During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source. You’ve got mail never read so good.
The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.
The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project. Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell. I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed. Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.
When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date. That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works. One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist. In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to. I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.
Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out. Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.
Finish again enters the project process conversation. This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years. I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area.
The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.
Paint it? Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.
Don’t you just love the hope and motivation a new year or a new season brings? Resolutions made for a new year or a new season usually involve vows of getting all things house that make a home organized. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.
Because I am perfect, and there is absolutely no room in my life or home for improvement.
If only I could find decorative storage ideas for that load of bullstuff.
It appears from the onslaught of tips for a new year-new season-new you tutorials, most of us lead a messy, cluttered and disorganized household existence. All things house that make a home tradition dictates that cleaning up our domestic acts at the first of every new year or new season is job number one. I’ll be the first to admit that some of the areas, drawers and closets at Places In The Home leave a lot to be organized and desired, but where to store the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question? We are a two family household, and believe me folks, we’ve got a lot of stuff to store. Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done. If you’ve got to get organized, get organized in style.
Let’s face it, at times the life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation. Is it your house to home desire to get organized by putting your home’s stuff, things, odds, ends, collectibles and treasures on a diet?
If I haven’t used it, admired it, dusted it or delighted in its home decor value for one year, it’s gone!
Transform by transferring
Forget trekking to the local grocery store for a haul of cardboard boxes to be packed and stacked storage solutions. Allow me to suggest a stylish alternative with these decorative storage solutions for getting the job done.
Counters fill quickly, and it seems there are never enough cabinets when we need them. Kitchen pantries equipped with the storage within storage feature go a long way in the task of eliminating kitchen counter and cabinet congestion.
I love the usefulness and display value of the 3 tier stand. I store root vegetables on the bottom tier, crunchy granola and fruit bars find a home on the middle tier, and assorted package clips, bands and ties live on the top tier. The boxes that house products such as breakfast bars and the like take up quite a bit of room on the cabinet/pantry shelf. Unpack and free up, I say.
Apothecary and vintage jars, tiered stands, canisters with clamp top lids, collectible canisters, dollar store glass containers and a plethora of storage basket options continue to be a favorite way to display dry ingredients, sweet treats, beans, farmers market finds and dry pastas in many kitchens.
Decorative hooks of the most unique and imaginative kind, umbrella stands, rattan baskets in assorted sizes and shapes, coat racks, and benches are the storage options that can help to tame the savage clutter beast.
Stairs doing double duty as a storage feature is space utilization 101. The genius of design meets decorative storage ideas meets resale appeal. Haven’t you heard? Plenty of space and storage tops the list of what to look for when buying a house.
Junk drawers unite! Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.
Am I the only person in the world who methodically cleans and organizes the junque (takes the sting out of the mess when you get all ooh la la with the word) drawer and then can’t seem to make heads or tails of the order?
Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.
Stylish options for housing jewelry and our favorite beauty products and brushes are simply an antiques, vintage or thrift shop shopping excursion away. Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.
It’s amazing how quick we accumulate stuff, things, mementos, collectibles- and it all has to go somewhere. These are just a few decorative storage ideas, options, suggestions and solutions for resolving storage and organization dilemmas in your home.
No one can ever accuse me of getting in a hurry to put together the Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list. Am I the only one who finds getting back to business after the holidays a tad difficult? Marching to the beat of your own drum pays off more times than not. At the last count, I have seven drafts for design and decorating show and tell posts open, and a matched number of design and decorating mockups started. I remind myself hurried decisions show a hurried look, and are never germane to the creative process.
A new year proves an exceptional motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiration the result can be beautiful, n’est-ce pas? The Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 is ready offers a style spotting preview of home decor trends for your decorating consideration.
Lucite, or acrylic, is a clear favorite. Lucite is the name brand of acrylic name for a kind of acrylic resin that is basically the same thing as Plexiglas. As the fictional Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) of The Big Bang Theory explains, “Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.”
One word stands out on the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list like no other.
Every home, if only in one very special place and in one very central space, deserves the period at the end of the sentence decor statement made by adding an antique piece of furniture or accessory into its furnishings portfolio.
Jewel tones envelope the space in a full-on color Odyssey. Rich in depth, tone and never met a home decor accent these colors don’t love to embellish influence, jewel tones make a compelling argument for striking color implementation.
Kitchen islands will move further into the kitchen design spotlight in 2017. Central to prep and functionality, the kitchen island is coming into its own as a standard vs. optional feature in today’s kitchen design.
A symbol of fortune, hope and luck for the upcoming year, black-eyed peas and cabbage are what’s on the New Year’s Day menu. As tradition dictates, the eating of black-eyed peas is the culinary insurance policy one must take out for good luck in the upcoming year. I’m sharing three pea something for everyone’s traditional and new-traditional taste recipes with you.
Smoky Black-eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh black-eyed peas
2 Smoked Ham Hocks or purchased smoked ham hocks
1 (12-oz.) bottle amber beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 (7-oz.) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup plain white cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 large firm green tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
3 large ripe red tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
1/2 cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Sauté onions in 3 Tbsp. hot oil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in peas, next 4 ingredients, 3 1/2 cups water, and 2 Tbsp. adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers. (Reserve peppers for another use.) Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaf. Remove hocks. Remove ham from bones; discard bones. Chop ham; stir into peas. Add salt to taste; cover and keep warm over low heat.
Stir together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together cornmeal, ground chipotle chile, and remaining 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a second shallow dish. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow dish.
Dredge green tomatoes, 1 slice at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.
Pour oil to depth of 1 inch in a cast-iron skillet. Heat over medium-high heat to 375°. Fry green tomato slices, in batches, in hot oil 3 minutes on each side or until crisp. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. (Let oil temperature return to 375° between batches.)
Divide peas among 6 plates. Top each with 1 red tomato slice and 1 fried green tomato slice. Repeat tomato layers once. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over tomatoes. Serve with hot sauce.
For the binge watchers, couch trenders and let’s say we prepared a traditional New Year’s Day culinary extravaganza but actually do nothing but snack crowd, this recipe will cover all the bases, luck included.
Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
2 (15.8-oz.) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425°. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until crispy and dry, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes.
Cabbage enters into the picture of prosperity as the money dish, as it is believed the leafy greens symbolize folding money. One would be hard-pressed not to find black-eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread cooking in the New Year’s Day kitchen. As a Southerner, I do not question the New Year’s Day menu or the Southern superstition(s) nor will I buck this time honored tradition.
In the words of Aunt Pittypat Hamilton, “It simply isn’t done!”
Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw
1 (16 ounce bag) coleslaw mix
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Combine all of the ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Adjust seasoning, if desired. Chill until ready to serve. This can be made about two hours in advance, but any longer and it will lose its crunch and may become tinted from the purple cabbage.
2 cups buttermilk self -rising white corn meal mix
1 cup self-rising flour
½ Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup milk
Set oven to 425 degrees. Preheat oven while preparing cornbread mix. Mix corn meal and flour into mixing bowl. Stir in milk and eggs and mix well. Batter should be a medium thick consistency. Thin by adding additional milk until desired consistency is reached. Grease baking pan or oven safe skillet(preferably a black cast iron skillet) with 3 Tablespoons cooking oil. Bottom of pan or skillet should be coated well but not swimming in oil. Place pan in oven to heat oil. Once oil is heated, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into greased pan. Return pan or skillet to oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
~Places In The Home
I want to thank you the readers, visitors and subscribers of Places In The Home. Every heartfelt comment, Facebook like, tweet, instagram follow and kind word means so much to me. The New Year brings more anticipation, excitement and decor inspiration to Places In The Home. I want to invite you to visit often, chime in, and let me know what you think. We will design with beauty and style in mind, make pretty on a penny, source, create and suggest. I raise a gorgeous goblet to toast happiness, health, family, love, peace, prosperity and friendship to all throughout the New Year!
New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining. Are you in?
Maybe it’s much too early in the game,
Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Ella asks it and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining. As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not, we throw a respectable ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.
These Stud Balls from West Elm hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes- color, presence, size, price, studs and reusable. No West Elm near you? No problem. Spray paint meet Styrofoam balls. The holiday clearance sale is the decorista’s best friend. Hit up a holiday clearance sale and pick up string lights and/or lanterns. Intermingle the lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns- don’t you love the convenience and safety of the flameless candle? I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years. Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the battery(s) die they stay on.
Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.
A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.
Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.
New Year’s Eve party favor boxes found on clearance at Target. Fill with white and gold paper shreds, Camellia blackeye peas, and copper jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers). Slide a glitter noisemaker under the ribbon and you’ve got a festive favor. Fill the bottom of Dollar store clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.
Jingle All the Way into 2017!
If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with Camellia blackeye peas.
Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.
Luck, money, tradition and lagniappe. Here’s the stars of our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve midnight buffet. We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell.
Back to ringing in the New Year with friends, family and neighbors- we are a casual group of revelers. The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers. Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.
In the spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas, true Christmas traditions and because twelve is the exact number of photos that turned out to be share worthy, I present to you the Places In The Home Twelve Days of Christmas.
On the first day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
vintage inspired aluminum Christmas wreaths and shiny and bright ornaments kinda sorta just like the aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and Shiny Brite ornaments my maternal grandmother had. It’s all in the accents and accessories details.
On the second day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
the patience prayed for and the grace granted to find the beauty in everything and everyone.
On the third day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
an old world Santa figurine ornament in shades of yellow, cream, brown and glitter gold that cost next to nothing, and one I would not take a million dollars for. Well.
On the fourth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
a Christmas centerpiece rich in throwback tradition and vibrant colors compliments of nature’s beauty and the neighbor’s grown with love grove.
On the fifth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
the aromatic trio of one orange, one bay leaf and a generous sprinkling of ground cloves soon set to simmer and scent.
On the sixth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me
a craving for a family must make and bake at the holidays family tradition, Mama Two sugar cookies. The story of how her name came to be is almost as iconic as her family famous Christmas cookie recipe.
The name I assigned to my great-grandmother was born out of a childlike understanding. Our holiday destination point was set for the great state of Texas to spread holiday cheer and to introduce my great-grandparents to the newest addition to the family (me). My mother and grandmother took advantage of the over the bayous and through the piney woods, to great-grandmother’s house we go travel time to coach me into calling my great-grandmother “mama”- the term of endearment she had always gone by.
The story goes my mother tried her best at introductions and association in terms she assumed best suited for a toddlers scope of understanding.
This is mama (pointing to herself).
This is mamaw (pointing to her mother).
And this is mama, too (pointing to her grandmother, my great-grandmother).
If you follow my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board, you’ll note a fascination with antiques and vintage porcelain. A vintage porcelain soup tureen doubles beautifully as a vase for fresh flowers, becoming a new traditional part of traditional holiday decorating.
Unique finds make the best stocking stuffers. This vintage glass desk prism is not only an excellent conversation piece, but an on-trend color of the year 2017 gift for the lover of all things vintage on your holiday gift list.
Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?
Season’s Greetings! I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post. Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.
The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.
As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye. I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week. Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season. That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.
Don’t forget the host! Hit the jackpot with a game night themed gift for the host.
“Seasons” Greetings! I love the scent and the idea of a rosemary Christmas tree. I would always use one at the antique shop during the holidays for the visual and aroma effect. One of my best clients looked forward to holiday open house and what I called the annual Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub.
What’s the Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub you ask?
Gently rub the rosemary leaves with both hands for holiday good luck and health, and the fragrance from the tree stays with you- a holiday bonus. A Christmas tree shaped rosemary tree is festive function at its aromatic best.
In these hustling and bustling holiday times, taking a teatime out to relax with a cup of tea, author a handwritten note of greetings or thanks to a friend or client, or to enjoy the scent of a favorite candle in a session of aroma therapy is holiday highly suggested.
The key to a great hostess gift is one that reflects a sense of style and ‘with you in mind’ thoughtfulness.
Home bar styling ideas for a chic cocktail station go stylishly beyond a portable card table or kitchen counter space. The home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, bar and glassware and beverage accouterments is displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.
Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table. X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement. The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.
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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. An Art Deco ash tray repurposed as a bar spoon holder makes a great conversation piece.