The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

An epic update to a classic post.  

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, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

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Steven Gambrel

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

bar-cart-Chairish-Brian-Hart-HoffmanBrian Hart Hoffman ~ Photo by Stephen DeVries


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Sheridan Ice Bucket

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Rue Magazine

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Moto Silver Polished Pitcher

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Vintage Neoclassical Highball Glasses

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Scotch ~ Rye ~ Vodka

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Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

cocktail spoonJulia Knight® Peony Cocktail Spoon

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.   A tabletop, a tray, and a spirited set up walk into a home bar…

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crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

Reed-Barton-Lyndon-Bar-and-Ice-SpoonReed & Barton Lyndon Bar and Ice Spoon

Garnish your home bar with a hint of the whimsical.

monkey-bartool-set5 Piece Monkey Bartool Set

iw-harper-decanterI.W. Harper Decanter

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Cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

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Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

When you just love the look of the holiday-

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

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Plymouth Woodland Birds Mixed Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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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

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Have you been naughty or nice?

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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

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Holiday Raffia Tree

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The art of the style courtesy of simple yet elegant statement pieces.

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Lismore Pilsner Glass by WaterfordWaterford Lismore Pilsner Glasses

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pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

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Deer Bust Bar Tools Set

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flamingo-bar-coastersFla-ming-o!

flamingo-catchallIt isn’t a party without a touch of pink, and the Pink Flamingo Catchall  from British fashion designer Matthew Williamson for CB2 will ruffle all the right feathers.  Under the “feathers” is a secret compartment perfect for housing cocktail snacks and the like.

pineapple-decanterPineapple Decanter

The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

pineapple-etched-double-old-fashioned-glassPineapple Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of 4

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

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Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder, Set of 6

wine-rackDanya B. 9-Bottle Wine Rack in Sparkling Gold

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Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

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Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

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Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

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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.  A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon holders or cocktail stirrer discard bowl makes a great conversation piece.

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Vintage Hand Blown Ash Tray

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Fred SWIZZLE STICKS Twig Drink Stirrers, Set of 24

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Rebecca+Metal+3+Tiered+Tray+Bar+CartRebecca Metal 3 Tiered Tray Bar Cart

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

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How chic is this DIY bar tray?  Click on the link for the DIY scoop tutorial from Honestly Yum.

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

Decorate with and display collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.

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Restaurant Antoine Creamer

I use a vintage Antoine’s Restaurant creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  This outdoor grill area easily converts to a Bloody Mary bar.  Talk about contrast!  Rustic surroundings strike a chord of Southern charm.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

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Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.  A proper Southern Bloody Mary bar is well stocked with silver trays, bowls and containers to house and hold the sauces, seasonings and spicy garnishes that kick up the flavor with just the right amount of c’est si bon zing.

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A Taste of Louisiana

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Metallic High Balls & Coasters  ||  Empire Silver Bowl  ||  Double Old-Fashioned Set  ||  Lidded Silver Turtle  ||  Stoneware Bowl Set

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Domino

art-deco-bellhop-liquor-decanterArt Deco Bellhop Liquor Decanter

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

How very Mad Men mid-century modern.

bar-cart-mad-menEverything that’s old is new again.  Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

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Nosh and nibble appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.

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Ralph Lauren Home

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Do You Like Nuts?

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Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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

Enlightening Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part.  Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies.  In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet.  I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current.  Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date.  I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.

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The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping.  Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy.  In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on.  Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.

Pop-up_flea-market,_ParisPop-up Flea Market ~ Paris

I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…

Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.

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Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space.  A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise.  For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Flea  Fort Greene  ~  Pinterest

Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage.  Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game.  I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too.  It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.

It’s basically an in the moment call.

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Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room.  Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:

My mother:  “Sister, what is WTF?”

Me:  “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”

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It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means.  Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part.  Funny, but irresponsible.

Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”

I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does.  I asked.

Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”

My mother:  “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF.  The woman asked her daughter what WTF means.  “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.

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Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris.  Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter.  The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”

Me:  Well, now you know.

We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading.  I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection.  A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood.  As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.

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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

copper lanternLantern & Scroll CH-29

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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

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Heritage Landing Faux Silk Lined Drape Pair

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 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.

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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.

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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.

green-wrapped-giftBetter Homes and Gardens

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

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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.

Love your style!

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.

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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.

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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.