Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The May issue of Home Accents Today arrived this week which means it’s home accents today show and tell time.

Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The customized Mosaic welcome mat collection by Spicher and Company immediately caught my eye.

Mosaic Customized 8th Avenue 24x36

These customized mats remind me of the shop entry and restaurant foyer  Mosaic decor seen throughout New Orleans.

Napoleon-House-Mosaic

Napoleon House Mosaic 

The consumer spotlight is on the best social media platforms for info about home furnishings.

Facebook leads the way with 38%.

Pinterest captures 23% of the pie.

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Rounding out the numbers:

YouTube:   16%

Instagram:  10%

Yelp:  5%

Reddit:  5%

Twitter:  3%

Strategic Insights, March/April 2018 Furniture Today Study


Now for the good stuff we turn the style spotlight on selected items currently catching my eye in the feature Best of Market 2019.

 

Vail Chandelier

Vail Chandelier – Arteriors

 

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Demoiselle Crane Watercolor by Edward Lear – Celadon Art

 

Vivi Swivel Chair

Vivi Swivel Chair –  Hancock & Moore

 

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

 

Infinity Cocktail Table

Infinity Cocktail Table

 

mystic forest Orian rugMystic Forest Soft White Rug

I enjoy being in the know when it comes to new and exciting products, home decor accents, and purchasing information.  Luckily each month Home Accents Today arrives to my mailbox keeping me in the design and decor loop from cover to cover.

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Accessories, Accents, and Home Decor Inspired By The Oscars

Editor’s Note:  This Home Decor Inspired by the Oscars post is an updated and refreshed remake of the original. 

If A Star Is Born can be remade four times…

A Star Is Born Posters

Motion picture award season comes to a glorious golden and the Oscar goes to crescendo Sunday, February 24 with the broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards, better known  as the Oscars.

Oscars statuesTown & Country Magazine – Getty Images

Hollywood glitz and glamour arrives at The Dolby Theater in regal manner on Oscars Sunday to celebrate pure Hollywood artistry and the artists, actors, producers, directors, memorable movie sets, locations, sound, and scores that produce legendary moments in film.

Designers will meet and master the creative task of translating Oscars best to accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

The Dolby Theater The Dolby Theater

Throwbacks to the splendor of classic Hollywood, today’s pop culture, red carpet fashions, best costume design considered to be absolute works of art, and the visually impressive cinematic color palettes of the best cinematography category serve as an artist’s muse in the design concept of accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

Classic elegance.

Glamour and glitz.

Timeless sophistication.

Avant-guard style with give them something to talk about overtones.

There is a distinct correlation between the allure of the beauty created on the silver screen and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

Suzan Fellman LLC

Suzan Fellman LLC

Ebanista-sconce

Reine Sconce

Global Views Katherine Acrylic ArmchairGlobal Views Katherine Acrylic Armchair

Jack Nicholson Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt – Jack Nicholson – Oscars 1998

Hutton Wilkinson

Hutton Wilkinson – One Kings Lane

“I live for old movies. You can learn all about decorating, table manners, chic dressing, and stylish living from old black-and-white films!”

— Hutton Wilkinson

emerald green drop earrings

Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s gorgeous fashion statement emerald earrings from the 81st Academy Awards?

'Deep Emerald' Graphic Art Print on Canvas

‘Deep Emerald’ Graphic Art Print on Canvas

Hollywood excels in the art of color with its influence emulated in design and decorating through a technicolor infused palette divine.

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Carnival Rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company

Emerald green received a rave review, and hit the fashion runway and design world with a vengeance.

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A&B Home Set of 2 Modern Chic Green Trays

Aalten Velvet Ottoman

Aalten Velvet Ottoman

Color, pattern and texture deliver a stellar performance on both the big screen and in an intimate space.

dramatic closetTraditional Home

Venus chair by Christopher GuyVenus chair by Christopher Guy

Gilded Shell Grotto ChairGilded Shell Grotto Chair

"Extreme Romance" Limited Edition of 20“Extreme Romance” Limited Edition of 20 – Rimi Yang

Fredrick Ramond Vida 13-Light 36 Wide Sputnik Chandelier - Burnished GoldFredrick Ramond Vida Sputnik Chandelier

Hollywood films, much like design styles, are categorized by genre.

Where drama, suspense, horror or mystery is the favored choice of one, romance, adventure, musical and documentary is the favored choice of another.

art-deco-style-bathroom

Old House Online

Tastes vary from genre to decade to design style, making it necessary to produce pieces that broaden audience appeal.

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Daniel Romualdez Architect home Los Angeles

Architectural Digest

There Wasn't a Thing Left to Say McDermott McGough

There Wasn’t a Thing Left to Say – McDermott & McGough

A modern take on the designs of classic Hollywood style and crystal wall sconces in gold gilt glitz both capture the essence of Hollywood opulence.

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Jessica Lagrange Interiors

 

Brass and Crystal Sconce With Peacock Motif

Brass and Crystal Sconce With Peacock Motif

Mario BuattaMario Buatta

alexandra naranjo designsAlexandra Naranjo Designs

Bohara Trellis Hand-Tufted Wool Gray Area Rug

Bohara Trellis Hand-Tufted Wool Gray Area Rug

art-deco-living-room

Kim Smith Photo

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Caracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent ChairCaracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent Chair

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Scala Murano Chandelier

Scala Murano Chandelier

Raymond Mirror

Raymond Mirror

twiggy mirrorFrederick Cooper Twiggy Mirror

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Renea Abbott

Arlington Baroque Mirror

Arlington Baroque Mirror

Simpatico Murano Glass Chandelier, Gold

Simpatico Murano Glass Chandelier, Gold

Traditional BBL16 Dynasty Area Rug

Traditional BBL16 Dynasty Area Rug

Paul R Williams Architect

Paul Revere Williams – American Architect

Paul-R-Williams-Classic-HollywoodPaul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Halle Berry – (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

floral rose pillowRose Throw Pillows

Eichholtz Boucheron French Country Red Fringe Armless Slipper ChairEichholtz Boucheron French Country Red Fringe Armless Slipper Chair

Wiggle Chair MerlotWiggle Chair Merlot

Nicole-Kidman-Oscars-red-carpet

Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga 

Goddard design group

Goddard Design Group

Steilish-Interiors-Architecture-photo-credit-Nickolas-SargentSteilish Interiors & Architecture- Photo Credit: Nickolas Sargent

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture – PopSugar Fashion

Alva Reidar Settee

Alva Reidar Settee

 

Barry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis SconceBarry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis Sconce

 

Uttermost 5032 Destello Starburst Rounded Mirror

Uttermost 5032 Destello Starburst Rounded Mirror

 

Jacinta Contemporary Silver Leaf Accent Cabinet

Jacinta Contemporary Silver Leaf Accent Cabinet

Glossed and glamorous ebonized walnut walls reflect the light of the center chandelier from Thomas Grant Chandeliers located in Dallas, Texas.

Ebonized wallsPaper City

The Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier somewhat resembles the chandelier in the image.  It is inspired by the chandeliers of the Baroque Ca Rezzonico Palace.  Delicate flower petals made with strands of Clear Firenze or Swarovski crystal beads are set into a Allegri’s Sienna Bronze frame. The stems are finished in Allegri’s Silver Leaf, a spectacular Hollywood ending.

Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier, Firenze Clear

Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier, Firenze Clear

Hand-tufted Black White Zebra Animal Print Glamorous Wool Area RugHand-tufted Black White Zebra Animal Print Glamorous Wool Area Rug

gallery-1456426623-gettyimages-140071094Harpers Bazaar

Inspiration is everywhere, and the legendary red carpet showcasing Hollywood on parade style inspires fashion mavens and decoristas alike.

White Sofa, Eichholtz Gaby, Black

White Sofa, Eichholtz Gaby, Black

Fashion influences align with interior design, and the result is a smashing  production scripted by icons, legends, and design stars of the industry.

colacion-studio-portfolio-interiors-art-deco-living-room

Colacion Studio

rougier-palm-leaf-lucite-lamps Rougier Palm Leaf Lucite Lamps- a Pair

 

Folie nightstand

Folie Nightstand

The golden era of Hollywood interiors lives on through marquee chandeliers, lavish ceiling medallions and gold leaf ceilings.

gold leaf ceilingGold Leaf by Zuber Inc via Traditional Home 

And the Oscar goes to…

Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.  We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.  The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.  Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized?  If it is, putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

diet

Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.  Decluttering is a total body workout.

Kinda.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.  You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.  When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.  You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety (and yes, the guilt), and gives instant visual results.

declutter your home

Becoming Minimalist

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Coco Chanel offered chic pearls of wisdom when she said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Coco-ChanelVogue

I apply Coco Chanel’s stellar advice to the placement of decor accessories and accents in a space.  Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from can add to the appearance and flow of a room.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.   Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.

Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.

If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.

“What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 

― Erin Hanson

Eloquence

As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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House Beautiful

I like to mix things up a bit by bringing antique, vintage, and non-traditional decorative storage solutions into the fold.

armoire storage

Domino

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

woven square basket set

Woven Square Basket Set

basket-storage-under-sofa-table

Traditional Home

Woven Seagrass Basket with LeatherWoven Seagrass Basket with Leather

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Airelle Console TableAirelle Console Table

Storage trunks and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.  You not only get a stylish accent but also a decorative storage solution.

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

I love the look of this coffee table/decorative storage piece.

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Palm Estates Coffee Table

So coastal chic!

CABINET Schranksysteme AG, GermanyHouzz

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Storage boxes need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Caolan Storage Box - Brown10″ Caolan Storage Box – Brown

John-Derian-Interiors-armoire

John Derian – Architectural Digest

Biltmore-Hats-Stetson-BoxBiltmore Hats Salesman’s Sample Stetson in Box

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Limoges France Cognac Adet Porcelain Ashtray

Limoges France “Cognac Adet” Porcelain Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

A vintage dish or valet tray is a handsome holder for his cuff links, change, keys, phone or sunglasses.

display-case-storage

Pinterest

antique-english-mahogany-bookcase

Antique English Mahogany Bookcase

harvest-wire-basketHarvest Wire Storage Basket

Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with HandlesTyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

To complete the look…

Bent Rej Keith Playing the Piano II" - Keith Richards Backstage Copenhagen

Bent Rej “Keith Playing the Piano II” – Keith Richards Backstage, Copenhagen 1965

You’ve Got Mail!

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines), and I still love sending and getting greeting cards through the USPS however, they do tend to stack up.

Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

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A vintage biscuit barrel finds a new use as a decorative office supplies holder.

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Antique English Oak and Silver Plated Biscuit Barrel

Giving the Dog a Bone

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Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.  Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

dog-biscuits

The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Anchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill JarAnchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill Jar

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

antique-pitchers-as-kitchen-storage

Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill

pitchers

Vintage pitchers make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

Kathy-Ireland-kitchen

Kathy Ireland – House Beautiful

SMALL ASSORTED BEECHWOOD SPOONS (SET OF 6)

McGee & Co. 

Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack1

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

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Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks 

gabrielle-system-hanging-utility-basketGabrielle System Hanging Utility Basket

alphabet hooks spell out home

Alphabet hooks from Pottery Barn spell out organization.

Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Boxer coat hookBoxer Wall Hook

Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

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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

clear-wine-glass

Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

claw-bottle-opener

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

blue pane

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

Viv-all-purpose-big-wine-glass

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

antique-armoire-bar

Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

ford-decanter

Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

silver-hammered-pitcher

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.

Disaronno-limited-edition

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.

cocktail-party-scene-breakfast-at-Tiffanys

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

hollywood-regency-brass-shell-ashtray-dish

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

highball-glasses-w-grecian-motifs

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

allison elebash interior designAllison Elebash Interior Design

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

boxwood-wreath-ribbon

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

console top

Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

gold-Christmas-woodland-tree-cocktail-napkin

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.

trays-nickel-plated

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

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

Leopard+Velvet+Lumbar+Pillow+1

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

clear-glass-pitcher

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.

rattan-wrapped-carafe

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

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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

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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 …

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Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

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Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

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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

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Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

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Steven Sclaroff

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Radius Decanter

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Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

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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

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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.

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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.

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     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.

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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 Bar Stool    ||   Unadilla 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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.




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House & Garden

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Inside Fabric

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

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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.




 

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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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