Cheerful Strawberry Décor For Any Place In Your House

Cheerful, with the attractive red, white and green palette, strawberries are beloved motifs for fabrics, furnishings and decorative objects. 

Strawberry Fields Forever

Everybody probably has some sort of design motif that is their favorite, whether it derives from its colors, or shape, or other connection to memory or loved object. Maybe a motif is as simple as a pattern that has an unconscious resonance for us with harmonies in nature.

For me, I somehow have always loved strawberry plant designs. I even gravitate toward the red, green and white color combination in home décor choices as a sort of default.

This hub is for all those, who like me, love the humble strawberry… in fruit and in flower.

Kitchen Strawberries

Beautiful interpretations of the brightly colorful strawberry

Strawberries, perhaps because of their cheerful appearance- those bright red berries with golden little polka-dot seeds and beautiful green leaves, are cheerful. Is that why we are drawn to decorate with them in painting them on furnishings or printing them on fabrics?

Equally attractive when framed with black or a white background, they are common in tole painting projects and often are popular with kitchen accessories. After all, what is more at home in the kitchen than a bright luscious strawberry design? The colors the delicious food motif, bring a bright note to many styles of kitchen decor.

Imagine your everyday meals dressed up with this cheerful strawberry decorated dinnerware.

Take a look at just a few of the examples of kitchen products that employ the cheerful strawberry:

Wild Strawberry Special Occasion – Delicate Strawberry Flowers and Runners

The delicate strawberry flowers bring a completely different feeling of pastel prettiness to many famous designs, such as the Wedgwood chinaware.

Wedgwood Wild Strawberry 5 Piece Place Setting

Wedgwood Wild Strawberry 5 Piece Place Setting

One of the prettiest designs possible. A beloved design from the famous Wedgewood pottery.

Would You Like to Learn to Paint Strawberries?

Strawberry Tole Designs – Folk style painting

Toleware – A favorite decorative paint method

As pretty as they are, you know strawberries will show up in decorative painting! One of my favorite forms is the tole painting method. It is a method that can be easily learned and there are many tutorial books and classes available to learn from.

Start with a watercolor tutorial and then experiment with acrylics and oils.

Strawberry painting tutorial

It is traditional to use methods of painting fruits and flowers on wood and tinware, but if the metal work of antique lamps or chairs have lots their color- there are ways to restore the bright berries and leaves. All much simpler than you might have imagined.

Cultures with decorative painting techniques: Norwegian and Swedish Rosemaling, Pennsylvania Dutch Tole, Russion Khokhloma.

Russion Khokhloma

“Khokhloma is an ancient Russian folk handicraft which appeared in the 17th century in Nizhny Novgorod. This is a decorative painting of wooden utensils and furniture in red, black and goldish color. Green and yellow paint is occasionally used. Traditional elements of Khokhloma are red juicy rowan berries and strawberries, flowers and twigs.”
– Wikipedia

Khokhloma History:

“Khokhloma craft is over three hundred years old. It first appeared in the northern part of the Volga region and originated from icon painting. In the 17th century the craft developed near Khokhloma village of Semyonov district. Thus, wooden painted plates and dishes became known as Khokhloma utensils. And the craft itself acquired the name of Khokhloma.”

Norwegian or Swedish Rosemaling

Rosemaling technique of folk painting is better known and centers on the rose as a motif, but there are a wide range of flowers and fruits which are painted into the swirls and scrolls of this exuberant and colorful folk decorating technique.

The the three main styles are Telemark, Hallingdal and Rogaland, named after the regions where they originated. There are five basic brush strokes, the C and reverse C (or parentheses stroke), the S curve, the O (or circle stroke), the straight line and the dot, and from these are built quite intricate designs.

Tole Painting

“Tole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. Typical metal objects include utensils, coffee pots, and similar household items. Wooden objects include tables, chairs, and chests, including hope chests, toyboxes and jewelry boxes.

The practice began in 18th century New England, and was also extensively carried on among German immigrants in Pennsylvania.” -Wikipedia

Khokhloma – Russian Strawberry Motif Tole Painting

Khokhloma Russian Nesting Doll 5pc./4" by Golden Cockerel
Khokhloma Russian Nesting Doll 5pc./4″ by Golden Cockerel

Strawberry Decor Bits and Bobs

Strawberries Everyday – Happy and bright colors

Red, White, and Green Cheers Up The Room

Strawberry Decor

Strawberry plants and their fruit are most often a theme for country style décor. It is a natural motif for kitchens, whether on wallpaper, as accents in dishware, kitchenware, or towels and table linens.

Joie 3-Piece Strawberry Colander, Huller and Slicer Set A colander like this is fun and decorative- makes time in the kitchen cheerier.

Berries Outside the Kitchen

Strawberry Fabrics – Brightens up everyone’s day

“Strawberry Thief” by William Morris was one of his most popular textile prints. It was also one of the most expensive to produce using the painstaking method that arts and crafts revived. Designed by Morris in May 1883, it is still printed in shades of green, blue and pink on a deep blue ground.

However, when an artist like William Morris created his famous fabric pattern, it was obvious that the humble red berries could be planted as easily on living room or bedroom furnishing to bring a bright note to rooms that were full of flowery chintz.

The bright red color and simple outlines could be with a bit of imagination, utilized in modern, more minimalist environments.

Red is often a popular accent color in modern interior design. So, if you love strawberries, don’t feel that they have to remain in the kitchen!

Strawberry Pink

This pink is warm, with a definite tint of yellow, while still registering as a true pink.

In interiors it is most often seen in little girls rooms, or as an accent with pastel color schemes.

Bursting With Ripe Color

Strawberry Kitchen Accessories

Aprons or bedspreads, towels, or curtains, chair covers … if you have a strawberry fabric design there can be strawberries wherever you like.

Using a fabric ribbon with the design of berries can be applied to curtains, edging shelves, or trim for solid placemats.

I’ve seen ideas that include using decals to create your own strawberry pattern on kitchen appliances, decorative boxes, and even kitchen cupboard doors.

People do such creative things with bits of fabric and a needle and thread.

  • Strawberry Tray
    A very nice tutorial with pattern and illustration for painting a strawberry design

Embroidered Strawberries

Embroidered Strawberries
Embroidered Strawberries

The Meaning and Mystery of Emerald Green

The Emotional Meaning Of Green

Eemerald Green Interior
How does emerald green make you feel?
Revealing the mystery of Emerald, the clear green  jewel hue. Pantone colors track the trends in fashion and interior decor and chose this as one of their colors of the year.

What this Shade Does for Our Psyche

Green has taken on a whole additional layer of meaning as it has become the catchword of all thing environmental and ecology-minded. But that is only natural as it is one of the most common colors of the world of plants. When we see green we think of nature, but is that the main feeling we get from Emerald Green?

The pure vibrant tone of Emerald skips the more negative meanings of a yellowed green, and goes to the heart of prosperity, harmony, and youth.

A feeling of being wealthy and richness is attached to the emerald gem, along with the lush luxury that a deep jewel color conveys.

Green is happy and fresh and clean and classic.

– designer Sally Steponkus

Relax and Keep Calm

All greens tend to be relaxing psychologically and give ideas of peace and calm.

Mid range greens like clear Emerald serve to increase appetite. It can lift one’s spirit and dispel depression.

Personality traits associated with green are understanding, being adaptable, sympathetic and compassionate, generosity, humility, and of a romantic nature.

Green represents safety.

How Do They Choose Color Trends?

At Home: Freshen up your interiors with a touch of green

Bright color of emerald pairs perfectly with black and white.

Trends In Home Furnishings

Chosen For 2013, But Still Going Strong

I am still seeing plenty of Emerald green in home and clothes products as we close the year 2015 and go into 2016. Trends are not “fly by night” fads, rather they are slowly growing movements toward a popular feeling that people have for , say, pastels, or brights, or seasonal colors.

Buying furnishings is a longer term investment, so trendsetters try to alert the buying public to what kind of colors and designs will give them something stylish for their homes.

Entrancing Emerald takes the Lead

Don’t be green with envy, go emerald for a gem of a color trend hue. A deep jewel color, what makes emerald new, starting in 2013, is the way it is used in tandem with other brights, especially yellow gold.

How is this shade described?

  • Lush, taking cue from nature’s growing plants.
  • Brilliant, in homage to its jewel origins.
  • Luxurious, which denotes how it makes us feel, emerald green velvet, anyone?

Follow this yellow brick road to the Emerald City of Pantone’s swatches to learn more of what emerald green could do for you.

Lush… Brilliant… Luxurious

How You Feel When You See This Hue

Those descriptive terms paired with “Emerald” can give you a clue about what styles your home might express with this color, where and how to use it.

There is always a posh element to emeralds, and they are certainly items of luxury. Silks, satins, velvets, upscale furnishings, fine antiques… all those elements certainly go with the emerald green trend. But what if you are more a whimsical, retro, or modern type? What are the ways you can use emerald green for a lighter, brighter feel? Go lush with it.

Inviting Emerald Into Your Home

The use of deep green for home goods might be best in those things that best show off the depth and sparkle that makes this color great for accents.

Think of crystal and glassware highlighted with Emerald, or a table runner for a dining room accent. Cushions or an occasional chair, slipcovered if a permanent change isn’t desired.

This is a color that give formal notes to an interior decor.

Sparkling Glass Crystal From Waterford

Waterford Crystal Snowflake Wishes for Courage Emerald Flute, 2nd Edition
Waterford Crystal Snowflake Wishes for Courage Emerald Flute, 2nd Edition

Waterford is one of the finest names in crystal, and this sparkling gem of a flute can mark a special occasion or commemorate one.

Emerald Green Bedroom – Fit For A Queen

Emerald Green Bedding
Emerald Green Bedding

Keep Calm

Since this hue is calming and tends to lift the spirits it is a good color to wake up to …and go to bed with, so consider giving touches of restful green to your bed furnishings.

Although the Pantone Emerald Green is a more saturated color, home materials might be toned down and desaturated, while taking cue from the tonal green to green-blue hue.

Green Is…

Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest

– Mary Webb.

Lush Emerald Fashion

Blue and Green Are A Classic Combination

Fresh touch of emerald in unexpected places brightens up blue jean fashion uniform.

To get a similar exciting look for summer try out these look-alikes. The combination of cobalt and Emerald is bright and fresh, and it can’t go wrong when matched up with the classic white t-shirt and blue jeans. The pairing of the bag and shoes in unmatched deeply saturated color brings a new look to the outfit which is casual, but eye-catching at the same time, The colors bring zing.

Designers carry the Emerald green banner into their fashions, and created some shining examples of how good this color can look in accessories.

The splash of an emerald colored accessory is probably the most brilliant use of this color for personal fashion.

Add it as a surprise color accent, keeping fashion forward without a big budget investment.

Fashionable Color

Pair the Pantone emerald green “with other bolds, such as royal blue, fuchsia, or purple jewel tones,” says Christina Pierce


The queen of Egypt covered her neck in emeralds. The emerald was her preferred jewel.

Trivial Emerald Green Facts

  • The favorite color of George Washington? You guessed green, you were right.
  • The human eye is most sensitive to and able to discern the most shades of green.
  • A green flag signals the start of a car race.
  • A green light means approval.

Touch of Emerald Links

  • Emerald Green – The New Colour for 2013
    Okay when I read the colour of the year was emerald, I thought , okay, hmmm….. well gardens are green. All things considered I like every colour in the garden and plant whatever I want. Not much of a fad person here. …


Artful Garden Teapots

antique teapot


Artful Garden Teapots

Tea and Gardens Seem To Go Together

Something about the idea of tea in a garden whispers of zephyr breezes, blue skies, white fluffy clouds on a summers eve. With the soft waft of a rose’s fragrance, it is a perfect time to sit with a garden patterned teapot brimming with hot, amber colored tea and take a quiet break from the busyness of daily life.

Perhaps it is that connection in the mind between the pleasant quiet of a garden and the calming influence that comes with the warmth of the tea, but any day can seem like one that , however briefly, transforms into this early summer scenario.

One of my favorite ways to decompress and relieve stress is to sit down with a pot of hot tea made in a pretty pot, then pour the tea into one of my favorite teacups. Tea things don’t have to match , but I like the pots to handle and pour well, and for the cups to harmonize in style with the teapots.

This post is dedicated to taking a short time of repast with a pot of freshly brewed tea, perhaps a green or an Earl Gray; to step out into the garden and listen to softly buzzing bees, think creative thoughts, and experience the an oasis of time away from demands of tasks and obligations.

A welcome solitude, or an interlude with friends, but a time of refreshment and renewed perspective.

Chinese Garden Teapot

Chinese Garden Teapot

Teapot Thought

Strange how a teapot

Can represent at the same time

The comforts of solitude

And the pleasures of company

From Famous Franz Porcelain

This brand of porcelain work is noteworthy for its beauty of color and artistry. The teapots immediately draw attention because they look like works of art, and not for daily use. But for those who love to bring beauty into their homes, this is one of those kitchen items which serves as both art and use.
Franz Porcelain Lily of the Nile Teapot, FZ02616

Franz Porcelain Lily of the Nile Teapot, FZ02616

  The company was founded by Francis Chen in Taiwan. There are accomplished artists who design and create many of the special collections.

Franz Porcelain Van Gogh Almond flower teapot Franz Fine Porcelain
Franz Porcelain Van Gogh Almond flower teapot Franz Fine Porcelain

  Many of the designs are inspired by nature, so garden themed ware is frequently found in their collections.

Franz Porcelain Bamboo Song Bird Design Teapot
Franz Porcelain Bamboo Song Bird Design Teapot


Franz Porcelain Long Tail Hummingbird Design Teapot
Franz Porcelain Long Tail Hummingbird Design Teapot

 Birds on Franz porcelain may not be the ones found in your garden, but they are in a paradise type of garden somewhere in the world. The long tailed sylph hummingbird is a denizen of South America, in countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Their unusual feathers in such jeweled color makes the design a real standout.


Polish Garden Teapot – Polish Pottery

Colorful and decorative, this will bring a warm, bright spot to your decor. Made from Boleslawiec white clay. There are a number of different flower and colors in this line. They have the bright and cheery look of a grandmother’s garden. The decoration reminds me of spongeware for some reason; thought the painting is clearly done by brushwork..

Sunshine Yellow For Morning Teatime – Whimsical Hand Drawn Flowers

Yellow, kitchens, bright daisies – these are so cheering, which is what a breakfast cup of tea ought to be. The flowers look like they were hand drawn on a whim.

Porcelain Whimsical Flower Teapot for One Adorable Gift
Porcelain Whimsical Flower Teapot for One Adorable Gift Golden yellow and whimsical – a bright spot of garden sunshine for a summer morning spot of tea.

The Teapot for One

For many of us, our teatime consists of sitting down on our own with a good cup of tea. A tea for one sized pot is just what we need for the way most of us order our days.

These pots, many made with their own matching teacup perched handily on board, hold just the right amount of tea for one sitting.

Do you collect teapots, too? I’m a little surprised how many do. Maybe you have a number of different types of pots all in one theme like the collection on this page.

I personally just like teapots, and use all mine in one way or another. There aren’t any special themes other than appealing to me because of the design or the special way they are made. I have some Japanese Tetsubin pots that are among my favorite.

I hope you enjoy this online “museum” of sorts as much as I do. Really, the art and variation of teapots even in one theme is astounding.

“All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter.”-Joseph Addison, 1711

Yixing Tea Pots – Chinese Garden Style

Yixing is pronounced “Yee-Shing”, and signals a very special kind of teapot. They are composed of zisha clay, a rare type of purplish clay found only in Yixing, China.

Yixing teapots are individually sized, so a person may have their own pot. the different colors of the designs are created through the addition of mineral pigments.

These are considered to be one of the finest tea brewing pots in the world. I had no idea about that when I bought one for my son and daughter-in-law. The subtle colors and the artful lizard as a lid handle are what intrigued me. The proportions and ornamental touches make one of the most aesthetically pleasing teapots of the many types found worldwide. At least in my estimation.

Over time, use will it impart a “tea brewed within tea”. This is due to the fact that Zisha clay is extremely porous and will absorb the flavor of tea and the insides of the teapots are left unglazed. Other qualities of this clay are an ability to retain heat, a freedom from toxic materials like lead, arsenic and cadmium ( sometimes found in other clays), and its ability to form the tight fit of the lid. The composition of this clay is mainly of quartz, kaolin, mica, with a high volume of iron oxide.

Made in a myriad of designs , many have a garden theme, some with charming little garden creatures like frogs, and lizards.

The Japanese Tea Garden – A Brief Overview of the Tea Garden Culture

Tea in the Japanese Garden by moonlightbulb, on Flickr
Tea in the Japanese Garden by moonlightbulb, on Flickr


The Japanese developed a brilliant art form that unites a refinement of serving tea, the repose of a serene garden, and the calming effect of following ritual that creates a beautiful culture custom and an intriguing garden style.

The tea room (chashitsu) and the tea garden (roji) are a space for holding a tea gatherings. [1] In the tea garden, guests pass through the kuguri entrance, a small and narrow space. From there they follow a stone path which has a measured sequence to encourage thought and mindfulness of their progress. Continuing through a carefully landscaped space they come to a tsukubai, which is a stone wash basin. After washing their hands, the guests enter a low roofed teahouse. It is designed to replicate a traditional home, here the guests sit on tatami mats.The host pours ceremonially made tea for them in this calm and serene place.

The tea garden is called a roji, and it is a very important part of the tea ceremony. The Japanese name for this ceremony is chanoyu.

Tetsubin teapot – Japanese beauty, subtlety, and utility

I have two Tetsubin teapots. One is a black hobnail and one is a pink cherry blossom design which my son gave me for Christmas. I didn’t know that the designs had symbolic meaning, but Teavana has listed the meanings. My cherry blossom pot is the National flower of Japan, and it is a symbol for beauty; the hobnail design stands for strength. Strength and beauty! Those make a fine combination in my estimation.

The Tetsubin teapots are made of cast iron, and they should only be rinsed clean and wiped dry with a clean cloth. Like the Chinese clay pots they can retain tea flavors over time which add to the cachet of the teapot.

I find them to be an eye pleasing and well designed teapot, a joy to use and they pour beautifully. The cast iron retains heat and mine came with their own basket infusers for the loose tea which is brewed to perfection within them.

More history of the Tetsubin teapot from Teavana

Square Cast Iron Tea Set Dragonfly Black #ts6-06bk
Square Cast Iron Tea Set Dragonfly Black #ts6-06bk


Take Care of Your Teapot

Instructions For Cast Iron


Directions For Chinese ‘Purple clay’:

Tips For Ceramic Teapots

Vintage teapots


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” -Henry James

As long as the teapot is there on your shelf, learn to brew tea that goes into it properly. It isn’t difficult, it just takes some attention to the details, especially measuring amounts and getting the timing right.

How to brew a proper cup of tea:

Use fresh water each time you prepare tea.

Choose good tea.

Use 1-2 teaspoons per 8 ounce cup.

Heat water until it reaches a boil, let it cool just slightly then make your tea.

Tea leaves are steeped in the water for 1-3 minutes when making green or white teas. Five minutes for black teas.

Another set of instructions, here.

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For those who like P.O.D products like Zazzle:

If you design your own teapot, remember there are several products that can be matched to produce a set. There are mugs, plates, and a candy jar that could just as well be used to store tea or sugar.

In my home, there is a loose collection of teapots, not because I try to actively collect them, but there is just something I love about a teapot. Maybe it is the marriage of aesthetic form and usefulness. Or maybe I just think they are cute, and I enjoy pouring myself a hot cup of tea from a decorative pot.

Do you collect teapots?

Hot Autumn Decor Creates A Cozy Home

Autumn Colors Are Welcome Any Time Of Year

family room walls
Hot orange walls bring vivid warmth and make an inviting statement in rooms where people like to mingle. Consider this color for a family room.

For almost anyone, the autumn season is a time to add pumpkin orange, crimson red, golden yellow, and nut browns to the decor, but for some there is nothing more homey than the harvest colorings of Fall for the entire year round.

No matter which colors you prefer for your home’s rooms, see if there are autumn additions that would lend the season’s richness and warmth to your indoor palette. You may be surprised how a touch of autumn color brightens up otherwise neutral rooms without too much expense or commitment.

Autumn inspired palettes

The Colors of a Golden Afternoon

living room art
Lazy Autumn Afternoon

There is something clear, and yet soft, about the light of autumn days. The combination of yellow, gold, and oak leaf brown can create a most welcome environment that surrounds one in cozy and inviting color. The color yellow has notes of cheer and energy , while brown gives an earthy, grounded look. Deep charcoal accents can bring out the dramatic side of such a color pairing.

Many people like to use a favorite painting to garner their color combination, and the grayed teal that gives the effect of a residual fog might be the perfect foil to the warm hues of yellow,gold, and brown.

Warm the atmosphere even more

When orange is added to yellow the feeling becomes festive.

Consider some of your favorite seasonal foods or harvest decorations: bright orange pumpkins with golden and green bi-colored gourds; the orange and golden yellow of maple leaves; bittersweet berries with their golden caps.

Golden Yellow, Vibrant Orange

Bittersweet Berries Inspire

The colors of bittersweet berries ignite ideas
Oriental Bittersweet postcard on Zazzle

The colors of bittersweet berries ignite ideas…deep red orange with orange-gold and moss greens, a blue gray gives just a bit of contrast and pale yellow ochre makes an ideal background wall color for the bright sparks of color.

Make it rich and earthy

As autumn matures the colors turn earthy. If you like a rich, subdued background for your bedroom, this might be the color harmony that most comforts and nurtures you.

When deep brown is added to oranges and harvest yellow, an inviting and cozy room is easily created. Especially in combining that leather brown color with burnt orange, it becomes a song of Autumn.

It is a color scheme that a man is comfortable with. I like the cheerful creamy yellow on the walls, but Navaho white or picking up that deep orange on just one wall could be as effective.

Toned With Browns

deep rich colors and textures say luxury
Combine deep autumnal color with luxe fabrics and get supreme comfort for body and soul. Silky satins, damasks, and tapestry textures bring out the depth of color .

Traditional Colors and Textural Earthy Materials

Use a mix of textures for these rich colors

Whether it is burlap or velvet, texture highlights the colors of fall, and they look best with something that makes use of the saturated depth of the hues. The harmonies of green, gold, and orange with the addition of browns brings out the autumn feeling of this palette, although you don’t have to stay inside that guideline. Purple is also an autumn color!

Purples and Violets Simmer

Violets are part of the season's color palette
via Pinterest is a reminder that violet shades are part of the Autumn landscape, and in their subtler tones look gorgeous with deep red orange ( purple and orange are secondary harmonies on the color wheel).

Violets are part of the season’s color palette


Autumn Lamp Looks

This color theme lends itself particularly well to the oriental cloisonné look and to leather textures. Lamps that incorporate those elements are often the best accents for a harvest season look.

Warm Wood And Nubby Texture

Autumn Decor Lamp – Beautiful Painted Autumn Scene

An amazing focal point in the room, the attention arresting shape and color harmony of red autumn hues with black frame is warm and sophisticated at the same time. This is no ordinary table lamp, but literally a work of art.

Kichler Lighting 70772 Vivido Autumn 24-Inch Portable Table Lamp, Aged Crackle Decoupage Finish with Linen Oval Hard Back Shade
Kichler Lighting 70772 Vivido Autumn 24-Inch Portable Table Lamp, Aged Crackle Decoupage Finish with Linen Oval Hard Back Shade

It is hard to imagine a more artistically beautiful lamp than this. It is a focal point piece, that has character and elegance. The look of a fine antique.

Creating An Atmosphere

Honey Oak Finish Harmonizes Nicely

Dunhill Bed in Autumn Brown/Honey Oak by Fashion Bed Group
Dunhill Bed in Autumn Brown/Honey Oak by Fashion Bed Group

Honey Oak Queen size bed harmonizes with any of the autumn colors you might choose for your walls and linens. A romantic traditional style with black metal ornament. Old French Quarter feel to the style.

Bedroom Furniture – With a warm brown finish

Imagine this chocolate brown leathered look bedstead with a green coverlet as base for the terrific coordinating accessories that make you feel like you are spending the night in a forest lodge. No crackling fire necessary, but welcome. Warm and homey, but with an understated elegance that you will love all year.

Pumpkin Color Inspiration

pumpkin pie
One of my favorites: the color, aroma, and taste of spice laden pumpkin pie.

Autumn Braided Rug – Warm brown traditional floor covering

As homey as a slice of pumpkin pie.

Homespun and Rustic

Salem Autumn Retreat Rug Rug Size: Runner 2'3" x 9'
Salem Autumn Retreat Rug Rug Size: Runner 2’3″ x 9′ Brown braided rugs hark back to traditional America crafts where woolen dresses and coasts that became to worn for use were frugally cut into strips and braided into very serviceable and good looking rugs. We don’t have to do the work of saving rags and braiding them, but we can have the look of these wonderful area rugs today.

Home Accessories

The Tints and Aroma Of an Autumn Day

Yankee Candle Autumn Leaves Crackle Collection Tarts Wax Potpourri Warmer
Yankee Candle Autumn Leaves Crackle Collection Tarts Wax Potpourri Warmer

The Motifs of the Fall Season

Traditional Motifs For This Time Of Year

In Japan, the idea of seasonal words that are identified with seasons are called ‘Kigo‘ (season-related word).

Kigo for Autumn haiku poetry might be dragonflies, full moon, chrysanthemums, colored leaves, fallen leaves, maple, mushrooms, deer, harvest, sunset, .

Harvest, Leaves, Squirrels, Acorns, the list goes on

Every season has its motifs, those objects that we identify in a symbolic or iconic way. Autumn seems to take us back to nature in a way no other season can… we revel in harvest themes and celebrate nature.

My Favorite China – Lenox Autumn

Lenox Autumn Gold-Banded Fine China 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1
Lenox Autumn Gold-Banded Fine China 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1

This is one of the most exquisite china designs ever designed.

Falling Leaves

The icon of fallen leaves
The icon of fallen leaves




Welcoming Kitchens

Orange brings warmth and conviviality

If you want a welcoming and cheerful kitchen, autumn color might be just what you are looking for to decorate the kitchen. In the sea of white and metal, there are times we are hungry for color, and no colors harmonize quite so well with good eating as orange and yellow. They are colors that invite you to sit down and enjoy the food.

Orange Kitchen Appliances:

Some things like kitchen appliance must have shiny surfaces, but autumn is not usually shiny or metallic in nature.

Still, in those accessories that might be made of metal, a burnished metal would probably match up better than a bright shiny one.

Think of bronze or wrought iron, or the brushed metals instead of bright brass. Again these aren’t “rules”, just suggestions.

Autumnal Candle – Bring seasonal scent and color into your decor

Do you love candles? Especially candles that scent the air with delicious reminders of everything you love about the season? I do, too. Here is one to try…

Wicks With The Sound Of a Crackling Fire

Woodwick Candle Autumn Sunset Large Jar
Woodwick Candle Autumn Sunset Large Jar

Woodwick candles bring a pleasant crackle to the air, besides their seasonal scent.

Not everyone wants to do a complete decor in Autumn colors, although I hope this post gives you plenty of reasons to consider it.

Even so, almost everyone likes to add a little seasonal accent during harvest time. Candles, table decorations, table cloths, and the scents of the season are a few ways to add the warmth and hospitality that seems to infuse the the fall.

Anything that brings some of nature indoors, with a little of those happy memories of, glorious changing leaves, the first fire in the fireplace, and abundant apple harvests can be incorporated into the home decor.

Some DIY Ideas!

Bedroom Oasis With Moroccan Style

Moroccan Bedroom with Comfort and Style

Bedroom with Comfort and Style
Bedroom with Comfort and Style

Exotic Luxury, Exciting Color, Your Own Night In Casablanca

Rich textures and patterns in colorful fabrics, low seating, ornate carving- these are some of the characteristics of furnishings for a bedroom oasis that has a Moroccan flair.


“Classic Mediterranean blue and white, to intense Delacroix red, to monochromatic yet elegant black and white” and more, from cool off whites to deep jewel tones. sparkling interiors with a bit of fantasy woven in. There is an opportunity for some shabby chic and flea market sale shopping when you put together this look, but it is an “antique” not “junk sale” look.. the faded textured pillow and rugs, the softened colors and worn places of the painted furnishing give comfort, not distress.

If you pay special attention to a few details such as side tables, decorative lighting, typically Moroccan patterned fabrics and keep the furniture on a low profile you will create a truly magnetic Marrakesh hideaway.

Everything low and comfortable

Pillows and poufs, carpets and low tables all add to the feeling of comfort.
Pillows and poufs, carpets and low tables all add to the feeling of comfort.

The Beauty of Moroccan Décor

This style is easy to pull together and it has lots of personality. With a few touches in bedding, occasional pieces, and accessories, the look can be attained.

If you want something that is warm and exotic and filled with rich, luxurious comfort, then Moroccan style is for you. It can be simple, or fantastically layered, and really depends on your own decisions while putting together your space.

To simplify the design, constrain the patterns to a color harmony like blue, beige and white, or something similar. To add more complexity, gather together more of the brighter colors, then add more textures and patterns.

With many of the elements removable like pillows, or lanterns and mirrors, it is easy to change the space when wanting more or less pattern and visual interest.

The Souk: Close your eyes and see before you a labyrinth filled to overflowing with

“…pottery, slippers, poufs, spices, lanterns, paintings, baskets, carpets, bags, jewelry…”

  • My Marrakesh

Poof Ottoman – For Your Marrakesh Hideaway

This is going to give an immediate Moroccan feel to your bedroom décor. Comfy and comes in other colors.

These little ottomans give a handy place to sit while dressing. They can double as a small table area and lend lots of impact for their small size. The colors they come in are almost limitless. I’ve seen a number of brands with different materials and colors. Then, to top it off, Zazzle has offered those you can design yourself.

Poufs Are Perfect Low Seating

Casablanca Market Embroidered Starburst Stitched Cotton Stuffed Leather Pouf, Red on White
Casablanca Market Embroidered Starburst Stitched Cotton Stuffed Leather Pouf, Red on White

This pouf has hand embroidered stitches creating a beautiful leather ottoman. Very versatile and comfortable piece.

This is right at home in the Moroccan style, and gives both low seating and serves as a base for a tray. It gives an authentic Middle Eastern flavor to a design.

A Hanging Chest

Create the bedroom look with space to store essentials. Shelves revealed within, when the two front doors open wide.

Ebony finish on wood; a wood frame and glass panels of reverse painted glass in gold, greens, and burnt sienna. Use it for anything- sweaters,baskets with smaller items, extra linens.

Moroccan Chest

Overall dimensions: 36.5″ H x 41″ W x 12.5″ D makes the full size chest a major storage piece.

The subtle grayed color fits into rooms with neutral, green, or blue.

One Really Great Piece: Moroccan Chest – Carolina Accents Moroccan Chest

Carolina Accents Moroccan Chest
Carolina Accents Moroccan Chest

This Decor Can Be Subtle

Moroccan Decor Can Be Subtle
Moroccan Décor Can Be Subtle

Decorate with Texture and Detail – Patterned Curtains,Wall Art

From allposters: With similar patterns and scale, the many decorative elements add together to create a densely detailed group of tiles that typify the way even every day things are full of artistic interest.
With similar patterns and scale, the many decorative elements add together to create a densely detailed group of tiles that typify the way even every day things are full of artistic interest.

Curtain Considerations

Curtains are a the third largest color space with only the walls and the bed having bigger design impact. Make sure yours give the atmosphere and pattern that makes the room.

Details For Your Bedroom Theme – Fabrics and Accents

As you add accents of lanterns, a mix of traditional styled fabrics in the beautiful colors of Moroccan red, blue, and ocher… the room warms and comes alive. The ornate look of filigree stands out against starkly plain walls, sometimes painted in bright colors, or -more often- in a warm off white or creamy beige.

Richly Patterned Bedding

To create a focal point, the bed coverings are an obvious choice. Usually the biggest visual element in the room, the bedding can be layered to produce the patterns and texture that give this style its character.

Traditionally, blue and white or colorful patterns would be used, but more modern tastes veer towards a subdued and sometimes neutral collection of shades. Whatever color scheme you choose be sure to make the bed the center of attraction.

A simple Moroccan bedroom idea

A simple Moroccan bedroom idea

Moroccan End Tables

Wood, metal, or mirrored, Moroccan tables are often ornate and add decorative pattern.

The occasional tables placed bedside or around the room ( next to a comfy reading chair,perhaps?) are the best way to incorporate the feeling of a decorative scheme without a big outlay of your budget. It is also a way to get the feeling without a full commitment to a certain style.

Those with octagonal shapes fit into corners. Make one of the Moroccan end tables your first purchase, then add some accents for a sure way to bring romance to your boudoir.

Side Table With Inlaid Medallian Design

Moroccan Octagonal End Table Silver Metal Camel Bone & Henna Arabic Furniture
Moroccan Octagonal End Table Silver Metal Camel Bone & Henna Arabic Furniture

The distinctive Octagonal shape that is commonly found in these tables, but with an uncommonly fine inlaid and leather accent.

berber table

Moroccan Afro-Berber Table, Rustic
Moroccan Afro-Berber Table, Rustic

The shape, the color, everything says you have entered a Moroccan oasis of comfort.

Filigree brass metal brings pattern and texture to a mantle, or top of a chest of drawers.
Filigree brass metal brings pattern and texture to a mantle, or top of a chest of drawers.


Eye-catching Accents

Bring Moroccan Flavor Into The Room

  • Brass decorative details for an authentic accent.
  • Bring the medallion tile pattern to the floor, with a rug in a light color duo for the bedroom. Many pile rugs have the popular tile patterned design that repeats this familiar Moroccan look.
  • A comfy chair for reading or beside the Moroccan table can make a sitting area for morning tea.

Don’t forget the small details that add up to the feel of a certain place and time in a room.

Even a nightlight and replacement light switch covers add to the decorative theater of your bedroom oasis.

Small touches of pattern, materials, and accents draw the eye and the imagination.

Moroccan Tea Glasses make lovely accessories in any room, but bring special accents of color in a Morocco nuanced bedroom getaway.

Bedroom Accessories – Take me to the Casbah…

Create An Accent

Something as simple as some ornate tea lights can import the feeling of a faraway clime. Added to bedding and bedside tables, a few decorative accessories convincingly convey a Moroccan hideaway.

A veiled bed

Decorative Light Fixtures

Moroccan light fixtures are unique from any other country in the world. Be sure to add some lanterns, and consider ceiling or sconce fixtures. A Tiffany style lamp could also be added for color and pattern.

Gifts & Decor Copper Finish Iron Moroccan Candle Holder
Gifts & Decor Copper Finish Iron Moroccan Candle Holder Metalwork, filigree, soft candle light- this gives all the romantic detail of Tangiers nights.

Light fixtures may be one of the easiest ways to inject both ambiance and the feeling of a look like this one. Why not replace generic fixtures with those that give a room an authentic accent? The metalwork will add texture and pattern which allows for simpler bed coverings and less clutter in accessories.

Outfit Your Bedroom With Things You Will Enjoy

A place for tea things on a small table; Poufs and pillows to sit near low tables or in an alcove- details that make this your refuge from the demands of the day.

The boudoir has always been a place to relax, and a Moroccan habit is to take tea with mint in decorative little glasses. These are ideal for bringing color and charm into the décor, while providing a real invitation to have our own teatime break.

Use a side table to fill a corner, a hexagonal shape table is a very useful and eye pleasing shape that fits in almost anywhere.

Pillows are an easy way to add color and texture in Moroccan style.

Decor Ideas – For your Moroccan Oasis

Inspirations from the Near East

Romantic Marrakesh in Your Own Home

Alberto Pinto has created this exciting purple dream of a room. It is not insipid as most lavender and purple rooms tend to be, but vibrant. It’s richness gives a luxuriant feel to it. another view shows the Moroccan details of screen and mirror surrounded by five decorative plates. So easy to do, but so powerful a visual impact.

Keeping the color range harmonious, there are mixes of pattern. This is the key to mixing patterns, keeping color close and scale of the designs harmonious as well.

He has written a book on how to combine the best of “Orientalism” to create such interiors as this.

Borrow These Colors for Your Bedroom

soft violet, peony pink,, and clear gold combine to make a color scheme that is rich and appealing.
soft violet, peony pink, and clear gold combine to make a color scheme that is rich and appealing.

Bathroom In Moroccan Style

It Can Be Simple – It Can Be Luxe

Romantic and exotic, a Moroccan style bathroom may be just the oasis you need.

Create a Luxuriously Exotic Bathroom

Ever wanted to float away to far off luxury in exotic places?

Ever think of creating a bathroom that will help you do just that, even if only in your dreams?

Bathroom decor is one area of the house where you can dress it up to fit your dreams, and where incorporating luxury in little details is often best appreciated.

People escape from stress in the warm waters of their shower and bathtub… in fact it is a recommended, easy way to get rid of stress.

Why not create an environment that pampers your psyche as well as your physique? A hint of Moroccan Style might be just the ticket.

Stylish moroccan bathroom

As you can see, a few luxurious details in characteristic materials and colors can create a whole atmosphere. Although there are many examples of layered decorative patterns, there are also an equal number of examples of Moroccan styled baths with simple color and decorative choices. Here the decorative pieces are limited to lighting and the mirrors. The overall effect is stunning and restful at the same time.

I do believe the arched doorway is crucial to the effect, here. Without that design clue, much of the Marrakesh effect would be gone. Attention to those architectural details when using a very simple decoration theme is important. You can make up for a lack of architectural décor by using more patterned accessories in fabric and fixtures.

A Modern Bathroom Retreat – Near East Luxury and Style


KOHLER K-14297-MP1 Lilies Lore Cast Bronze Undercounter Bathroom Sink, Medium Patina
KOHLER K-14297-MP1 Lilies Lore Cast Bronze Undercounter Bathroom Sink, Medium Patina

This cast bronze basin is intricately embossed with a detailed and beautiful pattern. Just one feature like this can be the focal point of the design, adding a unique texture.


Polaris Sinks P559 Bronze Vessel Sink
Polaris Sinks P559 Bronze Vessel Sink

This has an artistic rustic look, as though it was used for centuries, the bronze scrubbed by a hundred hands, and holding the stories of mysterious times gone by.

Tiles Bring Pattern And Flair

Many bathrooms have tile either on the floor, the walls, or in the shower or tub surround. Sometimes encasing all of those areas. Ceramic tiles, whether using a solid color or the decorative ones, will help create a truly Moroccan style, especially if you are starting from scratch or completely renovating a bathroom.

This particular shape of tile, a scrolled edge, is quintessentially Moroccan in feel. If you like solid color, the shape of the tiles give all the design you need. It is a design that is repeated on many fabric designs and which you can also mimic in stenciling, but the ceramic tile will make the bathroom easy to clean.

Consider incorporating tile into the look.

Tiles – Give a Moroccan look

Beacon Blue 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 Inch Porcelain Floor & Wall Tile (10 Pcs/11 Sq. Ft. Per Case, $1 Standard Shipping)
Beacon Blue 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 Inch Porcelain Floor & Wall Tile (10 Pcs/11 Sq. Ft. Per Case, $1 Standard Shipping)

What are you waiting for? There are other color choices in this classic shape, and Amazon makes sure it is conveniently shipped to you. Let these tiles transform your bathroom into a mecca of luxurious relaxation. Easy to clean and a lasting durable surface.

Bathroom Wall Décor – Choices,choices!

Moroccan Wall Stencil

The look of tile on a painted wall

It isn’t a cheap trick, but an ingenious way to insert the look of Moroccan tiles in an otherwise modern nondescript painted wall. Simply use your own elbow grease and paint the colors you desire.

The tutorial.

Sometimes real tile is not in the budget, or the desire to repeat the look on the portion of the wall above tiles needs something beautiful and simple. This stencil is just what you need.

It would also look great in a bedroom adjacent to the bathroom, to carry your Marrakesh dreams throughout the suite of rooms.

Tile Look Stencil

Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis - Lg - Reusable stencils for DIY decor
Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis – Lg – Reusable stencils for DIY decor

My Ideal Bathroom – What’s Your Style?

Moroccan Oasis

Moroccan Oasis
Moroccan Oasis

Luxury Bath Fixtures

Platinum Whirlpool Tub Soaking Bathtub With Auto Pipe Cleaning Handheld Showerhead Hydro-Massage System Thermostatic Faucet & Whirlpool Massage
Platinum Whirlpool Tub Soaking Bathtub With Auto Pipe Cleaning Handheld Showerhead Hydro-Massage System Thermostatic Faucet & Whirlpool Massage

Your bath will soak away every care with features of massage and a deep sided tub. This whirlpool tub is made for soaking, but also has the convenience of a handheld shower. Its style and luxury fits with the idea of an incredible vacation in Moroccan splendor.

Incredible beauty and comfort make every bath an exotic experience

Blue tiles create easy to clean surface.


Moroccan Blue is Restful

When creating a look don’t be afraid of borrowing related themes. Bring some French style into your North African retreat.

If you see the similarity between French Provence patterns and some of those in Morocco , it is not by accident, and you aren’t imagining things.

Morocco had a great deal of French influence.

“Provence enjoyed prosperity in the 19th century; the ports of Marseille and Toulon connected Provence with the expanding French Empire in North Africa and the Orient, especially after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.” -Provence

No wonder these aspects of French and Moroccan style intermingled. The colors are fresh and relaxing, the design is pretty and traditional, it is the best of both worlds in a bathroom that is great to wake up to and perfect to say goodnight to a busy day. The shower curtain can bring the entire room alive with your colors and style.

Color, What Is In A Name?

Romance or Mystery? Cozy familiarity, or Exotic climes?


Morning Dew ~ Blue Yellow French Fair Trade Bath Shower Curtain 72x72
Morning Dew ~ Blue Yellow French Fair Trade Bath Shower Curtain 72×72

Love the names of these colors- Morning dew, French blue. Monet loved these colors, too. Make your bathroom a work of art.

While blue and white are mainly featured in this article, another look centered around the colors green, caramel, or Moroccan red could also be chosen (and the palette is not limited to only those choices.)

In any case, medallion designs are common in the look and this type of accessory, the toilet tattoo, may be just the touch you are looking for.

Fabulous Fixtures

One Gorgeous Detail Central To Your Decor

Moroccan Style Ceramic Faucet

This is a gorgeous luxury every time you use your bathroom sink- which is several times a day! Delightful blue and white ceramic patterned pitcher faucet .

Sometimes it only takes one truly fabulous detail that you love to make your bathroom retreat a special place which makes you feel like a princess. I would choose something to use every day, like a sink basin, but if that isn’t in the budget, then one truly beautiful faucet like this one from Kohler might be the chosen focal point.

Whether it is something grand like the tub. or smaller additions like beautiful accessories, give your bathroom some special touches of luxury. It will make it a source of pleasure for a long time.

Quatrefoil Embroidered/ Solid Zero-twist Egyptian Cotton 6-piece Towel Set Gold
Quatrefoil Embroidered/ Solid Zero-twist Egyptian Cotton 6-piece Towel Set Gold

Quatrefoil designs are popular for a reason- they go with almost any other pattern and are traditional, but modern at the same time.

Start with a few fine details

  • Lighting is an easy way to dress up a bathroom.
  • Towels are another simple way to give the nuance of style as well as incorporate your colors into the bathroom.
  • Have you decided on your color scheme? Use towels to accent or harmonize the colors and style you have chosen.

Accessories Accent

What Details To Look For?

Remembering the materials commonly found in Moroccan interiors helps with putting together a look. Besides the colorful tiles and patterned fabrics, brass or embossed metal accessories might be found along with intricately ornamented metal work of different types.

There’s a lot of decoration packed into this design style!

The key to harmonizing the many elements is scale, along with toned down, naturally derived pigments. The brightest colors in Moroccan decorative patterns are often paired with white or creamy alabaster.

Small Detail Equals Big Design Impact

Small Soap Dish in Natural Soapstone - 6" by 4" - Color May Vary
Small Soap Dish in Natural Soapstone – 6″ by 4″ – Color May Vary

The luxurious feel of soapstone which holds room temperature and adds texture to the bath countertop. Anchors the look with its sinuous curves and solid material.

Natural soapstone colors vary, and this adds to the unique and attractive qualities of using natural materials (not to mention the texture and feel)

Does Moroccan decor appeal to you?

In the Mood for Pink

In the Mood for Pink

Bargain in the Worldwide Souk that is eBay – Find tiles for your Moroccan Bathroom Getaway

Enter the Kasbah…

Haven’t you ever dreamed of visiting the storied marketplaces of Morocco and scoring your own design bargains for home? The markets of the world are brought to you… find something gorgeous for your bath.

Unique Cookbook Stands

Something's Cooking

Cookbook Stands Save Hands

Give yourself two hands to work with while checking that recipe book.

Unique styles to give your kitchen counter a practical stand.
Unique styles to give your kitchen counter a practical stand.


Hold Your Cookbook In Style

There are cookbook stands for every taste and interior decorating style. A large number of them are made of wrought iron or metal of some sort and twisted into all sorts of pretty looks. I needed a cookbook holder and that sent me looking at what was available. I love the ingenious designs, but am a bit old fashioned in the styles I like- shabby cottage chic is closest description. But what if you like minimalist or Georgian formal? There are cookbook stands that are a charming addition to your kitchen.

Here is a collection of some of the interesting styles available, perhaps you will find one right for your kitchen.

Ironwork in red color, a French touch

Good color for a kitchen with red appliances, black ironwork hardware, and most country style or rustic decor.

Iron Cookbook Stand ~ Book Holder Adorned with Bird ~ Worn Red Color
Iron Cookbook Stand ~ Book Holder Adorned with Bird ~ Worn Red Color Artful scrolling with a pert bird in the design. Great for French Country or Mediterranean décor or to match with cast iron look pulls and handles.

Hold Everything- Do You Use A Cookbook Stand?

Holding open the cookbook to the page you need without it flopping closed.

Holding open the cookbook to the page you need without it flopping closed.

Many Styles and Types of Unique Stands – Did you realize there was such a variety?

French, Country, Modern, there are unique types and one is just right for you.

French, Country, Modern, there are unique types and one is just right for you.

French style adds the same pizazz to your décor as the French can also add to your cooking. Graceful scrolling makes a beautiful addition in use and simply out on the counter.

Pantryware(the general label for this kind of kitchen accessory) is the ideal way to add a bit of pizzazz to your décor. Kitchens are usually places of efficiency. We want our work surfaces, landing spaces, and appliances to help us produce our culinary masterpieces- or at least the family meal with ease of care and capability. But kitchens have also been a way to add decorating flair to the place in the house that everyone is sure to use daily. Adding style with unique accessories, giving touches of color, this is the job of even small utility pieces like paper towel holders, napkin holders, recipe books and boxes, and cookbook holders

Now you can pick one that makes your counter shine and makes more space for bowls, ingredients, and important stuff of the process.

Today’s Way To Display

Classical Black Metal Bird Design Easel Style Display Stand Cookbook / Photo Album / Tablet Holder - MyGift
Decorative Red Bird Metal Cookbook Stand Book Holder Easel

Tablets are one of the best ways to find new recipes, so a holder for yours might be one of the best kitchen accessories you’ve ever put on your counter.

Basically a practical thing to have, but with the way many are designed they can become art, too. Whimsical or traditional, you can add the type of accent that most appeals to you.

Usually, the more modern kitchens with white cabinets and appliances will provide the best backdrop for colorful and sculpture look stands.

While a country kitchen shows off wood and iron materials as the most natural partners.

A clever use of utensils bent to provide a landing place for holding a book is one design, and there seems to be no shortage of ideas of how to hold your cookbook.

Try A little humor in your kitchen

I’ve always liked the utensil theme in a kitchen, do you like this one, too?

Think about having a little fun when choosing a peripheral gadget like this. Use it not only for practical use ( which it will provide) but for a little bit of whimsy.

What about flimsy magazines with great recipes? Prop it up and hold the pages open to just the right spot. Not everyone likes to tear the pages out. I am one of those people who likes to collect cooking magazines and keep them stored in sturdy files, but when it comes to actually using the recipes you need one of these beauties to hold the place and keep from messing up the pages.

Decorative Scrolls

Iron Leaf Scroll Kitchen Cookbook Stand
Iron Leaf Scroll Kitchen Cookbook Stand

Bring some French style to the kitchen. Put that magazine here to use a recipe, or set up your iPad. However you use this stand, it will give a touch of class to the counter.

Aren’t these original looking? So many styles, one would match up with a kitchen style whether it is modern, minimalist, European, or country. Need to prop a book on your desk while working on your laptop? Match your décor and keep a favorite 8×10 photo or two propped in a place of honor.

Some people cook from their iPads. They love the food bloggers and want to try the recipe without the intermediary of printing out the recipe on paper. The kitchen stands made just for their electronic needs are the answer for them. May you can’t prop an old fashioned hardcover book on it- it safely and conveniently holds your iPad while you refer to which ingredient to add next.

Like this one?

Made of reclaimed wood, which is among the hottest decorating trends, a way to bring warmth and strong design where you want it, plus a sturdy holder for your iPad tablet or book.

There are specially made sleeves like this one, but there isn’t any reason why a regular stand couldn’t safely support your electronic device like a reader or an iPad. Just like having a personalized case, a unique stand gives some sparkle and personality to the kitchen counter while folding away neatly if you are through using it or want more space.

What happens when you open your favorite recipe book to bake up that fabulous chicken for your guest? Or when you’ve found just the right recipe on your tablet? Too often the book won’t lie flat or the it lies too flat. The mixer splatters a bit of batter onto the surface. Many stands have a shield or page holders.

Hold Pictures, Photos, or Recipe Books – Shabby Chic Cottage Look

poster of cookbook

Creative Co-op Green Metal Cookbook Holder

Creative Co-op Metal Cookbook Holder, Aqua Metal faux antique cookbook stand, stylish green measuring 13.5″ wide x 13″ high

Simple and inexpensive, but the scrolled design adds cottage charm to its task of keeping your cookbook upright.

Save Counter Space

This is the top reason to use this pantryware

How many benefits can you think of?

There Are Benefits To A Stand

Not one of the most necessary gadgets for the kitchen, but like a paper towel holder, one that increases the convenience and efficiency of common kitchen tasks.

Most of us use recipes from which to cook up our meals. Cookbooks, printouts from the computer, recipe cards, all of which are usually paper and subject to spill. Anyone who has tried to read the recipe from a cookbook while running the mixer knows what a balancing act that can be!

These stands, which stylishly hold the cookbook, solve the problem.

  • Keep important recipes, books, and electronics out of the way of accidental spills and splatters. At first, it seems that a few splatters just prove how busy you’ve been in the kitchen, but over time those really add up and ruin not just the appearance, but the page integrity of the book.
  • And I just hate bending over the book when I could see it easily, straightaway, on the stand.
  • Make more workspace on the counter
  • Hold the pages open and give support to magazines

It is surprising how many ingenious ideas people have for utilizing a simple kitchen gadget or devices that make life easier or a job more convenient. This is a simple one, for sure but there may be life hacks that you can think of if you just put on your thinking cap (or if you hang around Pinterest long enough!).

For instance, you know those pants or skirt hangers with the clips? Yes! Someone turned one of those into a cookbook holder. Granted it looks a little kitschy, but that might be just the thing for a certain kitchen style. See that idea here.

For me, my tastes run to some of these, presented in this post. I bounce between wanting a sleek one that folds up out of the way and the scrolled ironwork type.

That is my problem: I like too many and can’t seem to make up my mind. If you have a favorite, why not mention it in the comments?

Holders and Stands


Use As A Bookstand

You can use a cookbook stand for other books- even your Bible! Which is why you shouldn’t think of having one of these stands as merely one more gadget for your kitchen counter.

Don’t stop there, as a unique style of easel for a favorite large photograph, or a piece of art.

Undercabinet Hide-Away Cookbook Holder
Undercabinet Hide-Away Cookbook Holder

Space saving convenience, this one folds away out of sight when you aren’t using it.

Protect Your Cookbooks From Splatters and Spills

Make it easy to read while you cook. You can also use the stands for your tablets, etc.

Giving You A Bird’s Eye View

IMAX Audubon Park Book Easel Cookbook Stand
IMAX Audubon Park Book Easel Cookbook Stand Rustic, artsy, this is a cookbook holder with a strong sculptural look. If you love sculptural birds perched on natural looking branch, this is the perfect choice for your counter. It goes with a wide range of cabinet styles: French, contemporary, rustic.
One of the best for matching cabinet pulls made of iron or bronze, and great gift for any bird lover.

Make Your Own? Do It Yourself and Save Money – if you are handy

Sterling Home Embossed Vine Bookholder, 15-Inch Tall
Sterling Home Embossed Vine Bookholder, 15-Inch Tall

Old Cookbooks Are Protected From Spills

I love old cookbooks. Some of mine came from my grandmother- I wish I had more of them now! To protect them from spills just makes sense and is one of the more important reasons to use a stand.

Some come with splatter guards, although an upright position for your recipes books is probably all that is needed.

Lipper International Bamboo and Acrylic Cookbook Holder
Lipper International Bamboo and Acrylic Cookbook Holder

Recipe Card Idea, Too

While you are at it … making the use of recipes more convenient while you cook… why not use something to hold your recipe crds that aren’t in book form?

Here is a cute idea for holding single recipe cards, same idea on a smaller scale. Although drips and spills might show that you like to use that recipe, it is tough on the card. I have a cookbook style holder with plastic sleeves, but much prefer the old fashioned recipe box with individual cards, and this little card holder eliminates the wear and tear on the recipe cards.

One thing I’ve used for recipe cards is a picture holder, one of those little wire ones that you insert a single photo inside the circle of wire. It holds just the recipe card I am using and I can see both sides. The card is held high above the surface of the counter and doesn’t get marred by moisture or a bit of spilled flour or milk.

There are all sorts of these photo holders, too. I have some seasonal ones: seashell summery styles or Christmas snowmen, and they work really well to hold the 3×5 cards that I have a fav recipe written on (some of my 3×5 recipes were my grandmothers!)

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

Which cookbook holder would you spring for?

Cook-books have always intrigued and seduced me. ~The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

Seashore Décor, Best Beach House Furnishings

WelcomeTo Coastal Casual Living

shells for a coastal look
Oyster shell embedded fireplace

Increasingly popular for people who desire the relaxed lifestyle of life at the beach! Maybe sea and sand are far away, but the convivial and inviting look of a vacation can be yours at home, all year around if you choose to decorate your interiors with coastal good looks.

There are formal interpretations , but I prefer the casual and easy care look of the rustic beach cottage style. Sea, sand, ocean breezes, and collected seashells are all welcome in a place like this.

Soft sunwashed colors, nubby textures of seagrass, weather smoothed woods, whatever you imagine your favorite shore getaway to look like. Let your imagination carry you away to your the beach cottage of your dreams, without traveling a mile.


This Look is for Relaxing

A room design, or theme for an entire house?


Whether you give your whole house the coastal casual atmosphere or just one room, the colors and evocative motifs make it easy. Think soft and sun bleached, wave washed, and easy care and you are halfway there.

It is easy, too, to choose colors that appeal to your tastes, since warm tropical or cool water and sand color schemes can both say “coastal” and “beach house”. It is the ideal décor for a family room, a bedroom, or an eat-in kitchen. And seashells have long been at home in the bathrooms of our houses.

Coastal Modern by Tim Clarke beach-style-living-room

Another plus for this style is the availability of accessories and the ease of creating crafty touches to complete the look. That, and the materials makes this economical and great for a family with kids. Scratches and spills aren’t a big deal with furnishings that are made to be easy to clean and care for.

Besides, it is a fun look, too. Where else are pelicans and seagulls so welcome? Not to mention beach sandals…

West Coast Hampton beach-style-living-room

When you do kick off your shoes, especially in a living room or a bedroom, you might want something soft underfoot, with great looks. How can you go wrong with a stylish area rug?

Instead of being stressed each time you glance at the clock, consider injecting a bit of “beach time” into your décor. It won’t slow down time, or change your schedule, but it will be a reminder of those days that are spent by the sea.

Needlepoint Throw Pillow - Welcome to Our Beach House - 14 x 14
Needlepoint Throw Pillow – Welcome to Our Beach House – 14 x 14

Needlepoint welcome with this beach scene.


Beach Place Stair

Beach Place Stair
Beach Place Stair
photo by foxypar4 on Flickr

Coastal Motifs – Home accessories for the beach house

Shells are always evocative of the seaside and casual beach walks in the morning. Driftwood is like a piece of the beach indoors.

This fabulous driftwood based table is one of the most unique pieces of furniture I have ever seen. Surely there are many of us who would love to incorporate nature’s beauty into a room with something like this. for those who collect little memoirs of the beach in shells and driftwood, this is like a dream come true. I can tell you- I want this table.

Set of 3 Seashell Planters/vase Great Floral Vase or Decorative Figurines
Set of 3 Seashell Planters/vase Great Floral Vase or Decorative Figurines

Sandals say “Kick off your shoes”

…make yourself at home

Sandals are those easy slip-ons that we slide on or off at the door. Coastal living is usually easygoing and casual, and sandals are what most of wear to go to the beach, so what represents all of this to us more than these simple icons of beach visits, vacation fun, and ocean views?

Sandals Underfoot

cute beach style rug
cute beach style rug

On The Walls

Tropical Bedroom tropical-bedroom


Have Fun With It – Coastal Décor Has A Bit Of Humor Mixed In

Porch photo by Josh Rothman
Porch photo by Josh Rothman

Having fun with it is probably the whole point. “Live, Laugh, Love”, right? It is a little bit upscale, a little bit kitschy, the balance of the two is up to you.

Try it on the enclosed front porch…

The blues around you are the welcome, relaxing kind. There is a lot of eclectic mixing and matching, especially with the beach cottage casual look. You could get a little TOO casual, so don’t throw in all the cute things you come across. Let each item stand out, or create collections that work together to give a statement of what you feel is important – nature, good times, etc.

The lines of coral and seashells are whimsical in themselves, but there is a lightheartedness to whole idea of sea creatures, boats, and nautical equipment brought into our interiors, or maybe it is just that we feel less uptight around ocean and beach colors?

Blues, turquoise, seafoam green, emerald greens, sunwashed blues and green; sand, seagull gray, driftwood beige, sailcloth white, blue-greens, all these are colors of the oceanside coastal areas.

Those colors are a natural for bedroom spaces.

South Surf Road beach-style-bedroom


Seagrass Dining

Breakfast Nook traditional-dining-room

If you love the idea of decorating your dining room in Coastal Casual décor, be sure to see the Beach House Dining Room ideas.

This probably comes from happy times our family spent renting a place by the ocean in Edisto, south Carolina, or Destin, Florida. Ease of care, comfort, and a feeling of light infused these places, and I began to want to carry some of that north to my own home.

Indoor Pedestal Dining Table
Indoor Pedestal Dining Table

Comfortable and easy-care seagrass.

Beachy Mid Century beach-style-dining-room

Many inspiring tips and ideas for Coastal dining rooms:

Coastal Dining

Beach House Colors

Beach House Colors
Beach House Colors

Wake Up To Sea Air – And morning orange juice in a chilled glass

Every house should have a pitcher just right for keeping lemonade or orange juice cold.

Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 1 Liter
Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 1 Liter

The shape fits perfectly in the fridge and the clear view of the contents is delicious looking!

Or maybe a tall cold glass of Tahitian Limeade? A sign of the hospitality of the house.

And while you’re relaxing with your chilled juice… get more ideas in the following pages:

Beach House Colors and Combos


Candles With Fresh Summer Scents

Beach House Ambiance

candle with seashells
Bright idea for a midsummer display: surround with a bed of seashells and beach pebbles, still dusted with a bit of white sand. A wide glass dish or bowl holds it all together.

Refreshing, Light Fragrance, Soft Colors Give Scented Candles A Summer Glow

I like different kinds of scents for different seasons, don’t you? In spring I am ready for something fresher and sweeter, in fall something that smells like baked desserts or spices, in winter the Christmas scents of fresh fir and balsam, baked apple or cinnamon, and in summer? Well the scents of summer candles are what this is all about.

Maybe you will love the scents that I think are just right for summer evenings.

Some favorite smelling candles will become perennial, but Candle companies change their formulations every season and year. Identify notes that you prefer and look for their inclusion in the newest fragrances that are being offered.

I have more than one company that I regularly buy candles from, but look for a number of them when out shopping: Woodwick, Yankee, Chesapeake, and will give others a try after a sniff test! Look for the ingredients as well… soy and beeswax are both premium quality and burn nicely.

Browse through some of the samplings here and pick up some summer decor ideas from the following examples.

Imagine Your Summer Retreat – With fresh scented candles and a tall, cool drink

A Summer retreat any time, any day.

That sounds heavenly to me.

They say summer is relaxing and time for vacations, but there is a lot of summer that is busy and demanding. That is when I want a place to regroup and unwind. If you have the same idea, here are elements of what makes such a retreat for me:

  • A comfortable chair that stays cool to the touch. It can be an Adirondack on the screened porch, or a leather chair inside, or just a cool cotton slipcover on just about any chair that feels comfy to sit in.
  • A small table to set the tall, cool drink on, and of course a tall glass of something refreshing with lots of ice. This year a fruit smoothie that my son makes will do nicely.
  • Maybe your tall cool drink is a lemonade or Tahitian Limeade.
  • Two elements to complete the atmosphere of quiet and relaxation…
  • A book of choice: In the morning, a bible for a devotional start to the day. Later on, a garden book for when I like to think about pretty garden, but want to take a break from actually tending one. Light reading for whenever!
  • A scented candle: The ideal aroma for me would be the grapefruit scents or a soft, ocean-inspired scent as first choice, but I do like to vary home fragrance candles.

Can you picture such a space for yourself? Is it in a special garden shed retreat? Or perhaps on the patio, maybe a corner of your bedroom, but have you a place that is just yours?

How Does That Smell?

Descriptions of Summertime Fragrance:

  • Light, Clean, Pure.
  • Sweet, but not overwhelming or cloying.
  • Verdant, Crisp.
  • Fruits and Dessert, but not heavy. Fresh.

Choices Just For The Summer Season

ivy leaves
Leafy, and green

My Favorite Brands In Summer Fresh Scents

Woodwick Candles

The sound of a crackling bonfire lighting up the summer night, that is what you envision when burning Woodwick candles. The highly fragranced candles give the room a pleasant aroma for a perfectly relaxed atmosphere.


Review of Fresh Water and Sea Salt

Bath & Body Works 3 Wick Candle 14.5 Oz White Barn Fresh Water & SEA Salt
Bath & Body Works 3 Wick Candle 14.5 Oz White Barn Fresh Water & SEA Salt

I love these fresh scents, and for summer you want something light, yet pervasive. Excellent review of this one in the video.

Green Garden Ivy infused with the scent of ripe tomatoes, thick ivy, and hints of orange rind; there’s nothing more summery.

NEST Moss and Mint

A premium candle with superior wax, a 50 hour burn time, and fresh summer scent.

Moss and Mint scented candle by one of my favorite companies

Moss and Mint scented candle by one of my favorite companies

Moss and Mint are Fresh

The aromas of garden mint, apple blossom and muguet des bois, with a touch of oakmoss and vetiver create a complex, delightful perfume that makes you think of garden parties, evening breezes, and romance.

Fragrant Candle Recommendations

Summer in Tuscany

It’s a feeling, not just a place.

Fruits, Sunny Yellow, combine to make this scented candle something that will be one of your summer fragrance favorites.

Mambino Organics Summer In Tuscany Organic Soy Candle (50 hr burn time)
Mambino Organics Summer In Tuscany Organic Soy Candle (50 hr burn time)

Fresh fruits like grapefruit, pomegranate, and berries, notes of wildflowers will transport you to one of the most romantic, delicious places possible: Tuscany.

Banana Split Candle

Banana Split Candle

Sweet, fun, or fresh… candles come in not just the scents, but cute sculptural effects. I have to confess that I can’t bring myself to burn some of the candles I buy and keep them as decorative accents. The scented ones still give off some of their aroma, whether or not I burn them.

Tuscany: Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary Archipelago Soy Wax Candle
Tuscany: Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary Archipelago Soy Wax Candle


white lantern on the table
by George Hodan

When The Weather Heats Up

We still like some candlelight in our home décor

White Lantern On The Table

Even though the temperatures are registering high, the comfort of candlelight is no less welcoming. I like to take the summer candles out on the screened-in porch. If purchased in their own glass jars, there are many things, like large glass bowls or lanterns, that will keep the candle flames protected from breezy summer nights .

Keep the scents light, fruit, and fresh, or allow for sweeter aromas than you might be comfortable with in cooler seasons. Do go ahead and burn some candles during the summer months. It might even come in handy when those thunderstorms knock out electricity on occasion.

Decorate with the same concerns for safety that you would use in winter.

  • Flameproof containers and no flammable decorations too close to the candles
  • Keep them away from curtains and don’t burn candles when you are absent
  • Just common sense rules like that will keep your candle burning in a safe and happy way.

Root Scented Seeking Balance Relax Candle, Geranium Lavender
Root Scented Seeking Balance Relax Candle, Geranium Lavender

Feel your emotions balance when inhaling this relaxing aromatherapy combination of scents.


Spa fresh scents can work as aromatherapy using some of the same oils that other home fragrance carriers employ.

Root Company Makes A Relaxing Geranium Lavender Blend – Summer for relaxing, balance, energizing

Aromatherapy is welcome in any season. The scent of geranium oil gives an uplifting feeling to mood. It is feminine and floral.

Lavender is well known for inspiring a feeling of calm. The two combine in a relaxing balance of scent.

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Summer Wish breezes in with smell of soft floral and green grass

Summer Scoop is like a strawberry ice cream delight

Cool Pops

These delicious fragranced candles come in cute tumbler glass containers with the cutest scalloped tops. Creamsicle colors, too.





Yankee Candle MELON MARGARITA 22 oz Large Cool Pops Limited Edition Tumbler Candle
Yankee Candle MELON MARGARITA 22 oz Large Cool Pops Limited Edition Tumbler Candle

Melon Margarita

Triple Berry

More mouth watering aromas that just say summer vacation and good times. These are like your favorite sweet treats.

Peaches and Berries, since we are speaking of seasonally delicious aromas. Try some! They are one of Yankee Candles new scents. Delish.

Lafco Candles

A highly recommended brand that is contained in a beautiful jar, has the highest quality materials and scents on the market.

People who know, buy this brand and ask for it in shops. If you try one, you will not regret it, and though costing a bit more it yields longer burn times and much greater satisfaction.

LAFCO House & Home Chamomile Lavender Candle - Bedroom-16 oz.

LAFCO House & Home Chamomile Lavender Candle – Bedroom-16 oz.



3 Bottles Set, 1 Fireside, 1 Toasted Marshmallow, 1 Campfire 1/2 Fl Oz Each (15ml) Premium Grade Scented Fragrance Oils By Crazy Candles
3 Bottles Set, 1 Fireside, 1 Toasted Marshmallow, 1 Campfire 1/2 Fl Oz Each (15ml) Premium Grade Scented Fragrance Oils By Crazy Candles

Around the campfire on a cool summer eventing

Campfire Treat is an open campfire with yummy marshmallows.

Nothing more pleasing to the nose than the June treat of Fresh Cut Roses, but this time in a perfumed candle by Yankee Candle Co. in their jar candle container. Boasting cotton wicks and safe for burning inside and outside.

Mom Gives The Best Candles

My kids say that because I like to get good smelling, high quality candles to give as gifts.

Brands help me choose well when foraging through discounters like ‘Tuesday Morning’ or online.

Up On The Boardwalk – Summertime Memories Caught In A Fragrance

1 X Slatkin & Co. 14.5 Oz. 3-wick Candle Summer Boardwalk
1 X Slatkin & Co. 14.5 Oz. 3-wick Candle Summer Boardwalk

Spiced Orange

Orange is one of those scents that take on a different personality with additions of spice. It always brings its citrus notes, but mixed with vanilla or other blends brings out its different sides, whether becoming more sensual, brighter and more playful, or with a sweet, cozy feeling. Adding spices is a way to make simple orange more exotic.

A pomander is an age-old way to bring sweet aromas into a room, but it is genius to make it into a candle.

WoodWick® Candles Pomander 10 oz
WoodWick® Candles Pomander 10 oz

Orange with clove and cinnamon spice with the sound of crackling fire, like having a miniature chimnea on a summer night.

Clementine Oranges For Summery Scent – Citrus is always a part of the season

Dayna Decker Botanika Chandel Candle, Clementine, 3 Ounce
Dayna Decker Botanika Chandel Candle, Clementine, 3 Ounce

Fresh orange scent is refreshing and sweet at the same time.

Do you have a favorite summer scent or favorite way to relax on a summer’s eve?

Spa still life
Spa still life

Create an Atmosphere

Soak up the peaceful feelings of a restful summer vacation with spa scents, candlelight, and some relaxing music. If you have a hammock or a screened in back porch, what could be better to enjoy an evening at home?

Luscious Fruit

Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange Large Glass Jar Candle 100 Hour 16 oz
Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange Large Glass Jar Candle 100 Hour 16 oz

Tarocco orange is so refreshing and Goji fruit adds an exotic touch. This is another variation on fresh citrus scent of orange, giving it more complexity.


I hope you liked this collection of representative Summertime scents.

Home Accessories For Adding A Touch of Moroccan Mystique

Like the Arrival of a Moroccan Caravan

Discover more fabulous Moroccan style finds to spice up your home’s décor. The richly decorative Moroccan patterns and materials will lend a luxurious air to even the most modern interiors. Travel along the spice route and see if you don’t find some of the wares tempting.

A Medley of Moroccan Items for the Home

The Moroccan look is hot and the entire theme can fill a room or elements in the form of a mirror or a lamp can accent a room of another style.

If you haven’t sampled the design ideas in the Moroccan bedroom and bathroom ideas… take a trip there, next!

Moroccan Style Can Be Colorful

Opulent color

Romantic to the extreme, yet not frilly or fussy. Morocco style says adventure and comfort at the same time- a truly enigmatic set of impressions.

Pattern is intricate, and may show up on tables, tiles, teapots, or lanterns. Colors may be intense, but are more often burnished and faded. Comfort and visual interest are key.

These elements may be used together to give a specific theme, or included in an eclectic mix to give a layer of richness. Use these North African accessories to lend an air of the exotic, and a feeling of luxury to your rooms.


Moroccan Can Be Modern

You’ve decided its time for something out of the ordinary…

It could just be a few exciting accents, or it could be time for a complete overhaul of a rooms design, but you are hungry for color and pattern, for bits of luxury and loveliness, or simply a feeling of far-off places.

Marrakesh conjures up just such longings and satisfies the oft held décor aspirations that led to Turkish rugs, colorful tiles, and other elements that have proven perennially popular.

Moroccan Can Be Modern

Once the design direction has been chosen, it is time to take the magic carpet ride to this exotic land for ideas, color palettes, and a plan.

Moroccan Color Is Surprising

Blue and white may be one of the traditional forms of color seen within the tiles or fabrics, but as in many warm climes, a bright array of hues finds a home as well. Taking a cue from the brightly painted tiles, or maybe a favorite painting that depicts a painters rendition of the interior rooms of a sultan’s palace… there are many starting points for this decorating adventure.

Pattern pops up everywhere, beautiful greens, contrasting Persian red, and clear light blues mix softly and in no way clashing.

~~~~~~~~ Lanterns~~~~~~~~

A lantern brings the feeling of the style into a room without overwhelming the budget. Versatile, it can be placed anywhere for a change of mood.

Moorish Tile Stencil – Stencil your walls easily

Completely “Do -It- Yourself” directions for a simpler Moroccan design in the Moroccan Bathroom Hub.

Faux Like a Pro Moroccan Stencil, 10.5 by 10.5-Inch, Single Overlay

Get an authentic look for your walls with easy stencils.


“Moor” Fabulous Finds

Fabulous finds that you may not be able to obtain anywhere else might be had on eBay’s vast network of auctions. Especially when looking for exotic one-of-a-kind Moroccan flair items, you may just end up with a bargain, who knows?

Moroccan Luxury and Color for the Bath – Tiles with allure

Mediterranean Azur Ceramic Tile 4x4

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Moroccan Handpainted Tile
Moroccan Handpainted Tile

The key to combining color is to choose similar types- in this case the opposites of blue and yellow are bright and a harmonizing green ( harmonizes both with the blue and the yellow) marries the two. This can be done with less saturated colors, too.

Moroccan Pattern – Warm Dusky Color

Spice Route ~ Red Orange Moroccan Decorative Throw Cushion Cover 18x18

Spice Route ~ Red Orange Moroccan Decorative Throw Cushion Cover 18×18

Spicy red-brown, with the exotic pattern that might be found in a Moroccan souk, makes the look warm and inviting.

Moor Inspiration – the intricate designs are hypnotic

Moor Door
Moor Door

Rich Marquetry Wood Coffer

Thuya Wood Box

Authentic, handcrafted Moroccan Thuya wood, these boxes are made only in Morocco.

Thuya Wood Box

Take Your Rooms For A Magic Carpet Ride – Carpets, Mirrors, Lanterns, More

Such a wide variety of colors, but they all seem to mesh in Morocco. Many decorators choose neutral and blue as a restful backdrop, but citrus brights and rich jewel colors work just as well. Luxurious details seem to be the only important detail when achieving a look that seems straight from Casablanca.

Nothing is simpler for changing the feeling of a room than table décor. Placemats bring instant color and style to the room. Tired of it? Just switch out the set for another- trial colors, patterns, complete styles for just a few dollars. And they are simple to make, if you want to create your own.

~~~~~~~~ Moroccan Flavor~~~~~~~~

coco and kelley
coco and kelley

Don’t just stop at looking at rooms or accessories, immerse yourself in the foods and flavors, the textures and fragrances of a Moroccan fantasy. If you don’t have a Moroccan Restaurant near you, whip up a few adventurously delightful dishes. You might find tangine cooking method is one you want to try on more than one occasion.

Mediterranean foods are healthy, and the spices give new excitement to what might have become ho-hum meals.

Arabic Cooking class

I love Middle Eastern foods. Not only is the Mediterranean diet healthy, but the flavors rich. Borrow some of the traditional cooking utensils for adding spice to the décor, as well. I think the tangines are beautiful- not just in the colorful range of shades, but because they can go from oven to table and serve the food to perfection. The Moroccan copper pans and servers will bring sparkle and panache to a kitchen. Large platters patterned with color are a useful display. Let your imagination find expression in using some of the most beautiful pieces in either customary or unusual ways.

Have you gotten the feeling of this far off land after your virtual caravan ride through some of the colors, textures, and flavors of Morocco?

This page serves as something of an idea board from which to glean new directions for the foods and designs that this land can bring into your own life.

Happy Walls

I was looking through the Allposters site to make links for the blogs and I saw this and just felt it made a terrific idea for having “happy walls”. I immediately thought of a child’s room, but really anywhere you want something to quickly cheer up with bright color and light hearted graphics is fair game 🙂

I recently bought a little nothing at Target that spells out the word “laugh” in fabric letters strung across an elastic string. It is hanging in the entryway to my kitchen and reminds me to not take life too seriously- or at least to have a little more humor and cheerfulness in life. Maybe you don’t need reminders, but it sure seems like I do.