Today’s Fetching Friday is a take on the dog days of summer.
Ancient Egyptian and Roman astrology links the Dog Star, Sirius, to the hottest weeks of the year of July to mid-August. The oppressive heat of the Dog Star coupled with the sultry heat of the sun creates the extra cruel and brutal heat, ergo the dog days of summer.
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, July 2019 now ranks as the hottest month ever recorded.
“Summer, with its dog days, its vacations, its distractions, is over. We have had our holidays, our rest, our recreation. The fall season, with its new opportunities for effort, enterprise and achievement, is upon us. Let us rip off our coats and get down to business.”
-B. C. Forbes
“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
– Henry James
William McClure -Photo by Frank Tribble
“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”
“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.”
Creative leeway, contrast, and brilliant juxtaposition work in unison with signature style home decor pieces at varying price points to represent the decorating styles expressly associated with period homes and signature NOLA style.
When I take a visual inventory of the curated style in my own home and the home decor pieces featured in this post, I’m reminded of the spaghetti sauce ad from campaigns past that proclaims, “it’s in there!”
New Orleans interior designer Valorie Hart notes in a recent post on The Visual Vamp that silk drapes continue to be a popular choice with decoristas in New Orleans while the color orange remains a top color preference for draperies.
A look-see of this decorating show and tell counted as the second time in one day my decorating eye crossed paths with orange drapes- reason enough to give a second thought to changing the color of the drapes in the den.
When the preliminary remodel/decor strategy session (eloquent words for the thirty minute “this is what I want, and how are you going to make my remodeling suite dreams come true?” conversation with Dave) began, my mental Rolodex flipped to I for inspiring design features from hotel to home.
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room
The implementation of inspiring design features to further enhance the look and design of our master bathroom is presently on hold for two families under one roof reasons.
The upside is time- time that allows me to source, study and gather inspiring design features information.
Hotels roll with the what’s on trend flow when it comes to updating the interiors of rooms, and what a difference a contemporary update makes. Which do you prefer?
Making a bold statement with bold and beautiful home decor and the bold, color wheel wow and oh so beautiful decor accessories drenched in bold home decor color is a bold move in the right and decoratively daring direction.
Bold home decor statements in bold and living color are alive and done very well in New Orleans style as illustrated page after unique page in Valorie Hart’s book, House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana.
From floor to ceiling, a brilliant contrast created through bold color, pattern and texture combined with distinctive accents and home decor accessories notes a truly unique design and decor visual experience.
If there is a better way to spend a weekend afternoon than in New Orleans perusing Camp Street or strolling the streets of the French Quarter, I have yet to find it (and goodness knows I do love the pursuit of Paris).
It’s a wonderful substitute for an afternoon in Paris only 3½ hours from my driveway.
I set my GPS -Grand Paris Style- for the Vieux Carré and we’re off!
Antiquing and fleaing at flea markets is a weekend ritual of absolute bargains and beauty in the eye of the treasure, trinkets and trash beholder.
I love the phrase treasures, trinkets and trash for what it is and what it was- the name of my grandmother’s antique shop.
The appeal of flea market and antique shopping is rooted in curiosity, appreciation, vintage love, and the art of the deal. Avid, seasoned, and even novice flea market treasure hunting and antique shoppers know of what I speak.
Do you brake for antique and vintage treasures?