In Style: Aging In Place

Aging in place is of great interest to the Baby Boomer generation along with stylish home furnishings and decor accents to facilitate the process.



Aging in place is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level.

Taking this interesting information into account, I took a quick mental roll call of some of the noted Boomers many of us have grown up with.

Let’s look at a few Baby Boomer Facts and Finds:

Baby Boomers, also known as the Boomer Generation, is the demographic term designated to those born between 1946 and 1964.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

“Getting older makes you more alive.
More vitality, more interest, more intelligence,
more grace, more expansion.”

—Jamie Lee Curtis

Building upon this quote, aging in place has come to embrace broader terms.

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Eddie Murphy

From my perspective, aging at home far better suits the topic.

Based on the energy and vitality Baby Boomers exhibit in the growing older phase of life, the active role taken aligns with a “more” frame of mind.


Jennifer Coolidge

Baby Boomers have significantly more discretionary income (wealth) than any other age group, however, the costs involved in a remodel of an existing home or purchasing a new home ready to go understandably figures into  budget planning.

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

Estimates show Baby Boomers have 78.1 trillion dollars to bring to the economic table placing this demographic in the position of controlling fifty-one percent (51%) of the total wealth in the United States.


Dolly Parton

The Census Bureau predicts more than 78 million people will be 65+ years old with ninety percent (90%) of that number voicing their desire to age in place -age at home.

Home furnishings and home improvement considerations factor into the aging at home process, and without question must address form, function, purpose, and personal design style preferences.


Emeril Lagasse

Although this black and white photo of Debbie Harry is from several years ago, it captures the essence of distinctive style and beauty.

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Debbie Harry


Brian Aris Debbie Harry Apartment 1988


Furthermore, this copy of Debbie Harry 1980 yellow by Andy Warhol will make a super chic addition ready to update your decor style.

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Debbie Harry 1980 yellow by Andy Warhol

Rock ‘n’ rollers age to the beat of a different drum.


Lenny Kravitz

Guess who is sponsoring The Rolling Stones 2024 North American tour spotlighting their new album, Hackney Diamonds?



“The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Keanu Reeves

Generation fabulous will not take growing old sitting down, chooses to turn up vs. turn down the timeless music of the day, and strives to look fit and phenomenally stylish in the process.

Now more than ever the times they are a-changin’, my friends.

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Kim Cattrall – Vogue Greece

More and more it appears the baby boomer generation refuses to buy into stereotypical expectations.

Oprah Winfrey 2022

Oprah Winfrey


Interesting to say the least, the 2023 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report published by the National Association of Realtors concludes Baby Boomers, both younger Boomers (58-67 years old) as well as older Boomers (68-76 years old) make up the largest generation of home buyers coming in at thirty-nine percent (39%).


Kevin Costner

Baby Boomers make up the largest group of home sellers at fifty-two percent (52%) with buyers fifty-seven plus years old (57+) selecting to downsize.

Among the reasons factoring into the decision is the desire to move closer to friends and family.


Sharon Stone

Younger Boomers typically own their homes for eleven years before selling, while older Boomers own their homes an average of sixteen years before putting up a for sale sign.


Stanley Tucci

Seems the age of Aquarius is aiming to be the age of active with attitude and agile ability.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

What’s Music Got To Do With It?

Music keeps a beat with life here at Places In The Home.

According to current results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, the benefits of listening to or singing along with music brought to the health and well-being among adults 50-80 years old are undeniable.

Below is the results of the poll percentages based on findings among 2,657 adults aged 50 to 80.

Relieves Stress  75%

Brings Joy    73%

Improves Mood & Attitude   65%

Motivates or Energizes     60%

Helps Keep Mind Sharp    31%

Colloquially speaking, this oldie but goodie finds music keeps the flow, the beat, the classic memories alive and kicking, and the good times rocking and rolling.


Donnie & Marie Osmond.

Donnie and Marie looking fit and fabulous during their residency in Las Vegas.

Speaking of Las Vegas…

According to a recent study by Empower, Las Vegas is the No. 1 city retirees choose to relocate to based on its affordability, Nevada’s no state and no estate or inheritance tax structure, abundant health care access, and desirable climate.


Photo by Ardalan on Unsplash

Telling is the influence and impact of the independence driven Baby Boomer consumer and how it finds a significant place in the interior design and home accessories retail market.

Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers – Architectural Digest – Photography by Amy Neunsinger

Gone are the days where the rule of thumb dictated consumers must trade style for quality and comfort.

Changing practices are just that, changing, and in the home furnishings and decor market of today pieces that check the boxes greatly appeal to the discerning eye of aging in place purchasers.

Short Shower Bench

Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Julie Soefer


Certain upgrades, particularly those which accommodate disabled and medical conditions, qualify as medical expenses which the IRS qualifies as tax-deductible.


Kristina Crestin Design

Safety issues justifiably become a top of list topic to be mindful of.


Home Depot

What might not be required at present very well may be down the road.


Better Homes & Gardens

Adapting spaces in your existing home to accommodate the changing needs involves looking at design advances through the lens of modification such as the addition of adjustable heights for ease of accessibility.

DecoTeak 18 inch Teak Shower Bench

DecoTeak 18 inch Teak Shower Bench in Woodland Brown

Remodeling, kitchen, bath, appliance professionals are paying close attention to the concerns of aging Boomers.

Arched White Matte Solid Surface Resin Bathroom / Shower Stool

Arched White Matte Solid Surface Resin Bathroom / Shower Stool


Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Michael Partenio

Hillsdale Preston Walnut Acacia Wood Shower Stool

Hillsdale Preston Walnut Acacia Wood Shower Stool

CoastalVogue Snazzy Corner Natural Teak Wood shower & Bathroom shaving shelf in an Antique Gray Finish

 Corner Natural Teak Wood Shower & Bathroom Shelf 

Bathroom fixtures including grab bars and lever faucets in an array of finish and design options have come a long way, baby in the visual style and performance game.


Elizabeth Garrett Interiors – Photography by Kerry Kirk Photo

Regarding home remodeling and new construction questions and requests taken into consideration, storage accessibility comes in as a necessary addition rather than a luxury detail.


Kristina Crestin Design


Earthwood Custom Remodeling

Ease of availability is within reach when utilizing deep drawers for housing pots and pans.


Better Homes & Gardens on Pinterest

Get in the zone-the zone of convenience, that is.

Establishing kitchen zones aligns task to utility making time and steps spent in the kitchen easier to navigate.

Working off the ideas of maximum efficiency and an unobstructed floor to countertop flow, locate items such as pots and pans and dinnerware somewhat close in proximity to workspace areas.

Simple makes a productive sous chef.

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 Grace Hill Design

Those of us of a certain age have come to realize we will be opting to be aging in place-aging at home Boomers.

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Fully Frameless Sliding Shower Door in Oil Rubbed Bronze

We want to be able to live in our own homes that are built, remodeled, or modified to comfortably accommodate our concerns, styles, and needs as we age.


Murphy’s Design

Layers of lighting (ambient, task, and reading).

Non-slip flooring.

Lever style door and faucet handles.

Smart appliances.


Southern Living Magazine – Photography by James Ransom

Furnishings equipped with form and function are some of the options being marketed to Boomers as the move toward aging in place trend dictates.

Sacrificing one for the other does not sit well with the average consumer who counts the finished look as important as the form and the function of the design.


Building your home light show begins by adding layers of lighting for the purpose of distributing essential lighting to various task situations and home activities as called for.


Shaw Landmark Sliced Oak Hardwood Flooring

Natural light shines a beneficial light in many ways.  On an extra sunny day natural light can give the light bill a break, increase the warmth of space and mood, boost Vitamin D, and lower stress and anxiety levels.


Raychel Wade Interiors

Ambient lighting supplies a primary source of lighting to the space, task lighting gives a more direct lighting for specific task, and accent lighting a focused softer lighting choice.


GE Relax HD LED Light Bulbs, 100 Watt, Soft White Frosted Finish, 4pk

Installing higher lumen count light bulbs will increase brightness, and rocker style light switches upgrade the look and provide a more comfortable fit for ease of operation.

rocker light switch

Years ago I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive the point home that without the presence of comfort a space is lacking in fashionable function and decorative oomph.

Time and trend motivates our taste and style preferences to evolve.

Consider your personal style as one long sentence filled with commas, semi-colons, and exclamation marks on its way to full stop fruition.

In other words, over time our style journey is punctuated with additions, changes, and inspiration.

Along the way we keep a visual notebook teeming with ideas gleaned from the nouns of life- the people, places, and things that have made an impression on us.

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Traditional style elements are characteristically the decor style implemented into older homes.

Balancing classic with modern to contemporary design features is achieved through transitional style.

Layering the space in a blended marriage of antique pieces and contemporary accents along with colors, textures, and patterns in an array of neutral shades returns a relaxed and refreshed aesthetic.

Accent Satin Nickel Privacy Bed/Bath Door Handle with Addison Trim

Accent Satin Nickel Privacy Bed/Bath Door Handle with Addison Trim

Lever style door knobs and faucet handles prove easier to operate than knobs for the express reason they require less dexterity to operate.

Centerset Double Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Brushed Nickel

Centerset Double Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Brushed Nickel

Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet with Flexible Hose in Brushed Nickel

Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet with Flexible Hose – Nickel

Soft close hinges feature hydraulic assistance that presents easier door movement.

soft close hinges cabinet

Smart home technologies uncomplicate matters by adding ease to the day to day routine.

Honeywell Home Smart Color Thermostat

Honeywell Home Smart Color Thermostat


Google Nest Learning Thermostat – Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat – Brass

Smart devices such as thermostats, home security systems, and video doorbells aid in conserving energy, make the use of voice assistants to control lights a breeze, and bring peace of mind to the aging in place process.


Ring Smart Wireless WiFi Video Doorbell

Flooring is the literal and figurative foundation of a house.


Safety needs, costs, preference, ease of maintenance, value (as in resale) and durability enter into the hardwood flooring vs. carpeting decision making process.


Firebrand Oak Herringbone Waterproof Laminate Wood Flooring

Brookhaven Oak 7 mm T x 8 in. W Laminate Wood Flooring

Hickory 10 mm T x 5.2 in. W Waterproof Laminate Wood Flooring

Branford Cherry 12mm T x 8.03 in W Waterproof Laminate Wood Flooring

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Pure Click Lock Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Non-slip vinyl plank flooring gives the look of hardwood with a wide variety of wood tones, colors, and patterns to choose from.

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Bralton Oak Click Lock Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Carpet remains an appealing flooring option to many homeowners old and young alike. I have carpet in the bedrooms in my home as do several of my Boomer friends and neighbors.


Carpet is soft, helps to absorb noise, and is a baked into the cake flooring must for bedrooms with those who adopt a “it’s what we/I have always had” way of thinking.

Trim transition strips serve a needed purpose in maintaining without stumble or issue the transition from carpeting to tile, hardwood or stone flooring.




Feather Hill Interiors

Ideally, spaces should be clear from obstructions in order to make navigating around furniture much easier.

Brendon Farrell 10-Fin Hook Rack

Decluttering high-traffic areas to mitigate risks and falls creates flow which results in better utilization of the space.


Decorative storage solutions including trays and baskets solve the problem with style and order.

Montecito Large Rectangular Chunky Woven Basket by Jake Arnold

Montecito Large Rectangular Chunky Woven Basket by Jake Arnold

Natural lighting and fresh air set a lovely outdoor living scene.

Rather enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning in peaceful solitude or hosting friends for brunch, inviting outdoor living areas tailor to those who enjoy additional entertaining options.


 Kelly Nutt Design 

As Baby Boomers choose to scale down to accommodate smaller square footage homes, furniture size and placement enters into the picture.


Performance furnishings describes pieces big on function and style.

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Lounge chairs and sofas overdone and overstuffed close in a space, erasing the visually appealing aesthetic from existence. Search for pieces that incorporate a sturdy frame and space-saving sizing.


Furniture designers have responded to the market by reducing the length and width of sofas, end and bedside tables, and decorative furnishings.

Chairside End Table, Two-Drawer Narrow Side Table, Fully Assembled

Chairside End Table, Two-Drawer Narrow Side Table, Fully Assembled


Americana Farmhouse Dusty Taupe Bedside Chest with Charging Station

No, it is not a myth- convenience with style has found its way into the home furnishings and decor market.

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Kelsey Grammer

Hello, Baby Boomers.

Home furnishings and decor retailers are listening.


Decor For The Holidays And Beyond

We’re entering the special time of year when thoughts of sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond dance in our heads.

tinsel-on-bustCountry Living Magazine

The holiday season presents the perfect time for a house to home style spruce, and by spruce I’m not talking Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths (for the moment).

J. Hirsch Interior Design

J. Hirsch Interior Design

Besides delicious holiday fare, why not serve your guests (and more importantly yourself) a delicious visual feast by sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond.


Carlos Garcia Interiors

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, by now you know my personal design style falls into the traditional to classic category.

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved FeetWalnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table with Drake Carved Feet

Traditional has proven over the years to be an excellent canvas to build upon.

At certain points throughout my style journey, I’ve wondered if my consistent gravitation toward home decor accents and furnishings typical of my preferred design style places me in a design style rut.

Woody Argall Design

Woody Argall Design

Through trial and error I learned to trust my taste and eye, and in doing so gained confidence in my personal design choices.

Introducing new traditional and modern accents into the scheme keep things fresh.

Alexander the Great Torso Wall Sculpture

Alexander the Great Torso Wall Sculpture

Now let’s get to the sprucing up house and home for the holidays and beyond part of the show.

dining-room-chairsMixing chair styles, especially in terms of captain dining chairs, is a dynamite way of creating visual interest.

As much as I love decorating, my budget limits me from purchasing new furnishings at every season and holiday occasion.

This is where “at home” shopping comes in.

Assess your decor situation, pull items from one space to add to another, and see what you come up with.


House & Garden

If size limitations pose a problem, drop leaf and gateleg tables offer a stylish solution.

A drop leaf table works beautifully in a foyer, dining room, or even as a tabletop home for a HD LED TV.

Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table c1890Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table circa 1890

By no means has the design and decorating world grown tired of the neutral color palette. Neutral foundation pieces continue to beautifully perform as a decorative canvas to work with to accent and anchor a space.



Classic Wood Chandelier French Country Lighting 

Less is so much more when it comes to certain accents and accessories, and the addition of a cord cover to a chandelier is one such situation.

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandeliers with cord cover

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandelier

Dining room and foyer chandeliers tend to be a focal point accent, making them a preferable candidate for a cord cover.

Cord covers pull function and finished double duty.

Chains and wires are out of sight while giving the fixture a finished look.


Illusive Green SW 9164  –  Connected Gray SW 6165

Chelsea Mauve SW 0002  –  Pinky Beige SW 0079

Perfect Greige SW 6073  –  Dustblu SW 9161

Softened Green SW 6177  –  Creamy SW 7012

With the popularity of the modern farmhouse decorating style, the neutral palette has expanded from warm taupe and creamy whites to shades of matte greige, dusty blue, and pale green.

Distressed Blue Grey Ash Wood 73 in. Sideboard with 4-Doors and 4-Drawers

Distressed Blue Grey Ash Wood 73 in. Sideboard 


Roma Wall Mirror

Beveled Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors… art prints focused on interior design fun and fancy make fantastic hostess or from me to you gifts.

Serendipitous Serenade of Sorts art print

A Serendipitous Serenade of Sorts – Fine Art Print

You may be wondering how a space primarily decorated in traditional style could possibly coexist with modern accessories and maintain its balance and scale without disturbing the visual flow.

Chandos Interiors





the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

Contrast attracts the eye and creates visual interest.

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Jessie D. Miller Interior Design

Being on team home decor and furnishings make excellent Christmas gifts, it wouldn’t take much for me to be persuaded to put this decorative fireplace surround on my Dear Santa list.

Decorative Fireplace Surround

Decorative Fireplace Surround


Montecristo Magazine

Impressive home decor accents and furnishings is the decor for the holidays gift that keeps on giving year-round.


In The Lowcountry Style Of Show and Tell

A pinning, sourcing and swooning eye spy session put inspiration to idea for this in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.

Recently I received an email from Traditional Home which piqued my interest (isn’t that the point?).

As most of us do, I followed through with a click and, Lowcountry and behold, I discovered the feature “Breezy Lowcountry Home by Amy Elbert.”

The image gallery featured fifteen images capturing the charm of the inviting spaces and places of a vacation home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry designed by architect Geoffrey Bray and interior designer Wendy Kirkland.

Even though the article appears to be from the June 2014 issue, it proves classic design and decorating choices rooted in symmetry and proportion stand the test of time and trend.


Designer Wendy Kirkland

I really like this image of the great room vignette, and thought it may be fun to emulate the look in an in the Lowcountry style of show and tell feature.

I can’t tell you how many times a client has started a consultation by showing me an image from a shelter magazine or Pinterest followed up with a request for the completed space(s) to look exactly as pictured in the aforementioned image.

Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve yet to meet a decorista who hasn’t flattered the heck out of designer or decorator by borrowing from a well designed and decorated space.

Call it a creative compliment.

I don’t participate in, condone, nor suggest taking the work of another and calling it your own.


What I have done, and continue to do, is use the initial presentation as inspiration and from there incorporate my own personal in the Lowcountry style of preferences.


Lowcountry refers to the geographic and cultural region along the coastal region of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.

Lowcountry style combines sophisticated coastal with Southern chic.

Lowcountry style

Sourcing furnishings and décor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques, vintage and new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance and beauty.


Solid Mahogany Rustic Continental Style Server Console

Antique buffets, sideboards, and servers make excellent spot pieces.  I’ve seen them used in foyers, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms, mudrooms, bathrooms- you get the idea.

20th C Hand Carved Provincial Chest

20th C Hand Carved Provincial Chest

Antique furniture does not do it for everyone, but when you compare quality, price, patina and presence of an antique piece to a new piece, often there is no comparison between the two.


     Early 19th Century French Server
Antique Louis XV French Country Style Buffet 

When I can’t find the exact item or don’t exactly love the piece in totality, I pull from the highlights and work from there.

A large natural barnacle cluster paired with a Rosewood rectangular display stand images the look  while being more in line with my own taste.


Barnacle Cluster

Why no stand under the decorative barnacle bunch?

Try, try as I may, I could not get the stand positioned correctly and adding it to the moodboard threw the entire look off.


Rosewood Rectangular Stand

The landscape painting in the image is by artist Peter Hoffer.

I am sourcing an original work of Peter Hoffer and an in the style of option.


Cameo 39, 2013 by Peter Hoffer 


The Elm Tree Canvas Print by George Inness

The lamp featured in the game room vignette is made from architectural salvage.

The antique reproduction stool/chair is upholstered in a Pearson fabric.

I’ve come up with several in the Lowcountry style of recommendations for your decorating consideration.


Catalina Lighting Oil Rubbed Bronze Two-Light Table Lamp

The wall sconce light used in the moodboard sold out before I could post, so back to the moodboard we go for a selection of substitutions.


Shannon 2-Light Sconce in Warm Brass with White Fabric Shade
SAFAVIEH Lighting Covington 1-light Silver Black Wall Sconce 
Lazzaro Antique Iron 30-inch Wall Lamp
Royce Edge 1 light Golden Iron Wall Sconce

Barley Twist Bar Stool with Back - Navajo Red - Camel Color Leather Seat

Barley Twist Bar Stool with Back – Navajo Red – Camel Color Leather Seat

Barley Twist Carved Oak Arm Chair

The all you need is a decorative throw pillow to complete the look option applies here.


When they go cheap, we go chic.

By cheap I mean inexpensive, and by chic I mean fantastic style as it stands, but fabulous with a touch of customization.

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso


Inside Fabric

When the price point allows, consider upholstering a piece in a striking fabric to add yet another layer of personal style to the look.


Inside Fabric

Coastal design style is a summer natural, and when it is merged with in the Lowcountry style of accents and accessories the result is a serene, inviting, and charming aesthetic.

love your style


Rental Refresh Upgrades: The Comforts of Home

Pulling back the reins on major decorative and design improvements to a rental is a financially sound practice if you are not renting to own, making improvements to the property in return for rent credit or taking up residency for the long haul.

Dave the Builder and I completely overhauled, remodeled, refreshed and spiffed up our first home, a darling mid-century cottage lease purchase property.


I loved the bones of the house, but the decor stood still somewhere in the 1950s.

In the beginning we remodeled and refreshed for the comforts of home sake with caution, choosing to update through lighting and color.

I cannot beat the color drum enough- it really is the most bang for your buck way to infuse style into a home.

kitchen_melissa-leeLove, love, love!  Design Sponge


In the case of our son’s rental home, the kitchen is small but workable in regards to design, function and affordable possibilities.

Presently, the walls are painted red and the cabinets are white laminate with oak trim 1980s throwbacks.

You know the ones!

Dave the Builder and I scrimped, saved and sacrificed to remodel the kitchen in our first house.

We thought this style of kitchen cabinet was the bee’s knees, and according to the kitchen design magazines and showrooms a whole lot of other people did too!


Millennials love retro, and although everything old eventually becomes a new trend again, the dated oak trim will be modified with paint and new cabinet pulls added.

Since replacing the cabinets is cost prohibitive laminate it is!

As I explained to our son the pros of laminate cabinet fronts and countertops, he came around to the practicality of keeping the original cabinets in play.

Laminate is a very forgiving surface to work with.

The upkeep is minimal, and that works in any kitchen.

No need to throw the baby out with the bath water.

The Comforts of Home

Strategic pops of color and an accessories mix of warm metals with a modern spin will complement the neutral paint palette and introduce that new kitchen look.


Please excuse the poor quality of these images.

The combination of bad lighting and a cell phone camera gets you a color distorted photo.

The master bedroom walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Museum Piece.

The color in the above image is no where near the true color that is Museum Piece, so to my sources I go for an image that does capture the true color.

BM-museum-piece-framedBenjamin Moore

Great color choice!

BM-muesum-piece-wallsBenjamin Moore PSP-Museum Piece ~ Renae Keller Interior Design, Inc.

Master bedroom furnishings and accessories with a hint of Louisiana coastal chic will literally offer the comforts of home.


Final suggestions for decor accessories and furnishings lean toward DIY chic projects, hacks and thrifted treasures.

His fiancée scored a great coffee table and reinterpreted the style with paint and embellishments.

Our style council agreed a chic credenza with a mid-century interpretation will mix things up like a dry martini.

“By acquiring all of your furniture from different eras and places and things that are expensive and inexpensive, it will make your end product have a great spirit.”

Kelly Wearstler

A fantastic period piece in great condition that comes with the extra added bonus of a quality finish, impressive lines, scale and focal point presence to die for is out there, and a can of Johnson paste wax and a soft cloth will put the period at the end of the very stylish and on-trend sentence.


I will end this post with an observation from my earlier Rental Refresh Upgrades post.

Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?


Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.

All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it in the name of the comforts of home, convenience and personal style.

Love your style!

What Items Make Your House Your Home?

Past the design, past the paint, past the walls and windows- what items make your house your home?

Creature comforts, particular points of decorative interest, memorable mementos, and those I love my  _______________ gotta haves tend to go a long way in making the daily life lived within your home a little easier and a little prettier.

It dawned on me the other day I favor certain items over others when I clean, cook, compose, create— you get the idea.

I position certain accessories more front and center than others when company is coming.

These items run the gamut of detail.

Some perfectly nail the details of our personal tastes and others make it a beautiful, easy and convenient day in the neighborhood.

Far from mere decorative objects, everyday favorites and go-to items, these items all have one thing in common- they’re all things house that make a home.

The Big Blue Dutch Oven

The ooh la la factor is alive and well and cooking comfort food in French blue fierce style.

blue dutch oven

A great pillow


I’m not Mike Lindell.

Seriously though, a great pillow can help to remedy the nightly flop, flop, flip, flip oh how uncomfortable this pillow is.

A rested home is a happy home.

bed pillows

A Scented Candle

Sorbet by Aromatique is my all time favorite scented candle.

It’s a summer in a jar!

Coming in a close second is the little square candle I pick up at one of my favorite antiques stores.

I must admit I like every single scent in the Texas General Square Candles line, but fried green tomato is the scent that has guests of Places In The Home asking, “what is that fantastic scent?”

fried green tomato candle





Flowers are one of the quickest ways to bring the colors of the season to the table in any space.

foyer flowers bold colorsHouse Beautiful


Modern accessories can, and do, live well with antique, primitive and vintage pieces.

Pairing the unexpected is a trade secret worth sharing in the quest to combat boring cookie cutter decors.

Remember this caveat- accentuate the mix and match, eliminate the mish-mash.

antiques oklOne Kings Lane

Family pictures

Displaying pictures of family members frames the personality of our lives and offers a daily pictorial retrospective.


Reliable Appliances that Get the Job Done Right the First Time

A cook, baker or happy homemaker is only as good as the appliances he or she uses.

Of all the appliances in my get the job done inventory, I would hate to do without my Electrolux vacuum cleaner(s).

 I have four.

Yes, four.

File this one under if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Electrolux vacuums

Two of the models are no longer in production and are used for parts.

The other models are for finish jobs on installs and for everyday chores around the home base that is Places In The Home.


Show off  individual style and house to home personality through collections.

Place, hang, vignette- pick your display preference and do your collected treasures proud.

showhouse traditional entry


It’s show and tell time, friends!

What items make your house your home?

love your style

The Heart And Soul Of Decorating

In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend.  Think electronic gadgets.  About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike.  Does this principle apply to decorating?  Nah!  Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.


The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices.  We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal.  In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader.  “The  _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for.  Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.

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It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a  freshening up.  That’s the heart and soul of decorating.  Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time.  A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.

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And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…

Designer Bathtubs

Designer bathtubs offer a visual focal point for the space while redefining innovative style and function.

Designed with that in mind, the calming effects of the space and fixtures can provide a soothing home spa experience.

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Relaxation will never be guilty of being highly overrated.

The day’s stress belongs to a take me away far exceeding the bubbles of Calgon.

A desired and serene respite can be exclusively limited to the walls and confines of the bath.

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Better Homes and Gardens details options available for bathtub types, installation options, and materials to assist in finding the perfect tub.

 Find the Right Type of Tub for You.

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The standard designed clawfoot bathtub continues to be a highly sought after and favored choice.

The vintage traditional style beautifully accents the almost any decor.

Perfectly positioned for comfort, and optimally placed under the window for the homeowners to enjoy beautiful views, the accents, color palette and  vintage inspired fixtures put the pieces of the eased and elegant puzzle together.


Vintage inspiration coupled with modern freestanding design is the aesthetic feature of the clawfoot bathtub.

Beauty and function work together in relaxing harmony.

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From formal tone to casual simplicity, masculine decor or feminine influence, the beauty of a copper bathtub works well into the personality of the space.

Copper does not rust, is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, and the patina will only become more beautiful over time.

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This hammered copper double slipper bathtub from Premier Copper Products will instantly become the focal centerpiece of the space through superior design.


Renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola partnered with Agape to design the Pear bathroom collection.


The collection brings modern, sleek, and monochromatic magic to the guest rooms and suites of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona.

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Possibly better the second design time around, this Patricia Urquiola designed Vieques Tub for Agape brilliantly exemplifies a contemporary interpretation of a classic style.

An interior white finish coupled with a dark gray exterior finish magnifies modern appeal.

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The design features of a freestanding bathtub makes it an excellent choice for center of the room placement.


Kohler offers this white oval freestanding tub from their vintage series.

 The rolled rim and durable cast iron construction offer elegant traditional, and the anti-slip finish provides added safety.

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Influenced by marine woods and perfected by innovative design, the Laguna Spa Wood bathtub is a modern and glamorous fixture.

The Laguna Spa wood bathtub offers extraordinary design elements such as a soft sculptural form, glossy wood veneer finish available in Wenge, Walnut, Mahogany, Pearl, Iroko or Oak wood, and a dramatic pebble ring with elaborate overflow prevention technology at the edge of the tub.


Designer bathtubs make a statement while providing a luxury spa experience in the privacy and tranquility of your home.

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Beautifully designed and crafted, a designer tub introduces luxury and style to the at home spa experience.

The look as well as the function serves well as an essential  feature in both the design and  the ability to transform a standard bathroom into a relaxing retreat.