Word of the Year

Inspiration is a motivational powerhouse, and the driver behind selecting a word of the year.

After a blowout Christmas holiday of eat, drink, spend, and give merriment, let’s just say we’re doing the tighten up dance around here with a little Archie Bell and the Drells thrown in for fun.

word of the year

I’m embracing the new year with a clear 2020 vision for recognizing the areas of my life that could greatly benefit from a bit of improvement.

Resolutions tend to run their course about mid-February, so I go with a plan of action that I can easily meet and master.

Giving as much attention to cleaning up my mouth as I do cleaning up the house on a Monday morning is first up on the new and improved list.

Next up is working on being the kind of person to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers that you would want to go on a vacation with- the true litmus test of a person’s character, patience, and joy of life.

Diet?

The word itself has a negative connotation to it, so, no.

Awareness of smart and sensible eating, food choices, and portion control is a more realistic goal.

This brings me to my word of the year share.

Choosing one word to guide, ground, and direct you over the next 365 days is the optimum daily, weekly, and monthly planner.

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Bliss Collections Weekly Planner

My word of the year is not the typical word one would associate with motivation, inspiration, and the like, however, it turns out it’s a word with a purposeful meaning.

tight

adjective

\ ˈtīt \

: fitting very close to the body
: marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body)
: difficult to cope with
: relatively difficult to obtain
// money is tight just now

Several years ago after a traumatic financial turn of events in our normal (what the hell is normal?) self employed-go to work to pay bills and put food on the table-keep the lights on-doing all this to make a better life for our family part of life, we were left broke, broken, worried, scared to death, and frazzled to the core.

The how will we survive losing two businesses (one the bread & butter operation and the other the hobby turned luxury business) questions seemed to have no answers.

This was 2008 folks, and the residual angst remains with me to this day.  The economic downturn gripping the nation was beating the crap out of us, but I’ve never been one to find comfort in the it’s happening to some degree to everyone way of looking at things.

Sitting alone in the office staring down at numbers, balances, and bills, the word tight popped into my head.

Money was tight and getting tighter by the day.

I was feeding my feelings, so my clothes were tight.

Fear set in quickly, taking me from happy go lucky motormouth to dejected mute resulting in my throat growing closed and tight.

Tight certainly summed up the situation.

I picked up a pen and wrote the word tight vertically on a piece of scratch paper.

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As I sat and stared at the word standing out among figures and fear, what came to me was a Mary Tyler Moore (you’re gonna make it after all) moment of clarity, courage, and comfort.

I picked up the pen and put the pieces of what seemed an unsolvable puzzle together.

This
Is
God
Handling
Things

HE did, and he does every single day.

The takeaway boils down to this:

I knew, and continue to know, the importance of listening to that little voice inside you.  More times than not it’s the true voice of reason.

Give yourself permission to take time for an alone moment to gather yourself and clear the noise life has a way of amplifying at times.

From designing, decorating and all the life changing decisions in-between, silence is golden, essential, and a hot commodity in the decision making process.

Not all closed doors open up again the way we think they should or want them to, but swing out in a whole new direction that over time and in HIS time pave the way to peace, promotion, provision, and understanding.

With 2020 vision, I realize how my personal relationship with God in prayer, word, love, work, thought, pen, and paper guides me through the good, the bad, the old, the new, the beautiful, the stylish, and the tight.

The creative process includes designing ourselves to be the very best we can be.

Grab 2020 by the new year with a word of the year that will make each day, week, and month the year of the very best you.

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Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.

Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next.  Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend is over and done with.

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

In the Kitchen

Butcher block countertops.

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Design Sponge

Pecky cypress finishes.

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DecorPad

Out with the square footage hog better known as the kitchen island.  Floor space is the hottest commodity in the kitchen workspace, and the kitchen island can take up quite a lot of it.

Personally, I like the proven functionality of the kitchen island, but have been known to curse its cumbersome existence at times.

In with the on wheels movable stations or serving pieces.

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Custom and period style hardware.

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Westward Foundry

I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic. 

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Portuondo Perotti Architects

Black is timeless, elegant, and on trend in kitchen style for 2019.

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Rich greens and deep blues will strike a color trend chord, creating a space that is intimate, cozy, and inviting.

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deVol

Open shelving is the trend that keeps on giving a stylish and curated look.

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Elle Decor

Antiques

The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end.  Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement.  The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.

antiques-modern-mix-dining-roomSouthern Home Magazine

Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019.   Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space.  Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.

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Houzz

 

Savannah Acrylic Coffee Table

Savannah Coffee Table

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In These Modern Times

American modern, mid-century modern, and Art Deco will fabulously fit in with the movement toward elegance.

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Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Let me to reiterate: the mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh, custom, and relevant result.

modern-antiques-accentsMr Brown London

Bold Walls

Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year.  Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.

Soane BritainSoane Britain 

I do believe an interior design decorating trend is afoot.

Color. Texture. Pattern.

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Pink is coming in on trend as well as the jewel tones that complement.

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Architectural Digest

Adding texture to the walls, floors, countertops, cabinetry, spaces and places in the home is on the mind and the searches of Pinterest users.  Searches for ‘textile art’ climbed by 1,178 percent.

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Visual texture takes the decorating lead with woven fabrics and textured wallpapers at pattern play.

textured wallpapers Inside Wallpaper

Warm colors.

Holiday House

One Kings Lane

Metals continue to create a buzz.  Vintage tin, pewter and gunmetal accents top the searches across social sites.

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Houzz

Comfort in Style

The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind.  Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.

A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.

Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?

Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.

The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential.  I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.

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How Do You Set the Scene to Welcome Personal Style Home

Gearing up to add a touch of fall to house and home, the creative process requires giving thought to the elements of design and decorating that will best welcome personal style home.

Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth Drake

I look at each individual space in terms of framing a scene à la Hollywood set designer or director.

With a discerning eye, I evaluate what makes the cut.

welcome personal style home

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

hang 'em high

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

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

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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

Fornasetti-plates

Lewis Interiors

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

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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.

art-on-walls

Architectural Digest

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

gallery-wallTraditional Home

Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.

Not all eye levels are created equal.

The exception to the traditional rule applies here.

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flickr

Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.

A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.

With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

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

macgyverDave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.

In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.

He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

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

instructions for hanging art

Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.

If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

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

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.

If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.

Divide this number in half.

That is your center line.

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

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook.

Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.

Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).

This is where you put the picture hook.

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

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

bedroom-gallery-wall

Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.

Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.

With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.

It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.

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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.

Patricia_Altschul_07Architectural Digest

Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.

This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.

art-placement-oil-paintingDomaine

The lower the placement the better in most cases.

The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.

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Domino

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

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Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level.

The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.

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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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Refreshed for New Year: Shop the Sidebar

Ushering in a new year means it’s time to refresh the shop the sidebar feature on Places In The Home.

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Sourcing home decor accessories, accents, and furnishings is part of the all things house that make a home process.

Interest in and inquiries 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.

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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.

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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.

Vick Upholstered Bench

Vick Upholstered Bench- Back in Stock February 2020

You’ll 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.

Kouerga Oriental Handmade Tufted Wool Area Rug1

Kouerga Oriental Handmade Tufted Wool Area Rug

If you see a piece that makes your gotta have it list, click on the image for product information.

Urias Bar Stool

Urias Bar Stool

Oh my gorgeous!

Darcelle-lanternDarcelle Lantern

 

Spanish iron marble bistro table

Spanish Iron & Marble Bistro Table

Thibaut Pagoda Pillow in Teal with Cream Pom Pom Trim

Thibaut Pagoda Pillow in Teal with Cream Pom Pom Trim

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Artfully Walls Portrait of a Woman Wall Art

Gray Persian Style Jute Area Rug

Gray Persian Style Jute Area Rug

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Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

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?

Yes, Virginia, it is.

Victorian-Santa-Postcard-GraphicsFairyThe Graphics Fairy

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.

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Lavender

Move over Millennial Pink.  Lavender is slated to be the new color du jour.

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Cottage Charming Renovation and Decoration by Architect William B. Litchfield & Designer Jackye Lanham

Brass Accents

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.

brass-accents-kitchenHeidi Caillier Design

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Everygirl Co-Founder Alaina Kaczmarski Holiday Decor

Velvet

If you want to achieve a sense of drama through rich and elegant texture, may I introduce you to velvet.

velvet-setteeTriangle Interiors

Berkus-Kravet-Velvet19th-century Bench Upholstered in Kravet Velvet 

Back in Black Kitchen

The black kitchen is slated to be back in black vogue.

Can’t wait to paint my kitchen walls and/or cabinets black fabulous or forget going to the dark side fail?  Do tell.

benjamin-moore-kitchen-jet-blackBenjamin Moore
Cabinets:  Jet Black 2120-10
Walls: Vapor AF-35, Regal Select Pearl

Buyer FYI

From the November 2017 edition of Home Accents Today:

Inspiration is everywhere, and an online consumer survey conducted by Furniture Today of 1368 respondents shows the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.

Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

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*Includes vintage shops, other magazines, and friends

Interesting.  Very interior design trend forecast 2018 and interior design advice survey interesting.

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Spreading the Instalove: Slow Your Scroll Instagram Images

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.

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Small accents paired with magnolia leaf stems – can’t go wrong!

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Weekend is almost here, and things are looking up 💙☁️ #TravelerInWarsaw by @vutheara

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Summer Style Splash Decorating Suggestions

Summer is that middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable, and the chic.

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.

Seagrass Rugs

seagrass rug

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

Seahorse table lampsUrbanest Seahorse Lamp Set – 27″

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:

Summer themed vignette.

jewelry in shell

Jewelry holder.

shell-lightsMood Lighting with Shells

Decorative accent lighting.

summer-tablescape Hampton Designer Showhouse ~ Porch by Ken Gemes

Seaside tablescape set for coastal casual elegance with a relaxing summer soundtrack to sea and sand to.

Fresh Flowers

summer style splash decorating suggestions

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.

By the Pool Ambiance

leaf-wallpaperMeg Braff Designs ~ Coastal Living

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.

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Luc Viator ~ Commons

Display a decorative arrangement of citrus on an accent table, coffee table, kitchen island or dining table.

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Mark D. Sikes – One Kings Lane

What the apple is to fall, citrus is to summer.

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Pastiche of Cape Code, Inc.

Discover or develop a refreshing beverage for summer sipping.

Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing a refreshing summer beverage or delicious dish.

pink Cadillac margaritasPink Cadillac Margaritas ~ Southern Living

The may I serve you serving tray is a summer entertaining essential.

Banana Leaf on pink Serving Tray by Mydream

Banana Leaf on pink Serving Tray by Mydream 

Stack towels (beach or bath) steeped in summer approved colors, textures and patterns.

Sigsbee Bamboo Print Bath Towel

Sigsbee Bamboo Print Bath Towel

I hope these summer style splash decorating suggestions offer inspiration for decorating your summer house.

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