You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together

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.

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.

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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.

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UNITEK Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold

Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr is a neutral beauty that finishes rich. Eggshell enamel is one sheen up from matte, and the texture is washability matched to moderate traffic areas.

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Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr

The image below is a stunning example of how limiting the colors in the palette constitutes contrast.

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Mindful Makeover~ Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle January 2017

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.

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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 is in correct proportion to the size of the area.

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The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.

Refinish it?

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.

Clear-coat it?

Lacquer it?

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French polish it is.

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An afternoon spent perusing image galleries on DecorPad and Domino confirms the decision to go the French polish route is indeed the right one. Inspiration truly is everywhere.

Wow.  This post is long, but when the conversation revolves around the topics of decorating, updating, gorgeous decor and let’s home decor partner project together that can happen.

Part II of Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together will unveil the big reveal and show and tell how the look comes together.  For now, I leave you with a hint of what’s to come.

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Organize and Declutter In Style: Decorative Storage Ideas

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.

Why?

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.

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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.

built-in-storageBetter Homes and Gardens

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?

Declutter

If I haven’t used it, admired it, dusted it or delighted in its home decor value for one year, it’s gone!

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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.

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Adore Magazine

Decorative storage ideas are proof gorgeous works as seen in the images in this post.

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Striped La Jolla Baskets

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suitcase-storage-mapsTarget

okl-french basketOne Kings Lane

AHL, Holiday House

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Decorative baskets, boxes and suitcases make a strong case for decorative storage solutions.

firewood-storage-basket Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Kitchen storage is a much sought after commodity.  Smart kitchen solutions such as storage drawers is standard organization procedure in today’s kitchen.

kitchen drawer dividersThe Kitchn

Houzz recently released the Kitchen Trends Study.

built-in-cookie-sheet-cabinetBetter Homes and Gardens

One particular finding to note from the 2,707 users polled shows 53% of homeowners are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers into their cabinetry.

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Customized cabinet built-ins not in your all things house that make a home project future?  You’ve got affordable kitchen cabinet and counter top organizers options!

kitchen-pantry-estateHayburn & Co. 

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.

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Home Depot

While we are on the topic of decorative ideas …

Onlays and decorative appliques offer an affordable way to dress up to impress kitchen cabinets, drawer fronts and casings with the look of custom millwork.

antique-door-pantryRafterhouse

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Rafterhouse

Repurpose with a kitchen pantry door purpose- antique doors pair function with unique style for interior spaces.

plate-rack-on-wallCountry Living

Plate racks decoratively display dinnerware while standing out in the world of kitchen custom space saving features.

kitchen-pantry-organizationDecorPad

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Fritz Galvanized 3 Tier Stand

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.

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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.

foyer-entry-mirrorElle Decor

Keeping order and organization in an entryway can prove to be quite a feat, especially when it is a designated high traffic area.

entryway-storagePinterest

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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.

joe-schmelzer-design Joe Schmelzer

Cookware storage within view and reach “rights” a practical and purposeful recipe for kitchen organization.

linda-ruderman-interiors-inc-portfolio-architecture-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-transitional-kitchenLinda Ruderman Interiors Inc on Dering Hall

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St. Charles of New York

OMGorgeous!

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Andrew Flesher

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Double decker pastry stand = ooh la la counter display

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Towel bar and hooks = pot and pan holder

kitchen-organization-towel-rackHouse Beautiful

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.

under-the-stairs-pull-out-cabinets-yellow-striped-runnerTerraCotta Properties – DecorPad

Kitchen banquettes create a cozy feel, offer a unique seating option and storage outlet, and remain a versatile decor choice.

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Anne Hepfer Designs

corner banquetteMidwest Living

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?

House Beautiful

Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.

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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.

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Love how a Jo Malone candle holder is reinvented as a makeup brush and tool holder.

beauty-trayThe Zoe Report

Rustically beautiful and simple in on trend design, wire laundry baskets and French hampers complement and stylishly achieve the purpose of decluttering a space.

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Kindwer Vintage Wire Laundry Hamper

Vintage inspired pharmacy and industrial metal cabinets make great options for linen storage.

Restoration Hardware

metal-cabinetRosalie Metal Cabinet

Trunks work a room well as a storage option.  Vintage trunks have found a second life as coffee tables and beside tables, while often becoming the focal point of the space.

louis-vuitton-coffee-table-brook-shields-homeArchitectural Digest

louis-vuitton-end-table-lonny My Domaine

trunk-at-end-of-bedMy Domaine

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.

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Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017

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.

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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.

Home Decor Trends 2017

Navy

navy-bedroom-wallsBetter Homes and Gardens

Navy is what’s hot on the color wheel for 2017.  Kitchens, bedrooms, interiors and exteriors- navy is primed and ready to make a color statement in 2017.

lucite-metal-navyOlive Juice Interiors by Kaylan Kane ||  Baxton Studio 2-Piece Bettino Bar Stool Set ||  Bistro Medium Chandelier

Lucite

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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.”

Chinoiserie

One word stands out on the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list like no other.

Chinoiserie.

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Layering

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Layering instantly adds depth to a space.  I can’t tell you how many times layering rugs has worked to the advantage of pulling the overall look together while solving size issues.

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One Kings Lane

Layering is a wonderful design option when decorating with rugs, decorative throw pillows of contrasting colors and textures, and decorative accessories.

layering-mirrorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Black Window Casings

black-and-white-hex-tile-bathroom-floorMartha O’Hara Interiors via DecorPad

Far be it from me to doubt the powerhouse visual impact that is the color black or the words of Jan Showers.

“Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs at least one antique piece.”

– Jan Showers

Antiques

neal-beckstedt-studio-portfolio-interiors-styles Neal Beckstedt Studio

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.

You may quote me on that.

roberto-migotto-the-highboy-design-furniture-biedermeier Laserow Antiques & Interior Design via The HighBoy

Antiques are investment pieces, generally appreciating in monetary value. Mixing the old with the new yields a fabulous look with a return on the investment one of maximum decorative impact.

Jewel Tones

taylor-taylor-portfolio-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-modern-great-room-living-roomTaylor & Taylor via Dering Hall

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.

okl_jewel_toned_paint_darkerblueOne Kings Lane

Kitchen Islands

jewel-tonessomerleyton-hall-living-areaElle Decor

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.

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Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Note the matte metal finishes and black window casings. Fabulous!

kevin-corn-designKevin Corn Design

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

What’s your opinion of the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017?

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Superstitions and Traditions: The New Year’s Day Menu

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.

Traditional

New-Traditional

Smoky Black-Eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes

Y’all!

Smoky Black-eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

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
Canola oil
3 large ripe red tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
1/2 cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Hot sauce

Directions

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.

~Southern Living

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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

~Southern Living

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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.

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In the words of Aunt Pittypat Hamilton, “It simply isn’t done!”

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Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

~Kitchn

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Buttermilk Cornbread

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons oil

2 cups buttermilk self -rising white corn meal mix

1 cup self-rising flour

½ Tablespoon baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup milk

Directions

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

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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!

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

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.

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and these stud balls signal disco round the clock style.

large-copper-stud-ballStud Balls

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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.

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Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.

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A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

New Year's Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.

nye-2017-centerpiece-ideasWhite tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph

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.

scatter-bellsJingle 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.

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Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.

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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.

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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.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

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Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As 2016 draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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Places In The Home: In The Spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Okay, I’ve got it.

This is mama.

This is mamaw.

And that is mama two.

There’s only one mama, silly.

Alas, the intended became the literal, and a lovely Christmas story to boot.

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On the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

melted butter, sugar and spice

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fresh coconut, fresh apples and fresh Louisiana pecans.

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On the tenth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the sending to and receiving from neighbors, friends and family Christmas cards of season’s greetings.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

twelve days of Christmas color, texture and pattern.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

friends who are the jewels of life.

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Merry Christmas, friends!

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery at the Holidays

Pantone recently announced Greenery as the Color of the Year 2017.  A verdant yellow-green shade, Greenery is a vibrant and fresh color as pleasing as it is refreshing.

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I couldn’t help but to make an immediate Christmas connection between trend the tree decorating and the selection of greenery as the Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

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Better Homes and Gardens

mackenzie-childs-wreathMacKenzie-Childs Deer Wreath   

Color and pattern checks in for festive greenery complement throughout the holiday season.

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Snow White Amaryllis

Greenery at the holidays.

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Limoges Porcelain Soup Tureen France 20th Century

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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.

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Southern Living

‘Tis the season for dressing up for a night out on the town.

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Aimeiya Fashion Magazine Perfume Bottle Evening Hand Bag 

Strike a chord of holiday cozy by spending a winter night in or outdoors by a warming fire.

absinthe-match-strikerFrench Absinthe Porcelain Match Strker

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Green & Gold Luana Capiz Square Candle Holder

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Louisiana fa la la la la, la la la lagniappe.

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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.

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Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?

reveries-tea-setReveries Tea Set

merry-christmas-wreaths-greeneryVictoria Magazine

Love your style!

Images of Christmas In Seasonal Splendor

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.

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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.

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Victoria Magazine

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.

blue-white-christmasAt Home In Arkansas

This holiday show and tell is a small sights of the season sampling of featured images of Christmas finery gifting gorgeous oohs and aahs. Enjoy!

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Southern Living

gallery-1474482085-clx1206food013There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.  Country Living

sl-foyerStunning!  ~  Southern Living

holiday-foyerStyle at Home for the Holidays

Christmas-cookie-shopSweets of the Season

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Conversation Cards

peppermint-sticks-in-silver-cupsSimply elegant!  Good Housekeeping

christmas_trees_for_every_style_southern_livingChristmas Curb Appeal

Love your style!

On This Entertaining Day Of Christmas My Thoughtful Guests Gave To Me: Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

Holiday hostess gift ideas abound as we find ourselves deep in the holiday party and get together season.  Allow me to add a few more to the list.

Let’s Holiday Hostess Gifts Ideas!

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Better Homes and Gardens

Dinner Diaries

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dinner-diaries-hostess-giftR.S. Germany (19th Century) Porcelain and Hand Painted Sugar and Creamer   ~  Rogers & Hamilton Raphael Sugar Spoon ~  Antique Mercury Glass Pillar Holder ~  Dinner Diaries  ~  Metallic Rimmed Marbleized Appetizer Plates  ~ Ceramic Pineapple 

Elegant is a state of mind, and even the most casual of casual gatherings can be a stunningly elegant affair when a place is set for personal style at the head of the table.

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Holiday hostess gift ideas

Cocktails at Christmas

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Plantation Pride Red Gift Box  ~ Leopard Print Ice Bucket ~ Godinger Serenade Peanut Dish  ~ Cocktail Utensils Set ~  Caspari Wild Christmas Guest Towels

It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails, and it’s always chic o’clock with these Cocktails at Christmas holiday hostess gift ideas.

ornament_giftDesign Sponge

Poker Night

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Bicycle Playing Cards ~ Chocolate Gold CoinsGodinger Roulette 2 Piece Cheese Tray Set  ~  Assorted Snacks

Don’t forget the host!  Hit the jackpot with a game night themed gift for the host.

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Seasons Greetings

“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.

blue-wrapped-gifts-carolyn-roehmCarolyne Roehm

Bon Appétit

bulldogScot Meacham Wood

bon-appetitMastering the Art of French CookingChristmas French Bulldog Tea Towel ~ French Bulldog Cookie Jar ~  Heritage Stoneware Cocotte by Le Creuset

Ooh la la cooks up the c’est si bon.  Whimsical works deliciously well in the kitchen, especially at the holidays.

black-and-gold-wrapped-giftsBetter Homes and Gardens

Tinsel and Teatime 

hostess-tea-giftTwinings Earl Grey Tea ~ Oro Porcelain Teapot ~ Stoneware Teacup ~ Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Home Candle ~ Ginkgo Gold Foil Notecards

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.

Love your style!

The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

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.

home bar styling ideasBetter Homes and Gardens

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin with atop a portable card table or kitchen counter.  The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.

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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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Leopard Print Wine Cooler

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vintage-gin-vodka-bottlesVintage Gin and Vodka Bottles

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Architectural Digest

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Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

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A Festive Bar

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Traditional Home

rose-gold-drink-strawsStop me if you’ve heard this one.  A tabletop, a tray, and a spirited set up walk into a home bar.

waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

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the-curious-bartender-bookThe Curious Bartender

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A Good Pour

Garnish your home bar with a hint of vintage whimsical.

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Vintage Lionstone Madame Decanter

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Empoli Genie Bottle W Stopper

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Art Deco Ash Tray

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.

holiday-home-barBetter Homes and Gardens

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.  Cheers to the stylish home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

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When you just love the look –

Holiday Cheers in Spirited Celebration Home Bar Styling Ideas

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Kelly Emerald Green 4-Drawer Accent Chest

nugget-lamp-blackVintage Gold Nugget Table Lamp

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Hiball Red Glass Set of 4

yuletide-holiday-pitcher-by-fitz-and-floyd-49-532Yuletide Holiday Pitcher

All wrapped up with a may I serve you bow on it.

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Porcelain Tray

leopard-holiday-cocktail-napkinCaspari Wild Christmas

House cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories in vintage candy dishes.

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Vintage Green Hazel Atlas Colonial Block Depression Glass Candy Dish Set

holiday-raffia-tree-13503Holiday Raffia Tree

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The art of the style courtesy of complementing statement pieces.

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Feasby and Bleeks- DecorPad

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Santa Ynez Meadow Oil Painting

tabletop-bar-set-up-artMeagan Camp

flamingo-bar-coastersFla-ming-o!

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Christmas Flamingo Cocktail Napkins

apartment-bar-cartApartment Therapy

The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

pineapple-decanterPineapple Decanter

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bleecker-bar-flask-oBleecker Bar Flask

hutch-barBetter Homes and Gardens

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Art Glass Bullseye Pitcher

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Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

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Bliss at Home – Bloglovin’

antique-bar-setArt Deco Pink Elephant Shaker and 6 Glasses

Pops of color accent a repurposed garden table.  A gallery wall in perfect placement “garnishes” the look with a splash of drama.

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Loop Round Tray

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

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

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

Decorating with and displaying collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.

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Restaurant Antoine Creamer

 I use a vintage hotel creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get that?” conversation.

mid-century-modern-credenza-barDomaine

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Thirsty Throwback Thursday Fabulous!

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bar-cart-mad-menHow very Mad Men modern.

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Modern 7 Piece Bar Mixologist Set

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Apartment Therapy

I spied these deer leg accent tables at Target, and immediately thought they would be great to use as a drink table(s).

deer-leg-accent-tableDeer Leg Accent Table Silver

One is silver, and the other’s gold.

gold-deer-leg-tableDeer Leg Accent Table Gold

industrial-bar-cartRue Magazine

Appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.

how-to-throw-a-rose-tasting-party-hosting-a-wine-tasting-party-charcuterie-plate-574eeb38a146deaf6ee084c8-w620_h800Domino

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In the City

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Renesse Highball Glass

ralph-lauren-home-barRalph Lauren Home

jigger

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Apartment Therapy

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Do You Like Nuts?

 Traditional Home

countertop-home-barBetter Homes and Gardens

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Entertaining with Caspari Cocktail Napkins

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