Red, White And Blue Accents

Red, white and blue accents inspired by stellar color choices, engaging stripes, and timeless patterns star in this showcase featuring the bold and bright patriotic inspired palette- the original grand pop of color.

Cheng Toile from Dynasty Collection

Cheng Toile from Thibaut Dynasty Collection

red white and blue color palette

Miles-Redd-David-Kaihoi-blue-white-powder-room-photo-Ryan Kurtz

Architectural Digest -Photo by Ryan Kurtz

What better way to create a remarkable space than with unique interior design and decorating giving center stage to red, white and blue accents.

blue-white-decor-accents-Hillary-W-Taylor-Interiors-Brunschwig-Fils-Le-Lac

Hillary W. Taylor Interiors – Brunschwig & Fils

Red, white and blue paint colors in deep, rich, vibrant, and dramatic tones and shades promote a full-on color blast, burst, and boom of visual fireworks.

red-white-blue-color-palette-inspiration

There’s nothing kiddie about the look created in these kids’ rooms.

red-whtie-blue-bedroom-Wendy-Valliere-Interiors-New-England-Home-Magazine-Photography-by-Michael-Partenio

New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Exceptionally impressive best describes this antique bed with upholstered headboard and grandly ornate swan footboard.

red-bamboo-twin-bed

Mallory Mathison Design

Pattern at play.

tomato-red-kitchen-cabinets

New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Bold and beautiful describes the dramatic impact achieved in the 1842 Vermont farmhouse kitchen of Wendy Valliere of Wendy Valliere Interiors.

Red, white and blue beautiful.

red velvet pancakesRed Velvet Pancakes from Eclectic Recipes

Enticing the eye is mixture accomplished by Eclectic Recipes and this red, white and blue stack of red velvet pancakes topped with coconut syrup and fresh blueberries.

Click on the link below the photo for the recipe.

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table- 1stDibs

red-white-blue-place-setting

Red, white and blue accents bring chic to both the nautical or coastal tablescape.

blue and white draperyTraditional Home

red-white-blue-fabric

navy-royal-blue-paint-colors

Royal complements navy blue, simply white enhances china white.

 

china-white-benjamin-moore

Benjamin Moore

red-white-blue-bedroom

Elle Decor

red-white-blue-accents

dining-room-and-library-with-glass-cabinets

 Cameron Ruppert Interiors

Befitting a palette choice with a patriotic theme pop of color, red, white and blue accents lend bold drama and traditional form to a space.

love signature

Independence Day Into Night Party Plan Objective

The Places In The Home Independence Day into night party plan objective is all about a cozy at home celebration.

American-flags-on-fence

Slow and easy is the theme accentuated by pops of patio and patriotic color, farm to table delights, and staying cool while celebrating Independence Day.

fresh-vegetables-home-grown-farmers-American-flag

Let me share with you what my it’s not rocket science Independence Day into night party plan objective is all about.

Teenager Suzie Slattery Dancing with Boyfriend Ted Sten

Art.com

Well of course music and perhaps a twirl around the patio will be involved.

This photo tells illustrates a belief of mine which is fashions and music may change, but gathering together to enjoy summer patio fun is a timeless tradition that never will.

While we’re on the subject of blast from the past fun…

Let’s put on our dancing shoes and boogie down to the cornerstone of the any party playlist.

Macramé is making a comeback, and this macramé swing chair is a comfortable and fashionable flashback to the swingin’ late 60s into the mid 70s and pure patio party fun.

independence-day-into-night-party-plan-objective

ZENSTYLE Beige Hanging Cotton Rope Macramé Hammock Chair Swing

thom-filicia-fire-pit

House Beautiful

Setting a cozy party scene is not a complicated process.

party-seating

Comfortable seating is a necessity, and options range from modern to vintage chairs, settees, swings, rockers, and sit-upons (remember, Girl Scouts?).

Natural Woven Wicker Antalya Outdoor Chair

Natural Woven Wicker Antalya Outdoor Chair

Just add a red, white, and/or blue decorative pillow to keep with the holiday festivities, a refreshing beverage, and good company and you’ve got yourself a stylish rest and relaxation haven for unwinding on the 4th of July.

red-white-blue-outdoor-throw-pillows

More super cute outdoor throw pillows in colors and patterns 4th of July adjacent afford an all summer long vibe.

summer-themes-colors-outdoor-throw-pillows

Mainstays Outdoor Pillows

Shop what’s in home for accents and accessories.

Houndstooth Throw - Design Imports

Houndstooth Throw – Design Imports

Throw blankets, for example, in party palette colors, patterns, and textures serve their intended purpose, but also make a handsome tablecloth.

mainstays plaid red white and blue throw blanket

Mainstays Plaid Throw Blanket

red-white-blue-summer-throw

Isadora Floral Quilted Throw Blue – Levtex Home

Yes, I’m well aware this next party idea is an oldie but a goodie suggestion, and with good reason.

hanging-votive-filled-with-flameless-candles

One Kings Lane

Distinctive candle holders and battery-operated votive candles continue to be the ideal choice of party lighting.

hanging-candle-holder

For the sake of flicker to flame safety, select outdoor LED battery -operated votive or pillar candles, pop in a hanging candle holder or ten, and prepare to be entranced by the affordable, simple, and positively elegant look created.

Another reason I love to use and suggest battery-operated candles is the convenience involved.

Turn the candle(s) on and forget about it until time to call it a night.

fresh-berries-at-farmers-market (1)

Our star-spangled celebration menu takes a celebratory cue from the best part of the summertime bounty- fresh from the farmers market fruits and vegetables.

berry-splash-family-friendly-SL-photo-Beth-Dreiling-Hontzas

Southern Living – Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas

This Berry Splash recipe from Southern Living is summer celebration delicious and family friendly.

picked-fresh-peaches

Peaches for eating, peaches for drinking.

summer-fruit-daiquiri-photo-Scott-Little

Summer Fruit Daiquiri Recipe

A star-spangled theme is instantly recognizable as the traditional theme of 4th of July celebrations.

flying-the-flag

In keeping with tradition, the American flag meets and greets neighbors and friends.

red-whtie-blue-banners-porch-FOLK-Facebook

FOLK

Decorating with items such as fabric and serveware in a broader range of holiday patterns and colors gives you a more than one use option.

red-melamine-dinner-plates

Red Beaded Melamine Dinner Plate

Royal Norfolk Blue Floral Dinner PlateRoyal Norfolk Blue Floral Dinner Plate

You can never go wrong with the versatile red plastic party cup.

solo-cups

Patterns, activities, colors and celebrations generally associated with the summer months give great inspiration.

red-white-blue-pattern-fabrics

Pick a favorite as your 4th of July party ideas theme foundation and go 4th from there.

Dottie Clear Acrylic 17 oz. Drink Glass

Dottie Clear Acrylic 17 oz. Drink Glass

Preparing a charcuterie board paired with party accessories with red, white, and blue fruits, meats, and cheeses is a taste of America winner.

cherry-tomatoes (1)

Cherry tomatoes, blueberries, red grapes, deli meats, white cheeses and nuts- you get the idea.

Totally Bamboo State Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board

red-white-blue-states-paper-napkin

Serving in style.

Drumaridly+3-Shelf+Bar+Cart (2)

Addison 3-shelf Multi-use Cart by Greyson Living

Fabric closeouts are a great source for affordable and stylish patterns to use as tablecloths, table runners, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.

red-white-blue-novelty-print-fabric

For those who like to get your money’s worth out of accents and party accessories, the white palm leaf tassel napkin ring from Hobby Lobby fits well with most summer occasions.

ribbon-tassel

Tassel napkin ring not your thing?

Go with a decorative braided rope ribbon in your choice of color.

summer-blue-hydrangeas

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Hydrangea 15oz 2-Wick Candle, Ivory

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Hydrangea 2-Wick Candle

Blooming blue hydrangeas from the yard of a very generous and giving neighbor star in the centerpiece arrangement along with small American flags.

popcorn-chocolate-blue-hydrangea

Ramekins filled with popcorn and garnished with Nestle Crunch bars (red, white, and blue wrapper inspired) is about as easy as it gets.

Simple.

Affordable.

Appropriate.

Keeping it super summer simple, baby!

Desserts & Recipes

cupcakes-with-sparklers

Williams-Sonoma

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about a dessert I made for Father’s Day that was a crowd pleaser.

banana-pudding-fluff-ingredients

Two go-to fluff salads, Watergate and Orange Pineapple, fall off the summer salad season rotation because by the time Thanksgiving into Christmas holidays roll past I’ve pretty much had my fill of these two.

Banana pudding or a delicious improved variation of it is summer dessert perfect.

banana-pudding-fluff

Banana Pudding Fluff

Ingredients

1  3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding

1½ cups milk

1  8 ounce container whipped topping

3  bananas, peeled and sliced

1-2 cups mini marshmallows

20 vanilla wafers, crushed

1  teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Whisk pudding mix, milk, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl.  Let mixture stand a couple of minutes in order to firm up.

Fold in whipped topping.

Add mini marshmallows, crushed vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

ice-cream-cupcakes-Mike-Garten

Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe

lemon-icebox-pie-ice-cream

Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients

3 to 4 lemons

2 cups half-and-half

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Directions

Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup.

Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)

Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze 2 hours before serving.

-Southern Living via My Recipes

lemon-salad-plates

Royal Norfolk Lemon-Printed Stoneware Salad Plates

I knew I would find the right opportunity to order the Royal Norfolk Lemon-Printed Stoneware salad plates, and the lemon icebox pie ice cream waffle cone sandwiches is it.

Serving this summer approved dessert on these melamine lemon salad plates (first cousin to the appetizer/dessert plate) is keeping with the theme of fresh ways to make a presentation.

After all, we do eat with our eyes first.

America Buffalo Check Table Runner

America Buffalo Check Table Runner

An easy Independence Day into night party plan objective works in concert with summer fun, delicious dishes, and stylish accessories that won’t break the bank.

Outdoor living spaces furnished to the hilt in summer style with creature comforts in mind deliver just that- summer style.

That’s how we snap, crackle and pop a 4th of July party in the USA at Places In The Home.

red-white-blue-signature

New Year 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve into New Year 2021, dear friends!

midnight-clock

As the hands on the clock move us forward into a New Year, I’m meeting 2021 looking forward to brighter and beautiful things to come in life and blog life.

I so hope you all will come along on the stylish and beautiful ride.

Here’s to the New Year 2021- a year I pray is blessed in love, happiness, health, safety, prosperity, peace, inspiration, and beauty for all.

Darleen-signature-custom

 

Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours

On this most blessed day in December and from our home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.

Mary-figurine

As you and yours celebrate this wonderful holiday Christmas season, may the love of family and friends, joy of life, comfort of home, hope of brighter and healthier days ahead, and a glorious sense of style fill your heart and home with peace and love.

angel-display

trees-merry-Christmas

 

Festive Photos of the Christmas Season

Festive photos of the Christmas season reminds and reinforces the notion it’s magically beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Christmas at Forde Abbey

Christmas at Forde Abbey

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”

– John Geddes

Victorian-Christmas-tree-Photography-Kimberly-Finkel-Davis

Victoria Magazine

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

House-Garden-pusey-house-stairs-Simon-Upton

House & Garden

“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.”

– Donna VanLiere

man-Christmas-tree

Pinterest

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”

– Marjorie Holmes

Holiday-decorated-entryway

Bless’er House as featured by Better Homes & Gardens

“Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

– Freya Stark

snow covered fur trees

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Martha-Stewart-Christmas-tree

Martha Stewart

“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money.  There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”

– Andy Rooney

regency-house-photo-Paul-Massey

House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

– Pindar

Market Street – Corning, NY

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”

– Richelle E. Goodrich

farmhouse-bedroom-Jason-Donnelly

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jason Donnelly

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

– Louisa May Alcott

church-South-Tirol-Italy

South Tirol, Italy

“Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life.  Thank you for Dreams.  Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts and Feelings.  Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow – just for today – and to know the Wonder of Your World and its many Possibilities.”

― Janie Jasin

Jennifer-Chapman-Christmas-tree-photo-by-Marcy-Black-Simpson

Victoria Magazine – Photography Marcy Black Simpson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.”

― Tom Baker

Darleen-signature-custom

Christmas Songs and Sights

Christmas songs and sights rule the festive fun around Places In The Home this time of year.

Why certain things come to mind when we hear Christmas songs is anyone’s guess, but I believe traditions old and new, coupled with cherished memories near and dear to heart and mind, work together to awaken the spirit of the season that beautifully dwells within all of us.

As I was listening to classic Christmas songs late Saturday night, an imagined slideshow broke out in my thoughts- some obvious, some silly, but all telling.

So here you go, my wonderful friends, a Christmas songs and sights ’tis the season pictorial.

dashing through the snow

Flickr

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “yoo hoo!”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

snow covered Smoky Mountains2

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I met a man who lives in Tennessee, and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore

Santa on beachFrom Atlantic to Pacific

– I know it means from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean(s), but the line always brings to mind thoughts of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known to some of us as A&P

A&P Coffee

Gee, the traffic is terrific

Christmas traffic

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Christmas-shopping-image

Chasing Daisies

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)

Christmastime in the City

Flickr

It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring (hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day

Santa and friends

Santa and Friends

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

blue jay in snow

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

candy-canes-on-Christmas-tree

Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true

Silent-Night

And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

heading home in the snowstorm

Fine Art America

the snow’s comin’ down
(Christmas) I’m watchin’ it fall
(Christmas) lots of people around
(Christmas) baby, please come home

montana-christmas-home-living-room

Elle Decor – Photo by Douglas Friedman

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

mistletoe

Skonahem

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh, ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

candle-in-a-window

In The Fields

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Christmas-tree-on-pianoYes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we’re in a hurry

retro Christmas partyThere’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting

Carol-Brady

And caroling out in the snow

sears-1969-christmas-wish-book-cover

There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

twas the night before christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

Christmas-stockings

Country Living Magazine

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

holidays-at-home-blog

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas songs

tis=the=season-in-red

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 is upon us, and although today may not resemble what defines conventional turkey times I like to focus on the core purpose of the day- thankfulness.

thanksgiving-decor-hbx-Pernille-Loof

House Beautiful – Photo by Pernille Loof

Counted among the many things I’m grateful for is the privilege of being invited into your home through word, style, design and friendship.

thanksgiving 2020

House Beautiful – Photo by Pernille Loof

On this Thanksgiving Day 2020, may the love of family and friends, health, and the joy and comforts of home richly touch and bless your life.

Darleen-signature-custom

Traditional and New Holiday Cake Recipes

It’s that time of year when holiday cake recipes are cooking, baking, and taste of the holidays making in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

Grandmother’s Tennessee Pound Cake with Nutmeg is tradition on a cake plate, and Wilshire Walnut and Spice Cake is a newly developed recipe worthy of center stage on the holiday dessert table.

grandmothers-pound-cake-with-nutmeg-1

The warm and inviting colors, textures, and patterns found in this house of the year kitchen by Susan Burns Designs offers holiday cake recipes baking inspiration.

Susan-Burns-design-house-of-the-year

Reflecting on holidays past brings back memories of recipes baked with love and taste traditions.

Crammed between the pages of a beloved cookbook inherited from an aunt is a collection of handwritten recipes cooked, baked, tested, and penned in the kitchen of my paternal grandmother.

grandmothers-pound-cake-with-nutmeg-recipe

Truth in baking disclosure:

The cupboard was bare of mace, and most importantly, what is mace?

Mace is a spice native to Indonesia.  The flavor is sweet and woody reminiscent of nutmeg, however, not quite as sweet. Some describe the taste of mace as a blend of cinnamon and pepper.

Nutmeg stands as the spice I have plenty of, and so 2 teaspoons found its way into the batter.

grandmothers-pound-cake

Grandmother’s Tennessee Pound Cake with Nutmeg

Ingredients

3 cups granulated sugar

3 sticks salted butter

6 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour; sifted

2 teaspoons nutmeg or to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 300° F.  Using a mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar together until mixture reaches a fluffy texture. Add eggs one at a time to creamed butter and sugar.

holiday cake recipesReduce mixer speed to low; slowly add sifted all-purpose flour and nutmeg to wet ingredients.

creamed-eggs-butter-sugar

Using a wooden spoon or cake spatula, spoon batter into greased and floured tube pan.

floured-greased-cake-tube-pan

Bake at 300° F for 1 hour or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Grandmothers-Tennessee-holiday-cake-recipes

Remove cake from tube pan and transfer to cake stand or platter of choice.

Thanksgiving-table-cake-plate

Building upon a traditional holiday recipe, this next cake highlights the spices, fruits, and nuts associated with the taste of the holidays.

Wilshire Walnut and Spice Cake

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

1  teaspoon nutmeg

1  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and chopped

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup golden raisins

1 Tablespoon candied lemon peel

holiday-bundt-1

floured-greased-cake-tube-pan

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease and flour Bundt pan.

Peel and chop apples; sprinkle with lemon juice.

sugar-eggs-oil

Mix together sugar and oil; add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy.

Add vanilla.

Using a whisk, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves together.

Add dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.

fruit-nuts-coconut-apples-lemons1

Next, add chopped apples, walnuts, candied lemon peels, coconut, and golden raisins.

Stir until incorporated.

cake-ingredients-fruit

Using a wooden spoon, evenly spoon mixture into a greased and floured Bundt pan.

cake-batter

Bake in 350° F oven for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

holiday-cake-1

Meyer lemons are pucker power packed with bright flavor that complements two of my favorite fall spices– nutmeg and cloves.

boiling-lemon-peels

Candied Lemon Peels

Ingredients

6 lemons

6 cups cold water, divided

1 teaspoon salt, divided

2½ cups sugar

Directions

Peel lemons by taking off long thick strips.  In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt, and lemon peels. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, strain mixture and reserve liquid.

Return liquid and lemon peels to pan.  Add in ½ teaspoon salt and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.  Remove pan from heat, strain mixture, and reserve lemon peels.

Add 2 cups water and sugar to pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally  until sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat to low.  Add lemon peels. Gently simmer for 45 minutes being careful not do let the sugar caramelize. Remove from heat and drain.

Place lemon peels onto a piece of parchment paper that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Allow candied lemon peels to dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Store candied peels in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

holiday cake recipes

enjoy