Fetching Friday: About the House

Today’s Fetching Friday features lovely spaces and places about the house.

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Gorgeous comes home in the most splendid and stunning of ways.

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Early Branch Farm-Robert M. Cain Architect

Natural settings resplendent in a peaceful easy feeling welcome cozy home.

If you could bottle this feeling it would be the elixir sure to cure the world’s ails.

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Jessica Helgerson Interior

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

—Luther Burbank

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Robbie Caponetto

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Architectural Digest

Antique pieces about the house never fail to impress the space they grace.

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Caroline Brackett Studio of Design

Antiques possess the quality of adaptability.

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Victoria Magazine

Pieces complement rather than clash with the central design style, enhancing the overall aesthetic.

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House & Garden – Photo by Rachel Whiting

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull
of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.”

― Rumi

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1stDibs – Rebecca James Studio – Photography by Richard Gooding

Searching for tips, tricks, and general cucumber information, I ran across a line or two of pickle humor and thought it sweet and dilliciously delightful.

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

Good thing I’m not on the recipe hunt for a summer corn casserole.

Talk about corny jokes.

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Photo by Reka Biro-Horvath on Unsplash

Call this my contribution to the Friday funnies.

Cucumbers hate becoming pickles.
For them, it’s a jarring experience.

Hope your Friday is filled with beauty and laughter.

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Wallpaper: A Classic Choice

Wallpaper is a classic choice décor element showcasing color, pattern as the featured focal point, and texture a tactile experience.

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Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Contemplating what to do with a room/space is the first stage of artistic creativity.

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Photo by Valentina Ivanova on Unsplash

Look at it this way; the walls of the space serve as a blank canvas, and your vision in unison with your personal style stamp the design elements that create the palette.

Decorative vision factored in with personal style creates the palette, and when wallpaper makes the design cut the visual impact is magnified through distinct colors, patterns and textures.

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Heather Chadduck Interiors and Textiles – Photography by Alison Gootee

I’ll let Martha Stewart and Company explain How to Hang Wallpaper (click on the link for instructions), and I’ll cover the differences between traditional and removable aka peel and stick options.

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Application options grant homeowners and renters alike decorating freedom.

Traditional wallpaper wins out in the following categories:

Overall quality of the product.

Staying power.

Ease of positioning on the wall during application.

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Most traditional wallpaper comes pre-pasted. To activate the paste, the wallpaper is soaked in water.

Unpasted paper requires the application of clear wallcovering adhesive to the back of the product.

Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper.  From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.

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Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.

Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.

Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photographed by Erica George Dines

Peel and stick pattern options rival those of traditional papers.

More times than not you can easily locate a peel and stick version of a traditional pattern.

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Mama Places In The Home and I were having a conversation the other evening about first one thing than two when the focus of our chat turned toward why we favor the design styles we do.

Traditional with a fresh perspective pretty much best describes my preferred design style.

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

Factors to consider when deciding on a pattern, texture, and type basically involves personal style preferences and what space the paper will be used in.

Of course scale, flow, and balance in regards to the neighboring rooms must be taken into consideration when selecting patterns.

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Lauren DeLoach Interiors – Photography by Emily Followill

Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary, however, pattern power clashing gets awfully busy with the eye, and runs the risk of overpowering the intended design statement.

Visual flow works to deliver a harmonious result.

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Ottoman Fantasy

Trends and pattern popularity may ebb and flow, but at its core wallpaper stands as a timeless design element.

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Norwall Floral Laurel

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper - Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper – Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Speaking of trends, my eye and my heart welcomes the return to pretty.

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Anna Louise Wolfe, Ltd.

We’re seeing it in the still going strong grandmillennial style, the gaining steam coastal grandmama, and the cozy with a twist cottagecore.

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One Kings Lane – Becky Boyle Interiors

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Where classic coastal hues of blues and greens merge with Nancy Meyer influenced neutrals is where you find the grandmother coastal aesthetic.

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Cyclical perhaps, but cozy chic depicted through colors, textures, and patterns of days gone by welcomes cottagecore style home.

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Laura Ashley Aveline Rose Wallpaper

New spins on classic favorites isn’t exactly a new concept in the design and decorating world.

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House & Home

There will always be room at the design and decorating table for this perennial design style.

Lenox Hil ScenicToileTrees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

Lenox Hil Scenic/Toile/Trees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

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Etched Arcadia Mural

What a modern adaptation has the ability to do is suit today’s personal decorating preferences while acquainting the eye with a fresh take that immensely enhances the core design style.

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Magnolia Canopy by de Gournay – Photography by Rebecca Reid

Gorgeous!

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Barringtons Grisaille by Susan Harter Muralpapers

“Use wallpaper in unexpected places:
on the ceiling in a paneled room,
in closets, hallways, and small foyers.
A great pattern or texture in small spaces
can be a prodigious twist!”

—Lindsey Coral Harper

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 Creative Tonic

Greek Key Foil Gunmetal Wallpaper

Greek Key Metallic Shine Foil Vinyl Wallpaper

Modern take.

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

The once a flipper, always a flipper side of my brain together with my decorating eye spies the divine flooring and thinks flip that beauty from floor to ceiling with this choice.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Wallpaper

Dynamic decorating duo.

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Taftan Oasis Tribal Geometric Area Rug

Color, texture, and patio patterns set a spring into summer scene into motion.

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Anthony Cochran Design

Iconic pairing of color and pattern, the instantly recognizable banana leaf design Martinique wallpaper designs and decorates the equally famous Beverly Hills Hotel.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

You had me at pink and green.

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Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Giving a modern twist to the traditional keeps the look fresh and the style on trend and in demand.

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Steve Cordony/Stylist

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

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Mardan Light Green Banana Leaf Wallpaper

Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

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Flower Magazine- Interior design by James Farmer – Photography by Jeff Herr

Put pattern to play with whimsical choices.

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Lucy and Company

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Library Bookshelf Wallpaper

As noted in my Lemon Influenced Home Décor post, nursery through to kids room design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.

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Forêt noire designed by Nathalie Lété Heidi Caillier Design

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Fae Sage Woodland Paper Wallpaper

Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.

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Garden & Gun – Photography by Morgan & Owens

On first thought I love the idea of wallpaper as a focal point for a statement wall as represented in the New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer

Of special interest to my gotta have it list, I need those beds.

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

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Alice In Wonderland

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Lemon Option #1

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Citrus Grove Fruit and Leaves Removable Peel & Stick Texture Wallpaper

Lemon Option #2

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Lemon Twist

If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, the conversation turns to texture and grasscloth wallpapers.

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 Summer Thornton Design

When farmhouse/modern farmhouse design style flooded the screens and scrolls of the design and decorating loyal, textured and the look of textured found a resurgence in popularity.

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Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper 

Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture and durable function keep the spotlight on it.

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our personal homes to rave reviews.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Light Grey
York Quarter Sawn Wood Brown
Ozone Taupe Texture
Scalamandre Shantung Grasscloth Lapis
Manhattan Comfort Elmhurst Vinyl Grey Horizontal Faux Grasscloth
Seabrook NA205  Java Grass 

Scalamandre Zebras - Zanzibar Wallpaper

Massucco Warner Miller

Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify the hallmarks of classic brands and enduring trend leaders.

Safari Brown Zebra Safari Self Adhesive Wallpaper

Stand-alone style standouts, if you will.

Scalamandre Zebra Safari Wallpaper

Scalamandré Zebras

Scalamandré Zebras in the self adhesive/ peel-and-stick option or the traditional cut and paste application option.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

The investment in an iconic pattern is for the life of the space.

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Veranda

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Instant focal point wow factor comes to the back of cupboards and bookcases.

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Liz Caan Interiors

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

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 Erin Gates Design

Amplify the beauty of an antique piece by lining the drawers in a fabulous designer pattern.

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Veranda – Photography by Alison Gootee

Pastel colors, blue and white texture combinations, and timeless toile patterns naturally bring spring to mind.

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Brooke Crew Interiors

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Hey gang, here’s a DIY project tutorial for bringing a curated look to an IKEA room divider.

Click on the link below for the details.

IKEA Room Divider DIY Project

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Classic patterns coupled with durable function make wallpaper a quality  choice of product that remains a timeless design and home décor choice.

Fetching Friday: Peaceful Easy Feeling

Today’s Fetching Friday revolves around lovely images, wise words, and the peaceful easy feeling a Friday evokes.

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Relaxing and thoughtful is a Friday theme I believe we can all identify with.

Today’s post serves as a permission slip for taking a moment to scroll and enjoy.

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Jeune femme lisant dans un jardin  by Henri Lebasque

“Flowers lead to books, which lead to thinking and not thinking and then more flowers and music, music.
Then many more flowers and many more books…”

—Maira Kalman

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Pinterest

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales
and I like them best of all.”

― Audrey Hepburn

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Pinterest

“The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”

—Mary Kay Ash

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Baccarat

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

—Luther Burbank

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Belinda Fewings – Unsplash

“Spring: the music of open windows.”

– Terri Guillemets

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Pinterest

“Give every day the chance to become
the most beautiful day of your life.”

—Mark Twain

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House & Garden – Photography by Michael Sinclair

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.

Psalm 23: 1-3

Wishing each of you a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend filled with that peaceful easy feeling.

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Valentine’s Day Loveliness

Valentine’s Day loveliness treats heart, eye, and spirit to beauty on scroll.

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“Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found,
and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”

—D.H. Lawrence

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Veranda

Valentine’s Day loveliness reaches far beyond one day of the year as demonstrated by the sublime antique gold gilt heart-shaped back dining chairs chosen as intended statement pieces in this timeless winter-white dining room designed by Alex Papachristidis.

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Unique Homestays

Perfect pairings.

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“True love stories never have endings.”

— Richard Bach

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Disney Enchanted

Love is in the air, and the word of the day affectionately defined by the look and the dance of enamored admiration.

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Buttery Planet

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House & Garden – Photography by Simon Upton

Valentine’s Day tradition dictates the implementation of a red and pink color palette into delectable sweets and décor treats.

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Abstract Dream Pink Gold II by Pamela J. Wingard Canvas Wall Art

Abstract Dream Pink Gold II by Pamela J. Wingard Canvas Wall Art

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“Whatever makes an impression on the heart
seems lovely in the eye.”

—Saadi

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“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach
for more, that plants a fire in our hearts
and brings peace to our minds.”

— Nicholas Sparks

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Valentine’s Day Garland

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Darling, I Love You Hand Stamped Spoon

“Sometimes the smallest things
take up the most room in your heart.”

— Winnie the Pooh

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Neutral Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath

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Country Living

“I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart
With more love and more joy than age or time could ever destroy.”

—William “Smokey” Robinson

valentine's-day-lovelinessMore is my word of the year.

More not driven in the vein of greedy motivation, but in the earnest desire to fill daily life with more love, more joy, more beauty, more Valen-TIME.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Most Fetching Design Friday: T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker

Today’s A Most Fetching Design Friday features impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.

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Striking images from design portfolios gifts the house and home enthusiast designs to admire and interiors by which to glean inspiration from.

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T.S. Adams Studio, Architects

Although many decor accessories and furnishings know no season, particular colors, textures, and patterns do in fact typify a particular season.  There’s something so fall about a wild turkey illustration, antique copper water cooler, and a rustic painted hoop back bench chair inspired by an 18th century Hickory original design.

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1836 Antique Turkey Engraving – Meleagris Gallopavo 

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Antique Copper Cooler

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Theodore Alexander Rustic Hickory Chair

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T. S Adams Studio, Architects

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T. S. Adams Studio, Architects

Lighting fixtures are the jewelry of a space.

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The Delia 8-Light foyer pendant in bronze and the Currey & Company Beesthorpe Lantern in golden Pyrite Bronze-finished wrought iron possess the qualities of well designed jewelry- fashionable, brilliant, and graceful.

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Beesthorpe Lantern

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William T Baker & Associates-James Lockhart Photo

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Great American Homes Volume III

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William T. Baker – James Lockheart Photographer – Mandy Culpepper Interiors

Inspiration is everywhere, and the architecture of the Louisiana low-country serves the architectural detailing of this William T. Baker designed home.  Seeing as I have a strong affinity for Louisiana architecture and herringbone brick floors, this image immediately caught my eye and my heart.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring a selection of impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel

Updating and refreshing blog posts is a necessary exercise in relevancy just as updating and refreshing our decor is.

A recent discovery of original images of the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort by architectural photographer Ezra Stoller and the video Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort is an exciting development (the video is posted towards the end of the post) and the main reason for updating Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel.

In compliance with licensing and copyright permission, the usage of the Ezra Stoller images was only approved for use in Pinterest board format.

The link to the Pinterest board is also towards the end of the post.

If the story of the glamour days of a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach hotel, the architecture and interior design features that impressed and inspired, and the who, what, when, where and why that made it the pleasure dome on the Coast captures your imagination, then I’ve got a blog post for you.

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The decorating wheels of my mind are always turning, especially while on vacation.

Checking in and checking out the architectural, interior design and decorating features of the hotel we are staying at mixes business with pleasure.

Inspiring design and decorating features of the lobby, dining room, swimming pool area and grounds of the hotel and of course, the well appointed hotel room, become impressive souvenirs.

640px-Woodward_biloxi_lighthouseBiloxi Beach Lighthouse ~ William Woodward 

Over the summers of the early and mid 1970s, my family attended American General Contractors conventions in Biloxi, Mississippi.

I fell head over heels in love with the aesthetic of the buildings and interiors of our summer home away from home at 2110 Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort aka the Broadwater.

Through words, Biloxi memories, Ezra Stoller images and decor accessories and accents in the style of, I invite you along on this tour of the architecture and interior design of the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

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The Broadwater

The Broadwater Beach Hotel began as a modest hotel property in comparison to what the Broadwater would become under the ownership of its second owner, Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown.

Pete Martin Sr., the original builder and owner, was known as a well-known gambler and rum runner along the coast.

He opened the Art Deco style hotel in 1939, but the desire to invest in a Las Vegas hotel brought about the need to raise the funds to pursue this endeavor.

Enter Texas oilman Joe Brown.

Mr. Brown purchased the property from Pete Martin, Sr. in 1958, but unfortunately Mr. Brown passed away the next year.

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Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown wholeheartedly embraced the task at hand of transforming the Broadwater into a travel destination contender.

Mrs. Brown, with a keen vision and staunch attention to architectural detail, brought to fruition a premier flagship beach hotel and resort property.

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Dorothy Dorsett Brown launched a new Sea·Sun-Food·Fun architectural and mid-century modern interior design renovation complete with architectural enhancements, renovations and additions to the property.

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Stunning on all beach fronts, the newly completed and modernly improved Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort raised the hospitality stakes as the foremost host on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

I have diligently tried to locate fixtures, fabrics and finery original to the Broadwater to little or no avail.

I’ve selected a few accents and accessories to illustrate the juxtaposition between yesteryear and today’s interior decorating tastes and trend.

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Standing out among the other properties along Beach Boulevard Highway 90, a half circular exposed aggregate palm tree lined driveway and signature concrete canopy glamorously greeted guests.

As coastal day turned to coastal night, exterior recessed, spotlight and pathway lighting illuminated the Broadwater in shades of yellow tinted white.

As an extra-added “front of the house” visual treat, colored bulbs were added to the landscape spotlights in the front landscape beds.

It’s all in the details!

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 Four Seasons Toronto ~ Yabu Pushelberg

The lobby showcased Terrazzo flooring, framed artwork, Italian chandeliers, mid century modern table lamps and walls dressed in mid century style contemporary walnut paneling.

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Light Society Montreal Clear Glass Five-Light Chandelier

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Montreuil Chandelier 

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Retro Stone Table Lamp with Painted Drum Shade - Lucas McKearn

Retro Stone Table Lamp with Painted Drum Shade – Lucas McKearn

Possini Euro Design Mid Century Modern Table Lamp Ceramic Ivory Drip Glaze Fabric Drum Shade

Possini Euro Design Mid Century Modern Table Lamp 

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Coastal Couture Coral 26-inch Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Coastal Couture Coral 26-inch Table Lamp (Set of 2)

The extensive grounds of the Broadwater included Lanai rooms, brick cottages, a resort triple play of swimming pools complete with waterfalls, diving board (remember when hotel pools had a diving board?) and postcard worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, family friendly offerings such as a playground and train, elegant dining options featuring live musical entertainment, tennis courts, riding stables and premier Sun and Sea golf courses.

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Regarded as a state of the art jewel of the Coast, the Broadwater Marina made its property debut to the boating public in 1965.

Dorothy Dorsett Brown spent $3,000,000.00 to build the marina.

That’s a lot of clams for 1965!

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The Broadwater Marina could host up to 150 sail and powerboats.

Hotel shore to ship services such as boat or yacht housekeeping and room service was offered to the marina occupants.

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The staff of the Broadwater Hotel and Marina, with effortless precision, mastered the art of hotel and southern hospitality.

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No pedometer was needed to record the number of steps taken or distance walked around the sprawling grounds of the Broadwater.

Miles.

Trust me.

We clocked hours swimming under the waterfalls of the Lanai pool, holding court poolside from the swim up tables bedecked with fringed umbrellas in resort festive colors, and sipping Shirley Temples made to order with extra long stemmed cherries and crushed ice.

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Room service delivered to the patio of Lanai room 127 was a daily treat enjoyed by the members of our future ladies who lunch club.

The room key from Lanai room 127 is a forever souvenir from the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

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The objective of a hotel or resort is to treat guests to a memorable vacation and hospitality experience.

One of my most endearing memories of the Broadwater is the The Royal Terrace dining room.

Opulent yet accessible, the interior design and decorating accent mark was fittingly placed over swank and service.

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Vintage Cookbooks & Crafts ~ Restaurant-ing Through History

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I am truly convinced my love of crystal prisms began in The Royal Terrace in the summer of 1973.

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Corbett Lighting Chimera 2-light Silver Wall Sconce

Options for today’s in the style of look-

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Crystal Wall Sconce Options

Elegant wall sconces dripping in crystal prisms illuminated ornamental panels.

Crisp white linen tablecloths draped tables elegantly set for a summer night on the town dining experience.

A distinctive curved wall to the left of the main dining area anchored the Trophy lounge.

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A curved floor to ceiling wall of windows adorned in Austrian shades overlooking the pools and patio all done against the backdrop of deep pink and white color palette perfection.

These will forever be a few of my favorite hotel interior design and decorating things.

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Destruction and devastation is the calling card of a hurricane, and the states in the Gulf Coast region have had their fair share come to call.

Dave the Builder’s sister, her husband who was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, their toddler daughter, and her in-laws rode out Hurricane Camille at The Broadwater Beach.

Her mother-in-law worked at the Broadwater, and feeling the structure sound she suggested the young military family take refuge at the hotel.

Evacuation confusion ensued along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as hurricane coverage of the category 5 hurricane was thought to be aimed at Florida.

Hurricane warnings for the area were issued by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, August 17, 1969.

The window of opportunity for them to safely evacuate slammed shut sooner than later, forcing them to seek protection in the motel rooms on the back part of the property.

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Hurricane Camille’s landfall presence was unforgiving.

The storm surge was brutal, flooding and fires consumed and destroyed properties, and the death toll startling.

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The Broadwater Hotel suffered storm surge flooding, and the Broadwater marina saw moderate damage.

The Broadwater weathered the storm and survived the damage of Hurricane Camille, coming out on the other side of nature’s wrath repaired and renewed.

This time.

I last visited the Broadwater Beach Hotel in 1998.

Financial neglect, design and decor disrepair, and changing times were now guests with no intention of checking out.

The bones of the main building were as I remembered, but an attempt at updating the once glorious interiors looked to be an epic fail.

Post Katrina Damage to Main Pools & Dining Room

Hurricane Katrina barreled through, and what parts of the Broadwater Hotel she didn’t destroy the wrecking ball did.

On this side of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the economic downturn of 2008 comes hope for a Broadwater revival.

Broadwater Development, LLC hopes to once again create resort magic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where exceptional hospitality leaves a lasting impression- one that invites you back time and time again.

News of the revival of the Broadwater is exciting as is the discovery of Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort.

Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel

Please find the link to the Pinterest board below:

The Belle of Biloxi: The Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort

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The companion post to this feature, Souvenirs: 21 Inspiring Design Features from Hotel to Home, is currently in the process of being updated and will be posted at the end of the week.

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images via Preservation in Mississippi, PIM via John Beers II,Flickr/tombarnes20008,Reocities

Stylish Black Interiors

That old black magic has me in its stylish black interiors spell.

Leave it to the vocal stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith on “That Old Black Magic” and the ever classic Blackglama campaigns to give me a Halloween appropriate idea for this post.

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In regards to interior design and decorating elements, I often borrow from the genius of Blackglama and the question that rhetorically asks, “What Becomes a Legend Most?”

Stylish black interiors definitively ask and answer the question, what becomes a classic most?

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The color black instantly adds an air of drama to the space.

Depth and tone mesmerize and entice the eye.

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Drama comes home in a most elegant way.

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An impressive aesthetic opens the door to details of spellbinding proportions.

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Stylish black interiors make an unequivocal statement of distinction.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Blooming with Beauty

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is features images blooming with beauty, style and inspiration.  I don’t believe anyone would fault us for stepping back if for only a brief moment to admire objects of beauty, n’est-ce pas?

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The Berry

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Inside a Picture-Perfect Summer Garden Party in Charleston perfectly styled by Tara Guérard for One Kings Lane.

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Jill Sorensen 

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Suzanne Kasler 

Halvorson Farmhouse, front porch cover try

A summer scene from Southern Living- the magazine and the way of life.

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Elle Decor

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Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Philippians 4:8

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