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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Kenneth Jay Lane™
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.
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.
Color, pattern and texture makes a lasting impression at the movies and on the stars of film and Oscar winning royalty.
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.
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.
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.
Being the fan of art as a kitchen decor choice that I am, the above image speaks modern elegance to me.
Now comes the disclosure portion of this post.
Disclosure: As it in life and disclosure policy compliance with FTC rules, honesty is the best policy. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from the retailer, I receive a commission from the sale. To read the entire policy in full (fun, fun) please read my disclosure page.
Is it that time of year already to be in new season, new ideas blog mode? I think there’s still plenty of the present season to home decor show and tell about, but the window of summer is beginning to close. We will say so long to outdoor living, patio parties and summer soiree home decor finds that will disappear from our favorite store sites and shelves. On the bright side however, one of my favorite words, clearance, is heading to a home decor department near you in the very near discount future. I’m beginning to hear the rumblings of fall is right around the corner retail chatter. With all the inspired ideas floating around for the upcoming blog season, I find I’m not quite ready to throw in the summer beach towel just yet. The summer of 2015 has been a stylish one, and has turned out to be an interior decorating and home decor success in terms of trends and retail offerings.
Home accents, decor and furnishings markets are gearing up to reveal what’s new for the upcoming fall season in decorating trends and home decor. Interior decorating, tailgating times, holiday happenings, fall colors on parade decor accents and accessories suggestions and inspired ideas to dish and decorate around will follow, and I for one can’t wait! The summer blogging pace is slowing down for a few weeks in anticipation of a full-on fall preview. I am looking forward to things to come, and hope you will tune in for the Places In The Home fall 2015 design and decorating show and tell. I promise it will not disappoint.
Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter R for rental refresh upgrades. The conversation of late between mama and papa Places In The Home and our soon to be college graduate son heading up to the Great White North to begin his career has revolved around rental property viewings, interiors, exteriors, accents (eh?) and scads of all things house that make a home (rented or owned) furnishings. This is the time of year when thoughts of apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family houses for rent and rental refresh upgrades begin to take center stage in the minds of college bound students, career starting college grads and newlywed couples. According to recent real estate and business reports, millennials trend more toward renting than buying.
The genius of internet listings, video viewings, real estate apps and Skype proves an essential tool in locating a property. With a few clicks, well placed phone calls and virtual tours, our son has successfully rented a two story Victorian-era style home. Now comes the fun part- the rental refresh upgrades. He and his girlfriend are currently in putting a stylish spin on his new abode mode. This is not our son’s first time at the rental rodeo. He knows all too well renting comes with caveats, and property management firms have rules and code restrictions that must be adhered to. Addressing the aforementioned right off the bat clearly defines the can and cannots. Fortunately, the home owner is on board with the updates and rental refresh upgrades our son wants to do to the property.
Fresh paint rules the rental refresh upgrade playbook. I ran across this quote yesterday and it really hit home.
“Color is the least expensive thing to put in a house.” —Ruthie Sommers
Color often gives the biggest return on your interior decorating investment. Paint is an instant update and covers a multitude of previous tenant color choice sins and the scuffs, streaks and uh-ohs made when moving out. As a housewarming gift, Mr. Girlfriend’s Dad is painting the entire interior and key exterior areas of the house. Going with a neutral color palette allows more breathing room in regards to accents and furnishings. Landlords and property managers love neutral palettes, and come closer to approving the request for painting with this color choice.
My inbox is experiencing a high volume of before, during and after pictures. It’s exciting to be in the loop, share in the progress and to be asked to be a part of the process .
Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property? Absolutely! Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home. All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it for the sake of your comfort, convenience and personal style touch.
So worth it rental refresh upgrades good to go as in take it with you when you go ideas range from a programmable thermostat, stylish mirrors in bathrooms, accent rugs, light switch and wall plates, cabinet knobs and pulls, new shower head(s) and focal point light fixtures to exterior walkway lighting, planter boxes and a decorative mailbox. Renting or buying, it really is amazing how a sense of personal style, displaying objects of individual interest and decorating with accents that capture and convey your personality makes a house a home.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All good things and great vacations come to an end. Tripping Down Memory Lane Spring Break Trip Report Part III winds down our 2008 spring break trip to Las Vegas in getting back to Vegas basics style.
Filling In The Vegas Days and Nights: Hotels, Casinos & Restaurants
Spending the afternoon at Venetian surrounded by copies of and renditions of famous Italian works and decor was the plan for our Thursday afternoon. The machines, bonus rounds and green felt covered tables will take a backseat to sightseeing and lunch at Grand Lux Cafe at Venetian.
People often comment negatively in regards to Grand Lux as a dining choice while in Las Vegas. “It’s a chain. Why in the world are you eating at a chain restaurant?”
How do we love Grand Lux Cafe? Let us deliciously count the ways:
The food is always excellent. See images above.
The menu offers a wide variety of delicious something for everyone dishes.
The dining room design and decor is lovely.
The price is right.
If it ain’t broke…
I did not break with my dining at Grand Lux tradition ordering the seafood salad and a shared order of double-stuffed potato spring rolls. Dave ordered the fish and chips and gave it 4 forks out of a possible 5 review. The casino at Venetian was packed. I played $1 Top Dollar slots with no big wins. Dave didn’t fare too well at the tables so he was in hot pursuit of a $1 Double Top Dollar slot machine to play. We both love Top Dollar and Pinball. I did not receive an ounce of respect, love or pay from the numerous Top Dollar or Pinball machines I played during this session. I now fondly refer to them as “sucker machines” and Dave now fondly refers to me as a sore loser. If it was in the cards for me to be a loser, at least the rocking band playing at La Scena (casino floor lounge that sadly is no more) was churning out some fantastic music. Win, lose or draw I like to get my boogie on. We have boogied to really fantastic lounge acts playing the casino lounges. That part of old Vegas is slowly going away too. My parents tell of the now famous singers they saw years ago in Las Vegas when the entertainers were up and coming lounge acts.
I got it together earlier than usual so we could be on our way to lunch at the Paris Le Village buffet.
I knew I would want to play before lunch and also figured the line to be seated could be rather long on a Friday afternoon. I could not squeak out a win, but left the casino floor for the buffet line even. That’s always a win in my book! The lunch at Le Village was good, but this is a buffet that shines at breakfast. Dave pointed out the French onion soup and I informed him I had worked the French onion soup enough for a while. However, the crepe station did call out to me and I answered apple with raspberries, blueberries and crème fraîche, se il vous plaît. 5 forks out of 5 very French c’est si bon forks.
I packed the room up with a cup of in-room brewed strong Louisiana coffee in hand. Traveling with a coffee pot isn’t for everyone, but we do it for two reasons. In extremely short order after my eyes pop open in the morning and my feet hit the floor or carpet I need coffee- hot, fresh and Louisiana strong. I also like to have a cup or two in the afternoons or early evening when we are relaxing in the room before dinner or a show or just regrouping. The other reason is pure economics I swear we would go broke by the third day in town feeding our coffee fix. A fellow Vegas travel nut cued me in on a coffee pot travel tip.
There are several Walgreens and CVS locations up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Pop in a pick up a coffee maker and supplies and ignore the initial sticker shock investment. It will pay for itself within the first day. If you don’t want to contend with packing it up and carting it home, simply leave it in the room. Easy peasy. It is ridiculous what hotels charge for coffee ordered from room service or in the coffee shops, and speaking of coffee shops- coffee shops are quickly becoming an extinct dining option on the Strip. I am not the biggest fan of the buffet, but for breakfast dining the beverage selection and cost included reasons this to be a reasonable option. Dave went down to visit with the host with positive results. We checked out over the television and said goodbye to Treasure Island.
Our host at the Rio met us at VIP-Diamond check in and assigned us a room in the Ipanema Tower. The room reminded me of the suites at the Stardust we loved. These rooms impress me more in terms of size and layout vs decor. Various tell-tale signs give the age of the property away, but nothing we can’t live with for five nights. We got our gambling on for about an hour, and finally I declared victory with a $$$ win on a five-line .25 3X 4X 5X machine in front of the performing stage. Cocktail service at Rio was fast and frequent. My server took my Coke order. “Is Pepsi okay?” My “not in this lifetime” answer produced a chuckle on his part. I changed my order to a Shirley Temple (I was on the hard stuff this afternoon) and returned to my play. In a flash he returns with his own version of comedy with a “You had the ice-cold Pepsi?” I spun my seat around to find him standing there holding my ST with the biggest grin on his face. We both laughed and he became my cheering section for a big win. The time clock was ticking for me to be back to the room to get ready for Cher. Time clocks can be a good thing or a very bad thing when gambling. It was a good thing this go round and the $$$ win money made it to the room.
I covered the Cher experience in a previous installment. We hit The Cheesecake Factory in The Forum Shops for our post show dinner of a shared pepperoni pizza, strawberry shortcake and two glasses of Riesling. Very tasty.
Happy Birthday, Dave! Shopping for birthday gifts and perhaps something new for both of us to wear to the birthday celebration dinner this evening is the plan, and Vegas knows shopping. Dave was a sport and kept me company while I spent the afternoon shopping at the Fashion Show Mall. Starbucks supplied our very light lunch break of shared pastry and coffees- just a quick bite of something to keep a headache at bay. Our plan for the birthday celebration evening was for a quiet and relaxing dinner at the Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s (presently Ruth’s Chris). We enjoyed dinner at The Range so much on our last trip. We were seated by the window and with James as our waiter (requested). His personality and professionalism adds to the evening. Dave started with the lobster bisque and I selected the blue cheese and fresh apple salad. For our entrees we both ordered the 12 oz. center cut pork chop and shared Yukon gold mashed potatoes. The manager knew we were celebrating Dave’s birthday and sent over the most fantastic chocolate cake with strawberries and coffee for two. The food presentation and preparation was done very well. The service and the wait staff could not have been more professional or friendly, and it all equaled a memorable birthday meal in Vegas.
We were dressed and waiting in the Rio valet at 8:15 AM Wednesday. Trust me, I am not the up and dressed and ready to greet the day while on vacation kind of girl. By the time of day and level of enthusiasm, Dave realized I was serious about this slot tournament. I grabbed the keys, gave the valet a good morning hello and it was touchdown Flamingo events area.
The tournament was open to all Total Rewards card holders so Dave put down a few $20’s and we were registered for 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, and finally 2:00 PM. Wow! That’s a lot of hope and fun packed into a late morning and early afternoon at the dirty bird, and you would think we had a snowball’s chance in the desert of winning. Goodness knows as many times as we entered we sure thought we did! We didn’t even come close to placing, but we had an absolute ball trying.
The last day in Vegas gives me a pit in my stomach no words can describe. Staying busy cures it. Gambling for this trip was officially over. I had not been able to win enough to make it accumulate over what I started with, and the wins were too far apart from each other to save me. I find it is easier to swallow if I quit without too much damage to the initial bankroll. The suggestion of In-N-Out Burger for lunch and a business mixed with pleasure venture was met with no complaints. We headed out to dine in style and visit a few design and antiques shops.
We saw parts of Vegas new to us, and I lucked up on a few items I could easily pack. We grabbed a couple of coffees, parked and watched the airplanes landing and taking off from McCarran International. I must admit after nine full days and nights in Vegas this was a nice change. We caught a couple of afternoon fountain shows at Bellagio and it was Monte Carlo time.
Dave and I discovered the Wizard of Oz penny slots complete with flying monkeys, the yellow brick road and the wizard himself. The graphics and sound effects are amazing, and Oz turned out to be a magical place. I put in a $5 voucher and cashed out with $$$ for a nice win. The beautiful Glenda appeared to me in bonus round goodness resulting in the big hit. I could become addicted to these machines with no problem. There’s no place like home and Vegas on a sunny winning afternoon.
The Friday going home wake up call came at 5:30 AM with coffee shortly after. We checked out of Rio and at the car rental return by 9:15 AM. We were through security and to Continental gate D 20 with fifty minutes to spare. I took in the final sights of the Strip from my window seat on the airplane. I settled in for the three-hour flight with good tunes, better memories and big plans for our next trip. Getting home to a full house of family and friends on Hurricane Gustav alert and all he dumped on Central Louisiana naturally put priorities where they should be. Normalcy is back in our reach and has allowed me to share with you my trip report. The overall casual tone was the right way to go for us this Vegas trip. It was easy on the schedule, expectations and the wallet. I wasted no time bringing to Dave’s attention with all the money saved this trip it would be stupid not to book another trip out to our desert oasis within the next six months. My logic has him thinking about it. Then again, my logic always has me thinking about Vegas.