Holiday Color on Christmas Parade: Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

Whew!  The holiday rush is in full swing here at Places In The Home. Raise your hand if you know exactly what I’m talking about.  One strategically placed legal pad and collection of pens, pencils and clips is within quick reach of the keyboard.  At this point in the holiday happening it’s either write it down or risk forgetting to do, get, write, post, cook, decorate or send it.  Love these crazy and special times!


I’m not quite ready to step away from the keyboard in the name of all things holiday just yet.  My posts from now until the end of 2014 will focus mainly on the most wonderful time of year, and today’s features holiday color on Christmas parade with the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala. Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

The fashion and interior design world is all abuzz with the recent announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala.

The-Roosevelt-HotelThe Roosevelt Hotel ~ New Orleans, Louisiana

Reviews are mixed with no lack of something to talk both positive and negative about.  Marsala is an excellent choice, but I am partial to this color family.  I love the richness of the tone and the decorative possibilities the color offers.  My immediate thought upon learning of Pantone’s selection was how beautiful Marsala would fit in with holiday decorating,  a Victorian meets art deco meets historical elegance color of sorts. The decked to the halls holiday decorations at The Roosevelt New Orleans “exhibits” all of the above and more.

marsala-pillowsH & M

Marsala is a strong confident color, showing it can share the spotlight with complementing shades to the right or left of the color wheel.


Le CinqLe Cinq Restaurant

marsala-reindeerKatherine’s Collection Carousel Reindeer

cranberry-poached-pearsCranberry Poached Pears

Will the Pantone Color of Year 2105 Marsala become one of your favorites?

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Sweet Summer Themed Inspiration: Watermelon Home Decor

Today’s color, texture and sweet summer themed inspiration is brought to you by the fruit of green, red, pink, orange, yellow colors, distinctive pattern lines and delicious possibilities.  It’s funny how the unofficial official fruit of summer inspires the theme of watermelon home decor accessories, stylish accents of the season, delectable recipes and color palette choices.



Summer welcomes the watermelon in all varieties.


Don’t forget to wipe your watermelon pattern adorned feet, please.


Fruits and Flatters Sneakers from ModCloth

red-green-renovated-kitchenCountry Living – Alec Hemer

watermelon-bowlWatermelon Serving Bowl

Love this watermelon themed decked out in vibrant watermelon colors earthenware bowl that just happens to be on seasonal sale at Pier 1 Imports.


I knew I wanted to do a post featuring the colors of a ripe, delicious watermelon when I saw the image below.  Although not in watermelon pattern, these perfectly paired accent chair cushions immediately draw the eye in with the fresh, crisp and bright apple-green material and white rope trim.  Credit the accent pillow in Romo’s “Tulipa Coral”  fabric for taking this tiptoeing through the tulips palette to color perfection heights.

chair-fabricTraditional Home

If the effects of fun in the summertime heat has not yet reached your part of the world hold on friend, it’s coming.  The watermelon shines in the summer food and drink spotlight as a crowd pleasing source of refreshment.

watermelon-coolerWatermelon  Cooler Punch via Better Homes and Gardens

Doesn’t this drinks anyone scene look refreshing?  Attention summer brides.


Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktails from Southern Living


Paper party wares with that crazy melon twist.


The Sugartown watermelon  purchased this past weekend “produced” a sweet summer treat and a taste for sweet summer themed decor inspiration.

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Zoe Wodarz Watermelon Wander Cutting Board

watermelon-salt-pepper-shakersWatermelon S&P Shakers

Fresh-Watermelon-SaltGarden & Gun Magazine

watermelon-cardsWatermelon Stationery by Jill Byers

decor inspiration watermelonCabrera Watermelon  ||  Malakos Malachite  ||  Lumiere Hot Pepper   ||  Monticello Peony

watermelon-shotsWatermelon Lime Jello Shots – Sweet Tooth

Any way you slice it, watermelon home decor accessories, refreshing treats and summer entertaining wares make for a unique, fun and summer festive addition to the party.

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Bright And In Color: A Spring Preview

We humans are a funny bunch.  We adore spring colors,  but balk at the pollen and rains that come with the territory. We can’t wait for the arrival of beach times, but curse the oppressive and unforgiving temps of summer.  You can’t have one without the other. The cool crisp evenings of fall that we welcome with open arms and socked feet precede the blustery winters like this one.  I believe I speak for most of us when I say we’ve had about all the winter we can stand, thank you very much.  Okay, so we’re a fickle and forgiving group, but the point is we spread around a lot of love at the beginning of the seasons.  Let’s shake the winter blues and go way back in the television time vault for a spring fling wing ding, shall we?

Do any of you remember this September 1965  episode of  The Lucy Show? I do like it was yesterday!  This catchy little number speaks to the I am so ready for some fun in the sun part of my brain.   The cooler than normal days and nights here in Louisiana is a treat, but remember what I said earlier about we humans and our funny ways. Two days of late winter temperatures in an otherwise spring time month and you would think Louisiana was experiencing a Nor’easter.  It is so nice to have the sun shining winter white bright throughout the house.  I went with it today and turned off the kitchen lights to let Mr. Sunshine to his natural thing. Go spring, go green.

spring colorsHomeLife

Natural light, bright colors,  fresh flowers- hello, spring!  If the weather won’t cooperate fast enough to reveal spring consider introducing it through color rich pieces in all their spring splendor.

Home decor accents remain my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update, a mood booster and a spring preview of colorful things to come. The main reason interior decorating choices begin and end with color is the power it has over the space.  Color makes an unpretentious statement, and that is the beauty of its intent.

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Isn’t That The Idea? Fearless and Fabulous Color

Reflecting back on 2013 and looking forward to things to come in 2014 takes center stage for a whole lot of people at this time of year.  Once I weed through the resolution staples- lose weight, get organized, get healthy- I get down to the business of business that is decorating.  With decorating comes hours of sourcing, viewing and discovering interiors. Commercial complexes, residential homes, restaurants, lounges, chain and luxury hotels- I’ve never met an interior I didn’t appreciate.  The common denominator of design swoon and decorative admiration becomes more clear with each and every image.  Fearless and fabulous color excites the eye, races the heart and commands attention. Isn’t that the idea?

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If we insist on beauty and style and in our homes, why not factor that in when we select places and spaces to celebrate a special occasion?

Society CafeWynn Las Vegas– photo by Barbara Kraft

Color is at the core of detail.  Color excites, enhances and engages diners, travelers and celebrators.  It is a measured ingredient, sometimes in appropriate hit you over the head excess, sometimes in take you by surprise I didn’t realize I like that color discovery.

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My personal measure of fearless and fabulous color done right is when the balancing act of hue, tone and saturation come together to engage the eye in real time without sensory intrusion, but makes it’s biggest impact in memorable afterthought.  That’s a color your world impression, and isn’t that the idea?

fearless and fabulous colorWynn Las Vegas

Dave the Builder and I had the pleasure of staying at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas for our 25th anniversary.  The celebration and importance of the milestone could not have been better framed for a more memorable experience than by the impressive design and decor attributes richly bathed in color.


The vision, creation and execution of  these memorable and notable interiors begin with Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development.

Roger ThomasRoger Thomas ~ Home Accents Today

There is absolutely nothing common about the design and decor details of the common areas.  I do like and appreciate the tone down of color in the guest rooms.  At home or on the holiday road, decompressing and relaxing is so much easier when a space is done in a tasteful, tranquil palette.


In the case of Wynn and Encore, the serene Californicated neutrality reserved for the guest rooms is a well thought out color application.

SLS South Beach

Switching gears and geographical locations to further the point is the fabulous guest rooms of the SLS Hotel South Beach.

Philippe StarckPhilippe Starck

Architect and designer Philippe Starck brilliantly succeeds in pairing quintessential South Beach elegance with French influences that fascinate the eye and relaxes the soul.  Let me ask you this:  How long did  it take to draw your eye straight to the pink accent pillow?  There are times when just a blush touch of color is all it takes.  Stark (no pun intended) white with a fearless hint or fabulous from floor to ceiling saturation – fearless and fabulous color has the will and the power to influence, inspire and impress.  Isn’t that the idea?

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.

purple-and-white-bedroomNew England Home

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.

New Year, New Trends: Projected Design and Home Decor Trends of 2013

My decorative and design energy is fired up for the New Year.  I’ve spent the last few days checking things out fresh and new for 2013 aka the design and home decor trends of 2013.  As we all know, fresh and new is not always fresh and new. You may spot more than one renewed, refreshed, repurposed, and/or reinvented idea from decor trends pasts. That’s the great thing about good trends- they possess the quality, look, and decorative chops  to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well.  Like, love or hate them- the decor trends and forecasts for 2013 are in.  Color is color once again, a romantic renaissance is coming back around and look what blast from the past is set to lead the way- the big brass band of beauty.

Layering for warmth also applies to inside warmth, comfort, and coziness. Layers of color on color, texture on texture, pattern on pattern- pile it on! What could be easier than spot updates?


Adding lux linens and throws in seasonal fabrics, patterns and colors will infuse the look, the feel of comfort, and softened impressions to the space. 


You’ll hit a trending trifecta with this wood, metallic, and gold gilded drift wood sconce from Clayton Gray Home.


Wood accents, meticulous metals including going for the bold and gold, texture, pattern, and shades of green will make an impact on the interior design and decor radar for 2013.


Antiques as pieces of art will serve as focal points and conversation pieces.


I’m thrilled to see the encouraged use of antiques as art coming around.  Last week as I was viewing Million Dollar Decorators I was cheering on Jeffrey Alan Marks. His comments regarding the use of antiques as the final touch of personality in decor made me an instant follower of his train of thought. Unique, one-of-a-kind, unusual, whimsy, conversation pieces- yes, yes and YES! If only one piece brings this to the space then I say bring it! Can you tell I’m a huge fan of antiques as art?

It’s a new year full of new trends. I’m definitely inspired!  Are you?

Lemon Influenced Home Decor and Home Furnishings

Stand back, take in their simplistic beauty and enjoy the aromatic fragrance of spring to come.  The lemon is nature’s inspiration for shades of color, scents, desserts and home decor.  With spring in the air the beauty of lemon influenced home decor and home furnishings spring to mind and space.


Isn’t there some saying about making lemonade?

homemade lemonadeHave Cake Will Travel

Shades of lemon brighten the mood and the space.

Benjamin Moore LemonAccentuate the positive energy of fun through lemon accents and home decor accessories.

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Marie Claire Maison

The eye is undeniably drawn to the coffee table book.  Lemon provides the all important pop of color.

New England Home

Lemon based desserts are closely associated with cool, refreshing and light endings to a meal. The lemon is an ideal ingredient to complement and balance a rich meal. The same thought process can be applied to a rich decor balanced with complementing lemon accessories.

Clockwise, starting top left:

Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Granita

Preserved Meyer Lemons~  Whole Living

Lemon Basil Butter Cookies ~ Southern Living

Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Mixed Berries~  Food Network

“The regions of France” themed lemon festival in Menton, southern France is home to this Eiffel tower replica made from 145 metric tons of lemons and oranges.

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Pucker up and say ooh la la!

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Might I Suggest A Battery Recharging REDo: Red Home Decor Accessories

On this day so wonderfully associated with love and the color red,  I’m thinking a post featuring red home decor accessories is quite appropriate.

red flowersTraditional Home

Winter has not made much of an appearance in the deep South, not that we are complaining.  Looking to the first hint of rising temps, warm weather brings the ultimate hostess gift to the party known as spring.  Who doesn’t love the renewal of color to help kick start winter’s thaw?

canned vegetablesSouthern Living

The anticipation of canned peppers and jellies via a spring vegetable garden can instantly get the party started.  Shall we take it inside for more red home decor accessories?

red walls Chinese New Year

Traditional Home

Deep and dramatic shades of red on the walls and in the red home decor accessories in this Chinese New Year themed living room.  Red is typically thought of as the color most associated with excitement.

Who doesn’t want an exciting decor?


jumper cablesHardware Sphere

When temperatures rise many a fancy turns to thoughts of home improvement.  I like to think of it in terms of recharging one’s battery.  If red indicates the positive clamp, let’s clamp down on that color scheme and take a look at a few  fun, inexpensive, and easy ideas to help with the recharge.

Isn’t this photo from photographer Annie Schlechter gorgeous?  Lamp shades are a quick way to change a look and incorporate color into the room. Another option is to add decorative trim to a shade you already have.  You are a glue gun and a scissor snip away from a new to you shade. Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive will also work.  Begin with either a heated glue gun or an adhesive  at the bottom of the shade by applying the hot glue or adhesive to a small section.  Add the trim to the glue section by section covering the entire bottom of the shade.  I run the trim a little past the starting point to allow for “snipping” as trim tends to fray.  When this happens (you will know if the trim is going to fray when you make your final snip) I simply apply a small amount of  glue and “tuck” the pieces under the top of the trim.  If so desired, you can also apply the decorative trim around the top of the shade.

sherwin williams red paint colors

Paint a chair, your kitchen, your front door or your wagon- just paint something red!  Paint is an inexpensive way to add dramatic change to the look of a room.  You can go for the bold change such as painting the entire room or incorporate the new color through accent pieces.  Home decor magazines are design central for  inspiration.  Take a stroll through the paint department of your local paint stores or the paint department of your favorite home improvement store(s).  It’s a great starting point to gather ideas and inspiration, and to study the many shades of your favorite color theme.  The above colors are from Sherwin-Williams. Perfect choices for Valentine’s Day!

red throw pillows

Throw pillows add great color and life to an existing sofa, chair or bedspread.

red home decor accessories

I found this Chippendale chair at a second hand store in South Louisiana.  I couldn’t get to the register fast enough to pay for it.  As you can see from the picture it is presently at Hopefully Classic Antiques & Interiors awaiting departure for the comforts of its new home.  A rule of thumb in my business is there is a ninety percent chance the client will change the upholstery.  There are wonderful selections in all price ranges out there in the fabric world.  With a screwdriver, a pair of scissors, a little padding if desired, a staple gun and a little patience you too can be an upholstery changing wizard.

Now we come to the good part.  All hard work needs reward.  It doesn’t matter if said hard work is painting out the entire room, planting a flower bed, or shopping till you drop looking for the accent pieces.  When the work day is through and your home is beautifully renewed, refreshed, and recharged it comes time to paint the town red.   I felt it my duty to share a few of my favorite friends with you, dear readers, a few relaxing suggestions to enjoy after the big redo.  I open the wine and pour myself and Dave the Builder a glass.

cherry garcia red ice cream scoop

A red ice cream scoop and its very best friend,  Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.

clinton kelly freakin' fabulous

All done up in eye catching red is the cover of  Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else by Clinton Kelly.  This book is a freakin’ fabulous read.  It’s laugh out loud funny and good for a few great suggestions.  I highly recommend it!   If you have already read it I highly recommend doing so again.  It’s goes freakin’ fabulous with the wine and the ice cream!

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C’est si bon!  ~ Pinterest

New Orleans Crawfish Boil


5 lbs of live Crawfish
3 lbs of andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch pieces
3 heads garlic skin on cut in half, on the horizontal
6 ears of corn cut in half
2 lbs red potatoes, whole
1 lb of mushrooms
2 tbs black pepper
3 bay leaves
1 small bunch of thyme
1 tbs red pepper
5 tbs old bay seasoning
1 bottle of Rex crab boil (available in most grocery stores and seafood markets)
4 gallons water, more if necessary

In a large stock pot add 4 gallons of water.
Add the Garlic heads, black pepper, bay leaves, thyme, old bay and Rex crab boil and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the potatoes, mushrooms, corn and sausage increase heat slightly and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the Crawfish and cook for another 10 minutes.
On a table covered with newspaper, place all of the ingredients and serve.

~Food So Good Mall

Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and the invasion of the red mudbugs better known as crawfish season- it’s a fabulous February here in Louisiana! February is also American Heart Month.  Go red and be good to your Here’s to whatever puts the color in your world.  Cheers!

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Don’t Fear Using Color In Your Home Decor And Interior Design

Color may possibly be the consummate element of design and decor.  The implementation of color develops and defines interior design devoid of monotony.  Don’t fear using color in your home decor and interior design.

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With this title I feel as if I should have a cowbell, a drumstick and Christopher Walken asking for more cowbell.  In this case, cowbell is color, and current trends are asking for more of it.

Nuevo Estilo

Color enhances a space with a positive energy.  First it draws the eye, then effortlessly offers the vision of how to introduce color to the space.

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Color flows from walls, furnishings and accessories to envelope the space in comfort, warmth and beauty.

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Gorgeous, n’est–ce pas?  That’s the undeniable beauty and result of using color in your home decor and interior design.