Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor

The New Orleans Saints are back on the field in black and gold glory. Saints fans are hoping for an exciting season of New Orleans Saints football.  Black and gold home decor accessories make decorating for Saints football gatherings become fast friends with interiors this time of year, and I do like to show my support for the team colors by decorating with black and gold home decor accessories and design accents.

zebra-chairLouis XVI Giltwood Settee with Zebra Upholstery

black and gold home decor

Hooker Furniture


Regency Arm Chair

Black and gold home decor accents and accessories are always stylishly in season.


LS Dimond Home Black and Gold Draper Cube Table

The look of classic sophistication is instantly achieved when black and gold accents become a distinct decor choice as part of  the color palette.

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Simon Orrell Designs

black-and-gold-fabricsHouse Fabric

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Black & Poole


The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters


Styling and decorating with black home decor pieces sets the tone for statement making appeal.

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The extra added bonus of accentuating the space with gold accessories puts the accent mark on the power of gold glam.

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leopard living roomMary McDonald

Spot on gorgeous leopard  living room in the home of Mary McDonald.


Out with the old, in with the new!  A new lampshade  or tabletop addition is an immediate and affordable option when refreshing home decor.

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Black and Gold Taffeta Curtain Panels

Inspiration is everywhere- even on the football field.  Go Saints!

Patriotic Palette: Red, White and Blue Home Decor

 red white and blue color palette

Stripes, pattern, and pancakes star in this showcase featuring the bold and bright patriotic palette of red, white and blue– the original grand pop of color!  What better way to celebrate a standard of style than with red, white and blue home decor and red velvet pancakes.


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Angie McGowan of Eclectic Recipes shares this delicious in color, delicious is taste recipe for Red Velvet Pancakes with Coconut Syrup and Blueberries.

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Elle Decor red white and blue


Section 8 of the United States Flag Code explicitly states the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.  What is permitted by The United States Flag Code is the use of a  flag design in fashion, but only if the fashion article is not designed or formed using the actual design of the flag.  Wearing an article of clothing that represents the flag is allowed.  The wearing of the actual flag is not only disrespectful, it is never allowed.

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The Look of I Love It! Valentine’s Day Inspired Interiors and Colors

The ideal Valentine’s Day color palette calls upon softer pinks, rich chocolate browns and shades of regal red.  Valentine’s Day inspired interiors and colors envelope a space in rich depth and hue.


The correct color balance  magnifies the beauty of the space and time- the antique French desk and footstool, Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chairs, and traditional decorative accessories.

1. Benjamin Moore Chocolate Velvet CSP- 235

2. Annie Sloan Antoinette

3. Behr Island Coral 140B- 4

4. Sherwin-Williams Gracious Rose SW6317

5. Benjamin Moore Pink Flamingo CSP- 1175

6. Sherwin-Williams Reddened Earth SW 6053

7. Benjamin Moore Dark Chocolate CSP- 270

♥ Benjamin Moore Valentine’s Day ~ 2077-60 ♥


Incomparable as always, romantic style is beautifully evident in the lines and curves of the Alexandra Console  from the Mélange Collection by Hooker Furniture.  Will you be mine?



Be still my heart! Mary McDonald for Schumacher  Honeycomb fabric in Ruby is style on tap for a client and upcoming DIY project.  Color me impressed and inspired- the ♥ of good design!


A romantic tablescape begins with a blank canvas of inspiration and repurposed details.  For example, marbled paper in shades of pink becomes a designer table runner.  The gold place rose can be easily emulated with gold spray or craft paint and a bouquet of artificial flowers.


Red roses are not the only way to express red hot looks on Valentine’s Day. Nailheads on both the burlap ottoman and the pop of pink trim on the rolled-arm chair put the accent on wow factor accents. One thoughtfully placed book in red jacket perfection, one throw pillow, and one simple glass pitcher win the heart of the space.


Lincrusta  embossed wallcoverings master traditional interior design application through the art of subtractive texturing.  The effect is achieved by applying water-based paints on embossed wallcoverings. The desired result is achieved by applying red paint to white acrylic primer base coat. Complete effect by dragging and wiping to create cream highlight.


The heart of design is inspiration, and inspiration  is everywhere!  Valentine’s Day inspired interiors, colors, and accents get to the heart of the design and decorative matter through texture, craftsmanship and design application.

The Power of Color

Life often revolves around the color wheel. The influence of color touches lives far beyond pattern, palette, and walls. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I find I am more and more amazed at the power of color. It’s no coincidence that color is closely associated with traditional rights of passage and milestones in our lives. The pink or blue of a baby nursery, the religious significance of white baptism robes and christening gowns, graduation caps and gowns in school colors, white and ivory wedding dresses, black tie affairs, golden and silver anniversaries- you get the idea.


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Emilie Parker, Josephine “Joey” Gay, Grace McDonnell, and Victoria Soto share obvious and tragic circumstances, but choosing to define their memories by those circumstances is not fair to the lives they lead. I am so struck by one particular detail, a shared commonality lovingly revealed and colorfully expressed.  We’ve learned how color defined their individuality and its impact  in each of their lives, memorials, and funerals.  Josephine loved all things purple, Emilie the color pink, Grace claimed both as her favorites, and Victoria adored the color green.


Josephine “Joey” Gay’s family knows well Joey’s affinity for the color purple, straight from the spirited hearts of  Baltimore Ravens fans.

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Purple balloons throughout their neighborhood paid tribute to Joey. May the peace and warmth associated with the color purple comfort her family.


Big sister Emilie Parker  nurtured way far beyond her young years. Comfort came to those who remembered her caring qualities by a simple and colorful request- to wear the color pink, Emilie’s favorite, in a united show of love and remembrance of the little girl who loved pink.


Grace McDonnell’s mother talks of Grace’s love of peace signs and the colors pink and purple. Her mother shared with Anderson Cooper how the family took part in a very colorful, deeply personal, comforting, and fitting tribute to Grace. Grace colored the world with her artwork so full of vivid colors, wise subjects, and touching sentiments.  Color was not absent from her world, and her parents made sure it would never be via Sharpies and color filled tributes.


Victoria Soto simply adored the color green and pink flamingos.  That revelation crosses my mind when I source, select, and admire the color green. Green has a calming quality and is said to represent safety. From what we now know, Victoria Soto died offering to the best of her ability the qualities of her favorite color.


Isn’t it beautiful how color is a sweet and strangely comforting  testament to the creativity, imagination, and strength of Grace, Victoria, Josephine, and Emilie. Color gives hope through the green and white ribbons that stand strong with Sandy Hook and the citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, and unity echoes through music, small voices, and somewhere over the rainbow colors in support of the families and in remembrance of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Anne Marie Murphy, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison N. Wyatt.

10 From 12: Best of 2012

January 18, 2012~

When You See An Image Of An Iconic Figure From The World Of Fashion, Cinema Or Music, Do You Think Interior Design?


March 20, 2012~

Keeping Home Decor Costs Low & Decorative Impact High

June 29, 2012~

SuperCopperKitchenTasticExcellent à laDecorocious!


July 11, 2012~

Introducing New Finds & Keeping Old Favorites: Stylish Decor With The Accent On Chairs


July 24, 2012~

Lovely Lantern Light Fixtures


August 8, 2012~

Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, and Nickel: Metals of Distinction In Interior Design and Home Decor


August 21, 2012~

When The Pear Begins To Rot: A Kitchen Repaint Project

No, this project did not hit a decorative wall. The pear project continues to be a work in progress, and the New Year will bring a new lantern, drawer pulls, and perhaps a cabinet garage.

August 28, 2012~

Color Me Inspired: Choosing Paint Colors



Updates, Edits, And Seasonal Color Palettes: Fall Home Decor Ideas


December 3, 2012~

Blissfully Delicious Recipe Contest Entry And Winner! Vanilla Bread Pudding With Vanilla Sauce

There you have it- the best of 2012 .  Thank you all for reading, visiting, subscribing, commenting, tweeting, pinning, sharing, liking, and supporting me and Places In The Home.  I know there are gazillions of choices out there in the blogosphere, and I am humbled you take the time to click on mine. 2013 will bring more color, pattern, suggestions, trends, ideas, inspiration, recipes, and home decor news.  I’ll be here and I hope you will be too! Dave the Builder and I raise our gorgeous goblets toasting and wishing you happiness, health, family, love, peace, prosperity and friendship throughout the New Year 2013!


Holiday Inspiration and Festive Favorites

The holiday season is in full swing, and there are so many sites and sights to see.  This is the time of year when treasures, goodies, ideas, and pretty images flood the day in the best possible way.  Holiday inspiration is all around.

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Olive by Farrow & Ball is festively featured in the gentleman’s study designed by Tammy Connor at  The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House.

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 The 12 Days of Christmas crackers from Williams-Sonoma are a Noël novelty done elegantly and festively right.

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The Duet by George Sheridan Knowles masterfully exhibits the allure of green in shades of trend.

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When I can’t sleep I don’t count sheep, I try to recall the stores and shops that lined the downtown area from when I was a kid.  Do you remember shopping downtown at Christmas time?  Santa Claus in his red house with white trimmed windows, Christmas lights and tinsel stars strung from store front to store front, and department stores display windows decked out in holiday finery. Lerner Shops, Bakers, JCPenney, W.T. Grant, S. H. Kress & Co., Rexall, Morgan & Lindsey’s…

Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas time is here!  Have a great weekend!

Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Nickel: Metals of Distinction In Interior Design and Home Decor

Inspiration is a powerful motivator.  I’ve been keeping late hours the past few weeks catching up on emails, resources, writing, and supervising the kitchen paint project. Earlier today I didn’t think I would have the energy to write up a post, but here I am at the keyboard.



In order to keep my painter happy the air is turned to artic blast, the coffee is brewing, and the radio dial is set to classic rock.  Don Felder’s “Heavy Metal”  played this morning and is now stuck in my head.  Between that song and the Olympics, the inspiration for this post was born.

Using metal colors in interior design and home decor adds depth, warmth, and sophistication to the feel of the space.
Pewter~Copper~ Gold~ Nickel

Color Drenched and Fun Kissed 4th of July Celebration

Our 4th of July celebration is shaping up to be fun kissed~ Keeping It Summer Simple.  Old Glory is waving from the large Oak tree in our front yard and the menu is planned.

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The tablescape, simple as it will be, will show the colors of a patriotic palette.

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We are having out of town guests over for the holiday.  There will be plenty of food and fireworks (okay, sparklers) with the emphasis on a relaxing celebration.

This trend shows no sign of slowing,  200+ years and flying strong!
patriotic tablescape

The color combination is synonymous with regal grandeur.

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I don’t know what is more impressive, the tablescape, the gorgeous blue sky, or the renowned Hotel Del Coronado. What do you think?

Hotel del Coronado

I love this super chic nautical rope bracelet from Buoy 6  for the holiday!

buoy 6 bracelet

There’s something about a Mason jar, a cool beverage in patriotic colors and a summer holiday that is so go team USA!

mason jar

Tomorrow is the big day!








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Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! Copper Home Decor Accessories

Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! That’s one way to sum up the beauty of the copper home decor accessories.  The patina, richness and versatility of copper lends a distinctive presence and truly unique color palette choice to interior design accents and home decor accessories.  Copper is not only a timeless trend choice, but a gorgeous heavy metal of ever current never outdated mass appeal.

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 A bold neutrality (isn’t that a design oxymoron?) accurately describes the pop of color copper kitchen accessories.

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The KitchenAid® Metallic Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer in satin copper blends style and quality with kitchen must have.


Currently Coveting Copper!

kichler-42909aco-505Kichler Antique Copper Ryegate Indoor Pendant 

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A stroke of antique treasure hunting afforded me the perfect opportunity to own a large double handled solid copper serving bowl.  As soon as I unpack it (gotta find it first) from storage it will again grace the kitchen gallery wall.

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When it came down to countertop selections for our kitchen remodel I knew the direction I was going in, but how much of my choice to incorporate into the scheme was the question I struggled with. Dave the Builder and I drove to Home Depot and soon the question was answered. We selected copper half round rope metal molding wall tile trim to enhance the tile back splash.  


From the kitchen to the front exterior of the house, copper accessories make their presence known. When we moved into our home I accessorized the exterior with copper and copper inspired treated items. I chose treated items for their resistance to weather and time.  The copper mailbox, copper address plaque and wall mounted copper garden fountain look as new today as they did when purchased.

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 I was so tempted to go with copper gutters!  Copper items left to nature’s patina process only get better with age.

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copper gutters


A copper boiling pot makes a perfect decorative accessory.

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The point of new, vintage or antique copper is copper style, copper patina and the Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious decorative effect.

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The wide range of availability and price points of copper interior and exterior decor items is in our favor.  Copper remains an elegant and traditional choice of color and material to enhance any space and complement any taste.

Renew Home Decor With Leviton Renu

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leviton. All opinions are 100% mine.

Home decor revolves around the desire to create a look with style and function in mind. When function meets style without compromise, decor synergy exists. Small changes and “freshen ups” through color, accents and accessories breathe new life into your decor, maintains affordability and in most cases is instantly recognizable.

I have focused attention on both my bathroom remodel and the upcoming master bedroom and bathroom remodel. Paint colors, wallcoverings, and fabrics set the look but accessories pull it together. Traditional  switches, wall plates and dimmers have their place, but when decorative lagniappe ~ that little something extra~ would better suit the space and perfectly bring it all together, a choice is now available.  

As seen on the DIY network, Leviton’s newest product, Renu, is the smart new way to update the look of a room in a snap, now and later. The Renu collection includes switches, wall plates and dimmers with faces you can update yourself whenever you’re ready for a new look. Available in 20 popular paint colors picked out by decorating experts, Renu products can blend in or contrast with a room’s walls or trim. Renu turns the electrical device into a decorative, easy to change accessory.

The Renu Collection includes~


-Combination Switches

-Wall Plates


-Tamper Resistant Outlets

-Tamper Resistant GFCI Outlets


-QuickPort Connectors

The Renu color palette offers trend appropriate color choices for today’s traditional, modern and classic tastes. Replacing the traditional electrical hardware in my bathroom with Renu switches , wall plates and dimmers in tranquil Sea Spray is the all important gorgeous pop of color needed to further accent the wall covering, wall tile and marble countertop. Whispering Wheat is under consideration for the soon to be under construction master bathroom. 

A major decorative impact for minimum costs, attractive color choices and easy installation shed new light on any home decor situation.

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