Spreading the Instalove: Slow Your Scroll Instagram Images

Slow your scroll Instagram images, good news and great content have something in common- all should be shared.   Today I am doing just that by spreading the Instalove with a collection of slow your scroll Instagram images.

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Small accents paired with magnolia leaf stems – can’t go wrong!

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Weekend is almost here, and things are looking up 💙☁️ #TravelerInWarsaw by @vutheara

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Summer Style Splash Decorating Suggestions

Summer: the middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable and the chic is upon us.  Interior and exterior updates with summer colors, patterns and textures put summer into motion through decor.  What home decor pieces to add to your decor to accent the season and make a summer style splash crosses the minds of many decoristas.  Let’s look at a selection of summer style splash decorating suggestions ready to deliver maximum seasonal decorating impact.

Seagrass Rugs

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A seagrass rug adds texture and depth to a space while the neutral color and warm tones provide a natural summer style splash.  Seagrass rugs are durable and affordable.  I like to suggest home decor accessories that carry over season to season.  Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will remain a style staple when decorating for fall/winter by layering a rug in seasonal color, pattern and texture over the seagrass rug.

Table Lamps

Seahorse table lampsUrbanest Seahorse Lamp Set – 27″

Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season.  This dynamite duo of seahorse table lamps in classic black and gold brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend.  Chic year round reminder of summer.

Emphasize the Sights and the Sounds of the Season

It’s hard not to associate summer with sights and sounds of the beach, coast, shore and sea.  High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost, high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore or dollar store. Seashells, beach rocks, decorative coral, driftwood, cypress- you get the idea.  Here are a few summer style splash suggestions for using sea shells:

Summer themed vignette.

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Jewelry holder.

shell-lightsMood Lighting with Shells

Decorative accent lighting.

summer-tablescapeHampton Designer Showhouse ~ Porch by Ken Gemes

Seaside tablescape set for coastal casual elegance with a relaxing summer soundtrack to sea and sand to.

Fresh Flowers

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When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation.  The arrival and check in process is a summer breeze when the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements greet you.  I believe I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store and file the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.

By the Pool Ambiance

leaf-wallpaperMeg Braff Designs ~ Coastal Living

A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  No Pool?  No Pool House?  No Problem!  Create a by the pool ambiance with these summer style splash decorating suggestions.

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Luc Viator ~ Commons

Display a decorative bowl of citrus on an accent table, kitchen island or dining table.  What the apple is to fall citrus is to summer.

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Pastiche of Cape Code, Inc.

Discover or develop a refreshing beverage for summer sipping. Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing a refreshing summer beverage or delicious dish.

pink Cadillac margaritasPink Cadillac Margaritas ~ Southern Living

The may I serve you serving tray is a summer entertaining essential.

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Botanical Leaf Serving Tray 

Stack towels (beach or bath) steeped in summer approved colors, textures and patterns.

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Bamboo Print 1 Print Towel by Bay Isle Home

I hope these summer style splash decorating suggestions offer inspiration for decorating your summer house.

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Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District?

Admiring lovely images of architecture, design and decorating is one of the ways I hit the blogging, decorating, sourcing reset button.  I let the beauty wash over me in a beauty is good for the soul kind of way.  All interior design is visually captivating in one way or another, but my eye is immediately drawn to those images featuring the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.

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As I write this post I am listening to Louis Armstrong sing “Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.”  I certainly do, Satchmo, as much as I know what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.

The stunning New Orleans home of Grace and Sandy Kaynor as featured in Southern Living ~  Photography by Laurey W. Gleen

Aware of the myriad of decorating styles to explore and consider, there’s been times when I’ve wondered if my interior design and decorating style needle is stuck.  The logic I apply answers the question with an emphatic no.

As in love, the interior design and decorating heart wants what it wants, and the interior design and decorating eye likes what it likes.

Both my design and decorating heart and eye knows what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District. Over the years of countless trips to New Orleans, Dave the Builder and I have spent hours driving up and down the tree lined streets of the historic Garden District and St. Charles Avenue on our brand of self guided home and garden tours.  To say I was and continue to be inspired and influenced is a grand understatement.

Exteriors replete with ornate detail tell the story of real estate royalty, one that takes the reader’s (the drive by admirer in this case) imagination on a trip to I wonder what the inside looks like land.

Distinct architectural and interior design features typify the stately homes of the New Orleans Garden District, providing the homeowner-designer-decorator a classic canvas to work wonders with.

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New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles

What makes the interiors of period homes unmistakable is the traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style features.  What makes the interiors of period homes distinct is the contrast, the blend, the mix, the juxtaposition of decorating styles living in stunning harmony with each other.  I learned a long time ago all decor choices do not have to strictly follow the primary design style.

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Rodney Villarreal Design

The mixing and mingling of contemporary accent and abstract art pieces throughout a room decorated in a traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style creates contrast fit for focal point distinction. From historic mansions to bungalow cottages- it’s not the size of the space or the style of the home, but the statement the decor makes.

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The New Orleans influence is obvious throughout our home and homes decorated by yours truly.

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Antiques, Italian lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, crystal chandeliers, decorative mirrors scrolled in gold leaf- the curated look comes home.

The companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District features images of, inspiration to decorate by and source information on the home decor accents and accessories that impeccably mirror statement pieces found in the homes of the New Orleans Garden District.  It will post at the end of the week.

 

 

 

That Old Black Magic Has Me In Its Stylish Spell: Stylish Black Interiors

That old black magic has me in its stylish spell.  Leave it to the vocal stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith on “That Old Black Magic” and the ever classic Blackglama campaigns to give me a Halloween appropriate idea for this stylish black interiors design and decorating topic of conversation post.

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In regards to interior design and decorating elements, I often borrow from the genius of Blackglama and the question that rhetorically asks, “What Becomes a Legend Most?”  Stylish black interiors definitively ask and answer the question, what becomes a classic most?

Stylish Black Interiors

The Design Daredevil

The color black instantly adds an air of drama to the space.  Depth and tone mesmerize and entice the eye.

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Drama comes home in a most elegant way through the presence of stylish black interiors.

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An impressive aesthetic opens the door to details of spellbinding proportions.

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Stylish black interiors make an unequivocal statement of distinction.

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Gorgeous Coming Into Fall Finds View

Gorgeous is coming into fall finds view.  Sprucing up interiors with new and new to you home decor fall finds frames an inviting and stylish picture.

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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

—Helen Hunt Jackson

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Satisfaction 

Discovering the overnight temps will be in the low 50s throughout much of the week mixed and mingled with the excitement over the home decor fall finds currently catching my eye is a big fall finds deal.

One may even say reason enough to get their it’s fall y’all prep and pretty groove on.


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Fall Finds

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 California Redwood by Benjamin Moore

Color strikes a chord with the eye, nature inspires as only nature can do, and home decor fall finds carry the theme through to the spaces and places we love to decorate.

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Owl Moscow Mule Mug 

Small and affordable touches of color, texture and pattern refresh the foundation style.

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Broadway Collection End Table Trunk

Stylish storage solution for seasonal throws, blankets and cozy accouterments.

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Fox & Hare Serving Bowl

The common denominator of fall color and fall cuisine is the rich, warm and tasteful aspects of their appeal.

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Ruffoni Hand-Hammered Copper Chef’s Pan with Wood Spoon

pumpkin-pancakes Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

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Vermont Pure Maple Syrup

palmergreen-fall-colorsPalmer Green by Benjamin Moore

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Porthos Home Finnick Leisure Chair

benjamin-moore-greenfield-pumpkinGreenfield Pumpkin by Benjamin Moore

sweet-potato-and-green-apple-soupSweet Potato and Green Apple Soup

I like to set the table for seasonal dishes with seasonal dishes.

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Expressions Capri Dinner Plate

marble-gold-coastersOld Hollywood Marble Coasters

benjamin-moore-hot-tamaleHot Tamale by Benjamin Moore

painted_ceilings_ericpiaseckiottoPhoto by Eric Piasecki / OTTO

red-lacquered-chestsRed Lacquered Chest

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Snow Leopard Throw Blanket

The snap, crackle and pop of fall color naturally evokes a session of seasonal match game.  We associate texture and pattern-fabrics and fibers rich in warmth and coziness with fall decorating and feathering essentials.

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Tingari Chocolate Throw Pillows (Set of 2)

Deck the entry halls in warmth and welcome.

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Handmade Leopard Print Cowhide Rug

Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration.  I’m calling this Twig Accent Table by Three Hands  the fall finds deal of the day. Available at Gilt.com, this spot accent table is $39.  There is only one(1) available and is a final sale and non-returnable item.

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Maple Leaf Red by Benjamin Moore

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Carol Lew Barnyard Royalty Mr. Pig Throw Pillow 

Small spot changes often pack the biggest decorative punch, add decorative interest, and keep updating costs in affordable territory.

pear-tea-towel Do It With Love Tea Towel

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French Zinc Corbels

benjamin-moore-butternut-brownButternut Brown by Benjamin Moore

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Threshold Ceramic Cookie Jar with Lid 

original_personalised-tinder-sackOriginal Personalized Tinder Sack

benjamin-moore-graphiteGraphite by Benjamin Moore

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Toile de Jouy

Adorn the walls, layer with texture and pattern, and light up a crisp evening with a new lamp or light fixture.

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Distressed Black Cloche Edison Lamp

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Moon Plate

benjamin-moore-newburg-green1Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore

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Traditional Home

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Covington Balenciaga Nile Fabric

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Warming up home and hearth invites the beauty of the current season to lend a stylish look in the pursuit of feathering the nest.

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Designer Rooms With the Wow and the Woof Factor for National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day. For dog lovers, every day is National Dog Day, but I do like the idea of a special day designed to celebrate our four-legged friends “decorating” designer rooms with the wow and the woof factor for National Dog Day.

lee-ann-thornton-kitchenHouse Beautiful

schnauzerBetter Homes and Gardens

Must love dogs interior designer approved.

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House Beautiful

The dog days of summer refer to the hottest days of the season, but the dog days of interior design and decorating refer to the hottest four legged accessories for the look of the season.

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Our collections usually provide a window into the world of our memories- the souvenirs of precious times and proven joys.

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I know I enjoy a great must love dogs collection!

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Staffordshire Spaniels @ Christie’s Interiors (Photography by Carol Dronsfield)

Dog owners know all too well the comforts of home include a wag of the tail and a welcoming bark, that if it could be put to the spoken word, would express “I’m so glad you’re home!”  Pup poetry.

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2015 Charlottesville Idea House

Country Living Magazine

Fido is ready for his close-up!  After all, our pets are part of the family.

Better Homes and Gardens

The Fido Files

Friend.  Companion.  Sous Chef.  Home security system.  Therapist. Confidant.  Constant source of entertainment.

Design Sponge

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

—Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”

 Roger Caras

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Architectural Digest

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

Our son and his girlfriend sit on the board of the Shepard rescue in their community.  Their caring and extremely rewarding work with rescue dogs brought them Caramel, and is inspired by our dear Ollie, our original rescue dog.

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Go for a walk with, throw a bone to, design and decorate your life around and consider adopting a rescue dog today on this National Dog Day.

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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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Southern Living

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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Rachel Volpone 

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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Texture

Better Homes and Gardens

 Color

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Tomato Red #9d0104

Tomato Yellow #d2a009

Tomato Green #847704

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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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Better Homes and Gardens

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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 Cucumber Recipes

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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!

 

Auctions, Estate Sales and Antiques Treasure Hunting

Auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting expeditions write the latest chapter of my how I spent my summer vacation story.

Auctions, estate sales and antiques

Antiques auctions are my thing.  From start to sold, I love the workings of the antiques auction machine.  Dave the Builder and I have clocked many an hour in old barns, metal buildings, old storefronts and convention halls in hope of acquiring antiques and vintage furniture and accessories up for auction.  When live and in person isn’t in the bid cards, absentee bids are in order.  One of my very favorite auction houses, Gallery Auctions, Inc.  invites absentee bidding, offers quality merchandise and is known for superb customer service.

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In the market for an antique bread or cutting board, I searched the listings with gotta have it success. I placed absentee bids on several boards to cover the spread, and was thrilled to receive the phone call that I won the bid I really, really wanted.  The board is big, aged, perfectly worn and rich in patina and provenance.  Score!

bread-boardAttending the highly anticipated local estate sale recently held less than one block from the Places In The Home abode turned out to be a good decision.  This particular estate sale was a treasure hunting must- one where quality meets quantity.  The bamboo light fixture immediately caught my eye, piqued my interest and held my attention.

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First day sale prices can send a wave of sticker shock throughout the antiques dealers, estate sale aficionados and interior design and decorating community.  The word on the tree-lined street signaled high prices ahead.  The price I was comfortable paying did not square with the sellers initial asking price.  I told myself if it is meant to be it will be, and waited for the next day price negotiations.  Holding firm with an offer does not always work out for the best, but in this case it did.

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Dave the Builder rewired the fixture, applied two coats of gloss white lacquer spray paint and here we are.  You’ll see this image again in a post I’m working on detailing more decor updates.

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Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino

He said, “I need a vacation.”  She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”

dare-day-clubDo we dare take a gamble on basing our vacation destination on past antiques inventory buying successes?  I’m willing to roll the dice if you are, Dave. He said, “make the reservation.”  She said, “win, lose or draw, I’m ready to go.”

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The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .

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First stop on the treasure hunting train: Kings Antique Mall.  The gotta have it list for our auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting trips includes requests from clients as well as items for my personal collections.  A hold tag on the two drawer chest dashed my hopes for ownership, but it gave me an idea for a piece already in inventory. Inspiration is everywhere.

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I am always fascinated by the nouns of life and how we draw home decor inspiration from them.  Violets remind me of my maternal grandmother, and memories drive the antiques business.

violet-plate1I almost overlooked this small violet adorned dish while shopping at Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale, but luckily spied it sitting pretty atop a dusty shelf.  It currently resides on my bedside table as a holder for my reading glasses.

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Hitting the copper jackpot at Antiques on Gladstone.

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I love when an entire city block is home to antiques shops.  Kid meet candy store.  Finding the hotel silver dome put the cherry on the treasure hunting cake.

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face-vasesWe are home sweet home again.

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Now comes the fun part.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Blooming with Beauty

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is features images blooming with beauty, style and inspiration.  I don’t believe anyone would fault us for stepping back if for only a brief moment to admire objects of beauty, n’est-ce pas?

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The Berry

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Inside a Picture-Perfect Summer Garden Party in Charleston perfectly styled by Tara Guérard for One Kings Lane.

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Jill Sorensen 

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Suzanne Kasler 

Halvorson Farmhouse, front porch cover try

A summer scene from Southern Living the magazine and the way of life.

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Elle Decor

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Lauren Conrad on Pinterest

Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Philippians 4:8

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A Most Fetching Friday: Design Details

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

Today’s fetching Friday focuses on design details and the it’s all in the details beauty that enthralls, captivates, and delights the eye.

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Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

Monogram_2Monograms and Antique Linens ~ Victoria Magazine

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Beauty on point captured by dancer Kyle Froman as featured in Harper’s BAZAAR.

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Have a lovely weekend.

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