What Items Make Your House Your Home?

Past the design, past the paint, past the walls and windows- what items make your house your home?  Creature comforts, particular points of decorative interest, memorable mementos, and those I love my  _______________ gotta haves tend to go a long way in making the daily life lived within your home a little easier and a little prettier.  It dawned on me the other day I favor certain items over others when I clean, cook, compose, create… you get the idea.  I position certain accessories more front and center than others when company is coming.  These items run the gamut of detail.  Some perfectly nail the details of our personal tastes and others make it a beautiful, easy and convenient day in the neighborhood. Far from mere decorative objects, everyday favorites and go-to items, these items all have one thing in common- they’re all things house that make a home.


The big blue dutch oven  

The ooh la la factor is alive and well and cooking comfort food in French blue fierce style.

blue cast iron dutch oven



A great pillow

A great pillow can help to remedy the nightly flop, flop, flip, flip of discomfort. A rested house is a happy house.

bed pillows



A scented but not too scented candle

Summer Sorbet by Aromatique is my all time favorite scented candle.  It’s fresh and light just like summer and sorbet. Chamomile Tea by Circle E Candles is a little heavier scent, but my goodness it is pleasing.  My must have kitchen candle is hands down Fried Green Tomato.  It’s the candle scent that brings the most “what is that fantastic scent” comments.

scented candles



Dried or fresh, flowers are one of the quickest ways to bring the colors of the season to the table in any space.

Setting the Entryway Tone | Ty Pennington




Modern accessories can, and do, live well with antique, primitive and vintage pieces. Pairing the unexpected is a trade secret worth sharing in the quest to combat boring cookie cutter decors.  Remember this caveat- accentuate the mix and match, eliminate the mish-mash.


Family pictures

Displaying pictures of family members frames the personality of our lives and offers a daily pictorial retrospective.  Memories light the corners of mind and bookshelves.

foyer chandelier


Reliable appliances that get the job done right the first time

A cook,  baker or homemaker is only as good as the appliances he or she uses. Of all the appliances in my get the job done inventory, I would hate to do without my Electrolux vacuum cleaner(s).  I’ve got four, yes four of them.  File this under if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Electrolux vacuums


Two of the models are no longer in production and are used for parts. The other models are for finish jobs on installs and for everyday chores around the  home base that is Places In The Home.


Show off  individual style and house to home personality through collections. Place, hang, vignette- pick your display preference and do your collected treasures proud.

showhouse traditional entry
It’s show and tell time, friends!  What items make your house your home?
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Baby Boomers: The Age of Aquarius Aging At Home

The John Tesh Radio Show has a feature I really enjoy listening to. Intelligence For Your Life factoids are entertaining and educational tidbits of information on everything from diet to affairs of the heart(physical and emotional).   I was especially interest in a particular segment I heard this week.  Baby boomers are those of us born between 1946 -1964.  It is estimated baby boomers have 40+ trillion dollars to bring to the economic table.  To further educate you on the numbers, Baby Boomer Magazine reports boomers have more discretionary income (wealth) than any other age group.  Boomers control 70% of the total net worth of American households, own 80% of all money in savings and loan associations, and account for 40% of total consumer demand.  Home furnishings and home improvement considerations for aging at home process is on the mind of baby boomers.

John TeshIntelligence For Your Life

Back to the Intelligence For Your Life factoid.  It really grabbed my attention when the subject of boomer style was addressed.  According to the factoid, styles will change to accommodate the tastes of baby boomers.

In regards to fashion:

Expect to see more flats, longer skirts, and stylish scarves for year round wearing.  Scarves are a hot fashion trend with boomers and the reason is fashionably obvious- a scarf covers a multitude of wrinkled sins on aging necks.  Plastic surgery proves a difficult option for the neck area, hence the stylish scarf.

boomer fashion

As I digested this interesting info, I took a quick mental roll call of some famous boomers besides Dave the Builder and yours truly.

Brad PittPeople Magazine

Denzel WashingtonNews One

Bill Gates


Johnny DeppPeople Magazine

Good looking bunch, wouldn’t you say?  The boomer generation will not take growing old sitting down, turning down the music or looking nothing but fabulous in the process. The age of Aquarius is aiming to be the age of active with attitude and agile ability.

Oprah WinfreyPeople Magazine

Wolfgang Puckvia

Jody FosterFine Movies Online

Madonna People Magazine

I would be remiss if I did not give thought to the influence and impact baby boomer consumers will have in the interior design and home accessories market. Construction, kitchen and bath and appliance professionals are paying close attention to the concerns of aging boomers.


grab barBathroom fixtures such as grab bars and faucets offer decorative options, plainly stating the obvious message the new age of aging conveys.  Simply put, Institutional design need not apply for the job.  Every aspect of  home construction is taken into consideration in the aging process.  Aging stylishly is as important as aging gracefully to the boomer generation. The look is as important as the form and the function.aging at home


We all want to be stay at home boomers.  What I mean by that is we want to be able to live in our own homes that are built, remodeled, or modified to stylishly and comfortably accommodate our concerns and needs as we age.  Decorative interior task lighting, non-slip hardwood flooring, door levers and scaled down furnishings are some of the options being marketed to boomers as the trend dictates.

Kelsey Grammar Dr. Frasier Crane

Entertainment Weekly

As boomers scale down to smaller square footage homes, furniture size and placement becomes a factor.  Furniture designers are responding by reducing the length and width of sofas, end tables, and decorative accessories. Speak loud boomers… they’re listening.



Warming Up The Place For The Season

Home decor treasures that reflect our interests and individuality celebrates personal style.  I appreciate all styles and tastes in the realm of home design and decor, but I marvel when it is a reflection from the mirror of the lives lived within.  I like putting things here and there that unmistakably show my personality- the treasures, trinkets and trash. Treasures, Trinkets and Trash was the name of my grandmother’s antiques shop, and a term I use quite often. Great term!  One of the best parts of September is updating and displaying  fall home decor accessories.

A mid-afternoon editing session spent rotating out spring and summer accessories welcomed in fall and a walk down memory lane.  Accessorizing for fall is a great way to warm up a space.  I always like to “promote from within” by swapping things around and staging areas with items I currently own.

The pair of blue Dalmatians are a part of our family.  I purchased the pair from a small antique shop in Knoxville, Tennessee years ago. I love them almost as much as I love Tennessee.   What’s better than two pieces of blue and white porcelain?  Three pieces, of course!  Enter the Blue Danube pitcher.

Antique books make a stately decor statement.  I picked up Cimarron and Madame Bovary at an antiques auction.  Like many items purchased over the years at auction, the books never made it to the shop.  My maternal grandmother surprised me one birthday with a 1936 first edition;second printing  hardcover version of Gone With The Wind.   It is a treasure for sure.

My dear neighbor friend knows how I love frogs.  He picked this bronze beauty out at market in Dallas especially for me to add to my collection.  Acorns,pine cones, turning leaves, berries and one lone cotton stem capture the look of fall in Louisiana.

The music box is a cherished Christmas gift from my son.   In one of the images above you can see the antique sterling silver rattle my grandmother gave our son when he was born.  I’ve never grouped the two together until today.  As I grouped them together,  I wondered why I never made the connection before.  That’s the great advantage to editing from within our homes-everything old has the decoratively ability to become new again with a little imagination and styling. 

Is this not a sad face only a frog lover could love?

Seasonal colors and textures weaved throughout a space is a simple way to transition decor from season to season.  A coffee table styled and accessorized with mementos,  a cozy vignette, or a plush throw draped over a fireside chair will easily introduce the look and feel of the season to a space.