A Most Fetching Friday

Today’s fetching Friday pays tribute to the incomparable Prince.

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A master musician, composer and brilliant force of talent, Prince leaves a commanding impression upon the world of music and pop culture.

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Boss Fight

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House Beautiful

I will forever remember watching his first appearance on American Bandstand. Absolutely spellbinding.

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Better Homes and Gardens

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With great edge, purple and paisley panache and a keen understanding of the mechanics of superb showmanship, Prince was in a class all by himself.

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As the words of the song note, nothing compares to you.

Icons of Individuality

Did you know Elvis and David Bowie share the same birthday?  I find this information strangely fascinating in light of recent events.  On more than one occasion David Bowie’s musical masterpiece “Changes” has played over and over in my mind as I make ch-ch-changes to a design and decor space oddity.  Shocked and saddened by the news of David Bowie’s untimely passing, I began a session of connect the dots to the similarities and commonalities between these two icons of individuality.  There is no mistaking the contribution these larger than pop life figures made to the world of music, fashion and design.  The art of reinvention is the cornerstone of relevance, and Elvis Presley and David Bowie mastered the art form in a style all their own.

Icons of Individuality

The King’s kitsch jumpsuited his flamboyant taste to a tee, while David Bowie’s penchant for brilliantly navigating the waters of fearless originality placed his persona in a time capsule of out of this world self expression.  Individual style and taste is often influenced by the nouns of notion- the people, places and things we come into contact with that make a thunderbolt impression upon us.  Sensory experiences inspire the brushes we use to paint the canvas of our life.

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Elvis and David Bowie prove moxie mixed with just the right amount of nonconformity produces heroes and icons of individuality for so much more than just one day.

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Look to the “stars” for inspiration as you master the art of individual design and decorating style.

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Royal Rethink of Elvis The King’s Jungle Room

Channel surfing through the digital guide, I noticed Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring a day of Elvis Presley movies.

Our son’s girlfriend recently visited Graceland, and her review of the interiors, especially The King’s Jungle Room, was one of mixed reactions.

Time stood still for the decor of Graceland decades ago, but giving a bit of thought to a just for decorative fun update poses the question, how difficult would it be to untacky the tacky?

Immediately I put on my redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink thinking cap on.

Seldom is over the top flamboyant chic the style aimed for when designing and decorating commercial and residential spaces, but not all commercial and residential spaces are created equal.

There are spaces and places where understated just won’t do.

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

Some tacky, some tasteful, some unforgettable, and some better forgotten.

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

Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood style story.

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.

Paging Liberace, Elvis and Michael Jackson.

Talk about extravagance on and off the stage.

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From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his flamboyant personal taste and style on stage followed through to his home as well.

I often find myself deep in if this was my house, hotel, or shop thought – a first cousin to window shopping for the decorating minded.

Deep contemplation of exactly how I would redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design takes over, and suddenly I’m looking for pen and paper to jot down ideas and sketches.

I do the same thing when watching a television show or movie.

Drives Dave the Builder crazy!

My redesign and redecorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, but a girl can ponder can’t she?

GracelandJungleRoomThe Jungle Room via Wikimedia Commons

In an article on How Stuff Works,  it is revealed Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father.

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

I must admit I agree, which brings us to today’s let’s redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design: The King’s Jungle Room edition.

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Ashford Balloon Settee

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Domaine

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Vintage Brunschwig & Fils Lion Ottoman

This is how a bold, chic and sexy space is done.  I believe they call it animal magnetism.

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A Splash of Style and Taste with Coffee-mate and David Bromstad Designs

Starting the day with a splash of delicious and stylish inspiration puts the day in proper perspective and gets the creative process going.

This statement comes on the heels of an entire weekend spent styling my kitchen for an updated our home page.

Inspiration is everywhere and I found a splash of weekend decorating inspiration over many cups of strong Louisiana coffee.

Louisiana strong coffee and people

Who would have thunk it?

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As I sipped and studied flow, balance and placement, I took a thought inventory of the kitchen counters, tabletop and marble top sideboard and the decorative accents and utilitarian wares soon to be placed upon them.

I kept in mind the kitchen is first and foremost a working space based in design and style.

Think of it this way- from prep to serve we “design” a meal.

I’ve even been known to color coordinate the food to the china to the serving bowls.

I’m just designed that way.

If we meticulously select decorative accents, color, flooring, lighting, cabinets and counter tops that reflect and inspire our tastes and style, doesn’t it make sense to select items that make a style splash, keep it style simple and complement our design and decorating choices?

From taste to tastes, it’s all in the details!

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Look who’s designing, inspiring and making a delicious style splash!

Design star David Bromstad has partnered with Coffee-mate and Target, making a splash with limited edition bottle designs inspired by coffee and Coffee-mate.

The new David Bromstad designed bottles (French Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors) will be available exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

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The Art of Coffee by Bromstad limited edition bottle design brings a splash of style to the table, and Coffee-mate brings a splash of flavor to your favorite coffee beverage and recipes.   coffee-mate-Hazelnut Did someone say recipes?

Fall, football tailgating times and Holiday cheer time is upon us, and it’s easy to get recipe inspired with Coffee-mate.

Impress and inspire the crowd with a specialty coffee, hot chocolate beverage, cake or bread pudding flavored with Coffee-mate French Vanilla or Hazelnut flavored coffee creamer.

The versatility of Coffee-mate flavored coffee creamer from cup to counter is the Art of Coffee- a distinct look designed to complement a great taste.

 

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

It’s Elvis Presley Movies And Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe Time!

Camera, scanner and computer problems paid me a visit last week, but not to worry.  Creative minds stumble but do not fall,  Besides, how bad can things really be when Turner Classic Movies run Elvis movies all day and I found a refreshing Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe to share?  When a Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie is this delicious, it’s spring break everyday.

The seven dwarfs whistled while they worked.  Seeing that I have never mastered the art of whistling, I groove while I work.

Here’s a video to put a little dip in your “Spring Fever” cleaning, cooking or decorating swinging hip.

Why wait until the cleaning is over, the project is complete or the meal is prepared to enjoy a refreshing beverage?  Spring and summer days are tailor-made for refreshing smoothies, and in Elvis appropriate fashion the recipe for a Banana Peanut Butter smoothie from Good Housekeeping hits the spot.

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Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

1 small (ripe) banana, cut in half

½ cup(s) low-fat milk

1 teaspoon(s) creamy peanut butter

3  ice cubes

Directions

In blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and ice cubes; blend until mixture is smooth and frothy.  Makes about 1½ cups.

Surfs up, good tunes and a good beverage “fun up” the times while doing all things house that make a home.

Thank you, thank you very much for reading Places In The Home and making things spring has sprung-summer is everyday fun!

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When You See An Image Of An Iconic Figure From The World Of Fashion, Cinema Or Music, Do You Think Interior Design?

Do you dream in color?

This is a popular question asked on the subject.

Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color.

No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world.

I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life.

It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!

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I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor.

When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

The house of style accessorizes the ultimate house of style, 31 rue Cambon, Mademoiselle Chanel’s famous Paris flat.

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The iconic mirrored staircase of 31 rue Cambon.

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Details are the cornerstone of style.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel

Pale pink paired with two color basics, the classic color combination of black and white and/or the color brown, brings to mind the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry color block of Neapolitan ice cream.

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47 Park Avenue

Pink never misses the opportunity to be the dazzling choice of color in both fashion and decor.

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Ruard Veltman Architecture

A stunning statement is automatically made when a space reflects the personality of the homeowner(s) through collections and personal mementos.

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Diane Bergeron Interiors

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 Anna Mouglalis in Chanel

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The strength of brown as the lead color of a space influences new traditional through rich lines, patinas and textures.

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The essential Johnny Cash

The man in black pairs well with the bath in dark accents.

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Farrah Fawcett 1976 swimsuit poster.  The best-selling pinup poster of all time.

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Imagine Living

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Pinterest

The voice – Smokey Robinson

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Smoky hues cast both the image and the feel of warmth, a sexy vibe some would say.

The design floor is wide open for interpretation and color implementation.

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Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.

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Fashion and decor stand together in front of the mirror of good taste, classic color choices and timeless trends.

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James Dean

James Dean

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Dramatic, dark, and defiant to convention.  The common threads of the decor and design beautifully parallel the figure.

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Inspirational and iconic!  Remarkable figures capture our attention in the same way that classic design and decors influence our homes.

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Fine Paints of Europe

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eye color was actually a stunning dark blue.  The eyes have it for sure.

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Eclectic Home

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Dreaming in Color,  Frank Sinatra

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I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.

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Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history.

The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape, and design of Las Vegas.

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When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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