Guest posting today at Party Resources and my mid week musings…

Hi, and happy Friday,  hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend!! We are getting away for a couple of days and hope to beat the traffic.  I was going to keep my current post running through the weekend but remembered I have a really neat guest post over at Party Resources, definitely one of my favorite blogs for all kinds of fabulous entertaining tips, awesome food and menu ideas and a chic inside take on all kinds of fabulous destinations. Here’s a sneak peek of my post……….

Kate’s new series is entitled “I do II” and I am honored to be helping her kick it off! Its all about how we would plan our wedding if we were to get married again! It was great fun to prepare (as I love anything to do with weddings and often fantasize about how I would really do it, given the chance) so this was the next best thing.  I do hope you will take a peek, click here to visit. For those of you who did not see my mid week musings post…here it is! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, I will be back on Sunday and will try to pop in and say hello. Enjoy summers last hurrah:)
Here’s my mid week musings post in case you missed it………….


Hi there, how are you? Hope you are having a great week…any exciting Labor day plans coming up? We are supposed to be heading to my sisters beach house, and I cannot wait. I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation and some summer fun. No time like the last weekend of summer to start enjoying it:)  Today is as always a random post about a few different things, so lets get started!!
OK I am seriously in love, in love I tell you with my new window seat! Makes me do  my happy dance every time I walk by it……I had done the cushion but just got some of my pillows made, I had them cut out scenes from the Brunschig and Fils window seat fabric and added trim to the velvet and had bolster made and am waiting on the other blue and white vase pillow. Now that these are in place, I can figure out what I am doing for the window…I am inclined to go simple as to not take away from the beauty of the window seat and pillows….so here it is! (still experimenting with different sized pictures….hence the different sizes here) Most seem to like the enlarged pictures.

I think the pillows and what I did with them have a very “Charles Faudree” vibe going on!
Got the pretty faucet installed on my vanity in the powder room….slowly one thing at at time, its coming together. Waiting on the Chinoiserie mirror we ordered and chandelier, then we are done!
Dough bowls……got in my first order, seriously gorgeous. Worth naming each and every one and calling them my own, and don’t you know I wanted to keep them ALL! I did keep one for myself and there are so many wonderful ways to use them, I put some flowers in and it looked so pretty. For those of who waiting for me to get more,  I promise working on and hope to have more fingers crossed, next week!
Finally finished my little DIY project, with my mirror rosettes. OK, OK I know this is not a huge DIY like some who tackle entire pieces of furniture or other big projects..but this was a victory for me because I had such a hard time finding this darn rosette and lo and behold found it in such an unsuspecting place. Armed with a glue gun, I got to work and love the result! Decided on the originals, after trying several different ones. Funny how we often go back to the first, isn’t it? So here it is all done…..only waiting on my sconces and chandelier and its a wrap! 
A  few taken later that afternoon…love the late day light.
Barstools.….finally decided on this one from Vanguard. I am wavering between a few fabrics, I know I want something simple Becca’s remember the blue and white Brunschwig fabric going up on my kitchen window has a lot of pattern. I see something simple and fell in love with this grain sack French fabric from Kravet. I don’t at all want it to feel gimmicky but at the same time KNOW it will look fabulous, it will understated and beautiful on this chair….and i love the way the natural color goes with my floors and the mix of cools and warms. Here it is and the chair…
Draped it over the current chair so you could get an idea, its absolutely understated but think it works…thoughts?
Remember how I was thinking of switching the hardware on my island? Well I think I made up on my mind. Here’s one of the cup bins in the ant. brass to give you an idea. It definitely pops against the black whereas the oil rubbed bronze gets lost. The big handle is on top of the countertop that I would use for towels to be hung off the island…thoughts?
Taken with the iPhone, so the quality is so so.

Store biz……the kitchen/bar towels have arrived! Many of you inquired about them…they will be up for sale next week. Here’s a sampling……
When we were in the city over the weekend, we were near our old stomping grounds and I was shocked to see the most beautiful Food Emporium (my old regular supermarket when I lived in NY) transformed under the 59th st bridge. I mean seriously it would make supermarket shopping a royal treat, the architecture alone is worth the trip. Took these two pics with my iPhone.

Also visiting a friend yesterday, look at her view from her living room patio. How gorgeous is it! I told her I feel like I am in Lake Como every time I visit her…only thing missing is George Clooney:)
Tonight I am trying this recipe (from Bon Appeit), sounded too good to not make. Heard the lemon gives it that refreshing zing to make this a winner. I used to have the recipe for something very similar that was out of this world…so here it is just in case you want to try it too!
Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
yield: Makes 4 servings
active time: 40 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
Pancetta (Italian bacon) is available in the deli section of many markets.
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or penne
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

print a shopping list for this recipeview wine pairings

preparation

Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet. Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saut? 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; saut? until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta. Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over. Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese

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Guest posting today at Party Resources and my mid week musings…

Hi, and happy Friday, ?hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend!! We are getting away for a couple of days and hope to beat the traffic. ?I was going to keep my current post running through the weekend but remembered I have a really neat guest post over at Party Resources, definitely one of my favorite blogs for all kinds of fabulous entertaining tips, awesome food and menu ideas and a chic inside take on all kinds of fabulous destinations. Here’s a sneak peek of my post……….


Kate’s new series is entitled “I do II” and I am honored to be helping her kick it off! Its all about how we would plan our wedding if we were to get married again! It was great fun to prepare (as I love anything to do with weddings and often fantasize about how I would really do it, given the chance) so this was the next best thing. ?I do hope you will take a peek, click here to visit. For those of you who did not see my mid week musings post…here it is! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, I will be back on Sunday and will try to pop in and say hello. Enjoy summers last hurrah:)









Here’s my mid week musings post in case you missed it………….








Hi there, how are you? Hope you are having a great week…any exciting Labor day plans coming up? We are supposed to be heading to my sisters beach house, and I cannot wait. I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation and some summer fun. No time like the last weekend of summer to start enjoying it:) ?Today is as always a random post about a few different things, so lets get started!!









OK?I am seriously in love, in love I tell you with my new window seat! Makes me do ?my happy dance every time I walk by it……I had done the cushion but just got some of my pillows made, I had them cut out scenes from the Brunschig and Fils window seat fabric and added trim to?the velvet and had bolster made and am waiting on the other blue and white vase pillow. Now that these are in place, I can figure out what I am doing for the window…I am inclined to go simple as to not take away from the beauty of the window seat and pillows….so here it is! (still experimenting with different sized pictures….hence the different sizes here) Most seem to like the enlarged pictures.

I think the pillows and what I did with them have a very “Charles Faudree” vibe going on!
Got?the pretty faucet installed on my vanity in the powder room….slowly one thing at at time, its coming together. Waiting on the Chinoiserie?mirror we ordered and chandelier, then we are done!
Dough?bowls……got in my first order, seriously gorgeous. Worth naming each and every one and calling them my own, and don’t you know I wanted to keep them ALL! I did keep one for myself and there are so many wonderful ways to use them, I put some flowers in and it looked so pretty. For those of who waiting for me to get more, ?I promise working on and hope to have more fingers crossed, next week!
Finally?finished my little DIY project, with my mirror rosettes. OK, OK I know this is not a huge DIY like some who tackle entire pieces of furniture or other big projects..but this was a victory for me because I had such a hard time finding this darn rosette and lo and behold found it in such an unsuspecting place. Armed with?a glue gun, I got to work and love the result! Decided on the originals, after trying several different ones. Funny how we often go back to the first, isn’t it? So here it is all done…..only waiting on my sconces and chandelier and its a wrap!?
A ?few taken later that afternoon…love the late day light.
Barstools.….finally decided on this one from Vanguard. I am wavering between a few fabrics, I know I want something simple Becca’s remember the blue and white Brunschwig fabric going up on my kitchen window has a lot of pattern. I see something simple and fell in love with this grain sack French fabric from Kravet. I don’t at all want it to feel gimmicky but at the same time KNOW it will look fabulous, it will understated and beautiful on this chair….and i love the way the natural color goes with my floors and the mix of cools and warms. Here it is and the chair…
Draped it over the current chair so you could get an idea, its absolutely understated but think it works…thoughts?
Remember?how I was thinking of switching the hardware on my island? Well I think I made up on my mind. Here’s one of the cup bins in the ant. brass to give you an idea. It definitely pops against the black whereas the oil rubbed bronze gets lost. The big handle is on top of the countertop that I would use for towels to be hung off the island…thoughts?
Taken with the iPhone, so the quality is so so.

Store?biz……the kitchen/bar towels have arrived! Many of you inquired about them…they will be up for sale next week. Here’s a sampling……
When?we were in the city over the weekend, we were near our old stomping grounds and I was shocked to see the most beautiful Food Emporium (my old regular supermarket when I lived in NY) transformed under the 59th st bridge. I mean seriously it would make supermarket shopping a royal treat, the architecture alone is worth the trip. Took these two pics with my iPhone.

Also?visiting a friend yesterday, look at her view from her living room patio. How gorgeous is it! I told her I feel like I am in Lake Como every time I visit her…only thing missing is George Clooney:)
Tonight?I am trying this recipe (from Bon Appeit), sounded too good to not make. Heard the lemon gives it that refreshing zing to make this a winner. I used to have the recipe for something very similar?that was out of this world…so here it is just in case you want to try it too!
Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
yield:?Makes 4 servings
active time:?40 minutes
total time:?40 minutes
Pancetta (Italian bacon) is available in the deli section of many markets.
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or penne
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

print a shopping list for this recipeview wine pairings

preparation

Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet. Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saut? 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; saut? until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta. Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over. Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese



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Mid week musings……….

Hi there, how are you? Hope you are having a great week…any exciting Labor day plans coming up? We are supposed to be heading to my sisters beach house, and I cannot wait. I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation and some summer fun. No time like the last weekend of summer to start enjoying it:)  Today is as always a random post about a few different things, so lets get started!!
OK I am seriously in love, in love I tell you with my new window seat! Makes me do  my happy dance every time I walk by it……I had done the cushion but just got some of my pillows made, I had them cut out scenes from the Brunschig and Fils window seat fabric and added trim to the velvet and had bolster made and am waiting on the other blue and white vase pillow. Now that these are in place, I can figure out what I am doing for the window…I am inclined to go simple as to not take away from the beauty of the window seat and pillows….so here it is! (still experimenting with different sized pictures….hence the different sizes here) Most seem to like the enlarged pictures.

I think the pillows and what I did with them have a very “Charles Faudree” vibe going on!

Got the pretty faucet installed on my vanity in the powder room….slowly one thing at at time, its coming together. Waiting on the Chinoiserie mirror we ordered and chandelier, then we are done!
Dough bowls……got in my first order, seriously gorgeous. Worth naming each and every one and calling them my own, and don’t you know I wanted to keep them ALL! I did keep one for myself and there are so many wonderful ways to use them, I put some flowers in and it looked so pretty. For those of who waiting for me to get more,  I promise working on and hope to have more fingers crossed, next week!

Finally finished my little DIY project, with my mirror rosettes. OK, OK I know this is not a huge DIY like some who tackle entire pieces of furniture or other big projects..but this was a victory for me because I had such a hard time finding this darn rosette and lo and behold found it in such an unsuspecting place. Armed with a glue gun, I got to work and love the result! Decided on the originals, after trying several different ones. Funny how we often go back to the first, isn’t it? So here it is all done…..only waiting on my sconces and chandelier and its a wrap! 

A  few taken later that afternoon…love the late day light.
Barstools.….finally decided on this one from Vanguard. I am wavering between a few fabrics, I know I want something simple Becca’s remember the blue and white Brunschwig fabric going up on my kitchen window has a lot of pattern. I see something simple and fell in love with this grain sack French fabric from Kravet. I don’t at all want it to feel gimmicky but at the same time KNOW it will look fabulous, it will understated and beautiful on this chair….and i love the way the natural color goes with my floors and the mix of cools and warms. Here it is and the chair…

Draped it over the current chair so you could get an idea, its absolutely understated but think it works…thoughts?

Remember how I was thinking of switching the hardware on my island? Well I think I made up on my mind. Here’s one of the cup bins in the ant. brass to give you an idea. It definitely pops against the black whereas the oil rubbed bronze gets lost. The big handle is on top of the countertop that I would use for towels to be hung off the island…thoughts?

Taken with the iPhone, so the quality is so so.


Store biz……the kitchen/bar towels have arrived! Many of you inquired about them…they will be up for sale next week. Here’s a sampling……

When we were in the city over the weekend, we were near our old stomping grounds and I was shocked to see the most beautiful Food Emporium (my old regular supermarket when I lived in NY) transformed under the 59th st bridge. I mean seriously it would make supermarket shopping a royal treat, the architecture alone is worth the trip. Took these two pics with my iPhone.

Also visiting a friend yesterday, look at her view from her living room patio. How gorgeous is it! I told her I feel like I am in Lake Como every time I visit her…only thing missing is George Clooney:)
Tonight I am trying this recipe (from Bon Appeit), sounded too good to not make. Heard the lemon gives it that refreshing zing to make this a winner. I used to have the recipe for something very similar that was out of this world…so here it is just in case you want to try it too!
Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
yield: Makes 4 servings
active time: 40 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
Pancetta (Italian bacon) is available in the deli section of many markets.
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or penne
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

print a shopping list for this recipeview wine pairings

preparation

Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet. Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saut? 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; saut? until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta. Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over. Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese


So…that’s what new here, whats on your agenda for Labor day weekend? Is it going to be a chill weekend at home, are you entertaining or are you being wined and dined? I think we are headed to my sisters beach house and I am looking forward.  I am also hoping to head  off to Brimfield Antiques fair for a few days next week….cannot wait! Wishing you a fabulous day………

Mid week musings……….

Hi there, how are you? Hope you are having a great week…any exciting Labor day plans coming up? We are supposed to be heading to my sisters beach house, and I cannot wait. I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation and some summer fun. No time like the last weekend of summer to start enjoying it:) ?Today is as always a random post about a few different things, so lets get started!!







OK I am seriously in love, in love I tell you with my new window seat! Makes me do ?my happy dance every time I walk by it……I had done the cushion but just got some of my pillows made, I had them cut out scenes from the Brunschig and Fils window seat fabric and added trim to?the velvet and had bolster made and am waiting on the other blue and white vase pillow. Now that these are in place, I can figure out what I am doing for the window…I am inclined to go simple as to not take away from the beauty of the window seat and pillows….so here it is! (still experimenting with different sized pictures….hence the different sizes here) Most seem to like the enlarged pictures.

I think the pillows and what I did with them have a very “Charles Faudree” vibe going on!

Got the pretty faucet installed on my vanity in the powder room….slowly one thing at at time, its coming together. Waiting on the Chinoiserie?mirror we ordered and chandelier, then we are done!
Dough bowls……got in my first order, seriously gorgeous. Worth naming each and every one and calling them my own, and don’t you know I wanted to keep them ALL! I did keep one for myself and there are so many wonderful ways to use them, I put some flowers in and it looked so pretty. For those of who waiting for me to get more, ?I promise working on and hope to have more fingers crossed, next week!

Finally finished my little DIY project, with my mirror rosettes. OK, OK I know this is not a huge DIY like some who tackle entire pieces of furniture or other big projects..but this was a victory for me because I had such a hard time finding this darn rosette and lo and behold found it in such an unsuspecting place. Armed with?a glue gun, I got to work and love the result! Decided on the originals, after trying several different ones. Funny how we often go back to the first, isn’t it? So here it is all done…..only waiting on my sconces and chandelier and its a wrap!?

A ?few taken later that afternoon…love the late day light.
Barstools.….finally decided on this one from Vanguard. I am wavering between a few fabrics, I know I want something simple Becca’s remember the blue and white Brunschwig fabric going up on my kitchen window has a lot of pattern. I see something simple and fell in love with this grain sack French fabric from Kravet. I don’t at all want it to feel gimmicky but at the same time KNOW it will look fabulous, it will understated and beautiful on this chair….and i love the way the natural color goes with my floors and the mix of cools and warms. Here it is and the chair…

Draped it over the current chair so you could get an idea, its absolutely understated but think it works…thoughts?

Remember how I was thinking of switching the hardware on my island? Well I think I made up on my mind. Here’s one of the cup bins in the ant. brass to give you an idea. It definitely pops against the black whereas the oil rubbed bronze gets lost. The big handle is on top of the countertop that I would use for towels to be hung off the island…thoughts?

Taken with the iPhone, so the quality is so so.


Store biz……the kitchen/bar towels have arrived! Many of you inquired about them…they will be up for sale next week. Here’s a sampling……

When we were in the city over the weekend, we were near our old stomping grounds and I was shocked to see the most beautiful Food Emporium (my old regular supermarket when I lived in NY) transformed under the 59th st bridge. I mean seriously it would make supermarket shopping a royal treat, the architecture alone is worth the trip. Took these two pics with my iPhone.

Also visiting a friend yesterday, look at her view from her living room patio. How gorgeous is it! I told her I feel like I am in Lake Como every time I visit her…only thing missing is George Clooney:)
Tonight I am trying this recipe (from Bon Appeit), sounded too good to not make. Heard the lemon gives it that refreshing zing to make this a winner. I used to have the recipe for something very similar?that was out of this world…so here it is just in case you want to try it too!
Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
yield:?Makes 4 servings
active time:?40 minutes
total time:?40 minutes
Pancetta (Italian bacon) is available in the deli section of many markets.
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or penne
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

print a shopping list for this recipeview wine pairings

preparation

Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet. Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saut? 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; saut? until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta. Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over. Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese


So…that’s what new here, whats on your agenda for Labor day weekend? Is it going to be a chill weekend at home, are you entertaining or are you being wined and dined? I think we are headed to my sisters beach house and I am looking forward. ?I am also hoping to head ?off to?Brimfield?Antiques fair for a few days next week….cannot wait! Wishing you a fabulous day………

A perfect summer day with Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good morning! Today I am tickled pink to present yet another wonderful “A perfect summer day” post! Say hello to a very stylish and fabulous friend, Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips. Someone so many of us know and love, and someone who always seems to have a beautiful approach to all she does. So its no surprise that her idea of a perfect summer day has me dreaming in a big way!
Pretty Pink Tulips is such a pretty and fresh take on Elizabeth’s graceful style, where she dishes about everything from her own home to fabulous  parties, all kinds of chic resources thrown in with a little bit of travel and it goes on. I am always interested in hearing what she has to say. If you don’t know of Pretty Pink Tulips….you must visit! Click here to say hi to Elizabeth. Enough of me lets get started with this perfect summer day, Elizabeth take it away………
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Hi everyone! I’ve had so much fun imagining my perfect summer day for Tina’s series. To me, there’s just nothing that beats the ocean, so that’s where you’ll find me!



My perfect summer day would start at this time of the morning (or afternoon)…..
7 am because it is when I naturally wake up

The bedroom I wake up in would look something like this……

And my bathroom like this…….

A favorite beauty product I love to use during the summer……..
an oldie but goodie

And this is an ideal summer outfit that you might find me frolicking in…….a maxi dress

My view from my bedroom in the summer looks like this……

And of course this perfect summer day is located in………..
Cabo San Lucas at Las Ventanas

After I am showered, fed and revved up to start my day, I will…….Exercise first thing to get it done. Then, put on my bathing suit & coverup (always the cover up!) and relax poolside with a stack of magazines and books.

For lunch this is my absolute favorite summertime meal……

An afternoon snack might comprise of……..almonds. I love crunchy snacks!

My afternoon activity would be………Relaxing at the spa with a massage and facial

The ideal summer drink is……..
Club soda with lime before 5pm, then some rose champagne

This is what would be served for my ideal summer dinner……

And where I eat it might look like this…………….

A perfect summer ending to a perfect summer day would end……….outside, under the stars, by the pool and a fire

The best part of my summer day is………..Relaxing in the sun, looking out over the ocean

Thank you, Tina, for allowing me to indulge in a virtual fantasy escape. Now, I want to plan a trip like this for real!
Talk about dreaming…..please tell me that I can tag along, this is beyond dreamy OR how about a bloggers conference inspired by this perfect summer day! See, told you Elizabeth would hit a home run and boy, did she deliver.  Love it all from that dreamy ocean view and her  bedroom right down to her “back yard”! Then, ending the day just gazing out at the sea, feeling relaxed and sun kissed is perfection.  Crunchy snacks? Bring them on! Doesn’t get better than this does it!  Thank you Elizabeth for such a fantasy like post that has me dreaming too and for everyone for stopping in. Want more Elizabeth?  Stop on over to Pretty Pink Tulips and tell her how much you enjoyed this! Wishing everyone a perfect summer day of their own:)
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A perfect summer day with Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good morning! Today I am tickled pink to present yet another wonderful “A perfect summer?day” post! Say hello to a very stylish and fabulous friend, Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips. Someone so many of us know and love, and someone who always seems to have a beautiful approach to all she does. So its no surprise that her idea of a perfect summer day has me dreaming in a big way!
Pretty Pink Tulips is such a pretty and fresh take on Elizabeth’s graceful style, where she dishes about everything from her own home to fabulous ?parties, all kinds of chic?resources thrown in with a little bit?of travel and it goes on. I am always interested in hearing what she has to say. If you don’t know of Pretty Pink Tulips….you must visit! Click here to say hi to Elizabeth. Enough of me lets get started with this perfect summer day, Elizabeth take it away………
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Hi everyone! I’ve had so much fun imagining my perfect summer day for Tina’s series. To me, there’s just nothing that beats the ocean, so that’s where you’ll find me!



My perfect summer day would start at this time of the morning (or afternoon)…..

7 am because it is when I naturally wake up

The bedroom I wake up in would look something like this……

And my bathroom like this…….

A favorite beauty product I love to use during the summer……..

an oldie but goodie


And this is an ideal summer outfit that you might find me frolicking in…….a maxi dress

My view from my bedroom in the summer looks like this……

And of course this perfect summer day is located in………..

Cabo San Lucas at Las Ventanas


After I am showered, fed and?revved?up to start my day, I will…….Exercise first thing to get it done. Then, put on my bathing suit & coverup (always the cover up!) and relax poolside with a stack of magazines and books.

For lunch this is my absolute favorite summertime meal……


An afternoon snack might comprise of……..almonds. I love crunchy snacks!


My afternoon activity would be………Relaxing at the spa with a massage and facial

The ideal summer drink is……..

Club soda with lime before 5pm, then some rose champagne

This is what would be served for my ideal summer dinner……

And where I eat it might look like this…………….


A perfect summer ending to a perfect summer day would end……….outside, under the stars, by the pool and a fire


The best part of my summer day is………..Relaxing in the sun, looking out over the ocean

Thank you, Tina, for allowing me to indulge in a virtual fantasy escape. Now, I want to plan a trip like this for real!



Talk about dreaming…..please tell me that I can tag along, this is beyond dreamy OR how about a bloggers conference inspired by this perfect summer day! See, told you Elizabeth would hit a home run and boy, did she deliver. ?Love it all from that dreamy ocean view and her ?bedroom right down to her “back yard”! Then, ending the day just gazing out at the sea, feeling relaxed and sun kissed is perfection. ?Crunchy snacks? Bring them on! Doesn’t get better than this does it! ?Thank you Elizabeth for such a fantasy like post that has me dreaming too and for everyone for stopping in. Want more Elizabeth???Stop on over to Pretty Pink Tulips and tell her how much you enjoyed this! Wishing everyone a perfect summer day of their own:)


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Guest posting at Home Bunch and a Which would you choose!

Hi and happy Monday to you! Today, you can find me over at my buddy, Lucianes blog…the gorgeous “always full of house eye candy” blog, Home Bunch. I know many of you know of it…..there are few blogs that can boast featuring so many amazing homes as Luciane has done and continues to do. I know I am in for a serious dose of beauty every time I click on over. Not to mention she might take top prize for the sweetest blogger out there! So today I am there and its a take on my “Which would you choose” so please visit us. Promise it will be worth your while….click here to visit.
Heres a sneak peek! 

Have a fabulous day and see you back here tomorrow. Thanks for stopping over!
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Guest posting at Home Bunch and a Which would you choose!

Hi and happy Monday to you! Today, you can find me over at my buddy, Lucianes blog…the gorgeous “always full of house eye candy” blog, Home Bunch. I know many of you know of it…..there are few blogs that can boast featuring so many amazing homes as Luciane has done and continues to do. I know I am in for a serious dose of beauty every time I click on over. Not to mention she might take top prize for the sweetest blogger out there! So today I am there and its a take on my “Which would you choose” so please visit us. Promise it will be worth your while….click here to visit.



Heres a sneak peek!?



Have a fabulous day and see you back here tomorrow. Thanks for stopping over!

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Happy Friday and we have a winner!

Hi there…boy, this week flew! So any exciting plans or your  weekend? We are going for dinner with old friends (looking so forward) and invited to a rooftop BBQ party in NYC (should be fun)! I am thrilled to announce a winner for the beautiful and very functional Bavarian bread board. Using random.org, the lucky winner is…… 

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: bread board 3351727 sherri
Dutchessandbird
007F864C-DF19-49C1-A999-B52DACD22D58 1
Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to arrange for your bread board to ship!


I am excited to be adding some wonderful new finds to my online shop. At its onset, I said I would not sell anything I wouldn’t put or love to have in my own home and this is so true. I truly love each and every item I sell. One thing I have a bit of a fetish for is wonderful linens, textiles,etc……just love them!  I am especially fond of ones that are French. So when I find them I grab them for my own kitchen. Ironically they are not so easy to find. So naturally I was thrilled to discover a wonderful connection and am even happier to announce that I will be carrying them in my online store. Beautiful textiles from France! I will be carrying the bar and dish towels and sets of placemats to start. I may eventually carry tablecloths and runners too. These are wonderful and  chic accents  for any kitchen. Check them out……

They are so great looking, some hang them too!

Love the set of 6 assorted placemats, this is the Burgundy Collection..tres chic!

Moving along…..got my pretty chair for my bathroom! I am going to recover the plain white cushion in a fabric and for now just draped my window treatment fabric over it..have to say I really love the chair.  Also you will notice the pictures are many sizes, I am experimenting with sometimes posting larger pictures. I do like seeing pictures in big sizes, what do you think/like? Take a look….

Isn’t it pretty? I have always loved the idea of a pretty French chair in a bathroom. I could add the same fabric to the cushion and contrast it with the gingham that i have on the underside of the window treatment. It has come out exactly as I had hoped.

So……remember my little rosettes for the  mirror project? Well, I like to torture myself and found yet another possibility, this one in a very similar “nickel” finish. I decided as long as I was splurging at 3.99 for 3……..I might as well try them all! Interestingly enough, I think I really like the original choice but would love to know what you think!! Here they are……
Original choice at top, darker lower left and nickel-y one bottom right

The originals
The darker,

The darker to me feels too dark and I am not feeling the silver, what are your thoughts?
Heres the original again……just ignore the wire in the middle:)
Starting to think about my dining room..the poor empty neglected room that it is. So heres our rug and a chinoiserie paper Alexis Hampton used in a New Orleans home that I always go back to…..think maybe doing it a little less busy but those same soft, warm colors and maybe the palest blue silk billow drapes, you know ginger jars are part of the picture and heres the Ralph Lauren chandelier we got………
Last I was going through my seemingly endless number of boxes still to be unpacked and came across something I wanted to share. I have always been a pretty creative person. One year I wanted to make a special card for a dear friends birthday and looked high and low and couldn’t find it, so I made one. Someone saw it and fell in love and asked if I could make a birth announcement card for her daughter. I took her on and the rest is history. I had fun off and on for about a year with my little card business, took them to a few local boutiques all of whom started carrying them and I started getting orders. Many orders. 
I truly honestly enjoyed every moment of making them. Even when I had 200 or 300 to complete. It was all me, no helpers, no staff, no wing men. Sometimes I worked until the wee hours of the morning to fulfill an order that was due the next day. It could have grown into something more…but then my kids kept me busy and we decided to move and you know what happened then! The next four years of my life took over with not a spare minute. But I must say I really miss my little cards and seeing item brought back some wonderful memories. I hope I find some of the ones I did for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, a great one I did for someones 50th and yet another for a big anniversary party. Its awfully gratifying to play a role in a happy occasion for someone……….

So thats whats up on this Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day and a superb weekend. Isn’t it crazy that we are down to the last weekend before Labor day!! Holy moly…….where did the time go? I just cannot believe its about time for fall! Lets savor and cherish these quickly vanishing summer days while we can……

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Happy Friday and we have a winner!

Hi there…boy, this week flew! So any exciting plans or your ?weekend? We are going for dinner with old friends (looking so forward) and invited to a rooftop BBQ party in NYC (should be fun)! I am thrilled to announce a winner for the beautiful and very functional Bavarian bread board. Using random.org, the lucky winner is……?


Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: bread board 3351727 sherri
Dutchessandbird
007F864C-DF19-49C1-A999-B52DACD22D58 1
Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to arrange for your bread board to ship!



I am excited to be adding some wonderful new finds to my online shop. At its onset, I said I would not sell anything I wouldn’t put or love to have in my own home and this is so true. I truly love each and every item I sell. One thing I have a bit of a fetish for is wonderful linens, textiles,etc……just love them! ?I am especially fond of ones that are French. So when I find them I grab them for my own kitchen. Ironically they are not so easy to find. So naturally I was thrilled to discover a wonderful connection and am even happier to announce that I will be carrying them in my online store. Beautiful textiles from France! I will be carrying the bar and dish towels and sets of placemats to start. I may eventually carry tablecloths and runners too. These are wonderful and ?chic accents ?for any kitchen. Check them out……

They are so great looking, some hang them too!

Love the set of 6 assorted placemats, this is the Burgundy Collection..tres chic!


Moving along…..got my pretty chair for my bathroom! I am going to recover the plain white cushion in a fabric and for now just draped my window treatment fabric over it..have to say I really love the chair. ?Also you will notice the pictures are many sizes, I am experimenting with sometimes posting larger pictures. I do like seeing pictures in big sizes, what do you think/like? Take a look….

Isn’t?it pretty? I have always loved the idea of a pretty French chair in a bathroom. I could add the same fabric to the cushion and contrast it with the gingham that i have on the underside of the window treatment. It has come out exactly as I had hoped.

So……remember my little rosettes for the ?mirror project? Well, I like to torture myself and found yet another possibility, this one in a very similar “nickel” finish. I decided as long as I was splurging at 3.99 for 3……..I might as well try them all! Interestingly enough, I think I really like the original choice but would love to know what you think!! Here they are……
Original choice at top, darker lower left and nickel-y one bottom right

The originals
The darker,

The darker to me feels too dark and I am not feeling the silver, what are your thoughts?
Heres the original again……just ignore the wire in the middle:)
Starting to think about my dining room..the poor empty neglected room that it is. So heres our rug and a chinoiserie paper Alexis Hampton used in a New Orleans home that I always go back to…..think maybe doing it a little less busy but those same soft, warm colors and maybe the palest blue silk billow drapes, you know ginger jars are part of the picture and heres the Ralph Lauren chandelier we got………
Last I was going through my seemingly endless number of boxes still to be unpacked and came across something I wanted to share. I have always been a pretty creative person. One year I wanted to make a special card for a dear friends birthday and looked high and low and couldn’t find it, so I made one. Someone saw it and fell in love and asked if I could make a birth announcement card for her daughter. I took her on and the rest is history. I had fun off and on for about a year with my little card business, took them to a few local boutiques all of whom started carrying them and I started getting orders. Many orders.?
I truly honestly enjoyed every moment of making them. Even when I had 200 or 300 to complete. It was all me, no helpers, no staff, no wing men. Sometimes I worked until the wee hours of the morning to fulfill an order that was due the next day. It could have grown into something more…but then my kids kept me busy and we decided to move and you know what happened then! The next four years of my life took over with not a spare minute. But I must say I really miss my little cards and seeing item brought back some wonderful memories. I hope I find some of the ones I did for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, a great one I did?for someones 50th and yet another for a big anniversary party. Its awfully gratifying to play a role in a happy occasion for someone……….

So thats whats up on this Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day and a superb weekend. Isn’t it crazy that we are down to the last weekend before Labor day!! Holy moly…….where did the time go? I just cannot believe its about time for fall! Lets savor and cherish these quickly vanishing summer days while we can……

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