Spring Into Summer Coastal Home Decor

Warm breezes, cool tones, and hot tunes provide inspiration and ideas for updating house and home with coastal home decor.

Adding to the new season decor updating party is the glorious news that those of us who are vaccinated are cleared for fellowshipping with fellow vaccinated friends and family.

No time like the present for planning a by the sea themed spring into summer Memorial Day soirée.

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House & Home – Photo by Heather Ross

Is Coastal Style Still In Style?

Quarantine granted time to reflect on and take stock of design styles. For instance, the popularity, pertinence, and staying power of the classics and the trendy.

Coastal home decor pieces in traditional influences accented with new-traditional interpretations run the gamut from Palm Beach to Palm Springs style.

Experimenting with different aspects of a design style is easy.

Introduce new takes on a classic to keep the decorating fun and fresh, and the decorative appeal of the space visually engaging to you and the eyes that will ooh and ahh over your decorating mastery.

The takeaway is this: the coastal home decor accents and accessories you find to be a stunning reflection of you and your impeccable personal taste is exactly what’s in style.

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“We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.”

—Unknown

Dream and decorate in sea to sky colors of soft neutrals and crisp deep tones borrowed from the beauty of the sea.

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If a total coastal home decor makeover is in your seasonal update decorating scheme plan, this post is here to give ideas.

If you find you’re leaning more towards refreshing your decor with subtle spot touches to achieve a relaxed day at the beach aesthetic, this post has got you covered like SPF 50 sunscreen. 

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House Beautiful- Benjamin Dhong- Photo by Lisa Romerein

Wall mirrors classify as art in this decorista’s portfolio.

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Surya Wall Decor Wall Mirror in Silver

In this in the style of feature, one is silver, and the other, gold.

Hunter Wall Mirror

Hunter Wall Mirror

Serene pastels fit in comfortably with the beachside color palette.

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Suzanne Kasler

Cordero 20-Inch Round Mirror

Cordero 20-Inch Round Mirror

International Caravan Windsor Carved White Console Table

International Caravan Windsor Carved White Console Table

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Inspiration is everywhere, especially in the colors, textures, and patterns discovered under the sea.

SAFAVIEH Lighting Ivy Resin Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting Ivy Resin Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting 30-inch Juniper White Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting 30-inch Juniper White Table Lamp

Hodder Coral Sculpture

 

Copper Grove Muir Rosa Tufted Chair - Pink

Copper Grove Muir Rosa Tufted Chair – Pink

Here’s a couple of fun pretty in pink accent chair options to consider.

Designart 'Quartz Texture' Upholstered Accent Chair

Designart ‘Quartz Texture’ Upholstered Accent Chair

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Designart Influence Of Line and Color Upholstered Accent Chair

Mixing styles is key when the intent is contrast through traditional meets modern juxtaposition.

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

The core concept of coastal decorating style places the emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting space rich in layers, textures, and natural elements.

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House & Garden- Photo by Cristian Barnett 

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Pierce Wicker Side Table

Wicker, rattan, seagrass, jute, and woven pieces are instantly associated with coastal chic.

Meena Modern Rattan Wall Sconce

Meena Modern Rattan Wall Sconce

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Southern Living Ideal Home – Crane Island, Florida

Seaside chic is color rich, texture driven, and pattern at play perfect for merging the coastal vibe of the indoors to the outdoors.

East At Main's Cheyenne Living Room Chair

East At Main’s Cheyenne Living Room Chair

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Wooden Sculpture

Shell Shaped Metal Party Bucket

Shell Shaped Metal Party Bucket

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Universal Furniture

Coloring within the lines is a safe choice, but where’s the unique in that?

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Modern Gold Drum Chandelier Glass Pendant

Fredrick Ramond Spyre 6-Light Chandelier in Champagne Gold

Fredrick Ramond Spyre 6-Light Chandelier in Champagne Gold

Carson 6 Light Polished Nickel Chandelier

Carson 6 Light Polished Nickel Chandelier

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Bo Massey

Arteriors Tilda Chandelier

Arteriors Tilda Chandelier

East at Main Celyn Dining Chairs, (Set of 2)

East at Main Celyn Dining Chairs, (Set of 2)

Shoreline Colors

Shoreline Colors

I’m adding a personal choice of sideboard here as the lines and curves remind me of the shape of sea waves as they approach the shore.

Four Door Credenza

Ponder Weathered White 3 Light Chandelier

Ponder Weathered White 3 Light Chandelier

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Martha Stewart Elmcrest Natural Dining Table

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French Country Dining Chairs

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Joyelle West

Nevis Pendant Light

Nevis Pendant Light

54 in. Lippa in White oval Artificial Marble Dining Table

54 in. Lippa in White oval Artificial Marble Dining Table

Woven Wood Armchair with Arms Open Back Mid Century Modern Office Dining Chairs Woven Black Seat

Woven Wood Armchair with Open Back and Woven Black Seat

Bandelier Black Rural Woven Dining Arm Chair

Bandelier Black Rural Woven Dining Arm Chair

Safavieh Idola White Washed Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

SAFAVIEH Dining Idola White Washed Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Maine House Interiors

Maine House Interiors

Quite the dynamic color combination tour de force, adding classic blue and white porcelain and ceramic accents to your coastal decorating theme frames a calm, cool, and collected picture.

Montoya Blue and White Porcelain Table Lamp

Montoya Blue and White Porcelain Table Lamp

Floret Lamp

Floret Lamp

Blue/White Indoor / Outdoor Porcelain Ginger Jar

19th C French Faux Bamboo Chest of Drawers

19th C French Faux Bamboo Chest of Drawers

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Veranda – Suzanne Kasler – Photo by Brian Woodcock

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Custis Salmon -Benjamin Moore

3 - Light Lantern Geometric Pendant

3 – Light Lantern Geometric Pendant

Handmade Wood Wall Mirror

Handmade Wood Wall Mirror

Designed with scalloped edges and tapered legs with a look reminiscent of a seashell, the Liliane Velvet Barrel Chair is a casual yet elegant choice of accent chair.

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Modern Scalloped Back Accent Barrel Chair – Pink

Euart 30" Wide Tufted Polyester Armchair

Euart 30″ Wide Tufted Polyester Armchair

Pink Paper Palms, Set of 3

Pink Paper Palms, Set of 3

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Ryan A. Jones & Associates

Coastal Living Pebble Accent Chair

Coastal Living Pebble Accent Chair

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Decorators Best

Shifting the sands from soft delicate pastels to a touch of gold coast glam.

Durkee Circular Wall Mirror

Arregui+Metal+Shell

Safavieh Gisela Gold Hex Console

Safavieh Gisela Gold Hex Console

20 in. Golden Gold Tree Trunk Stool

20 in. Golden Gold Tree Trunk Stool

Spot-On Spot Accents

Accent chests, spot chairs, and designer look area rugs qualify as spot-on spot accents for a foyer, entryway, living, family, or sun room.

Ridge Road Décor 30.5-Inch Round Antique Aluminum Framed Wall Mirror in Silver

Ridge Road Décor Round Antique Aluminum Framed Wall Mirror in Silver

Reims 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Roseanne Accent Chair - Gold/Grey

Roseanne Accent Chair – Gold/Grey

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Gray-Washed Decorative Carved Wood Coffee Table

Gray-Washed Decorative Carved Wood Coffee Table

Carved details, natural pine wood, and a soft gray-washed finish highlights this super coastal chic style coffee table.

nuLOOM Traditional Vintage Faded Circle Frame Area Rug

nuLOOM Traditional Vintage Faded Circle Frame Area Rug

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror

White-Wood-Mediterranean-Cabinet

White Wood Mediterranean Cabinet

Decorative Palancar Coral Table Décor Figurine

Catalina Lighting Freya Table Lamp

Catalina Lighting Freya Table Lamp

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Jan Jones LLC

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LS Dimond Home Natural Teak Slice Console

Distinctive hardware, sleek lines, and an elegant design presence meets the criteria for the perfect accent chest.

Powerful style statement in soft shades of seaside green.

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Beige Mercury Glass Table Lamp with Beige Drum Shade

Beige Mercury Glass Table Lamp with Beige Drum Shade

Aqua Horizon Giclee Canvas Art Print

Aqua Horizon Giclee Canvas Art Print

Grey/Green Framed 4 door Wine Sideboard

Grey/Green Framed 4 door Wine Sideboard

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Domino

Mix and mingle the cocktail hour with a distinctive piece such as the Avalon rattan bar.

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Avalon Rattan Bar

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Gorgeous lives in the details of the statement piece.

Failand Coral Sculpture

Leave no stone unturned in your search for special pieces to tie the coastal look altogether.

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Atelier de Campagne LLC

Check out consignment shops, estate sales, antiques auctions, and online sites for classic pieces and curiosities destined to become the focal point of the space.

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Pastel Seascape Print

French Dry Scrape Painted Pine 2 Door Server

French Dry Scrape Painted Pine 2 Door Server

Part of the fun is the hunt, and the grand prize is in the treasure found.

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Leftover Antiques

Rugs in neutral shades and natural textures keep with the coastal casual feel and gorgeously work the room.

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Liliane Hart Interiors

Seaford Diamond Zebra Rug Tan - Threshold

Seaford Diamond Zebra Rug Tan – Threshold

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Veranda

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Shape and form again catch my eye.

The curved details of this 20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top has an under the sea quality to it.

20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top

20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top

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Architectural Digest

Uzbek Suzani handmade embroidered Bedspread Bedcover

Uzbek Suzani Handmade Embroidered Bedspread Bedcover

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Camila Home Blue (8'x10') Rug

Camila Home Blue (8’x10′) Rug

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Wood and Cain Daybed

Natural Becker Rattan Full Headboard

Natural Becker Rattan Full Headboard

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Blue and Cream Collection by Threshold

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

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Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Accents and accessories in traditional coastal design color, texture, and pattern choices infuse the spaces and places in the home with a comfortable seaside chic aesthetic that emphasizes a there’s no place like home or the beach vibe.

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Sydney 32" Wide Down Cushion Armchair

Sydney 32″ Wide Down Cushion Armchair

vidaXL Folding Director's Chair 2 pcs Bamboo and Canvas

vidaXL Folding Director’s Chair 2 pcs Bamboo and Canvas

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Dallas-based designer Jan Showers words serve as design tip numero uno in my book.

Alayna Bone Inlay Wall Mirror

 Bone Inlay Wall Mirror

I realize black may not be the color that immediately springs to mind when considering the coastal style color wheel, but it’s the color that lends a touch of elegance to any decor style it graces.

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See (or should I say sea) what I mean?

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Giannetti Home

Coastal elegance is beautifully defined through black decor pieces and accessories.

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Enzo Barrel Chair Tangled White-Black

Sutton Banana Palm Chalk 33' L x 20.5" W Wallpaper Roll

Inspire Me! Home Decor Elegance FAR01 Indoor Area Rug

Inspire Me! Home Decor Elegance FAR01 Indoor Area Rug

Papasan chairs capture the look of casual chic, and speaking from personal ownership experience, is one super comfortable seating option.

Papasan Chair with Round Pillow Cushion and Cream Wicker Weave

Papasan Chair with Round Pillow Cushion and Cream Wicker Weave

This super chic space speaks fluent seaside sophistication to me.

Lindsey Lane - Charish

Lindsey Lane – Charish

Some may say this upholstery is more tropical than coastal.

I say it’s lovely and just the deviation from the too literal design style interpretation needed for the space.

Chardon Armchair

Junnell Leaf Armchair

Nice complementing piece.

Jungle Leaf 3 Drawer Cabinet

Jungle Leaf 3 Drawer Cabinet

Step away from the expected by throwing the eye a curveball with a chic choice of conservation piece.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis paparazzi photo

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Paparazzi Photo

StyleCraft Atmore Ceramic White Table Lamp - White Softback Fabric Shade

StyleCraft Atmore Ceramic White Table Lamp – White Softback Fabric Shade

Scallop Side Table

Scallop Side Table

Hayes hobnail large planter

Hayes Planter

Levins Coffee Table

Levins Coffee Table

I’m including this lovely video as it is befitting the end to a serene and relaxing day spent oceanside and the end of this coastal home decor extravaganza.

Take a moment, hit play, and take it in.

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

—Robert Wyland

Decorating is an adventure in personal style that should always inspire our imagination and bring us immense joy.

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Sink Oh D (as in Design) My Oh Kitchen Sink Styles

In interior design and decorating celebration of Cinco de Mayo on this 5th day of May, may I present a collection of stunning sink oh d (as in design) my oh so lovely kitchen sink styles.

marble-kitchen-sink Remodelista

Kitchen sink styles qualifying as house favorites include those made of marble or natural stone.

stone-sink-butlerHouse Beautiful

If not of marble, then at the very least surrounded by.

Gorgeous!

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Douglas Vanderhorn Architects

Marble and natural stone sinks impress the eye with a timeless and tasteful touch of luxury balanced with performance capability.

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 Lonny

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

The porosity of natural stone makes this material easily susceptible to stain which gives pause to some when considering the use of these types of sinks.

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Vintage Compass Stone Kitchen Sink ~ House Beautiful

Pretty is as pretty does applies to the design, finish, and performance of kitchen sink styles.

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Domino – Photo by Tessa Neustadt- Design by Amber Lewis

A commitment to upkeep comes with natural stone sinks.

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Domino- Photo by Kelly Nutt

When considering selecting a natural stone sink, factor in that acidic and oily substances will penetrate the surface of the natural stone, leaving a stain to deal with.

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 SHM Architects

Over time, the patina of these sinks rests and becomes a perfectly imperfect design feature, one that accentuates the natural beauty of the stone.

sink-metalJohn Derian’s Collected East Village Apartment

Vintage chic carries through to kitchen sink styles, as unique has become a design and decorative requirement in the world of kitchen design.

Retrofitting an antique sideboard to accommodate a kitchen sink results in an impressive design and decor addition to the kitchen triangle format.

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Nikki To Photography

Salvaged porcelain kitchen sinks meet today’s your kitchen-your style requirements.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Eclectic sink options illustrate what one person considers to be functional obsolescence another considers a distinct design feature.

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Salisbury Artisans

Vintage beauty merges with modern function in the home of Braxton Dixon, the master builder behind the iconic homes of country music legends Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette.

Braxton-Dixon-home-photo- Hollis-BennettGarden & Gun Magazine

Implementing one-of-a-kind architectural elements into the design of his houses sets these works of building and designing art apart from other exterior and interior standard house designs.

This is most prevalent in Mr. Dixon’s choice of a kitchen sink in his Tennessee home.

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Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Pot

Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Copper Pot

A vintage copper candy kettle becomes an architectural showpiece, kitchen sink and unique focal point all-in-one, while remaining true to the original integrity, storied provenance, and design style of the home.

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Better Homes and Gardens

What do real estate and sink placement have in common?

LOCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The optimum placement for a prep sink is adjacent to or across from the stove and refrigerator and for good reason; it’s the area of the kitchen where the prep magic happens.

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

The prep sink is the single most helpful kitchen design feature I have ever become dependent upon in the context of cooking, baking, and recipe creating.

Convenience and usefulness alone make it easy to understand why I am a huge fan of the prep sink and consider it a kitchen design necessity.

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Home Bunch

Necessary to the convenience, purpose, and design style of a butler’s pantry aka the second kitchen and its cousin scullery is the features implemented into the design.

Extra deep sinks benefit both the purpose and the design.

Butler's pantry Jean Stoffer Design

Butler’s Pantry at The Madison – Jean Stoffer Design

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House & Garden – Photo by Ngoc Minh Mgo

Focal point fabulousness is the visual point when going for the gold with a super chic gold sink.

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gold apron front sinks

Brass Tone Gold Stainless Steel Double Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Rivage Stainless Steel 36 in. Single Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink

Blakes London marble kitchen island

Blakes London

Visually stunning in presence and performance, Paonazzo marble features a distinctive white to ivory to ash gray background with black, caramel, and gold veining.

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Cassidy Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet in Champagne Bronze
Oletto Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Gold

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Il Granito

The big brass band makes a beautiful case for metallic kitchen sink styles, faucets, finishes, and accessories.

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

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Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd

Apron-front sinks combine utilitarian practicality with decorative adaptability.

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DecorPad

The look is yesteryear traditional, but the appeal is all modern day kitchen sink must have.

farmhouse-sink-push-out-casement-windows DecorPad

Although these sinks come in both single and double bowl models, the features of the single bowl model seems to make it the most preferred, especially when it comes to the ever popular farmhouse design style.

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 OXA Architecture

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel 32 in. Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Sinkology Adams 33" Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sinkology Adams 33″ Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sink size does matter in the day-to-day KP duty routine we all endure, and the width of the farmhouse sink is a natural fit feature able to hold dishwashing court with pots, pans and bake ware of varied sizes.

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Marble Apron-Front Sink

Let me also clue you in on another well known design advantage of the farmhouse sink.

When there’s too much dish at the end of the day, the depth of the apron-front sink works fabulously to your advantage as it conceals many a dirty dish.

That’s my kind of sink oh d (as in design) my oh kitchen sink styles celebration!

Love your style!

Celebrating the Nouns of Southern Living

Celebrating the nouns of Southern living comes quite easy to me.  Remember back during the holidays when I shared with y’all about receiving a surprise gift from my nephew and niece-in-law, Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture?

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I finally found time over this past weekend to sit down with a glass of sweet tea rimmed in fresh mint and take in some southern exposure.

Derby-hats-pink-blackGetting down and Derby in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby is a Southern socializing-first weekend in May tradition.

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As horseshoe good luck would have it, the floral department at the local grocery store put a slew of red rose bouquets on clearance Friday afternoon just in time for Derby Saturday.

I love when the clearance sale stars align.

boiled-crawfishOur Louisville meets Marksville crawfish boil shakes a dash of south Louisiana into the c’est si bon.

Boiled crawfish with traditional fixin’s thrown into the pot makes for good eating.

Potatoes and corn have never met a crawfish boiling pot they don’t love to be a part of, but don’t stop there.

Back when Dave the Builder was in the corporate world, we would host the annual crawfish boil.

One of Dave’s coworkers introduced our taste buds to a new way of boiling crawfish.

At first I questioned the addition of cabbage, smoked sausage, onions, lemons, whole carrots, mushrooms, celery stalks, and eggs to the seasoned boil, but quickly became a flavor convert.

The vegetables, sausage, and eggs boil to perfection in the seasoned water, picking up the unmistakable taste of the South.bottle-crawfish

I’ll say this about celebrating the nouns of Southern living- you learn and taste something new at every event, festival, and boil.

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Southern Living

Blue and white is the classic color palette of choice of many Southern decoristas.

It is seen in the hydrangeas we plant, the china patterns we place upon the Southern dinner table, and the porcelain pretties we decorate house and home with.

Dolly Parton Southern Living

Going up to the mountains (my Tennessee family calls all of Sevier County including Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg “the mountains”) is part of the landscape when we go home to East Tennessee.

I fondly remember the days of family style meals served at Trotter’s restaurant, wild wild west afternoons spent at Goldrush Junction, and the stories of Dolly performing on the Cas Walker radio show.   

A proud daughter of Sevier County who has never forgotten the region, the town, and the county she calls home, Dolly Parton was recently awarded the FBI 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the work done to raise money for those affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016.

For this, the music, the voice, and the local love, we will always love you, Dolly.

Southern exposure

Antoine’s is Louisiana restaurant royalty-a French Quarter icon.

How gorgeous is this facade?

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Southern chefs

From pan to page, southern chefs and southern writers craft a delicious, unique, and enduring story.

Southern writers Southern Living

Summer suppers give a Southerner yet another reason to host a get together, not that we need one.

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I’m seriously contemplating changing my rule of KISS- keep it summer simple to KISSED- keep it summer southern entertaining delightful.

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We celebrate everything summer from a good crop of garden tomatoes to  a barbecue on the bricks music festival.

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Courtyards, patios, and porches replete in lush greens fashion and shade southern exposure.

lawn gate Southern Living

Chicken coops are a thing in the South.

People go nuts for these chic henhouses.

Planning, constructing, and styling is serious business, and rival that of the south’s most phenomenal architectural wonders.

chicken coop Southern Living

Distinctive, indelible, delicious, gracious, hospitable, and charming customs, styles, and traditions influence, define, exemplify, and celebrate the nouns of southern living.

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My Personal Interpretation of Modern Farmhouse Style

What do you do when the heat index registers 113° on a hot and humid Louisiana summer day?

You pour yourself a glass of Southern sweet ice tea, you stay indoors in the air conditioning, and you spend quality time updating this farmhouse style post to better show and tell a personal style journey.

Mixing decorating styles piques not only my interest but engages my eye.

Take the modernization of farmhouse style.

Building upon the design and decorating cornerstones of farmhouse style, modern farmhouse accents the mix and mingle of decorating styles, finding the curated look to be an expression of personal style, taste and interpretation through balance, harmony, layers, and visual engagement.

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Polsky Perlstein Architects ~  Michael Hospelt Photography

Inspiration is everywhere, especially in forgotten photo file folders that evoke the thoughts and memories of past that shape my present personal interpretation of modern farmhouse style.

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Domino

On a recent save and purge photo scroll and purge, I came across a fall folder packed with pics from a staging session.

dough-bowl-applesArchitectural Digest

The dough bowl is well represented in many of the photos as it is what I consider the standard decorating accessory depicting farmhouse style.

apples-dough-bowlWho’s ready for fall?

Farmhouse is in my DNA, so to speak.

I come from a long line of farmhouse admirers as you will learn from the abbreviated backstory a few paragraphs down.

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Flickr

Abandoned, inhabited, primitive, pristine and historic- I’ve never met a farmhouse I haven’t loved, or at the very least appreciated.

Condition proves irrelevant to the enamored.

A good eye sees past the past straight to the innate beauty found in intricate millwork, stately embellishments, and architectural details.

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Design Sponge ~ Photo by Maxwell Tielman

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Pecky Cypress

These treasure-troves of design and decorating leave a lasting and inspiring impression.

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Texas Farm Bureau ~ Julie Vrazel Tomascik

Throughout my childhood my mother and grandmother would decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln and point the hood emblem west to Texas.

No trip to Texas was complete without an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.

Lincoln

Over the Louisiana bayous and down the Texas farm-to-market roads, to great-grandmother’s house we go with a Glen Campbell 8-track in the Philco ever gentle on our minds and nary a seat belt fastened or care in the world.

Cameron

Now Bryan!  Now Cameron!  Now Heidenheimer and Temple!
On, Belton!  On, Killeen!  On, Hewitt and Waco, too!

My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse among Texas Bluebonnets like nobody’s business.

She was farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool.

Her antiques shops radar was fine-tuned to treasures ahead and a skill I’ve proudly inherited.

To protest was pointless.

I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, a hole-in-the-wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.

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Looking back over our adventures, I find an obvious correlation between  my personal style interpretation of modern farmhouse design and the farmhouses, antiques shops and the fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.

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Dana Wolter Interiors

To put show to tell, I’ve sourced a collection of images, accessories and curiosities in the manner of modern farmhouse style.

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Carved Walnut Library Table

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Wreath Mirror in Shimmer

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Marinette 33 in. Clear Glass Table Lamp

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“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

— Le Corbusier

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

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Blur the hard lines of a design style by stepping away from convention.

This 1920s painted pine table is farmhouse kitchen ready to work, but I see a stunning foundation piece for the modern farmhouse foyer.

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Industrial Island / Centre Table

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Abel Round Mirror

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Hand Painted Italian Decorative Box

Alessandra-rugAlessandra Area Rug

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

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Hitting the Magnolia Jackpot Right Outside the Front Door

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1980s Portraiture Framed Oil Painting of Greyhound Whippet by Dawne Hill

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EBTH

Now more than ever I am convinced the nouns of our lives, the people, places and things that leave a lasting impression play a significant role in our personal style choices.

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Schoolhouse

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Domino

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From Me to You Upscale Market

When Dave the Builder asked me what I wanted for a Christmas present, I put in my order for one of these beam beauties.

It arrived Christmas Eve with a big red bow on it, and will soon be added a modern farmhouse style decoration to the Places In The Home kitchen.

When the tornado hit, the roof over the kitchen took the brunt of the force from tree branches and debris.  Add to that the water leaks and you get a taped and floated seam that is slowly exposing itself for the eyesore to eventually come.

Necessity comes together with attention to detail to welcome home a touch of modern farmhouse style.

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Loire Valley Double Sideboard

Warmth through color, texture and pattern exemplifies the cozy nature of  of farmhouse style.

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Uttermost Treneece Distressed Antique Grey 1-light Table Lamps

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Canal Sofa

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Sylvester Sofa

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The White Sparrow Barn

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Paladino 6-Light Chandelier

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Koge Swing Arm Lamp

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Better Homes & Gardens

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base 

Years ago when by decorating happenstance I discovered just how aesthetically striking the pairing two styles together there was no turning back.

My future kitchen redesign (always a project in play) involves the marriage of a yet purchased antique farm or harvest table with the Chippendale dining chairs currently round the dining room table.

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New upholstery.

New space.

New look.

Edit from within and be amazed by the transformation of space and style.

Similarities in Style

What do you get when you cross modern farmhouse style with French country style?

A marriage of clean lines, stunning character and classic sophistication.

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

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Benjamin Dhong Interiors

The tops and shelves of farmhouse and modern farmhouse style sideboards and accent cabinets are made for housing distinctive wares and decorative accessories such as…

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Elle Decoration

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Milk Decoration

Transferware.

french-transferwareAntique French Ironstone Transferware Tureen H.B.& Cie.CHOISY-le-Roi

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Ironstone.

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers,

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers

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Verlaine Bookcase

Decorative decor accessories.

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Butcher blocks and cutting boards.

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Vintage Large Round Bread Board

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Curtis & Windham Architects

counter-stool-upholstered-seatSherry Backless Bar Stools

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Adagio Transitional Counter Height Stool– Set of 2

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 Recycled Glass Jug

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Stoneware Salt Cellar – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Let’s continue on with the classic farmhouse to modern farmhouse style accents and accessories that make the gotta have it list.

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Stephens Design Group

Stephens Design Group

Hydrangeas.

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Art ll Canvas Print

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Cow and/or bull head wall decor.

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Nest

bull-head-wall-decorVintage pitchers and creamers.

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white-flat-front-cabinets-black-soapstone-countertopsDecorPad

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Framed and unframed art.

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Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences.

Decorating outside the traditional norms of a design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.

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Imitation, Flattery and the Ooh La La Elements of French Kitchen Design

F is for3rench kitchen design speaks fluent style to legions of Francophile obsessed decoristas.  Does French kitchen design speak your language?

Oscar Wilde tells us imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Imitating the distinctive European elegance vis-à-vis design and decor pays a compliment to the classic French kitchen.

Classic French design marries formality with rustic finesse juxtaposed against a weathered patina.

Rustic refinement coupled with old-world charm personifies the characteristics of the country French kitchen.

country-french-kitchen-copper Traditional Style of the Country French Kitchen 

Some say country French while others say French country.

A tomayto, tomahto point perhaps, but Country French is the term used most often in the antiques world so country French it is.

Inspiration is everywhere, and listening to French music is an excellent source of inspiration.

It’s my definition of French immersion.

French inspired flooring

  French Pattern Ivory Swirl ® Tumbled Travertine Tiles  || French Reclaimed Terra Cotta Tile    ||  Allure Chateau Parquet  ||  Cabot Slate Autumn French

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It is said that kitchen design starts from the ground up.

Flooring serves as a principal foundation piece in terms of the overall balance of kitchen design.

country-French-kitchen-blue-whiteCountry French Refined

The above image from Traditional Home is a marvelous example of country French refined.

The very right of the white kitchen is in the complementing presence of provincial color, texture and pattern design greatness.

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Antique French Pine Cabinet Doors

Subtle drama, a decorating oxymoron if there ever was one, engages my eye past the toile on steroids of the traditional country French kitchen to the accents in the not trying so hard to exemplify the look category.

tole-light-fixtueTole Gilt and Paint Light Fixture

Ralph-Lauren-gold-Windsor-pendantRalph Lauren Windsor Hanging Shade

Cabinet hardware as a focal point?

Absolutely!

French style cabinet hardware

Never underestimate the small details and the ability they have to make a visually grand statement.

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Accenting with as opposed to a total immersion in is the key to alleviating the risk of a dated look.

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Lubbock WTBHA 2015 Parade of Homes

Sourcing home decor items is routine, but never mundane.

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Katell Grey Rattan Side Chairs

Safavieh Rural Woven Dining Katell Grey Rattan Side Chairs

GuildMaster Caned New Signature Stain Wing Back Chairs- Set of 2

GuildMaster Caned New Signature Stain Wing Back Chairs- Set of 2

Grand style is present and accounted for in this excellent option for captain’s chairs.

French kitchen design

I believe my love of the well appointed French kitchen began when I was in junior high.

My best friend’s mother had impeccable taste in home furnishing and home decor accessories, and their home was and continues to be one of the premier homes in our area.

The entire home was gracefully designed and decorated, but the traditional kitchen, appointed with classic French flair, was indeed the design pièce de résistance.

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A delicate mix of French blues with cream white accents served as both color palette and focal point.

Less is more echoed throughout the design and decor, and the style statement being made was more ethereal than overt.

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Accents in ç’est vraiment magnifique detail translates to it’s really beautiful- the quintessential design element of the curated French kitchen.

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The French Country kitchen faucet by Kingston Brass represents the detail of vintage French country design, bringing elegance of old to the contemporary kitchen.

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Antique Stone Sink

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Carrara White Marble, Allstone Group Farmhouse Sink, w/Floral Carving
Rounded Apron Front Farmhouse Kitchen Double Bowl Copper Sink
Farmhouse Quartet Kitchen Reversible Sink Pearl

 

Wonderful option for a prep sink.

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Antique 18th Century French Apothecary Stone Sink 

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

 

bi·be·lot

ˈbib(ə)ˌlō
noun

a small, decorative ornament or trinket.

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 Antique French Blue Transferware Bowl 1878 Earthenware

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 Country French Cupboard

French-white-blue-kitchen-cabinetOoh La La Love this Belgian Kitchen Cabinet  

Distinctive European elegance is the standard of style and signature component of French kitchen design.

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Southern Hospitality: Please Join Us For A Bridal Shower

Happy midweek all!  Today, because I am a proud mama and weddings are all around, I thought I would bring you into The Places In The Home fold by sharing with you this photo gallery from the please join us for a bridal shower we hosted for our son and his lovely fiancée when they were home for our nephew’s wedding in May.  Seeing that the happy couple live in Canada, it is difficult to be live and in person for the showers and luncheons celebrating the couple.  Skype and FaceTime amaze me, but pales in comparison to actually being in attendance in the moment.  It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of throwing the couple a surprise bridal shower.

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The future Mrs. is not only taken with our son, but with Fixer Upper, Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines and Magnolia Market.  What better way to surprise a Southern farmhouse chic girl at heart than with an afternoon Southern farmhouse chic-Southern charm-Southern hospitality eat, drink and we’re getting married bridal shower.

Magnolia Market

Clear glass jars brimming with fragrant magnolias captured the farmhouse feel and lent a simple yet elegant touch.  When entertaining, I find it helpful to know your audience and to play to their taste.  The thought is in the decorating and entertaining details, and it’s that attention to detail that brings about a rave review.

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Faux flowers have their place, and in the bridal/wedding weekend celebration that place was inside an antique porcelain pitcher placed in the center of the dining room table.   I’ve been known to pre plan the s*%! out of a soiree or celebration.  Pre planning affords me the opportunity to find theme appropriate decor pieces and impressive dinner and drinkware at a price point that makes me very happy.

I always like that theme!

It also gives me time to shop sales and order items with plenty of shipping time to spare.  A case in point is the tulip bundles found on eBay.  You must allow at least three weeks for arrival when ordering from China, but the price savings makes it an appealing option.  The quality is apple to apple when comparing the faux tulip bunches to the ones I see in my retail rounds.

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The bride-to-be admired the tulips several times over the course of their visit which pleased me to no end.  It was obvious the tulip bundles captured the essence of her preferred decorating style, and that signaled decorating success.

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Crochet doilies and lace napkins dressed the table in vintage style.

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Tulle is my gift wrap ribbon and bow material of choice.

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Tying the knot in white wedding and something blue tones is simple in theory, beautiful in delivery.

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wedding gifts

Gifts for a newlywed kitchen filled with love.

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Vintage handkerchiefs make lovely wedding and bridal gifts, and my almost daily Etsy search for just the right one for each recipient became second nature.  I purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for the bride and groom-to-be, her mother, and each member of the bridal party- a to/from gift from me and Dave the Builder.  I also purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for my nephew, his bride, his brother who was his best man, and for my brother- the father of the groom.  Did I forget anyone?

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We began the bridal shower nibble and nosh with a cheese board featuring several cheeses, fresh Louisiana strawberries, blueberries, fruit dip, mixed nuts, dried cranberries, dates and figs.  The future groom loves my chicken salad so chicken salad it is.  I served the chicken salad with a tropical fruit salad garnished with avocado slices, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  We also dined on a true Southern favorite, buttermilk biscuits and honey ham sandwiches.  I made a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing to go with the sandwiches.  The beverage station featured water with lemon slices, raspberry tea, almond peach tea, Riesling and Merlot wine.

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For dessert, we decided to surprise the couple with a cake in true bridal shower fashion.  The cake decorator and I got together and came up with an abbreviated version of the above wedding cake.  The icing color was a soft shade of ivory and the cake decorator suggested a “bouquet” of roses to top it off.  Dave the Builder thought the silver wedding bands added a nice touch, and the monogrammed cake topper was an on trend accent.

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It’s become somewhat of a tradition to give each bride and groom in the Places In The Home family a heirloom silver sugar spoon as a wedding gift.  To this we added a silver-plated wedding cake server set and the monogram wedding cake topper to complete the gift package.

wedding cake server set

The bridal shower was a big surprise and a big hit.  Our son finally figured out why I kept insisting he bring an extra suitcase with him. The extra baggage fee charge is a bargain compared to what it cost to ship items from the US to Canada.  I was informed the Kate Spade cutting boards were used the night they arrived back to Canada.

That’s all the thank you needed.

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Practicing Design Instinct and Inspiration

Photography is a lot like interior decorating in regards to working or not working with color.  Design instinct and inspiration guide the creative process. Light, forms, tone and balance optimize not only the shot but the space. Forgive my simplistic explanation, but plainly put, some photos only work in color and others only work in black and white.

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Simon & Garfunkel 

Since finding a renewed popularity complements of a current political campaign, the Simon & Garfunkel 1968 single “America” is once again on my playlist.  The impact of a great hook paired with powerful lyrics mirrors the impact of classic design coupled with an impressive decorating style.

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While discovering “America” I rediscovered another Simon & Garfunkel favorite, “My Little Town.”  You may be wondering what possible connection there could be between a couple of Simon & Garfunkel songs and design and decorating.  Design instinct and inspiration, my friends. One never knows where one will find it.  I hit the streets of my little town photographing local landmarks.  Although photographed in color, a monochromatic color scheme captured aspects of the images that color failed to.

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Photo editing, enhancements and touch-ups generate a refined result. It’s the same with decorating.  Editing, enhancements and touch-ups help to achieve a polished look.  Making pretty is an exercise in trial and error, correction and confidence.  Gorgeous isn’t always achieved right out of the gate.

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Going with your first design instinct, or at the very least a tweaked variation of it, proves visually successful more times than not.  I failed to practice what I preach with this chandelier.  I was convinced a pop of designer color over my first choice of painting the fixture white would put to rest any doubt my decorating choices were in a rut or unimaginative. Fan deck after fan deck, I could not get a peace about any other color choice other than white.  The lyrics from “My Little Town” kept running through my mind.

And after it rains
There’s a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It’s not that the colors aren’t there
It’s just imagination they lack

The pieces of the color palette puzzle finally fit when I decided to go with my first instinct.  I remembered one of my standard decorating solutions- the color white never fails to make a classic statement. The color is there, and imagination is not lacking.  I showed decorating doubt the door and practiced my own brand of design instinct and inspiration.

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A Haven Within A Haven

A phone call from my son earrrrrly Friday morning led off with the question asked round the streaming world, “do you remember what streams today?”

For the Netflix loyal, you get it.

Binge watching every episode of your favorite show is a weekend marathon-not a sprint.

Popcorn makes a delicious case for the ultimate binge watching snack.

I’ll be popping up a batch of rosemary and sea salt popcorn for streaming sustenance.

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Rosemary and Sea Salt Popcorn

Ingredients

½  cup popcorn kernels

¼  cup canola oil or grapeseed oil (or other high flashpoint oil)

1  tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon fresh minced rosemary

3  tablespoons unsalted butter

½  teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat the oil large pot over medium heat.  After the oil is hot, add the popcorn kernels and the 1-tablespoon of rosemary, and then shake the pot to gently toss the kernels until they are all coated with oil.

Cover with a splatter screen or a lid that is placed slightly ajar to allow the steam to escape.  Cook until the popcorn popping frequency slows to several seconds between pops. Remove from heat, allow a minute or two for any final pops, and then pour into a large bowl.  

In a small saucepan combine the butter and remaining ½ teaspoon of rosemary.  Melt the butter over medium heat.  Drizzle over the popcorn and season with salt and pepper, tossing occasionally as you butter, salt, and pepper the popcorn.

~Food & Wine

Brilliant writing intertwined with captivating storytelling makes for the sit up and pay attention TV, and sleek set designs aim to impress.

A forged alcove serves as a small space of shelter and refuge from the hustle and the bustle of it’s all in a day’s work- a haven within a haven to vent away the foul of the day.

I am a staunch supporter of the haven within a haven concept for recharging one’s battery.

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A couple of years ago I won a Rebecca Swivel Chair after entering the Beautiful Black and White Pinterest Sweepstakes from House Beautiful.

This is my “in my own little corner, in my own little chair” chair.

It resides in a haven within a haven part of the house where downtime meets me time and helps me lose track of real time for a short period of time.

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A phone call laaaaate Friday night led off with the question asked round the streaming world, “have you watched it yet?”

Dave the Builder’s man cave will pull double-duty as both screening room and a haven within a haven over the next few evenings.

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like a haven within a haven to stream and decompress.

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