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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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

As discussed in my last post, the holiday countdown to Thanksgiving is in full swing.  I’ve got three words for Thanksgiving.  Bring. It. On!  From roasting the bird to company’s coming impressive but 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 2015 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!

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

Dramatic, commanding, intimate.  Dark interiors are coming out of the shadows and into the trend spotlight.

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Although black is not the only dark color choice associated with dark interiors, it does seem to be the basis for dramatic back in black magic. Black is the new black- a perennial color classic and decorating color essential. What oomph the perfect little black dress lends to a fashionista’s wardrobe, a space dressed from floor-to-ceiling in the color black speaks to a decorista’s personal interior design and decorating style.

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Visual allure produces a theatrical statement.

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Dark interiors keep beautiful company with deep accent colors rich in palette intensity, and therein lies the secret to the perfect design and decorating marriage.

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My initial thought when sourcing the Vertigo pendant by designer Constance Guisset for Petite Friture?  Haute witches hat.

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Dark interiors introduce a sophisticated warmth to the space.

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Dark interiors.  What say you?

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Placing the Seasonal Decorating Accent Mark on Fall

Welcome to the Places In The Home first day of fall 2015 home is where the fall is feature. My for the fall of it all decorating is not what I would categorize as a traditional fall home tour, per se, however I do love placing the seasonal decorating accent mark on fall with set spot arrangements and seasonal accessories here, there and about.

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Fall flower arrangement inspiration came in the form of neutral colors and natural elements.

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I pulled decorative things together from spaces, bookshelf displays, Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors inventory, tabletop favorites, ghosts of preserved floral stems past and nature’s arts and crafts store.

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A late summer experiment with drying hydrangeas proved successful enough to fulfill my fall and holiday decorating needs.

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I bought this framed print at auction.  This particular antiques auction was held off the beaten path in the piney woods of North Louisiana.  The smalls at this hit the jackpot auction ranged from spectacular to premier, and the prices were equally fantastic.

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I chalked it up to coincidence, but it seemed the auctions held in the fall brought forth the best finds.  I was like a kid in a big old country barn candy store with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand (it gets cold in the piney woods) and a bid card in the other.  Fall weekends offer up a snapshot, a glimpse from the past of those Saturday nights spent at the auction. This framed print reminds me of a not quite, but almost fall stroll through those piney woods. Good deals, good times and great memories.

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Apples, walnuts and cinnamon.

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It’s how I roll.

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Hotel china demitasse cups are both a passion and a weakness of mine.

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The price wasn’t exactly right for the set, but the I have to have these part of my brain convinced the a better deal is out there part of my brain that this was the last set of hotel china demitasse cups on the planet, and if I did not immediately buy them right then and there the treasure hunting gods would forever rain down it’s full price for you wrath on all future treasure hunts and finds.  Retail logic was alive and well.

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Layering the look with gold tones and warm textures seems naturally autumn appropriate.

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“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”   ― Jim Bishop

Welcome home, fall.

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Curling Up With Good Interior Decorating, Home Decor and Architecture Books

Curling up with good interior decorating, home decor and architecture books in the name of all things house that make a home is always in style.  Today I am sharing a short list of a few newly released and soon to be released interior decorating, home decor and architecture books I am looking forward to reading cover to cover.

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I love a gorgeous read with an equally attractive jacket for bookshelf, coffee table and bedside table accessorizing.  I believe that’s what they call an interior decorating win-win.

Carrier-and-CompanyCarrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller with Foreword by Anna Wintour – September 22, 2015

apartment-therapy-complete-and-happy-homeApartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home Hardcover by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban with photographs by Melanie Acevedo 

This eclectic and dynamic fall 2015 reading list promises to deliver impressive interior decorating eye candy and inspire interior and exterior creativity.

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 French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home by Anita Joyce

Eclectic Country by Mary Emmerling with Photographs by Reed Davis

Life|Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home by Tricia Foley with Foreword by Isabella Rossellini– September 29, 2015

It’s never too early to think about the holidays!

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Not Too Far But Far Enough Away From Home: Travels to Small Southern Towns

August was a busy month of celebrations and milestones around Places In The Home.  Our son’s graduation from Louisiana State University, commencement ceremony and subsequent celebration(s) made for a busy first part of the month. When Dave the Builder suggested a regroup and recovery getaway for two I could not make reservations fast enough.  I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate the not too far but far enough away from home travels to small Southern towns.  These travel gems brimming with history, old houses, antiques and townsfolk who invite you to take in and be a part of the local flavor make a great weekend getaway destination perfect for recharging one’s battery.

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Our long and winding road travels (well, our straight line I-49 travels) placed us center stage among the small Southern towns of Washington, Scott and Lafayette, Louisiana.  I learned a long time ago not to categorize our close to home jaunts as a non-vacation.  Trust me, these  just roll with the flow discovery excursions can pass a good time and pass for a real vacation.

Travels to Small Southern Towns

Washington, Louisiana is as sleepy as it is Southern, a small town full of history from steamboat days gone by.  Narrow streets shaded by mature oaks, magnolia trees, historical architecture, quintessential Southern homes ranging from the wow to the weathered, and an old high school full to the gills with antiques and vintage goodies seasons the local flavor.

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You know you love antiquing when the indoor temperature almost matches the oppressive outdoor temperature ( 95+ degrees).  Note to self: antiquing in old buildings, warehouses, outdoors and in old high schools is an activity best enjoyed in the fall.  On this particular Louisiana summer Saturday, the Old Antique School Mall was full of hot air and hot finds priced fairly and in shop or home ready condition.  I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for, but something told me I would know it when, and if, I saw it.

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Our visit to the school was timed just right for a super sale.  I have been working on a kitchen gallery wall, and no respectable kitchen gallery wall is complete without the all important touch of copper.

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I couldn’t resist the lidded copper pan and mold.  Grand total: $10 for both.

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That ladies and gentlemen is a copper bargain of the very best kind.

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The method to my retail madness is simple- pop into shops, boutiques, markets and retail outlets not available in the retail deficient corner of the world I call home.

The Haul~

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A familiar sign became a beacon of biscuits and cornbread in the South Louisiana night.

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I planned our next trip the Southern life fantastic on the drive home.  November can’t get here soon enough.

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For The Love Of New Orleans Architectural Styles

A mighty wind may blow, howl, scream and threaten destruction, but never underestimate the resolve of a city whose beauty and soul is rooted in its centuries-old history – a city seemingly built to entice and enchant the eye as well as the heart of those who admire and appreciate this architectural landmark called New Orleans.

New Orleans architectural styles fascinate me more and more with each and every visit to the Crescent City.  With a flair for finery reminiscent of the 18th century French and Spanish influence from which it came, New Orleans architectural elements are without a doubt some of the most notable, emulated and coveted features in architectural and interior design today.

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Beginning with an iconic favorite, the iconic gas lamp is synonymous with New Orleans architectural style.  Authentically crafted in antiqued copper, the Bevolo French Quarter lamp is one the most recognizable architectural elements lighting the streets, sidewalks, storefronts and entryways throughout the French Quarter and Garden District.  Cementing its role as a prominent New Orleans architectural element, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights began in the French Quarter in 1945.  The design vision and expert craftsmanship of Andrew Bevolo Sr. together with the tales of renowned architect A. Hays Town resulted in a brilliant design execution.  The French Quarter gas lamp is quintessential New Orleans and an architectural element that commands attention to detail.

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Columns, ornate wrought-iron laced designs and historic balconies rule the New Orleans architectural elements royal court.  These sublime features wrap the city in intricate detail so historically ingrained and so hauntingly associated with the French and Spanish style architectural history of New Orleans.

“New Orleans makes it possible to go to Europe without ever leaving the United States.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Thoughts of what once was and what could be again dance the dance of possibility in the minds of restorers, the hands of architects, the boards of designers and the hearts of the New Orleans devoted.  Purveyors of architectural grandeur understand and infinitely appreciate the fine point of architectural perfection in an imperfect state.

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Age is a visitor from time that comes to the New Orleans architectural styles party often as an uninvited guest, but one embraced for its weathered and worn wonder with awed appreciation nonetheless.

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Exposed brick walls epitomize traditional 19th century New Orleans architecture.  If these walls could talk, what stories they could tell!

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The word on the streets of New Orleans is revered as an art form.  Dating back over 100 years, encaustic tiles were used throughout the city of New Orleans to identify street names.

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Numerous buildings and streets of The French Quarter display the painted and embossed encaustic tiles as a historic form of identification of the old Spanish colonial street names.

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Opulent crystal chandeliers are synonymous with the finery that is New Orleans’ antiquities.  Ornate moldings, ceiling medallions, elliptical archways and decorative trimmings denote the architectural element hallmarks of the city’s Greek Revival homes.

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From House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart

Dating back to the 1850s, the ornamental wrought and cast iron balconies, fences, galleries and gates of the Vieux Carré stand tall as the prominent architectural element most associated with the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans.

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 Pairing these two design elements together is a bespoke design element demonstrated throughout the Crescent City.

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Elaborate in design and characteristic of the French Quarter, ornamental ironwork frames a large portion of the landmarks and homes of New Orleans.

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The New Orleans Shotgun house possesses an exterior charm as unique as the feather, scroll and gingerbread architectural elements for which they are known.  A shotgun house is elongated in length and narrow in width with rooms flowing one into another.  Modeled in Eastlake, Neoclassical Revival and Italianate styles, the shotgun houses throughout the City of New Orleans were built with lot size constraints in mind.  Form follows function applies here.

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Distinctive color combinations and Victorian gingerbread or lacy brackets characterize the front façade of the New Orleans’ shotgun house.

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Shuttered doors and windows continue to be a prominent fixture among the classic New Orleans architectural element scene.  Adopting and adapting exteriors to mirror the customary French architectural design element of louvered shutters on all windows caught on and remains one of the most instantly recognizable traits of New Orleans design.  Shuttered doors and windows were strictly a utilitarian feature with a three fold purpose early on- privacy, protection from wind and sun and to control ventilation.  The climate of New Orleans is not one that is conducive to complete comfort in the spring and summer months.  Shuttered doors and windows remain a characteristic feature of French Quarter buildings, restaurants and hotels today.  I have opened many a window and French door and pulled many a pair of shutters my way over the years to block the noise from the streets of the French Quarter.

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An architectural enigma of sorts in a city so well know for public displays, the New Orleans’ courtyard is viewed as an architectural feat of patio splendor.  The New Orleans courtyard is an intimate walled garden usually tucked away from street view- a hidden and shaded Shangri-La.  Flowing fountains, lush plants and fragrant tropicals line the walls of the courtyard providing a tranquil place for residents, tourists and locals alike to ensconced themselves in privacy.  This is my idea of The Big Easy.

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New Orleans’ native-born son, the incomparable Louis Armstrong, croons the question “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?”  The influence of the New Orleans architectural element in today’s interiors and exteriors is undeniable.   Gorgeous copper, antique New Orleans bricks, ornamental iron, ceiling medallions, ornate chandeliers and shutters drive my interior design and decorating choices.  I guess I do know what it means to love the architectural styles of New Orleans.

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Finds and Treasures Currently Catching My Eye

Finds and treasures currently catching my eye for the August gotta have it list include all things house that make a home goodies in appetizing, modern, polished and pumpkin time is right around the corner style.  First up in this month’s round up is a set of appetizer plates with a sense of style and a sense of humor.

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Memories lay the ground work for a collectible fascination to take root.  My frog fascination began in the summer of 1974 when I landed the coveted lead role in the local community theater production of Fairy Frog Superstar.  The play was pure G-rated fun, a take off on Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother.  The frog thing stuck, and I’ve been an avid collector of frog themed objects ever since. Metals are trending with a vengeance for fall 2015, and this brass finished frog object from West Elm is one handsome hopper.

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The mixing of traditional, vintage and/or antiques with modern pieces remains on trend and in style.  Contrast is good, visual impact the desired decorating effect, and creating a unique and impressive focal point is the point.  I am inspired by the INSPIRE Q Canali Sleek Modern Accent Chair.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy smells as good as it feels and heals. Perfect treatment for project weary hands.

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Thank You in any language translates well.   Modeled after antique enameled European signage, this Merci Word Play porcelain wall art says thank you in ooh la la fashion.

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Howard Feed-N-Wax is the Tina Turner of wood polishes.  Simply the best.

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Who’s looking forward to getting their fall baking, cooking and seasoning on? The Staub Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte from Williams-Sonoma is making it very hard for me not to be in a fall-pumpkin-cinnamon state of mind.

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Speaking of seasonal recipes, may I suggest Louisiana De Mer: Seasonal Seafood Recipes for your cookbook collection.  This definitive collections of recipes for seafood lovers features 160 pages of beautiful photography, recipes from celebrated Louisiana chefs and restaurants, New Orleans classics- including po-boys and dozens of Cajun and Creole cooking tips.

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Now we’re cooking!

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