Naturally Striking Fall Arrangements

Naturally striking fall arrangements featuring the best of the season’s natural elements epitomize the true beauty and color of the season.

naturally striking fall arrangements

Southern Living

A stroll around your lawn and garden, local produce market, hobby store, or drive out to areas of the local countryside flush with the season’s natural elements provides the fresh and/or faux items needed to create a foliage focal point or spot arrangement.

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Cecilie Starin Design

Cecilie Starin Design

There is something so refined about a simple arrangement of fresh magnolia leaves.

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Hammmade Furniture on Instagram

In certain decorating circumstances and flower arrangements, a more the merrier approach fits the creative situation, however, it’s quite easy to muddy the waters with over complicated details.

Practice and patience has taught me to never shy from taking the less is more route.

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Crabapple Branches

Country Living

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Bittersweet

Various shades green, red, amber, and brown set the color wheel of fall into decorating motion.

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Good Housekeeping

I don’t know if pewter, silver, or porcelain pitchers, sugar bowls, creamers, trays, and bowls have a season, but they certainly complement and add warmth to naturally striking fall arrangements.

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Pinterest

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Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Some of the most striking seasonal arrangements are born out of simplicity “peared” to balance and placement.

Asian Pear Arrangement

Country Living

Darryl Carter's The Collected Home

Darryl Carter’s The Collected Home

Clear cylinder vases filled with branch bouquets in their natural state or painted in tones of gold, silver, bronze, or copper become a simple yet elegant addition to your fall decor.

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Autumnal Berry Branches

Seasonal fruits, vegetables, foliage and nuts make wonderful ingredients for fall recipes, but boy, do they shine in fall arrangements and centerpieces.

fall fruit centerpiece

Country Living

pumpkin centerpiece

This DIY pumpkin centerpiece with roses, mums, and broom cob from Jenny Steffens is stunning.

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Victoria Magazine

naturally striking fall arrangements

Martha Stewart

Pumpkins and apples make their debut in the beginning of fall, and these seasonal decorating essentials become quite the exquisite floral accompaniment to fresh seasonal flowers and cuttings.

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Naturally striking fall arrangements rich in seasonal color(s) and texture(s) make an impressive addition to your fall decor.

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Newsflash: gone are the days of basic and boring dorm room decorating ideas and decor choices.

Excuse me while I dance the dance of oh happy and stylish day.

Dorm stylish dorm room decorating ideas featuring tasteful and dashing furnishings, accents and accessories come together to transform an otherwise nondescript space into a chic oasis of comfort and personal style.

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Double Sided Circus Room Divider

I love the idea of using a room divider or screen as a headboard. This can be easily accomplished by simply placing the divider or screen behind the head of the bed.

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Genevra Upholstered Panel Headboard

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Truly Soft Pleated Blush Twin XL Comforter Set

Furrific Lumbar Pillow Cover

Furrific Lumbar Pillow Cover

Fur Wedge Bed Rest Pillow

Fur Wedge Bed Rest Pillow

Room darkening curtain panels keep out the light while letting your style light shine.

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

Walden Leaves 2-Pack Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something chic, comfortable, and stylish.

Safavieh Handmade Cape Cod Marget Boho Coastal Jute Rug

Safavieh Handmade Cape Cod Marget Boho Coastal Jute Rug

Bowles Gray Area Rug

Bowles Gray Area Rug

Color, texture, and pattern makes the grade A+ storage fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas.

Embrace Hand-Hooked Cotton Ivory Area Rug

Embrace Hand-Hooked Cotton Ivory Area Rug

Sallie Fuzzy Pouf

Sallie Fuzzy Pouf

This arm knitted lounger is just a dorm room DIY project away.

Click HERE for the tutorial.

arm knitted lounger

From the Desk of Style

RAE DUNN Extra Large Write Spiral Notebook

RAE DUNN Extra Large Write Spiral Notebook

planner

2019-2020 Planner

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ear Easel Phone Holder

Poppin Accessory Trays

Poppin Accessory Trays

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

Gold Elephant Tape Dispenser

diamond paperweight

Diamond Paperweight

dorm-desk-accessories

112ct Gold Office Kit  
Reversible Bulletin & Chalk Board w/ Gold Frame
173ct Office Accessory Kit 
Saint Paul’s Cathedral London Souvenir

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.

3 letter wooden monogram

3 Letter Wooden Monogram

The curated look is easily accomplished with chic and stylish wall art.

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Print 1

Ballet Study II Giclee Canvas Art Print

The designs, sizes and affordable price points are back to campus chic.

Romantic Moody Roses Giclee Canvas Print

Romantic Moody Roses Giclee Canvas Art Print

White 8-Cube Organizer

White 8-Cube Organizer

Little Seeds Monarch Hill Poppy Nightstand


Shh Im Sleeping Cotton Pillowcase Set

Shh I’m Sleeping Cotton Pillowcase Set

bedside caddy

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.

Coco Fringed Metal LED Table Lamp Gold White by JONATHAN Y

Coco Fringed Metal LED Table Lamp Gold White by JONATHAN Y

Table, desk, string, and just fun lighting options shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

Waterproof Starry Fairy Copper String Lights

Waterproof Starry Fairy Copper String Lights

The Emily & Meritt Bow Task Lamp

The Emily & Meritt Bow Task Lamp

Vornado - Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator

Vornado – Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator

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Morgan Home Fashions 6pc Washcloth Set

Love Yourself Bath Mat

Love Yourself Bath Mat

Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White

Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White

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T J Maxx

Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light

Hollywood Makeup Vanity 9 LED Mirror with Light

Sorbus Rotating Makeup Organizer

Sorbus Rotating Makeup Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer

Eyelashes Jewelry Dish

Eyelashes Jewelry Dish

Melamine Black and White Geometric Mix and Match Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Melamine Geometric Mix and Match Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Mainstays Whisk Me Away Melamine Mixing Bowl with Lids

 Whisk Me Away Melamine Mixing Bowl with Lids

Keurig-Oasis-single-cup-coffee-maker

Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

tassels mug

Tassels Mug

CreativeWare™ Adjustable Bed Riser System

CreativeWare™ Adjustable Bed Riser System

I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-college dorm room design and decor.

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Impressive Kitchen Furnishings, Decor Pieces, and Accents

Impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents brings us to this all I want for Christmas feature.  To say my Christmas gift list marches to the beat of a different little drummer boy’s drum is an understatement.  I am taken with impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents, so much so I made my Christmas list wishes known to interested and giving parties.

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe

After the whirlwind kitchen events of the last few weeks, you would think a post about impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents would be a bit redundant.  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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Christmas Sangria – Celebrate Magazine

Decoristas love to eat, drink, and be merry in stylish spaces.  Great style, design and decor knows no season, and is on full and festive display at the holidays.

Entertaining.

Party going.

Party giving.

Open houses and parade of homes.

Furnish, decorate, and accent to impress.

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CBC Cocktail Party

Back in our flipping days, maison de Places In The Home was that place to holiday eat, drink, and be merry.  Realtors, designers, and home building trade folk love to get together for holiday cocktails with a twist of spirited networking.

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Every single space, nook and cranny in the entire house was cleaned, styled, and set to holiday dazzle.  At the end of the evening, and with no complaints on my end, the majority of the house basically remained pre-party perfect.

Notice I say the majority of the house.

Based on the state of the kitchen, it was the happening holiday party place to be.

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-up

Marmont Hill After Party Clean-Up

Over the course of our holiday cocktail party detail, one proven party phenomenon holds true.  People love to mix and mingle in the kitchen.

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Gone are the days when the kitchen was merely a small space in the back of the house for strictly utilitarian purposes.  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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For the decorista devoted, decorating for the holidays reaches far beyond tinsel and trimmings.  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.

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Believing there’s no place like home for the holidays, I remain marveled with and influenced the materials and stylings rich in Louisiana French provenance.

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Evan French Country Grey Reclaimed Pine Wood China Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Maryanne 8 Door Accent Cabinet

Andillac China CabinetAndillac China Cabinet

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Sideboard Walnut French Dove Tail 2-Door

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Dorsey Putty White French Country Grey Mesh Tall Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent CabinetAnselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Anselmo 2 Door Accent Cabinet-1

 

antiqued sideboard

Gentry Antique Sideboard in Dusty Linen

 

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers with Drop Down Leather Desk

Late 19th C. French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers 

 

key-tassels

Decorative Key Tassels

 

Henri II Oak Commode

Henri II Oak Commode

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sebastien 8-Light Chandelier

Sharif 4-Light Foyer PendantSharif 4-Light Foyer Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant

Wayland 4-Light Lantern Pendant 

Baugher 4-Light Lantern PendantBaugher 4-Light Lantern Pendant

Lussan Lantern PendantLussan Lantern Pendant

The Lussan Lantern Pendant is still a favorite.  Envision a pair of these draped in fresh greens for the holidays.  Lovely!

fresh cedar garlandFresh Cedar Garland

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

french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Table

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard

Habersham French Adams Style Paint Decorated Storage Cabinet Cupboard 

 

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Jamestown Farmhouse Kitchen Island 

Kitterman Console TableKitterman Console Table

This Louis XV painted French dining table is magnificent.

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1930s Louis XV Painted French Dining Table

Alpes Upholstered Dining ChairAlpes Upholstered Dining Chair

Lagniappe

impressive kitchen furnishings, decor pieces, and accents

Maconnerie French Country White Carved Wood Wall Panel

Bastille Floor Mirror - White/Grey

Bastille Floor Mirrors – White/Grey

So I’m thinking a pair of Bastille Floor Mirrors modified as pantry cabinet fronts would be a custom feature sure to impress.

rabbit hare print

Rabbit & Hare

 

Black Fleur-De-Lis Key TasselBlack-Gold Fleur de Lis Key Tassels

'Lucretia A Fragment' Print

‘Lucretia A Fragment’ Print

antique-gold-fruit-carving Antique Gold Fruit Carving

 Alouette French Country Antique Frame Gold Wall ClockAlouette French Country Antique Frame Gold Wall Clock

French Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor SetFrench Baroque Caryatid Sculptures Wall Decor Set

18th Century French Louis XV Fireback18th Century French Louis XV Fireback

Many kitchens are combination spaces with a dining area or parlor adjacent to the main kitchen.  The last time my parents updated, my father suggested turning the small formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen into a parlor.  We used the parlor more than we ever used the formal dining room.

The space was intimate, cozy, and very inviting.  I’m reminded of it by the image below with its soft palette, French and Spanish Colonial influence, and exposed beams.

Very Louisiana.

James-Michael-Howard-interiorsJames Michael Howard

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Ophelia & Co. Mary and Angels Wall Décor

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

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A Most Fetching Friday: A Tranquil Bedroom

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines a nightlight on the importance of a tranquil bedroom where mind, body and eye benefit from quality downtime and restful style.  I’ve discovered the antidote to the energy draining, oppressive and tedious days of summer- retreating to a tranquil bedroom  where I check stress, devices, and the general noise of the day that grinds the gears at the door.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

What design elements constitute a tranquil bedroom for one may not for another.  In design and in the pursuit of tranquility, personal preference makes the world go round.  Count me among those that unwind by watching television before bed.  Dave the Builder yammers wonders aloud how I can include watching television in my downtime is the right time viewing routine.

To quote a line from Sex and the City (a late night viewing favorite), “I love it, it’s my thing.  Let it go.”

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When designing and decorating the master bedroom with tranquility in mind, a serene and calming color palette is conducive to a relaxing atmosphere.

tranquil bedroom

Windham Cream  ||   Blue Bonnet  ||  Palladian Blue  ||   Healing Aloe

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Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Dave and I often play the what would you buy if you won the lottery game.  When I do win the lottery (the power of positive thinking) fresh flowers will grace the accent, dining, vanity, and bedside tabletops throughout Casa de Places In The Home.  In the meantime, the markdown sections of grocery store floral departments beautifully and affordably allow me to indulge my penchant for keeping an arrangement of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

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Small touches such as fresh flowers instill a curated quality to your bedroom oasis and give a weary eye a colorful place to land.

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates

Be still my Southern traditional heart!

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Decorator Brannan Geary

The tranquil bedroom decorated by Brannan Geary is a Southern charmer. The classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood, stunning window treatments, and fresh flowers beautifully demonstrate how the use of classic patterns, soft color palettes, and antique furnishings frame a tranquil bedroom.

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Gal Meets Glam

Boxwood-fabric

 Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

New+Salem+3+Drawer+Accent+ChestNew Salem 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Porphyrion Console 2 Door Accent CabinetPorphyrion Console 2 Door Accent Cabinet

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Colefax Fowler Bowood

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I do love a tranquil bedroom that is calm, cool and collected.

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This lamp is one of a pair that belonged to my grandmother.  The pair of vintage porcelain lamps in the Brannan Geary decorated bedroom inspired me to head to the Hopefully Classic storage closet to retrieve these vintage porcelain lamps with the express purpose of reintroducing into a calm, cool, and collected bedroom.

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Tory-Burch-bedroom

Architectural Digest

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Southern Living

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Southern Living

I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend- one that  presents an opportunity at the end of the day for you to retreat to and rest and relax in a tranquil bedroom.

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Patriotic Pops: Happy 4th of July Celebration

Our 4th of July celebration finds me taking a few minutes between festivities to wish you all a Happy 4th of July while I enjoy a cup of tea and some quality keyboard time.  I love the lead up to the big celebration, but life, like decorating and design, is all about balance.  We’re about to get this patriotic pops party started in bing, bang, boom fashion, and I bet you are doing the same at your own Happy 4th of July celebration.

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Tradition rings red, white, and blue true in a patriotic color palette.  Variations and creative interpretations of the patriotic color palette allow for fresh takes, takes primed for impressing the eye of the new traditional loyal.

red white and blue paint colors

Drum up the drama and set off the visual fireworks in shades, hues and tones of regal reds, shades of white, and brilliant blues.  A space defined, detailed, and draped in an updated interpretation of the classic red, white, and blue color scheme pops the color in new traditional style.

Fenwick-console-Oomph

Oomph ~ Design by Annie Anderson 

red-white-blue-fabricInside Fabric

blue white brushstroke table lamp

Garvey Table Lamp 

If a space totally immersed in a patriotic color palette does not appeal to you, perhaps a spot accessory in red, white or blue is in order.

red-white-cabinets

Domino

Color as an accessory and/or focal point?

Yes, yes, and yes!

Kemble Interiors, Inc.Kemble Interiors, Inc.

Can’t find that special accent or accessory to bring the look home?

Construct it.

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Mid-Century Italian Modern Blue Glazed Ceramic Sculptural Table Lamps

contemporary-lamp-shades

Don’t shy from purchasing a lamp(s) with a shade that does not float your boat or without a shade at all.   Celebrate your independence from the unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, and lackluster by creating a custom piece by replacing or purchasing a shade(s) suited to your taste, color preference and the canvas of the space.

Timothy GodboldTimothy Godbold

The color combination of red, white and blue is synonymous with regal grandeur.  Patriotic as well as impressive, the red, white, and blue color palette makes a bold design and home decor statement from floor to ceiling.

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Katie Ridder Inc.

Pop the color, say cheers to the American spirit, and savor the flavor on this Independence Day.  Place the spotlight on fun, an impressive party palette, and the snacks, the crackles and the pops that go with letting freedom ring.  I think that’s a simple yet spectacular recipe for party success!

Happy 4th of July!

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State Dinner at the White House (Now with Updated Videos)

Company’s coming to a State Dinner at the White House.

As the White House welcomes President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first state visit of the Trump administration, the dining, dishes (china and cuisine) and decorating details intrigue me.

The White House released the details of the State Dinner complete with china settings, color scheme, and menu selections, and I do color myself impressed by it all.

Let me assure you this post is apolitical in nature, opinion and content.  Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton will be referenced, but only in terms of presidential china patterns, a State Dining Room renovation and the present First Lady’s attention to detail selections for the State Dinner.

Months of preparation, tasting, placing, selecting, and practice makes perfect pays off in a grand and regal way.

Dinner (see menu below) will be served in the State Dining Room.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the renovated State Dining Room in 2015, and the room is well-appointed in an updated color palette of light and peacock blue, ecru and various shades of white.

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Gold accents and accessories lend  a new traditional tone while the look of the dining armchairs and side chairs emulate similar design traits of dining chairs designed by Georgetown cabinetmaker William King, Jr. in 1818 for President James Monroe.

The dining table and chairs will be removed and replaced with skirted round tables and gold Napoleon Chiavari chairs- ten to the table.

Gold-Napoleon-Chiavari-Stacking-Chair

A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.

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Lenox on Pinterest

Spring colors of green and white will be represented by the green color palette detailed in the Bush china and spring green and white flower centerpieces and arrangements placed on the fireplace mantle flanking the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

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American Silver from the White House Collection and pieces from the Vermeil collection from Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons will complete the place setting and tabletop presentation.

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Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Flatware Set

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

I would love to show actual sneak peek images of the place settings for the state dinner, but those pesky copyright laws do get in the way of that idea.  For that reason some of the images in this posting are in the style of interpretations of the actual pieces.

clinton china pattern

Southern Living

The large gold rimmed plate from the Clinton Service will serve as the baseplate.  Pieces from both the Bush and Clinton service will complete the dinner service.

gold-candlesticks

Tiffany & Co. Gold Over Sterling Silver Candlesticks, Reproduction After Fenton & Creswick, Sheffield, 1762 – 12″

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A trio of gold candlesticks will be placed on most of the guest tables while the tables towards the front of the State Dining Room will have a centerpiece candelabra carrying the desired look of elegance that is befitting such a stately occasion throughout the State Dining Room.

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The Bush Service ~ Architectural Digest

Cherry blossom branches grown in the United States and placed in black urns atop pedestals will line The Cross Hall.

Cherry-Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms ~ Washington, D.C. 

Decorative urn

Gorgeous!

Grand hall White House

First Lady Melania Trump ~ Facebook

More than 2,500 white sweet peas stems will share the fragrant spotlight with approximately 1,000 stems of white lilac in the State Dining Room.

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Sweet Pea White Supreme

Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.

Manet, Edouard - Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

Edouard Manet ~ Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

The menu for the State Dinner is a mélange of America’s dishes and traditions deliciously seasoned with flavor hints of French influences.

First Course:

Goat Cheese Gateau
Tomato Jam
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces

Main Course:

Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya

Dessert:

Nectarine Tart
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

UPDATE****

USA Today has shared the following video on their Facebook page.  I am thrilled to share it with you all, and may I just say the room is stunning!

New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year.  New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and remained a French ruled city until 1763, when the city was taken over by the Spanish.  In 1803 the French took back control of New Orleans, and in the same year sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

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The French influence runs deep throughout the city of New Orleans as well as the whole of Louisiana as seen in its historic homes, notable architecture, and regional dishes.

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The c’est si bon taste of Louisiana and the French-infused heritage of New Orleans will be  well represented at tonight’s State Dinner.  Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, Tomato Jam, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya tempt the Southern, French and Creole taste of Louisiana.   White House Executive Chef, Christeta Comerford, will prepare the main course of Rack of Spring Lamb and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya in a true New Orleans seasoning tradition.  The dishes will feature the spice trio Cajun trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, and will be spiced with herbs from the South Lawn.

C’est si bon!

Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015, Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014, and  Schramsberg Demi-Sec “Crémant” will be served.  Selected to complement, these wines emphasize tradition, provenance and the historic friendship between the United States and France will pair well with the menu.

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The White House

From a state dinner at the White House to a dinner soirée at your house, attention to detail and good taste influence the selections we make when we entertain.   An impressive presentation with the accent mark on attention to detail never fails to make a lasting impression.

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The Visual Attraction Pop of Color Love: Decorating With Red

The color red spins the visual attraction-pop of color- love decorating with red-color wheel.   Red draws the eye, envelopes a space in depth and frames the focal point.

Pierre Frey Fabric

 Beauregard ~ Pierre Frey

Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day.  It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day decorating with red color match and palette connection.

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Better Homes and Gardens

Interior designer Miles Redd lets us in on the secret to decorating with the daring and delightful color combination pink and red.

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Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…

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Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

decorating with redInside Fabric

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Interior Design by  Alessandra Branca for Kip Bays Showhouse 2015 as featured on Stylebeat by Marisa Marcantonio

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San Francisco Showhouse as featured on DecorPad

Immersed in or merely kissed by red, decorating with the color red fetchingly emphasizes the elements of elegance, sophistication and eye catching drama.

Voutsa-Background-Lips

Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

Fornasetti tray

Fornasetti Bacio Tray

love art table lamp

Be still my !

How gorgeous is a traditional and not so traditional space so elegantly well-appointed in regal red?

Edgewater, Barrytown, New York, 1825. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

Pinterest

Donald RobertsonDonald Robertson ~ Domino

How do I love thee color, texture and pattern?

Let me count the ways with these chic wallcoverings.

crocodile textured wallpaper

Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper 

An appropriate color of the day for the day at hand- decorating with red is in the spotlight.

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DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.

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Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.

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Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.

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A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:

Updates + Embellishments = Wow Factor

 

white-deskWorlds Away William Desk, White

Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly.  I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock.  Same goes for nightstands and chests.  What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do?

Embellish!

Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.

DIY-furniture-embellishmentsWhat You’ll Need:

  • screwdriver
  • decorative hardware
  • tape measure or ruler
  • rosette appliques- see directions below.
  • adhesive caulk
  • gold spray paint
  • brass caster cup

It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting installation.
Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.

Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail.

Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around  the back edge of the applique.  When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out.

Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
gaps.

Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.

vintage-office-chairA vintage office chair found at your favorite thrift shop, yard sale or curbside boutique is a prime diy project piece ready to dazzle.  Chic up the style by adding a faux fur seat cushion.

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Faux Fur Seat Cushion

For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.

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Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!

What You’ll Need:

  • chair cushion
  • scissors
  • faux fur fabric
  • permanent fabric adhesive

Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D.  Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold.  Most of the faux fur fabrics available at Fabric.com run 54-58 inches wide.  Cut fabric to size.

My upholstering formula is not rocket science.  Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric.  Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge.  Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness.  Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique.  Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!

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Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of spray paint.

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Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights.  A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.

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Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents.  Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look.

Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.

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Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing.  Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.

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Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending.  Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic.

No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista.

A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.

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Dorm room decorating days are here again.  Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.

Love your style!