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

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

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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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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.

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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!

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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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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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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

Summer entertaining suggestions and 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 is in our sights , arriving 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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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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For extra ambiance wrap, hang, drape or string white twinkle string lights from trees, in shrubs and around columns.  Stunning!

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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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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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Invite the wow factor to your summer soiree.

It’s the consummate guest.


DIY party ice buckets and ice cubes serve a gorgeous and delicious purpose.

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DIY Ice Buckets

Ice ice baby too cold too cute!

The Ball Jar is a versatile party decor darling.

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

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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.

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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 soiree with caution.

DIY summer citronella candles how to video from Southern Living show us how to make a DIY bug-be-gone candle that is not only visually impressive, but an essential must for comfortable summer soiree nights.

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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 soiree 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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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.   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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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.

Hello summer.  It’s nice to see you again.

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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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 soiree!

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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Home Decor Inspired By The Oscars

Motion picture award season comes to a glorious golden crescendo Sunday, February 26, 2017 with the broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards, better known to most film aficionados as The Oscars.

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Oscar buzz, fashion, highly anticipated red carpet arrivals, Jimmy Kimmel as host, and social media parties to join in the celebration is in full swing. One way or another, The Oscars 2017 pomp and circumstance is generating more excitement and statue speculation.

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Any favorites?  With a nod to television tradition and celebrity curiosity as the driving force, I will be tuned in on the last Sunday in February to watch The Oscars, the red carpet arrivals, and the red carpet fashions and colors that inspire as only Hollywood glitz and glamour does for home decor inspired by the Oscars.

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La La Land leads the field with 14 nominations.  In a style reminiscent of the glory days of the Hollywood musical, La La Land creates musical magic on the big screen and excitement throughout the motion picture community.

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The Dove, Norma Talmadge Print

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“Dance and Photography” by William Ewing

For those dancing under the stars moments~

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From the most memorable movie sets to the most stunning fashions, Hollywood glitz and glamour never ceases to impress designers and inspire designers to translate Hollywood to home decor inspired by the Oscars.

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Bright and early in the light of post Oscars Monday morning it is off to the nearest brick and mortar and online retailers in search of Oscars most unforgettable and glamorous best.  Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s must have drop dead gorgeous emerald earrings from the 81st Academy Awards?

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Inspiration is everywhere, especially in Hollywood.  The shades of emerald green craze hit the fashion and design world with a vengeance post the Angelina Jolie red carpet reveal.

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Hollywood excels in the art of color, its influence emulated in design and decorating through a technicolor infused palette divine.

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Hollywood Regency Faux Malachite Box

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Strike a stunning balance of Hollywood golden days with modern glamour through tone, texture, pattern and crystal Stars of Hollywood sconces.

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Jamie Herzlinger 

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A glitz and glamour aesthetic fills the decor bill in a powder room, and gilded wall sconces lend the presence of old Hollywood design and decor element to the space.

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Jessica Lagrange Interiors

The shine of Oscar gold, the sparkle and color of exquisite gems and the shimmer of the Dolby Theatre interiors connect the decorating dots to Hollywood elegance.  In the style of old Hollywood, interiors command a regal presence through glam wallpapers, textures and crystal chandeliers.

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Color, pattern and texture makes a lasting impression at the movies and on the stars of film and Oscar winning royalty.

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Harper’s Bazaar ~  Halle Berry ~  (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Glossed and glammed ebonized walnut walls reflect the light of the center chandelier by Thomas Grant, while the ottoman by Bobbitt takes the award for best zebra-upholstered accessory.

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Inspiration is everywhere, and in Hollywood it is found on the red carpet.

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Colacion Studio

The golden era of opulent theater interiors lives on through marquee chandeliers, ceiling medallions and gold leaf ceilings.

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A statement making ceiling medallion becomes a chandeliers best accessory.

And the Oscar goes to…

New Year, New Home Decor Trends 2016

A new year inspires fresh beginnings and clean slates. The Places In The Home New Year, New Home Decor Trends 2016 is complete and ready to inspire.  You will spot several carry over trends from last year’s list, perhaps question the prediction of renewed interest in decor trends of decades past, and hopefully agree with and look forward to implementing one or more of the new introductions making a big style splash into your decor.

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Decade Design

Interior design and decorating loves a good comeback story.  In the world of trends, a revival of styles in an everything old is new again manner is inevitable.   Early home decor forecasts show decade design on trend for 2016. Dynamic colors, textures and patterns of the glam 1970s and the large floral prints reminiscent of the 1980s are inspiring home decor accents and home furnishings lines.  Gold drenched metals, geometric patterns, bold floral pattern- all present and accounted for.

and now for the granddaddy of decade design …

Mid-Century Modern

Didn’t you just cover Decade Design?  Yes, but Mid-Century Modern design is a design marvel unto itself.  When it comes to mid-century modern home furnishings, Eames and Nelson set the standard and Herman Miller brings it all home and office.  Vintage period pieces and pieces in the style of  from the decade of clean lines, nontraditional materials and modern utility complement most of today’s decorating styles.  It’s a Mad Men mixed material modern world we design and decorate in.

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Tile Pattern at Play

Play with your pattern.  You’ll be amazed at the statement it can make.

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Mirrors

Discovering or rediscovering a classic home decor accent that brilliantly reflects decorating fabulousness is always on trend.  A mirror is the ultimate home decor accent master of illusion.  Spaces devoid of size, light or depth become prime candidates for the presence of a mirror or mirrors.  Mirrors cast the illusion of depth which contributes to opening up the space.  Placement is key when using a mirror to bring more light into the space.  Place, hang or prop a mirror perpendicular to windows in order for the light to saturate the space.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Kitchen Wall or Backsplash

No smoke but definitely decorating with mirrors in the kitchen is gaining trend traction.  In the pursuit of openness and light, a strategically placed mirror in a kitchen solves the issue.  Now for the part I love about using a mirror(s) in the kitchen- decorative oomph.  

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All traditional, transitional, modern, contemporary, urban, farmhouse, eclectic, coastal, antiques or vintage runs the risk of the decor style of the Jack or Jill decorista being categorized as unimaginative, dated and boring. Throw the eye a curve ball and the space a pop of personality by mixing styles.

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The success of a trend is often measured by the acceptance of the designing and decorating public, ease of functionality and implementation into established decors and the decorative ability to show staying power.  A passing fad, epic fail, emerging classic or blast from the past must try- what’s your opinion of the New Year, New Home Decor Trends 2016?

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Show and Tell Worthy Home Decor Items of Note

Searching, sourcing and scouring home decor and interior decorating sites over the holidays brought forth several show and tell worthy home decor items of note.   I put the copy and paste command through its paces and filed the need to know info under home decor items of note.   This stuff comes in handy at one time or another in the daily all things house that make a home process.

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Design and decorating cheat sheets are wonderful, and this one is check it out worthy.  9 sofa styles you should know is just one example why Domino is a Places In The Home favorite.

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Informative (as we like it) tidbit of how to stop the slide of an uncooperative area kitchen rug with Velcro information from CNET.

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This next item of note 2016 is not a spring cleaning hint or tip, but rather a year round dust busting must do. Cleaning light fixtures, light bulbs and lampshades isn’t the most glamorous household cleaning jobs, but one that shines a little light on a dust free situation. Did you know cleaning your light bulbs can make your room up to 20% brighter?  Cleaning your light bulbs also helps to avoid the disgusting burning smell often associated with a dust-coated bulb.  I hate that smell!

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Make sure to only clean a light bulb or lighting fixture that is turned off with all bulbs cool to the touch.  Do not spin-turn-rotate the light fixture to clean or wipe bulbs as this can cause the fixture to fall or wiring in the housing to fray.  I learned this lesson one Saturday afternoon at the antiques shop.  I was cleaning a gorgeous antique Williamsburg chandelier like the one in the above image.  We had a good crowd in at the shop, I was in my height of great deals glory and the style conversation was lively.  Being too tuned into the latter and less into practicing safe light bulb and light fixture cleaning techniques, I Valley Forged on.  I spun the fixture and the sparks flew, literally.  Lesson learned!  One final bulb and fixture cleaning note: never spray cleaning solution around lighting fixture or light bulbs.  The good people at 1000Bulbs.com offer great info on How to Clean Your Light Bulbs, Lampshades and Fixtures.

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From the fabulous decoristas at One Kings Lane comes 21 Must-Follow Insta Feeds for 2016.  One Kings Lane comes through with a nice balance of styles with the accent mark on something for everyone.  If you are so inclined to make it 22 Must-Follow Insta Feeds for 2016, I would love to have you follow Places In The Home on Instagram.

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It’s the good home decor info and tips that keeps us in the all things home decor know.

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Our Home For The Holidays

Happy Holidays friends!  We are T-3 to Christmas 2015, and the joy of the season is electric by way of white Christmas lights and treasured traditions.   Welcome to our Home for the Holidays where the theme of comfort and simplicity is well represented.

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Our tour is of the dining room and the part of the foyer decked for the holidays. The dining room, a forever work in progress, has seen several design and decor changes in 2015, and will continue to see more in 2016.  The walls are devoid of artwork (the piece you see in this photo is part of the kitchen gallery wall) and the style jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on accent rug vs. hardwood floors.  The dining room isn’t the only space getting a makeover.  My Mother’s Day gift from our son was paying for the new wallpaper I fell in love with at first sight but took several months to decide if I really had to have it. Turns out I did. Dave the Builder began the project, but real life obligations and unexpected circumstances stepped in and halted the foyer beautification project.  Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessary tool of the trade in design and decorating.

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On the Monday before Christmas, my true love gave to me.  A single Santa leopard-ing

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and a Christmas goose in the foyer displayed in front of the new zebra wallpaper sitting pretty (pronounce it prit-tee and it rhymes with tree.  Get it?  Partridge. Pear Tree).

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A  holiday table centerpiece of magnolia leaves and holly is indeed so Southern, so holiday, so easy and so beautiful.

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Bob’s Sweet Stripes as swizzle sticks and crystal finial ornaments as wine charms? You bet!

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I purchased these vintage mini framed Madonna prints for my kitchen gallery wall.

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Inspiration is everywhere.

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The subject matter is holiday appropriate, and the petite size of the framed prints sealed the DIY deal.  Napkin rings it is!

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I have collected Victorian inspired Santa Claus figurines for years.  Due to the epic move aka the gift that keeps on giving, combining two households into one and the renovation of my childhood home into our new to us home, most of my Santa collection now resides in climate controlled storage.  These inexpensive stand-in Santas have no great provenance or famous artist signature assigned to them, but I do love the colors and facial features of these old world replicas.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and this perfectly imperfect image serves as a visual reminder of my personal design and decorating philosophy.  Perfection, style and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more gorgeous than a home that beautifully illustrates personal style lives here.  Design and decorate it with a sense of you!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Problem Solving Ideas and Tips To Guarantee Holiday Crisis Avoided

The holiday countdown to Thanksgiving is in full swing.  I’ve got three words for Thanksgiving.

Bring.  It.  On!

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From roasting the bird to company’s coming to impressive easy recipes to cooking crisis avoided tips to holiday home decor suggestions to beat the holiday band- my There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays series is updated, refreshed and ready with helpful Thanksgiving ideas, tips and problem solvers.

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Hopefully these handy holiday ideas will keep the traditional or new traditional all things house that make a holiday home Thanksgiving express moving right along.

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Angst and alarm over the holiday dinner is not on the menu.  This is the most wonderful time of the year, not the most dreaded.  I try to be as well planned and prepped for our holiday gatherings as I can.  I put the culinary drama on the back burner and let the cooking, baking, holiday decorating, online Black Friday shopping and there’s no place like home for the holidays good times roll.

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Size does matter when it comes to all things Thanksgiving.  How much food is needed per person is the question on the mind of every holiday host and hostess.  The good people at Pop Sugar  have got it down to a serving size science with their Thanksgiving cheat sheet.

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Dressing?

Stuffing?

What you call this quintessential Thanksgiving side dish seems to depend on both regional and cooking (in the bird or separately) location and tradition.  Our Southern family is team dressing, and our Chicago and Canada family is team stuffing.  The one thing we all agree on is that the base ingredient must be buttermilk cornbread.   A bread based dish can and will easily dry out when baked, and dry dressing or stuffing is a holiday side dish deal breaker.  Stock or broth, and the amount added to the crumble cornbread, is the key to moist dressing.  You want the dressing consistency to be soupy but not soggy.  The rule of you can add to but not take away from applies here.  Add  ½  cup of stock or broth at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

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A frazzled host/hostess does not make a pretty holiday picture.  Don’t try to be a holiday hero, spread the holiday love and the holiday duties around. Taking guests up on their gracious what can I do-what can I bring offers makes it a shared event and helps to eliminate holiday hosting burnout. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did! 

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Turkey and gravy are the peanut butter and jelly of holiday cuisine.  It’s a traditional pairing of flavor deliciousness that takes culinary center stage on the holiday dinner table.  Cooking the perfect gravy can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be.  Adding a pinch of salt to the flour before adding any liquid will help to eliminate lumpy gravy.  

Gravy too thin?  

Mix together two (2) teaspoons cornstarch and two (2) teaspoons chicken broth or water.  Stir or whisk into the warm gravy and simmer until the gravy thickens.  If the gravy separates, add a pinch or two of baking soda to emulsify the fat. 

Oh no, the gravy has a burnt flavor!  

Remember the peanut butter reference?  Simply add a teaspoon of peanut butter to cover up the burnt flavor.

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A good carving set is essential to proper and easy turkey carving.  If the dreaded happens on the big day and your carving knife is duller than first period math, I’ve got a helpful solution for you.  To sharpen your knife, use the unglazed porcelain on the bottom of a coffee mug.  Hold the knife at a 30 degree angle and run it across the area a few times on each side.

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Our Thanksgiving day cocktail hour leans more towards the slow sip rule of thumb.  Tipsy Turkey Times is almost a guaranteed oh, s*!%.  Look at drunkity drunk drunk add family member or friend’s name here.  My formula for a safe cocktail hour is simple:

One (1) cocktail per person for the pre-dinner cocktail hour.

The sippers don’t mind, the tea teetotalers really don’t mind, and the booze hounds will get over it.   A time and a place as they say.   I like to consult the Serious Eats Booze-o-Matic Party Time Drink Calculator as a reference for our holiday set ’em up, Joe cocktail parties. 

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We consult our dear friend, our trusted expert wine aficionado go-to, for wine pairing guidance when serving turkey.

For white wine drinkers, he suggests dry Chardonnay, white Zinfandel or Riesling.

A good Pinot Noir will please the palette of the red wine drinker.

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I  always get a big chuckle out of the “Party, party” episode of Frasier. Martin’s ice logic holds true.

Martin: Hey, great party huh? Just as long as we’ve got enough ice. You got four bags, right?

Daphne: No, I got two.

Martin: Two?!  I told you to get four bags!

Daphne: Oh, here we go.

Martin: You never under-budget on the ice.  You never know, you might get a lot more rocks drinkers than you expected.  Or ice chewers.

Ice can be a hot commodity at a holiday celebration.  Ice cubes measure about ten (10) cubes per pound and the rule of thumb is one (1) pound of ice cubes per person.

Cheers!

Love your style!