Mad for Plaid….and its not just a fad! New house updates!

Thank goodness its Friday……who got up at 4am? Not me, I will confess though I did get up at my usual 6am and its been fun seeing all the royal festivities go down, I cannot lie. No one and I mean no one has the pomp and circumstance down pat like the British…..Kate makes a beautiful bride (but I cannot lie that the ultimate princess was Diana and that dress that Diana wore…oh my gosh that dress..don’t get me started, was that the dreamiest concoction you have ever laid your eyes on, I mean yes I know it didn’t look very comfortable with the football fields of dupioni silk and crinoline but my lord was it spectacular!!!  I truly hope Kate and William will have a lifetime  of laughter, happiness and mostly friendship, and that they will grow old together. They look genuinely in love and that’s a beautiful thing.
I promised a mini house update….its not a major one, but some exciting things are happening as in bathrooms, yes the very ones that have kept me up at nights, had me drinking that extra glass (or two) of wine, you get the picture but you know what? SO worth it! So here are some recent pics from the house front:
Breakfast room bay woodworking underway!
The beams are quite an undertaking!
Family room has turned into a makeshift wood makers shop
Another view
Some of the elevations for family room
Samples of the plaster moldings for dining room, we are down to the decision making stage
Close up
Sample of a very dusty parquet square
Finished beams ready for the finishing stage
Guest bath, very dusty…but its white marble and ming green..
Basketweave, a timeless classic
A closeup
Sons bathroom…they finished the herringbone, we are waiting for the rest of the border
Almost done!
Final stages……..
The long awaited hubby’s bath…LOVE it!
Close up….
The workmanship is amazing (New Ravenna)
And not to be outdone….the floor I have been waiting for has now arrived!!
My bathroom room floor
Awaits installation…can hardly wait!
I love scalloping……this is Calacutta gold….isn’t it pretty?
The boxes await the installer……

Moving onto today’s post……..So, what do you think about plaid? Well, put all your plaid prejudices aside and keep an open mind. I have to admit I have not always been a huge fan. I mean I have seen them work successfully, but aside from seeing them look picture perfect in Ralph Lauren showrooms and ads, I am not much of a plaid aficionado, lets just say. However in the many hours I spend pouring through my mini bookstore of decorating books and magazines, and of course the vast endless web resources…I have actually discovered that plaid has come a long long way from its country roots and has made its way into some pretty sophisticated glamorous spaces. Plaid is used on walls, floors, draperies, beds, headboards, pillows and accents of every kind you can imagine….and in virtually in every color you can think of. Plaid is really growing on me and can actually be an interesting print in a room. So without further ado, here is my argument for plaid…would love to know, as always what you think! Would you, could you or do you use plaid?
This makes one heck of a strong argument for plaid! Kathleen Rivers
Love the soft gold plaid silk here…very sophisticated, Diane Burns
Michael S Smith works patterns so well as evidenced here, by using plaid panels with many patterns in this elegant drawing room
This bedroom gets a  masculine touch from the dark plaid, Elle Decor 
A simple plaid chair gives a lot of punch to an otherwise very traditional room, Traditional Home
Plaid is added to enhance a pretty traditional powder room, Veranda
Michael S. Smith successfully chose what I would think of as a county-ish looking plaid for a very sophisticated looking living room and it works beautifully
Somehow the wild mix of plaids, colors and prints works well here, in a country kind of way Country Living
Plaid walls and plaid drapes give “Ralph’s” study a rich and masculine vibe
The bold plaid pillows here are the main source of pattern in this media room, Sherill Canet
Plaid in a wood floor? Why not! Ned Marshall
I like the punch of color and patten that the royal blue plaid on the headboard and chair gives this room, Country Living
Even on something as simple as a shower curtain..it can be that little something extra! Fern Santini
Jeff Lincoln mixes a floral from Scalamndre and a lively green plaid
Gorgeous, crisp and clean, Tom Stringer
Elegant rustic country chic plaid, love this space Rinfret Designs
Nancy Boszhardt slipcovered these pretty chairs in this elegant dining room with a red plaid, I like the scalloped bottom detailing….
Proof that plaid is not just a traditional thing! Colin and Justin
This neutral living room gets a pair of bold plaid chairs for contrast, David Mitchell
An assortment of soft plaid pillows adds a little extra punch to this neutral setting, House to home
What a mix! The aqua plaid chairs with the botanical leaf wallpaper..but it works! Sarah Richardson
I like the idea of mixing plaids with other prints for outside, to keep it fresh and lively
Love how the plaid rug anchors the room here, Sherill Canet
Fern Santini shows how sophisticated plaid can be with these gorgeous silk plaid drapes
Is there any name more synonymous with plaid than Ralph Lauren? I don’t think so.
Love the plaid accent for this fun and cozy sleeping nook, Kristin Panitch
Love the accent that the plaid navy and white loveseat gives this beautiful space, Marshall Watson
Boszhardt
Anne Miller chose to add blue plaid shades to this elegant kitchen for extra charm
This sweet styled Swedish bedroom is mad for plaid, Katrin Cargill and Carol Glasser
Tobi Farley used handsome plaid duvets on these beds in this masculine feeling bedroom
Love this room! Paolo Moschino used a plaid linen in a neutral fabric for these beautiful European looking chairs in this beautiful dining room
A soft neutral plaid was chosen for this light filled home office, Better home and gardens
Love how Diane Burns so beautifully used plaid and a solid in this gorgeous bedroom
A modern twist on an old classic, soft colors make this soft and serene
Sarah Richardson mixed plaid upholstery pieces with solids to make a beautiful room
Windsor Smith used handsome plaid panels here for this cozy dining nook
How about using stone to create plaid floors in a kitchen! Kind of fun!
Ellen O’Neil designed this country guest room in plaids using red and white…cozy!
I like the way this lively plaid rug lives up this bright cheery sunroom, T. Keller Donovan
Love the soft muted colors in Thibaut’s plaid wallpaper
Somehow plaid always looks awfully cozy next to a fire….Southern Living
Gideon Mindelson shows how to mix plaids and florals successfully as shown here
Samantha Pynn chose a bold black and white plaid for this fun dressing room
HGTV went warm and toasty in this head to toe plaid guest room!
An old world mix of toiles and plaid work beautifully here in this darling guest room
Sometimes a small accent of plaid is just enough, Elle Decor
Victoria Hagan went understated in this room except for a open fielded plaid rug….adds a little pattern to an otherwise simple room
Well…..what do you think about plaid? Do you have it now in your own home? If not is it something you would or could see yourself using? I am not so sure for myself if I will be using plaid  on more than just accent pillows and an ottoman or two, (and I love plaids on those) and maybe a loveseat in a library or family room…..who knows! Would love to know what your thoughts are! Happy Friday!

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Mad for Plaid….and its not just a fad! New house updates!

Thank goodness its Friday……who got up at 4am? Not me, I will confess though I did get up at my usual 6am and its been fun seeing all the royal festivities go down, I cannot lie. No one and I mean no one has the pomp and circumstance down pat like the British…..Kate makes a beautiful bride (but I cannot lie that the ultimate princess was Diana and that dress that Diana wore…oh my gosh that dress..don’t get me started, was that the dreamiest concoction you have ever laid your eyes on, I mean yes I know it didn’t look very comfortable with the football fields of dupioni silk and crinoline but my lord was it spectacular!!!??I truly hope Kate and William will have a lifetime ?of laughter, happiness and mostly friendship, and that they will grow old together. They look genuinely in love and that’s a beautiful thing.
I promised a mini house update….its not a major one, but some exciting things are happening as in bathrooms, yes the very ones that have kept me up at nights, had me drinking that extra glass (or two) of wine, you get the picture but you know what? SO worth it! So here are some recent pics from the house front:
Breakfast room bay woodworking underway!
The beams are quite an undertaking!
Family room has turned into a makeshift wood makers shop
Another view
Some of the elevations for family room
Samples of the plaster moldings for dining room, we are down to the decision making stage
Close up
Sample of a very dusty parquet square
Finished beams ready for the finishing stage
Guest bath, very dusty…but its white marble and ming green..
Basketweave, a timeless classic
A closeup
Sons bathroom…they finished the herringbone, we are waiting for the rest of the border
Almost done!
Final stages……..
The long awaited hubby’s bath…LOVE it!
Close up….
The workmanship is amazing (New Ravenna)
And not to be outdone….the floor I have been waiting for has now arrived!!
My bathroom room floor
Awaits installation…can hardly wait!
I love scalloping……this is Calacutta gold….isn’t it pretty?
The boxes await the installer……

Moving onto today’s post……..So, what do you think about plaid? Well, put all your plaid prejudices aside and keep an open mind. I have to admit I have not always been a huge fan. I mean I have seen them work successfully, but aside from seeing them look picture perfect in Ralph Lauren showrooms and ads, I am not much of a plaid aficionado, lets just say. However in the many hours I spend pouring through my mini bookstore of decorating books and magazines, and of course the vast endless web resources…I have actually discovered that plaid has come a long long way from its country roots and has made its way into some pretty sophisticated glamorous spaces. Plaid is used on walls, floors, draperies, beds, headboards, pillows and accents of every kind you can imagine….and in virtually in every color you can think of. Plaid is really growing on me and can actually be an interesting print in a room. So without further ado, here is my argument for plaid…would love to know, as always what you think! Would you, could you or do you use plaid?
This makes one heck of a strong argument for plaid! Kathleen Rivers
Love the soft gold plaid silk here…very sophisticated, Diane Burns
Michael S Smith works patterns so well as evidenced here, by using plaid panels with many patterns in this elegant drawing?room
This bedroom gets a ?masculine touch from the dark plaid, Elle Decor?
A simple plaid chair gives a lot of punch to an otherwise very traditional room, Traditional Home
Plaid is added to enhance a pretty traditional powder room, Veranda
Michael S. Smith successfully chose what I would think of as a county-ish looking plaid for a very sophisticated looking living room and it works beautifully
Somehow the wild mix of plaids, colors and prints works well here, in a country kind of way Country Living
Plaid walls and plaid drapes give “Ralph’s” study a rich and masculine vibe
The bold plaid pillows here are the main source of pattern in this media room, Sherill Canet
Plaid in a wood floor? Why not! Ned Marshall
I like the punch of color and patten that the royal blue plaid on the headboard and chair gives this room, Country Living
Even on something as simple as a shower curtain..it can be that little something extra! Fern Santini
Jeff Lincoln mixes a floral from Scalamndre and a lively green plaid
Gorgeous, crisp and clean, Tom Stringer
Elegant rustic country chic plaid, love this space Rinfret Designs
Nancy Boszhardt slipcovered these pretty chairs in this elegant dining room with a red plaid, I like the scalloped bottom detailing….
Proof that plaid is not just a traditional thing! Colin and Justin
This neutral living room gets a pair of bold plaid chairs for contrast, David Mitchell
An assortment of soft plaid pillows adds a little extra punch to this neutral setting, House to home
What a mix! The aqua plaid chairs with?the botanical leaf wallpaper..but it works! Sarah Richardson
I like the idea of mixing plaids with other prints for outside, to keep it fresh and lively
Love how the plaid rug anchors the room here, Sherill Canet
Fern Santini shows how sophisticated plaid can be with these gorgeous silk plaid drapes
Is there any name more synonymous with plaid than Ralph Lauren? I don’t think so.
Love the plaid accent for this fun and cozy sleeping nook, Kristin Panitch
Love the accent that the plaid navy and white loveseat gives this beautiful space, Marshall Watson
Boszhardt
Anne Miller chose to add blue plaid shades to this elegant kitchen for extra charm
This sweet styled Swedish bedroom is mad for plaid, Katrin Cargill and Carol Glasser
Tobi Farley used handsome plaid duvets on these beds in this masculine feeling bedroom
Love this room! Paolo Moschino used a plaid linen in a neutral fabric for these beautiful European looking chairs in this beautiful dining room
A soft neutral plaid was chosen for this light filled home office, Better home and gardens
Love how Diane Burns so beautifully used plaid and a solid in this gorgeous bedroom
A modern twist on an old classic, soft colors make this soft and serene
Sarah Richardson mixed plaid upholstery pieces with solids to make a beautiful room
Windsor Smith used handsome plaid panels here for this cozy dining nook
How about using stone to create plaid floors in a kitchen! Kind of fun!
Ellen O’Neil designed this country guest room in plaids using red and white…cozy!
I like the way this lively plaid rug lives up this bright cheery sunroom, T. Keller Donovan
Love the soft muted colors in Thibaut’s plaid wallpaper
Somehow plaid always looks awfully cozy next to a fire….Southern Living
Gideon Mindelson shows how to mix plaids and florals successfully as shown here
Samantha Pynn chose a bold black and white plaid for this fun dressing room
HGTV went warm and toasty in this head to toe plaid guest room!
An old world mix of toiles and plaid work beautifully here in this darling guest room
Sometimes a small accent of plaid is just enough, Elle Decor
Victoria Hagan went understated in this room except for a open fielded plaid rug….adds a little pattern to an otherwise simple room
Well…..what do you think about plaid? Do you have it now in your own home? If not is it something you would or could see yourself using? I am not so sure for myself if I will be using plaid ?on more than just accent pillows and an ottoman or two, (and I love plaids on those) and maybe a loveseat in a library or family room…..who knows! Would love to know what your thoughts are! Happy Friday!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and we have winners!

Happy Thursday! First things first……I am very happy to announce the winners of my 100th post celebration yesterday, drumroll please………..

Drawing
#5,922

PRIVATE
2 ITEMS SEDA AND BOOK
5th drawing held by The Enchanted Home
Completed on Thursday, 28 April 2011 at 10:36:16 UTC
69 entrants, 2 winners
Winners (2)
1st: teresa at splendid sass Seda France duo
2nd: summers cottage   French Home book


Congratulations ladies!! Please contact me so I can make arrangements to have your items sent to you!

 My favorite day of the week is upon me already? Wow, the weeks are flying faster than ever, anyone else feel that way? The house is moving along..there are days (weeks and sometimes, yes months) that I feel like the “queen of mean”, Leona Helmsley, herself, God rest her soul, with all the yelling raised voices, the evil eye that I try to give, and the assertive tone I try to take on at the job site but being the basic good natured, easy going person I am at heart..this side of my personality is not natural to me, so it doesn’t feel genuine nor does it come easy to take on such a persona..but let me say though we are making a lot of progress, the finishing stage can feel painstakingly slow at times. I did just yesterday, take new pictures which I hope to share with you tomorrow and there are some exciting updates! That said there is some progress to share and I do like to include  house progress on my Thursday posts so I am sorry I was unable to today, its been an unusually hectic week but hopefully will tomorrow. Now that we have addressed the house business,  onto the other little goodies that I have been enjoying.

HARDWARE. Went hardware shopping yesterday, and while at first I was a little overwhelmed, I quickly honed in on what I really liked and narrowed it down somewhat.Think I have settled on a finish and have ironically almost ruled out polished nickel whereas originally I was so set on using it. Make no mistake I LOVE polished nickel…but its not right for this kitchen. I had this “aha” moment when the floors were being installed…I was instantly transported to the Loire valley to a fabulous, slightly decaying chateau and an old limestone floored kitchen and what you didn’t see was bright shiny nickel…what you did see was an antiqued finish! So,  I am thinking I am going to go with a antiqued/aged brass. Here are some of what I saw and liked.  Any favorites amongst the bunch? The ones I am leaning towards are the first few pictures…in person they are quite gorgeous, all hand forged and very antique looking. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts……..

SCONCES. I also ordered some bathrooms scones for the kids and guest baths, not totally done but its a start, and it was great to get even a few under my belt! Since in these bathrooms, I have selected polished nickel for the faucets, I obviously went with polished nickel sconces, and kept it simple, classic and elegant. For the boys rooms, of course it had to be somewhat masculine and not too fussy.  See, progress is indeed being made!

PRETTY SOLUTIONS TO UGLY PROBLEMS. No one likes garbage and ugly green garbage cans are pretty unsightly. I was so happy to discover these attractive faux stone garbage can covers from Horchow. I mean if there is a pretty way to conceal a hideous green garbage can, this is it, don’t you think?  They are made out of crushed stone, fiberglass and plastic. You can also wash them down with a hose…and they are weatherproof. and lightweight! What do you think?

MARBLE SUBWAYS. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with the back splash in my kitchen and have been leaning all along towards marble subways, possible over sized ones. In any case..the look is classic, understated and certainly timeless. Do you agree?

UNIQUE HOUSEWARMING GIFTS. I had to send someone who lives out of state a housewarming gift and racked my brain to come up with something unique, and came up with the the idea of stationary with a sketch of their newly built home printed on it….to say it was a hit is a major understatement. I have gotten three thank you’s! I sent a package which included a 5×7 and a box of stationary cards. They just loved it! And after receiving an official thank you card  on the very stationary card I sent them, without tooting my own horn…I can see why! It’s unique and almost surely something the recipient doesn’t have…plus this company has other neat unique personalized great housewarming gift ideas! Click here for more.

COLORFUL DRINK WARE Saw these at both Horchow and Barneys and though they are kind of pricey I love the look, very Moroccan inspired..but aren’t the colors amazing for summer entertaining? I love them…..even with the simplest plates these colors would just add so much zest and sparkle to any table! Put a great big arrangement of colorful flowers and you are all set! They could certainly inspire a great summer party theme!

A GREAT BOOK. I have to confess I haven’t even gotten this yet but I read about it and instantly I knew I wanted it…the kind of book that kind of swept me away to the hills of Tuscany. Anything that can give me that “Under the Tuscan Sun” feeling albeit even for a few minutes..I am game for! This is a cookbook mind you but it sounds so wonderful and they had me at the cover! Its all about recipes from the proprietor of a 12th century castle in the Tuscan countryside that has now turned into a small country resort…and all recipes are based upon what they grow in the garden and what is found locally. Now granted I do not have the same luxuries but a girl can dream! (Available here at Rizzoli)
MONOGRAMMED SOAPS. You bet! I love monograms..but by now if you have been visiting me for any length of time you know that. I love love love these soaps. Have ordered from this company before….Carved Solutions..click here to visit. They make the most scrumptious monogrammed soaps and will pretty much customize to your liking, they do wonderful gift sets and now do a great little monogram candle! Check out their neat items……

A MUCH NEEDED GETAWAY. And what better way to end this post than with a great getaway vacation idea! We are hoping to go to Bermuda this year as we do almost every summer and visit the new Tucker’s Point. Once you see the pictures you will see why we are so anxious to go! Set on over 200 acres, it is a premiere resort, private club and residential community. There is a hotel and spa and its a golfers paradise! Love the formal but relaxed decor (yes always paying close attention to that even when I go away..lol) What do you think? (Especially love the decor of the cabana and dining room…how chic)

Yes, I do think I could go and manage to stay a while! Well, that’s what I am loving this week! Would love to know what you are loving this week! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and we have winners!

Happy Thursday! First things first……I am very happy to announce the winners of my 100th post celebration yesterday, drumroll please………..



Drawing
#5,922

PRIVATE
2 ITEMS SEDA AND BOOK
5th drawing held by?The Enchanted Home
Completed on Thursday, 28 April 2011 at 10:36:16 UTC
69 entrants, 2 winners
Winners (2)
1st: teresa at splendid sass?Seda France duo
2nd: summers cottage   French Home book





Congratulations ladies!! Please contact me so I can make arrangements to have your items sent to you!



?My favorite day of the week is upon me already? Wow, the weeks are flying faster than ever, anyone else feel that way? The house is moving along..there are days (weeks and sometimes, yes months) that I feel like the “queen of mean”, Leona Helmsley, herself, God rest her soul, with all the yelling raised voices, the evil eye that I try to give, and the assertive tone I try to take on at the job site but being the basic good natured, easy going person I am at heart..this side of my personality is not natural to me, so it doesn’t feel genuine nor does it come easy to take on such a persona..but let me say though we are making a lot of progress, the finishing stage can feel painstakingly slow at times. I did just yesterday, take new pictures which I hope to share with you tomorrow and there are some exciting updates! That said there is some progress to share and I do like to include ?house progress on my Thursday posts so I am sorry I was unable to today, its been an unusually hectic week but hopefully will tomorrow. Now that we have addressed the house business, ?onto the other little goodies that I have been enjoying.



HARDWARE. Went hardware shopping yesterday, and while at first I was a little overwhelmed, I quickly honed in on what I really liked and narrowed it down somewhat.Think I have settled on a finish and have ironically almost ruled out polished nickel whereas originally I was so set on using it. Make no mistake I LOVE polished nickel…but its not right for this kitchen. I had this “aha” moment when the floors were being installed…I was instantly transported to the Loire valley to a fabulous, slightly decaying chateau and an old limestone floored kitchen and what you didn’t see was bright shiny nickel…what you did see was an antiqued finish! So, ?I am thinking I am going to go with a antiqued/aged brass. Here are some of what I saw and liked. ?Any favorites amongst the bunch? The ones I am leaning towards are the first few pictures…in person they are quite gorgeous, all hand forged and very antique looking. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts……..

SCONCES. I also ordered some bathrooms scones for the kids and guest baths, not totally done but its a start, and it was great to get even a few under my belt! Since in these bathrooms, I have selected polished nickel for the faucets, I obviously went with polished nickel sconces, and kept it simple, classic and elegant. For the boys rooms, of course it had to be somewhat masculine and not too fussy. ?See, progress is indeed being made!

PRETTY SOLUTIONS TO UGLY PROBLEMS. No one likes garbage and ugly green garbage cans are pretty unsightly. I was so happy to discover these attractive faux stone garbage can covers from Horchow. I mean if there is a pretty way to conceal a hideous green garbage can, this is it, don’t you think? ?They are made out of crushed stone, fiberglass and plastic. You can also wash them down with a hose…and they are weatherproof. and lightweight! What do you think?

MARBLE SUBWAYS. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with the back splash in my kitchen and have been leaning all along towards marble subways, possible over sized ones. In any case..the look is classic, understated and certainly timeless. Do you agree?

UNIQUE HOUSEWARMING GIFTS. I had to send someone who lives out of state a housewarming gift and racked my brain to come up with something unique, and came up with the the idea of stationary with a sketch of their newly built home printed on it….to say it was a hit is a major understatement. I have gotten three thank you’s! I sent a package which included a 5×7 and a box of stationary cards. They just loved it! And after receiving an official thank you card ?on the very stationary card I sent them, without tooting my own horn…I can see why! It’s unique and almost surely something the recipient doesn’t have…plus this company has other neat unique personalized great housewarming gift ideas! Click here for more.

COLORFUL DRINK WARE Saw these at both Horchow and Barneys and though they are kind of pricey I love the look, very Moroccan inspired..but aren’t the colors amazing for summer entertaining? I love them…..even with the simplest plates these colors would just add so much zest and sparkle to any table! Put a great big arrangement of colorful flowers and you are all set! They could certainly inspire a great summer party theme!

A GREAT BOOK. I have to confess I haven’t even gotten this yet but I read about it and instantly I knew I wanted it…the kind of book that kind of swept me away to the hills of Tuscany. Anything that can give me that “Under the Tuscan Sun” feeling albeit even for a few minutes..I am game for! This is a cookbook mind you but it sounds so wonderful and they had me at the cover! Its all about recipes from the proprietor of a 12th century castle in the Tuscan countryside that has now turned into a small country resort…and all recipes are based upon what they grow in the garden and what is found locally. Now granted I do not have the same luxuries but a girl can dream! (Available here at Rizzoli)
MONOGRAMMED SOAPS. You bet! I love monograms..but by now if you have been visiting me for any length of time you know that. I love love love these soaps. Have ordered from this company before….Carved Solutions..click here to visit. They make the most scrumptious monogrammed soaps and will pretty much customize to your liking, they do wonderful gift sets and now do a great little monogram candle! Check out their neat items……

A MUCH NEEDED GETAWAY. And what better way to end this post than with a great getaway vacation idea! We are hoping to go to Bermuda this year as we do almost every summer and visit the new Tucker’s Point. Once you see the pictures you will see why we are so anxious to go! Set on over 200 acres, it is a premiere resort, private club and residential community. There is a hotel and spa and its a golfers paradise! Love the formal but relaxed decor (yes always paying close attention to that even when I go away..lol) What do you think? (Especially love the decor of the cabana and dining room…how chic)

Yes, I do think I could go and manage to stay a while! Well, that’s what I am loving this week! Would love to know what you are loving this week! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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100 post celebration and you are invited! And 2 great giveaways!

Cheers!

100 posts! I can’t believe it! I made it! Wow since my induction into blog world just 99 posts ago, my life has been rocked by so many wonderful blogs, so many kind and genuine people, many inspiring stories, way too many good recipes, stories that made me both laugh and cry, and finally an abundance of incredible home design and decorating tips. Bottom line, blogging is loads of fun and if I am to be honest, there are days where ‘blogworld” is a heck of a lot  easier and more fun (anyone with me here?)  to be in then “real life world” but for now I am happily able to combine these two worlds into making it one happily enhanced life.

Thank you for caring about my daily musings and allowing me to share my inspirations (and ramblings)  with you. Have I told you what your comments mean to me? They really do carry me through my day and put a great big smile on my face every morning!  I am thrilled to have made it to my 100th post! Today I dedicate this post to YOU, all my readers and followers  and am sharing my favorite posts of all time.


Also to celebrate, I am offering two giveaways! First is a Seda France duo, a Seda France candle and liquid soap in the chinoisirie container and the second giveaway is a copy of the book, French Home by Josephine Ryan.  All you need to do to be eligible is take a look through my favorite posts below and leave me a comment below as to which is your favorite post and why. Be sure you include an email address if I cannot contact you through your user name. That’s it! I will announce the winners tomorrow!  Thanks so much for following me and my journey and I hope you have an amazing day! Thank you so much for following me along……its been a ball!

     SEDA FRANCE GIVEAWAY, PAGODA CANDLE AND LIQUID SOAP

BOOK GIVEAWAY, FRENCH HOME BY JOSEPHINE RYAN

And some of my favorite posts are………………..


NIRVANA IN NAPA
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2011/03/nirvana-in-napa.html

WHITE MARBLE IN ALL ITS WONDROUS WHITE GLORY!
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2011/03/white-marble-in-all-its-wonderous-white.html
 

FOYER FABULOSITY
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2011/04/foyer-fabulosity-part-ii-and-giveaway.html

A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC…..BUTLERS PANTRYS
THE ULTIMATE SHOUTOUT TO WHITE KITCHENS
BLACK MAGIC AND ITS POWERS TO TRANSFORM A ROOM
BEACH HOUSE CHIC
BEDROOMS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO CALL IN SICK!
Thank you so very much again for coming along for the ride so far…its been such fun! I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I have gotten through getting to “meet” so many of you and truly do hope to get to really meet you one day in the future. In addition, thank you for taking the time to comment, it  means so very much and I love reading what you have to say! Don’t forget- to be eligible to win either prize, just let me know below which is your favorite post after you have gone through them and why! Good luck and hope you have an enchanted day!
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100 post celebration and you are invited! And 2 great giveaways!

Cheers!

100 posts! I can’t believe it! I made it! Wow since my induction into blog world just 99 posts ago, my life has been rocked by so many wonderful blogs, so many kind and genuine people, many inspiring stories, way too many good recipes, stories that made me both laugh and cry, and finally an abundance of incredible home design and decorating tips. Bottom line, blogging is loads of fun and if I am to be honest, there are days where ‘blogworld” is a heck of a lot ?easier and more fun (anyone with me here?) ?to be in then “real life world” but for now I am happily able to combine these two worlds into making it one happily enhanced life.

Thank you for caring about my daily musings and allowing me to share my inspirations (and ramblings) ?with you. Have I told you what your comments mean to me? They really do carry me through my day and put a great big smile on my face every morning! ?I am thrilled to have made it to my 100th post! Today I dedicate this post to YOU, all my readers and followers ?and am sharing my favorite posts of all time.



Also to celebrate, I am offering two giveaways! First is a Seda France duo, a Seda France candle and liquid soap in the chinoisirie container and the second giveaway is a copy of the book, French Home by Josephine Ryan. ?All you need to do to be eligible is take a look through my favorite posts below and leave me a comment below as to which is your favorite post and why. Be sure you include an email address if I cannot contact you through your user name. That’s it! I will announce the winners tomorrow! ?Thanks so much for following me and my journey and I hope you have an amazing day! Thank you so much for following me along……its been a ball!



?? ? SEDA FRANCE GIVEAWAY, PAGODA CANDLE AND LIQUID SOAP

BOOK GIVEAWAY, FRENCH HOME BY JOSEPHINE RYAN

And some of my favorite posts are………………..





NIRVANA IN NAPA

http://enchantedhome.com/2011/03/nirvana-in-napa/

WHITE MARBLE IN ALL ITS WONDROUS WHITE GLORY!

http://enchantedhome.com/2011/03/white-marble-in-all-its-wonderous-white/


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FOYER FABULOSITY

http://enchantedhome.com/2011/04/foyer-fabulosity-part-ii-and-giveaway/

A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC…..BUTLERS PANTRYS
THE ULTIMATE SHOUTOUT TO WHITE KITCHENS
BLACK MAGIC AND ITS POWERS TO TRANSFORM A ROOM
BEACH HOUSE CHIC
BEDROOMS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO CALL IN SICK!
Thank you so very much again for coming along for the ride so far…its been such fun! I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I have gotten through getting to “meet” so many of you and truly do hope to get to really meet you one day in the future. In addition, thank you for taking the time to comment, it ?means so very much and I love reading what you have to say! Don’t forget- to be eligible to win either prize, just let me know below which is your favorite post after you have gone through them and why! Good luck and hope you have an enchanted day!
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Spaces that wow Part II

Good morning! As promised in Spaces that wow part I, I promised I would be back with a followup of yet another roundup of fabulous spaces so here is part II. Certainly not playing second fiddle to the part I, this post is chock full of breathtaking spaces, the kind that just make you say “wow”! What do you think it is about a room that gives us this reaction”? Well to me, its not necessarily a particular style because as you can see below, I have shown many different styles of rooms, from more contemporary to very traditional, outdoor spaces to formal over the top living rooms. Its just the way it comes together, every little inch has been carefully addressed to create a very cohesive pulled together effect that culminates in a result that just impresses beyond the normal “pretty room” statement. I think an entire home of such rooms could be too much but having a room or two of such a room is pretty special. What do you think makes a “wow” room? Lighting certainly plays a big part, the scale of the room, celing height can add a lot of drama, architectural elements, moldings, window casings, flooring, leaded windows, window sests,etc…..then you move onto furniture and the sky is the limit! Colors, textures, patterns, shapes, sizes, where do you stop?  As you can see the way it is all brought together is what creates that “wow” factor. Do you have a favorite? Take a look……

This dining room with the beautiful gilded chinoiserie is a wow room to me, Jan Showers
Gorgeous kitchen accented  with elegant blues and white, Downsview
Always loved this gorgeous dramatic “wow” powder room by Ashley Goforth
Mario Buatta’s rooms always tend to “wow”
Fabulously grand foyer ala William Eubanks
The breathtaking loggia and infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean over at “Chers place”
Love this kitchen space…..so elegant yet livable…Miles Redd
Grand entrances are made here, Richard Landry
Chers “fit for a king” baronial dining room
Mary Nichols designed this unbelievable home hugging the California cliffs overlooking the Pacific!
Opulent library designed by Michael S. Smith
Fabulous dressing room/bathroom, Candy and Candy
Stunner of a kitchen, by Jean Randazzo
Lots of pattern, but it works and its very exciting! Sherill Canet
The famous Kluge Dining room
Fabulous in all its European beauty, NH Design
Always loved this master bedroom sitting area, Jean Randazzo
The entrance to the Bvlgari Suite at a St. Regis hotel
Beautiful rich colors come together to create this gorgeous jewel of a room, Miles Redd
To me this is the epitome of elegance in a master bath, Nancy Boszhardt Inc
Drama overload, Arch Digest
Susan Lovell created this sumptuous ladies suite in Manhattan, talk about having the “wow” factor!
This two story library/family room certainly wows! Jonathan Wallen photography
Thats right, you are looking at an outdoor movie theater! Val Selleck
I love this bathroom..old fashioned feeling yet feminine and gorgeous! Mary McDonald
Beautiful in neutral…Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wisely
Views don’t get much better than this! Helen Ziman
Check out those amazing inlaid floors!! Archdeco
Peter Roy Bowman designed this fabulous Mexican dining room open to this terrace
Love the color, the clean lines and the gorgeousness! Jay Jeffers
Luxury bath by Marjorie Shushan
Just love how the colors seem to melt into one another here….stunning!
Dramatic high in the sky foyer designed by MAC II
Jonathan Berger’s foyer in his own townhouse..fabulous!
Fabulous dreamy terrace overlooking the NYC skyline….I could imagine having a sunset dinner here! Arch Digest
Love the old world ambiance created by Penelope Bianchi
Not a bad view to have to wake up to, Jennifer Post
Suzanne Rheinstein decorated this fabulous ladies sitting room/office in soft beiges
Gorgeous soaring ceilings of brick, woods and iron are fabulous….Fern Santini
This terrace in Hawaii by Donald Botsai overlooking the Pacific is dreamy!
Fabulous decadent neutral suite swathed in luxury, Candy and Candy

Love this calming gorgeous outdoor space, Jonathan Wallen photography
Don’t think I have seen this before…love it! A bookshelf surrounded tub, Eric Cohler
Dramatic and art filled, Susan Gilmore photography
Doesn’t get much prettier than this! Fern Santini
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite? I appreciate the dramatic over the top ones but wouldn’t necessarily want to live with one of them, I prefer the quieter “wow” rooms, and don’t think a room needs to shout to be noticed. There are so many beautiful things that can be done to a room to be beautiful, from the bare bones, the architectural elements to the decor, the lighting and the flooring to even the smallest things, like placing a small orchid plant on just the right place, or placing a small stack of books on an ottoman,etc……its the subtle things that make a difference. What do you think? Hope you have an enchanted day!

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Spaces that wow Part II


Good morning! As promised in Spaces that wow part I, I promised I would be back with a followup of yet another roundup of fabulous spaces so here is part II. Certainly not playing second fiddle to the part I, this post is chock full of breathtaking spaces, the kind that just make you say “wow”! What do you think it is about a room that gives us this reaction”? Well to me, its not necessarily a particular style because as you can see below, I have shown many different styles of rooms, from more contemporary to very traditional, outdoor spaces to formal over the top living rooms. Its just the way it comes together, every little inch has been carefully addressed to create a very cohesive pulled together effect that culminates in a result that just impresses beyond the normal “pretty room” statement. I think an entire home of such rooms could be too much but having a room or two of such a room is pretty special. What do you think makes a “wow” room? Lighting certainly plays a big part, the scale of the room, celing height can add a lot of drama, architectural elements, moldings, window casings, flooring, leaded windows, window sests,etc…..then you move onto furniture and the sky is the limit! Colors, textures, patterns, shapes, sizes, where do you stop? ?As you can see the way it is all brought together is what creates that “wow” factor. Do you have a favorite? Take a look……


This dining room with the beautiful gilded chinoiserie is a wow room to me, Jan Showers
Gorgeous kitchen accented ?with elegant blues and white, Downsview
Always loved this gorgeous dramatic “wow” powder room by Ashley Goforth
Mario Buatta’s rooms always tend to “wow”
Fabulously grand foyer ala William Eubanks
The breathtaking loggia and infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean over at “Chers place”
Love this kitchen space…..so elegant yet livable…Miles Redd
Grand entrances are made here, Richard Landry
Chers “fit for a king” baronial dining room
Mary Nichols designed this unbelievable home hugging the California cliffs overlooking the Pacific!
Opulent library designed by Michael S. Smith
Fabulous dressing room/bathroom, Candy and Candy
Stunner of a kitchen, by Jean Randazzo
Lots of pattern, but it works and its very exciting! Sherill Canet
The famous Kluge Dining room
Fabulous in all its European beauty, NH Design
Always loved this master bedroom sitting area, Jean Randazzo
The entrance to the Bvlgari Suite at a St. Regis hotel
Beautiful rich colors come together to create this gorgeous jewel of a room, Miles Redd
To me this is the epitome of elegance in a master bath, Nancy Boszhardt Inc
Drama overload, Arch Digest
Susan Lovell created this sumptuous ladies suite in Manhattan, talk about having the “wow” factor!
This two story library/family room certainly wows! Jonathan Wallen photography
Thats right, you are looking at an outdoor movie theater! Val Selleck
I love this bathroom..old fashioned feeling yet feminine and gorgeous! Mary McDonald
Beautiful in neutral…Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wisely
Views don’t get much better than this! Helen Ziman
Check out those amazing inlaid floors!! Archdeco
Peter Roy Bowman designed this fabulous Mexican dining room open to this terrace
Love the color, the clean lines and the gorgeousness! Jay Jeffers
Luxury bath by Marjorie Shushan
Just love how the colors seem to melt into one another here….stunning!
Dramatic high in the sky foyer designed by MAC II
Jonathan Berger’s foyer in his own townhouse..fabulous!
Fabulous dreamy terrace overlooking the NYC skyline….I could imagine having a sunset dinner here! Arch Digest
Love the old world ambiance created by Penelope Bianchi
Not a bad view to have to wake up to, Jennifer Post
Suzanne Rheinstein decorated this fabulous ladies sitting room/office in soft beiges
Gorgeous soaring ceilings of brick, woods and iron are fabulous….Fern?Santini
This terrace in Hawaii by Donald Botsai overlooking the Pacific is dreamy!
Fabulous decadent neutral suite swathed in luxury, Candy and Candy

Love this calming gorgeous outdoor space, Jonathan Wallen photography
Don’t think I have seen this before…love it! A bookshelf surrounded tub, Eric Cohler
Dramatic and art filled, Susan Gilmore photography
Doesn’t get much prettier than this! Fern Santini
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite? I appreciate the dramatic over the top ones but wouldn’t necessarily want to live with one of them, I prefer the quieter “wow” rooms, and don’t think a room needs to shout to be noticed. There are so many beautiful things that can be done to a room to be beautiful, from the bare bones, the architectural elements to the decor, the lighting and the flooring to even the smallest things, like placing a small orchid plant on just the right place, or placing a small stack of books on an ottoman,etc……its the subtle things that make a difference. What do you think? Hope you have an enchanted day!

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Easter Sunday showhouse……and you’re invited!

HAPPY EASTER!
Hope you all have a wonderful and joyous day. I have my parents and nephew in so we are planning on having a nice brunch, going for a long walk with Teddy (weather permitting) and then enjoying an intimate family dinner. Today’s open house is a little different…in celebration of Easter..we are starting off in Lake Michigan for brunch, off to Los Angeles for lunch and finally to the Dominican Republic for an Easter dinner! These homes are not only beautiful homes for Easter entertaining but for year round living. Would love to know what you think!! Hope you have a wonderful day!


First we start off on Lake Michigan, an idyllic peaceful gorgeous setting for our Easter day brunch. Your family and close friends await you in this fabulous shingled home overlooking the lake from every single room. Love the living room for sitting around after brunch and the actual dining room where brunch is to be served with those dreamy views!! Sunlit rooms, elegant understated, traditional furnishings complete this elegant family compound. Come on in……..

Moving onto high in the hills right outside Los Angeles… we stop in for Easter day lunch at this beautiful authentic style Mediterranean home. Gorgeous distant city views are had from every window outside this charming home decorated by MAC II. Love the warm and cohesive interiors and how about that wall of glass in the master that opens onto the patio and those lush gardens…pretty fabulous! And that pool setting, it might be hard to leave to head to  our next destination!  The views are sensational too. Step inside…..

Have I got a treat for you for Easter dinner….hop on over to the Dominican Republic and this fabulous island home designed by Jacquelin Robertson and decorated by  MAC II once again. Fabulous, incredible, dreamy and perfect are just a few adjectives that come to mind when looking at the sumptuous interiors amidst the lush surroundings in this tropical end all be all estate. I would be happy just being a plant on one of the many loggias. The grandness of the rooms is spellbinding! Easter dinner never looked so good! Please do come in….

After all those meals..this fabulous pool setting awaits you and the extra 5 pounds you have just added to relax and take it easy to end a perfect Easter holiday! Hope whatever you really did was wonderful, delicious, happy and joyous and mostly spent with those you loved!!
Enjoy your special day!

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Easter Sunday showhouse……and you’re invited!

HAPPY EASTER!

Hope you all have a wonderful and joyous day. I have my parents and nephew in so we are planning on having a nice brunch, going for a long walk with Teddy (weather permitting) and then enjoying an intimate family dinner. Today’s open house is a little different…in celebration of Easter..we are starting off in Lake Michigan for brunch, off to Los Angeles for lunch and finally to the Dominican Republic for an Easter dinner! These homes are not only beautiful homes for Easter entertaining but for year round living. Would love to know what you think!! Hope you have a wonderful day!





First we start off on Lake Michigan, an idyllic peaceful gorgeous setting for our Easter day brunch. Your family and close friends await you in this fabulous shingled home overlooking the lake from every single room. Love the living room for sitting around after brunch and the actual dining room where brunch is to be served with those dreamy views!! Sunlit rooms, elegant understated, traditional furnishings complete this elegant family compound. Come on in……..

Moving onto high in the hills right outside Los Angeles… we stop in for Easter day lunch at this beautiful authentic style Mediterranean home. Gorgeous distant city views are had from every window outside this charming home decorated by MAC II. Love the warm and cohesive interiors and how about that wall of glass in the master that opens onto the patio and those lush gardens…pretty fabulous! And that pool setting, it might be hard to leave to head to ?our next destination! ?The views are sensational too. Step inside…..

Have I got a treat for you for Easter dinner….hop on over to the Dominican Republic and this fabulous island home designed by Jacquelin Robertson and decorated by ?MAC II once again. Fabulous, incredible, dreamy and perfect are just a few adjectives that come to mind when looking at the sumptuous interiors amidst the lush surroundings in this tropical end all be all estate. I would be happy just being a plant on one of the many loggias. The grandness of the rooms is spellbinding! Easter dinner never looked so good! Please do come in….

After all those meals..this fabulous pool setting awaits you and the extra 5 pounds you have just added to relax and take it easy to end a perfect Easter holiday! Hope whatever you really did was wonderful, delicious, happy and joyous and mostly spent with those you loved!!
Enjoy your special day!

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