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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New Orleans influence is obvious throughout our home and homes decorated by yours truly.
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. 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Attending 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.
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.
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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He said, “I need a vacation.” She said, “Can we go auctions, estate sales and antiques treasure hunting?”
Do 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.”
The who, when, where and what anticipation of discovery is the common thread between vacation getaways and treasure hunting .
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.
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.
I 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.
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?
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.
I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season. Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.