Celebration Countdown to 4th of July Party Ideas

The countdown to a three day celebration of summer, fun, and freedom 4th of July party ideas is on.

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Allow me to take this opportunity to thank the calendar year for gifting us a three-day weekend for holiday fun in the summer sun.

Count that as 4th of July party ideas gold!

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Fine and Yankee Doodle Dandy for the 4th, a fresh flower haul from the farmer’s market truck mixed with clippings and cuttings from around the yard pops the colors of the season.

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Hanging at home is what’s on our agenda.

It’s becoming the retreat we love more and more.

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Photo by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash

It’s been so flipping hot of late I haven’t been firing up the grill, stove or ovens very much.

Dave the Builder continues to inform me we have central air conditioning, but it does make a difference in the late afternoon when you’re cooking-baking-grilling.

Light fare with an emphasis on easy, fresh, and cool suits the summer in all of us.

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Have you noticed how much a jar of Duke’s Mayo is going for these days?

Psst…. the digital coupon gods at Kroger are granting shoppers a coupon for Duke’s mayo this week, so let there be homemade potato salad on the 4th of July dinner table.

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Always on board for trying new recipes, I ran across this recipe for No-Mayo Potato Salad with Herbs from FoodieCrush.

Looks summer delicious!

Click here for link.

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Paper, plastic, ceramic, porcelain or melamine- there is no wrong way to go with 4th of July party ideas serveware.

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Royal Norfolk Red Beaded Ceramic Dinner Plates, 10.5-in.

I could source and suggest lovely beverage and bar glasses, but who are we kidding here?

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Gorgeous Disposable Paper Tableware – Set of 8

Red Solo cups is always the way to go-cup, or as we say in Louisiana, geaux-cup.

Stack those American party cups high and proceed to 4th of July party.

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You can red, white, blue and true to the traditional color palette in various ways.

Grab your blue and white this and that and let a bowl of red raspberries or fresh garden tomatoes represent the red.

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Stoneware Serving Platter

Remember this; simple makes the best party guest.

Planning.

Preparing.

Serving.

Invite the rule of KISS to the party and Keep It Summer Simple.

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Sun tea is about as summer delicious and summer simple as it gets.

Mason-original-glass-beverage-dispenserOriginal Mason 2 Gallon Triangle Beverage Dispenser

Fill glass container with cold water.  Add desired amount of sugar and stir.

Place 8 tea bags per gallon in container.  If using the above 2 gallon dispenser, use 16 tea bags.

Set dispenser-jar-jug out in the sun for approximately 3 hours.

Easy peasy, folks.

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Our local weather forecaster gave the viewing audience his 5 out of 5 scoops review of Blue Bell’s newest summer flavor, strawberry lemonade.

Carry out the theme with these color perfect numbers.

Gold Tone Americana Ice Cream Cone Drop Earrings

Gold Tone Americana Ice Cream Cone Drop Earrings

Sparklers is about as adventurous as we get with our fireworks display.

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Photo by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash

Beau and Ollie very much appreciate a celebration that pops in style, not in sound.

Social media memes floating the scrolls this time of year remind us fireworks tend to frighten our animal friends.

One particular meme suggest making a difference instead of a noise by purchasing two bags of pet food for a local shelter.

Who says everything on social media is rubbish?

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Happy 4th of July, friends!

Let freedom ring in all your stylish 4th of July party ideas glory.

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Show & Tell

Royal Rethink of Elvis The King’s Jungle Room

Elvis the King’s Jungle Room has been in the spotlight of late vis-à-vis the buzz surrounding the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film, Elvis.

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Certain spaces and certain clients call for over the top flamboyant chic when designing and decorating residential and commercial properties, and not all residential and commercial spaces are created equal.

As it appropriately calls for, there’s spaces and places where understated style simply will not do.

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Hall of Mirrors, Chateau Versailles

Ostentatious interior decorating and design elements has a standing relationship with grand scale museums, historical homes, architectural marvels, Las Vegas and hooray for Hollywood interiors.

Some exquisite.

Some gaudy.

Some remarkable.

Some unsightly.

What is it they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder?

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Photo by Simon Zhu on Unsplash

Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood story and Elvis the King’s Jungle Room.

You live what you know as some would say, and if flamboyant is just another day at the office it becomes the rule versus the exception.

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March 29-30, 1977 made hometown history much to the excitement and disbelief of the masses. Elvis Presley scheduled not one but two nights to perform live in concert in Central Louisiana at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

Papa Places In The Home scooped up tickets for our entire brood (8), and the excitement level was off the charts.

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Ours was an Elvis house.

We loved the music, the style, and the voice.

On January 14, 1973 the Curtis Mathes was tuned to Aloha from Hawaii.

For no one in my nuclear family to utter a word for over an hour proved how captivated we were.

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Daddy surprised my mother with a trip to Las Vegas complete with her chance to see Elvis live at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Vegas was a different beast in those days, back when $100 bills in the palm of the showroom captain, the original ticket master, got you the best seat in the house.

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While waiting to be seated my dad struck up preshow conversation with the couple standing behind them.  Two husbands determined to please two wives devised a you put up one hundred and I’ll put up one hundred plan.

Remember it’s 1974.

Two Ben Franklins got them seated “right on the stage” as my dad used to say.

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Daddy was more excited for my mother to see Elvis up close and personal than actually seeing Elvis perform.

As the story goes Elvis, with scarf in hand and enough charisma to light up the Vegas Strip, stood in front of mother not once, not twice, but three times for her to respond.

Mesmerized by this larger than life being looking her directly in the eyes, the woman could not move.

Daddy kept nudging her and telling her, “honey, stand up” and although she wanted to she just couldn’t.

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Never one to be star-struck before, she insists she wasn’t that night as well.

Over the course of a 30+ year span of trips to Vegas my parents met and mingled with celebrities and cultivated life long friendships with several.

Yes, that’s Dan Tanna himself, the beloved Robert Urich who was one of the aforementioned friends from my parent’s Vegas days.

She really can’t explain it nor does she regret it.  It was one of those in the moment moments that came and went with nothing more than a memory for the souvenir books.

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Most, if not all, design and décor features at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, stand in a time capsule- as it should be when you think about it.

From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his personal design style preferences ranged from his idea of elegance and beauty to flash and kitsch.

Iconic spaces left suspended in a style of the times state challenges the design and decorating side of my brain to a round of how exactly would I redo-remodel-rearrange-reimagine-replace-rethink the design without compromising the original scheme without insulting or diminishing the core concept.

Although my design and decorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, a decorista can ponder can’t she?

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Elvis’s Jungle Room

An article on How Stuff Works reveals Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father.

Elvis’ father thought the furniture was the ugliest he had ever seen.

Admittedly I agree to some degree, which brings us back around to today’s royal rethink of Elvis The King’s Jungle Room.

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If it’s the 1970s, brown, orange, and green rule the color palette.

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Boone Leather Barrel Chair

Boone Leather Barrel Chair

Haussmann® Wood Elephant Chang Stool

Haussmann® Wood Elephant Chang Stool

Elvis referred to the space as the den.

Jungle Room does seem fitting for a whole host of reasons, décor being one of many.

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Chantel Drum End Table

Tiki tacky crosses the mind, but the rule of what speaks to you is what you should surround yourself with, for whatever reason or season, applies here.

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Gold Stoneware Glam Accent Table

Placement adjustments, furnishings tweaks here and there, subtraction of the outdated coupled with the addition of updated décor pieces go a long way in accomplishing a visually pleasing refresh.

The Kanaloa (Teeth) Grand Tiki 20.5 in. H Sculptural Polyresin Outdoor Side Table

 Kanaloa Grand Tiki Sculptural Polyresin Side Table

Western International Trading Co. (Witco) carved wood décor and home furnishings in tropical and Hawaiian inspired style was super popular from its beginning in the late 1960s though the late 1970s.

Pair of Faux Leopard Fur Hand Carved High Back Witco Tiki Thrown King Chairs

Tiki style was hot at the moment, and continues to this day to appeal to a certain design and décor aesthetic.

Witco furnishings are found throughout Elvis the King’s Jungle Room in all their carved, adorned, and hip for the times glory.

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Sabine Brown Leather Victorian Balloon Chair

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Tribeca Black/Ivory 8 ft. x 11 ft. Animal Print Area Rug

Brighton Pounce Loveseat

Brighton Pounce Loveseat

New York Sideboard in Various Sizes

New York Sideboard in Various Sizes

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Uttermost Volker Burnished Honey Coffee Table

The King of Rock & Roll.

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The King of the Jungle.

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King of Kings Design Fabrikken

Marceau Corner Chair, Cheetah

Marceau Corner Chair, Cheetah

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Modern Silver Shining Cheetah Revolution Area Rug

Replacing the paneling and the carpet to trend toward today’s offerings would be my first priority.

Reclaimed Wood Dark Teak Wood Wall Panel

Reclaimed Wood Dark Teak Wood Wall Panel

End Grain Faux Wood Wall Panel

End Grain Faux Wood Wall Panel

Safari - Color Morning Mist Pattern Green Carpet

Safari – Color Morning Mist Pattern Green Carpet

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Napa 88.5 in. Distressed Green Velvet Fabric 3 Seats Sofa

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If you can’t find it, make it or have it made.

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Uttermost Kiango Airy Neutrals Animal Pattern Arm Chair

Thalia Horn and Bone Round Wall Mirror

Thalia Horn and Bone Round Wall Mirror

Timbergirl Carved Wooden 4-Door Sideboard

Timbergirl Carved Wooden 4-Door Sideboard

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Grand Bazaar Congo Hand Knotted Modern & Contemporary Rug

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Shelby Rafia Table Lamp

Atolla Brick Tassel Pendant

Atolla Brick Tassel Pendant

Deco Copper Finish Table Lamp

Deco Copper Finish Table Lamp

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Lianne Painted Glass Modern Contemporary Table Lamp

brown-gold-black-table-lamp Tortoise Drum Lamp, Antiqued Zinc

Modena 26'' High 2-Light Table Lamp - Amber

Modena 26” High 2-Light Table Lamp – Amber

Cool cat claw doorstop.

Antiqued Claw Doorstop

Antiqued Claw Doorstop

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Gallery Auctions

Wood Pendant Light with Metal Rods - Distressed Gold

Wood Pendant Light with Metal Rods – Distressed Gold

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Zebra Green Ice Bucket

Zebra Green Ice Bucket

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All New & Unique Cheetah Woolen Rug 

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Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp - (Set of 2 )

Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp – (Set of 2 )

King of the Herd Safari Zebra Metal Wall Sculpture black gold

King of the Herd Safari Zebra Metal Wall Sculpture

Staying true to the theme while resisting oversaturation respectfully yet tastefully updates the outdated.

Love your style!

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Fetching Friday: Family

Today’s Fetching Friday introduces family to family.  After all, followers, friends, and family are one in the same here at Places In The Home.

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Late one night this week in a part exhausted-part heat overload-part what in the heck did I just do haze I did something to cause my pictures/download files to jump from recent to long time ago status.

The result is a blast from the past pictorial scroll.

Family means the world to me; the memories perhaps even more.

Scrolling from one founding generation to the latest you will meet the family.

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Why is it that in almost every photo of my maternal great grandparents, regardless of how young they actually are in the photo, they look old?

Hard times I suppose physically aged them far too soon, but those hard times is what made these two forever young at heart and the absolute anchors of our family.

Mama and Papa were native Texans with all that that implies. God fearing, hard working folk of life loving character, I was fortunate enough to learn by their extraordinary example and to have them present in my life until my late teens.

He was full of life, innocent mischief, and a walking encyclopedia of facts and anecdotes of old Texas.

Mama Two (what I called her) was a force of calming nature small in stature and large in heart.

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Mamaw never met a lake, creek, river, pond or fishin’ hole she didn’t love. Dead of summer in the South and the woman was stylishly decked out in long pants and long sleeves with a color-coordinated umbrella in hand.

Sunshine she loved, but skin cancer rays were persona non grata.

Many a family member, friend, and neighbor reaped the benefits of her late summer afternoon fishing sessions- a delicious treat we could bank on.

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Tomboy in a dress- that was the description my mother bestowed upon herself, never shy to climb a tree, barrel race, or fight the good fight when and if her baby brother (the precious and precocious blond boy to her left) needed assistance.

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Daddy came from humble beginnings, and remained just that, humble, all of his life.

He moved mountains (or so we thought) for all he knew and loved, never met a stranger, and put his love of family as priority number one.

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Parents to two who always knew how fortunate we were and are to call them Mama and Daddy, our house was the one all the friends wanted to be at, holiday central for family and friends who were/are family, and a place proud to call home.

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“Everyone needs a house to live in, but a
supportive family is what builds a home.”

—Anthony Liccione

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Dave the Builder joined the family in the early 80s and it’s been a party ever since.

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Our heart and soul, Jackson is the light of our lives.

Ollie comes in a close second.

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Three generations of cousins, three times the love.

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“The love in our family flows strong and deep,
leaving us memories to treasure and keep.”

—Anonymous

Happy Friday, family!

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Show & Tell

Fun In The Sun Summer Reads

Summer reads take the imagine to a funny, thrilling, dramatic, mysterious, and relaxing destination, and that my friends is what the season is all about.

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Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash

Soak up the fun in the sun summer reads travel well to the beaches, lakes, pools, rest and relaxation escapes tailor-made for a beach bag packed with summer reads.

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Photo by Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

Big kids of a certain age remember the summer reading programs that emphasized reading is fundamental.

Reading is fundamental to recharge the imagination, soul, and natural curiosity.

Summer reads go hand in hand with a fun in the sun or shade read and recharge session.

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Pack up a chic beach-pool-patio bag with summer essentials including a good read or two from this summer reads list.

The Pink Hotel: A Novel Hardcover by Liska Jaco

The Pink Hotel: A Novel Hardcover by Liska Jaco

New job negotiations often comes with perks as newlywed Keith Collins finds out.  He and his new bride, Kat, jump at the invite from the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith.  Kit is perfectly content with small-town life, however, Keith’s quest for bright lights, big city life is enhanced by the glamourous  lily-scented lobby that makes him feel right at home.

Soon after the Collinses arrival sweeping wildfires, rolling blackouts, and brutal riots break out across the city. The Pink Hotel closes its doors to “outsiders,” confining guests, including Kat and Keith to the property where a disgruntled staff coupled with eccentric, ultra-wealthy, and dangerously idle guests brews many an issue.

The Pink Hotel exposes a tenuous class system, corrosive behaviors, greed, disaster, resentments, provocative attitudes, class jealously all while the city burns and true love is called into question.

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Hurricane Girl – by Marcy Dermansky

Allison Brody is thirty-two year old ready to mix, mingle and make a new home on the East Coast after just managing to flee her movie producer boyfriend.

Money saved up from years of writing and waitressing, Allison buys a small house on the beach. As bad luck would have it, a Category 3 hurricane makes landfall, completely destroying her home and leaving her without digs at the present.

Gripping and provocative, Hurricane Girl walks a knife’s edge between comedy and horror, love and sex, violence and freedom all while celebrating the true joy found in a summer swim and a tasty turkey sandwich.

The Retreat - by Sarah Pearse

The Retreat – by Sarah Pearse

All may not be as stunning on this wellness retreat off the English coast getaway as first thought. Reaper’s Rock has a dark past and a present abounding with rumors of the island being cursed.

After a young woman is found dead below the yoga pavilion in what seems to be a tragic fall, Detective Elin Warner learns the victim wasn’t a guest–she wasn’t meant to be on the island at all.

Time uncovers more secrets, and when someone else drowns in a diving incident, Elin suspects murder. Whodunit and why target guests at this luxury resort is the questions Elin must find the answer to before the island’s history repeats itself.

French Braid - by Anne Tyler (Hardcover)

French Braid – by Anne Tyler

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy Garrett has trouble resisting her aspirations to be a painter. In 1959, less time keeping house for her husband, Robin, and pursuing a talent/career is the exception rather than the rule.  This alone has her asking do I dare?

Two teenage daughters, Alice and Lily, could not be more opposite of each other, and their younger brother David is intent on escaping his family’s orbit.

As the lives of each Garrett family member advances across decades, influences cast ripples of heartbreak, warmth, and hilarity through each generation.

With tremendous warmth and humor, French Braid illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from the bond of family love, and how close a family is to itself.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly believes everything good and magical happens between the months of June and August. Winter is simply the time where one count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad.

Belly has known Jeremiah and Conrad since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

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Coming June 17

Every Summer After - by Carley Fortune (Paperback)

Every Summer After – by Carley Fortune

Magazine writer Persephone Fraser has to make a choice when she returns to the lake she grew up on, and to the man she thought she’d never have to live without, in this achingly nostalgic debut.  Feeling the force of the saying you can never go home again, Persephone suspects it all too true since she made the biggest mistake of her life. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends her summers in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

One day she gets a call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek.  Inseparable over five summers, Percy and Sam had been inseparable.

Slowly their friendship turned into something more, before falling spectacularly apart. When Percy returns to the lake to attend Sam’s mother’s funeral, the connection is a strong and undeniable as always.

Percy must confront the decisions she’s made over the years and time spent punishing herself for them, in order to determine, once and for all, whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

One Italian Summer A Novel

One Italian Summer: A Novel

When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mother, but her best friend.  She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone.  Their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father, is now in question.

Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.

Upon setting foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy immediately feels her mother’s spirit. Stunning scenery, blue waters, breathtaking cliffsides, welcoming locals, and delectable food delight both eye and heart helping to bring Katy out of the depths of loss and back to life.

Much to Katy’s surprise and happiness, Carol appears in the flesh- healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old.

How can this be?

Katy doesn’t understand how or what is happening, all she can focus on is somehow she has gotten her mother back.  Over the course of One Italian Summer Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her.

Carol is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be leaving Katy to reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

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Early buzz about these summer reads has me ready to dive into the pages.

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Sweet Summer Trends

Memorial Day is in the rearview mirror, and the kickoff to outdoor living, pool and patio times-sweet summer trends starts in 3-2-1…

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The Cottage Journal

Between lawn and garden this and whipping up holiday eats and treats that I found I spent a hunk, a hunk of burning love of the holiday watching movie trailers and sneak peeks from the soon to be released Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

Note to self: Add Burning Love by Elvis Presley to your Spotify summer grooves and tunes playlist.

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Terrain Events

Like a really good movie trailer, drops of liquid sunshine, warm breezes and summer trends build home decor and entertaining anticipation.

Bravo, summer movie and summer trends blockbusters!

You’ve succeeded in guaranteeing I will be buying a ticket to the best outdoor show in town better known as summer.

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Here’s a selection to get the beach ball rolling.

Sunburst Beach Ball

Sunburst Beach Ball

Chic Summer Retreats 

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I will be flattering the heck out of chic and cozy in my summer space styling suggestions.

Better Homes & Gardens Willow Sage 2 Piece All-Weather Wicker Outdoor Canopy Chair and Ottoman Set, Beige

Better Homes & Gardens Willow Sage 2 Piece All-Weather Wicker Outdoor Canopy Chair and Ottoman Set, Beige

Ollie the Magnificent loves to spend time of the patio with his mama and papa, and for summer trends 2022 he’ll have his own patio pad.

Indoor Outdoor Rattan Pet Bed (2)

Indoor Outdoor Rattan Pet Bed

Rockin’ in the U.S.A.

Simply can’t get away from the vintage inspired grandmillineal-coastal grandmama style, and more importantly, why would you want to?

International Caravan Chelsea Resin Wicker Porch Rocker

Summer fresh.

Squeeze the Day Decorative Pillow

Squeeze the Day Decorative Pillow

Color kissed and pattern pleasing outdoor throw pillows prove both a preached and practiced way to update for the season.

International Caravan Chelsea Resin Wicker Porch Rocker white

International Caravan Chelsea Resin Wicker Porch Rocker

Natural fiber throw pillows naturally accentuate this undeniable summer fabric favorite.

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Natural Fiber Outdoor Pillows

Light up those summer nights with the elegance of copper.

Tabletop Glass Torch Outdoor Lighting

H. Potter Tabletop Glass Torch Outdoor Lighting

Walkways.

Tabletops.

Just hanging around.

Glam in gold candleholders housing classic pillars or LED flameless options light the way to lighting options that enhance summer ambiance.

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Gold Hurricane Candle Holder
Bazaar 16 Inch Gold Hurricane

In the style of days gone by, this Candle by the Hour beeswax candle comes with presence and provenance.

From the details:

In 17th century America, coiled beeswax candles became a popular way for parents to monitor the time a gentleman spent courting their daughter.

Candle by the Hour Horizontal Candle

Candle by the Hour Horizontal Candle

Once the candle was lit, it burned at a measured rate. When the flame met the clip and went out, time was up! Candle by the Hour™ brings back this novel concept as a worry-free way to illuminate and decorate your home.

To use, just feed up to 3″ of the pliable eco-friendly beeswax coil through the clip and light the wick. The natural beeswax will melt at approximately 20 minutes per inch, providing up to an hour of light at a time.

Barbara King Illuminated Sandstone Seashell Collection summer

Barbara King Illuminated Sandstone Seashell Collection

Seashell style is summer style, and I love the offerings from the Barbara King Illuminated Seashell Collection.

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Barbara King Illuminated Sandstone Seashell Collection

Tablescape Escapes

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As is the case of this summer perfect tablescape by Alcott Interiors  inspiration is everywhere.

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Sunny Cottage Joy

Simple elegance makes a powerful style statement, and is rather simple to execute.

Clippings, stems, and blooms fresh from nature’s arts & crafts store (your yard) placed in a vase and allowed to fall and set in an organic way.

Serveware in vintage mismatched patterns rich in charm and character.

Garden statue pairings that capture the essence of the summer season.

Hungry Cranes Set of 2

Hungry Cranes Set of 2

Seasonal & Seasoning Lagniappe

Elderflower Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Elderflower Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Food is love, food is art, food is summer trends.

Rose Ice Cream

Rose Ice Cream from Salt & Lavender

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Tulip Ice Cream Dish

Corn on the cob is a summer sides staple.

Corn Holders, Set of 4

Corn Holders, Set of 4

Dress up this summer delicacy with a set of these silver plate corn pick set.

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A great summer soiree is only as good as the refreshing summertime beverages served.

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Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe from The Kitchn

Acrylic and melamine tableware gives good style at a great price point.

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Bee & Willow™ Textured Highball Glass in Pink
Studio 3B™ Textured Highball Glass in Green
Destination Summer Vintage Embossed Highball Glass in Pink

4pk Acrylic Drinkware Set - Opalhouse™ designed with Jungalow™

4pk Acrylic Drinkware Set – Opalhouse™ designed with Jungalow™

Assorted Kelly Ventura Floral Insulated 16-Oz. Tumbler Cup - Set of Four

Assorted Kelly Ventura Floral Insulated 16-Oz. Tumbler Cup – Set of Four

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by Mark Lohman

Pink Kimono leaves pattern Melamine plates and green Tiki glasses invite stylish fun to the pretty in pink on the patio party.

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Kimona Leaves Outdoor Dinner Plates and Bowls Set of 8
Tiki Glasses- Set of 4

Summer trends toward ’tis the season for seasonal fare.

August Wren Oyster Platter

August Wren Oyster Platter

Casual defines the theme of the summer entertaining season just as casual means a host of ways to set a casual summer scene to many a host and hostess.

“It’s important how we feel in our homes,
because feeling good makes us more gracious.
And that makes it easier to welcome others
not only into our homes but into our lives.”

—Nate Berkus

Where one prefers to zhoosh up the look with the good stuff place settings and serveware, another prefers to lay down newspapers, set out paper goods, and let the good times lobster roll.

August Wren Dinner Plate

August Wren Dinner Plates

Summer is the season of beautiful settings, simple activities, and lovely thoughts.

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Marnie Moyle Hand Crafted Swing

What summer trends are coming in as favorites in your game of I Spy Summer?

Love your style!

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Wallpaper: A Classic Choice

Wallpaper is a classic choice décor element showcasing color, pattern as the featured focal point, and texture a tactile experience.

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Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Contemplating what to do with a room/space is the first stage of artistic creativity.

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Photo by Valentina Ivanova on Unsplash

Look at it this way; the walls of the space serve as a blank canvas, and your vision in unison with your personal style stamp the design elements that create the palette.

Decorative vision factored in with personal style creates the palette, and when wallpaper makes the design cut the visual impact is magnified through distinct colors, patterns and textures.

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Heather Chadduck Interiors and Textiles – Photography by Alison Gootee

I’ll let Martha Stewart and Company explain How to Hang Wallpaper (click on the link for instructions), and I’ll cover the differences between traditional and removable aka peel and stick options.

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Application options grant homeowners and renters alike decorating freedom.

Traditional wallpaper wins out in the following categories:

Overall quality of the product.

Staying power.

Ease of positioning on the wall during application.

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Most traditional wallpaper comes pre-pasted. To activate the paste, the wallpaper is soaked in water.

Unpasted paper requires the application of clear wallcovering adhesive to the back of the product.

Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper.  From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.

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Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.

Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.

Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photographed by Erica George Dines

Peel and stick pattern options rival those of traditional papers.

More times than not you can easily locate a peel and stick version of a traditional pattern.

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Mama Places In The Home and I were having a conversation the other evening about first one thing than two when the focus of our chat turned toward why we favor the design styles we do.

Traditional with a fresh perspective pretty much best describes my preferred design style.

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

Factors to consider when deciding on a pattern, texture, and type basically involves personal style preferences and what space the paper will be used in.

Of course scale, flow, and balance in regards to the neighboring rooms must be taken into consideration when selecting patterns.

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Lauren DeLoach Interiors – Photography by Emily Followill

Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary, however, pattern power clashing gets awfully busy with the eye, and runs the risk of overpowering the intended design statement.

Visual flow works to deliver a harmonious result.

Ottoman Fantasy

Ottoman Fantasy

Trends and pattern popularity may ebb and flow, but at its core wallpaper stands as a timeless design element.

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Norwall Floral Laurel

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper - Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper – Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Speaking of trends, my eye and my heart welcomes the return to pretty.

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Anna Louise Wolfe, Ltd.

We’re seeing it in the still going strong grandmillennial style, the gaining steam coastal grandmama, and the cozy with a twist cottagecore.

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One Kings Lane – Becky Boyle Interiors

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Where classic coastal hues of blues and greens merge with Nancy Meyer influenced neutrals is where you find the grandmother coastal aesthetic.

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Cyclical perhaps, but cozy chic depicted through colors, textures, and patterns of days gone by welcomes cottagecore style home.

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Laura Ashley Aveline Rose Wallpaper

New spins on classic favorites isn’t exactly a new concept in the design and decorating world.

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House & Home

There will always be room at the design and decorating table for this perennial design style.

Lenox Hil ScenicToileTrees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

Lenox Hil Scenic/Toile/Trees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

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Etched Arcadia Mural

What a modern adaptation has the ability to do is suit today’s personal decorating preferences while acquainting the eye with a fresh take that immensely enhances the core design style.

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Magnolia Canopy by de Gournay – Photography by Rebecca Reid

Gorgeous!

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Barringtons Grisaille by Susan Harter Muralpapers

“Use wallpaper in unexpected places:
on the ceiling in a paneled room,
in closets, hallways, and small foyers.
A great pattern or texture in small spaces
can be a prodigious twist!”

—Lindsey Coral Harper

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 Creative Tonic

Greek Key Foil Gunmetal Wallpaper

Greek Key Metallic Shine Foil Vinyl Wallpaper

Modern take.

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

The once a flipper, always a flipper side of my brain together with my decorating eye spies the divine flooring and thinks flip that beauty from floor to ceiling with this choice.

A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Wallpaper gray

A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Wallpaper

Dynamic decorating duo.

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Taftan Oasis Tribal Geometric Area Rug

Color, texture, and patio patterns set a spring into summer scene into motion.

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Anthony Cochran Design

Iconic pairing of color and pattern, the instantly recognizable banana leaf design Martinique wallpaper designs and decorates the equally famous Beverly Hills Hotel.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

You had me at pink and green.

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Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Giving a modern twist to the traditional keeps the look fresh and the style on trend and in demand.

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Steve Cordony/Stylist

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

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Mardan Light Green Banana Leaf Wallpaper

Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

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Flower Magazine- Interior design by James Farmer – Photography by Jeff Herr

Put pattern to play with whimsical choices.

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Lucy and Company

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Library Bookshelf Wallpaper

As noted in my Lemon Influenced Home Décor post, nursery through to kids room design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.

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Forêt noire designed by Nathalie Lété Heidi Caillier Design

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Fae Sage Woodland Paper Wallpaper

Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.

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Garden & Gun – Photography by Morgan & Owens

On first thought I love the idea of wallpaper as a focal point for a statement wall as represented in the New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer

Of special interest to my gotta have it list, I need those beds.

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

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Alice In Wonderland

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Lemon Grove by de Gournay WallpaperDina Bandman Interiors

Lemon Option #1

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Citrus Grove Fruit and Leaves Removable Peel & Stick Texture Wallpaper

Lemon Option #2

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Lemon Twist

If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, the conversation turns to texture and grasscloth wallpapers.

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 Summer Thornton Design

When farmhouse/modern farmhouse design style flooded the screens and scrolls of the design and decorating loyal, textured and the look of textured found a resurgence in popularity.

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper 

Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture and durable function keep the spotlight on it.

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our personal homes to rave reviews.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Light Grey
York Quarter Sawn Wood Brown
Ozone Taupe Texture
Scalamandre Shantung Grasscloth Lapis
Manhattan Comfort Elmhurst Vinyl Grey Horizontal Faux Grasscloth
Seabrook NA205  Java Grass 

Scalamandre Zebras - Zanzibar Wallpaper

Massucco Warner Miller

Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify the hallmarks of classic brands and enduring trend leaders.

Safari Brown Zebra Safari Self Adhesive Wallpaper

Stand-alone style standouts, if you will.

Scalamandre Zebra Safari Wallpaper

Scalamandré Zebras

Scalamandré Zebras in the self adhesive/ peel-and-stick option or the traditional cut and paste application option.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

The investment in an iconic pattern is for the life of the space.

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Veranda

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Instant focal point wow factor comes to the back of cupboards and bookcases.

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Liz Caan Interiors

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

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 Erin Gates Design

Amplify the beauty of an antique piece by lining the drawers in a fabulous designer pattern.

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Veranda – Photography by Alison Gootee

Pastel colors, blue and white texture combinations, and timeless toile patterns naturally bring spring to mind.

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Brooke Crew Interiors

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Hey gang, here’s a DIY project tutorial for bringing a curated look to an IKEA room divider.

Click on the link below for the details.

IKEA Room Divider DIY Project

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Classic patterns coupled with durable function make wallpaper a quality  choice of product that remains a timeless design and home décor choice.

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Fetching Friday: Peaceful Easy Feeling

Today’s Fetching Friday revolves around lovely images, wise words, and the peaceful easy feeling a Friday evokes.

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Relaxing and thoughtful is a Friday theme I believe we can all identify with.

Today’s post serves as a permission slip for taking a moment to scroll and enjoy.

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Jeune femme lisant dans un jardin  by Henri Lebasque

“Flowers lead to books, which lead to thinking and not thinking and then more flowers and music, music.
Then many more flowers and many more books…”

—Maira Kalman

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Pinterest

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales
and I like them best of all.”

― Audrey Hepburn

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Pinterest

“The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”

—Mary Kay Ash

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Baccarat

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

—Luther Burbank

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Belinda Fewings – Unsplash

“Spring: the music of open windows.”

– Terri Guillemets

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Pinterest

“Give every day the chance to become
the most beautiful day of your life.”

—Mark Twain

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House & Garden – Photography by Michael Sinclair

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.

Psalm 23: 1-3

Wishing each of you a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend filled with that peaceful easy feeling.

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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

The first weekend in May means it is Kentucky Derby time, and that my friends means Kentucky Derby party ideas.

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Racing at Churchill Downs

Horse racing enthusiasts, socialites and celebrities will flock to Churchill Downs this Saturday to view the Run for the Roses.

Racing the Wind Horse and Jockey Wall Décor

Racing the Wind Horse and Jockey Wall Décor

For those of us not making the jaunt, an excellent opportunity to get down and get derby is just a julep jubilee away.

In other words, if you can’t be live and in person at the Derby create your own Kentucky Derby extravaganza.

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Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby party ideas revolve around traditions, red roses, mint juleps and fascinating fashions.

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Mint Julep Cup

For her

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Red Golden Rose Embroidered Mesh Midi Skirt

Red Golden Rose Embroidered Mesh Midi Skirt

For him

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Men’s Horse-Bit Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Cuff Links

Derby dazzling accessories in gold and silver for Kentucky Derby Day and beyond.

Patricia Nash Gold-Tone Horse Cameo Pendant Necklace

Gold-Tone Pavé Horse Bit All-Around Collar Necklace
Horse And Carriage Stud Earrings
Patricia Nash Gold-Tone Horse Cameo Pendant Necklace

Now let’s switch gears and show and tell Kentucky Derby party ideas.

And they’re off!

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Hobby Lobby

Working with a theme makes coming up with ideas an easy exercise in Derby decorating.

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Horse races are run on dirt courses and turf races.

Dirt is not something I recommend dressing out a lovely party food table in. I mean come on, who wants to decorate a party food table with dirt?

Anywho…

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Emulate the look of a turf race with a faux grass table runner.

Spanish and/or reindeer moss pairs well or as stand alone centerpiece additions.

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Red roses rule the Run for the Roses and make a strong show the next day for Mother’s Day.

See where this getting a lot of bang for your buck decorating logic is going?

Polystone Horse Head Sculpture

Polystone Horse Head Sculpture

Red Rose Floral V Wreath Wreath

Red Rose Floral V Wreath Wreath

Centerpiece equation solved with one horse head sculpture/statue sitting in the middle of a red rose floral wreath is Kentucky Derby divine.

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Pick up several faux stems of roses to fill in bare areas, and voilà!

Simply dismantle the centerpiece after your Derby party and use the wreath for your Mother’s Day brunch-lunch-dinner centerpiece.

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Look at you, you decorating smarty designing and decorating a smashing Derby party.

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Over on the Kentucky Derby website is this tutorial for making a DIY Garland of Roses Table Runner.

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Coming Down the Homestretch 

For extra Run for the Roses Derby flair, I clip several roses from front yard flower bed and float in clear bowls.

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Decorative Clear Glass Bowls

Warm water works best, and I drop a low dose aspirin in the water to prolong the life of the roses.

Artificial Flowers Silk Rose Flowers

No real roses?

Red Rose Kissing Ball

Red Rose Kissing Ball

No real problem.

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Design Toscano The Six Stallions of the Hippodrome

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Michael Partenio

Faux rose bouquets placed in striking vases, champagne buckets, on trays, or in trophy cups works beautifully as well.

Nickel Etched Trophy

Nickel Etched Trophy with Handles

Super stylish option.

Light Brown Magazine Leather Basket

Light Brown Magazine Leather Basket

Incorporating the traditional aspects of horse racing into my Kentucky Derby party ideas such as riding boots, horseshoes, and a riding helmet or two is not as difficult as one would think.

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Women’s Riding Boots

Spring is a great time of the year in retail sales to locate a pair of riding boots on sale or clearance.

Riding boots will work perfect in my Kentucky Derby party ideas scheme.

Saturday’s centerpiece will become my new fall fashion boots.

Now that’s getting your money’s worth.

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Charlotte Moss – Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Several small arrangements of cut roses set on tabletops continues the Run for the Roses theme.

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House & Garden

A combination arrangement of red and white roses perfectly fits in with the Run for the Roses motif.

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Party decorating goes with a clever DIY project, and my list of Kentucky Derby party ideas includes one that is relatively simple to execute.

Fully sanded-ready to paint wood cutouts painted in your choice of color(s) carry out the horse racing theme.

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Growing Tree Gallery on Etsy

Scatter about tabletops, prop and position around serving trays, centerpiece embellishments, cake toppers, monogram with party attendees initials as take home favors- you get the idea.

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Garden & Gun- Photography by Margaret Houston 

Horse racing reigns supreme in Louisville, and the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep.

Ingredients

½ oz. superfine sugar

1 oz. hot water

8 mint leaves, plus one mint sprig

2 oz. bourbon

Directions

Dissolve the sugar in the water in an old-fashioned glass or Mint Julep cup.

Add mint leaves and gently press with a spoon.

Add the bourbon of your choice, fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir.

Place mint sprig in the ice alongside a short straw, and serve.

-Garden & Gun

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Acopa Alchemy 16 oz. Stainless Steel Mint Julep Cup with Beaded Detailing

Mock Mint Julep (non-alcoholic julep)

Ingredients

2 cups cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

8 fresh mint sprigs (for syrup)

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

32 ounces Ginger Ale soda, chilled

8 cups crushed ice

8 fresh mint sprigs for garnish or more to desired taste

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring, water, sugar, lemon juice and mint leaves to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved.

Allow mixture to cool.

Strain cooled simple mint syrup and discard mint leaves.

Fill your mint julep cups with crushed ice, ½ cup Ginger Ale soda, and ½ cup mint syrup.  Stir to incorporate flavors.

Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Makes 8 servings.

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Arthur Court Designs Horse Pitcher

Leather Round Decorative Serving Tray with Handles

Leather Round Decorative Serving Trays with Handles

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Horse Drink Stirrers

Horse Drink Stirrers

Please drink responsibly.

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Here’s a fun serving idea for other beverages requiring ice cubes- rose petal and fresh mint ice cubes.

Gently remove rose petals and fresh mints leaves from stems and lightly wash to remove any debris.

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Place rose petals into each water filled compartment.

Enhance the flavor of mint ice cubes by also adding a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the water.

Better yet, use sweet iced tea infused with fresh lemon juice instead of water.

Freeze and enjoy.

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Pick up several nickel-plated serving trays from Dollar Tree in assorted shapes and sizes to use for servings mint juleps and appetizers.

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Pimento cheese is a Derby delicacy.

Adding a dash of Creole seasoning or Louisiana hot sauce along with a handful or two of chopped walnuts to store bought pimento cheese brings the c’est si bon to the party.

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Stirrup Hors d’oeuvre Forks

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Spode Woodland Thoroughbred Horse Dinner Plate

Going through my media files for this post I spotted the gorgeous bowl I sourced for my Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post.

Antique RS Germany Cabbage Leaf Porcelain Bowl

Antique RS Germany Cabbage Leaf Porcelain Bowl

Encore presentation worthy for sure, I feel confident in suggesting the use of vintage beauties such as this one for Kentucky Derby party pieces.

Kentucky Hot Brown open-faced sandwich

The Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich, a Kentucky original recipe created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, is a perfect Derby Day menu choice.

This recipe from SheKnows plates turkey, bacon, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and a heavy-handed dollop of bechamel sauce together in all its delicious, rich and Kentucky tradition glory.

Click HERE for recipe.

Butter Pecan Praline Cake

Heather of Sprinkle Bakes recipe fame comes in first place in the winner’s circle with her recipe for Butter Pecan Praline Cake.

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If baking does not fit into your party schedule or itinerary, consider picking up your favorite cake at a local or grocery store bakery and adding embellishments of choice.

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Pecan Delight Pie

Pecan Delight pie works, too.

Keep your eyes out for riding helmets and equestrian accents at antiques and resale shops.

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Green Velvet, Horse RIDING HELMET/Hat COVER

Perhaps a tip of the hat to a more formal affair prop.

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Rio ‘Kentucky Derby’ 16 X 16 Decorative Throw Pillow

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Linen/Wood/Foam Equestrian Footstool

Avalon Solid Monogram Wool and Cashmere Throw Decor H Blanket

Avalon Solid Monogram Wool and Cashmere Throw Decor H Blanket

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Kentucky-Derby-Decor

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas Checklist:

Scrapbook paper in 12×12 sheets found at craft stores make perfect Derby party placemats

OFF TO HORSE RACES TRIPLE CROWN 2PCS SCRAPBOOK PAPER DOUBLE SIDED

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Fresh or faux roses

red knockout roses

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White & Multi Spiky Rose Trim

Rose Trim-Tulle

Mint julep cups – a Derby must.

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Mint Julep Cups

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Silver Horse Cocktail Picks, Set Of 4

Lovely!

Roses Are Red Disposable Lunch Paper Napkins 3-Ply 60 Count Napkins

Roses Are Red Disposable Lunch Paper Napkins 3-Ply 60 Count Napkins

Fresh mint clippings for mint juleps.

Simple and fragrant, float fresh mint sprigs in clear cut glass bowls slightly filled with warm water.

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Dollar store trays with the look of silver.

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Tractor Supply meets the Derby need with nickel plated horse bits to use as napkin rings and horseshoes in packs of 4.

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Diamond Plain Bronco Horseshoe, Size 0, Pack of 4

Here’s to traditions and celebrating the Run for the Roses with win, place and show-stopping Kentucky Derby party ideas.

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