Currently Catching My Eye

Sourcing and sightings of home decor accents is all in a day’s work and I love it! When I started Places In The Home my objective was simple: to design an all things house that make a home show and tell, a sharing collective of knowledge and experience of interior decorating, home furnishings, decorative accents, home decor where to finds and gotta have it lists.  Four years later, I continue to be excited and inspired to show and tell you about items currently catching my eye.

Serena and LilySerena and Lily via Domino

The Riviera stool from Serena and Lily is currently catching my eye in a big way. Great choice for a statement piece desk chair.

chart-house-sloane-3-light-shop-light-3-light-linear-island-pendantDuneier Design via DecorPad

The lines, pattern and form of the Riviera stool delivers style at work and style at home.

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J. R. Watkins Coconut Room Freshener smells like summer at the beach.  A spritz or two of this tropical delight coconut scented room freshener is all it takes to infuse the space with a light coconut scent so refreshing you’ll be inclined to light the Tiki torches, turn up the calypso music and whip up a blender full of Piña Coladas.  I am coconuts for this stuff!

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Seaside-inspired and stylish storage approved.  I am “digging” this Conch Magazine Basket from Birch Lane.

chest-brass-corner-brace-hardwareGlitter Guide

D I Why yes, I can do this!   Three or four drawer chests are just a thrift store, flea market or curbside boutique visit away.  For the retail fortunate, check out your nearest IKEA and the Rast 3 drawer chest.  At $34.99 + tax  it’s a bargain. For the rest of us, I say add this baby into your online shopping cart and justify the shipping cost with my logic.  I couldn’t drive to Houston (closet IKEA) for $10 (the shipping cost). Makes cent$.  Decorative hardware dresses the look, and a couple of coats of black paint adds the essential touch of drama.

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Blue and white porcelain is classic chic.  Eye spy these Tang blue and white salt and pepper shakers as a summer soiree hostess gift idea.

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May I suggest for your summer reading pleasure.

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Currently Catching My Eye

currently catching my eye

Cylinder Pink Champagne Flute ||  Pink Flamingo Drink Swizzles ||  Seahorse Table Lamp ||  Blah Blah Blah Journal ||  Riviera Stools ||  J.R. Watkins Coconut Scented Room Spray || Coral Ophelia Elephant Wallpaper || Vintage Style Champagne Bronze Campaign Hardware Set with Corner ||  Serena Two Drawer End Table ||  40 Years of Fabulous Kips Bay Decorator Show House: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House ||  Love Boat bracelet ||  Tang Blue and White Salt and Pepper Shakers

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

This week’s Fetching Friday features decorative and delicious details, perfect pairings, decorating advice from one of the best, Paris, Canada and a classic fixture of kitchen and craft.

ff-hardwareNever underestimate the power of decorative details, for they complete the look!  Traditional Home

ff-foyer Perfect pairings from foyer to ceiling. Cote de Texas via Pinterest

ff-Albert HadleyA wise man and stylish designer once said… Albert Hadley 

ff-Seeded-Whole-Grain-Breakfast-Bread-110September Mornings – Seeded Whole Grain Breakfast Bread from the culinary talent that is  Half Baked Harvest

travel+leisureTravel Often!  Travel + Leisure

Last month when our son traveled to Canada he and his girlfriend spent an afternoon at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo.  May I introduce you to Hudson the Polar Bear.

fetching FridayJourney to Churchill – Assiniboine Park Zoo Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

494701_MASON JAR MEASURING SPOONSAdd these to my Kitchen Gotta Have It List!   Mason Jar Ceramic Measuring Spoons

I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Bookcases Part 2

Prefab to post fab customizing bookcases enhancements for that custom built-in look as promised.  Yes decoristas- you too can build, design and style a better mousetrap (bookcase).  Customizing a bookcase with moldings, panelings, trims and embellishments takes an average, plain and otherwise boring bookcase from prefab drab to post style fab.

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Crown and trim moldings easily punctuate the custom look.  Most basic prefab 5-shelf bookcases are approximately 6′ tall, but not all ceiling heights are created equal.  Decorative furniture feet will take the bookcase to new heights.

furniture feetWaddell Bun Foot ||  Square Bun Foot   || Pumpkin Bun Pine Foot

The custom look is enhanced by adding for example by updating the back of the bookcase.  Beadboard paneling or beadboard pattern wallpaper take the look from common to custom.

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The art of customizing bookcases is further enhanced by adding ornamental appliques and onlays.

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Ornamental appliques and onlays applied to the front, side or back panels take the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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Molding Installation and Applique and Onlay Application Recap:

The bookcase has an assembled height of 71.25 inches. Decorative molding will have to be cut as it is usually sold in 8 ft lengths.  Measure the selected area of the bookcase where the molding will be placed.  Keep things as simple as you can by marking the area on the molding to be cut with a pencil. Carefully make the cuts on the molding using a miter saw. Sand each finished cut with sand paper to smooth edges.

For Top Crown: Nail the crown molding into place at  the top and sides of the unit. Fill the gaps with caulk and allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes before paint application.

For Appliques and Onlays:  Determine desired placement of applique or onlay.  Apply small beads of Liquid Nails Paneling and Molding Construction Adhesive or a preferred wood glue to the applique or onlay and put in place. Small bead applications of adhesive or glue will help to prevent it from running out from under the sides when pressure is applied.  Apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure tight adhering.

dining-chair-pullArmac Martin

Decorative furniture hardware remains one of the most inexpensive and dramatic accent updates known to decoristas.

Inspiring design features are ripe for replication.  A strategically placed decorative pull(s) or door knocker on a front trim, side or back panel takes the piece to custom built-in statement piece status.

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We’ll look at how to go from prefab drab to post style fab by creating polished style in the stacks in part 3 appropriately titled From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Prefabricated Bookcases Part 3.