Two Elegant Designer Showhome Dining Rooms

I love color and beautiful pattern.

While I do love the neutral palettes, I always gravitate toward rooms

with beautiful color, texture and pattern.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of touring two Designer Showhomes

in two different states. Yes, I get around!

One in Birmingham, Alabama and one in Cashiers, N.C.

We shall begin with the one in Birmingham, Alabama.

THE SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE 2016

THE DINING ROOM

Southern Living Idea House Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

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A Beautiful French Meal and Dining Room

I cannot believe that it has been almost 3 years since I went to France with

fellow bloggers and friends. It was a trip of a lifetime for me that I will never forget.

One of the most unforgettable moments and places of this trip was being invited to

our gracious hosts and tour guides most gorgeous French farmhouse/manor, named Rabbit Hill.

Our hostess was Cat of Sunday Brocantes. She doesn’t blog anymore, but you can find

some of the most gorgeous photos on her Instagram (cat_in_france) and

www.sundaybrocantes.com for her foodie workshops. Cat is an phenomenal cook.

We were invited for lunch and must say it was one of the best meals I have ever had!!

Rabbit Hill/Normadie, France Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

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Repurposing Candle Holders Into Pedestals

I needed  something to place my blue and white ginger jars on to gain more height.

I only had one small pedestal  that I use to prop things on, but needed two.

I came across a second set of Pottery Barn candleholders that were put away

on my staging shelves in the attic. I then got the epiphany, the light bulb moment.

Foyer Antique French Buffet Vignette - Housepitality Designs

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Bouquets of Bakelite

Bouquets of Bakelite silverware is just the thing I needed

to start thinking of the direction I want to go in

to plan for the Fall decor in the kitchen.

Bakelite silverware is some of the many things I that acquired from my friend Martha.

Bakelite Silverware - Housepitality Designs

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A Balancing Act With A Chair

A balancing act with a chair?

No, I am not balancing a chair from the tips of my fingers.

I was a bit unsure with the look of my newly refreshed sitting area

in the Master Bedroom.

After much contemplation, I realized this is what it needed

after I took the side tables away and added the plant stands.

Master Bedroom Sitting Area - Housepitality Designs

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10 Minute Decorating, A Pre-Autumn Mantel

A simple pre-autumn mantel was on the agenda

when I returned from my Florida trip to visit my mom and sister.

I knew I wanted something simple that I can later tweak to add autumn decor.

I guess you can say this is my late summer, pre-autumn mantelscape.

Great Room Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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A Fig in a Basket

Previously, I had two plants stands in the bay window/sitting area of the dining room,

which were relocated to the master bathroom when I did a little makeover to that room.

This left a bit of a void in this area.

I thought that maybe I would like this space without anything under the vintage shutters,

however, I broke my rule (again) of less is more and decided to fill in those spaces.

My go to space fillers are plants.

Dining Room/Fiddle Leaf Fig - Housepitality Designs

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Master Bedroom Sitting Area Refresh

While at the grocery store the other day,

I always make sure I visit the floral department to see what goodies they had for me.

The roses were on clearance. So a beautiful bunch of creamy white roses landed in my cart.

Master Bedroom Sitting Area/Roses - Housepitality Designs

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It’s Like Jewelry

It’s like jewelry . . . step back, take a look and eliminate at least one item

of accessories . . . one piece of jewelry, maybe nix the scarf.

This past weekend, I did this, but with items on a shelf or table

and in one case, something sitting on the floor.

I kept walking by the sofa table and it bothered me.

I knew it just wasn’t just right.

This is what it looked like AFTER I made the adjustment.

Sofa Table Vignette - Housepitality Designs

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Imitation . . . The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I think it was George Bernard Shaw that said,

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery,

it is the sincerest form of learning.”

And that is what I did today . . . learn . . . from some of the best.

I did it again . . . I took a magazine cover and I tweaked it for a summer vignette.

Summer Vignette - Housepitality Designs

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