Casual with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor

Family took priority over my coastal home decor refresh blog post publication last week, and understandably so.  The Canadian snowbird flew home to Louisiana as a surprise belated Mother’s Day gift, and can I just tell you how full my heart is.

A house full of three generations gathered together to visit with him kicked off the official start of summer and plenty of good conversation.  Seems we have one Millennial couple in escrow and another in new construction talks.

Now we’re talking my kind of talk.

When a season, a destination, or an activity leaves a lasting impression,  it’s only natural to want to add a touch of it to your home decor.  The future first time home owners are going coastal with their design and decorating selections, and of course Aunt Darleen is more than happy to offer coastal home decor ideas and suggestions to accentuate casual elegance and seaside sophistication.

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I don’t stand steadfast with the definition of coastal style.

I pull looks from coast to coast; blending in the best of nautical, tropical, gulf, low country, cape, lake and river style that run the gamut of sea to shore.

Nantucket Beach House Kitchen

Ike Kligerman Barkley

As in life, variety spices up the space stylishly embellished in high tide fashion.

The Decorators Unlimited

The Decorators Unlimited

I’m a big believer in choices and options in decorating your cottage-condo-bungalow-beach house-haven-hut.

The core concept of coastal decorating style places an emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting space rich in layers, textures, natural elements, crisp colors and warm neutrals.

Now, how you define coastal style is up to you.

Regardless if your definition of coastal style is formal to the hilt or no shoes, no shirt, no problem casual, there is no right or wrong.

Whatever coastal home decor accents, accessories, and furnishings floats your boat works.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Rachel Reider Interiors

Spot On Spot Accents

Accent chests qualify as spot on spot accents for a foyer, entryway, living, family, or sun room.

coastal home decor accent cabinetLeola 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Distinctive hardware, sleek lines and an elegant design presence is the criteria to meet when it comes to the perfect accent chest.

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

Stevens Traditional Hand Painted 4 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

West Brookfield 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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Serpentine 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Gorgeous is found in the details of the statement piece.

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

19th Italian Center Table in Carrara Marble

Leave no stone unturned in your search for a special piece or accent to tie the coastal look all together.

Check out consignment shops, estate sales, and vintage sites for classic pieces that can easily become the focal point of the space.

Part of the fun is the hunt, and the grand prize is in the treasure found.

Euphemia Console Table

Euphemia Console Table

Akersville Console TableAkersville Console Table

distressed console table

Distressed Console Table

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Lipe Ruffled Metal Wall Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Titanic Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror 

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Shant Accent Mirror 

  Shant Accent Mirror 

coastal foyer options

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Traditional Rectangular Wall Mirror

Hernandez Greene

Hernandez Greene

Art is the jewelry of the room.

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

Nautical Windy Race 3-D Textured Canvas Art Print

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Gold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art PrintGold Jelly Fish by Coastal Print & Design Graphic Art Print

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

Haussmann Handmade recycled Teak Lotus Panel

coastal home decor accents

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Kaleidoscope Palm Crop Canvas Art Print

Sea Style Underfoot

Jute, 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.

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Liliane Hart Interiors

Diamond Sisal RugDiamond Sisal Rug

Rugs in natural and serene shades of a traditional coastal color palette gorgeously work the room.

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Herringbone Indigo Woven Cotton Rugs

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Safavieh Paradise Stone Aqua Viscose Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Strick & Bolton Rowan Handmade Braided Area Rug

Eden hand loomed palm rug

Eden Hand Loomed Palm Rug

Decorative Natural Manzanita Branch

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug Mohawk Nomad Vado Area Rug

Accent Chairs in New Traditional Coastal Style

Liliane Hart Interiors

Liliane Hart Interiors

McKenna accent chair

McKenna Blue Floral Accent Chair 

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Bashir armchair

Bashir Armchair

After carefully studying the easy, breezy, comfortable chic form, fabric and function of the Bashir armchair, I decided this super chic affordable chair captures the true essence of coastal decor deeming it a coastal home decor must have times two.

Bashir Armchair Color Choices

The Bashir also comes in three other coastal chic color choices.

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Sarah Gilbane InteriorsDecorative Artist Brian LeaverHouse Beautiful

Palm Beach style is anything but visually boring.

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Pink Peacock Chair with Cushion

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair

Lind Armchair1 Lind Armchair

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I am so taken with the Azure Window and the rich azure hue of the Chart lounge chair.

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

Chart Azure Upholstered Fabric Lounge Chair

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Sherwin-Williams

Endless Sea SW 9150  || Dark Night SW 6237  ||  Ramie SW 6156

Eleanor Armchair

Eleanor Armchair

A black accent chair introduces a touch of coastal elegance.

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Giannetti Home

I realize black may not be the color that immediately springs to mind when considering the coastal style color wheel, but it is the color that lends a touch of elegance to any decor style it graces.

Lindsey Lane - Charish

Lindsey Lane – Charish

See (or should I say sea) what I mean?

Chardon Armchair

Chardon Armchair

Bunyard Coastal Arm Chair

Bunyard Armchair

Palm Springs, Palm Bay, or Palm Beach- the colors of the Thacker armchair appeal to the new traditional coastal palette.

Thacker Armchair

Thacker Armchair

Banana Leaf Wallpaper by YorkTropics Banana Leaf Wallpaper by York

It is dawning on me after scrolling through the draft that this post is taking on a life of its own in length.

Looks like a part two is in order.

Part two of Casual Elegance with Seaside Sophistication Coastal Home Decor will feature coastal home decor furnishings, accents, and accessories suggestions for the dining room, bedroom, home bar, and spots of decorating interest.

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Regal Style: Crown Home Decor

While working on content for an upcoming post, I found it necessary to head over to the bookmark manager.  Information overload is the driver of my “where did I see that” moments.

Enter the bookmark manager.

While scanning the manager, I style spotted the article “Inside Tara Shaw’s Breathtaking—and Very European—New Orleans Home” from One Kings Lane.  Immediately I remembered the wooden crown sculpture and bed crown home decor pieces prominently featured in several of the images in the article.

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Bookmarked under inspiration, the New Orleans home of Interior Designer and Antiques dealer Tara Shaw is an interior design and decorating love letter to the signature interiors befitting the European influence witnessed throughout the Crescent City.

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Serene colors create a nuanced backdrop, one in which contemporary furnishings, unique antique pieces, and crown home decor strike a balance between elegant and livable.

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Côté Maison

Gilded pleasures is the term that best defines my fancy for crown home decor sculptures and accessories bedecked in shades of gold.

gold-crown-accentAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gilded (also called gilt) refers to the gold appearance or illusion achieved when covering a surface such as wood, metal, porcelain or stone with a thin layer of gold.  Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.

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Ebanista

As you might expect, I equate crown themed home decor pieces with the city of New Orleans.  The French and Spanish influence is displayed in the architecture, regional cuisine, and pageantry of the royal courts of the Mardi Gras krewes.

Rayne Marie Paintings

The 2019 Mardi Gras season is in full party and entertaining swing.    Although these crown embellished dessert plates are not actually gold or gilded, they  do accomplish the style mission of serving grand and regal style.

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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Crown ornaments in gilded tones paired with velvet ribbon is all that’s needed to create unique napkin rings.  Several Christmases back I did this with small oval framed prints, and I was quite pleased with the results.

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

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Crown Christmas Ornaments

Gorgeous color options abound in the selection of velvet ribbon from EAB Designs.

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Olive Velvet Ribbon – EAB Designs

My absolute favorite Mardi Gras accessories for table and toasts come from Alexa Pulitzer.  The Kissing Gators place card features a couple of Louisiana’s favorite swamp dwellers wearing gold crowns in regal glory.

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Alexa Pulitzer

From muted tones to gaudy gold gilt overload, crown home decor accessories reign decoratively supreme over the space they grace.

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Veranda

An antique wooden crown sculpture from a church in France becomes a regal focal point.

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Antique Shops & Designers Magazine

Crown Wall Décor - Gold - 3R Studios

Crown Wall Décor – Gold – 3R Studios

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

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This Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest brings a stately presence.  The beauty is in the details, and the chamfered legs, crown detail, turned feet, and decorative solid brass hardware create a regal presence.

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Be still my heart!

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

I am searching high and low for the perfect space and spot to put the Colten crown wall shelf.

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Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

Emily & Meritt Crown Cornice

There’s bed crowns and then there’s bed crowns.

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier Metal in Antique Gold (8-Light)

Lovedima Vintage Noble Crown Candelabra Style Chandelier 

 

Vintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light FixtureVintage Spanish Gilt Metal Crown Light Fixture

 

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Crown Chandelier in Gold

Gold Crown Hanging Pendant LightGold Crown Hanging Pendant Light

 

Crown Renaissance Wall Plates Crown Renaissance Wall Plates

 

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

 

Royal Crown Wall Mirror

Royal Crown Mirror

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I purchased several of these decorative crown sculptures for Mardi Gras inventory at Hopefully Classic, and I was smart enough to pull one back for myself.

Crown Themed Home Decor

It continues to be an essential part of my Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Easter decorating schemes.

gold-crown-cake-topperThe Queen of Crowns

Would you consider a crown cake topper crown home decor?

We entertain family and friends in our homes.

We tend to pull out all the stops to wow and impress.

I believe that’s a yes.

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These crown cake toppers from The Queen of Crowns are cake topper crown jewels.

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The Queen of Crowns

A special occasion cake calls for distinctive embellishments, and a crown cake topper makes a magnificent choice.

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Atelier de Campagne

The hand carved 3 piece wood candlestick set by One Allium Way as well as the Montfort 2-light wall sconce combine elements of European design style with crowned sophistication.

crown candle holdersHandcarved 3 Piece Wood Candlestick Set by One Allium Way

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

Montfort 2-Light Wall Sconce

The purpose of home decor pieces is to enhance the spaces they furnish and adorn.  Crown home decor pieces, accessories, and accents impressively accomplish just this.

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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?

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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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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.

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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 back on the field in black and gold glory, and I diligently work on updating Saintsational Black and Gold Home Decor to coincide with a New Orleans Saints winning season.

zebra-chairLouis XVI Giltwood Settee with Zebra Upholstery

Melange Like a Feather CabinetMelange Like a Feather Cabinet

The Arts Capsule Framed Print - 19 Ink K + GoldThe Arts Capsule Framed Print – 19 Ink K + Gold

Black and gold home decor accessories make a stylish statement on all points.

Cambria Upholstered Dining ChairCambria Upholstered Dining Chair

Elegant meets modern meets focal point meets wow factor.

Happy Habitat Recycled Cotton ThrowHappy Habitat Recycled Cotton Throw

Metro Velvet Hand-Knotted Black Gold Area Rug

Metro Velvet Hand-Knotted Black/Gold Area Rug

Hooked Brown/Black Area Rug

Dash and Albert Hooked Brown/Black Area Rug

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

Pacific Coast Lighting Tribal Impressions Table Lamp

Pacific Coast Lighting Tribal Impressions Table Lamp

transitional-living-roomKelly Hopter Interiors

Modern Lodge Gold Antler Table Lamp, Contemporary Black ShadeModern Lodge Gold Antler Table Lamp, Contemporary Black Shade

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‘Touch of Gold I’ Graphic Art on Wrapped Canvas

 

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

 

Aicha Club Chair

Aicha Club Chair

Aicha Club Chair

 

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Acme Furniture Lafty Gold and Black High Gloss Mirror BookshelfAcme Furniture Lafty Gold and Black High Gloss Mirror Bookshelf

 

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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

French Chinoiserie SecretaryFrench Chinoiserie Secretary

 

Handmade Black Lacquer Pagoda Wood Chair

Handmade Black Lacquer Pagoda Wood Chair

The Arts Capsule Framed Print - Herring 4

The Arts Capsule Framed Print – Herring 4

black-and-gold-fabricsHouse Fabric

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Inside Fabric

Large Antelope Head Wall Décor

Large Antelope Head Wall Décor

 

Simpli Home Moira Accent End Table, Matte Black and Gold

Simpli Home Moira Accent End Table, Matte Black and Gold

 

Elmwood Ming CabinetElmwood Ming Cabinet

The Beatles-On Gold Print The Beatles-On Gold Print

 

Brooks Charcoal/Gold Rolling Book CartBrooks Charcoal/Gold Rolling Cart

 

Manette Decorative TrayManette Decorative Tray

 

Cheetah Print NapkinCheetah Print Napkin

 

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RBT Decanter

Spangle Metal Beverage Tub

Spangle Metal Beverage Tub

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.

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Black & Poole

Staub ® 3.5-qt Black Cast Iron Pumpkin CocotteStaub ® 3.5-qt Black Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte

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 and in with a new lampshade to instantly offers a style upgrade.

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Saintsational black and gold home decor inspiration is everywhere in the Who Dat Nation.

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.

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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.

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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Love your style!