Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel

Updating and refreshing blog posts is a necessary exercise in relevancy just as updating and refreshing our decor is.  A recent discovery of original images of the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort by architectural photographer Ezra Stoller and the video Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort is an exciting development (the video is posted towards the end of the post) and the main reason for updating Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel.  In compliance with licensing and copyright permission, the usage of the Ezra Stoller images was only approved for use in Pinterest board format.  The link to the private Pinterest board is also towards the end of the post.  If the story of the glamour days of a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach hotel, the architecture and interior design features that impressed and inspired, and the who, what, when, where and why that made it the pleasure dome on the Coast captures your imagination, then I’ve got a blog post for you.

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The decorating wheels of my mind are always turning, especially while on vacation.  Checking in and checking out the architectural, interior design and decorating features of the hotel we are staying at mixes business with pleasure. Inspiring design and decorating features of the lobby, dining room, swimming pool area and grounds of the hotel and of course, the well appointed hotel room, become impressive souvenirs.

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Over the summers of the early and mid 1970s, my family attended American General Contractors conventions in Biloxi, Mississippi.  I fell head over heels in love with the aesthetic of the buildings and interiors of our summer home away from home at 2110 Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort aka the Broadwater.  Through words, Biloxi memories, Ezra Stoller images and decor accessories and accents in the style of, I invite you along on this tour of the architecture and interior design of the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

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The Broadwater

The Broadwater Beach Hotel began as a modest hotel property in comparison to what the Broadwater would become under the ownership of its second owner, Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown.  Pete Martin Sr., the original builder and owner, was known as a well-known gambler and rum runner along the coast.  He opened the Art Deco style hotel in 1939, but the desire to invest in a Las Vegas hotel brought about the need to raise the funds to pursue this endeavor.  Enter Texas oilman Joe Brown. Mr. Brown purchased the property from Pete Martin, Sr. in 1958, but unfortunately Mr. Brown passed away the next year.

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Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown wholeheartedly embraced the task at hand of transforming the Broadwater into a travel destination contender. Mrs. Brown, with a keen vision and staunch attention to architectural detail, brought to fruition a premier flagship beach hotel and resort property.

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Dorothy Dorsett Brown launched a new Sea·Sun-Food·Fun architectural and mid-century modern interior design renovation complete with architectural enhancements, renovations and additions to the property.

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Stunning on all beach fronts, the newly completed and modernly improved Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort raised the hospitality stakes as the foremost host on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I have diligently tried to locate fixtures, fabrics and finery original to the Broadwater to little or no avail.  I’ve selected a few accents and accessories to illustrate the juxtaposition between yesteryear and today’s interior decorating tastes and trend.

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Standing out among the other properties along Beach Boulevard Highway 90, a half circular exposed aggregate palm tree lined driveway and signature concrete canopy glamorously greeted guests.  As coastal day turned to coastal night, exterior recessed, spotlight and pathway lighting illuminated the Broadwater in shades of yellow tinted white.  As an extra-added “front of the house” visual treat, colored bulbs were added to the landscape spotlights in the front landscape beds.  It’s all in the details!

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The lobby showcased Terrazzo flooring, framed artwork, Italian chandeliers, mid century modern table lamps and walls dressed in mid century style contemporary walnut paneling.

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Cienega Table Lamp – Green design by Couture Lamps

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The extensive grounds of the Broadwater included Lanai rooms, brick cottages, a resort triple play of swimming pools complete with waterfalls, diving board (remember when hotel pools had a diving board?) and postcard worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, family friendly offerings such as a playground and train, elegant dining options featuring live musical entertainment, tennis courts, riding stables and premier Sun and Sea golf courses.

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Regarded as a state of the art jewel of the Coast, the Broadwater Marina made its property debut to the boating public in 1965.   Dorothy Dorsett Brown spent $3,000,000.00 to build the marina.  That’s a lot of clams for 1965!

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The Broadwater Marina could host up to 150 sail and powerboats.  Hotel shore to ship services such as boat or yacht housekeeping and room service was offered to the marina occupants.

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The staff of the Broadwater Hotel and Marina, with effortless precision, mastered the art of hotel and southern hospitality.

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No pedometer was needed to record the number of steps taken or distance walked around the sprawling grounds of the Broadwater.

Miles.

Trust me.

We clocked hours swimming under the waterfalls of the Lanai pool, holding court poolside from the swim up tables bedecked with fringed umbrellas in resort festive colors, and sipping Shirley Temples made to order with extra long stemmed cherries and crushed ice.

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Room service delivered to the patio of Lanai room 127 was a daily treat enjoyed by the members of our future ladies who lunch club.  The room key from Lanai room 127 is a forever souvenir from the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

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The objective of a hotel or resort is to treat guests to a memorable vacation and hospitality experience.  One of my most endearing memories of the Broadwater is the The Royal Terrace dining room.  Opulent yet accessible, the interior design and decorating accent mark was fittingly placed over swank and service.

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Vintage Cookbooks & Crafts ~ Restaurant-ing Through History

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I am truly convinced my love of crystal prisms began in The Royal Terrace in the summer of 1973.

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Corbett Lighting Chimera 2-light Silver Wall Sconce

Elegant wall sconces dripping in crystal prisms illuminated ornamental panels.  Crisp white linen tablecloths draped tables elegantly set for a summer night on the town dining experience.  A distinctive curved wall to the left of the main dining area anchored the Trophy lounge.

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A curved floor to ceiling wall of windows adorned in Austrian shades overlooking the pools and patio all done against the backdrop of deep pink and white color palette perfection- these will forever be a few of my favorite hotel interior design and decorating things.

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Destruction and devastation is the calling card of a hurricane, and the states in the Gulf Coast region have had their fair share come to call.  Dave the Builder’s sister, her husband who was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, their toddler daughter, and her in-laws rode out Hurricane Camille at The Broadwater Beach.  Her mother-in-law worked at the Broadwater, and feeling the structure sound she suggested the young military family take refuge at the hotel.  Evacuation confusion ensued along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as hurricane coverage of the category 5 hurricane was thought to be aimed at Florida. Hurricane warnings for the area were issued by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, August 17, 1969.  The window of opportunity for them to safely evacuate slammed shut sooner than later, forcing them to seek protection in the motel rooms on the back part of the property.

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Hurricane Camille’s landfall presence was unforgiving.  The storm surge was brutal, flooding and fires consumed and destroyed properties, and the death toll startling.

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The Broadwater Hotel suffered storm surge flooding, and the Broadwater marina saw moderate damage.  The Broadwater weathered the storm and survived the damage of Hurricane Camille, coming out on the other side of nature’s wrath repaired and renewed.  This time.

I last visited the Broadwater Beach Hotel in 1998.  Financial neglect, design and decor disrepair, and changing times were now guests with no intention of checking out.  The bones of the main building were as I remembered, but an attempt at updating the once glorious interiors looked to be an epic fail.

Post Katrina Damage to Main Pools & Dining Room

Hurricane Katrina barreled through, and what parts of the Broadwater Hotel she didn’t destroy the wrecking ball did.  On this side of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the economic downturn of 2008 comes hope for a Broadwater revival.

Broadwater Development, LLC hopes to once again create resort magic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where exceptional hospitality leaves a lasting impression- one that invites you back time and time again.  News of the revival of the Broadwater is exciting as is the discovery of Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort.

Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel

Please find the link to the Pinterest board below:

The Belle of Biloxi: The Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort

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The companion post to this feature, Souvenirs: 21 Inspiring Design Features from Hotel to Home, is currently in the process of being updated and will be posted at the end of the week.

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images via Preservation in Mississippi, PIM via John Beers II,Flickr/tombarnes20008,Reocities

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?

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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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Making A Bold Statement: Bold Home Decor

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.

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If you have been considering going for the bold and the beautiful, but have yet to test the waters, there’s no time like the present.

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My Domaine

Taking an all in approach to bold home decor produces bold results.

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Bold home decor statements in bold and living color are alive and done very well in New Orleans style as illustrated page after unique page in Valorie Hart’s book, House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana. There’s no place quite like New Orleans, and Ms. Hart recognizes and features the interior design and decorating so expressly unique to New Orleans.

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Another stunning feature from the pages of Elle Decor further makes the point.  New Orleans based artist Ashley Longshore’s studio is a gallery of bold expression.

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Elle Decor

Bold color incorporation on a grand scale boldly colors the world of some, where as a gradual color progression better sets the tone for others.

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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.

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This contemporary armoire definitely will not fade into the woodwork, and that is exactly why I love it!  

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Fabulously funky, extravagantly elegant and guaranteed to produce a bold reaction, try coloring your world and space with one focal point piece.

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Lisa Mende Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Go bold and go home, Dorothy!  There’s no place like it.

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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.

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 “Fiori Di Como” by artist Dale Chihuly in the lobby of Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas.

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Amanda Nisbet

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Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors

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Bold color combinations and pattern selections capture the modern twists and turns of today’s tastes, yet stay true to the core appeal of classic designs.

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Southern Living

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Pinterest

Neutral walls more of what you have in mind for the space?  Introduce bold home decor to the space through spot accessories.

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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.

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Kirsten Kelli

Traditional styles mixed with bold color choices strike a palette balance and speaks to the unique personality of the space.  Take your look boldly where no look has gone before.

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Family style time in the home of fashion designer Kim Bachmann as featured on One Kings Lane

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.

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 

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

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Elle Decor

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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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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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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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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

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.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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House of Cards Inspired: A Haven Within A Haven

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.

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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.

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Rosemary and Sea Salt Popcorn

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

~Food & Wine

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Home Decor Inspired By The Oscars

Motion picture award season comes to a glorious golden crescendo Sunday, February 26, 2017 with the broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards, better known to most film aficionados as The Oscars.

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Oscar buzz, fashion, highly anticipated red carpet arrivals, Jimmy Kimmel as host, and social media parties to join in the celebration is in full swing. One way or another, The Oscars 2017 pomp and circumstance is generating more excitement and statue speculation.

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Any favorites?  With a nod to television tradition and celebrity curiosity as the driving force, I will be tuned in on the last Sunday in February to watch The Oscars, the red carpet arrivals, and the red carpet fashions and colors that inspire as only Hollywood glitz and glamour does for home decor inspired by the Oscars.

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La La Land leads the field with 14 nominations.  In a style reminiscent of the glory days of the Hollywood musical, La La Land creates musical magic on the big screen and excitement throughout the motion picture community.

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The Dove, Norma Talmadge Print

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“Dance and Photography” by William Ewing

For those dancing under the stars moments~

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From the most memorable movie sets to the most stunning fashions, Hollywood glitz and glamour never ceases to impress designers and inspire designers to translate Hollywood to home decor inspired by the Oscars.

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Bright and early in the light of post Oscars Monday morning it is off to the nearest brick and mortar and online retailers in search of Oscars most unforgettable and glamorous best.  Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s must have drop dead gorgeous emerald earrings from the 81st Academy Awards?

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Inspiration is everywhere, especially in Hollywood.  The shades of emerald green craze hit the fashion and design world with a vengeance post the Angelina Jolie red carpet reveal.

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Hollywood excels in the art of color, its influence emulated in design and decorating through a technicolor infused palette divine.

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Hollywood Regency Faux Malachite Box

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Strike a stunning balance of Hollywood golden days with modern glamour through tone, texture, pattern and crystal Stars of Hollywood sconces.

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Jamie Herzlinger 

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A glitz and glamour aesthetic fills the decor bill in a powder room, and gilded wall sconces lend the presence of old Hollywood design and decor element to the space.

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Jessica Lagrange Interiors

The shine of Oscar gold, the sparkle and color of exquisite gems and the shimmer of the Dolby Theatre interiors connect the decorating dots to Hollywood elegance.  In the style of old Hollywood, interiors command a regal presence through glam wallpapers, textures and crystal chandeliers.

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Color, pattern and texture makes a lasting impression at the movies and on the stars of film and Oscar winning royalty.

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Harper’s Bazaar ~  Halle Berry ~  (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Glossed and glammed ebonized walnut walls reflect the light of the center chandelier by Thomas Grant, while the ottoman by Bobbitt takes the award for best zebra-upholstered accessory.

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Inspiration is everywhere, and in Hollywood it is found on the red carpet.

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The golden era of opulent theater interiors lives on through marquee chandeliers, ceiling medallions and gold leaf ceilings.

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A statement making ceiling medallion becomes a chandeliers best accessory.

And the Oscar goes to…

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

Dark interiors make a dramatic, commanding and intimate statement. Dark interiors are coming out of the shadows and into the trend spotlight.

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Although black is not the only dark color choice associated with dark interiors, it does seem to be the basis for dramatic back in black magic. Black is the new black- a perennial color classic and decorating color essential. What oomph the perfect little black dress lends to a fashionista’s wardrobe, a space dressed from floor-to-ceiling in the color black speaks to a decorista’s personal interior design and decorating style.

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Visual allure produces a theatrical statement.

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Dark interiors keep beautiful company with deep accent colors rich in palette intensity, and therein lies the secret to the perfect design and decorating marriage.

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My initial thought when sourcing the Vertigo pendant by designer Constance Guisset for Petite Friture?  Haute witches hat.

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Dark interiors introduce a sophisticated warmth to the space.

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Dark interiors.  What say you?

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Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse Kitchen

As I perused the Places In The Home Facebook page this week an image posted by Traditional Home magazine immediately caught my eye.  The Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Charlotte, North Carolina Interior Designer Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design is visually captivating.

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Older homes have a history, a story to tell. Lisa Mende tapped into the home’s history as inspiration for her thoroughly modern interior design concept and execution. Distinctive details reminiscent of the emerging Art Deco times of the 19oos when the house was built, world events of the early 20th century and the sinking of the Titanic all played a large role in the kitchen design inspiration and influence.  Inspiration truly is everywhere!  Click on the link below the images to read the full story and view the gallery of images from the showhouse.

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You never know when or where inspiration will strike or what home decor item will excite the eye.  Below is the swoonworthy beauty that did just that.

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The Pimlico Double Swing Arm Plug In  has found a place on my gotta have it list.

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Being the fan of art as a kitchen decor choice that I am, the above image speaks modern elegance to me.

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Abstract by Mayberry

The framed art piece and the swing arm lamp combination works, and works beautifully.

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I love keeping an eye out for designs, decorating applications and home decor that raises the bar, races the heart and inspires.

Love your style!