Easter Week at Places In The Home

Spring blooms, seasonal snaps, and a heavy dose of Easter tradition ushers in Easter week at Places In The Home.  What’s hoppin’ around your house this Easter week?

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Red and pink beauties are beginning to bloom offsetting the brown and greenish gray color holdovers from winter’s grip.

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From the I ♥ garden roses collection.  I’ll enjoy the arrangements for another day or two, and then use the petals for rose petal ice cubes.

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My brother dropped by yesterday bearing gifts of gardenias.  The spring beautification process is a slowly but surely operation, but we’re getting there.

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Dave the Builder’s latest pet project, the taming of the squirrel, is proving successful.

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Maybe too successful.

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This crazy thing perches itself on the main branch of the crepe myrtle tree right outside the kitchen window and peers through the window.  Evidently watching me washing dishes is wildly entertaining.  We are one wild and crazy crew, animals included.

I dug this photo of Dave, the Canadian snowbird and Cottontail the rabbit out of the Places In The Home archives.  If you think the photo quality is horrible in black and white, you should see the color version.  Mama Places In The Home snapped this circa 2005 pic with a throwaway camera.  Annie Leibovitz she is not.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the bunny backstory:

Dave and I were checking out the newly planted flower beds late one spring afternoon.  I was in the color in bloom zone, laser focused on the budding design features detailing my mad lawn and garden skills.   Dave on the other hand was channeling his inner Dr. Doolittle with the just discovered addition to our flower garden menagerie.  Cottontail the baby rabbit hopped right up to Dave in are you my father fashion.  We brought him inside that evening and set him up in a toilet paper box direct from the discard bin at the local Kroger.  We lined the box with newspaper and grass clippings hoping to emulate a natural surrounding, and placed a water bowl and rabbit food over to one corner.  Cottontail was in high cotton for the evening.  The next morning it was back to the outdoors where he thrived and frolicked, nested in our yard and flower garden, adapted to the daily comings and goings of our schedules, and waited in the driveway each afternoon to greet Dave.  As mysteriously as he appeared he disappeared, leaving a hole in our hearts.  We got so attached to that silly rabbit, so much so that I cried for three days when he went away.  Dave stills tears up when he talks about that silly rabbit.

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My Easter Eggstravaganza centerpiece is a build upon canvas.  Deconstructing the Mardi Gras King Cake centerpiece, it dawned on me that by adding to instead of taking away from the existing tulle a shimmering color rich nest effect would be created.

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What nature does not provide, the Walmart-Michael’s-Hobby Lobby floral department will.  Faux flowers serve the purpose in certain decorating for the holiday situations, and when quality stems are selected the finished result can be faux fabulous.

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The incredible, dyeable, edible egg.

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Marbled Indigo  ||  Silk-Dyed Eggs  ||  Botanical Easter Eggs  ||  Natural-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Fresh mint.

Fresh lemon.

Fresh orange.

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Fresh parsley.

Fresh carrots.

Easter!

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Easter week sets spring into motion.  Another season, another wonderful reason for decorating, planting, entertaining, and gathering round dining and picnic tables of stylish tablescapes and delicious dishes with dear loved ones and great friends.  Dave and I hope your Easter week, weekend and Sunday is one of blessings, love, laughter, and making wonderful traditions and memories time spent with family and friends who are like family.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Spring Forward

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday moves the hands of time and the clock ahead one hour as we spring forward this Sunday.   Spring daylight saving time taketh away one hour, but the spring forward trade-off is worth it as spring and summer days giveth extra sunlight.

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Clock Tower on Emerson Chambers

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House Beautiful

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset light

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset Light 

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Domino

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 Donald Lococo Architects

Donald Lococo Architects

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Just Wait for Summer

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I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely spring forward weekend.

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Garden Home Decor Colors

Every now and then it is necessary to perform housekeeping and updating to clear the cobwebs away from older posts, revivify information and renew resources.  Garden Home Decor Colors is one of those times and one of those posts.

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We gather inspiration from the color palette of nature and company. Funny how the colors of what grows in the garden inspires from the garden home decor colors.

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Farmers Market, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eggplant or Aubergine takes its place on the color wheel in visually impressive fashion.

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Aubergine commands full focal point attention.  This particular shade of purple is no shrinking violet.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert Photography; interior by The Brooklyn Home Company.  As Featured by One Kings Lane

Robust. Confident. Vibrant. Palette Potent.  Eggplant or aubergine brings the hue you calling gorgeous drama to a space.

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Buttery French Yellow #e6b70f

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Pattern

Pattern makes a compelling argument for the beauty that lies within in the it’s all in the details details.

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I do believe a color combination post featuring the swoon worthy color combination of buttery French yellow and luxurious creamy dreamy not quite white is in the immediate future of Places In The Home.  Simply gorgeous!

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 Color

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Tomato Red #9d0104

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There is something so summer about the variety of colors associated with fresh from the garden tomatoes.

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From the garden to the table to the perfect color choice of a decorative home accessory, garden home decor colors inspire.

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Love the pop of garden bold colors paired with a Places In The Home house favorite- the ever so chic choice of leopard print accents.

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Anthropologie Matte Velvet Curtain

 Cucumber Recipes

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Striking color combinations in fresh from the garden home decor colors make an anything but garden variety statement.

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Summer home decor updates in from the garden home decor colors are naturally influenced by the seasonal palette influenced by the deep, rich, bright and vibrant shades represented at the farmers market.  It’s a growing trend!

 

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season.  Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

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Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.

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I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

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Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Spring Into Spiff Up, Organize and Declutter Action Suggestions

Happy first day of spring.  That looks so lovely on the page I believe it worthy of retyping.  Happy first day of spring!  Traditionally, spring is the season of making things fresh and new, house to home speaking.  Today I am sharing with you spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions for spring cleaning-open the windows and doors-age of Aquarius-let the sunshine in results.

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While nature is doing its natural thing getting the outdoors gussied up for the color parade is the perfect time to spiff up, organize and declutter the spaces and places inside your home.  All things house that make a nice, neat, organized and tidy home starts spring off on the right note.  Here are a few spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.

Holden-Arboretum-Midwest-Living  The Holden Arboretum ~ Midwest Living

An accent table is a stylish option for extra storage in a bathroom or powder room.  There is a vast selection of small accent tables available in the home decor marketplace to fit all space needs and price points.  A well placed accent table serves a twofold purpose: (1) a storage companion to the vanity countertop and linen closet, and (2) an unexpected feature of furniture placement brilliance.  Unique furniture placement is often the sole design element responsible for creating the focal point of the space.

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That’s a crock, pitcher, coffee tin, soda crate- you get the idea. My kitchen utensil storage selections do not runneth over, but they do stand pretty, poised and ready for KP duty.

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Kitchen utensils and cooking wares displayed in brand spanking new containers or repurposed vintage treasures from yesteryear place practicality within the cook’s reach while adding personality to a kitchen countertop.

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Vanity closets and dressing areas are in vogue at the design and decorating moment.  You don’t have to be keeping up with the Joneses, a cast member of the Real Housewives of wherever, a Hollywood leading actor/actress or music mogul power couple to get fashionably organized.  Select an area, pop a couple of rods up, maybe add a chic rug or chandelier and let the in vogueing begin.  Yet another space primed and ready for the addition of an accent table.

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Jonathan Adler Vice Calories Canister

New and vintage decorative planters, dresser trays, decorative objects, canisters, saucers and bowls make excellent jewelry holders.

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Get creative with the look and the purpose.

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When style pairs with function the result can be a chic and organized thing.

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If you’ve been using the excuse that decorative storage solutions are too expensive the jig is up. Inexpensive storage and organizing solutions do exist.  It doesn’t get any less expensive than lidded jars and curbside boutique finds.

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I’ve noticed several home decor sales events in my online sourcing rounds this past week.  Sale is the four letter word of the season, but clearance makes my money saving heart race with consumer delight.

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I’ve moved away from the constant state of showroom perfection to the life is messy, pick it up-clean it up phase of housekeeping.  Decorative baskets and wall hooks lead the charge against clutter, and make decluttering your home an almost effortless endeavor.

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Spring cleaning tips pair well with spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.  All things house that make a home tidied up and in their rightful place goes with spring like design goes with decorating.  Julia Millay Walsh authors the wonderful article for Domaine, “How to Clean Practically Everything.”  From a lamp shade to glass shower doors to a mattress, this article provides useful tips on how to clean, well, practically everything.  Click on over to read her how to get the job done.

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Paging Friday, March 20th: First Day of Spring 2015

Paging Friday, March 20th.  I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here when I say most of us are more than ready for the first day of spring 2015 to make an appearance in weather reports, gardens, flower beds and home decor accessories. Gloomy days and frozen nights of late make a very good argument for the hurried anticipation of spring’s arrival.  North, south, east and west- it’s time for spring to get to springing. I’m for less of this…

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and much, much more of this.  Blooming trees, color on parade flowers and budding plants, warm temps, sunny afternoons and swing time works for me!

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Have you ever seen the movie Waking Up in Reno?

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This silly rednecks on a road trip resonates with our crowd in a we know people exactly like that kind of way.  One particular dialogue exchange between Billy Bob Thornton (as Lonnie Earl Dodd) and Patrick Swayze (as Roy Kirkendall) in regards to the customized Chevrolet Suburban they would be traveling in hilariously hit home.

Lonnie Earl: Nothing’s too good for my friends.  We’re gonna be ridin’ and stylin’ and profilin’.

Roy: It smells loud.

Lonnie Earl: That’s probably that Corinthian  leather, is what that is.”

My uncle, a Southern gentleman of few words and good taste, was in the carpet and flooring business for years before embarking on his career as the cinnamon bun king of central Florida.  Loud was his word of choice when describing busy colors, bold fabrics and pungent foods.

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The MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Outdoor Butterfly Chair is exactly that, loud. Subdued in its statement it’s not, but then again, neither is the beauty of spring. This chair captures the iconic look of the brand with the perfect amount of funky fun, live out loud color flair, and unique interpretation.

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Speaking of loud, the buzz of the bee is the sound of nature at work. The bee makes spring things happen in the great outdoors as well as indoors with a gorgeous result.

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Thibaut and Sunbrella bring classic style and outdoor durability to spring 2015 with the Portico collection.

Thibaut-Sunbrella-fabricsPortico ~ Thibaut

The Portico collection offers fabric selections in a gallery of vibrant colors and patterns synonymous with patio, deck, porch, courtyard and sunroom fun in the sun and shade style.

spring-flowers-purple1            Midwest Living ~ Architectural Digest

LilacLilacs ~ courtesy of Better Homes and Garden

We’ve got less than a month to go.  Hold on, the loud and lovely spring band will soon be Marching in.

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