Pale. Soft. Feminine. The color blush came out of the gate a hot trend for 2014. As it goes with the ebb and flow of trends, decoristas discover a renewed blush color crush on this delightful color.
A pale soft pink with a whisper hint of brown undertone, blush pink is trending around again. Estee Lauder Fresh Air makeup in Ivory Mist is my beauty foundation must have, and has been for 39 years. The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.
It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.
Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home. Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.
As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together. I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal. Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.
To: Places In The Home
From: Serena & Lily
Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!
Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.
When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.
The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update. Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not. What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.
For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.
Usually when placement or function works, it works. This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above. I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so. However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.
The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle. The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style. A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.
Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement. Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas. Au contraire mon ami. Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.
After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway. See how one project leads to another. Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.
Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake. Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.
Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.
Focus on focal point priority. In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.
Choose the primary sight line. X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement. The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.
Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball. Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.
The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad. The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish. I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper. A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them. My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.
My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance. Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm. There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table. Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter. He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked. I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.
Memories, like the corners of mind.
Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style. The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.
During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source. You’ve got mail never read so good.
The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.
The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project. Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell. I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed. Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.
When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date. That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works. One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist. In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to. I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.
Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out. Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.
Finish again enters the project process conversation. This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years. I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area.
The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.
Paint it? Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.
Fall is the gateway to the holiday decorating season, and the Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas are flowing. September to December stands as the most wonderful time of the year for the pumpkins and antlers and garlands oh my decorating inclined.
Halloween decorating is serious business these days. The elaborate decorations and Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas offered in today’s decorating market far surpass the dime store plastic pumpkin with a flashlight in it, honeycomb centerpiece and die cut front door decoration days gone by.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a few Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas.
Set a Halloween soiree spooktacular table with fun and festive foundation tableware from Dollar Tree. Your table will traditionally and tastefully coordinate with the time honored colors of Halloween, and your wallet will thank you.
It’s not too early or too late to begin gathering ideas and goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza. I hope one or more of these Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas help to trick out your Halloween decorating spooktacular.
I am ready to get the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites ball rolling. Postings of home decor and fall decorating ideas from several hundred of my blogging and social media friends confirm fall fever is going around.
Let the brisk mornings-cinnamon flavored-pumpkin decorating-colors on parade-sitting on the front porch-spice tea sipping-football tailgating afternoons-sweater wearing-sock feet snuggling with the one you love-crisp evenings spent in front of a fire pit season commence. While we’re on the subject, let me ask you this. Fall or Autumn. What say you?
Now to the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites portion of our show…
I’ve been looking “foyer” to this seasonal update for quite some time. The wallpaper I selected for my Mother’s Day gift (Mother’s Day 2015) is finally up where it belongs. Getting this wallpaper project to completion and fall coming to Louisiana have something in common. It seems to take forever. I learned a long time ago that patience is a virtue in the pretty on a penny process. Count the looking “foyer” to fall wallpaper project and estate sale chandelier makeover as the first seasonal updates of the fall 2016 season.
We are ginkgo a gogo for fall decorating. Inexpensive is good, but free is better. Using natural elements in your seasonal decorating plan gifts the eye with the beauty of the season. Simple. Elegant. Fall.
Multiple choices factor into the decorating scheme of things.
Cotton bolls placed in and around collected sea shells is a match made in memories from my childhood heaven. Cotton fields remain an integral part of the fall harvest scenery in our area. A farmer friend with acres and acres of cotton fields generously supplies me with several bundles of cotton stalks for my fall decorating needs. Another good friend supplies me with the dried hydrangeas and eucalyptus bunches perfect for fall arrangements in another fall decor essential, the dough bowl. Good friends bearing gifts are rewarded with the house special, a fresh apple nut cake.
An accidental placement of this antique chair in the foyer and the light of a late afternoon produce an effect worth keeping.
Maybe it’s the lighting, the off-center placement, the new wallpaper or the combination of all three, but I love how it all works together. Ambience plays a significant role in interior design and decorating, and light is at the control.
I’ve noticed the change in the color of the afternoon sun. It is white bright, full of nuance as it streams through the window panes and French doors to shadow dance with colors, patterns and textures.
DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.
Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.
Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.
A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:
Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly. I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock. Same goes for nightstands and chests. What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do? Embellish! Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.
What You’ll Need:
tape measure or ruler
rosette appliques- see directions below.
gold spray paint
brass caster cup
It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting
Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.
Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail. Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around the back edge of the applique. When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out. Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
gaps. Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.
Retro chic makes the style grade. The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ears Desk Chair from PBteen is funky fabulous and offers inspiration to the diy minded to check out thrift shops, curbside boutiques, classified ads and online marketplace sites for a gently used vintage office chair.
For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.
Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!
What You’ll Need:
faux fur fabric
permanent fabric adhesive
Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D. Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold. Most of the faux fur fabrics available at Fabric.com run 54-58 inches wide. Cut fabric to size.
My upholstering formula is not rocket science. Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric. Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge. Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness. Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique. Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!
Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of gold spray paint.
Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights. A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.
Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents. Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look. Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.
Mad in Crafts shows us how to get our fabulous diy inspired talent on with thumbtacks and paint. Knock off? Knock your socks off chic, dorm decoristas! Get the designer inspired details here.
Alexis over at Persia Lou creates this diy Marble Paper Filing Cabinet. Talk about style files! See her tutorial here.
Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing. Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.
Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending. Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic. No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista. A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.
Dorm room decorating days are here again. Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.
I have never decorated, flipped or remodeled for a clients(s) who has not placed a budget in play. Same goes for the projects we do here at Places In The Home. An extra penny here and an extra dime there adds up to budget busting dollars. Cost is the four letter word I hear most from project start to finish. If you believe that, I’ve got a Louisiana bayou to sell you. All kidding aside, it is a known fact that for most of us the price tag heavily factors into the decorating we do and the decorative accessories and home decor accents we purchase in the pursuit of prettying things up around the house. When the desired outcome is the look of luxe but the moolah to advance full sticker price ahead is not in the cards, these tips for adding a luxe look for little money do the trick.
I love, love, love the instant chic factor a decorative table lamp lends to the ambiance of a space.
Finding luxe look for little money table lamps is a home decor store or online retailer visit away. I always suggest selecting a table lamp rich in classic style, one that will stand the test of time and trend. Do not buy into the fallacy that an inexpensive item will invariably look cheap or a quality appearance can only be achieved by spending big bucks.
Installing curtain and drapery hardware at the ceiling or molding line creates a visual illusion of height.
Take the luxe look for little money concept to the next phase with inexpensive drapery trims and decorative drapery medallion holdbacks found on sale or clearance.
Wallpaper Lined Drawers, Shelves & Bookcase Backs
Okay, you’ve selected a killer designer paint color for the exterior of a fabulous 3-drawer chest, linen armoire or bookcase. What about the drawers, shelves and bookcase backs?
Add a luxe look for little money to drawers, shelves and bookcases with discounted, discontinued and wallpaper closeouts. I recently lucked up on a wallpaper clearance sale, and two double rolls for under $10 later a drawer lining plain to polish project awaits me. Lined drawers, shelves and bookcase backs offer up a stylish follow-through. It’s all in the details.
ABCs of Affordable Accessorizing:
Art & Antiques, Bric-a-Brac, Conversation Pieces
It’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords. An inexpensive piece of art, antique accessory, bric-a-brac or whimsical objet d’art piece can easily offer a luxe look when dramatically displayed. A good eye paired with decorating determination will invariably spot a diamond in the rough. To guarantee a luxe look result, place a piece above, atop or beside an ebony console or chair. The color black is classically timeless, adds drama to the spaces it graces, and is considered a premier foundation and/or accent color in interior decorating.
When I was in the initial buying stages for Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors, a local flea market dealer invited me to stop by to shop her inventory. I did, and the first item I spotted was a small framed oil painting. The subject of the painting slips my mind, but the frame was the diamond in the rough. I could not believe how little the dealer was asking for the piece. Maybe I need to add the words “or how little” to it’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords. Dave the Builder panned the painting and the frame, but I knew it had the potential to be a beauty. I scooped up the painting, and with a simple cleanup and quick application of matte spray paint proudly added it to the inventory, displaying the piece in a dramatic focal point feature. The painting sold within one day of being at the shop.
Gather ye your Mason jars, dollar store containers, crystal goblets, Chinoiserie (SHēnˌwäz(ə)ˈrē) vases (since we’re talking luxe let’s pronounce it vahz, darling), watering cans, vintage crocks and antique teapots and fill them with blooms, stems, vines and/or branches from the garden, field, florist or local grocery flower department.
The celebration countdown to 4th of July party ideas is on. Allow me to take this opportunity to express a very big thank you in patriotic colors to the Earth, sun, moon and calendar year 2016 for the three-day weekend we have to celebrate Independence Day.
The big blogging plan to share with you pops of 4th of July party ideas for your copying, ordering, and/or purchasing consideration fizzled out like a firecracker with no pizzazz. An area wide internet outage hit the Places In The Home neighborhood last week, and with it went my connection to the world wide web. That’s two internet outages in one month, but’s who’s counting?
Meet Jeremy, the at&t man with the get you back online ASAP plan. Jeremy, your good deeds and expert skills are greatly appreciated. You’ve got a well deserved three-day weekend coming your way.
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The Willow Swingaswan is a stylish throwback to the hanging chair glory days of the swingin’ 60s & 70s. Just add a decorative pillow, a refreshing beverage or summertime treat, a good read and you’ve got yourself a rest and relaxation haven for the 4th of July three-day weekend.
Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup.
Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container. Freeze 2 hours before serving.
A star spangled theme is instantly recognizable as the traditional theme of 4th of July celebrations.
In keeping with tradition, the American flag meets and greets neighbors and friends, but I opt to decorate with items such as fabric and serveware in a broader range of holiday patterns and colors.
The activities, food, sports, colors and celebrations generally associated with the summer months give great inspiration. Pick a favorite as your 4th of July party ideas theme foundation and go 4th from there.
Wallpaper and fabric closeouts can be a great source for affordable and stylish patterns to use as tablecloths, table runners, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.
Handbag charms as napkin rings? Absolutely! I picked up six of these long fringe handbag charms on clearance at Rue21 for $1.20 each to use as napkins rings and parting party favors. Love the look, the price and the dual purpose. Blooming blue hydrangeas from the yard of a very generous and giving neighbor will star in the centerpiece arrangement along with a trio of small American flags. Simple. Affordable. Appropriate.
Our star spangled celebration menu takes a celebratory cue from the best part of the summertime bounty- fresh from the farmers market fruits and vegetables. I am entertaining the thought of developing a recipe for s’mores cake to debut over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Fresh beans, roasting marshmallows, and bursts of color on the table and in the sky. That’s how we snap, crackle and pop a 4th of July party in the USA at Places In The Home.
These 4th of July party ideas place an emphasis on fun, easy, delicious, stylish, and affordability. Celebrate smart, safe and stylish this 4th of July holiday weekend.
Over this past weekend, Dave the Builder and I were arguing chatting about all things house that make a home. Over the past 30+ years of togetherness in everything from friendship, marriage, child rearing and business, we have been known to have our cuss it and discuss it moments. Making things pretty can get ugly sometimes- it’s part of the process. The quickest way to diffuse a contentious all things house that make a home moment is to start a new conversation about starting a new project! The allure of design and decorating possibilities has a very strong appeal. It works for us, and it worked again this past weekend.
Constructing a fall entryway display wasn’t exactly on my fall decorating weekend to-do list, but neither was a building brouhaha. I adopted the I’m a decorator not a fighter attitude, and from there decorating inspiration and let’s project something harmony began to“fall” into place.
Our don’t overthink it display evolved from items amassed for decorating times like this- an antique spindle bed post, a wooden garden basket, clippings from our cotton stalk stash, mums, a collection of faux gourds, a piece of wood from the bayou, a planted boxwood, concrete pineapple statue and one lone white pumpkin.
I phoned the Canadian snowbird aka our son several weeks ago with my request for pics of true fall foliage. Louisiana will eventually see fall colors, but I was looking forward to seeing images of true fall crimson reds, deep purples and tawny maple golds.
J, J, Ollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue Dog
It seems a Canadian cold front/rain event did away with the crimson red and deep purples leaving behind only the tawny maple golds and sweater weather. Although not my first choice, faux flowers and seasonal decorating accouterments fill in the blanks nature can’t.
Sharing in the hand me that and it needs something responsibilities, we spent the afternoon making things pretty for the fall of it all. As I put the finishing touches on the fall entryway display, a gust of crisp fall air blew across the porch to the delight of Dave the Builder, the kitty cat and this decorista. Perfect timing!
A pot of strong Louisiana coffee brewed for two made the afternoon near perfect.
Photo editing is a wonderful concept. I am becoming more and more enamored with this part of the making pretty process. When you can take something slightly imperfect and invest time, effort and vision to produce a work rich in substance and beauty, the result is visually amazing. Photo editing, decorating, marriage- you get the picture.
Curling up with good interior decorating, home decor and architecture books in the name of all things house that make a home is always in style. Today I am sharing a short list of a few interior decorating, home decor and architecture books I am looking forward to reading cover to cover.