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

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Placing the Seasonal Decorating Accent Mark on Fall

Welcome to the Places In The Home first day of fall 2015 home is where the fall is feature. My for the fall of it all decorating is not what I would categorize as a traditional fall home tour, per se, however I do love placing the seasonal decorating accent mark on fall with set spot arrangements and seasonal accessories here, there and about.

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Fall flower arrangement inspiration came in the form of neutral colors and natural elements.

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I pulled decorative things together from spaces, bookshelf displays, Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors inventory, tabletop favorites, ghosts of preserved floral stems past and nature’s arts and crafts store.

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A late summer experiment with drying hydrangeas proved successful enough to fulfill my fall and holiday decorating needs.

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I bought this framed print at auction.  This particular antiques auction was held off the beaten path in the piney woods of North Louisiana.  The smalls at this hit the jackpot auction ranged from spectacular to premier, and the prices were equally fantastic.

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I chalked it up to coincidence, but it seemed the auctions held in the fall brought forth the best finds.  I was like a kid in a big old country barn candy store with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand (it gets cold in the piney woods) and a bid card in the other.  Fall weekends offer up a snapshot, a glimpse from the past of those Saturday nights spent at the auction. This framed print reminds me of a not quite, but almost fall stroll through those piney woods. Good deals, good times and great memories.

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Apples, walnuts and cinnamon.

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It’s how I roll.

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Hotel china demitasse cups are both a passion and a weakness of mine.

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The price wasn’t exactly right for the set, but the I have to have these part of my brain convinced the a better deal is out there part of my brain that this was the last set of hotel china demitasse cups on the planet, and if I did not immediately buy them right then and there the treasure hunting gods would forever rain down it’s full price for you wrath on all future treasure hunts and finds.  Retail logic was alive and well.

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Layering the look with gold tones and warm textures seems naturally autumn appropriate.

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“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”   ― Jim Bishop

Welcome home, fall.

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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

Is it that time of year already to be in new season, new ideas blog mode?  I think there’s still plenty of the present season to home decor show and tell about, but the window of summer is beginning to close. We will say so long to outdoor living, patio parties and summer soiree home decor finds that will disappear from our favorite store sites and shelves.  On the bright side however, one of my favorite words, clearance, is heading to a home decor department near you in the very near discount future.  I’m beginning to hear the rumblings of fall is right around the corner retail chatter.  With all the inspired ideas floating around for the upcoming blog season, I find I’m not quite ready to throw in the summer beach towel just yet. The summer of 2015 has been a stylish one, and has turned out to be an interior decorating and home decor success in terms of trends and retail offerings.

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In the upcoming months we will color our world in fall colors.  Color knows all seasons, and is never far from the center of my decorating thoughts.

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We will see, source and discuss pattern and texture.

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Always a delicious source of conversation, fall is a grand time to season the season with fantastic comfort food features.

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Same goes for cooking tips and c’est si bon recipes!

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I look forward to sharing with you all the best of the season in home decor finds, antiques treasures and travel tales.

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Home accents, decor and furnishings markets are gearing up to reveal what’s new for the upcoming fall season in decorating trends and home decor.  Interior decorating, tailgating times, holiday happenings, fall colors on parade decor accents and accessories suggestions and inspired ideas to dish and decorate around will follow, and I for one can’t wait!  The summer blogging pace is slowing down for a few weeks in anticipation of a full-on fall preview. I am looking forward to things to come, and hope you will tune in for the Places In The Home fall 2015 design and decorating show and tell.  I promise it will not disappoint.

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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.

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The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals.  Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are.  Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front.   Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.

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This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!

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H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price.  You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white.  A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

  Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites.  This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design.  Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results.  Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought.  His words say it far better than mine.

 “I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”  

~ Charles L. Eastlake

That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point.  Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.

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Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques.  This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash.  Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.

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One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.

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This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.

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What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.

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I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim

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Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features seasonal color and comfort, a preview of things to come.

ff-mustardFall colors on home decor parade from H & M

ff-fall mumsMum is the word and the look for fall planting – Midwest Living

ff-entryMaking a grand entrance and grand statement – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Mediterranean Landscape by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Ken Linsteadt Architects

Brooke-Shields-dining-room Elegance in dining – At Home with Brooke Shields via Architectural Digest

wynn-buffetThe Buffet – Wynn Las Vegas

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and a most fetching Friday!

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Holiday Shopping Season: Keep Calm And Be Very Merry!

The holiday express has left the Black Friday stop and is heading straight into Cyber Monday station.  Do all the deals, steals and doorbusters of the holiday shopping season have your head spinning?

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Savvy planning and a determination to stretch a dollar like a rubber band gets the holiday shopping job done.  I keep things in check by making Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping an enjoyable activity to participate in online between the prep, serve, clean, relax and end of the Thanksgiving weekend.  I learned a long time ago to take the holiday focus off the retail and place it where I feel it rightfully belongs.  It’s the holiday priority formula that keeps the real reason for the season in check without me bouncing one!

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Keep Calm and Be Very Merry is a lovely sentiment and sound solid advice.  If you find ye olde holiday gift giving budget or lack thereof is taking the jingle out of your bells immediately Keep Calm and Be Very Merry!   Everyday life isn’t in the habit of pausing for holiday budgets, and I swear it’s no coincidence that unexpected expenses pick this time of year to make their presence known. When and if the aforementioned applies give yourself the gift of permission- permission to realize, accept and create festive fabulous with what you have.

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There’s no better time to embrace the art of editing from within to repurpose and refresh existing Christmas decorations. Decorating for the holidays is a beautiful and festive experience, but it is an expense that can get away from you quickly. ‘Tis the season to tap into imagination!  Don’t pack away those Pheasant feathers, pine cones and burlap anything and everything that adorned fall and Thanksgiving vignettes and tablescapes just yet.

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With inspiration and imagination you can take one holiday’s accents way beyond the rinse and repeat theme.  If you think you created decorative magic September through November with these gems, wait until you see the decorative impact they bring to the Christmas decorating scheme of things!  A pine cone takes to a can of spray paint, a glue gun and a dusting of glitter in holiday colors like a shot of bourbon takes to a glass of eggnog.

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Time is a precious commodity.  For a gift that basically is cost free, it is one of the most expensive things you will ever give to someone because you are giving a part of you.  My Las Vegas is showing when I quote Wayne Newton, but his words resonate my point. “You can take of a man’s money, but when it’s all said and done, you’ve only taken his money. When you take of a man’s time, you’ve taken a part of his life.”  The time and love put into decking the halls of your home’s interior and exterior is a gift of color, wonder and talent.  It’s the ultimate to/from tag addressed to family, friends and neighbors.

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Please feel free and festive to email me pictures of your holiday creations in all their Christmas decorating splendor.  I would love to see what you all do with your do and share the beauty with fellow readers.  Let’s holiday show and tell!