Many of us derive our personal design and decorating choices from affecting colors, textures, patterns, scents, sounds, and ingredients we’ve impressively seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted. If something leaves a lasting impression on you, one strong enough to influence your design and decorating choices, by all means bring it home! The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more chic than the home that beautifully demonstrates this.
Regardless of season or occasion, design and decorate with a sense of you in order to distinctly welcome personal style home.
Enlist the senses to aid in a frank assessment of what is working for you in the space and what is not.
Picture a tree and its branches.
The tree trunk represents your signature design style preference- the all things house that make a home foundation. Branch from the “trunk” with transitional pieces. Select a reference point for color, pattern, and/or texture and “branch” out from there.
If the date stamp on certain pieces has expired, purge these items from your decorating portfolio. I catch myself attempting to justify keeping pieces long past their decorative prime because somewhere in time it appealed to me, and perhaps it may again strike my fancy.
No, Hattie Hoarder, it won’t.
Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.
Our interior design, decorating, and home decor choices reflect our core design style preferences. It’s these thoughtful and personal choices that resoundingly welcome personal style home.
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.
Art and interior design are like two peas in a stylish pod.
Fresh starts, fresh vegetables, and fresh colors do the body, mind, soul, and home good. Just ask Sasha Emerson. The Los Angeles based interior designer is mastering the art of personal downsizing without sacrificing the creature comforts of home through art and interior design.
Repurposing from within allowed Sasha’s decorative integrity to remain intact. She found the comfort of art and interior design. I like to remind clients and fellow decoristas to always seize the opportunity to make your home your art and interior design canvas by putting your stamp of individuality and personal style on everything.
The framed 1960’s supermarket ad for Del Monte Sweet Peas captures the essence of Sasha’s flea-market chic home decor, and fancifully pays homage to Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea.
When I first saw the pop of art, it immediately evoked thoughts of weekend grocery store excursions to our local A & P- my mother’s idea of big fun.
Looking back it was. Thinking about split pea art and interior design brings back memories of shopping at A & P and the display feature for School Days Brand Early June Peas.
Design and color are the cornerstones of visual merchandising. I vividly remember brand labels rich in color, distinctive font and visual design. The aforementioned School Days peas and the I remember it as if it were yesterday red tomato-green lettuce leaves- navy blue background Ann Page Mayonnaise label serves memory and a craving for a spring Easter comfort food classic.
This comfort food recipe for pea salad is uncomplicated, styled for a classic taste, and quick to please. I liken it to the creature comforts of home through art and interior design and memories of the walks down the aisles of A & P hand in hand with my darling Mother. I’ve learned so much from both.
1 15 ounce can green peas, drained
1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
1 large roma tomato, diced
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ -1 teaspoon salt
½ tsp. fine black pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
Drain peas. In a medium mixing bowl, combine peas, cheese, diced tomatoes, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Gently stir ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would include this two peas in a pod recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart from Good Housekeeping.
Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
5 Tablespoons cold butter
3 Tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium leek, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peas
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¾ cup ricotta
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
½ cup microsprouts or microgreens
Make the Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, blend flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle in 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until large, moist crumbs just begin to form. Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll pie crust into a 12″ circle and fit into a 9″ pie plate. Trim excess dough, leaving 1″ overhang; tuck overhang under and crimp edges.
Line dough with large sheet of parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 minutes or until dough is set. Remove parchment with weights and bake until crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; let cool completely on wire rack.
In a 10″ skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add leek and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook until leek is tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add peas and cover; cook until tender, stirring once halfway through, 3 to 5 minutes. Let mixture cool, then stir in lemon juice.
In a medium bowl, stir ricotta, cream cheese, pecorino, lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well-combined. Spread in cooled pie shell. Top with cooled pea mixture and garnish with microsprouts.
Home decor accessories, accents and furnishings inspiration is everywhere, and now it is on the sidebar. Allow me to introduce you to a new year, new feature, Shop the Sidebar. Sourcing home decor accessories, accents, and furnishings is part of the all things house that make a home process. Interest in and inquires about accessories, accents and furnishings as seen on Places In The Home is always welcome, and I’m especially pleased when a piece or color I use in a client consultation or moodboard stirs interior design and decorating interest. Always the interior design and decorating show and tell, it is my pleasure to assist and suggest.
Shop the Sidebar features distinctive accessories and accents of regional and seasonal interest that catch my eye and hopefully appeal to and please the most discerning tastes.
Traditional home furnishings fill my design and decorating portfolio, new traditional styles are worthy of attention, and antiques remain a classic furnishings choice near and dear to my heart.
You will notice the pieces and accessories featured throughout the Shop the Sidebar column reflect my personal style and taste– a stick with what you love and design and decorate accordingly presentation. If you see a piece that makes your gotta have it list, click on the image for product information.
Classic furnishings and design accents complement eye and space. We are big fans of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, and being the accent chair set design reviewer that I am, I was in my height of glory watching Giant last week. The scenic wallpaper in the foyer of the home of Leslie’s (Elizabeth Taylor) parent’s home is the star of the scene, embodying the design features of Classic Revival style homes. (Try as I may I could not find a photo of the scene that does my point justice). Granted, some patterns and images correlate with the more formal aspect of traditional style, but not in all cases. The Etched Arcadia Mural in Grey Motif from Anthropologie typifies what I have come to know; understated is on par with elegance when contrast is the intended design element.
I just got off the phone with Mr. and Mrs. Canadian snowbird who are moving into a new house this spring. Spring things to come furnishings, colors, fixtures and finery is the current topic of source conversation and conversion (Mom, is the price U.S. or Canadian?). I suggested a Shop the Sidebar session for decor inspiration.
It is everywhere.
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This year’s Christmas season is one of amplified joy and visual wonder, so much so it is growing increasingly more difficult to focus on routine tasks and duties. The plan is to wait until next week to pour the coals to Christmas-Holidays-New Year’s prep, plan and pretty. Believe me, once the floodgates open the all things house that make a holiday home holidaypalooza will take precedence over pretty much everything. Come to think of it, isn’t that exactly the point of the season of spending quality time decorating, baking, and Merry Christmas making with the ones you love?
Indications of what will be on-trend in the new year are beginning to appear on the pages of shelter magazines and social media feeds. The jury is not quite in with the final verdict, but I do like what I’m seeing. A softening vis-à-vis color, texture and pattern appears to be the consensus among informal interior design trend forecast 2018 postings. With that being said, let me share with you the Places In The Home informal interior design trend forecast 2018. As a FYI bonus, I’m including an enlightening and very interesting advice source survey showing the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice. Lest we forget to include a glimpse of the new tinsel tree my mother just had to have for Christmas 2018.
Where have we heard this before? In almost every what’s hot for the new year forecast prediction of the past few years. I believe we can confidently move brass accents from the on-trend column to the here to stay column. Warm tones invite a sense of cozy comfort to the metals mix, and home owners, apartment inhabitants, dorm room decoristas and Millennials alike continue to show a preference to home decor accents and accessories that convey a stylish degree of cozy to the overall look.
Slow your scroll Instagram images, good news and great content have something in common- all should be shared. Today I am doing just that by spreading the Instalove with a collection of slow your scroll Instagram images.
Summer: the middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable and the chic is upon us. Interior and exterior updates with summer colors, patterns and textures put summer into motion through decor. What home decor pieces to add to your decor to accent the season and make a summer style splash crosses the minds of many decoristas. Let’s look at a selection of summer style splash decorating suggestions ready to deliver maximum seasonal decorating impact.
A seagrass rug adds texture and depth to a space while the neutral color and warm tones provide a natural summer style splash. Seagrass rugs are durable and affordable. I like to suggest home decor accessories that carry over season to season. Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will remain a style staple when decorating for fall/winter by layering a rug in seasonal color, pattern and texture over the seagrass rug.
Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season. This dynamite duo of seahorse table lamps in classic black and gold brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend. Chic year round reminder of summer.
Emphasize the Sights and the Sounds of the Season
It’s hard not to associate summer with sights and sounds of the beach, coast, shore and sea. High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost, high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore or dollar store. Seashells, beach rocks, decorative coral, driftwood, cypress- you get the idea. Here are a few summer style splash suggestions for using sea shells:
When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation. The arrival and check in process is a summer breeze when the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements greet you. I believe I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store and file the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.
A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.No Pool? No Pool House? No Problem! Create a by the pool ambiance with these summer style splash decorating suggestions.
Admiring lovely images of architecture, design and decorating is one of the ways I hit the blogging, decorating, sourcing reset button. I let the beauty wash over me in a beauty is good for the soul kind of way. All interior design is visually captivating in one way or another, but my eye is immediately drawn to those images featuring the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.
As I write this post I am listening to Louis Armstrong sing “Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.” I certainly do, Satchmo, as much as I know what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.
As in love, the interior design and decorating heart wants what it wants, and the interior design and decorating eye likes what it likes.
Both my design and decorating heart and eye knows what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District. Over the years of countless trips to New Orleans, Dave the Builder and I have spent hours driving up and down the tree lined streets of the historic Garden District and St. Charles Avenue on our brand of self guided home and garden tours. To say I was and continue to be inspired and influenced is a grand understatement.
Exteriors replete with ornate detail tell the story of real estate royalty, one that takes the reader’s (the drive by admirer in this case) imagination on a trip to I wonder what the inside looks like land.
What makes the interiors of period homes unmistakable is the traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style features. What makes the interiors of period homes distinct is the contrast, the blend, the mix, the juxtaposition of decorating styles living in stunning harmony with each other. I learned a long time ago all decor choices do not have to strictly follow the primary design style.
The mixing and mingling of contemporary accent and abstract art pieces throughout a room decorated in a traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style creates contrast fit for focal point distinction. From historic mansions to bungalow cottages- it’s not the size of the space or the style of the home, but the statement the decor makes.
The New Orleans influence is obvious throughout our home and homes decorated by yours truly.
Antiques, Italian lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, crystal chandeliers, decorative mirrors scrolled in gold leaf- the curated look comes home.
The companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District features images of, inspiration to decorate by and source information on the home decor accents and accessories that impeccably mirror statement pieces found in the homes of the New Orleans Garden District. It will post at the end of the week.