A Fetching Friday feature of fresh green focal point style.
Happy Fetching Friday, friends.
Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again. Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test. Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media? Gorgeous! Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.
My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.
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Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.
When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something plush and stylish.
Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.
Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment. Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.
kate spade new york Pillow || Paris Crystal Pendant || The Emily & Meritt Fringe Table Lamp || Deco 79 Ceramic Table Lamp || kate spade new york Pillow || Hathi Sculpture Lamp Set || Puppy Dog Porcelain Table Lamp
Consider customizing inexpensive bookcases to suit your choice of dorm room style. At under $20, the AVDALA bookcase from IKEA is a great choice.
A desk is a study, work and personal space essential. One drenched in a hot designer color and going for the gold details makes the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas list.
Pencils. Pens. Make-up Brushes. Paper/Binder Clips. Straws. Change. Jewelry- this vintage lady head vase makes a unique and super cute catchall.
Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage. Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.
The curated look is easily accomplished with these scatter frames from Hobby Lobby. The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.
Poster art- a dorm room decorating ideas tradition.
Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.
Shhh I’m Sleeping Pillowcase Set || Shower Curtain || Spa Towel Wrap
You Look Good Bath Mat || Acrylic Rolling Cart || Towels~Washcloths Aqua Flips || Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray || Acrylic Rolling Cart
Apothecary jars for your coffee, tea and beverage station stylish storage needs.
I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.
is for finally ready to post. I started writing and sourcing this post last year, wanting to go live with the post on Bastille Day. Last year’s horrible terrorist attack in Nice, France on the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day naturally became the entire focus of our thoughts. Posting a blog post about French kitchen design was the last thing of interest or on my mind at the time; thus, a bump over to the draft file was in order. In celebration of Bastille Day, here is the out of the draft file and dusted off post.
French kitchen design speaks fluent style to legions of Francophile obsessed decoristas. Does French kitchen design speak your language? Oscar Wilde tells us imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitating the distinctive European elegance vis-à-vis design and decor pays a compliment to the classic French kitchen. Classic French design marries formality with rustic finesse juxtaposed against a weathered patina. Rustic refinement coupled with old-world charm personifies the characteristics of the country French kitchen.
Some say country French while others say French country. A tomayto, tomahto point perhaps, but Country French is the term used most often in the antiques world so country French it is.
Inspiration is everywhere, and listening to French music is an excellent source of inspiration- my definition of French immersion. Shall we take a listen?
It is said that kitchen design starts from the ground up. Flooring serves as a principal foundation piece in terms of the overall balance of kitchen design.
The above image from Traditional Home is a marvelous example of country French refined. The very right of the white kitchen is in the complementing presence of provincial color, texture and pattern design greatness.
Subtle drama, a decorating oxymoron if there ever was one, engages my eye past the toile on steroids of the traditional country French kitchen to the accents in the not trying so hard to exemplify the look category.
Cabinet hardware as a focal point?
Never underestimate the small details and the ability they have to make a visually grand statement.
Accenting with as opposed to a total immersion in is the key to alleviating the risk of a dated look.
Sourcing home decor items is routine, but never mundane.
This Caned Black Wingback Chair by GuildMaster instantly introduces elegance into the decorating equation. Grand style is present and accounted for in this excellent option for captain’s chairs.
I believe my love of the well appointed French kitchen began when I was in junior high. My best friend’s mother had impeccable taste in home furnishing and home decor accessories, and their home was and continues to be one of the premier homes in our area. The entire home was gracefully designed and decorated, but the traditional kitchen, appointed with classic French flair, was indeed the design pièce de résistance.
A delicate mix of French blues with cream white accents served as both color palette and focal point. Less is more echoed throughout the design and decor, and the style statement being made was more ethereal than overt.
Accents in ç’est vraiment magnifique detail translates to it’s really beautiful- the quintessential design element of the curated French kitchen.
The French Country kitchen faucet by Kingston Brass represents the detail of vintage French country design, bringing elegance of old to the contemporary kitchen.
Wonderful option for a prep sink.
a small, decorative ornament or trinket.
Ooh La La Love this Belgian Kitchen Cabinet
Distinctive European elegance is the standard of style and signature component of French kitchen design.
A Fetching Friday feature of summer sites summer spots summer scenes.
Enjoy your summer Fetching Friday and weekend!
The traveling Places In The Home duo is home sweet home, and as much as I love a good getaway, there is no place like home. Prior obligations and work schedules clipped our wings to a certain time extent, so our escape was of the closer to home statecation to North Louisiana variety. Making a vacation observation and sharing details of our summer getaway will be a two-parter with the first installment a celebration of the red, white and blue.
Vacation Observation #1
Don’t believe everything you read or hear about a decline in patriotism and the celebration of the American flag. Seeing is believing, and on our statecation getaway we treated ourselves to a self guided tour of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood.
Architecturally magnificent on all fronts, the homes of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood happened to be decked out not only in detail, but in 4th of July-proud to be an American style and colors. Here, let me show you.
I love the Southern comfort lives here ambiance and patriotic porch set for a red, white, and blue summer holiday.
Vacation Observation #2
North Louisiana mirrors the landscape of East Tennessee (another favorite vacation getaway destination). Tree-lined streets of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood wind and weave through a semi-hilly fashioned parkway. Mark this corner cottage in a dreamy creamy shade of yellow as a model of southern charm.
Several squeals of glee pierced Dave’s eardrums, more than a few oohs and aahs perhaps became a few too many, and an insane amount of unabashed architectural envy dominated the evening’s conversation.
What can I say?
Architecture is my thing.
Towering pines and oaks shade the yards and boulevards. Vintage street lights evoke nostalgia of days gone by.
Beauty, charm, and tradition lie in the details.
Curb appeal is a powerful calling card.
Impressive entry doors greet the eye and welcome step away from the ordinary style.
Vacation Observation #3
Architectural juxtaposition promotes a dramatic effect and a desirable address.
Vacation Observation #4
An afternoon drive through a historic neighborhood between shopping destinations and dinner reservations inspired, confirmed and renewed. It’s not a day at the beach or one spent in the desert or the mountains, but it’s one of our favorite things to do at home or on vacation. The food, the landscape, the architecture, the terrain, the dialect-you can learn so much from your travels. Inspiration is everywhere.
Old Glory is once again displayed from the oak tree in the front yard of Places In The Home. The tree is cosmetically worse for wear since the tornado, but is still the optimum spot for the flag to be displayed. Patriotism with flying colors is alive and well at Places In The Home. Happy 4th of July to all of you. Celebrate in style and let freedom ring!
Summer vacation let’s hit the holiday road getaway, treasure hunting, taste testing delicious cuisine, unplugging if only for a few days, reconnecting with Dave the Builder. It’s that summer vacation time of year again.
All I ever wanted
Had to get away
Talk (type) to you next week.
Slow your scroll Instagram images, good news and great content have something in common- all should be shared. Today I am doing just that by spreading the Instalove with a collection of slow your scroll Instagram images.
Tropical Storm Cindy has brought us rain and wind but also a beautiful sky and a sunset that looks like something on fire! I hope you’re all having a wonderful night! • #livethelittlethings #momentslikethese #sunset #skyline #summernights #countryliving #southernliving #myfavpic #foxhollowfridayfavs #simplelivingsaturday #smpliving #godsbeauty #poolside #pool #summertime #houzz #hgtv #beautifulview #abmlifeisbeautiful #outdoorliving #outdoorpatio
Taking inventory of older blog posts results in the need to occasionally update and refresh the ones that overtime have grown stale. The core information remains relevant, but home decor and accessories offerings do not. Summer’s official debut is as good a time as any to inject a breath of fresh sea air into a post featuring suggestions for your coastal home decor consideration.
Spending quality times on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast beaches makes for many memorable experiences. Regardless of what body of water or sandy beach I’m at, the vibe is all coastal to me. If you love a season, place, or activity so much, isn’t it a natural wish to want to add a touch of it to your home decor? Let’s bring it home with these stylish coastal home decor suggestions selected with casual coastal elegance in mind.
The Biscayne Barrel Wicker Chair pairs a classic look with casual form and function- the hallmarks of coastal decorating style. To quote a Places In The Home favorite, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Colors in the coastal landscape, skies and waters inspire the coastal color palette.
At first I thought what drew my eye to the Nate Berkus for Target skirted slipper chair was the word savvy shoppers love- clearance. After carefully studying the form, fabric and function I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have.
Foyer accent chair?
Bedroom spot chair?
Did I mention it is on clearance?
The Geoffrey Console from Century Furniture is an elegant investment piece for coastal living in high tide style.
Under the sea underfoot area rugs in serene shades of coastal colors gorgeously work the room.
The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.
Stunning lamp shade of blue.
Bay Court Hanging Lantern || Marlowe Galvanized Cage Ceiling Light || Crystorama Coco Collection Antique Silver Mini Chandelier || Solar System Chandelier || Broche 8-Light Shaded Chandelier || White Twig Chandelier
Originally I sourced a canvas print in coastal blues and greens accented in strokes of gold, but this black and white print of beach dunes and deepening clouds seemed an excellent choice for focal point drama. I’m careful to avoid suggesting home decor items that run the risk of being too on the nose or worse, too typical. Beach dunes typify coastal areas, but the striking black and white effect not only draws the eye but steps away from the expected.
Summer: the middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable and the chic is upon us. Interior and exterior updates with summer colors, patterns and textures put summer into motion through decor. What home decor pieces to add to your decor to accent the season and make a summer style splash crosses the minds of many decoristas. Let’s look at a selection of summer style splash decorating suggestions ready to deliver maximum seasonal decorating impact.
A seagrass rug adds texture and depth to a space while the neutral color and warm tones provide a natural summer style splash. Seagrass rugs are durable and affordable. I like to suggest home decor accessories that carry over season to season. Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will remain a style staple when decorating for fall/winter by layering a rug in seasonal color, pattern and texture over the seagrass rug.
Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season. This dynamite duo of seahorse table lamps in classic black and gold brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend. Chic year round reminder of summer.
Emphasize the Sights and the Sounds of the Season
It’s hard not to associate summer with sights and sounds of the beach, coast, shore and sea. High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost, high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore or dollar store. Seashells, beach rocks, decorative coral, driftwood, cypress- you get the idea. Here are a few summer style splash suggestions for using sea shells:
Summer themed vignette.
Decorative accent lighting.
Seaside tablescape set for coastal casual elegance with a relaxing summer soundtrack to sea and sand to.
When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation. The arrival and check in process is a summer breeze when the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements greet you. I believe I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store and file the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.
By the Pool Ambiance
A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon. No Pool? No Pool House? No Problem! Create a by the pool ambiance with these summer style splash decorating suggestions.
Display a decorative bowl of citrus on an accent table, kitchen island or dining table. What the apple is to fall citrus is to summer.
Discover or develop a refreshing beverage for summer sipping. Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing a refreshing summer beverage or delicious dish.
The may I serve you serving tray is a summer entertaining essential.
Stack towels (beach or bath) steeped in summer approved colors, textures and patterns.
I hope these summer style splash decorating suggestions offer inspiration for decorating your summer house.
Happy midweek all! Today, because I am a proud mama and weddings are all around, I thought I would bring you into The Places In The Home fold by sharing with you this photo gallery from the please join us for a bridal shower we hosted for our son and his lovely fiancée when they were home for our nephew’s wedding in May. Seeing that the happy couple live in Canada, it is difficult to be live and in person for the showers and luncheons celebrating the couple. Skype and FaceTime amaze me, but pales in comparison to actually being in attendance in the moment. It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of throwing the couple a surprise bridal shower.
The future Mrs. is not only taken with our son, but with Fixer Upper, Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines and Magnolia Market. What better way to surprise a Southern farmhouse chic girl at heart than with an afternoon Southern farmhouse chic-Southern charm-Southern hospitality eat, drink and we’re getting married bridal shower.
Clear glass jars brimming with fragrant magnolias captured the farmhouse feel and lent a simple yet elegant touch. When entertaining, I find it helpful to know your audience and to play to their taste. The thought is in the decorating and entertaining details, and it’s that attention to detail that brings about a rave review.
Faux flowers have their place, and in the bridal/wedding weekend celebration that place was inside an antique porcelain pitcher placed in the center of the dining room table. I’ve been known to pre plan the s*%! out of a soiree or celebration. Pre planning affords me the opportunity to find theme appropriate decor pieces and impressive dinner and drinkware at a price point that makes me very happy.
I always like that theme!
It also gives me time to shop sales and order items with plenty of shipping time to spare. A case in point is the tulip bundles found on eBay. You must allow at least three weeks for arrival when ordering from China, but the price savings makes it an appealing option. The quality is apple to apple when comparing the faux tulip bunches to the ones I see in my retail rounds.
The bride-to-be admired the tulips several times over the course of their visit which pleased me to no end. It was obvious the tulip bundles captured the essence of her preferred decorating style, and that signaled decorating success.
Crochet doilies and lace napkins dressed the table in vintage style.
Tulle is my gift wrap ribbon and bow material of choice.
Tying the knot in white wedding and something blue tones is simple in theory, beautiful in delivery.
Gifts for a newlywed kitchen filled with love.
Vintage handkerchiefs make lovely wedding and bridal gifts, and my almost daily Etsy search for just the right one for each recipient became second nature. I purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for the bride and groom-to-be, her mother, and each member of the bridal party- a to/from gift from me and Dave the Builder. I also purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for my nephew, his bride, his brother who was his best man, and for my brother- the father of the groom. Did I forget anyone?
We began the bridal shower nibble and nosh with a cheese board featuring several cheeses, fresh Louisiana strawberries, blueberries, fruit dip, mixed nuts, dried cranberries, dates and figs. The future groom loves my chicken salad so chicken salad it is. I served the chicken salad with a tropical fruit salad garnished with avocado slices, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. We also dined on a true Southern favorite, buttermilk biscuits and honey ham sandwiches. I made a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing to go with the sandwiches. The beverage station featured water with lemon slices, raspberry tea, almond peach tea, Riesling and Merlot wine.
For dessert, we decided to surprise the couple with a cake in true bridal shower fashion. The cake decorator and I got together and came up with an abbreviated version of the above wedding cake. The icing color was a soft shade of ivory and the cake decorator suggested a “bouquet” of roses to top it off. Dave the Builder thought the silver wedding bands added a nice touch, and the monogrammed cake topper was an on trend accent.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition to give each bride and groom in the Places In The Home family a heirloom silver sugar spoon as a wedding gift. To this we added a silver-plated wedding cake server set and the monogram wedding cake topper to complete the gift package.
The bridal shower was a big surprise and a big hit. Our son finally figured out why I kept insisting he bring an extra suitcase with him. The extra baggage fee charge is a bargain compared to what it cost to ship items from the US to Canada. I was informed the Kate Spade cutting boards were used the night they arrived back to Canada.
That’s all the thank you needed.
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