A Spring Cleaning And Goodwill Week Pairing

A spring cleaning and Goodwill week pairing worked to my advantage this week.  Our nephew is getting married next weekend, and Places In The Home is celebration central.  We will be hosting family from near and far, the Canadian snowbird son and his fiancée are coming home, and we are in full on here comes the bride and groom mode.   Company’s coming, and I’ve been gathering, purging, cleaning, organizing, cursing (spring cleaning has been known to drive you to it!) and editing like nobody’s business.  Fortunately, I hit the jackpot on a recent Goodwill hunting visit to our local Goodwill where I found useful and decorative items for my spring cleaning and organizational needs.

And my summer entertaining needs.

And my copper in the kitchen decor needs.

And my front door wreath perfect for weekend wedding celebration decorating needs.

Another celebration I am taking part in is #GoodwillWeek.  Our local Goodwill proves visit after visit to be an excellent source for kitchen, home decor and vintage finds.  From donation to decorating, the Goodwill process is a win-win situation- one that gives as good as it gets. You never know what Goodwill goodies you will find as you shop a little and save a lot browsing Goodwill’s awesomely affordable inventory.

Goodwill WeekSpring cleaning time offers an excellent opportunity to donate items you no longer wear or housewares you no longer use to one of more than 4,700 Goodwill donation centers across the U.S. and Canada.  Goodwill works in communities providing people with skills and job training, employment placement and other support services so that they are stable both at home and in the workplace.

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Architectural Digest

I love the look in the image above, and will definitely be on the lookout for baskets on my Goodwill hunting trips.  DIY fans and decoristas in search of a quality bargain and stylish decor pieces appreciate the shop a little-save a lot concept Goodwill offers, and donating to and supporting Goodwill and Goodwill week is always in style.

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Curated Style Comes Home: Signature Style Home Decor Pieces

In this companion piece to Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District, we’ll look at interiors of homes in the New Orleans Garden District and selected signature style home decor pieces that exemplify the look.  Creative leeway, contrast, and brilliant juxtaposition work in unison with signature style home decor pieces at varying price points to represent the decorating styles expressly associated with period homes and signature NOLA style.

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Rivers Spencer Interiors

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Vintage Bombe Chest

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Chateau Trumeau Mirror from Hickory Manor House

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18th Century Painted Trumeau

When I take a visual inventory of the curated style in my own home and the home decor pieces featured in this post, I’m reminded of the spaghetti sauce ad from campaigns past that proclaims, “it’s in there!”

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Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt ~ Pinterest

Big impact comes in small accent table packages.  We like to use the term spot accessory.

Spot chair.

Spot table.

Spot the fabulous contrast piece.

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ONE- Amelia End Table ||  TWO- Engenue Antique Mirror Side Table    THREE- Culpepper End Table  ||  FOUR-Bambusea Side Table

The accent table is perhaps the most genius of of home decor pieces.  A contemporary spot piece such as a small gold accent table(s) elegantly lends a modern twist to a predominately classic interior.  These are just a sampling of the many styles and finishes available at varying price points in the home decor market.

gold leaf antique mirrorClassic Wreath Gold Leaf Antique Reproduction Mirror 

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The Cottage Journal

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House Proud Valorie Hart
From House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart with Photos by Sara Essex Bradley
 

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Ebanista setteeMontmartre Settee by Ebanista

If you are fortunate enough to have access to the wonderful world of antiques stores, auctions and flea markets, keep an eye out for a diamond in the rough settee.  A stunning French settee at an equally stunning price reupholstered in the designer fabric of your choice could become a custom focal point piece to DIY for.

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Louis XVI Carved Giltwood and Aubusson   ~   Fabrics from Inside Fabric

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Versailles 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

4 light crystal chandelierQuoizel Signature 4 Light 18″ Wide Mini Chandelier with Crystal Accents

Empire crystal chandelier

Empire 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

Ceiling Medallions

dupioni silk drapes

Heritage Landing Faux Silk Lined Drape Pair

dupioni silk curtains

 Dupioni Silk Drape in Pewter

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Hickory Manor House Decorative Drapery Hardware

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Corbett Chest by Century Furniture

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Hand Painted Distressed Cream and Gold Finish Accent Chest

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19th-C. European Keys w/ Tassels

New Orleans interior designer Valorie Hart notes in a recent post on The Visual Vamp that silk drapes continue to be a popular choice with decoristas in New Orleans while the color orange remains a top color preference for draperies.

signature style home decor piecesBetter Homes & Gardens

A look-see of this decorating show and tell counted as the second time in one day my decorating eye crossed paths with orange drapes- reason enough to give a second thought to changing the color of the drapes in the den.

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Antiques, lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, decorative objects d’art, ornamental accents, chandeliers dripping in crystal prisms, decorative mirrors and frames scrolled in gold leaf- the New Orleans influence comes home through signature style home decor pieces.

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Gorgeous Blissful Beautiful Sleep: Luxury Bedding

Luxury bedding advances a gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep.  Hectic, over-scheduled, and thanks to daylight savings time long days of doing what we do tire and tucker.  A respite from the grind beckons, and the comfort of luxury bedding sets in motion the restorative benefits of the gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep.

C Weaks Interiors

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Cadillac ran an ad campaign several years ago with the attention grabbing line “luxury is measured in carats, thread counts and occasionally horsepower.”

Olivia_throw-blanket_1024x1024Bella Notte Linens Olivia Throw Blanket

Beyond the count of thread, texture and pattern, the measure of luxury bedding fabric equates to what is pleasing to the sense of style as well as the personal sense of comfort.

tapestry beddingRegency Tapestry 

Luxury bedding in the style of European antique heirloom and Italian renaissance textiles bedding emulates the elegant finery of true antique and vintage linens crafted from fine laces and linens.  Gracefully romantic on all thread counts, the bedtime story to tell is the stunning presence heirloom inspired bedding and textiles lend to the feel of your sleep sanctuary.

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Where Egyptian cotton sateen or seamless silk cotton is the twin, full, queen or king bedding standard for some, cotton percale or linen is the only choice of bedding fabric for others.

trousseau sheets   Trousseau Fringed Sheet Set

Think me crazy for including sheets on my luxury bedding gotta have it list.

Sheets.

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Luxurious, comfortable, gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep sheets.  A personal style spin followed with the addition of leopard pillow cases. Like a good night’s rest, adding a sense of personal style is essential.

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Setting the tone and the texture for a beautiful sleep scene primps and pampers- an at home version of hotel turndown service.  Embroidered bed linens paired with monogrammed shams create a dreamy combination.

Dena-Atelier_bedskirtDean Atelier Somerset Bedskirt

Price point does not necessarily indicate quality, or lack thereof.  I find the definition of quality is subjective to personal preference.  new classic Avalon Hermes blanket

New Classic Avalon ~ Hermes

khaki-shamPatterson Luxury Bedding Sham

sibine pillowsCement Sibine Throw Pillow

Luxury bedding is not necessarily based on product price, but determined by the personal style and sense preferences that promote an excellent overall sleep experience.

embroidered scroll border sheetsEmbroidered Scroll Border Catena Sheets

As we transition from winter, thoughts turn to spring and summer updates to the bedroom and the texture, style and comfort of cotton and linen bedding.

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Crochet, linen and chenille linens bring to mind nights spent at Dave’s aunt’s house in a sleepy little north Louisiana town.

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Embroidered Hem Sheet Set

Crochet pillowcases, crisp cotton sheets fresh from the clothesline, a vintage chenille bedspread, and a bedside window raised just enough to allow the morning breeze to fill the room with the scent of African violets made a lasting impression on my soul and senses.  The combination of comfortable surroundings and simple yet elegant furnishings equated to a brand of luxury I only wish I could replicate.

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Crochet Border Oblong Throw Pillow

lucianna-bedding-set-oLucianna Bedding Set

peacock-alley-linensVeranda ~ Peacock Alley Lizbeth and Ava

Bedspreads, comforters and duvets are extensions of the decorative scheme of the space.  In many cases, luxury bedding is the finishing touch that pulls the overall look of the space together.

Queen Hampton 

A good night’s rest is essential for rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. Luxury bedding beautifully promotes a stylish and peaceful slumber.

 


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Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017

No one can ever accuse me of getting in a hurry to put together the Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list. Am I the only one who finds getting back to business after the holidays a tad difficult? Marching to the beat of your own drum pays off more times than not.  At the last count, I have seven drafts for design and decorating show and tell posts open, and a matched number of design and decorating mockups started.  I remind myself hurried decisions show a hurried look, and are never germane to the creative process.

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A new year proves an exceptional motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiration the result can be beautiful, n’est-ce pas?   The Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 is ready offers a style spotting preview of home decor trends for your decorating consideration.

Home Decor Trends 2017

Navy

navy-bedroom-wallsBetter Homes and Gardens

Navy is what’s hot on the color wheel for 2017.  Kitchens, bedrooms, interiors and exteriors- navy is primed and ready to make a color statement in 2017.

lucite-metal-navyOlive Juice Interiors by Kaylan Kane ||  Baxton Studio 2-Piece Bettino Bar Stool Set ||  Bistro Medium Chandelier

Lucite

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Lucite, or acrylic, is a clear favorite.  Lucite is the name brand of acrylic name for a kind of acrylic resin that is basically the same thing as Plexiglas.  As the fictional Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) of The Big Bang Theory explains, “Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.”

Chinoiserie

One word stands out on the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list like no other.

Chinoiserie.

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Layering

layeringLisa Borgnes Giramonti 

Layering instantly adds depth to a space.  I can’t tell you how many times layering rugs has worked to the advantage of pulling the overall look together while solving size issues.

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One Kings Lane

Layering is a wonderful design option when decorating with rugs, decorative throw pillows of contrasting colors and textures, and decorative accessories.

layering-mirrorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Black Window Casings

black-and-white-hex-tile-bathroom-floorMartha O’Hara Interiors via DecorPad

Far be it from me to doubt the powerhouse visual impact that is the color black or the words of Jan Showers.

“Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs at least one antique piece.”

– Jan Showers

Antiques

neal-beckstedt-studio-portfolio-interiors-styles Neal Beckstedt Studio

Every home, if only in one very special place and in one very central space, deserves the period at the end of the sentence decor statement made by adding an antique piece of furniture or accessory into its furnishings portfolio.

You may quote me on that.

roberto-migotto-the-highboy-design-furniture-biedermeier Laserow Antiques & Interior Design via The HighBoy

Antiques are investment pieces, generally appreciating in monetary value. Mixing the old with the new yields a fabulous look with a return on the investment one of maximum decorative impact.

Jewel Tones

taylor-taylor-portfolio-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-modern-great-room-living-roomTaylor & Taylor via Dering Hall

Jewel tones envelope the space in a full-on color Odyssey.  Rich in depth, tone and never met a home decor accent these colors don’t love to embellish influence, jewel tones make a compelling argument for striking color implementation.

okl_jewel_toned_paint_darkerblueOne Kings Lane

Kitchen Islands

jewel-tonessomerleyton-hall-living-areaElle Decor

Kitchen islands will move further into the kitchen design spotlight in 2017.  Central to prep and functionality, the kitchen island is coming into its own as a standard vs. optional feature in today’s kitchen design.

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Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Note the matte metal finishes and black window casings. Fabulous!

kevin-corn-designKevin Corn Design

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

What’s your opinion of the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017?

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On This Entertaining Day Of Christmas My Thoughtful Guests Gave To Me: Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

Holiday hostess gift ideas abound as we find ourselves deep in the holiday party and get together season.  Allow me to add a few more to the list.

Let’s Holiday Hostess Gifts Ideas!

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Better Homes and Gardens

Dinner Diaries

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dinner-diaries-hostess-giftR.S. Germany (19th Century) Porcelain and Hand Painted Sugar and Creamer   ~  Rogers & Hamilton Raphael Sugar Spoon ~  Antique Mercury Glass Pillar Holder ~  Dinner Diaries  ~  Metallic Rimmed Marbleized Appetizer Plates  ~ Ceramic Pineapple 

Elegant is a state of mind, and even the most casual of casual gatherings can be a stunningly elegant affair when a place is set for personal style at the head of the table.

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Holiday hostess gift ideas

Cocktails at Christmas

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Plantation Pride Red Gift Box  ~ Leopard Print Ice Bucket ~ Godinger Serenade Peanut Dish  ~ Cocktail Utensils Set ~  Caspari Wild Christmas Guest Towels

It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails, and it’s always chic o’clock with these Cocktails at Christmas holiday hostess gift ideas.

ornament_giftDesign Sponge

Poker Night

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Bicycle Playing Cards ~ Chocolate Gold CoinsGodinger Roulette 2 Piece Cheese Tray Set  ~  Assorted Snacks

Don’t forget the host!  Hit the jackpot with a game night themed gift for the host.

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Seasons Greetings

“Seasons” Greetings!  I love the scent and the idea of a rosemary Christmas tree.  I would always use one at the antique shop during the holidays for the visual and aroma effect.  One of my best clients looked forward to holiday open house and what I called the annual Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub.

What’s the Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub you ask?

Gently rub the rosemary leaves with both hands for holiday good luck and health, and the fragrance from the tree stays with you- a holiday bonus. A Christmas tree shaped rosemary tree is festive function at its aromatic best.

blue-wrapped-gifts-carolyn-roehmCarolyne Roehm

Bon Appétit

bulldogScot Meacham Wood

bon-appetitMastering the Art of French CookingChristmas French Bulldog Tea Towel ~ French Bulldog Cookie Jar ~  Heritage Stoneware Cocotte by Le Creuset

Ooh la la cooks up the c’est si bon.  Whimsical works deliciously well in the kitchen, especially at the holidays.

black-and-gold-wrapped-giftsBetter Homes and Gardens

Tinsel and Teatime 

hostess-tea-giftTwinings Earl Grey Tea ~ Oro Porcelain Teapot ~ Stoneware Teacup ~ Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Home Candle ~ Ginkgo Gold Foil Notecards

In these hustling and bustling holiday times, taking a teatime out to relax with a cup of tea, author a handwritten note of greetings or thanks to a friend or client, or to enjoy the scent of a favorite candle in a session of aroma therapy is holiday highly suggested.

The key to a great hostess gift is one that reflects a sense of style and ‘with you in mind’ thoughtfulness.

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The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

Home bar styling ideas for a chic cocktail station go stylishly beyond a portable card table or kitchen counter space.  The home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, bar and glassware and beverage accouterments is displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

home bar styling ideasBetter Homes and Gardens

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin with atop a portable card table or kitchen counter.  The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.

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Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.   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.

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Leopard Print Wine Cooler

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vintage-gin-vodka-bottlesVintage Gin and Vodka Bottles

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Architectural Digest

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Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

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A Festive Bar

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Traditional Home

rose-gold-drink-strawsStop me if you’ve heard this one.  A tabletop, a tray, and a spirited set up walk into a home bar.

waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

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the-curious-bartender-bookThe Curious Bartender

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A Good Pour

Garnish your home bar with a hint of vintage whimsical.

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Vintage Lionstone Madame Decanter

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Empoli Genie Bottle W Stopper

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Art Deco Ash Tray

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.  An Art Deco ash tray repurposed as a bar spoon holder makes a great conversation piece.

holiday-home-barBetter Homes and Gardens

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.  Cheers to the stylish home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

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When you just love the look –

Holiday Cheers in Spirited Celebration Home Bar Styling Ideas

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Kelly Emerald Green 4-Drawer Accent Chest

nugget-lamp-blackVintage Gold Nugget Table Lamp

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Hiball Red Glass Set of 4

yuletide-holiday-pitcher-by-fitz-and-floyd-49-532Yuletide Holiday Pitcher

All wrapped up with a may I serve you bow on it.

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Porcelain Tray

leopard-holiday-cocktail-napkinCaspari Wild Christmas

House cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories in vintage candy dishes.

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Vintage Green Hazel Atlas Colonial Block Depression Glass Candy Dish Set

holiday-raffia-tree-13503Holiday Raffia Tree

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The art of the style courtesy of complementing statement pieces.

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Feasby and Bleeks- DecorPad

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Santa Ynez Meadow Oil Painting

tabletop-bar-set-up-artMeagan Camp

flamingo-bar-coastersFla-ming-o!

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Christmas Flamingo Cocktail Napkins

apartment-bar-cartApartment Therapy

The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

pineapple-decanterPineapple Decanter

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bleecker-bar-flask-oBleecker Bar Flask

hutch-barBetter Homes and Gardens

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Art Glass Bullseye Pitcher

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Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

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Bliss at Home – Bloglovin’

antique-bar-setArt Deco Pink Elephant Shaker and 6 Glasses

Pops of color accent a repurposed garden table.  A gallery wall in perfect placement “garnishes” the look with a splash of drama.

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Loop Round Tray

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

Decorating with and displaying collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.

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Restaurant Antoine Creamer

 I use a vintage hotel creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get that?” conversation.

mid-century-modern-credenza-barDomaine

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Thirsty Throwback Thursday Fabulous!

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bar-cart-mad-menHow very Mad Men modern.

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Modern 7 Piece Bar Mixologist Set

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Apartment Therapy

I spied these deer leg accent tables at Target, and immediately thought they would be great to use as a drink table(s).

deer-leg-accent-tableDeer Leg Accent Table Silver

One is silver, and the other’s gold.

gold-deer-leg-tableDeer Leg Accent Table Gold

industrial-bar-cartRue Magazine

Appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.

how-to-throw-a-rose-tasting-party-hosting-a-wine-tasting-party-charcuterie-plate-574eeb38a146deaf6ee084c8-w620_h800Domino

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In the City

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Renesse Highball Glass

ralph-lauren-home-barRalph Lauren Home

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Apartment Therapy

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Do You Like Nuts?

 Traditional Home

countertop-home-barBetter Homes and Gardens

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Entertaining with Caspari Cocktail Napkins

cocktail bar tableBetter Homes and Gardens

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style and one part fabulous is now being served.

Making A Bold Statement: Bold Home Decor

Making a bold statement with bold home decor and the bold, color wheel wow and oh so beautiful decor accessories drenched in bold home decor color is a bold move in the right and decoratively daring direction.

Steven Gambrel

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My Domaine

If you have been considering going for the bold and the beautiful, but have yet to test the waters, there’s no time like the present.

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My Domaine

Taking an all in approach to bold home decor produces bold results.

Miles-Redd-interiorsMiles Redd

Bold home decor statements in bold and living color are alive and done very well in New Orleans style as illustrated page after unique page in Valorie Hart’s book, House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana. There’s no place quite like New Orleans, and Ms. Hart recognizes and features the interior design and decorating so expressly unique to New Orleans.

house-proud-louisiana-homes-1-xlnElle Decor

Another stunning feature from the pages of Elle Decor further makes the point.  New Orleans based artist Ashley Longshore’s studio is a gallery of bold expression.

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Elle Decor

Bold color incorporation on a grand scale boldly colors the world of some, where as a gradual color progression better sets the tone for others.

bold-home-officeNuevo Estilo

Rather experimenting on a small scale or full-on bold color saturation, working with bold home decor colors may be easier to do in baby steps for the decor timid or undecided.  The shallow end of the bold home decor color pool is a great place to begin.

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This contemporary armoire definitely will not fade into the woodwork, and that is exactly why I love it!  

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Fabulously funky, extravagantly elegant and guaranteed to produce a bold reaction, try coloring your world and space with one focal point piece.

Lisa Mende

Lisa Mende Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Go bold and go home, Dorothy!  There’s no place like it.

Paint-Ceiling

POPSUGAR

From floor to ceiling, a brilliant contrast created through bold color, pattern and texture combined with distinctive accents and home decor accessories notes a truly unique design and decor visual experience.

bold-entrywayDomino

bold home decorFloor to ceiling-

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 “Fiori Di Como” by artist Dale Chihuly in the lobby of Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas.

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Amanda Nisbet

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Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors

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DecorPad

Bold color combinations and pattern selections capture the modern twists and turns of today’s tastes, yet stay true to the core appeal of classic designs.

bold color combinations

Southern Living

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Pinterest

Neutral walls more of what you have in mind for the space?  Introduce bold home decor to the space through spot accessories.

bold-artInterior designer by Ghislaine Viñas – Art Piece by Jason Woodside

Subtle boldness is not a firm contradiction of terms, but more a design approach to keep in mind.  This example beautifully illustrates the role color plays in bold home decor accessories servings as both focal point and integral color infusion.

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Kirsten Kelli

Traditional styles mixed with bold color choices strike a palette balance and speaks to the unique personality of the space.  Take your look boldly where no look has gone before.

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Family style time in the home of fashion designer Kim Bachmann as featured on One Kings Lane

Revisiting and refreshing vintage posts is the norm for most bloggers in these slow and easy summer months.  Readers utilize every moment of these summer long days and outdoor living nights to get the most out of their summer season, and I totally respect that.  While I hope these new reads and range of topics keeps us engaged during the summer, I also hope you will enjoy the updated posts as well.

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

Eggplant #614051

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Southern Living

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

Aubergines_Three_Types1 Aubergine

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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Rachel Volpone 

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.

yellow-curtain-panelKelley Interior Design  via Pinterest

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!

from the garden home decor colors

Texture

Better Homes and Gardens

 Color

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Domino

Tomato Red #9d0104

Tomato Yellow #d2a009

Tomato Green #847704

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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, the deep reds, yellows and greens of the tomato inspires.

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Skye Monet Rug by Alexander Home

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Better Homes and Gardens

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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 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!

 

Summer Entertaining Suggestions

As requested, today’s post is an updated version of a summer entertaining suggestion post from a couple of years ago. Good information is always worthy of repeating, and I am happy to share these suggestions new to the Places In The Home summer entertaining repertoire.  Summer officially arrives in two weeks with the summer solstice gift of extra daylight.  Talk about the ultimate summer entertaining hostess gift!  Invite vibrant color, easy entertaining tips, and fun home decor touches to the party and prepare to impress.

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John Jacob Interiors

Summer nights frame the art of entertaining with a canvas of color and hosting ease.  For an evening under the stars, bring down the house lights and light the night with soft accent lighting.  A casual yet dramatic effect can be easily achieved by strategically placing lanterns or glass jar luminaries along a walkway.

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House Beautiful

For extra ambiance wrap, hang, drape or string white twinkle string lights from trees, in shrubs and around columns.  Stunning!

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Bamboo Cloth Lantern

Tiki torches, table lamps on loan for the evening from your interior home decor, garden chandeliers, and decorative paper lanterns also make great options in the quest to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

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Pier 1 Imports

Considering a summer soirée diy project to light the summer night? Here’s several simple, effective, colorful and refreshing summer entertaining diy ideas.  Click on the link below each image to get the diy how-to scoop.

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Recycled Wine Bottle Torch for Outdoor Use Only

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DIY Ice Buckets

The Ball Jar is a versatile party decor darling.

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Light them up, fill them up, or chill them down.

ball-jar-purpleThis is my idea of a party 6 pack!

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A midsummer night’s entertaining dream becomes a reality with these quaint and stunning  homemade hurricanes.  I discovered this impressive look last week in the new issue of Ladies Home Journal and pinned it to my Pinterest account.

Simply fill clean canning jars with dried beans to hold the votive candles in their upward position. Securely hang the mason jars at various heights from trees with twine.  A simple and affordable look to add to the perfect summer evening.  The vintage look fits right in with the KISS of summer- keep it summer simple.  Glass is slippery when wet and breakable to boot, so summer soirée with caution.

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If you’ve hung out at Places In The Home in person or in readership, you are aware of my entertaining relationship with the clay flower pot.  Give me a reason to turn a flower pot into a serving piece and it is summer soirée party on.  I’ll never forget the look I got the first time I announced we were having pot brownies at our pot party to a co-hostess.  I don’t believe I have ever clarified something so quickly before or since.

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Anywho, clay flower pots are an inexpensive and summer appropriate alternative to traditional serving pieces.  Baked beans, barbecued wings, Creole seasoned french fries, baked Vidalia onions, summer sausage- all great “pot” options.

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Patio in Pink

An average patio table pops a pretty party look when topped with a stylish outdoor tablecloth and paired with chairs, cushions and outdoor pillows decked out in bright summer colors.

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Celebrate Local Life Together Flamingo Tufted Throw Pillow

Decoristas have long had a trusty trick up their sleeve.  Home decor and furnishings that work gorgeously inside our homes will rock an outdoor living space like a Led Zeppelin concert!

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Love your inside dining chairs and know they will be  the key to pulling the entire outdoor tablescape together, but don’t want the chair legs to get dirty?

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Architectural Digest

Why not wrap the bottom of each chair leg with clear plastic wrap?  It may be a tad time-consuming, but it will save time on the clean up end of the party.  Be as pre-party proactive as possible with certain tasks.  It’s a summer entertaining essential skill for the host and/or hostess to hone.

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Hello, my name is summer.  With the very, very good points of summer outdoor living and summer entertaining comes the very real concern over controlling mosquitoes.  It is suggested that burning sage or rosemary repels mosquitoes.  The mosquito killing power is in the smoke so I’m thinking summer fire pit or campfire natural necessity.

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Pure Wow

I like the point in the party when the food and drink has hit the spot, the music is summer smooth, the outdoor party life is kicking up a notch and the company and the conversation is hitting all the right notes.  Now comes summer relaxation party pail time.  I make up these party pails beforehand and add the chilled and cold items before handing them out.

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I fill plastic beach pails from the dollar store with his or hers flip-flops, individual aluminum spray bottles filled with chilled homemade rose water (the guys love this stuff almost as much as the gals), cold cucumber slices in freezer bags and Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage facial cleansing towelettes (love the scent).  These always make a big splash.

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Enjoy the colors and celebrations of the season.  What better excuse for throwing a stylish summer entertaining soirée!

Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Our latest eBay search for project materials brought forth open tabs and mounds, let me look at this one thing patience, and a DIY recipe for Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub.  More on that point later in the post. Dave the Builder is not used to with unorthodox way of treasure hunting.  Assuring Dave I am able to walk and chew gum at the same time, I jumped around the pages of eBay with expert keyboard precision.  As Dave measured and mulled his decisions, I searched and made a decision of my “own” to click Buy It Now on this darling vintage pottery creamer. 

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Pattern, texture and color guide the selection process of interior design, decorating and home decor accents and accessories. Take as an example the PTC value of this creamer.  The pattern is unique as far as corn pottery patterns go, the texture is raised in matte perfection, and the color trio of pink, green and worn over time white blend together to create subtle soft tones.  Add to the mix the vivid childhood memory of a similar creamer my Mother once owned and a curiosity piece match made in collectibles heaven.

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Presentation and placement is key when selling an item. Stores know it, sites know it, and decoristas know it.  It’s the package that sells the product, and the placement that delivers the decorative oomph.

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Home decor accessories and accents placed in unexpected spaces and used in unusual ways make for the most interesting conversation pieces.

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I am constantly arranging and rearranging smalls to create vignettes and focal point displays. The quickest way to combat decorative complacency is to design and decorate outside the lines.  A vintage creamer is repurposed as a cosmetic caddy, a porcelain bone dish finds new life as a jewelry holder, and an antique silver powder jar becomes a Mother’s Day gift filled with the latest recipe from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub is a pampered treat perfectly timed for the summer mani and sandal pedi season.  It is also a wonderful foot scrub! Coconut oil is all the beauty rage, and is well represented in this homemade scrub for its softening ability.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water. Apply the citrus sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. Complete the at home spa experience by applying your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

For the feet:

Soak feet in warm water for approximately five (5) minutes in order to soften the skin. Apply citrus sugar hand scrub to each foot and work in circular motions to properly exfoliate. Rinse feet with tepid water and gently dry with a towel.  Feet will be soft and moisturized so watch your step!  Now is the time to try out those new summer flip-flops or spa socks to prevent doing the twist and d#*! that hurts shout.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients

½  cup raw sugar

½  cup coarse salt

½ cup melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest)

1 tablespoon orange zest

several drops favorite essential oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until combined.

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Spoon citrus sugar hand scrub into container of choice and seal tightly. This scrub is best suited for use on the hands and feet, and is good for use for up to one month.

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