A Decorative Accents Obsession

I’m usually not one to hitch my wagon to the word of the hour.  Thank the 15 minutes of fame gods trending catch words (i.e. cray, cray or any other word(s) that has no business being uttered out of the mouth of anyone over the age of fifteen, imo) prove to have a short shelf life, but there are exceptions.  Finding myself in the middle of a decorative accents obsession has me staring an exception right in the face.  Warning! Trending Word Zone Ahead.

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I am crushing on the pitcher featured in the kitchen of Atlanta designer Susan Ferrier as featured in Veranda .  Unabashedly crushing on, loving it and totally obsessed with the pitcher from Formations.  Inspired and obsessed, the pitcher pursuit is in full swing.  Imitation, flattery and all the other gotta have it stuff feeds a decorative accents obsession.  The where’s it going question will be answered as soon as the cast of characters take the stage.  In other words…

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Yeah, you do!  How’s this for a creative process mantra?

An email delivered with inspiration in mind is always worthy of opening. Architectural salvage, authentic or in the likeness of, gets my attention. Decor Steals offered this distressed Fluted Corinthian Base Stand and I took them up on it as fast as I could add it to the cart.  The  6″ Square x 7” High dimensions give me the room to work/play with, and the vintage finish fits well with the intended look.  The “should I buy it?” litmus test is passed when Dave the Builder and I confer and realize we could not build it, find it or thrift it for a better price.  Sold!

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I’ve always had a fascination with pitchers.  The Villeroy &  Boch water pitcher I purchased at an antiques auction for $6.00 in all its chipped, cracked and vintage imperfection is packed in storage, as is the 100+ year old pitcher my maternal grandmother gifted to me.  As great as these pitchers are, I’m really wanting to go with an all white or dirty cream color and no or very little pattern.  I want  the presentation to be focal point and not the pattern.  Less can be so much more, especially when it comes to pairing.

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Hopefully by the time I find the perfect pitcher for the pairing a bouquet of blooming hydrangeas will add the finishing touch, and a sought after, obsession driven decorative accent will be filled and fulfilled.

***Update***

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Found it!

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Kitchen Window Treatment Options

Staring out the kitchen window in the morning is one of my more practiced rituals.

I’ve stared out this same kitchen window at one time or another for practically my entire life.

Well, the same view at least.

When Dave the Builder and I tackled the kitchen renovation we replaced the 40+ year old existing single pane windows with ThermaStar by Pella®  replacement windows.

The next move was to consider kitchen window treatment options.

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A  window treatment does not always consist of fabric, sheers, shutters, slats or shades.

Yes, you read that right.

A window treatment placing the focal spotlight on the window(s) above the kitchen sink can be the window and frame itself.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement, “we paid a fortune for these windows and I just hate to cover them up.”  

If privacy is not an issue, resist traditional temptation to cover them up and let the sunshine in!  

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Dave the Builder and I have had many fights conversations about this exact topic of design.  

Design, fit, form and function always factor in ahead of decorative consideration.   

Take a look at exhibit A in the image below (one taken before the repaint project and one after).  

In the windows of the world of existing construction, a decision to work with what you have is not out of the norm.  

No way was I on board for enlarging the width or height for a new window unit.  Too much sugar for a decorative dime!  

We removed six(6) small side shelves from the existing wall cabinets on either side of the window.  

Dave suggested we install new panels matching the cabinet doors to cover up demo blemishes and follow through with the look.

 He also suggested the window was in need of a window treatment.  I suggested he needed to rethink his suggestion.  

A decorative compromise was reached and up went the blind.

Fast forward to the ugly leftover shown above.

Dave redeemed himself  with his suggestion to use the corbels I had ordered for another install as decorative framing.

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Kitchen window treatment options o’plenty to consider that cover the pane area without covering decorative frames range from inside mount shades and blinds,

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a window within a window treatment such as hanging a framed piece of leaded or stained glass within the window, or

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  side mounted shutters that open and close.

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Options are a beautiful thing.

Holiday Household Hints and Tips

Home for the Holidays comes with its joyful share of pulling out all the decorating, baking, entertaining, and celebrating the season stops.  Here’s a few holiday household hints and tips that may prove to come in holiday handy, and here is a few more holiday hints and tips from holiday posts past.  I’m all about kicking off the holiday season in a no problem November zone.

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Remove wax drips from candlesticks by placing them in the freezer for thirty minutes.  The “drips” will come right off.

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Garlic belongs in the gumbo, not on your hands.  Handling garlic and onion goes with the culinary territory and with that comes the smell that is  left on your hands.  Rub your hands on a stainless steel surface such as the kitchen faucet to cut the smell.

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Remove coffee stains from a glass coffee carafe with a simple recipe of  1 tablespoon salt, a handful of ice cubes and 1 tablespoon of water.  Add salt, ice and water to the cool carafe and swirl until clean.  Rinse well with water and dry.

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Cloudy vase?  Fill vase with luke warm water and drop in a denture cleaner tablet. Let the tablet do its thing overnight. Pour out solution, wash vase with luke warm water and dry.  Do not use hot water- it can cause the vase to crack.

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Gunk, funk and baked on junk left behind on roasters and baking pans is not my idea of a welcomed holiday leftover. Baked on will be gone in two simple steps. Grab a couple of dryer sheets from the laundry room.  Fill the pan half full of warm water and place the dryer sheets in the warm water.  Soak the pan overnight.

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Pack guests a parting piece of  pie in these deluxe Wedge-Shaped Pie Box Kits from A la Modo on Etsy.  The kits include:

25  wedge shaped boxes

25  wooden forks

25  food safe parchment liners

14  yards of traditional red & white bakers twine

 

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Here’s a couple of helpful conversion charts to assist with the aforementioned pie and all your holiday seasoning and measuring needs.

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Suite Dreams: My Dream Kitchen Design Ideas


What comes to mind when you dream kitchen design ideas?  My dream big and go home dream kitchen design want it, need it, and must have it wish list is headed in the right direction to becoming a reality.

  • Unique design features that capture the personality of the Places In The Home house crowd
  • A rich and welcoming color palette
  • Great natural, ambient, and prep lighting
  • Accents big on vintage love
  •  5 star professional quality appliances with at home affordability and function

Inspiration is a beautiful thing!

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Design and decorative must haves vary from tastes to tastes and from decor to decor, but one consistent current that runs through the must haves of design is function.  A cook, baker, or family meal maker  is only as good as the functionality and quality of the appliances he or she has to work with.

Electrolux Suite Design Kitchen

Some people can tell you about the quality of a product line from first hand experience.  I can tell you about the quality of Electrolux from three generations of first hand experience.  Dave the Builder’s mother and sister swore by the power and durability of Electrolux.

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When Dave the Builder and I discovered original hardwood floors in pristine condition beneath the original carpet in not so pristine condition in our first home,  it was time to find out what all the Electrolux buzz was about.  Forget a cup of sugar, may I borrow your Electrolux floor polisher? Owning an Electrolux appliance soon became a family affair.  That was 20+ years and quite a few Electrolux products ago.

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Kitchen design has come a long way.  Today’s kitchen is the epicenter of the home, and the life lived within our homes requires more than a basic utilitarian space. Design, style, and size do matter.  A proven design testimonial to that is the Electrolux matching suites of appliances.  Kitchen form and function will beautifully co-exist with appliances that complement the design, style, and size requirements of the space. Electrolux offers matching suites of refrigerators, induction cooktops and dishwashers that are sleek, stylish, and designed to help you achieve professional results.

Electrolux French Door refrigerator

One of the biggest trends in kitchen remodeling is the “built-in” look. Electrolux offers a collection of counter-depth refrigerators designed to achieve that look. Electrolux French Door Bottom Mount refrigerators feature a versatile Perfect Temp drawer that allows you to store and serve items at their ideal temperature. The chill and the Ooh La La factor is at work to guarantee cool temps and a hot look.

Electrolux hybrid induction cooktop

Electrolux Cooktops have a clean, sleek look that features induction technology. Professional capabilities are a seasoning, sauté, or simmer away with an Electrolux Induction Hybrid Cooktop.  Professional quality paired with at home convenience makes getting in touch with your inner chef a delicious combination.

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Electrolux invites you to explore and discover the Electrolux “Suite Design” approach to kitchen design. Inspiring design is the key to your suite dream kitchen becoming a stylish and functional reality.

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! Copper Home Decor Accessories

Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious!

That’s one way to sum up the beauty of the copper home decor accessories.

The patina, richness and versatility of copper lends a distinctive presence and truly unique color palette choice to interior design accents and home decor accessories.

Copper is not only a timeless trend choice, but a gorgeous heavy metal of ever current never outdated mass appeal.

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A bold neutrality (isn’t that a design oxymoron?) accurately describes the pop of color copper kitchen accessories.

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The KitchenAid® Metallic Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer in satin copper blends style and quality with kitchen must have.

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Currently Coveting Copper!

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A stroke of antique treasure hunting afforded me the perfect opportunity to own a large double handled solid copper serving bowl.

As soon as I unpack it (gotta find it first) from storage it will again grace the kitchen gallery wall.

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When it came down to countertop selections for our kitchen remodel I knew the direction I was going in, but how much of my choice to incorporate into the scheme was the question I struggled with.  

Dave the Builder and I drove to Home Depot and soon the question was answered.

We selected copper half round rope metal molding wall tile trim to enhance the tile back splash.  

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From the kitchen to the front exterior of the house, copper accessories make their presence known.

When we moved into our home I accessorized the exterior with copper and copper inspired treated items. I chose treated items for their resistance to weather and time.

The copper mailbox, copper address plaque and wall mounted copper garden fountain look as new today as they did when purchased.

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I was so tempted to go with copper gutters!  Copper items left to nature’s patina process only get better with age.

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A copper boiling pot makes a perfect decorative accessory.

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The point of new, vintage or antique copper is copper style, copper patina and the Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious decorative effect.

The wide range of availability and price points of copper interior and exterior decor items is in our favor.

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The wide range of availability and price points of copper interior and exterior decor items is in our favor.

Copper remains an elegant and traditional choice of color and material to enhance any space and complement any taste.

Remodels, Redos, And Renovations In Pictorial Preview

Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home.  I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain, and there’s no time like the present so here we go.

Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.

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You can never have enough lighting in a kitchen.

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Gone is the Anjou Pear paint color.

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Are we having fun yet?

You bet we are!

More details and pictures to come.  I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.

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She Said A Toast To The Bottle Drying Rack. He Said Nice Rack!

Men and women, Mars and Venus!  Dave the Builder and I have two completely different views on which way to go with the title of this post featuring bottle drying racks, but compromise equals blogging bliss.

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What we do agree on is the accessory appeal and unique ways to use antique French wine bottle, vintage, rustic or stylish reproduction bottle drying racks.

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Antique and vintage items that are repurposed in practical, useful, and stunning ways catch on quick with the reproduction world.  Reproduction bottle drying racks widen the field of affordability, offer broader size and color options, and add to the popularity of these home decor jewels.

French wine drying rack Apartment Therapy

A countertop counterpart sounds better than dish drain extension, doesn’t it?  Super problem solver to one of my biggest dish drying dilemmas. Bottle drying racks provide a stylish option for storage, display, and freeing up a precious kitchen commodity-counter space.

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A bottle drying rack will fit perfectly on the countertop and clear the bottom of the cabinet above it.  I’m considering the look and function aspect as a dinner party focal point.  Tea-towels put a fashionable spin on the dinner napkin.  One tier for water or wine glasses, one tier for after dinner coffee or tea cups, and one tier for tea-towel dinner napkins.

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What about a bottle drying rack ornament tree?  The prongs are handy hangers for ornaments, craft ribbon, jewelry, baseball or golf caps.

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What’s not to love about home decor items possessing a unique personality, vintage quality, and what is it wonder?