On this day so wonderfully associated with love and the color red, I’m thinking a post featuring red home decor accessories is quite appropriate.
Winter has not made much of an appearance in the deep South, not that we’re complaining.
Looking to the first hint of rising temps, warm weather brings the ultimate hostess gift to the party known as spring.
Who doesn’t love the renewal of color to help kick start winter’s thaw?
Southern Living – Photo by Cedric Angeles
The anticipation of canned peppers and jellies via a spring vegetable garden can instantly get the party started.
Shall we take it inside for more red home decor accessories?
Deep and dramatic shades of red on the walls and in the red home decor accessories in this Chinese New Year themed living room.
Red is typically thought of as the color most associated with excitement.
Who doesn’t want an exciting decor?
When temperatures rise many a fancy turns to thoughts of home improvement.
Think of it in terms of recharging one’s battery.
If red indicates the positive clamp, let’s clamp down on that color scheme and take a look at a few fun, inexpensive, and easy ideas to help with the recharge.
Isn’t this photo from photographer Annie Schlechter gorgeous?
Lamp shades are a quick way to change a look and incorporate color into the room.
Another option is to add decorative trim to a shade you already have.
You are a glue gun and a scissor snip away from a new to you shade.
Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive will also work.
Begin with either a heated glue gun or an adhesive at the bottom of the shade by applying the hot glue or adhesive to a small section.
Add the trim to the glue section by section covering the entire bottom of the shade.
Run the trim a little past the starting point to allow for “snipping” as trim tends to fray.
When this happens (you will know if the trim is going to fray when you make your final snip) I simply apply a small amount of glue and “tuck” the pieces under the top of the trim.
If so desired, you can also apply the decorative trim around the top of the shade.
Paint a chair, your kitchen, your front door or your wagon- just paint something red!
Paint is an inexpensive way to add dramatic change to the look of a room.
You can go for the bold change such as painting the entire room or incorporate the new color through accent pieces.
Home decor magazines are design central for inspiration.
Take a stroll through the paint department of your local paint stores or the paint department of your favorite home improvement store(s).
It’s a great starting point to gather ideas and inspiration, and to study the many shades of your favorite color theme.
Perfect choices for Valentine’s Day!
Throw pillows add great color and life to an existing sofa, chair or duvet.
Kicking around a thrift store in South Louisiana resulted in one lone bright red Chippendale chair finding a new home.
Hopefully Classic Antiques & Interiors welcomed it to the showroom floor, and one very happy client welcomed it home.
Traditional rule of thumb in my business is there’s a ninety percent chance the client will change the upholstery.
With a screwdriver, a pair of scissors, a little padding if desired, a staple gun and a little patience you too can be an upholstery changing wizard.
Now we come to the good part.
All hard work needs reward.
It doesn’t matter if said hard work is painting out the entire room, planting in the garden, or shopping till you drop looking for the accent pieces, when the work day is through and your home is beautifully renewed, refreshed, and recharged it comes me time.
Allow me to share a few of my favorite friends with you, dear readers, a few relaxing suggestions to enjoy after the big redo.
All done up in eye catching red is the cover of Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else by Clinton Kelly.
Label this read an oldie but a fabulous goodie.
C’est si bon! ~ Pinterest
New Orleans Crawfish Boil
5 lbs of live Crawfish
3 lbs of andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch pieces
3 heads garlic skin on cut in half, on the horizontal
6 ears of corn cut in half
2 lbs red potatoes, whole
1 lb of mushrooms
2 tbs black pepper
3 bay leaves
1 small bunch of thyme
1 tbs red pepper
5 tbs old bay seasoning
1 bottle of Rex crab boil (available in most grocery stores and seafood markets)
4 gallons water, more if necessary
In a large stock pot add 4 gallons of water.
Add the Garlic heads, black pepper, bay leaves, thyme, old bay and Rex crab boil and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the potatoes, mushrooms, corn and sausage increase heat slightly and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the Crawfish and cook for another 10 minutes.
On a table covered with newspaper, place all of the ingredients and serve.
Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and the invasion of the red mudbugs better known as crawfish season- it’s a fabulous February here in Louisiana!
February is also American Heart Month.
Anatomical Heart Shaped Bud Vase
Go red and be good to your ♥
Here’s to whatever puts the color in your world.