The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives.  A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back.  For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.


These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home.   On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother.  My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques.  I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home.  Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor.  Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.


The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder.  I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds.  As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.


The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s.  When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop.  A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery.  Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs.  It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.

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The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .


The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.




The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.


This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.



Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern.  If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections.  They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison.  It’s called decorating with what you love.

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10 From 13: The Best Places In The Home Posts of 2013

May I present 10 from 13:  The Best Places In The Home Posts of 2013.   The following ten posts received the most views, garnered the most social media activity and proved to be the most rewarding to write and source.  Thank you for reading, visiting, subscribing, commenting, tweeting, pinning, sharing and liking Places In The Home.  It truly means the world to me!  A posting note: since we are coming right out of the 2013 holiday season I opted to cut the best of calendar off at October.  I don’t know about you, but I’m in a bit of holiday overload.  Here’s to a small let’s all catch our breath and regroup period.  After all, is right around the corner!

January 2013-  What’s Your Interior Design Style?

traditional decor

February 2013- From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Prefabricated Bookcases Part 3

bookshelf vignettevia

March 2013- Spring Cleaning Tips And Hints For The Spring Clean Fling Of It All

vintage silvervia

April 2013- Wallpaper: A Classic Choice


April 2013- Project On A Penny: Updating The Outdated Part I

kitchen remodel

May 2013- Check It Out: Check Patterned Fabric

check pattern fabricvia

June 2013- Right At Home: Flour, Grain, And Vintage Potato Sacks

grain sacksvia

July 2013- It’s Formica Laminate And It’s Spectacular!

Formica laminate

August 2013- The Switch Is On: Decorating Ideas


October 2013- The Myrtles: Inspiration, History and Mystery


I remain humbled by your viewership, comments and support.  I’m looking forward to 2014 and sharing with you an inspiration filled year of  beauty, inspired interior design and decorating, color, pattern, trends, unique ideas, travel times, delicious finds, recipes and chic, stylish and affordable home decor and home furnishings.