Creating A Spring Scene

Picture perfect moments, colors, subjects and samplings worthy of creating a spring scene catch the eye, stir interest and offer seasonal inspiration.

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Being in the right place at the right time had its advantages for a I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph blogger and a spirited blue jay with a bird bath all to itself.

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This creating a spring scene scenario went on for a good fifteen minutes. Nature provided a magnificent matinee, and the star of this one bird show appeared ready for his or her close-up.

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While we are on the subject of blue, I am quite impressed with the pale blue green color palette selections of The Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint.

Barry-Dixon-paintThe Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint

Snow Sky  ||   Well Water ||  Fauquier Spring

That crazy blue jay has the right idea about spring activities.  A refreshing dip in the pool was just the ticket to recharge his battery, and a spring road trip will be just the ticket to recharge mine.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Hydrangea Centerpiece

I was referencing violets and pansies in a yet to be published blog post. Walking past the kitchen table on the way to afternoon coffee, I glanced down to see the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens opened to the feature In Praise of Violas.  How’s that for happenstance?

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I’m not a practicing member of the ladies that lunch club, but I love the idea of it and the Southern Living feature The New Ladies Lunch. Planning the Mother’s Day menu is soon to be the task at hand, and the Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits look to be a Southern scrumptious must make.

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Southern Living

Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk
Parchment paper

Directions

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas and dough is crumbly; stir in cheese.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times.  Place dough in a bowl; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Unbaked biscuits may be frozen up to 1 month. Bake frozen biscuits as directed for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown.

~Recipe from Southern Living – My Recipes

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Spring is all about the new, the fresh, the green.  There is something so classic, Southern chic, and spring front porch perfect about a Boston fern hanging basket.  My brand new, full to the spring green Boston fern basket is the curb appeal accent piece hanging around the front porch creating a spring scene.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Go Green Color Inspiration Friday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day go green color inspiration Friday.

Powerscourt_Waterfall_IrelandPowerscourt Waterfall ~ Wicklow, Ireland

What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?
~ Author Unknown

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It is believed the color first associated with St. Patrick was a shade of light blue.  The color connection between the St. Patrick’s Day and the color green dates back to the 17th c to what some perceive as an association to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

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go green color inspiration

Festive Bells ~ Ernst Evers

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

~ Ivan Albright

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day go green color inspiration Friday!

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Design Show and Tell Time: Beautiful Scroll Instagram Photos

Social networking is an integral tool of the blogging trade.  Those in the social media know advise selecting two to three social platforms to focus on to perfect your social media presence and contributions.  I went with the big 3 in the blogging world conference- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.   I usually am so good at following sage advice, but in the instance of Instagram an exception is being made.  More viewer than posting participant, I must admit I am late to the Instagram photos party, but better late than never.  Instagram photos take the eye on a visual journey one scroll at a time.  Places In The Home is first and foremost a design show and tell, and I can tell you these beautiful scroll Instagram photos are show and share worthy.

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Who’s in for a Sunday painting party? 🙋🏻🎨 @susan.nethercote #ABMlifeiscolorful

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Sunday drivers in Cannes. 📷 by T&C’s @klaraglowczewska

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Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner plates…#dodiethayerfortoryburch #dodiethayer #antigua

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Daydreaming about this exquisite downtown view captured by @c.respo. #followyournola

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Inspiration is everywhere, as is evident from these beautiful scroll Instagram photos.

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Gorgeous Coming Into Fall Finds View

Gorgeous is coming into fall finds view.  Sprucing up interiors with new and new to you home decor fall finds frames an inviting and stylish picture.

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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

—Helen Hunt Jackson

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Discovering the overnight temps will be in the low 50s throughout much of the week mixed and mingled with the excitement over the home decor fall finds currently catching my eye is a big fall finds deal.

One may even say reason enough to get their it’s fall y’all prep and pretty groove on.


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Fall Finds

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 California Redwood by Benjamin Moore

Color strikes a chord with the eye, nature inspires as only nature can do, and home decor fall finds carry the theme through to the spaces and places we love to decorate.

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Owl Moscow Mule Mug 

Small and affordable touches of color, texture and pattern refresh the foundation style.

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Broadway Collection End Table Trunk

Stylish storage solution for seasonal throws, blankets and cozy accouterments.

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Fox & Hare Serving Bowl

The common denominator of fall color and fall cuisine is the rich, warm and tasteful aspects of their appeal.

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Ruffoni Hand-Hammered Copper Chef’s Pan with Wood Spoon

pumpkin-pancakes Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

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Vermont Pure Maple Syrup

palmergreen-fall-colorsPalmer Green by Benjamin Moore

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Porthos Home Finnick Leisure Chair

benjamin-moore-greenfield-pumpkinGreenfield Pumpkin by Benjamin Moore

sweet-potato-and-green-apple-soupSweet Potato and Green Apple Soup

I like to set the table for seasonal dishes with seasonal dishes.

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Expressions Capri Dinner Plate

marble-gold-coastersOld Hollywood Marble Coasters

benjamin-moore-hot-tamaleHot Tamale by Benjamin Moore

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red-lacquered-chestsRed Lacquered Chest

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Snow Leopard Throw Blanket

The snap, crackle and pop of fall color naturally evokes a session of seasonal match game.  We associate texture and pattern-fabrics and fibers rich in warmth and coziness with fall decorating and feathering essentials.

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Tingari Chocolate Throw Pillows (Set of 2)

Deck the entry halls in warmth and welcome.

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Handmade Leopard Print Cowhide Rug

Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration.  I’m calling this Twig Accent Table by Three Hands  the fall finds deal of the day. Available at Gilt.com, this spot accent table is $39.  There is only one(1) available and is a final sale and non-returnable item.

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Maple Leaf Red by Benjamin Moore

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Carol Lew Barnyard Royalty Mr. Pig Throw Pillow 

Small spot changes often pack the biggest decorative punch, add decorative interest, and keep updating costs in affordable territory.

pear-tea-towel Do It With Love Tea Towel

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French Zinc Corbels

benjamin-moore-butternut-brownButternut Brown by Benjamin Moore

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Threshold Ceramic Cookie Jar with Lid 

original_personalised-tinder-sackOriginal Personalized Tinder Sack

benjamin-moore-graphiteGraphite by Benjamin Moore

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Toile de Jouy

Adorn the walls, layer with texture and pattern, and light up a crisp evening with a new lamp or light fixture.

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Distressed Black Cloche Edison Lamp

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Moon Plate

benjamin-moore-newburg-green1Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore

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Traditional Home

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Covington Balenciaga Nile Fabric

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Warming up home and hearth invites the beauty of the current season to lend a stylish look in the pursuit of feathering the nest.

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

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

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

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Boss Fight

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House Beautiful

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

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Better Homes and Gardens

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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.

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

Spring Home Decor Accessories Gotta Have It List

A new season means new home decor accessories, seasonal decorating updates and a totally new and refreshed blog theme.  The Places In The Home Gotta Have It List spring home decor accessories edition is here to get the refresh and update ball rolling.

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Architectural Digest

First up on the list is a home decor accessory considered a quintessential gotta have-must have for the southern, Gulf Coast and Floridian home. We do love and revere these elegant pink feathered creatures.

Flamingo+Bird+by+Tim+Knepp+Painting+Print+on+Canvas ‘Flamingo Bird’ by Tim Knepp

What colors of the spring season speak to the decorating side of your brain?

an-aesthetic-pursuit-portfolio-interiors-stylesAn Aesthetic Pursuit ~ Dering Hall

Bold and bright.  Pastel perfection.  Coastal cool and oh, so chic.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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Spring Into Color, Texture and Pattern Decorative Throw Pillows

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The colors of the spring into summer season thaw the last of winter’s remnants and extends an invitation to color and decorate your world.

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Jungle Animal Print Square Wool Area Rug

Color, pattern and texture pairs well with the the best outdoor living spring into summer style has to offer.

Style on the beach~

The Leopard Lady Beach Towel from our favorite maxxinista haute haunt, T. J. Maxx delivers big returns on life’s a beach fun and style. The price is right and the look is spring into summer fun.

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Sunny, Spring Sunday Afternoons ~

We interrupt this sunny spring Sunday afternoons train of thought in the name of Louisiana travel and tourism transparency.  Never let it be said that this native Louisianian is less than honest about Louisiana humidity and the hot as Hades havoc it plays with our unsuspecting visitors.  The summertime humidity levels down Louisiana and Gulf Coast way ain’t for the faint at heart.  Oppressive puts it mildly.

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Ah, but spring is a most delightful time of year to visit our fair state. The sights, seasonings and strolls pair well with a sunny spring Sunday afternoon tailor-made for festivals, food and finds of the antiques, vintage and spring home decor accessories kind.

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Painted Pine Armoire

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The Apothecary Bench from Paul Michael Company is a great option for foyer or end of bed seating.

Linen. It is the look and feel of the season.

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Linen Pillow Linens  ~  Decorative Shell  ~  Large Glass Vases

Mixing, matching and marveling at the new season of home decor accessories remains my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update. What spring home decor accessories do you have in mind for your gotta have it list?

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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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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

Top o’ the morning to you!  These St. Patrick’s Day decor favorites in gorgeous shades of Erin go Bragh green fill the eye with the color of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Schumacher-peacock-wallcoveringSchumacher Cascadia Wallcovering in Peacock

Inspiration is everywhere!

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This brilliant blue-green color was extremely popular in the mid-1800s. Because it was cheap to manufacture, it was not only used as an artist paint, but as a household paint and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.  Unfortunately, the paint was made with poisonous arsenic. This made damp rooms, where the arsenic would be turned into a gas by the mod living in the wallpaper paste, a death trap.  Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena was possibly hastened by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper in his favorite room.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Fun Facts For a Fabulous First Friday of February

We’re heading into a what can only be called one absolutely fabulous first weekend of February. The weather looks to be nothing less than perfect for a February weekend, Mardi Gras parades are rolling on the river and Super Bowl 50 is on tap for Sunday. I couldn’t help but notice all of the on this date in history and fun facts for a fabulous first Friday of February listed on the calendar in my planner. History gets busy in the second month of the year. February celebrates National Black History month, the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony and President’s Day.  February fascinates with its every fourth year twenty-nine day month, and February 2016 will, in fact, add a leap day to the calendar.  Happy Birthday in advance to the leaplings in our readership.  February is also American Heart Month.  Ladies, are you decked out in red for National Wear Red Day®?

Go Red for Women February 2016

Red does seem to be the color of the month.  Valentine’s Day certainly confirms that suspicion.

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Did you know that February is National Cherry month?  Tart cherries contain anthocyanins, compounds that contribute to the tart flavor, deep color and health benefits.  Research shows tart cherries may lower the risk of heart disease and promote better sleep.

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NECCO Conversation Hearts were created in 1866.  NECCO produces 100,000 pounds of candy hearts each day making Sweethearts the best selling Valentine’s Day candy.  The company adds about twenty new sayings to their classic candy conversation hearts every year.

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A little bird told me fresh flowers are on Cupid’s Valentine’s Day gift list. It’s also that time of year when winter pansies and camellias beautifully bloom.

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To help fresh flowers last longer follow this recipe:  Dissolve two tablespoons each of sugar and white vinegar in a quart of warm water. Another alternative is to mix one part lemon-lime soda with three parts tepid water. Make sure to change the water mixture every other day.

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Happy 12th Birthday Facebook! Facebook began as a private website for college students, but soon the word was out, the party grew and here we are all liking, friending and sharing. Facebook logs in with impressive numbers. The social networking site has 1.59 billion monthly users. That’s a lot of friends.

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Music and television history was made on February 9, 1964 when 73 million people gathered round living room televisions to The Beatles performing live on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Five unforgettable songs later and the American music world would never be the same. “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You,”  “She Loves You,” I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” rocked the world of teenage girls and sent the American music scene into an out of this world orbit.  Thank you John, Paul, George, Ringo and Mr. Sullivan.

I hope you enjoyed these fun facts for a fabulous first Friday of February.

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The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Pristine. Classic. Fresh. Timeless. Color trend with traction.  It seems the love affair between kitchen design and decorating and the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is going stronger than ever.

white-kitchen-marble-countertopsKnock It Out of the Tuxedo Park Perfect!  Elle Decor

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White is simply an excellent choice for your anchor, primary or accent kitchen color consideration.

The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Choosing to go with a white or nearly all-white kitchen is by no means a color sellout.

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Modern accents such as the Tom Dixon mirror ball pendants in white hot off the presses metal finishes give good glam.

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A white kitchen is anything but boring, uninspiring or underwhelming.

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The color white in company of designer, winter, off and ivory shades and tones invariably makes a lasting color impression.  Let it capture the life and the heartbeat of the space.

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Immersed in natural light from floor to ceiling, the kitchen in this historic Livingston, New York, home features antique architectural elements. The kitchen cabinets are fashioned from antique windows, and the well placed pendant lights, center island lantern and black and white tile flooring only serves to further enhance the predominately white color palette. Unpretentious in design, this white hot kitchen is farmhouse fabulous on steroids.

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Highlighting the effectiveness of natural light coupled with distinctive Louisiana architectural elements, this kitchen-dining space combination becomes the design feature of this custom home from award winning St. Tammany, Louisiana Highland Homes.

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The rich natural accent colors present in the decorative wood beams and flooring play well to the white countertops, striking center island chandelier, kitchen cabinetry and custom range hood.

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No natural light to be found?  Fret not. white-kitchen-lighting-fixtures

Gorgeous kitchen lighting options in white will infuse the white kitchen with light and style in white hot color palette perfection.

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When selecting kitchen materials, the color white continues to dominate the field.  Feast your eyes upon the examples below.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, and did I mention gorgeous?

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A hand-glazed white ceramic subway tile backsplash brilliantly paired with Carrara marble makes a striking decor follow-through.

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White ironstone china stands out from the  gallery wall in decorative sync with the herringbone pattern reclaimed elm hardwood floors.

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Complementing colors and accents come together to produce a stellar focal point while supplying all the contrast needed to make a bright and bold, white hot white kitchen statement.

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I’ve looked at well over sixty pictures for this post, and this one from Apartment Therapy never fails to impress.  I love the clean lines and distinctive design.  The theory of less is more applies here.

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Size does matter, but it is not always the design feature afforded the space. The kitchen in this New York studio apartment demonstrates how proper design can result in optimization of space and function.  Big or small, that is the desired design result of today’s working kitchen.  The custom cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.

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It may only be the base on which you build your color palette, but the color white commands and keeps the attention of a space.  It is the neutral of choice.

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“White has stood the test of time because it’s clean and fresh.  And those two words — clean and fresh — are classic words for describing a great kitchen. There isn’t a better way to approach design.”

 Mick de Giulio


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The white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is still going strong.  Does the clean, fresh, crisp and pristine look of the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) continue to appeal to your design and decor taste?