Little Updates For a Big Impact

Seeing that most of us are spending an inordinate amount of time at home these days, why not utilize a moment or two to refresh the places and spaces in your decorating repertoire with little updates for a big impact.


Southern Living – Photo by Melanie Acevedo – Styling by Olga Naiman

Rearranging furniture instantly gives the room a refreshed update.

Floating a sofa and/or accent chair(s) away from the wall opens up the room, creating the impression of a larger space.

Enlist the help of your fellow able bodied stay-at-home quarantiners to get the job done and give the room an updated look.

Little Updates For a Big Impact

Styling a coffee table with a sense of individual style is an easy decorating refresh to undertake.

Treasured keepsakes, fresh flowers or plant, a short stack of great reads and coffee table books, a vintage decorative box to house remotes, and a framed picture of a favorite something, somewhere or someone become coffee table conversation pieces.

Eclectic Home Photo Credit Sara Essex Bradley

Eclectic Home – Photo Credit Sara Essex Bradley

Art travels well from one room to another.

Kerry Spears InteriorsKerry Spears Interiors

Switching art pieces and wall decor from one wall to another or countertop, shelf, accent table or mantel is a visual game changer.

Dodson InteriorsPhoto Credit Julie Soefer

Dodson Interiors -Photo Credit Julie Soefer

A borrowed piece or pieces from another room falls into the category of take away from and add to.

It’s amazing how often this decorating trick works to the betterment of a space.


Julia Reed – One Kings Lane

Play a game of decorating I spy, the edit from within your home version.

That accent chest in the den or spot accent chair bedside table.

Bring a lamp from another room to the mix.

Flower magazine flowers in vase

Flower Magazine

While you do your part to be stay-at-home safe, why not consider a style-at-home little updates for a big impact project.

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Storm Watching

The tropical storm slowly brewing in the gulf is becoming the Barry of bad tidings for the entire state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.

We’re no strangers to storm watching, and we know all too well the warnings and preparations that go with the territory must be heeded.

My initial intention for this blog post was to show you all the treasures I recently found shopping my favorite antiques and gift shop, but between storm watching and grocery store runs that ain’t happening.


Gulf coast themed accents remind me just how beautiful the area is and star in the summer at the coast style show currently decorating the dining room table and sideboard. 

We’ll have to see what Barry brings our way, and what, if any, damage we will be left to repair.

In the meantime, we’ve got enough bottled water, non-perishable foods, batteries, and tenacity to hang in there.

Dave is already sweating over the looming loss of air conditioning. We do like our air conditioning.

I feel like the lady in the home warranty commercial. We just got the new roof less than two years ago when the tornado ripped the old one to shreds.

This isn’t our first time at the storm watching rodeo, and we can hang on Louisiana strong for the entire eight minutes, hours, days- you get the idea.

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Regal Style: Crown Home Decor

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

Enter the bookmark manager.

While scanning the manager, I style spotted the article “Inside Tara Shaw’s Breathtaking—and Very European—New Orleans Home” from One Kings Lane.

Immediately I remembered the wooden crown sculpture and bed crown home decor pieces prominently featured in several of the images in the article.


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


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


Côté Maison

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

gold-crown-accentAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gilded (also called gilt) refers to the gold appearance or illusion achieved when covering a surface such as wood, metal, porcelain or stone with a thin layer of gold.

Gold Wedding Crown On Stand

Gold Wedding Crown On Stand

Gold paint or gold leaf is traditionally applied by hand resulting in an overlay effect of gorgeous gilded goodness.



As you might expect, I equate crown themed home decor pieces with the city of New Orleans.

The French and Spanish influence is displayed in the architecture, regional cuisine, and pageantry of the royal courts of the Mardi Gras krewes.

Rayne Marie Paintings

Mardi Gras season is in full party and entertaining swing.

Although these crown embellished dessert plates are not actually gold or gilded, they  do accomplish the style mission of serving grand and regal style.

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

Royal Crown Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 4


Crown ornaments in gilded tones paired with velvet ribbon is all that’s needed to create unique napkin rings.

Several Christmases back I did this with small oval framed prints, and I was quite pleased with the results.

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set

3 Piece Resin Round Crown Ornament Set



Crown Christmas Ornaments

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


Olive Velvet Ribbon – EAB Designs

My absolute favorite Mardi Gras accessories for table and toasts come from Alexa Pulitzer.

The Kissing Gators place card features a couple of Louisiana’s favorite swamp dwellers wearing gold crowns in regal glory.


Alexa Pulitzer

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



Bathilde Polyresin Lion Figurine Decor with Crown

Bathilde Polyresin Lion Figurine Decor with Crown

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


Antique Shops & Designers Magazine

Crown Wall Décor - Gold - 3R Studios

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest


This Pizarro 3 Drawer Accent Chest brings a stately presence.

The beauty is in the details, and the chamfered legs, crown detail, turned feet, and decorative solid brass hardware create a regal presence.


Crown Vanity Stool

Crown Vanity Stool


Bliss Studio De Lis Crown Sculpture

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Colten Crown Wall Shelf

Kensington Hill Antique White Wash 6 3/4" High Crown Sculpture

Kensington Hill Antique White Wash 6 3/4″ High Crown Sculpture

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

bed crown above painting


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

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

Italian 18th Century Painted Head Board

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

Gold Currey and Company Crown Chandelier

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

Unique 4 Light Hand Painted Crown Foyer Pendant in Gold and Silver

Unique 4 Light Hand Painted Crown Foyer Pendant in Gold and Silver



MacKenzie-Childs Crown Chandelier



Crown Chandelier in Gold


Crown Renaissance Wall Plates Crown Renaissance Wall Plates


Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Crestview Crown Table Lamp

Consider adding a black lampshade.

decorative lampshades black

Springcrest Reptile Print Shade with Silver Lining

Royal Crown Wall Mirror

Royal Crown Mirror

The King's Crown Cast Iron Bottle Opener (Set of 2)

The King’s Crown Cast Iron Bottle Opener (Set of 2)


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

Crown Themed Home Decor

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

gold-crown-cake-topperThe Queen of Crowns

Would you consider a crown cake topper crown home decor?

We entertain family and friends in our homes.

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

I believe that’s a yes.


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


The Queen of Crowns

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


Atelier de Campagne

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

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

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

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My Best of The Best of High Point Market 2013

The May 2013 issue of Home Accents Today features the Best of High Point Market Spring 2013 editon- a home furnishings and decor review of products and highlights from last month’s market.

Home Accents Today

High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world,and the party comes to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. Palpable style, trends, energy and excitement come together to marvel the interior design, home furnishings, and home decor industry.  I thought I would do a little style spotting of my own and share with you a select few of my favorites from the Best of Market Spring 2013 High Point high points.

Bliss Studio Lurgia Collection Cane Nesting Tables

Feather your nest with just the right side kick for an accent chair, sofa, or the area of a space that needs “that” special piece but nothing too large or decoratively overpowering.

Feiss Stateroom Collection Bali Brass Table Lamp

Brass is big in 2013, and the hint of nautical whimsy makes this lamp in season for sure.

Uttermost Chahna Bench

You had my attention at aqua blue, and your keeping it with the dark chocolate and milky white velvet cushioned seat.

Interlude Home Caicos Fan Coral

So silver. so ebony, so chic accent ready to go as a coffee table centerpiece or foyer bureau focal point.

High Point Market


Alden Parkes Reflection Bombe Chest

Elegance paired with a timeless color combination never goes out of style.

Zeugma Handmade Wooden Lantern

Lantern love this!  The handmade wooden lantern exemplifies mater craftsmanship and custom detail to attention.

Worlds Away Jared Navy Lacquer Desk with Gold Leafed Base

Gold leaf and classic navy in a modern marriage of style and function.

Imax Worldwide Home Marisa Graphic Ottomans 

Propped up or sitting pretty, the upholstered Marisa Graphic ottoman comes in  green, purple, grey, and orange- the hot colors of the season.

Eastern Accents Scalamandre Scarf Pillow

The iconic signature classic Zebra pattern from Scalamandre is a design standard.

Do you spot a piece that is perfect for your style?


From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Bookcases Part 2

Prefab to post fab customizing bookcases enhancements for that custom built-in look as promised.

Yes, decoristas, you too can build, design and style a better mousetrap (bookcase).

Customizing a bookcase with moldings, panelings, trims and embellishments takes an average, plain and otherwise boring bookcase from prefab drab to post style fab.

decorative molding

Crown and trim moldings easily punctuate the custom look.

Most basic prefab 5-shelf bookcases are approximately 6′ tall, but not all ceiling heights are created equal.

Decorative furniture feet will take the bookcase to new heights.

furniture feetWaddell Bun Foot ||  Square Bun Foot   || Pumpkin Bun Pine Foot

The custom look is enhanced by adding for example by updating the back of the bookcase.

Beadboard paneling or beadboard pattern wallpaper take the look from common to custom.


The art of customizing bookcases is further enhanced by adding ornamental appliques and onlays.


Ornamental appliques and onlays applied to the front, side or back panels take the ordinary to the extraordinary.


Molding Installation and Applique and Onlay Application Recap:

The bookcase has an assembled height of 71.25 inches.

Decorative molding will have to be cut as it is usually sold in 8 ft lengths.

Measure the selected area of the bookcase where the molding will be placed.

Keep things as simple as you can by marking the area on the molding to be cut with a pencil.

Carefully make the cuts on the molding using a miter saw.

Sand each finished cut with sand paper to smooth edges.

For Top Crown:

Nail the crown molding into place at  the top and sides of the unit.

Fill the gaps with caulk and allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes before paint application.

For Appliques and Onlays:

Determine desired placement of applique or onlay.

Apply small beads of Liquid Nails Paneling and Molding Construction Adhesive or a preferred wood glue to the applique or onlay and put in place.

Small bead applications of adhesive or glue will help to prevent it from running out from under the sides when pressure is applied.

Apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure tight adhering.

dining-chair-pullArmac Martin

Decorative furniture hardware remains one of the most inexpensive and dramatic accent updates known to decoristas.

Inspiring design features are ripe for replication.

A strategically placed decorative pull(s) or door knocker on a front trim, side or back panel takes the piece to custom built-in statement piece status.


We’ll look at how to go from prefab drab to post style fab by creating polished style in the stacks in part 3 appropriately titled From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Prefabricated Bookcases Part 3.