Finds and Treasures Currently Catching My Eye

Finds and treasures currently catching my eye for the August gotta have it list include all things house that make a home goodies in appetizing, modern, polished and pumpkin time is right around the corner style.  First up in this month’s round up is a set of appetizer plates with a sense of style and a sense of humor.

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ED by Ellen

Memories lay the ground work for a collectible fascination to take root.  My frog fascination began in the summer of 1974 when I landed the coveted lead role in the local community theater production of Fairy Frog Superstar.  The play was pure G-rated fun, a take off on Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother.  The frog thing stuck, and I’ve been an avid collector of frog themed objects ever since. Metals are trending with a vengeance for fall 2015, and this brass finished frog object from West Elm is one handsome hopper.

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The mixing of traditional, vintage and/or antiques with modern pieces remains on trend and in style.  Contrast is good, visual impact the desired decorating effect, and creating a unique and impressive focal point is the point.  I am inspired by the INSPIRE Q Canali Sleek Modern Accent Chair.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy smells as good as it feels and heals. Perfect treatment for project weary hands.

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Thank You in any language translates well.   Modeled after antique enameled European signage, this Merci Word Play porcelain wall art says thank you in ooh la la fashion.

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Howard Feed-N-Wax is the Tina Turner of wood polishes.  Simply the best.

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Who’s looking forward to getting their fall baking, cooking and seasoning on? The Staub Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte from Williams-Sonoma is making it very hard for me not to be in a fall-pumpkin-cinnamon state of mind.

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Speaking of seasonal recipes, may I suggest Louisiana De Mer: Seasonal Seafood Recipes for your cookbook collection.  This definitive collections of recipes for seafood lovers features 160 pages of beautiful photography, recipes from celebrated Louisiana chefs and restaurants, New Orleans classics- including po-boys and dozens of Cajun and Creole cooking tips.

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Now we’re cooking!

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The Cows Have Come Home: Cowhide Home Decor Accessories

The cows have come home in a grand and stylish way in regards to cowhide home decor accessories.  The look created by introducing one regal piece of home on the range chic can leave a design impression on even the biggest skeptic.

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A trip to Dallas, Texas proved my theory correct.  I think it’s safe to say this style may not be for every space and taste, but as long as there is farmhouse chic and home on the range style it is not going to roll the way of the tumbling tumbleweed.

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Uttermost Chahna Wood Bench

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Uttermost Chahna Velvet Accent Chair

I first took notice of cowhide furnishings in 2004 while browsing through a Neiman Marcus catalog.

The chair delivered a one-two punch.

The frame was stunning, but the price tag was numbing.  I archived the look in my mental Rolodex, and when I spotted a cowhide chair at auction a few years later it was go time.

I won the bidding battle, but soon lost the design war when a client literally begged me to sell her the chair.

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Comfort Pointe Jaxon Arm Chair

How about a pair of these beauties as captain’s dining chairs at the ponderosa, partner?  Did I really just type that?  Yee-haw!

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I found this dusty yet affordable cowhide upholstered accent chair at one of my favorite home design haunts, Paul Michael Company in Canton, Texas.

The rich deep fawn and black hide paired with my favorite accent feature, nail heads, make a chair in this style a big contender for office or study use.

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Cordia Arm Chair

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Faux or authentic, cowhide furnishings lend a chic presence to the sleekest and most modern decor.

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Kendra Rustic Lodge Faux Cow Hide Velvet Linen Wing Chair

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If you’ve contemplated this design choice but feared the look would come across as too rustic, practice the rule of less is more.  Go with one piece and place it in an optimum setting.

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A little trial and error is to be expected, but when it comes together it will be the right balance of town and country chic.