Treasure Found Running Fall Roads

Running fall roads in the literal sense is not a part of my workout routine.

I prefer to burn calories and run up the pedometer by running fall roads in search of seasonal and holiday decor pieces to pull the fall~Thanksgiving decorating theme beautifully together.

running fall roadsElle Decor 

You’d be surprised how many steps you take walking around antiques malls, curiosity shops, and the local pumpkin patch.


Getting into the spirit of Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating when the crisp fall temps and colors continue to elude Central Louisiana is challenging.

Are you seeing and feeling the fall of it all in your corner of the world?


I spent the better part of last weekend scrolling through ebay and Etsy listings in search of a vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock and other vintage items currently on my wishlist.

I absolutely hate when a seller lists an item with a decent price only to make up an insane profit difference by charging a ridiculous amount for shipping.

Dismayed, I gave up the online search and set my sights on visiting two new shops on the local scene.


I set the alarm for a crack of dawn a.m. ready to roll wake-up call.

The weather was set to nasty; the effects of Hurricane Nate in the air.

I was armed with short sleeves and an umbrella.

Where is this fall season you speak of?


The first shop was booming, loaded with merchandise, and one I will return to.

I did not know I was in the market for a vintage Jergens lotion bottle, but when I saw it I just had to have it.

That happens a lot in my antiques and vintage shopping.


Our nephew and his wife became first time parents in August.

With that in mind, I snapped this pic, added a couple of special effects in PicMonkey, and sent it to the parents of Wyatt James.


Not long into my shopping excursion at the second shop, I scored big time.

Listening to good music and chatting with fellow treasure hunters,  I was in the zone.

I noticed a small booth full of glassware and whatnots.

I think my heart skipped a beat when I spotted the vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock.

The thrill was in the find, but the deal was in the price.


It’s hard for me to resist adding to my pitcher collection.

Fifteen minutes in and I had already found two fabulous pieces.

That’s a good sign when you are treasure hunting.


I’m always on the lookout for small decorative bowls to use as jewelry and lipstick holders.

I liked the pattern and colors of this porcelain shaker enough to add it to the shelf for use as a loose face powder shaker.


A gallery wall can never have enough small framed prints upon it.


Holiday menu planning and recipe developing means staging appetizing and appealing settings for show and tell photos.


Assorted ironstone plates, a brown and white Staffordshire vegetable bowl, and an ooh la la set of salt and pepper shakers are categorized as a must.


In anticipation of the upcoming holiday shopping season, our regional chamber of commerce is running a new promotional campaign inviting residents to shop local.

After this successful treasures found running fall roads shopping excursion, that won’t be a problem.

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A Most Fetching Friday 6

This Fetching Friday 6 features setting colors, fashionable words, traditional English style fit for fall, ooh la la in the kitchen, and a visual testament to a love of antiques.




adjective: fetching


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


Being optimistic is always in fashion.

ff-be-optmistic-badgeBe Optimistic Felt Badge – Best Made Company

Open the window and let the air of fall weather in is coming to a cool morning and crisp afternoon near you soon.

fall-breakfast-areaArchitectural Digest

Leila Lindholm’s fabulous French inspired kitchen complete with eclectic extravagance with the accent mark on love the look!


A fascinating combination.


Never underestimate the decorative presence, power and inspired influence brought forth by the use of antiques and eccentricities in design and decor.  A point well made in the home of Houston antiques dealer Kay O’Toole as featured in Lonny Magazine.


I hope you have a most fetching Friday 6.

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A Most Fetching Friday

This Fetching Friday 2 features antiques, words in the key of life, black and white statement pieces and an undeniable pop of pucker red in iconic Hollywood glamour via “The Look”, Lauren Bacall.


demiluneSmall Space Decorating via House Beautiful – photo by Jonny Valiant

Hollywood in KodachromeHollywood in Kodachrome by David Wills, Stephen Schmidt

outdoor-pumpkins Gorgeous entry in fall splendor via The Scout Guide

transitional-kitchenTransitional Kitchen by New York Interior Designers & Decorators David Scott Interiors 

chic-black-and-white-living-roomsStunning Statement via Simplified Bee


Through the Years via Sweet as Candy

I hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

A Most Fetching Friday




adjective: fetching


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

Places In The Home is an interior design and decorating show and tell. Goodness knows I have met the tell quota, so let’s concentrate on the show part of all this with a new blog series, A Most Fetching Friday. Architecture, interiors, design, antiques, travel and food will be the subjects featured in fetching Friday images.  Enjoy this debut collection of fetching Friday images of eye-catching features found down Southern states way.

Traditional Kitchen by Knoxville Architects & Building Designers Home Design Elements LLC

deeringantiquesahlmiamicircle_002Dering Antiques – Atlanta, Georgia via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

foxgloves-antiquesahlmiamicircle_015Foxglove Antiques & Galleries – Atlanta, Georgia via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

new-orleans-restaurant1St. Lawrence in the Vieux Carré – New Orleans, Louisiana

lemon-icebox-pieLemon Ice Box Pie – Food & Wine

Bill PaxtonDishing with Texas-born Actor and Director Bill Paxton via Southern Living

fetching Friday imagesMain Street Revival – Garden & Gun

I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

Love your style!

Formal Dining Chairs and Primitive Dining Tables

Formal dining chairs and primitive dining tables alone catch the eye, but when paired together the outcome qualifies as visually fascinating.

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Fabulous, by my design definition, is being anything but in accordance with the usual requirements or customs.

Pairing formal dining chairs and primitive dining together brings about conversation and focal point contrast, giving the space a unique personality- the quintessential element of design and decorating.

I highly recommend seizing every opportunity to show and express personal style through home decor and home furnishings in an original way.  

There’s a place and a time for keeping with well, that’s the way it’s always been done, so…  

The cure for decorative complacency can be found in the mixing of styles. 

Geschke Group Architecture

Geschke Group Architecture

Flattering in presence and stunning in design execution, the pairing formal Louis XV-style dining chairs with a 19th-century French farm table is a stroke of tasteful genius.


House Beautiful

As showcased in Atticmag,  formal Chippendale dining chairs paired with a primitive three plank farm table equals a comfortable formality that steps out of the expected comfort zone.


The first primitive dining table I purchased was at an antiques auction in 1999.

farm table Jan Jones LLC

Jan Jones LLC

Dave the Builder and I previewed like it’s 1999 the night before the Saturday afternoon auction, and as my eyes zeroed in on the mark, a late 1800’s primitive harvest table in pristine condition, my antiques loving heart began to race.

Dave the Builder, who questioned my judgement, thought I was crazy as I wrote the item number down in my notebook.

“Why do you want a picnic table?”  he asked.

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Country Living

That picnic table, which I won at the auction, turned out to be a magnificent addition to the Hopefully Classic inventory.

It sold within the week, and remains the primitive piece that got away.

I definitely regret selling it.

Mix Match Chairs

One Kings Lane

The next year we purchased a late 1800’s Cypress farm table.

The grayish patina threw me a curve in the pairing department.

I recently brought in a set of six Mahogany Regency Sabre leg dining chairs, not really knowing what piece to pair them with, but knowing I could not pass them up.

Dave the Builder was arranging items, and I was with a client so I was not paying much attention.

Dave had placed the chairs around the farm table and the look blew my mind.

The woods, patinas, and styles played perfectly off each other and hit a note of design accord.

The set sold the next week.

The Regency dining chairs and Cypress farm table were great stand alone pieces, but when matched together the look was flawless.


Austin Architect

Dave the Builder and I were drinking coffee one evening and found our conversation focused on a recent buying trip. 

Authentic antique farm and harvest tables are becoming more scarce and prove difficult to locate.  

Artisans, custom wood and furniture makers, and DIY aficionados are rising to the occasion to produce gorgeous interpretations and meet demand.

Dave the Builder has built farm tables for 4 of our clients.  

Our school of thought is to introduce a new twist on an old way of doing things. 

One custom table was built from Victorian square grand piano legs and Louisiana reclaimed Cypress planks. 

He dry brushed the piano legs with paint to match the patina of the Cypress. 

The table now resides at a cattle ranch in West Texas.  

Talk about formal meets primitive!  


Country Living Magazine

The table featured below is the most current one he has built. 

We purchased the antique legs and married them to our first choice, Louisiana reclaimed Cypress planks. 

The  patina is achieved with a two step process. 

He begins with a dark stain application until the desired patina is reached.

The  formal introduction was complete upon returning from a friend’s antique shop with the finest set of six formal white washed wheat back rush bottom dining chairs.  

A designer friend scooped the set up for a client.  

The chairs did not stay in the shop long enough for me to photograph.  

I like that!

The final step is the trick.

We recommend and use Johnson Paste Wax. Available at hardware and home improvement stores, Johnson Paste Wax gives furniture a safe, hard, and protective  finish with a soft luster.

Don’t be afraid to blend formal with primitive pieces.

The contrast surprises, complements, and is easily capable of becoming the focal point of the space.

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At The Antiques Shop

Strolling around at the antiques shop this past weekend with camera in hand brings about this photo scroll.  Very bad fluorescent lighting does not cooperate in the scheme of good photos, but you get the idea.

antiques shop

Furniture offerings and vintage to new decorative accessories at Hopefully Classic Antiques are not locked solely into one particular period or style which broadens the field of selection for all tastes.

Clearing out and cleaning up older blog posts is necessary to make space- the exact reasoning applied to the spaces and places in the home.

Hopefully Classics Antiques and Interiors shuttered in 2011.

At the Antiques Shop memories and select pieces remain in my inventory as will this blog post.

Great memories and good antique pieces never go out of style.




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