Behind the blogger…meet Jan from The French Tangerine!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  Who better to feature today than someone who takes the color orange (along with green) to the most elegant and stylish heights. Say hello to……… Jan aka  “Queen of mosaics” of the beautiful blog…..
   The French Tangerine

OK, Jan is a gal after my own heart. I feel like I know her and we both certainly have plenty in common, including an unwavering obsession with pretty things, chinoiserie, blue and white, all things French, and have a wicked sense of humor (I can most certainly laugh at myself as can she which makes her so endearing). I laughed reading over her interview and loved getting to know more about this fun loving gal behind The French Tangerine. Now that 2 of her 3 kids are out of the home, she has devoted herself to her blog and claims it “the best hobby ever”! Her blog always promises a serious parade of eye candy, whether she is playing “investigative reporter” and having her friends open up their beautiful homes or taking us behind the scenes to a fabulous antiques fair or show. Always something gorgeous  going on over there, that much is true. SO if you aren’t already a fan, do check out French Tangerine. I cannot take a trip to blogland without stopping by and I am confident you will see what I mean once you visit this style maven. Did I mention that I have unofficially named her the doyenne of mosaics? NO ONE can make a mosaic like Jan, she reigns supreme in my eyes and has taken mosaic making to new heights. You go girl! So, without further ado let me present Jan from The French Tangerine…Jan, take it away!
Click on header to visit Jan over at the beautiful French Tangerine!

So,  how did you end up blogging?
I love spending time looking for beautiful images online. I can spend hours searching for the perfect object to complete a vignette in my home. It occurred to me one night that this inspiration might be of interest to others? namely my sister-in-law Nina. I really enjoy putting together the posts, and it keeps me on my toes? and inspired! I have discovered that I love the writing as much as the images!
A few things I love about fall are………………..
No sweating with a sweater, jeans with boots, no fat arms showing, football games with family and friends, that awesome crisp air, dinner parties and the beginnings of comfort food. 
You get to spend a month at the perfect beach house on the beach,  will it be Malibu or Nantucket?
Nantucket. Absolutely Nantucket.
Two weeks first class all the way, is it London or Paris? Yes, please. Both sound perfect, but I’d have to go with Paris, after all, I am the french tangerine!
If I was 18 again I would…….I would switch my double majors from Education/Art History to English/Design? I love writing! (I might have to do a minor in Art History? I would miss that invaluable information!)
What would be on your plate for your ultimate dream dinner and dessert?
Homemade pasta with bolognese? and bread! FYI: Sushi or Pizza are close seconds. Cheesecake for dessert, Definitely.
Tell us as little or much as you want to about your family? I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for almost 25 years. Our oldest two are away at school, so we are down to one? which is comparable to owning a guinea pig? compared to the three. Come to think of it, I think the sudden extra time had something to do with starting the blog also.
Worst habit? Best trait? Procrastinating exercise ? definitely my worst habit. I will wear my workout clothes all day in hopes of getting that workout in? I do not enjoy my workout so it’s always at the bottom of the list. Best trait is probably my reliability. You can count on me to get the job done.
Favorite design trend? Hmmm? not really up on the latest trends? I do love the use of reclaimed wood. So many furniture lines are using reclaimed wood or painting wood to look old giving the furniture so much more warmth and charm and character. Not everyone can find or afford antiques? thank goodness the furniture manufacturers figured this one out!
One golden rule/advice for decorating that you would pass on  If you really love it, buy it. You’ll find a place for it.

Designer icon Carol Glasser, Dan Carithers, Mary Macdonald
You get to have lunch with anyone in the entire world, could be from Hollywood, a famous author or playwright, a politician, rock star, a cooking guru, religious leader, anyone?who are the lucky two to sit at your table? Obama and Michelle? I have questions. If one of them can’t make it, substitute the dog whisperer. I’d love to find out what the hell my dog is trying to tell me!
A perfect day would start with a good night’s rest and end with phone calls from my kids.
If we could only live in one season year round, which would you choose and why?
Fall is a renewing time for me? cleaning out the yard, cleaning out closets, getting on a schedule. I seem to be more motivated in the fall? and again, the comfort food thing. Sitting by the fire pit on a cool night with family and friends? doesn’t get much better than that.
Describe your favorite outfit. Jeans tucked in my boots, white blouse with a gorgeous scarf.. It’s comfortable and casual but smart.
Tell me about a dream vacation for you and your family??Our current favorite vacation spot is La Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. Our best vacation ever ? we’re repeating this year! My dream is a trip to South Africa? I think it would be life changing.
Favorite movie or book that you could read or watch over and over? Poisonwood Bible, Beach Music is an old favorite? Really hard to pick just one!
3 qualities that I think fairly describe me are.
Thorough, Funny, Serious

Comedy or dramas? How could I possibly choose? I love Step Brothers with Will Ferrell as much as A Beautiful Life with subtitles!
A book that I have read in the last few years that I really really loved…………..The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
In my next life I will …..Be a writer and a runner and naturally skinny
One thing I absolutely cannot live without is……………My cell piece

If I have learned one thing in life, it is……………?.. You can’t make everybody happy. It’s my favorite thing, but not realistic. Another good one would be people believe what they want to believe, not always what’s true? which can be frustrating.


And now a little recap on all the things Jan loves….



OK, do you see what I mean? How great is she! My kind of gal….We laughed and found it a little scary (insert haunted house music here) that we are so much alike. From how many years we have been married, to two oldest being away, to  her choice of meals and did you notice how she said “comfort foods” being one of the reasons she loves fall? You know I am always saying that. Be a writer and be naturally skinny (does being that way until I was 22 count) are things once again we have in common! Loved The Help too and really would like to be at your dinner with Oback and Michelle because I have questions too. Lots of them.  Thanks Jan for participating and to you all for stopping by. Do stop by and pay a little visit to The French Tangerine! Wishing you all a wonderful day.
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Behind the blogger…meet Jan from The French Tangerine!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! ?Who better to feature today than someone who takes the color orange (along with?green) to the most elegant and stylish heights. Say hello to………?Jan aka ?”Queen of mosaics” of the beautiful blog…..
? ?The French Tangerine

OK, Jan is a gal after my own heart. I feel like I know her and we both certainly have plenty in common, including an unwavering obsession with pretty things, chinoiserie, blue and white, all things French, and have a wicked sense of humor (I can most certainly laugh at myself as can she which makes her so endearing). I laughed reading over her interview and loved getting to know more about this fun loving gal behind The French Tangerine. Now that 2 of her 3 kids are out of the home, she has devoted herself to her blog and claims it “the best hobby ever”! Her blog always promises a serious parade of eye candy, whether she is playing “investigative reporter” and having her friends open up their beautiful homes or taking us behind the scenes to a fabulous antiques fair or show. Always something gorgeous ?going on over there, that much is true. SO if you aren’t already a fan, do check out French Tangerine. I cannot take a trip to blogland without stopping by and I am confident you will see what I mean once you visit this style maven. Did I mention that I have unofficially named her the doyenne of mosaics? NO ONE can make a mosaic like Jan, she reigns supreme in my eyes and has taken mosaic making to new heights. You go girl! So, without?further ado let me present Jan from The French Tangerine…Jan, take it away!
Click on header to visit Jan over at the beautiful French Tangerine!

So, ?how did you end up blogging?
I love spending time looking for beautiful images online. I can spend hours searching for the perfect object to complete a vignette in my home. It occurred to me one night that this inspiration might be of interest to others? namely my sister-in-law Nina. I really enjoy putting together the posts, and it keeps me on my toes? and inspired! I have discovered that I love the writing as much as the images!
A few things I love about fall are………………..
No sweating with a sweater, jeans with boots, no fat arms showing, football games with family and friends, that awesome crisp air, dinner parties and the beginnings of comfort food.?
You get to spend a month at the perfect beach house on the beach, ?will it be Malibu or Nantucket?
Nantucket. Absolutely Nantucket.
Two weeks first class all the way, is it London or Paris??Yes, please. Both sound perfect, but I’d have to go with Paris, after all, I am the french tangerine!
If I was 18 again I would…….I would switch my double majors from Education/Art History to English/Design? I love writing! (I might have to do a minor in Art History? I would miss that invaluable information!)
What would be on your plate for your ultimate dream dinner and dessert?
Homemade pasta with bolognese? and bread! FYI: Sushi or Pizza are close seconds. Cheesecake for dessert, Definitely.
Tell us as little or much as you want to about your family??I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for almost 25 years. Our oldest two are away at school, so we are down to one? which is comparable to owning a guinea pig? compared to the three. Come to think of it, I think the sudden extra time had something to do with starting the blog also.
Worst habit? Best trait??Procrastinating exercise ? definitely my worst habit. I will wear my workout clothes all day in hopes of getting that workout in? I do not enjoy my workout so it’s always at the bottom of the list. Best trait is probably my reliability. You can count on me to get the job done.
Favorite design trend??Hmmm? not really up on the latest trends? I do love the use of reclaimed wood. So many furniture lines are using reclaimed wood or painting wood to look old giving the furniture so much more warmth and charm and character. Not everyone can find or afford antiques? thank goodness the furniture manufacturers figured this one out!
One?golden rule/advice for decorating that you would pass on ?If you really love it, buy it. You’ll find a place for it.

Designer icon?Carol Glasser, Dan Carithers, Mary Macdonald
You get to have lunch with anyone in the entire world, could be from Hollywood, a famous author or playwright, a politician, rock star, a cooking guru, religious leader, anyone?who are the lucky two to sit at your table??Obama and Michelle? I have questions. If one of them can’t make it, substitute the dog whisperer. I’d love to find out what the hell my dog is trying to tell me!
A perfect day would start with?a good night’s rest?and end with?phone calls from my kids.
If we could only live in one season year round, which would you choose and why?
Fall is a renewing time for me? cleaning out the yard, cleaning out closets, getting on a schedule. I seem to be more motivated in the fall? and again, the comfort food thing. Sitting by the fire pit on a cool night with family and friends? doesn’t get much better than that.
Describe your favorite outfit.?Jeans tucked in my boots, white blouse with a gorgeous scarf.. It’s comfortable and casual but smart.
Tell me about a dream vacation for you and your family??Our current favorite vacation spot is La Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. Our best vacation ever ? we’re repeating this year! My dream is a trip to South Africa? I think it would be life changing.
Favorite movie or book that you could read or watch over and over??Poisonwood Bible, Beach Music is an old favorite? Really hard to pick just one!
3 qualities that I think fairly describe me are.
Thorough, Funny, Serious

Comedy or dramas??How could I possibly choose? I love Step Brothers with Will Ferrell as much as A Beautiful Life with subtitles!
A book that I have read in the last few years that I really really loved…………..The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
In my next life I will …..Be a writer and a runner and naturally skinny
One thing I absolutely cannot live without is……………My cell piece

If I have learned one thing in life, it is……………?.. You can’t make everybody happy. It’s my favorite thing, but not realistic. Another good one would be people believe what they want to believe, not always what’s true? which can be frustrating.




And now a little recap on all the things Jan loves….





OK, do you see what I mean? How great is she! My kind of gal….We laughed and found it a little scary (insert haunted house music here) that we are so much alike. From how many years we have been married, to two oldest being away, to ?her choice of meals and did you notice how she said “comfort foods” being one of the reasons she loves fall? You know I am always saying that. Be a writer and be naturally skinny (does being that way until I was 22 count) are things once again we have in common! Loved The Help too and really would like to be at your dinner with Oback and Michelle because I have questions too. Lots of them.??Thanks Jan for participating and to you all for stopping by. Do stop by and pay a little visit to The French Tangerine! Wishing you all a wonderful day.

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Random Saturday musings, a few questions answered and a hello

Happy Saturday to you. I don’t know about where you are but over here they are predicting one heck of a nasty day…including cold rain, high winds and then get this eventually a wet driven SNOW! Yes you read right, its not even Halloween and they are talking snow! Up north and west, they are predicting boatloads of the white stuff, as in up to one foot! Huh? What IS going on?

Anyway, this is one of my random posts….a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Many of you wanted the names of the fabrics I featured on Thurs. post (the library fabrics) as well as the lighting sources so I included that information. The sconce is from Decorative Crafts. Then some pretty spaces and pictures of fun things that just struck a chord for no real reason at all.

What are you up to this weekend? Here, the normal chauffeuring of my son to various things, two house appts. dinner plans with friends (I hope, hubby is a little under the weather) and hopefully will squeeze in a movie. Tomorrow we are invited to a private art auction which I would love to attend, weather permitting (its upstate CT) so we will see!

Anyway, wishing you a happy Saturday and relaxing weekend!

This is where I wish I was flying off to today…….really have a Paris bug lately.
Someone parked so close to my car, I couldn’t get in yesterday, had to go through the passengers side door!!! Can you imagine? I am not 16 anymore. I wish I had this card to leave on their windshield…should get a stack of these.
How scrumptious is this chinoiserie? The colors make my heart sing…literally.
Isnt’ this such a charming home? Love the colors, the pale blue gray is so French!
You know my fondness for antique mirror, love seeing it in a foyer!

And this living room made my heart race………..soooo pretty! Love the color palette.
Just ordered this plaid down coat, thought it was cute for every day…and looks really toasty!
This is such a great pattern, isn’t it? Love the mix, so vintage-y.
Loving this flatware for every day….so pretty!
Something about chocolate brown walls makes me melt.
I really LOVE these fabulous moss covered walls and that delicious dark dark green velvet sofa!
Which of these two benches do you like at the end of a bed for my room?

The fabric details from Thursdays post-
Ralph Lauren Essington Paisley in Green
Ralph Lauren Hunting Manor Paisley in Loden
Love this pattern of these Tory Bruch makeup bags, this is “so me”
And last, this is sooo clever! You take cookie batter, turn a cupcake pan upside and fit the cookie dough just around the cupcake part,  and bake. You get “cookie cups” and fill them with ice cream! How cute is that? Not to mention sinfully delicious!

Yea, I know this was kind of mean to post something this good and this easy on a Saturday morning…a morning where technically you probably could make  the time to make these, and a morning that you know your kids would crown you worlds greatest mom and baker if you did! What are you waiting for??  Told you this was random! Enjoy your Saturday, and hope its a great one!

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Random Saturday musings, a few questions answered and a hello

Happy Saturday to you. I don’t know about where you are but over here they are predicting one heck of a nasty day…including cold rain, high winds and then get this eventually a wet driven SNOW! Yes you read right, its not even Halloween and they are talking snow! Up north and west, they are predicting boatloads of the white stuff, as in up to one foot! Huh? What IS going on?



Anyway, this is one of my random posts….a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Many of you wanted the names of the fabrics I featured on Thurs. post (the library fabrics) as well as the lighting sources so I included that information. The sconce is from Decorative Crafts.?Then some pretty spaces and pictures of fun things that just struck a chord for no real reason at all.



What are you up to this weekend? Here, the normal chauffeuring of my son to various things, two house appts. dinner plans with friends (I hope, hubby is a little under the weather) and hopefully will squeeze in a movie. Tomorrow we are invited to a private art auction which I would love to attend, weather permitting (its upstate CT) so we will see!



Anyway, wishing you a happy Saturday and relaxing weekend!



This is where I wish I was flying off to today…….really have a Paris bug lately.
Someone parked so close to my car, I couldn’t get in yesterday, had to go through the passengers side door!!! Can you imagine? I am not 16 anymore. I wish I had this card to leave on their windshield…should get a stack of these.
How scrumptious is this chinoiserie? The colors make my heart sing…literally.
Isnt’ this such a charming home? Love the?colors, the pale blue gray is so French!
You know my fondness for antique mirror, love seeing it in a foyer!

And this living room made my heart race………..soooo pretty! Love the color palette.
Just ordered this plaid down coat, thought it was cute for every day…and looks really toasty!
This is such a great pattern, isn’t it? Love the mix, so vintage-y.
Loving this flatware for every day….so pretty!
Something about chocolate brown walls makes me melt.
I really LOVE these fabulous moss covered walls and that delicious dark dark green velvet sofa!
Which of these two benches do you like at the end of a bed for my room?

The fabric details from Thursdays post-
Ralph Lauren Essington Paisley in Green
Ralph Lauren Hunting Manor Paisley in Loden
Love this pattern of these Tory Bruch makeup bags, this is “so me”
And last, this is sooo clever! You take cookie batter, turn a cupcake pan upside and fit the cookie dough just around the cupcake part, ?and bake. You get “cookie cups” and fill them with ice cream! How cute is that? Not to mention sinfully delicious!

Yea, I know this was kind of mean to post something?this good and this easy on a Saturday morning…a morning where technically you probably could make ?the time to make these, and a morning that you know your kids would crown you worlds greatest mom and baker if you did! What are you waiting for?? ?Told you this was random! Enjoy your Saturday, and hope its a great one!

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The dirt on mudrooms and we have a winner!

Good morning and Happy Friday,  normally I run my Things I am loving Thurs. post for two days but since I have a winner to congratulate, I changed it up a bit and am doing a new post today. If you want to see house updates, click here. In the meantime, using random picker, I am happy to say congrats to…..

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: Bench 18 Alysse Jinete c5b0e2ce-41e3-42a0-8ab8-003528f0ecfd
Please contact me ASAP so that we can arrange to have this beautiful table sent to you!

Perhaps one of them most overlooked but overused rooms in the entire house is that ubiquitous little room lurking in the back corner of the house, the infamous mudroom. Mudrooms have made progress by leaps and bounds however, and are finally getting the recognition they so deserve!! A mud room is there waiting as the first thing to greet us when we are coming in from the elements of extreme snow, nasty rain storms, sweat inducing sport games for the kids,a morning run,etc…..so they deserve some love too and I am glad to see mudrooms are being talked about and decorated like they matter!! As I am planning my own, I am starting to think a lot about this room!
 So…what makes up a good mud room? To me, storage, a good bench or two is a nice extra to have, plenty of space for shoes, boots and jackets and a backup storage compartment of some kind. If for some reason a phone is far away enough, its not a bad idea to have a phone on the wall too. Ditto a bulletin board to schedule a busy family, or a wipe it board/chalk board to leave each other messages. Plenty of hooks a definite.Good lighting is an absolute must and if you don’t have a window with natural light, good overhead lighting is a must. Then to add a little personality, love seeing a great wallpaper in a mudroom, an indoor/outdoor rug is a wonderful idea. Framed prints if you want to feel like another room in the house can add a lot of charm. Even a wall of family pictures is a great idea.  The list goes on…..so lets take a look at some mudrooms that “work”, rooms that are as utilitarian as they are gorgeous!

This is a really great mudroom, love the brown and white wallpaper, the herringbone all weather rug, the cubby idea…Charleigh Mims
This is good looking and affords good storage, like the bead board detail
Like the idea of separate “cubbies” feels like a pretty locker room!
This is clever and space saving for a family that has lots of boots!
Love all the baskets, looks great with the rich wood, Nest woodowrking
Love the separate chalkboards on this wall! Vallon Designs
Fun lighting, small cubbies and a bench in the middle is a great setup for a mudroom!
Love the stainless top, the shelves of baskets and floor to ceiling bulletin board, practical meets beauty
You can get creative with the hooks too, these cute leaf hooks add a little pizazz to a mudroom
A great example of how adding wallpaper and a fun light fixture can dress up even a laundry room, Elle Decor
Even when space is very limited, you can maximize by adding a pull up bench, coat hooks and extra shelving…this is great looking, the beadboard completes the space
Love the rich warm woods with the slate flooring, great rustic lantern is the crowning touch! Veranda
This is a beautiful laundry room, crisp, white and bright as well as ultra spacious with its own island which probably doubles as a folding table…..Decorpad
This mudroom even includes a narrow computer desk under the window…clever!
A great example of a fairly small storage unit that when laid out properly can fit a nice amount of clothing, shoes and equipment…baskets are a great idea!
Granted this mudroom is the size of many living rooms but I like how they warmed up the abundance of storage using rich warm woods, in white it might appear cold. 
A mirror is a very good idea for those last minute checkups as are the folder holders for odds and ends
This is like a mini epicenter where everything is obviously very organized, Martha Stewart
Love this idea of famiy pictures perched above this great looking bench in this mudroom, it adds such personality to the space!
Even if you don’t have built ins, a wide chest with baskets underneath can do the trick, 
Pottery Barn
This is cute, each family member has their own “cubbie” and cubicle with storage
A chalk board is a fun and great idea especially for young kids, House and Bath ideas
Even when you dont’ have floor to ceiling built ins, an extra  long shelf with plenty of hooks can afford great storage and keep the area not feeling cluttered, Skona Hem
Great looking…love the idea of adding a painted piece as an accent, House of Turquoise
Though this feels a little dark, I do love the dog bath in the corner….such a great perk!
If you can fit in a bench, its a very practical thing to have….this one is cute with the numbers, Working woman
Chinoiserie in a laundry room? Proves there are no limits! Draza Stamanich
How about stenciling a cute and whimsical message atop the mudroom door? Love it!
So what do you think? Do you have some proven tips that work in a mud room that you like to implement? Please share your ideas…what are the absolute necessities? Always enjoy hearing what you have to say. Wishing everyone an enchanted Friday!

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The dirt on mudrooms and we have a winner!

Good morning and Happy Friday, ?normally I run my Things I am loving Thurs. post for two days but since I have a winner to congratulate, I changed it up a bit and am doing a new post today. If you want to see house updates, click here. In the meantime, using random picker, I am happy to say congrats to…..

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: Bench 18 Alysse Jinete c5b0e2ce-41e3-42a0-8ab8-003528f0ecfd
Please contact me ASAP so that we can arrange to have this beautiful table sent to you!

Perhaps one of them most overlooked but overused rooms in the entire house is that ubiquitous little room lurking in the back corner of the house, the infamous mudroom. Mudrooms have made progress by leaps and bounds however, and are finally getting the recognition they so deserve!! A mud room is there waiting as the first thing to greet us when we are coming in from the elements of extreme snow, nasty rain storms, sweat inducing sport games for the kids,a morning run,etc…..so they deserve some love too and I am glad to see mudrooms are being talked about and decorated like they matter!! As I am planning my own, I am starting to think a lot about this room!
?So…what makes up a good mud room? To me, storage, a good bench or two is a nice extra to have, plenty of space for shoes, boots and jackets and a backup storage compartment of some kind. If for some reason a phone is far away enough, its not a bad idea to have a phone on the wall too. Ditto a bulletin board to schedule a busy family, or a wipe it board/chalk board to leave each other messages. Plenty of hooks a definite.Good lighting is an absolute must and if you don’t have a window with natural light, good overhead lighting is a must. Then to add a little personality, love seeing a great wallpaper in a mudroom, an indoor/outdoor rug is a wonderful idea. Framed prints if you want to feel like another room in the house can add a lot of charm. Even a wall of family pictures is a great idea. ?The list goes on…..so lets take a look at some mudrooms that “work”, rooms that are as utilitarian as they are gorgeous!

This is a really great mudroom, love the brown and white wallpaper, the herringbone all weather rug, the cubby idea…Charleigh Mims
This is good looking and affords good storage, like the bead board detail
Like the idea of separate “cubbies” feels like a pretty locker room!
This is clever and space saving for a family that has lots of boots!
Love all the baskets, looks great with the rich wood, Nest woodowrking
Love the separate chalkboards on this wall! Vallon Designs
Fun lighting, small cubbies and a bench in the middle is a great setup for a mudroom!
Love the stainless top, the shelves of baskets and floor to ceiling bulletin board, practical meets beauty
You can get creative with the hooks too, these cute leaf hooks add a little pizazz to a mudroom
A great example of how adding wallpaper and a fun light fixture can dress up even a laundry room, Elle Decor
Even when space is very limited, you can maximize by adding a pull up bench, coat hooks and extra shelving…this is great looking, the beadboard completes the space
Love the rich warm woods with the slate flooring, great rustic lantern is the crowning touch! Veranda
This is a beautiful laundry room, crisp, white and bright as well as ultra spacious with its own island which probably doubles as a folding table…..Decorpad
This mudroom even includes a narrow computer desk under the window…clever!
A great example of a fairly small storage unit that when laid out properly can fit a nice amount of clothing, shoes and equipment…baskets are a great idea!
Granted this mudroom is the size of many living rooms but I like how they warmed up the abundance of storage using rich warm woods, in white it might appear cold.?
A mirror is a very good idea for those last minute checkups as are the folder holders for odds and ends
This is like a mini epicenter where everything is obviously very organized, Martha Stewart
Love this idea of famiy pictures perched above this great looking bench in this mudroom, it adds such personality to the space!
Even if you don’t have built ins, a wide chest with baskets underneath can do the trick,?
Pottery Barn
This is cute, each family member has their own “cubbie” and cubicle with storage
A chalk board is a fun and great idea especially for young kids, House and Bath ideas
Even when you dont’ have floor to ceiling built?ins, an extra ?long shelf with plenty of hooks can afford great storage and keep the area not feeling cluttered, Skona Hem
Great looking…love the idea of adding a painted piece as an accent, House of Turquoise
Though this feels a little dark, I do love the dog bath in the corner….such a great perk!
If you can fit in a bench, its a very practical thing to have….this one is cute with the numbers, Working woman
Chinoiserie in a laundry room? Proves there are no limits! Draza Stamanich
How about stenciling a cute and whimsical message atop the mudroom door? Love it!
So what do you think? Do you have some proven tips that work in a mud room that you like to implement? Please share your ideas…what are the absolute necessities? Always enjoy hearing what you have to say. Wishing everyone an enchanted Friday!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning everyone! I  hope everyone is having a great week. Mine has been good, hectic, crazy and productive. As I say nearly every week, my weeks are mostly consumed with “house biz” but I have managed to do some fun things too, I have learned if one thing, that we must make time to take care of ourselves and do something fun and enjoyable every now and then,  whether its indulging in an afternoon movie-check, a great book-check, a long leisurely lunch with a treasured friend-check, dinner with hubby with a great bottle of wine-check and a little shopping spree-check! 
So you know some of what I have been up to this week, mind you its not been all fun and games. Not to fear there has been tons of stress as well (think backed up cesspools, a total utter mess and feeling a little under the weather but having to plug ahead) and all this while juggling many other obligations, things I am involved in, trying to make book club meetings and figuring out what I am going to do with myself when I move! I have thankfully, some interesting opportunities but want to take it one step at a time. Enough about me…hows your week going? Have you discovered anything that’s worth sharing? Do tell…you know I love learning about all kinds of new happenings! Lots of randomness here so here it goes……

Before we begin, I know everyone loves to see the results of this weeks “Which would you choose” so here are the four finalists-

                                                 1st place  with a whopping 45 votes

2nd place with 32 votes
3rd place with 26 votes
Tied for 4th place with 22 votes each
Thanks for participating..did your favorite make it? Until next weeks “which would you choose”….

HOUSE UPDATES. This feels like that 5 steps forward 2 steps backward kind of thing. A lot has gotten done, but now its mostly covered. Our beautiful staircase and railing covered. My beloved old stone floors covered. My stunning new iron front door covered. My newly stained gorgeous wood floors covered. My beautiful marble counter tops covered. I just want to have a paper and cardboard ripping session and just like a madwomen go throughout the house and rip away all the coverings. However truth be told, if it was all removed, you would see lots of progress has been made. Upstairs doorknobs are being put on, a sure sign that the end is near. Carpeting getting put in later this week, another good sign. Search still on for marble island, going look at a few things later this week. Fingers crossed. Limestone finally has gotten started for surround but this will be no easy feat. I know understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day! Many many parts and pieces all over, most in but some we are still waiting to finish carving on…..ugh, more waiting!  The stain totally done in family room…looks fabulous. So below some highlights, bear in mind a lot of the house is “under wraps” now, even the kitchen now…so took a few final pictures until the unveiling!  I think I have talked enough, let me show you!

Take a good look at that white range, you won’t see it next week!

Sconces for upstairs hallway
A gorgeous fabric contender for library eventually when we get around to it!
Totally using this velvet, looooove it, its actually a very dark Loden green

A close up of the beginning stage of the limestone

Eventual mantle to be installed hopefully in about 3-4 weeks!
Looking from room into kitchen

This picture accurately shows the color

                           Very blurry close up of hardware, pulls so far have gone on, knobs to come-

Wow my photography skills suck! Sorry for the blurry and crooked pics..gotta step it up!

A VERY ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY. OK, a disclaimer….this is almost comical in some instances. Well I take it back, it IS comical. But highly entertaining if you don’t get nauseous first. This is all about the ultra high stakes game of getting your three old into one of the best pre schools in Manhattan. Mind you, this “game” starts at about an hour after these babies are born, I kid you not. A friend who lives in the city and whose children attend one of these “trophy” schools told me about this film and I really enjoyed it all the while kissing the ground that I am not living in NYC with a 3 year old right now. (For the record we moved out when my eldest was 1 and looking at preschools was not on my radar-call me negligent). So if this sounds like something you might enjoy, its called “Nursery University” (could not be more apropos). It is available on Netflix and it is quite amusing.  Proceed at your own risk:)

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM A KIND BLOGGING FRIEND. You know how you just “connect”with certain people though you have never met, you are just certain that you would become great friends if you lived nearby. Well, I am lucky to say I feel that way about quite a few of my blogging friends, one of whom is the lovely Barbara from Haus Design ( a great blog if you haven’t visited). Well, Barbara surprised me and sent me the most beautiful linen table runner/tablecloth!! It is old and apparently from an old palace in Bavaria….and I am so humbled and honored that she thought to send it to me.  I promise your kindness will be remembered every time I see it!! You too can be the recipient of Barbara’s talented and honed eye for beauty…she is soon opening her online store, Linen Haus

A GREAT NEW COOKBOOK AND A FEW NEW BOOKS ON THEIR WAY. You know my penchant for a bevy of random books. I got the new Beekman  cookbook and am loving it, great recipes, interesting tidbits about their farm,etc..great gift idea too! Then on their way are two very interesting and entertaining books below which I cannot wait to delve into……

And I am waiting on these two random but what I know will be entertaining reads….
This is about  13 short stories from women of all ages, talking about their life, food and their issues with dieting, body image,love, letting go, and loss.  I know this is going to be a fun read!
And then for anyone who enjoys wine and reading more about it, this is a true story about 3 very rare bottles of Chateau Lafite found in a Parisian basement thought to have been bought originally by Thomas Jefferson. This story with a twist ends in a crazy lawsuit…to know the rest we will need to read it, which I plan on doing….I think this sounds totally fascinating!
SOME PRETTY SPIFFY HARDWARE. I have been really lax about the hardware for my bathroom and  hubbies (though I think I squared his away, just went classic, masculine and traditional) but for mine I wanted something a little different, something feminine, old world, classic and timeless. I must hand credit to Anthropologie they really do get some very unique things in and by chance I found this scrumptious hardware, which I have ordered one’s of to give it a try. What do you think? Who knew!!

Great looking mercury glass knob

This crystal is timeless

A knob with your initial…how sweet!

Delicate with a pretty vintage vibe

Maybe a powder room? So pretty with the cut crystal

Loving this pull….ordered one to try for my vanity.
MY LANTERNS FOR MY KITCHEN! I am very very excited to present to you my lanterns that are on their way to my kitchen!! These are exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled to have found them. Let me present the newest addition to my  house family…..
AND FINALLY…..A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY. TODAY folks is the last day to leave your comment on Facebook for Safavieh F to be eligible for this oh so beautiful telephone table!! I will draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and announce the lucky winner Friday morning. Good luck! Here is the low down…..

Now onto a fabulous giveaway, Safavieh has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)





TO ENTER:
1. Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com
2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.
3. Click here to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol)  to take you there.
4. You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.
5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!


OK everyone…that’s this Thursday for me! Hope you are having a wonderful week, and please let me know if there is something you want to share!

ONE MORE THING…….

OK OK….I know you thought I forgot. I didn’t, several of you were intrigued by my oatmeal cookie binge. Yes they really were THAT good. With an iced cold glass of milk, right out of the oven, these babies blow therapy away. (Have never been but many of my friends do and swear by it) Well I have a cheap and yummy alternative! So without delay, in case I have passed the cookie craving onto you, here is the recipe, originally found over at the great blog,  Splendid Market….I substituted the chocolate chips for nuts and left half just plain oatmeal. Make them, you won’t be sorry….they were worth every calorie. 


Selma?s Best Oatmeal Cookies, ala Splendid Market
1 cup (2 sticks) salted, softened butter?
1 cup sugar?
1/2 cup brown sugar?
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 cups flour?
1 tsp. baking soda?
1/4 tsp. salt?
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats?
3/4 cup chocolate chips?
1 tsp. vanilla
?              Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C).
?              Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar
?              Create a bowl in the center of the creamed mixture, beat the egg and then blend the egg and vanilla into this mixture.
?              In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture.
?              Add oats, chocolate chips.
?              Next, Selma says to chill the dough for 1 hour, and put walnut sized pieces on a baking sheet. Then butter the bottom of a small glass and dip it in sugar, and flatten each cookie with the glass. I have had fine results just dropping spoonfuls of the dough onto a silpat covered baking sheet, and skipping the sugared glass step.

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning everyone! I ?hope everyone is having a great week. Mine has been good, hectic, crazy and productive. As I say nearly every week, my weeks are mostly consumed with “house biz” but I have managed to do some fun things too, I have learned if one thing, that we must make time to take care of ourselves and do something fun and enjoyable every now and then, ?whether its indulging in an afternoon movie-check, a great book-check, a long leisurely lunch with a treasured friend-check, dinner with?hubby with a great bottle of wine-check and a little shopping spree-check!?

So you know some of what I have been up to this week, mind you its not been all fun and games. Not to fear there has been tons of stress as well (think backed up cesspools, a total utter mess and feeling a little under the weather but having to plug ahead)?and all this while juggling many other obligations, things I am involved in, trying to make book club meetings and figuring out what I am going to do with myself when I move! I have thankfully, some interesting opportunities but want to take it one step at a time. Enough about me…hows your week going? Have you discovered anything that’s worth sharing? Do tell…you know I love learning about all kinds of new happenings! Lots of randomness here so here it goes……



Before we begin, I know everyone loves to see the results of this weeks “Which would you choose” so here are the four finalists-



? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?1st place ?with a whopping 45 votes

2nd place with 32 votes
3rd place with 26 votes
Tied for 4th place with?22 votes each
Thanks for participating..did your favorite make it? Until next weeks “which would you choose”….

HOUSE UPDATES. This feels like that 5 steps forward 2 steps backward kind of thing. A lot has gotten done, but now its mostly covered. Our beautiful staircase and railing covered. My beloved old stone floors covered. My stunning new iron front door covered. My newly stained gorgeous wood floors covered. My beautiful marble counter tops covered. I just want to have a paper and cardboard ripping session and just like a madwomen go throughout the house and rip away all the coverings. However truth be told, if it was all removed, you would see lots of progress has been made. Upstairs doorknobs are being put on, a sure sign that the end is near. Carpeting getting put in later this week, another?good sign. Search still on for marble island, going look at a few things later this week. Fingers crossed. Limestone finally has gotten started for surround but this will be no easy feat. I know understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day! Many many parts and pieces all over, most in but some we are still waiting to finish carving on…..ugh, more waiting! ?The stain totally done in family room…looks fabulous. So below some highlights, bear in mind a lot of the house is “under wraps” now, even the kitchen now…so took a few final pictures until the unveiling! ?I think I have talked enough, let me show you!



Take a good look at that white range, you won’t see it next week!

Sconces for upstairs hallway
A gorgeous fabric contender for library eventually when we get around to it!
Totally using this velvet, looooove it, its actually a very dark Loden green

A close up of the beginning stage of the limestone

Eventual mantle to be installed hopefully in about 3-4 weeks!
Looking from room into kitchen

This picture accurately shows the color

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Very blurry close up of hardware, pulls so far have gone on, knobs to come-

Wow my photography skills suck! Sorry for the blurry and crooked pics..gotta step it up!

A VERY ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY. OK, a disclaimer….this is almost comical in some instances. Well I take it back, it IS comical. But highly entertaining if you don’t get nauseous first. This is all about the ultra high stakes game of getting your three old into one of the best pre schools in Manhattan. Mind you, this “game” starts at about an hour after these babies are born, I kid you not. A friend who lives in the city and whose children attend one of these “trophy” schools told me about this film and I really enjoyed it all the while kissing the ground that I am not living in NYC with a 3 year old right now. (For the record we moved out when my eldest was 1 and looking at preschools was not on my radar-call me negligent). So if this sounds like something you might enjoy, its called “Nursery University” (could not be more apropos). It is available on Netflix and it is quite amusing. ?Proceed at your own risk:)

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM A KIND BLOGGING FRIEND. You know how you just “connect”with certain people though you have never met, you are just certain that you would become great friends if you lived nearby. Well, I am lucky to say I feel that way about quite a few of my blogging friends, one of whom is the lovely Barbara from Haus Design ( a great blog if you haven’t visited). Well, Barbara surprised me and sent me the most beautiful linen table runner/tablecloth!! It is old and apparently from an old palace in Bavaria….and I am so humbled and honored that she thought to send it to me. ?I promise your kindness will be remembered every time I see it!! You too can be the recipient of Barbara’s talented and honed eye for beauty…she is soon opening her online store, Linen Haus

A GREAT NEW COOKBOOK AND A FEW NEW BOOKS ON THEIR WAY. You know my penchant for a bevy of random books. I got the new Beekman ?cookbook and am loving it, great recipes, interesting tidbits about their farm,etc..great gift idea too!?Then on their way are two very interesting and entertaining books below which I cannot wait to delve into……

And I am waiting on these two random but what I know will be entertaining reads….
This is about ?13 short stories from women of all ages, talking about their life, food and their issues with dieting, body image,love, letting go, and loss. ?I know this is going to be a fun read!
And then for anyone who enjoys wine and reading more about it, this is a true story about 3 very rare bottles of Chateau Lafite found in a Parisian basement thought to have been bought originally by Thomas Jefferson. This story with?a twist ends in a crazy lawsuit…to know the rest we will need to read it, which I plan on doing….I think this sounds totally fascinating!
SOME PRETTY SPIFFY HARDWARE. I have been really lax about the hardware for my bathroom and ?hubbies (though I think I squared his away, just went classic, masculine and traditional) but for mine I wanted something a little different, something feminine, old world, classic and timeless. I must hand credit to Anthropologie they really do get some very unique things in and by chance I found this scrumptious hardware, which I have ordered one’s of to give it a try. What do you think? Who knew!!

Great looking mercury glass knob

This crystal is timeless

A knob with your initial…how sweet!

Delicate with a pretty vintage vibe

Maybe a powder room? So pretty with the cut crystal

Loving this pull….ordered one to try for my vanity.
MY LANTERNS FOR MY KITCHEN! I am very very excited to present to you my lanterns that are on their way to my kitchen!! These are exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled to have found them. Let me present the newest addition to my ?house family…..
AND FINALLY…..A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY. TODAY folks is the last day to leave your comment on Facebook for Safavieh F to be eligible for this oh so beautiful telephone table!! I will draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and announce the lucky winner Friday morning. Good luck! Here is the low down…..

Now onto a fabulous giveaway,?Safavieh?has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)






TO ENTER:

1. Visit Safavieh at?www.safaviehhome.com

2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.

3. Click?here?to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol) ?to take you there.

4.?You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.

5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!





OK everyone…that’s this Thursday for me! Hope you are having a wonderful week, and please let me know if there is something you want to share!



ONE MORE THING…….

OK OK….I know you thought I forgot. I didn’t, several of you were intrigued by my oatmeal cookie binge. Yes they really were THAT good. With an iced cold glass of milk, right out of the?oven, these babies blow therapy away. (Have never been but many of my friends do and swear by it) Well I have a cheap and yummy alternative! So without delay, in case I have passed the cookie craving onto you, here is the recipe, originally found over at the great blog,??Splendid Market….I substituted the chocolate chips for nuts and left half just plain oatmeal. Make them, you won’t be sorry….they were worth every calorie.?






Selma?s Best Oatmeal Cookies,?ala Splendid Market

1 cup (2 sticks) salted, softened butter?

1 cup sugar?

1/2 cup brown sugar?

1 beaten egg

1 1/2 cups flour?

1 tsp. baking soda?

1/4 tsp. salt?

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats?

3/4 cup chocolate chips?

1 tsp. vanilla

???????????????Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C).

???????????????Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar

???????????????Create a bowl in the center of the creamed mixture, beat the egg?and then blend the egg?and vanilla?into this mixture.
???????????????In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture.

???????????????Add oats, chocolate chips.

???????????????Next, Selma says to chill the dough for 1 hour, and put walnut sized pieces on a baking sheet. Then butter the bottom of a small glass and dip it in sugar, and flatten each cookie with the glass. I have had fine results just dropping spoonfuls of the dough onto a silpat covered baking sheet, and skipping the sugared glass step.

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Which would you choose?

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone enjoyed the interview with charming Debbie from Inspired Design yesterday and as a few people noted, isn’t it funny how so many of my “interviewees” loved The Notebook (yours truly included)? So in honor of that interesting tidbit,  I plan on watching it again tonight. And yes, I just know it will be officially  as good the 8th time as it was the first! Also did you read my “fall favorites” post over at the wonderful Chic Coastal Living blog yesterday? Click here to see.  And finally, do not be left out of a chance to win the wonderful Safavieh table giveaway…all the juicy details at end of this post!

Its that time again….and this weeks post is coming off the heels of everyone last week having selected their dream kitchen  to do prep work in for that wonderful no stress dinner party you are hosting. Well, fast forward to the evening and you have slaved over all of your tapas delights (a glass of wine as company has made all the prep work quite fun)  and alas the sun is setting, the candles throughout the house are getting lit,the wine is aerating, and you just cranked up the boss nova to set the tone for the elegant and fun evening that lies ahead. Now its time to select that dining room where you will be wining and dining your lucky guests for the night! So you know the drill, feast your eyes on these stunning dining rooms, something for everyone and tell me which would you choose as your dining room for the evening? Can’t wait to see which are the top contenders!

                                                            CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4

                                                                 CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
So……which is it? If you had to choose just one? I know its very difficult, I kept scrolling up and down, narrowing it down from six (its a start) to three, having a hard time to say just one but promise I will reveal my top fave (or two)  when I reveal the results in a few days. So spill the beans and tell me what is is about the dining room you have chosen that you love! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
GIVEAWAY LOW DOWN……

Now onto a fabulous giveaway, Safavieh has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)


TO ENTER:
1. Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com
2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.
3. Click here to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol)  to take you there.
4. You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.
5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!Photobucket

Which would you choose?

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone enjoyed the interview with charming Debbie from Inspired Design yesterday and as a few people noted, isn’t it funny how so many of my “interviewees” loved The Notebook (yours truly included)? So in honor of that interesting tidbit, ?I plan on watching it again?tonight. And yes, I just know it will be officially ?as good the 8th time as it was the first! Also did you read my “fall favorites” post over at the wonderful Chic Coastal Living blog yesterday? Click here to see. ?And finally, do not be left out of a chance to win the wonderful Safavieh table giveaway…all the juicy details at end of this post!

Its that time again….and this weeks post is coming off the?heels of everyone last week having selected their dream kitchen ?to do prep work in for that wonderful no stress dinner party you are hosting. Well, fast forward to the evening and you have slaved over all of your tapas delights (a glass of wine as company has made all the prep work quite fun) ?and alas the sun is setting, the candles throughout the house are getting lit,the wine is aerating, and you just cranked up the boss nova to set the tone for the elegant and fun evening that lies ahead. Now its time to select that dining room where you will be wining and dining your lucky guests for the night! So you know the drill, feast your eyes on these stunning dining rooms, something for everyone and tell me which would you choose as your dining room for the evening??Can’t wait to see which are the top contenders!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
So……which is it? If you had to choose just one? I know its very difficult, I kept scrolling up and down, narrowing it down from six (its a start) to three, having a hard time to say just one but promise I will reveal my top fave (or two) ?when I reveal the results in a few days. So spill the beans and tell me what is is about the dining room you have chosen that you love! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
GIVEAWAY LOW DOWN……

Now onto a fabulous giveaway,?Safavieh?has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)



TO ENTER:

1. Visit Safavieh at?www.safaviehhome.com

2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.

3. Click?here?to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol) ?to take you there.

4.?You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.


5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!Photobucket