected Victorian inspired Santa Claus figurines for years.  Due to the epic move aka the gift that keeps on giving, combining two households into one and the renovation of my childhood home into our new to us home, most of my Santa collection now resides in climate controlled storage.  These inexpensive stand-in Santas have no great provenance or famous artist signature assigned to them, but I do love the colors and facial features of these old world replicas.


A picture is worth a thousand words, and this perfectly imperfect image serves as a visual reminder of my personal design and decorating philosophy.  Perfection, style and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more gorgeous than a home that beautifully illustrates personal style lives here.  Design and decorate it with a sense of you!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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The Holiday Countdown Is On!

At the time of this writing we are 20 days, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 8 seconds from Thanksgiving Day.  The holiday countdown is on.

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I am one busy worker bee and am loving every minute of there’s no place like home for the holidays preparation and decoration.

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It’s the most wonderful and delicious time of the year!

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Mementos from the past mixed with today’s this is how we tradition set a beautiful holiday table.


Beginning next week I will be posting refreshed versions of my Places In The Home for the Holidays series.  We’ll talk turkey, holiday side dish and dessert recipes, holiday table decorations, holiday home decor suggestions and deck the halls gift ideas.  And just in case you are interested, at the time of this publishing we are now 20 days, 3 hours, 41 minutes and 6 seconds from Thanksgiving Day.  The holiday countdown is on!

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Enchanting Halloween Party Decorating Suggestions

Whatcha doin’ there skulking in the daytime Halloween shadows, Mr. Hitchcock?  Could it be The Master of Suspense is bedazzled by one or more of these enchanting Halloween party decorating suggestions?

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It is amazing that something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.  Creepy?  Perhaps, but I love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print from Curious Portraits on Etsy to use with an easel for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.


If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley.  Remember these?   I could not wait to comb the one or two (if you were lucky) aisles of Halloween merchandise at the local discount and five-and-dime stores looking for scary door decorations, lighted jack-o-lanterns and jointed cutouts. Halloween decorations have come along way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three vintage or vintage style ones.

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Target is spooking up the Halloween decor items in high Halloween style this year.  I also have it on great savings authority that the more you spend the more you save.  How enticing, my pretties.


Expensive is not on my Halloween party guest list. With dollar store deals, DIY ingenuity, buy more save more promos and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.

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Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party everythings from tablecloths to designer trick-or-treat bags. Thrift stores are an excellent place to haunt in search of fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costumes.

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Glitter tulle and glitter pumpkins set a glimmering festive table.  For scatter decorations, fill clear glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree with decorative black sand. Drop in a battery operated votive, a couple of spray painted lotus pods in your favorite eerie color and drape cherry Twizzlers from the sides, and poof! Halloween decoration magic.  The Twizzlers add just the right amount of deliciously devilish impact.

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A wide variety of free printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Pinterest. These hang tags from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden are great.  I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons- they are a little bit scary, a little bit vintage and a whole lot of fun, and I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.


Playing cards as place cards- deal me in!

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I hope one or more of these Halloween party decorating suggestions offers inspiration for tricking out your Halloween monster mash bash spooktacular.

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Holiday Open House

From our holiday open house to yours ~ may I present a glimpse into the holiday life lived within at Places In The Home.

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The dining room is holiday decked and detailed in the new color. Our one more coat standoff is ongoing- hence the bare walls.  Small steps to big changes.










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Company’s Coming! This Year’s Thanksgiving Table

Places In The Home Home for the Holidays planning is in full swing. Decorative accents and accessories are going into place and company’s coming. Clearance sales making room for Black Friday deals and steals makes anticipating the decorative needs of this year’s Thanksgiving table and hitting the place order button a gobble gobble gotta have it a no-brainer.

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Traditional is the flavor of the Places In The Home Thanksgiving month, and the preparation begins at the first hint of the harvest moon.


Colors and natural decor that intermingle well with fall through to Christmas decorations and tablescapes keeps costs in check.


Shades of blue, green, red and creamy white are as stunning on a harvest themed table as well as the Holiday table.

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Dave the Builder worked on the dining room redo this past weekend with success in the major improvement department!  Lighter paint colors and natural light will open up a space, guaranteed.  We’re hoping to have it all pulled together by next week in order to get the Thanksgiving tablescape ball rolling.

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Pheasant Dinner Plates ||   Cabin Themed 2-piece Carving Set || Hobnail Pitcher || Vintage Monogramed Dinner Napkins  ||  Candle Holders  || Pumpkin Bowl  ||  S/4 Acorn & Pine Cone Tumblers  ||

I’m depending on traditional simplicity to make an elegant statement for this year’s Thanksgiving table.

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Patience In Design and Decorating

Want, need, seasonal availability and patience in design and decorating lined up over the weekend.  It was hard to contain my excitement when Dave the Builder emailed me the picture below of this display live and in person from our local Lowe’s garden center.


One white pumpkin, one greenish blue pumpkin, one ornamental cabbage and one vintage dough bowl later…  well this isn’t exactly the look I had in mind.  The build up to perceived pumpkin perfection may have been better than the actual great white pumpkin purchase.  As it sometimes goes in the world of design and decorating, what we initially envision doesn’t necessarily translate well to space, palette, placement or in this case, pumpkin.

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If at first you don’t succeed, design and decorate again, and again, and again.  I think it is safe to assume all great, beautiful and stylish design and decorating does not come straight out of the box that way.  I’ve lost count of the projects I have started over at the beginning, in the middle of, and heavily tweaked at the end.  If it doesn’t feel right how can it look right?

I know.  The client knows.  The client knows I know.

You know?

Adding to, taking away from, switching up or a simple re-positioning is often the missing piece of the puzzle that brings forth the “that’s it!” look you were going for in the first place.

Tenacity, coupled with patience in design and decorating, is the power tool of the trade.


You’ve got to roll with the punches when it comes to the creative process. It’s a work in progress- an exercise in patience and pumpkin.

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What presently doesn’t work will eventually come together for the next phase of the extravaganza aka Thanksgiving decorating.  I am gingerly practicing pumpkin caution with these fall decorating beauties of the moment.  Here’s hoping they will at least look presentable for an upcoming Thanksgiving staging session. It’s not looking too good for the one in the above image, but hope is on the table.  I always take out a decorating insurance policy in the form of classic core pieces, accents and accessories.

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That’s what I love about working with a good foundation and why I preach classic pieces.  Strong lines, good bones, great pieces and patience in design and decorating are the tried and true hallmarks of great and lasting design and decorating.

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Fall at Home Decorating Favorites: Places In The Home at Fall

Today all is right with the calendar! September 23, 2014 marks the official start of fall, and in the infamous words of Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch, can you feel it?  Wow, did I just date myself or what?  Summer heat and humidity has finally relented and it’s time to break out the fall at home decorating favorites. Dave the Builder’s mancave looks like the distribution center for Hobby Lobby. Don’t you love that look?


Several “hello, do you have any gourds (cause I’ve got friends in low country places), ornamental cabbage (it’s the deep South lady, wait a few more weeks), cotton stalks (score!) and the ever great, ever regionally challenged do you have white pumpkins phone calls have been made over the last few days.


Decorating for this year’s Places In The Home at fall home tour focuses on a natural theme with a family overtone to it.


My brother has the cotton connection, 46+ acres of it to be exact.  His home is located out in the country surrounded by cotton fields ready for fall harvest.


My parent’s recent trip to East Tennessee resulted in my Ball Mason jar collection growing by one.  My paternal grandmother was known for her famous pinto beans, and this somehow seemed naturally appropriate.


Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.


Additions, changes, adjustments…


Dark tones, warm colors and the lack of natural lighting worked to my fall photo shoot advantage.


Nature continues to amaze and reward me with an abundance of accents.

Heirloom pieces, vintage favorites and simple accents and accessories place the emphasis on less is more.


Fall home tours are so much fun to share with others.


Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.


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Seasonal Updating and Holiday Decorating: When Is Early Too Early?

Seasonal updating and holiday decorating season came on like gang busters this year.  From weather to color, fall is hands down my favorite time of year.  Fall is the one holiday you can get a lot of traction out of, decoratively speaking.  Seasonal statement pieces as well as fun pops of color become investment pieces, and nature is the ultimate and most affordable arts and crafts store there is.

A high-end luxury throw can be as important to seasonal updating as a bowl of acorns, nuts,  leaves or pine cones is to holiday decorating.


Planning and playing with design boards is part of my daily routine. Getting ideas down on a board puts collected inspiration in front of you and answers the “now, where did I see that _______?” question in the click of the mouse. Spending the weekend planning and playing with design boards gave way to observations colliding with inspiration, or the lack thereof.  I was satisfied with the interior decorating seasonal updates I came up with, but felt rushed to push the pieces of the fall decorating puzzle together like I was on a hurry up-everyone else is already through-and you haven’t even begun hard and fast deadline.


The blogsophere is in full-on fall decorating mode.  For those of us who love to seasonally update and decorate our humble abodes inside and out, searching and sourcing ideas for inspiration begins many weeks out from the official start of the season.  Getting the jump on seasonal updating and decorating in order to get the most out of the beauty of a season is hard to resist,  but when is early too early?


Holiday season at Hopefully Classic came earrrrrrrrly on the calendar.  Retail is a whole other beast when it comes to holiday decorating, merchandising and sales. I was Easter hopping in February and decking the halls decked out in shorts and flip flops in August.  By the time the actual holiday rolled around if I wasn’t careful I would be completely over it.  Staying one step out in front made me feel I was chasing my tail, and frankly, it took a huge hunk out of the holiday fun and celebration.

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I totally agree with David Netto’s observation.  Hate the chop, but that’s not the point.  In both my professional and personal experience I’ve learned to proceed with caution on the road of everybody else is doing it. Don’t let that be the driving force of your updating and decorating decisions.

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