Valentine’s Day Sweets for the Sweet

February is fast approaching, and with that comes ideas for whipping up Valentine’s Day Sweets for the sweet.

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The Graphics Fairy

Of course each is dished and served with loe.

Watercolor Heart Shaped Stoneware Plate

Watercolor Heart Shaped Stoneware Plate

Focused on sweets for the sweet, this Valentine’s Day Sweets show and tell features recipes synonymous with delectable, delicious and delightful.

Click on the link below each image for the recipe.

Mini Valentine’s Day Cakes

Mini Valentine’s Day Cakes

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Lemon-Date Bars – Photography by Anna Williams

Have you ever wondered how the symbol/letter  X came to stand for Kiss?

Traced back to the Middle Ages, X was used to sign off on documents followed by the writer often kissing the mark signifying their oath. The gesture flourished as the common sign used to certify records, books, letters and paperwork.

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X stood for Kiss, and the gesture gave life to the term “sealed with a kiss.”

chocolate-marshmallow-sandwich-cookiesChocolate Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies – Photography by Mike Garten

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No Bake Cheesecake with Berry Toppings – Photography by Brian Woodcock

Antique Rose Handpainted Serving Plate - Germany

Antique Rose Hand Painted Serving Plate – Germany

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream

Treat roses keep fresh when stored in an airtight container with a sealed lid, and fresh cut roses keep best when following these suggestions:

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If a packet of flower food is included with your rose bouquet you will want to use it. Dissolve the food in a couple of tablespoons of warm water, stirring to completely dissolve.

Take roses out of wrap and remove leaves that will be below your desired water line. Cut each stem at an angle which allows optimal water intake. add it to the water to promote the buds opening and to slow any bacterial growth.

Place the roses in your container of choice and arrange to your liking. Placing the arrangement in a cool area away from heat vents and out of direct sunlight prolongs the life of the roses.

When the bloom and the beauty is off the rose(s), drying the roses to keep for sentimental reasons is an easy project.

Gather the amount of rose stems you want to dry, remove all the leaves from each stem, and bind stems together with a rubber band.  Hang upside down for 2 to 3 weeks in a cool, dark place free of humidity.

Valentine's Day Macarons

Valentine’s Day French Macarons

As you begin the beguine.

What’s a beguine, you may wonder?

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(/bəˈgēn/ bə-GHEEN)

a dance and music form, similar to a slow rhumba

Lemon-Elderflower Waffles

Lemon-Elderflower Waffles

Begin the Valentine beguine dance of delicious delight with a breakfast or brunch built for two starring this recipe for Lemon-Elderflower Waffles.

Dress waffles with a delightful dusting of powdered sugar, stemmed strawberries split in half, and edible flowers.

Stone Lain Brighton Round Body Marble Porcelain Dinnerware Set

Stone Lain Brighton Round Body Marble Porcelain Dinnerware Set

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Brownie Hearts

Heart Appetizer Plates

Heart Appetizer Plates

Valentine’s Day sweets for the sweet favorites include this perfect for the occasion mixtape cookies recipe from Constellation Inspiration.

Valentine’s Mixtape Cookies

Valentine’s Day Mixtape Cookies

Music fuels the power of love – a sweet symphony to serve the senses.

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Mini Red Velvet Cakes

Mini Red Velvet Cakes

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Martha Stewart 11″ Heart Shaped Stoneware Cake Pan

Wilton Red Heart-Shaped Non-Stick Fluted Tube Pan, 8-Inch

Way To Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2pk Lip and Ruffle Heart Cookie Cutter Set

Nordic Ware Rosebud Cake Pan

Breakable Chocolate Heart

Breakable Chocolate Heart

Cupid delivers dessert inspiration for whipping up Valentine’s Day sweets for the sweet dedicated to the one you love.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Ideas

Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas is soon to be on the minds and conversation hearts of those ready to gift with love in mind.

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Knowing the likes and loves of your recipient(s) is a huge plus to scoring big points in the Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas game.

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Antique Hand Painted Footed Vase Bowl Artist Signed Limoges, France

Roses of red trend toward traditional floral choice of Valentine’s Day, however, non-traditional bouquets strike cupid’s fancy as well.

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Dublin Biscuit Box

Dublin Biscuit Box

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♥ Flocked ‘Love’ Coir Doormat Natural  

Valentine’s Day gifts have long captured the hearts of both the giver and the recipient alike.

Colonial Candle Love Scented Jar Candle, Valentine's Day Collection, 3 Wick

Colonial Candle Love Scented Jar Candle, Valentine’s Day Collection, 3 Wick

Heart Aflame Decorative Matches

Heart Aflame Decorative Matches

Traditional colors of red and pink prove chosen winners.

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From fine to faux and every price point in between, jewelry rates a great choice.

Custom Engraved Coordinate Necklace

Custom Engraved Coordinate Necklace Monogram & Name Necklaces

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Bulova Men’s Latin Grammy® Modern Special Edition Watch
Bulova Women’s Sutton Diamond Two Tone Stainless Steel Watch


Bijoux Bar Heart Drop Earrings

Bijoux Bar Heart Drop Earrings

Orchid Flower Personalized Necklace

Orchid Flower Personalized Necklace

Gold Tone Triple Heart Drop Earrings

Gold Tone Triple Heart Drop Earrings

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Custom Engraved Coordinate Necklace

Lab Created White Sapphire Heart Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver

White Sapphire 14K Gold Over Silver Sterling Silver Round Pendant Necklace

Lab Created White Sapphire Sterling Silver 2 Pair Earring Set

1/10 CT. T.W. Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver Bolo Bracelet

Interlocking Circles White Sapphire Sterling Silver Circle Pendant Necklace

1/2 CT. T.W. Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver 5.5mm Stud Earrings

Lab Created White Sapphire Sterling Silver 9mm Stud Earrings

Lab Created White Sapphire Sterling Silver 9mm Stud Earrings

White Sapphire Sterling Silver 9mm Stud Earrings

Ordered the lab created white Sapphire sterling silver 9mm stud earrings to see if the size and the look make for a fabulous faux pair of travel earrings, and I could not be more pleased with the decision.

Heart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring Earring

Heart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring/Earrings

All wrapped up in a red heart shaped box – it!

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Earring Organizer Box

Once received jewelry pieces can be beautifully organized in this soft gray organizer box perfect for rings, pendants, and chains.

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Bunny Heart Couple

Everybunny loves somebunny sometime.

Heart Wood Sculpture Wall Sign

Willstar Handshake Heart Wood Sculpture Wall Sign

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Gold Heart Wall Hanging

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Vintage Floral Wall Cubby by Ashland®

Vintage Floral Wall Cubby by Ashland®

Circle of Roses Frameless Tempered Glass Panel Graphic Fantasy Wall Art 

“Circle of Roses” Frameless Tempered Glass Panel Graphic Fantasy Wall Art 

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I-pick-you-gold-guitar-pick

I Pick You Guitar Pick

Bronze Swinging Golfer

Bronze Swinging Golfer

golf-lover-gift-setPersonalized Golf Ball Gift Set

Personalized Leather Bracelet For Men

Personalized Leather Bracelet For Men

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Duck Polished Brass Trinket Tray

Set your Valentine’s Day and night to music.

Crosley Tribute AM FM Bluetooth Radio

Crosley Tribute AM FM Bluetooth Radio

Conversation piece personified, spin your Valentine’s Day or evening with this unique Hi-Fi cutting board- reproduction of a classic LP with completely customizable center label. 

personalized-record-LP-cutting-board Personalized Record Cutting Board

 

Men's Faux Shearling Lined Leather Slides

Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Faux Shearling Lined Leather Slides

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Vonmay Men’s Slip On Indoor/Outdoor Slippers

Men's Popping Into Say Hi Popcorn Pattern Crew Novelty Sock

Men’s Popping Into Say Hi Popcorn Pattern Crew Novelty Sock

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‘Tis the season for hot and spicy.

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Joyspun Women’s Sleepwear Satin Robe

Lveberw Lounge Set

Lveberw Lounge Set

Skechers Cali Pop Ups Slide By Slide Sandal

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Women’s Long Sleeve Hearts Sweater

Fine-knit Cardigan pink

Fine-knit Cardigan

Fine-knit Cardigan

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Smile Cotton Jersey T-shirt

Fun is just a fact of fashion, and this metallic heart novelty bag with rhinestone handle is a fun and festive accessory perfect for a white t-shirt and a pink cardigan.

Metallic Heart Novelty Bag With Rhinestone Handle

Metallic Heart Novelty Bag With Rhinestone Handle

Summer will be here before you know it, and this most chic pink and green palm print weekender will be a fabulous fit for the season.

Sophia Joy 2-Piece Zip & Carry Weekender in Pink and Green Whimsy Palm Fashion

Sophia Joy 2-Piece Zip Weekender in Pink and Green Whimsy Palm Fashion

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Everything’s coming up roses in my rose scented beauty products garden.

Made In Italy Leather Geometric Bucket Bag

Made In Italy Leather Geometric Bucket Bag

Mollie Bucket Bag 22 In Signature Canvas

Mollie Bucket Bag 22 In Signature Canvas

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i love us throw pillow

I Love Us Throw Pillow

Betsey Johnson Silky Microfiber Printed Sheet Set

Betsey Johnson Silky Microfiber Printed Sheet Set

Hot times of the weather kind will be here soon naturally sparking ideas of outdoor activities such as dining al fresco.

Milan Red White 8 ft. x 10 ft. Modern Plastic Indoor Outdoor Area Rug

Milan Red White Modern Plastic Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Red and white and chic all over.

Red and White Dining Chair (Set of 2)

Red and White Dining Chair (Set of 2)

Pioneer Woman Amelia 15.22-Ounce Rose Glass Tumblers, Set of 4

The Pioneer Woman Amelia 15.22-Ounce Rose Glass Tumblers, Set of 4

Joyjolt Gatsby Art Deco Whiskey Glasses Double Old Fashioned

Art Deco Whiskey Glasses – 10 Oz – Set Of 6 Double Old Fashioned

Sappho Bust Lamp

Sappho Bust Lamp

Reese Brass Heart Wall Frame

Reese Brass Heart Wall Frame

Hand casting kit

Hand Casting Kit by Craft It Up! 

For him, for her, for home- these Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas are suggested with love in mind.

Love your style!

 

 

 

 

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Winter Blues

Winter blues is prime for reinterpretation when warming up your home decor for winter.

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Tomas Tuma

If winter was a dance imagine it a December to March waltz keeping 3/4 time in a slow and graceful step.

Wintertime weather coupled with shorter days often leads to extended periods of time spent indoors hibernating, if you will.

This exact time of the year and season naturally slows the pace of our day to day presenting an opportune time to recharge and refresh self and home.

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Time spent in the company, cozy comfort, and beauty of our home is time well spent.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Feathering one’s nest in this time between the end of the holiday hustle and bustle and spring’s arrival in winter blues offsets the harshness of the actual winter blues.

Small touches in seasonal splendor will do the trick.

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My winter blues estate sale find that made getting up at the crack of dawn on a cold dreary February morning worth it.

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Perhaps it’s time to add to the collection with this trio of framed Mosa Holland Delft blue tiles.

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Trio of Mosa Holland Delft Blue Tiles Framed Bridal Couple Shoemaker Windmill

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Southern Home Magazine – Photography by Julie Soefer

Fresh or faux florals and/or stems placed in a blue and white porcelain vase or ginger jar brings in seasonal elements and elevates the tone and tenor of the space.

Blue & White Peony Temple Jar With Lion HandlesBlue & White Peony Temple Jar With Lion Handles

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micheile dot com 

Mid-winter blooms of pink and white camellias floating in a blue and white porcelain bowl is a mid-winter tabletop centerpiece tradition in many Southern homes.

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Handmade 14″ Blue and White Ladies Porcelain Bowl

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“In the winter she curls up around a
good book and dreams away the cold.”

— Ben Aaronovitch

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CharmingTreasurFinds

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Veranda – Mark D. Sikes – Photography by Amy Neunsinger

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Real Simple – Photography by Addie Juell

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Blue Chinoiserie Toile PIllar Candle
SAFAVIEH Lighting Blue and White Color Swirls Glass Table Lamp (Set of 2)
Persian Pouf
Roses Still Life Painting Printable
Blue Hydrangea Wreath
Ceramic Chinoiserie Decorative Jar
Devon Cottage Dinner Plate
Lauren Ralph Lauren Handmade Olivier Floral Wool Rug
Sutton Tufted Robbins Egg Blue Arm Chair
Mainstays 300 Thread Count Easy Care Percale Pillowcase Set of 2

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Chinois Complete Stencil Set

So many of us who enjoy interior (and exterior) decorating know it to be an absolute labor of love.

Decorating home and hearth in a manner which best reflects the current season focuses on warming up your decor with an item or two depicting nature inspired colors, patterns and textures visually aligned with this time of year and pieces that simply speak settle in to the senses.

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Gracious Farmhouse

Softer lighting options.

Scents of the season.

Layering with fabrics of cozy and comfort.

Warm spot accents in shades of calming winter blues.

Chatelet Blue Chest

Chatelet Blue Chest

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Katerina Floor Clock
Jesse Printed Jute Rug
Isla Block Print Pleated Chandelier Shade
Leighton Pleated Chandelier Shade
Limited Edition Riverbed Drum Lamp Shade
Foo Dogs – Set of 2
Piedmont 4-Light Lantern

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Sometimes it does seem we are settling in for a long winter’s nap.

Warm to winter blues with spot additions such as a new set of pillowcases, throw or duvet.

Jacquard Chenille Throw

As the thaw of winter initiates the need for lighter weight linens sherpa gives way to chenille for evening air perfectly balanced between crisp and cool.

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Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Light Blue Toile Duvet Set

January treats include these late winter into spring blue and white pillowcases and a pretty in pink chenille tufted throw from Walmart.

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300 Thread Count Easy Care Percale Pillowcase Set of 2,  Blue Floral

All in for a little under $25.00, and let me just say they are quite lovely and a perfect preview of spring things to come.

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Madison Park Off-White Chenille Tufted Throw

Curb appeal discovered with this distressed blue embossed tin mailbox sure to put a hint of spring in your step out to porch or street on a winter day to get the mail routine.

Distressed Blue Embossed Mail Box

Creative Co-Op Distressed Blue Embossed Mailbox

Addition and subtraction; the decorating formula for seasonal decorating.

Warm additions welcome comfort at fall into winter.

Rich.

Cozy.

Xenial.

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Before you know it spring days turn to oh, those summer nights where pastels, prints, and pretty naturally lighten the aesthetic and the ambiance.

Spaces and places in the home welcome style home year round when character and charm enter the equation.

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Home Decor Design Decorating Forecast 2023

Happy New Year, decoristas!  With a new year comes traditional resolutions, retail offerings, and the highly anticipated new home decor design decorating forecast 2023.

Admittedly, this year’s list speaks to my love of antiques, statement pieces, and accents swimming in gold.

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Let’s take a closer look at Home Decor Design Decorating Forecast 2023, shall we?Home Decor Design Decorating Forecast 2023

Statement Table Lamps

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Flower Magazine – Photo by Gordon Gregory

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey.

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1stDibs Introspective – Photography by Ori Harpaz

Statement table lamp(s) perform focal point magic in both function and form.

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Over the Moon

Turn to Stone

Turn to stone is not only a killer song by ELO, but a fantastic design and decor choice of product.

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Jason Arnold

If a build, redesign or remodel is not on your list of things to do 2023 consider bringing in a trend or two with home decor accents and accessories.

Toronto Marble Dish Beige - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Toronto Marble Dish Beige – Threshold Designed with Studio McGee

Arabascato marble

Domino – Photography by Seth Caplan

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Brie Williams

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photography by Jeff Herr

Romance

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Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

Timeless by design, romance knows no trend.

It simply, perfectly, and effortlessly exists on the canvas and in the portfolio.

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Cathy Kincaid Interiors

Grandmillennial and cottagecore made a hit with the under thirty crowd, bringing converts to embrace the romantic design style.

As for the ageless in style, we RSVP’d yes to the pretty party in the company of pastels, soft fabrics, classic feminine patterns, fresh florals, and accents of yesteryear.

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 Alexandra Kaehler Design

Going for the Gold

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House & Garden – Photography by Michael Sinclair

Classify going for the gold as a forever trend I feel most confident in predicting its here to stay status.

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1stDibs Introspective- Photography by Tory Burch

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photography by Jeff Herr

And the going for gold medal in the welcome style home category goes to Janie Molster Designs.

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Janie Molster Designs

Collectibles

18th-and 19th-century blue and white Chinese export china

Milieu Magazine – Photography by Eric Piasecki

Collections of collectibles are an extension of memories in tangible form. When something makes an impression on a collector a collection is born.

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Laurey W. Glenn

Mixing Past with Present

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Nathan Schroder

Mixing antique and vintage pieces with those of a present day or decade provenance results in a space enveloped in personality.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photography by Emily Followill

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Bachelors Chest

Glamour Deco

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Soucie Horner, Ltd.

Wallpaper

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La Mirande

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

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Flower Magazine

Gucci white heron wallpaper

Architectural Digest

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Jay Wilde

Schumacher Romantic Bosphorus

Schumacher Romantic Bosphorus 

All-White Kitchens (or almost)

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West of Main Design

Ebb and flow.

Come and go.

So goes the love affair with the all-white kitchen.

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Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Opinion, educated guesses, taste and trends drive the bulk of the what’s in, what’s out in design and decor predictions.  Of the ten or so articles and reports consulted, kitchen color choices fall between all-white and whatever color floats your boat.

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Dylan Farrell Design

What I derived from it all is what I’ve known to be true time and project again, not to mention Bunny Williams is on board.

“If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.”

— Bunny Williams

To eliminate the risk of an all-white kitchen registering flat to the eye add in spot accents and accessories in rich colors.

Congratulations, you’ve now met and mastered the art of the best of both worlds trend unification.

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Rice and DeTienne Designs LLC

Rich Colors

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1stDibs Introspective – Photography by Haris Kenjar

Rich colors warm a space promoting depth and ambiance rooted in coziness.

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Domino – Louise Roe Home

Yes, decoristas, neutral paint colors and home decor accessories meet the requirements of the warm colors palette.

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Jason Arnold Interiors – Photography by Haris Kenjar

“I am going to make everything around
me beautiful- that will be my life.”

— Elsie de Wolfe

Here’s to a beautiful new year!

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Merry Christmas To You!

Merry Christmas to you, my treasured friends.

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Rikki Snyder

This Christmas collection of pretty pictures, delightful treats, and Christmas at home is a visual to you, from me gift that hopefully fills the eye and the heart with the most wonderful time of the year sights of the season.

Enjoy!

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At Home in Arkansas – Photography by Rett Peek

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Divinity with Cherries and Pecans

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Country Home Magazine

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House Beautiful – Photography by Peter Frank Edwards

Forest Beauty

Forest Beauty

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Flower Magazine

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Curly Girl Kitchen

All is calm, all is bright.

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Unsplash

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Raspberry Almond CakeRaspberry Almond Cake

The Toy Store Window by Timoléon Marie Lobrichon (1)

The light in a child’s eyes is all it takes to make
Christmas a magical time of the year.

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May the beauty of the season be bountiful in the spaces and places of your holiday home.

With much love to one and all,

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Impressive Kitchen Furnishings, Decor Pieces and Accents

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents brings us to this Dear Santa Home is for the Holidays and more feature.

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Cookies and Santa

After the whirlwind kitchen events of the last few weeks one would think a post about impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents would be a bit redundant.

It turns out, the well-appointed kitchen remains the heart and hub of the home; a central gathering place serving a multitude of purposes.

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Southern Living – Photography by Alison Gootee – Styling by Elizabeth Demos

Back in our flipping days, maison de Places In The Home was a holiday happening place holiday eat, drink, and be merry.

Realtors, designers, and home builders folk love to get together for holiday cocktails with a twist of spirited networking.

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At Home In Arkansas – Photography by Rett Peek 

At evening’s end the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect, however, based on the state of the kitchen it was indeed the happening holiday party place to mix, mingle and holiday jingle.

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Marmont Hill After Party Clean-Up

Established fact proves the days gone by design philosophy of the kitchen being for strictly utilitarian purposes, small in size, and decoratively unremarkable is best left in the past.

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Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents decidedly factor into today’s kitchen design as much as cabinetry, appliance, lighting, flooring and placement choices do.

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House Beautiful – Photography by Erin Kunkel

Decorating for the holidays reaches far beyond tinsel and trimmings.

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Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

What better time than at the gift giving time of year to add impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents on your gifts for the holiday decorista Christmas list.

Vintage Stripped Bleached French China cabinet

Vintage Stripped Bleached French China Cabinet

Topping the impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces and accents Dear Santa list is this vintage stripped bleached French china cabinet in all its gorgeous glory.

Robin's Nest Cabinet

Robin’s Nest Cabinet

Magnifique!

China Cabinet Rosalind Classic Greige Solid Wood 2 Fretwork Doors

China Cabinet with Fretwork Doors

Display cases, as they are categorized, may be utilized for the intended or as chic options for all things that make a kitchen.

Stately Reclaimed Pine Display

Stately Reclaimed Pine Display

First rule of impressive is to be unique in placement and presentation.

Although a piece may not be so unique, how it is put to use can be.

Antique Vaisselier, French Louis XV Style Fruitwood, 1800's

Antique Vaisselier, French Louis XV Style Fruitwood, 1800’s

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Recycled Pine Grandiose Bookcase

Merritt Cabinet

Merritt Cabinet

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19th Century French Butchers Table
19th Century French Chateau Rectangular Dining Table, Cherry Wood

French Kitchen Island

French Kitchen Island

In keeping with the there’s no place like home for the holidays philosophy, I’m featuring striking pieces influenced in Louisiana French-Spanish-European provenance that catch my eye and my heart.

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Isamar Bachelors Chest

92-Piece 20th-Century Baroque Silver-Plated Flatware

92-Piece 20th-Century Baroque Silver-Plated Flatware

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Luca Buffet

Luca Buffet

Antique Hand Painted Swedish Carved Armoire

Antique Hand Painted Swedish Carved Armoire

Early 20th Century French Painted Carved Walnut Eight-Light Chandelier

Early 20th Century French Painted Carved Walnut Eight-Light Chandelier

Maxax-5---Light-Unique---Statement-Empire-Chandelier-with-Crystal-Accents

Maxax 5 – Light Unique / Statement Empire Chandelier with Crystal Accents

Avalon-Chandelier

Avalon Chandelier

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

Such is the case when juxtaposition, distinctive craftsmanship, provenance, and regional influences beautifully meet and master the characteristic of a space.

Salento 9-Light Vintage Copper Chandelier

Salento 9-Light Vintage Copper Chandelier

Gorgeous just hanging around-

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Odyssey 4-Light Pendant Fixture Vintage Brass Finish with Clear Glass
Gold Stainless Steel Single Pendant Lighting With Clear Hanging Crystals
Antique Silver 6-Light Rectangular Kitchen Island Lighting
Peyton 2 Light Pendant in Matte Black + Chrome
Kichler Lighting Opal 12 inch 2-Light Pendant Character Bronze with Opal Glass
Hudson Valley Burdett 4-light Pendant
Hinkley Lighting Nautique 18″ Wide Mixed Metal Single Pendant
Antique White 4-Light Birdcage Lantern Pendant

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Tiffany Farha Design

Kitchen countertop counterparts:

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Visual Comfort Totie Table Lamp by Thomas O’Brien
H.E. Rainaud Antique Tiffany Style 6 Slag Glass Lamp
Zain Table Lamp, Set of 2
Wyman 16″ Crystal Ball/Metal LED Table Lamp, Clear by JONATHAN Y
Baroque Accent Table Lamp

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Bernhardt Villa Toscana Arm Chair

Detail comes home in this Italian Baroque Revival carved dining table.

Italian Baroque Revival Carved Wood Round Dining Table

Italian Baroque Revival Carved Wood Dining Table

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Grand French Country Oval Dining Table

For the flow and the French of it all, may I present these decorative kitchen accents and accessories to accent the look.

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19th Century Pair of Painted and Upholstered Louis XVI Style Open Arm Fauteuils

Channel Back Upholstered Dining Chairs Set Of 2

Channel Back Upholstered Dining Chairs Set Of 2

Handcarved French Rush Dining Chairs S/4

Handcarved French Rush Dining Chairs S/4

Hooker Furniture Castella Wood Back Arm Chair

Hooker Furniture Castella Wood Back Arm Chair

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19th Century French Louis XVI Style Painted and Giltwood Mirror

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Painted and Giltwood Mirror

Some may opine my needle appears stuck on antiques and vintage accents.

Long my preferred go-to choice, I find the charm and character quotient appeals to my desire to incorporate unique pieces in with new traditional promotes conversation and balances the visual points of interest of a space.

Sheraton Giltwood Mirror, c.1830

Sheraton Giltwood Mirror, c.1830

Burnished Gold Cast Iron Art Rococo Footed Tray

Burnished Gold Cast Iron Art Rococo Footed Tray

Consider using architectural salvage pieces in your kitchen decor.

Faithful followers of Places In The Home know all too well my fascination with using fireplace covers/firebacks as decorative kitchen wall accents.

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Antique Architectural Salvage Cast Iron Fireplace Cover

Porcelain lemon topiary is a current accent obsession.

Mama Places In The Home had one ions ago, and goodness only knows where it finally landed in the great remodel and purge of years back.

MIA: Missing Impressive Accent

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Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Wall Rack

Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Wall Rack

18th Century Oak Boiserie Panel

English 19th Century Carved Wooden Fragment with Fruits and Flower Garland
18th Century Oak Boiserie Panel

Grey Crackled Ceramic Vase

Grey Crackled Ceramic Vase

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Door knockers easily make the transition from exterior door ornament to singular focal point cabinet pull or even an excellent choice of wall decor.

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MacKenzie-Childs Tassel Door Knocker

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Dark Brown Metal Hand Pull

Turns out the decision to kill a little time before an appointment by dropping by one of my favorite vintage goods haunts was a splendid one indeed.

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Garden statue then, cookbook bookend now.

Kensington Hill Taryn Vintage Style Table Clock

Kensington Hill Taryn Vintage Style Table Clock

Antique Male Oil Painting

Antique Male Oil Painting

AELS Vintage Wall Clock

AELS Vintage Wall Clock

Implementing art into your kitchen decor elevates the overall aesthetic.

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Housatonic Valley #98 Vintage Framed Print
Vintage French La Mode Illustree Framed Art
Young Oak Trees #222  Vintage Framed Wall Art Painting
Florentine Framed Print
Antique Cast Iron Classical Lady Head Architectural
Edith #215 Vintage Framed Wall Art

Lagniappe is defined as something given as a bonus or extra gift, and is present in impressive kitchen furnishings, décor pieces and accents replete with distinctive detail, prominence, and beauty.

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Holiday Treasures and Tastes

My holiday treasures and tastes snapshot asks the question, if you love this time of year like so many of us do, why wait until after Thanksgiving to holiday it up?

Decorating one season at a time traditions, like rules, are made to be broken in favor of a richer experience.

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Mix, mingle, layer, and jingle the best of the Thanksgiving into Christmas holiday season with treasures and tastes of the ho ho home for the holidays kind.

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Holiday Plate

Mainstays ‘Hohoho’ Decorative Throw Pillow

Vintage Christmas Tree Print 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Mug, Mouse

Two Tier Alpine Village

Holiday Etched Glass Goblet

Santa Boots Planter/Vase

Real-Touch Flocked Norfolk Pine Wreath

Seasonings Greetings Doormat

Voluspa Candy Cane Boxed Candle

Letters To Santa Painted Metal Mailbox Copper Finish

Well deck the halls- I just heard the Hershey’s Kisses commercial with the bells ringing ♫We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

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It’s official- the holidays are here!

9 Inch Scalloped Pie Pan

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Folks, this recipe for Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie is easy to make and impressive to serve.

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Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie

Ingredients

1 9″ graham cracker crust

1  8 oz container whipped topping

1  3.5 oz box vanilla instant pudding & pie filling

1  15 oz can 100% pure pumpkin

½ cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, add pure pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, coconut, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.  Using a wooden spoon, stir ingredients until combined.

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Next, add vanilla and whipped topping. Fold until incorporated.

Spread the pumpkin fluff mixture into the graham cracker crust; cover with plastic wrap.

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Chill covered pie for at least 4 hours to set.

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Before serving dust the top of the pie with additional pumpkin pie spice.

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Things are beginning to get busy as it does at the holidays.

Temperatures have dropped to baby, it’s cold outside numbers, family is on the holiday road heading home, and my kitchen cabinets and countertops runneth over with holiday dinner fixings to which I am most grateful.

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Enjoy the process and the holiday treasures and tastes, dear friends.

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Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Taste of Thanksgiving recipes feed the hunger we crave and gives reason for the gathering season.

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Gathering together to feast, family, and friend during the holidays or just because on a Monday in cozy spaces with good food (fancy schmancy or crackers and can cheese) is rooted in connection, love, and celebration of relationship.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Speaking from years of experience, the kitchen is about to be a hot spot of holiday activity.  Music is a must, quality kitchen tools and gadgets essential, organization the sous chef to friend, and the taste of Thanksgiving present and accounted for.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Holiday open houses at favorite antique shoppes result in treasured finds; among them platters O’Plenty perfect for plating birds baked, roasted, and fried.

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Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale

Louisianans do love to do delicious fried turkey when the weather turns cold and the good holiday times roll.

Deep-Fried Turkey Recipe

Country Living – Photography by Johnny Miller

Deep-Fried Turkey

Ingredients

1½ tbsp. kosher salt

1½ tbsp. smoked paprika

1½ tsp. garlic powder

1½ tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

1¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 (12- to 14-pound) whole fresh turkey

Peanut oil (about 3 gallons)

Directions

Stir together first 6 ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Drain cavity well; pat entire turkey dry with paper towels.

Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin; generously spread seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin and secure with wooden picks, if desired.

Sprinkle and rub remaining seasoning inside cavity and on outside of turkey. Let turkey stand at room temperature while oil heats.

Meanwhile, pour oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top; heat to 350°F over a medium-low flame, according to manufacturer’s instructions (about 45 minutes).

Place turkey on fryer rod. Carefully and slowly lower turkey into hot oil with rod attachment.

Fry 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°F (about 3 minutes per pound plus an additional 5 minutes.  Keep oil temperature between 300°F and 325°F). Remove turkey from oil; drain and let stand 25 minutes before slicing.

Serves 10-12.

-Country Living

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Louisiana pecans harvested from area farms characterize the taste of home.

Cinnamon Candied Pecans​​​​​​​​
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Ingredients

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 cup pecans

½ teaspoon cinnamon

​​​​​​​​Directions

In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt together butter, cinnamon and granulated sugar until the sugar starts to caramelize.  Add pecans and stir to coat; stirring often to keep from burning.

Pour candied pecans onto parchment or wax paper allowing to cool.

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Southern sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and Dave the Builder’s requested favorite, sweet potato pie- Louisiana sweet potatoes are synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced French fry style

1 stick butter, sliced

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp water

Directions

Places prepared sweet potatoes in pot. Add sugar and butter slices. Add water and cover with lid. Cook on low about 40 minutes or until tender. Do not stir during cooking time.

Place candied sweet potatoes in casserole and serve.

-Cooking with Brenda Gantt

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Ingredients

2 pounds green asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4  large egg yolks

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

⅛  teaspoon cayenne pepper

½  cup butter, melted

½ (16-ounce) package crawfish tails

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and add asparagus.  Top with canola oil, salt, and pepper, and brush evenly with basting brush.  Bake until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add water to a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer.  In a stainless steel bowl, add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne.  Hold bowl over simmering water making sure bottom of bowl does not touch water, and whisk vigorously until volume of egg mixture doubles.  Slowly whisk in melted butter until sauce is thick and combined.

Remove from heat, and stir in crawfish.  Serve immediately over asparagus.

-Louisiana Cookin’

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Regional ingredients rich in taste of home traditions star in our taste of Thanksgiving non-traditional side dishes.

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Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Holiday time is coming, and what better time to dazzle the gathered together than with one of these taste of Thanksgiving recipes.

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