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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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.

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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 (were) back on the field in black and gold glory.  Saints fans, the Who Dat Nation, hope(d) the Saints (would) take the win and the spirit all the way to Super Bowl LII.   An edge of your seat roller coaster ride to the end zone game for sure, but victory was not to be.  I diligently worked on updating Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor to coincide with the New Orleans Saints winning season.   An otherwise brilliant season came to an end this past Sunday, but I did not want this updated black and gold home decor show and tell to go to waste so sharing I am.  We might be dejected, but 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

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

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Regency Arm Chair

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Gold Leather Butterfly Lounge Chair

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

Loren+Black+4+Drawer+ChestLoren 4 Drawer Chest by DwellStudio

contemporary-table-lampsCatalina Manhattan 3-Way Table Lamp

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Apropos Table Lamp

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‘Touch of Gold I’ Graphic Art on Wrapped Canvas

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Kami Side Table by Safavieh®

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Uttermost Myles Curved Accent Drum Table in Black/Gold

black-and-gold-book-decorModern Black and Gold Book Decor

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Walrus Bookends

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Linden Black-Gold Bookcase

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Bischoffs Coffee 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

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Philip Jensen

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Inside Fabric

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Black And Gold Draper Cube Table

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Black & Poole

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Glasgow Chandelier

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Beaumont Lantern design by Currey & Company

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Wedgwood Arris Octagonal Accent Plate

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The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters

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

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

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Kian Velvet Directors Chair in Black Velvet design by Safavieh  ||  Mercer41 Bromelton Bar Stool  ||  Laurenza Steel Bar Stool by Willa Arlo Interiors  ||  Fuji Contemporary 31.5 In Barstool (Set of 2)

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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.

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Inspiration is everywhere, even on the football field.

By Sea and Style: Coastal Home Decor

Taking inventory of older blog posts results in the need to occasionally update and refresh the ones that overtime have grown stale.  The core information remains relevant, but home decor and accessories offerings do not.  Summer’s official debut is as good a time as any to inject a breath of fresh sea air into a post featuring suggestions for your coastal home decor consideration.

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River Dunes Captain’s House

Spending quality times on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast beaches makes for many memorable experiences.  Regardless of what body of water or sandy beach I’m at, the vibe is all coastal to me. If you love a season, place, or activity so much, isn’t it a natural wish to want to add a touch of it to your home decor?  Let’s bring it home with these stylish coastal home decor suggestions selected with casual coastal elegance in mind. 

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 Biscayne Barrel Chair

The Biscayne Barrel Wicker Chair pairs a classic look with casual form and function- the hallmarks of coastal decorating style.  To quote a Places In The Home favorite, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Burnham-Home-Designs-Hasting-Accent-ChairDistressed Oak Arm Chair

Colors in the coastal landscape, skies and waters inspire the coastal color palette.

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At first I thought what drew my eye to the Nate Berkus for Target skirted slipper chair was the word savvy shoppers love- clearance.

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Skirted Slipper Chair by Nate Berkus for Target

After carefully studying the form, fabric and function I decided this super chic affordable chair is a coastal home decor must have.

Dining chairs?

Foyer accent chair?

Bedroom spot chair?

Did I mention it is on clearance?

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Coastal Graphic Framed Art

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

Monarch Collection Geoffery Console from Century Furniture

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Waterford 4 Drawer Accent Cabinet

Gorgeous details for statement making spaces.

Bellona-armchair-periwinkle   Bellona Armchair

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French Linen Side Chair by John Richard

The Geoffrey Console from Century Furniture is an elegant investment piece for coastal living in high tide style.

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Serpentine 3 Drawer  Chest

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Addilyn Hand-Woven Natural Area Rug ||  Safavieh Cape Cod Area Rug  ||   Tradewinds in Seafoam

Under the sea underfoot area rugs in serene shades of coastal colors gorgeously work the room.

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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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Silver Octopus Sculpture ||  Admiral Shaker  ||  Turtle Cocktail Napkins  || 4 piece Canape Plates  ||   S/12 Silver Shell Cocktail Picks  ||  Canoe Paddle Swizzle Sticks ||  Jumping Fish Vase

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Stunning lamp shade of blue.

Kokopo Ultramarine Shade Antique White Outdoor Table Lamp

Kokopo Ultramarine Shade Antique White Outdoor Table Lamp

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Aluminum Drum Style End Table

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Sunset Point End Table

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Shore Bench from Serena & Lily 


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Bay Court Hanging Lantern  ||  Marlowe Galvanized Cage Ceiling Light  || Crystorama Coco Collection Antique Silver Mini Chandelier  ||  Solar System Chandelier  ||  Broche 8-Light Shaded Chandelier  ||  White Twig Chandelier

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John McCall Interiors ~ Alexander James Photographer 

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Daisy Hanging Light from Soane Britain

11.5" Polystone Porthole Mirror w/ Verdi Green Finish

Porthole Mirror w/ Verdi Green Finish

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Square Bamboo Accent Mirror

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Uttermost Belaya Rectangular Wood Mirror in Grey/Silver

Stagger Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print  Stagger Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Originally I sourced a canvas print in coastal blues and greens accented in strokes of gold, but this modern print in sleek black and gray hues seemed an excellent choice for focal point drama.  I’m careful to avoid suggesting home decor items that run the risk of being too on the nose or worse, too typical.  Beach rocks typify coastal areas, and although not the typical rendering the striking black and white effect not only draws the eye but steps away from the expected.

decorative-shell-figurineGranton Small Antique White Ceramic Seashell on Stand

Coastal style transcends a decorating trend.  Coastal is not just a decorating style or home decor accessory choice, it’s a state of mind. Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the decorating mind.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Love your style!

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?

Love your style!

Gorgeous Coming Into Fall Finds View

Gorgeous is coming into fall finds view.  Sprucing up interiors with new and new to you home decor fall finds frames an inviting and stylish picture.

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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

—Helen Hunt Jackson

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Satisfaction 

Discovering the overnight temps will be in the low 50s throughout much of the week mixed and mingled with the excitement over the home decor fall finds currently catching my eye is a big fall finds deal.

One may even say reason enough to get their it’s fall y’all prep and pretty groove on.


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Fall Finds

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 California Redwood by Benjamin Moore

Color strikes a chord with the eye, nature inspires as only nature can do, and home decor fall finds carry the theme through to the spaces and places we love to decorate.

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Owl Moscow Mule Mug 

Small and affordable touches of color, texture and pattern refresh the foundation style.

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Broadway Collection End Table Trunk

Stylish storage solution for seasonal throws, blankets and cozy accouterments.

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Ruffoni Hand-Hammered Copper Chef’s Pan with Wood Spoon

The common denominator of fall color and fall cuisine is the rich, warm and tasteful aspects of their appeal.

pumpkin-pancakes Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

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Vermont Pure Maple Syrup

palmergreen-fall-colorsPalmer Green by Benjamin Moore

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Porthos Home Finnick Leisure Chair

benjamin-moore-greenfield-pumpkinGreenfield Pumpkin by Benjamin Moore

Odalisque, 1814Odalisque, 1814

sweet-potato-and-green-apple-soupSweet Potato and Green Apple Soup

I like to set the table for seasonal dishes with seasonal dishes.

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Expressions Capri Dinner Plate

Emile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish

Emile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish

Narelle+End+TableNarelle End Table

Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration.

benjamin-moore-hot-tamaleHot Tamale by Benjamin Moore

painted_ceilings_ericpiaseckiottoPhoto by Eric Piasecki / OTTO

red-lacquered-chestsRed Lacquered Chest

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Snow Leopard Throw Blanket

The snap, crackle and pop of fall color naturally evokes a session of seasonal match game.  We associate texture and pattern-fabrics and fibers rich in warmth and coziness with fall decorating and feathering essentials.

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Tingari Chocolate Throw Pillows (Set of 2)

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Handmade Leopard Print Cowhide Rug

Deck the entry halls in warmth and welcome.

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Maple Leaf Red by Benjamin Moore

Small spot changes often pack the biggest decorative punch, add decorative interest, and keep updating costs in affordable territory.

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French Zinc Corbels

benjamin-moore-butternut-brownButternut Brown by Benjamin Moore

our-spring-cover-girl-jenni-kayne-jenni-kayne-bronze-and-white-and-wood-kitchen-56d486064791784e5ecbcfa9-w1000_h1000Domino

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Terracotta Decorative Jar

autumn-vegetables-tea-towelAutumn Vegetables Tea Towel

benjamin-moore-graphiteGraphite by Benjamin Moore

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Toile de Jouy

Adorn the walls, layer with texture and pattern, and light up a crisp evening with a new lamp or light fixture.

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Moonrise Noir Bronze Table Lamp

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Swedish Portico Sideboard

benjamin-moore-newburg-green1Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore

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Traditional Home

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Covington Balenciaga Nile Fabric

alden-rugAlden Area Rug

Warming up home and hearth invites the beauty of the current season to lend a stylish look in the pursuit of feathering the nest.

Love your style!

Adding A Luxe Look For Little Money

I have never decorated, flipped or remodeled for a client(s) who has not placed a budget in play.  Same goes for the projects we do here at Places In The Home.  An extra penny here and an extra dime there adds up to budget busting dollars.  Cost is the four letter word I hear most from project start to finish.  If you believe that I’ve got a Louisiana bayou to sell you.   All kidding aside- it is a known fact that for most of us the price tag heavily factors into the decorating we do, the decorative accessories we select, and the home decor accents we purchase in the pursuit of prettying things up around the house.  When the desired outcome is the look of luxe but the moolah to advance full sticker price ahead is not in the cards, these tips for adding a luxe look for little money do the trick.

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Table Lamps

I love, love, love the instant chic factor a decorative table lamp lends to the ambiance of a space.

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Finding luxe look for little money table lamps is a home decor store or online retailer visit away.  I always suggest selecting a table lamp rich in classic style, one that will stand the test of time and trend.  Do not buy into the fallacy that an inexpensive item will invariably look cheap or a quality appearance can only be achieved by spending big bucks.

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Optical Illusions

Installing curtain and drapery hardware at the ceiling or molding line creates a visual illusion of height.

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Take the luxe look for little money concept to the next phase with inexpensive drapery trims and decorative drapery medallion holdbacks found on sale or clearance.

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Wallpaper Lined Drawers, Shelves & Bookcase Backs 

Okay, you’ve selected a killer designer paint color for the exterior of a fabulous 3-drawer chest, linen armoire or bookcase.  What about the drawers, shelves and bookcase backs?

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Add a luxe look for little money to drawers, shelves and bookcases by lining with wallpaper.  The discounted, discontinued and closeouts section of online wallpaper sites and home decorating stores is a decoristas best friend.  I recently lucked up on a wallpaper clearance sale, and two double rolls for under $10 later a drawer lining plain to polished project produced the decorative oomph.  Lined drawers, shelves and bookcase backs offer up a stylish follow-through.  It’s all in the details.

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ABCs of Affordable Accessorizing:
Art & Antiques, Bric-a-Brac, Conversation Pieces

It’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords.  An inexpensive piece of art, antique accessory, bric-a-brac or whimsical objet d’art piece can easily offer a luxe look when dramatically displayed.  A good eye paired with decorating determination will invariably spot a diamond in the rough.  To guarantee a luxe look result, place a piece above, atop or beside an ebony console or chair.  The color black is classically timeless, adds drama to the spaces it graces, and is considered a premier foundation and/or accent color in interior decorating.

Southern Style ShowhomeTraditional Home Southern Style Showhouse Family Room by Lance Jackson and David Ecton, Parker Kennedy

When I was in the initial buying stages for Hopefully Classic Antiques and Interiors, a local flea market dealer invited me to stop by to shop her inventory.  I did, and the first item I spotted was a small framed oil painting.  The subject of the painting slips my mind, but the frame was the diamond in the rough.  I could not believe how little the dealer was asking for the piece.  Maybe I need to add the words “or how little” to it’s not how much an accessory cost but the look it affords.  Dave the Builder panned the painting and the frame, but I knew it had the potential to be a beauty.  I scooped up the painting, and with a simple cleanup and quick application of matte spray paint proudly added it to the inventory, displaying the piece in a dramatic focal point feature.  The painting sold within one day of being at the shop.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers drench a space in color, fill it with fragrance and enhance the surroundings with pervasive beauty.

flowers-antiques Veranda

Gather ye your Mason jars, dollar store containers, crystal goblets, Chinoiserie (SHēnˌwäz(ə)ˈrē) vases (since we’re talking luxe let’s pronounce it vahz, darling), watering cans, vintage crocks and antique teapots and fill them with blooms, stems, vines and/or branches from the garden, field, florist or local grocery flower department.

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Sage & Co.

Adding a luxe look for little money is a high-end priority for the decorating within budget minded.  The only thing expensive is the look.

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