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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Love your style!

 

 

 

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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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

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Coral Napkin Rings- Set of 2

reef-napkinsReef 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

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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Cup Coral Centerpiece

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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

This fun and fin Whale Tail Tiered Server will make a stylish splash as the perfect mix and marvel bar accessories tray.

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Whale Tail Tiered Server

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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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Amalfi Fish Serving Bowl

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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.

love your style

 

 

 

 

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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.

love your style

 

The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

An epic update to a classic post.  

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

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Steven Gambrel

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin atop a portable card table, kitchen counter or patio wall.   The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.   X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

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


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Sheridan Ice Bucket

crystal-decantersA Good Pour

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Rue Magazine

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Moto Silver Polished Pitcher

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

distressed console tableLindome Console Table

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Vintage Neoclassical Highball Glasses

red-clear-glass-decanters-bourbon-and-scotchVintage Scotch and Bourbon Decanters

transitional-home-barBennett Lerner Interiors

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Scotch ~ Rye ~ Vodka

black-chest-bar-trayRue Magazine

old+and+Antique+Mirror+Vanity+TrayGold Antique Mirror Tray

gold-jiggerGold Plated Jigger

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

suave-martini-glassSuave Martini Glass

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Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

cocktail spoonJulia Knight® Peony Cocktail Spoon

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

waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

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

Reed-Barton-Lyndon-Bar-and-Ice-SpoonReed & Barton Lyndon Bar and Ice Spoon

Garnish your home bar with a hint of the whimsical.

monkey-bartool-set5 Piece Monkey Bartool Set

iw-harper-decanterI.W. Harper Decanter

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suzanne.kasler.interiors.portfolio.interiors.barSuzanne Kasler Interiors

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

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

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Traditional Home

When you just love the look of the holiday-

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

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Plymouth Woodland Birds Mixed Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

holiday-home-barBetter Homes and Gardens

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Holiday Cheers in Spirited Celebration Home Bar Styling Ideas

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Kelly Emerald Green 4-Drawer Accent Chest

nugget-lamp-blackVintage Gold Nugget Table Lamp

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Hiball Red Glass Set of 4

gold bamboo serving trayBamboo Serving Tray

Have you been naughty or nice?

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

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Vintage Green Hazel Atlas Colonial Block Depression Glass Candy Dish Set

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Holiday Raffia Tree

1960s-covered-glass-candy-dish

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

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

tabletop-bar-set-up-artMeagan Campwhite rose framed numbered printWhite Rose 137 Framed Print

Lismore Pilsner Glass by WaterfordWaterford Lismore Pilsner Glasses

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Perdue ~ Orleans Decanters

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

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

stag ice bucketStag Ice Bucket

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Deer Bust Bar Tools Set

pink-gold-chic-bar-cartAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Porta Romana

flamingo-bar-coastersFla-ming-o!

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

pineapple-decanterPineapple Decanter

The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

pineapple-etched-double-old-fashioned-glassPineapple Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of 4

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

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Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder, Set of 6

wine-rackDanya B. 9-Bottle Wine Rack in Sparkling Gold

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Leopard Wine Cooler

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Model+Eiffel+Tower+SculptureEiffel Tower Sculpture

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

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Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

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Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

royal-copenhagen-crystal-flaskRoyal Copenhagen Crystal Flask

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

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Vintage Hand Blown Ash Tray

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Fred SWIZZLE STICKS Twig Drink Stirrers, Set of 24

Buddha-head-figurineBuddha Head

Rebecca+Metal+3+Tiered+Tray+Bar+CartRebecca Metal 3 Tiered Tray Bar Cart

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

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

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

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Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

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

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Restaurant Antoine Creamer

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

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

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

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

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

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A Taste of Louisiana

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bar-accessories

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

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

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Signed Mid Century Modern Fornasetti for Rosenthal Court Jester Porcelain Vase

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

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Victoria Crown Old Fashioned Glasses

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Rock Candy Sticks

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Mardi Gras Monogrammed Napkins

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Lace Canapé 6.5″ Appetizer Plate

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Crawfish Dip

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Domino

art-deco-bellhop-liquor-decanterArt Deco Bellhop Liquor Decanter

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

How very Mad Men mid-century modern.

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

Thanksgiving-bar

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

how-to-throw-a-rose-tasting-party-hosting-a-wine-tasting-party-charcuterie-plate-574eeb38a146deaf6ee084c8-w620_h800Domino

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Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

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Ralph Lauren Home

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Do You Like Nuts?

spicy rosemary roasted nuts

Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

good-fortune-dishGood Fortune

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.

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

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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!”

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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.

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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 

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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

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Hickory Manor House Decorative Drapery Hardware

corbet accent chest

Corbett Chest by Century Furniture

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Hand Painted Distressed Cream and Gold Finish Accent Chest

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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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