C’est Si Bon of Home: Crawfish Cheesecake

Louisiana cooking often begins with Louisiana Cookin’.   When the local crowd craves the c’est si bon of home or culinary curiosity piques the palate of the connoisseur in seasoned search of what Louisiana cuisine is all about, Louisiana Cookin’ magazine details the Louisiana lagniappe.

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Featuring delectable details of our unique culture, cuisine and recipes to beat the jazz band, Louisiana Cookin’  is the guide we consult.  Crawfish is in season, and this recipe for Crawfish Cheesecake places the season and seasoning spotlight on the regional delicacy and c’est si bon of home.

Crawfish Cheesecake

Crawfish Cheesecake

Ingredients

½ (13.7-ounce) box Ritz crackers

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

½ pound andouille sausage, sliced

½ pound crawfish tail meat

¼ cup chopped fresh jalapeño pepper

24 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

3 large eggs

½ cup Crawfish Beurre Blanc, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°.  In the bowl of a food processor, add crackers, and process until finely chopped.  In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter.  Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes; set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add sausage, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add crawfish and jalapeño, and cook until jalapeño softens, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Set aside, and let cool.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add crawfish mixture, thyme, salt, and pepper, and beat until combined.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined after each addition.

Pour cream cheese mixture over prepared crust. Set springform pan in a roasting pan, and fill with water half-way up the sides of the springform pan.  Bake until set and cheesecake jiggles lightly in the center, about 1 hour.  Remove from oven, and let cool completely on a wire rack.  Cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 3 days before serving.  Serve with Crawfish Beurre Blanc, if desired.  Serves 8

Crawfish Beurre Blanc

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

¼ pound crawfish tail meat

¼ cup chopped shallot

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

½ cup dry white wine

½ cup white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon hot sauce

4 sprigs thyme

1 tablespoon peppercorns

2 cloves garlic

½ cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup unsalted butter, cubed

Directions

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.  Stir in crawfish, shallot, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook until shallot is tender, about 3 minutes. Set aside, and let cool.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine wine, vinegar, hot sauce, thyme, peppercorns, and garlic, and cook until reduced by one-third, about 15 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer; return liquid to pan.

Add cream, and cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low.  Stir in butter, one cube at a time, until butter is melted and the sauce is smooth; stir in remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Stir in crawfish mixture.  Serve immediately. Serves 6.

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Take Cover Now: Tornado Damage

There is nothing pretty about a tornado or tornado damage, and take cover now is a warning best heeded.

Period.

This past Sunday afternoon we learned that lesson firsthand as our town-neighborhood-house was hit by a tornado.

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We are no strangers to the force and fury of a hurricane.   A tornado however, is an extremely rare occurrence in Central Louisiana.  This tornado experience was a first for us.

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Our local news station was live on the air with the entire weather team covering the storm.  The senior weatherman shouted “take cover now” and with that we took cover in the guest bathroom bathtub.  We never did hear the roaring train sound so many people remark they hear as a tornado approaches or when one is overhead.  What we did hear is the terrifying sound of trees, shingles, and various projectiles hitting the house.  The entire top of our neighbor’s magnolia tree was the first thing we saw as we opened our front door.

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Salvaged magnolia leaves placed in a mason jar injects a touch of simple beauty and Southern comfort into this otherwise ugly situation.

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Utilities are truly a beautiful thing.  We lost power Sunday afternoon, got it back a little before midnight, lost it again Monday morning and didn’t see the light of lights until last night at 9:51 pm CST.  A big, big thank you goes out to the utilities workers for a job well done and most appreciated.

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That was then,

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and this is now.

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The crepe myrtle to the immediate right is history as is the hydrangea.  The bird feeder chandelier was found one street over.  Howdy Do (the jockey) and the bird bath may be down but not out of the lawn and garden beautification game.

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The roof is heavily damaged and the inside of the house is a victim of stained ceilings, wet carpets, dirty floors, etc…  Clorox bleach and Lysol spray is suddenly a hot commodity.  My desk/computer is in Dave’s man cave, and a large part of the ceiling in the room is soaked through and through. That’s an odor one can only take for a few minutes at a time. Blogging will slow as the smell increases.  I will probably need several more bottles of this stuff before all of this is over.

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Roofs, ceilings, floors and sheetrock can be fixed.

We are safe and that’s all that matters.

Period.

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Gorgeous Blissful Beautiful Sleep: Luxury Bedding

Luxury bedding advances a gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep.  Hectic, over-scheduled, and thanks to daylight savings time long days of doing what we do tire and tucker.  A respite from the grind beckons, and the comfort of luxury bedding sets in motion the restorative benefits of the gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep.

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Cadillac ran an ad campaign several years ago with the attention grabbing line “luxury is measured in carats, thread counts and occasionally horsepower.”

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Beyond the count of thread, texture and pattern, the measure of luxury bedding fabric equates to what is pleasing to the sense of style as well as the personal sense of comfort.

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Luxury bedding in the style of European antique heirloom and Italian renaissance textiles bedding emulates the elegant finery of true antique and vintage linens crafted from fine laces and linens.  Gracefully romantic on all thread counts, the bedtime story to tell is the stunning presence heirloom inspired bedding and textiles lend to the feel of your sleep sanctuary.

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Where Egyptian cotton sateen or seamless silk cotton is the twin, full, queen or king bedding standard for some, cotton percale or linen is the only choice of bedding fabric for others.

trousseau sheets   Trousseau Fringed Sheet Set

Think me crazy for including sheets on my luxury bedding gotta have it list.

Sheets.

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Luxurious, comfortable, gorgeous blissful beautiful sleep sheets.  A personal style spin followed with the addition of leopard pillow cases. Like a good night’s rest, adding a sense of personal style is essential.

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Setting the tone and the texture for a beautiful sleep scene primps and pampers- an at home version of hotel turndown service.  Embroidered bed linens paired with monogrammed shams create a dreamy combination.

Dena-Atelier_bedskirtDean Atelier Somerset Bedskirt

Price point does not necessarily indicate quality, or lack thereof.  I find the definition of quality is subjective to personal preference.  new classic Avalon Hermes blanket

New Classic Avalon ~ Hermes

khaki-shamPatterson Luxury Bedding Sham

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Luxury bedding is not necessarily based on product price, but determined by the personal style and sense preferences that promote an excellent overall sleep experience.

embroidered scroll border sheetsEmbroidered Scroll Border Catena Sheets

As we transition from winter, thoughts turn to spring and summer updates to the bedroom and the texture, style and comfort of cotton and linen bedding.

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Crochet, linen and chenille linens bring to mind nights spent at Dave’s aunt’s house in a sleepy little north Louisiana town.

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Embroidered Hem Sheet Set

Crochet pillowcases, crisp cotton sheets fresh from the clothesline, a vintage chenille bedspread, and a bedside window raised just enough to allow the morning breeze to fill the room with the scent of African violets made a lasting impression on my soul and senses.  The combination of comfortable surroundings and simple yet elegant furnishings equated to a brand of luxury I only wish I could replicate.

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Crochet Border Oblong Throw Pillow

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peacock-alley-linensVeranda ~ Peacock Alley Lizbeth and Ava

Bedspreads, comforters and duvets are extensions of the decorative scheme of the space.  In many cases, luxury bedding is the finishing touch that pulls the overall look of the space together.

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A good night’s rest is essential for rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. Luxury bedding beautifully promotes a stylish and peaceful slumber.

 


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Creating A Spring Scene

Picture perfect moments, colors, subjects and samplings worthy of creating a spring scene catch the eye, stir interest and offer seasonal inspiration.

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Being in the right place at the right time had its advantages for a I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph blogger and a spirited blue jay with a bird bath all to itself.

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This creating a spring scene scenario went on for a good fifteen minutes. Nature provided a magnificent matinee, and the star of this one bird show appeared ready for his or her close-up.

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While we are on the subject of blue, I am quite impressed with the pale blue green color palette selections of The Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint.

Barry-Dixon-paintThe Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint

Snow Sky  ||   Well Water ||  Fauquier Spring

That crazy blue jay has the right idea about spring activities.  A refreshing dip in the pool was just the ticket to recharge his battery, and a spring road trip will be just the ticket to recharge mine.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Hydrangea Centerpiece

I was referencing violets and pansies in a yet to be published blog post. Walking past the kitchen table on the way to afternoon coffee, I glanced down to see the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens opened to the feature In Praise of Violas.  How’s that for happenstance?

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I’m not a practicing member of the ladies that lunch club, but I love the idea of it and the Southern Living feature The New Ladies Lunch. Planning the Mother’s Day menu is soon to be the task at hand, and the Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits look to be a Southern scrumptious must make.

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Southern Living

Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk
Parchment paper

Directions

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas and dough is crumbly; stir in cheese.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times.  Place dough in a bowl; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Unbaked biscuits may be frozen up to 1 month. Bake frozen biscuits as directed for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown.

~Recipe from Southern Living – My Recipes

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Spring is all about the new, the fresh, the green.  There is something so classic, Southern chic, and spring front porch perfect about a Boston fern hanging basket.  My brand new, full to the spring green Boston fern basket is the curb appeal accent piece hanging around the front porch creating a spring scene.

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Budding and Blooming Spring Curb Appeal

Budding and blooming spring curb appeal lawn and garden enthusiasts know the beauty and the value of curb appeal.  First impressions make lasting impressions.  Curb appeal traditionally is the topic of buying or selling a home conversation, but what about the value of curb appeal between the bookends?  I want the ooh and aah effect of gorgeous curb appeal to impress me, the homeowner, first and foremost.

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Spring motivates home improvement.  The first day of spring rollout makes it official, and by the look and buzz of things around the neighborhood everything’s coming up roses, azaleas, marigolds, verbena, zinnias, impatiens, begonias, sago palms and hanging baskets of fern. We’ve got this budding and blooming spring curb appeal covered.

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Consulting the buds and blooms bible aka the LSU Ag Center Bedding Plants for Louisiana Landscapes for plant this, grow that advice confirms we are a go for grow.

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Succulents make a lovely showing, and the decorative box Dave the Builder made for me a couple of years ago is the inspiration for a container garden.

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Color leads the way when orchestrating palette and planting.  The Barn Nursery’s Fool Proof Color Guide to Container Gardening gives color combination advice for creating beautiful color combos, height and size suggestions and recommendations for low-maintenance blooms.  You can download your free copy of the guide here.

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Speaking of budding and blooming spring curb appeal gorgeous DIY projects, here’s an idea for an address number wall planter from HGTV.

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Difficulty is the word that springs to mind when it comes to our efforts to plant and successfully grow hydrangeas.  A planting debate ensued over the recently purchased pink hydrangea.

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I suspected failure would follow if we prematurely planted the hydrangea under the assumption of the “we had no winter” temperatures of late. Last week the overnight temperatures dipped into the mid 30s.  I had a feeling.

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This Violet Hydrangea Oilcloth Fabric from Online Fabric Store is marked oh. my. gorgeous! for outdoor pillows.

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Gardening Tool Set in Copper Brass Finish.  So Chic!

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Parisian Entrance Urn in Aged Charcoal. Ooh la la factor at the front door! 

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Regardless if you are sprucing up your already in place exterior features or adding new, the budding and blooming spring curb appeal is rooted in the lawn and garden details.

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Painting the front door instantly adds a zip of spring spectacular color. Decorative stepping stones walk the garden path walk of function and curb appeal style.  Outdoor planters have come into their own, stylishly speaking.  The round copper patina cast stone pot and tan wash round rim clay planters from Home Depot deliver on all curb appeal fronts.

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Making the spring curb appeal gorgeous gotta have it list is the alligator door knocker by Michael Healy Designs.  Regional designs and decor accessories reflecting regional attributes impress a touch of home.

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Wind & Weather Fish Downspout Statue

Dress up gutter bottoms while steering rain water from the downspout to the lawn with a lawn and garden decorative downspout statue.

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Dave snapped a shot of the new recessed LED retrofit downlight with his cell phone.  The yard and beds show winter wear and are no where near spring ready,  but you get the idea. Looking at the house from the street/curb/sidewalk, the light is not as bright as it appears in the photo. It is a very pleasing choice of exterior accent lighting.

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Lamp(s) on a front porch create such an inviting ambiance.  Isn’t that the idea?

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From season to season, garden statues benefit from a quick cleaning, paint touch up or even a color change.

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Our side yard factors into the curb appeal equation. In fact, it gets more lawn and garden attention than the front yard.  It has quickly become a bird bathing-bird feeding-bird watching neighborhood attraction.  The DIY chandelier bird feeder sees plenty of visitors, and the fourth generation bird bath (that bird bath is older than I am) is quite the gathering place.  Mama Places In The Home tends to the bird bath water (from the looks of the above photo, somebody needs to get to get to filling it up).  The antics of our winged friends supplies us with hours of bird-watching entertainment.

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Budding and blooming spring curb appeal goes a long way in making the right first impression.  It announces style lives here.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Go Green Color Inspiration Friday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day go green color inspiration Friday.

Powerscourt_Waterfall_IrelandPowerscourt Waterfall ~ Wicklow, Ireland

What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?
~ Author Unknown

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It is believed the color first associated with St. Patrick was a shade of light blue.  The color connection between the St. Patrick’s Day and the color green dates back to the 17th c to what some perceive as an association to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

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go green color inspiration

Festive Bells ~ Ernst Evers

Molucella laevisBells of Ireland

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

~ Ivan Albright

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day go green color inspiration Friday!

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Design Show and Tell Time: Beautiful Scroll Instagram Photos

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.

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Who’s in for a Sunday painting party? 🙋🏻🎨 @susan.nethercote #ABMlifeiscolorful

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Sunday drivers in Cannes. 📷 by T&C’s @klaraglowczewska

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Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner plates…#dodiethayerfortoryburch #dodiethayer #antigua

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Daydreaming about this exquisite downtown view captured by @c.respo. #followyournola

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Inspiration is everywhere, as is evident from these beautiful scroll Instagram photos.

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Souvenirs: 21 Design Features From Hotel To Home

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.

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Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes ~ Sara Bliss 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

mason-apothecary-single-sink-console-oMason Apothecary Single Sink Console X 2

Medicine cabinets, storage tower(s) or center shelving offer excellent storage options.

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2.  In-Bathroom Television

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).

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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!

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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.

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5.  Double Entry Doors 

Design of the wonderfully dramatic kind.

double door bathroom entry 3 North ~ DecorPad

6. Decorative Molding Accents

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7.  Stylish Bathroom Faucets

Virture bath faucet pfisterVirtue Bathroom Faucet

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8.  Decorative Mirror(s)

Mirror, mirror on the wall– who is the statement making fairest of them all?

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Pagoda Mirror by Cooper Classics

KlingJ K Kling Associates ~ DecorPad

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.

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9.  Marble

Marble is the material of choice for showers, walls, floors and vanity tops. Why?  Because marble is just so pretty.

carrara marble bathroom vanity topHouzz

Maddux CreativeWorld of Interiors~ Maddux Creative

marble tile shower benchTraditional Home

10. Lighting

Layers and layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting.

wall-sconce-lightingCushman Design Group ~ Houzz ~ Photography by Susan Teare

11. Vanity Stool

Sitting pretty.

vanity chair bathTraditional Home

12. In-Drawer Electrical Outlets

Convenience comes home!

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13. Stylish Hardware

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Chrissy and Co

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.

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Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room

Caesars Flamingo Road View

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?

Venetian differences

14.  Unique Headboard

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Height, color, pattern and texture- all present and stylishly accounted for. I like the look of the diamond tufted upholstered headboard.

JSchoenberger_MasterBedroom2Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I ask myself “is the tall upholstered headboard on its way out?”  I tell myself “if you love the look, it’s in style.”

15.  Floor Mirror

For checking your look from head to toe.

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16.  Above the Bed and Bedside Lighting

bedside lighting House Beautiful

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. 

sarah richardson design decorpadSarah Richardson Design ~ DecorPad

The beside swing arm sconce lamps are perfect additions in size, function and balance.

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Lamps  Plus

17.  Bedside Light Switch

Convenience again makes an appearance on the list.  I love the convenience of being able to turn out the bedroom light(s) from bed.  Does that sound right?  You know what I mean.

18.  Bed Curtains

This design feature falls into the category of maybe, maybe not, but it is well worth considering.

Paul Corrie Interiors bedroomPaul Corrie Interiors ~ DecorPad

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19.  End of Bed Seating Options

Isabelle-Tufted-BenchIsabelle Tufted Bench 

Cassini settee

Cassini Grey Mistral Velvet Settee

A pair of upholstered stools, bench or settee placed at the foot of the bed round out my idea for extra seating and stylish function.

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Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

french-bench-gray-pinstripe-bench-pinstripe-bolster-pillowAmy Berry Design ~ DecorPad

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

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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.

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Hickory-Manor-House-Bed-CrownHickory Manor Bed Crown

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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Bedroom, White House

21.  Bed Curtain with Decorative Tiebacks or Holdbacks

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43 Chesapeake Court Antiques

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Emmy Curtain Tieback

Bed curtains, bed crowns and decorative holdbacks and tiebacks carry the look, the space and the eye to a regal level.

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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.

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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.

640px-Woodward_biloxi_lighthouseBiloxi Beach Lighthouse ~ William Woodward 

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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 Four Seasons Toronto ~ Yabu Pushelberg

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

large round chandelierVintage 1940s Twelve-Light Chandelier made in Milan  

Montreuil Chandelier

Montreuil Chandelier 

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Monroe collection chandelierWorld Imports Monroe Collection Satin Gold Chandelier

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Rye Table Lamp

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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.

architectural tilesTerrazzo ~ Exposed Aggregate ~ Quartzite ~ Natural Stone

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!

Broadwater marina

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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cubist glass sconcesMid Century Modern Cubist Glass Sconces

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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

In Louisiana March Means Crawfish Boil Season Is Here

The month of March may best be known for the start of spring, but in Louisiana March means crawfish boil season is here.  Louisianians love to boil, peel and eat these freshwater crustaceans in quantity and quality. We do love our seafood here in the boot, and from March to June we set the tables, plan the menus, and prepare the seafood dishes around a crawfish boil.  Crawfish taste almost like lobster, with the differences between the two basically amounting to cost, size and seasoning.

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Crawfish are native to the swamps and marshes of south Louisiana and farmed crawfish ponds of the Gulf Coast region.  Louisiana produces approximately 150 million pounds of crawfish annually, and also ranks as the nations number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crabs and alligator. Boiled to seasoned perfection, the crawfish boil is a weekend backyard gathering, festival or fais do-do in the making.

crawfish app

Those in the best price for crawfish in your area know you need an app for that.  The Crawfish App is a free app available on iTunes.  The app uses your device’s location or an entered address to list crawfish vendors in the area. You have the ability to view by price, reviews, or distance.

crawfish boil supplies

It’s amazing how a crustacean can create culinary excitement throughout the cities and parishes.  We love to host a crawfish boil or two or ten during the season for friends, neighbors, coworkers and family.  Fire up the pot and bring on the onions, garlic, celery, potatoes, lemons, crab boil and culinary imagination.  I’ve been to crawfish boils where the host chef adds smoked or andouille sausage, okra, carrots, cabbage and fresh mushrooms to the seasoned boil.  The flavor and the taste can be summed up in three words. C’est. Si. Bon!  Food is the language of Louisiana, and ours is a flavored speak.

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Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab Boil

Here’s a tip from the Places In The Home test kitchen~ add a drop of Zatarain’s liquid shrimp & crab boil to potato soup.  Delicious.

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Zatarain’s® Crawfish Boil

Ingredients

3 pounds yellow onions

6 heads garlic

6 lemons, halved

1 package (73 ounces) ZATARAIN’S® Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil – Complete

4 pounds small red potatoes

1 sack (35 to 40 pounds) live crawfish, cleaned

1 bunch celery, cut in bite-size pieces

¼ cup ZATARAIN’S® Concentrated Shrimp and Crab Boil

1 box ZATARAIN’S® Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil – In a Bag

12 frozen half ears corn on the cob

Directions

Fill an 80-quart crawfish boiling pot with a basket 1/3 to ½ with water. Place pot on a jet-style propane burner on high heat. Add onions, garlic and lemon halves.  (You can use a small laundry bag for lemons and garlic. Or just leave the onions in the mesh bag they come in from the grocery with tags removed.)

Bring to full rolling boil. Stir in Crab Boil Complete.  Add potatoes (in their mesh bag from the grocery or a laundry bag).  Reduce heat to medium-low. Boil 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove potatoes.

Return water to full rolling boil on high heat.  Add crawfish, celery, liquid Crab Boil and Crab Boil bag.  Return water to full rolling boil on high heat. Start checking doneness just before water returns to full rolling boil.  As soon as small gaps start to appear between the head and the tail on the largest crawfish, they are done.  Turn off heat.  Add frozen corn and cooked potatoes.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Remove corn and potatoes. Let crawfish stand for a minimum of 30 minutes, but 45 minutes is better. Serves: 20

To clean crawfish: Pour live crawfish into a washtub or ice chest; cover with water.  Drain.  Repeat 3 to 4 times until crawfish are clean.  Drain. Discard any dead crawfish and debris.

~Zatarain’s

Turn up the heat, the music and the good times with a crawfish boil.

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