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.
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.
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.
Glamour and glitz.
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.
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.
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.
Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place. Decluttering is a total body workout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application. Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.
Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.
It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.
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.
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.
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?
I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An 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.
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.
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.
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.