I admit to checking the fall countdown clock several times this afternoon. An obvious love of the fall/autumn season drives my thoughts, naturally inspiring me to get with the decorating in full fall colors flaunt program.
I’ve linked to the countdown clock for those of you who want to see the updated T- time to autumn(or fall). Click on the above image to be redirected.
The above collage features scenes of seasonal interest, inspiration for future fall themed blog posts, color, pattern and texture of the season, and a late fall/early winter photo of the newlywed couple. I can’t wait to share the photos from their wedding.
Spoken or as in this case typed like a proud mother of the groom.
Love is Blue wedding week officially kicked off yesterday when the bride and groom to be dropped by to put a bow on last minute it’s all in the details wedding planning. They love the wedding week themed accents and decorations on the dining room table and sideboard- save the date cards for both weddings (local and Canada), photos from family weddings past, and custom wrapped wedding gifts.
Vintage ivory and wedding white lead the color palette, and a subtle hint of light blue celebrates the baby boy coming into our oldest nephew’s family this August.
Light blue ruled the color scheme of the 1960s and 1970s wedding. As I primped and prettied the wedding themed vignettes, the phrase love is blue popped into my head. Boy, does that bring back a fabulous memory!
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Howard ~ June, 1975
These Happy Wedding Days are Yours and Mine
I have always loved the song “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat. The beautiful instrumental was a favorite song of a childhood friend. Each time I heard the song over the years my thoughts immediately went back to times spent at her house- one of my favorites in our neighborhood and one I spent countless hours in when growing up. I had no idea a come full circle moment was in my future.
Who knows why I was coming over to my parents house on this particular late Tuesday afternoon in the summer of 1986, but it turned out to be a fabulous decision to do so. As I was getting close to my parent’s house (now our home) I noticed a U-Haul truck backed up to the garage of the house referenced above. Flippers can spot a potential flip property a mile away. This time I spotted a property a block away that maybe, just maybe we could buy, remodel, and call home. I hit the back door heading straight to the kitchen Trimline telephone (no cell phones at the time) to place a call to Dave the Builder. The Trimline telephone was about to put a new home in our remodeling hands.
That phone call was a life changer for us, and the call to action fished out the information I was hoping to hear. The owner (the father of my childhood friend) retained ownership of the house when the parents divorced. He lived in the house a few years, eventually turning the house into rental property.
Financial issues caused the one and only family to rent the property to vacate without notice (the owner learned of their departure when Dave called to inquire about the property). Being in the right place at the right time opened the door for us to put in an offer to purchase the property.
Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it. Don’t get me wrong, we were thrilled with the house however, disrepair is the best way to describe the interior of the house when we purchased it. A state of disrepair proves a powerful bargaining chip in real estate negotiations, and being seasoned flippers we were unfazed. The ink wasn’t dry on the closing papers when Dave and the crew got down and dirty with the demo. Once the nasty carpet, outdated parquet floors, tacky paneling and biting fleas went bye bye, it was time to make things pretty again. Working, measuring and consulting demands concentration, and I concentrate so much better when music is playing. Standing deep in color fan deck thought, the sound of music pulled my attention toward the Nutone intercom upon the wall.
As if on cue from an afternoon in 1967, “Love is Blue” began to play on the radio.
Whatever it was, the impact of this love is blue very special moment stopped me in my tracks of joyous tears. Special milestones such as realizing your dream of home ownership, celebrating the weddings of a son and a nephew, and the arrival of a new baby have a way of doing that.
The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.
It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.
Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home. Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.
Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.
If you follow my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board, you’ll note a fascination with antiques and vintage porcelain. A vintage porcelain soup tureen doubles beautifully as a vase for fresh flowers, becoming a new traditional part of traditional holiday decorating.
Unique finds make the best stocking stuffers. This vintage glass desk prism is not only an excellent conversation piece, but an on-trend color of the year 2017 gift for the lover of all things vintage on your holiday gift list.
Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?
That old black magic has me in its stylish spell. Leave it to the vocal stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith on “That Old Black Magic” and the ever classic Blackglama campaigns to give me a Halloween appropriate idea for this stylish black interiors design and decorating topic of conversation post.
In regards to interior design and decorating elements, I often borrow from the genius of Blackglama and the question that rhetorically asks, “What Becomes a Legend Most?” Stylish black interiors definitively ask and answer the question, what becomes a classic most?
I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season. Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.
Hello there. With all things holiday and the last week of 2015 coming to a close, I thought I would check in with a year-end color review post. Color is an instant way to infuse a space with inspirational drama, serene appeal and the decorative oomph.
Light, bright, soft, dark, neutral, complementing, accent or focal- color takes the pulse of a space with the stroke of a brush and decorating genius. Let’s color review the top of the pops of color schemes, palettes and combinations that colored our world in 2015.
Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White. Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we? Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot. Jackpot of inspiration, that is.
The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating. Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.
Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds. I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.
Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point. I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space. For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.
Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.
“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”
Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation. Take a chance, folks. Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.
Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques. When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box. Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.