Social networking is an integral tool of the blogging trade. Those in the social media know advise selecting two to three social platforms to focus on to perfect your social media presence and contributions. I went with the big 3 in the blogging world conference- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I usually am so good at following sage advice, but in the instance of Instagram an exception is being made. More viewer than posting participant, I must admit I am late to the Instagram photos party, but better late than never. Instagram photos take the eye on a visual journey one scroll at a time. Places In The Home is first and foremost a design show and tell, and I can tell you these beautiful scroll Instagram photos are show and share worthy.
Part II of the Souvenirs series takes a look at 21 design features from hotel to home. The purpose of the well-appointed hotel room and the design features within is to make your stay convenient, comfortable and memorable- a thoughtful and inspiring souvenir.
Design and decor features of a stylish, chic and well-appointed hotel room is full to capacity with ideas to use in our homes. I keep the camera handy and a small journal in my purse for exactly that reason. See it. Shoot it. Commit to design features from hotel to home memory.
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Master Bath
To illustrate the point, I am using some from our Las Vegas trips in this post. Some of the rooms have been remodeled since our last stay, but we will work with what we have.
Palazzo Hotel Master Bath
Where a hotel room for some is just a place to sleep, for me it is as much a part of the vacation as a special dinner at a gourmet restaurant or seeing a top-tier headliner show.
Venetian Hotel Master Bath
In the spirit of Vegas lucky 21 I have selected 21 inspiring design features from hotels to home for your design and decorating implementation consideration.
Master Bathroom Features
1. His and Hers Sinks
Better yet, his and hers bathrooms. Since the his and hers bathrooms may not be in the cards, we will keep the focus on a design feature that is more in line with traditional bath design- his and hers sinks. Two is better than one in the name of convenience and personal space, and storage allocation.
Who doesn’t love a television in the dressing area of the bathroom? I am a big fan of this design features from hotel to home idea. Getting ready for the day, client meeting or an evening out can find us pressed for time. Having a television in the bathroom makes it easy for us to get our news, weather, traffic updates, sports scores (his) and music choice channels (hers).
3. Lighted Makeup Mirror
More the rule than the exception in today’s hotel room bathroom amenities, a lighted makeup mirror magnifies the magnificent you!
4. Dimmer Switch
Call this a bonus lighting feature that adjusts to the task at hand. The dimmer control allows me to add to or take away from the ambient lighting. Up for an extra layer of lighting to optimize the lighted makeup mirror or down for a soft night light effect.
The design and decorating elements of a ranch style house giveth and taketh away. Eight foot ceilings fall into the taketh away category, but layers of light, color, accents and accessories gorgeously guide the eye and giveth style to the overall look.
When the preliminary remodel/decor strategy session (eloquent words for the thirty minute “this is what I want, and how are you going to make my remodeling suite dreams come true?” conversation with Dave) began, my mental Rolodex flipped to I for inspiring design features from hotel to home.
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
The implementation of inspiring design features to further enhance the look and design of our master bathroom is presently on hold for two families under one roof reasons. The upside is time- time that allows me to source, study and gather inspiring design features information.
Palazzo Hotel Room
Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite
Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite
Hotels roll with the what’s on trend flow when it comes to updating the interiors of rooms, and what a difference a contemporary update makes. Which do you prefer?
Bedtime readers know the value of good lighting. May I suggest adding Places In The Home and Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes by Sara Bliss to your bedtime reading list.
I gave my friend a bed bench for her birthday, and it was the missing piece of her decor puzzle. The next time I saw her husband he thanked me for supplying her with a lovely and convenient piece that now served as housing for their folded laundry. I can lead my friends to stylish home decor, but I can not make them use it appropriately!
20. Bed crown ~ Bed cornice
A bed crown cornice can be custom built for more length, and work beautifully in conjunction with an architectural piece headboard- the best of both worlds scenario.
Don’t shy away from pairing two or more statement making design elements. You will know if the two cross each other out. There is a lot of trail and error involved in the process of making things beautiful, and plenty of fun, too. Stylish, smart and luxurious hotel room features provide a comfortable and unforgettable experience. Forget the soaps and shampoos- bring inspiring design features from hotel to home with you and make them your design and decorating souvenirs.
Inspiration is everywhere made good on its promise this Mother’s Day. Dave the Builder heard the something out of the ordinary call, gifting me this most unique and exquisite Italian heather plant for Mother’s Day. This visually striking plant in all its classic pink and green color combination glory is summer planter poised and ready. Giving thought to what type of planter befits this beauty, the usual suspects in my traditional rotation failed to impress. It appears a decorating style metamorphosis is taking place, a planting the seeds of change decorating 180.
“In gardening, architecture, landscape design and interior design the principles are interchangeable – or, at the very least, highly adaptable.” — Charlotte Moss
The preferred decorating style of choice at Places In The Home is traditional with a twist, but styles and tastes evolve as they should, and mine are no exception. If only on an experimental basis for the fresh and updated look of it, try introducing one or two accents, colors or patterns from a different decorating style to the space. A decorating 180 turns up the volume just enough to keep things visually interesting.
I paid a visit to the Hopefully Classic warehouse (storage unit) a couple of weekends ago to do a bit of shopping. Shopping from within is a tremendous concept. I become reacquainted with items in the inventory, an afternoon of hunting and digging for treasure qualifies as an excellent workout and the prices can’t be beat. I pulled a set of decorative concrete planters (one of which is shown in the above image) to pair with two small boxwood plants I bought marked down at Lowe’s. The picture does not do the planter justice, and as stunning as these planters are, do these lovelies qualify as my personal decorating 180?
Hold the phone! This Orlandi Statuary basket planter may be all the style sashay towards a decorating 180 needed to calm the winds of change. The style deviation is subtle enough not to overwhelm the process while staying true to the traditional foundation. Throw the eye a curve ball every now and then and hit a style home run.
The interior design and decorating minded tend to look at objects, spaces and images in a different light. A discerning eye will wonder toward a beautiful distraction in seconds flat. As Dave the Builder and I were watching a movie over the weekend, I realized my love of all things placement, pattern and palette was working overtime. Dave asked me a question about the story line, and as I fumbled to conceal the fact I didn’t have a clue he asked, “are you even watching the movie?” Technically, I’m watching, but more and more the focus of my attention is not with the story line. These eyes are zeroed in on the real star of the show.
To say I am completely taken in by the the houses (set recreated or actual real estate), architecture, grounds and furnishings that frame the frame is an understatement. As soon as the final credits roll off the screen the floodgates of post film commentary open. We Siskel and Ebert the heck out of the exteriors and interiors of the houses seen throughout the film, what design features would be considered passé by today’s standards, and how classic design elements will stand the test of taste and time.
This beautiful distraction dilemma is taking on a life of its own. The number of interior design and decorating images I view in a single week is in the territory of beautifully ridiculous. Pens and pads are strewn about my desk, a quick reach in close proximity of the keyboard for the numerous gotta have it, gotta share it, gotta remember the source jot it down moments of my blogging life.
Interior design and decorating images showcasing exceptional design and decorating work produce inspired results. Take the image below from the Waco Symphony Showhouse 2013. The interior design and decorating genius of CDA Interior Design is a showhouse showstopper. Is this not a stunning example of coastal chic on steroids? It is amazing how fast my eyes can style spot at least eight points of interior interest in this image. Equally amazing is how fast the featured interior design, furnishings and accessories draw me in.
Flea market and antiques shopping is all the rage, and why not? Discovering fabulous finds from yesteryear or the quintessential pièce de résistance races the heart and feeds the soul of a true treasure hunter.
There are many flea market aficionados that deeply regard Paris and the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Market as the holy grail of flea markets – the epitome of ooh la la chic and vintage style. As for flea markets here in the good old USA, isn’t it always flea o’clock somewhere? I’ve frequented the best of the best- the rusty, chippy, in need of tender love and repair cream of the flea market crop. And antique shops? I lost count years ago. Like a moth to a flame!
The one and only item I own purchased from a Paris flea market is a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase. Factoring in the signs of age, gentle use and the honey patina, this piece is a keeper.
Dave the Builder brokered a deal for this little goodie as a surprise Christmas gift. A fellow interior designer friend of ours purchased the suitcase for her husband while antiquing and fleaing in Paris.
Now don’t hold me to it, but this Louis Vuitton suitcase may just be the closest I ever get to an actual Paris flea market. It is a dream trip on the list, but in the meantime the finds this side of the Eiffel Tower satisfy the decorative joie de vivre.
If there is a better way to spend a weekend afternoon than in New Orleans perusing Camp Street or strolling the streets of the French Quarter, I have not found it yet (and goodness knows I do love the pursuit of Paris). It’s a wonderful substitute for an afternoon in Paris only 3½ hours from my driveway. I set my GPS -Grand Paris Style- for the Vieux Carré and we’re off!
Antiquing and fleaing at flea markets is a weekend ritual of absolute bargains and beauty in the eye of the treasure, trinkets and trash beholder. I love the phrase treasures, trinkets and trash for what it is and what it was- the name of my grandmother’s antique shop. The appeal of flea market and antique shopping is rooted in curiosity, appreciation, vintage love, and the art of the deal. Avid, seasoned, and even novice flea market treasure hunting and antique shoppers know of what I speak. Do you brake for antique and vintage treasures?
My fall checklist is winding down. The mantel is all gussied up, crotons and pumpkins line the front entryway, and cinnamon filled recipes have been prepared and joyfully consumed. That “leaves” one decorative detail left to address. Last on my fall to-do list but certainly not least is thefall tablescape. I decided to reflect the simple, natural, and casual feel of fall throughout the tablescape. See what you think.
Don’t you think a cloche instantly adds elegance to its surroundings?
Two years ago I found this creamer at T.J. Maxx and had to have it. It has such a presence sitting pretty in the candy dish which belonged to my great grandmother.
I find I am loving and using burlap in many of my decorative undertakings. Burlap is inexpensive, natural, and an easy material to work with. A couple of months ago I made throw pillows using burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply. The form of the sandbag caught my eye and I filed the “eyedea” away in my mental Rolodex. The affordable bags ($1 each) are perfect for making pillows! The bottom and sides come sewn together with the top left open for filling. The more I thought about it, the more I knew the bags would be perfect for another project I had in mind. I was in full fall tablescape planning mode when burlap genius struck.
Nice burlap sandbag placemats, don’t you think? I really like this low cost/high impact idea.
I utilized the top ties for securing the place cards. Inspiration struck once again as I found the decorative feathers from Hobby Lobby. I placed the feathers through the loop and tucked the ends into the side of the sandbag. Dave the Builder tipped the pine cone with copper spray paint to give it the all important fall pop of color.
The essence of fall~ the pumpkin & the pine cone.
The distinctive colors of the Staffordshire inspired Greyhound statues blend well with the deep, rich colors of the furniture and accessories.
A decorative urn makes the perfect base for a pretty pumpkin centerpiece. Various types of squash, ornamental dried bundles, taper and flameless candles complete the center display.
I include both a cloth and a paper napkin in my tablescapes. It never fails that someone will ask me for the opposite of what napkin I originally set, so I am tablescape proactive. It cuts down on the up/down time. The backstory on the deal of the year salad plates is here.
The table is set for fall to be celebrated with family and friends. I hope it meets with approval.
“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”
I thought I would round out the master suite remodel posts with my home decor gotta have it list. The home decor and home furnishings accessories treasure hunt is as fun as the finds, and I have had a blast searching and discovering home decor wonders. The gorgeous Thibaut fabric is a pop of color dream.
A frog anything is always in order, and Butch the Bulldog has a face I can get a chuckle from. I want to mount the iron goddesses to the wall as easels for a piece of art. I’m contemplating using the corbels as bookends. What do you think of the wallcovering choice for the master closet? An alligator and/or croc wallpaper is fittingly appropriate for Louisiana. Please don’t assume I’m a swamp person, but I would be remiss if I did not add a “Choot ‘Em” to the alligator reference. Click on the image to enlarge.
Next week I will be featuring a guest post that I’m very excited about. Be looking for it early in the week. I hope you enjoy looking at the items featured on the home decor gotta have it list. Have a great weekend!
Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home. I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain (this could be trouble), and there’s no time like the present so here we go. Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.
and now we have…
Are we having fun yet? You bet we are! More details and pictures to come. I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.
Movies are not the only thing Hollywood does well. Some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of cinema are not simply known for their cast or cinematic content, but for the classic Hollywood interiors of big screen legend.
It’s probably not intentional, but actually a huge coincidence when a home or a set designer’s interpretation of the home comes to life on a sound stage and takes over as the star of a film. When the architectural vision of near perfection captures the viewers attention and commands top billing it doesn’t necessarily speak to the weakness of the movie, but to the strength of the chosen piece of real estate.
Nineteen sixty seven is dear to my heart. It is the year I turned five, the year The Beatles introduced the world to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the year one of my favorite movies, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, was released.
I hit the Turner Classic Movies jackpot a couple of months ago when I noticed it was showing. I settled in for a couple of hours of escape with this oldie but goodie. The movie holds my attention on three points- a relevant and positive message, three Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills, and one luxuriously appointed home.
Something’s Gotta Give is a four star design winner on every level. To describe this space as just romantic, peaceful, and elegant doesn’t fit it well. It is the perfect, lovely, sexy, and inviting setting for the lady of the manor to discover that in fact her mojo hasn’t left the building, and for the viewer to glean a few ideas of their own in both the love and decor departments.
Is it me or is the common design denominator in these homes a neutral color palette? That’s the point- classic works. Some people think it is too safe- a boring option hinting at a lack of decorating imagination. It’s not that it is safe or boring, but that it is a great choice of classic color scheme to build your design and decor upon. This point is evident throughout the interiors and exteriors in the film It’s Complicated.
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Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility, the period drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name,remains one of my favorite movie houses. It possesses a quaint English charm suited to the period piece and period pieces featured in the film.
Set decorator Susan Bode Tyson wonderfully re-created Julia Child’s kitchen for the film Julie & Julia, a film contrasting the early years of Julia Child’s life culinary career with Julie Powell, the New York blogger who deliciously mastered the culinary detail of cooking all 524 recipes printed in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe per day for one year. That’s 365 days of bon appétit blogging goodness.