A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


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

Today’s fetching Friday pays tribute to the incomparable Prince.



A master musician, composer and brilliant force of talent, Prince leaves a commanding impression upon the world of music and pop culture.


Boss Fight


House Beautiful

I will forever remember watching his first appearance on American Bandstand. Absolutely spellbinding.


Better Homes and Gardens



With great edge, purple and paisley panache and a keen understanding of the mechanics of superb showmanship, Prince was in a class all by himself.



As the words of the song note, nothing compares to you.

Royal Redo, Remodel, Rearrange, Remove, Repaint, Rethink of Elvis The King’s Jungle Room

Channel surfing through the digital guide, I noticed Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring a day of Elvis Presley movies in cinematic celebration of what would have been his 81st birthday.  Our son’s girlfriend recently visited Graceland, and her review of the interiors, especially The King’s Jungle Room, was one of mixed reactions. Time stood still for the decor of Graceland decades ago, but giving a bit of thought to a just for decorative fun update poses the question, how difficult would it be to untacky the tacky?  Immediately I put on my redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink thinking cap on. Seldom is over the top flamboyant chic the style aimed for when designing and decorating commercial and residential spaces, but not all commercial and residential spaces are created equal.  There are spaces and places where understated just won’t do.

The_Grand_Trianon_Castle_InteriosThe Palace of Versailles

Ostentatious decorating and design has a standing relationship with grand scale museums, historical homes, architectural marvels, Las Vegas and hooray for Hollywood interiors.  Some tacky, some tasteful, some unforgettable and some better forgotten. What is it they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder? Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood style story.  You live what you know as some would say, and if flamboyant is just another day at the office it becomes the rule versus the exception.  Paging Liberace, Elvis and Michael Jackson!  Talk about extravagance on and off the stage.


From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his flamboyant personal taste and style on stage followed through to his home as well.  I often find myself deep in if this was my house, hotel, or shop thought – a first cousin to window shopping for the decorating minded. Deep contemplation of exactly how I would redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design takes over, and suddenly I’m looking for pen and paper to jot down ideas and sketches. I do the same thing when watching a television show or movie.  Drives Dave the Builder crazy! My redesign and redecorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, but a girl can ponder can’t she?

GracelandJungleRoomThe Jungle Room via Wikimedia Commons

In an article on How Stuff Works,  it is revealed Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father.  The article states Elvis’ father thought the furniture was the ugliest he had ever seen.  I must admit I agree, which brings us to today’s let’s redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design: The King’s Jungle Room edition.




Hermes Set of Four African Animal Theme Ashtrays In Box

Hermes Set of Four African Animal Theme Ashtrays In Box

crocodile-cigar-case18-Carat Gold Mounted, Crocodile Cigar Case, England, 1903




ken-fulk-designerArchitectural Digest

This is how a bold, chic and sexy space is done.  I believe they call it animal magnetism.

animal-printsTraditional Home

But there’s a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
And she’s down in the jungle room

Walking in Memphis
Marc Cohn

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It’s Elvis Presley Movies And Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe Time!

Digital camera, scanner and camera wizard  and computer problems paid me a visit last week but not to worry. Creative minds stumble but do not fall, and besides, how bad can things really be when Turner Classic Movies aired their Spring Break movie marathon all last week, today is the one year anniversary of Places In The Home, and I found a refreshing Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe to share?  Not bad at all!

 I am a complete sucker for two Elvis Presley movies, Girl Happy and Clambake, and their soundtracks.

The seven dwarfs whistled while they worked, and seeing as I have never mastered the art of whistling, I groove while I work. Here’s a video to put a little dip in your “Spring Fever” cleaning, cooking, or decorating swinging hip.

Why wait until the cleaning is over, the project is complete or the meal is prepared to enjoy a refreshing beverage?  Spring and summer days are tailor- made for refreshing smoothies, and in Elvis appropriate fashion here is a recipe for a Banana~Peanut Butter smoothie from Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping/Kate Mathis

Banana~Peanut Butter Smoothie


1 small (ripe) banana, cut in half

1/2 cup(s) (low-fat ) milk

1 teaspoon(s) creamy peanut butter

3  ice cubes


In blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and ice cubes; blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Spring has sprung, surfs up, and good tunes and a good beverage “fun up” the times while doing all things home. Thank you, friends, for reading Places In The Home and making this first year so fantastically fun!

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When You See An Image Of An Iconic Figure From The World Of Fashion, Cinema Or Music, Do You Think Interior Design?

Do you dream in color?  This is a popular question asked on the subject. Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color.  No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world.  I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life.  It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!

Donna Favors quote

I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor.  When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?



Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

The house of style accessorizes the ultimate house of style, 31 rue Cambon, Mademoiselle Chanel’s famous Paris flat.


The iconic mirrored staircase of 31 rue Cambon.


Details are the cornerstone of style.



sarah-jessica-parker-Chanel-coutureSarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture


Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel

Pale pink paired with two color basics, the classic color combination of black and white and/or the color brown, brings to mind the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry color block of Neapolitan ice cream.

47 Park Avenue

47 Park Avenue

Pink never misses the opportunity to be the dazzling choice of color in both fashion and decor.

Ruard Veltman Architecture

Ruard Veltman Architecture

A stunning statement is automatically made when a space reflects the personality of the homeowner(s) through collections and personal mementos.

Cameron Diaz Pink Chanel DressCameron Diaz in Chanel at the Golden Globes 

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Anna Mouglalis

 Anna Mouglalis in Chanel

brown-bedroomKatie DeStefano Design

The strength of brown as the lead color of a space influences new traditional through rich lines, patinas and textures.

st-charles-of-new-york-portfolio-interiors-stylesSt. Charles of New York

The essential Johnny Cash

The man in black pairs well with the bath in essential black accents.

black-lacquer-bathroomHouse Beautiful

Farrah Fawcett 1976 swimsuit poster.  The best-selling pinup poster of all time.

mr-brown-london-portfolio-interiors-stylesMr. Brown London

Marilyn-Monroe1Marilyn Monroe

Imagine Living

calyssarosenheck2015-67Elle Decor

slc-interiors-portfolioSLC Interiors

The voice – Smokey Robinson

magni-home-collection-portfolio-interiors-traditional-transitional-dining-roomMagni Home Collection

Smoky hues cast both the image and the feel of warmth, a sexy vibe some would say.  The design floor is wide open for interpretation and color implementation.

Swedish Actress, Ann-margret Singer and Dancer, 01.05.1967. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)


robert-passal-hamptons-showhouseCoco Kelley


Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.

GiseleGisele Bundchen- Colcci Summer 2016 Collection


Fashion and decor stand together in front of the mirror of good taste, classic color choices and timeless trends.


Jean-Paul-Beaujard-ADArchitectural Digest


James Dean

James Dean

james-dean-office-pictureTraditional Home

Dramatic, dark, and defiant to convention.  The common threads of the decor and design beautifully parallel the figure.


Inspirational and iconic!  Remarkable figures capture our attention in the same way that classic design and decors influence our homes.

suzan-fellman-llc-portfolio-interiors-eclectic-barSuzan Fellman LLC

iconic green 1kingdesign1 Kind Design


Fine Paints of Europe


Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eye color was actually a stunning dark blue.  The eyes have it for sure.

green-violet-foyerJessica Lagrange Interiors


Eclectic Home

contemporary-dining-roomGlenn Gissler Design


Dreaming in Color,  Frank Sinatra

D Magazine

I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.


Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history.  The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape and design of Las Vegas.


When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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