A Beautiful Distraction: Interior Design and Decorating Images

The interior design and decorating minded tend to look at objects, spaces and interior design and decorating images in a different light.

A discerning eye will wonder toward a beautiful distraction in seconds flat.

As Dave the Builder and I were watching a movie over the weekend, I realized my love of all things placement, pattern and palette was working overtime.

Dave asked me a question about the story line, and as I fumbled to conceal the fact I didn’t have a clue he asked, “are you even watching the movie?”

Technically, I’m watching, but more and more the focus of my attention is not with the story line.

These eyes are zeroed in on the real star of the show.


To say I am completely taken in by the the houses (set recreated or actual real estate), architecture, grounds and furnishings that frame the frame is an understatement.

As soon as the final credits roll off the screen the floodgates of post film commentary open.

We Siskel and Ebert the heck out of the exteriors and interiors of the houses seen throughout the film, what design features would be considered passé by today’s standards, and how classic design elements will stand the test of taste and time.

This beautiful distraction dilemma is taking on a life of its own.

The number of interior design and decorating images I view in a single week is in the territory of beautifully ridiculous.

 Pens and pads are strewn about my desk, a quick reach in close proximity of the keyboard for the numerous gotta have it, gotta share it, gotta remember the source jot it down moments of my blogging life.


Interior design and decorating images showcasing exceptional design and decorating work produce inspired results.

Take the image below from the Waco Symphony Showhouse 2013.

The interior design and decorating genius of CDA Interior Design is a showhouse showstopper.

Is this not a stunning example of coastal chic on steroids?

It is amazing how fast my eyes can style spot at least eight points of interior interest in this image.

Equally amazing is how fast the featured interior design, furnishings and accessories draw me in.

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I’m no code cracker, but I think that is exactly the point.

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Collections are an extension of memories in tangible form.


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 When something makes an impression on a collector a collection is born. 

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The architectural aspects of hotels and motels fascinates me.

From the Ritz-Carlton to Route 66, I marvel at the history, architecture, design, interiors of grand hotels.


One of my favorite historical landmark hotels, Hotel Bentley, is a hometown legend.


The Hotel Bentley is a stunning testament to opulent grand foyers, crystal chandeliers and marble staircases.

Notable guests in its 104 year old history include Major General George Patton, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bradley, Colonel Dwight David Eisenhower, and Henry Kissinger.

bentley-lobbyBe still my heart!


When the last owner decided to close the Hotel Bentley, I was able to acquire a few of the items to add to my collection of hotel silver and china.

Making welcomed additions to my collection is an etched seltzer bottle, a lithograph from the hotel art collection, and a charger from the dining room china pattern.  

I do love a good hotel china charger.


Even with non-smoking laws and policies in place, matchbooks remain a highly collectible item.

Las Vegas hotels never die, they just implode.

Fortunately, the classics remain alive and well via a well guarded matchbook collection.

Power outages, fire pits, birthday candles or barbecue grills need not apply- these vintage matchbooks are for admiring purposes only.

I view antique plates and bone dishes as small pieces of art full of history, provenance and color.


Coming in as the number one thing I like to collect is frogs.

The association with frogs goes all the way back to the mid 70’s.

Ions ago, don’t ‘cha know.

When the majority of mothers around the neighborhood discovered a great summer babysitter activity for the neighborhood kids, the word spread like softened butter.


Our local community theater was sponsoring a summer workshop culminating in a off, off, off Broadway production at workshops end.

The play was Fairy Frog Superstar, and yours truly won the part of the Fairy Frog.

A future theater star was not born, but my love of all things frog was.

It only takes one look at a frog for my thoughts to go back to the summer of frog.


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My collections are as much a part of my decor as they are my personality. Our homes should reflect our personalities, and collections touch upon that.

“I like for rooms to feel collected—not decorated.  I always say that perfect is not perfect.”

— Mark D. Sikes

Do you have a collection?

I would love to hear what it is and why it is special to you.