A Very Happy New Year 2016

Dave the Builder and I will be raising a glass to you as we toast the arrival of 2016.  Here’s to A Very Happy New Year 2016- a fabulous year for us all abounding with peace, joy, love, health and great style!  Thank you for your support and loyal readership.  Cheers!



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Mom, You Should Let Your Readers Know What’s Going On

“Mom, you should let your readers know what’s going on” reads the text I received this morning.  The reason for an absence of Thanksgiving week posts and Happy Thanksgiving wishes is not without reason. Black Friday came a week early to the Places In The Home family.  My darling Daddy passed away suddenly Friday, November 20th and our family is reeling in grief.  The keyboard hasn’t exactly been on my mind over the last few days, but you all, my dear readers, have. This larger than life man was a powerhouse personality who touched many lives beyond the pillars of home and family.  He helped me to not only fine tune my life and character, but he helped me with this year’s Thanksgiving table.  I don’t really feel like sharing that post and pictorial now, but I do love this picture of his place card.


Our holiday table settings will be reduced by one only in physical presence. Daddy would be the first one to encourage me to carry on with life and the life lived within our home.  I believe the life lived within the home comes alive through personal style and taste, and that belief stands stronger today more than ever.  His life lived within our community, our circle of family and friends and our home proclaims character and exemplary personal style forever lives here.

I love you Daddy.

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With Heavy Heart

With heavy heart I offer sweet hours of healing prayer of comfort for the Charleston shooting victims’ family members, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal “Mother Emanuel” church and its members, community leaders and citizens.  We are a nation in mourning reeling in grief and dealing with the aftermath of hate.

The_steeple_of_Emanuel_African_Methodist_Church,_Charleston,_SCEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME)

I initially typed the words no pretty pictures today, but how inaccurate those words are!  How beautiful the signature steeple of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is as it points toward the heavens in architectural wonder and historical significance.  As it has and will continue to do, the steeple of Mother Emanuel forever stands tall as a beacon of hope.


The resolve to love, coupled with determination of spirit and great fortitude, testifies to the strength of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church congregation.  May God bless, comfort and keep you all.

The Silver Lining Companion Guide: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer

More than 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year.  This fact hit home when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.  Allstate is on a mission to help every woman diagnosed with breast cancer by offering a free Silver Lining Companion Guide, helping them and their families through the experience unfortunately too many of us have to endure. Navigating cancer is a scary and overwhelming process, and so much comes at you at one time. To have a resource available that offers realistic advice, hopeful insight and questions answered in a been there, done that format lifts the fog somewhat.

The Silver Lining Companion Guide Cover (English)

My mother’s cancer was caught early through her yearly mammogram.  Let me repeat that, caught by yearly mammogram. Breast cancer can be cured, especially when the cancer is caught early. The abnormality in the mammogram was detected by an extremely competent radiologist to only be dismissed by the surgeon who would be performing the biopsy.  A biopsy is the procedure to remove and evaluate a tissue sample for the presence of cancer.  Dr. No Bedside Manner Whatsoever sternly informed my mother she was wasting his time and her money.  Intuition and insistence stood firm against ignorance.  After all, no one knows your body better than you.  Honest and practical words speak a truth of informed encouragement.


I firmly believe cancer is a family affair, and that it does take a village and a family to educate, promote healing and support, support, support. Cancer is the enemy, and it takes an army of strong will to fight it.   As crucial to the fight of survival as expert medical care is, attitude plays a significant role in this incredible fight for life.  The lifelines, practical matters and silver linings found in the book thoughtfully address concerns, answers questions ranging from what to take to appointments to what to ask your plastic surgeon before implant surgery, and offers healing advice.  I wish we would have had this insightful to the process resource guide available to us fifteen+ years ago. The Silver Linings shared in the Companion Guide do not take away the confusion, pain and emotions that often come with a cancer diagnosis, but they do provide the balance, perspective and hope needed to get through the difficult times. From diagnosis to ringing the bell of I kicked cancer’s butt, knowledge and support arms the soldiers, sustains the supporting troops, and encourages the soul of the cancer crusader.


Allstate, through its ongoing efforts to support the well being of women, is distributing the Silver Lining Companion Guide as a free resource to everyone impacted by breast cancer.  The Companion Guide includes practical tips, important information and inspiration.  A Spanish language version of the Companion Guide is also available to accompany the English version currently being shared with women nationwide.  I invite you to visit Allstate.com/SilverLining to download the free guide and learn more. The Guide is also available for pick-up at select Allstate agencies nationwide.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Hackers Will Hack: Please Bear With Us

Please excuse the intrusion to the weekend with this rare weekend post. Intrusion to privacy, interference with standard operating procedures and the relentless efforts of hackers to post filth on my feed is beginning to test my patience.  We’re all adults here, and what an adult wants to view on their electronic devices and smart phones is their business, but when you type in placesinthehome.com on your electronic device you want Places In The Home ~ an all things house that make a home website/blog.  Thankfully, there is no issue at this time with our site when accessed from a desktop or laptop computer. Do I realize there is a problem with a porn site redirecting my website to theirs?  I most certainly do.  Dave the Builder and I are on constant “pull up Places In The Home on your iPad/iPhone and see if the porn is on there” patrol.  Extreme and necessary steps have been taken on our part to stop this nudity nonsense, but evidently there is still a spot of weakness and vulnerability left to hack.  A problem for sure, but one we are aware of and are doing everything in our power to put a stop to once and for all.  Please bear with us (bare seems more appropriate- ha!) and by all means, do contact me either in the comment section or via email  – darleen@placesinthehome.com – to let me know if you see content signaling the problem still exists.  I hope you will reconsider resubscribing to Places In The Home is you have unsubscribed due to this reason.  Who knows, curiosity may increase the number of subscribers. In that case, here’s hoping you’ll be disappointed meaning the porn problem is fixed, but wonderfully surprised at what you will find on our site- a design and decorating show and tell that under normal circumstances is rated S for stylish.


Please Excuse Darleen From Blogging This Week

Interruptions to our regularly scheduled life can be a wonderfully surprising detour from the normal day-to-day routine or they can be a royal pain in the arse.  As luck of the I feel like death type would have it, the later applies to half of the Places In The Home gang this week.



My dad and I both have pneumonia.  It’s not a party atmosphere, but you make the most of a sick situation with rest, meds, Netflix, creature comforts of there’s no place like home when you’re under the weather, hot tea with lemon and honey, and lots of sympathy.



Dave the Builder is my rock this week, his vacation week I might add. He’s a trooper though!  I did want to let you know the reason for a void in posts.  I wish the reason for my absence was an extended desert oasis vacation, remodeling the recently acquired flip house or combing countless antiques shops and vintage markets searching for hidden treasures.


Please excuse Darleen from blogging this week.  She is not feeling well and will be back as soon as possible.

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