Fetching Friday: Distinctive Style and Taste

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on distinctive style and taste.











master-bath-mosaic-tile-Studio Peregalli

Studio Peregalli – Architectural Digest


Miles Redd – Veranda

Mark D. Sikes – Veranda

Shrimp Malacca with Rice photo by Paul-Costello

Julia Reed – Southern Living Magazine- Photo by Paul Costello


Bunny Williams – Photo by Reid Rolls


Tara Shaw -Photography by Peter Vitale

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

I hope you have enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring the distinctive style and taste of an impressive array of designs and designers.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Game Plan

With love in mind and ample time to order, this Valentine’s Day gifts game plan gets to the heart of the matter.


Handwriting bracelet

Handwriting Bracelet

Unique jewelry pieces quickly become treasured keepsakes.

Personalized Jewelry Bar NecklacePersonalized Jewelry Bar Necklace

I this card!

valentine's day card Etsy


Mask up in matching masks in spread the love, not the germs fashion for a safe and fun evening out.

heart face masks

If dining out isn’t an option, fret not.

Dining in is in.

Valentine's Day Mini Heart Shaped Ramekin

Valentine’s Day Mini Heart Shaped Ramekins

With a little imagination and these super cute Valentine’s Day themed kitchen and tablewares, your visually delicious table awaits.

Valentine's Day Ceramic Cocotte with Lid

Valentine’s Day Ceramic Cocotte with Lid


Valentine's Day 4 pk Heart Shaped Plates

Valentine’s Day 4 pk Heart Shaped Plates

Countryside or inside by the fire, how about a picnic lunch or dinner packed for two?

Heart-Shaped Basket Picnic


Recreate this beloved scene right out of Sense and Sensibility or one from your favorite romantic film.


Shakespeare's Sonnets - by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – by William Shakespeare

reading-sonnets (1)

Options grant the giver leeway to reinterpret and build upon traditional Valentine’s Day favorites.

Lavender Heart Wreath



Decorative boxes and vases enhance the presentation as well as complement floral bouquets purchased from your local grocery store floral department.

Vintage Ming Jar Pine Motif

Vintage Ming Jar Pine Motif

Sacred Heart, Milagro Heart, Large Gold Heart Box, Catholic Heart, Prayer Box

Large Gold Heart Shaped Milagro Box

Large Gold Heart Shaped Milagro Box

Kate Spade New York Lips Notecard Set

Kate Spade New York Lips Notecard Set


Heart Tabletop Trinket Tray by Ashland®

Heart Tabletop Trinket Tray by Ashland®

Stamps and stickers will find a home in this Heart Shaped Tabletop Trinket Tray.

Valentine's Day beauty for her

Beauty at Target






Beauty for your Valentine.

Pink Scribble Valentine Pillow

Pink Scribble Valentine Pillow

Greeting cards are lovely, but why not say it with a decorative throw pillows?

i love us throw pillow

Cozy up.

Plush Valentine’s Day Mini Hearts Throw Cream Blush

Plush Valentine’s Day Mini Hearts Throw Cream Blush

15oz Stoneware Hello Gorgeous Stackable Mug PinkGold - Threshold™

Hello Gorgeous Stackable Mug- Threshold™

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Pretty comes in pairs.



Valentine's Day diamond stud earrings

Effy Sterling Silver and Diamond Stud Earrings
14K Yellow Gold & 0.07 TCW Diamond Stud Earrings

When I spotted this double heart necklace I immediately thought it would make a wonderful mother to daughter Valentine’s Day gift.

Womens Genuine Diamond 14K Rose Gold Over Silver Sterling Silver Heart

Womens Genuine Diamond 14K Rose Gold Over Silver Sterling Silver Heart

Bulova 98X123 Men's and Ladies Stainless Diamond Accent Black Dial Bracelet Watch Boxed Gift Set - Two-Tone

Bulova 98X123 Men’s and Ladies Stainless Diamond Accent Black Dial Bracelet Watch Boxed Gift Set 

Personalised Foiled Apple Air Pod Head Phone Leather Case

Personalized Foiled Apple Air Pod Head Phone Leather Case

Azio Retro Wireless Keyboard, Compact, Elwood

Azio Retro Wireless Keyboard, Compact, Elwood

Heart shaped gift box one Valentine’s day, heart shaped decor accent-jewelry dish holder-desk accessory the next.

Fully Stained Solid Wood Heart Shaped Box

Fully Stained Solid Wood Heart Shaped Box

Sheepskin Wrap Slippers With Closed Back

Sheepskin Wrap Slippers With Closed Back

Rolling Stones sock box set (1) Rolling Stones Sock Box Set of 3 -Pack

His and hers.


The Office Downsizing Board Game

all black playing cards

All Black Playing Cards


Galison – Michael Storrings Spring on Park Avenue 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Victrola VSG-160 Wood and Chrome Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones

Victrola VSG-160 Wood and Chrome Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones

Made in Italy A5 Leather Wrap Journal

Made in Italy A5 Leather Wrap Journal


Sagebrook Home Golf Figurine

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler


Sweet and saucy.

You're Dynamite Valentine's Hot Sauce Gift Set

You’re Dynamite Valentine’s Hot Sauce Gift Set

Quadripod 26 in. Round Fire Pit

Quadripod 26 in. Round Fire Pit

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift SetScotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

I hope this Valentine’s Day gifts game plan proves helpful in the pursuit of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.


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Style Forecast: Decor Trends 2021

Excitement greets a new year, and today’s decor trends 2021 show and tell highlights exciting style predictions coming your way.

decor trends 2021

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

My personal advice regarding first of the year trends is to tread lightly into the what’s trending pool in order to eliminate decorating regret.

Good taste, judgment, and an impeccable sense of personal style will guide your decor trends 2021 choices.

Face Line Art

Home decor accessories and accents brimming with visual appeal prominently work the room to introduce two key elements in decorating- contrast and character.

Face line art pieces emulate drawings in the style of Picasso and Matisse, representing broadened interpretations and color choices.

Being a fan of the mix and mingle aspect of decor styles, I love introducing a piece of face line art in all its fun and funky glory into a traditional or formal aesthetic.


Entrecôte Melbourne

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Dark Blue Kitchens

Color in the kitchen made the what’s on trend list for 2020, and here it is coming around again.

Timeless color choices stand the test of time and trend.


House & Garden – Photo by Nicole Franzen 

Hello, dark blue kitchens.


The Main Company

If total color immersion, dark blue or any other color, does not appeal to your color scheme and style, consider using the color on a standout feature such as a kitchen island.



Old-World Charm

I’ve long regarded the distinctive details found in old-world charm accents and accessories as conversation pieces.



Pieces rich in unique design features and storied provenance create points of visual interest and conversation.

Mikel Welch-Photographer-John Bessler

House & Home- Designer Mikel Welch-Photographer John Bessler


House Beautiful

Statement Lighting

Statement lighting fixtures become capable components in the overall design focal point equation.

Baguès Art Deco sconces

Homes to Love

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey, and statement lighting flips the style switch to focal point fabulous in both the on and off position.


Architectural Digest

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Gold Accents

Gold accents will forever be on trend.


Villandry Chic Luxury Day Bed

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

gold accents

Gold Hammered Picture Frame, 4×6 
Oro Gold Dining Chair
Kronburgh 20” Table Lamp
Kash 4 – Light 15″ Unique/Statement Geometric Flush Mount
24×32 Linear Portrait Canvas Wall Art
Carly Embroidered 14×26 Throw Pillow by Kosas Home
Kate and Laurel Celia Round Metal Foldable Tray Accent Table


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Jay Wilde


Bringing the beauty of the outdoors indoors never looked so good.


Lonny Magazine

Mudroom designed by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group

Copper Cookware



Culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.

Suffolk kitchen


Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course to compliment the chef.


House Beautiful


Neutral colors are no longer thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decor, accents, paint and furnishings options.

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design


Lonny Magazine

Rather a primary color choice to the space or color palette complement, neutral colors deliver on all focal point points.

I really do love how neutrals play so well together with the other colors found on the design and decor playground.


House & Garden


Studio McGee

Dark Hues



Dynamite look.

decor trends 2021


dark hues paint colors

Mushroom Lamps

For some time now I’ve been noticing the popularity of the mushroom in everything from cookies to footstools to mushroom lamps.


Yamini Designs

Toadstool trend?

It’s hot at present, and I must admit I owned and wish I still had both the aforementioned mushroom footstool and mushroom lamp that adorned my condo circa 1982.

Everything old is new again at one time or another.



Timeless designs, on-trend textures and patterns, and colors divine make wallpaper a classic choice of product for a quality result in interior decorating.


House & Garden


Elle Decor – Photo by Thomas Loof

This last decor trend is one that stands the test of time.

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

Finding normal footing in this very young yet promising new year proves an excellent motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiring decor trends 2021 it’s a decorista’s dream come true.

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New Year 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve into New Year 2021, dear friends!


As the hands on the clock move us forward into a New Year, I’m meeting 2021 looking forward to brighter and beautiful things to come in life and blog life.

I so hope you all will come along on the stylish and beautiful ride.

Here’s to the New Year 2021- a year I pray is blessed in love, happiness, health, safety, prosperity, peace, inspiration, and beauty for all.



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Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours

On this most blessed day in December and from our home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.


As you and yours celebrate this wonderful holiday Christmas season, may the love of family and friends, joy of life, comfort of home, hope of brighter and healthier days ahead, and a glorious sense of style fill your heart and home with peace and love.




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Festive Photos of the Christmas Season

Festive photos of the Christmas season reminds and reinforces the notion it’s magically beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Christmas at Forde Abbey

Christmas at Forde Abbey

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”

– John Geddes


Victoria Magazine

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale


House & Garden

“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.”

– Donna VanLiere



“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”

– Marjorie Holmes


Bless’er House as featured by Better Homes & Gardens

“Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

– Freya Stark

snow covered fur trees

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.”

– Kahlil Gibran


Martha Stewart

“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money.  There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”

– Andy Rooney


House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

– Pindar

Market Street – Corning, NY

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”

– Richelle E. Goodrich


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jason Donnelly

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

– Louisa May Alcott


South Tirol, Italy

“Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life.  Thank you for Dreams.  Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts and Feelings.  Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow – just for today – and to know the Wonder of Your World and its many Possibilities.”

― Janie Jasin


Victoria Magazine – Photography Marcy Black Simpson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.”

― Tom Baker


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Christmas Songs and Sights

Christmas songs and sights rule the festive fun around Places In The Home this time of year.

Why certain things come to mind when we hear Christmas songs is anyone’s guess, but I believe traditions old and new, coupled with cherished memories near and dear to heart and mind, work together to awaken the spirit of the season that beautifully dwells within all of us.

As I was listening to classic Christmas songs late Saturday night, an imagined slideshow broke out in my thoughts- some obvious, some silly, but all telling.

So here you go, my wonderful friends, a Christmas songs and sights ’tis the season pictorial.

dashing through the snow


Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “yoo hoo!”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

snow covered Smoky Mountains2

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I met a man who lives in Tennessee, and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore

Santa on beachFrom Atlantic to Pacific

– I know it means from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean(s), but the line always brings to mind thoughts of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known to some of us as A&P

A&P Coffee

Gee, the traffic is terrific

Christmas traffic

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas


Chasing Daisies

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)

Christmastime in the City


It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring (hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day

Santa and friends

Santa and Friends

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

blue jay in snow

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland


Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true


And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

heading home in the snowstorm

Fine Art America

the snow’s comin’ down
(Christmas) I’m watchin’ it fall
(Christmas) lots of people around
(Christmas) baby, please come home


Elle Decor – Photo by Douglas Friedman

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow



Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh, ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year


In The Fields

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Christmas-tree-on-pianoYes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we’re in a hurry

retro Christmas partyThere’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting


And caroling out in the snow


There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

twas the night before christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse


Country Living Magazine

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.


Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas songs




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Deck the Halls Decorista Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift guide inspiration kicks off this second week of December.

With the shopping and shipping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is primed and ready to lend an idea or two for your deck the halls gift giving needs.

Pinterest board page

We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, entryways, bedrooms, home offices, nooks, places and spaces that make up house and home. Santas-route-ornament

Let’s begin with the gift of home as in a hand drawn house sketch of your home sweet home.

Folks, Dave and I did this for my brother and my parents several Christmases ago and it was a huge holiday gift hit.

The local artist also created custom notecards from the images based on the photo shoot(s) of their homes. front door hand drawn custom house portrait

Hand Drawn Original House Sketch

Face it, this silhouette pillow is a stunner.

silhouette abstract throw pillow

Silhouette Pillow

Collecting vintage portrait paintings is my new decorative accessory passion.

Unknown subjects in the beginning become familiar family members over time, adding a sense of curated intrigue to your decor.

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

File this next holiday gift guide suggestion under S for stunning.

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

This set of hand carved wood chairs is this decorista’s dream Christmas gift.


Josh Young Design

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

Ruffled chenille pillow shams is always an appropriate gift giving theme to go with.

Pure Linen duvet cover 'Diane' with ruffles and ties

Pure Linen Duvet Cover ‘Diane’ with Ruffles and Ties


Flower Magazine | Styling by Margaret Zainey Roux
Photography by Sara Essex Bradley | Interior design by Alix Rico

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

Music-Themed Trumeau MirrorMusic-Themed Trumeau Mirror

During these strange and Covid-19 times, cozy at home is the mantra many of us are comfortably living with.

cozy at home

Micro Performance Fleece Pajama Pants  
Cozy Teddy Sherpa Zip Lounge Jacket 
Glitter Faux-Fur Lined Moccasin Slippers 

For the Hotter than Cocoa crowd (and you know who you are) this cozy cute two piece pj set has got your name on it.


Secret Treasures Women’s and Women’s Plus Hotter Than Cocoa Set

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Winter cold and holiday stress play heck with our skin.

Pamper yourself with a holiday-at-home spa treatment of sorts with the Estee Lauder Life & Glow Skincare Gift Set.

I personally use all these products, and absolutely love the performance and scent of the entire Resilience Multi-Effect product line- aroma therapy, if you will.

Christmas is the holiday for the senses.

We see, touch, hear, taste, and smell the beauty, love, joy, excitement, c’est si bon, and scents that nudge a cherished memory from Christmas past as well as serving as the catalyst for new experiences sure to become traditions.

Further making things merry and bright, Macy’s is offering an additional 15% off select beauty items and sets with code FRIEND for a limited time.

estee lauder resilence skin care gift set

Estee Lauder 4-Pc. Lift & Glow Skincare Gift Set

Wrapping holiday gifts to rival artistic perfection is simpler than you think.

Deviate from the traditional with colors, textures, and patterns suited to the theme of the gift(s), giver(s), and/or recipient(s).

Striking in both color and pattern, this toile nursery rhyme gift wrapping paper makes a lovely presentation.

Toile Nursery Rhyme Reversible Baby Shower Gift Wrapping Paper1

Toile Nursery Rhyme Reversible Gift Wrapping Paper

Add embellishments such as fresh greenery, velvet or silk ribbon, and top it off with a chic ornament and you are good to go.


State-themed gifts give home for the holidays a whole new meaning.

High Chancellor Crocwell portrait Serving Tray

High Chancellor Crocwell Portrait Serving Tray

Audubon on Louisiana - by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Audubon on Louisiana – by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Well-appointed accessories used in the busy blogging- working-working from home-creating-planning-scheduling-balancing act lives we lead need not be plain, boring or ugly.

Stacked Cube Crystal Table Lamp

Stacked Cube Crystal Table Lamp

Music and a stylish bluetooth speaker to stream it through is a necessary tool of the blogging trade.

JBL - GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gold

JBL – GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Gold

Gift the on-the-go decorista with this hot or cold beverage Spode Blue Italian Travel Mug.

Spode Blue Italian travel mug

Spode Blue Italian Travel Mug

Spode’s Blue Italian features a detailed Italian countryside scene with an 18th century Imari Oriental border.

Classic and gorgeous wrapped up in one lovely gift.

Ceramic Vase

Ceramic Vase

Desk accessories unique in form and presence serve as a catchall and catch the eye accent.


Victoria Bookends

Raemon+Scroll+Bookend Raemon Scroll Bookend

Home Sweet Maison

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home
by Danielle Postel-Vinay

Disco Cube Cocktails - by Leslie Kirchhoff

Disco Cube Cocktails – by Leslie Kirchhoff

Pattern on parade best describes these next gift guide recommendations.

Leopard - by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard – by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard and zebra and cheetah, oh my!


Lana’s Shop S/10 Zebra Note Cards

Studio 55D Cheetah 10 1/2" High Gold Finish Table Accent Figurine

Studio 55D Cheetah 10 1/2″ High Gold Finish Table Accent Figurine


Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Bringing this fashionista meets decorista favorite out of media retirement seems stylishly appropriate for the holidays.

bull-dog-in-tutuStyle Me Pretty

Traditional holiday parties may be out of vogue this holiday season, but I say seize the holiday moment, dress up in sparkle and shine finery, and throw a ’tis the season soiree for you and yours at chez moi.


Tulle Skirt


Multi-strand Faux Pearl and Goldtone Coin Necklace


  Faux Fur Collar Wrap Stole

Textured Post with Simulated Pearl Linear Earrings - A New Day™ Ivory

Textured Post with Simulated Pearl Linear Earrings – A New Day™ Ivory

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Velvet Cinch Jewelry Pouch Organizer - A New Day™

Velvet Cinch Jewelry Pouch Organizer – A New Day™

Pop on over to Pinterest to see the other goodies on my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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