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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.


July-Warhol1Andy Warhol ‘Louisiana’ Exhibition Poster, 1978 ~ 1stdibs

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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.

federal-eagleMy Domaine


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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.


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.


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.


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 .


The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.




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


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



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.

alligator-home-decor1House Beautiful ~  Jennifer Bevan Interiors

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


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!

talk-about-good-cook-book-turtle-soup-recipeTurtle Soup II ~ Monteleone


Louisiana-paint-colorsBenjamin Moore

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

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

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.

Brown_Pelican3The Brown Pelican ~ The Official State Bird of Louisiana

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.


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.



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.


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-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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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.


The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals.  Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are.  Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front.   Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.


This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!


H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price.  You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white.  A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

  Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites.  This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design.  Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results.  Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought.  His words say it far better than mine.

 “I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”  

~ Charles L. Eastlake

That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point.  Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.


Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques.  This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash.  Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.

Korner-ShoppeKorner Shoppe Antiques

One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.


This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.


What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

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Wrap It Up And Put A Bow On It: Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas Guide

The Places In The Home Mother’s Day 2015 gift ideas guide is here with our beautiful, traditional, classic, shiny and memorable wrap it up and put a bow on it picks for Mother’s Day 2015 gift giving.


May flowers and decadent chocolates have long been can’t go wrong traditional Mother’s Day favorites.


Mother's Day 2015 gift ideas guideGodiva Chocolates  ||  Woodwick Fresh Flowers Candle  ||  Sweet as Sugar by Teleflora  ||  Whitman’s Sampler Dark Chocolates


Beauty for beauty~


mothers-day-beauty-giftsOPI Ticle My France-y  ||  Michael Kors Sexy Nail Lacquer  ||  Pre De Provence Assorted Shea Butter Enriched Guest Soap Gift Set  ||    MAC Retro Matte Lipstick  || HOURGLASS Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush  ||  Clinique Happy In Bloom Perfume Spray  ||   Tropical Print Makeup Pouch  ||    L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette


Classic pattern LOVE~


Espadrille Slip-ins  ||  Tropical Glam Banana Leaf Print Phone Case  ||  Palm Leaf Pillow Cover


One is silver…



  KitchenAid® Professional 5 Qt. Mixer   ||  Baroque Pattern Arm Cuff  ||   Vintage Measuring Spoons  ||  Sterling Silver Chalcedony and Iolite Drop Earrings   ||  Set of 6 Hand Stamped Cheese Markers  ||  Threshold™ Frame Shiney Silver  ||  Tiffany Shopping Bag Key Ring


And the other gold ~



Jardin Textured Links Strand Necklace  ||  Erickson Beamon Rocks Three Band Ring  ||  Uttermost Lorenzello 1-light Antique Gold Leaf Table Lamp  ||  Zebra Jewelry Tray  ||   kate spade new york Posy Court Blue Mug  ||   BG® Women Alligator Pattern Gold Accents Shoulder Strap PU Leather Tote Style Handbag


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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

Texas_bluebonnet_plant_lupinus_texensis_with_dark_blue_flowers_with_white_topTexas Bluebonnet

Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.


A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.


Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.


From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.


art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.


Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.


The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.



On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.


I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.


Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!


Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.


I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.





For chic summer evenings ~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold




For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  




For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel




For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim


Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy


Nosie Posey Floor Cushion




Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

Top o’ the morning to you on this St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday!  These St. Patrick’s Day decor favorites in gorgeous shades of Erin go Bragh green fill the eye and fill the heart with the color of St. Patrick’s Day.



green-hbz-march-hutton-wilkinsonHutton Wilkinson ~ Harper’s Bazaar


Julianne-MooreJulianne Moore in Gucci as featured in Harper’s Bazaar ~ photographed by Camilla Akrans

emerald green color historyDesign Sponge

The History of Emerald Green ~

This brilliant blue-green color was extremely popular in the mid-1800s.  Because it was cheap to manufacture, it was not only used as an artist paint, but as a household paint and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.  Unfortunately, the paint was made with poisonous arsenic.  This made damp rooms, where the arsenic would be turned into a gas by the mod living in the wallpaper paste, a death trap.  Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena was possibly hastened by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper in his favorite room.


Brendan-WongBrendan Wong Design


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What Works For You Is What Works

Inspiration is a funny thing.  There is no hard and fast formula for what, when, how or who will light the fire. There are times when the cart does come in front of the horse, and this is one of them. Scrolling through an image gallery on the Traditional Home website placed inspiration in my blog post thoughts. The kitchen in the image below has a whole lot going for it in the design and decorating department.  Great choice of flooring, natural light, exposed beams, workable layout and a pair of antique tables that serve up style with a side of function as kitchen islands. Repurposing, replacing parts and the repainting of vintage and antique pieces has taken root.  I must admit I often cringe at the sight of antique pieces in the direct line of a can of chalk paint.  I have seen gorgeous (and I do mean gorgeous) reworkings and re-paintings of antiques, paling only in comparison to the highest end of high end furniture manufactures.  I’ve also seen plenty that left the one word impression on me of why?  I prefer to keep the overall integrity in place and in its original state, but as the taste of the buying public changes so does the need for and use of pieces.  Repurposing an antique farm or harvest table, armoire or buffet to be used as a kitchen island, desk, entertainment center or home bar is what’s in at the moment.  Dave the Builder and I stand ready and willing to accommodate the needs of our clients by replacing the original wood top or shelves with marble, granite or a durable wood for practical use purposes. The result is another what works for you is what works piece ready for stylish duty in its new home.

antique-tables-as-kitchen-islandsTraditional Home

At first glance I did give pause to the placement of these sconces, especially the sconce on the far right and its close proximity to the wall.  Paired balance is present, but unless the cabinet door is rarely used the constant swing issue of door meets sconce could be a design deal breaker for some.  Moral of the story? What works for you is what works.

kitchen-gray-wallsTraditional Home

Let’s all gather ’round the grand piano~

Lalanne-sheep-Waldo-FernandezArchitectural Digest

Don’t be sheepishly shy with home decor choices.  The Places In The Home rule book clearly states the design and decorating principle that guides our simple philosophy- your house, your rules.  If you hear something I’m sure it is interior design icons, professors and the by-the-book believers crying out in a collective round of that’s not how it’s done.  To that I say oh pooh!  The unexpected always kicks the look up a noticeable notch or two.  Conformity can be awfully boring.

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing...”

~ Thomas Jefferson

mix-match-dining-chairsHouse Beautiful

I advise making a mismatched statement in at least one space.  Mismatched dining chairs instantly add the pop of personality factor to the don’t be like the rest of them, darling equation.


Talk about going for the brilliant and the bold with determination and palette penchant. This beauty takes a giant step away from ho hum, jumping style first into entry envy territory in a very what works for you is what works way.

HBX030115_072 Benjamin Moore’s Twilight 

What works for you is what works.  Always.

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