Curated Style Comes Home: Signature Style Home Decor Pieces

In this companion piece to Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District, we’ll look at interiors of homes in the New Orleans Garden District and selected signature style home decor pieces that exemplify the look.

gold rope accent table

Rivers Spencer Interiors

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.

vintage bombe chest

Vintage Bombe Chest

Cilegon Gold Framed Wall Mirror

Cilegon Gold Framed Wall Mirror

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18th Century Painted Trumeau

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!”

gilded headboard

Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt ~ Pinterest

Big impact comes in small accent table packages.

We like to use the term spot accessory.

Spot chair.

Spot table.

Spot the fabulous contrast piece.

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

The accent table is perhaps the most genius of of home decor pieces.

A contemporary spot piece such as a small gold accent table(s) elegantly lends a modern twist to a predominately classic interior.

gold leaf antique mirrorClassic Wreath Gold Leaf Antique Reproduction Mirror 

pink cottage New Orleans

The Cottage Journal

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Clarksburg 4 – Light Lantern Geometric Chandelier
Abramo Antique Lead 4 -Bulb 26.25″ H Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Conte 4 – Light Lantern Geometric Chandelier

Sharif 4-Light Foyer Pendant

Sharif 4-Light Foyer Pendant

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3 – Light Lantern Bell Chandelier

House Proud Valorie HartFrom House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart with Photos by Sara Essex Bradley 

antique setteeThe HighBoy

Vintage French Settee

Vintage French Settee

Italian Gilt and Cream Florentine Painted Vintage Accent Chest or Nightstand

Italian Gilt and Cream Florentine Painted Vintage Accent Chest or Nightstand

Ebanista setteeMontmartre Settee by Ebanista

If you are fortunate enough to have access to the wonderful world of antiques stores, auctions and flea markets, keep an eye out for a diamond in the rough settee.

A stunning French settee at an equally stunning price reupholstered in the designer fabric of your choice could become a custom focal point piece to DIY for.

French settee

Louis XVI Carved Giltwood and Aubusson   –   Fabrics from Inside Fabric

12 light crystal chandelier

Versailles 12-Light Crystal Chandelier

Karlton 6 - Light Candle Style Empire Chandelier with Crystal Accents

Karlton 6 – Light Candle Style Empire Chandelier with Crystal Accents

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

6 Light Chandelier by Minka Metropolitan

Frida 6-Light Candle Style Classic / Traditional Chandelier

Frida 6-Light Candle Style Classic / Traditional Chandelier

Lucrezia 8-Light Candle Style Empire Chandelier

Lucrezia 8-Light Candle Style Empire Chandelier

Montgomery Unique / Statement Empire Chandelier

Montgomery Unique / Statement Empire Chandelier

Ceiling Medallions

dupioni silk drapes

Heritage Landing Faux Silk Lined Drape Pair

dupioni silk curtains

 Dupioni Silk Drape in Pewter

decorative curtain hardware

Hickory Manor House Decorative Drapery Hardware

Roosevelt Queen Standard Bed

Roosevelt Queen Standard Bed

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Fiore 3 Drawers Standard Dresser

French Antique Key w Teal Tassel 1

 

French Antique Key w/ Teal Tassel

Louis XVI-Style French Buffet, c. 1900

Louis XVI-Style French Buffet, c. 1900

French Painted Buffet in Louis XVI Style

French Painted Buffet in Louis XVI Style

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.

signature style home decor piecesBetter Homes & Gardens

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.

orange curtains

Antiques.

Lanterns.

Ceiling medallions.

Dupioni silk drapes.

Decorative objects d’art.

Chandeliers dripping in crystal prisms.

Decorative mirrors and frames scrolled in gold leaf.

The New Orleans influence comes home through signature style home decor pieces.

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Do You Know What it Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District?

All interior design is visually captivating in one way or another, but my eye is immediately drawn to those images featuring the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.

Louis Armstrong

As I write this post I am listening to Louis Armstrong sing “Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.”

I certainly do, Satchmo, as much as I know what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.

The stunning New Orleans home of Grace and Sandy Kaynor as featured in Southern Living ~  Photography by Laurey W. Gleen

Aware of the myriad of decorating styles to explore and consider, there’s been times when I’ve wondered if my interior design and decorating style needle is stuck.

The logic I apply answers the question with an emphatic no.

As in love, the interior design and decorating heart wants what it wants, and the interior design and decorating eye likes what it likes.

Both my design and decorating heart and eye knows what it means to love the decorating styles characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District.

Over the years of countless trips to New Orleans, Dave the Builder and I have spent hours driving up and down the tree lined streets of the historic Garden District and St. Charles Avenue on our brand of self guided home and garden tours.

To say I was and continue to be inspired and influenced is a grand understatement.

Exteriors replete with ornate detail tell the story of real estate royalty, one that takes the reader’s (the drive by admirer in this case) imagination on a trip to I wonder what the inside looks like land.

Distinct architectural and interior design features typify the stately homes of the New Orleans Garden District, providing the homeowner-designer-decorator a classic canvas to work wonders with.

My New Orleans

New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles

What makes the interiors of period homes unmistakable is the traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style features.

What makes the interiors of period homes distinct is the contrast, the blend, the mix, the juxtaposition of decorating styles living in stunning harmony with each other.

I learned a long time ago all decor choices do not have to strictly follow the primary design style.

Rodney-Villarreal-Design

Rodney Villarreal Design

The mixing and mingling of contemporary accent and abstract art pieces throughout a room decorated in a traditional, Baroque, Rococo or Victorian style creates contrast fit for focal point distinction.

From historic mansions to bungalow cottages- it’s not the size of the space or the style of the home, but the statement the decor makes.

Cavan

The New Orleans influence is obvious throughout our home and homes decorated by yours truly.

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Antiques, Italian lanterns, ceiling medallions, dupioni silk drapes, crystal chandeliers, decorative mirrors scrolled in gold leaf- the curated look comes home.

The companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District features images of, inspiration to decorate by and source information on the home decor accents and accessories that impeccably mirror statement pieces found in the homes of the New Orleans Garden District.

Look for the post at the end of the week.

 

 

 

Icons of Individuality

Did you know Elvis and David Bowie share the same birthday?  I find this information strangely fascinating in light of recent events.  On more than one occasion David Bowie’s musical masterpiece “Changes” has played over and over in my mind as I make ch-ch-changes to a design and decor space oddity.  Shocked and saddened by the news of David Bowie’s untimely passing, I began a session of connect the dots to the similarities and commonalities between these two icons of individuality.  There is no mistaking the contribution these larger than pop life figures made to the world of music, fashion and design.  The art of reinvention is the cornerstone of relevance, and Elvis Presley and David Bowie mastered the art form in a style all their own.

Icons of Individuality

The King’s kitsch jumpsuited his flamboyant taste to a tee, while David Bowie’s penchant for brilliantly navigating the waters of fearless originality placed his persona in a time capsule of out of this world self expression.  Individual style and taste is often influenced by the nouns of notion- the people, places and things we come into contact with that make a thunderbolt impression upon us.  Sensory experiences inspire the brushes we use to paint the canvas of our life.

David-Bowie

Elvis and David Bowie prove moxie mixed with just the right amount of nonconformity produces heroes and icons of individuality for so much more than just one day.

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Look to the “stars” for inspiration as you master the art of individual design and decorating style.

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

Dark interiors make a dramatic, commanding and intimate statement. Dark interiors are coming out of the shadows and into the trend spotlight.

Halloween-DraculaTurner Classic Movies

Although black is not the only dark color choice associated with dark interiors, it does seem to be the basis for dramatic back in black magic. Black is the new black- a perennial color classic and decorating color essential. What oomph the perfect little black dress lends to a fashionista’s wardrobe, a space dressed from floor-to-ceiling in the color black speaks to a decorista’s personal interior design and decorating style.

dark interiorsAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

Visual allure produces a theatrical statement.

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Dark interiors keep beautiful company with deep accent colors rich in palette intensity, and therein lies the secret to the perfect design and decorating marriage.

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My initial thought when sourcing the Vertigo pendant by designer Constance Guisset for Petite Friture?  Haute witches hat.

vertigo-chandelierPetite Friture

Dark interiors introduce a sophisticated warmth to the space.

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Dark interiors.  What say you?

Love your style!

Coast to Coast: Coastal Designs of Summer

With the 4th of July holiday weekend right at the doorstep of a three day weekend I know schedules are full and plans are coming down to the wire.

Grab a beverage, stream some soft jazz or whatever music genre floats your relaxation boat, and cast your eyes on a few of my favorite images in today’s Coast to Coast Coastal Designs of Summer design and decorating show and tell.

Summer serenity now is just a scroll away.

Enjoy!

antique-coastalTraditional Home

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beach-house-homer-oatman Home Adore-Homer Oatman Architects

blue-white-sunroomBetter Homes and Gardens

domaine-ropeTimothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts Interiors – Domaine

Beach Style by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators Gil Walsh Interiors

 Love your coastal designs of summer style!

Love your style!