Styling Tips For Rearranging Home Decor Accessories

It dawned on me last week as I was dusting (the all things house that make a home chore I love to hate) the bookshelves in the not ready for blog sharing time den could greatly benefit from an update-an edit-a rearrange.   That started a I’m tired of-I’m bored with-I don’t like that chain reaction.  An inspection of shelf, space and tabletop ensued, and the conclusion reached is I’m ready for a rearranging home decor accessories change.

Did you hear that?

That’s Dave the Builder breathing a sigh of relief as I assure him no painting, wallpapering or furniture moving will be involved in this most current update to our decor.

Oh, it’s coming, but more on that down the redecorating road.

It’s amazing how easy it is to stave off decor staleness by simply  rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home.

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I’m decorating to the oldies with the soulful sounds of Dionne Warwick and The 5th Dimension.  The music is from 1967, but the look in this traditional ranch doesn’t have to be.  I’m doing my decorista best to de-1967 this traditional ranch one project, one space, one rearranging home decor accessories at a time.

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Stained woodwork works for some spaces, but this den is not one of those spaces.  Dave the Builder suggested I give the stained woodwork a chance. I did and have for eight years.

Eight years.

That’s a lot of mulling it over.

This future project is on the fast track to the back burner due to prior “real job” commitments.   Dave’s schedule is full through October, and although painting the den bookshelves tops my at home project list, Dave’s projects pay the bills.

Good and stylish things come to those who wait.

Isn’t that how the saying goes?

rearranging home decor accessories

New cabinet hardware is a must, and let me tell you why.

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Changing out cabinet hardware is an inexpensive update, an install I am ridiculously brilliant at, and delivers instant visual gratification.

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Move it here, move it there.

Take a look at the look created.

Assign each shelf a focal point accessory and work from there.

To the left, to the right, to the center-no two shelves or vignettes are created equal.  Style each shelf with objects of varying sizes and heights to create flow, balance, and to perfect the art of visual interest.

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Feature items close to your heart, interests, and memories.  The rule of you effectively applies to decorating and should be beautifully evident throughout your home.

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This tarnished treasure sterling silver baby rattle is a four generation keepsake.  It tells the story of past, present and future family members and reads like a compelling novel.

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My taste in decorative porcelain figurines has gone to the dogs.

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When I bought this color rich portrait last year, I knew I wanted it and knew the perfect place to hang it would present itself.

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I marked the spot today.

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One of the best buys at an antiques auction is when you luck up on a box full of old books in relatively good shape.  I purchased a box of sixty (60) books for $30 all in.

Another example of a fantastic deal discovered and purchased at auction.

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I still love the wallpaper in the foyer, but this Orchid has seen better days.

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A meyer lemon tree could work, but I’m also considering the very trendy fiddle leaf fig in my rearranging home decor accessories scheme.

dwarf-bare-root-meyer-lemon-treeDwarf Bare Root Meyer Lemon Tree

Trendy isn’t normally an appealing notion, but I really like the look and am up to the challenge of keeping the thing alive and kicking.  Domino has a good article on fiddle leaf care  Everything You Need to Know About the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig Floor Plant 

Small lamps, sconces, picture lights or a collection of all three will light up the currently lighting deprived shelves.  I’m treading lightly (ha!) with this decision being ever mindful too much of a good thing can cast a particularly unattractive shadow.

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Verandah House

Rearranging home decor accessories upon the shelves and tabletops of home sweet home is what I’m doing on my summer vacation.   The look is updated and everything old is new again.

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By Sea and Style: Coastal Home Decor

First days generate inspiration, enthusiasm, and general fancy.  The first day of summer green lights the official start of the vacation had to get getaway season, a wave of let’s hit the beach-shore-coast good times, and a reason to reflect the beauty of the season throughout house and home.  Coastal home decor and furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns accentuate the casual elegance and seaside sophistication hallmarks of coastal style. 

coastal home decor

Fresh looks and fresh furnishings accent seasonal summer decorating and updating.  

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Bria Hammel Interiors 

I’m a big believer in choices, options, and variety.  They say variety is the spice of life, and living the life in spaces embellished in coastal style spices up the look in high tide fashion.

white-spindle-armchairWagner Armchair

 

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Rattan Storage End Table

Jute, natural seagrass, and sisal area rugs top the coastal home decor area rug or runner list, meeting the durability test without compromising on the natural beauty style factor.

coastal-style-home-officeCourt Atkins Group

The high tide high traffic flow of beach to retreat traffic an area rug or runner sees is the main reason I don’t normally source or suggest selecting a wool rug, however I do like the statement look created by layering a Persian rug over a jute rug in a space less traveled such as a home office as shown in the image above.   Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.

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Natural Basket Weave Jute Rug    ~    Nolan Persian-Style Rug – Neutral

Michael G. Imber, Architects

Michael G. Imber, Architects

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Driftwood Wall Shelf

Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood wall shelf. I would not shy away from painting the shelf or the entire piece in your favorite coastal color.  Studying the piece, I vote metallic.   So sea chic!

modern-masters-metallic-color-paletteModern Masters

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Style at Home

Bistro stools made of rattan woven in navy blue and white personifies casual elegance.

Riviera-barstoolRiviera Backless Barstool

Thomas OBrien Clark 1 Light 8 inch Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass Flush Mount Ceiling Light

Visual Comfort & Co. Thomas O’Brien Clark 1 Light Flush Mounts

The ocean, sea or gulf shares the commonalities of form, color, texture, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating.  Quality beach time inspires a sea to shore moodboard. 

When  a season, a destination, or an activity touches the heart of your family,  it is only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor.  The traditional aspects- wicker, rattan, serene color palettes, crisp cotton, stripes, woven naturals, upholstered linen and bamboo are well-appointed and well represented in this coastal home decor show and tell. 

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Jeffan Diana Rattan Armchair

The Clairan Armchair pairs classic French style accented with ooh la la factor in casual elegance form and function.

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Clairan Armchair

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Bidwell Armchair

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Charlemagne Traditional French Accent Chair

 

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Rosario Slipper Chair

After carefully studying the form, fabric and function of the Rosario Slipper Chair,  I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have.  Pair it with a complementing throw pillow or footstool and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.

Foyer Finery

Bunyard+ArmchairBunyard Armchair

 

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Chatlet 3 Drawer Chest

 

Bristol 4 Drawer Accent Chest

Bristol 4 Drawer Accent Chest

 

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Coastal Graphic Framed Art

Colors of the coast and its landscape, skies and waters inspire the coastal color palette.

 

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

Gorgeous is in the details of the statement piece.  The Geoffrey Console from Century Furniture is an elegant investment piece for coastal decorating in high tide style.

ohn-Richard Collection Baycreek Accent ChairJohn-Richard Collection Baycreek Accent Chair

 

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Caldina Console Table

Scroll on for lighting and wall mirror suggestions.

Dining Room

 

Hallows+Creek+Dining+TableHallows Creek Dining Table

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Winnetka Dark Mahogany Round Extendable Dining Table

 

Burnham-Home-Designs-Hathaway-Dining-TableHathaway Dining Table

 

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A.R.T. Furniture Roseline Sara Host Chair

 

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Milos Wicker Dining Chair (Set of 2)

 

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Safavieh Rural Woven La Rochelle Antiqued Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Living~Den~Family Room

 

Sullivan Coastal Beach Hand Carved Wood End Table

Sullivan Coastal Beach Hand Carved Wood End Table

 

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Bengal Manor Mango Wood Twist Accent Table

Big looks come in small teal and gold accent table packages.

Kate And Laurel Kate and Laurel Celia Accent Table in Gold/TealKate and Laurel Celia Accent Table in Gold/Teal

 

Safavieh Cai End TableSafavieh Cai End Table

Bedroom

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Suzanne Kasler  Furniture Collection ~ Ballard Designs

 

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Safavieh Modern Ming Garden Stool

 

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Aveliss 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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Bamboo 6-Light Chandelier

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White Spike Coral

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Armina Interiors

Make Mine Something Tropical

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Domino

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Westwood 2 Door Accent Cabinet

What do we have here?

Millennials love Mid-Century Modern, or at least the fourteen in the Places In The Home family do.  I could not resist sharing the Westwood 2 Door Accent Cabinet with you all.  The style is chic, the pattern is summer spot on, and the home bar is open.

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Safavieh Ajani Grey 3 Tier Rack

 

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Marin Rope Bar Cart

The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.

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Pacific Coast Lighting Banana Tree Lamp  ||   Miles Marble Bowl   ||  Fish Bottle Opener  ||   Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass  ||  Crab Bowl & Spreader Set   ||  Coconut Palm Puzzle Wood Decorative Box  ||  Sea Fare Shell Hors D’Oeuvre Long Toothpicks

Lighting

Rattan and wicker pendant lights fall under the category of classic coastal home decor lighting choices done right.

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 Kouboo Pendant Light   ||   Kichler Palisades Pendant Light   ||  Kenroy Home Hughes Pendant Light

Soane Britain

Soane Britain

 

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4-Light Shaded Chandelier

Sea air is warm air.   Move it around in style with a pair of Alexandrea Pendant Ceiling Fans.  Double the style, double the comfort.

pendant-ceiling-fanAlexandrea Pendant Ceiling Fan with Remote

coastal-lighting-fixtures

Bay Court Hanging Lantern  ||  Archibald 1-Light Flush Mount  || Crystorama Coco Collection Antique Silver Mini Chandelier  ||  Solar System Chandelier  ||  Crystorama Broche Collection 6-light Antique Gold Chandelier  ||  Desideria 5-Light Drum Chandelier    ||   Duron 3-Light Semi Flush Mount  ||  Varaluz Banana Leaf 2-Light Wall Sconce – 12W in. Banana Leaf

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Abbott Table Lamp

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Aesthetic Burnell Table Lamp  ||  Whitney Mother of Pearl Table Lamp  ||  Elysia Blue Glaze One- Light Table Lamp   ||   Beachcrest Home Robbinston Undersea 18.62 Table Lamp   ||  Joyce Grey Faux Alligator Table Lamp (Set of 2)  ||  Cordelia Silver Leaf Seashell Table Lamp

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Coastal Beach Vintage Shell Collar Necklace Urn Table Lamp

Sea & Style Accents

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Sag-Harbor-Basket

Sag Harbor Basket

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Willow Baskets with Rope Handles, Set of 2

coastal-style-wall-mirrors

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror  ||  Shant Accent Mirror  ||  Zentique Angelika Wall Mirror  ||  Gold Aluminum Mirror  ||  Nautical Wooden Wall Mirror

 

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Traditional Rectangular Wall Mirror

Kouboo Checquered Wall Mirror

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

shells-garlandShe, he, we decorate(s) with seashells found on the seashore or the local craft and hobby store.

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Silver Hermit Crab

Seashells typify coastal areas, and a striking display of gathered shells from the shore or from the shelf housed in a decorative bowl or urn planter in coastal home decor fashion draws the eye.

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Veranda

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Hobby Lobby

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Carved Bowl   ||   Oyster Shell Bowl   ||  Natural Capiz Clam Tray, Large

shells-in-urnNew England Home

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

A and B Home Urn Planter Statue

Coastal style transcends a decorating trend.  Coastal is not just a decorating style or home decor accessory choice, it’s a state of mind.  

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Florida

Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the coastal home decor decorating mind.

On High Point Home Decor Pieces

In style and on high point home decor pieces currently catching my eye in and soon to be in the spring 2018 retail market is today’s topic of conversation.    I am closely following the style spotting social postings from the attendees of High Point Market- the largest semiannual home furnishings industry trade show.  Retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry flock to High Point, North Carolina to check out new to the retail market home furnishings and home decor accessories.  Social media postings keep those of us unable to flock to High Point Market in the style loop.

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Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

The cover of the April 2018 issue of Home Accents Today features home decor pieces currently catching my eye from Coco & Dash in Dallas, Texas. Patio pieces elegantly make the transition from outdoor to indoor furnishings and home decor accessories.   Giving decorative consideration to patio pieces for indoor spaces shakes the look up in the very best of design and decorating directions.  I do like to throw the eye a curve ball of the most stylish kind.

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From Outdoor to Indoor Chic By the numbers:

Two birds of a fabulous feather ~  Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

Four shell of a great choice of statement patio to polished pieces ~  vintage Grotto Style Shell Back Patio Dining Chairs

One singular sublime sensation in terms of statement and style.

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Brown Jordan Style Venetian Grotto Patio Chairs, Set of Four

Serpentine chic may not be for everyone, but in the right space it can be a visually commanding choice of decor accessory.




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Serpentine Sconce by Koket

From High Point Market indications, indoor outdoor pillows are on target to be on trend this season.

outdoor-indoor-pillows

Adept intermingling of traditional, new traditional, modern, vintage and antique styles, accents and accessories magnifies the aesthetic.

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Frosted Crystal Bead Chandelier

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Provence Collection Chippendale End Table

Demure CabinetDemure Cabinet ~ Alden Parkes

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Lee Industries 1353-01 Chair

The timeless and classic color combination of pink and green envelopes this nook designed by Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew in year round spring and summer hues.

spring-flowers-cuttingSarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Inspiration serves as the catalyst to decorating imitation.  When the use of color, texture, pattern, home furnishings and on high point home decor pieces of space and style strikes your fancy, imitating the look by adapting it to suit and characterize your personal style complements and compliments.

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American Ornithology Volume VII, Plate 63 ~ Alexander Wilson

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Roseate Spoonbill Framed Graphic Art Print

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Sarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Fresh and green is a paint project away.

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Eastham Rattan Side Chair

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Sherwin-Williams Houseplant SW 6727
Sherwin-Williams Organic Green SW 6732

Spring lends an air of fresh and new to the color, texture and pattern preferences that capture the eye when style spotting on high point home decor pieces.  From the “looks” of things, it’s shaping up to be a beautiful and stylish retail season.

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New Year, New Feature: Shop the Sidebar

Home decor accessories, accents and furnishings inspiration is everywhere, and now it is on the sidebar.  Allow me to introduce you to a new year, new feature, Shop the Sidebar.  Sourcing home decor accessories, accents, and furnishings is part of the all things house that make a home process.  Interest in and inquires about accessories, accents and furnishings as seen on Places In The Home is always welcome, and I’m especially pleased when a piece or color I use in a client consultation or moodboard stirs interior design and decorating interest.   Always the interior design and decorating show and tell, it is my pleasure to assist and suggest.

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Shop the Sidebar features distinctive accessories and accents of regional and seasonal interest that catch my eye and hopefully appeal to and please the most discerning tastes.

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Traditional home furnishings fill my design and decorating portfolio, new traditional styles are worthy of attention, and antiques remain a classic furnishings choice near and dear to my heart.

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Southern Home Magazine

You will notice the pieces and accessories featured throughout the Shop the Sidebar column reflect my personal style and taste– a stick with what you love and design and decorate accordingly presentation.  If you see a piece that makes your gotta have it list, click on the image for product information.

Susan-Harter-muralpapers

Susan Harter Muralpapers

Classic furnishings and design accents complement eye and space.  We are big fans of  TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar,  and being the accent chair set design reviewer that I am, I was in my height of glory watching Giant last week. The scenic wallpaper in the foyer of the home of Leslie’s (Elizabeth Taylor) parent’s home is the star of the scene, embodying the design features of Classic Revival style homes.  (Try as I may I could not find a photo of the scene that does my point justice).  Granted, some patterns and images correlate with the more formal aspect of traditional style, but not in all cases.  The Etched Arcadia Mural  in Grey Motif from Anthropologie typifies what I have come to know; understated is on par with elegance when contrast is the intended design element.

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Etched Arcadia Mural

On the color radar:

Sage is proving to be a significant contender for best in color 2018, and I can see why.

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Sherwin~Williams
Contented  ||  Evergreen Fog

A subtle shade of green with muted undertones of gray, sage is poised to become a new neutral.

Spring Things to Come

Rabbits and rattan, and regal shades of blue, oh my gorgeous!

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Garden Rabbit Statue

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Gemana Chair by Birch Lane™

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Montelimar Ivory/Blue Area Rug

I just got off the phone with Mr. and Mrs. Canadian snowbird who are moving into a new house this spring.  Spring things to come furnishings, colors, fixtures and finery is the current topic of source conversation and conversion (Mom, is the price U.S. or Canadian?).  I suggested a Shop the Sidebar session for decor inspiration.

It is everywhere.

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Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor

The New Orleans  Saints are back on the field in black and gold glory.  Saints fans, the Who Dat Nation, hope the Saints will take the win and the spirit all the way to Super Bowl.  I diligently work on updating Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor to coincide with the New Orleans Saints winning season.   An otherwise brilliant season is soon to end, and the black and gold home decor accents and accessories peppered throughout Dave the Builder’s man cave prove to be a stylish silver lining.

zebra-chairLouis XVI Giltwood Settee with Zebra Upholstery

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Rio 2 Door Accent Cabinet
by John Richard

black and gold home decor

Black and gold home decor accessories make a stylish statement on all points.  Elegant meets modern meets focal point meets wow factor.

 

Kowal ArmchairKowal Armchair

Black and gold home decor accents and accessories are always stylishly in season.

tangent-brass-chandelierTangent Brass Chandelier

Geo 1 Light Table Lamp in Gold Lacquer W/White Overglaze

Geo 1 Light Table Lamp in Gold Lacquer W/White Overglaze

contemporary-table-lampsCatalina Manhattan 3-Way Table Lamp

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Apropos Table Lamp

transitional-living-roomKelly Hopter Interiors

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‘Touch of Gold I’ Graphic Art on Wrapped Canvas

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

 

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Bischoffs Coffee Table

 

Kaj End TableKaj End Table

The look of classic sophistication is instantly achieved when black and gold accents become a distinct decor choice as part of  the color palette.

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Domaine

black-and-gold-fabricsHouse Fabric

Evening Romance II - Canvas Print Philip JensenEvening Romance II – Canvas Print
Philip Jensen

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Inside Fabric

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Black & Poole

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The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters

Oversized Saint-Benoit 30" Wall ClockOversized Saint-Benoit 30″ Wall Clock

Styling and decorating with black home decor pieces sets the tone for statement making appeal.

black-gold-doorsPinterest

The extra added bonus of accentuating the space with gold accessories puts the accent mark on the power of gold glam.

black-gold-kitchen-accessoriesLuxe. Interior Design

black gold bar stools

Kian Velvet Directors Chair in Black Velvet design by Safavieh  ||  Mercer41 Bromelton Bar Stool  ||  Laurenza Steel Bar Stool by Willa Arlo Interiors  ||  Darnor Upholstered Acrylic Barstool

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Fletcher 2 Light Globe Pendant by Hinkley Lighting 

Out with the old, in with the new!   A new lampshade offers an immediate style upgrade.

decorative lampshades

Inspiration is everywhere, even on the football field.

From Home Decor Partner Project to Arrival to I Love It Ojai Mirror Reveal

As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together.   I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal.  Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.

To: Places In The Home

From: Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily FedEx arrival

Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!

Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.

Serena & Lily catalogue

When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.

Ojai mirror

The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update.  Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not.  What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state.  The table is in correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.

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For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.

Earrings.

Lipstick.

Car keys.

Pocket change.

Usually when placement or function works, it works.  This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above.  I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so.  However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.

Ojai mirror reveal

The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle.  The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style.  A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.

a touch of black

Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement.  Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas.  Au contraire mon ami.  Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.

flooring options

After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway.  See how one project leads to another.  Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.

DSCN0823 (2)2Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake.  Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.

Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.

Focus on focal point priority.  In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.

Choose the primary sight line.  X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball.  Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.

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The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad.  The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish.  I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper.  A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them.  My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.

dime quarter

My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance.  Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm.  There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table.  Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter.  He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked.  I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.

Memories, like the corners of mind.

Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style.  The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.

Love your style!

 

 

You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together

During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source.  You’ve got mail never read so good.

So good!

The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.

The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project.  Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell.  I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed.  Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.

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When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date.  That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works.  One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist.  In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to.  I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.

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UNITEK Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold

Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr is a neutral beauty that finishes rich. Eggshell enamel is one sheen up from matte, and the texture is washability matched to moderate traffic areas.

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Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr

The image below is a stunning example of how limiting the colors in the palette constitutes contrast.

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Mindful Makeover~ Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle January 2017

Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out.  Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.

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Finish again enters the project process conversation.  This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years.  I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay.  The table is in correct proportion to the size of the area.

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The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.

Refinish it?

Paint it?  Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.

Clear-coat it?

Lacquer it?

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French polish it is.

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An afternoon spent perusing image galleries on DecorPad and Domino confirms the decision to go the French polish route is indeed the right one. Inspiration truly is everywhere.

Wow.  This post is long, but when the conversation revolves around the topics of decorating, updating, gorgeous decor and let’s home decor partner project together that can happen.

Part II of Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together will unveil the big reveal and show and tell how the look comes together.  For now, I leave you with a hint of what’s to come.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Finds Show and Tell

Holiday shopping season 2016 is in full on attention shoppers swing, and I am as guilty as the next savvy consumer who appreciates a fantastic deal. Since Places In The Home is all about the design and decorating show and tell, I thought an overview of the black Friday cyber Monday finds I snagged appropriate.

 

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Am I the only one who is totally confused about what day of the week it is? My Black Friday shopping excursion began Wednesday afternoon, and continued into the wee hours of Thanksgiving Thursday morning.  No sooner had I carved the bird, than the Cyber Monday sales were live and beckoning to me to get in on the savings. Spending a good deal (ha!) of time shopping online proved fruitful, but it also was the culprit in me kinda- sorta losing all track of time.  With all the black Friday cyber Monday finds excitement this deck the halls decorista may need a cocktail.

How is it no one ever seems to lose track of cocktail time?

Hmm.

I shared with you all a post or two ago that I love to give and receive the gift of home.

kate-spade-boardsThrow a stylish kate spade cutting board my way with signature pops of color fun and it’s all good from there.

laundry-basketLaundry, shmaundry.   I purchased several of these to use as gift baskets. A fantastic price coupled with the potential for presentation wow factor is a Christmas gift home run in the making.

feast-board-carvingFeast your eyes upon the newest addition to the kitchen in Dave the Builder’s man cave.

utensils-holderPrice persuaded me to add this number to the shopping cart.  It may or may not translate to ooh la la lovely in person, but for the price I could not pass it up.

teak-boards-setHoliday dishes, baked delights and delectable appetizers make an impressive show when served or photographed on a nice cutting board. This cutting board trio will come in holiday entertaining and staging handy.

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A long standing fascination with vintage or in the style of glass ornaments and hot air balloons came together with the purchase of this glass ornament.  glass-colored-ball-ornamentsBoth will be nice deck the halls additions to the French themed decorations soon to adorn the grapevine Christmas tree and dining room sideboard.

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Do you black Friday cyber Monday finds shop?  What holiday deals and steals did you find?

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