Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.  We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.  The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.  Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized?  If it is, putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

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Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.  Decluttering is a total body workout.

Kinda.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.  You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.  When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.  You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety (and yes, the guilt), and gives instant visual results.

declutter your home

Becoming Minimalist

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Coco Chanel offered chic pearls of wisdom when she said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Coco-ChanelVogue

I apply Coco Chanel’s stellar advice to the placement of decor accessories and accents in a space.  Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from can add to the appearance and flow of a room.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.   Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.

Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.

If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.

“What if I fall?  Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 
― Erin Hanson

Eloquence

As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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House Beautiful

I like to mix things up a bit by bringing antique, vintage, and non-traditional decorative storage solutions into the fold.

armoire storage

Domino

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

1860’s Traditional Hungarian Armoire

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Woven Square Basket Set

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Traditional Home

Woven Seagrass Basket with LeatherWoven Seagrass Basket with Leather

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Airelle Console TableAirelle Console Table

Storage trunks and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.  You not only get a stylish accent but also a decorative storage solution.

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

Danita 3 Piece Iron Storage Trunk Set

I love the look of this coffee table/decorative storage piece.

 

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Palm Estates Coffee Table

So coastal chic!

CABINET Schranksysteme AG, GermanyHouzz

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Storage boxes need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Caolan Storage Box - Brown10″ Caolan Storage Box – Brown

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John Derian – Architectural Digest

 

Biltmore-Hats-Stetson-BoxBiltmore Hats Salesman’s Sample Stetson in Box

 

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Vintage Oval Hat Box Dobbs Fifth Avenue

Limoges France Cognac Adet Porcelain Ashtray

Limoges France “Cognac Adet” Porcelain Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

Duck Head Valet Tray

A vintage dish or valet tray is a handsome holder for his cuff links, change, keys, phone or sunglasses.

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Pinterest

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Antique English Mahogany Bookcase

harvest-wire-basketHarvest Wire Storage Basket

Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with HandlesTyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

To complete the look…

Bent Rej Keith Playing the Piano II" - Keith Richards Backstage Copenhagen

Bent Rej “Keith Playing the Piano II” – Keith Richards Backstage, Copenhagen 1965

You’ve Got Mail!

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Clear Magazine Slipcase

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines), and I still love sending and getting greeting cards through the USPS however, they do tend to stack up.

Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

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Black Wire Wall Letter Basket  ||  Rattique Lidded Wall Mail Holder  ||  Wall Hanging Basket with Leather Strap – Smith & Hawken™

A vintage biscuit barrel finds a new use as a decorative office supplies holder.

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Antique English Oak and Silver Plated Biscuit Barrel

Giving the Dog a Bone

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Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.  Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

dog-biscuits

The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

 

Anchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill JarAnchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill Jar

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

Gold Wire Bone Metal Basket

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Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill

pitchers

Vintage pitchers make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

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Kathy Ireland – House Beautiful

SMALL ASSORTED BEECHWOOD SPOONS (SET OF 6)

McGee & Co. 

Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.

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Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

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Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

 

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks

Damask Tile Wall Decor With Hooks 

gabrielle-system-hanging-utility-basketGabrielle System Hanging Utility Basket

alphabet hooks spell out home

Alphabet hooks from Pottery Barn spell out organization.

Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Houser Dog Wall Hook

Boxer coat hookBoxer Wall Hook

Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

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Regal Style: Crown Home Decor

While working on content for an upcoming post, I found it necessary to head over to the bookmark manager.  Information overload is the driver of my “where did I see that” moments.

Enter the bookmark manager.

While scanning the manager, I style spotted the article “Inside Tara Shaw’s Breathtaking—and Very European—New Orleans Home” from One Kings Lane.  Immediately I remembered the wooden crown sculpture and bed crown home decor pieces prominently featured in several of the images in the article.

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Bookmarked under inspiration, the New Orleans home of Interior Designer and Antiques dealer Tara Shaw is an interior design and decorating love letter to the signature interiors befitting the European influence witnessed throughout the Crescent City.

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Serene colors create a nuanced backdrop, one in which contemporary furnishings, unique antique pieces, and crown home decor strike a balance between elegant and livable.

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Côté Maison

Gilded pleasures is the term that best defines my fancy for crown home decor sculptures and accessories bedecked in shades of gold.

gold-crown-accentAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gilded (also called gilt) refers to the gold appearance or illusion achieved when covering a surface such as wood, metal, porcelain or stone with a thin layer of gold.  Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.

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Ebanista

As you might expect, I equate crown themed home decor pieces with the city of New Orleans.  The French and Spanish influence is displayed in the architecture, regional cuisine, and pageantry of the royal courts of the Mardi Gras krewes.

Rayne Marie Paintings

The 2019 Mardi Gras season is in full party and entertaining swing.    Although these crown embellished dessert plates are not actually gold or gilded, they  do accomplish the style mission of serving grand and regal style.

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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Crown ornaments in gilded tones paired with velvet ribbon is all that’s needed to create unique napkin rings.  Several Christmases back I did this with small oval framed prints, and I was quite pleased with the results.

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

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Crown Christmas Ornaments

Gorgeous color options abound in the selection of velvet ribbon from EAB Designs.

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Olive Velvet Ribbon – EAB Designs

My absolute favorite Mardi Gras accessories for table and toasts come from Alexa Pulitzer.  The Kissing Gators place card features a couple of Louisiana’s favorite swamp dwellers wearing gold crowns in regal glory.

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Alexa Pulitzer

From muted tones to gaudy gold gilt overload, crown home decor accessories reign decoratively supreme over the space they grace.

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Veranda

An antique wooden crown sculpture from a church in France becomes a regal focal point.

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Antique Shops & Designers Magazine

Crown Wall Décor - Gold - 3R Studios

Crown Wall Décor – Gold – 3R Studios

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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This Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest brings a stately presence.  The beauty is in the details, and the chamfered legs, crown detail, turned feet, and decorative solid brass hardware create a regal presence.

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Be still my heart!

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

I am searching high and low for the perfect space and spot to put the Colten crown wall shelf.

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Pinterest

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

There’s bed crowns and then there’s bed crowns.

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier Metal in Antique Gold (8-Light)

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier 

 

Vintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light FixtureVintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light Fixture

 

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Crown Chandelier in Gold

Gold Crown Hanging Pendant LightGold Crown Hanging Pendant Light

 

Crown Renaissance Wall Plates Crown Renaissance Wall Plates

 

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

 

Royal Crown Wall Mirror

Royal Crown Mirror

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I purchased several of these decorative crown sculptures for Mardi Gras inventory at Hopefully Classic, and I was smart enough to pull one back for myself.

Crown Themed Home Decor

It continues to be an essential part of my Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Easter decorating schemes.

gold-crown-cake-topperThe Queen of Crowns

Would you consider a crown cake topper crown home decor?

We entertain family and friends in our homes.

We tend to pull out all the stops to wow and impress.

I believe that’s a yes.

crown-topper-layer-cake

These crown cake toppers from The Queen of Crowns are cake topper crown jewels.

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The Queen of Crowns

A special occasion cake calls for distinctive embellishments, and a crown cake topper makes a magnificent choice.

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Atelier de Campagne

The hand carved 3 piece wood candlestick set by One Allium Way as well as the Montfort 2-light wall sconce combine elements of European design style with crowned sophistication.

crown candle holdersHandcarved 3 Piece Wood Candlestick Set by One Allium Way

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

The purpose of home decor pieces is to enhance the spaces they furnish and adorn.  Crown home decor pieces, accessories, and accents impressively accomplish just this.

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Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.

Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next.  Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend is over and done with.

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

In the Kitchen

Butcher block countertops.

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Design Sponge

Pecky cypress finishes.

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DecorPad

Out with the square footage hog better known as the kitchen island.  Floor space is the hottest commodity in the kitchen workspace, and the kitchen island can take up quite a lot of it.

Personally, I like the proven functionality of the kitchen island, but have been known to curse its cumbersome existence at times.

In with the on wheels movable stations or serving pieces.

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Custom and period style hardware.

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Westward Foundry

I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic. 

black kitchen cabinets

Portuondo Perotti Architects

Black is timeless, elegant, and on trend in kitchen style for 2019.

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Rich greens and deep blues will strike a color trend chord, creating a space that is intimate, cozy, and inviting.

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deVol

Open shelving is the trend that keeps on giving a stylish and curated look.

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Elle Decor

Antiques

The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end.  Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement.  The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.

antiques-modern-mix-dining-roomSouthern Home Magazine

Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019.   Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space.  Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.

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Houzz

 

Savannah Acrylic Coffee Table

Savannah Coffee Table

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In These Modern Times

American modern, mid-century modern, and Art Deco will fabulously fit in with the movement toward elegance.

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Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Let me to reiterate: the mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh, custom, and relevant result.

modern-antiques-accentsMr Brown London

Bold Walls

Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year.  Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.

Soane BritainSoane Britain 

I do believe an interior design decorating trend is afoot.

Color. Texture. Pattern.

Rita KonigRita Konig

Pink is coming in on trend as well as the jewel tones that complement.

Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 

pink facade

Architectural Digest

Adding texture to the walls, floors, countertops, cabinetry, spaces and places in the home is on the mind and the searches of Pinterest users.  Searches for ‘textile art’ climbed by 1,178 percent.

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Visual texture takes the decorating lead with woven fabrics and textured wallpapers at pattern play.

textured wallpapers Inside Wallpaper

Warm colors.

Holiday House

One Kings Lane

Metals continue to create a buzz.  Vintage tin, pewter and gunmetal accents top the searches across social sites.

tin-ceiling

Houzz

Comfort in Style

The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind.  Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.

A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.

Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?

Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.

The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential.  I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.

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Happy New Year 2019

Ringing out the old year and ringing in Happy New Year 2019 in style with a performance of Auld Lang Syne by the legendary Rod Stewart.

Talk about classic style!

Robert Burns’ Scottish poem written in 1788 and set to a Scots folk melody, Auld Lang Syne is the traditional musical ode to New Year recollecting events over the year, thoughts of old friendships, nostalgia, old times, and days gone by.

As seen in the video, the long standing Scottish tradition is to sing Auld Lang Syne just before the stroke of midnight with everyone sitting or standing in a circle holding hands, arms crossed so their left hand is holding the hand of the person on their right, and their right hand that of the person to their left.

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians popularized Auld Lang Syne as it became the traditional song of New Year played immediately after the ball drop in Times Square.

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My sister-in-law, a staunch New Year’s traditionalist, rings in the New Year with a Happy New Year phone call to us complete with Guy Lombardo’s version of Auld Lang Syne playing in the background.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and never brought to mind? 
Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

Dave and I wish each of you a very Happy New Year 2019!

May New Year 2019 bring you joy, health, blessings, happiness, good fortune, inspired projects, and beautiful surroundings.

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Merry Christmas 2018

Dave and I wish each of you a bright, blessed and Merry Christmas 2018.

Merry Christmas 2018

May you enjoy the beauty of Christmas in the presence of love, joyous occasion, bountiful blessings, delicious delights, and spectacular style.

We consider it an honor that you choose to spend time at Places In The Home, and we send you love from our home to yours.

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Pretty Pictures, Ribbons, and Busy Days Before Christmas

Pretty pictures, ribbons, and busy days before Christmas puts the wonderful in it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Busy times bring happy holiday times, so let’s get this party cracking.

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Is your Christmas list of things to do wrapped up with a big bow on it?  Mine is not as there’s still things to do, presents to wrap (Merry Christmas, fellow present wrapping procrastinators), goodies to bake and box, gifts to deliver, and halls to deck.

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I liken the last few days before Christmas to that of a fabulous performance, building to a crescendo of epic and joyous volume.

Music is an integral part of my daily routine, even more so when it comes to the holiday jingle all the way.  Traditional tunes make the playlist, but discovering new holiday songs and new arrangements of old favorites is a gift all its own.

smooth-jazz

I’m streaming Smooth Jazz JJZ on iHeart radio, loving the holiday songs from Dave Koz, Luther Vandross, Tony Bennett, Joyce Cooling, Rick Braun, Boney James, Gerald Albright, John Tesh, Diana Krall, Mannheim Steamroller, and the incomparable music from my friend, Chris Botti.

I don’t believe I’ve ever shared with you all how my fan to friend relationship with Chris Botti began.

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Dave the Builder and I were on our way to yes, you guessed it.  Las Vegas.

Part of the fun is in the pre trip prep, so before our trips out to America’s Playground I would stream the Las Vegas smooth jazz station (changed format, no longer a listener) to set the mood and the tone.

I learned from listening that the station was sponsoring and promoting an evening of smooth jazz set to air air on the local Vegas PBS station and hosted by Chris Botti.  I checked to see if we would be in town on the night it was set to air, and to my delight it was on arrival night.

Being a regular to Vegas coupled with the fact we would be in town eight nights, as my dad used to say, Vegas does not close.  I knew I wanted to watch the special, so I told Dave I thought I would spend the first evening in, order room service, and take in the show.

Dave confirmed he was not expected to do the same, trying his best to hide his thank goodness glee.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)

We had a small, but unhurried layover at Bush Intercontinental Houston.  Dave popped into a store for something or other, and I walked on down to the gate area.  I was half looking over my shoulder, half checking out our fellow travelers, when I noticed a guy walking by carrying a soft instrument case over his shoulder.

You know how when at first you don’t recognize someone, but after a few minutes you realize hey, that’s _________.  The hey, that’s ________ turned out to be Chris Botti.

When Dave strolled up to the boarding lounge, I asked him if he recognized the guy down at the end of the gate area.

No.  Who is it?

It’s Chris Botti.

Are you sure?

Yes, I’m sure.

Is he on our flight?

It took me less than a second to process the situation and put two and two together.  Smooth jazz American classic trumpeter extraordinaire, staunch supporter of PBS, hosting gig in Vegas this evening- yes, I do believe he is.

The boarding call for first class passengers goes out, and one Mr. Chris Botti heads that way.  When the boarding call for coach passengers rows this through that is announced here we go.

Upon boarding I spot the jazz man sitting in back row left window in first class talking on his phone.   Dave and I settle when fan to friend inspiration hits me.  I retrieve my printed boarding pass from my briefcase, turn it over, and write a note to one Chris Botti.  I spot the flight attendant and motion for him to come see.

“Would you mind giving this note to the blond hair gentleman in the back row left window seat in first class?”

The flight attendant was happy to be a player in my flashback to grammar school note passing caper.  I put in the note my plans to watch the special, and it would be among one of the more special dinner and a show-Welcome to Las Vegas evenings.

Not long after reaching cruising altitude, the flight attendant came by our row with a message.

“The gentleman said to tell you he would meet you in baggage claim at McCarran.”

Excited to say the least, I was looking forward to our impending face to face meeting.  Somewhere between the four corners and the ending of the movie, Dave the Builder announces “here comes Chris Botti.”

Chris came back to meet and greet, and thank me for my support of PBS and the smooth jazz artist community.

We gabbed for several minutes, met again and gabbed some more in baggage claim at McCarran.  Emails, conversations, and concert meetings find us here almost thirteen years later.

I hit the fan to friend jackpot for sure.

Christmas-Menu

Now on to the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu at Places In The Home portion of the show and tell..

Our Christmas Eve traditional come casual, come comfortable, come hungry get together is super laid-back.  The menu is simple comfort food.

The no-fuss plan places me in the middle of the fun instead of in the kitchen all evening.

Been there, done that at Thanksgiving.

hamburger-pattiesWho doesn’t love hamburgers cooked low and slow?  This group surely does, and the requests to “make them like Reed & Bell” is one this cook aims for.

Reed-Bell-Drive-InJohn Margolies Roadside America photograph archive (1972-2008), Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Reed & Bell Drive-In was a hometown hamburger and cold frosted root beer institution.  Reed & Bell hamburger patties had a crisp edge, and the top of the buns were lightly brushed with hamburger grease.

Delicious.

Yes.

Healthy?

Of course not, but see delicious.

Reading this post out loud to Dave, he reminds me Reed & Bell hamburgers ring super close to In-N-Out hamburgers.

They most certainly do, Dave.

Homemade potato salad is the side of choice accompanied by a platter of dills, gherkins, chips, bread and butters, assorted cheeses, red, green (Christmas colors), and sweet onions, sliced tomatoes, and fresh crisp lettuce.

Traditional Christmas Day fare is tradition.  Sliced spiral ham, Southern sweet potato casserole with walnut brown sugar crunch topping, seasoned green beans, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, and yeast rolls.

Traditional favorites of egg nog, fresh apple nut cake, walnut fudge, date nut roll, and almond peanut butter cookies round it out.

Southern-Living-50-years

Christmas came early to me when I received this fabulous surprise present from my darling nephew and niece-in-law.  Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture promises to be a good read and a lovely addition to the coffee table library.

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Shiny and bright.

Christmas-colors

gold-angel

Do you treat yourself to a to me from me Christmas present?

Holy-Mary-Christmas-display

That’s exactly what I did this year when I found the Holy Mary statue at Paul Michael Company.

Holy Mary statue

dining-table-Christmas

The Canadian Snowbird couple sent pictures of the Christmas cookies they baked together for their holiday game night party.

I admit I am one of those moms who asks her son and daughter-in-law to take and send photos of the little things in their lives.

It’s the little things in their lives that add up to big memories in ours.

gingerbread-cookies

Pretty pictures, ribbons, and busy days before Christmas remind me the present is in the process, and the gift is in the giving.

Pretty Pictures, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Busy Days Before Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear friends.

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Home Bar Styling Ideas

Today’s post is an updated version of Home Bar Styling Ideas featuring new finds and classic favorites.

Home bar styling ideas reach beyond a portable card table or kitchen countertop.  A home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are stylishly displayed on a bar cart, accent cabinet or table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

Let me expand on that thought.

bar-cart-diary-of-a-holiday-soiree-Domino

Domino

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

 

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

 

Artland Milano Cordial Glass - Set of 6

Artland Milano Cordial Glass – Set of 6

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.

westmorland-argonaut-pink-milk-glass-footed-candy-dishWestmorland Argonaut Pink Milk Glass Footed Candy Dish

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Garber-ice-bucket

Garber Ice Bucket

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

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Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

claw-bottle-opener

Claw Bottle Opener

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

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Blue Pane Framed Print

Marbled Swirl Ginger Jar - Blue/WhiteMarbled Swirl Ginger Jar – Blue/White

Porcelain Helmet CanisterPorcelain Helmet Canister

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.  This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

 

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

 

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Christmas-walnutsHouse & Home

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

 

Moses Console Table

Moses Console Table

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

 

Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses - Set of 4Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses – Set of 4

 

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Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray

 

Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes

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Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

ford-decanter

Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

 

silver-hammered-pitcher

Hammered Straight Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

 

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

 

1960s-vintage-jim-beam-white-bowling-pin-decanter1960s Vintage Jim Beam White Bowling Pin Decanter

Beethoven's Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout, Vintage Liquor Bottle Man Cave Bar Decor

Beethoven’s Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout

 

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey DecanterKatrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

 

Vintage Political Decanters Vintage Political Decanters

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.  Unconventional pieces shake and stir up interest.  I use a vintage creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Disaronno Limited Edition Roberto Cavalli and Versace

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Art, stunning glassware, liquor, wine bottles and decanters heavy on color and pattern, a bouquet of fresh flowers or greenery in a vase, jar, or bottle, and one front and center conversation piece pull the look together.

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent ChestMong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

 

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter

Pryce Gold Rocks Glass Pryce Gold Glassware

 

jiggerTwo of a Kind Less/More Jigger ~ kate spade new york

 

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

 

The Eye Match Set, Black

The Eye Match Set, Black

 

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Hollywood Regency Brass Shell Ashtray Dish

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.  A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

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Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter

 

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

 

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

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Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Plastic Wine Bottle Rack

Clear Wine Bottle Rack

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai - Blue Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai 

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

 

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DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

 

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Colvin 2 Door Accent CabinetColvin 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

 

Badash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving TrayBadash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving Tray

 

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

 

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

 

Crystal Stemmed Wine GlassCrystal Stemmed Wine Glass

holiday cocktails book

Workman Publishing Holiday Cocktails Book

 

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

 

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

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Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

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Woodland Tree Gold Beverage/Cocktail Paper Napkins

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.  I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

 

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

all in good taste piping hot creamer Kate Spade

kate spade new york All in Good Taste Piping Hot Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer 

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

 

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

 

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

 

Angus Cocktail TumblersAngus Cocktail Tumblers

 

Ken Fulk Retriever JiggerKen Fulk Retriever Jigger

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Cart

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Card

 

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

 

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

 

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

 

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Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

 

Small Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style Eagle Plastic Home DecorSmall Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style 

A small plastic framed gold Federal style mirror with a significantly lower price may be of decorative interest to you.

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Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Crystal Dublin Ice BucketCrystal Dublin Ice Bucket 

 

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

 

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

 

clear-glass-pitcher

Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

 

decanters

Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

crinkle-pink-gold-bowlCrinkle Pink and Gold Bowl

prowl gold cocktail stirrers set of 4Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

 

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

 

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

 

Silver Crocodile Tray

Silver Crocodile Tray

 

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

 

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

 

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

 

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

 

laveau-crocodile-skull

Laveau Crocodile Skull

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.  I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

 

 band round glass pitcher

 Band Round Glass Pitcher

 

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Set of 4

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

 

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

 

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

table-top-bar-Caitlin-Moran

Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

mask-bottle-opener

Two-of-a-Kind Mask Bottle Opener  – kate spade new york

 

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

 

 sebastian decanterSebastian Decanter

 

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

 

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

 

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Glass “Elixir” Bottle

 Emerald Collection Diamond salad plate from Coton Colors Emerald Collection Diamond Plates from Coton Colors

 

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis S-four

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis 

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …

Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder

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Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

 

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

 

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

 

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

 

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

 

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

 

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

 

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

 

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

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Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

 

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

 

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Picks with Hat Set of 6

 

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style, and one part fabulous now being served.

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Impressive Kitchen Furnishings, Decor Pieces, and Accents

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents brings us to this all I want for Christmas feature.  To say my Christmas gift list marches to the beat of a different little drummer boy’s drum is an understatement.  I am taken with impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents, so much so I made my Christmas list wishes known to interested and giving parties.

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

After the whirlwind kitchen events of the last few weeks, you would think a post about impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents would be a bit redundant.  Turns out, the well-appointed kitchen remains the heart and hub of the home- a central gathering place serving a multitude of purposes.

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Christmas Sangria – Celebrate Magazine

Decoristas love to eat, drink, and be merry in stylish spaces.  Great style, design and decor knows no season, and is on full and festive display at the holidays.

Entertaining.

Party going.

Party giving.

Open houses and parade of homes.

Furnish, decorate, and accent to impress.

cocktail-party-eats

CBC Cocktail Party

Back in our flipping days, maison de Places In The Home was that place to holiday eat, drink, and be merry.  Realtors, designers, and home building trade folk love to get together for holiday cocktails with a twist of spirited networking.

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Every single space, nook and cranny in the entire house was cleaned, styled, and set to holiday dazzle.  At the end of the evening, and with no complaints on my end, the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect.

Notice I say the majority of the house.

Based on the state of the kitchen, it was the happening holiday party place to be.

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-up

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-Up

Over the course of our holiday cocktail party detail, one proven party phenomenon holds true.  People love to mix and mingle in the kitchen.

1910s-kitchen1914 Kitchen

Gone are the days when the kitchen was merely a small space in the back of the house for strictly utilitarian purposes.  Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents decidedly factor into today’s kitchen design as much as cabinetry, appliance, lighting, flooring, and placement choices do.

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For the decorista devoted, decorating for the holidays reaches far beyond tinsel and trimmings.  What better time than at the gift giving time of year to add impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents on your gifts for the holiday decorista Christmas list.

Distressed Reclaimed Pine CabinetDistressed Reclaimed Pine Cabinet

Believing there’s no place like home for the holidays, I remain marveled with and influenced the materials and stylings rich in Louisiana French provenance.

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Evan French Country Grey Reclaimed Pine Wood China Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Andillac China CabinetAndillac China Cabinet

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent CabinetAnselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet-1

 

antiqued sideboard

Gentry Antique Sideboard in Dusty Linen

 

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers with Drop Down Leather Desk

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers 

 

key-tassels

Decorative Key Tassels

 

Henri II Oak Commode

Henri II Oak Commode

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sharif 4-Light Foyer PendantSharif 4-Light Foyer Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant 

Baugher 4-Light Lantern PendantBaugher 4-Light Lantern Pendant

Lussan Lantern PendantLussan Lantern Pendant

The Lussan Lantern Pendant is still a favorite.  Envision a pair of these draped in fresh greens for the holidays.  Lovely!

fresh cedar garlandFresh Cedar Garland

For the flow and the French of it all, may I present these decorative kitchen accents and accessories to accent the look.

french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Table

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard 

 

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Jamestown Farmhouse Kitchen Island 

Kitterman Console TableKitterman Console Table

This Louis XV painted French dining table is magnificent.

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1930s Louis XV Painted French Dining Table

Alpes Upholstered Dining ChairAlpes Upholstered Dining Chair

Mellina Side ChairMellina Side Chair

Lagniappe

impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents

Maconnerie French Country White Carved Wood Wall Panel

Bastille Floor Mirror - White/Grey

Bastille Floor Mirrors – White/Grey

So I’m thinking a pair of Bastille Floor Mirrors modified as pantry cabinet fronts would be a custom feature sure to impress.

rabbit hare print

Rabbit & Hare

 

Black Fleur-De-Lis Key TasselBlack-Gold Fleur de Lis Key Tassels

'Lucretia A Fragment' Print

‘Lucretia A Fragment’ Print

antique-gold-fruit-carving Antique Gold Fruit Carving

 Alouette French Country Antique Frame Gold Wall ClockAlouette French Country Antique Frame Gold Wall Clock

French Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor SetFrench Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor Set

18th Century French Louis XV Fireback18th Century French Louis XV Fireback

Many kitchens are combination spaces with a dining area or parlor adjacent to the main kitchen.  The last time my parents updated, my father suggested turning the small formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen into a parlor.  We used the parlor more than we ever used the formal dining room.

The space was intimate, cozy, and very inviting.  I’m reminded of it by the image below with its soft palette, French and Spanish Colonial influence, and exposed beams.

Very Louisiana.

James-Michael-Howard-interiorsJames Michael Howard

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Ophelia & Co. Mary and Angels Wall Décor

Lagniappe is defined as something given as a bonus or extra gift, and is present in impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents replete with distinctive detail, prominence, and beauty.

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