Inspired Ideas Floating Around

With all the inspired ideas floating around for the upcoming blog season, I find I’m not quite ready to throw in the summer beach towel just yet.

The summer has been a stylish one, and has turned out to be an interior decorating and home decor success in terms of trends and retail offerings.

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In the upcoming months we will color our world in fall colors.

Color knows all seasons, and is never far from the center of my decorating thoughts.

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We will see, source and discuss pattern and texture.

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Always a delicious source of conversation, fall is a grand time to season the season with fantastic comfort food features.

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Same goes for cooking tips and c’est si bon recipes!

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I look forward to sharing with you all the best of the season in home decor finds, antiques treasures and travel tales.

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Home accents, decor and furnishings markets are gearing up to reveal what’s new for the upcoming fall season in decorating trends and home decor.

Interior decorating, tailgating times, holiday happenings, fall colors on parade decor accents and accessories suggestions and inspired ideas to dish and decorate around will follow, and I for one can’t wait!

The summer blogging pace is slowing down for a few weeks in anticipation of a full-on fall preview.

I am looking forward to things to come, and hope you will tune in for the Places In The Home fall design and decorating show and tell.

I promise it will not disappoint.

Love your style!

2014 to 2015: Decorative Reflection and Anticipation

Saying so long to 2014 and looking towards a most stylish and tasteful 2015 calls for decorative reflection and anticipation.  Change came to Places In The Home in 2014 through color and redefining spaces, and embracing that change has proven to be a good and stylish thing.  As I look back at the most popular posts of 2014, I am anxious with anticipation to what 2015 will bring in terms of new trends, color options, and the always exciting challenge of taking lost in time decor styles to the next level with inspiring and timeless looks that reflect current day decorative wants and design needs.

5 In The Meantime Kitchen Updates

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Color Combination Decorating with Black and Yellow

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Spot On Spot Print

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Kitchen, Breakfast Area, And Butler’s Pantry Page Weekend Update

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Styling the Table Between Two Sofas: How To Style a Coffee Table

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From Coast to Coast: The Cuisine of Summer

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Attention To Detail: Bathroom Window Treatment Ideas

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Sightings, Prognostications and Guesstimations: Decorating Trends

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In the immortal words of Mr. Bennett, “The Best is Yet to Come!”

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A Most Fetching Friday 13: Interior Design

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday 13 features the best of the best in interior design, and all that that implies.

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ff-Mary-McDonald-Mary McDonald via Architectural Digest

ff-Ralph-Lauren-paintRalph Lauren via Home Depot

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traditional-living-room-darryl-carterDarryl Carter Inc. via Architectural Digest

ff-goldAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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 I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

A Most Fetching Friday 12: Circle of Talented Friends

This week’s Fetching Friday 12 is a visual shout-out to members of my furnish, tile, feature, FOLK, and photography circle of business and social media friends.

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ff-Habersham-HomeHabersham Home

ff-Walker-ZangerWalker Zanger

ff-bathroom-DomaineDomaine

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FOLK Magazine

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I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

A Beautiful Distraction: Interior Design and Decorating Images

The interior design and decorating minded tend to look at objects, spaces and interior design and decorating images in a different light.

A discerning eye will wonder toward a beautiful distraction in seconds flat.

As Dave the Builder and I were watching a movie over the weekend, I realized my love of all things placement, pattern and palette was working overtime.

Dave asked me a question about the story line, and as I fumbled to conceal the fact I didn’t have a clue he asked, “are you even watching the movie?”

Technically, I’m watching, but more and more the focus of my attention is not with the story line.

These eyes are zeroed in on the real star of the show.

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To say I am completely taken in by the the houses (set recreated or actual real estate), architecture, grounds and furnishings that frame the frame is an understatement.

As soon as the final credits roll off the screen the floodgates of post film commentary open.

We Siskel and Ebert the heck out of the exteriors and interiors of the houses seen throughout the film, what design features would be considered passé by today’s standards, and how classic design elements will stand the test of taste and time.

This beautiful distraction dilemma is taking on a life of its own.

The number of interior design and decorating images I view in a single week is in the territory of beautifully ridiculous.

 Pens and pads are strewn about my desk, a quick reach in close proximity of the keyboard for the numerous gotta have it, gotta share it, gotta remember the source jot it down moments of my blogging life.

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Interior design and decorating images showcasing exceptional design and decorating work produce inspired results.

Take the image below from the Waco Symphony Showhouse 2013.

The interior design and decorating genius of CDA Interior Design is a showhouse showstopper.

Is this not a stunning example of coastal chic on steroids?

It is amazing how fast my eyes can style spot at least eight points of interior interest in this image.

Equally amazing is how fast the featured interior design, furnishings and accessories draw me in.

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I’m no code cracker, but I think that is exactly the point.

Love your style!

In The Meantime Kitchen Updates

Kitchen design and decor inspiration combined with innovative technology is a kitchen design equation force to reckon with.

It’s no secret that the kitchen is the heart of the home-it is one happening space!

We’ve moved away from the small, strictly get the job done space placed in the back of the house.

Today’s kitchen is a culinary, family and multi-functional all things house that make a home epicenter of design and decor attention.

Here are the two kitchen design and decor statements of fact I hear the most:

1. My kitchen design, decor, features, appliances, fixtures, lighting, color, countertops and flooring is exactly what I want.

2. My kitchen design, decor,  features, appliances, fixtures, lighting, color, countertops and flooring is exactly what I don’t want.

If your dream kitchen is already a reality, tuck this information away in your future remodeling tips file.

If your dream kitchen is in your renovation future, you may want to move the cursor over to the bookmark icon.

Waiting for all the working parts to perfectly come together for any renovation or remodel can find you in a holding pattern.

Spot updates deliver real time results.

You can make small tweaks and affordable in the meantime kitchen updates right now.

Here’s the takeaway:

Take away the brain teasers and budget busters from renovating, remodeling or updating with these in the meantime kitchen updates.

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1.  New Cabinet Hardware

Installing new cabinet hardware provides an instant update that is affordable, easy and just what the kitchen eye candy doctor ordered.

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2.  Embellish 

Appliques, corbels and decorative molding or trim dress up existing cabinet boxes, range hoods, refrigerator panels and window casings.
Grab a measuring tape, wood glue, a hammer and nails and let’s embellish! 
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3. New Switches and Switch Plate Covers

Install new switches and switch plate covers.

Turn on the style and turn off the outdated for minimal money.

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4.  Replace Existing Lighting Options

Under the counter lighting is not only a good choice of task lighting and an effective work space tool, but it’s an affordable and easy to install choice for accent lighting.

Table lamps and kitchen countertops equal juxtaposition genius, and wallet friendly pendant lighting adds an instant source of light and style.

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5.  Painting cabinets 

Give your kitchen cabinets a weekend of drop clothes, brushes and paint and they’ll give you a refreshed and updated pop of color.

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Illuminating, popping the color, taking a ride with heavy or light hardware metals and rethinking traditional aspects of the space deliver big results with a big visual return.

These in the meantime kitchen updates can eliminate the holding pattern effect and give a preview of bigger things to come.

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.

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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…