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?
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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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.
Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration. I’m calling this Twig Accent Table by Three Handsthe 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.
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.
Making a bold statement with bold home decor and the bold, color wheel wow and oh so beautiful decor accessories drenched in bold home decor color is a bold move in the right and decoratively daring direction.
Rather experimenting on a small scale or full-on bold color saturation, working with bold home decor colors may be easier to do in baby steps for the decor timid or undecided. The shallow end of the bold home decor color pool is a great place to begin.
This contemporary armoire definitely will not fade into the woodwork, and that is exactly why I love it!
Fabulously funky, extravagantly elegant and guaranteed to produce a bold reaction, try coloring your world and space with one focal point piece.
From floor to ceiling, a brilliant contrast created through bold color, pattern and texture combined with distinctive accents and home decor accessories notes a truly unique design and decor visual experience.
Subtle boldness is not a firm contradiction of terms, but more a design approach to keep in mind. This example beautifully illustrates the role color plays in bold home decor accessories servings as both focal point and integral color infusion.
Revisiting and refreshing vintage posts is the norm for most bloggers in these slow and easy summer months. Readers utilize every moment of these summer long days and outdoor living nights to get the most out of their summer season, and I totally respect that. While I hope these new reads and range of topics keeps us engaged during the summer, I also hope you will enjoy the updated posts as well.
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.
A phone call from my son earrrrrly Friday morning led off with the question asked round the streaming world, “Do you remember what March 4th is?” For the Netflix loyal, March 4th is the highly anticipated and touted premier day of House of Cards season 4. I haven’t decided if I will be staying in for a weekend marathon or settling in on a weeknight for some must stream TV, but Francis J. Underwood has granted full pardon unto any House of Cards fan for any important meeting, activity or appointment missed during the period from March 4, 2016 until whenever they finish Season Four.
The opening credits featuring Washington, D.C. landmarks and the House of Cards main title theme music by Jeff Beal hits a haunting note that lingers in your mind and thoughts. Captivating, to say the least.
House of Cards Main Title Sequence from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo
Popcorn makes a delicious case for the ultimate binge watching snack. I will be popping up a batch of Rosemary and Sea Salt popcorn for streaming sustenance.
Rosemary and Sea Salt Popcorn
½ cup popcorn kernels
¼ cup canola oil or grapeseed oil (or other high flashpoint oil)
1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon fresh minced rosemary
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Heat the oil large pot over medium heat. After the oil is hot, add the popcorn kernels and the 1-tablespoon of rosemary, and then shake the pot to gently toss the kernels until they are all coated with oil. Cover with a splatter screen or a lid that is placed slightly ajar to allow the steam to escape. Cook until the popcorn popping frequency slows to several seconds between pops. Remove from heat, allow a minute or two for any final pops, and then pour into a large bowl. In a small saucepan combine the butter and remaining ½ teaspoon of rosemary. Melt the butter over medium heat. Drizzle over the popcorn and season with salt and pepper, tossing occasionally as you butter, salt, and pepper the popcorn.
Our gift giving millennial on board with the newest and greatest gadgets son insisted we accept his gift of Roku so we could get our House of Cards on. Streaming and binge watching entire seasons of television series and series made for Netflix, HBO, Showtime and the like in an entire weekend is how several million people watch television these days. I was a slow convert, but House of Cards, how you draw me in.
No streaming spoilers here, but as it plays out in the House of Cards game, Frank Underwood & Co. prove the more things change the more they stay the same. Never in a million years did I believe I would be enthralled by a fictional series. Let’s face it: House of Cards mirrors the nonfictional times we currently find ourselves living in. See what I mean?
Cunning characters with a penchant for political advancement veiled in brilliant plot twists play to the camera and today’s political climate with art imitating life inside the Beltway mastery. Makes for excellent viewing. I’m the type of viewer who doesn’t immediately realize how much of an impression fictional and nonfictional scenes and characters are making on me. It’s the same with inspiring and impressive interior design and decorating. Impressive interior design and decorating has the same effect on me. There are spaces that grab the eye at first glance and others with a wash over you presence that slowly and surely draw you in.
The brilliant writing, captivating story lines and foreboding theme song make me sit up and pay attention, but it is the sleek set designs of House of Cards that impress. Somewhere between an obligatory nod to traditional Washington, D.C. townhouse decor style and an overly emphasized attempt to marry modern to minimalist is a space found in many a home sweet home- a haven within a haven.
For those of you who are familiar with the show I don’t need to explain. For those of you who are not familiar with the show, a quick synopsis to put you in the loop…
The married Washington, D.C. insider powerhouse couple, Francis and Claire Underwood, come together at the smoking window (as I referred to it all weekend long). Cutting deals and stabbing backs on a daily basis is not for the faint at heart. When the proverbial house of cards begins to fall, and the weight of the Washington, D.C. world becomes heavier than usual, the cooler heads and blacker hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Underwood divide and conquer the day over a shared cigarette. Harm to the body is trumped in favor of this downtime ritual set with Frank and Claire seated atop a radiator and a shutter framed window. An otherwise forgettable and basically unimpressive space suddenly becomes a design focal point.
The forged alcove serves as a small space of shelter and refuge from circadian shenanigans- an in-house haven to vent away the foul of the day. I am by no means advocating smoking, but I do suggest if you do not already have a haven within a haven space entertaining the thought of getting one. I am, however, a huge proponent of recharging one’s battery.
A couple of years ago I won a Rebecca Swivel Chair after entering the Beautiful Black and White Pinterest Sweepstakes from House Beautiful. This is my “in my own little corner, in my own little chair” chair. It resides in a haven within a haven part of the house where downtime meets me time and helps me lose track of real time for a short period of time.
A phone call laaaaate Friday night led off with the question asked round the streaming world, “Have you watched it yet?” To quote Frank Underwood, “I’m only getting started.” Dave the Builder’s man cave will pull double-duty as both screening room and a haven within a haven over the next few evenings. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home to stream and decompress.