A Dream Home, Weddings and a New Baby Boy: Love is Blue

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.

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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.

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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

What a difference four decades make!

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Elle Decor ~ Chaz Cruz Photographers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fate?

Happenstance?

navy blue wedding utensilsElle Decor ~ Amanda MacDonald Photography

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.

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Blush Crush: A Blush Color Crush Trending Around Again

A blush color crush trending around again is present in the decorating world.

 

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Benjamin Moore ~  Rose Blush ||  Warm Blush ||  Misty Blush

Pale. Soft. Feminine.  The color blush came out of the gate a hot trend for 2014.  As it goes with the ebb and flow of trends, decoristas discover a renewed blush color crush on this delightful color.

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A pale soft pink with a whisper hint of brown undertone, blush pink is trending around again.  Estee Lauder Fresh Air makeup in Ivory Mist is my beauty foundation must have, and has been for 39 years.

NARS  Blush- Nude Scene Collection

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.

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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.

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Bridal.

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Fashion.

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Emperia Stella Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Blush

Design.

A blush city, yes please.

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Decorating.

I love any tufted furniture, bonus that its blush! Link to this sale item in bio 🔝

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The parallels between them are vast, the blush color crush among them undeniable.

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The Visual Attraction Pop of Color Love: Decorating With Red

The color red spins the visual attraction pop of color love decorating with red on the color wheel.  The color red draws the eye, envelopes a space in depth and frames the focal point.

Pierre Frey Fabric

 Beauregard ~ Pierre Frey

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.

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Better Homes and Gardens

Interior designer Miles Redd lets us in on the secret to decorating with the daring and delightful color combination pink and red.

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Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…

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Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

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Interior Design by  Alessandra Branca for Kip Bays Showhouse 2015 as featured on Stylebeat by Marisa Marcantonio

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San Francisco Showhouse as featured on DecorPad

Immersed in or merely kissed by- decorating with the color red fetchingly emphasizes the elements of elegance, sophistication and eye catching drama.

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Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

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Fornasetti Bacio Tray

Fall in lo♥e with the Pop Art Love Sculpture Table Lamp from Lamps Plus.

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Be still my !  How gorgeous is a traditional and not so traditional space so elegantly well-appointed in regal red?

Edgewater, Barrytown, New York, 1825. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

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How do I love thee color, texture and pattern?  Let me count the ways with these chic wallcoverings.

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Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper 

An appropriate color of the day for the day at hand- decorating with red is in the spotlight.

♥♥♥

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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

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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?

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That Old Black Magic Has Me In Its Stylish Spell: Stylish Black Interiors

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.

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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?

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The Design Daredevil

The color black instantly adds an air of drama to the space.  Depth and tone mesmerize and entice the eye.

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Drama comes home in a most elegant way through the presence of stylish black interiors.

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An impressive aesthetic opens the door to details of spellbinding proportions.

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Stylish black interiors make an unequivocal statement of distinction.

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Fall Afternoon Color Crush

You may be asking yourself one or more of the following questions in regards to a fall afternoon color crush:

What is this fall afternoon color crush you speak about?

Another fall related post?

How much can one person possibly gush about fall?

When will the subject of fall 2016 fade from the pages of Places In The Home?

What is so special about and why all the fuss over and fascination with a fall afternoon color crush?

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An unabashed expression of admiration for an awe inspiring color palette seen only for a very short season, but thoroughly appreciated on this fall afternoon.

Yes.

The beauty of fall knows no bounds.

Until the Places In The Home There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays series begins sometime around the first of November or my fall afternoon color crush cup runneth over, whichever comes first.

Inspiration is everywhere.

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When the splendor of the season inspires, a fall afternoon color crush ensues.

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“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”

Mae West

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“I see
the turning of a leaf
dancing in an autumn sun,
and brilliant shades of crimson
glowing when a day is done.”

Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott

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“…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Traditional Home, Southern Living, One Kings Lane, Online Fabric Store, The Huffington Post, What2Cook, Country Living

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

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.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Top of the Pops of Color: A Color Review

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.

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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.

Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

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Oscars 2015: Color Goes To The Movies

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What Works For You Is What Works

HBX030115_072 Benjamin Moore’s Twilight 

Flawless Gray Areas: Inspiring Gray Rooms

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

Julianne-MooreJulianne Moore in Gucci as featured in Harper’s Bazaar ~ photographed by Camilla Akrans

Louisiana Gulf Coastal Style

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

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Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White

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Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity

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Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

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.

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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.

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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.

color-blocked-accent-chairsAnthropologie

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.

fall-vivid-colorsTraditional Home  ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

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.”

Isaac Mizrahi

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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.

fall-interior-paint-colors-antiquesOne Kings Lane ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

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.

antique-furniture-color-paletteOne Kings Lane

Vivid, strong and brilliant transitional colors emphasize and heighten the rich color pigments found in rosewood, mahogany, oak and walnut woods.

fall-tones Farrow & Ball Blazer ~ Behr Exotic Honey ~ Kitchen: Better Homes and Gardens

Color is and always will be an integral component to tying the total look of the space together.  I call it hitting the color palette jackpot.

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Flawless Gray Areas: Inspiring Gray Rooms

By no means is the crush we design and decorating faithful developed on the color gray and inspiring gray rooms over.  There has been no break-up with this new neutral, no we are so over that color revelation. In fact, most of us asked gray to move in and stay awhile.

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It’s a color your world love affair expanding to many a living room, bedroom and kitchen.  The relationship between proven color base of space and go-to neutral is color palette perfection, one that beautifully creates flawless and inspiring gray rooms.

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“The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.”

-Christian Dior

Inspiring Gray RoomsMayme Baker Studio

Neutral colors are no longer being thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decorating, accents, paint and furnishings options. As seen in the image above, gray is a strong neutral, a formidable color that refuses to simply fade away into the background of the wallpaper, chandelier patina, or the headboard.  The tones subtlety take control, guiding the eye to the prevalent and pronounced color pops.  I really do love how the colors and patterns play so well together on this stylish playground.

gray-breakfast-areaTraditional Home

As the color foundation of the space, gray does not overpower nor underwhelm.  It this case, however, the different shades do command attention to detail.

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Recognized in design circles as a space changing tour de force, a gray color palette exhibits the decorative power trio we all look for in design and decorative execution- drama, elegance and style.

gray-wallsArchitectural Digest

Accent colors take to the depth gray offers, proving its impressive ability for enhancing color and creating flawless gray areas.  It is quite an amazing and appreciated foundation shade.  

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Gray is a stunning neutral, a color that has come into its own as both an elegant anchor and palette powerhouse.

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Complementing shades of gray frames the walls, marble floors and millwork as an interior design work of art.

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gray-walls-bathroomTraditional Home

Nine impressive shades of gray from Benjamin Moore paints ~

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Ashley Gray || Revere Pewter || Gray Owl || Silver Chain || Stonington Gray || City Shadow || Street Chic || Smoke & Mirrors || Perspective

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One Kings Lane

As the base or simply as the focal accent color, gray is color capable.  It’s a color choice easy to work with, live with and and not grow bored with.  If that is not reason enough to consider incorporating the color gray in your decor take a look at the gorgeous image below.  Shades of gray, when paired with elegant accents in think outside the matchy-matchy box contrasting colors, give the space its personality and command a sublime reaction.

gray master bedroom Better Homes and Gardens

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