Treasures On The Tree: Christmas Ornaments

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beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Let’s take a look at the history of Christmas ornaments, shall we?

 

History shows the decorations used to trim and bedeck Christmas trees included white candy canes, fresh apples and pastries shaped in the likeness of flowers, hearts and stars.  Garlands of glass beads, tin figures and the famous glass bauble made in Lauscha, Germany by Hans Greiner captured the eyes and the hearts of admirers.  Artisans crafted the original ornaments in the shape of fruits and nuts.

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William DeMuth created the first American-made glass ornaments in 1870.  American businessman F. W. Woolworth discovered glass bauble ornaments on his travels to Laucscha, Germany in the 1880s subsequently importing the Lauscha ornaments to the United States.

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The F. W. Woolworth Company went national in 1910 with 1000+ stores introducing glass Christmas ornaments into its inventory.  Over the 20th century, Woolworth’s would import 200,000 Christmas ornaments and top $25 million in sales from Christmas decorations.

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Over the last decade, decorating the Christmas tree has become more than strictly a holiday ritual and more of a trip down memory lane starring Christmas ornaments notably in what Christmas means to me magnificence.

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Small in size, but oh-so-large in representation of our individual style, personal interests, defining milestones, landmark events, choice destinations, memories of yesteryear;  Christmas ornaments become delicate, shiny, glittery and wonderful winter wonderland pieces to add to or start a these are a few of my favorite things collection.

Snow-Great-Smoky-Mountains-National-ParkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park  ~  Photo by Nick Yarnell

East Tennessee is our second home, and even though we will spend Christmas at home in Louisiana, the GSMNP ornament will allow us to be home for Christmas if only in our Great Smoky Mountains National Park dreams.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Load ’em up and let’s hit the slopes memories.

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The newlywed Canadian snowbirds eat, sleep and drink all things hockey, namely, the Winnipeg Jets.

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This one’s for y’all or  celui-ci est pour vous tous.

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Instead of the traditional our first Christmas ornament denoting the happy couple’s first Christmas together as man and wife, I thought I’d go in a different direction.

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The food truck was a huge hit at their wedding reception, and a food truck ornament serves as an appropriate token of their make it our own style.

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Christmas ornaments somehow become more than objects of beauty, they become ornamental objects of ourselves and treasures from our lives and the lives of those we love.

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Now for an array of Christmas ornaments celebrating the food, music, landmarks and culture of Louisiana  and ones that capture the essence of the there’s no place like home for the holidays sentiment.

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Dagmara Landscape Printed Glass Ball Ornament

I fell in love with the Dagmara landscape printed glass ball ornament at first sight.  Monochrome topography fittingly depicts a scene reminiscent of the homes, buildings and churches along the parish roads and bayous of Louisiana.

Flying_pelican_grand_bayBrown Pelicans

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Kitty Keller Designs Cloisonne State of Louisiana 

The announcement of Ultra Violet as Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 coordinates with the holiday color fest.

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A splash of non-traditional color livens the look, and complements the colors featured in the all I want for Christmas Limoges oyster plate and oyster ornament.

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Hand Painted Limoges Plate With Sea Oyster Shell Decoration

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Old World Christmas Oyster with Pearl Glass Blown Ornament

Beignets_and_Café_au_Lait_at_Café_du_Monde,_New_OrleansBeignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde

Beignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde is a delicious New Orleans tradition.

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Coffee and Beignets New Orleans Christmas Ornament 

Our pets are members of our family.  Sadie the black Labrador Retriever and Beau the white German shepherd keep our nephews company on the hunt.

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German Shepherd

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Creativity and color make up a large part of my day, every day.

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French Artist Oil Paint Palette

It’s a color your world Christmas.

ornament-artist-paletteOld World Christmas Artist’s Palette Glass Blown Ornament

The piney woods are well-represented through adorned packages in shades of blush, gray, and gold wrapped to impress.

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Decorate your Christmas tree as you would your home- with a sense of you.

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Places In The Home Hostess Gift Ideas Holiday Edition

Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals are an excellent vehicle for hostess gift ideas.  The ’tis the season soiree and holiday dinner party highlights the festive spirit of the season, and is the most wonderful time of the year for the holiday hostess to pull out all the stops.

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A gift of holiday hospitality expresses thoughtful appreciation to the hostess (or host).  Entertaining what special token of ’tis the season appreciation to gift the merry hostess or host is a scroll away with the Places In The Home Hostess Gift Ideas Holiday Edition.

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I sourced ginger jar ornaments and even went as far as to post the image, note the source, and hit the update button.  That is until I checked out the clearance sale at Lamps Plus for a blue and white ginger jar lamp.

happiness-blue-white-table-lampFelicity Blue and White Double Happiness Table Lamp

Turns out the ornaments are more expensive than the lamp.  Ginger jar ornaments shine in the holiday hostess gift ideas spotlight for roughly 30 days.  The Felicity Blue and White Double Happiness Table Lamp on the other hand shines 365 days in the hostess gift ideas~home decor spotlight.  How’s that for hostess gift ideas holiday gift giving happiness?

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Cabin Canvas Art Print

Hostess gift ideas that work of a central theme such as one that features items native to your corner of the world is a fun and unique way to emphasize the home for the holidays spirit.

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The look and the taste of take me home Louisiana river roads and bayous is year round present in a Louisiana lagniappe gift trio of a rustic Cabin Canvas Art Print, River Road Recipes cookbook, and gold alligator salt and pepper set.

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Gold Alligator Salt and Pepper Set

These whimsical Dapper Animal appetizer plates are stylishly dapper indeed.

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Stylish accessories for dresser or desk gets the hostess or host gift job done.

Haircalf Storage Box

 Large Haircalf Storage Box

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Small Haircalf Tray

 French finial fabulous gift gorgeous with a lovely price point.

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Farmhouse style remains a favorite theme to work with to build your hostess gift ideas upon.

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Delano Farmhouse Canister

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Dave the Builder wonders aloud why I am sourcing dirty Wellies as a hostess or host gift.

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Oh you silly man, it’s a  Welly Boots Planter.  “Hey, I like that!”  Hopefully, the host or hostess will give it a green thumbs-up too.

green-curl-wreathWood Curl Green Square Wreath

On sale and on trend, the Wood Curl Green Square Wreath from Pier 1 Imports hits the holiday high notes of year round indoor or outdoor color, pattern and texture style.  Pop the holiday color with a fabulous bow for a super good look!

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Ceramic Scottie Cookie Jar

Cookies for Santa, hostess, and pet lover alike.

scottie-dog-shortbread-cookiesWalkers Shortbread Tin, Scottie Dog

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Scents and sentiments to melt away holiday stress.

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The gift of gold is in style all year long.

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OLIVER Velvet Lips Pillow

decorative-round-mirrorDecorative Round Metal Feather Mirror

gold napkin ringsSaro Lifestyle Classic Design Napkin Ring ~ Set of 4

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Cheers to the holiday hostess and host and the art of the bar cart.

Rhum-Agricole-bottleRhum Agricole 

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All things house that make a home becomes a smarter and easier proposition with the Amazon Echo Dot  2nd Generation.

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Hands-free and voice controlled ability controls lights, electronics, thermostats, garage doors, and sprinkler systems.  Call or message anyone hands-free with your Echo device.  The built-in speaker works on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, the ultimate sous chef in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer.  Connection to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth to your preferred music library is the selling point for me.  

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Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Classic tunes stand the test of time and rocks the holiday soiree.

Eagles-Hotel-CaliforniaEagles~ Hotel California

Holiday gatherings with friends and gifts that express love, thanks and appreciation enhance the spirit of the season!  The gift really is in the giving, and spending holiday times with good friends is always in season.

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Culinary contemplation over how I could up my holiday side dish game brought me to a delicious conclusion.  How ’bout pairing the highly holiday requested Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with the OMG as in oh my goodness of puff pastry.   Southern Sweet Potato Puffs it is!

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Impressing the palates of those who gather together is a part of the holiday dinner and entertaining equation.   As someone who puts stock in the you eat with your eyes first approach to dining, the looks so good has to match up to the tastes so good.  Let’s begin with the recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Southern Comfort whiskey

1/3 cup butter, melted

For Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.   Lightly spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.  Boil  sweet potatoes under tender.  Carefully remove from heat, drain, peel and mash sweet potatoes. 

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In mixing bowl, mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.  Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking dish. 

stirring-sweet-potatoesIn a separate mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter.  

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Spoon over sweet potato mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Ingredients

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1 box puff pastry sheets

1 egg

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Directions

Allow the casserole to cool before using as the filling for the puffs.  The reason I elect to fill the puff pastry with cooked sweet potato casserole is to work with a dryer filling.  Baking off the casserole absorbs the liquids into the baked casserole, and makes it easier to work with a firmer filling.  The next step in the making of Southern Sweet Potatoes Puffs brings puff pastry into the mix.  I used the defrost in the refrigerator overnight method of thawing the puff pastry sheets.  Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet and place on  lightly floured countertop or large baking sheet.  Roll puff pastry out using a lightly floured rolling pin.  Lightly dust pastry sheet with flour.  Using a knife, cut the pastry sheet into six (6) squares.

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Spoon 1 tablespoon of the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole mixture in the center of each pastry square.

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Pull corners of each square up over the filling and twist at top to seal.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.  Place the pastry squares onto a large baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

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Beat 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water together in a small bowl with a fork.  Brush each puff with the egg mixture.

southern-sweet-potato-puffsBake for 20 minutes or until puffs are golden brown.

Note:  Southern Sweet Potato Puffs make an excellent small bite appetizer for the holiday cocktail hour.

enjoy

The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

An epic update to a classic post.  

Home bar styling ideas for a chic cocktail station go stylishly beyond a portable card table or kitchen counter space.  The home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

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Steven Gambrel

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin atop a portable card table, kitchen counter or patio wall.   The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.   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.

bar-cart-Chairish-Brian-Hart-HoffmanBrian Hart Hoffman ~ Photo by Stephen DeVries


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Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one.   A tabletop, a tray, and a spirited set up walk into a home bar…

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Garnish your home bar with a hint of the whimsical.

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Cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

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Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

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Traditional Home

When you just love the look of the holiday-

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Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

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Plymouth Woodland Birds Mixed Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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Kelly Emerald Green 4-Drawer Accent Chest

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Hiball Red Glass Set of 4

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Have you been naughty or nice?

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House cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories in vintage candy dishes.

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Vintage Green Hazel Atlas Colonial Block Depression Glass Candy Dish Set

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Holiday Raffia Tree

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The art of the style courtesy of simple yet elegant statement pieces.

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Deer Bust Bar Tools Set

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flamingo-catchallIt isn’t a party without a touch of pink, and the Pink Flamingo Catchall  from British fashion designer Matthew Williamson for CB2 will ruffle all the right feathers.  Under the “feathers” is a secret compartment perfect for housing cocktail snacks and the like.

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The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

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Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder, Set of 6

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Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

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Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

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Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.  A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon holders or cocktail stirrer discard bowl makes a great conversation piece.

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Vintage Hand Blown Ash Tray

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Fred SWIZZLE STICKS Twig Drink Stirrers, Set of 24

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Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

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How chic is this DIY bar tray?  Click on the link for the DIY scoop tutorial from Honestly Yum.

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Decorate with and display collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.

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Restaurant Antoine Creamer

I use a vintage Antoine’s Restaurant creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  This outdoor grill area easily converts to a Bloody Mary bar.  Talk about contrast!  Rustic surroundings strike a chord of Southern charm.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

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Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.  A proper Southern Bloody Mary bar is well stocked with silver trays, bowls and containers to house and hold the sauces, seasonings and spicy garnishes that kick up the flavor with just the right amount of c’est si bon zing.

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A Taste of Louisiana

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Metallic High Balls & Coasters  ||  Empire Silver Bowl  ||  Double Old-Fashioned Set  ||  Lidded Silver Turtle  ||  Stoneware Bowl Set

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Domino

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How very Mad Men mid-century modern.

bar-cart-mad-menEverything that’s old is new again.  Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

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Nosh and nibble appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.

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Ralph Lauren Home

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Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style and one part fabulous now being served.

Vacation Observation and Summer Getaway Show and Tell

The traveling Places In The Home duo is home sweet home, and as much as I love a good getaway, there is no place like home.  Prior obligations and work schedules clipped our wings to a certain time extent, so our escape was of the closer to home statecation to North Louisiana variety. Making a vacation observation and sharing details of our summer getaway will be a two-parter with the first installment a celebration of the red, white and blue.

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Vacation Observation #1

Don’t believe everything you read or hear about a decline in patriotism and the celebration of the American flag.  Seeing is believing, and on our statecation getaway we treated ourselves to a self guided tour of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood.

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Architecturally magnificent on all fronts, the homes of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood happened to be decked out not only in detail, but in 4th of July-proud to be an American style and colors.  Here, let me show you.

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I love the Southern comfort lives here ambiance and patriotic porch set for a red, white, and blue summer holiday.

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Vacation Observation #2

North Louisiana mirrors the landscape of East Tennessee (another favorite vacation getaway destination).  Tree-lined streets of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood wind and weave through a semi-hilly fashioned parkway.  Mark this corner cottage in a dreamy creamy shade of yellow as a model of southern charm.

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Several squeals of glee pierced Dave’s eardrums, more than a few oohs and aahs perhaps became a few too many, and an insane amount of unabashed architectural envy dominated the evening’s conversation.

What can I say?

Architecture is my thing.

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Towering pines and oaks shade the yards and boulevards.  Vintage street lights evoke nostalgia of days gone by.

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Beauty, charm, and tradition lie in the details.

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Curb appeal is a powerful calling card.

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Impressive entry doors greet the eye and welcome step away from the ordinary style.

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Vacation Observation #3

Architectural juxtaposition promotes a dramatic effect and a desirable address.

modern-architectural-detailsVacation Observation #4

An afternoon drive through a historic neighborhood between shopping destinations and dinner reservations inspired, confirmed and renewed. It’s not a day at the beach or one spent in the desert or the mountains, but it’s one of our favorite things to do at home or on vacation.  The food, the landscape, the architecture, the terrain, the dialect-you can learn so much from your travels.  Inspiration is everywhere.

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Old Glory is once again displayed from the oak tree in the front yard of Places In The Home.  The tree is cosmetically worse for wear since the tornado, but is still the optimum spot for the flag to be displayed. Patriotism with flying colors is alive and well at Places In The Home. Happy 4th of July to all of you.  Celebrate in style and let freedom ring!

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  Are you in?

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,

Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ella asks it and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not, we throw a respectable ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and these stud balls signal disco round the clock style.

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These Stud Balls from West Elm hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes- color, presence, size, price, studs and reusable.  No West Elm near you?  No problem.  Spray paint meet Styrofoam balls.  The holiday clearance sale is the decorista’s best friend.  Hit up a holiday clearance sale and pick up string lights and/or lanterns. Intermingle the lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns- don’t you love the convenience and safety of the flameless candle?  I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years.  Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the battery(s) die they stay on.

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Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.

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A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

New Year's Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.

nye-2017-centerpiece-ideasWhite tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph

New Year’s Eve party favor boxes found on clearance at Target. Fill with white and gold paper shreds, Camellia blackeye peas, and copper jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers).  Slide a glitter noisemaker under the ribbon and you’ve got a festive favor.  Fill the bottom of Dollar store clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.

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If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with Camellia blackeye peas.

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Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.

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Luck, money, tradition and lagniappe.  Here’s the stars of our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve midnight buffet.  We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell.

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Back to ringing in the New Year with friends, family and neighbors- we are a casual group of revelers.  The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers.  Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

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Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As 2016 draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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Places In The Home: In The Spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas

In the spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas, true Christmas traditions and because twelve is the exact number of photos that turned out to be share worthy, I present to you the Places In The Home Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

vintage inspired aluminum Christmas wreaths and shiny and bright ornaments kinda sorta just like the aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and Shiny Brite ornaments my maternal grandmother had.  It’s all in the accents and accessories details.

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On the second day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the patience prayed for and the grace granted to find the beauty in everything and everyone.

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On the third day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

an old world Santa figurine ornament in shades of yellow, cream, brown and glitter gold that cost next to nothing, and one I would not take a million dollars for.  Well.

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On the fourth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

a Christmas centerpiece rich in throwback tradition and vibrant colors compliments of nature’s beauty and the neighbor’s grown with love grove.

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On the fifth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the aromatic trio of one orange, one bay leaf and a generous sprinkling of ground cloves soon set to simmer and scent.

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On the sixth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

a craving for a family must make and bake at the holidays family tradition, Mama Two sugar cookies.  The story of how her name came to be is almost as iconic as her family famous Christmas cookie recipe.

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The name I assigned to my great-grandmother was born out of a childlike understanding.  Our holiday destination point was set for the great state of Texas to spread holiday cheer and to introduce my great-grandparents to the newest addition to the family (me).  My mother and grandmother took advantage of the over the bayous and through the piney woods, to great-grandmother’s house we go travel time to coach me into calling my great-grandmother “mama”- the term of endearment she had always gone by.

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The story goes my mother tried her best at introductions and association in terms she assumed best suited for a toddlers scope of understanding.

This is mama (pointing to herself).

This is mamaw (pointing to her mother).

And this is mama, too (pointing to her grandmother, my great-grandmother).

Okay, I’ve got it.

This is mama.

This is mamaw.

And that is mama two.

There’s only one mama, silly.

Alas, the intended became the literal, and a lovely Christmas story to boot.

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On the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

melted butter, sugar and spice

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fresh coconut, fresh apples and fresh Louisiana pecans.

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On the tenth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the sending to and receiving from neighbors, friends and family Christmas cards of season’s greetings.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

twelve days of Christmas color, texture and pattern.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

friends who are the jewels of life.

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Merry Christmas, friends!

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Images of Christmas In Seasonal Splendor

Season’s Greetings!  I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post. Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.

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The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.

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Victoria Magazine

As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye.  I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week.  Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season.  That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.

blue-white-christmasAt Home In Arkansas

This holiday show and tell is a small sights of the season sampling of featured images of Christmas finery gifting gorgeous oohs and aahs. Enjoy!

atlanta-homes-and-lifestyle-home-facebookAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Southern Living

gallery-1474482085-clx1206food013There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.  Country Living

sl-foyerStunning!  ~  Southern Living

holiday-foyerStyle at Home for the Holidays

Christmas-cookie-shopSweets of the Season

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Conversation Cards

peppermint-sticks-in-silver-cupsSimply elegant!  Good Housekeeping

christmas_trees_for_every_style_southern_livingChristmas Curb Appeal

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