What To Do With All Of This Gear?
What to do when the hubs has some precious fishing gear and does not want to store it in the garage. Well, we decided to embrace the need for inside storage and add some “touches” in one of our guest rooms.
We mixed a little Ralph Lauren, florals, fishing baskets and of course a variety of rods and reels. I suppose this style resembles “Grandmillenial” or “New Traditionalist”.
Some of the characteristics of these styles are seen and included throughout our home and some in our guest room:
- More Is More! We have always liked homes that have collections added to the decor. We favor lots of books, hurricane candles, decorative plates, throw pillows, bowls filled with shells, chinoiserie blue and white urns, straw hats, wicker trays, decanters filled with your favorite libation, lamps everywhere (we do not enjoy overhead lighting and prefer lamps or sconces in most rooms). These are just a few of the items we like to incorporate into our “more is more” decorating style. While we admire the neat and clean look of minimalism, we find that style to be less cozy and a bit cold for our taste.
- Blue and White Everywhere
- Skirted Tables there is nothing like a skirted table to add warmth to a space. We have a large skirted table between our sofas in our family room and one in another guest room.
- Touches From Nature. We have several birdcages and bird accents throughout our home. We just love bringing the outside in to our home
- Embroidered Linens we have some beautiful white linen napkins embroidered with chinoiserie lanterns that we love
- Mixed Patterns we love mixing stripes, florals, checks in accent pillows and upholstery
- Monograms notice the monogram on the Ralph Lauren pillow on the guest bed
- Collections (silver, china and crystal). We use decorative plates often in our decor. Lots of coral and shells and some crystal items for some sparkle
- Pleated Lampshades we plan to add some floral or patterned lampshades to our existing lamps
- Rattan, Bamboo & Wicker. We have been fortunate to have found some nice wicker pieces to mix in with our other furnishings. The small sitting area in our guest room has a comfortable wicker chair with red and white striped pillows. We also have 2 comfy wicker chairs on our front porch where we can sit and enjoy a sweet tea or glass of wine
- Toile, Chintz & Plaid love toile and buffalo plaid is one of our favorites. Both can be mixed with every pattern you can imagine. Throw in a little animal print for a fun accent
- Ruffles, Pleats & Fringe we love all of these
- Slipcovers we have Pottery Barn white slipcovers on our loveseat and sofa in the family room. These are so great and wash up like new every time
- Chinoiserie is one of our favorite styles. Even as a child, I remember visiting a friend’s home and admiring this decor style. Our current dining room has a chinoiserie china cabinet and sideboard. We mixed this with white slipcovered (look) chairs with high backs to lighten up the room. When we moved here, we thought we would change this furniture out for something lighter and with a coastal feel. We are so happy we didn’t do this, as our dining room is one of our favorite spaces
- Brown Wood Furniture, Like Walnut, Cherry & Mahogany. Notice the bedside tables in our fishing themed guest room. These were given to the hubs from his great aunt. They have marble tops and really look great in this room. We also have a wet bar in our family room that is cherry wood that matches our kitchen cabinets. We recently added a light quartzite counter to both areas and a shiny subway tile backsplash in the kitchen – both areas look rich and beautiful
- Vintage Brass. When we bought this house we were not sure about all of the brass accents. All of the door knobs and several of the bathroom fixtures are all brass. Lucky for us, it seems that this is on trend – who knew?
- Boxwood Topiaries. Another one of our favorites! We have preserved boxwood topiaries throughout our house and love the touch of greenery that they provide. The extra bonus is that they do not require any maintenance
These are just some of the design trends we are seeing and hearing about for 2021 and 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it seems that more people are “feathering their nest” and making their homes more of a sanctuary.
Not only are more people working remotely, many are staying closer to home. Anything to prevent encountering crowds or gatherings where they could possibly be infected. So far, we have been fortunate and have not had any health issues.
Our decor has always been more traditional in nature, and one of our favorite designers is Charles Faudree. Ralph Lauren is also a huge influence in how we put items together and keep things looking curated instead of contrived.
Another designer that we are loving right now is Mark D. Sikes. He has a knack for creating some of the most inviting spaces. He uses a lot of natural elements, and several rooms featuring blue and white schemes. His books entitled Beautiful and More Beautiful are some of our favorites.
Actually, our fishing room has become one our favorite rooms and everyone comments on how cozy the decor is in this area. Even the ensuite bathroom got a few items reflecting this casual style.
Using A Variety Of Colors And Patterns Creates A Cozy Atmosphere
There are lots of colors and patterns in this scheme, and it somehow all works together.
Any of you that have been following Luxe du Jour know that we moved to Bluffton, South Carolina a little over a year ago. One of our goals was to use what we already had when decorating our home. The only item that we purchased in this room was the headboard. It was a great “find” from Facebook Marketplace and adds a little depth to the room with the dark wood tone. Everything else we already had from our previous home in Florida.
Lots Of Fishing Opportunities Here In South Carolina
There are so many ponds, lakes and marshland in our area which provides for a perfect day of casting the line.
Do you have any rooms in your home where you have included some of your hobbies and interests in to the decor? It can be fun to share your interests with your guests.
Have a great weekend!