Easter Week at Places In The Home

Spring blooms, seasonal snaps, and a heavy dose of Easter tradition ushers in Easter week at Places In The Home.

What’s hoppin’ around your house this Easter week?

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Red and pink beauties are beginning to bloom offsetting the brown and greenish gray color holdovers from winter’s grip.

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From the I ♥ garden roses collection.

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I’ll enjoy the arrangements for another day or two, and then use the petals for rose petal ice cubes.

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My brother dropped by yesterday bearing gifts of gardenias.

The spring beautification process is a slowly but surely operation, but we’re getting there.

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Dave the Builder’s latest pet project, the taming of the squirrel, is proving successful.

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Maybe too successful.

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This crazy thing perches itself on the main branch of the crepe myrtle tree right outside the kitchen window and peers through the window.

Evidently watching me washing dishes is wildly entertaining.

We are one wild and crazy crew, animals included.

I dug this photo of Dave, the Canadian snowbird and Cottontail the rabbit out of the Places In The Home archives.  If you think the photo quality is horrible in black and white, you should see the color version.

Mama Places In The Home snapped this circa 2005 pic with a throwaway camera.

Annie Leibovitz she is not.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the bunny backstory:

Dave and I were checking out the newly planted flower beds late one spring afternoon.  I was in the color in bloom zone, laser focused on the budding design features detailing my mad lawn and garden skills.

Dave on the other hand was channeling his inner Dr. Doolittle with the just discovered addition to our flower garden menagerie.

Cottontail the baby rabbit hopped right up to Dave in are you my father fashion.  We brought him inside that evening and set him up in a toilet paper box direct from the discard bin at the local Kroger.

We lined the box with newspaper and grass clippings hoping to emulate a natural surrounding, and placed a water bowl and rabbit food over to one corner.

Cottontail was in high cotton for the evening.

The next morning it was back to the outdoors where he thrived and frolicked, nested in our yard and flower garden, adapted to the daily comings and goings of our schedules, and waited in the driveway each afternoon to greet Dave.

As mysteriously as he appeared he disappeared, leaving a hole in our hearts.

We got so attached to that silly rabbit, so much so that I cried for three days when he went away.

Dave stills tears up when he talks about that silly rabbit.

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My Easter Eggstravaganza centerpiece is a build upon canvas.

Deconstructing the Mardi Gras King Cake centerpiece, it dawned on me that by adding to instead of taking away from the existing tulle a shimmering color rich nest effect would be created.

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What nature does not provide, the Walmart-Michaels-Hobby Lobby floral department will.

Faux flowers serve the purpose in certain decorating for the holiday situations, and when quality stems are selected the finished result can be faux fabulous.

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The incredible, dyeable, edible egg.

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Fresh mint.

Fresh lemon.

Fresh orange.

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Fresh parsley.

Fresh carrots.

Easter!

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Easter week sets spring into motion.

Another season, another wonderful reason for decorating, planting, entertaining, and gathering round dining and picnic tables of stylish tablescapes and delicious dishes with dear loved ones and great friends.

Dave and I hope your Easter week, weekend and Sunday is one of blessings, love, laughter, and making wonderful traditions and memories time spent with family and friends who are like family.

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A Show and Tell On This Beautiful Good Friday

Holidays are a time for celebrating, rejoicing, feasting and sharing.  We will practice and partake in all, beginning with a hippity, hoppity Easter’s on its way show and tell on this beautiful Good Friday.

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Plastic Easter eggs and a gold bunny from Dollar Tree make eggcellent decoration anchors for the holiday dessert display.

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Live lilies as well as porcelain and china flowers take centerpiece stage on the Easter table.

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antique-plate-1It’s the year of the wedding(s) in the Places In The Home family.

There’s talk of silver, china, monograms, cakes and flowers at holiday gatherings with assurances from one very proud mom and aunt that the topic of conversation is one of supreme interest.

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Dorothy’s Homemade Coconut Cake Recipe from Alex Hitz is the perfect choice of Easter, bridal shower or bridesmaid luncheon dessert.

Poncahtoula strawberries

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May I suggest a dessert pairing featuring fresh Louisiana strawberries topped with a heavy handed spoonful of granulated pure cane sugar served in watermelon glass pattern sherbets in spring and summer shades of pink and green.

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The bloom is off the rose thanks to recent tornado times however, a lawn and garden gift of good nature produced fresh blooms from knock out roses row.

Bridal shower inspiration bloomed, and rose petal ice cubes became the entertaining diy project of the day.

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It’s all in the details.

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Remembering, reflecting, celebrating, decorating and wishing you a blessed and beautiful Good Friday.

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Garden Home Decor Colors

Every now and then it is necessary to perform housekeeping and updating to clear the cobwebs away from older posts, revivify information and renew resources.

Garden home decor colors is one of those times and one of those posts.

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We gather inspiration from the color palette of nature and company.

Funny how the colors of what grows in the garden inspires from the garden home decor colors.

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Farmers Market, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eggplant or aubergine takes its place on the color wheel in visually impressive fashion.

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Aubergine commands full focal point attention.

This particular shade of purple is no shrinking violet.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert Photography; interior by The Brooklyn Home Company.  As Featured by One Kings Lane

Robust.

Confident.

Vibrant.

Palette Potent.

Eggplant or aubergine brings the hue you calling gorgeous drama to a space.

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Buttery French Yellow #e6b70f

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Pattern

Pattern makes a compelling argument for the beauty that lies within in the it’s all in the details details.

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I do believe a color combination post featuring the swoon worthy color combination of buttery French yellow and luxurious creamy dreamy not quite white is in the immediate future of Places In The Home.

Simply gorgeous!

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 Color

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Tomato Red

Tomato Yellow

Tomato Green

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There is something so summer about the variety of colors associated with fresh from the garden tomatoes.

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From the garden to the table to the perfect color choice of a decorative home accessory, garden home decor colors inspire.

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 Mandarina Studio 

Love the pop of garden bold colors paired with a Places In The Home house favorite- the ever so chic choice of leopard print accents.

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Anthropologie Matte Velvet Curtain

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Striking color combinations in fresh from the garden home decor colors make an anything but garden variety statement.

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Summer home decor updates in from the garden home decor colors are naturally influenced by the seasonal palette influenced by the deep, rich, bright and vibrant shades represented at the farmers market.

It’s a growing trend!

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season.  Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.

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I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim

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Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Spring Into Spiff Up, Organize and Declutter Action Suggestions

Happy first day of spring.  That looks so lovely on the page I believe it worthy of retyping.  Happy first day of spring!

Traditionally, spring is the season of making things fresh and new, house to home speaking.  Today I am sharing with you spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions for spring cleaning-open the windows and doors-age of Aquarius-let the sunshine in results.

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While nature is doing its natural thing getting the outdoors gussied up for the color parade is the perfect time to spiff up, organize and declutter the spaces and places inside your home.

All things house that make a nice, neat, organized and tidy home starts spring off on the right note.

Here are a few spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.

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An accent table is a stylish option for extra storage in a bathroom or powder room.  There is a vast selection of small accent tables available in the home decor marketplace to fit all space needs and price points.

A well placed accent table serves a twofold purpose: (1) a storage companion to the vanity countertop and linen closet, and (2) an unexpected feature of furniture placement brilliance.

Unique furniture placement is often the sole design element responsible for creating the focal point of the space.

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That’s a crock, pitcher, coffee tin, soda crate- you get the idea.

My kitchen utensil storage selections do not runneth over, but they do stand pretty, poised and ready for KP duty.

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Kitchen utensils and cooking wares displayed in brand spanking new containers or repurposed vintage treasures from yesteryear place practicality within the cook’s reach while adding personality to a kitchen countertop.

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Vanity closets and dressing areas are in vogue at the design and decorating moment.

You don’t have to be keeping up with the Joneses, a cast member of the Real Housewives of wherever, a Hollywood leading actor/actress or music mogul power couple to get fashionably organized.

Select an area, pop a couple of rods up, maybe add a chic rug or chandelier and let the in vogueing begin.

Yet another space primed and ready for the addition of an accent table.

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Jonathan Adler Vice Calories Canister

New and vintage decorative planters, dresser trays, decorative objects, canisters, saucers and bowls make excellent jewelry holders.

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Get creative with the look and the purpose.

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When style pairs with function the result can be a chic and organized thing.

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If you’ve been using the excuse that decorative storage solutions are too expensive the jig is up. Inexpensive storage and organizing solutions do exist.

It doesn’t get any less expensive than lidded jars and curbside boutique finds.

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I’ve noticed several home decor sales events in my online sourcing rounds this past week.  Sale is the four letter word of the season, but clearance makes my money saving heart race with consumer delight.

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I’ve moved away from the constant state of showroom perfection to the life is messy, pick it up-clean it up phase of housekeeping.

Decorative baskets and wall hooks lead the charge against clutter, and make decluttering your home an almost effortless endeavor.

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Spring cleaning tips pair well with spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.

All things house that make a home tidied up and in their rightful place goes with spring like design goes with decorating.  Julia Millay Walsh authors the wonderful article for Domaine, “How to Clean Practically Everything.”

From a lamp shade to glass shower doors to a mattress, this article provides useful tips on how to clean, well, practically everything.  Click on over to read her how to get the job done.

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A Growing Trend: Living Grass Easter Basket

Grass is a quite the topic of conversation lately.

Not that type of grass.

Easter grass.

Which do you prefer, plastic or living grass Easter basket?

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A long time spring and Easter tradition involves a run to our local feed and seed store.

We ooh and awe at the baby chicks, check out the spring bedding and vegetable garden plants, and scoop up a half-pound of wheat grass seeds.

The latter purchase results in a bumper crop of live Easter grass.

Egghibit A: my Easter 2013 live and in color living grass Easter basket.

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Okay, living grass Easter Temp-tations casserole dish basket, but you get the general idea.

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I lined the bottom of the container with black river rocks from Dollar Tree.

Next, I filled the casserole dish about ¾ full (about an inch below the edge of the dish) with a mixture of potting soil and good old dirt.

Dampen the soil, cover the top with seeds and within two days marvel at sight of growing grass.

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Places In The Home is Easter Sunday central again this year.

Company’s coming, therefore, a DIY landscaping session made the all things house that make a home make ready list.

The combination of looking at ugly winter wrecked beds together with well-timed spring Black Friday sales presents the perfect incentive to get in gear with a front yard freshen up.

Ferns for the front porch, ground cover clipped and managed, and sixteen bags of black mulch later we’re making some progress.

The jury is still out on the status of the Sago palm.

I hope it makes a full recovery.

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Exteriors lead to interiors, and next up in my Easter entertaining plans is the tablescape.

I’ll share my ideas and suggestions with you all midweek.

Enjoy your Monday.

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Strawberry Orange Jam

A rediscovered pint of strawberries connected the culinary dots straight to let’s make something very berry recipe development.

An easy Strawberry Orange Jam recipe it is.

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Strawberry Orange Jam

Ingredients

1 pound container fresh strawberries

1  small carton frozen strawberries

2 oranges

juice of one large Meyer lemon

2 cups water

1 Tablespoon orange zest

½ teaspoon allspice

3 Tablespoons orange juice

2 ½ cups sugar

2 Tablespoons honey

1  (3 oz.) box orange gelatin

Directions

First, zest both oranges and then cut into wedges.  Remove peel and white membrane from fruit and discard.

Place peeled oranges wedges and allspice in saucepan and cover with water.

Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook oranges for approximately 10-15 minutes or until softened.

Drain off water.

Meanwhile, slice fresh strawberries in quarters and place strawberries in food processor, pulsing until crushed.

Add crushed strawberries to the cooked oranges in saucepan.

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Add sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, honey, orange zest and frozen strawberries and mix well.

Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high and stir in orange gelatin. Boil uncovered for 25-30 minutes, stirring often.

Remove pan from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.

Skim off excess foam before carefully spooning mixture into jars.

Place lids on sealing tight for optimum storage freshness.

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The mixture will continue to thicken once refrigerated.

Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Southern Living, the holy grail of southern recipes goodness, has done it again with a Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake that epitomizes spring, summer and strawberry goodness.

My maternal grandmother could rock a strawberry cake, and boy I would love to be able to turn back the hands of time and be standing next to her in her kitchen right now whipping up this cake.

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Creole Cream Cheese Crêpes with Strawberry Compote.

C’est si bon!

This recipe from Louisiana Cookin’ is on my recipe card radar.

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It’s one of those lazy afternoons spring is so well known to host.

Deciding to go with it, I kicked off my shoes, turned up the music and proceeded to jam.

Sir Puss has the right idea, too.

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That about sums up this spring afternoon.

Hope you enjoy yours!

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