A Fetching Friday: Pinterest Pretties

Today’s Fetching Friday features images of currently catching my eye as I peruse around the boards and pins in search of Pinterest pretties.

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Mountain chic in CashiersFlower Magazine- Pinterest

Being Covid-19 stay-at-home compliant is not without its moments of monotony.

Pinterest pretties

Masion & Travaux – Pinterest

Pinterest is not new to the social media platform world, and yet it continues to be a relevant source of fresh information.

The Sonata by Irving Ramsey Wiles, 1889

New York in the Spring – Pinterest

A picture is worth a thousand words.

marble-swirl-countertops-kitchen-islandRue Magazine- Pinterest

antique-dresser-drawer-frontTraditional Home – Pinterest

Pinterest is a form of escapism if only for the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

castellini-best-french-gardens-home-verandaVeranda- Pinterest

Christine-Flynn-Prince-Edward-Home-DominoDomino- Pinterest

Project, recipe, travel, decor and garden inspiration is gifted and gleaned through the world of captivating images.

FARRAGOZ gold artFARRAGOZ – Pinterest

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House & Garden Magazine UK – Pinterest

Bored turns to boards pinned and shared with several thousand fellow admirers of common Pinterest interest.

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Gracious Farmhouse -Pinterest

Lars-Bolander-auction-the-Scout-GuideThe Scout Guide – Pinterest

I hope this collection of Pinterest pretties puts a little lovely in your fetching Friday.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe, dear friends.

love your style

 

Home Decor Inspired By The Oscars

Motion picture award season comes to a glorious golden crescendo Sunday, February 9th with the broadcast of the 92st Academy Awards.

Oscars statuesTown & Country Magazine – Getty Images

Hollywood glitz and glamour arrives at The Dolby Theater in regal manner on Oscars Sunday to celebrate Hollywood artistry.

The Dolby Theater The Dolby Theater

Actors, artists, producers, directors, set designers and their memorable movie sets, locations, sound, and scores that produce legendary moments in film will capture the evening.

“I live for old movies. You can learn all about decorating, table manners, chic dressing, and stylish living from old black-and-white films!”

— Hutton Wilkinson

I love the design and decor aspects and intrigue of the Hollywood motion picture, and the glamour of Oscars stage decor.

This video from Architectural Digest highlights the best Oscars stage decor of all time.

Town & Country Magazine takes us back to what the Oscars looked like through the years.

On the Monday morning after the Oscars night before, the buzz will build around talented fashion and decor designers who will translate Oscars best to accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

Salutes to the splendor of classic Hollywood, today’s pop culture, red carpet fashions, costume design, and visually impressive cinematic color palettes serve as an artist’s muse in the design concept of accessories, accents, and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

Suzan Fellman LLC

Suzan Fellman LLC

Classic elegance.

Glamour and glitz.

Timeless sophistication.

Avant-guard style with give them something to talk about overtones.

Ebanista-sconce

Reine Sconce

There is a distinct correlation between the allure of the beauty created on the silver screen and home decor inspired by the Oscars.

Global Views Katherine Acrylic ArmchairGlobal Views Katherine Acrylic Armchair

Jack Nicholson Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt – Jack Nicholson – Oscars 1998

Hutton Wilkinson

Hutton Wilkinson – One Kings Lane

Dining Room by Ken Fulk2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dining Room by Ken Fulk

Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s gorgeous fashion statement emerald earrings from the 81st Academy Awards?

emerald green drop earrings

Hollywood excels in the art of color with its influence emulated in design and decorating through a technicolor infused palette divine.

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Climbing Leopard Rug by Diane von Furstenberg

Round Cocktail OttomanRound Cocktail Ottoman

Emerald green received a rave review, and hit the fashion runway and design world with a vengeance.

Scott Living Luxe Emerald Green Storage Box Table Decor

Scott Living Luxe Emerald Green Storage Box Table Decor

emerald-green-serving-platters

Joni Modern Chic Trays – Green – Set of Two

Color, pattern and texture deliver a stellar performance on both the big screen and in an intimate space.

dramatic closetTraditional Home

"Extreme Romance" Limited Edition of 20“Extreme Romance” Limited Edition of 20 – Rimi Yang

Hollywood films, much like design styles, are categorized by genre.

studio CAKstudio CAK

Brass Hildebrandt Palm 12-Light Unique / Statement Tiered ChandelierBrass Hildebrandt Palm 12-Light Unique / Statement Tiered Chandelier

Where drama, suspense, horror or mystery is the favored choice of one, romance, adventure, musical, and documentary is the favored choice of another.

art-deco-style-bathroom

Old House Online

Cansler 2 Door Accent CabinetCansler 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Tastes vary from genre to decade to design style, making it necessary to produce pieces that broaden audience appeal.

douglas.design.studioDouglas Design Studio

Rossetti Upholstered Dining ChairRossetti Upholstered Chair

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Tiara Silver Granello Chandelier

Denys Console TableDenys Console Table

Riegel Ribbon-Inspired 2 Door Accent CabinetRiegel Ribbon-Inspired 2 Door Accent Cabinet

A modern take on the designs of classic Hollywood style and crystal wall sconces in gold gilt glitz both capture the essence of Hollywood opulence.

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Jessica Lagrange Interiors

 

Brass and Crystal Sconce With Peacock Motif

Brass and Crystal Sconce With Peacock Motif

Mario BuattaMario Buatta

1980s Vintage Gold Leaf Fleur De Lis Vanity Chair1980s Vintage Gold Leaf Fleur De Lis Vanity Chair

Safavieh Lighting Darby Adjustable 3-light Small Brass Pendant

Safavieh Lighting Darby Adjustable 3-light Small Brass Pendant

alexandra naranjo designsAlexandra Naranjo Designs

home decor inspired by the Oscars

2 Door Accent Cabinet

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Kim Smith Photo

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Art Deco Peacock Maidens Lamp

Caracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent ChairCaracole Classic Neutral Cream Gold Bullion Barrel Accent Chair

 

Feathers Pattern Wall Mirror

Feathers Pattern Wall Mirror

2 Piece Art Deco Dancers by Pierre Le Faguays (1892-1962) Figurine Set

2 Piece Art Deco Dancers by Pierre Le Faguays (1892-1962) Figurine Set

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

Scala Murano Chandelier

Scala Murano Chandelier

Raymond Mirror

Raymond Mirror

twiggy mirrorFrederick Cooper Twiggy Mirror

Potts 2 Drawer Nightstand

Potts 2 Drawer Nightstand

Simpatico Murano Glass Chandelier, Gold

Simpatico Murano Glass Chandelier, Gold

Halle Berry – (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

floral rose pillowRose Throw Pillows

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Lorenzo Castillo for The Rug Company

Wiggle Chair MerlotWiggle Chair Merlot

Taufner Green Beige Area RugTaufner Green Beige Area Rug

Nicole-Kidman-Oscars-red-carpet

Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga 

Vintage Roche Bobois Acrylic AccentVintage Roche Bobois Acrylic Accent

fabric table lampFabric Table Lamp

Jennifer-Lawrence-2013-Academy-Awards

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture – PopSugar Fashion

Steilish-Interiors-Architecture-photo-credit-Nickolas-SargentSteilish Interiors & Architecture- Photo Credit: Nickolas Sargent

Stockport Curved LoveseatStockport Curved Loveseat

 

Plumerville Velvet Swivel Barrel ChairPlumerville Velvet Swivel Barrel Chair

 

Mermaid Rug

Mermaid Rug

 

Barry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis SconceBarry Dixon for Arteriors Aramis Sconce

Sunray PinkSunray Pink

Uttermost 5032 Destello Starburst Rounded Mirror

Uttermost 5032 Destello Starburst Rounded Mirror

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Ashli Mizell 

Glossed and glamorous ebonized walnut walls reflect the light of the center chandelier from Thomas Grant Chandeliers located in Dallas, Texas.

Ebonized wallsPaper City

Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier, Firenze Clear

Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier, Firenze Clear

Inspired by the chandeliers of the Baroque Ca Rezzonico Palace, this Tiepolo 16 Light Chandelier somewhat resembles the chandelier in the image.

Maxim Chantilly 6-light Single-tier ChandelierMaxim Chantilly 6-light Chandelier

nuLOOM Thomas Paul Power Loomed Zebra Area RugnuLOOM Thomas Paul Power Loomed Zebra Area Rug

Hand-tufted Black White Zebra Animal Print Glamorous Wool Area RugHand-tufted Black White Zebra Animal Print Glamorous Wool Area Rug

gallery-1456426623-gettyimages-140071094Harpers Bazaar

Inspiration is everywhere, and the legendary red carpet showcasing Hollywood on parade style inspires fashion mavens and decoristas alike.

 

Safavieh Mid-Century Modern Glam Mira Leather Black Club ChairSafavieh Mid-Century Modern Glam Mira Leather Black Club Chair

 

Juliet 12 - Light Unique / Statement Globe Chandelier

Juliet 12 – Light Unique Statement Globe Chandelier

Judy Garland Canvas Art

Clara Chandelier

Clara Chandelier

3 Drawer Half Circle Accent Chest3 Drawer Half Circle Accent Chest

Fashion influences align with interior design, and the result is a smashing  production scripted by icons, legends, and design stars of the industry.

Eva Mendes in Christian DiorEva Mendes in Christian Dior

Coats Homes

Coats Homes

Howard Elliott Chelsea Antique Silver Starburst MirrorHoward Elliott Chelsea Antique Silver Starburst Mirror

Cosme 11 - Light Sputnik Sphere Chandelier

 

One-of-a-Kind Batton Garbo B Hand-Knotted Wool Silk RugOne-of-a-Kind Batton Garbo B Hand-Knotted Wool Silk Rug

The golden era of Hollywood interiors lives on through marquee chandeliers, lavish ceiling medallions and gold leaf ceilings.

gold leaf ceilingGold Leaf by Zuber Inc via Traditional Home 

And the Oscar goes to…

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.

Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next.  Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend is over and done with.

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

In the Kitchen

Butcher block countertops.

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Design Sponge

Pecky cypress finishes.

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DecorPad

Out with the square footage hog better known as the kitchen island.  Floor space is the hottest commodity in the kitchen workspace, and the kitchen island can take up quite a lot of it.

Personally, I like the proven functionality of the kitchen island, but have been known to curse its cumbersome existence at times.

In with the on wheels movable stations or serving pieces.

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Custom and period style hardware.

custom-cabinet-hardware

Westward Foundry

I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic. 

black kitchen cabinets

Portuondo Perotti Architects

Black is timeless, elegant, and on trend in kitchen style for 2019.

a touch of black

Rich greens and deep blues will strike a color trend chord, creating a space that is intimate, cozy, and inviting.

deVOL-WestSussex-Kitchen

deVol

Open shelving is the trend that keeps on giving a stylish and curated look.

open-shelving-butcher-block-countertops

Elle Decor

Antiques

The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end.  Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement.  The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.

antiques-modern-mix-dining-roomSouthern Home Magazine

Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019.   Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space.  Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.

traditional-living-room-Lucite-coffee-table

Houzz

 

Savannah Acrylic Coffee Table

Savannah Coffee Table

Lucite-coffee-table

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In These Modern Times

American modern, mid-century modern, and Art Deco will fabulously fit in with the movement toward elegance.

art-deco-apartment-steven-gambrel

Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Let me to reiterate: the mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh, custom, and relevant result.

modern-antiques-accentsMr Brown London

Bold Walls

Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year.  Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.

Soane BritainSoane Britain 

I do believe an interior design decorating trend is afoot.

Color. Texture. Pattern.

Rita KonigRita Konig

Pink is coming in on trend as well as the jewel tones that complement.

Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 Benjamin Moore Pink Pearl 2005-60 

pink facade

Architectural Digest

Adding texture to the walls, floors, countertops, cabinetry, spaces and places in the home is on the mind and the searches of Pinterest users.  Searches for ‘textile art’ climbed by 1,178 percent.

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Visual texture takes the decorating lead with woven fabrics and textured wallpapers at pattern play.

textured wallpapers Inside Wallpaper

Warm colors.

Holiday House

One Kings Lane

Metals continue to create a buzz.  Vintage tin, pewter and gunmetal accents top the searches across social sites.

tin-ceiling

Houzz

Comfort in Style

The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind.  Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.

A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.

Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?

Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.

The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential.  I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.

love your style

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Of The Hang: Instructions For Hanging Art

I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike.

In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.

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It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application.

Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.

hang 'em high

Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.

It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.

statement-art

House & Garden

In many cases and in many spaces, exceptions must be made to the general rule of design and decorating.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso

Fornasetti-plates

Lewis Interiors

Balance, scale and proportion partnered with room size, ceiling height, and intention of dramatic effect become the relevant factors to consider when assessing placement of artwork.

antique-artwork

Traditional Home

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Traditional Home

Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.




english-kitchen

House & Garden

Some high, some higher and some at the highest point on a wall.

Janie-Molster-art

House Beautiful

art-dining-room

Interior designer Rita Konig’s West London Flat

Not all spaces, walls, decorating styles, tastes, and intended results are created equal.

Thank goodness!

family-tradition-pink-and-white-living-room

Domino

How boring it would be to exist in a cookie-cutter world of design and decorating.

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Decorating Ideas ~  Trend Spotted: Marble Now

Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings.

The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.

art-on-walls

Architectural Digest

I’ve come to believe the concept of the gallery wall was born out of tall ceilings and the decorative pursuit to avoid a void of space.

gallery-wallTraditional Home

Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.

Not all eye levels are created equal.

The exception to the traditional rule applies here.

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flickr

Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.

A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.

With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.

macgyverDave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.

In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.

He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.  

instructions for hanging art

Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.

If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.

If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.

Divide this number in half.

That is your center line.

Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook.

Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.

Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).

This is where you put the picture hook.

Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.

If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.

bedroom-gallery-wall

Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.

Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.

With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.

It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.

art-in-kitchen-wall

Victoria Magazine

Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.

When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on.

This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement.

It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.

Trick of the Trade Tip:

Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk.  Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.  

Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level.

No level, no problem.

I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.

art-above-fireplace

One Kings Lane ~ Photo by Ellen McDermott

Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces.

When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.

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Architectural Digest

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San Francisco Proper ~ Designer Kelly Wearstler   

Hanging artwork and decorative pieces within the panel area of a wall frame molding design element adds dimension to the space.

Patricia_Altschul_07Architectural Digest

Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.

This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.

art-placement-oil-paintingDomaine

The lower the placement the better in most cases.

The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.

mirror-above-sofa

Domino

Hanging artwork 6 to 8 inches above furniture supports sufficient headroom allowance.

artwork-gallery

Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level.

The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.

Modern-farmhouse-bedroom

Little House of Four

Better Homes & Gardens

The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.

Love your style!

 

 

 

Two Peas In A Stylish Pod: Art and Interior Design

Art and interior design are like two peas in a stylish pod.

green-peas

Fresh starts, fresh vegetables, and fresh colors do the body, mind, soul, and home good.

Just ask Sasha Emerson.

The Los Angeles based interior designer is mastering the art of personal downsizing without sacrificing the creature comforts of home through art and interior design.

Del Monte Sweet Peas framed supermarket ad

As explained in “Sasha Emerson’s California Cottage -Funky Decor Ideas”  in Country Living magazine, scaling down from an expansive 4500 square feet home to half that in an English-style cottage signals it’s edit-yard sale-Craigslist-donate-giveaway time.

As they say, you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.

I know.

I’ve tried.

It ain’t happening.

Ikea cabinets

Repurposing from within allowed Sasha’s decorative integrity to remain intact.  She discovered balance and comfort frame a pretty picture through art and interior design.

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Paint Brushes in an English Pea Can by Elizabeth Blaylock

I’m forever reminding clients and fellow decoristas the importance of incorporating a sense of you into your design and decorating scheme.

The art of individuality is paramount to personal style, and what better place to express yours than house and home.

palette-canvas

Imagine your home as your canvas.

Dip your brush in a palette of personal style and paint a gorgeous scene of individuality throughout.

benjamin-moore-split-pea

Art is the manifestation of creative expression rooted in imagination, emotion, and inspiration.

Let me ask you something, what is not art?

Author Unknown

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Benjamin Moore Split Pea

Benjamin Moore’s Split Pea makes a made in Palm Beach style color match to the lush purple window coverings in the main room of  Designer Sam Allen’s Connecticut apartment.

IS Architecture

“Color is a creative element, not a trimming.”

– Piet Zwart 

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IS Architecture

Peter-Rogers-kitchen-new-orleans

Peter Rogers Historic Creole Cottage in New Orleans

art and interior design

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.”

– Paul Strand

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AD France

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 

 – Edgar Degas

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Give Peas A Chance Garden Marker

The framed 1960’s supermarket ad for Del Monte Sweet Peas captures the essence of Sasha’s flea-market chic home decor, and fancifully pays homage to Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea.

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McGaw Graphics Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968 by Andy Warhol 

When I first saw the pop of art, it immediately evoked thoughts of weekend grocery store excursions to our local  A & P- my mother’s idea of big fun.

mother-daughter-grocery-shopping

Looking back it was.

Thinking about split pea art and interior design brings back memories of shopping at A & P and the display feature for School Days Brand Early June Peas.

A&P-brands

Design and color are the cornerstones of visual merchandising.

I vividly remember brand labels rich in color, distinctive font and visual design.

The aforementioned School Days peas and the I remember it as if it were yesterday red tomato-green lettuce leaves- navy blue background Ann Page Mayonnaise label serves memory and a craving for a spring Easter comfort food classic.

Ann-Page-mayonnaise-Capetown-Lobster-Salad

This comfort food recipe for pea salad is uncomplicated, styled for a classic taste, and quick to please.

I liken it to the creature comforts of home through art and interior design and memories of the walks down the aisles of A & P hand in hand with my darling Mother.

I’ve learned so much from both.

pea salad recipe

English Pea Salad

Ingredients

2 large hard-boiled eggs

1 yellow bell pepper

2 oz. Cheddar cheese

½  c. mayonnaise

½  c. sour cream

3 tbsp. dried basil

2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. chopped pimiento

1 tsp. Apple-Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. soul-food seasoning or seasoned salt

1 tsp. granulated garlic

½  tsp. Freshly ground pepper

2 dash Hot sauce

60 oz. early peas (such as Le Sueur)

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the peas, mixing well. Stir in the peas.  Refrigerate the salad for at least 10 hours or up to overnight.  Serve at room temperature.

Country Living

sweet-pea-ricotta-tart

With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would include this two peas in a pod recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart from Good Housekeeping.

Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart

Ingredients

Tart Crust

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

5  Tablespoons cold butter

3 Tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable shortening

ice water

Filling

2 teaspoons olive oil

1  medium leek, chopped

2  cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peas

1  Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¾  cup ricotta

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼  cup grated Pecorino cheese

½  teaspoon grated lemon zest

½  cup microsprouts or microgreens

Directions

Make the Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, blend flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Sprinkle in 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until large, moist crumbs just begin to form.  Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll pie crust into a 12″ circle and fit into a 9″ pie plate.  Trim excess dough, leaving 1″ overhang; tuck overhang under and crimp edges.

Line dough with large sheet of parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans.  Bake 15 minutes or until dough is set. Remove parchment with weights and bake until crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; let cool completely on wire rack.

Make Filling:
In a 10″ skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add leek and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Cook until leek is tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.  Add peas and cover; cook until tender, stirring once halfway through, 3 to 5 minutes.  Let mixture cool, then stir in lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, stir ricotta, cream cheese, pecorino, lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well-combined.  Spread in cooled pie shell.  Top with cooled pea mixture and garnish with microsprouts.

~Good Housekeeping

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Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

This year’s Christmas season is one of amplified joy and visual wonder, so much so it is growing increasingly more difficult to focus on routine tasks and duties.  The plan is to wait until next week to pour the coals to Christmas-Holidays-New Year’s prep, plan and pretty.

Believe me, once the floodgates open the all things house that make a holiday home holidaypalooza will take precedence over pretty much everything.

Come to think of it, isn’t that exactly the point of the season of spending quality time decorating, baking, and Merry Christmas making with the ones you love?

Yes, Virginia, it is.

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Indications of what will be on-trend in the new year are beginning to appear on the pages of shelter magazines and social media feeds.  The jury is not quite in with the final verdict, but I do like what I’m seeing.

A softening vis-à-vis color, texture and pattern appears to be the consensus among informal interior design trend forecast 2018 postings.  With that being said, let me share with you the Places In The Home informal interior design trend forecast 2018.

As a FYI bonus, I’m including an enlightening and very interesting advice source survey showing the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.

Lest we forget to include a glimpse of the new tinsel tree my mother just had to have for Christmas 2018.

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Lavender

Move over Millennial Pink.  Lavender is slated to be the new color du jour.

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Cottage Charming Renovation and Decoration by Architect William B. Litchfield & Designer Jackye Lanham

Brass Accents

Where have we heard this before?  In almost every what’s hot for the new year forecast prediction of the past few years.  I believe we can confidently  move brass accents from the on-trend column to the here to stay column. Warm tones invite a sense of cozy comfort to the metals mix, and home owners, apartment inhabitants, dorm room decoristas and Millennials alike continue to show a preference to home decor accents and accessories that convey a stylish degree of cozy to the overall look.

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Everygirl Co-Founder Alaina Kaczmarski Holiday Decor

Velvet

If you want to achieve a sense of drama through rich and elegant texture, may I introduce you to velvet.

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Berkus-Kravet-Velvet19th-century Bench Upholstered in Kravet Velvet 

Back in Black Kitchen

The black kitchen is slated to be back in black vogue.

Can’t wait to paint my kitchen walls and/or cabinets black fabulous or forget going to the dark side fail?  Do tell.

benjamin-moore-kitchen-jet-blackBenjamin Moore
Cabinets:  Jet Black 2120-10
Walls: Vapor AF-35, Regal Select Pearl

Buyer FYI

From the November 2017 edition of Home Accents Today:

Inspiration is everywhere, and an online consumer survey conducted by Furniture Today of 1368 respondents shows the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.

Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

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*Includes vintage shops, other magazines, and friends

Interesting.  Very interior design trend forecast 2018 and interior design advice survey interesting.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Design Details

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

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

Today’s fetching Friday focuses on design details and the it’s all in the details beauty that enthralls, captivates, and delights the eye.

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Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

Monogram_2Monograms and Antique Linens ~ Victoria Magazine

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Beauty on point captured by dancer Kyle Froman as featured in Harper’s BAZAAR.

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Have a lovely weekend.

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The Heart And Soul Of Decorating

In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend.  Think electronic gadgets.  About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike.  Does this principle apply to decorating?  Nah!  Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.

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The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices.  We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal.  In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader.  “The  _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for.  Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.

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It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a  freshening up.  That’s the heart and soul of decorating.  Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time.  A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.

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And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…