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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.

old-houseBeauty does not always strike a pristine pose. This abandoned abode on a shaded street in a small Southern town piqued my interest, struck an architectural chord and became the subject of a subjective experience.  

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.

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

Cracker-Barrel-signIt was a biscuit and cornbread kind of evening. 

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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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

Is it that time of year already to be in new season, new ideas blog mode?  I think there’s still plenty of the present season to home decor show and tell about, but the window of summer is beginning to close. We will say so long to outdoor living, patio parties and summer soiree home decor finds that will disappear from our favorite store sites and shelves.  On the bright side however, one of my favorite words, clearance, is heading to a home decor department near you in the very near discount future.  I’m beginning to hear the rumblings of fall is right around the corner retail chatter.  With all the inspired ideas floating around for the upcoming blog season, I find I’m not quite ready to throw in the summer beach towel just yet. The summer of 2015 has been a stylish one, and has turned out to be an interior decorating and home decor success in terms of trends and retail offerings.

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In the upcoming months we will color our world in fall colors.  Color knows all seasons, and is never far from the center of my decorating thoughts.

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We will see, source and discuss pattern and texture.

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Always a delicious source of conversation, fall is a grand time to season the season with fantastic comfort food features.

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Same goes for cooking tips and c’est si bon recipes!

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I look forward to sharing with you all the best of the season in home decor finds, antiques treasures and travel tales.

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Home accents, decor and furnishings markets are gearing up to reveal what’s new for the upcoming fall season in decorating trends and home decor.  Interior decorating, tailgating times, holiday happenings, fall colors on parade decor accents and accessories suggestions and inspired ideas to dish and decorate around will follow, and I for one can’t wait!  The summer blogging pace is slowing down for a few weeks in anticipation of a full-on fall preview. I am looking forward to things to come, and hope you will tune in for the Places In The Home fall 2015 design and decorating show and tell.  I promise it will not disappoint.

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Rental Refresh Upgrades: The Comforts of Home

Continuing the rental refresh upgrades conversation:

Pulling back the reins on major decorative and design improvements to a rental is a financially sound practice if you are not renting to own, making improvements to the property in return for rent credit or taking up residency for the long haul.  Dave the Builder and I completely overhauled, remodeled, refreshed and spiffed up our first home, a darling mid-century cottage lease purchase property.  I loved the bones of the house, but the decor stood still somewhere in the 1950s.  In the beginning we remodeled and refreshed for the comforts of home sake with caution, choosing to update through lighting and color.  I cannot beat the color drum enough- it really is the most bang for your buck way to infuse style into a home.

kitchen_melissa-leeLove, love, love!  Design Sponge

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In the case of our son’s rental home, the kitchen is small but workable in regards to design, function and affordable possibilities.  Presently, the walls are painted red and the cabinets are white laminate with oak trim 1980s #throwbacks.  You know the ones!  Dave the Builder and I scrimped, saved and sacrificed to remodel the kitchen in our first house.  We thought this style of kitchen cabinet was the bee’s knees, and according to the kitchen design magazines and showrooms a whole lot of other people did too!

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Millennials love retro, and although everything old eventually becomes a new trend again, the dated oak trim will be modified with paint and new cabinet pulls added.   Since replacing the cabinets is cost prohibitive laminate it is!  As I explained to our son the pros of laminate cabinet fronts and countertops, he came around to the practicality of keeping the original cabinets in play. Laminate is a very forgiving surface to work with. The upkeep is minimal, and that works in any kitchen.  No need to throw the baby out with the bath water.

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Strategic pops of color and an accessories mix of warm metals with a modern spin will complement the neutral paint palette and introduce that new kitchen look.

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Please excuse the poor quality of these images. The combination of bad lighting and a cell phone camera gets you a color distorted photo.  The master bedroom walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Museum Piece.  The color in the above image is no where near the true color that is Museum Piece, so to my sources I go for an image that does capture the true color.

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Great color choice!

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Master bedroom furnishings and accessories with a hint of Louisiana coastal chic will literally offer the comforts of home.

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Final suggestions for decor accessories and furnishings lean toward DIY chic projects, hacks and thrifted treasures.  His girlfriend scored a great coffee table and reinterpreted the style with paint and embellishments.  Our style council agreed a chic credenza with a Mad Men mid-century interpretation will mix things up like a dry martini.

“By acquiring all of your furniture from different eras and places and things that are expensive and inexpensive, it will make your end product have a great spirit.”

Kelly Wearstler

The treasure hunt is on for one in all Don Draper glory.  A fantastic period piece in great condition that comes with the extra added bonus of a quality finish, impressive lines, scale and focal point presence to die for is out there, and a can of Johnson paste wax and a soft cloth will put the period at the end of the very stylish and on-trend sentence.

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I will end this post with an observation from my earlier Rental Refresh Upgrades post.  Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?  Absolutely!  Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.  All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it in the name of the comforts of home, convenience and personal style.

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Currently Catching My Eye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May I suggest for your summer reading pleasure.

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Currently Catching My Eye

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

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Fourth of July Inspired

Traditional colors true to the Fourth of July waving proud and sitting pretty in red, white and blue are on color parade this week.  Most of us will enjoy a short work week, and hopefully all of us will enjoy a long 4th of July weekend celebrating the holiday of summer with friends and family.  I’m looking forward to traditional Fourth of July celebration fare, fireworks after dark, pops in the park and maybe, just maybe, the new wallpaper I received for Mother’s Day going up in the foyer.  A foyer 4th!  With all the pre 4th of July party, project and menu planning at Places in the Home, things are getting pretty busy around here.  I figure it is the same at your places in the home, too.  Having fun is a lot of work! When time allows, I invite you to scroll through these red, white and blue Fourth of July inspired images for star-spangled inspiration.  No political agenda, opinions or talking points- just pretty Fourth of July inspired pictures decked out in a patriotic pop of color palette and federal finery.

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The eagle has landed and is in need of a cocktail.  This regal antique piece is a golden choice for focal point functionality.

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The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives.  A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back.  For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.

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These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home.   On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother.  My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques.  I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home.  Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor.  Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.

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The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.  I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds.  As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.

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The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s.  When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop.  A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery.  Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs.  It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.

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The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .

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The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.

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The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.

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This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.

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Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern.  If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections.  They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison.  It’s called decorating with what you love.

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Louisiana: A Distinctive Style and Taste Odyssey

A late summer commencement ceremony and “we are family” celebration calls for a home statecation. Between last week’s Louisiana Gulf Coastal style post and a re-familiarizing of intrastate points of interest I am, to borrow and embellish a line from Billy Joel, in a Louisiana state of mind.  Louisiana excels in taking the senses on a distinctive style and taste odyssey.

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This boot-shaped state of which I speak takes the word unique and runs parish to parish with the concept.  A telltale (or should I say telltail) sign is the alligator influence evident upon our walls and plates, and vice versa.  Good taste through decor and plate is native to our Louisiana lagniappe appeal.

fried-alligator-CochonCochon’s Fried Alligator with Chili Garlic Mayonnaise

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Gallery walls in classic shades of new traditional neutrals adorned in details and turtle shells inspire the palette of color and the palate of taste.  Straight from page 71 in the 1967 edition of the Talk About Good cookbook by members of the Lafayette Junior League, their relatives and friends is Mrs. Helen M. Hayeses’ Turtle Soup II recipe.  Talk about good!

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I love the Louisiana proper names given to these paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

seafood-paint-colors1Cajun Shrimp ~ Lemon Twist ~ Sea Salt

Salted Roasted Shrimp

Ingredients
3  cups kosher salt
2  pounds head-on unpeeled large shrimp
Lemon wedges

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400°.  On a large rimmed baking sheet, add salt in an even layer.  Bake 10 minutes.  Remove ½ cup salt and reserve.  Arrange shrimp evenly over hot salt; sprinkle with ½ cup reserved hot salt. Cover tightly with foil.  Bake just until shrimp turn pink, 6 to 8 minutes.  Discard excess salt.  Place shrimp on a serving platter; squeeze lemon over shrimp.

~ Louisiana Cookin’

Am I the only one who is craving Cajun shrimp sprinkled with a generous amount of sea salt and a lemon twist?  Louisiana Cookin’ reads my mind.  That will satisfy the palate portion of the Louisiana lagniappe show.  Now to find the perfect space for Louisiana themed decor accents, a native pattern and a home state inspired paint palette.

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Louisiana Gulf Coastal Style

Certain decor styles have a season.  The decor style displayed throughout your home is a 365 day a year love your style affair, but at certain times of the calendar year the appeal of particular decor styles is heightened.  Coastal design and style, stand up and take a bow.

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Louisiana is a mixed bag of decor styles, dishes and dialects.  Among the Victorians, Acadian, Creole, French, Spanish and European influences is the Sportman’s Paradise belle of the decorating ball, Louisiana Gulf coastal style.

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Cue the magnolias, John James Audubon prints, pelicans, oyster and turtle shells, eclectic objets d’art of beach and bayou and blue and white porcelain.

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Louisiana Gulf coastal style blurs the lines of traditional coastal style in a let’s build upon a classic way.   We take just enough decorating liberty with traditional coastal to make it our own, enhancing the look with a dash of native to Louisiana flavor without walking too terribly far way from the core notes.

Audubon-blue-heronAudubon Oppenheimer Octavo Edition, Pl. 369 Great blue Heron

A maddening search of warehouse and storeroom for my Great blue Heron John James Audubon print got this Louisiana Gulf coastal style party started.  Hanging the Great blue Heron print in the dining room is under decorative consideration, and the best way to rule it in or rule it out is to actually hang it before the second and final coat of paint. I do this often when it is convenient.  If I decide against the piece, Dave simply caulks the nail hole and we are on to bigger and better items.

coastal-paletteSherwin-Williams

The natural color palette so beautifully present in shells found along the sands and waters edge of the Gulf Coast inspires the softer shades of traditional coastal colors.

shell-Texas

Gorgeous!

shell-chandelier1Silvio Chandelier Design by Currey & Company

I believe we can all agree that summer is the season of coastal decor style, and the popularity of Louisiana Gulf coastal style is simply experiencing its day in the sun.

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