I thought I would round out the master suite remodel posts with my home decor gotta have it list. The home decor and home furnishings accessories treasure hunt is as fun as the finds, and I have had a blast searching and discovering home decor wonders. The gorgeous Thibaut fabric is a pop of color dream.
A frog anything is always in order, and Butch the Bulldog has a face I can get a chuckle from. I want to mount the andirons to the wall as easels for a piece of art. I’m contemplating using the corbels as bookends. What do you think of the wallcovering choice for the master closet? An alligator and/or croc wallpaper is fittingly appropriate for Louisiana. Please don’t assume I’m a swamp person, but I would be remiss if I did not add a “Choot ‘Em” to the alligator reference.
Next week I will be featuring a guest post that I’m very excited about. Be looking for it early in the week. I hope you enjoy looking at the items featured on the home decor gotta have it list. Have a great weekend!
The color foundation is laid and now comes the fun part, home furnishings and home decor accessorizing. The home decor marketplace is on its game with stylish options at every price point. Manufacturers and retailers have done a great job of offering beautiful furnishings that can be easily found, regardless if the interior design and decorating budget is on a shoestring or the sky’s the limit.
Our existing furniture archives will fill out the spots. Dave’s favorite piece of furniture we own is an antique Walnut Scottish chest, and it will stand out against the wall color. I have an 18″ X 30″ oil painting of a Victorian lady in storage that I can’t wait to retrieve and display. The painting will complement the color scheme and furnishings beautifully. There will be plenty of time and room to fill in when this part of the remodel comes to pass. I am on a constant treasure hunt for a treasures that will look great. That’s the real fun of all of this! The Gotta Have It list is growing!
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We are on a remodeling roll here at Places In The Home. Between the DIY projects, the oppressive heat that takes no prisoners, and the decorating tweaks over the last month we are in full-on “what can we do next?” mode. The next project to eventually tackle is the master bedroom. Due to difficult circumstances beyond their control my parents now live with us and occupy the master bedroom. Dave the Builder and I insisted and would have it no other way.
A picture shows it all and here it is~the master bedroom in all its pre-overhaul glory. This photo was taken the day before the new carpet was installed last March. The reason I am posting this photo is to demonstrate the space I will be working with when the next phase of the remodel commences. What is not pictured is a very nice master bathroom, dressing area, and walk in closets the length of the sleeping area. We are talking nice square footage to work with- 800 sq. ft. to be exact. I’m going big with the master bedroom remodel ideas.
I am forever working and tweaking the master bedroom accessory board, and may I just add I am in home furnishings heaven! I’m not one to jump into the trend pool too quickly or strictly attach myself to one particular style. If I have a signature style I guess it would be simply classic. Classic styling is the foundation I work from. It is timeless and can be tweaked by adding current accessories. The all important pop of color is obtained through paint, wallcoverings, and/or window treatments.
But on second thought…
Gold & silver are consummate favorites of mine. Empire Gold from Sherwin-Williams is a maybe contender in the wall color competition. Marshmallow white in all its neutral gorgeous goodness is the front. I can’t help it- I’m a fan of carpet in a bedroom. I swooned when I found the Dana Landing series from Mohawk in the color Ice Plant.
The other night we were watching a movie that I can’t remember the name of at this moment. It must not have made an impression. The big scene with the male star of the movie came up. I put down my magazine (when a movie doesn’t hold my interest I tend to multitask) and Dave noticed I was paying close attention. He inquired when the movie was over if I liked it. He mentioned he noticed the male star got my attention. No, it wasn’t the actor. It was the crimson red dupioni silk drapes in the scene. Talk about a scene stealer!
Sometimes the antiques shop owner, sometimes the customer, always the appreciator. Great. Now I’ve got Mary Chapin Carpenter’s song “The Bug” in my head. Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. Catchy, isn’t it? Coming back around to the topic- I strolled the antiques shop this past weekend and my image files as customer, blogger, and appreciator. The digital camera was in hand, but the fluorescent lighting does not cooperate in the scheme of good photos. Regardless, it’s at the antiques shop show time.
I hope I included something for everyone. The furniture and accessories at Hopefully Classic Antiques is not locked solely into one particular period or style which broadens the field of selection for all tastes.
I find it fascinating to read the traditions of fellow internet friends from far and near. I’ll never forget walking into my first cousin’s home for the first time after he was a married father of two (you know, as adults). I no more stepped into the house and made eye contact with him when he shouted out to me with pointed hand and question, “Hey, does Santa Claus leave the gifts under the tree wrapped or unwrapped?”
Ah. The great wrapped vs. unwrapped debate. His wife comes from a long line of Santa Claus wraps. In our family, Christmas Eve was for wrapped gift exchanging, and Christmas morning was reserved for the unwrapped Santa Claus extravaganza. It seems silly, the great debate over wrapped or unwrapped Santa Claus, but who am I to argue with tradition?
The only heat this summer I remotely can handle is that of the oven. It’s too hot to be outside if you don’t have to be, but when you have to be it zaps the life out of ya! The summertime tradition passed down in our family is a simple piece of advice- cook early, stay cool late. I do make an exception at any time of day for old fashioned Southern tea cakes.
This old fashioned Southern tea cakes recipe and family traditions favorite has been handed down through the years, and it means the world to me on many levels. I like what a tea cake signifies. A simple, classic and unpretentious taste of home. I like to think that’s how I roll. Speaking of rolling- these tasty babies require a roll out. I swear the goodness is in the roll. Here is the aged, index card recipe from which I have baked many a tea cake.
Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour; sifted
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup thick sour cream or buttermilk
Sift flour once before measuring. Combine flour, soda, and salt together. In separate bowl, cream together butter or shortening, sugar, egg, vanilla, and nutmeg. Mix on high speed for two(2) minutes. Add sour cream or milk and mix until blended. Next, add dry sifted flour mixture to wet ingredients and hand stir until all ingredients are blended together and reach the consistency of biscuit dough.
If a softer tea cake is desired, add 1 teaspoon baking powder to dry ingredients.
Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough on lightly floured board to 1/4″ thickness. Cut out in round shapes with cookie cutter or good old dependable jelly glass. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Makes 2½ dozen tea cakes.
I’m thinking iced tea and a Tea Cake is what’s for dinner tonight. I know it is not the ideal dinner, and the calorie count is probably not the desired way to keep the figure slim and trim, but the kitchen will be cool and the old fashioned Southern tea cakes recipe and family traditions memory will warm the heart.
This recipe for Pepper Steak is a house favorite. A pepper steak recipe is nothing new, but a time saving one does become a cook’s friend. I like this version because it is both a time saver and crowd pleaser. I’ll take a shortcut in my recipes if taste is not compromised. This recipe is a prime example- I use powder options (garlic,onion) in lieu of dicing, mincing, and slicing.
Chopped onions and garlic in a jar is an excellent option, but when the freezer/fridge is void of these grab the powders. Let me share the Places In The Home pepper steak recipe with you.
Places In The Home Pepper Steak
1 2lb. package round or cube steak
2-3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil thinly coating bottom of skillet for browning steak
3 large bell peppers washed, seeded, and sliced
1½ ~ 2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper or to personal taste
1 ½ ~ 2 tsp. garlic powder or minced
1 ½ tsp. onion powder
dash Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. hot sauce, optional
¾ tsp. basil
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 large can tomato sauce
½ cup water
Add oil to skillet and heat on medium high to high. Add steak to heated skillet and brown on both sides. While in the browning process add salt, pepper, garlic and onion to the meat.
When meat is lightly browned, add the sliced peppers. Cook the meat and peppers until browning is complete. Reduce heat to medium. Pour tomato sauce followed by the water into skillet, stirring to blend all ingredients well.
Next, add Worcestershire sauce, optional hot sauce, nutmeg and basil. Stir well and cover with lid propped up on one side allowing steam to escape.
Reduce to medium low and cook until steak is tender.
My parents arrived safely home from their trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. Dave the Builder and I stayed behind to keep the home fires burning, but I put in my order pre trip for a few items. We live in retail deficient area, and we can’t wait to hit the stores, outlets and shops when we are in bigger cities.
Knoxville offers a large range of all the aforementioned sources. My mother can sniff out a bargain with the best of them, and she loves the hunt. She called me several times from different stores reporting and confirming success.
Ten years ago we stumbled upon Chintzy Rose, an antique and vintage shop and tea room in Knoxville. We spent almost four hours in the shop. In that time we met new friends, enjoyed lunch, and purchased enough inventory to load up our Ford Excursion from end to end. We had to rent a U-Haul trailer to get it all back to Louisiana. No vacation is every exempt from turning into a buying trip. My mother called me Monday afternoon from Chintzy Rose, totally embracing her role as my antique picker. She selected a painted vintage mirror and two hobnail milk glass bowls.
A milk glass bowl epitomizes yesteryear, but can also be very current because of the fresh, clean, and crisp white color. Deep jewel tones or the cinnabar, pumpkin, and earth neutrals of fall tablescapes pair well with a white bowl. White emphasizes the dominant colors, and it stands on its own as the standout pop of color.
I’ll take the mirror and the bowls to the antique shop, put the notecards to good use, and keep the dessert plates and appetizer bowls for myself. That is the fun part of this thirteen year treasure hunt I’ve found myself on. I get to experience and provide the thrill of the hunt. I get to keep, share, and sell the treasures we find. We get to meet people who become friends, travel, and make memories we will never forget.
Temperatures, spirits and retailers all point to fall’s arrival. As a girl’s thoughts turn to fall home decor ideas so does the search for seasonal home decor items. Perfectly timed with the first day of fall, the Williams-Sonoma email I received this morning showcases fall colors, textures and patterns. Inspiration is everywhere, and the sights and sounds of fall make it very easy for this girl’s thoughts to turn to fall home decor ideas.
An aromatic dried Lavender bunch knows no season and is a visual goodie all year long. Dried Lavender bunches bring forth the ooh la la fragrant factor.
Lately I’ve found myself growing more and more inspired to tackle a DIY twig & branch chandelier. I have a candle chandelier at the shop that I believe is the perfect canvas for my art interpretation or disaster. Hopefully it goes in the interpretation direction.
Covering the chandelier in its entirety with twigs and branches and perhaps painting it with spray paint is what I’m initially thinking. Color may lock the fixture into a specific palette, and leaving it in a natural state may better serve its purpose for fall and winter decorating. Keeping the fixture as a candle holder will make it holiday worthy and allow me to change the candles out to coordinate with seasonal colors.
As I was cleaning out the refrigerator over the weekend (this girl really knows how to throw down a good time!) inspiration struck. My antique dough bowl has been used to house everything from magazines to fresh cut greenery, but oddly has never come in contact with dough. I retrieved it from the man cave coffee table, removed the magazines and remotes, and placed the veggies in it. It made both a pretty display and a pretty picture. A fall arrangement of pumpkins and squash, eggplant, mustard greens, red onions and snap beans awaits. I love an edible arrangement, and the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables make great subjects for displays.
I’m looking forward to the crisp fall temps, being able to hear the high school bands performing at the local Friday night football games from our front porch, and the home decor offerings of this wonderful time of year.
Oh my decorating & designing goodness, this kitchen remodeling project was a doozy! Our home is my childhood home and I realize I’ve gone full circle in my house to home life. Familiarity and fabulous memories from the past, the nail & hammer present, and the next generation future offers a comfort we can, and are, easily living with. Design tweaks, adjustments, and repurposes have been met and mastered.
Eight foot ceilings I love to hate have been embraced, especially when the architect gave us his bid on raising these puppies two feet. Heavy, and I mean h-e-a-v-y five figures later- that’s a big negatory! Please excuse the fact that I can’t help myself with the homage to Convoy. Casey Kasam’s Classic American Top 40 is on the radio. Between the before pictures and the tunes I’m swimming in the 70’s.
The kitchen is a multipurpose high traffic area of the home and ours is no different. When my parents built the house in 1965, the kitchen was a design marvel among the ranch house set. It underwent two decor remodels that simply did not stand up to the test of time or design. When we took our first real look at the kitchen as the present homeowners, we realized this space needed some space. To give you some idea of what we were working with, I am posting before and way,way before pictures of the space in question.
First order of demo was to take down the wall at the end of the first picture of me and my paternal grandparents. Immediately after first demo we tore down the breakfast bar, broom closets, and cabinet built ins shown in the second picture of a dinner with family, our preacher, and his wife. My thought process was to incorporate the formal dining room. I’m all about removing walls to open up a space. We are picture deficient of the demo process. Just imagine dirt, dust, and chaos.
We salvaged, saved and strategically placed existing cabinets in with purchased solid wood prefabricated cabinets. We took the door and drawer fronts off both the old and new cabinets. Dave the Builder ordered 60 MDF cabinets doors and 29 MDF drawer fronts. Dave primed all with oil base KILZ interior oil stain block and primer from Lowe’s. The cabinetry color is a standard favorite of ours, Sherwin-Williams Pure White. The wall color is Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear. Counter tops were born by sheeting the new cabinet tops with 3/4 ” CDX plywood as the base. I selected MS International 12″ square granite tiles for the counter tops. For the backsplash we went with 12 X12 ceramic paired with 6″ copper half round rope metal molding wall tiles.
Slab granite was definitely a consideration, but the $$$ difference between the two is money we can spend elsewhere. Dave won the “discussion” of bull nose vs. wood trim for the counter top front edging.
The Sub-Zero refrigerator was moved from our previous home and repainted to match the new cabinets on site. A casing was built to house the refrigerator to match the new cabinets. There were several left over cabinet doors. Dave repurposed the doors as side casing decoration, adding them to the refrigerator casing.
We removed the original windows and installed Pella replacement windows from Lowe’s. I knew from the get- go I wanted 13″ X 13″ ceramic floors with the tiles laid diagonally, and I am thrilled with the result. I was adamant the original Baccarat crystal chandelier my mother selected forty years ago fit into the overall look. The breakfast area chandelier is from Lamps Plus, and the pendant light from Home Depot.
Amerockcabinet hardware was purchased on clearance from Lowe’s. Let’s build something and save money while doing it together, Lowe’s! Both the corbels framing the window above the sink and the ceiling medallion were purchased from Wish I Had That. And now, without further ado, may we present a preview picture of our new kitchen.
Click on the picture to begin the updated kitchen remodeling project tour