Home Bar Styling Ideas

Today’s post is an updated version of Home Bar Styling Ideas featuring new finds and classic favorites.

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

Let me expand on that thought.

bar-cart-diary-of-a-holiday-soiree-Domino

Domino

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

 

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

 

Artland Milano Cordial Glass - Set of 6

Artland Milano Cordial Glass – Set of 6

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.

westmorland-argonaut-pink-milk-glass-footed-candy-dishWestmorland Argonaut Pink Milk Glass Footed Candy Dish

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Garber-ice-bucket

Garber Ice Bucket

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

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Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

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Claw Bottle Opener

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

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Blue Pane Framed Print

Marbled Swirl Ginger Jar - Blue/WhiteMarbled Swirl Ginger Jar – Blue/White

Porcelain Helmet CanisterPorcelain Helmet Canister

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.  This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

 

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

 

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Christmas-walnutsHouse & Home

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

 

Moses Console Table

Moses Console Table

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

 

Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses - Set of 4Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses – Set of 4

 

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Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray

 

Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes

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Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

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Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

 

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Hammered Straight Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

 

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

 

1960s-vintage-jim-beam-white-bowling-pin-decanter1960s Vintage Jim Beam White Bowling Pin Decanter

Beethoven's Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout, Vintage Liquor Bottle Man Cave Bar Decor

Beethoven’s Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout

 

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey DecanterKatrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

 

Vintage Political Decanters Vintage Political Decanters

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.  Unconventional pieces shake and stir up interest.  I use a vintage creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Disaronno Limited Edition Roberto Cavalli and Versace

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Art, stunning glassware, liquor, wine bottles and decanters heavy on color and pattern, a bouquet of fresh flowers or greenery in a vase, jar, or bottle, and one front and center conversation piece pull the look together.

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent ChestMong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

 

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter

Pryce Gold Rocks Glass Pryce Gold Glassware

 

jiggerTwo of a Kind Less/More Jigger ~ kate spade new york

 

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

 

The Eye Match Set, Black

The Eye Match Set, Black

 

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Hollywood Regency Brass Shell Ashtray Dish

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 or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

neo-classical-Traditional-HomeTraditional Home on Pinterest

 

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Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter

 

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

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

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

 

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

toasting cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

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Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Plastic Wine Bottle Rack

Clear Wine Bottle Rack

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai - Blue Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai 

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

 

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DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

 

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Colvin 2 Door Accent CabinetColvin 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

 

Badash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving TrayBadash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving Tray

 

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

 

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

 

Crystal Stemmed Wine GlassCrystal Stemmed Wine Glass

holiday cocktails book

Workman Publishing Holiday Cocktails Book

 

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

 

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

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Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

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Woodland Tree Gold Beverage/Cocktail Paper Napkins

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.  I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

 

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

all in good taste piping hot creamer Kate Spade

kate spade new york All in Good Taste Piping Hot Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer 

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

 

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

 

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

 

Angus Cocktail TumblersAngus Cocktail Tumblers

 

Ken Fulk Retriever JiggerKen Fulk Retriever Jigger

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Cart

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Card

 

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

 

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Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

 

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

 

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Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

 

Small Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style Eagle Plastic Home DecorSmall Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style 

A small plastic framed gold Federal style mirror with a significantly lower price may be of decorative interest to you.

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Crystal Dublin Ice BucketCrystal Dublin Ice Bucket 

 

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

 

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

 

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Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

 

decanters

Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

crinkle-pink-gold-bowlCrinkle Pink and Gold Bowl

prowl gold cocktail stirrers set of 4Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers

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

 

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

 

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

 

Silver Crocodile Tray

Silver Crocodile Tray

 

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

 

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

 

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

 

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

 

laveau-crocodile-skull

Laveau Crocodile Skull

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.  I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

 

 band round glass pitcher

 Band Round Glass Pitcher

 

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Set of 4

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4

Sugar Magnolia Sandwich Serving TraySugar Magnolia Sandwich Serving Tray

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

 

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

 

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

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Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

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Two-of-a-Kind Mask Bottle Opener  – kate spade new york

 

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

 

 sebastian decanterSebastian Decanter

 

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

 

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

 

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Glass “Elixir” Bottle

 Emerald Collection Diamond salad plate from Coton Colors Emerald Collection Diamond Plates from Coton Colors

 

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis S-four

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis 

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …

Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder

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Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

 

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

 

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

 

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

 

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

 

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

 

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

 

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

 

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

hammered-bar-ware

 

Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

 

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

 

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Picks with Hat Set of 6

 

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

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.

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In The Lowcountry Style Of Show and Tell

A pinning, sourcing and swooning eye spy session put inspiration to idea for this in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.  Recently I received an email from Traditional Home which piqued my interest (isn’t that the point?).   As most of us do, I followed through with a click and, Lowcountry and behold, I discovered the feature “Breezy Lowcountry Home by Amy Elbert.”  The image gallery featured fifteen images capturing the charm of the inviting spaces and places of a vacation home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry designed by architect Geoffrey Bray and interior designer Wendy Kirkland.  Even though the article appears to be from the June 2014 issue, it proves classic design and decorating choices rooted in symmetry and proportion stand the test of time and trend.

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Designer Wendy Kirkland

I really like this image of the great room vignette, and thought it may be fun to emulate the look in an in the Lowcountry style of show and tell feature.  I can’t tell you how many times a client has started a consultation by showing me an image from a shelter magazine or Pinterest followed up with a request for the completed space(s) to look exactly as pictured in the aforementioned image.  Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve yet to meet a decorista who hasn’t flattered the heck out of designer or decorator by borrowing from a well designed and decorated space.  Call it a creative compliment.

I don’t participate in, condone, nor suggest taking the work of another and calling it your own.

Ever.

What I have done and continue to do is use the initial presentation as inspiration and from there incorporate my own personal in the Lowcountry style of preferences.




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The Lowcountry refers to the geographic and cultural region along the coastal region of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.  Lowcountry style combines sophisticated coastal with Southern chic.

Lowcountry style

Sourcing furnishings and decor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques, vintage and new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance and beauty.

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Solid Mahogany Rustic Continental Style Server Console

Antique buffets, sideboards, and servers make excellent spot pieces.  I’ve seen them used in foyers, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms, mudrooms, bathrooms- you get the idea.  Antique furniture does not do it for everyone, but when you compare quality, price, patina and presence of an antique piece to a new piece, often there is no comparison between the two.

antique-buffet

     Early 19th Century French Server  ||  Antique Louis XV French Country Style Buffet 

The Sir John’s Cabinet is a new piece with antique characteristics.

Turned feet.

Dentil moulded frieze accent.

Parquetry doors.

Okay, let’s move on to the accessories and accents part of the in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.

Sir John's Cabinet

Theodore Alexander Castle Bromwich Sir John’s Cabinet

When I can’t find the exact item or don’t exactly love the piece in totality, I pull from the highlights and work from there.  A large natural barnacle cluster paired with a Rosewood rectangular display stand images the look  while being more in line with my own taste.

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Barnacle Cluster

Why no stand under the decorative barnacle bunch?   Try, try as I may, I could not get the stand positioned correctly and adding it to the moodboard threw the entire look off.

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Rosewood Rectangular Stand

The landscape painting in the image is by artist Peter Hoffer.  I am sourcing an original work of Peter Hoffer and an in the style of option.

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Cameo 39, 2013 by Peter Hoffer 

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The Elm Tree Canvas Print by George Inness

The lamp featured in the game room vignette is made from architectural salvage.  The antique reproduction stool/chair is upholstered in a Pearson fabric.  I’ve come up with several in the Lowcountry style of recommendations for your decorating consideration.

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Catalina Lighting Oil Rubbed Bronze Two-Light Table Lamp

The wall sconce light used in the moodboard sold out before I could post, so back to the moodboard we go for a selection of substitutions.

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Studebaker 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Karissa 2-Light Wall Sconce    Colesberry 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Williamsburg Lightfoot 2-Light Armed Sconce  ||  Underscore 2-Light Wallchieres

 

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Lanesboro 26″ Bar Stool    ||   Unadilla 30.5″ Bar Stool

The all you need is a decorative throw pillow to complete the look option applies here.

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Loloi Rich Chenille and Viscose Chili Down Pillow  ||  Delphine Square Throw Pillow in Russet  ||  J. Queen New York Serenity Ogee Piped Square Throw Pillow  ||  Birmingham Throw Pillow    ||  Sloane Crewel Stitched Decorative Pillow   ||  Versailles Crewel Stitch Lumbar Pillow

When they go cheap, we go chic.  By cheap I mean inexpensive, and by chic I mean fantastic style as it stands, but fabulous with a touch of customization.

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

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Inside Fabric

When the price point allows, consider upholstering a piece in a striking fabric to add yet another layer of personal style to the look.

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Inside Fabric

Coastal design style is a summer natural, and when it is merged with in the Lowcountry style of accents and accessories the result is a serene, inviting, and charming aesthetic.

love your style

 

The Art Of The Hang: Instructions For Hanging Art

I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike.  In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.

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It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application.  Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.

hang 'em high

Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.

It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.

statement-art

House & Garden

In many cases and in many spaces, exceptions must be made to the general rule of design and decorating.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso

Fornasetti-plates

Lewis Interiors

Balance, scale and proportion partnered with room size, ceiling height, and intention of dramatic effect become the relevant factors to consider when assessing placement of artwork.

antique-artwork

Traditional Home

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Traditional Home

Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.




english-kitchen

House & Garden

Some high, some higher and some at the highest point on a wall.

Janie-Molster-art

House Beautiful

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Interior designer Rita Konig’s West London Flat

Not all spaces, walls, decorating styles, tastes, and intended results are created equal.

Thank goodness!

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Domino

How boring it would be to exist in a cookie-cutter world of design and decorating.

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Decorating Ideas ~  Trend Spotted: Marble Now

Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings.   The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.

art-on-walls

Architectural Digest

I’ve come to believe the concept of the gallery wall was born out of tall ceilings and the decorative pursuit to avoid a void of space.

gallery-wallTraditional Home

Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.   Not all eye levels are created equal.  The exception to the traditional rule applies here.

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flickr

Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.  A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.  With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.

macgyverCBS Consumer Products

Dave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.  In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.  He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.  

instructions for hanging art

Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.  If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.   If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.  Divide this number in half.   That is your center line.

Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook. Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.  Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).  This is where you put the picture hook.

Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.

If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.

bedroom-gallery-wall

Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.  Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.  With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.  It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.

art-in-kitchen-wall

Victoria Magazine

Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.

When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on.  This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement.  It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.

Trick of the Trade Tip:
Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk.  Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.  

Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level.  No level, no problem.  I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.

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One Kings Lane ~ Photo by Ellen McDermott

Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces.  When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.

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Architectural Digest

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San Francisco Proper ~ Designer Kelly Wearstler   

Hanging artwork and decorative pieces within the panel area of a wall frame molding design element adds dimension to the space.

Patricia_Altschul_07Architectural Digest

Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.   This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.

art-placement-oil-paintingDomaine

The lower the placement the better in most cases.  The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.

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Domino

Hanging artwork 6 to 8 inches above furniture supports sufficient headroom allowance.

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Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level. The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.

Modern-farmhouse-bedroom

Little House of Four

Better Homes & Gardens

The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.

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Travel Destination Themed Tablescapes: Turn Your Tablescapes Into Table Escapes

Like the relaxing powers of Calgon, this updated and improved post takes me away on a visual travel adventure through stylish place settings and tabletop accessories of themed tablescapes.  Themed tablescapes set the table for a visual experience of table escape destination presentation.

beach-style-dining-room

Kate Jackson Design

More people answer travel when asked what they would do if they won the lottery.  As my hopes for a lottery windfall and the endless travel funds it would bring eludes me, I rely on themed tablescapes table escapes to destinations of sea, ooh la la land, and fabulous Far East to take me away.

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Sea Waves

Destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.  Stylish and affordable ideas run the gamut from elegant to casual, translating to themed tablescapes that visually take your fellow “travelers” on a journey to enchanted places.  The first seating of this three part themed tablescapes series is one inspired by the captivating beauty of the sea.

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Scalloped Placemat

themed tablescapes

Jay Imports Alabaster Glass Charger Plate With Silver-Tone Rim

Rimmed Dinner Plate

Denby Dinnerware, Halo Wide Rimmed Dinner Plate

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Rosenthal Junto Flat Salad Plate

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Ocean Round Sculpted Dessert Plate

Hampton-flatwareHampton Forge San Remo Silverware Set 20-pc.

Blenko-water-bottle  Blenko Ice Blue Water Bottle

blue-drinking-plates

TarHong Honeycomb Organic Jumbo Glass (Set of 4)

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Martha Stewart

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Vintage Fish Platter Set Bavaria Schumann Germany S/12

Victorian Bone Handle Fish Knives - Set of 8

Victorian Bone Handle Fish Knives – Set of 8

 

Elrene Home Shell Season Napkins (Set of 4)

Elrene Home Shell Season Napkins (Set of 4)

Cenote-serving-bowls

L’Objet Cenote Bowls

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Seafood Shell Baking Dish

VIETRI Earth Glass Large Serving Bowl

VIETRI Earth Glass Large Serving Bowl

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl Set 2-pc.

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl Set 2-pc.

 

Pfaltzgraff Expressions Set of 4 Bowls Capri

Pfaltzgraff Expressions Set of 4 Bowls Capri

Driftwood-Platter Driftwood Serving Platter

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Sea Escape

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  Henry Miller

 

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Fitz and Floyd Cape Coral Collection Tall Pelican Figurine

The rule of kiss (keep is seaside simple) applies to centerpiece ideas.  Taper candles weaved throughout a piece of decorative coral placed atop a cluster of oyster shells is a guaranteed centerpiece showstopper.

candles-coral-oyster-shellsPinterest

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Isle of Harris Gin

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Mikasa® Maria Decanter

Iittala Kastehelmi Tumbler, Set of 2

Iittala Kastehelmi Tumbler, Set of 2

Coastal themed cocktail accessories make a stylish splash as the perfect mix and marvel bar accessories garnish.

 

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Mediterranean Shell Pitcher  ||  Devanna Ombre Hobnail Double Old Fashioned Glass  ||  Shells of the Sea Cocktail Picks  ||  Shells of the Sea Paper Cocktail Napkins  || Murex Ramosus Decorative Shells  ||  Sea Shell Toothpicks

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Sea Creatures Bar Tools

Love these Oyster Grillers made by Oysteria exclusively for Mignon Faget.  Made of a red based clay, Oysteria Grillers will withstand the direct flame of a grill.

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Mignon Faget Oysteria Grillers

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Katie Kime Oyster Cocktail Napkins

shell shaped salad bowl

Coastal Home Shell Serving Bowl

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Oyster Shell Serving Bowl

aerin-sea-blue-geometric-platter AERIN Sea Blue Geometric Platter

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Starfish Divided Serving Dish

 

Fish+Dessert+Server

Dessert Server

I could spend an entire afternoon on a dollar store run searching for affordable tabletop accessories that set a place for chic at the table.  

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Bulk shells, accent gems, decorative sand and river rocks make a decorative splash as anchor embellishments.  For a small amount of moolah you can create an impressive tabletop focal point or decorative companion piece to build your centerpiece upon.

clear-hurricane-candle-holderAn easy DIY project, coastal themed fabric paired with pearl trim, a decorative starfish, pendant or pin make great custom tablecloth, napkin and napkin ring options.  A seamstress I am not, but I can work a package of hem tape and a hot iron like nobody’s business.  Ornamental starfish tied with natural or coastal color rich raffia results in a tailored napkin ring.  Decorative pearl trim looped through a natural crystal pendant from Hobby Lobby results in a stylish napkin ring and “souvenir” to take home.

coastal-fabrics

Inside Fabric

Other table ideas range from various sized glass cylinders and decorative bowls filled with shells, sand, rocks and/or pillar candles.  

starfish

The Seashell Company

I like to use aquarium decor because it is significantly less expensive than full size versions and the smaller sizes work to an individual place setting advantage.  Aquarium coral or dry rock makes a highly decorative and inexpensive place card or individual menu holders-easels.

 

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Reef Saver Dry  Aquarium Rock

The decorative versatility of the dough bowl is the themed tablescapes gift that keeps on giving.

 

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Rectangle Dough Decorative Bowl

From place setting to ambiance, destination themed tablescapes travel well.  Part II of Themed Tablescapes Table Escapes focuses on the très chic ooh la la factor of the We’ll Always Have Paris tablescape.

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A Most Fetching Friday: The Visual Power and Appeal of Animal Attraction in Decorating

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday features spaces that work like a charm to enhance a space accessorized with, fortify the visual power of, and confirm the appeal of animal attraction in decorating.

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Charles Spada Interiors

The art of the vignette tastefully executed.

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Southern Living

The above image from Southern Living exemplifies the decor hallmarks of the Southern home.  The mix and the marvel of the curated look anchors many a Southern home.




 

eclectic-kitchen

Architectural Digest

Eclectic elegance is alive and well done in Brooke and Julian Metcalfe’s Oxfordshire home.  Funky disco balls, a model of the Titanic and animal head wall decor juxtaposed with grand millwork and signature Florence Broadhurst wallpaper brilliantly work the room.

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Domino

Animal Attraction in Decorating

Traditional Home

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Domino

There is something so fetching about the visual power and appeal of animal attraction in decorating.

Charming.

Captivating.

Chic.

All in good taste and fetching style.

I hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend.

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Enlightening Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part.  Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies.  In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet.  I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current.  Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date.  I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.

Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping.  Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy.  In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on.  Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.

Pop-up_flea-market,_ParisPop-up Flea Market ~ Paris

I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…

Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.

antique-linen-pressGallery Auctions

Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space.  A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise.  For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Flea  Fort Greene  ~  Pinterest

Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage.  Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game.  I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too.  It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.

It’s basically an in the moment call.

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Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room.  Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:

My mother:  “Sister, what is WTF?”

Me:  “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”

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It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means.  Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part.  Funny, but irresponsible.

Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”

I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does.  I asked.

Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”

My mother:  “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF.  The woman asked her daughter what WTF means.  “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.

Paris, FrancePinterest

Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris.  Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter.  The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”

Me:  Well, now you know.

We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading.  I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection.  A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood.  As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.

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A Spring Cleaning And Goodwill Week Pairing

A spring cleaning and Goodwill week pairing worked to my advantage this week.  Our nephew is getting married next weekend, and Places In The Home is celebration central.  We will be hosting family from near and far, the Canadian snowbird son and his fiancée are coming home, and we are in full on here comes the bride and groom mode.   Company’s coming, and I’ve been gathering, purging, cleaning, organizing, cursing (spring cleaning has been known to drive you to it!) and editing like nobody’s business.  Fortunately, I hit the jackpot on a recent Goodwill hunting visit to our local Goodwill where I found useful and decorative items for my spring cleaning and organizational needs.

And my summer entertaining needs.

And my copper in the kitchen decor needs.

And my front door wreath perfect for weekend wedding celebration decorating needs.

Another celebration I am taking part in is #GoodwillWeek.  Our local Goodwill proves visit after visit to be an excellent source for kitchen, home decor and vintage finds.  From donation to decorating, the Goodwill process is a win-win situation- one that gives as good as it gets. You never know what Goodwill goodies you will find as you shop a little and save a lot browsing Goodwill’s awesomely affordable inventory.

Goodwill WeekSpring cleaning time offers an excellent opportunity to donate items you no longer wear or housewares you no longer use to one of more than 4,700 Goodwill donation centers across the U.S. and Canada.  Goodwill works in communities providing people with skills and job training, employment placement and other support services so that they are stable both at home and in the workplace.

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Architectural Digest

I love the look in the image above, and will definitely be on the lookout for baskets on my Goodwill hunting trips.  DIY fans and decoristas in search of a quality bargain and stylish decor pieces appreciate the shop a little-save a lot concept Goodwill offers, and donating to and supporting Goodwill and Goodwill week is always in style.

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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

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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

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Cheleb 3 Drawer Chest

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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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