Grand Old Flag Pop and Splash Style 4th of July Bash

Plans for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash are coming together.

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Traditional Home

You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom.  Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.

More on that further down the post.

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Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home.  I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.

red-white-blue-pillowsDisplaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.

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Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.

I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this,

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but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.

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Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.

Now that’s smart party planning.

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My new waterproof bluetooth speaker will make its inaugural debut.  It’s not a party without the grooves and tunes of summer.

bose-speaker-poolBose SoundLink Micro Speaker

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My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American.  His love of country was rooted in the American flag.  He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him.  In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.

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What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece?   I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.

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Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention.  I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.

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I’m staying true red, white, and blue  with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.

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Real china plates?

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4pk White Flour Sack Kitchen Towels – Room Essentials™

Real china plates, white flour sack dish towels for napkins, and plastic red Solo cups.

A pop of color, a splash of farmhouse style, and a party staple.

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Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu.  Some want it roasted, some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions, and some want it boiled or as it was put to me the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.

popcorn-chocolateSummer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu.  Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.

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From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair.   We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style.  We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July and if things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.

Until next time.

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Knocking On The Door of 2018

Where did 2017 go?  I swear I blinked on January 1, 2017 and here we are knocking on the door of 2018.  New Year’s resolutions aren’t my thing, but the plan for 2018 is to become brilliant at keeping a promise to self to appreciate more and more the value of time.

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Like most of the Lower 48, our New Year’s Eve and beyond forecast is for frigid temps and funky conditions.  I whined waited all Louisiana summer long for the arrival of Louisiana winter (basically what most of you call fall). Be careful what you ask for.  You just might get it.

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Cold.

Dreary.

Ugly.

Our Canadian snowbird son chuckles at our winter on steroids dilemma.  The newlywed couple is less than thrilled to be arriving back home from a sunny warm week in Mexico to home, sweet home Winnipeg and the blistering Canadian temps of -33°C /-27.4°F.

Ah, Grasshopper.  He, who chuckles first, chuckles coldest.

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Edible provisions for our knocking on the door of 2018-New Year’s Eve-hunker down at home holiday weekend include Southern deviled eggs, pork tenderloin, oven roasted potatoes, the New Year’s Day traditional trifecta of black eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread, several pots of strong Louisiana dark roast coffee, and a fresh carrot cake.

deviled-eggsDuke’s mayonnaise is the preferred mayo of many a Southern cook and chef.  Southern Living explains our love of the stuff, and why it is the preferred mayo of test kitchens in the article Why Southerner’s Have an Obsession With Duke’s Mayonnaise.

Great taste, good read.

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A glass or two of wine to toast the New Year and chase away the chill will top off our midnight revelry.

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I look forward with great anticipation to the beautiful and stylish things to come in 2018.  In vogue interior design and decor trends for 2018 run the gamut from terrazzo to color in the kitchen to velvet fabrics.  Gorgeous is in the forecast, and the look is hot.

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Here’s to celebrating your knocking on the door of 2018 New Year’s Eve in  style.  Happy New Year!

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A Most Fetching Friday: In Glorious Bring The Holidays Home Fashion

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of December in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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Holiday wishing you all a most fetching Friday and a lovely first day of December.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we trim the trees and deck the halls in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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Thanksgiving Tastes, Tips, This, That, Observations, Recipes

In between Thanksgiving menu plans and the long holiday weekend Christmas is coming preparations, Thanksgiving tastes, tips, this, that, observations, recipes of need to know info have caught my eye and piqued my interest.

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In this holiday season, it seems many long time home decor bloggers are currently embracing the less is more quality over quantity aspect of holiday decorating, present company included.   The if one looks good then umpteen will look fantastic approach to decorating is one way to go, but without balance or cohesiveness present this is a difficult look to pull off.  Failure teaches a valuable lesson- one I learned rather quickly in my early interior decorating days.  Remember the 80s?  I don’t miss the decade of excess in any shape, form or what where we thinking fashion.   I much prefer understated with a twist- a visual curve ball of sorts.  The interior design and home decor choices displayed throughout the 1854 cottage of Joe and Evelyn Adams strike a stunning pose of color balance, period contrast and charming personal style.

Have you planned what you’re cooking for Thanksgiving yet?  Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Food52 can help you do just that.  Answer a few questions, select recipes from the collection, and make your personalized menu.  http://f52.co/2AuieQG

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Cooked in a ranch butter sauce and topped with crispy onions and bacon, this Bacon Ranch Green Beans recipe from Dinner at the Zoo puts a spin on the green bean casserole of holiday table tradition.  Full recipe details here: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-green-beans/

There’s appetizers and then there’s Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon.  Full recipe from Allrecipes here: http://spr.ly/6004D6kT0

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Savory Corn Pudding is the side dish staple of the Southern holiday table.  Full recipe from Southern Living here: http://bit.ly/2AHihJW

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I don’t know why I love you but I do, Pewter Corn Napkin Ring from Vagabond House Harvest Collection.  Beautiful piece to add to the Thanksgiving tablescape.

And with that, there you have my Thanksgiving tastes, tips, this, that, observations, recipes of need to know info show and tell.

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In Full-On Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays Mode

Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode.  Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight.  Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating.  Happy Halloween!

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All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif.  A play on words World Series style.

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I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts.  Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.

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I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route.  We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.

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The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns.  Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1.  Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother.  The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not.  Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.

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Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.

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Gien Solange  ||  Threshold  ||  Ralph Lauren Carolyn  ||  Vanessa  ||  Plymouth Woodland  ||  Scarlett  ||  Tanssi  ||   Plymouth Turkey  ||  Southern Living Harvest  ||  Lenox Brian Gluckstein Collection   ||  Friendly Village  ||  Arte Italica Finezza  ||

As far as I’m concerned, the holidays have arrived.  Places In The Home is in full-on holiday mode, and with that the holiday show and tell begins.

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Holiday Hospitality Guest Room Essentials

Holiday hospitality guest room essentials in mi casa es su casa fashion fit perfectly into the ’tis the holiday company’s coming season.  Creating a comfortable home away from home guest room for visiting family or friends begins with holiday hospitality guest room essentials.

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Our Canadian snowbird arrived home last week, officially kicking off the There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays party.  That red suitcase is the ultimate holiday decoration.

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends and family, Mr. Emerson.

The goal at Places In The Home is for our guests to need or want for nothing.  My darling Daddy welcomed guests with a heartfelt declaration “if we don’t have it, we will get it.”  Welcoming words for sure, and that is the objective.

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When Dave the Builder and I are overnight guests at the homes of friends and family, we consider the comforts of home furnished by our hosts not only thoughtful, but guest room life savers.  Let’s take a look at my list of guest room essentials.

Guest Room Essentials

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Topping the list of guest room essentials is space!!!  Dresser and bedside tabletops and drawers cleared and ready for guests to clutter set out and fill is always appreciated.  To reduce the risk of scratching the top of a dresser or bedside table(s), simply place a plush bath towel or blanket on top of the furniture piece.

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Closet space complete with extra clothes hangers and a bottle of wrinkle releaser, thank you.

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Rack ’em up

I like to put out one or two luggage racks for our guests to utilize. Navigating the guest bedroom should not resemble an obstacle course.

Looking good, Billy Ray!  Feeling good, Louis!

The snowbird loves our long standing holiday tradition of watching the movie Trading Places on Thanksgiving night (Black Friday Eve).  I love the above line from the movie, and seize every opportunity to inject it into a conversation.  His and Her looking good-feeling good baskets are a big hit with overnight guests.

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His and Her looking good-feeling good baskets are a big hit with overnight guests.

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Wrap these welcome kits up and tie them with a holiday bow for festive gifting fun.

Gift Your Guests with the Gift of Comfort and Hospitality

Festive faux or fresh flowers, a beside water carafe, extra linens,his and her slippers, charging station for devices, reading glasses, Kleenex, extra toilet paper, room and linen spray, a mini flashlight (to avoid things that go bump in the night like toes and kneecaps), extra blanket, a scented candle, note pad and pen and trinket tray on the bedside table and dresser top my holiday hospitality guest room essentials list.

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The idea is to gift your guests with the gift of comfort and hospitality.

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When I sourced this candle I couldn’t help but think of the Benjamin Franklin quote my aunt from Florida modified, adopted and shares with us as she leaves.

Guests, family, and fish begin to smell after three days.  Plan accordingly.

Thank goodness for scented candles and holiday humor.

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Staying connected to the world wide web while connecting with friends and family is the business and leisure routine of daily life.  Holiday sales, where to go, what to do, checking emails and social media, tracking Santa’s route- when you need to know you need the password.  Frame a WiFi password printable for beside table display so guests can connect to your WiFi network.

Downtime is the Right Time

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Noisli

Travel, especially holiday travel, can be a stressful event.

Enter Noisli.

The Noisli app is a little peace on earth and goodwill toward traveling men and women.  Peaceful background noises promote a serene environment conducive to a relaxing sleep.

A Good Read

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Place a few best sellers, shelter magazines and the Good Book around the guest room for guests to enjoy.

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A good read before bedtime can unwind even the tightest of clocks, and is proven reading often promotes a better night’s sleep.

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Guest Room Service

A bedtime sip and snack is a token gesture of comfort, or as we say in Louisiana, a little lagniappe.  A tray of holiday or anytime of year sips and snacks served in room service fashion is a hospitality treat.

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A glass of ice cold milk paired with home for the holidays cookies.

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What do we holiday have here?

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Hot Cocoa Oreos.

sipsA mug of hot cocoa  goes well with the holidays.   Add a zing of seasonal deliciousness to hot cocoa with a dollop of flavored whipped topping, peppermint or cinnamon sticks, a splash of Kahlúa or a generous shot of Southern Comfort for a 21 and over spirited nightcap.

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A relaxing cup of decaffeinated sweet cinnamon spice herbal tea.  Little details pamper and please, and a bedtime treat always goes over big with guests.

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It’s the little touches that make them feel right at home sweet home for the holiday.

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The Celebration Countdown to 4th of July Party Ideas

The celebration countdown to 4th of July party ideas is on.  Allow me to take this opportunity to express a very big thank you in patriotic colors to the Earth, sun, moon and calendar year 2016 for the three-day weekend we have to celebrate Independence Day.

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The big blogging plan to share with you pops of 4th of July party ideas for your copying, ordering, and/or purchasing consideration fizzled out like a firecracker with no pizzazz.  An area wide internet outage hit the Places In The Home neighborhood last week, and with it went my connection to the world wide web.  That’s two internet outages in one month, but’s who’s counting?

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Meet Jeremy, the at&t man with the get you back online ASAP plan. Jeremy, your good deeds and expert skills are greatly appreciated.  You’ve got a well deserved three-day weekend coming your way.

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Our 4th of July three-day holiday weekend plans are set to serene with an emphasis on slow and easy.  Outdoor living spaces furnished to the hilt in summer style and let’s get the patriotic party started creature comforts in mind deliver just that.  Let’s take a look at some, shall we?

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The Swingaswan Hanging Chair is a stylish throwback to the hanging chair glory days of the swingin’ 60s & 70s.   Just add a decorative pillow, a refreshing beverage or summertime treat, a good read and you’ve got yourself a rest and relaxation haven for the 4th of July three-day weekend.

loop-siclesPopsicles and champagne come together to make Summer’s Sweetest Sparkling Sipper.

How to Make Rainbow Sangria from Country Living Magazine

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Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients

3 to 4 lemons

2 cups half-and-half

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Directions

Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup.

Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze 2 hours before serving.

~Southern Living via My Recipes

 

okl-historical-documentsA good and patriotic read ~ American Historical Documents

A star spangled theme is instantly recognizable as the traditional theme of 4th of July celebrations.

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In keeping with tradition, the American flag meets and greets neighbors and friends, but I opt to decorate with items such as fabric and serveware in a broader range of holiday patterns and colors.

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The activities, food, sports, colors and celebrations generally associated with the summer months give great inspiration. Pick a favorite as your 4th of July party ideas theme foundation and go 4th from there.

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Wallpaper and fabric closeouts can be a great source for affordable and stylish patterns to use as tablecloths, table runners, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.

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Handbag charms as napkin rings?

Absolutely!

I picked up six of these long fringe handbag charms on clearance at Rue21 for $1.20 each to use as napkins rings and parting party favors.  Love the look, the price and the dual purpose.  Blooming blue hydrangeas from the yard of a very generous and giving neighbor will star in the centerpiece arrangement along with a trio of small American flags.

Simple.  Affordable.  Appropriate.

Lincoln_Square_Farmers_MarketLincoln Square Farmers Market

Our star spangled celebration menu takes a celebratory cue from the best part of the summertime bounty- fresh from the farmers market fruits and vegetables.  I am entertaining the thought of developing a recipe for s’mores cake to debut over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Fresh beans, roasting marshmallows, and bursts of color on the table and in the sky. That’s how we snap, crackle and pop a 4th of July party in the USA at Places In The Home.

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These 4th of July party ideas place an emphasis on fun, easy, delicious, stylish, and affordability.  Celebrate smart, safe and stylish this 4th of July holiday weekend.

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Our Home For The Holidays

Happy Holidays friends!  We are T-3 to Christmas 2015, and the joy of the season is electric by way of white Christmas lights and treasured traditions.   Welcome to our Home for the Holidays where the theme of comfort and simplicity is well represented.

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Our tour is of the dining room and the part of the foyer decked for the holidays. The dining room, a forever work in progress, has seen several design and decor changes in 2015, and will continue to see more in 2016.  The walls are devoid of artwork (the piece you see in this photo is part of the kitchen gallery wall) and the style jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on accent rug vs. hardwood floors.  The dining room isn’t the only space getting a makeover.  My Mother’s Day gift from our son was paying for the new wallpaper I fell in love with at first sight but took several months to decide if I really had to have it. Turns out I did. Dave the Builder began the project, but real life obligations and unexpected circumstances stepped in and halted the foyer beautification project.  Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessary tool of the trade in design and decorating.

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On the Monday before Christmas, my true love gave to me.  A single Santa leopard-ing

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and a Christmas goose in the foyer displayed in front of the new zebra wallpaper sitting pretty (pronounce it prit-tee and it rhymes with tree.  Get it?  Partridge. Pear Tree).

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A  holiday table centerpiece of magnolia leaves and holly is indeed so Southern, so holiday, so easy and so beautiful.

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Bob’s Sweet Stripes as swizzle sticks and crystal finial ornaments as wine charms? You bet!

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I purchased these vintage mini framed Madonna prints for my kitchen gallery wall.

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Inspiration is everywhere.

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The subject matter is holiday appropriate, and the petite size of the framed prints sealed the DIY deal.  Napkin rings it is!

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I have collected Victorian inspired Santa Claus figurines for years.  Due to the epic move aka the gift that keeps on giving, combining two households into one and the renovation of my childhood home into our new to us home, most of my Santa collection now resides in climate controlled storage.  These inexpensive stand-in Santas have no great provenance or famous artist signature assigned to them, but I do love the colors and facial features of these old world replicas.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and this perfectly imperfect image serves as a visual reminder of my personal design and decorating philosophy.  Perfection, style and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more gorgeous than a home that beautifully illustrates personal style lives here.  Design and decorate it with a sense of you!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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